Trash Into Treasure: 10 Rad Upcycling Projects

Celebrate Earth Day by digging through your cast-offs and would-be throwaways and turning them into new pieces of awesomeness!

1. Tape measure to belt

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Ok, so maybe you don’t want everyone to know exactly how many inches your waist is….

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2. Necktie to sunglass case

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How many ties do you really need anyway?

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3. Fabric and hangers to bracelets

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Put those unused flimsy dry cleaning hangers to good use with 10 minutes and a few left over fabric scraps.

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4. Cutting board and pencils into dish rack

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An old cutting board and pencils can easily become a really awesome dish rack! Who knew?!

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5. Shower curtain to puffy skirt

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Stiff shower curtains apparently make really rad puffy skirts too!

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6. Book to clutch

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We DO NOT advocate defacing perfectly readable books, but we do like the idea of showing off our literary prowess through our accessories.

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7. Buttons and earrings to cocktail rings

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Nothing is worse than losing just one earring or button, but you can easily turn the stragglers into some eye-catching cocktail rings.

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8. Men’s shirt to summer top

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Just a few steps to turn a sloppy, oversized shirt into a sleek summer staple!

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9. Old tees to braided basket

What to do with all of those beat up old tee shirts?! Rip them apart, turn them into yarn and braid them into a much needed storage basket!

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10. Bootcut to riding trousers

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Not for the novice DIY’er - this one requires some serious patience and sewing skills but there’s nothing quite as satisfying as bringing a pair of pants from 2006 to 2014!

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