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….

2. Necktie to sunglass case

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How many ties do you really need anyway?

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.

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?!

5. Shower curtain to puffy skirt

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Stiff shower curtains apparently make really rad puffy skirts too!

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.

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.

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!

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!

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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