DIY Crafts & Upcycling

Maybe not really “Green Library” related but I love the idea of reuse and art projects.  Anyone with a Makerspace in your library should really check out these ideas.  Care2 has a great post about upcylcing and art projects that could be fun for any library:

10 DIY Crafts for Old Altoids Tins (oh the miniature zen gardens are a fabulous idea)

25 Ways to Upcycle Old T-Shirts (the t-shirt to yoga pants – awesome!)

24 ways to reuse old sweaters (I think the sweater skirt would be easy enough for me to do)

15 Ways to Reuse Old Pillowcases (I like the pillowcase belt, but I think my cat wants the hammock)

and of course…

20 upcyclying idea for BOOKS from picture frame to a purse to a tablet cover and more… get creative @your library

 

 

 

 

Creative holiday crafts with recycled Library materials

Saw this great post on the library as incubator project blog on folks at North Park University’s Brandel Library using discarded library materials to create holiday decorations:

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This post that lead me to a link of a Pinterest board of many library recycled holiday craft ideas:

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But I also have to give a shout out to my own library and Ms Elias’s amazing creations using recycled sheet music:

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Recycle a Book Cover into a Tablet Case!

I just saw this article in Lifehacker and I love it! Recycling the old for the new.

  • find an old book whose cover you like
  • make sure it is the right thickness to be a cover for your tablet (don’t forget to include the added thickness of the  Sugru… see next bullet)
  • get some  Sugru (moldable silicone that can fix or improve just about anything)
  • cut the pages from the book but do not damage the spine (use Sugru to help reinforce the spine)
  • recycle the book pages or try an art project with them (example, example, example…)
  • lay your tablet in the book and pencil the four corners
  • stick the Sugru bits on the marked corners and place your tablet  - wrapped in cling wrap! – between them.
  • pull them down slightly to make hooks and leave 24 hours to dry
  • after 24 hours, remove tablet, take off cling wrap, and replace tablet in the hooks

Need a visual? Check out the step-by-step photos from instructables on how to do this recycled book cover tablet case!

also check out for fun how binder clips can be reused for so many things

 

Creative Upcycling Decoration Ideas

Thinking about next years holiday already? Maybe not but you could start now reusing old  or broken decorations or natural items found around your yard. Get creative in the new year and have fun – at your school or public library,  host a hands-on program for people to make upcycled/recycled holiday decorations   You can even put out a table of goodies, welcoming back college kids to the library, allowing them to get creative and enjoy being back on campus.

The How Do I Recycle This?  blog offered a great  ideas in 2010 (button wreathsorigami decorationstin stars, star lights, and other fabulous ideas.) and now offers more for end of 2011 like old newspaper ball ornaments, ornaments from old sweaters, Christmas trees from twigs, paper chains from old maps, and old newspaper wreaths.

 

Reuseit

Looking for purchasing reusable items for your library or personal life? Check out the Reuseit.com site is the place to go for  shopping for reusable items like bamboo utensil sets, water bottles, glass straws, and many types of reusable bags to name a few. The items are filled with user reviews too.  Formally know as ReusableBags.com® which initially pushed the idea of reusable shopping bags and raising the awareness of the plastic bag problem in the world, they also give 1% of our sales – more than $180,000 to date – to organizations devoted to the preservation & restoration of our natural environment. Read more about their team. Beyond shopping Reuseit offers places to learn more about our country’s over-consumption problem and how to be a better eco-citizen, with buying guides, myth busters and fact sheets.  There is also a take action section with info on DIY, campaigns, getting involved and more.

Phonebooth = Library?

Are there abandoned phone booths in your area? Ever consider  turning one into a mini-community library?  Inouye, the head of the Future Studio gallery explains in a few simple steps how she turned a phone booth into a library in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles. Good magazine’s “How To: Turn a Payphone Into a Library,” explains the four simple steps and Tree Hugger has the details.

Ways to use old books

This web site from Online Colleges lists 80 awesomely,  creative ideas for reusing – instead of just discarding – old books. Ideas are categorize into:  around the house (yoga block or a book safe – cut hole in center), at work/school (pen holder or book shelf), decorating (a lamp or decoupage tabletop), reusing the pages (wrapping paper, mulch, kitty litter), for crafts (make a gift bag or greeting cards), for kids (leaf press or paper mache), for clothing/jewelry  (make a handbag or brooch) and more.

Thanks Alliance Library System’s Going Green Blog for their post that brought this site to my attention!