Archive for Repurpose and Upcycle

Where Can You Buy Closing Gifts With the Wow Factor

Mac Cutting Boards

Mac Cutting Boards

I am a huge proponent of buying handmade gifts as a way to say thank you, to celebrate an occasion or for the reason of just gifting.  Handmade gifts just gives you more a the “wow” factor.  Don’t you think?  Saying “thank you” to your customers not only builds relationships but can potentially build your referral business.  This is how all us entrepreneurs survive.  Here’s why you would want to consider a handmade gift as a closing gift:

  1. Fabulous and Unique with the WOW factor
  2. Nothing like it … truly a one-of-a-kind
  3. Giving back to your community and your local artisan
  4. Upcycle, recycle, repurpose and sustainable
  5. A gift from you … from the heart
Custom Engraved Cutting Boards

Custom Engraved Cutting Boards

1. Custom family blocks – check out SimplyKierste.com.  I realize this is a do it yourself (DIY) project, but it is so simple to make.  You can do it!

2. Personalized engraved cutting board with their family name and the year they bought the house or the street address and the date they received their keys (great for first time home buyers).

Want more?  Check out House Hunt’s Blog.  An awesome resource for realtors not only with closing gift ideas but ideas on how to spruce up with real estate business.

Consider Repurposing, Recycling and Functional

Great subject matter!  Repurposing and recycling old and used pieces and parts and make it into something functional either decorative or a tool to use around the house.  Sometimes coming up with ideas make it challenging.  First, look around your home.  I bet you can find pieces that you haven’t used in a long time, tucked away in a closet, garage or attic waiting for it to be revived again.  Here’s some ideas I found that are pretty simple and easy to repurpose your old stuff and make it into new stuff.

Rustic Name Picture Frames

Rustic Name Picture Frames

Utensil Key Rack

Utensil Key Rack

1. Name picture frames.  I found this idea from the Upcycling Community in Facebook.  Great resource for fabulous ideas!  Take your old picture frames and spell you first or last name out.  Take fancy duct tape or wasabi tape for the background and add the 3D letters that from Joann’s or Beverly’s.  Hang it on the wall.  Voila!  Shabby chic art!

2. Utensil Key Rack.  Seriously.  Don’t you have utensils laying around that doesn’t belong to a set anymore?  Don’t throw them away or sale them off at a garage sale.  Take the ones you think are funky and cool and flatten them out.  Nail them to a piece of wood and hang it in your kitchen or foyer.  Great way to organize your keys.  You won’t say “where are my keys?” anymore.

Our Popular Design is our Chevron Pattern Cutting Board

Handmade wood cutting boards

Handmade wood cutting boards

Chevron Herringbone Design Cutting Board

Chevron Herringbone Design Cutting Board

Believe it or not, it really is our most popular, sought after design.  Our chevron pattern cutting board also known as a herringbone pattern design cutting board.  Why?  I think the pattern is definitely unique almost 3 dimensional when you look directly at it.  But I believe what really attracts customers to this cutting board design is the natural colors of the woods.  They are spectacular!  Our boards are a little unusual from what’s out there in that we use exotic woods in our design.  Not too many chevron boards are made with purple heart, padauk or brazilian cherry hardwoods in them.

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

Mac Cutting Boards makes all their products from unused scrap hardwoods.  There are so many scrap hardwoods out there being thrown away or used for kindling.  It’s a shame really.  Hardwoods such as purple heart, black walnut, padauk and zebra hardwoods (just to name a few) are all great pieces we repurpose and upcycle into our boards.  This is why you see colorful, amazing and stunning colors (woods) in our boards.  Nature provided the colors, we just made sure that none of it goes to waste.  Imagine what this world would be like if we just did that take waste pieces and repurpose it into something fabulous.  Check out Upcycle That.

Musical Instruments Made From Recycled Parts

Guitar Cutting Board

Guitar Cutting Board

Music is the common language that we all can understand.  We just feel the rhythm and we just know what everyone is talking about it.  As you know, I love repurposing and recycling old materials or upcycling factory scraps.  I found this great blog on musical instruments that can be made from Making Multicultural Music.  I am alway amazed of the talent this is out there when it comes to repurposing.  Truly mind blowing.

Here’s a few ideas from articles and blogs I’ve found.

Ford Focus Parts

Ford Focus Parts

1. From car parts.  Who knew right?  Well, the Ford Focus provided great parts for this band of musicians.  21 parts from this car made a door harp, clutch guitar and fender bass.

2. A computer keyboard made into a musical keyboard.  There are literally tons and tons of these thrown away computer parts.  What a great way to repurpose.  I found this from a blog called Repurposing E-Waste into E-Learning.

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

3. Scrap soft words such as spruce or pine or really any wood and make it into a string instrument such as a violin or a guitar.  This article called Recycle Orchestra.  “The idea of repurposing materials that are part of your everyday culture has been something that a lot of cultures have done for thousands of years,” Piper explained.

 

 

 

Home DIY Craft Projects You Can Do with Woods

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

I just love woods!  Any project you can do to create the atmosphere of the “woodsy” feeling is awesome!  It is especially fabulous if you can repurpose, upcycle and recycle woods that are out there and make it into something even more fabulous or functional or decorative.  Here’s a few ideas on home DIY (do it yourself) craft projects you can do with woods.  Any types of woods really – hard or soft woods.  Depends on the project.

 

Giant Scrabble Tiles

Giant Scrabble Tiles

  1. Giant Scrabble Tile – I just love this!  You can take new or old woods and create this “Scrabble” tile feeling and put up it on your wall.  Check out Something Turquoise‘s tutorial.  You can use any lighter color woods and lighter in weight such as Mahogany for easy hanging.
  2. Wood pallet projects – my fav!!!  Check out this blog from DIY Home World.  It will blow your mind on how many ideas on what you can do with old and new wooden pallets.
  3. Coat Racks

    Coat Racks

    Coat racks!  Why not?  Take old pieces of wood with character and color then pair it up with old door stoppers, old drawer knobs, door knobs, building bolts and hooks … really anything you can find that will hang what you want to hang.  Guarantee not only will you come up with a cool coat rack, but it will look vintage, rustic and shabby chic!  Check out UR Coat Racks for ideas.

Organize Your Kitchen Starting with Hanging Your Cutting Board

Paddle Cutting Boards

Paddle Cutting Boards

Organizing your home is a daunting task and can definitely be overwhelming.  Start with one room at a time to bring your focus to a minimal and then concentrate on how you want to organize that room.  Visualize how that room should look like with or without the items you currently have in there and then go for it!  My recommendation, start with your kitchen.  I don’t know about you, but when my kitchen is clean and organize (that is, I know where everything is at and I can get to it), I feel 1000%  relieved to move on to the next project.  Here are some ideas.

Repurpose Your Old Cutting Board

Repurpose Your Old Cutting Board

 

Kitchen Storage Ideas

Kitchen Storage Ideas

  1. Hang what you can – pots and pans, your aprons and mits, cooking utensils and your cutting boards.  It is especially convenient if your wooden cuttings boards has a hole.  Old cutting boards?  Not to worry.  Repurpose it into pockets to hang your cooking utensils.  Check out DIY Kitchen Storage Ideas.
  2. Build shelves in your kitchen cabinets.  Don’t waste space especially the top part.  Usually, when our shelves are high, we tend to stack items in there.  Add a shelf and see it plainly.
  3. Donate your old can goods.  Trust me cleansing your space leaves more for you to put in.
  4. Put away what you can from your counter tops like your toaster or coffee maker.  Your space will look so open when those items are not being displayed.

Use Your Wooden Cutting Board to Fold Your Shirts

Fruit, cheese and a cutting board

Fruit, cheese and a cutting board

Shirt and a Cutting Board

Shirt and a Cutting Board

What?  Seriously?  Cutting boards are made to cut on or serve your fruit and cheese not to fold shirts.  Right?  Think about it though.  The board is evenly flat.  Easy to hold.  Light in weight for the most part and portable unless you have a butcher block the size of your sink.  It made me think about what else you can do with your board.  How about folding your shirts?  Neatly.

If you are in a hurry after doing laundry, most of the times you are folding your shirts in the most convenient way.  Usually without a tool just your hands, your arms and maybe your table that is in front of you.  How about using your board as a tool to help fold your shirts perfectly, evenly and neatly each and every time.  Brilliant!  This helps when you are trying to pack for a trip and need to maximize space in your luggage while bringing your whole closet with you (just kidding).  Overall, it helps maximize space in your drawers and in your closets.  The smaller the fold on your shirts, the more you can stack on top of it.

Of course, your board is now versatile.  Cut on it, using it as a serving platter and as a tool to help fold your shirts.  Have fun!

 

 

Recycle and Repurpose Your Old Wooden Cutting Board

Chalk board made from an old wooden cutting board

Chalk board made from an old wooden cutting board

My entire blog is dedicated to  repurposing and upcycling unused scrap hardwoods.  Who knew that you can take your old wooden cutting board and recycle it into a fabulous, functional item.  Check it out.

Wall chalk board

Genius right?  Again take your old cutting board (it would especially be great if it is a paddle board and you can hang it right away).  If not, easy fix if you still want to hang your board.  You can drill a hole at the corner and add a twine string for a rustic look.

  • Sand it a little to clean off the surface before painting your chalk paint
  • Talk your chalk paint and paint on the inside of the cutting board leaving the outside of the cutting board as your frame.  This way you can still see your cutting board but it is in the background now.
  • OPTIONAL – add a permanent tag on the top of the board by gluing it on.  You can be creative.  You can say “chalk board”, “my board”, “notes”, “memos” … really whatever you like to label your new board as.
  • Add the twine string and tie on the chalk or chalk pencil for easy use.

You’re done!  Hang it up or display it against your backsplash and you are good to go!

Cooking Up Ideas with Unused Scrap Hardwoods

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

Unused scrap hardwoods are in abundance.  It is up to each of us to save it and rebuild it into something else other than what it was originally made for.  Think about it.  The real estate market is up so therefore tons of real estate is being sold daily.   People who have just bought their homes want to renovate to have the property suited to their needs.  Carpenters, cabinet makers, contractors, hardwood flooring installers and so on are building new stuff to accommodate the renovation hence scrap woods … all unused.  What do they do with these?  Well, it is thrown away or use for kindling.  Yup.  You heard that right.  They can’t reuse it again as it won’t match any current projects they are working on.  You see, all woods have grains that grow differently in each batch.  You should use the same batch of wood from the same tree in order for any project to match.  Different grains are noticeable to a large project.  But when you are repurposing it for better use, that’s when the fun begins!

Here are some ideas on repurposing and upcycling (a term used when taking unused pieces or scraps and turning it into something fabulous).

Repurpose and Upcycle Cutting Boards

Repurpose and Upcycle Cutting Boards

  1. Hardwood cutting boards – YES!  When you take different grains and different hardwoods really brings out the beauty and art of each board.  Then of course, the natural colors of the woods just brings in a “WOW” factor.  Don’t believe me?  Check it out => Mac Cutting Boards.
  2. Wooden picture frames – for all the reasons I’ve mentioned above, each picture frame will not only be unique but absolutely stunning!
  3. Furniture like an end table, book shelf, storage shelf and a table.  The possibilities are endless.  Again, the different grains will only bring out the furniture as one amazing, one-of-a-kind art piece that is functional.  Check out => Pretty in Paint Blog.

Keep in mind that repurposing wood is only limited to your mind’s vision.  Nature created amazing different types of woods – hardwoods and softwoods.  Each has it’s own uses and benefits.  For instance, hardwoods are great if you are making a cutting board or pieces of furniture.  Hardwoods are heavy and dense.  Perfect for a solid projects that requires strength and sturdiness.  Softwoods should be used if making a wooden picture frame.  Softwoods are generally lighter in weight.  Perfect for hanging a wooden picture frame.

Pick a project and have fun repurposing!

Eco-Friendly, Repurpose, Upcycle and Recycle Products

Repurpose

Repurpose

Going green!  That is the ticket these days.  No one wants to waste anymore.  We all want to ensure our present and the future by contributing back.  Eco-friendly which means not harmful to the environment.  Repurpose meaning to take a product and make it or use it into something else other than what it was originally intended.  Upcycle is not a term you hear too much.  It is the new buzz word.  Upcycle is taking “factory” scraps or unused materials and repurposing it into something new.  As oppose to the term “recycle” which is taking old and used materials and repurposing it.

Upcycle

Upcycle

Here are a few great ideas on eco-friendly, repurpose and upcycle products that you can buy or make yourself.

  • Wooden cutting boards – even better take unused scrap hardwoods and repurposing it to a functional item you can use every day.
  • Plastic Fashionable Hand Bags – made from factory scrap wraps like candy or coffee.  Imagine, taking several M&M candy wraps and upcycling it into a fabulous hand bag.  Sustainability!
  • Home Decor like a bottle cap chime.  It’s really easy.  Sounds harder just thinking about it.  But taking old bottle caps and making it into a home decor is truly shabby chic.

Fabulous ideas out there.  Want more?  Check out this Pinterest page.

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