I'm in a frenzy of organizing, tossing and bagging up stuff to give away; I've also got a burst of energy for home projects. If you're in the same boat, why not combine these two energies by making something cool for your home using stuff you already have around the house? These four projects from Danny Seo's new book, Upcycling: Create Beautiful Things With The Stuff You Already Have, caught my eye. Sharpie-Tie-Dyed Bedding and Napkins: With January white sales in full force, I'm treating myself to new bedding. Instead of tossing the old stuff, however, I'm planning to have a little fun with this to bring a little change into my normally all-white bedroom.
How To: Rub a Sharpie along the edges of your item in a thick solid line, hang it up and spray the line with rubbing alcohol to make it bleed.
Painter's Tape Privacy Screen: I painted my living room over the holiday. The clean look calls for a rethinking of my window treatments. This project uses up the leftover painter's tape to give me a little privacy while still letting in a lot of light.
How To: Run the tape evenly both vertically and horizontally, then run it diagonally, crossing the intersections. The khaki-colored tape lets in the most light but feel free to experiment with whatever colors you have on hand.
Kid's T-Shirt Artwork: While I don't have kids, I do have a large collection of logo'd t-shirts that I've accumulated over the years, that I'll probably never wear again. But, being the sentimental soul that I am, I'm reluctant to part with them. A few artist's stretcher wooden bars turns them into art.
How To: Simply assemble the pieces into a square, pull the shirt taut over the frame and staple the fabric into place on the reverse side. Trim the excess fabric or fold it neatly so that the frame lies flat again the wall.
Tennis Ball Swing: I don't play tennis and I don't have a bunch of tennis balls lying around. But I love swings and I love the look of this one -- like a giant necklace. I'm tempted to hang it from my bedroom ceiling!
How To: Drill a one-inch hole into 50 used tennis balls (consider clamping the balls to hold them while you drill and don't be alarmed by the pop you'll hear as the drill pierces the internal rubber ball). Make a knot about five feet down a piece of 20 foot nylon rope and thread on your balls, making a knot after the final one. Hang your completed swing from a high branch.
For more details and to check out Danny's other cool projects in his bookUpcycling: Create Beautiful Things With The Stuff You Already Have, click here.
Images: Jennifer Levy