Tabletop Toys and a Leather Strap

I know that many of you enjoy using recycled materials to make your special somethings.  So I thought I’d share a little project that I created that’s featured in the current issue of GreenCraft (available August 1st.)

I used vintage toys and other recycled bits to create these playful placeholders for a special gathering.  And your guests could be invited to take one home as a party favor.  The instructions are included in the article in case you’d like to make some for your next event.

Since we’re on the subject of repurposing, I recently took a strap from Brook’s sandal (she didn’t like the shoes because they were very uncomfortable and I couldn’t bear to see them go to waste)…

…and added some found bits as well as a couple of beads to create this cool and casual bracelet.

The flower at the center is a vintage earring (remove the backing and use a metal hole punch to make two holes which you’ll use to hand stitch the flower to the leather strap).  Then add a vintage button and a couple of beaded dangles to the flower with a jump ring.

Making new things using old things…oh what fun!  What new things have you been up to?

6 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. laura huffman

    love coming here to see what you’ve been up to. so creative and thinking outside that box. i have a hard time throwing things away too. since coming to your blog I look at my recycling and garbage in a different light. thanks for making it fun. have a great weekend.

    July 26th, 2012

  2. You always come up with such wonderful ideas and projects that are so inspiring!

    July 27th, 2012

  3. Linda K

    Hi Becky, well of course I will look for that issue-your art is so inspiring! Your bracelet is such a wonderful, sweet and clever way to repurpose!! I bet your daughter loves it too-much more comfortable! Have a lovely weekend.

    July 27th, 2012

  4. You really did the upcycling proud. Love your new strap bracelet. Summer Sunshine Smiles…

    July 28th, 2012

  5. Becky I love how you look at items with such an artistic eye. You have such a wonderful gift for creating!

    July 30th, 2012

  6. It’s just pure creativity…I love it so much!

    August 11th, 2012

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