Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Design challenge : shower curtains in Time Out

image by Caroline Voagen Nelson via Time Out NY

Who knows when a friend's old shower curtain will come in handy? We were recently challenged by Lisa Freedman of Time Out NY to come up with a design solution for an old shower curtain. You can check out the results for yourself in this weeks issue of Time Out NY where we transform this often trashed bathroom scrap into tote-able treasures!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

DIY jewel case picture frames

Here's another jewel (case) of a recycling project by me over at Planet Green.
Turn those CD jewel cases into picture frames.

And you can always turn the CDs into suncatchers.
This will certainly help your old music play a different tune!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

RePlayGround in TONY Kids!

image by Caroline Voagen Nelson via Time Out NY Kids

Hot off the presses!
RePlayGround's FREE Recycle Craft Workshop series at Sustainable NYC is really taking off, and people are starting to take notice.

Last month for Bottle Cap Jewelry we had a crowd of adults and kids gather around the craft table together for a common goal: using our creativity to create something unique and beautiful from our trash. Check out the Time Out NY Kids article for the full story.
Each workshop we feature a different recycled item, like cardboard, plastic, bottle caps, and magazine pages.

We'd love to see you at our next workshop, and help you turn your garbage into decor!
RSVP by emailing

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

FREE Recycled Craft Workshop at Sustainable NYC

Join Garbage Outreach Coordinator Carly Miller at Sustainable NYC on Wednesday, October 14th for Pop Art: Soda Bottle Projects. The plastic soda bottle makes a perfect structure and surface to both hold and highlight all kinds of objects!

What: Recycled Craft Event: Soda Bottle Pop Art
When: October 14th 6-7:30pm Pop Art! Soda bottle soap dish, picture frame, vase, and more.
Where: SustainableNYC
Who: Carly, Garbage Outreach Coordinator at RePlayGround

You bring: your recycled soda or plastic bottles, your creative genius!
We bring: lots of materials, instruction, a great space, our fabulous company.

RSVP is a must, 10 person limit per workshop: please email
can't wait to see you there !

Sunday, October 11, 2009

repair as art

Once again, the New York Times gives us another interesting look at repurposing and reusing instead of throwing things away. This time it's an article about the Fixers Collective, a weekly meeting of people at a Brooklyn gallery who repair and upcycle broken items. I especially love that the collective grew from an exhibition that ended in June, but "the Fixers kept meeting". Upcycling can be addictive!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

easy DIY wine charms

Some friends stopped by RePlayGround for tasty brunch. We had plenty of sangria, but were lacking cute little wine charms. One friend, who claims herself uncrafty (but has been seen making a clock and shrinky dinks) quickly came up with this easy colored paperclip solution. Just unbend a paperclip and place around the bottom of your glass. It's not exactly recycled, but it is repurposed and is rethinking something rather than buying something. Just look around. Maybe you're craftier than you think.