Francois Legault's Utensil Lighting

by DIY Maven

Francois Legault's Utensil Lighting

What Montreal lamp designer Francois Legault does with recycled flatware is quite marvelous. The idea of using them to fashion lamp shades sounds simple enough. The outcome, however, is not. Pieces in his Kitchen Collection trick the eye, as the utensils seem to have been intricately woven to create a somewhat futuristic flatware fabric. (Is it just me or does the cube look like the Borg starship?)

His Blooming Spoons on the other...

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3D Wallpaper

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3D Wallpaper

Check out Mio Culture’s V2 3D Wallpaper tiles. The 12" x 12" tiles, available in white, orange, natural brown and lime, are made out of 100% recycled paper. At 28 bucks for a pack of twelve, they aren’t the most economical way to cover an entire wall, but they WOULD make an interesting and inexpensive art piece.

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Lightbulb Greenhouse from Recycled Materials

by Chris Gardner

 

 

Lightbulb Greenhouse from Recycled Materials

 

Everything must simply be better when its small, and/or under glass. Cats are selfish; kittens? ADORable! Likewise, boats are totally boring, but a ship-in-a-bottle?! None cooler.

Set atop a more aesthetically pleasing 'cradle', a series of these 'greenhouses' would look delightful along a windowsill- perfectly playful and exuding life.

(Instructions and photos via tearsoffire.org)

1. Hollow out a lightbulb, following these instructions and being...

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Re-Gifters Rejoice!

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Re-Gifts isn’t just a cleverly named gift shop; it is a small, family-owned store located in South Minneapolis that sells eco-friendly gifts "made with recycled, reclaimed, repurposed, organic, and natural materials." Check out their on-line store for a growing selection of products available. Here are just a few very Curbly items.

Bicycle Cog Votives, 12 bucks each.

Re-Gifters Rejoice!

Recycled Chopstick Lamp, 36 bucks.

Absolut salt & pepper shakers, 16 bucks. (Made...

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This Old Box

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This Old Box

Back in 2004, the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House was the home to homes of the future. The expedition was in response to 2004 being the "Year of the Built Environment." Offerings included, among others, an a-frame cardboard house made of 85% recycled materials and was 100% recyclable.

Why a cardboard house? Besides it’s low-environmental impact, its architects see the home as an affordable and mobile alternative to current temporary housing...

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DIY Vinyl Record Coasters From Old LPs

by Chris Gardner

Here's how to make vinyl record coasters from all those old LPs you have lying around (assuming, of course, that they're not worth listening to anymore) ... 

 

DIY vinyl record coasters

These are by no means an original idea. I saw them on all sorts of websites when shopping for unique Christmas gifts. However, $20-45 for six or eight coasters seems like a bit much. For the same investment [for the hole saw], you can make these guys by the thousands, and by picking...

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Paint Can Lid Conservation Continued

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Paint Can Lid Conservation Continued
 

 

 

 

 

 

After living with my paint can lid coaster for a few days, I realized it only looked like a coaster when my coffee cup was sitting on it. Otherwise, it looked as if, somewhere, a paint can was missing its lid. So, in the spirit of beautification, I held the lid. I let it speak to me.

"Beads," it said.

"Perfect," I said.

Tarting it Up

I flooded the lid’s rim with my favorite tacky glue.

I sprinkled into the glue ring leftover silver and black...

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Everything But The Squeal

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Everything But The Squeal

The title of this post needs explanation. It’s something country folk my mother’s age say when referring to butchering pigs. And although as a vegetarian I find the origins of this edict revolting, I couldn’t agree with it more.

Snout to tail, nothing was wasted; everything but the squeal was used.

Fast Forward to the 21st Century

Which leads me to the leftover paint can lid from a previous post. It was a nice little paint can lid. It wasn’t...

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