What can we make with our dead water heater?

We have discovered a slow leak in our water heater, so we're getting a new one.  The plumber will haul the old one off, if we want, but is there a cool way to upcycle the old one?  All my searches come up with ways to upcylce other things into various kinds of heaters.  We have skills in basic metal and wood crafting (we have friends who can weld/smith parts for us), soldering and wiring, and fiber use. Any and all suggestions will be considered!

Asked by chromolly 5 years ago


Wanted: Coffee Cup Art

I'm launching a new site next week called Cup Zombie am looking for folks to participate with me. It's a little off beat but my idea is to get people to start thinking differently about what is trash and what can be saved - and to have fun with it :)! The url is www.cupzombie.com Thank you!!!! Hannah

Posted by thecheapskatemom 5 years ago


Calling all furniture upcyclists! Help a student out!

Hello,   I am a final year Fashion Promotion student at UCLan and for my final campaign I am looking into upcycled furniture. To back up my idea I need to gather primary research and I would really appreciate it if you could take 5 minutes to answer a few questions for me. Here are the questions: 1. Are you male or female? 2. What is your age? 3. What is your occupation? 4. What type of accommodation do you live in? Rented flat Owned flat Rented house Owned house Other (please state) 5. Who do you live with? (please state their relationship to you) 6. How often do you decorate your accommodation? Once every 3 months Once every 6 months Once a year Once every 2-5 years Once every 10 years Other (please state) 7. When you decorate do you tend to do one room at a time or the whole house/flat at once? 8. When you decorate a room do you completely re-do the whole room's decor or just replace accessories and furniture to give the room a new lease of life? 9. How would you describe your decorating style? (tick all that apply) Modern Classic Kitch Bohemian Shabby Chic Industrial Other (please state) 10. Which brands do you buy furniture from? (state all that apply) 11. Which brands do you buy paint, DIY tools and materials from? (state all that apply) 12. Do you prefer to buy new homeware when decorating or use old furniture or accessories to create something new for your home? 13. On a scale of 1 to 10 (where 1 is not important and 10 is very important) how important is having unique and personalised features and accessories in your home to you? 14. Would you be interested in the idea of somewhere to take your old furniture that would provide materials and workshops to help you upcycle it into something new and original? Any answers you provide would really help and will be used only for research purposes. If you would prefer to email me your answers my email address is althexton@uclan.ac.uk. Thank you in advance! Amy

Posted by althexton 4 years ago


Etching, staining, or wildly coloring plastic

I own too much plastic, that I use regularly, but want to decorate. Is there a SAFE method to chemically or otherwise "mottle" plastic with colors? Not looking to use paints, as those will just peel off. I know that plastics react to some solvents and such, but is there anything that you could 'wash' plastic with that would just outwardly alter the appearance? If I could get an "oil on water", or even just a "camo" sort of effect, that would be wonderful! (I tried searches for what to AVOID using around plastics without risking such an effect, but can't get the right search parameters...) Thanks for any ideas! I'd really prefer not to have to throw stuff out.

Posted by Dragon Maze 8 years ago


Violin Upcycle?

I have a broken violin that I cannot use because I don't play and i don't know anyone who does. I don't want to throw it out and see it go to waste. I tried thinking of a way to upcycle it , find some other use for it, convert it to something else, etc. If anyone has any ideas please let me know, thanks

Asked by embochner 5 years ago


What can I do with 1-Gal. Arizona Tea jugs? Answered

I have a bunch and I'm sure they could be used for something awesome.

Asked by stronglad 7 years ago


Can someone make a step by step guide with pictures for turning a t-shirt into a corset?

I want to turn some t-shirts into sexy corsets, and am looking for a step by step how-to with pictures. All I can find is text, and I need pictures. Help me :)?

Asked by thybeli 8 years ago


RE-USE SCRAPPED GLASS-WOOL

Was working on a water heater using an old water geyser when i realised there is around 5 kg of glass-wool used as insulation. I do not wish to discard it and cause problems to others. but am neither interested in making epoxy based fibre glass products. ideas anyone??

Posted by chakra 4 years ago


Make something out of a beer bottle and win up to $1000

Lucky Buddha Beer is offering up to $1000 in craft store gift cards for the best re-use of its bottles. They’ve got less than 50 entries and there’s less than a week left. Check it out: http://bit.ly/1iLIEg5

Posted by luckybuddha 4 years ago


I once saw instructions for how to turn an old seive into a hanging planter: Does anyone have any advice about this?

The instrunctions included a fiber liner of some sort (to hold the soil, I presume). I think the creator had also used an old wire hanger as the hook for the pot. The pot itself was an old metal seive or strainer.

Asked by 9 years ago


Are we focused on the wrong things?

I've seen a bunch of awesome instructables here that show how to take everyday objects that we might otherwise dispose of and make them into something new. Reusing or upcycling is a much better alternative to putting things in the trash, but some of the things I have seen here raise a few questions. Is it more green to make something new out of old drink bottles or soda cans, or to recycle them? Is it better to upcycle old clothes, or give them to a homeless shelter or Goodwill? I see a lot of instructables here that make new things out of recyclable waste, like soda bottles, aluminum, or cardboard, or out of things like old shirts or books that could be donated. Shouldn't the green focus be on ways to reuse things that can't be recycled or donated, things that are going to end up in the trash unless we find ways to reuse them?  I don't know if this is a topic that has come up before or if I'm thinking about it in the right way. I'm really not sure which is more green, recycling or reusing. I guess I'm just interested in a discussion of how we can find new uses for non-recyclables, like Styrofoam, non-recyclable plastics, etc. Obviously the best thing to do would be to stop buying these things all together, so maybe we should also have instructables on how we can get away from buying and using these products in the fist place. What are some green alternatives to common waste producing items? Reusing and recycling can only do so much. The real way to make a difference is to stop buying so much disposable stuff in the first place. Any ideas anyone?

Posted by OpenTheBox 8 years ago


How to remove permanent printed designs on glass? Answered

Hi, I have an old diffuser reed bottle which I think could be useful for a future project as it is a colour that would go well with the theme of my room - but it also has the candle company name and rather too much print on the glass. Is there some way that  I can remove part of the design without damaging the glass or causing too many scratches, it would be a shame to throw it out (we cannot buy refills over here so there's not much else I can do with it). Thanks.  : )

Asked by shyamz 4 years ago


How To get More Viewers & Teach online?

How do I get more viewers on Instructables.  And how could I teach upcycling on instructables?

Posted by renewalof48 1 year ago


How can I upcycle very sturdy metallized pet food bag? Answered

Hi. One of my dear cats had to eat a special Royal Canin food for a while, so I ended up with several metallized film bags (I'm not sure if that's the correct name so I uploaded an image). I don't want to throw them to the garbage, as this material will take many years to break down. I searched here and there are many beautiful upcycled tote bags made with regular pet food bags which are fused and/or sewn, but these metallized bags are really hard! Do you know if this is possible or if there are other ways to upcycle, repurpose or reuse these bags? Many thanks in advance, Ana.

Asked by avictoria wo 4 years ago


Repurpose or upcycle sturdy composite metallized food bags

Hi everyone. I posted this on the Answers section, but thought that this would be a good place too. One of my dear cats had to eat a special food for a while and I ended up with several composite metallized bags (picture attached).  In my country there are no options to recycle this kind of material. It's very sturdy and it will take many years to break down and that's why I don't want to throw it in the trash bin. Here there are many beautiful upcycled tote bags made with regular pet food bags which are fused and/or sewn, but these metallized bags are very hard. I wondered if someone has an idea on how to upcycle, repurpose or reuse these bags. Many thanks in advance, Ana.

Posted by avictoria wo 4 years ago


Cigarette Butts into Clothing

Uh. . . Yes. Chilean designer Alexandra Guerrero has topped my gross chart (and my hero chart too, I think) with her upcycled cigarette butt fashion. Started as a thesis project, Guerrero's goal was to transform the massive amounts of cigarette butts littering the beaches Chile into clean, useable material.Hear her story and see the process at TreeHugger.

Posted by scoochmaroo 9 years ago


Looking for ideas to repurpose a dryer

The motor in our electric dryer died and SWMBO decided that we were going to replace it with a new energy efficient model. So now I've got an old electric drier to get rid of. seems a shame to just take it to the land fill. So what good ideas does anyone have for repurposeing/upcycling an old electric dryer?

Posted by evil_jweller 6 years ago


What should I do with this tripod I found? Answered

So a couple weeks ago, I found a camera tripod with telescoping legs in somebody's garbage. It doesn't fit my camera, but there is essentially nothing wrong with it. So basically I need some ideas for what I should use said tripod for.

Asked by stronglad 7 years ago


Ideas on repurposing over-the-door metal shoe rack

Hoping some creative minds can help me figure out a way to reuse a metal over-the-door shoe rack - not the"pockets' but the old school inverted U shape for about 18 pairs. Sorry -for some reason the upload pic isn't working - but it's 6 "U" on each of 6 rows with two side bars holding them together and two hooks at the top. I took it apart so I have 6 U rows and the two sides. I haven't figured out anything creative enough to justify mucking around with it, other than drilling holes in a vertical board to push the shelf in horizontally, and hanging lightweight things from it. There are easier and better solutions than using this in that case. Any ideas? Thanks/.

Posted by EmmaS6 3 years ago


Where can I find old aluminum road signs?

Looking to do some water-jet cutting for some kids toys and want to upcycle old aluminum signs... but I don't know where to find the signs.

Asked by bellinghammakerspace 7 years ago


Individual upcycling!

Dear all,  I am a PhD student in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University. My research is on ‘Individual Upcycling’ – creation or modification of any product out of used materials in an attempt to create a product of higher quality or value than the compositional elements at the household level (including creative reuse and refurbishment). Would you be kind enough to go to the link below and take 10 minutes to complete my online survey? http://goo.gl/forms/8AnVU9fwCw  I need around 50 people for the pilot study hopefully by end of this Month. Your time and participation will be very much appreciated! Thank you very much in advance for your kind help. Yours sincerely, Kyungeun Sung PhD candidate Nottingham Trent University

Posted by skesung 3 years ago


Upcycle idea for cabinet doors?

Hi everyone, i came across this set of cabinet doors and want to do something new with them. The only thing i could think of was taking out the mirrors, putting in a piece of wood at the  back, paint the frame a new color, and add blackboard paint to make them into blackboards. I want them to be functional pieces and not just for decor, but am having a hard time thinking of what i can do with them. help is much appreciated! 

Asked by icarusfeelsgood 5 years ago


Pallets for Kids

I have a whole bunch of kids - roughly 11yo - doing an upcycling project. We'll be in a workshop but obviously don't want them using too much that could hurt them (and get me sued). I have two hours. Ideas for simple but not rubbish pallet (or pallet wood) ideas?

Asked by ohowson 5 weeks ago


Fun with Buttons - Clothing Mods

Use pretty new buttons for a simple clothing-mod to update your wardrobe.  Fashion and DIY blogger Amanda at Color Me Blue posted this awesome project.  I have found some great fashion DIY projects on her blog.  

Posted by Carleyy 7 years ago


Crowdmap of reusable materials and furniture

Hi, trying to build a community crowdmap for encourgaging and promoting reuse - www.trashswag.com "reports" are submitted with wood timbers, panel doors, balcony, stairs - you name it. Goal is awareness, please check it out. You can get alerts or get reports on social media.  

Posted by doug firr 5 years ago


How does a spindle sander oscillate? Answered

I'm wanting to cobble together a spindle sander using the guts of a hand drill. Mounting it is pretty trivial, but it would be very cool if I could make it oscillate vertically as well. Unfortunately, I don't have a spindle sander to take apart so I can see how it operates. Can anyone tell me what mechanism moves the spindle up and down? Does it use the same motor that rotates the spindle, or is there a secondary actuator involved?

Asked by yoyology 6 years ago


House made of Tin Cans and Bottles

When Manuel Rapoport found himself waist-deep in dry milk cans, he decided to make the best of it and weatherproof his house in Patagonia. Relying on what his infant twins had consumed, and donations from local restaurants and bars, he turned the cans into sheets to insulate his house. Glass bottles were cut in two and glued together, used as thermic-isolating bricks for small skylights and windows.Plus it looks awesome! Kudos Manuel.via: treehugger

Posted by scoochmaroo 9 years ago


best way to cut PET plastic bottles? #1 recycle triangle Answered

I want to improve the usb,wall warts,,technical cord storage trick that i think i saw here.they were using a toilet paper  tube.  i noticed that a lot of smaller Gatorade type PET bottles would work nice, since they are clear, and stronger.  i used scissors to cut some and get ragged edges, which i could fix, but i was wondering if a hot wire,like a styro? foam shaper would work better ? with the plus of smooth edges 

Asked by escapefromyonkers 7 years ago


Ideas to recycle/upcycle ceiling fan?

I have a ceiling fan/light in good shape (had to be removed to accommodate a loft bed) and would like to recycle its parts. A search turned up little (wall art and an umbrella stand, not much more). Any ideas?

Posted by badrescher 6 years ago


Door upcycle need help hiding hinge area

I am trying to make a desk out of a hollow core door. I want to fill in the hinge areas before painting or put something there after painting to make them look nice. any ideas? I haven't found any online and I've spent hours looking.

Posted by BrookeF 12 months ago


Where can I get billboards to recycle? Answered

I want to make some billboard bags and what not  but I don't know where to get the billboards. I live in San Francisco and I see a  lot of billboards does anyone have any idea who I might contact? Also what are tose advertisements on streetlights called?

Asked by undftdking 6 years ago


Toilet Paper Cores -- Rolling Out Of The Recycling Bin & Into A Very Creative Rainy Day Craft Project!

Finally, dead trees everywhere will revel in a life well-lived (above and beyond being flushed down the drain). This is a very original way to use the inside of toilet paper rolls and will probably appeal to parents, greenies, artsy people and crafters alike. Fun stuff!

Posted by sfinfgeld 8 years ago


Artists Who Make Recycled Reused Repurposed Creations -- Win Cool Stuff!

I just saw a couple of fun green-themed contests over at www.greenwala.com (an online green social network) -- maybe someone here will get lucky? I think there's something for everyone. Here are the different options:1. creatively reuse something that you would have otherwise trashed -- just submit a photo of your repurposed item along with a small description. 2. create an eco-themed t-shirt design 3. take a picture of you (or someone you know) hugging a tree 4. submit a video of you cooking your favorite healthy green recipePrizes include a $250 Whole Foods gift card, $250 in cash, a new digital camera, and an eco-friendly HP laptop and printer.Here's the link if you want to check it out: http://www.greenwala.com/greenwala_contests

Posted by elizahleigh 9 years ago


Contest:Save Houston, Recycle Ike

Calling all instructables utilizing millions of cubic yards of wood mulch.The city of Houston is sponsoring a nationwide contest to utilize the 5.6 million cubic yards of tree waste collected since Hurricane Ike hit the scene.The city is already considering a number of ways to use the waste, including for erosion control, boiler fuel and electric generation, but the mayor said he hopes others will come forward with large-scale possibilities.So get creative! Redesign the paradigm! Think long-term and quick to implement. All participants must submit all information on the "Participate" page by Midnight October 31, 2008Need a brain jolt to get the creative juices flowing?Whet your appetite with some simple ideas from the community:Reclaimed Wood TableSalvage Old Barn WoodExpandable Hydroponics System from JunkCheck out Make's coverage and the official site: Recycle Ike for more information.

Posted by scoochmaroo 9 years ago


Reusing desktop and laptop monitor CCFLs and power supplies to make a floodlight

I'm using a collection of broken laptop and desktop monitors I got free from a repair workshop to assemble a floodlight/spotlight from the CCFLs and their inverters. The desktop monitor power supplies take mains voltage (240 V) and power the CCFLs but also seem to provide a 5 V and 12 V supply to the electronics that control the LCD. The laptop inverters themselves accept either 5 V in some cases or 12 V in others so naturally I want to run the laptop inverters off the 12 V and 5 V supply because otherwise it's wasted. The problem is that I don't know how much power I can draw from the 5 V and 12 V of the power supply. I've had a look at the back of a monitor that says it draws 0.7 A at 240 V. What translates to 168 W which is more than I was expecting. Assuming that the four built-in CCFLs use 8 W each, that would still leave 136 W. Assuming the power supply is only 60% efficient that leaves (168 W x 60%) - (4 x 8 W) = ~68 W. I've no way to tell how that's distributed across the 12 V and 5 V but if it's 34 W each then I can draw 2.8 A from 12 V and 6.8 A from 5 V? I figure I can probably, maybe attach eight laptop inverters to each desktop PSU (four on 12 V (1.6 A) and four on 5 V (4 A)?

Posted by THX 1138 1 year ago


How to Full a Sweater into Felt

Scope this post at CRAFT to learn how to upcycle your old wool sweaters into felt!  Brookelyn compares and contrasts the techniques and benefits of hand-fulling vs. machine-fulling, and shows us samples of the results.  Fulling is the process of turning knitted or crocheted wool into felt. So check it out, and start upcycling those old wool sweaters into new Instructables!

Posted by scoochmaroo 8 years ago


how to fuse pet bottles?

I would like to learn how to do it for a home based jewerly project. Thank you. Tucha ( from Portugal)

Asked by tuxa.glv 9 years ago


JUNK TO FUNK COMPETITON

Why Not Enter This Year's Junk To Funk Competition? http://bit.ly/egPlsHas anyone here ever participated in this recycled fashion show?If you were an attendee, fashion designer or model, please share your experiences.

Posted by elizahleigh 8 years ago


Internship in India

Would love to intern or volunteer in a DIY/makers group/company, etc. Preferably in south-India but elsewhere in India wouldn't be a problem. Any suggestions ? Thanks in advance :)

Posted by Ashwin e i 3 years ago


Repurposing about 35 coozies?

Ive come across a pleroith of foam coozies that my family plans to throw away. Any idea's on how I can change their fate of an eternity in the dump to a new life of something artsy and innovative? Any ideas appriciated! -xD

Asked by ! xD ! 8 years ago


how do i felt a wool sweater using washing machine, and is dryer needed?

When felting a wool sweater using hot cycle washing machine method, is it absolutely necessary to dry the item in a dryer afterwards? also, should i cut seams off before or after felting the fabric?

Asked by cherishedpotato 8 years ago


upcycle/recycle pillows?

Is there something I can do with old bed pillows besides throw them out?  I am told to buy new pillows every 6 months, but what a waste, not to mention all those pillows going to the landfill.

Asked by bodie1 3 years ago


Wine bottle lamps like link (inside) ?

Anyone have ideas on making these, and especially how to finish them so well? http://www.greenyourdecor.com/2009/03/03/upcycle-color-block-hanging-lights/

Posted by debu 9 years ago


It's probably right in front of me, but..... Answered

It used to be that I could go someplace like, LIVING and within that, there were choices for say, Sewing or Knitting or Upcycle etc.  I don't see a way to access the list anymore.  Is it there and I'm not seeing it, or is it gone?

Asked by mole1 3 years ago


Has anyone hacked a bread machine controller circuit?

I've got an old Breadman (TR333) bread machine and it's still chugging along.  The newer models have more useful programs (like Jam and Pasta) but have horrible flimsy baking pans.  What I'd like to do is reprogram my old solid bread machine to do these new programs.  I've seen the hacks to roast coffee in the bread machines but I don't think they mess with the controller circuit.  I think they just re-wire them to mix constantly and point a heat gun at the beans.

Asked by tewharau 8 years ago


"Choose To Reuse" Contest Awarding Free HP Laptop & Printer

If you like turning trash into treasure, then you're probably going to love Greenwala's new crafty contest.The green social network is complementing its other green-themed contests with their latest and greatest one, which asks participants to photograph an original repurposed design of their own creation.Some examples of other contestants' creations include:1) vinyl record garden planters2) shower curtain turned into wearable "hoodie"3) vinyl records stitched into a pocketbookTake a look at the rest of the entries here and then gear yourself up to submit your own cool, repurposed design -- http://www.greenwala.com/greenwala_contestsThe most creative reuse will win a new HP Mini 110 XP Notebook and a Deskjet D2660 printer! Good luck and have fun!!

Posted by elizahleigh 9 years ago


How can I turn a crappy electric guitar into something functional?

My ex left this beat up, crappy guitar at my house and rather than toss it out, i would like to upcycle it into something useful. any ideas?

Asked by 9 years ago


Samuel Bernier gets Runner Up in Core77 Design Awards 2012

Instructables member and artist-in-residence alumnus Samuel Bernier was recently awarded Runner-Up in Core77 Design Awards 2012 for his amazing Instructable Project Re_, an exploration into 3D-printing as a DIY tool for upcycling. Here's an exerpt from the Core77 page: "This experiment of Project RE_ explores 3D-printing as a DIY tool for upcycling. Customized lids are created using low cost 3D-printing. They are then clipped or screwed onto standard jars, tin cans and bottles to create new and personal objects" If you're not already familiar with Sam's work with Project Re_ you should check it out, he updates the Instructable with new design ideas and regularly answers questions about his 3D printing experiences.

Posted by mikeasaurus 5 years ago