Upcycled Crafts

What one person sees as trash could be used by someone else to make a new treasure! These book are filled with ideas for making some great crafts out things that are usually thrown away.


The Paper Playhouse: Awesome Art Projects for Kids using Paper, Boxes, and Books
by Katrina Rodabaugh
745.54 Rod
With simple techniques including sculpture, printmaking, bookbinding, collage, and even ideas for public art, families work through step-by-step instructions while using imagination and budding aesthetics. This book goes beyond the typical paper craft project to include contemporary design references like Mid-Century Modern dollhouses, VW buses, paper monsters, costumes and masks, and the classic lemonade stand–all made with unique style and flair! Focused around surprising and easily accessibly materials like shipping boxes, shoeboxes, junk mail envelopes, newspapers, maps, found books, and other paper ephemera, The Paper Playhouse has 22 projects aimed at inspiring children to create amazing paper crafts.


Dazzling Duct Tape Designs
by Tamara Boykins
745.5 Boy
This title is also available as an ebook.
Provides step-by-step instructions for creating such duct tape projects as bracelets, headbands, bookmarks, key chains, and banners.



Trash to Treasure: A Kid’s Upcycling Guide to Crafts (ebook)
by Pam Scheunemann
With easy step-by-step instructions, this book will help kids get creative and recycle and repurpose their trash into handmade treasures. All projects feature common everyday items to reuse in a fun new way. From bottle-top pop art to felted tin-can organizers, kids will love making useful crafts and helping the environment. Great tips and advice on reusing, garage sales, and spotting treasures are also provided. So start your upcycling with these fabric, paper, metal, glass & ceramics, and odds & ends projects.


One Drawing a Day
by Veronica Lawlor
741.2 Law
This title is also available as an ebook.
Through 46 daily exercises which make up a complete 6-week course, you will keep your artistic skills sharp and your imaginations fertile by doing One Drawing A Day. Each spread in the book features a beautiful drawing by one of 8 professional illustrators, with a description and comments by the illustrator as well as a companion exercise. Each exercise includes suggestions for various mediums or mixed-media solutions, advice on how to approach and execute the drawing, as well as professional tips. The book also includes exercises designed to spark new ideas and increase creativity


The Big Green Book of Recycled Crafts
by Leisure Arts Publication
754.5 Big
Yes, you can surround yourself with handmade beauty while helping the environment at the same time! Each project in this book uses one or more items that would ordinarily end up in a landfill. By finding ways to extend the usefulness of paper, plastic, cans, glass, clothing, and other recyclables, we’ve developed hundreds of green crafting ideas. Each is fun to make and even more fun to give as a gift! Whether you want to reinvent a lamp, create artwork from household discards, organize your photos, or get more mileage out of an old sweater, you’ll find plenty of ideas and inspiration in these pages.


Upcycling Celebrations
by Danny Seo
745.5 Seo
Presents many projects for creative “upcycling”–using used and recycled products to create extraordinary gifts and decorations for celebrations from New Years Eve through Christmas.