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Wall-E Made From Materials Found Around the House!

Wall-E Made From Materials Found Around the House!

 

This adorable Wall-E was made by Davide Marin for a child obsessed with the Disney character using materials found around his home! Marin decided to make it one lazy morning using things that were going into the trash like old boxes, parts of plastic bottles, old film and scraps of cardboard.

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MAGnificent Curtain Made from Old Magazines

MAGnificent Curtain Made from Old Magazines

 

Despite the advancement of electronic media, people still seem to accumulate stacks of old magazines, flyers and newspapers. The MAGnificent Curtain transforms these paper-based publications into a simple, stylish and super sustainable curtain that can be replicated by anyone, anywhere. All you need is magazine pages rolled into tubes, scissors and a pair …

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Tripod Lamp Made Out of Two Broken Items

Tripod Lamp Made Out of Two Broken Items

 

Two wrongs do make a right. It was a sad day when Sarah Myers’ drafting lamp from childhood broke and no longer functioned as it was intended. It was another sad day when her tripod similarly failed to fill its original function. She couldn’t stomach the thought of just mindlessly discarding these two, at one time, great items so she decided to make …

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Film Roll Lamp

Film Roll Lamp

 

Nidhi Gupta‘s beautiful film roll lamp is made from spools of old film that are strung together and assembled into a circular shape. We love how the successive series of stills creates a shifting pattern as forgotten scenes weave a new narrative about sustainable design.

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Medusa: A Jellyfish Lamp Made from Old Plastic Cups

Medusa: A Jellyfish Lamp Made from Old Plastic Cups

 

Elena Bescós Ciprián made this fetching jellyfish-shaped lamp out of all recycled materials from her house. The body of the lamp is made out of small plastic cups, and plastic taps, parts of egg cartons, and other miscellaneous plastic pieces were used for the tail.

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Riverzedge Greenworks Lamp Made from Old T Shirts and Plastic Bags

Riverzedge Greenworks Lamp Made from Old T Shirts and Plastic Bags

 

Is this lamp really made of dirty old t-shirts laminated with collected plastic bags? YES! These lamps are a result of a co-design project between Katryna Carter and a group of teens affiliated with a Rhode Island-based after-school program, Riverzedge. Riverzedge is an after-school …

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Tinker Toys Made from Trash

Tinker Toys Made from Trash

 

Architect and grandfather Ron Aarons makes these awesome tinker toy-inspired constructions from recycled tennis balls and water bottles! The water bottles are glued together at the bottom and the ends are attached to a tennis ball after bottle caps are securely attached with drywall mollys allowing for easy assembly and dis-assembly of the …

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Iluminata: Lamp Made Out of Yogurt Bottles

Iluminata: Lamp Made Out of Yogurt Bottles

 

Iluminata is a modern lamp made with yogurt bottles from a school dining hall. Designed by Basurata Chan, it’s made with simple tools: a stapler and …

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Piggy Bank Made of Old Sweaters

Piggy Bank Made of Old Sweaters

 

Vivian Alderete Moreno took the following steps to make her adorable piggy banks out of old sweaters:

1. Manipulate and inflate a balloon to the desired shape
2. Shape and harden with paste made from flour and water and newspaper as the typical mexican piñata
3. Finally decorate it with unwoven old sweater threads

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Chop-Flops Made From Recycled Chopsticks

Chop-Flops Made From Recycled Chopsticks

 

Joseph Palmer’s ingenious Chop-Flops are flip-flops made from reused materials. The surface where the foot meets the sandal is made of used chopsticks that were collected from the dumpster of a local Japanese restaurant. Dental floss was collected to lash the chopsticks together, as well as sew them to the sole. …

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Lawn Chair Made from a Tire and Old Stool

Lawn Chair Made from a Tire and Old Stool

 

Medha Tyagi and his friend Akshay Bhalerao made this lawn chair out of a worn out tire and an old stool after being inspired by cloth swings and hammocks. Using the rather sturdy skeleton of the stool, they tried different orientations that would optimize the comfort and stability of the seating.

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Wine Bottle Lamp Made From Trash Found on NYC Streets

Wine Bottle Lamp Made From Trash Found on NYC Streets

 

Ben Light made this wine bottle lamp by cutting off both ends of a wine bottle and then transforming an old tube of glass into the lamp’s shade. The pieces of a wooden pallet Ben found on 89th St. make up the base and cap, and the lamp socket comes from an old floor lamp that was also found among trash on the same street. Ben says “White wine gives more light, but maybe I’ll try red for a little more …

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Rose Pillow Made from Bridesmaid Dress

Rose Pillow Made from Bridesmaid Dress

 

A ruffled rose pillow made from an old too-tight bottom half of a bridesmaid dress!

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“CHUPITOS” Egg Tray Made from Repurposed Baby Bottle Teats

“CHUPITOS” Egg Tray Made from Repurposed Baby Bottle Teats

 

“CHUPITOS” by Carlos Alberto Montana Hoyos is an egg tray and carrier made from 14 repurposed silicone teats from baby bottles. When babies grow, teats have to be replaced to increase milk flow and this is a great way to reuse them. The teats are assembled by …

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LOTO Recycled Plastic Bottle Chandeliers

LOTO Recycled Plastic Bottle Chandeliers

 

Loto is an organically inspired lamp series by Eugenio Menjivar that takes its characteristics from lotus flowers. Like immaculate lotus flowers that grow within muddy swamps, Loto lamps are born from oceans of plastic debris. The Loto series is an eco-experimental body of work that transforms discarded household materials into precious objects, allowing plastic to be reborn to educate consumers about …

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“On Top of News” Newspaper Chair

“On Top of News” Newspaper Chair

 

“On Top of News” is a cheeky chair made out of newspapers and an old chair. Designed by …

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A La Lata Bowl Made From Recycled Soda Can Tabs

A La Lata Bowl Made From Recycled Soda Can Tabs

 

Carlos Alberto Montana Hoyos‘s “A La Lata” Candy Bowl is part of a collection of items handcrafted with repurposed aluminum can tabs woven together with zip-ties. The bowl appears to “float” on the translucent zip-ties. Its structure allows it to collapse inwards, …

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Book Cover Made From Recycled Styrofoam

Book Cover Made From Recycled Styrofoam

 

Alin Tocmacov was about to throw away the packaging from his MacBook, when he realized that he could turn the beautifully patterned styrofoam packaging in to the perfect book cover for his portfolio. He then cut the recycled packaging to fit the back of the …

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ReCycle Collection

ReCycle Collection

 

The ReCycle Collection is 100% made out of second hand clothes and textiles (the name comes from the process of recycling and the Inspiration of bicycles). In an experimental draping process, I found the perfect shape for every single piece of secondhand garments.

In the first picture you see a former coat, two shirts and an old man’s pants which I turned into new styles. The catsuit in the second picture is made out …

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Gorgeous Garments Upcycled from Magnetic Video Tape

Gorgeous Garments Upcycled from Magnetic Video Tape

 

Kai Yeung Yau makes captivating garments by weaving video tape into textiles. The video tape was bought from a second-hand shop and then stitched on garments to visualize music with different pitches and frequencies by varying the heights and widths of the pleating. …

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