paper beads as gifts

Here’s a beautful African paper bead bracelet I just got for Christmas, but these beads are easy enough to make, for yourself or for a gift for your family or friends.  This is also a good gift to give if you are low on funds or you just like to recycle!  (both describe me)  All you need is an old catalog or the ad section out of the newspaper (colourful paper is better), scissors, a pen, a ruler, a toothpick, clear nail varnish, and string.  The process takes some time, but it’s a great way to relax at the end of the day and just listen to some music.  Here’s a photo of some beads I’m working on putting together into a necklace.  As you can see, the beads make a nice avant garde decoration while you’re working on them. 

See our post on November 11, 2011 for a complete how-to on making paper beads.  Happy Making!

Everyone can learn a little thing from Luna

If you have ever read or watched Harry Potter, I’m sure you remember Luna Lovegood.  And what better accessories can there be than her cork necklace?

Here are a few more ideas I found that rival Luna’s

Don’t forget to accessorize!

aluminum can shoes

pull tab clutch
 newspaper clutch
buttons, plastic bottle caps, and metal

More Prom Dresses!

Sock Monkey Dress

Plastic Cup Dress

Black Trash Bag Dress


Comic Strip and Bubble Wrap Dress

Prom Dresses!

Ladies, if you want to make your prom dress this year, it’s time to start thinking about them.  It’s a rising trend in high fashion today to wear clothing made out of recyclable materials.  Plus, it’s unique and you won’t have to worry about anyone having the same dress.  Here are some inspirational ideas to help get you started!

Trash bag and pull tab dress

The back view

Dress made from ties

Styrofoam cup dress

 Newspaper dress
These were just some ideas I found interesting!  Check out the next post for ideas Jessica liked.









This dress has inspired the two of us to make something like it, hopefully in time for prom!

a work in progress

Here’s a skirt I’m working on for my trash fashion project.  It’s underneath layer is made out of a Journey’s catalog, and the decoration on the skirt is a discontinued library book of Picasso paintings.  It’s still a work in progress, but when it’s finished it will be part of a recycling campaign!

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