Hot Weather Upcycling?

When the hot weather we’ve been waiting for all year finally arrives, it’s hard to find the motivation to do much apart from eating ice cream and moaning about the weather.  Luckily, this project allows the sunshine to do most of the work for you.  If your kids are anything like mine…smuggle crayonsBut here’s a way to get more use from your pile if tiny crayon stubs:  rainbow crayons.

You’ll need:

  • old and broken crayons
  • silicone moulds for ice, chocolate or soap
  • a knife
  • heat (sunshine or an oven at 100 degrees)

Start by peeling off the wrappers if there are any left.  Break or chop the crayons into pieces and arrange them in the mould.


Place the moulds in the sunshine and check periodically.



After 2 hours:

IMG_2391At the end of the day:

IMG_2373When the crayons have fully melted, I find it’s best not to move them too much or they mix into a muddy coloured mess.  I try to leave them in one spot until they’ve cooled (usually after sunset) before popping them out.  And here’s what came out:

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They make great stocking fillers or party favours, and make a brilliant swirl effect when you use them.  Maximum coolness, all with minimal effort!




Exciting Photo Ops PLUS a tiny tights tutorial!

We’re still all about bikes at the moment, and we are just so excited about the stuff we’ve made over the last couple of weeks!  (Ok, the 26 cups of coffee we drank while making it may have added somewhat to the excitement.)  In any case, here are some fancy photos courtesy of our very own photographer (and YouCanBike-erSarah Pledger, and thanks again to the guys at Outspoken for donating their old bike bits.

ring pull and bike chain bracelets

Making clocks

upcycled bike parts

Chain ring clock (I so love this photo!)

Chain ring clock (I so love this photo!)

Outside of the group, I’ve seized the opportunity for a little at-home-upcycling as well.

Question:  What do you do when your five-year-old manages to put holes in every pair of tights you buy, within an hour of putting them on?

Answer:  Turn them into funky fingerless gloves.

tights into fingerless gloves

Just cut off both legs below the hole and cut off the toes.  (of the tights. Not the child.  Just in case that wasn’t clear.)  Then cut a small hole in the heel for the thumb to poke through.  fingerless glovesNext, photograph your child wearing her new gloves.  Throw in some vintage photo effects to hide the fingerprints on your wall and Voila!  Instant Hipster.  We now have maybe 12 pairs of these gloves floating around the house, which is good.  Because after putting holes in her tights, losing gloves is my eldest’s next best talent.

Upcycling Parties & Workshops

Seeing as we’re in party mode (in the UK at least) we’ve added to our Custom Workshops and Parties Page to include even more fun and games for all ages and abilities!  If you’re located in the East of England and fancy a more eco-friendly birthday for your kids or a crafty get-together with mates, check us out! Here’s a printable flyer you can pass on to your mates.  Ok, now you can get back to watching The Apprentice final and celebrating the Jubilee!



A little more repurposed balloon awesomeness…

Whew, It’s been a long week since my last post.  If you remember, last week I had succumbed to the flu and was attempting to lay low and recover my strength.  I’m still not 100%, which leads me to believe that it wasn’t actually the flu, but the much more virulent “man-flu” strain.  One of the highlights for me was getting up the strength for a hot bath.  Unfortunately, I then lacked the follow-up strength to get back out of the tub, and then lay in a wrinkly heap in the increasingly tepid water. Meanwhile a pair of toddlers took advantage of my weakened state by traipsing plastic dogs up and down my goosebumped arms and legs until I had rested enough to fend them off.

But it wasn’t all bad.  While I lay on the sofa being subjected to Sponge Bob Square Pants on repeat (because a certain 4-year-old has learned to hide the remote), I did some more balloon jewellery.  Check these out:





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So how do you make your balloons more flower-like?  Just snip the closed end of the balloon down the middle, stopping when the balloon begins to narrow again.  Then thread your elastic through the circular opening of the balloons just like beads. It’s way to easy, isn’t it? It’s a great project to do with your kids, especially for a Hawaiian themed party.  (Of course, if you haven’t time, you can always buy one from our Etsy shop! We don’t mind, we’ll just make more.)

Now these make me really happy, but if you want some more repurposed balloon awesomeness, check out this post from Candoodles.  And, I’m sure lots of you have seen tutorials on how to make balloon stress balls.  But check out this post from Babble that demonstrates how to make a tactile matching game with balloons!

In addition to balloon awesomeness, there’s been all kinds of other shenanigans happening behind the scenes during our convalescence.  For example, Sheri from Awesomesauce & Asshattery has perpetrated some random acts of bodaciousness in our general direction–which shall be revealed tomorrow!  And the pretty stained-glass-ish lantern tutorial I promised?  ‘Tis forthcoming!  Way too much goodness is coming over the next few days–which means I now must go and rest to preserve my stamina.