Posts tagged upcycling
It’s wine o’clock (somewhere) — which means it’s time to share a wine-related repurposing find:
This week, it’s empty wine bottles used as candle holders, filled with soy wax. (Pictured: Rewined Candles, with wax seals color-coded according to varietal scent. Via The Dieline; spotted on Pinterest.)
For earlier finds, scroll through Unconsumption’s “wine o’clock” series of posts here.
Those of you who’ve been reading Unconsumption for a while might recall our 2010 post about Milan’s Maison Moschino — the boutique hotel the Italian fashion house Moschino opened in 2010 in a retrofitted 1840 railway station — where some guest rooms are furnished with ball gowns as headboards.
Turns out, the hotel offers additional Unconsumption-y design inspiration in the form of lamps made from dresses. (photo via DiarioDesign)
Related: For a review of the hotel, described “as a place for playful photo shoots,” among other things, check out this January 2011 writeup from The New York Times.
Most people would look at an old copper fireplace coal bin — if they bothered to notice it at all — and see something ready for the junk heap. Brian Carlisle [of GadgetSponge.com] saw a birdhouse.
“It just spoke to me when I looked at and I could envision a bird hole in front and a roof on top,” he told TreeHugger in an email. “From there, I saw lots of opportunities with many other metal items that most folks throw away or keep for no reason.” The quirky, whimsical results are both retro and futuristic, and strangely beautiful.
Scouring Thrift Stores For Supplies
Carlisle gathers his birdhouse-making supplies — percolators, flour sifters, tea pots, hard hats, license plates, galvanized gas cans, sugar canisters, trophies, watering cans, even a metal space heater — at flea markets, thrift shops, and antique stores, or through donations from family and friends.
Read the rest: One-of-a-Kind Birdhouses Made from Scrap Metal : TreeHugger
Check out Brian’s range of birdhouses available from his Etsy store here.