Outdated Sunglass Cases

Since I’ve upgraded my sunglasses and they’re now all over-sized I’ve found that none of my sunglasses cases work with my new lenses. So I set out looking for some other ways I could put my old sunglasses cases to use.

Gym and Beach Jewelry Holder

Stash sunglasses cases in your gym and beach bags and you’ll have a safe place to stash your jewelry when you take it off to work out or hit the waves.

Can you believe there's a sunglasses case under this glitter?

Small Clutch

Grace over at Stripes and Sequins came up with an amazing idea for turning a sunglasses case into a small clutch purse.  Check out her step-by-step tutorial – I promise, it’s a lot easier than it looks. I love her choice of rose gold glitter for this project.


Small Craft Project Case

A sunglasses case is perfect for a small craft project such as friendship bracelets or beadwork.


Restaurant Entertainment

Stash some crayons and/or markers in a sunglass case and you’ll be prepared the next time you’re little one gets antsy at a restaurant. You can always ask the waitress for a piece of paper if you don’t have any with you.


That’s all I’ve got, but if you all think of any other ways to use old sunglasses cases please post in the Comments below.


Soda Can Jewelry

You only get 10 cents for turning in a soda can at the recycling center – why not turn your soda cans into jewelry instead? Here are some ideas I found out on the Internet, collected from some of my favorite bloggers.

Re-Imagined Waste


Rolled Beads

Upcycling: Re-imagining Our Waste has a fantastic tutorial on making very wearable Soda Can Jewelry.





Pop Tab Purse

Check out this HubPage on how to make a Pop Tab Purse! Wow! Seriously, wow!


Pop Tab Bracelet

Instructables has the Pop Tab Bracelet tutorial.

Pop Tab Bracelets


Soda Can “Tiles” Bracelet

made by Twelve Crafts Till Christmas

This tutorial tells you how to make these tiles, however I would use elastic in place of the fabric so that I wouldn’t have to bother with the button. Plus, I think it would look better without the button. Note to bleeding finger: the Modge Podge is a step you don’t want to skip. It coats the sharp edges of the soda can so that your jewelry is safe to wear.


Soda Can Earrings

made by Shona at The Artistic Life

Shona’s earring tutorial.

That’s it for now. Check back later as I’m sure I’ll add more tutes to this page as I come across them or as I develop them myself.

Cassette Tape Bracelet

This is an ingenious way to upcycle a cassette tape. I was going to say “old cassette tape” but really, that’s redundant, isn’t it?

The instructions are lost in the ethernet of Google but the basic idea shouldn’t be hard to figure out. Here’s how I would do it. Pull the tape out of 2 cassettes, but don’t discard it. I’ll post some tutorials on how to upcycle the tape from the cassette.

Boil some water and with a pair of tongs dip one of the cassettes into the water until it is soft enough to be manipulated. Wearing a pair of gloves to protect your hands from the heat, carefully bend the cassette around a soup can, or a can of beans, whatever you have on hand. You may have to hold the cassette around the can until it cools enough to hold its new shape. Repeat with the second cassette. Now you have your two bracelet pieces. Now how to attach the two pieces together on one side and the zipper on the other side? It doesn’t look as if this is how the bracelet in the picture was made but I think making a fabric cuff with a zipper that would fit inside the cassette cuff and then glue the cassette to the fabric should do the trick. Or you could use elastic instead of fabric to line the bracelet and skip the zipper altogether, although I think the zipper adds a nice touch.

The pic shows a black cassette which looks very biker chic, but if you used a white cassette it could have a retro-60′s feel or skip the 60′s reference altogether and just call it contemporary.




Book Shelves Gone Wild

My friend G and I were wandering around The Lab (it’s an industrial chic outdoor mall) after lunch at The Gypsy Den and ended up in this little clothing store “Gloss” that had the most creative displays. Take a look at their books made into shelves that double as jewelry organizers.

Here’s how to construct a floating book shelf:

Invisible Bookshelf

from WebUrbanist


Dollhouse Bookcase

This is a dollhouse made from an Ikea bookcase. It’s a fantastic way to salvage a bookshelf that you may not have a use for anymore or which is marred in some way that makes it unsightly as a bookcase. I found this pic while traipsing through Grosgrain Fabulous. It’s worthwhile to click on over there and read her comments and thoughts regarding this dollhouse.

20 Unusually Brilliant Book Shelves

WebUrbanist has put together some wild book shelves which lend themselves to the DIYer with access to a glue gun and a hammer.

Bookshelves Made of Books

And check out these book cases made from books. I’ll call them Cannibal Cases.

Bookcases Made of Books


Check out this hanging book case made of – wait for it – HANGERS! You’ll need to incorporate some plier action into your skill set, but it shouldn’t be too difficult. I think this is my favorite simply because it’s so hard to find ways to reuse dry cleaner hangers.

Creative Hanging Bookshelves


Funky Bookcase

I think this one is made from pallets.


If you have a lot of cardboard boxes around, decoupage them (for beauty and strength). Stack them how you like them and secure with 2 straps. This contraption won’t survive an earthquake or a pair of toddlers, but it could work nicely as a room divider.

Elegant Bookcase

And this is just for fun. It doesn’t necessarily use recycled materials but it’s too much fun to not pass on to you all. Oh the possibilities!

created at: 10/20/2010