We all know that Pinterest can help us find many ways to spend our money. Why, without Pinterest, Ashley would have no chance of receiving a bust of Ryan Gosling lovingly crafted from materials of questionable origin for her next birthday! That’s what we would call a crying shame at The Dose of Reality.
But what I didn’t know until this week was that Pinterest can teach you new things and also save the world…yes, SAVE THE WORLD!
As I was Pinteresting earlier this week, I ran across a fantastic pin. Admittedly, at first I thought it was a picture of the bottom of someone’s trashcan. It turns out that is wasn’t trash at all because it was UPCYCLED!
Not hip to upcycling? Don’t worry. I’d never heard of this magical thing either.
According to Wikipedia, upcycling is defined as:
“the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.”
Hello! What fool doesn’t want to take their waste materials and craft them into products of higher quality?
Feast your eyes on the pin that introduced me to upcycling:
Pinterest Nightmare #257a: Upcycled CD Necklace
It’s hard to take in all that beauty. I know.
I had no idea you could take an old CD (probably Richard Marx), a wad of ribbon from your 2003 baby shower, and the chain from an outgrown swing set and UPCYCLE it into the “product of higher quality” you see here! It’s a revelation!
It’s not taking up space in the landfill if it’s hanging around your neck!
The only problem I have now is deciding which garbage pail I want to raid so I can upcycle a necklace of my own. (I’m thinking the bathroom pail because used Q-tips seem like the perfect upcycling material. A case can also be made for the kitchen can. It’s filled with used coffee filters and the tuna fish container from my lunch.)
I was so impressed by this fashion accessory, I kept my eyes open on Pinterest this week for other upcycling pins. I was not disappointed.
Pinterest Nightmare #257b: Upcycled Jello Tupperlight:
Totally genius, amiright?! They even use the lid! How many light fixtures do you have with a burpable lid? Exactly.
Oh sure, naysayers will whine that the Tupperware plastic isn’t up to code for an electrical fixture. What if it melts and catches fire from the heat of the bulb? Blah, blah, blah. You pay your homeowners insurance for a reason, right?
But this final upcycled beauty of the week might be my favorite. It’s also available for purchase so know you’re getting professional level upcycling.
Pinterest Nightmare #257c: Upcycled Crochet Tablecloth Tunic
Yes. That is a shirt made from a tablecloth. You won’t believe this, but the website says that it fits everyone from a size XS-4XL.
How many other tunics can make that claim? I’m thinking none.
And as our friend Susan from This Happy Mom commented on Pinterest: “It goes well with the upcycled quilt she’s wearing as a skirt.” Word.
If you don’t mind the tiny splotch of gravy from Thanksgiving near the right arm hole and have $235 burning a hole in your pocket, this can be yours.
Thanks to Pinterest, trash day just got a whole lot more exciting!
Oh, Pinterest. No…just no.