Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle, Rethink

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last example of forks repurposed into wall hooks. This one from

Funky porch furniture made from salvage wood, shred from Hip and Humble Home

Salvage wood + used bike inner tubes = sporty little stool.

What do you have around that could be re-purposed into something fun and useful?

SalvageWood can be used to great effect in new projects, like these kitchen cabinets faced with old crate wood from 1001 Pallets.

This countertop is made with recycled paper. Yup, paper. Maybe one of the most ubiquitous and underutilized recycling materials. The beauty with paper, is that you can re-pulp it and reform it. The countertop has some sand and a wee bit of cement to give it some extra strength to withstand the bathroom sink environment. You can use straight paper pulp to make lamps, acoustic panels, bowls, can even mix paper pulp with cob (clay & sand) to give it extra resistance to cracking.

You can make paper pulp at home. Super fun with kids! Here's how:
1. tear up recycled paper into a large bucket (I use a 5-gallon bucket); the weakest paper is shiny magazine paper and the strongest is newspaper, so having a mix with at least 50% newspaper is great.
2. add ample water, to completely cover the paper and so that the strips can float around freely...use warm water if you want to speed up the process
3. wait 1 day if you used room temperature water, wait a few hours if you used warm are waiting for the paper to break down and get smushy

4. blend the mixture into an oatmeal-like consistency; I use an old blender for this, you can also use your hands or a drill with a mixer paddle. Note that any inks that dissolve into your water can stain a plastic only use a blender that is glass or that you are willing to donate to your new paper addiction wink emoticon
5. strain the pulped paper...I use a mesh strainer, but you can also use window screening
6. now you have a malleable material that you can form over screening in any shape...bowls, panels, etc...or you can simply form it to whatever shape you like. The tighter you push the denser and stronger your final piece will be. If you add a touch of clay (can be clay soil), you have more versatility in terms of how complex and/or how thin you make you paper forms. Note that if you form the paper pulp over a screen, you will get the texture of the screen in your finished piece. If you form by hand, the end result will look slightly lumpy. And if you form over a bowl, it will be slower to dry, but the surface against the bowl will be pretty smooth.
7. let it dry out completely (you can put it in the sun to speed this up)
You can paint it as you like.

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