Create It

This page is dedicated to designs, patterns, and creations I’ve discovered along the way. Feel free to give them a try and let me know how it worked for you!

If you have a great idea to share that 1) could be useful to my community, 2) that upcycles easily-found materials (plastic bags or pouches, plastic soda bottles, glass bottles, candy wrappers, lollypop sticks, small waxed cardboard cartons, etc) and 3) results in projects that improve their lives or generate income, please share with me using the Contact Form below!

45 Ways to Recycle Plastic Bottles


Turn Beer or Wine Bottles Into Glasses

Tutorial for Fusing Plastic Bags

Fused Plastic Tote Bag

This idea an also be used for quilts, placemats, jewelry, kites, etc

Crocheting Plastic Bags Into Baskets, Hats, Flowers, and More

Braided Rugs From Plastic Bags

Other braided items could include sleeping mats (perfect for Peace Corps Volunteers!), sitting mats for kids, doormat or shoe mats for dirty/wet shoes

Build Your Own “Top Bar” Model Beehive

*Note: The most important part of the entire box is that the ‘bar’ width dimensions be exact. Doing so provides the accurate ‘beespace’ inside. If it is not accurate the bees will not want to live in it.

Plans to Build a "Top Bar" Model Beehive

Plans to Build a “Top Bar” Model Beehive

Build Your Own Solar Dryer

*Note – Though instructions refer to use in the southern hemisphere the same principles apply. Adjust accordingly to your location on the globe. 🙂

solar food dryer

Eco-Friendly Crocheted Tote Bag

(from a fellow PCV in Thailand)

Eco-friendly crocheted tote bag made from reused plastic bags!

Homemade Internet Antenna

If you have a weak wifi signal give this a try!

Internet antenna

Coming Soon…Prepare your own beewax skin salve!

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