DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts

Updated: September 2018

I have always liked giving functional presents for these holiday season as well as for birthdays. And most of the years I make some time to create the gifts myself, maybe is only the wrapping (not that I create the gift per se) but something that makes it unique and more personalised. I have collected some ideas, a few but quite not so common, that I hope they inspire you.

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Reusing Altoids Tin boxes

[Updated: July 2017]

Prepping Tins For Altering
Covering an Altoid Hinged Box Tutorial

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Reusing empty Tape Rolls

[Updated: March 2019]

Decoupage Bangle from Contemporary Papier Mache
Tape Roll Pendant

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Reusing Old Shoes

First of all, if you have shoes that can be repaired, you just have to give them some new look and/or donate them. If not, search for a local

Below you can read zero waste minimalist Shia’s (WastelandRebel) experience with donating/recycling old shoes:

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These are 5 pairs of old (athletic) shoes even our cobbler has deemed unrepairable 😅. Both hubby and I wear our shoes until they literally fall apart and cannot be repaired and worn anymore. So I was looking into ways to recycle shoes. Turned out, there isn’t much #recycling going on when it comes to shoes. You can donate them, but if the shoes cannot be repaired anymore, they will just get disposed of. If they can still be worn, they are mostly shipped off to African, Asian, or Eastern European countries, where they destroy the local markets 💔! If you are lucky, they will get sold in charitable shops in your own country, but that is a gamble. So the best way to ensure your still wearable shoes (and clothes) will not destroy some other country's economy, the best way is to give them away in local Facebook groups or on Craigslist. But what about these unrepairable shoes? I found out that @nike has this “reuse a shoe program” in North America and Europe. As they state on their German website, you can drop off up to 10 pairs of athletic shoes at “most Nike and Converse retail stores” . You know what? I tried several stores, but not a single store had heard of the program! So I called Nike customer service. And turned out, the program does exist, but they do not have ANY drop off locations in Germany AT ALL (despite what they say on their website!), because there isn’t a person in charge of this program here in Germany and so they do not tell their retailers about the program. The only way is to send your shoes as a parcel to Nike’s recycling facility in Belgium 😣 – at your own cost! Not to mention the environmental impact of individual parcels sent to Belgium. So this is it: To support the recycling of shoes and so they will continue their program and start to actually enforce it (and only because I do live pretty close to the Belgium border anyway) I am sending these 5 pairs as a parcel to Belgium. BUT since there is a national border in between I get to pay 14.79 EUR (USD 15.71, GBP 12.61, CAD 20.52, AUD 20.26) for shipping.

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DIY Tutorials How To Make a New Shoes From Your Old Ones

If you are considering throwing them away, then take a look to these ideas to reuse old shoes without wearing them:
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Reusing Candle Jars

Updated: September 2018

Creative Ways to Repurpose Candle Jars | ecogreenlove
Easy Candle Upcycle

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