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Re-Creative: 50 Projects for Turning Found Items Into Contemporary Design

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Previously Announced. Recycle. Restore. Repurpose.

This unique book inspires art, creation, and environmentalism with 50 projects that transform yesterday's trash into today's stylish and useful objects. Using found, discarded, and cast-off items as a foundation-from old computer cases, soda cans, and record album covers to foam packing-readers can fashion stylish clocks,
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 22nd 2006 by HP Trade
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Re-creative shows how dejected everyday objects can receive a new life through re-creation. There are lots of clever ideas, like turning old candy wrappers into a bowl, changing old records into a hanging wall organizer, and making flower vases from large cardboard tubes.

I think that all of the projects in this book are extremely innovative. Also, the projects are variable depending on what you have on hand. Each of the projects has a diagram that shows how much time the project takes and how m
Not one project I would use in my home. But the concepts should be easily adapted.
Melissa Massello
Featured in DIY Modern Design: Making it Recreative on :

"One man's trash is another man's modern design, or at least so found Steve Dodds, Queens-based architect and professional "maker." In his popular DIY bible, Re-Creative, Dodds offers up 50+ project ideas for repurposing curbside finds and materials into high-concept modern furniture and home accessories."
I like the idea of using found items to make new things, so this book seemed like a perfect instruction to get started on that. I was disappointed by the lack of really cool projects and the fact that most of them you would need a professional for because I'm sure I couldn't do them on my own. I did like the ideas for the CPU computer cover case table, the Wine Crate Table, Stone Drawer Pulls, Electric Fan/Wok Lid Bowls, Tin Can Pen Rack, and the CD Case Photo Display. 3 stars.
Some cute ideas. A lot of the projects were less crafty and more construction-like in nature. (Drilling in cement blocks, etc.) Required a few too many tools that I do not own.

Plus, I'm getting a little snobby when it comes to "recycled" or "reused" crafts. When the end product has more new materials than old materials in it, can you really call it a "green" craft?

Excellennt projects - but I get more thrill out of reading about them than I do 'doing' these kinds of things. I DO like the front cover idea - making a clock out of an old tin and there were a few others I'll make copies of to stash away with the hopes of doing them someday.
I am completely inspired to turn my old 1962 vintage "12,000 Girl Scouts Sing!" album cover into a fabulous clock now! Soon it will hang, kitschly and proudly,on my wall!
Just a few ideas in here of worth to me, but it was a library find and I hadn't purchased it so 3 stars
Interesting projects. Not for me.
wicked good inspiration
I wish I had a workshop!
Sep 18, 2008 Jesse rated it 5 of 5 stars
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