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Upcycling : create beautiful things with the stuff you already have
Seo, Danny.
Adult Nonfiction TT149 .S46 2011

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Seo proves that one person's junk is another person's chic with 100 imaginative ideas for reusing, well, junk: silk flowers, old buttons and wine corks, old paint stirrers. Upcycling fashions disposable odds and ends into a new life of high-style repurpose. Who knew you could do something other than fill a drawer with Chinese takeout chopsticks (make a trivet); hotel key cards (use them in a breakfast-in-bed tray); and jar lids (glue them onto a metal grate table in a distinctive new surface)? Seo's directions for projects for decorating, entertaining, giving, are super-simple; one chapter contains kid-friendly projects. You don't need an elaborate set of tools either, though a glue gun and cordless drill are essential items. Not everything here will be to everyone's taste (a necktie wreath?), but that is the point; Seo comes up with funky, fun, and very distinctive items. Being eco-smart doesn't mean being dowdy. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Interior designer-turned-television personality Seo's first collection of craft projects focuses on upcycling, which he defines as "a higher form of recycling." Not surprisingly, the emphasis is on home decor, with a few children's toys thrown in for good measure. Though none of the projects is difficult, the directions are vague, and there are no photographs of the steps to create the pieces (photos show the finished objects). And do we really need directions for applying glitter to thrift-store paintings? Still, upcycling remains trendy, and Seo's appearances on popular daytime television shows may drive demand. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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