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5 minute DIYs: Upcycling with Leslie Gaydos of NECN

Posted by Melissa Massello  June 26, 2013 10:00 AM

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Holiday weekends are a fabulous time to try out a new simple crafting or DIY project and a great way to get kids and adults spending quality time together. With July 4th fast approaching, and most people taking the entire week off, I thought I'd share this wonderful segment about the "upcycling" trend within the DIY movement that I taped with Leslie Gaydos of NECN just before Memorial Day.

"Upcycling" is the modern process of refashioning discarded materials into something new, creative, and often more beautiful than the original, without needing to completely break down the materials like in recycling, often borrowing ideas from the Depression era when families lived by the reuse mantra of "Make it Do or Do Without."

In this segment with NECN, I walked through five simple upcycling projects — "5-Minute DIYs" and other features from Shoestring — which should be all the inspiration you need before heading to the Cape or the lake. Best of all, most of the materials are free things you can find around the house: from the back of your closet or from the recycling bin!

Here's where to find the step-by-step instructions for many of the featured DIY projects:

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