Upcycled Crafts: Favorite Resources

October 12, 2013 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment

I’ve spent the past few weeks going over the craft blogs that we’ve posted in preparation for our blog to be moved to the Austin Public Library website. We’re excited about the move and will keep you posted about when it will actually happen. As for my going back through the craft blogs, I noticed that we’ve had the craft blog up and going for almost a year already! I am happy it’s continuing to be a part of the Recycled Reads blog and hope to bring you more upcycling ideas in the future. Today though, I wanted to put on my librarian hat and give you some recommendations of craft books and resources that we have used in the past for craft inspiration. We hope that you can also be inspired by them. If you have any upcycled craft resources of your own that you’d like to share, please tell us about it in the comments.

Brown Bag Ideas from Many Cultures by Irene Tejeda

This is a great little book that really does cover many different cultures and their artwork. The medium of choice is paper bags, and they are used to make such diverse crafts as Mexican folk paintings, African tribal beads and Indian Mirror Vests.

New Crafts: Cardboard by Emma Hardy

The projects in this book are pretty impressive, from a table made out of corrugated cardboard to cardboard ornaments, this books has been pretty inspirational. In fact, I used it recently for my blog about how to make a cardboard box.


This book was put out by a magazine of the same name, and it features DIY interior decorating projects involving upcycled materials such as plastic utensils, phone books and pallets. I encountered it awhile back, and it served as an introduction to the concept of upcycling for me, and has served as inspiration ever since.

Austin Public Library Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center Database

Follow this link and scroll down to Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center. You can access PDFs for all kinds of craft tutorials as long as you have an Austin Public Library card. I’ve found information on crocheting, knitting and origami on this helpful resource.


Entry filed under: Crafts.

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