Archive for August, 2014

We’re moving!

Things are always changing here at Recycled Reads, whether it’s a huge donation coming through the back door, or just bringing back our picks shelf (come check it out!). Another big change is that this blog will be moving to another location – within the Austin Public Library website. We’ve spent 5 years here on WordPress doing our blog, and we’re happy that you’ve followed us this far, and hope you make the move with us!

Our new blog should be live at this website address by next week, so be sure to update your bookmarks. If you’re looking for craftiness, please continue to look for my craft blog on the new website. I’m currently working on animations for our grant video modules but will post a new craft blog next week.


August 23, 2014 at 9:56 pm Leave a comment

Upcycled Crafts: Cardboard Pencil Boxes

We had a great time at this month’s Upcycle This! event on Thursday night, where the craft was cardboard pencil boxes. All you need is a cereal box, scissors, tape, ruler, and velcro. We used this template from Craftzine. Have fun with this, experiment with placement and design of the photos on the box. We had one participant who designed it so that a stack of Ritz crackers was on the front of the case, while another participant had the Cheerios logo going down the front of hers.


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August 9, 2014 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

Upcycled Crafts: Gift wrap

Long before my son’s first birthday, I had written a blog post here about gift wrapping using maps. This past week, my son turned one, and of course, I used maps to wrap his gifts. They served their purpose, although they’re a bit heavier than regular store bought wrapping paper, so my son needed a little help in tearing and ripping open gifts. After that, I began to get curious about gift wrapping in general and the options that people come up with. A simple search yields plenty of options. is just one website that lists out sustainable gift wrapping options including ideas such as wrapping gifts in fabric, cereal boxes and junk mail.

You can find lots of books on gift wrapping at the library! Here’s a listing of all the gift wrap related books that Austin Public Library has available.


August 2, 2014 at 9:01 pm Leave a comment

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