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Upcycling: Create Beautiful Things with the Stuff You Already Have Paperback – August 23, 2011
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Granted, some ideas are unique and attractive. But I am shocked at how many of the items look so "junky." Making a picnic blanket out of old towels, hanging cotton batting "clouds" from the ceiling, and making play crowns from coffee sleeves does not an upcycler make. Most of the more attractive upcycling projects are already being done the world over, and provide no new information to the seasoned upcycler.
Flipping through the book, one gets a strong feeling that Mr. Seo was instructed by publishers to make the book thicker, and many of his projects are a result of just this. Whether this is correct or not is beyond my knowledge, but if you are new to the upcycling movement, I strongly recommend against this book. It will simply convince you that most of upcycling is taking junk and making it into different junk, rather than actually adding value, purpose, and beauty to what no longer may be referred to as junk.
1. A towel picnic blanket. Don't make it look nice, just stitch the towels together.
2. A plastic bottle sand timer. Take two plastic bottles, fill them with colored sand, then use a cork screw to keep them together.
3. A scarf blanket: the ends didn't match and it looked like someone forgot to put away.
And those were three of the best projects.
Also, a lot of the projects required purchases in addition to or in lieu of upcycling.
Overall, this book was very disappointing. I asked for a refund. Amazon is great with refunds!