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Upcycled ladderback chair using fabric scraps instead of traditional caning

Gardening, creativity, and upcycling go hand in hand for me. To me they are a movement of a natural expression. Nature is always cycling and recreating, and we are part of that. So in addition to garden-specific posts, I’ve let the creative impulse unfurl here at The Compulsive Gardener as well. This page is dedicated to posts about upcycling and creativity.

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Let your creativity unfurl!

Check back often for a growing body of blog posts on repurposing, upcycling and sharing inspiration through colors, paints, and fabrics and more. A fertile cross-pollination of gardening and recycling if you will!

What do you do with old T-shirts? Fabric scraps? Old DVD’s? The posts below are dedicated to, or include, creative endeavors.

Begonia maculata | Wings with silver polka dots...what's not to love?!

The Sensory Pleasure of Houseplant Foliage

Of the many eventualities I tried to plan for in the garden back when we first began planting 20 years ago, gardening-without-knees wasn’t one of them. Back in late May,…

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Concrete Garden Sidewalk with recycled latex paint and leaf imprints

Upcycle Leftover Paint In A Garden Sidewalk

Summertime in the garden bespeaks the sensual delights of picking juicy tomatoes, finding yourself danced over by butterfly shadows and basking in the radiance of sun and sunflowers. It’s also…

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Upcycled micro bag made from plastic bag waste and fabric scraps

Upcycled Micro Bags & Bins — Made From Plastic Bag Trash

Though this is primarily a garden blog, I like to toss in a few posts about creativity and upcycling from time to time, since those also inspire me and feel…

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Upcycled rug from old T-shirts in seaside colors | Upcycling

Upcycling Old T-Shirts Into Rugs

What to do with old t-shirts? Time to retire your old garden clothes? Upcycle them into fun rugs!

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Magenta Tulips | digital painting by lisa of

Bring the Garden to You — coping with pandemic isolation by creating art from the garden

Is pandemic life of isolation or inclement weather getting you down? Bring the sanctuary and refuge of the garden indoors with calming and creative outlets like painting garden scenes from your photographs.

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Upcycling an Old Ladder-back Chair Into a Playful Garden Picnic Seat

Upcycling a ladder-back chair with fabric strips for caning and refinished with whimsical painting.

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Upcycled DVDs and CDs -- painted and wired into wall hanging

What to do with all those old DVDs and CDs

What to do with all those old dvds and cds that you can’t recycle after your Marie Kondo purge? Upcycle them into art — wall hangings, garden art, room dividers.

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