Reclaimed, Upcycled & Recycled Holiday Gift List

I came across some home decor items recently that I love! These reclaimed items make some of the cutest gifts for the holiday season.  These particular ones are all handmade and made in the U.S.A.  Etsy is a wonderful place to find items like this and you are helping support the Handmade Holiday, Shop Small, and Shop Local movements I am sure you have been seeing around.  I hope you enjoy the items I have found as much as I have finding them.  All of these items were found at Maiden Long Island’s Etsy shop. They currently have a coupon code GIFTS14 to receive 20% off of your purchase of $5 or more. Offer valid today through December 7th.



Recycled Glass Pendants

Recycled Glass Sugar Skull Pendants

I love these Recycled Glass Sugar Skull pendants! They are one of a kind and just plain perfect. The pendants have been made from recycled glass and melted at a high heat to form a smooth surface.The skulls on the pendant are flawless beautiful. The designs of the skulls are very intricate. The pendants are $15 a piece




Shabby Chic Vintage Inspired Screen Frame

Shabby Chic Vintage Inspired Screen Frame





How adorable is this reclaimed frame! Once a picture frame this gorgeous shabby chic design frame has been upcycled and turned into a super fab jewelry organizer! Hang earrings, necklaces or even hair accessories on it. You can even use it as a piece of decor and hang it where ever you want. This is a great idea for old or broken frames. Instead of throwing them away make them useful! This frame in particular is only $20. This is a very versatile gift that many people would love.





Reclaimed Vintage Framed Chalkboard

Reclaimed Vintage Framed Chalkboard





It seems that chalkboards are all the rage. I have seen them everywhere and on everything. I would think giving one as a holiday gift would be a wonderful idea. Maybe even as a gag gift for a teacher! Who knows! This particular vintage inspired frame makes for a perfect sized chalkboard to hang in your home for a to-do list or even more important a chore list, daily reminders, even for recipes while cooking. This frame is $25!!




Olaf Painted Vinyl

Olaf Painted Vinyl





Another super popular holiday them is Frozenof course. I know everyone needs, wants and must have. This is a lovely item that is not only very adorable it is also upcycled. This is a hand painted Olaf the snowman on an old vinyl record. This is an exceptional idea. Use it as a wall hanging or find clock parts and BOOM a clock for your home. The artist also takes custom orders so choose anything you want.

Some Great Stuff For Your Home Made in The US of A

It has been a while since I have posted in one of the most important sections of this entire blog! I am always on the look out for great stuff you can find that has been made right here in our little own country! It has been more difficult as the years go on to find anything that is made in the America and when you do the price is so much higher and let’s be honest not always of the best quality either.  I am happy to see the pace of this Made in the USA trend pick up.  That is the exact reason why I feel like it is important to search out what ever Made In The USA products and businesses I can find!

Flip Flop Nesting Boxes

Flip Flop Nesting Boxes


Flip Flop Nesting Boxes $120

I think these are super cute and love almost anything made from recycled flip flops.  I know I get good use out of mine every summer.  It is exciting to know that when I recycle them they do go to good use.  Spring is right around the corner and I cannot wait to break out my flip flops, now especially after seeing these.  The  only thing I don’t necessarily love is the price however it is hand made and I can only imagine how long that takes so I can let it go.

Product Description: Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Bring the flip flop love into your home with these upcycled nesting boxes. Flip flop flotsam from flip flop factories (say that three times fast!) is wasted more than you might expect, but you can make a difference in the fate of such fun material by gracing your home with these nesting baskets. Each upcycled basket is comprised of patiently wired together pieces of flip flop, resulting in a colorful pattern.
Use indoors or out, these boxes are fit for anything from toys to towels.



Vinyl Record Jigsaw Puzzle

Vinyl Record Jigsaw Puzzle



Vinyl Jigsaw Puzzle $35

I don’t know many people who are willing to part with their vinyl but I can say I have recently seen some of the most creative uses ever come out of recycling them.  I think the jigsaw puzzle is an excellent way to upcycle them.  You can still use and almost honor the record.  This is a perfect gift for the hipster you know that you know.

Product Description:
This 31-piece puzzle is lots of fun and a great conversation piece. Looking for a way to delight puzzle junkies or vinyl lovers? We gotcha covered.
Made from Classic Rock LPs that celebrate the best of the 60s & 70s. Let us pick out a good one for you.
Comes packaged in a sturdy, clear round box.



Concrete Hexi-Bowl

Concrete Hexi-Bowl


Concrete Hexi Bowl $95

I think this bowl is super cool.  The design is very modern/minimalist but the coolest part is that 40-70% of the bowl is made from reclaimed stone! Besides the fact that it is hand molded which just sounds like a ton of fun to have that job!  I know this is a little pricey for a bowl but hand made upcycled items are becoming more fashionable so sooner or later the price of conscious products will go down.

Product Description: Molded by hand, this is one unique serving bowl! Comprised of an advanced concrete mix that has been fine tuned over years of experimentation, it contains anywhere from 40 to 70 percent of reclaimed stone dust obtained from tile and counter top manufacturers. A great conversation piece and an easy way to display in-season fruit or your favorite holiday bulbs!
Because cement essentially cures continuously over time, these actually increase in durability over the years.
Each hexi bowl develops a unique patina as it ages.
Sealed to resist stains with carnauba wax.
Available in your choice of gray or white


Shades Bud Vase

Shades Bud Vase


Shades Bud Vase $55

This I have to say is probably one of the simplest resolutions to recycling glass bottles that I really never thought about before.  I would like to announce I would appreciate a little more decoration on the bud vases but over all this is a great idea! It is so simple and obvious I am ashamed I haven’t even thought of this before.  I really, really love this idea!

Product Description: Flower arrangements can be lovely, but why shell out fifty bucks when you can use this bud vase over and over again? These vases provide just as much of an impact on a room’s freshness with just four flower buds as an entire arrangement! Made of four upcycled glass bottle tops mounted on a glass pane, these glass vases are sealed to prevent leakage. Need a table centerpiece? These are the perfect size to hold taper candles- and the curved nature of the bottle easily catches any candle drippings!

Green Bride Guide Gifts and Deals

Are you wondering what ethical gifts to get for some of your favorite people this holiday season? I know it isn’t always easy and can be extremely time consuming to find the right gift with the right qualities that make you feel comfortable purchasing! I have found a few super cute little things you can get for the home as gifts for your loved ones that break the bank or your morals.  I found a slew of great finds at one of my most treasured places, The Green Bride Guide. Get $10 off your order of $50 or more in the Green Bride Guide Gift Shop!


Yellow Bird Candle Holder


Product Description: This candle holder was created using only natural materials and eco-friendly principles. Designed in partnership with global and local artisans who share the purpose of making nature-inspired products unlike any other. Each piece is individually handcrafted to create an item that is handsome, built to last, and of good value. 5.75″ x 4.5″ x 6.75″ Materials: Ceramic, Metal.  Super cute and super sweet at only just $15.00 you can’t go wrong with such a cute little accessory.  Add a soy candle to the gift to be extra thoughtful.





Product Description: This functional piece lends a nautical and eco-friendly style to any room. The plate is 10.5″ in diameter, and 2.5″ deep. I really like this plate for myself to be honest. It is simpl cute and lest we forget made from recycled glass! Great for anyone’s home and only $17.00.  You can fill this dish with candy or candles and wrap it up to give it a personal touch.





Product Description: Because of the generously sized bowl, these unique glasses lend character to any beverage or tasting event. Sold individually.  A great give to give either as on or a set. I love glasses of all kinds especially when they are made from recycled glass.  This is a good gift if you know someone who is difficult to buy for or if they are a wine lover!  You can even add some decoration to make it a bit more personalized.





Coconut Bowl


Product Description: Coconut is another remarkable renewable material. The coconut palm is grown throughout the tropics for decoration as well as for its many culinary and non-culinary needs. Virtually every part of the coconut has some application including the coconut shell, a waste by product. After the coconut meat and milk have been harvested the shell can be used for many purposes including these decorative bowls. Each bowl is unique. Every bowl is cleaned, polished and finished with a durable food safe laquer, then accented with color. Ideal for serving hot or cold foods or for displaying fruit. Coconut Bowls clean easily with warm soapy water or a damp cloth. (They’re not recommended for dishwasher or microwave.) Bowls are priced individually 5.5″ diameter x 2.5″ high. Super cute bright colors and perfectly sustainable.  Add your own personal touch to it by putting dried fruit, candy or even other cute little house hold items in it.  The coconut bowl  is a cute way to say Happy Holidays!

Glitter-ize Old Glass

Glitterize Your Old Glass

Glitterize Your Old Glass




Pinterest is at it again with awesome things for me to do! I found this awesome craft that can turn any boring old Glass it to something amazing!!!! It may just be me that thinks everything is better with glitter but I cannot help but be distracted by shiny things.  It really is a curse.  Anywho, I am pretty sure that everyone has some old glasses, mirrors or serving trays that they would like to spruce up.  This is a great way to make something old look new! Here is how:

Clean Glass or Glasses
Mod Podge Matte Finish
Painter’s Tape (You might be able to use masking tape but I know sometimes it leaves a residue and you cannot put these glasses in the dishwasher after the glitter has been applied.)
Paint brushes (any sizes and tips are up to you as it will be your design)
Sheet or cover (to keep glitter from getting all over the place)
Large canister or plate (to place the glitter in while applying it to the glass)


1. Put the painter’s tape around the areas you do not want to glitter. Make your own design! Get creative.

2. Use your paint brushes to add Mod Podge to the areas you do want to glitter. Nothing has to be perfect so do what you want with it.

3. Place your sheet or cover down before glittering so it can catch any spillage.

4. You can either sprinkle the glitter over the Mod Podged area and put a canister underneath it so you can save any unused glitter or fill a canister or plate with glitter to roll the Mod Podged area in. Either way is good. I personally like to roll mine in the glitter to make sure the entire surface is covered.

5. Let the glass set for a few hours to make sure everything has dried.

6. Remove painters tape and excess glitter.

You can use this concept on many old smooth surfaces. The glasses are not meant to be put in the dishwasher however so be careful what you decide to decorate.