Wondering what to do with those old dress shirts that you won’t wear any longer and are too dingy to donate? Well, here’s an easy and fun DIY project that will make those tired threads into something cute and useful: Turn that dress shirt into an apron!
The clever DIY project comes from PSYmedia, and it’s easy to do
What Is Upcycling?
The above video is an example of “Upcycling.” You can probably guess the meaning — upcycling versus recycling — but here’s the official definition.
“Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products perceived to be of greater quality, such as artistic value or environmental value,” states Wikipedia.
Upcycling is not the same as recycling.
“Recycling takes consumer materials — mostly plastic, paper, metal and glass — and breaks them down so their base materials can be remade into a new consumer product, often of lesser quality,” notes the Hipcycle website. “When you upcycle an item, you aren’t breaking down the materials. You may be refashioning it — like cutting a T-shirt into strips of yarn — but it’s still made of the same materials as when you started. Also, the upcycled item is typically better or the same quality as the original.”
Now you know. Try it out and let us know how it goes on our Twitter or Facebook page!