Create Beautiful Things with the Stuff You Already Have

By Seo Danny; Danny Seo

Running Press Book Publishers, Paperback, 9780762441792, 221pp.

Publication Date: August 23, 2011


Renowned environmental lifestyle expert and Today Show regular Danny Seo shares 100 of his most inspiring projects for creative transformation. Have neglected items around your house? They can be the source for exciting craft possibilities! Turn your old leather belts into a cool doormat (or even a briefcase!); worn-out paperbacks into gorgeous bud vases; tennis balls into a quaint country swing; chopsticks into a handsome trivet, and many more.

With full-color photos throughout to guide and inspire, Danny shows that it’s easy to be crafty, and fun to be budget- and eco-conscious.

About the Author

Danny Seo is America's leading environmental lifestyle expert and host and creator of Simply Green with Danny Seo, a new show on LIME TV with a companion weekly show on Sirius Satellite Radio. The author of four books, he is also the columnist and the Environmental Lifestyle editor with Country Home magazine.

Praise For Upcycling

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb
"We love Danny Seo. Don't ask us why--it would take too long! Just take our word and read his book!"

Kirkus, 8/1/11
“Interior designer Seo produces an idea book on how to grant junk a second life using his crafty “MacGyver-meets-HGTV” skills… A solid resource for the eco-conscious, as well as the crafty.” 

Every Day with Rachael Ray
"My mom has a special way of beautifying our home. So DOES Danny Seo...."

Publishers Weeky,  8/29/11
“Seo proves that one person's junk is another person's chic with 100 imaginative ideas for reusing, well, junk: silk flowers, old buttons and wine corks, old paint stirrers. Upcycling fashions disposable odds and ends into a new life of high-style repurpose. Who knew you could do something other than fill a drawer with Chinese takeout chopsticks (make a trivet); hotel key cards (use them in a breakfast-in-bed tray); and jar lids (glue them onto a metal grate table in a distinctive new surface)? Seo's directions for projects for decorating, entertaining, giving, are super-simple; one chapter contains kid-friendly projects. You don't need an elaborate set of tools either, though a glue gun and cordless drill are essential items. Not everything here will be to everyone's taste (a necktie wreath?), but that is the point; Seo comes up with funky, fun, and very distinctive items. Being eco-smart doesn't mean being dowdy.”