Upcycling: the process of using something that would generally be discarded to create a new, useful item.

According to Wikipedia, the term was coined by William McDonough and Michael Braungart in their book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the way we make things.  I like it.

For months, I’ve been meaning to buy acryclic wall pockets – one to go on either side of my monitor inside my enclosed computer desk.  Thanks to inspiration from the Upcycle group on Ravelry, I’ve been looking at things around my home in a new light.  Last night, a Honey Nut Toasted Oats box and some paper left over from my paper scrapbooking days came together to make this:

Cereal Box Wall Pocket

Cereal Box Wall Pocket

Much prettier than acrylic, don’t you think?  Cheaper, too.  Now I just need to make one for the other side.