upcycling coffee products


Used coffee capsules now upcycled as watches – Nespresso has been riding the home barista trend with counter-top coffee makers. But what to do with those crushed capsules? One enterprising idea is seeing them used as the basis for a handmade, custom timepiece as part of the Grand Cru collection produced by high-end watchmaker Blancier. At least you’ll always know when it’s time for a coffee.  [via Brand Channel]


Leave it to a Manhattan-based crafter to use coffee shop leftovers to create a stylish piece of fashion. Dreamed up by P.S.- I made this… blogger Erica Domesek, this chic statement necklace is made entirely from plastic coffee stirrers, thread and a scrap of ribbon.
Inspired by a collaborative collection from Marc Jacobs and ’80s fashion icon Maripol, this trend-setting piece is sure to turn heads – whether you live in the big city or a small town. Create an inverted triangle like Domesek’s, or try another shape for the look that suits you best. [via Earth 911]
Brooklyn-based desinger Derek Munn enjoys all forms of visual arts, but his passion lies with expressive typography. When he was a child in Newport News, Va., he and his Little League teammates would store their water cups in a chain-link fence in front of the dugout to keep them clean. The memory inspired Munn to use foam coffee cups to create baseball-related typography at a local playground.
Check out his tutorial at Ragehaus to see how he did it, and give the geometric letters a try in your own neighborhood. This fun project would be great for sports games, but you don’t have to be an athlete to get in on the action. Just use the same technique to craft a typography message that represents your interests and transforms them into head-turning art. [via Earth 911]
Rather than tossing those espresso cups in the trash, repurpose them into a dainty (and surprisingly stylish) home decor solution like Hey Gorgeous blogger Rhiannon Nicole. All you’ll need is a few basic materials and Rhiannon’s detailed photo tutorial to help you do it right. Don’t worry if your espresso cups are branded with a coffee chain logo. You’ll be covering them with colored craft paper anyway.
Once you have completed your project, hang the string lights at home as a decorative accent, or use them to posh up backyard parties, baby showers or weddings. [via Earth 911]
Starburst home decor is trending in modern homes and apartments from coast to coast. But these picks can be pricey at most home decor chains. Ditch the added expense and create a starburst-style clock on the cheap using this detailed tutorial from Freckled Nest blogger Leigh-Ann Keffer.
Purchase a set of clockworks from a local crafts store to make the whole thing yourself, or use a thrifted clock with no dimension as a base for your spunky focal point. You’ll need a pretty sizeable handful of stirrers to complete this project. So, you may want to ask friends and co-workers to stockpile their stirrers for a few weeks before getting started. [via Earth 911]


If you’ve ever picked up coffee for a group of friends (or the entire office), you’re likely familiar with those pesky fiberboard cup carriers that tend to come with large orders. It would be tough to carry eight lattes without them, but once you reach your destination they become little more than extra waste.
Keep your carriers out of the landfill and create a funky piece of wall art at the same time by taking a cue from New Orleans mom and Bon Temps Beignet blogger Liz. The crafty mama arranged her cup carriers into a geometric pattern and added string lights for a modern look. Check out her tutorial at Bon Temps Beignet – chock-full of photos and tips to help you craft your own budget-friendly wall art. [via Earth 911]

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Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s, Tom developed a strong desire to create positive change for people and planet.


He went on to pursue his passion for art and design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked for design firms in Southern California before moving to Boise, Idaho in the early 80’s. Foerstel Design opened its doors in 1985. Since its inception, the firm has cultivated a bold, happy, forward-looking team focussed on creating distinct and effective work on behalf of their clients.


An integral part of Tom’s philosophy is giving back to the community in which he lives — a company cornerstone that drives Foerstel’s long history of providing pro-bono services to local non-profit humanitarian and arts programs.


One of Tom’s proudest personal achievements is his ability to say Supercalifragilisticexpyalidocious backwards.