Transform old toys into fun hooks

Every parent knows the dreaded floordrobe. It's like a monster, all jumper arms and trouser legs, as your kids get home from school and their uniform ends up in a crumpled heap near the bed. Argh!

Inspire your kids to take more control and get their clothes off the floor. Watch this video and discover an affordable solution to re-purpose toys they no longer play with into fun hooks using Sugru.

Sugru is ideal for this project because it bonds to most materials, which means you can turn anything you already have lying around the home into a hook. There's no need to buy expensive new fittings!

For this project, you'll need one single-use pack. Need to stock up? Head over to the Sugru shop!

Step 1 – Roll one single-use pack of Sugru into two balls and press them firmly onto your object. Then mould them into pyramid shapes with your fingers.

Step 2 – Press firmly onto the door so Sugru pushes out the sides. Then gently rub the edges to make it nice and smooth.

Step 3 – Use masking tape to hold the toy in place and leave it to set.

In 24 hours, your kids won’t be able to resist hanging their clothes on their awesome new hooks. Hooray!

There's a satisfaction to solving problems and saving money at the same time, especially when you can get hands on.

Check out these affordable, DIY solutions for everyday problems.

More money-saving ideas for everyday problems

1. Fix your fridge

Save money on expensive replacement pieces. Fix the broken plastic in your fridge with Sugru!

2. Fix broken toys

A well-loved toy can help create new worlds, start adventures, and be a child's best friend. But accidents happen... and when they do, buying a replacement just doesn't cut it (we've all seen Toy Story).

Forget the replacement. Fix broken toys with Sugru!

3. Make awesome storage solutions

We all find treasures on our travels — those little mementos that remind you of an amazing place we visited and don’t want to forget.

Instead of spending money on expensive storage fittings, why not capture that piece of your holiday and give it a new purpose at home! Every time you use it you'll be transported somewhere special.

4. Conquer shoe mountain

Shoes are awkward, you can't fold them, stack them or hang them up. It's like they have a mind of their own and somehow always seem to end up in a disorganised shoe mountain!

Here's an affordable yet quirky way to keep them organised... with Sugru and tennis balls!

We love it when problems like this have affordable solutions. Check out the Clever Fixing and Creative Upcycling section for loads of ways Sugru can help you save money around the home.

Fix broken plastic in your fridge

Until everyday things break, we don’t realise how much we rely on them. Like the zip pull on your favourite jacket or the shelf in your fridge that stops the milk from spilling onto the floor. And let’s be honest, sometimes the inconvenience of trying to replace broken parts is more hassle than it’s worth.

So why buy new when you can fix instead? Save money on replacements – watch this video for an easy, affordable way to fix the broken plastic in your fridge with Sugru.

Sugru is ideal for this project because it bonds strongly to metal and most plastics, and is cold resistant to -50°C (-58°F).

For this project, you'll need half a single-use pack of Sugru. Need to stock up? Head over to the Sugru shop!

Step 1 – Roll one single-use pack of Sugru into two balls and, holding your fridge shelf in place, press one piece against the crack.

Step 2 – Press firmly, ensuring full coverage and a strong bond between plastic and metal.

Step 3 – Use masking tape to hold the shelf in place and leave to set.

In 24 hours, your fridge will be as good as new! No more snaps, cracks or spills. We can't promise there won't be strange smells, though.

There's something empowering about fixing things instead of replacing them. It's a sense of achievement we can all share.

Check out these great ways to achieve DIY greatness and save money at the same time.

More ways to save money and fix that thing

1. The best way to fix any zip

Don't let a broken zip ruin an entire travel case or jacket. Here's a wonderfully clever and easy way to fix those broken zips with Sugru and a paper clip.

2. Fix frayed charger wires

Save money on having to replace damaged chargers. Fix frayed wires or strengthen new ones with Sugru!

3. Patch up your rain boots

Dirt is the mark of an adventure! Getting outside and exploring is one of the joys of this time of year — but no one needs the fear of soggy socks.

Save money and fix up the family's old favourite rain boots with Sugru.

4. Fix your favourite sandals

It's cold outside and we're already looking forward to our spring getaway. Don't spend money on expensive travel replacements. Fix your favourite sandals with Sugru!

We love it when problems like these have affordable solutions. Check out the Creative Fixes and Creative Upcycling section for loads of ways Sugru can help you save money around the home.

How to transform junk into gold

What would you do with 750kgs of junk jewellery?

Whatever you are thinking, the team behind JUNK: Rubbish to Gold have gone one better. Discover how a small team of determined jewellery makers used their maker skills and imagination to transform a pile of so-called 'junk' into absolute gold.

It all started in 2015, when Jivan, Rachel and Laura from the Birmingham School of Jewellery launched a small Kickstarter campaign. The aim was to raise enough money to put on a public performance, where makers could transform and reimagine a mountain of ‘junk jewellery’ using a range of materials including ceramics, plastics, crystals, wood, glass, metals, thread and you guessed it Sugru!

The idea of the project was simple — source a large pile of broken and discarded ‘Junk jewellery’ from charity shops and individuals across the UK. Then together with the help of a number of jewellers, work to reimagine and transform this discarded ‘JUNK’ into awesome new jewellery pieces to be displayed and eventually sold on for charity.

As the jewellery began to flood in from all corners of the country, a gigantic pile of jewellery began to pile up in the foyer of the Birmingham School of Jewellery. The team started sorting, choosing the pieces they saw had most potential.

Skilled jewellery makers from UK, Holland, Germany, Finland, Sweden and America all got involved, donating their time and their skills to help bring the project to life. The team that was assembled were all at different stages of their careers — ranging from students to recent graduates right through to lecturers and professional jewellers and artists.

For an entire week the team put on a public performance in the foyer of the Birmingham School of Jewellery and streamed live on YouTube for people around the world to watch and learn.

The scale of the project was incredible, upcycling thousands of forgotten brooches, pendants, bracelets, earrings and necklaces. Here are just a few our favourite pieces from the entire collection (bonus points for spotting the Sugru)

Ring by Mah Rana: Sugru, plastic, metal

Necklace by Mia Maljojoki: paint, crystal, metal, Sugru

Necklace by Farrah Al-Dujaili: plastic, Sugru, metal

Necklace by Farrah Al-Dujaili: plastic, Sugru, metal

Necklace by Nuala Clooney: crystal, chewed Sugru, metal, stone, plastic

Nuala Clooney. Necklace. Chewed Sugru, metal, textiles, glass

Necklace by Nuala Clooney: Chewed Sugru, chocolate, textiles, wood

Necklace by Nanna Grønborg: Plastic, glass, Sugru

Necklace by Nanna Grønborg: Plastic, Sugru

Necklace by Nanna Grønborg: Plastic, crystal, Sugru

Bracelet by Maria Hanson: Metal, glass, Sugru

Earrings by Hannah May Chapman: Sugru, metal, glass

All images copyright: JUNK: rubbish to gold
Photographer: Rod Gonzalez

Discover how Sugru can bring your designs to life

Sugru is great for your own jewellery projects. It bonds to most materials and unlike glues and epoxy it's easy for anyone to shape and form by hand. Sugru can be used to bond materials together and can fill weird gaps that glues can't, making it easy and fun to make your own creations.

Design your own contemporary jewellery like Maria

Maria is a Dutch designer who uses Sugru in her jewellery creations. These pieces have been made using cross sections of old vines and Sugru.

Upcycle bike parts like Katie's Bike

Katie Wallace (aka Katie's Bike) has a mission: "to re-purpose used stuff to create bespoke products. The vision is to save all bicycle waste from landfill (whoa!)." Katie takes bits of bike chains that would end up as scrap and turns them into lovely pieces of jewellery like the one above! What is best about Katie's resourcefulness is that not only is she recycling, but she is using lots of different kinds of metals that could often not even be recycled.

Check out the Clever Fixing and Creative Upcycling section for loads of ways Sugru can help you save money around the home. Let's beat the January blues...

Jen Gale: a year of making, making do, mending and buying nothing new

Have you heard of Jen Gale?

She's been part of the Sugru community for a few years now. Together with her family she’s been using Sugru to fix all sorts of things and coming up with ingenious solutions around their home since discovering us back in August 2012.

A few years ago, after she realised just how much consumerism was affecting her kids, Jen came up with a big idea — setting a challenge to herself and her family to not to buy anything new (apart from food and toiletries and shoes for her children!) for one whole year!

On 1 September 2012 her ‘Make Do And Mend Year’ began — a full year of making, making do, mending and buying nothing new started. It was a journey which helped her to realise it's not as hard as first feared it might be.

Jen committed to writing a blog every day throughout the year — helping to share the skills she picked up along the way. The blog included hundreds of ideas, inspiration and project ideas for making, repairing and creating things. Word of mouth spread and soon the blog was getting attention from tv shows and newspapers across the UK and beyond.

“It has totally transformed the way we shop, and to a certain extent how we live. I really try to stop and think now before I buy something, and try to find second-hand sources.”

Before starting, Jen had worried it would be difficult to source second-hand items that her family (including her 2 young sons) would need during the year. But she found that thanks to the growth of popular websites such as, Freecycle, StreetBank and eBay it was much easier find what they needed.

But what about Christmas?

As you can imagine, she explains, Christmas was exhausting but thoroughly rewarding. When Jen looks back she is really proud of her family for doing it, and they ended up making 95% of the presents they gave to friends and family, as well as all the Christmas decorations this awesome Christmas tree (made from DIY pompoms!).

Throughout the year Jen began to pick up new skills – from repairing clothes through to home improvement and fun DIY projects for kids. Head over to the Make Do And Mend website for loads of projects and how to guides to inspire you to try things out for yourself.

Now while we don’t expect many people will be going as far as Jen (!), we think everyone can take a little inspiration from what she has learnt along the way. So we’ve put together some of the best things Jen have picked up along the way to help inspire you.

5 things Jen has learnt

1 Look at what you already have and see if you can just 'make do'

Most of the time, we don't really need new stuff, we just want it! By the time you find what you want you realise you don’t actually need it!

“I don't think I will ever buy clothes from the High Street again.”

Jen found herself buying far more clothes during the year than she ever would have done normally, by sourcing items in a charity shop, car boot sale, flea market, vintage fair or online.

2 Try and look at things in a different light and upcycle!

Look at what you already have in a new way and think of how you can repurpose them. For example an old duvet cover or a pair of old jeans can make a cheap alternative to furniture fabrics. Or that old jumper you were going to throw away can be remade into something new like a pair of mittens or a new woolly hat for winter!

3 The web is an endless source of inspiration and instructions

The growth of sharing projects and ideas online means it's much easier to find help from others — websites like Pinterest and Instructables are a great source of project ideas and a place to learn. Just search for what you need and chances are you will find what you're after!

4 Visible mending! Don't stress if your repair is there for everyone to see

Embrace it and be proud! Something here at Sugru we have always celebrated — A fixed thing is a beautiful thing.

5 Don't be afraid to have a go

What's the worst that can happen? Something that is already broken or damaged becomes more broken or damaged! And you are bound to learn new skills along the way.

With a lot less commitment, and the inspiration we can get from sharing our ideas, we can all keep enjoying the regular satisfaction of saving things and saving money in our own creative ways.

Make Do and Mend-able: Back to Basics

Check out Jen's ebook Make Do and Mend-able: Back to Basics — a collection of projects that teaches you a range of mending and repairing skills, from upcycling unwanted items through to fixing and maintaining clothes and furniture.

What's next for Jen in 2016?

Oh nothing much, just a new project to save the world, one clever little tip at a time with her new challenge 365 Ways to Change the World!

Follow her progress over on Instagram @makedoandmendlife or catch her on Twitter every Thursday (8-9pm GMT) where she answers your questions on the hashtag #makedoandmendhour.

There's a satisfaction to saving money by fixing things instead of replacing them. It's a sense of achievement we can all share. Let's beat the January blues... with clever fixing and creative upcycling!

Who said LEGO was just for fun?

LEGO has been inspiring kids for many decades, letting them be creative and clever all at once.

They were designed to let kids bring their endless creativity and inventiveness to life with their own two hands — encouraging them to dream and explore being an engineer, or an architect or an inventor!

So it’s not surprising that kids and grown ups are always coming up with new and inventive ways to use these colourful little bricks. Here are 6 inspiring yet practical uses for the world's favourite building block.

1. Building an affordable braille machine

Shubham Banerjee from California was just 12 when a fundraising flyer for the visually impaired got him wondering how blind people read. After Googling it he was shocked to discover Braille printers cost over $2,000.

So he decided to modify a robot model from one of his LEGO Mindstorms EV3 sets. The result was The Braigo.

Today Shubham is CEO of his own company, Braigo Labs, which Intel (yes, that Intel) have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in. Check out the video to hear the full story.

2. A creative way to brighten up city streets

This colourful trend began with artist Jan Voorman and his Dispatchwork project — it has grown to become a phenomenon, inspiring thousands of people around the world to use spare LEGO to help brighten up and repair our grey city streets.

3. Organise your time by hand

The Bit Planner was dreamt up in 2012 by the team at Vitamins. They were looking at all the different ways people on their team managed their time — from post-it notes on computer screens, diaries, to-do lists and some really complex project planning software. The result was a system built entirely from LEGO, letting them organise their time by hand. Brilliant.

4. Keep all your cables handy with Sugru + LEGO

LEGO is the world's favourite building block. Sugru is a little bit magic. Combine the two and you'll see the world with new eyes.

Use LEGO to keep your cables tidy by the bed, desk, or in the car – everything is awesome! This is just one of the 10 easy projects you can do yourself with the new Sugru Home Hacks kits.

5. A hands-on approach to teaching Maths

LEGO blocks are often used to build colourful structures, but did you know they can be used to provide kids with a fun, hands-on learning experience? Alycia Zimmerman, a school teacher from New York, has written extensively about the ways LEGO can help students to develop their maths in a creative hands-on way.

6. Help give a tortoise some mobility

Meet Blade from Germany. He lost the use of his legs due to a growth disorder that caused his legs to weaken to the point he was unable to bear his own weight. Thankfully his vet, Dr Carsten Plischke, had an idea. He raided his son's LEGO collection and came up with the ingenious idea of attaching Lego wheels to the underside of Blade’s shell.

Discover the story of LEGO's founder: Ole Kirk Christiansen

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