You know the old saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure?
” Cappy Sue Creations is a unique Etsy shop that takes that mantra to a whole new level. Along with random paintings, jewelry and art pieces that range from strange and unusual to traditional and beautiful, Cappy Sue Creations will also take your random, unwanted junk, turn it into something new and more interesting, and send it back to you for a fee – now you know what to do with all those white elephant gifts! And in addition to these custom projects, you can also find some not-so-safe-for-work items in the form of pendants, ornaments and more. Prices vary by item.
Leaves of 3
Leaves of 3 turns nature into jewelry, with things like moss, butterflies, flowers, seashells his comment is here and four-leaf clovers preserved in clear resin and turned into pendants, earrings, rings and more. But what makes Leaves of 3 even more unique is the fact that the shop offers an entire selection of jewelry made with real poison ivy – yes, the plant that’s best-known for giving people painful rashes. But don’t worry, these pieces are beautiful and definitely won’t make you itch. Prices vary, but most items range from $20 to $50.
According to its Etsy page, aKNITomy is an “icky and cuddly world of knitted anatomy.” The shop sells framed, knit versions of human anatomy and dissected creatures (like frogs, rats, bats and aliens) that are both strange, and oddly, kind of cute. There’s even a dissected Easter bunny full of colorful grass and knit dyed eggs. And if you’re interested in knitting your own science projects, aKNITomy also sells patterns and DIY kits for a small fee, too. Finished projects sell for anywhere from $75 to close to $200.
If you’ve always been fascinated by death, you’ll love this Etsy shop. Funereal Ephemerea is a shop that specializes in “vintage cemetery, funeral and postmortem photography” according to its Etsy page. There, you can find old photographs, some haunting, some beautiful, of everything from flower-covered cemeteries and bodies in coffins to religious and medical paraphernalia and even taxidermy. Prices vary, but most of the photographs fall between $10 and $40.
What if you could wear a bat’s skull around your neck or wear a spider like a ring? The Curiositeer makes it possible, with jewelry and other items made with materials like human teeth, insects, animal skeletons and more. Items like frog hearts, scorpions and bird skulls are preserved in resin and mounted to pendants or rings. And for the faint of heart, there’s also a selection of jewelry made with flowers and rocks. Items vary in price, but most of the jewelry falls between $20 and $50.
What do you do when you can’t put down your video games long enough to take a shower? You take them with you … at least, in the form of soap, thanks to this Etsy shop. DigitalSoaps makes handcrafted soaps in the form of gaming accessories, like Nintendo game cartridges and PlayStation and Xbox controllers. The shop also sells shampoos and body washes in soda bottles (popular brands like Dr Pepper and Mountain Dew) and soap inspired by cartoons and anime.
According to its Etsy page, this shop “puts the OMG in origami.” Some people are talented at origami, the art of paper folding, but others, not so much. The sellers behind Terrible Origami are of the latter category – instead of making beautiful, intricate swans, this shop sells what looks more like crumpled paper. These terrible origami items are listed for outrageous prices, many of which are over $100, and it’s clear that the shop is more of a joke than anything. However, the shop also sells Terrible Origami-branded T-shirts for fans to purchase, and has even somehow sold a few origami pieces as well.