7 Days of Books: Upcycling

The last seven days, I’ve gone back in time and talked about each book and dished a little bit about the production, drama and shoots that went into each book.    I hope you’ve enjoyed these blog posts and I hope you commented on each one for a chance to win a copy of each book!   (one book will go to one person, all randomly selected by a random number generator… how legal sounding of me!).

Today’s final post is about my latest book we just wrapped coming out next year called Upcycling.   This book is based on my regular segments on NBC’s The Today Show where I show Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford how to take everyday items and transform them into something new.   If you’ve caught these segments, you know I have a tough audience with these two women, but I think you should also know this: it’s all in good fun.

I’m particularly excited for Upcycling because it’s a book that I’ve pored all of my years of producing photo shoots, writing books, blogging here at Daily Danny, and doing countless TV segments all into one, giant book.   And the key thing for me when writing Upcycling was this: ALL new projects, never before seen, never before demonstrated, totally exclusive with the publication of the book.

I’ve leaked a few pics here and there on this blog and even shared one disastrous project involving Patagaonia rain jackets with you that—I am here to finally say—will not end up in the book.       But I thought, what’s the harm in sharing ONE MORE project with you?  After all, there are 150+ pics—all full color—in the book….

So, here it goes:

Yep, a tennis ball swing.    We upcycled all of those tennis balls the local club was going to toss out into one of the most comfortable, cool-looking, beyond easy to make swings ever.

Each project will be 3 steps or less, use everyday things we hate to throw away and upcycle them into something—to be blunt—rad.

This swing is in my backyard right now and represents everything this book is going to be.   Can. Not Wait.


  1. Mary Kate says:

    Can’t wait for this book to come out! I love the swing idea – although I live downtown in a condo and don’t have a backyard :) I also loved the laminate chip tray project – and have done another one already with left over glass tiles from a backsplash project in my kitchen. I need this book!

  2. Mary says:

    Great project. I am looking forward to seeing your latest book!

  3. Rachel says:

    It is so much fun to see all the ideas you come up with for reusing items most people would throw away. I would really like a copy of this book!

  4. Le says:

    Love. that. swing.

    I may just have to make myself one if I ever move out of the city and have a yard.

  5. LB says:

    I really like the swing idea. Congrats on the new book!!

  6. i like that swing idea! at first, i thought it was a necklace…it would be a pretty cool simple necklace if it weren’t made out tennis balls.

  7. Julie Cucinotta says:

    Im SO making this- this weekend! Love it!

  8. Robert says:

    Great ideas!! Can’t wait for the new book to come out! Very Fun!

  9. hanna says:

    I’m totally making that swing in my backyard next spring!

  10. Caroline says:

    Honestly the swing looks a little flimsy to me….I think I would like something more substantial but for all you skinny people you have fun with that….love ya Danny!!!! ;)

  11. frances says:

    What a cool idea – love the swing. Looking forward to the release of this book.

  12. Julia says:

    What a cool project Danny. How in the world did you ever think that up?! Looking forward to the new book.

  13. Kristin says:

    How fun! I would love to give this one a try.

  14. Maureen says:

    I don’t have a tree that would support a swing but I do have bookshelves that could support your book!

  15. Kate says:

    Yay! Yay! Yay! Love your site, love the book (or WILL love it), love your ideas!!

  16. grace says:

    ahhh! i can’t wait for this book to come out! when is it supposed to come out?!

  17. Erin says:

    I’ve been taking note of all the sneak peeks you have been giving us. I’d love to see the final product!

  18. Sondra says:

    So KOOOOOOL… I love the look of it. Great Idea.
    Thanks for the sneak peak…

  19. Autumn says:

    Been looking forward to this book coming out. I think that it will be your best :) .

  20. Tamara says:

    I can’t wait for this book, it looks it will be another good one! I’d love to win it!

  21. Su says:

    Not sure if you’ve already chosen the winner, but just wanted to leave a comment just in case it hasn’t happened yet!

  22. Wow and it looks so Zen too! Can’t wait to check this book out!!