Reuse recycled or found materials to create new handcrafted pieces.Transform vinyl records, magazines, newspaper, scraps of material into house wares, wearable creations and more. Do your part to create a crafty green world.
2. Repurposing items to turn trash into treasure: - Game pieces become jewellery charms - Neck ties become belts, purses or skirts - Wine corks become bulletin boards, placecard holders, pin cushions - Colourful candy wrappers become framed art - Carpeting becomes a handbag - T-shirts become woven rugs A little inspiration... 3. Landfill Waste Potential
- Inspiration on a smaller scale: Try reducing your one garbage bag per week limit by 50-70%
- Be more inventive with your recycling separation
- Use the green cart in all areas of your living space
- and... get crafting!Recycle your own paper at:
- landfills could be either reused
- Roll each magazine into a cylinder and secure with glue. (fig 1)
- Cut 2 equal circles out of the cardboard about the diameter you wish to make your stool.
- Arrange cylinders vertically around perimeter of one cardboard circle; secure with hot glue.
- Fill centre cavitywith remaining rolled magazines; secure with glue.
- Lay flat your large square of scrap material and place stuffing in centre and surrounding area.
- Firmness of stuffed cushion is a preference
- Place other cardboard circle onto stuffing . Pull fabric up to wrap edges of fabric around cardboard to upholster.Secure with hot glue.
- Flip cushion over and glue onto top of rolled magazines .
- Fasten belt around diameter of magazines about in the centre. (secure with glue if necessary)
- Now you have a durable, inexpensive, stool!
- - 1 old belt -white glue & glue gun
- Scrap fabric (about 2x2)-cardboard (pizza box)
- Giant heap of magazines - stuffing (try dryer
Project One: Magazine Stool fig 1 5. graph
- Materials/Tools: - ruler, scissors, pencil
- -1 full sheet of newspaper -scrap ribbon/string
- with desired images/text - 1 medium-large button
- -clear contact paper (Mac Tac) - sewing machine/needle and thread
Project Two: Newspaper Clutch Fig 1 Fig 2 Fig 3
- cut a rectangle about 16 x
- section of the paper (perhaps
- the funnies!)Note : feel free
- to include other paper cut
- contact paper about 1 larger
- 3.Carefully peel off backing of contact paper and lay it sticky side up.
- 4. Carefully arrange your newspaper (and cut-outs)good side down
- onto the adhesive, leaving a 1 border . Push out air bubbles as you go,
- A rolling pin could help do this at the very end.
- 5. Fold over excess contact paper to cover edges of paper.
- 6. Take now laminated rectangle and fold into about three equal parts
- 7. Sew down part of the bottom fold to make a pouch. (fig 2)
- 8. Sew on button in about the centre of the bottom layer only.Also sew
- a loopon the top (centre) to go around button when purse is closed. (fig 3)
- 9.Optional: attach wrist strap (ribbon, rope) onto side of clutch.
Other options: add ribbon , beads, fringe or trim to decorate. 6. 7.
- - inexpensive toothbrush(es) -pliers
- Pot of boiling water -tongs
- Oven mitts -drinking glass
Project Three : ToothbrushBangles
- Inexpensive, transparent plastic toothbrushes work
- most effectively for this project.
- Place toothbrush in pot of boiling waterfor about 2 minutes.
- Remove toothbrush from water with tongs and hold with an oven mitt.
- Remove bristles with pliers while gripping with oven mitt. (If they are difficult to remove, place back into water for a few minutes)
- After removing bristles, place handle back into boiling water for2 more minutes.
- Remove from water and begin bending with tongswhile holding in oven mitt.Use drinking glass to shape toothbrush handle around.
- Continue bending and reheating until desired.
8. Canadas Use of Aluminum Save Your Pop-Tabs for Wheelchairs Did you know it takes 1,000 aluminum pop tabs to equal one pound?March of Dimes gets 60 for every pound. Last year they collected about2,200,000 pop tabs, and earned $1,320. After Ministry of Health Funding,the approximate cost of a basic manual wheelchair is $700 and an electricwheelchair is $2,500. The Pop Tab Fund is part of March of Dimes AssistiveDevices Program. Pop tabs only are accepted; no other metal shouldbe included, as it will reduce the price their organization will receive. tonnes Excessive demand for Aluminum productionleads to excessive waste. 9. 10. References
- http://francais.istockphoto.com(recycling symbol)
- http://alittlehut.blogspot.com/2007/05/recycling.html (flyer fine art)
- http://recycledcrafts.craftgossip.com (carpet purse)
- http://www.wrwcanada.com/download_facts.htm(pie chart data, WRW logo)
- http://oil.otago.ac.nz/oil/module1/Know-about-information/Types-of-information/Article/Popular-Magazine-Article/mainParagraphs/0/image/rolled%20up%20magazine.jpg( rolled magazine)
- http://sparkinspired.blogspot.com/(button necklace)
- http://www.makingfriends.com/toothbrush_bracelets.htm(toothbrush bracelets)
- http://static.flickr.com/182/373917126_b2ef8d40b4.jpg(pop tab assortment)
- http://www.greatgreengoods.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/socorro_silver_650.jpg(pop tab purse)
- http://www.recycle.nrcan.gc.ca/faq_e.htm(aluminum data)
- http://www.marchofdimes.ca/dimes/(pop tab information)
- http://www.tomakeyousmile.com/images/schools/Bench.jpg(recycled bench)
- http://www.craftbits.com/viewProject.do?projectID=808(record earring holder)
- www.craftknife.blogspot.com(record bowl)
- All other images are personal photographs, power point graphics or original artwork.