We don’t know about you, but we’re in a hurry for springlike weather here in Central Texas! In hopes of bringing on warmer weather, we featured Springtime gift bags at our last Upcycle This! Craft night. It’s fairly simple, take a large piece of paper, such as an old poster or map, and wrap it around something, like a shoebox or a book. We had spring themed scrapbook punches on hand as well as many different kinds of scrap paper. Here are the creative results of what our participants came up with:
Thanks again to those that participated! Next month we’ll be featuring woven baskets for Upcycle This. Be sure to check back for more craftiness.
Welcome to our 5 year anniversary craft post! In honor of Recycled Reads’ 5 year anniversary, we decided to take a walk down memory lane and reminisce about some of the crafting that’s been done here. The first crafting we can remember started with what else? Books of course! Here’s a sampling of some of our folded books that we made:
I remember doing some of these when I interned at Recycled Reads a few years back. Our own Mary Beth, who has moved on to another library (we miss you dearly!) was a pro at folding books. Here’s the link to our blog on folded books.
When Ruth arrived at Recycled Reads, our crafting endeavors increased dramatically. Some of the first crafts we experimented with were paper wreaths and paper bows, shown below:
Ever since then, we’ve continued to craft away, always looking for new possibilities. Here’s a snapshot of our table at the Austin Mini Maker Faire in 2013. We’ll be there again this year, and will be sure to provide you with the latest information so you can visit our table there.
We’ve come a long way, and not only in crafting! Come celebrate a great 5 years with us this weekend at the store, and don’t forget to visit one of our craft nights, the first Thursday night of every month.
Welcome to another edition of Upcycled Crafts! A while back (almost a year ago to the day!), we’d done a blog on how to make your own gift bags from map paper. It’s still available if you want to check out the steps on how to make your very own bag: http://recycledreadsaustin.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/recycled-crafts-how-to-make-a-gift-bag/
For today’s post, we wanted to revisit the idea, using an old poster we got in a donation. Our very own crafty volunteer, Ana, made this specimen in the photo below:
Instead of wrapping a shoe box, as the previous blog posts instructs, Ana wrapped the poster over an oversized book. She then punched two holes the top of both sides and threaded twine through them for handles. To finish off, she taped the ends of the twine to the inside of the bag to anchor them in place. This is a timely blog, as our next Upcycle This craft program will feature Springtime Favor bags. Be on the lookout to see a post with the creative endeavors of our participants!
Hello everyone and Happy Valentine’s Day! We’ve come up with yet another way to make flowers out of material that might otherwise go into the landfill – this time it’s egg cartons! Follow along and get some Valentine inspiration.
Egg carton (you need the kind that has a pyramid shaped portion holding up the lid)
Cut out two or three of the pyramid shaped portions of the egg carton that holds up the lid. Cut the edges so that they form the curved edges of a petal. Make each one a little smaller than the the first so that they can be nested together.
If you’d like to color your flower, now is the time! We used crayons in the shade “mauvelous.”
Use glue to attach all three layers to one another, nesting the smaller ones into the larger ones. Here’s the finished product within an origami box frame.
Hello everyone! We decided to go ahead and celebrate Valentine’s Day early at our monthly craft night, the first Thursday of every month. We never know what we’re going to get in a donation, so we had lots of fun supplies on hand to decorate a unique Valentine’s Day card. Some of our supplies were: damaged children’s books, plastic bags, gift bags, Due Date slips and their envelopes, and much more! Take a look at what our particpants made and see if you find any inspiration.
Hey there, everyone! In addition to doing the craft blog here at Recycled Reads, I also do our monthly storytime. February’s storytime theme, as one would guess, is Valentine’s Day. For the craft, I wanted to have something easy, but meaningful for both children and parents, as well as a craft unique to Recycled Reads. As you know, we’re all about environmental consciousness here, so I decided expressing love in terms of the earth was right on target.I love you to the ends of the Earth!
Close up of one of the “ends” of the Earth, also known as my hand.
All you need is an old or damaged map, scissors, markers, and a way to trace your hands. We used tape to attach the hand cutouts to the joining strip of paper. Feel free to put your own message on the strip of paper between the hands, or use our “I love you to the ends of the Earth!” inscription. Happy Valentine’s Day, and remember to show the Earth some love this V Day!
Back in November when we had our dreidel tournament, we ordered a whole bunch of gelt, also known as chocolate coins, for our dreidel pinata. The gelt came packed in a box full of styrofoam peanuts. We were stumped at what to do with the peanuts. As you surely know, we here at Recycled Reads try our best to live an environmentally conscious lifestyle, and simply chucking the styrofoam peanuts into the garbage is not our idea of being environmentally conscious! Styrofoam is not recyclable either, so that option’s out.
Our latest craft has been in an effort to try and reuse these peanuts, making them into a friendly little cactus that is sitting in one of our book planters, as shown in the photo below. Ruth, the designer of the cactus, put it together by affixing the peanuts with hot glue. This is unfortunately, not the best way, she reports, as the hot glue tends to melt away at the styrofoam.
We still earnestly believe it’s a shame to just dump all these peanuts and are actively looking for suggestions on possible upcycling. Any ideas, all you crafters out there?