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Do you make Arts & crafts out of post consumer goods

Please share!! We would love to see pictures & instructions on how to create projects.

Attached is pic of a Doll made from an old bottle & crafting scraps:

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Erica Wisner
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I tend to prefer natural materials for the most part, but I also like paper art.
I don't have pictures of the Wrapping Paper Princess I made for my niece, but here are a couple pictures of things I do every year.

Paper Snowflakes:
I am working on some printable instructions for doing these (and fancy variations) - let me know if anyone is interested in beta-testing:

These look great on those security envelopes with the blue printing all over, as well as in most weights of paper, wrapping paper, etc.  You can add recycled foil backing, wax, starch and glitter, or glue them onto parchment paper, for a more permanent ornament.


Technically these are pre-consumer art, as I blow the eggs to paint them, and get around to eating the innards afterwards if I'm disciplined about it.


Also pre-consumer: edible flower, garlic skins, and just a wisp of wool.
Her house is still around, though she has flitted away:


This is new (but biodegradable) materials on a recycled wood backing:


I just pulled these off our website.  Stop by if you're interested - some of them have instructions posted, and there are also some pictures of bigger projects we do with recycled material like boats, rocket stoves, and small buildings.

-Erica Wisner
http://www.ErnieAndErica.info
 
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I am an Upcycle Crafter which means I make something new from what many would consider garbage.  Here are a couple things I have made:
1) Sock Quilt made from old socks I couldn't bear to simply throw into the garbage can.  I sewed various socks (some donated by friends) to an old sheet.  Then I backed the quilt with a blue batik fabric and hand-tied it with embroidery floss in blue and purple hues.  This quilt is QUITE HEAVY and it keeps me warm every night now.
2) Pen/Tool Organizer made from cardboard tubes (TP, paper towel, gift wrap) cut to needed length and decoupaged with magazine pages.  Bottom is cardboard from a cracker box also covered in magazine pages and then glued to the bottom of the tubes which have been glued together in the desired configuration.
3) Mini Cork Boards made by gluing corks together and then to a piece of cardboard (cereal box works great).  Pins are made by adding embellishments to tacks. I made these to donate for an auction.

HUGE Thanks to R Ranson who helped me figure out posting photos...  Totally missed the attachments thing.  (Hope this works!)
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Mini Cork Boards
 
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My Trash Art.  Totem poles made from old water heater tanks, and the faces and stuff are made from various car parts, gears, old broken tools, etc. 
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