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Recycled ABC’s : C is for Cardboard


Cardboard has long been a crafters medium, but these crafters take it to extremes, check out these out of this world cardboard crafts, from bangles to cupcakes!

These colorful bangles made by ButterNutSquash from industrial cardboard tubbing are the perfect way to kick off the summer. I have not seen anything like this before, they are carefully coated with a protective finish as well.

Everyone loves cupcakes, and this little cupcake will never go bad, what a way to get the party started… check out ArtOnTheMenu for more amazing cardboard creations.

Who said chandeliers had to be glass?  Seeqin creates beautiful and classy ceiling decor out of recycled cardboard.

Toilet rolls turned art, this is by far the most amazing thing since sliced bread…. the vibrant colors and playfulness are awesome!  Keep up the fantastic job Akoyanis


The soft pastel colors and texture caught my eye.  These were created by PrecociousPaper.  embellish away everyone!





Hanging on a vintage door knob

Last summer my boyfriend and I took a road trip up to Washington state to visit our good friend Phil.  He works in construction and often finds amazing old door knobs, windows and more…. He has found this old door knob that I just loved… he mounted it to a piece of wood and drilled hole to hang it in the back…. taaa daaa

I have had this hanging on my bedroom wall for the past 8 months and never thought of using it for hanging my hats on… duhhh I wear hats every single day lol.  How awesome would it be for hanging jackets, hats or bags in your home… what an idea, the possibilities are endless!


Project #3: Orbit Gum Package Turned Art


So I guess you could say that I have a pack a day… gum that is… well maybe not an entire pack a day, but at least one every two days.  Orbits is my gum of choice, Maui Melon being my all time favorite gum. I know this is starting to sound like an advertisement for the company, but it’s about to get crafty.

I noticed how colorful and interesting their gum packages always are… and so I decided to collect them for a month. This month I at Orange, Mint and Strawberry.  I cut up the packages with the designs showing and turned them into some beautiful artwork.

I found this wooden heart cutout at the local thrift store for 25 cents, I took that and decoupaged the gum box cut out squares onto it and then gave it about 4 coats of the mod podge and taaa daaa, trashy art!

You may not chew gum as much as I do, but think about some of the common wrappers that are thrown away each day, what could you turn them into?


Meet Monica Gotz: The Queen of Scrap Turned Craft

Meet Monica Gotz of Woerh Street Studio has been turning scraps into unique one of a kind works of art, showing that every scrap has big potential, no matter how smalll.  She turns scraps into book marks, bowls and pencil cups…..

How did you first get into upcycled crafting?

By accident. I’m a decorative painter with a lot of paint brushes, so I’ve always used tin cans and jars to hold my brushes and other materials. When I began crafting with decorative papers, I made dozens of bookmarks and started selling them in my Etsy shop. I needed something to store them in, so I covered a bunch of tin cans with a few pretty decorative papers and put the bookmarks in them. A friend of mine came over and said, “I love your bookmarks, but what I really want is one of these cans!” So the pencil cups were born, and I’ve been making them ever since.

What was the first upcycled craft/artwork you ever made?

Probably taking picture frames that were ready for the trash and covering them with decorative papers. I hate throwing something away when, with a little thought, I can make something interesting out of it. Sometimes at garage sales, I’ll find old metal or wooden trays. They’re perfect for playing with.

What mediums do you typically work with?
I start with handmade and decorative papers and combine them with all sorts of paper ephemera, like prints and illustrations from old books, old maps and stamps, gift wrap, stuff I get in the mail. Then I add gold and copper leaf, pressed flowers. Very low tech! I find materials at garage sales, in thrift stores, and on eBay, and use leftover metal leaf from my gilding jobs.

Why do you believe the recycled art/craft movement is so important?
Don’t we all have enough stuff by now? We keep throwing things away and buying new when there’s no need for it. Okay, so it may be more challenging to repurpose something, but it’s much more interesting to create something inventive and unique than to follow the crowd. More creativity, less garbage. Sounds good to me.

What kind of music do you listen to while you craft, give up your top 5 songs…
Since I’m hooked on National Public Radio, I’m usually listening to the radio or to a podcast of a show, maybe “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” or “This Splendid Table.” Lately I’ve been thinking about our food supply, so it’s been podcasts from The Compassionate Cooks.

Describe your studio to us…
I live in a one bedroom apartment in Manhattan, so the word “compact” would be appropriate. A few years ago, I designed a built-in for my living room that a cabinet maker then made for me. It has two 4-foot wide work desks, one a wet desk for my decorative painting, and the other a dry desk for crafting and paperwork. My decorative papers live in adjacent file drawers and on two shelves. Below the work desks are cupboards to hold supplies, and above are book cases. Both desks fold up so everything disappears at the end of the day and it looks like a living room again.

Name an upcycled art/craft you would love to create in the near future…
Not sure yet! Usually I stumble across something and inspiration strikes.

Who are a few of the artist you look up to?

I like artists whose art is childlike, playful, inventive and witty, like Joseph Cornell, Alexander Calder and Paul Klee. I’m also interested in low-tech and lost technique photography and admire Chuck Close’s daguerreotype portraits, Sally Mann’s wet plate collodion landscapes and the pinhole photos of Ruth Thorne-Thomsen.

What helps inspire you when you are having a dry-spell?
If I’m feeling stuck, I put down whatever I’m working on and get out of the apartment. Go to a museum, wander around the park, take my camera and shoot a bunch of pictures, cook something with my boyfriend, go to the art store and rummage through their papers, hit garage sales and find cool stuff, wander on the beach, read a book. If I get away from whatever is frustrating me, my brain churns it around and solves it while I’m doing something else, and when I sit back down, everything flows again.

Why do you think homemade art/craft is so important?
Craft is important because it connects people with their own passions and talents, and then it connects us to one another. It’s easy to buy mass-produced items. It takes training, focus and dedication to develop our eyes and abilities, and a lot of skill to create unique, beautiful things. Handmade craft connects me to what I call “my tribe,” others who feel the same pull to work with their hands and value the outcome.

What is one thing no one would guess about you?
As a yoga nerd who eats a ridiculously healthy diet, most of my friends are shocked by my love affair with strawberry flavored Twizzlers.

Monica Tatjana Götz
Woerth Street Studio
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TC Upcycled Tutorial #1: Silly Recycled Party Moustaches

I had fun this morning… maybe a little too much fun?  With all the wedding and birthday parties happening this season I figured why not have fun?  These recycled party moustaches are made from old cereal boxes, an old atlas and a kabob stick.  Super easy to make, super fun, and eco-friendly, what more could a stache ask for?

Click here to go to the video tutorial

Got Pot? Its Garden Time!

I may have gotten a little over excited but I typed in Upcycled Planters on Etsy and this is what I got….The above pot is from salvagednature, I can’t count the number of times I have passed up a cracked pot not knowing what to do with it.This is such a beautiful and unique way to have multiple plants in one piece.Just imagine how wonderful it would look with some herbs in it?
GiddySpinster‘s heel planter makes such a statment! I could totally see this in the the window at my local hair salons, it is beautiful and sends the message of feminism and empowerment to women, while being eco friendly, wonderful job.
The bright orange colors in this pot really caught my eye… once I noticed that the mosaic was made entirely out of upcycled items, I feel in love. I highly recommend checking out RushCreekMosaics, their entire shop is nothing but upcycled mosaics.
I notice these blocks at homes remolding all the time around my area, what a wonderful idea for planters.
It is such a useful shape as well, because it can be lined up and create a boarder in your yard, marvelous jobArcherAve
What cool things have you turned into planters or vases in your home?

Do you have amazing photographs of a project you did, if so we would love to show it off on Mr. Gnome, send an email our way!