7.30.2013

Best upcycling workshop ever!

This Sunday was another upcycling workshop at the North Vancouver City Library. We were upcycling items from your recycling bin - cereal boxes, tissue boxes and toilet paper rolls. I wasn't sure I would have enough supplies but I was A-OK. Thanks to friends, family and coworkers I had tons of boxes and toilet paper rolls!



I was worried that no one would show up... Being inside on a sunny Sunday afternoon isn't ideal. But we had 20 people show up! Amazing! We had a fabulous group... People got involved, made new friends, created kewl projects, got messy... It was a huge success and so much fun!

First we gathered materials and then got to work...



Nice to see everyone involved in making something. It was a very industrious group who were excited to make things.



My crafty buddy Bonny showed up. Bonny has been to all of my workshops at the North Vancouver City Library.



Here's another 'action' shot...



One of the final pieces - a noise maker using a toilet paper roll.



Here's the creator of the noise maker...



Another maker with their final project - a killer whale using a toilet paper roll.



Here's my group of new crafty peeps. Yay!



And Bonny and I taking a breather from creating... She's a keeper!



More kewl projects in the making...



Another project on the go...



Creators and their creations...



One of my new crafty peeps who managed to finish up two projects.



Love her glasses! So darn cute!


And another happy crafter with a couple of projects to take home.



Loved this trio... Happy happy!



Making friends... And FAB projects!



Here's Bonny's owl - it looks way better than mine!



A super sweet cereal box organizer.



More final projects...



My absolute favourite photo from the workshop!



Here are their final projects...



Thanks to everyone who joined me for the Sunday Crafternoon. Was a blast! Hope to see you on August 25th! Big thanks to the North Vancouver City Library. You rock!

Toilet paper roll upcycling projects

Well I was pretty darn industrious with my upcycling prep for the workshop this past weekend. I had a few ideas for the cereal boxes and then moved on to upcycling toilet paper rolls.

Before working with the toilet paper rolls, I made a gift tag out of scrap cardboard from one of the cereal box projects. I used the same process as the gift bag project... Decoupage, scrap paper and glitter. And it's pretty!



I used the lid of a cereal box... Waste not, want not as they say...



Here's the tag I cut out...


Then layered strips of newsprint paper...



The final step was adding tissue paper, a butterfly cut out from my Trader Joe's paper bag and then glitter.



Next project was turning a toilet paper roll into a gift bag. I didn't end up taking in process photos - oops! But here's the final piece - I am a decoupage goddess! I layered newsprint then painted it blue. I added the tissue and glitter then wrapped it with ribbon.



I think it looks pretty darn swanky! I also put a gift inside since I knew I was going to giveaway all of my projects at the workshop. Fun!



Next project was making an owl. I've seen loads of animals made using toilet paper rolls. I wanted to create my very own owl. First step was cutting up a bunch of circles. I used the Zing Paperie & Design scrap paper then put aside some buttons for the eyes.



Here he is! I decoupaged then painted then glued the paper. Final step was getting my glue gun out and adding the eyes. Love it!



This was another easy peasy project... Great how you can spend minimal time and money to create something pretty funky!



My last toilet paper roll project was creating a flying fish. I got some great ideas via Google and Pinterest. I thought this would be a cute project for kids. First was deciding on my colour scheme and cutting out pieces of tissue paper.



I cut out a bunch of circles then added them to the toilet paper roll.



Here's the final flying fish... Although a couple of kids told me it actually looked like a squid. Atleast it looked like a sea creature! Phew!



Upcoming Workshop Prep

I also managed to prep materials for the August 25th upcycling workshop - we're making jewelry! Yay! I dropped by a friend's - she has power tools! Her husband and I cut up some scrap doorskin I had lying around. These will be good for pendants.



She also had a ton of wine corks that she donated. I'll trim these into smaller rounds then we can make pendants and earrings out of them. So super pumped for making jewelry.

7.24.2013

Cereal box project #2 complete

Yay! Cereal box project #2 is done! I've made a gift bag out of a cereal box. I was a decoupage queen today!



Here's the box I decided to upcycle...



I went through my crafty stuff for ideas on how to design my gift bag... I could use old maps...



Or a paper bag from Trader Joe's...



Or maybe an old book...



I have some cute drawings from a friend's daughters that I could use as well...



Or the old stand by would be scrap paper and old buttons...



First step was to cut off the top flaps...



I decided to start with a layer of newsprint paper and modge podge.



I layered strips of the newsprint paper...



After layering the newsprint paper I added another coat of modge podge and this time I added some white paint. Now I was ready to add some text, images and colour of some sort.



I decided to use the fork from the Trader Joe's paper bag then added these tissue paper circles I got for free from a craft fair then added letter cut outs and finally a bit of glitter to jazz it up! I punched holes in the sides then added ribbon for the handle.



I like how the fork extends to the bottom of the box. So darn cute!



Next is to make some gift tags and then maybe a mask. And here's the homepage of the North Vancouver City Library's website and look the Sunday Crafternoon is coming up!



Looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday!