The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

Recyclart

The View from a Drawbridge

Every once in a while I have to do something creative. I wish I could engage in artistic pursuits more often, because it makes me feel alive and whole. Every time I make something, I wonder why I let so much time pass between projects. The experience is so fulfilling. But, you know, there’s so little time…

I am in the middle of a project that I’ve been working on sporadically for a few months now, and I guarantee that I’ll be blogging about it when it’s done. But in the meantime, with a little help from Lyn, a friend I’ve made through this blog, I’ve stumbled upon an incredible website that I’ll definitely be consulting before all future endeavors. It’s called www.recyclart.org.

This website is a treasure trove of exciting ideas. On its home page, it describes itself as “Creative ideas based on repurposed, recycled, reused, reclaimed, upcycled and restored things!” I’m getting excited just by browsing. I especially love the idea of combining two of my passions: art and recycling. I suspect it’s going to be my source of inspiration for Christmas gifts for years to come.

The website itself is a cool set up, because not only can you search by categories, such as clothes, garden ideas, and home décor, but you can also search by materials. For example, I looked up projects that you can make out of old books, and I found instructions for making clocks, Christmas ornaments, origami wall art like the kind shown below, a stool, a floating book wall, and a bed frame. How cool is that?

From this site you can learn how to make a pendant lamp from lace doilies, furniture from pallets, planters from license plates, benches from truck tailgates. You can even make baskets out of old t-shirts.

Okay, I need to back away from my computer before I get so jazzed up that I commit myself to about a decade of creativity. I tell you what, though, I’ll never settle for something mundane and off the shelf again.

Recyclart

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6 thoughts on “Recyclart

  1. LYN says:

    This article emphasizes our need to reduce the garbage we produce even if it’s recyclable. https://earther.gizmodo.com/recycling-is-broken-1833063010 utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits All the more need for creative conservation and up cycling.

    1. Yes we do, especially now that China isn’t taking as much of our recycles.

  2. LYN says:

    Most apartment complexes where I live don’t offer recycling pick up so I upcycle and repurpose jars, boxes, bags, bottles, books etc. but I’m running out of space. They multiply faster than I can use them. I love garbage art and I’m looking forward to a trashy Christmas gift from you… 🙂
    More temptation… https://www.jotform.com/blog/40-terrific-works-of-art-made-from-common-trash/

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