I always look forward to my local craft swap. We met last night to exchange our crafts. This time there were 9 of us so each made 8 items. And we had a theme: recycled. The majority of our craft had to be recycled (or re-purposed). Yes, I grumbled. Then I realized I over-reacted and just started thinking outside my comfort zone of fabric and yarn.
The internet is an amazing thing. A few weeks after the theme was decided, I saw this post of Ali's. Oh me, oh my! I loved this idea. And I shamelessly copied it. Kind of. I couldn't find frames to be reused so I had to come up with a second option. Lacking the necessary supplies, I bummed some lumber off of a friend whose basement was just finished. I asked another friend to cut the boards for me. I went through the paint cans in the basement and found a quart of eggshell white. Then I hit the recycling bin.
One old issue of Domino, an Anthropologie catalog, a MiniBoden catalog and a PBTeen catalog made these 8 pieces of Recycling Bin Art with the leftovers being tossed right back from where they came. All I bought was some small foam dots to mount the paper petals and the sawtooth hangers for the backs. It cost about $5.
I got some great, creative crafts, too. I am stilling missing two so when I get them, I will take some photos and share. This is one creative group! We swap about 4 times a year, the next one being in May. I already know what I am making. And I think I can do it with supplies I already have.