Daily Archives: June 19, 2008

RRR Craft Wagon: Jump On!

The RRR (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Craft Wagon is about reusing materials in fun and innovative craft projects. We had our first RRR Craft Wagon session on Thursday May 19th and it was a blast!

We taught people a great trick for cutting plastic shopping bags to make “yarn” first. People then knit, crocheted and wove with the yarn to make reusable bags or rugs!

Here’s the schedule for the next three sessions:

June 26, 2008 • Recycle this, craft that.

Make an envelope; mail a button.

July 31, 2008 • Craft Curious?

Jar and vase etching. Wonky to whimsical.

August 28, 2008 • BYOT – Bring Your Own T-shirt

Weave placemats, potholders and coasters.

To get into the swing of things, you should check out related books in our collection. We actually have a great selection of reuse and crafting books here at CLP, like Don’t Throw it Out! or this book featuring projects from ReadyMade magazine. I think you should make a pom-pom rug. That’s on my bucket list. Or a shag rug out of old t-shirts.

There are also some great websites with tips and projects for crafting with recycled materials.

Craft a Green World “features do-it-yourself projects that incorporate reused, recycled, and natural materials.”

Instructable.com calls itself “the world’s biggest show and tell” and includes instructions for projects from knitting a Princess Leia wig to turning old CDs into a CD rack.

Etsy Labs is the instructional blog of Etsy, an online marketplace of entirely handmade goods.

Do you have an avalanche of plastic bags stuffed under your kitchen sink? My Recycled Bags can help you craftily reincarnate them.

Day-lab DIY showcases “innovative and creative ideas that focus on smaller budgets, the reusing of found objects, restoration, preservation and the like.”

Craft is the “first project-based magazine dedicated to the renaissance that is occurring within the world of crafts.” Its website features projects, products and articles.

Craftster‘s motto is “no tea cozies without irony,” and their site has tons of great suggestions.

Hope to see you when the Craft Wagon rolls back into town!

-Jude and Renée


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