Beautiful Stuff: Recycled Craft Inspiration

Recycled CraftsWe scored! After being inspired by the book, Beautiful Stuff! by Cathy Weisman Topal and Lella Gandini, we headed off to a local recycling center to pick out some new craft supplies. We came home with fabric, wire, wood, buttons, sparkly paper, velvet ribbons…and the list goes on We are just starting to tap into the potential of our new materials and thought we would share our first couple of projects, as well as some other inspiration we have discovered from around the Web…

Recycled Ideas & Resources
Clothesline Caddy by The Long Thread
Art and Hooks Rack by Soule Mama
Recycled Lid Photo Magnets by I Love to Create Blog
Recycled Stitching by This Little Project (via The Crafty Crow)
Craft Punches and Recycled Materials by The Crafts Department
Scrap Wood Sculptures Part I & Part II by The Artful Parent
Robby (the Recycled) Robot by Katherine Marie Photography
Remida in Reggio Emilia
The Story of Stuff

Beautiful Stuff!




With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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