Friday, September 23, 2011

Maker Faire Fun!

Thanks to all who came to Maker Faire NYC this weekend and visited the RePlayGround booth! We taught how to make bottle cap magnets, and used the caps to build a colorful mural that spelled out MAKE.

Tiffany also ran a workshop where she taught Makers to fold their own paper picture frame. We had fun creating with all kinds of crafty people, and we're super inspired by all the amazing Makers we met! To see more photos, check out RePlayGround on Picasa!

We're already counting down to next year's Maker Faire!

Friday, September 16, 2011

ReMake your weekend!

There are some trashy happenings this weekend you won't want to miss out on! RePlayGround will be at the 2nd annual Maker Faire this Sept. 17-18, 2011. Come make recycled art with us, and check out all kinds of hands-on projects including arts, crafts, science, tech and more.

On Sunday Sept. 18, we'll show how to make your own Scrap Paper Picture Frame. The demo will be from 2-2:30 at the craft demo stage. For more info on this Maker event, click here!

RePlayGround can also be found at the Creative Connection this Sept. 16-17 in St. Paul, MN. Tiffany Threadgould will be teaching Repurposed Paper- Gift Bows and Paper Beads. This workshop shows you ways to add pizzaz with recycled magazines and scrap paper.
And if you can't ReMake it at either of these events, you can follow this scrap paper picture frame how-to over at Craftzine.
We hope to see you out for some end-of-the-summer recycling fun!

Friday, September 2, 2011

go green in the garden!

Enjoy the last of the summer weather with some upcycling projects for your garden! These crafty ideas will make you think twice about those discarded items in the garage or attic.

Glass Totem
see a tutorial by Gardens & Crafts here!

Wren House with License Plate Roof
D&G Gardens and Crafts

Plastic Container Planters
instructions can be found in the ReMake It book!

The grass is always greener on the upcycled side!

art and reuse with Louise Nevelson

Artist Louise Nevelson's work is crafted from found wood objects that are arranged and painted in a monochromatic fashion. Before she became an exhibiting artist, the impoverished Nevelson collected discarded wood from the streets to burn as firewood. Her 3-dimensional collage style was born from these piles of scrap material, and now grace the walls of major art galleries worldwide. Nevelson used everything from boxes and crates to bowling pins and wood bannister posts. For a detailed biography, check out