Recycled Christmas crafts
Fun short sessions in rag rugs, glass painting and card making.
Rag rugs – This workshop demonstrated two basic rag rug making techniques allowing for the creation of bags, cushions, cards or accessories. It involves pushing strips or pieces of fabric into a hessian backing. Groups collected old t-shirts, fleece jumpers and other materials in their favourite colours. This introductory workshop made a great start for longer term rag rug projects.
Glass painting – This was a fun activity reusing old glass jars which can then be used as a small lantern with a night light. We used either oil based paints, or water based depending on the group.
Card making – We had a range of card ideas for making decorative cards from scrap materials, usually involving a fun element such as pop up or 3D embellishment.
Clayton le Moors Youth & Community Centre, December 03
Recycled Christmas crafts
Papermaking and reuse decorations
A hands-on drop-in to learn how to make your own paper by recycling old office paper. We introduced different materials and textures to provide examples of what participants could do with their paper once they’d taken it home.
Dingwall Town Hall, RoWAN (Ross-shire Waste Action Network), Inverness, December 03
Veggie Sculpture & Christmas crafts
These creations go down well with old and young alike and are fun at a drop-in or event or as part of a healthy eating project. We used a selection of waste fruit and veg – imaginations ran wild!
Food Fair, Colne, Pendle Borough Council, Sept 03
A magical sensory journey through the rainforests of the world using Banraku style puppets, atmospheric live music and visual delights. Followed by a carousel of 3 exploratory workshops introducing tribal costumes, authentic chants and dances and indigenous instruments which culminate in a presentation at a world-wide summit.
Tarleton Primary School, South Lancashire, Oct 03
A series of games and activities to explore the opinions of local school children about the future of their playing fields resulting in a 3D model.
Groundwork Lancashire West & Wigan, Oct 03
Recycled costume based on Lancaster’s well known Queen Victoria statue in Lancaster.
Lancaster Recycling Forum, August 03
A magnificent school project where the entire school joined forces to decorate the walls surrounding the playground. We combined the kid’s artwork in three themes for the three walls: ocean creatures, tropical rainforests, ‘people who help us’ on the third.
The paint supplied courtesy of Blackburn’s ‘Repaint scheme’.
St Jame’s Primary, Clitheroe, July 03
How much paper do we throw away? Do we think about where it comes from? A circus of outdoor games and activities to introduce you to the wonders of trees and the importance of using our resources wisely. Discover the roots of papermaking and go barking mad by trying your hand at making your own beautiful recycled handmade paper.
Cockerham Primary School, Wyre, July 03
‘Earth Angels’ schools programmes
The Earth Angels come to visit you and warn you of IMPENDING DOOM. Our planet is facing a waste crisis and the Earthangels are here to recruit trainees with budding wings. A combination of inspirational games and fun activities that explain the 3 R’s in a drama style to show how the solutions to our rubbish problems start at home with you and me.
‘The Secret Diary of a Compost Bin aged 2 and ¾’ schools programme
Let compost guru Ms Binamy Crompost take you on a guided tour of the compost bin where she will reveal her four secret ingredients. Get your hands mucky making your very own mini composter and consider recycling in nature by planting your own fruit seeds in biodegradeable pots!
Wellfield High School Primary feeder schools, Leyland, June & July 05
A series of hands on drop-in activities exploring the cacao bean and how fair trade makes a difference to you, me and the people of developing countries.
Food Fair, Colne, Pendle Borough Council, May 03
The Giant Mad Hatter used to collect cans for recycling. Made with oil cans, cutlery and more. People could send their cans down the chute from the top of the steps, which was very popular with the kids, and watch as his body filled up during the day.
He was accompanied by fabulous artwork of the other Alice in Wonderland characters by Chris Beaton.
Commissioned by Pendle Borough Council for their ‘Spring Festival’, May 03