Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Upcycling Surprise

Yesterday's upcycling project as a tutorial for the blog Seven Thirty Three had results I hadn't expected.  When I agreed to do the tutorial, I should have chosen a project that I had already done before.  Instead, I was determined to do something a little different and chose to find new uses for the large plastic soda cups from our local convenience store.

The process of figuring everything out led to our house smelling like burnt plastic.  One of the items I made in addition to the beads for yesterday's necklace was a flower for my hair, made from the same plastic cups.

Today, I wore my new necklace and the flower for my hair.  People kept wanting to take a closer look and were amazed that I could come up with something like that.  The biggest surprise came when my husband and I stopped by the convenience store I had used the plastic cups from.  The ladies at the cash register recognized the cup pattern in the beads and just started freaking out when they saw the flower in my hair.  One of them offered to pay me to make her one.  The other cashier insisted that I get my drink for free because of my creativity. So flattering!

When I got home, I played with the plastic cups again and made a flower for the cashier and decided to make another flower for me out of the other style of cup.  I'm really happy with how that one turned out.  My husband was pretty surprised at all the attention.  I learned that I need to pick up the pace and get some business cards done so I'm prepared for times like this.  It pays to wear your creations!
Katie's Nesting Spotmonogram

4 mad comments:

BSOTF said...

I love that you are making things from those cups. Now a days people just throw everything away & get something to replace it. IF more people done this there would be less being thrown out. Less scarring being done to Mother Earth. People would be happy with what they had. Keep up the great work!

Katie said...

I am so happy your flowers were a big hit! I like that they are made out of plastic, you don't have to worry about them getting rained on. We've ruined a few hair doodads that way! It's great that they were a hit with the ladies at the store, I'm going to head over and see that tute immediately. I love things make out of novel materials! Thanks for joining us for A Crafty Soiree!

Karen T said...

For the flowers, I just cut petal shapes from the cup and held each petal over the stove until the edge curled a bit. I punched a hole at the base of each petal so I could put a string through it and line the petals up. Some hot glue to hold the petals in place once I arranged them and a flower was born. For the blue flower, I added a bead to the center. For the psychedelic flowers, I used a very curled up piece for the middle of one and some triangular scraps from cutting out the petals for the middle of the other one. Loads of fun and quite the conversation piece!

Melissa said...

Isn't it fun when people notice and like the things you create!! Nice work!!

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