And hey, thanks for reusing!
I know, I know. Gifting blog posts already? We’re not even through Thanksgiving yet!
Giving gifts you make yourself can take more time (but less money!) than a trip to a department store. It’s a good idea to start now, if you plan to make all your pressies. Plus, we want you to be super prepared with crafts for after you stuff yourselves silly on Thanksgiving. Thoughtful, I know!
Here are five great ideas for gift giving this holiday season!
The dreaded Styrofoam. It sneaks into your life by way of product packaging, take-out containers, and mailed parcels. The next thing you know, it’s taking up space in your trash can (since Austin is not currently set up to recycle styrofoam through single stream recycling) and being carted off to the landfill. To live. Forever and ever.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. While Austin Creative Reuse also cannot accept styrofoam, you can find a new home for it with a tiny bit of effort.
Donate packing peanuts at your nearest UPS store.
You can also recycle all styrofoam (free for drop-off only) at:
Texas Disposal Systems
3016 FM 1327
Buda, TX 78610
TDS accepts styrofoam, but they must be clean of food residue, plastic film, tape and labeling and not in bags.
(Updated and accurate as of July 2015)
We were delighted to offer our second material give-away to Austin area educators in October. With the help of generous individual and institutional donors and dozens of dedicated volunteers, we were proud to provide free supplies to classroom teachers, early-childhood educators, home-school teachers and families, after-school support providers, and others in the community. Some critical stats:
We all got a little nervous when rainfall in the area topped six inches the night before, but it didn’t dampen our enthusiasm for the event or the willingness of educators to come out for it! Thanks to everyone who participated. We’re looking forward to finding more ways to serve our Austin educator community in the future.
November 12, 2013 at 7pm
Directors Present: Harley, Rebecca, Cindy, Leslie, Kaci, Carole
Visitors: Alice, Christine
Event Successes: Educators Drive and Craft Night
Between our Educators Drive and our craft night, we’ve been having a great month! It’s been super exciting!
More Great Events Coming Up!
We have two great events coming up! EAST is 11/15-16 and 11/23-24 on Tillery Street. We’ll also be at Austin’s Holiday Stroll downtown on December 7th.
Are you proud of a craft that you have made recently? We’d love to see what you have created. Send us your photos and let us know if we can add to one of our blog posts. Instagram users tag photo(s) with #reuseATX.
Here are a few examples of items that our board member, Jan Bland, has created this past year.
1. A fleece scarf turned into an ipad holder
2. children’s book pages modge podged onto a frame
3. flowers made from maps
5. earring holder from a picture frame
If you play guitar frequently and happen to chew through strings as quickly as I do, you’ve probably found yourself wondering what to do with all of your used strings besides simply throwing them away—there’s got to be something to do with them, right? Right. Let’s run through a few alternative uses once they’ve run their course as melody makers.
Lately, I’ve found myself experimenting with making a sort of hair-plug monstrosity that seems to be coming together nicely. It’s a bit pretty, a bit bewildering, and a lot like Angelica’s doll Cynthia on Rugrats (if you’re a cartoon aficionado and catch the reference). This is certainly a long-haul project, and is the accumulation of roughly two years worth of used acoustic and electric guitar and bass strings!
If you don’t have the care or patience to wait years to put together something spiffy with your leftover strings, consider the following:
1) Use your leftover strings for arts and crafts, however your imagination permits! Be careful with the ends, which, if you frequently change your own strings, you probably know are very sharp! You can alter string length by clipping them down with wire cutters. You may then bend them, glue them, tie them, braid them, string beads on them, and so on. Be creative!
2) Hang pictures with your leftover strings. Just exactly how you hang the pictures using guitar strings is up to you as there exists numerous ways to do so, also dependent upon what you are hanging. A lighter gauge string (slimmer in diameter) is more pliable—while still having a high tensile strength—and therefore a fine candidate; on your guitar, in standard tuning, this is the high E string.
3) Cutting clay, like one would slice cheese with wire. (I would not recommend using filthy strings to slice your food unless you have sterilized the used string and are sure it is safe to cut edibles such as cheese or cakes.)
4) Make bracelets, necklaces, or some kind of creative jewelry. Keep safety in mind when making jewelry so that you know you are wearing or gifting something safe!
October 8, 2013 at 7pm
Directors Present: Harley, Rebecca, Katy, Cindy, Leslie, Kaci, Angela
Visitors: Rachel, Alice, Jonathan, Christine, Carole, Jan
Educators Material Drive
Our 2nd Educators Material Drive is this Sunday, October 13th from 9-2pm and we could still use some volunteers. Please sign up for a shift this weekend and tell any educators you know about the event!
Official Austin Reuse Day and Austin Reuse Week
We’re pleased to announce that Austin will be proclaiming October 20th as Austin Reuse Day to kick off Austin Reuse Week! Rebecca will be making a statement about this proclamation at City Hall.
We’ll be at East Austin Studio Tour!
We’re super excited to be a part of EAST again this year! Look for more information about our event and booth in the coming weeks.
Alice Armstrong is currently finishing degrees in Urban Studies and Plan II Honors at the University of Texas at Austin. Her academic interests range from environmental planning and design to cooperative housing development and science fiction literature. She has a background in studio art and plans to pursue masters degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning.
Jonathan Davis is a fresh UT graduate with a degree in Rhetoric & Writing and enjoys writing, songwriting, practicing and listening to music, film, philosophy, literature, analog electronics, backcamping/camping/hiking and playing sports.
Rachel is a Studio Arts major at the University of Texas at Austin. As an artist her main interests lies in painting and two dimensional work, though she is trying to branch out to more three dimensional sculpture and installation as well. Someday she hopes to own her own store that specializes in restoration and design- think of a small scale, curated, actually vintage, version of Anthropologie. Until then she is focusing on her studies and trying to learn and experience as much as she can in her time at school and in Austin.
Step 1. Cut 9 strips of paper, ¾” wide and 10 ½” long. Leave three pieces just as they are (10 1/2” long). Cut 1 inch off of 3 of the pieces (now 9 1/2” long). Cut 2 inches off of 2 of the pieces (now 81/2”long). Cut the final piece to 3 ½” long. (Image 1)
Step 2. Bend the 3 ½” strip into a circle. Secure with double sided tape, a staple, glue, glue dots, etc. With all other strips fold both ends to the middle, twist the ends in opposite directions to create a loop at each end. Secure. (image 2 and image 3)
Step 3. Take the longest three pieces and place them on top of each other with equal space in between. Secure. Do the same with the middle 3 pieces and secure. Attach the two smallest pieces together. (image 4 and Image 5)
Step 4: Attach the 3 layers of bow together and secure the circle to the top.