Today we highlight some fun and festive ideas posted on SCRAP Denton’s Pinterest Boards.
You can save money on expensive store-bought decorations by doing it yourself. Many of the supplies can be reused from around the house or be found at affordable SCRAP prices!
Personalized Letter Wreath:
Gluing Christmas berries or beads onto a simple wooden letter transforms it into a beautiful letter wreath. You can spell out words like “Joy” or “Peace” for the holiday season, or use personalized letters for your name all year round.
Pipe Cleaner Trees:
Pipe cleaner trees can be as easy or detailed as you are willing to make them.
Beginner: These pipe cleaners are easy enough for the kids.
Intermediate: These have are hot-glued to a wire base, and are feature spiraled pipe cleaners, with a pearl accent on top.
Master Class: These pipe cleaner trees really mimic the pine tree and require more intricate fine-tuning. Find the details at www.marthastewart.com
March of the Penguins:
Upcycle soda bottles into cute decorative penguins in five easy steps!
Step One: Find some old soda bottles to reuse for this project.
Step Two: Cut off the bottom parts of two bottles, with one being a bit taller.
Step Three: Insert the taller bottom half into the shorter by gluing or taping it together.
Step Four: Spray paint attached bottles white.
Step Five: Decorate penguins by painting in their little penguin features and winter clothes. Add a pompom ball on top to complete the look.
We got this lovely idea from www.craftberrybush.com
Find more creative reuse inspiration on our Pinterest!
Creative Reuse: Holiday Edition
The Culprit: Gift Wrapping Paper
The Cure: Creative Reuse Ornaments
Shaped Paper Ornaments - Use old gift-wrapping paper or holiday cards to make these simply beautiful paper heart ornaments.
Cut strips of different colored festive paper, glue them back-to-back and curl them into a heart shape. Staple at the bottom. (You can cover the staple with more colorful paper or use color staples.)
To hang, glue or staple a looped ribbon in between the curve of the heart. It’s that simple.
You can also curve the paper into a flower shape by stapling several hearts together, or use a simple ring shape. For the ring shape punch a hole to string the ribbon through, and add a bead for extra flair.
Paper Stuffed Ornament - Fill a clear ornament with strips of old holiday cards, sheet music, or gift-wrapping paper for a uniquely gorgeous holiday ornament.
Layered Circles Ornament - Save aging, discolored ornaments by attaching small circle cut outs (or use a 1 inch hole puncher) from old holiday gift-wrap or cards with a glue gun.
Other uses for Gift Wrap Paper - After you’ve reused your gift-wrap to the last scrap, try using torn, crumpled gift-wrap paper as shipping box filler to pad and protect the gifts for all those far away friends and family.
Festive paper can even be used as lovely gift basket filler! Any shredded paper can be used for shipping, and later be recycled.
Gift-wrapping paper alternative - Avoid wrapping paper all together by using cloth fabric as the gift-wrap that keeps giving. With bigger gifts the cloth fabric wrap can also be another gift of a nice baby blanket, handkerchief or wall art.
Join us this Friday for the most festive night of the year in Downtown Denton. Holiday tree lighting, First Friday Denton, Wassail tasting and so much more. It’s a wonderful season and a great time to get out and support your creative community and the small businesses that make Denton such a wonderful place to live.
SCRAP has 30 for $30 up in our Re:Vision Gallery. An amazing art show where each piece is for sale for just $30. It’s a great way to support SCRAP and give the gift of creative reuse for the holidays.
Stop by and be a part of the fun!
SCRAP Denton is so excited to announce that we are hiring!
We are looking for a dynamic Volunteer Coordinator to join our growing team. The ideal candidate will have volunteer coordination experience, strong interpersonal and computer skills, a creative, entrepreneurial spirit and belief in SCRAP’s mission to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior.
Details: See the full listing here (SCRAPDentonvolunteercoordinator)
Time Requirements: 15 hours a week (must be available on Saturdays)
Qualified candidates encouraged to submit cover letter and resume to Heather Gregory (firstname.lastname@example.org) with “Volunteer Coordinator” in the subject line. Position closes at 5 pm on Friday November 22.
SCRAP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing education programs and affordable materials to the community.
We are so excited about the upcoming classes we have here at SCRAP. On Saturday, November 9 from 1-3 we will be having an all ages Cigar Box Craft class. Come and learn how to repurpose a cigar box into a purse, jewelry box or memory box. The cost is just $5. You can either bring your own container or purchase a cigar box from SCRAP. All other materials provided.
On Tuesday November 12 from 6:30-8:30 we will be having another Mash Up Jewelry Class. This popular class is back so you can learn how to make your own unique piece out of your old jewelry. Collect all those single earrings, broken bracelets and necklaces that you don’t wear anymore and learn how to mash them up into a new and wonderful piece!
We recommend pre-registration for all of our classes and you can do so by calling 940-808-1611 or e-mailing Donna@scrapdenton.org. As always, you can sign up in the store!
SCRAP is excited to be hosting Kids Reuse Art in the Re:Vision Gallery for the month of November. Elementary level art teachers from 5 schools in the area have worked with their students to incorporate creative reuse into their artwork. This show will be opening during First Friday so stop by SCRAP to see how creative and resourceful these kids are!
Zero 96 Brewing will be here again giving out samples of their delicious, locally crafted beer. Support local arts and crafts while sipping on craft beer!
As always, SCRAP will be open for late night shopping in our retail store and Re:Boutique. The Re:Boutiquesells work made by local artists and crafters that use 75% or more reused materials in their work. It’s a great place to get a jump start on all of your holiday shopping. We’ll be open until at least 9 pm.
Come out and join the fun!
SCRAP is excited to showcase the work from Not Your Grandmother’s Bee in our Re:Vision Gallery for the month of October. This quilt show will have the work of 10 talented artists who challenge themselves to work with reused and reclaimed materials. They have created 18X18 quilt squares that are beautiful, unique and demonstrate creative reuse at it’s finest.
SCRAP will also host an artists demonstration given by the talented Stephen LaBonte. Stephen practices the art of Kusudama, an ancient Japanese technique of paper folding and he uses hymnals, comics and maps in his work. His ornaments are available for sale in SCRAP’s Re:Boutique and are lovely examples of creative reuse. The demonstration will be from 7-9pm.
Local favorite, Zero96 Brewing, will be at SCRAP giving out samples of their delicious craft beer and of course we will be open until 9 for late night shopping. Come out and join the fun!
Don’t miss out on the party of the year! Loads of fun to be had.
Make your own mask or buy one at the door. The best masks will be nominated for the mask contest with awesome prizes for the winners. There will be a photo booth to help document the evening and delicious drinks and refreshments to enjoy. We also have a huge selection of items for our silent auction and raffle including a personal organizing session, amazing craft baskets, fine art and adorable accessories.
Make plans to support your creative reuse center and have a blast while you’re at it.
Join us on September 6th for the monthly art walk, First Friday. SCRAP is excited about the opening of Partially Finished, a show in our Re:Vision Gallery where artists selected partially finished works provided by SCRAP and transformed the unfinished work into their own masterpiece. Over ten artists will have their work on display in the gallery and the results are unique and inspiring.
In addition, SCRAP has lots of other fun things planned for this month’s First Friday. Zero96 Brewing will be here giving out free samples, there will be live spray paint art starting at 7:30 and craft vendors with their wares for sale. Last, but certainly not least, Happy Campers will be here serving up delicious snow cones to help beat the heat. Don’t miss out on this one!
SCRAP is super excited about this years fundraiser. It’s going to be a masquerade party complete with a photo booth, silent auction and mask contest!
Interested in becoming a sponsor for the event? You should! Event sponsorship is affordable and goes a long way to support your favorite creative reuse organization. E-mail Heather for more information about how to become a sponsor or donate to the silent auction.
Make sure you save the date! You won’t want to miss the most creative party of the year.