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Creating From Discarded Materials DIY


Creating From Discarded Materials DIY

Trash to Treasure… 

or at least a whole lot of fun for not much money! 

I cleaned my studio.  What does an artist do when they clean their studio?  They rummage thru all their art materials and create something from it!  I collected a whole big stack of paper when I cleaned.  I have a paper shredder so I shredded it….and thought there has got to be SOME WAY I CAN USE THIS paper?

Those words often get me in trouble when it comes to space in my art studio…. artists can imagine ways to use just about anything that other people view as useless or trash.  I am good at seeing possibilities.  I do that with people too.  I do that with animals.  I do that with trash.  🙂  I do that in thrift stores, hardware stores, flea markets, garage sales…

Below are a few samples of things I have created from discard materials….

Love these!!  Put them in a window that the sun shines in and they are gorgeous!! 

Wooden Horse Sign DIY here. 

I don’t know why, but old, weathered wood looks great when put in some kind of frame but as my picnic table, not so much. 

The following were made from old dishes and thrift store finds. 

I made them into outdoor garden flowers.  

Thrift Store Finds DIY instructions here. 

Vintage hankies!! 

This is just a simple wreath made from an old wire hanger and knotted hankies. 

Vintage Hankies Wreath DIY instructions here. 

This is garden art made from plastic food containers and a wood round with poured paint.

Recycled Flower Art DIY here!

More of my garden and flower art below … with a welcome sign made from some old barnwood.

Paper Clay is awesome!!!  Go to this page for DIY instructions!

Bubble art makes adorable cards and stationery out of old paper.  DIY instructions here. 

Poured Painting Fail Reworked DIY 

 Poured Painting DIY 

You can ‘pour paint’ on so many different surfaces from table tops, lamp bases to flower pots.  



Here are other blog posts and the accompanying artwork other times ‘cleaned’ my art studio.

https://amulti-coloredlife.blogspot.com/2010/11/cleaning-up.html

https://amulti-coloredlife.blogspot.com/2010/10/life-is-change.html

Keep creating!  

Thanks for following along and always appreciate sharing of this post on social media!  

Sue Steiner, artist 



If you, are anyone you know, are interested in a pet portrait or painting of your horse, please take a look at my artwork and website. I would love to talk about what you have in mind. I specialize in dogs, cats, horses, horse and rider, pet and owner, farm animal and wildlife paintings. I work from small custom stall signs to Life-Sized!

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