Handmade Gifts from Recycled Materials for Mother’s Day & More!

Do you have lots of creative reuse ideas, but struggle to get them started? It can be difficult to prioritize creative reuse projects in a busy life. So in January 2017, I started a project to make one creative reuse item per month – as a gift for my grandmother. It’s like a Christmas present that lasts all year. She gets a monthly care package in the mail, and I move ideas into action.

There are many ways that makers can build more creative discipline, through projects such as:

But if a daily challenge sounds overwhelming, you might consider a monthly challenge like mine, with an eager audience checking her mailbox.

Let me know how you motivate yourself to start, continue and finish creative projects at trashmagination@gmail.com. Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Homemade Gifts from Recycled Materials

I made the following gifts for my grandmother Rea from January 2017 onwards:

Hand-woven Valentine’s cushion

Handwoven Valentine's cushion by Trashmagination

Handwoven Valentine’s cushion by Trashmagination, February 2017

Handwoven heart cushion on my hand loom

Handwoven heart cushion on my hand loom

 

Embroidered Squirrel

This was inspired by the pattern designed by Hawthorn Handmade.

My grandmother standing by the shelf where she displays my handmade gifts, March 2017

My grandmother Rea standing by the shelf where she displays my handmade gifts, March 2017

 

Hexagon Quilt

Hexagon paper-pieced quilt by Trashmagination, March 2017

Hexagon paper-pieced quilt by Trashmagination, March 2017

 

Butterflies Made from Recycled Men’s Ties

Butterflies made from neck ties

Butterflies made from neck ties

Rug-hooked Swirl

This was inspired by Jess Wrobel’s peppermint hooked rugs.

Rug hooked swirl on recycled rice burlap bag, June 2017

Rug hooked swirl on recycled rice burlap bag, June 2017

 

Newfoundland Trigger Mitten Embroidery

My mitten embroidery beside the Newfoundland double-knit trigger mitten that inspired it

My mitten embroidery beside the Newfoundland double-knit trigger mitten that inspired it

 

Poppy Quilt

This was inspired by Jen Manuell at Fish Eye Sisters.

Poppy Quilt for Remembrance Day, November 2017

Poppy Quilt for Remembrance Day, November 2017

 

Felt Bagpiper Ornament

Bagpipe ornament and original photo of my nephew Owen, December 2017

Bagpipe ornament and original photo of my nephew Owen, December 2017

 

Felt Fruit Salad Mandala

Felt fruit salad mandala, January 2018

Felt fruit salad mandala, January 2018

 

Valentine’s Beaded Broach

Valentine's broach made from recycled t-shirt strips and beads, February 2018

Valentine’s broach made from recycled t-shirt strips and beads, February 2018

 

Felt Circle Necklace

I forgot to mention this one in the podcast! It was made from tiny scraps of felt leftover from other projects.

Felt and wool circle necklace, March 2018

Felt and wool circle necklace, March 2018

 

Felt Owl Ornament

Sleepy owl ornament, April 2018

Sleepy owl ornament, April 2018

 

Dandelion Puff Embroidery

This was inspired by the work of Velvet Meadow.

Dandelion puff embroidery, May 2018, inspired by Velvet Meadow

Dandelion puff embroidery, May 2018, inspired by Velvet Meadow

Dandelion puff embroidery, May 2018, inspired by Velvet Meadow

Dandelion puff embroidery, May 2018, inspired by Velvet Meadow

Dandelion puff embroidery on my grandmother's shelf

Dandelion puff embroidery on my grandmother’s shelf

 

Rainbow Swirl

She hasn’t seen this one yet – it’s the gift for June 2018!

Rainbow swirl ornament

Rainbow swirl ornament

 

Here’s some photos of my grandmother (who I call “Nanny”) with my children last summer:

My grandmother Rea and my daughter, Nora - June 2017

My grandmother Rea and my daughter, Nora – June 2017

My son Russell and my grandmother Rea, June 2017

My son Russell and my grandmother Rea, June 2017

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