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:
- the 100 Day Challenge
- the Creative Sprint where you make something for 30 days in a row
- “Me-Made-May” where people post a photo on Instagram of themselves wearing something they made each day
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
This was inspired by the pattern designed by Hawthorn Handmade.
Butterflies Made from Recycled Men’s Ties
This was inspired by Jess Wrobel’s peppermint hooked rugs.
Newfoundland Trigger Mitten Embroidery
This was inspired by Jen Manuell at Fish Eye Sisters.
Felt Bagpiper Ornament
Felt Fruit Salad Mandala
Valentine’s Beaded Broach
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 Owl Ornament
Dandelion Puff Embroidery
This was inspired by the work of Velvet Meadow.
She hasn’t seen this one yet – it’s the gift for June 2018!
Here’s some photos of my grandmother (who I call “Nanny”) with my children last summer: