Magnetic + Recycle = Up-cycle 52 Projects #33 and #34

Magnetic + recycle = up-cycle.  50% new and 50% recycle, for an art project that feels okay.  Every time I go thrifting and flea marketing, I’ve noticed there have been an abundance of cheap tin serving trays.  Sooooo…my recycling brain kicked into gear and said why not use these tins as substrates for a variety of art projects.  Background canvas, magnet board for displays, magnet board for kid’s room to hang their own art. Heck a place to hang inspiration, mount a mirror, add hooks and whatever, use as a jewelry display.  You get the idea, endless ideas, inexpensive recycle and old meets new.

So this week I made some magnets 3 1/2″ rounds of pulp coaster blanks, collage, die cut, stamp and ink and a cute brad.  Simple right?  Except they take a while to complete, but the joy is in the process and that’s what it’s all about for me.

Mounted on a tray I painted black…I like this idea and have some seaside versions in the works too.  Christmas ornies and magnets for the Fall are coming too I think.  The ones above I popped into the gift store in the gallery and I hung the tray on the wall so I can add to it as I wish.  I’m working on another three trays for the art fair for kids rooms.  I’ll share those next week – hopefully….

I did manage to up-cycle a dress into a tunic.  I cut off the dress, added a fabric border hem, hand stitched it closed and hand stitched some added embellishments round the bottom.  Simple and fun.  Falls about to the knee and goes great over trousers…the dress had been in my summer clothes pile for 10+ years and I loved the color but never wore it much as it was.  Rather than ditch it, I re-did it, finally.

Off to two art openings tonight, but alas, it’s raining so I won’t wear it.  One at the gallery and another at a cute arty shop in the next town with a friend as the featured artist.  I’ll try and remember some photos to share next time.  Happy Weekend all…enjoy summer or winter wherever you are.

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13 Responses to “Magnetic + Recycle = Up-cycle 52 Projects #33 and #34”

  1. Bleubeard and Elizabeth July 7, 2017 at 1:58 pm #

    You are a person after my heart. I love it when you recycle and upcycle. I love the idea of those trays. I’ve never seen anything like them here in the midwest, so this was something totally new for me. I think these altered trays will draw lots of attention.

    Have fun this evening, and I hope to see photos of your gallery visit, and of your friend’s art. How awesome to find a featured artist. Have a super weekend, too, dear.

  2. Bleubeard and Elizabeth July 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm #

    That should have read to KNOW a featured artist, not FIND a featured artist. My brain is on overload, from all that upcycling, I guess.

  3. froebelsternchen July 7, 2017 at 2:44 pm #

    Wow.. extraordinary and AWESOME! Love your ideas and how you work!

  4. Erika N July 7, 2017 at 3:38 pm #

    Up cycling and reusing is such a good thing. Its getting back to the old ways when people did this all the time- and makes you think about how wasteful these modern times are. I love the pieces. That tonic is really gorgeous. Hugs-Erika

  5. Jan July 7, 2017 at 3:58 pm #

    What a great idea to use the metal trays this way. Recycling at its best. Love the tunic too, what a fabulous color. Looks like linen, I’d be wanting to keep it too. Been purging my closets, gave away a beautiful red and black Pendleton jacket that I’ve been holding on to for 20 years because it was my mom’s but it was too big for me so now my larger neighbor owns it. That feels good, to know it will be used as intended instead of attracting moths in my closet. Hope you have a great time gallery hopping tonight.

  6. NancyLee July 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

    How fun! Super summer color dress!

  7. Valerie-Jael July 9, 2017 at 3:33 am #

    Wonderful art ideas, and love the tunic your made, have fun wearing it, I love things like that. Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

  8. Julia - Vintage with Laces July 9, 2017 at 9:00 am #

    That’s a great upcycle project, Corrine! It looks beautiful! I love the colors of your tunic and the little patches you added.
    Have a wonderful Sunday!
    xo Julia

  9. Dorthe Hansen July 9, 2017 at 1:40 pm #

    Hi Corrine, a wonderful post about not throwing, but using what is there, to recycle and feel happy , too, in the process.
    Your magnet, looks great ,a wonderful art piece, and so fun to use. And I love that you also recycled, your dress, into something shorter ,to wear it more, it looks beautiful, dear.
    Hugs, Dorthe

  10. Barbara Casillas July 10, 2017 at 12:49 pm #

    Love the tunic. It’s fun to alter clothing. We could do with a little of your rain. It has been well over 100 degrees here and very humid, which is not typical. We get high temperatures, but not with humidity.

  11. gio July 15, 2017 at 7:22 am #

    Love your magnet, and I love too, the process,the making, more than the outcome.
    The redo-dress is exquisite, I am pretty sure will have some chances to wear it this summer.

  12. johanna July 16, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    wow, i love this tunic! great Recycling idea. will be perfect for summer:)

  13. aga July 17, 2017 at 9:36 am #

    Beautiful work and awesome tunic! love the colors!

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