Fantastic Recycled Plastic: 30 Clever Creations to Spark Your Imagination
by
David Edgar and Robin A. Edgar

Let me start by saying my background is Industrial Design so I know about how much effort goes into designing manufactured packaging. It gives me such pleasure to recycle the stuff that someone else spent so much time designing giving it a new life after its first one is done and appreciating its qualities. That’s what pretty colors and shapes of plastic packaging have to offer you. This book Fantastic Recycled Plastic: 30 Clever Creations to Spark Your Imagination gives you ideas for tons of modern and whimsical designs along with the techniques and skills to make your own creations come to life. I know of what I speak, check out the broken heart charm I made inspired by Fantastic Recycled Plastic after, of course you leave a comment at this post so you are entered to win a copy of the book!

Leave a comment by Midnight ET Thursday November 18, 2010 and you are in the running.

The fine print-Contest is open to USA residents only.

More about the book and its authors from Lark Books:

Plastic is fantastic to craft with—and these imaginative, whimsical creations are out of the ordinary! From colorful canine silhouette pins and magnets and a holiday snowflake decoration to marvelous masks, they turn recycling into art.

Organized by level of difficulty, the items range from simple creations even a schoolchild can do to a fanciful, rolling biplane and a slithering, jointed serpent stuffed with lids and caps. All the necessary techniques—cutting, shaping, fastening, heat-forming, making tabs—unfold in step-by-step photos, along with clear, comprehensive instructions. Sidebars provide extra information on plastics, recycling, and more. Plus there’s a gallery of innovative international work by professional artists to inspire you.

What a great way to get creative…while saving the earth, too!

A former arts administrator and associate professor of art, DAVID EDGAR worked as a production artist on the EPCOT Center and Tokyo Disneyland projects for the Walt Disney World Company. David’s artwork is represented internationally in corporate, institutional, and private collections. Find out more about David at www.plastiquarium.com.

ROBIN A. EDGAR writes profiles, art reviews, and features for national, regional, and local publications. She travels throughout the United States as a keynote speaker and workshops facilitator, teaching reminiscence writing techniques based on her two books, In My Mother’s Kitchen: An Introduction to the Healing Power of Reminiscence and Personal Legacies: Surviving the Great Depression. Find out more about Robin at www.robinedgar.com.

By Stefanie Girard




Comments

33 Comments so far

  1. Melissa Craig on November 11, 2010 9:33 am

    love it!!

  2. Sue H on November 11, 2010 9:39 am

    That looks so cool! My nephew would love creating something out of “junk”! Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Angie on November 11, 2010 9:40 am

    This book looks awesome!

  4. Jenni N. on November 11, 2010 9:42 am

    What a cute book! Hope I win :)

  5. Hannah P. on November 11, 2010 9:49 am

    this looks like a great book for teaching kids how to recycle and use everything in crafting!

  6. Sew Woodsy on November 11, 2010 9:57 am

    This book looks awesome! I hope I win–I love “upcycling”! Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

  7. Ashley Million on November 11, 2010 10:12 am

    I will certainly put this on my to buy list if I don’t win!

  8. Tabitha on November 11, 2010 11:49 am

    How fun…love it and would love to win it!

  9. annika on November 11, 2010 1:34 pm

    I would give it a very good home, and i promise to be very inspired

  10. Gretchen Fleener on November 11, 2010 2:09 pm

    What a cool book! I have a big bin full of colorful plastic lids and other plastic items that have been waiting for inspiration to hit me. This looks like just the thing I need to give them all new life!

  11. Fallon on November 11, 2010 2:37 pm

    What a great idea! :)

  12. Nonnie on November 11, 2010 5:51 pm

    This looks like an awesome book! What great ideas!

  13. jennifer wilson on November 11, 2010 6:38 pm

    anything that helps me reuse and recycle is great

  14. Melissa on November 11, 2010 6:53 pm

    This book looks really neat! I just made a bracelet out of a vintage plastic knitting needle. What fun to recycle plastic.

  15. Turtle Mom on November 11, 2010 7:43 pm

    Neat book!

  16. Danielle on November 11, 2010 8:56 pm

    What a great book. And I thought I was original by making fish out of apple juice bottles, lol!!!

  17. Kate on November 11, 2010 10:14 pm

    I am super excited to read this book- I hope I win! :D

  18. Britt on November 12, 2010 5:57 am

    I love the fish in the lower right-hand corner!

  19. Scy on November 12, 2010 6:48 am

    Love it–always looking for artistic ways to recycle and this book fits the bill!

  20. Ricki Duke on November 12, 2010 7:04 am

    Wow! What great ideas. Love to own this book. So many different ideas.

  21. Shay on November 12, 2010 7:19 am

    The talent and creativity of some people just floors me. That they can look at a piece of trash and see these kinds of project is amazing.

  22. Tracy on November 12, 2010 8:39 am

    There’s a kids museum in the area that sells commercially recycled materials on the cheap (bins, buckets, paper scraps, strings, etc.) – my 4yo son & I could have a hay day with this book!

  23. Paula Wirfel on November 12, 2010 10:05 am

    This book would be fun, educational, and environmentally-friendly. I’d love to win this and do the projects with my grandchildren!

  24. Kimberly S. on November 12, 2010 10:40 am

    Wow, I would love to have a peek at this book. I am always looking for ways to recycle this kind of stuff.

  25. darlane on November 12, 2010 11:22 am

    Wow…This books looks great. This looks like fun stuff…thanks for the contest :-)

  26. Susan Spiers on November 12, 2010 12:00 pm

    Everyone needs this book! What a great thing to use up those plastic bags everyone has zillions of!

  27. Sho on November 12, 2010 9:10 pm

    What a great book! I will need to track that down … :)

    Thank you for the opportunity!

  28. sharon on November 13, 2010 12:51 am

    recycling rocks..thanks for the chance…..s

  29. lyn Lewis on November 13, 2010 4:27 am

    What great fun this looks! Many thanks for the opportunity to join the names in the hat!
    Fingers SO crossed… lol

  30. suzanne on November 13, 2010 1:49 pm

    TOO, too cute. If I don’t win it, I will have to BUY it. Wonderful ideas for children.

  31. Noreen on November 13, 2010 6:26 pm

    I love that more and more people are finding ways to use our waste products. What fun looking ideas in this book.

  32. Joanne Carpenter on November 13, 2010 10:08 pm

    I love to make something new from something used. I’d like to win.

  33. Sunni on November 13, 2010 10:43 pm

    My daughter and I love craft projects, but supplies can be expensive. I would love to get some ideas and inspiration to repurpose junk we already have!!

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