In the most elementary of terms, “recycling” is the act of taking a product that has already been made and transforming it into a new product
In this day and age, people are becoming more and more conscious about how their waste can affect the environment as well as how to reduce their carbon footprint.
However, in order to make these changes stick, we need to provide financial incentives for being greener. The world needs to think outside of the box in order to find ways in which people can financially benefit from recycling rather than just help others out.
Luckily for us, there are some ingenious ways that ordinary objects can be recycled into art (and even money).
You can use everyday objects in your home as materials for creating recycled art.
Everything from scrap wood, pieces of metal and plastic, or even items from your kitchen – it’s all up for grabs.
Constantly keep an eye out for new things like broken mirrors or old picture frames and doors, as these will easily be transformed into something new.
Depending on your project, you’re likely to need a number of different tools, everything from plastic welding devices right down to tape and nails.
Here are a few things that you are likely to need:
A small saw will be useful for a variety of projects, from cutting wood to carving designs into it.
A range of sanding tools will be useful for smoothing down surfaces to get a truly unique look in your recycled art.
Drills will be useful for getting those perfect holes in your project, while the screws are necessary to keep everything together.
There’ll be no need to go out and buy a set of brushes when you can just use the ones you already have at home.
You won’t really need a lot of glue for most projects but having an ample supply on hand is always helpful.
Steel wool can be used to clean up edges and get your wood surface ready for the finishing touches.
A hammer is useful for more than just nailing things together: it will be necessary if you want to get those sharp corners that stand out from your design.
A file will be useful for smoothing out the edges of your recycled art object to give it that perfect finishing touch.
A utility knife is a great tool for cutting through all sorts of materials, including such things as paper, plastic, and metal.
A razor blade is a necessity if you want to cut up something like cardboard or foam into interesting shapes and small details.
Alternatively, if you have an old piece of card, you can use a box cutter or small scissors for the same job.