The local recycling spots around town get a lot of use with loads of cardboard, paper and plastic dropped off daily. These days, however, other options exist for those who want to see less go into the trash and end up in a landfill. The Abilene Public Library has many titles that provide a variety of creative options to help you recycle in a crafty way.
Wise Craft by Blair Stocker features projects that help you remake fabric scraps or old plates and give them new life. In a similar vein is John Murphy's Closet Monsters: Stitch Creatures You'll Love from Clothing You Don't. He shows you how to use clothing for the junk pile and sew adorable little stuffed monsters you will be happy to keep around or give as a gift.
Personalized gifts can also be created using Trash-to-Treasure Papermaking by Arnold Grummer. This innovative guide takes such nuisance items as old phonebooks and junk mail and transforms them into invitations, ornaments and more. The Leisure Arts title The Big Green Book of Recycled Crafts offers over 100 projects that utilize glass, paper, plastic and other materials that might normally end up in a landfill.
Your garden is another place to showcase reclaimed projects. Salvage Style for the Garden: Simple Outdoor Projects Using Reclaimed Treasures by Marcianne Miller has projects for everything from birdbaths to stepping stones. Susan Guagliumi's Handmade for the Garden: 75 Ingenious Ways to Enhance Your Outdoor Space with DIY Tools, Pots, Supports, Embellishments, and More shows gardeners how they can repurpose materials to creatively personalize their outdoor space.
Those who want to recycle, but not really interested in keeping all those repurposed items around, may want to read Recycling for Pleasure and Profit by Chris Toombs. This talented artisan shares how to select viable items and then how to revamp them for re-sale. Who knows, maybe all that chair on the side of the road needs is a little TLC.
These days there are so many ways to be more environmentally friendly that earth conscious individuals can potentially make fewer trips to recycling centers and spend more time creating fun crafts from what to some people is essentially trash. Allow the Abilene Public Library to help you achieve as small a footprint as possible through our many titles that demonstrate just how easy and fun recycling in a crafty way can be.
Article Contributed by Deborah Tarsiewicz, Information Services at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library