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Inspirational: Repurposed Art

Creative Souls Academy Repurposed ArtInspiring Repurposed Art

“Trash it!” you say? No … let’s celebrate creative souls that see trash as art when they repurpose it into beautiful and creative things. Trashing things seems sad when, with a little thought, it can become something beautiful.  May you find these items inspirational.

What is Repurposed Art?
According to the Webster Dictionary, “Repurpose” is a verb that means to adapt for use in a different purpose. According to the Webster Dictionary, “Art” is a noun for an expression or application of human creative skill and imagination or works produced by such skill and imagination. So, “Repurposed Art” is the result of adapting something for a different purpose, producing an expression of human creative skill, imagination or works.

Make Your Own Repurposed Art
Want to learn to make your repurposed art? Earth911 has some great ideas that you can try. Need to decorate on a budget? Apartment Guide has some tips to decorate your apartment on a budget.

RecycledArtBirdHouseMocking Bird House

This handcrafted folk art decoupaged bird house, from this next, is made from a vintage copy of  artist, Dave Vissat’s favorite book.“Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. “Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Books discarded from libraries and salvaged from dumpsters are repurposed as Wild Wings Literary Lodgings Birdhouses. For decorative use only, a perfect accent for your library or solarium.

Recycled Art Stain Glass TableStained Glass Table

Stained glass scraps were repurposed into a small table top. Stacey, from State Street Crafter, constructed a table from recycled porch lumber but wanted a decorative table top for it. Stacey says, “We put together a quick table out of plywood and landscape timbers for our four-year-old to use on the porch. After a summer of chocolate milk spills, it was looking pretty rough, and since we were freshening up the rest of the porch, we decided to refinish the table by adding a new, decorative top. We toyed with the idea of tiling it, but then decided to do a mosaic using leftover glass pieces from various stained-glass projects, most of which we inherited from my mom! I started by painting the table legs a bright happy teal to complement the colors of the glass and priming the table surface white so that we’d have a clean background under the glass.”

Got Ideas?
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This entry was posted on February 25, 2013 by in Decoratiing, Inspirational, Repurposed Art, Uncategorized, Woodworking and tagged , , , .
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