Turn old objects and recycled materials from around the home into fun and colourful creatures in just 3 easy steps! Watch our video and follow our step by step guide to inspire you upcycle at home.
UPCYCLED: To reuse old materials in a creative way and turn them into something new - to make it better than what it use to be!
You will need:
A collection of objects you no longer need, these could be:
- Cardboard tubes such as toilet rolls, mail packing tubes or paper towel rolls.
- Cardboard such as flat pieces or finished food boxes.
- Plastic bottle lids.
- Fabric scraps.
- Paper cups.
- Old toys.
- Craft materials such as pom poms, feathers, pipe cleaners and googly/sticker eyes.
- Coloured paper.
- Coloured textas.
- Glue stick, sticky tape, double sided tape or hot glue gun.
STEP 1: Collect materials from home and look for interesting shapes. Keep in mind: What does this look like? What could this be? What could I turn this into? These could be objects that you would normally place in the recycle bin, old toys or using left over craft materials in an interesting way.
STEP 2: Once you have had a think, now it’s time to build your creature! You might want to plan first by doing a sketch or gather a few materials and have a play to see what works. When you are happy with how things are arranged, you can attach them using glue, sticky tape or double sided tape. You can also use a hot glue gun with the help of a grown up if you need to make any pieces extra strong.
STEP 3: To make your creature come to life, don’t be afraid to play with texture. Cutting up tissue paper, adding wool or fabric is a great way to create fur, hair or feathers for your creature. Finish your creature by drawing or sticking eyes and a mouth.
If you try this at home, take a photo and tag us: @hazelhurstartscentre or use the hashtag: #hazelhurstathome.