Trash to treasure an eco-friendly art project

There is truth to the saying 'one man's trash is another man's treasure'. But we're taking that saying one step further.

Instead of reselling or taking your old household items to the local donation store for someone else to enjoy, consider turning them into art.

Brianna Clark, Habitat for Humanity Desert Foothills , shares a creative way to turn a picture frame and magazines into something you can keep around for years to come.

Old magazines
pencil, glue
straight edge knife
heavy duty cardboard
cheap or old picture frame

1. Using your existing picture frame, trace the outside and inside dimensions on a piece of cardboard
2. Using a straight edge knife, cut out the inside opening of the frame; then cut the frame out of the cardboard
3. Tear out the most colorful pages from an old magazine
4. Cut the pages into strips. The strips should be approximately 4" in length. To determine the width, measure about a quarter of an inch more than the width of your cardboard cutout frame
5. Tightly roll the strips and glue the edge so they maintain their shape
6. Apply glue around the edge of the frame, and attach the paper rolls
7. Allow glue to dry
8. If you have any unven rolls of paper, trim the ends with scissors
9. Glue the cardboard frame around an existing picture or mirror frame that you wish to disguise

The Habitat for Humanity Desert Foothills ReStore sells new and gently used building materials, household items, furniture and fixtures at 20 to 70 percent off retail prices. All items at Habitat for Humanity ReStore are priced 20 to 70 percent off the lowest found price, with most averaged at a 50 discount.

ReStore is located just West of the I-17 at Anthem Way
42205 North Vision Way
Anthem, AZ 85086

Saturday, April 2, 2011, the ReStore will host a day long 50 percent off sale, and until noon you can drop off materials to donate to the store. There will be a shred-a-thon for a suggested donation of $5 per box. You can also learn how to make eco-art.



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