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Waste not want not!

  • September 3, 2016


While doing various projects this past year I noticed that my "garbage" pile kept growing and growing. I looked at all the various wood pieces, paint cans with bits of paint in them, pieces of cloth or material, etc. and i just seen so much lost potential. Sadly usable items were being "thrown away or burnt up". Feeling frustrated; I vowed to attempt to up-cycle and reuse as much of these items as possible. What surprised me the most was that one simple idea to remove waste turned into a fun project! I was amazed at how others were now taking a lead to reconsider what was truly garbage! The reaction by my family and friends has been fantastically unexpected and supportive! I now hear them (on practically a daily basis) double checking items that originally would have been thrown in the trash can. Because of this idea; all items are now being given a second look over and a chance to become a dream project! To clarify more about my challenge: Waste not, want not is an old proverb meaning "if you use a commodity or resource carefully and without extravagance, you will never be in need". My Ryobi Challenge is to prevent the unnecessary and needless build up of waste. How? Well this will be done by creating a newly up-cycled or re-purposed item from stuff which was previously discarded or considered to be waste. For this Challenge you must make something new with your own hands using items which you have up-cycled or re-purposed. The new product must be made up of at least 85% up-cycled or re-purposed items. Items may come from your garage, home, yard, or garbage pile as well as from your family or friends. You must include a picture of materials you started with beforehand and show a picture of the final finished project. What can be made? I am passing the gauntlet on to you so you can show me what you can do because in my opinion the sky is the limit. With this entry I attached pictures showing you two sets of children laptop games which I made from up-cycled items from my home! I included these examples to give you and idea of what you can accomplish. Good luck creating and have fun everyone! #MyRYOBIChallenge, #RYOBIPowertools, #RYOBINationRocks
This was made using recycled plywood, 2x4's, left over paint, and scrap material. A stenciling machine by Cricket was used. Each "bean" bag was sewn by hand and stuffed with rice.

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Comments (45)

  • Awesome work, and what a great movement you've stirred up among your friends! You did a great job leading by example, and your game boards look great! What technique did you use to apply the images?

    By RYOBI Nation

  • Thank you! A cricket stencil machine was used! The stencil was applied to the wooden frame (which I had already painted the color I wanted) using a thin coat of Mod Podge. After this was dry I then applied several more thin coats of Mod Podge directly over the stencel (about 3 in total). Once it was completely dry the whole piece was then covered with several thin clear coats of lacquer.

    By BarbaraW2016

  • These really turned out great! Thank you for sharing them with us!

    By RYOBI Nation

  • These are just plain adorable! Would love to buy one!

    By annchampine

  • These would be so fun to take camping! My kids would love them! Nice job!

    By B2C

  • Cute! Nice job. I like that you used scraps! Great idea!

    By bmiller_460551

  • Great job! Just wondering; do you make table top billiard tables too? If you do would be very interested!

    By BPAScott

  • Adorable! Nice job!

    By WCDT

  • Cute! How long did it take you to make one? Just wondering!

    By Wedidittogether

  • They are adorable! I LOVE the minions! :)

    By gomommago

  • Love the project and the inspirational story! I hope this catches on! Nice job!


  • Thanks Ann! Sorry but they were gifted as presents to my family! ;)

    By BarbaraW2016

  • I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone for their nice comments. BPA Scott: Never tried until now! You have given me food for thought and inspired me to make a new project! We did it together: It takes several days to make one because of the dry time needed for each coat of paint or sealer! ;)

    By BarbaraW2016

  • Nice idea and great project! Like them both but have to say my favorite is the Minions!

    By JonPhilsucD

  • These are spectacular! Well done and I like that it is all from recycled items!

    By positivelypositive

  • Thank you everyone for your kind words and votes! It means so much to me! :) JonPhilsucD you are not alone as my family has their favorites too! LOL. Positively positive I made it a mission to use up those scraps instead of throwing them out! ;)

    By BarbaraW2016

  • If you do make some please make sure to let me know as I would really like to see them! You did such a great job on these using scraps that I am sure the table top billiard tables would be fantastic! Good luck and I do hope you win!

    By BPAScott

  • BPAScott: I will definitely get in touch with you if I make table top billiard games! :)

    By BarbaraW2016

  • Love the games, love your idea, and I hope you win! Good luck BarbaraW! :)

    By niceshotscott

  • Nice job! These games are adorable. I don't know how anyone can say one is better then the other because they both rock! Hope your idea wins and I agree there is to much waste. I know that we could do something about it if we put our minds to work like you did.


  • Thank you everyone for your support and votes! It means the world to me.

    By BarbaraW2016

  • DIY did I try that? It is sad when you have to demean someones project so you can feel better about yours! I feel sorry you! Obviously you did not know that my submission was being edited and had been taken down for an extended period of time!

    By BarbaraW2016

  • Wow what a jerk! Nicely stated Barb! There will always be haters! :)

    By niceshotscott

  • You have a great idea here. Don't let this person rain on your parade! Like I said to you previously I hope you win and this catches on! :)


  • Barbara you are doing a fine job and this PERSON is obviously a jerk and is jealous of your talent (as well as others)!

    By ryanscott

  • Thank you all for your kind words! Please know that from this point on I am choosing to not let this person bother me! Friends I ask that you please show more kindness then I was given! :) Thanks and I really do appreciate all of your support and votes!

    By BarbaraW2016

  • How incredibly rude of DIY and you are right Barb not to let this ahem complainer blemish this for you! Your idea is brilliant and your games are adorable!

    By nursenancy

  • Barbara your comments to this heckler have made me respect you and your project even more. I would not have been so nice. I so hope you win!

    By positivelypositive

  • Troyman_ how do you know they are same people? It is really sad how some people can be so jealous of someone's creation! Done a great job waste not want not!!! Don't let their comments bother you!

    By brissette

  • I just want to say a big THANK YOU so much @Ryobi for your help! It is greatly appreciated! :)

    By BarbaraW2016

  • Your board games look great and I really like your idea!

    By 0_LGBYBB

  • Thank you Alphaomega and 0_LGBYBB for your support! :)

    By BarbaraW2016

  • Funny how these are the exact same chairs that are in "Rchampine"s garage.....the guy who won last month.

    By TROYman

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