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.