Recycrafting Plastic

Whenever I buy something plastic, I feel a tinge of guilt knowing that plastic is non-biodegradable (though some plastics are).

Today, I'm going to make the world a greener, more natural place (even in a minuscule way).  I'm going to recycle a plastic tissue holder.  It's large.  It's durable.  It's going to be more useful!

Your creation can be something other than this particular piece.  Shampoo bottles when cut can be turned into pencil holders and pencil cases with this technique!  Comment below if you want to see that!

This is definitely not a earth-shaking project but I think it's one of the most easiest way to recycle things and make them pretty!

white glue
paper with designs (magazines or computer print outs)
varnish / sealant

The process

Decoupage takes only a few steps.  

1. Choose your design.  We suggest looking at magazines and posters that you're not using anymore and cutting these up to form the design.  

2. Measure the surface.  Cut and layout the paper to fit the surface you wish to cover.  Some people choose to paint the surface first so the colors below don't seep through.  You can opt to do that as well.

3. Get a brush and some glue.  Use a 1=1 mixture.  For example, 1 tablespoon of glue = 1 tablespoon of water.  Mix well.

4. Cover the surface with the glue mixture and then the fun part comes - stick on the paper neatly.  Take care to smooth out any bubbles that normally form during the process.

5. You can cut curved edges so they overlap and keep adhering to the shape of whatever form you are covering.

6. Dry.

7. Varnish or spray with a sealant to protect the surface.

Tadah!!!  Ready to use again!

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Calej lives in Japan with her husband. She designs and doodles for a living.

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