Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Repurposing those weak moments: Eco Art Tube

Well, it's Earth Week at the Kite so we have another repurposing post.

Mr. KJ and I have been blessed to have travelled all over the world (we were married 12 years before kids!). On our first trip to Europe (on a student budget), we camped throughout Italy.  One of our favourite campgrounds was the Camping Michelangelo which essentially looks over Florence.  At the time, summer school was in session.  By the end of the day, the streets were a sea of young art and architecture students carrying tubes like this one to and from class.

(Image via Deserres)

Those architectural drawing tubes are the inspiration for this project as well as a recollection from a reader comment in an old issue of Family Fun, where a  reader wrote about sending a Pringles tube in her child's backpack to store artwork (by the way, the reader letters in Family Fun are the best - just full of great ideas!).

You have already heard about the stash of jars, cans and varying vessels with lids.  Here are two, umm,  weak moments from that stash.

Rather than just send the tubes "as is" (Miss Lily does not know what Pringles are (Sunchips - guilty), I added some pretty paper, a couple of grommets, and some ribbon and came up with these.

Off to school...let's get excited and make things!

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a lovely day, 


  1. I am so glad I found your blog! These are too awesome!

  2. Great idea! Precious artwork would be protected. Your recycled container looks fabulous! Love the bird print.


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