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Published on April 15th, 2009 | by Becky Striepe

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Upcycling Inspiration: Stunning Pieces of Found Object Art

Turning trash into treasure is at the heart of Crafting a Green World. A green crafter sees beauty in scrap heaps, recycle bins, and objects on the side of the road. Julie talked just yesterday about making sure you know exactly what you’re working with before you start your project. Even after you’re sure you aren’t about to take a blowtorch to a rare piece of vintage vinyl or antique Colonial silver, sometimes you still need a little inspiration. Here’s a little art assemblage eye candy to get you going!

Broom Handles.


I’m in love with these cute little faces on the ends of discarded broom handles and bottles. Eric Bartholomew spotted these at a Chicago-area art fair.

Clockwork Bird by Joe Pogan.


This bird assemblage is totally fantastical! You can see more of Joe Pogan’s amazing work on his Flickr photostream.

Public Art.


Here’s some awesome yard art, spotted in New York City. It’s made from discarded plastic and glass soda bottles and scrap metal!

Found Object Chinook Salmon.


Assembled from all manner of discarded bits found in a beach cleanup. I spy trash ranging from scrap plastic to childrens’ toys.

I bet that you guys have put together some gorgeous pieces of your own. If you’ve got pictures online that you’d like to share, link away in the comments!

Image Credits
Broom Handles – Creative Commons photo by Eric Bartholomew
Clockwork Bird – Creative Commons photo by Tiff
Yard Art – Creative Commons photo by moonrat
Found Object Chinook Salmon – Creative Commons photo by Mike Krzeszak

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



  • http://www.kellyrand.com Kelly Rand

    Swoon, that bird is amazing. Great finds Becky!

  • http://ArtFairInsiders.com Connie Mettler

    Very, very cool. I love the whole green movement in the Arts–not only is it fresh and surprising — I think it even will sell. How cool is that?

  • http://www.MalcolmStudioShop.etsy.com Karen Malcolm

    Wonderful work!

  • http://www.nikkigour.ca Nikki Gour

    This is fantastic, wonderful Art!

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