Mixed Medium with Shari Carroll: Earth Day
Welcome to the blog my friends! Today is Earth Day. It’s a great time to think of ways we can take care of our dear mother Earth. I am a recycler, on average we have two bins of recycling and one kitchen bag of regular garbage per week. I think that’s a good start!
To take my recycling a step further, I’ve created a project by pulling out some items from the bin and up-cycled them into a mixed medium project.
I’ve used soda can tabs for the flower petals, a water bottle lid for the center and a plastic straw for the stem. The leaves are created from a cut up toilet paper tube. And finally, the flower sits atop a grassy hill made from corrugated cardboard. Fun isn’t it?
I started out with the Tim Holtz mini clip board, which was perfect for tucking my typed and printed title under the clip. Today would be a good day for creating a project like this with children. You could use the moment to teach them ways they can recycle, up-cycle and have fun at the same time!
I’ve filmed the process of creating this project which you can view below or on our YouTube channel HERE.
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Thanks for stopping by and happy Earth Day!
Love it! Thanks for sharing.
Fantastic! So creative with your recycling items!
cool I love to recycle things, this is awesome, thank [email protected]
Love that cute flower! Very fun!
Very clever! Love the flex straw stem!
I love how gesso is such a fabulous equalizer for all the different surfaces. Great idea to scratch back the pull off tabs! Super multi media idea for anyone who is temped but still on the fence. You have such a creative mind Shari!
Such a beautiful and fun project. I would love to do something like this with my kids!
WOW such an amazing project!!!!!!
Like the wonderful mix media creation with recycling & lots of texture. Especially like the use of the straw for the flower stem & the corrugated piece.
You never cease to amaze me! Seriously, soda pop can tabs, a straw, a cap and a toilet paper roll to create a flower. Amazing!
Awesome project, thanks for the video!
What a great project – for every day!!! I’ll do something like this with my very artistic 5-year-old granddaughter! Every day should be earth day! Thanks Shari for another wonderful project!
This is such a fun project! Nicely done!
WOW!! That is so beautiful and really cool. Way to go Shari!
Very cool project! I think I need to go shopping!
That is FUN! How clever….happy earth day!
Love this trend of upcycling & DIY. This is what we did before we had all these awesome embellishments we could buy. Love that we can buy things but when I have time, I do love to upcycle & DIY. It is very satisfying . This little clipboard is super cute & not too hard to make, chances are many items are already in the house. Thank you!!(cant get rid of this Y
Amazing. I have to try this out
So creative, Shari!
As Pepsi addict I have lots of soda tabs.
Have to make some of these flowers.
thanks for sharing a fun and useful
How neat! Love the way you have reused the soda tabs and straw! Thanks for the inspiration, this is a great project to keep the kids busy!
You clever, clever woman! Absolutely love this up-cycled creation.
Lovely project!Very clever recycling!Thank you for the inspiration!
Happy Earth Day, very inventive!
This is fabulous!! I noticed the straw right away! Brilliant!! We recycle here as well – but I haven’t used any of my recycling in such a creative way as you have!
What a fun project
Great project and a good cause!
Oh wow, what a fab project! Love your can tabs flower!
Soooo Creative!! I love upscaling products!!!
I believe I can see soda can pull rings on your card! Great upcycling.
Love all the creative things you used on this fun up-cycled project:)
Beautiful project! Very clever and so well put together. Love this ♥
So cute! Thanks for sharing!
Nice job Shari ! Just goes to show , we can recycle almost anything !
Love love love the textures and colors! Great job, thanks for sharing.
Upcycling at its finest!!!! Love this. So pretty.
So very clever and charming! I love your creative use of upcycled products. Thanks for sharing and Happy Earth Day!
Any recycled project gets an A++++++ in my book!
Shari, you have made a wonderful project for Earth Day. I love the ideal of recycling the clip board no including a child for this project.
You always make the cutest creations. I am so glad that you did something for mother earth day!!!
Fascinating idea and
great use of the odds
Carla from Utah
Wow love this dimensional project.
way to recycle. .. . beautiful!
This is fun! Thanks for sharing with us!!
Fun and colorful project with a serious message! Thanks for sharing.
Cool Earth Day project! Thanks for sharing!
Shari, this is so earthy and definitely creative. Love all the items you recycled to design your clip board. This is brilliant!