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!
So cute – I really had to look hard to see the recycled items!
Nice activity idea to do with children.
Great idea to recycle so much!
WOW! Amazing & Beautiful!
Love love love your recycled mixed media project Shari! You are such an inspiration! I love your easy to see and understand videos. There isn’t one project yet I haven’t loved that you have made!
WOW this is stunning, I love all of the textures and that gorgeous flower!
Absolutely love this mixed media project! So ingenious how you used all those recycled products and such a sweet and beautiful result! Thanks so much for sharing!
ooh dear Shari
the flower is stunning
love the deepth texture on it
and yes a great idea to make this with children
thanks for sharing your great idea Shari
Love it! It was so cool to find out what each part was made of, a total ‘face-lift’. Thanks for sharing! xx
Very beautiful and spectacular!!
How pretty! Perfect for earth day!
I love your card, is super creative!
This would be such a lovely project to do with kids/grandkids.
Great project! I love the flower! And I agree, this would be an awesome type of thing to work on with the kids!
Love your mixed media idea
Wow, so fantastic! And so creative! Love it
I love mixed media work! What a great idea to get children involved too!
This project is too cool for school! Leave it to Shari to create such a fabulous, thought-out piece.
This is so COOL!
wonderful creation with awesome texture!
Fabulous project! Really creative!
i love all the different textures
Such a cute project and great way to celebrate Earth Day!! Thanks for sharing!!
L O V E your CREATIVE recycling Shari!
It is amazing to see how wonderful our “trash” can become!
Neat idea to do with kids.
Great project Shari! I too recycle and try to reuse “throw away” items. I just don’t have quite the imagination that you have. Thanks for sharing.
This is a great piece and I always love watching you create your mixed media projects. Could watch you all day long! You are very creative!! Thanks for sharing .
This is beautiful. I love how you’ve used soda can tabs. Beautiful colors.
Stunning and with recycled items. Great colors.
SO FUN!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! =)
Amazing job of upcycling! I love how your recycled pieces have been painted and don’t even look like recycled items!
Great way to re-use some items!
Love that you upcycled the soda pop can tabs for the petals of the flowers! Great scene and texture throughout! Love it!
Woah, that is some impressive upcycling! Well done!
Shari’s projects are always amazing.
Very clever! Love your use of the zipper pulls to make the flower.
Really lovely mixed media card. I always try to recycle some items when crafting, yesterday I received a package with some light blue wrapping foil. Perfect for crafting. :-)