Trash to Treasure?

Trash to Treasure coverTrash to Treasure: The Recycler’s Guide to Creative Crafts
Van Wagner Childs

Submitter: Here’s a treasure that I found while weeding. I’m pretty sure that 1996 wants her hairstyle and crafts back. These days, people use Pinterest and newer craft books for recycled crafts. The book is dated and beaten up, so it’s off to the trash.

Holly: This is a great topic for a craft book for a public library! It’s just really dated, and this particular copy is not in the best shape. I’m with Submitter: Pinterest and new books on this topic are a better option. On a side note, the lamp is kind of cute, but the Easter Surprise Box is a bit over-the-top. My Grandma might like it, I guess…

Easter Surprise Box

milk carton cottage lamp


  1. Isn’t every so-called modern fashion from a previous decade? I read yesterday that the pixie cut I got at the hairdresser first became popular in the the 1950s!

  2. I’d be terrified that the milk-carton lamp would go up in flames! Now, your real challenge is to upcycle this particular copy of the book and make a craft out of it! 🙂

    1. My library is doing that — there was a competition to make things of shredded books. The process probably has a name, but I don’t know it. Some of the entries were pretty creative!

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