My desire to convert waste to wealth found me making earrings with paper, seeds, expired capsules, cigarette boxes, bottle caps, plastic bottle, chocolate packaging, cloth, straws, etc. The earring stand is an old discarded keyboard from our office.
I have used waste that I have found around my house and workplace to make a number of articles as seen below.
In 2 years time I got married to a gem of a guy, who allowed me to shift 2 big boxes(that my mother would have called “junk”) into our new home.
“Necessity is the mother of invention” – How true a line!
Our first year of marriage not only dug out of our savings(like everyone else who are forced to spend such a lot on one day – “the wedding day”), but also saw an increase in expenses(house purchase, new little member to our family, etc..), and a reduction in income as I had to reduce work and eventually stay at home to look after our baby. Spending on furniture was the last thing I wanted to do then. Things changed later though and we now joke about having enough furniture to give away.
When it was time for our Pascal blessing we did not have an altar. We were expecting the Priest in the evening. This left me with the entire morning to convert part of our fridge cardboard packaging into a table.
Using packaging material looked like a good way of getting rid of it while providing the much needed furnishing in our house.
The shortage of chairs/stools made me make furniture out of plotter role cores that our office discards regularly.
The news paper table that I made with assistance from my friend Madhushri was more of an experiment.
I would also look up the net for ideas. I had found the DIY of a PVC pipe chair that I felt would be lovely for kids. My younger sister Preeti helped me weave suthli to give the chair a traditional touch.
Upcycling discarded things is also fun. I made shelves with old sewing machine drawers.