- Targeted Audience: Upper Elementary & Middle School (Ages 9-12)
- Genre: Non-Fiction How To
- Author: Pam Scheunemann
- Publisher: Scarletta Press
- Publication Date: November 1, 2013
- Binding: Paperback
- Dimensions: 8.5″ x 8.5″
- Printing: Full Color
- Length: 144 Pages
- Retail: $15.95
“An Upcycling Guide to Crafts”
I’m a major crafter. I even have a walk-in craft closet where I store art and craft supplies and found objects like glass bottles,boxes, metal containers and more. I’m always looking for new projects, and I sure found some great ones in Trash to Treasure. “Upcycling” is making new objects out of other objects that may otherwise be thrown out. In the nice introduction of the book, the author suggests that kids get permission before crafting and using tools around the house and reminds crafters to stay safe and work efficiently.
Photo of my own craft closet
Terrific Photos, Easy Directions and Beautiful Projects
I’ve seen other crafting books or websites with ideas for making crafts out of found objects, and to be honest, a lot of those projects weren’t all that pretty or functional. Of the more than 40 projects in Trash to Treasure, they are all colorful and professional looking – projects that any child would be proud to give as useful, cherished handmade gifts.
Under the heading of “Tools and Materials” there are eight helpful pages with small photos of some of the materials you’ll need to do the projects in the book. The projects are divided into sections: Paper; Plastic; Glass and Ceramics; Fabric; Metal; Odds and Ends. Each includes a simple list of Stuff You Need and step–by-step easy to follow directions. with beautiful photos of each step. You won’t be scratching your head trying to figure out what to do like other books you’ve probably seen.
© Photos cof Scrap Paper Curtain ourtesy of Scarletta Press
Some of my favorite projects in the book include a Woven Paper Bookmark, Scrap Paper Curtain, Magazine Roll Frame, Bottle Top Pop Art, Bottle Containers, Funky Yarn Scarf, Coiled Baskets, Felted Wool Headbands, Tin Can Organizer, Can Tab Earrings and Gazing Ball and Screen Dragonflies. They’re all so cheerful, and functional too.
What This Book Teaches
There are so many wonderful benefits to making treasures from trash. This book teaches children how to repurpose items they already own or can find at yard sales, and in the process think about how wasteful we are as a society with all the “stuff” we buy and throw out. The projects stimulate creativity and provide kids with endless opportunities to express themselves. Just because there are photos and directions for specific projects doesn’t mean kids can’t use these as inspiration to create their own original crafts.
Why You Should Buy This Book
As someone who crafts all the time, I can tell you it’s good for the soul and a terrific way to relax. It encourages quality time between a parent and a child or between siblings or friends. It’s fun to search for objects together, to craft and chat and to share ideas. And last but not least, when you make something by hand as a gift, the entire time you are making it, you think about the person who is going to receive it. Handmade gifts are just so much more personal than going out to buy something from the store. I love Trash to Treasure and highly recommend it!
About the Author
Pam Scheunemann wrote her first short story in high school and couldn’t wait to see her name in print. She has worked in the graphic design and publishing industry since the early ’80s and has written over 100 books for young readers. Whenever she gets a moment, she enjoys indulging her other passion: making stuff. She has worked with many different mediums and continues to experiment and look for new craft ideas even in the most unlikely of places.
For another terrific book from Scarletta Press, check out Cool World Cooking.