Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Receycle, Reuse & Repurpose!

Recycle, Reuse & Repurpose!

Three words you hear more and more often each day as we as a society strive to find new ways to breathe life into items and objects that in the past were headed to the trash.

There's a new, renewed trend with the growth in the crafting industry to try to find a new way to give life back to clothing, household decor, toys, books and yes....trash.

We're excited to kick off National Craft Month by announcing our first GlueArts Recycle, Reuse & Repurpose Challenge!

GlueArts invites crafters to celebrate National Craft Month by submitting an original crafted project using recycled, repurposed or reusable items and at least one GlueArts product for a chance to win a prize package worth $250.

Projects must contain at least one recycled, repurposed or reusable item and at least one GlueArts product (see products at  Submissions must include a photo and a description of project.  Contestants should include a photo on the description page (contestant names should not appear on photos). Descriptions must include a materials list and how the GlueArts product(s) was used.   Project photos must include the GlueArts product that was used. 

All project photos and descriptions must be submitted by March 18 to

All projects will be judged on originality and creative use of recycled item(s) and GlueArts adhesives.  One winner will be chosen to receive an amazing gift basket of products from GlueArts, Hero Arts, Plaid, a Provocraft Cuttlebug and Westcott products, valued at more than $250. 
Celebrity judges include Modern Surrealist, Marisa Pawelko (, Plaid’s social media manager Amy Anderson (, Jenny Barnett Rohr founder of Craft Test Dummies ( the Craft Mom and GlueArts social media manager Julia Sandvoss (
The winning project will be announced on Monday, March 21 and will be featured on the GlueArts blog and website.

Now let's get you in the spirit of recycling, reusing and repurposing with today's projects from Designer Michelle Lanning which is perfectly timed with today's Read Across America celebration!!

Suessical Shirt
Designer: Michelle Lanning
Glue Arts Fabric Bond
T-Shirt - my daughters stash
Felt-Michael's (was in my stash)
template from this site


Being a teacher, I am really excited about this coming week. It is Read Across America Week and we celebrate the wonderful author, Dr. Seuss. I couldn't find a Dr. Seuss shirt that I liked for my daughter, so I made one!

I knew I wanted to focus on the popular red and white hat, so I found a coloring page and printed it out.  

  I then cut apart each stripe and pinned it onto the corresponding felt. I simply cut around and set the pieces aside.
After I completed the hat, I added the Fabric Bond to the wrong side of the felt.
Then I pressed to an old t-shirt of my daughter's and got it ready to sew.
You could leave the shirt this way, but if you do be sure to roll the fabric bond to the edge of what you want set on the shirt.
Of course I couldn't leave well enough alone and decided to stitch the edges. As you can see it didn't come out perfect - but that's ok - I think it is pretty darn cute!

Thank for for all your sweet comments Monday for our talented gals Cheri Wenger and Kristen Swain! We enjoyed all the new faces who came and said hello to us from Imaginisce! Our winner is: 

Leslie Waters said...

Sent a big "HELLO" to Imaginisce. I would love to try you Glue Glider Pro. And Kristen you have such fun ideas and projects. I can't wait to see what is to come from the design team.


  1. SO totally excited about this one! I am a huge fan of recycling old stuff into something new and fabulous, so this is right up my alley.
    cannot wait to play along!

  2. We are going away on vacation so I probably won't be able to participate but I can't wait to see the creations!

  3. Super neat challenge! Can't wait to see what others have re-purpose...or is it create...or is it both? LOL!

  4. Thanks Glue Arts for a great challenge!! I like to look for things to reuse, to make something new again just makes me feel good!

  5. This should be interesting...great idea!

  6. LOVE Dr Suess
    Green Eggs and Ham is my favorite!

  7. Michelle you are brilliant.. I love that suessical shirt!

  8. Thank you glue arts for this great challenge of recycle reuse and re-purpose. My mind is running to my table with inspiration on a layout I can create.

  9. I can't wait to see all of the projects!

  10. Love the shirt.

    I'll be checking back to see all the great things that will be posted.

  11. Such an adorable shirt!!! Great challenge - I love repurposing things!! I'll try to fit this one in!!

  12. Great recycling project and a brilliant challenge.
    Kim xXx

  13. Hello, where I can find your product? in which one local location ?? please

  14. I got it, now Hands to work ;) Thanks