Upcycling nature

Nowadays almost everything we buy, comes in a packaging. From daily bread to the new LED TVs, everything is packed. Mostly in plastic and cardboard stuff . We tend to throw the empty packaging into dustbins, without realising¬† how much waste we are generating. In India, there is no garbage sorting, so biodegradable and nonbiodegradable both go in the same container. ūüė¶

But,¬†in India we do have our own recycling methods ¬†to ¬†reduce the packaging waste.¬†The polybags are kept and recycled to store and carry other items in future, papers are collected and sold to the local recyclers ( who gives you cash in exchange for it ūüôā ), empty plastic or glass jars are washed and used for storing dry groceries, empty metal cans and broken chinaware are ¬†used for planting small daily use herbs. I remember my parents ¬†used our old stone sink for planting turmeric and ginger.

After I learnt decoupage  last year, I have found a new way to recycle or as we say UPCYCLE. In upcycling, old things which are considered waste are  turned into more useful  items.

I use decoupage art to decorate the old  boxes, etc, so they can be used for various purposes, and also to give them a beauty makeover. So, you can even proudly display them  on your dresser.

Recently, I bought my first printer which has water-resistant ink. The day it arrived, since then I was getting impatient to try the prints for  decoupage.

I had these 2 cylindrical packaging, one made of cardboard and other of tin, which I collected and brought ¬†from my Mum’s house for upcycling.

The long tube used to hold chocolate sticks and the tin was the packaging of Rasgullas ( an Indian sweet).

For the long tube, I printed one vintage  sweet little bird sitting on a branch full of violets and a poem written beside it .I painted the tube with  light mint green acrylic paint. Two coats were enough to  hide the original print. Then,  I used mod podge to stick the printed design to it.

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After it dried, coated the entire tube with Daler Rowney’s decoupage medium for waterproof sealing. In between , I sanded the tube to give a smooth finish.

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For the tin can, I printed  some miniature vintage  postcards, and cut them individually. Painted the can with dark mustard yellow acrylic paint, and did the same procedure as for the tube.

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But this time I used, watered down version of fevicol ( a PVA glue brand available easily and cheaply in India ) as the sealer. I must say that it worked well and even provided a nearly matte finish.

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I love decoupauging , especially when used for upcycling.It gives double joy, one to create something beautiful and second, doing your part in saving  mother earth.

And I have a third reason too , as I am so happy that my printer inks do not run while applying glue to them :).

I hope this post will inspire you to turn junk at your home into something useful and beautiful .:)

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