Recycle, Recreate!: Home

Take a minute and look through your garbage or recycling bin... you may find just what you need to create an amazing piece of art!

Why A Libguide?

The purpose of this libguide is to provide both students, grades 3-6, and teachers a way to gain knowledge about how to use junk to create art.  As the world creates more and more waste, we need to turn that garbage into treasure.  I hope you enjoy the libguide and may even be inspired to start creating using some of your own junk!

Other Artists to Check Out


Junk People, by Ha Schult

Introduction to Recycled Art

I read "Not A Box" by Antoinette Portis to my class as an introduction to this unit.  To create recycled art one must take normal, everyday objects and look at them a little differently to see their true potential, just like the rabbit in this book.  I have included a video of me reading the book in case you don't have access to it!  Enjoy!

What Can Be Created With Junk?

Meg's Pause by Dave Hind

Dave Hind is an artist, musiciam and metal worker of functional ojbects. His art is created with reclaimed junk.

Subject Guide

Waste and Recycling

Every year, Americans use approximately 1 billion shopping bags, creating 300,000 tons of landfill waste.

In 2008, only 23.1% of glass disposed of was recycled, and only 7.1% of plastics and 21.1% of aluminum.