And here's the result of Round One: these diminutive, Asian-inspired, scroll-legged succulent planters.
What's it all about, you ask? Allow me to 'splain.
A few weeks back, I got an email from the environmental sustainability department of Stevens Pass Resort, a snow sports paradise up in Washington State. Stevens is a "sustainable green" ski resort, and takes its mission seriously. This lovely department, name of Jennifer, had been trying for months and months to find someone to recycle/repurpose/reuse a bunch of these little doohickies:
They are non-recyclable plastic packing clips for skis. They are tough, weird and unwelcome in every respectable place on earth. (Kinda like me, hee.) Nobody, but nobody would take them off her hands.
So I took 'em. Two hundred and forty seven of them.
I challenged myself to use them up. Every last one! Over the next few posts I'll demonstrate some fun things I found to do with them. Then I'm gonna throw it open to the crowd and we're all going to brainstorm together for more ideas.
The planet will lose two hundred and forty seven weird, unwanted plastic ski clips. It will gain a bunch of useful, interesting or beautiful creations. Yay, planet.
Now on to the repurposing, Round One!
In two of the clips, I drilled sideways holes like this:
Then I bound the two pieces together with craft wire.
I planted an anchovy tin with succulents and placed it on the base, and oh em gee, so stinkin' CUTE!
I took it a little further, binding five of the clips together to form a bigger platform. You know - for a bigger plant.
These little critters are Chuck Norris-level tough. The pot above weighs nine pounds.
Finally, I found that these platforms are a charming way to display all kinds of things! Like random objets d'art and geological specimens. Check out my ginormous chunk of petrified wood:
I just love my scroll-legged bases! I whipped up a bunch, and have placed them all around my house and garden, under multiple objects. I used up 48 clips.
So ends Round One of my 2014 Winter Games. Next time, another thrilling repurposing, rescuing some more of these crazy ski clips from clogging a landfill.
Hope you will come back and cheer me on.
In case you missed any:
Summer Update, Part One