I have a passion for transforming trash into treasure– for repurposing something you might throw away into something that might just blow away your friends and family this holiday season.
My own family mocks me mercilessly about this.
In fact, my nephews’ effort to humiliate me for saving cat food cans knows no bounds. They love to remind me of the labels I’ve collected—the sales receipts I’ve saved.
Insisting I have a near terminal case of pack-rat-itis, they allege I’ve crossed a line—stepped off the edge separating the safe side of sanity from the abyss that is crazy-ass-recycling.
But, morphing junk into joy can be tons of fun—and a whole lot less crazy than my nephews might imagine.
Below are my newest Christmas tree ornaments created from recycled cat food cans. These were special orders from my friend, Miranda over at “ScatteringMoments.” She emailed me photos of her friend’s cats who had recently died and asked me to make special ornaments in their memory, so she can give them to her friend as holiday gifts.
Below are a few of my older cat food can designs.
Pretty cool, aren’t they? And not at all crazy! The empty containers create a shadow box—a perfect frame for assemblage in miniature. Plus, these are a green gift-giving idea.
I’m selling my cat-food-can ornaments at idiomART, my Etsy site, for $14 each, plus shipping. If you want to can shopping at the mall this Christmas, these gifts can be ordered with just a click.
My ornaments quilted from recycled paper and fabric scraps are also available.
I know you may not be shopping for ornaments yourself, but would you mind sharing this post via Facebook and Twitter, in the event that your friends and family might be?
So what kinds of things have you recycled? Have your efforts been successful? Or would recycling be just one more thing you’d have to think about. Come on, please share. I promise I won’t tell. I swear on an empty cat food can, I won’t.
Please, forgive me for being so behind on my blog reading. I’ve been busy getting ready for Christmas, working on my memoir, and preparing my next Huffington Post piece. In fact, this may be my only post this week. Hope to get back on schedule soon. I miss you all!