“When I opened my store, I had a very small budget, so I started looking through the trash for things that I could sell.”
- Debi Beard, artist, whimsical boutique owner and professional trash transformer
Today we are delighted to feature some fantastic dumpster diving techniques that recycling expert Debi Beard uses to reduce waste and show ♥ to the environment. We’re so thrilled to have her share this Youtube video with us, where she “paints” a picture of how to add personality and flair to an old chair using this secret pink ingredient.
Click below to see how this ingenious idea comes to life.
Contrary to popular belief, dumpster diving is not just confined to your neighbor’s trash – according to Debi, you’ve got options! On her entertaining YouTube channel, Debi’s videos display tons of tutorials on ingenious ways to transform discarded disappointments into trusty treasures.
In most recent news of her dumpster diving escapades, Debi has:
- traversed down the beach to find lonely buoys washed up on shore and turned them into impressive hanging lanterns
- hunted for atypical treasures at neighborhood yard sales to recycle into brilliant works of art
- picked up a rickety white picket fence on the side of the road, painted with bold colors, and pieced together its remains into a huge handsome mirror
What would be considered an extreme adventure for an amateur, trash picking in unexpected places perfectly describes a typical day in the life of Debi Beard.
Have you turned garbage into glitter? Compile your most creative recycling projects into powerful original images and post to your Pinterest board. Comment below with a link to your board for a chance to be featured on our Stampington & Company’s Upcycled Challenge page with artist credit in the post. If you need some inspiration to get started, peruse the pages of our new GreenCraft Magazine.
Deadline: May 15th 2013
We want to know:Do you have a favorite dumpster diving spot or story you’d like to share? What unique treasures have you recreated from your finds? We look forward to reading your comments below!
Posted: Monday, April 15th, 2013 @ 9:10 am
Tags: Debi Beard, dumpster dive, GreenCraft, Pinterest, recycle, upcycle, YouTube.
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