Meridian Hill Park is Malcolm X Park Upcycle

Beautiful Trash

Is this a joke?

A pizza box, a take-out bag, and a thrift store frame walk into a…studio! You may think we’re headed into a disaster of an upcycle episode with the trash in hand, but I hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Hint: the trash was attractive to begin with!

What do I have in mind?

Every time I collect trashy treasures, I spend at least half of my time on the following upcycle episode simply concocting a plan. The brainstorming usually happens before I fall asleep at night. The next morning, I’m rummaging through my stash of materials to see if I can piece everything together.

Planning for this episode was no different, other than the fact that I scrapped much of my plan at the eleventh hour. The undertaking was simply too large-scale, and I didn’t have enough, well, pizza box. I scrambled to come up with a new plan and get to work asap. And so I did.

Is this cheating?

Anyone new to the upcycle game (like me, admittedly) might ask, “Is this cheating?” I’m referring to adding art supplies to an upcycle project. I remind myself that, without these additional materials, there would be no art, and my trashy treasures might remain uncollected.

Adding resin has become my guilty pleasure during upcycling. Doesn’t it bring a sparkle to these trashy treasures?! Tune in to this week’s upcycle episode, and let me know what you think in the comments below. I hope this week’s upcycle makes your eyes twinkle!

-Lisa B

Thank you for coming along on this and future Ecopsyched! adventures with me!

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Meridian Hill Park is Malcolm X Park Upcycle: Copyright © Lisa Barry 2021.

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8 comments on “Meridian Hill Park is Malcolm X Park Upcycle

  1. Elaine says:

    Wow! That’s a beautiful piece, Lisa B! As always, I’m amazed at what you create.

    1. Lisa B says:

      Elaine, thanks so much for watching and sharing your thoughts on this upcycle! I’m pretty tickled with it. I’m glad you like it too.

      -Lisa B

  2. Sheila says:

    So creative! Love what you are making out of trash! One persons trash is another persons treasure!

    1. Lisa B says:

      Sheila, thanks for watching my latest upcycle, and for the kind words. It’s so true-I’m finding my treasures on the trail, though I wish they would find themselves in the recycle bin first. 😉

      Hope to see you for the next adventure!

      -Lisa B

  3. Ron says:

    It’s hard for those of us who are not so imaginative to envision such a beautiful creation from sheer garbage!

    Nice job, Lisa B.! Keep ’em comin’!

    1. Lisa B says:

      Hi, Ron! Thanks for your thoughtful message. I maintain that everyone is an artist, and some of us just throw ourselves into it! I do appreciate the compliment and am pretty happy with this upcycle too. The truth is that I never know what I’ll end up with.

      Thanks again! I hope you’ll come along for the next one.

      -Lisa B

  4. Rosie says:

    Wow! That is beautiful! I “watched” this the other day with my preschool granddaughter. Admittedly, I didn’t get to watch it as much as I would have liked because I was making her breakfast while she was completely mesmerized by your video! (Thanks for creating that educational diversion for her so I could make breakfast!) She loved it and now that I’ve been able to sit and really watch it and read your blog, I can see why it captured her undivided attention. That was amazing, Lisa B! You are so creative. I never would have envisioned where you were going but your use of materials brought that scene to life beautifully! I envy how your mind works!

    1. Lisa B says:

      Rosie, thanks so much for watching my episode and for sharing it with your granddaughter! I am tickled to hear that she enjoyed it. I’m hoping to inspire creativity (and time in nature) for all ages.

      And thanks for your kinds words about my artwork. It takes me some time to dream up my project after I’ve found my trashy treasures. And even after all the mental planning, it rarely unfolds according to plan. I’m happy with this upcycle.

      Thanks for coming along on the adventures. I hope you and your granddaughter will join me again!

      -Lisa B

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