Isabelle Bruno's and Christine Baillet's Reinventer series of books by the French publishing company Hoebeke Editions features fun new ways to use familiar products and materials. The first two books were all about Lego and IKEA.
The newest book, Reinventer Ses Emballages is all about packaging materials - - a little bit upcycling, a little bit repurposing and a whole lot of art, readers are challenged to put a new spin on an old thing that's headed for the recycling bin.
I am ridiculously thrilled to say that I am in it!
Well, my cardboard train is, at any rate.
Let me show you what's in the book. It's divided into four sections according to difficulty level.
My cardboard train is in the intermediate category.
Here are some projects from the different categories: a cardboard lamp (Simple),
and a manipulate-able cardboard bird costume and a camera made from a sardine can (Expert).
It's mind-boggling, the things people have made from plastic cartons, cardboard boxes, wooden pallets, glass bottles, food containers, tin cans and other kinds of packaging. I wish I could show you everything in the book - from organizers, working toys and furniture to entire rooms and offices made from cardboard and pallets. That's cardboard walls and supporting posts, people.