Village Heights Community Centre - 12 August 2016.
This is a working relationship with Village Heights
The first Upcycling Waste
Workshop funded by the Table Mountain Fund.
While Amy was away there were a
number of smaller workshops mainly with the children as the adults interest,
dedication and commitment was not forthcoming. So it was decided to incorporate
the children who have a club called the Eco Buddies which is part of the library
and now recently a
As we were working with smaler people we scaled the idea of the large tree back to a number of small trees. Using the same principal but making different coloured trees with a simple flower arrangement on the trees.
Amy had made a black tree as an
example and had a number of ideas to show and interest the children. They were
excited about being able to participate and asked lots of questions as they were
going to learn a lot of new things today.
the children had lunch and waited for the odd late comer Amy showed everybody
Then we went off to pick up some
more rubbish from the tip just next door to the Centre.
What is the answer? Does anyone have the answer?
Back at the Centre with a few
more bottles, Amy explains what she wants everyone to do. Make
A factory conveyor line was
formed to cut the bottles and pass them down the line to be washed,
Have a look, the edges must be smooth, no jagged edges please.
The little ones helped pass the
bottles from the bag, ready to get a cut for those with scissors
The edges must be smooth, otherwise it wont seal properly when we heat it up.
Now we have to cut the tops into thin strips which will become the flower petals
We are going to use the heat guns to make the ends curl, like this. Watch them go curly.
"Look look how quickly it curls."
"Hold the gun still and I will turn the flower. Please dont burn me."
"Now I am going to show you
what to do with the rubbish you collected. Stuff a bread packet full
Then wrap the bread packet in the red plastic very tightly.
"Then you have to push it down in the bottle with your fist, like this."
Look what is going into the packet a mag tape. "Good" says Berny.
Turning the tree slowly so that the bottles shrink very tightly and seal the joints. Also the contraction makes the tree quite rigid and strong.
Some more rubbish being wrapped up.
We have to pull these cable ties really tight to hold the flowers in place.
The group of us left for a photo.
Other children had to go home earlier. It was quite a long session
Look at the beautiful colour and reflections from the flowers!!
Now we have to make more of these at the next Workshop. Maybe some other colours?