Carlos Bunga, Sarah Sze, and Megan Rooney all use everyday objects in their work to create interesting shapes, landscapes, and sculptural forms.
In Occupy 2020, Carlos Bunga uses only cardboard boxes (over 500 of them!) to create a large sweeping landscape that is both meditative and playful.
Sarah Sze created Images in Debris by combining hundreds of small objects and materials with images projected all around the space to create an amazing sculptural constellation. Some of the objects used to make this piece include: paint jars, water bottles, live plants, wire, paper, a jar of mayonnaise, and a real cake!
Here, Megan Rooney uses objects like a shopping cart, dish glove, and a hockey stick to tell a character-driven story in HUSH SKY MURMUR HOLE.
There are so many ways to create cool crafts, artworks and sculptures using only the everyday objects and materials you can find around your house. Here are some of our favourite ideas that we have found online, organized by material:
- Shoe Box Puppet Theatre via Mollymoo
- Cardboard Printmaking via Mollymoo
- Cardboard Guitar via Mini Mad Things
- Recycled Cardboard Animals via Babysits (or via Super Make It)
- Cardboard City via Mini Mad Things
- Cardboard Box TV via Mini Mad Things
- Candy ATM via Super Make It
- Gallery Wall w/ DIY Cardboard Frames via Handmade Charlotte
- Coolest Cardboard House Ever via hannahandlily blogspot
- Coffee filter flower headbands via The Kitchen Table Classroom
- Coffee Filter Butterflies via Made to be a Momma
- Easy Bookbinding for Kids via The Kitchen Table Classroom
- How to Make a Zine via Brightly
- Rocket Corner bookmark via Artsy Craftsy Mom
- Monster Bookmarks via Tally’s Treasury
- Paper Bag Puppets via The Inspiration Edit
- Paper Bag Stars via Crayola
- Paper Bag Houses via The Kitchen Table Classroom
Toilet Paper Rolls
- Cardboard Tube Sculptures via Art Bar Blog
- Toilet Paper Roll Race Cars via Repeat Crafter Me
- DIY Binoculars via Mollymoo
- Weaving with Kids via Art Bar Blog
By: Alexandra Brickman, Learning Coordinator at MOCA Toronto