Going a step further, I have now started using bottle caps, Kcup coffee pods and yogurt cups,
along with Stretch-a-Straws® connectors and made in the USA drinking straws to create colorful flowers.
This inspiration comes from Artist Sean Doghtery of
I met Sean, last October, busy making whimsical flowers and cracking wise at
I had brought our Rainbow Zeebra Bubble Tower (made using discarded banquet table linens) and a few stilts ,
and Sean had used his decorated bike to bring in two of his sculptures and workbench for making delightful flowers
from aluminum cans and the like.
We both shared a passion for creating beauty from rubbish, and a reuse,
repurpose and finally recycle ethic.Thanks Sean!
Besides using Stretch-a-Straws® for art, or for STEM/STEAM
(science, technology, engineering, mathematics, art)program, part of the appeal for me is they are so suitable to demonstrate
the difference between repurposing and recycling, while also demonstrating a manufacturing process using the die cutter to cut
the shapes. In addition I can help create and sustain some jobs while helping others experience the joy of being a maker.