So some of you may or may not know but today is Earth Day. Here at Wooden Flamingo, caring for the environment plays a massive part in our creations. We source our wood from old pallets, discarded furniture and doors from industrial burn piles. We try to always find a way to re-use found materials and furniture, to save them from going on the landfill. We have even used builders left over concrete, and plumbing piping.
So I thought I’d show you some of the things we have saved from a burn pile (before it was lit), skips and curb-sides.
So this is our ‘shop’ sign for the craft fairs that we go to. We made this out of an old broken hamper that we had. The leftover wood was used for signs too, and also made a plant box for a friend. There are so many different things you can do with scraps of wood, the possibilities are endless.
So I found this chair and decided to sand it down and re-upholster it for our garden. I got some cheap oil cloth from the charity shop and a tester pot of paint which I watered down with some white to get my desired colour. I then glossed it and it came out so well. It cost me less then £20 to do this chair, and the money stretched to do a further three chairs that I found. I brought some stuffing and gloss and used other materials that I already had to get the end result.
So this is the finished chair. I love how bright and funky it is, and it looks so good in our garden. I now have three more chairs that I have done the same too. Just changing the oil cloth and paint colour to vary the outcome. Sometimes wooden chairs just need a bit of TLC and a new cushion. I’ve never had any skills in re-upholstering I just kind of made it up as I went along but there are tons of You Tube videos out there.
Richard made this wine rack from a discarded pallet. We brought the chain links for £4. It’s so sturdy and we get so many compliments on it. Look on our ETSY shop where we are selling one similar.
You may recognise this from our Coffee Corner DIY post. We saved this old barn door from the burn pile and it’s one of my most favourite pieces in our home. With just a bit of imagination, you can do your bit to help the environment.
This is our lounge bench outside in our garden. Me and Richard both have big families, so when we have a family BBQ seating is always a problem, but with this beaut, and some big cushy pillows, at least three people had somewhere cosy to sit. We have now screwed in some long screws at either end to hang a little lantern on too! Just to think this could have been a pile of ash?
These were our wine racks made our of discarded wood, which we painted bright colours and sold at craft fairs. We have a few on our ETSY store too, so if your a lover of wine check them out!
Last but not least we have our signs. All made from reclaimed wood, mostly pallets. We create something personal out of something that would have been burned or thrown on a landfill. Pallet wood is so durable and there’s so many different things you can do with it.
We try to make our products as green as possible, using cardboard and brown paper packaging, and acid free tissue paper. It’s our way of trying to do our bit for the environment. We also both cycle to work when we can too!
Just a note if you find some discarded wood or furniture in someone’s skip, or by their house, make sure you always ask permission!
Now go get crafty and plant some seeds! Enjoy Earth Day all!