Pretty Recycled Cardboard Angel!

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I love creating from recycled material.  Taking something that would have normally ended up in a landfill and creating something new and beautiful out of it is right up my alley.  This week I was challenged by the folks who make Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ batteries to do just that!

I introduce to you my Recycled Cardboard Angel!

recycled cardboard angel

Made from a recycled plastic coffee container and a cardboard box, she will now stand proudly as a pretty decoration in my RV.  I had in mind a Christmas decoration, but I think I’ll keep her around all year! Want to know how to make her?

recycled cardboard angel

For this project I used:

Cardboard box
Plastic coffee jar
hot glue

recycled cardboard angel

Begin by drawing out a petal shape that is approximately 3″ long and 1.5″ wide.

recycled cardboard angel

Cut it out, and use it as a template to cut out a pile of them.  (The number needed will vary depending up the size of your plastic container).

recycled cardboard angel

Glue the petals to the sides of the container, overlapping to create a skirt.

recycled cardboard angel

I made the skirt go all the way to the lid of the jar.

recycled cardboard angel

Bend a 2″ wide strip of cardboard to go around the lid.  Glue in place.

recycled cardboard angel

For some sections of the angel, I separated the cardboard to reveal the corrugated side.  I love the mix of textures.

recycled cardboard angel

Cut out a circle of cardboard and glue in place for “shoulders”.  Bend a 1.5″ strip of cardboard to create the head.  Glue in place.  With the corrugated sections, cut sleeves, trim around the shoulders, and hair.

recycled cardboard angel

For the bouquet, I cut strips of the corrugated cardboard and rolled them tightly, and glued them in place.

recycled cardboard angel

Cut an oval for the face, glue in place.  Cut a small piece for the nose, and a strip for the halo.  Glue in place.  The wings are created by cutting out a number of tear shaped pieces for feathers.  Cut out to wing shaped pieces of cardboard and glue the feathers in place, starting at the tip and overlapping them. Glue the wings to her back.

recycled cardboard angel

My finished cardboard angel stands about 10″ tall.  I love the mix of textures.  She almost looks carved!  Originally, I planned on painting her, but after staring at her a while, I’ve decided to leave her natural.

And to think she started out as an old box and a plastic coffee jar!

So, did you know that there are experts out there on taking something old and making it new?

recycled cardboard angel

NEW Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ AA and AAA batteries are the highest performing, most responsible alkaline batteries.  They are the first battery on the market to use recycled batteries/materials!  By using longer lasting and reliable batteries, consumers use fewer batteries, create less waste and have less impact on the planet.

recycled cardboard angel

What a great idea!  It’s another step in the journey to bring performance and responsibility to the world!  You can find Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ batteries in AA and AAA sizes at your local Walmart!

recycled cardboard angel

To learn more about Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ batteries:

Energizer on Twitter  *  Energizer on Facebook  *  Energizer on Instagram  *  Energizer on YouTube

Be sure to check out my Recycled Crafts Library for more!  What recycled crafting ideas do you have?

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  • Helen Fern October 21, 2015, 10:55 am

    Great idea! Visiting from the Wake Up Wednesday hop!

  • Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden October 18, 2015, 4:59 pm

    I love this! So pretty and she would look so pretty standing guard all year round.

  • Carolyn West October 9, 2015, 8:19 pm

    This is amazing. I’m not sure I could be that creative, but I would even buy this. I had to do a lot of this kind of thing in college (design major) and I loved taking old things and making them new. So glad you didn’t paint it because it looks gorgeous just as it is. #client

    • Susan Myers October 11, 2015, 10:44 am

      Thank you so much! The original plan involved egg cartons and paint, so things changed quite a bit! LOL! The project evolved and I love the mix of textures.

      suzy

  • heather October 6, 2015, 3:17 am

    Wow, I really like your angel. You are very creative Suzy 🙂

  • Nancy October 5, 2015, 5:36 pm

    That is creative and adorable. What a conversation piece.

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