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Crafty recycle projects to coincide with the colourific Ersa
Melburnians with an interest in arts and culture, may have already seen if not heard about the Ersatz Fantasia Project, currently on display at the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.

For those that haven't caught wind of the exhibition, the Ersatz Fantasia Project is a colourific art installation of extraordinary size, with artist Rachael Hallinan using an impressively large selection of old plastic toys to create a rainbow of colour within a fantasy forest.

The Ersatz Fantasia Project
The Ersatz Fantasia Project

This large scale recycled toy project that repurposes the relics and memory of childhood, takes recreational objects destined for landfill to create an interactive, tactile display that reflects the environmental impact of the modern day consumer.

To coincide with the project, crafty folk can join in with some hands-on workshops in-line with the recycling and reusing philosophy.

Repurposing toys to create household items (family friendly workshop)
Sat 2 May, 2015, 11am

Repurposing toys
Dinosaur planter. Image c/o

Take the family along to the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum to craft alongside the artist behind the Ersatz Fantasia Project; Rachael Hallinan, in a fun morning creating eye catching objects for your home using old plastic toys. Materials provided. It is FREE to join, although bookings are essential. Book here. Join the event page on Facebook here.

Upcycled Paper Bowl Workshop
Wed 13 May, 2015 at 6pm, and
Sat 16 May, 2015 at 10pm

Upcycled Bowl Workshop
Upcycled Bowl Workshop

For the adults and over 12s, there is an upcycled paper bowl workshop that will take place on the evening of Wednesday 15 May, teaching you how to make a decorative bowl using old printed paper using a technique of folding, rolling and gluing. All materials will be provided, with a pile of old magazines ready to use, although if you wish to bring along any specific types of paper (e.g. wrapping paper, yellow pages, an old Melways, comic book, etc) you would like to make a bowl with, you can. This 2 hour class will cost $15pp, and can be booked here. Join the event page on Facebook here.

Craft a bowl out of paper
Craft a bowl out of paper

upcycled bowl
Upcycled paper bowl made from pages of a craft magazine

If you can't make the upcycled workshops organised by the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, but you'd still like to check out the exhibition, you can visit the Ersatz Fantastic Project until 24 May, 2015. More info here.
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Why? 'Cause recycled craft doesn't cost much and its better for the planet!
When: Toy workshop 2 May. Bowl workshop 13 May. Exhibition on till 24 May, 2015.
Phone: 03 9294 6313
Where: Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, 35-37 Castella St, Lilydale VIC 3140
Cost: FREE & $15pp for Upcycled Bowl Workshop
Your Comment
Does anyone know of a place in the S-SE or city, where I may donate some very colourful china plates/bowls to a MOSAIC group, please?
It would be lovely if someone could use them for MOSAIC classes to make picture frames, table tops, planter pots etc. These colours are so vibrant & would be fab used in Mosaic work. The amount is not high, yet so colourful.
by fluffynut (score: 2|937) 1931 days ago
The paper bowl is clever.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12594) 1941 days ago
Congratulations getting bronze.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12594) 1935 days ago
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