From wearables to rideables, here are three crafts projects to get your creative juices flowing.
One of the pieces at the State College of Florida’s “Art of the Costume: Reinvented” exhibit last year was an Elizabethan dress that looked like it came straight out of a professional Holly costume maker’s studio. While the level of craftsmanship was quite exquisite, what’s more interesting is what it was made with. You wouldn’t know just by looking at it, but apparently it was actually made from old bingo markers, cards, and other repurposed materials.
Bingo is a big deal in the US and UK, so it’s no surprise to see environmentalists use discarded bingo materials and recycle them into something useful. Gaming Realms, operator of one of the biggest bingo sites in the UK, Iceland Bingo, said that the online gaming market is expected to reach $40 billion in 2015. Just imagine how many used bingo cards and daubs will get thrown away every day in brick-and-mortar bingo halls by next year. After all, despite bingo’s online popularity, there are still millions of people who play the game in brick-and-mortar bingo halls. According to Statista, bingo revenue in the UK alone reached $41 million in 2012. Now that’s a lot of used cards and daubs that can be recycled.
Here are a few noteworthy ones that piqued our interests.
Earrings made from old bingo markers (the little tokens you put on a bingo card to mark a number) are a common sight on sites like Etsy. Necklaces and bracelets, like the ones below by Etsy user brandyfisher, are also common.
Now this one comes from the other end of the spectrum – an old item repurposed for use in bingo games. The idea is simple: attach a bingo machine to the back of an old bike and use pedal power to turn it. Throw in some audience participation and you’ve got a fun new way to enjoy bingo nights. The one pictured below is by Problem Solvers.
Bingo wall art
This piece from My Dear Trash is a DIY take on the bingo boards that used to be sold at Pottery Barn. What’s great about it is that not only is it way less expensive than the Pottery Barn boards, it’s also been customized to show all the dates important to creator Laura and her family. Although the images seem to have gone offline, the link above still has a tutorial so you can try making your own bingo board wall art.