14 October, 2019


Slowly but surely, I feel like I'm repeating myself over and over again, but I just can't help: everything that emerges my crafting corner recently seems to go by the "recycle/upcycle" theme - either I'm digging out long-forgotten treasures from my stash, or I intentionally decide to use things a normal person would throw away. 
Long story short, I've planned on upcycling beermats for ages, mainly because I think their size could be handy for some kind of ornament or else, while the cardboard itself gives a pretty solid base to work with. The problem is: I don't really like beer, meaning I don't drink it at all. However, I sneaked a couple of beermats with me on my last visit to Prague, and they've been hiding in my drawer ever since. I planned to create something with a beermat as a base, I just couldn't come up with the exact idea of what I wanted.
Until I recently found an anti-trash ad in one of the city magazines. What looks like a cute little ghost at first, is, in fact, a trashed plastic bag (presumably floating somewhere in the ocean?), accompanied by the slogan "Waste is scarier than you think".  
And something in my head began spinning... Take out the beermat, check whether the little fella would fit on its surface, cut the ad out and think some more. After assembling matching blue colours from my paper stash, I began to arrange the cutouts: according to my plan, one side of the beermat would be covered by the plastic demon...
... the edge was to be lined with a light blue ribbon... 
... and after some more thinking, I figured what to do with the backside, too. Even though I originally planned to just place the sentiment all over the surface to create a decorative hanger, I later changed my mind to create something practical. 
And so, the rear has a story of its own. Trying to avoid unnecessary trash when shopping, I recently began to visit Ljubljana's first plastic-free grocery store. I'm far from being an environmental saint and still do buy too many wrapped things because honestly they often come handy, but I do try to completely avoid packaging especially when it comes to vegetables or things I happen to buy regularly. I got used to always bring my cloth bag with me and can't help feeling more and more awkward when I see how carelessly people will fill their shopping carts with millions of things wrapped in plastic. Congratulations on tearing off 10 plastic bags from the roll as soon as you enter the shop, Mr. & Mrs. Retiree! Now if you'd keep in mind that you're going to leave the planet in a couple of years (no offense, just a biological fact) while I'll have to live another couple of decades with your trash in my soil and water, would you understand why I'm giving you the stinky look?
Anyhow, since you can bring your own containers to the zero-waste store and weigh them before you fill them up, I thought I wouldn't need to weight my tins over and over again if I just save one barcode for each size, label it properly and bring it with me each time I stop by to fill up my food supplies. With this in mind, I created a paper slit for the barcode tags, trimmed the ad sentiment to the right size and voilá: my new zero-waste shopping gadget.
And while the rear seems ok just the way it turned out, I added a tiny silver sticker to line the trash ghost image because I just have to add little embellishments here and there ;) 
A little contribution to the October collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

A blue and white combination I can approve: beautiful Vrbsko jezero/Wörthersee on a beautiful autumn afternoon...
... alongside with the only white thing that is more than welcome to float in the water. 

krafty chicks: ATG
613 avenue create: ATG
brown sugar: ATG
cardz4guyz: spooky
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty calendar: Halloween
crafty catz: ATG with optional twist "witching hour"
creative inspirations: Halloween, masculine
creative moments: ATG with optional twist "spooky"
cute card thursday: Halloween
everybody art: ribbon/twine
fabnfunky: Halloween
kreativtanten: ATG
little red wagon: cut it out
love to craft: ATG 
morgans artworld: ATG
path of positivity: courage (I'll probably stretch the "courage" thing quite a bit here and say that courage doesn't need to be something loud and big - rather, it can be a comparatively small step out of your comfort zone, a quick reality check on whether we really need everything we think we need, and a small change of habits towards a more sustainable future. And it might as well turn out that in order to change things, one doesn't need to have an immense courage at all - just use the tiny bit you have and be amazed at what you can accomplish with it. Change doesn't need to be a scary thing at all, and the courage you have, however small, is more that enough to overcome the fears that are in your way.)
pennys papertake: ATG
male room: CAS
through the craftroom door: ATG
tuesday throwdown: ATG
wortartwednesday: ATG


  1. What a neat project! Loving all the upcycling and environmentally friendly aspects of this make. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

  2. WOW, so proactive in helping the environment. And it looks wonderful too. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Arlene DT

  3. Cheiro, thank you so much for sharing your project with us! Very innovative and well worth your time & effort!
    ~ginny, DT for 613 Ave C
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  4. love the decorated beer mat, thank you for joining in at the Crafty Calendar Challenge

  5. A thoughtful upcycled project with an important message! Thank you for sharing your creativity at Fab N Funky Challenges.

  6. Such a wonderful creation. Thank you for sharing at 613 Avenue Create x

  7. wonderful card, thanks for playing with us at Kreativtanten, hugs Patty

  8. Such a fabulous creation. Thanks for playing along with us at The Male Room. Looking forward to seeing your creative projects in the future galleries again.

  9. An adorable creation with a great message! Love your ability to upcycle. Awesome!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's, and good luck with your entry! :)

    Lemon Biscuit

  10. Awesome idea. I don't drink either but have those little place mats for drinks. I love how you recycled and created an awesome project. Thanks for sharing over at Crafty Catz.
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  11. Love to see upcycling projects. Beautiful!
    Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Kreativ-Tanten and good luck! Hope you will join us next month again.


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  12. This is such a gorgeous creation - thank you for sharing with us at Penny's Paper Crafty - Michelle x

  13. What a very clever up-cycle Halloween project you've made! I really like this ghost image!! Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Cute Card Thursday Challenges! HUGS, *Vicki* (DT)

  14. Oh, how cool is this little beauty. Great work. Love it.
    Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Annette DT
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    Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge. We hope to see you again.
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  15. What a fun project, and beautifully done. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Nancy DT

  16. Beautiful make, love how you coloured the ghost. Thanks so much for playing along at The Male Room craft challenge. Good Luck!

  17. I always like seeing upcycled projects. Thanks for sharing your floating plastic bag ghost project with us at Love To Craft Challenge.

  18. This is a fabulous project Cheiro! Thank you for sharing with us over here at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Love to see you join in each month. Thank you.
    Gale DT for

  19. Such a quirky little ghost.
    Thanks for sharing at Cardz4Guyz. :)

  20. Fabulous creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin/Coordinator xx

  21. Very nicely done! Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  22. Very spooky :D
    Thanks for joining us at the Kreativtanten Challenge.
    Greetings Andrea

  23. Love your idea about courage! You are so right, it doesn't take anything more than a bit of courage to change our habits and make a difference! Love how you made this and used so many up-cycled items! This is so cute and creative! Thanks for sharing with us at Path of Positivity! ~Katrina