Upcycled at the Arts Fest

Like last year, I attended the National Arts Festival (better known as the Grahamstown Festival) yesterday.

Apart from the superb shows, the Arts Fest has some lovely arts&crafters selling their work. Although they’re all great, my favourites are the ones that are made from recycled material:


A chicken in a coop, made from the plastic of fanta pine (there were ones made from other beverages and plastics too).

Little planes and scooters made of random tin cans.

Clocks made from paint tin cans! They run on a single AA battery. The writing says “African Time – Just Now”. It’s a bit of a joke that Africa is not very punctual… I won’t be the judge of that.

And, possibly one of my favourites… buttons upcycled to unique rings.

I need to get a huge house with a room for all these trinkets I see at festivals. I think I have the potential to become a hoarder… but at least it will be hoarding of pretty things.


  1. Oooh..love the button rings!

  2. I love all the “upcycled” stuff too! I have a small box of buttons from my grandmother. I keep telling myself I’m going to make cute cocktail rings out of them someday…. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Blogging!

  3. Cool- thanks for posting on sharefest. Looks like a fun festival. I love the craftiness and if I had to choose a favorite it would be between the tin clocks (I’m never on time) or the button rings. What did you end up bringing home?

    1. I didn’t actually buy any of these, boo. I was on a tight budget so I got some smaller things – hand-woven headbands, a bookmark made of ironwood, a handmade penguin keychain. Love them too, though!

  4. I love the clocks and rings! Stopping by from SITS!

    1. They are quite adorable, aren’t they ๐Ÿ™‚

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