For the past several months, winter has been brutal to us at JETPUBS. While the thermometer has been friendly to us lately, the months “trapped” indoors dreaming of summer encouraged our creativity to play a bit. This season’s inspiration: production scraps turned to household décor, gift wrap embellishments, and children’s craft projects.
I’m a saver, and I always have been. So when I see left over pieces of mounting board, laminate, or other cockpit production materials in the recycling bins, my creative wheels start turning. How can we reuse the scraps we are often throwing away? Here’s a bit of what I’ve come up with.
- Decorative Pin Boards: We use mounting board ½” thick to mount our cockpit posters. By covering scrap pieces of the board with extra fabric and securing it with hot glue, they can now be used for tacking up photos or important notes in your home or office.
- Box strap flowers: These yellow plastic straps once held together large bundles of shipping boxes. I thought they would make great additions to gift boxes or greeting cards.
- Laminate Window or Wall Decorations: I added some aviation-themed designs to a wall by tracing aircraft-printouts onto scrap translucent laminate with permanent markers. This could be a fun project for kids to decorate their playrooms or bedrooms. Paint would also create a unique look.
Now, I understand that interior decorating is not everyone’s “cup of tea.” Still, you and your team can pull together your scrap materials and put them to creative use, whether that’s creating a cardboard castle for your kids (or for a fun team meeting) or reusing outdated cockpit posters and other training aids in high school learning days. The possibilities in this area are truly endless.
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-Rochelle Johnson, JETPUBS Inc.