Danny Seo is an expert in taking ordinary things you might find around the house and transforming them into something of value. In his book, Upcycling Celebrations, he offers dozens of “upcycled” crafts for holidays, home entertaining, and, of course, Father’s Day.
It may not be an Academy Award or a Grammy, but this upcycled trophy will still earn prime real estate in your home because it’s definitely one-of-a-kind. Kids will have a great time creating this trophy because it’s one part scavenger hunt, one part building and gluing, and one part transformation, all in one quick and easy project. Depending on their age, they will probably need help with gluing and painting, but let them go wild finding stray things to build their own award-winning masterpiece.
Random household objects (books, mug, binder clips, jar lids, etc.)
Gold spray paint
Chalkboard paint (optional)
It doesn’t matter what color the objects are that you’re using to make this upcycled trophy; a few coats of metallic spray paint will unify everything to make it look like one cast metal piece.
1. Start with the base: think heavy, sturdy objects like old books or a wooden cigar box.
2. Then build it up with a coffee mug as the center vessel, maybe propped up with a collection of Army men figurines or paper clips.
3. Keep playing around until you’re happy with your design, and glue it all together using E-6000 for the heavier pieces and hot glue to add small details and touches.
4. Allow to dry, then spray (in a well-ventilated area) with a few coats of metallic paint.
5. If you want a chalkboard plaque to personalize the trophy with a message, paint a jar lid with two coats of black chalkboard paint and glue it to the front.