Material Boxes

"Material Boxes" provide a substantial quantity of ‘like’ type materials. They allow budding creatives to get in deep and explore the qualities and properties of particular types of material and how they can used or manipulated creatively for fun and learning. Information sheets included in the barrels will cover creative re-use, environmental information, as well as basic ideas for projects and activities suited to your specific barrels contents. Below is a list of the Materials Boxes we offer.


BIG BAGGABLE VALUE!
Have you heard about our famous “Baggable Aisle?” It’s an aisle in the store brimming with useful colourful scraps, plastic, paper, fabrics (and more!) that you can mix and match to fill a great value bag of mixed materials! This barrel is lower in cost but big on value with lots of open-ended, multi-purpose materials that will be useful for many craft activities and learning areas. Let us fill you a barrel from the Baggable Aisle that will keep you stocked with great materials for many creative sessions to come!
Suitable for all ages. Medium size only.
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RUBBER AND FOAM
Rubber and foam is very difficult and expensive to recycle, making it perfect for reusing! These materials can be used over and over in many different ways. Challenge students to find new, practical, whimsical or creative reuses for these resources diverted from landfill. Cut colourful foam with scissors and join with hot or cold glue or with basic stitching. Hole punch rubber to string together or hang. Make custom reuseable stamps and prints and use upholsery foam to “sponge paint.” Use rubber circles and cutouts as markers for playing games and story telling. Suitable for all ages.
Small and medium sizes.
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PAPER AND CARD
No need to “use a new piece,” this barrel is full of paper strips, cardboard bundles, paper and card circles and unusual die cut shapes punched from a number different types of paper used in manufacturing processes. Get stocked up to cut, rip and paste for collage, fold and score for origami, hole punch and thread with string for mobiles and wall hangings. Don’t forget to draw, colour, paint and ink first to make custom, paper craft fun!
Suitable for all ages. Small and medium sizes.
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FABRIC AND TEXTILES
Soft and stretchy or textured and durable, this barrel is full of textile samples and useful pieces from around the store. Use simple stitching for sustainable embroidery or staple together for a quick accessory. Strip, tie and weave to make wall hangings or art pieces designed to dangle from the ceiling. Add fabric textures to collages with or sew and stuff to make toys and soft sculpture. Piece together to textile samples and remnants to make patchworks you can use in all of the above!
Suitable for all ages.
Small and medium sizes.
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MYSTERY!
Life is like a Mystery Box; you never know what you’re gonna get! This box consists of mixed materials gathered from around the store. Trust us! We pack our Mystery barrel full of great materials, both weird and wonderful, that will inspire many creative ideas and keep you guessing all the way to the bottom of the barrel!
Suitable for all ages.
Small and medium sizes
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TIMBER AND FIBRE
Apply some basic woodworking skills to this barrel by drilling, glueing, sawing and sanding. Examine and identify hard and soft timbers and how best to use them. Or use as is with younger children to build, stack, topple and arrange. Paint timber blocks for use indoors or outdoors and use the more fragile fibre based craft materials in other activities like weaving, painting or collage. This barrel will add wonderful timbers and textures to many of your activities.
Suitable for all ages.
Medium size only.
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NATURAL MATERIALS
Get back to basics with a box full of materials derived from natural sources, including a range of naturally occurring materials in their raw state and materials and objects that have been produced from natural resources. Examine to identify where these natural materials may have come from. Is it plant based or from an animal? Is it woven together or has it been sawn? Is it raw or is it processed? What are natural materials better use for some things but not for others?
Suitable for all ages.
Small and medium sizes.
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MANUFACTURED MATERIALS
Explore a wide selection all things synthetic: from rigid and soft plastics, to vinyl, synthetic fabrics and textiles as well as different types of foams. Highly processed and completely synthetic, these unused, discarded bi-products give us a great indication of what sort of materials are being manufactured. What could these materials have been manufactured for? What qualities make these materials useful? What are the benfits of these materials over natural materials? What are the disadvantages of these materials?
Suitable for all ages.
Small and medium sizes.
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Please Note

Due to the inexpensive, high turnover nature of our business, the selection of available materials at Reverse Garbage Queensland is constantly changing. Our mail order boxes are packed according to what we currently have instore as well as specific materials that have been put aside. We are experts in making do! We always have similiar materials in stock and substitute like for like, where needed, without compromising the quality of our boxes. If you have seen a material you would like more or less of or would like to request a specific material, you can let us know on your order form or contact our friendly Mail Order Co-ordinator here.