Author Archives: Kat Moulton

Another Way to Use Stencils

Before you decide stencils aren’t your thing, consider another way they could be used. With stencils as a guide, you can make so many unique decorations for: cards/invitations, garlands, stickers, labels, name cards, gift tags, journals, collages… Stencils at ACR start at just 10 cents and we have drawers and bins overflowing with them!


August Volunteer Spotlight: Betsie Eikenberry

Betsie, in one of her favorite garments made from ACR fabric!

What motivates you to volunteer?

I’m very passionate about making a big difference in small ways.  If everyone pitches in where they can, we can make a big difference together. 

Why ACR?

I think it’s very important to be mindful about our consumerism.  We live in such a throw-away society, that we’ve forgotten that things can be reused and repurposed.  My family really enjoys searching for and finding new-to-us treasures, it’s almost like a sport!  So it seemed natural to volunteer for an organization with reuse and repurpose at its core.  I want ACR to continue to be a resource in our community and volunteers are needed for that!

How long have you volunteered with ACR?

I actually went to volunteer orientation almost exactly a year ago!  

Are you more into the arts aspect of ACR or the conservation aspect and why?

I would say that I’m into both equally.  I made a commitment in 2019 to sew or knit as much of my own wardrobe as possible in order to circumvent the ready-to-wear clothing industry.  As a whole, it’s a very wasteful and environmentally harmful industry.  ACR has been essential to that endeavor, I get the majority of my fabric here!  So really, the two aspects are intertwined for me.  

Where else have you/do you volunteer?

My other main volunteering gig is on the Board of Directors for Austin Humanists at Work.  I am the secretary and I also manage our inventory and donations.  We help people experiencing homelessness by providing them with personal care items, undergarments, warmth items and other things, no strings attached. 

What do you enjoy the most out of volunteering for ACR?

I really enjoy spending time with like-minded people who also enjoy making and creating with thrifted items.  But I’m not going to lie, I really love spending time with all that beautiful fabric.

Do you have any interesting or funny stories about something that happened while you were volunteering at ACR?

Well, I roll fabric at home while listening to murder and true crime podcasts, so there’s a little bit of weird energy in each roll of fabric!  

July Reuse & Rethink: Marker Caps Winner!

Congratulations to this month’s Reuse and Rethink contest winner, Lucas, C! The challenge this month was to make something out of marker caps and eight year old Lucas created an amazing, infinite marble maze. Here’s how it works:
The two boards overlap and you start in the red section and at the end of the first board, the marble falls onto the second board in the green section. Here, you follow the path to the little hole in the corner in the blue section. The hole is aligned with the starting point in the red section.”
His mom says this project is a real winner with all kids and he has been eager to challenge all kids he meets to do the maze. We’re very impressed with your creative use of marker caps and appreciate that your creation is able to bring joy to others. Enjoy your ACR gift card!
Thanks to everyone else who participated! Your entries inspire us!


Christmas in July! Make a Reused Window Ornament

Outdoor Sidewalk Sales

Since we closed on March 15th, ACR has adapted to meet the needs of our community, while making sure that the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and customers remain our top priority. Although we remain closed to the public, we’ve recently started to hold multiple sidewalk sales every week, with a focus on different materials each time. These sales are accessible by appointment, only and we announce the upcoming schedule via our weekly newsletter. Be sure you’re signed up to get first dibs!


Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect!


How to Make Your Own Alcohol Inks

Make a Mini Zine

How to make a mini zine using a single piece of paper!

July Artist Spotlight: Lys Santamaria

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, local artist Lys Santamaria transitioned from beadwork to mask making. ACR proudly donated materials towards her goal of making 400 masks for underserved populations in Austin. Thank you for using your talents to make our community better!
How did you start creating art?
I started creating art when I was very little – I’ve always loved using my hands.  My mom taught me how to knit and after that, I would read how-to books on all kinds of subjects from friendship bracelets to origami.  As an adult, I’ve kept it up until I finally quit my government day job to become a full-time Beadwork Artist three years ago.  It’s been a wild and wonderful journey!
How does reuse play a part in your art?  
Austin Creative Reuse has been a wonderful source of inspiration and accessibility.  Often times, art materials are hard to come by or can be pricey.  ACR makes it so that I can experiment with tools or materials that I would never think to use or that don’t make sense for me to purchase at full price.  This gives me the ability to create on a grander scale than I could have originally imagined.  With ACR, I have a wealth of materials available that inspire me to stretch and expand my creativity.  

How has your art adapted during the age of coronavirus?

During coronavirus, I began making and selling masks. I was inspired to pivot my business as all of my sources for income had ended.  I wanted two things: to continue creating and to serve my community using my talents.  Mask making was the answer.  During that time, I was donating a small number of masks to people in need but I wanted to do more.  So, I embarked on a BIG project of making 400 masks to donate to Austin’s underserved communities.    


What inspired you to embark on such an ambitious mask-making project? 

The pandemic was really difficult for me as a small business owner and I went through a lot of tough times and emotions.  I knew I had to change and keep creating to keep myself and my business afloat.  Once I started selling masks, I saw that there was a real need and wondered how I could serve those who could not afford masks.  Thanks to my friends at ACR and a grant from NEST Artisan Guild, I was able to embark on this mask-making project and create change for so many people in need who may not be able to afford reusable masks or do not have access.  My business mission is to create joy using my gifts and this project aligns perfectly with my goals.


Where can we find out more about your art?

My shop and information are at: or on Instagram @lys.artist 


Make a Rainbow Catcher

This simple, repurposed frame is now a superstar rainbow catcher! See how to make it in just a few steps:

Make a Thread Spool Shelf

Check out this simple craft tutorial by one our staff members, Lori! Save those empty thread spools and combine them with a few basic materials to create this adorable, hanging shelf! 


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