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Sun, Aug 18


Nordic Northwest Campus

Trash to Treasure: Family Reuse Crafting

A family-friendly crafting event!

Trash to Treasure: Family Reuse Crafting
Trash to Treasure: Family Reuse Crafting

Time & Location

Aug 18, 2024, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Nordic Northwest Campus, 8800 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, OR 97223, USA



Free to all and donations encouraged

$10 optional ticket includes a birdhouse


In partnership with the Bodecker Foundation, Scan Design Foundation, and featuring SCRAP Creative Reuse Pdx, and ReClaim It by Cracked Pots.

Come to this family-friendly event and learn how to turn “trash” into treasured art! 

  This event is the perfect time to visit our Ole Bolle troll, whether it is the first or the fifth time! We are taking inspiration from artist Thomas Dambo, the recycle artist and activist who created Ole Bolle. Recycling and reusing items is one of the best ways to keep our planet clean. 

Why throw away when you can reuse? At this event you’ll reuse cardboard, wood, paint, plastic, and much, much more.

Birdhouse Decorating

Our Ole Bole troll is part of the Way of the Bird King project by Thomas Dambo. All along the United States bird houses were hung along with Dambo trolls. This is your opportunity to decorate your very own birdhouse. We will have a limited supply of birdhouses, all made from recycled wood. This is an optional add-on to the event. The $10 ticket includes a birdhouse and an extra raffle entry.

Fairy House Making

Make your own fairy house out of natural forest materials like bark, twigs, acorns, moss, leaves, and vines, as well as reuse materials provided by SCRAP. This is free, no ticket purchase required.

Troll Cardboard Costume Creating

Create your own wearable giant troll hands and feet from cardboard! Make a costume inspired by Ole Bolle or something from your own imagination. Materials are provided, but bringing your own cardboard is encouraged! This is free, no ticket purchase required.

SCRAP Creative Reuse Crafts, Mini Mall, and Donation Collection

Learn from the pros at SCRAP Creative Reuse where they take in mountains of donated materials, sort them, organize them, and teach folks how to use them creatively! Create cork creatures, dis-Card-bowls, collages, and other cool crafts. Fill a bag from their free “Mini Mall” of discarded materials to use on your other crafts at the event, and to take home and continue your crafting!

Donate materials to SCRAP at the event! Check their Accepted Materials list online at, and bring a bag to donate. Your trash will become someone else’s treasure!

ReClaim It Table and Trash Panda Tails  Learn about ReClaim it where they visit the Municipal Transfer Station (aka: the “dump”) and find amazing things to save and refurbish. Their motto is Reuse, Repair, Reimagine! Make your own magic wand, and Trash Panda Tail like their mascot Trashleigh!

More Fun!

· Live typewritten poems and Creature Reports by The Traveling Typist, including typewriters to try your hand on. Add poems to your crafts!

· Learn how to make your own reuse ropes and cordage from Rewild Portland, and learn about Rewild’s mission of ecological restoration, place-based arts, and education.

· Live acoustic Nordic folk music by Trollört

· Free Raffle! Enter to win fun prizes with just an email sign-up, including Maker Kits from SCRAP Pdx, tickets to Nordic Northwest’s Oregon Midsummer Festival and Viking Beer Fest, and many more from our partners

More about our partners:

Bodecker Foundation:

Scan Design Foundation:


ReClaim It:

Rewild Portland:

The Traveling Typist:


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