I have recently been reading (and looking at the beautiful pictures) in the book ‘Thrifty Chick’ by Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell. It is a visual symphony of ideas and things to do on a shoe string budget. It also reinforces the underlying philosophy here at Albany Kindergarten of repurposing items and giving these things a new lease of life.

First Impressions
A particular passage in the book refers to first impressions of a home or space.
“ Front doors and back doors, too reveal your personal style to the world. Hallways invite people in and promise them fun grandeur, bohemianism, comfort… whatever image you want to project…. Front doors in particular say a great deal about who you are…” – Thrifty Chick.

With these two aspects in mind we have been wondering how we can enhance our entrance space here at kindergarten, and in conjunction with this project embrace the notion of community in such a venture.

Recycling and reusing pallets is something which the teaching team have often used in the environment. So we were keen to incorporate such materials in the initial design and development of the entrance area.

A recent email to call for pallets from our parents and whanau provided us with an amazing response. Thank you to the people who gave us ideas of where we could get pallets for free (free is a word that we love!). We even had some amazing Dad’s who organised the delivery of pallets to get us started. Thank you everyone for responding to this request.


Pinterest has also offered lots of  ideas when thinking about the creations of individual pallet boards and the overall design of the space. A link sent me to a Facebook page called ‘Gypsies Junk’ where an array of pallet boards were re-purposed to create a dramatic wall. ( See examples below…)

And so our journey begins… How might the children of Albany Kindergarten decorate the pallets? What materials might we use? Maybe with an array of painting techniques,  recycled materials…. we think the possibilities are endless… We also welcome your thoughts and artistic ideas.

We wonder if our local schools and artists from the wider community might like to contribute their ideas and artistic talents to this venture…

IMG_0197_2 Kaiako Fran

IMG_0188_2P.S I had to have an initial play around with some ideas myself!

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