Landlord-compliant "wallpaper" from recycled toy bubble capsules


21 Responses to “Landlord-compliant "wallpaper" from recycled toy bubble capsules”

  1. Donald Petersen says:

    I think the very soft pitter-pat of the balls gently kissing the wall when the A/C is on would drive me quite mad in the space of an afternoon.

    Otherwise, I do like to look at it.

  2. Mazoola says:

    soft pitter-pat of the balls gently kissing the wall when the A/C is on

    Note that these were from the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse. A/C? We don’t need no stinking A/C!

  3. binka says:

    It’s so funny to see these again. I used to work at the Exploratorium, and they used the clear half of these to make a giant model of nanotubes, I believe. When I left for another museum, I volunteered to take 3 or 4 boxes there to use for what ended up being an unrealized craft project for kids. Then my husband wanted to model interconnected nodes of a database as a sculpture at his office, so we brought the boxes there. That project also ended in the mists of best intentions, with the boxes sitting in the ping pong room. Months (or years?) later, I was helping my friend Michael collect materials for Make Play Day at Maker Faire so we brought the only-slightly-diminished load to San Mateo. The Depot was probably there as a Maker that year, and I seem to remember that they or SCRAP took some of the extras home. Who knows? It’s possible your wallpaper came to you by this circuitous route. Nice to see them being used well. When the dust and fire danger convince you to de-install, I found that they made interesting bendy poles if you stacked them and then strung them together through the top center hole of each dome.

  4. Birko says:

    That is stunning !
    High maintenance, but must not be too high if you have a white fluffy couch. Obviously no pets.
    Beautiful interior – congratulations !

    For anyone in Sydney, an equivalent recycling co-op would be Reverse Garbage.

    • Donald Petersen says:

      I really thought for a second that second one was for the Children’s Crap Store.

      Do they take consignments? My diaper pail is overfull…

  5. Mike says:

    I love this idea and I love the idea of a “Depot for Creative Reuse.”

    Does anyone know of a similar place closer to southern California? My girlfriend’s been trying to clear out her childhood home, which has been overrun by hoarding (shameless:

    I can’t think of a better place to donate all the weird knickknacks she’s digging up. Among other things, so far she’s found 15-year-old Chuck E. Cheese tokens, an old collection of Pogs, Street Fighter: The Movie action cards, and a weirdly adorned red-beaded horse figurine.

  6. Jack says:

    Great stuff! But a correction of an error from the original piece: Those capsules are not from 25 cent machines as we know them in the U.S. Those are clearly “Gashapon” machine capsules; the Japanese equivalent. American 2″ capsules (and the majority of smaller 1″ capsules) have a flatter colored lid with a lip that makes the whole capsule look like an acorn. Gashapon capsules don’t have an acorn shape at all.

    Yes, I know these things. Especially this week since I am waiting on delivery of a vintage PN95 1″ capsule vending machine with a Northwestern glass head as well as some vintage vending machine labels so I can have my own mini-vend in my humble abode ;)

    • Erika says:

      Hey Jack! Thanks for the Gashapon correction; I’ll note it on my blog. I wondered why the capsules we found at the Depot looked slightly different (and much more colorful) than the ones I usually see.

      Best wishes to you, and hope your vintage vending machine arrives safely!

  7. Gloria says:

    I love the idea of the Depot too! I wonder if there are any in Toronto … the closest example off the top of my head is Active Surplus. A regular for-profit, and more inclined towards gadgets, but full of fairly random things.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Great idea but it seems like it would shrink the size of the room.

  9. Anonymous says:

    sure, but they aren’t fire safe. They will melt into a cloud of poison gas.

    goes well with the Ikea furniture.

    • Anonymous says:

      …unlike the fancy schmancy oil pantings (full of heavy metals and other fun toxins) that others (foolishly) have hanging around their homes.

    • bob d says:

      Not only are they not fire safe, they’d be hell to keep clean. I can’t imagine they’d look very good after six months or so. I guess it’s temporary wall art.

      • Jack says:

        Geez louise, do you feel the same way about clothes? I can’t imagine clothing looks very good after six days or so. I guess clothing is temporary body art.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Where are the toys?

  11. woid says:

    They obviously don’t have cats.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Brilliant! And I bet it provides some insulation as well!

  13. apoxia says:

    While I think they look great, I can’t stop thinking about how you would dust them.

  14. Anonymous says:

    @ Mike#1: The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse is a good place to try.

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