Upcycle project, Discarded jogging stroller chassis for grandkid and garden wagon, Scrap 2x4s discarded fence boards and bolts used, Remainder of materials on hand or from stroller, Recycling repurposing and reusing, Cycle wheels
Granny says: “Waste not want not.”
Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.
My latest project and one of the inspirations for starting this site, was a wagon for transporting my youngest grandkids and for use in the garden.
My commercial sized wheelbarrow was becoming too cumbersome for that purpose.
I already had a jogging stroller that a neighbor had discarded and after passing it quite a few times and looking at the chassis, finally the light bulb in my head lighted. One of the problems with traditional little red wagons is the small wheels and handle too short for my height. The new wagon is perfect.
I bolted some scrap 2x4s to the chassis and used boards from discarded fence sections to form the bottom and sides. I used paint I already had as well as some bolts salvaged in the past (refer to article on hardware repurposing). The handle came from the stroller.
No money out of pocket!
I designed the wagon not just for my grandkids (they will outgrow it someday) but also to haul items for the lawn and garden.
In the spirit of reusing, memories of grandpa and using till wearing out, perhaps one of my grandkids will inherit the wagon and keep using it while remembering the good times we had.