Create from junk

We've got lots of great ideas to rethink, re-use and recycle. Drop in soon.

Sip & Craft @ Creative Junk

Wednesday evening 7pm to 9pm $10 per person, includes materials* *excludes individually priced items

BYO drinks and come and relax and discover your inner crafting self Or Tel 03 379 4040

Creative Junk is in danger of closing through lack of income!

We only have 3 weeks to raise $20,000

Creative Junk is a trust that has been operating in Christchurch for over 35 years, recycling materials for use by the community and schools as an affordable resource for art and craft projects, giving a second lease of life to items that would otherwise end up in the landfill.

Located at 25 Disraeli St in Sydenham, Christchurch, it is open Wednesday Thursday Friday 11 am – 5 pm and Saturday 11 am – 1 pm.  It has one full time worker, one part time worker and a team of volunteers who staff the store and collect donated resources.

Creative Junk supplies a large range of clients- schools, families, individuals and organisations.  Members pay a yearly membership fee and pay less for the material bought, while non-members do not receive the discount. It has also supplies “junk boxes” which are couriered around the country on request.

Creative Junk has reached a crossroads with a critical shortfall in income.  Covid-19 closed the business down for 8 weeks resulting in no trade and no workshops.  The volunteer board that governs Creative Junk and the staff have been doing their best to mitigate these factors.

The organisation needs help to stay open, to offer this important resource to the community and to continue to divert materials away from the landfill by giving then a creative second lease on life, thereby doing its bit to help save the environment. Any support, either funding or publicity to get the word out to the wider community, would be appreciated.

How can you help?

Make a donation to our Givealittle page

We are very keen to gain some sponsorship from local businesses – we would be proud to add you name to our van, advertise your business in all our newsletters, website and facebook.

Become a member or ask your friends and family to become a member

We would very much appreciate you considering becoming a Member, donor or sponsor to our very worthy organisation. 

12 monthly Memberships (GST incl)

       Organisation         $120.00

       Groups                    $60.00

       Family/Individual    $20.00

       Donation ___________________________

       Sponsorship   _________________________

Total amount paid:   _________________________

Donations can be paid directly to our account 030830 0231449 00


Contact: Creative Junk, 25 Disraeli Street, Christchurch, New Zealand 8024. 

Phone 03-379 4040, Christine 0211597299.


Facebook: @creativejunkchch


Community space at 25 Disraeli St, Addington

*providing sewing machines, tools, and resources

for you to create, upcycle and/or repair goods using waste materials.

OPEN: Wednesday to Friday 11am to 4pm  or by arrangement

COST: $5.00 per person per hour, plus materials


Spare Part Boxes for sale – New Zealand Wide

Refresh your creative learning resources for with a ‘Spare Parts’ banana box full of interesting creative materials. Make requests if you have a special project or order a general purpose box. 

Creative Junk is a not-for-profit organisation in Christchurch that promotes the creative recycle, reuse, rethink of creative resources.

Cost per box:  North Island – $45  South Island – $40  Rural delivery an extra $4.

To order please email with your


then Deposit money into account number 030830 0231449 00 using your NAME as the reference

Gift Vouchers


Purchase a Creative Junk voucher

$14.00 – 2 bags of junk members

$20.00 – 2 bags of junk non-members

$27.00 – Family membership plus 1 bag of Junk

Available at Creative Junk


  • Please note: Cash, internet transfer or Cheque Only. NO EFTPOS

Please contact us to arrange

  • A group visit outside these hours
  • Workshop or birthday party


Car parking is available in front of our building and across the road, Across the road is in the empty section in front of Number 26, so go up driveway opposite our building and there are 6 parking spaces (marked with yellow paint) in middle which can be used while visiting CREATIVE JUNK

New Art Supplies for sale


TEMPERA 500 ml





TEMPERA 2 litres $15.00 $18.50
ACRYLIC 500 ml $9.00 $11.00
ACRYLIC 2 litres $26.60 $32.80
FLOURESCENT 500ml $10.60 $13.10
SCHOOL PVA 2 litres $13.40 $16.50
HIGH GRADE PVA 2 litres $24.70 $30.40
  • Variety of Steam Punk embellishments
  • Clock mechanisms


Props, Earth Balls, Blocks, Toddler Steps, Tunnels, Body Socks, Parachutes, Musical Instruments & more.

Many thanks, we have recently received Grants from

  • CERT
  • Christchurch City Council
  • COGS
  • Creative Communities
  • Lions Foundation
  • Mainland Foundation
  • Pub Charity
  • Rata Foundation
  • The Southern Trust

Also to our suppliers, without them we would not be here. So thank you for the wonderful support. We appreciate the great drop offs that come in.


Have you considered becoming a donor or sponsor to our very worthy organisation?

We welcome donations. If for any reason you wish to remain anonymous we would of course respect your wishes. All donations made to us are tax deductible as we are a registered charity.

Creative Junk welcomes new members and opportunities to be involved with the community and to continue generating awareness about creative means of utilizing resources that would otherwise become landfill.


wearable art

Wearable art


We provide an amazing array of unusual and original items for many of primary and secondary schools annual wearable art projects.

We can help with the selection of goods to use,. Our staff and volunteers will help brainstorm with you and your children to develop ideas on how to realise your dream costume and make it a reality.

We are always happy to help as much as we can, just ask us.

tried and tested projects

Over the years we have become well known for our presence at some of the mainstay events that happen annually in Christchurch.

Each year we take part in the winter holiday Kidsfest program. This has always been very popular and often requires early bookings. One of our most memorable events was in conjunction with the Christchurch City Council when we did wearable art with the children and the council held a catwalk and ball in the large snow dome at the park, where the children got to proudly show off their amazing creations.

We are also a popular participant in the Childrens Day festivities. We really enjoy having the parents and children come along and see what they can make out of the materials we provide. This is always fun not just for the kids either! It is very rewarding for us to see the collaboration between families when there are no boundaries on their creativity.

At the end of each year we have a float in the December Santa Parade. We have always had a good turn out for this. We can provide some costumes but really encourage families to come in and get supplies to make their own unique costumes. We love to decorate bikes and scooters too. We have no number limits on this event. The more the merrier. At this time of year we love to remind Christchurch residents to live life to the full and live creatively.