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Welcome to the May 2017 CREATIVE JUNK Newsletter

We have closed our PO Box so please update our postal address to

  • 25 Disraeli St, Addington, Christchurch
  • Phone: 379 4040
  • Please note: Cash or Cheque. Only NO EFTPOS

Current hours

  • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11 am-5 pm and Saturday 11 am-1 pm.
  • Closed Public holidays & over Christmas

Please contact us to arrange

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


Check our Facebook page for updates, photos & ideas Like Us on Facebook

We extended our hours in Term 1 and found Tuesdays went well but Saturday not so. Therefore, we are looking at opening on Tuesday 11 am – 2 pm again during term 3 and possible over the next 2 school holidays. We will confirm this on our Website and Facebook pages and our phone message

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

Open Day held on 25 March 2017. To celebrate 35 year, we had a very successful open day. Thanks to those who helped with preparation and on the day. The place look festive and fun.

The raffle all sold and was drawn on the day, Winners

  • 1st 41 Michael Lloyd,
  • 2nd 45 Anne Russell,
  • 3rd 75 Lynne Davidson.

The Sausage sizzle went well as did the spot prizes.

Wearable Creation challenge, lots of fun had by all, there were photos posted on Facebook. The families and friends who participated received a wonderful mystery bag, thanks to Lynne and the pool passes donated to us from the Christchurch City Council.

Thanks to our face painters, Jacinda and Lynne for a great job.

Great networking and connections made and many ideas shared.


  • Our April School Holiday Workshops went well. Check out our Facebook page to see some of the creations
  • Kidsfest Workshop July School Holidays,

Check out our Website and Facebook page soon for more information

If anyone wish to help with our Workshops please contact us

Creative Junk has a wide range of recycled supplies such as fabric, cardboard boxes, tubes & all kinds of odds and ends with unlimited creative potential!

Just in

  • Upholstery materials
  • Cookie time 2 litre buckets
  • Tiles
  • Bulk lot of Photo Frames

Fill a supermarket size bag for just $5 (members) or $8 (non members) or bring in your own reusable shopping bag.

Need inspiration? See our display of ideas. Are you in need of a particular item? Let us know, we may be able to help.

We can send boxes of ‘creative materials’ around New Zealand.  Our goal is to increase the awareness of RECYCLE REUSE RETHINK.

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

  • Lions Foundation
  • CERT
  • Pub Charity
  • Creative Communities.

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.



Workshops July 2017 School Holidays


using CREATIVE JUNK Materials

25 Disraeli St, Addington

Come to CREATIVE JUNK and get creative using recycled materials

We will work with you, using recycled materials to make a bird feeder that you can take home with you.


Tuesday,  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

10 am to 12 noon or 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm each day


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

10.00-12.00noon OR 1.30-3.30pm

Cost: member $15.00 per child per workshop

non member $20.00 per child per workshop

Age Group: 6 to 13yrs, Caregiver compulsory for children 7 years & under for Kidsfest events. Free

Limited to 12 per workshop

Come and let your imagination run wild in our warehouse of recycled materials

For more information and bookings Contact Christine at Creative Junk Ph: 379 4040


Make your own sensory bag in five easy steps

sensory bag finished

We’ve just got these fabulous water bladders into stock, they’re great to make these easy sensory bags which are ideal for using in your early childhood centre for youngsters to potter about with watching how the water and objects react to their touch.



sensory bag

Follow these five easy steps to make your own

  1. Get a bladder
  2. Collect a  variety of waterproof items (Don’t use sharp stuff or things too large for opening)
  3. Pop all in bag
  4. Fill with bag with about 5 litre of water
  5. Add a couple of drops of bleach to water and seal with lid (Check lid on tight)

As well as sensory bags, there are other easy projects, such as a treasure hunt with bean bag beads. See our other post coming soon.

wearable art

Wearable art


Each year we provide an amazing array of unusual and original items for many of Christchurch primary and secondary schools annual wearable art projects.

Not only do we 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 childrens 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.

silver, silver everywhere

We currently have a large stock of amazing shiny silver film.

If your children have a school dance/disco coming up then this is for you. You can make it into streamers, pom poms and as an awesome entrance curtain. Children love it and with some lighting effects it will be sure to take your disco from just a school disco to one of your childrens most memorable school events.

It is also perfect for those robot and space obsessed children that love making anything to do with sci-fi. We also have one sided silver card for projects that need a bit more structure.

Don’t wait as stocks are limited.