The world is your oyster (card)

A blog post by Sally Sculthorpe, Deputy Secretary

At this month’s meeting the Borough Belles took part in a creative upcycling workshop led by guest speakers The Skip Sisters. We used recycled materials ploughed from the depths of rubbish bins, the back corners of charity shops and even scraped from a wall in Brockley to make upcycled Oyster card holders.

Skip sisters

The Skip Sisters are based in South London, as Edori one of our speakers explained,

Inspiration started with just three friends learning felting over coffee. We then realised that we all wanted to share our enthusiasm for making things and for collecting overlooked beautiful things that we found in charity shops, markets and of course skips.  We also all agreed that there was enough stuff in the world and it mostly just needed a little tweaking to make it desirable again”.

The Skip Sisters upcycle, sell and exhibit their wares across London. Edori told us, “My best thing acquired from skips was a butterfly box with butterflies in it that I made into a picture”.

We began the workshop by selecting materials for our Oyster card from their wonderful stash of salvaged paraphernalia including maps, stamps, comic books and sparkly sequins.

Then we set to work cutting out and sticking our designs onto a paper template.

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Next our designs were laminated with love.

Laminating with love

The Oyster cards were finished by folding and attaching plastic inserts to hold the card. You could tape these on, or as Katie did stitch around the edge of your holder to add another creative touch.

Katie and her design

Here’s a selection of some of the quirky and unique designs. I’m sure you’ll agree the Borough Belles are a creative bunch!

A selection of designs

With the creative juices in full flow it was time to tuck into some salvaged themed snacks. These included plant pot cupcakes, leftover veggie muffins and even some Skip shaped biscuits!

I certainly feel inspired to reconsider what I put in the rubbish bin.

To find out more about The Skip Sisters visit