Upcycling Design Challenge

The 2018 Upcycling Design Challenge is now closed. The following is for informational purposes only.

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Turn Trash into Treasure!

Upcycling involves taking waste material that would otherwise end up in our landfills and turning it into something valuable. Couch cushions transformed into a cozy sweater? An old bicycle tire becomes a funky clock? The options are limited by your own creativity!

Take the challenge and create something amazing.

You could win!

People’s Choice Award: $500 Willowbrook Gift Card
Best in Show: $300
Best Use of Challenge Material (old furniture and components): $200
Most Practical: $150
Best Youth (ages 10-17): $150

Frequently asked questions

The amount of waste thrown away each day is staggering. We are overusing our resources and filling up our landfills at an incredible rate. The Upcycling Design Challenge aims to remind people that, with a little creativity, what was old can be new again — perhaps even better than it once was! The community exhibit will also showcase resident and budding artists and bring the community out for an enjoyable evening together.

Ages 10 and up.

Entries must be received at the Willowbrook Shopping Centre on Friday April 13, 2:00-6:00pm or Saturday April 14, 2:00-6:00pm in the vacant store beside Urban Planet (by the Starbucks entrance).

Entries (with entry forms) must be received at the Willowbrook Shopping Centre on Friday, April 13, 2:00 - 6:00pm or Saturday, April 14, 2:00 - 6:00pm in the vacant store beside Urban Planet (by the Starbucks entrance). To ensure your creation meets the entry parameters, see the 2018 Entry Form and Contest Rules 

A diverse public panel of judges will judge the contest based on the following criteria:


Best in Show
creativity of material use (40%)
originality (20%)
percent found/recovered material (20%)
practicality (10%)
visual appeal (10%)

Best Use of Challenge Material (old furniture)
creativity of material use (40%)
originality (20%)
percent found/recovered material (20%)
practicality (10%)
visual appeal (10%)

Most Practical
Practicality (50%)
Creativity of material use (20%)
percent found/recovered material (20%)
Visual appeal (10%)

Best Youth (ages 10-17)
creativity of material use (40%)
originality (20%)
percent found/recovered material (20%)
practicality (10%)
visual appeal (10%)

People’s Choice Award

The People’s Choice Award will be presented to the individual whose entry receives the highest number of votes at the Upcycling exhibit at the Willowbrook Shopping Centre from April 18 until April 26 at 7:00pm. One vote per person.
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View photos from the 2013 , 2014 , 2015  2016  2017   and 2018  contest to get inspired!