• MARK LEFFINGWELL

    Shayla Wolf, a University of Colorado senior majoring in design studies, hangs ornaments she made from magazine pages and glue in the Environmental Design building on campus Monday. Students are selling their handmade midterm projects at a holiday market Tuesday.

  • MARK LEFFINGWELL

    Lillian Ruiz, CU senior in environmental design, hangs her ornaments, made from accordion folders, pop cans and rivets, up to sell at the Environmental Design building Monday.

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What: Holiday Green Tech Market

When: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Main lobby of the Environmental Design building

More info: Sale items range from $2 to $20 each

Most students at the University of Colorado are past midterms and focused on upcoming finals.

But members of one architecture class are holding a holiday market in an attempt to sell their midterm projects as part of their final grade.

“This is part of the learning process,” said Julee Herdt, architecture professor at CU. “They’re not only learning creative skills, but this helps them understand profits and profit margins.”

The 20 students enrolled in this semester’s “Green Tech: Energy and Resource Efficient Design” course created household items from reused materials for their midterm. Now, those items are on sale in CU’s Environmental Design building.

The students were required to spend little or no money making a holiday-themed product from recycled materials. Now the students are trying to get rid of their product to show Herdt that they’re item was worth an A.

CU senior Brian Flint had more than 20 Christmas ornaments hanging from the ceiling at noon Monday, some already marked with green “Sold” stickers.

“I would love to go home with nothing left,” Flint said. “And whatever I do have left is going to friends and family for Christmas presents,” he laughed as he pointed to a buddy across the room, who was selling his own pint-sized tumblers made from recycled wine bottles.

Flint created a snowflake design using computer software, then used a laser cutter in the architecture building to cut plywood and vinyl records into lightweight, decorative tree ornaments. He also used some smaller vinyl snowflakes to make a few pairs of earrings.

“The only thing I bought were the earring hooks,” Flint said. “I didn’t think it would be very hygienic to put old, used tin in your ears.

“The records came from my aunt’s garage,” he said. “She wanted the album covers but not the actual records.”

Other projects included ornaments made of magazine shreds, wine glass charms, candle holders made from old exterior home lights and wine glasses made from old wine bottles. Items range from $2 ornaments to $20 lamps made from refurbished gasoline cans.

CU senior Ann Tobin spent about $50 making 15 bracelets from metal vegetable steamers.

The cuffs were hand-shaped by Tobin and decorated with metal studs she found at a thrift store. They sell for $10 each, so she’s hoping to make a $100 profit by selling her entire supply.

“I think they’re really cool because they’re all unique,” Tobin said. “There’s no one exactly the same, like jewelry in a store.”

Professor Herdt said she’s already on the hunt for a new venue for her spring class’s show.

She said the midterm project is a small step toward a much bigger final, in which students will use recycled materials to make larger-scale home décor projects.