Let's make stuff from JUNK

It’s super fun, cheap to do and encourages care for our planet too!

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Make & do

Find out how to make and create things using materials – junk that normally gets thrown away!

Listen & learn

Listen and Learn stories with videos to encourage positive well-being for children.

Show & tell

Discover my story becoming Junk Jodie. Here you can also find recycled models, toys and stories that have been sent by kids from around the world.

About me

Hello everyone,

Welcome, I’m Junk Jodie, an award-winning visual artist, crafter, performer, storyteller, environmentalist and workshop leader.

I offer arts and craft workshops/parties around any theme and I use recycled materials to spread the message about the climate emergency. I encourage families to reduce, reuse, recycle and take care of our planet. I also offer workshops in storytelling and well-being with a focus on mindfulness and positive mental health for children.

In 2021 I won Destination Basingstoke’s Arts and Entertainment Award for online services to young people in Basingstoke and Deane, during the pandemic. My YouTube channel is a resource for anyone to use. It has been used by schools, families and arts organisations to inspire the next generation of creative environmentalists.


Swipe to see all the newspapers and magazines I have been featured in.

2024 Events

You can catch me at:

    Longleat Safari & Adventure Park

    Storytelling Wild-ERFUL and running crafts

    Sat 10th - Sun 18th February 11am, 12:45am and 2:45pm

      Wellington Country Park

      Recycled Craft Workshops

      26th March - 7th April

        Strawberry Fair Festival - Cambridge

        Storytelling Rainbow-LICIOUS

        1st June

          Basingstoke Green Week

          Storytelling Sea-TACULAR

          Sat 8th June

            Andover Second Sunday

            Storytelling Sea-TACULAR

            Sun 9th June

              Basingstoke Festival Parade

              Recycled Craft workshops

              Fri 21st June

                Basingstoke Festival 2024

                Storytelling Tree-TASTIC (commissioned by Basingstoke Festival)

                Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd June

                  Phoenix Arts

                  Storytelling and crafts

                  Sun 7th July

                    Brittany Ferries

                    Storytelling Sea-TACULAR and running a craft workshop

                    1st - 14th August

                      Aldershot PlayFest

                      Running craft workshops

                      Sat 24th August

                        Brittany Ferries

                        Storytelling Sea-TACULAR and running a craft workshop.

                        25th August - 1st Sep

                          Frome Agricultural Cheese Show

                          Storytelling Sea-TACULAR and running craft workshops.

                          Sat 14th Sep

                            Wellington Country Park

                            Hello’Welly’Ween recycled crafts

                            22nd - 31st October

                            Local Awards

                            Basingstoke and Deane’s Arts and Entertainment Award Winner

                            30 April 2021
                            Rainbow-LICIOUS was originally
                            commissioned by Basingstoke Festival

                            Join Junk Jodie, in a storytelling adventure!

                            Meet Beverly Butterfly and become Rainbow-LICIOUS through mindfulness! Dive into the water and make a splash with Wanda Whale to learn how to take care of the marine life and become Sea-Tacular! Gallop into the woodlands and meet Dexter Deer to take care of wildlife and become a Wild-ERFUL WARRIOR!

                            Each show is interactive and designed to inspire young people to make toys from recycled materials, supporting imaginative play and the principles of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The shows are approximately 25 minutes long and features recycled handmade puppets, singalongs, dance movements, and a 10 minute craft activity linked to the show. The shows are also designed to perform outdoors under some form of shelter or inside on the ground or stage area.


                            Some of the things we can make together


                            What Kids, Parents & Companies say

                            Mrs Jane Jocelyn
                              Mrs Jane Jocelyn

                              Year 4 Class Teacher, Chiltern Primary School

                              "I was so inspired after discussions with Jodie that I could hardly wait for our workshop to begin. Jodie provided me with all the information prior to the workshop. On the day, Jodie's enthusiasm and passion for creating things from junk motivated the class. She supported and engaged with all the pupils. Her input wad pitched at an appropriate level so that all the children understood and could succeed. She was clear that not all of our finished sock puppets would look the same but that's okay and being creative allows for different outcomes. She valued all the children's work and was extremely motivational."

                              Alison Drummond
                                Alison Drummond

                                Operations Manager, Newbury BID

                                “The free arts and crafts delivered by Junk Jodie Recycled Arts and Storytelling were an absolute hit this Easterfest, bringing children and Families from across the region together to attend multiple of the themed workshops. Thanks again Jodie – you really were amazing with the kids and I really cannot wait to work with you again, your emergency and creativity is incredible!!”

                                Lucie Follett-Maitland
                                  Lucie Follett-Maitland

                                  Whitchurch Conservation Group

                                  We love working with Jodie: she’s bright, smart and her workshops are incredibly engaging. We very much appreciate and value her focus on sustainability and recycling, all of which is an ever more important theme. Jodie has been an important and integral part of all our Arts Council funded family arts festivals so far, and we look forward to working with her again in the future.

                                  Alexandra Soame
                                    Alexandra Soame

                                    Managing Director, The Experience Collective

                                    "I have worked with Jodie multiple times on a variety of virtual events she is amazing at what she does a one of a kind and a joy to work with. She brings oodles of joy to the kids and families we connect with for our clients - her content is unique inspiring and super fun!"

                                    Beccie Durrans
                                      Beccie Durrans

                                      Love Basingstoke, Christmas activity

                                      "We met Junk Jodie in town and my daughter was immediately engaged by her bright coloured outfit and super happy personality (despite the freezing weather!). She loved making recycled tree decorations with Jodie - who showed amazing enthusiasm with every child's design! We will definitely be looking out for more of her workshops in the future."

                                      Priya Brown
                                        Priya Brown

                                        YouTube channel follower

                                        "We've been tuning into Junk Jodie when she started her amazing crafts and wellbeing sessions online in lockdown. On numerous occasions since, my boys have thoroughly enjoyed activities and come away feeling uplifted every time. We love crafting as a family and Jodie just does such a brilliant job bringing crafting to life in her own unique way! Thank you Jodie!"

                                        Caz Campbell
                                          Caz Campbell

                                          Attended Newbury EasterFest

                                          "We met Jodie during an Easterfest in Newbury making bunny crafts which were so cute. Jodie was so engaging and lovely, you can see the passion sparkling as she talks! We also made these fairy houses along with her YouTube channel which my daughters absolutely loved. Thanks so much!"

                                          Katherine Phillips
                                            Katherine Phillips

                                            Christmas workshop at Preston's Coffee Shop

                                            "My son and I attended Junk Jodie's fabulous wreath making activity this afternoon at Preston’s coffee shop in our delightful village of Overton. Jodie’s ideas and creativity were fantastic. We used recycled materials to create wonderful wreaths. The activity was brilliantly age appropriate and not only did Jodie make us all feel so welcome she enthralled us all with her fabulous creative ideas. Thank you for a wonderful session. I would very highly recommend Jodie and her wonderful activities."

                                            Jessica Fakes
                                              Jessica Fakes

                                              Booked a Junk Jodie party

                                              "We had a wonderful party for an anxious 6 year old. Jodie was very understanding that my daughter was overwhelmed, and helped her still have a fantastic time. We had a mix of boys and girls between 4 and 6, the craft and games were suitable for all ages to participate. Suitable for girls or boys as the craft activity is matched to any party theme. Would definitely recommend."

                                              Sian Allpress
                                                Sian Allpress

                                                Booked a Junk Jodie party

                                                "Junk Jodie did my daughters 4th birthday party. She was brilliant and kept them entertained both inside and out playing pass the parcel and making lovely rainbow masks. My daughter and her friends had a lovely time and I would recommend her again. Thank you for making her party special."

                                                Leanne Fry
                                                  Leanne Fry

                                                  Attended Basingstoke Festival

                                                  "We met Jodie at the top of town Love Basingstoke Festival activities and my boys absolutely loved meeting Jodie and making Dawali scarfs and masks. Thank you so much for everything you do for the children. Myself as a parent really appreciate what you do and hold events like such."


                                                  Jodie Marsh-Hoffmann

                                                  Artist, Performer, Recycled Art & Storytelling

                                                  +44 7930 668 316