Looking to spend Labor Day weekend getting your craft on with a brag-worthy DIY home décor project? Let Tomoko Azumi — a member of super cool sustainable design collective TEN — and her recycled roof tile birdhouses serve as inspiration.

Here’s the thing: Azumi uses water-jet laser technology to cut reclaimed roof tiles (normally non-recycled objects) to size so they fit atop her avian abodes. And most of us probably don’t have access to water-jet laser cutters. And most of us probably aren’t as skilled at engraving beautifully detailed Victorian-esque facades into wood as Azumi. But still, the basic concept behind the design — a craft-inspired animal shelter that incorporates home improvement refuse — is inspiring.

Have you ever created anything fanciful and fun out of landfill-bound leftovers (roof tiles, lumber, old fixtures, etc.) from a home improvement project? 

Via [Design Boom]

Photos: TEN

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Sustainable avian architecture
Tomoko Azumi's fanciful birdhouses — complete with engraved Victorian facades — are topped off with reclaimed roof tiles.