Recycled Candle Holder Turned Bud Vase

by Dinah Wulf

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Today I am sharing how I turned an old store bought candle into a painted stenciled bud vase. This super easy trash to treasure project makes a great gift or would even be a nice addition to a bedside table or table setting. Here is how I made this simple Recycled Candle Holder Turned Bud Vase.

Materials:

  • Old glass jar or candle jar
  • Acrylic craft paint (2 colors)
  • Foam paint brush
  • Spouncer
  • Stencil
  • Small paper plate or scrap paper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Decorative craft tape

Here is the BEFORE picture of when I cleaned and removed the old wax. Here are the step by step instructions on How to Remove Wax from a Glass. This wax removal tutorial takes time, but works very well.

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Once your glass is clean and free from wax, tape off the top edge with Painter’s tape. This step is optional, but I like the look of it.

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Using a paint brush, paint your glass the desired color.  I used Martha Stewart’s gold metallic acrylic paint. Allow it to dry one hour in between coats. I ended up using four coats.

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Add a decorative craft tape to the edge. I used gold sparkle tape to add a little bling!

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Next, apply your stencil. I like to use adhesive stencils to prevent bleeding and they are quick and easy to use. Using a spouncer in an up and down motion, paint your glass. The less paint you use the better. Be sure to remove the excess paint onto your paper plate. You can remove the stencil right away and allow the paint to dry.

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There you have it! Think twice before throwing away used candles, rather, get creative and upcycle it into a great gift.

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Repurposed Bed Spring Craft Storage

by Dinah Wulf

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Recently I posted a tour of my craft room. Believe it or not, I am running out of space for my stuff… I know… I’m crazy. My daughter outgrew her toddler bed and I wanted to repurposed her bed spring somehow.  After thinking about it for a few days I ended up making Repurposed Bed Spring Craft Storage! Here’s how I did.

Materials:

  • Bed Spring
  • Krylon Sea Glass Spray Paint
  • Tarp
  • Wire baskets
  • S Hooks
  • Mason Jars or Recycled Jars
  • Pipe Repair Clamps
  • Twine

Instructions:

First I spray painted the bed spring in a well-ventilated area. I used two coats of Krylon’s Sea Glass spray paint. I also did a touch up coat.

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Once it was dry I had no idea what I was going to do with it… Ha! So after I came up with my craft storage idea, I headed to Home Depot and bought some S Hooks. 

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I actually already had Pipe Repair Clamps that I bought when a hardware store went out of business months ago.

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I inserted some old spaghetti sauce jars and tightened the clamps.

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To attach the jars to the bed spring, I used twine. You can also use plastic ties. By attaching it this way, I figured I can easily move it if I change my mind.

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I attached the baskets with S hooks. S hooks also make it easy to rearrange the baskets if needed.

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Here are a couple AFTER photos. I also used clothespins on the wires to attach some things.

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I am so pleased with how it turned out! For more craft room storage ideas, check out this post and this post!

Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Craft Kits

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Craft Kits

This post, Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Craft Kits, was brought to you by the makers of Tic Tac® mints. I received compensation to write this post through the Tic Tac® Pack program… all opinions expressed are my own.

I have bought Tic Tacs ever since I can remember. I recall being so excited to try them when they came out with the orange flavor years ago.  Today, there are a variety of flavors and colors like dark strawberry and green apple available. I went onto The Tic Tac My Pack site and made my own DIY Inspired Pack! I filled it with berry, passion fruit, grape, dark strawberry, and green apple. Check them out!

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You can create your own one-of-a-kind pack with your ideal flavors as well!

Being the Crafter that I am, once I finished my Tic Tacs I just had to reuse them and repurpose them into something new and different.

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I realized that the container and the opening are the perfect size to hold and pour glitter.  Using a scrap piece of paper, I rolled it up to make a funnel and filled each Tic Tac Pack. This is a quick and easy method that works beautifully.

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Aren’t they perfect? I thought it’d be fun to wrap them up and make repurposed Tic Tac Pack craft kits to give away.

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I put together some supplies for a fellow Crafter and Scrapbooker I had in mind. I included some scrapbook paper, glue, markers, a foam paint brush, and of course the glitter. The contents are up to you and the recipient!

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I put it in a little bag and made a gift tag. These would make fun party favors too.

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Oh! I also made some customized swag bags to give away as well! They have a keychain I made with DIY Inspired and Inheriting Our Planet key chains in them, a business card, and a pack of Tic Tacs in it!

DIY Customized Swag Bags

Be sure to make your own Tic Tac Pack! Thank you to Tic Tacs for sponsoring this post!

 

Three Year Blogaversary

by Dinah Wulf

Three Year Blogaversary

WOOOOOOO HOOOOOO!!! It’s my Blogaversary! On my One Year Blogaversary I had published 266 posts. On my Two Year Blogaversary I was over 500. This year I am at 769 on DIY Inspired and 140 on Inheriting Our Planet…. GEESH! Not to mention all my articles at GMC Trade Secrets and Earth911.com! I have been a busy girl! Those last two years on my Blogaversary I wrote about my most popular posts. This year, I think I’m going to re-cap my personal favorite posts of all time.

It’s so fun to look back at all the things I’ve created. I honestly didn’t know I had it in me. I recall being surprised that people wanted to work with me (I still am honestly). Now I can say that I’ve worked with Home Depot, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts, Martha Stewart, and Aol! What the??? Isn’t that crazy? I’m really looking forward to the rest of the year, to see what comes next in my blogging journey. Anyway, let’s get to my faves! Here we go!

I have to start with a couple posts that revealed two of my favorite rooms in the house. The first one is my Dining Room makeover reveal. I was so excited about this one because it was really my first full transformation, floors, walls, furniture, and décor.

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The next one is my Craft Room Tour. It’s probably the room in the house that I spend the most time. It inspires me to create and I am so lucky to have it.

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As far as individual projects go, I really love the Repurposed Cabinet Door turned Jewelry Storage.

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I also love walking in my front door and seeing this Radiant Orchid Address Wreath I made.

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One of my most FUN posts was a Mystery Box Challenge I participated in for Krylon.  I was given six items plus spray paint and I had to create something using at least four of the items. I ended up making a Spring Bunting and Gift Box Set.

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As far as holidays go, I loved this pumpkin centerpiece I did for Jo-Ann Fabrics and Craft Stores.

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This was my absolute favorite Halloween project, an eerie DIY Halloween wreath that I made.

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During Christmas time, sometimes it’s the simplest things that I love the best, like this Easy Winter Forest in Apothecary Jars.

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In the parties category, I did a few fun ones, but again, a simple one I did in a jiffy took the cake.  I love this Pretty in Pink Play Date I did for my daughter and her two best friends.

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I know it’s not Inheriting Our Planet’s anniversary, but I feel like I have to add a favorite from there.  It would have to be the mini upcycled Easter baskets I made out of those infamous red SOLO cups. They were SO fun to make that I couldn’t stop!

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OK, so I probably could make this list a lot longer because I had so much fun this year! I really can’t wait what the next year brings!

DIY Kitchen Playset

by Dinah Wulf

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Mia loves her bed. She sleeps in her toddler bed that was once her crib. Now that she’s almost four, we thought it was a good time to get her a new bed.  After literally weeks of convincing her to get a new one, I had to make some room in her bedroom. I moved several downstairs to our family room and created a little area where I put a DIY Kitchen Playset.

This little repurposed kid’s play hutch was such a fun trash to treasure project and great thrift store find. I found the top shelf part at Goodwill for $10.00. It used to be red and white.  I got the table for free from a friend.  I pretty much winged this project but it worked out and has lasted and is in good condition still after almost a year. Since then I have added little hooks for her apron, oven mitts, and pot holders.

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I upcycled this little play table almost three years ago. It used to be a pink Disney Princess table that was a little beat up.  I got it for free from my best friend who was moving at the time.  With a little paint and primer, I refurbished it.  I also added cushions to the seat and a little monogrammed seat back all for about $20.00. Check out the before and after photos along with my step by step process at this Upcycled Play Table post.

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I also moved a second-hand stove I got from Craigslist, and at Mia’s request moved her baby high chair and bassinette she got for her birthday last year.  It turned out to be such a cute little play area for her and she will play there for hours and definitely gets more use now than it did in her room. 

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Repurposed Bank Money Bag

by Dinah Wulf

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I love this trash to treasure project, a) because it’s repurposed, and b) it’s so easy!! My Mother-in-law gave me a bunch of bank money bags that are no longer used at bank branches. They are great because they are long and narrow. I wanted to make something to match my upcycled dollar bin pouches for traveling. I decided to make this repurposed Bank Money Bag into a laundry travel bag for my suitcase.

Materials:

  • Canvas bag
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Stencils of choice
  • Spouncer
  • Small paper plate
  • Towels
  • Rhinestones
  • Jewel glue

These bank money bags are the perfect size for your laundry to fit in a suitcase.

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I wanted to write “my stuff” on the bag to match my dollar bin pouch I upcycled. To make it easy, I started with the center letter “u” and worked my way out.

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When stenciling, make sure to dab the excess paint off of the spouncer. Less is more. Stencil it in an up and down motion to prevent bleeding.

Note: I like to wash and dry my stencils in between each letter to keep them clean. It helps to keep a couple towels handy.

To place the “my” I stenciled the “y” first for ideal placement.

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I also stenciled a border on the bottom right corner. I added some rhinestones with some jewel glue.

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Here is the AFTER.

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Here is a photo of my entire blinged out travel kit! I’m so excited to use it… now where should I go?

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What would you make out of a canvas bank money bag???

Upcycled Fabric Duck Tape Shelves

by Dinah Wulf

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This upcycled trash to treasure project may possibly be the quickest, easiest, and cutest makeover I’ve done in a while. When I went to the CHA Mega Show I had the privilege of viewing the new fabric Duck Tape line. I immediately wanted to try it out! We use an old IKEA shelf from when my husband was single to organize Mia’s room. Sure, the shelves are useful; however they are black and harsh for a little girl’s room. My solution is upcycled fabric Duck Tape shelves.

You only need two supplies:

  1. The Fabric Duck Tape of your choice and
  2. The Fiskars Amplify Craft Shears (because they cut Duck Tape perfectly!)

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Here are the shelves BEFORE.

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Sorry! I REALLY should have dusted them before I took the picture… whoops!!!

I simply added pink Fabric Duck Tape to the trim. It happened to be the perfect width. It was so quick and easy! The best part is is that if you are tired of it. You can take it off and try a different color or pattern.  I used three rolls for this, but had plenty left over (I used three to have one continuous piece for each side).

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Here are two AFTER shots.

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Here is another BEFORE and AFTER.

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It’s such a small thing, but it makes a huge difference in her room! Now I am obsessed and need to make a bunch of other things that match! Hmmmm… stay tuned!

In case you missed it, here are a few other Duck Tape projects I have done:

Thank you to Duck Tape for sponsoring this post!

Thrift Store and Garage Sale Transformations

by Dinah Wulf

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I just realized that I haven’t had a chance to go thrift store or garage sale shopping in a while. A thrifty shopping trip is WAY overdue.  I did however put together some of the Thrift Store and Garage Sale Transformations I have done and I came up with this list of 27 step by step tutorials!

Furniture

Painted Kid’s Step Stool

This was a fun recent tutorial I posted.  I bought this step stool for $7.00 at Goodwill and added a cushion to match a play kitchen hutch I made for my daughter

Coral Pedestal Makeover

This one was a Salvation Army find that I HAD to have. I saw it and left. Thought about for the next few days and went back to buy it. I asked my Facebook friends what color to paint it.  Love how it turned out!

Refurbished Thrift Store Furniture

A little sanding and spray paint can go a long way!  Give a little life to an outdated piece of furniture to give it a fresh new look.

Five Dollar Thrift Store Ottoman Makeover

An awesome find given new life and fabric!

Red Upholstered Wooden Bench

I found this red wooden bench for $5.00 at a local garage sale.  It was towards the end of the day and the lady just wanted it out!  I ended up re-painting the same red and upholstering the top.  It’s now a fun and colorful bench that sits at the foot of my guestroom bed.

Gray Garage Sale Night Stands

You know that garage sale I was just talking about? Yeah… I got these night stands for $5.00 a piece too!  Score!

Stenciled TV Tray Upcycle

These TV trays seem to be at every thrift store! Mine needed a little oomph so that I could take them out of the closet.

 

Housewares

Easy Upcycled Cake Platter

I found a cake platter with a wooden base and glass top at a thrift store an gave it a modern update.

Painted Glass Vases

If there is one thing you can get for CHEAP, it’s a glass vase from a thrift store.  You can find them for $2.00 or less a piece.  Just add a little paint on the inside and you have a whole new look to match your décor.

DIY Rope Vase

Hot glue rope to a thrift store vase for a nautical look.  This is a quick and easy craft that can be completed in fifteen minutes!

Mirror Makeover into a Serving Tray

Transform an old mirror into a serving tray by painting it and adding cabinet hardware.

How to Make a Birdbath

Not only did I find a hidden treasure at Goodwill, I also found something in the trash…yes…the trash.

Thrift Store Apothecary Jars How To

Turn glass jars and candlesticks into pretty display jars.

DIY Thrift Store Pedestal Trays

Porcelain tray and glass candlestick turned into a beautiful pedestal tray.

Easy Thrift Store Storage Jar Upcycle

With a glass storage jar and a cute little quail knock knack I found, I made upcycled a thrift store storage jar into some craft storage.

 

Bowls

DIY Pedestal Bowl

This is a popular craft on Pinterest and probably one of the easiest ones to do!  Look for a candlestick and a plate or bowl and glue them together creating a new flower vase, party platter, or jewelry holder.

Upcycled Wooden Bowls

Add a little paint to a boring wooden bowl to transform it into a new modern set… and it’s dishwasher safe!

Hand Painted Wooden Bowl Knock Off

Recreate an expensive designer hand dipped bowl by painting the bottom of a wooden thrift store bowl.  I added a gold stripe for a little extra flare.

 

Paintings

Upcycled Canvas Headboard Update

Old painting turned bedroom headboard for a guest room.

Ribbon Organization Board 

Another recycled project, I made this out of an old painting and my daughter’s first baby blanket.

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This painting I found was in a pile of unwanted garage sale items about to hit the trash.  Lucky for me, I was able to salvage a few of them before their journey to the garbage dump and ultimate demise.

Stenciled Butterfly Wall Art

Made from an old unwanted painting.

 

Mirrors

How to Repair a Broken Mirror Frame

Old Mirror facelift

Two Toned Metallic Mirror Makeover

Easy Thrift Store Mirror Update

DIY Serving Tray: A Mirror Makeover

Repurposed Wooden Cable Spool

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Wooden Industrial Spool, Written by Loren Crane

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What do you do when you see a wooden cable spool by the side of the road? Beg your hubby to stop the car and get them!! I have a sweet hubby who helps me with my addiction to DIY. I got it home and started to wonder what I can do with it. I wanted it to be functional in my home and the first thing that came to mind was a rolling bookshelf.

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We took a trip to our local hardware store and got a few things to start our project. We got wood stain, wood and steel wheels. We got the wood to fit snuggly inside the spool. As we discovered that the shelves had to be cut at different measurement because it’s asymmetrical all the way around.  We did a lot of measuring and cutting to make it just right. I decided to put four shelves on the spool.

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We attached the shelves by screw them from the bottom and the top. It did take a lot of muscle to do it and thank goodness I have my hubby for it. You can also use good glue to make it sturdier. I then stained the spool a dark mahogany. I just love the color of dark wood in my home.

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Upholstery is one of my favorite things to do on anything! It’s something I can do every day, even thou at times can be a little frustrating. The reason we upholster the top of the spool was because it had four big bolts on the top which would make thing difficult to placing things on top, so upholstering was the best option.  I cut the fabric and the batting the same size and the foam the same size as the top of the wooden spool.

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Once it was all cut it was time to place it on the spool. We stapled the batting to the spool so it will hold the foam in place. Then we placed the fabric on the top and stapled it to the bottom of the wood.

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We thought that something was still missing and decided to add decorative nails to add that extra touch. Now my kiddos have a small bookshelf in their room and some where they can sit and read.

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Ta-Da!  

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What will you do with a spool, if you found it on the side of the road?

Stay crafty,

Loren

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Recycled Gift Wrapping Idea: Pop Top Cans

by Dinah Wulf

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I first saw this trash to treasure idea on the Dukes & Duchesses blog. Randi made the most adorable Pop Top Valentine in a Can. She also made Christmas pop top tins. It just so happened that I was at my crafty older brother’s house helping purge his things for a move and he had been saving these cans specifically for this purpose! Score! I made mine a little differently than Randi’s because my brother had already taken off the top of the can, so here is my version of a fun recycled gift wrapping idea, pop top cans.

Materials:

  • Any cans with a pop top
  • Smooth Edge Can Opener
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Glue or tape
  • Strong glue
  • Something heavy
  • Ribbon

Step One:

Use a Smooth Edge Can Opener to open the can. Remove the contents and label and thoroughly clean and dry the inside. I used tuna cans for this project.

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Step Two:

Once the can is clean and dry, fill it with the desired gift.  I was wrapping the Modpodgeable key chains I made for my best friends.  I put a little burlap scrap inside to pad it.

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Step Three:

I’m not going to lie. I had a little trouble at this part.  First I tried hot glue, BUT the glue dried too quickly and it was also too thick. I ended up using Elmer’s Probond Advanced glue. I set my craft jar I made on top of it to add pressure and left it there overnight to dry.

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Step Four:

Once it was dry, I wrapped them in some pretty paper and added a ribbon.

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I gave them to the girls and it worked beautifully! Success! Thank you to Randi Dukes for the original inspiration! Make sure you stop by her blog and tell her DIY Inspired sent you! :) 

24 Mason Jar and Book Page Recycled Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

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Going through my blog I have discovered two trends 1) mason jar crafts, and 2) book page crafts. This lead me to put together this list of two dozen Mason Jar and Book Page Recycled Crafts I have published over the last two and half years! Here we go!

11 Easy Mason Jar Crafts

13 Recycled Book Page Crafts

Recycled Carton and Straw Treat Box

by Dinah Wulf

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Being a craft hoarder at heart, I went to throw away this juice carton and in mid throw I stopped myself. I decided to myself up to the challenge and upcycle it. I stared at it for a bit and stared some more. After a few minutes knowing that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner I willed myself into a trash to treasure making a Recycled Carton and Straw Treat Box.

Materials:

  • Clean milk or juice carton
  • Sharp craft knife
  • Straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Straws (the pretty paper kind!)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Large plastic treat bag
  • Ribbon
  • Washi tape

Here’s the juice container that taunted me.

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I cut it in half by measuring and marking with a pencil and ruler and cutting with a craft knife.  I measured about three inches from the bottom. I washed and dried my new box… oh and the craft knife and ruler too because they got sticky (apparently I didn’t rinse out the carton well enough).

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The straws are a little over seven inches, so I ended up cutting them into three and a half inch pieces. To make it easy, I used the ruler each time and cut.

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One by one I hot glued each straw to the carton. You can kind-of-sort-of create a pattern by arranging the stripes as you go. Make sure you know which side you want to show before you add the hot glue since it dries so quickly.

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A large treat bag fits perfectly over the treat box. I filled it with Valentine’s day heart shaped cookies from my bakery (no I didn’t make them!). I closed the top with a little bit of fun patterned washi tape and tied a pink ribbon around the outside of the plastic bag.

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There you have it! Instant treat box! You can use these for any holiday or occasion and switch up the straw colors. I thought that this one would be cute for Christmas as well. 

Encourage a Creative Green Living with your Kids

by Dinah Wulf

Thank you to REPREVE for sponsoring, Encourage a Creative Green Living with your Kids.

REPREVE Beanie Collage

A few days ago, I introduced REPREVE, a recycled fiber that helps turn plastic bottles you recycle into cool stuff you can wear and use every day. REPREVE is what turns 12 recycled plastic bottles into the two green beanies Mia and I are wearing above! Today I wanted to share how my husband and I teach our daughter to lead a sustainable lifestyle in a creative way. There are several easy and creative projects you can do to Encourage a Creative Green Living with your Kids.

Mia and I love to be creative and work with our hands, so that means we use a lot of materials.  We don’t have to buy new things; rather we reuse what we have around the house. For example, I always hoard…I mean… save:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Gift wrapping rolls
  • Small cardboard food boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Sturdy plastic containers
  • Glass sauce Mason jars
  • Bottle caps

We have been able to come up with some fun random recycled craft projects like these that are showcased on Inheriting Our Planet!

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Here is a short one and a half minute video of Mia explaining how to make her shoe box and toilet paper roll Princess Castle and Paper towel and ribbon roll dolls. Please excuse my giggles in the background… she cracks me up!

What tips do you have for teaching children how to live a sustainable lifestyle?  Is your child’s weekly chore to take out the recycling? Do you reuse household items in fun, creative ways? Share it for chance to win!

#TurnItGreen X Games Contest

When: Now until Jan. 31st! 

Grand Prize: $5,000 cash

To celebrate the X Games, REPREVE invites participants to share how they “turn it green”, or how they live a more sustainable life by recycling or reusing materials, by sharing an image or video on Twitter, Instagram or Vine with the #TurnItGreen hashtag.

Once you share the image or video with the hashtag, you will be entered into a sweepstakes where five entries will be randomly selected as the Top Five. Those five will be voted on by visitors to Repreve[dot]com where the image or video with the most votes will win a $5,000 cash prize. The other four video entries will receive a REPREVE Jacket and a Go-Pro camera (retail valued at over $350).

REPREVE and the 2014 Winter X Games

REPREVE will take recycling to new heights with a special green event at the 2014 Winter X Games Aspen (Jan. 23-26, 2014).

Professional snowboarder Elena Hight, REPREVE’s brand ambassador, will compete in the Women’s Superpipe in a bright green Volcom jacket made with REPREVE (from 50 recycled plastic bottles). REPREVE will hand out free beanies (6 recycled plastic bottles) to fans at the Women’s Final Superpipe event, to wear and line the pipe with REPREVE green.

It’s not just about free swag, though. This is an event with a serious mission: to show the world that we have to get everybody involved in recycling—to create a reprieve for the planet.

Thank you to REPREVE for sponsoring this post! All opinions are 100% my own.

Repurposed Cabinet Turned Jewelry Organizer

by Dinah Wulf

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A while ago, I saw a pin on Pinterest for this amazing trash to treasure idea for a jewelry organizer made by Liz Marie on her blog Liz Marie Blog. She did such an amazing job that I pinned it right away and tucked it away in my mind to do for a later date. I think it’s been months now and I finally got around to attempting it.  SOOOO, here is my version of a Repurposed Cabinet Turned Jewelry Organizer. Oh! And a HUGE thank you to Liz Marie for the inspiration.

Materials:

  • Cabinet Door
  • Spray paint
  • Drill
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Knobs and pulls

I decided to go to Habitat for Humanity Restore, one of my favorite places to buy the cabinet door. They have the best selection there at low prices.

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I decided on this one because it was nice and wide and perfect for repurposing.

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I looked for knobs and pulls as well, but didn’t find what I wanted so I ventured to Home Depot to get these.

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I had some left over spray paint from the thrift store shelf makeover I had done a while back. I love the color so I used what I had left for this jewelry organizer. I painted two coats allowing it to dry completely in between each coat.

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Once it was dry I measured and marked with a pencil where I wanted each knob and pull. I used a drill to drill a hole at each marker.

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I used the drill to add my pulls as well! I loved the way it turned out.

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Here are a couple close ups.

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For more repurposing ideas and trash to treasure ideas, check out this fun round-up of garage sale and thrift store transformations! There are over two dozen original projects I have done including housewares and furniture transformations.

#TurnItGreen With REPREVE Recycled

by Dinah Wulf

Thank you to REPREVE for sponsoring todays post, #TurnItGreen With REPREVE Recycled! All opinions are 100% my own!


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As you may (or may not!) know I am a promoter of all things repurposed, recycled, upcycled, reused, you name it! My entire blog and other blog are full of creative ways to reuse. This is why I wanted to be a part of the #TurnItGreen With REPREVE Recycled campaign.  REPREVE is a recycled fiber that helps turn plastic bottles you recycle into cool stuff you can wear and use every day. Now there’s no excuse not to recycle! Last time I checked, the number of plastic bottles recycled just this year to make REPREVE was over 600 Million!

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The U.S. plastic bottle recycling rate is less than 30 percent—so less than one-third of all plastic bottles get recycled. Most people don’t think about what happens to plastic bottles after you recycle them. So REPREVE is on a mission to get the word out:

  1. Just recycle more.
  2. And buy REPREVE products.

A lot of brands you love use REPREVE to make their products greener:

Volcom graphic t-shirts are made with REPREVE, using 2 or more recycled plastic bottles.

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One Patgonia fleece jacket with REPREVE has 40 recycled plastic bottles, so you can be a real “active-ist.”

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Life Khaki by Haggar uses REPREVE to put 7 recycled plastic bottles in every pair of pants; so wear what you believe.

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Other brands made with REPREVE: The North Face, Polartec, Patagonia, Beija-Flor, Lauren Conrad’s XO(eco) by Blue Avocado, Swiftwick socks, and more.

So I hope you check them out! Stay tuned because I will be sharing a video of how my little Mia and I take part in a sustainable lifestyle!

9 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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I was wrapping gifts the other day and realized that I have published some fun eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas here on DIY Inspired and on Inheriting Our Planet as well.  Since the holidays are just around the corner, I thought I’d share nine easy ideas from both sites. Make sure you check out the links for all the pictures and full step by step tutorials!  Here we go!

Recycled Food Containers & Dyed Coffee Filter Flowers

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I made these for my Twin God Daughter’s on their first birthday. Recycled food boxes worked out perfectly because their clothes were so small!

Brown Paper Bag with Neon Color Gift Wrapping

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These are a bright mix of fun neon colors mixed with the simplicity of the brown paper bag.  This wrapping is perfect for stocking stuffers and small gifts.

Dyed Book Page or Newspaper Flowers

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I used good old newspaper to wrap this present but gave it a colorful kick with some dyed water colored book page roses.  Check out the full tutorial.

Recycled Box Gift Bags

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I loved making these!!! And they were quite a hit with the recipient. All you need is boxes, scrapbook paper, ribbon, and decorative tape.                                                                                                                           

Recycled Food Box Gift Bags IOP

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On Inheriting Our Planet, I made similar ones for a Hello Kitty themed gift for my daughter’s best friend’s birthday.

Recycled Coin Wrapper Gift Embellishment

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These were the result of a challenge from one of my friends who works at a bank and handed me several rolls of coin wrappers.  These cute little flowers are perfect for embellishing gifts, especially at this time of the year.

Repurposed Coffee Can Gift Set

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This one was a quickie! I drink so much coffee that I always have these little buckets handy.  They are perfect as gift boxes.  You can paint and decorate them any which way you wish!

Recycled Baby Food Jar Gifts

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I made these on Inheriting Our Planet recently. These are perfect for an upcoming Christmas party for favors.  So ask your friends with little ones to save those jars for you!

Pringle’s Can “Pull Me” Gift Kits

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Last but not least! Another one from Inheriting Our Planet; these fun gift kits are great for anyone on your list and are fun to open too!

Recycled Christmas Card Bottle Cap Magnets

by Dinah Wulf

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I love Christmas family cards because it showcases my friends and their families as they grow over the years.  The whole family is dressed up and looking their best.  The only problem is that the cards sit in a drawer, get tucked away in a box, or even get tossed in the trash.  Looking at these photos, I wanted to recycle them into something that I can look at daily, so I made these Recycled Christmas Card Bottle Cap Magnets and literally turn trash to treasure.

This project takes some time; days in fact. It takes a while because I, of course, took the cheap route! I chose to use decoupage medium because it was already in my craft closet.  For quicker results, you can use resin.

Here are the materials you need:

  • Bottle Caps
  • Decoupage medium like Mod Podge
  • Old pictures
  • A half inch circle craft punch
  • Magnets
  • Strong adhesive, like E 6000
  • Time

First, fill each bottle cap ¾ of the way with decoupage medium. Gently lift and tap the cap on your counter to even and smooth out the glue.  This also helps eliminate small air bubbles.  Set them aside (I waited 24 hours).  Meanwhile, use the craft punch to punch out pictures that you would like to use.  You don’t have to use pictures for this.  I have also tried patterned scrapbook paper and small stickers.  You can even use magazine photos as well.

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Once the glue has hardened (it doesn’t have to be COMPLETELY hardened), put another small dab of glue on top and insert your photo.  Add another layer of glue.  Again, gently tap the bottle cap to a hard surface to even and smooth out the glue.

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Allow the second layer to dry.  This time, I waited 48 hours.  This photo shows the 24 hour mark.  Next, attach the magnets to the back of the bottle cap using a strong adhesive.  The glue will dry completely clear over time (approximately 48-72 hours).

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Consider packaging these cute magnets in a small treat bag with a personalized label and give as homemade gifts!

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Vintage Wood Letterpress Tray Table

by Dinah Wulf

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I am always honored to share the amazing creativeness of Loren from Pandora’s Craft Box.  I have shared several of her projects in the past, including two of my favorites, her Repurposed Vintage Camera and her beautifully Upcycled Upholstered Chair.  Today, I am sharing an industrial chic Vintage Wood Letterpress Tray Table she made.

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Loren purchased this vintage wood letterpress drawer printer’s tray shadow box over a year ago on ebay.  She decided to turn it into a table with iron hairpin legs she also bought from ebay. I really need to check out the deals on ebay!  She loved the idea of storing little vintage items that she has collected through her travels to antique stores.

She decided to install poster frame plexiglass on each section of the vintage wood letterpress drawer printer tray. She used scissors to carefully cut it to fit each section.

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She bought the hinges from graphic 45 line that can be found at Aaron bothers. The hinges come with brads which she attached to the plexiglass and then nailed the hinges and attached them to the wooden letterpress tray.  She also added hitch fasteners to act as a door handle to each section of the letterpress printer tray.

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You can see Loren’s full tutorial along with more photos on her blog, Pandora’s Craft Box.  You can also follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.  Thank you so much Loren for allowing me to share this fantastic project!  You are amazing and inspire me every day with your unique style and creative eye.