DIY Rope Vase 15 Minute How To

by Dinah Wulf

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I recently wrote an article for GMC Trade Secrets on Bringing the Outdoors In.  In writing the article, I had so many ideas jumbled in my head.  I looked around at my own home to see what I had done myself to get closer to nature. I have a lot of natural elements displayed in my home décor and one of my favorite “chores” is to cut fresh flowers from the garden. I did decide to take my own advice and make a couple new vases.  Here is my DIY Rope Vase How To. The best part?  It only takes about 15 minutes to make!

Materials:

  • Glass Vases
  • Rope
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Step One: Choose your materials.

I had a successful trip to the Salvation Army the other day and I found some nice glass vases for $2.00 each.  In choosing a vase, look for the desired shape and choose a heavier more sturdy weight.  Sometimes, especially while thrift store shopping, you come across light weight vases that break easily.  Those are likely the vases that your flower arrangements come in and collect dust in your cabinet.  I chose wide hurricane style vases.

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For the rope, I went to the hardware store and found manila rope (3/8 inch X 50 feet). I chose it for the thickness and the color. There were a few options in sisal, but I wanted a darker color.  Fifty feet will make at least three vases of this size.  I purchased it for $8.00.

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Step Two: “Measure” the desired length.

The best way to measure the amount of rope you need, wrap it around the vase without gluing it until you reach the desired height and cut it.  This is easy to do with a thicker rope like the one I chose.

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Step Three: Unwrap & Glue

Unwrap the “measured” rope and glue the end to avoid fraying.

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Step Four: Wrap and Attach

Start wrapping and gluing as you go! 

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Here is the finished look.

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If you are interested in reading more of my weekly articles for GMC Trade Secrets, feel free to come over and visit!

A big THANK YOU to Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and Angie from The Country Chic Cottage for allowing me to participate in this weeks Craft Lightening 15 minute crafts   Be sure to stop by their amazing blogs and say hello!

 

DIY Pedestal Bowl

by Dinah Wulf

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One of my thrifty obsessions is to walk through the local Goodwill shop on the weekends, particularly because of the half off sale.  Throughout the day, they announce a color and the price tags labeled in that color are half off.  It never fails, each time the make the announcement they assure you that you will find that color label in every department.  Naturally, you will always find me by the home goods and furniture section.  This trip I found a nice white ceramic beaded ramekin and a short pewter candlestick all for less than three dollars.   I had to marry the two together and make a DIY Pedestal Bowl.

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I’ve made something similar to this for my daughter’s birthday party last year.  For her cupcake decorating station, I made party platters made out of plastic serving trays and candlesticks.  I still have them today and have used them several times since then.  This project is quite simple and doesn’t really need too much explanation, so here are just a few tips that may help you out.

Tip #1: When looking for candlesticks, look for the shape you want.  You can always paint them.

Tip #2: The wider the candlestick the sturdier.

Tip #3: Consider wine glasses or champagne flutes instead of candlesticks.

Tip #4: Use a strong bonding agent like E6000 and let it dry for 24-48 hours.

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Tip #5: Consider spray painting them to fit your theme or décor.  Protect the surface with a doily or decorative paper if you are using it for food.

There are several uses for this easy project.  Use them for displaying desserts or appetizers for parties and entertaining.  Use a small pedestal bowl for jewelry or a larger one to hold toiletries in your bathroom.  You can also use them to display flowers or favorite collections.  Make several in different heights and group them together for a unique display.

 

Two Year Blogaversary

by Dinah Wulf

Woo hoo! With well over 500 blog posts published and a community that has grown to be over fifteen thousand, I can’t believe it’s been two short years already. Last year I did a One Year Blogaversary Awards and Honorable Mentions.  I thought I’d do it again combining both years.  As with last year, the winners are chosen by social media shares, “likes”, email inquiries, pins, and more.

Most Popular Recycled Craft: Book Page Butterfly Wreath

DIY Book Page Butterfly Wreath

I made this wreath out of items I already had (wire hanger, book pages, branches from my back yard), so I didn’t spend a dime on it.  Who knew it would be so popular!

Honorable Mention Recycled Craft: Coffee Filter Flowers

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Another project I made without buying any new supplies.  This is probably one of the easiest crafts I’ve EVER done.  They are still displayed in my living room today!

Most Popular Kid’s Stuff Post: Reading Nook for Kids

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I loved this project made from a free frame and photo ledges.  More importantly, it encourages my daughter to read.  We have read 4-5 books every night since I put it together.

Honorable Mention Kid’s stuff Post: Repurposed Plant Hanger Toy Storage

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Originally a hanging centerpiece at a garden inspired birthday party, I turned this plant hanger I found in the trash into a fun and whimsical storage bin for my daughters small stuffed animals.

Most Popular Upcycling Idea: Map Covered Drawers

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By covering my craft room craft drawers with maps, it instantly transformed my otherwise boring white drawers.

Most Popular Round-Up Post: Top 15 Recycled Crafts of 2012

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These are my top and favorite recycled crafts by yours truly… the best of 2012.

Most Popular Theme Party: Candy Land Theme Party

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This is the most visited post to date; a fabulous candy land party by my best friend Jenny that I had to break up into two posts!  Make sure you read both!

Honorable Mention Theme Party: Hello Kitty Theme Party

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This is also one that I get a ton of emails about.  It’s fun Hello Kitty themed party filled with ideas for games, activities, and decorations by my friend Maily.

Most Popular Halloween Post: Headless Man and Headless Woman Costume

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Back again this year!  I have a feeling this post will reign as the most popular Halloween post every year.

Honorable Mention Halloween Post: Hello Kitty Pumpkin

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I had this pumpkin forever!  Who knew that an un-carved pumpkin would last so long?  I changed her hat from a Halloween witch to a pilgrim for Thanksgiving and then to Santa for Christmas.

Most Popular Kid’s Craft: Recycled Christmas Card Ornament

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Need an idea for all those Christmas cards you get every year?  Here it is!  This is a fun craft project you can do with the kiddos at Christmas time.

Most Popular Christmas Post: Hanging Pinecones Wreath

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After going on a hike and collecting the largest pinecones in the neighborhood, I made this lovely pinecone hanging wreath that I kept and will use every Christmas.

Most Popular YouTube Video: Owl Themed Party Decorations

DIY Owl Invitations

I started a YouTube channel this year and these Owl themed decorations I made for my cousin’s birthday were my most viewed.

Honorable mention YouTube Video: DIY Address Wreath

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I was honored to be a part of Joann Fabric’s Creativity Made Simple campaign.  Here is a tutorial I did for making an address wreath with fabric flowers for your front door.

Most Popular: Craft Room Ideas

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Last but not least, my craft room was all over Pinterest for a while!  Check out my craft room reveal and all my organization ideas!

Phew!  Thanks so much to all of you for your continued support!!! Here’s to 2014!

Recycled Kid’s Craft: Cereal Box Puzzles

by Dinah Wulf

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Happy Earth Day!  In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to share a special recycled craft I did with my daughter.  She may only be two, but crafting runs through my little one’s blood!  I love it!  We are always trying out different kid’s crafts.  Most of the time, I look for things around the house to repurpose and reuse.  Today I want to share a recycled kid’s craft my daughter and I did made out of cereal boxes and the covers of her coloring books.

Materials:

  • Cereal boxes or old board game boxes
  • Coloring book covers or damaged soft book covers
  • Scissors
  • Straight edge
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Glue sticks

Like most kids, my daughter has several coloring books.  Oftentimes, we tear out the pages and color and we are left with an empty spine and cover.  We decided to save these to make these puzzles.

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Using a cutting mat, straight edge, and craft knife, we cut the coloring book covers to our desired puzzle size.  Mainly, we cut off the titles and price tags.

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Next I cut the fronts and backs of the cereal boxes.

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Mia glued the covers to the cereal boxes with some kid-friendly glue sticks.  The cereal cardboard makes the puzzles more durable.

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After the glue dried, I trimmed around the sides and cut out the puzzle in different shapes.  Cut larger shapes for younger children and smaller pieces for older children.  If your kids are older, they can cut out the shapes themselves.

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Mia loved them!  I’m guessing it’s because she helped make them.  She did them over and over again, clapping as she finished each one.  This was such a great kid’s craft for us to do together, and the puzzles are sturdy enough to keep and use over and over again.

12 Recycled Book Page Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

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Most of the 12 recycled book page crafts featured in this post all started from a book safe that I made a while ago.  I tucked away all the pages I hollowed out and put them with my scrapbook paper.  Every once in a while I’d get inspired and make something out of them.  Here we go!

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Book Page Heart Garland {Tutorial}

I made this for Valentine’s Day, however it’s a fun kid’s craft that you can do all year in any color.

DIY Recycled Craft Jars {Tutorial}

I made these out of ketchup bottles that I thought were interesting.  This may be one of my favorites!

Book Folding Art Piece {Tutorial}

This was a guest post by Loren from Pandora’s Craft Box.

Book Page Napkin Rings and Name Cards

Here is an inexpensive way to add character to your table setting.

Recycled Book Page Art

Use book pages as the canvas for your paintings.

Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath {Tutorial}

One of my most popular tutorials, this wreath cost me nothing to make!  I made it from book pages, a wire hanger, and branches from my back yard.

Phone Book Origami Flowers {Tutorial}

This is a fun photo tutorial on how to make a flower out of phone book pages.

Paper Flower Magnets {Tutorial}

Use a craft punch and bottle caps to make these sturdy paper flower magnets.

Book Page Gift Bow {Tutorial}

Make a traditional gift wrapping bow out of strips of book pages or newspaper.

Water Colored Book Page Flowers {Tutorial}

Make any color flowers simply by water coloring your book pages.

Book Page Wreath {Tutorial}

Another favorite, this was one of the first wreaths I have ever made.

How to Make a Secret Book Safe {Tutorial}

OK, so this one isn’t really book pages, but you need to start somewhere!  I actually did most of the projects above with the pages I removed from this book!

Do you have a project you’d like to share?  Submit your DIY Projects or crafts for a chance to be featured on DIYInspired.com!

Cardboard Box Photo Booth

by Dinah Wulf

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I know Easter is officially over (hope you had a great one!), but I wanted to share this fantastic Cardboard Box Photo Booth idea from a friend of mine.  This is such a great upcycle and it’s perfect for any party, especially for kids.

My friend had a box from a large flat screen TV which was the perfect size for a photo booth for small children.  She saved it and realized that she could make a two sided photo booth for an upcoming spring party she was planning.  The larger the box, the better, of course!  She cut out one side, and covered the entire box in white paper.

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On one side, painted an Easter theme with a bunny, egg tree, grass, and Easter eggs and cut out holes for your head in the shape of a balloon and an Easter egg.  She painted more Easter eggs and glued them on to add dimension.

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On the other side, she cut out two sections and used two picture frames as a border.  She decorated it with bows and pinwheels from the dollar store.

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The party guests had a great time posing for pictures.

This Cardboard Box Photo Booth could go with any type of theme party, the possibilities are endless!  Consider draping it with material, covering it with patterned gift wrap, or painting it.  You can also place a box or basket of photo props like hats, boas, funny glasses, and masks.  I may have to steal this idea for my daughter’s birthday party this year!

 

TV Tray Table Upcycle

by Dinah Wulf

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I have no idea how long I have owned these TV trays, but I would venture to say over 15 years.  They have probably been hiding away in a closet for ten of those years.  I think every home has these (kind of like the Monopoly board game), but I’m not sure how often they are used.  I personally, have forgotten about them because they were tucked away, and they were tucked away because they didn’t match my furniture and home décor.  So, instead of selling them at a garage sale I’m planning on having in a couple weeks, I thought I’d do a TV Tray Upcycle instead and do a trash to treasure project.

Here is the before photo.

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Materials:

  • Wooden TV Tray Tables
  • Household Cleaner
  • Paint (2 or more colors)
  • Stencil(s)
  • Spouncer Stencil Brush

Step One:

Clean your tray tables.  Mine were dusty!  If there are tough stains, you can lightly sand them with 150-grit sand paper.

Step Two:

Paint your base color and allow it to dry.  I chose to just paint the top because I like the contrast of the light wood on the bottom.  I think it makes it look more interesting.

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Step Three:

Apply your stencils with paint and a spouncer stencil brush.  A spouncer makes your life easier, and reduces or even eliminates bleeding.  I have a ton of stenciling tips on my Burlap Stenciled placemat post.

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I worked with all four tables at once, washing and cleaning my stencil and brushes in between.  Allow your paint to dry in between stenciling.  I took my time so it took me a couple days to do this.

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Step Four:

If you’re like me, you have some bleeding mistakes, so after I finished stenciling, I used a small paint brush and the base color and touched it up.

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That’s it!  Prettier trays = more use.   They are no longer hidden in my closet!

Refurbishing Furniture: A Thrift Store Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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I really enjoy going thrift store shopping and finding great trash to treasure projects.  There’s something thrilling to me about finding an old unwanted piece of furniture, seeing the beauty in it that someone else may have missed, and transforming it to something more beautiful.  So today, I wanted to share a thrift store makeover I did in a beautiful spring color. 

I have done my share in refurbishing.  I turned a freebie kid’s play activity table into a fun Hollywood Regency style play table that my daughter uses every single day.  I’ve purchased an old ugly bench from a garage sale for five dollars and turned it into a cushioned bench for the foot of a bed.  I saw the beauty in some garage sale night stands and updated with a more modern and updated look with new paint and hardware.

This time, I found a pedestal table at the Salvation Army for sixty five dollars.  This was a little pricey for me considering the most I have spent for a piece of furniture to makeover was five dollars so I left.  That night I kept thinking about it and finally convinced myself that if it was still there the following day we were destined to be together.  It happened to be a weekend so I was worried but when I got there it was still there waiting for me!  I swept it up and got in line immediately to pay for it. Here is a photo of it… pretty, right?

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I decided on painting it in a fun trendy color for spring after consulting my Facebook friends.  I chose high gloss enamel paint in coral so that it would be extra shiny.  I left the feet of the table in its original color to give it some interest. I’m extremely happy with it I must say!  

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It has much more personality now.  Now I need a coffee table…

10 Mason Jar Craft Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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Glass jars are one of my most favorite things to hoard.  I mean repurpose.  First, because they are free, and secondly, because they’re pretty!  There is some sort of classic vintage aesthetic that comes with mason jars that I love.  I have done quite a few Mason jar crafts in the last two years so I thought I’d put together a round-up of 10 Mason Jar Craft Ideas.

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Mason Jar Tea Light {Tutorial}

This Mason jar tea light is a fun and easy stenciled burlap tutorial that makes a perfect DIY gift.

Mason Jar Craft Storage

A run-down of craft storage and organization ideas including Mason jars for easy access see-through display.

Colored Mason Jar {Tutorial}

Color your own glass jars with food coloring and glue and curing them in the oven.

Easy Mason Jar Centerpiece

Always have clean Mason jars ready for simple holiday displays.

Burlap Mason Jar Vases

Burlap covered jar vases embellished with sea shells, ribbon, and pearls for a Baptism reception party.

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser {Tutorial}

This one is a complete step-by-step tutorial by guest Blogger, Barbara from Chase the Star.

Macramé Mason Jar Hanging Lantern {Tutorial}

Learn how to make macramé hanging lanterns perfect for a wedding or outdoor lighting.

Candy Mason Jar {Tutorial}

A personalized gift idea with decorative knobs and Mason jars.

Frosted Mason Jars {Tutorial}

How to frost Mason jars.

Mason Jar Drinking Glasses

Lastly, here is a fun idea using Mason jars and colorful straws for parties and entertaining.

I hope you enjoyed my round up!  What do YOU do with your Mason jars?

Do you have a project you’d like to share?  Submit your DIY Projects or crafts for a chance to be featured on DIYInspired.com!

 

Stuffed Animal Toy Storage

by Dinah Wulf

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Today I had to share my obsession with reuse and repurposing… either that or I’m a hoarder I haven’t quite figured that out yet or at least come to terms with “hoarding”.  I turned literal trash into a centerpiece and then into stuffed animal toy storage.  Yeah I know. I have issues.

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I originally found this plant hanger next to the trash by the side of our house when we first moved in last year.  I ended up cleaning it up, painting it, embellishing it, and using it as an outdoor chandelier for my daughter’s outdoor summer birthday party.  It was hung in the center of a tent with a nice adult seating area and turned out quite lovely.

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I didn’t want to throw it away so I ended up hanging it in my daughter’s room for stuffed animal toy storage.  It worked out perfectly because it matched the butterfly wall art, stenciled burlap butterfly wall art, I made and ceiling fan that I installed.  Since I used the pearls and beads sparingly when decorating the chandelier, small stuffed animals can easily be taken in and out.  My daughter loves it and calls it her hanging zoo (and sometimes her hanging jail, but zoo is much nicer).

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When I first saw that pile of unwanted trash, I would have never thought I’d be hanging it in my toddler’s room, but it worked out!  This old plant hanger, once dirty and trashy, is now a sweet treasure that I think my daughter will have for several years to come.

Drink Mix Container Drink Sunglasses Case

by Dinah Wulf

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The other day I asked on my Facebook page, “I made a decoupage pencil box out of a Crystal Light drink mix container… what else can I make/do with them?? Any ideas?”  I got some great suggestions.  In particular, I loved the comment made by Lorena Leon-Cruz when she said, “I use them to store my cut up celery and carrots and block cheese in the fridge. I also decorated one for sunglasses. My aunt uses them for her crochet hooks.”  Immediately I knew I would take her suggestion and make a Drink Mix Container Drink Sunglasses Case.

Materials:

  • Plastic drink mix container
  • Paper Cutter
  • Ruler
  • Decorative paper (I used scrapbook paper and an old map)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush

Here is the container that I used.

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See?  It fit my sunglasses perfectly!

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I chose some pretty scraps of scrapbook paper and an old map left over from my Recycled map Drawer makeover I did.

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Using a paper cutter I cut one inch thick strips approximately 8.5” in length.  I used Mod Podge to decoupage the strips to the container.

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Note: Towards the top, where the container is curved, I cut the strips in half due to the angle of the box.

Here is what it looks like when it is dry (approximately 15 minutes).

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Here are two more AFTER photos.

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This is such a fun and easy DIY gift idea.  Some other suggestions from my Facebook page were toy storage, art supplies, and sewing kits.  Think twice before throwing away your drink mix containers!

Do you have a project you’d like to share?  Submit your DIY Projects or crafts for a chance to be featured on DIYInspired.com!

 

Repurposed Vintage Door Knobs

by Dinah Wulf

One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is peruse vintage flea markets.  I have noticed that you can find vintage door knobs in abundance and for a decent price.  They come in various colors and styles and in in different materials like glass and metal as well.  Sometimes you can even find the original matching door knob plate.  I thought I’d put together some ideas for repurposing vintage door knobs.  The more patina there is, the more beautiful and unique the project.  Here are seven fantastic inspirations for repurposed vintage door knobs.

This is a vintage glass door knob photo holder from Etsy shop, RustiqueArt.

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Here is another clever and fun idea for a photo holder.

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I love the idea of using a pretty glass door knob as a curtain tie back.

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Here is a cute idea from Restoring the Roost in which she made a useful door knob hanger for aprons in her kitchen.  She also suggests this for hanging coats in your mudroom.

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I love this similar idea for a door knob coat rack using salvaged wood.  It doubles as a pretty art piece as well.

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A great way to display and organize jewelry, here is a door knob necklace holder.

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This may be one of my favorites and one I may have to steal!  I like this idea of using the door knob and the plates for holding towels in your bathroom from Not Just a Housewife.

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I hope you enjoyed these fun ideas.  Can you think of more creative ways to repurpose a door knob?

Recycled Arrowhead Water Bottle Pineapple

by Dinah Wulf

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I’m excited to partner up with Arrowhead® 100% Mountain Spring Water’s ReBorn™ Bottle made with 50% recycled plastic! Recycling is one of the easiest and most beneficial ways we can all help the environment. Sadly, only about 30% of PET plastic bottles get recycled. For recycling to work, we all have to do our part. Unfortunately, not all plastic bottles are made with recycled plastic. It’s Arrowheads goal to continue increasing the use of recycled materials in their bottles, but they need everyone’s help. Currently, there isn’t enough recycled plastic available for Arrowhead to make 100% rPET bottles. Join me in the Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water in the recycling movement today! I’m also excited to share the recycled Arrowhead water bottle pineapple my daughter and I made.

 

Make recycling a part of your family’s routine.  My daughter Mia and I not only recycle all our paper, plastic, and glass in our home, but we also recycle creatively by repurposing old or discarded things and turn them into something new and useful.  Today I want to share our Recycled Plastic Water Bottle Pineapple we made to give as a gift to a family member who LOVES pineapple candy.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Two Arrowhead® 100% Mountain Spring Water’s ReBorn™ Bottles
  • Craft knife
  • Green scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape and/or glue
  • Yellow ribbon or adhesive ribbon
  • Hot glue and glue gun

First, we started with the leaves of the pineapple.  Make a cone shape out of the green scrapbook paper and secure it with tape.

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Cut out several triangles in varying lengths and sizes.

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Tape the leaves around the cone, forming the leaves of the pineapple as shown.

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Here is what the top should look like.

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To make the body of the pineapple, cut two Arrowhead® 100% Mountain Spring Water’s ReBorn™ Bottles in half using a craft knife.

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Fill the bottle halves with the candy of your choice.  If the candy you choose is not yellow in color, you can always paint the inside of the pineapple with yellow craft paint.  I used an adhesive ribbon to secure the two halves together.  If you do not have adhesive ribbon, tape the halves together first and then cover the tape with yellow ribbon.

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Here is what the body should look like.

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Attach the leaves to the top of the pineapple with hot glue.

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There you have it!

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Before I leave you, here are some important facts about recycling:

1. U.S. plastic beverage bottle recycling rates are only at about 30%

2. 2.8 Billion plastic bottles ended up in California landfills in 2011

3. Even though a package says it is “100% recycleABLE”, that does not mean it is made with recyclED plastic.  It just means it CAN BE recycled.  In fact, most containers are not made of recycled plastic.

Recycled plastic is simply a better source of plastic. It’s part of Arrowhead’s ongoing commitment to preserving our natural springs, and ensures that every bit of Arrowhead, both inside and out, is truly Born Better.  Click here to learn more!

A big THANK YOU to Arrowhead Waters for sponsoring this post! 

 

Easy Coffee Filter Paper Flowers

by Dinah Wulf

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Ever since I purchase a reusable plastic coffee filter, I have had extra paper coffee filters in my cupboard.   I took them out once before, and was inspired to make this coffee filter wreath that turned out quite nice.  Since then I have search for recycled coffee filter ideas and have found quite a few. I particularly liked the coffee filter flowers so I decided to try my own version.  Here is a SUPER easy coffee filter paper flowers how-to by yours truly.

Materials:

  • Coffee filters (4 per flower)
  • Small rubber bands or small hair bands
  • Wooden skewer or dowel
  • Old book pages
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun

There are many tutorials on this but I found this to be the absolute easiest and quickest way to make them.  I sat in my craft room for a few hours trying different ways!  You can also dye them by dipping the filters in a little bit of food coloring and water and allowing them to dry on newspaper for about 30 minutes.  I chose to keep mine white because I like the look of the starch white, old book pages, and green vase.

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Step One:

Pinch the center of one coffee filter and bunch upwards as shown above.

Step Two:

Set the first “bunch in the center of a second coffee filter and repeat the same bunching motion.

Step Three:

Repeat Step Two until you have four coffee filters. Using a small rubber band (I used a child sized hair band) and secure the top of the paper flower “stem”.  It will look like this.

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Step Four:

Cut out paper flower petals out of old book pages.

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Step Five:

Add a skewer or wooden dowel as a stem and hot glue on the book page petals.

Here is a picture of a smaller flower.  For this one I used four coffee filters, however I cut them about a half inch shorter.

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Hope you try it!

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100 Creative Ways to Recycle

by Dinah Wulf

I am very close to publishing 500 posts on this blog in less than two years! Geesh!! Looking back, many of these posts (if not all) are focused on reuse and repurposing.  I thought I’d put together a round-up of some of these amazing ideas I have found over the past several months.  Once you get the repurposing and upcycling bug, you see the world differently.  All of a sudden, you become a hoarder of toilet paper rolls and spaghetti jars.  You even think twice before selling a piece of furniture on Craigslist.  I stopped at 100, but I know there are many more!  They range from furniture transformations, craft projects, and home décor and organization ideas.  Some are quite simple, and some will take some DIY experience.  Here are 100 Creative Ways to Recycle.  Here we go!

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8 Ways to Recycle Coffee Filters

16 Stylish Headboards

7 Unique Repurposed Table Ideas

5 Repurposed Storage Ideas to Update an Entryway

15 Ways to Reuse Old Shutters

10 Ways to Repurpose a Door

6 Upcycling Ideas for the Kitchen

My Top 15 Recycled Craft Projects of 2012

7 Ideas for Repurposed Furniture in your Bathroom

11 Upcycled Lighting Ideas

I hope you enjoyed my recycling inspired round-up. Like I said, there are many more on this blog… at least one hundred I know for sure!

What are some creative ways that you recycle?  Are you a toilet paper hoarder like me?

Painted Colored Glass Vases

by Dinah Wulf

I went thrift store shopping the other day in search of some new projects and came up empty handed.  I even went to five different thrift stores.  On my way home I pass Goodwill.  Being the cheapskate I am I didn’t plan on stopping in because I think their prices are too high, but having an already unsuccessful trip, I turned in.  As I walked through the doors I hear that there was a 50% off sale on green tagged items today over the intercom. Score! I ended up purchasing some glass vases.  I decided that painted colored glass vases would be a nice touch as decorative accents in my kitchen.

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Pictured below are the glasses I purchased.  I got all five of them for $6.95! When looking for glasses to paint, pay attention to the shape and texture of the glass to achieve your desired look.  Take the time to make your own arrangement on the store shelf to help you decide which ones to purchase.

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Here is what you need:

  • Glass vases in varied sizes and shapes
  • Acrylic craft paint in the desired colors
  • Paint brush for each paint color
  • Paper plates
  • Damp paper towel

Step One: Once you have chosen your vases, clean them with soap and water and dry them thoroughly.

Step Two: Apply a generous amount of paint. I mixed my paint first because I could not find the exact color I wanted.

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Step Three: Slowly tilt and turn the vase to cover the inside of the glass.  When you reach the lip of the vase, use a paint brush to neatly apply the paint and cover the entire inside of the glass.

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Step Four: Allow the paint to dry.

Here are some after photos:

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Note: I use these vases for decorative purposes only.  Do not fill with water or wash in the dishwasher.