Repurposed Storage Ideas to Update an Entryway

by Dinah Wulf

The foyer or entryway to a home is usually the first impression your guests have when they come over.  It’s often an inexpensive and budget-friendly area to remodel, since it is typically a small area.  You may consider installing a durable wood or slate floor as a DIY idea to freshen this high traffic area.  You can even repaint your front door an unexpected yet inviting color.  Other simple and extremely low-cost updates are these repurposed storage ideas to update an entryway.  These are my favorite ideas from BHG.  Recycling or upcycling a flea market or garage sale finds is a fantastic way to add character and interest.

Use a collection of old mailboxes to help organize mail.  Paint them in fun bold colors to add charm and personality.

This shabby chic mail storage idea is an upcycled porch railing.  I wish I thought of this! What a beautiful way to organize an otherwise unsightly pile of paper (at least that’s what it is at my house).

I have an assortment of glass apothecary jars I use in my kitchen.  This is also a great idea for an entryway.  It’s a fabulous and beautiful way to display a collection. Apothecary jars are great investments because they are so versatile.  You can use them in a bathroom or atop a mantel to display holiday decorations throughout the year.

Repurposing molding as a shelf is an unexpected upcycling idea.  I love the thickness and detail of this particular piece.  It adds character that a normal shelf would not have.  You can find molding like this one at an architectural salvage or antique flea market.

Finally, use old shutters adding decorative brackets as a shelf for an entryway.  Add hooks underneath for coats and hats for added storage.  Shutters can be found at most flea markets and recycling centers like Habitat for Humanity Restore.

Photo Source: BHG

 

Repurposed Table Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

I have been blogging for what seems to be a while now.  In my search for repurposed furniture I have seen some really cool and creative stuff.  Today, I wanted to write about repurposed table ideas.  I’ve seen a ton of suitcase tables and pallet tables but this time I wanted to find some truly unique pieces.  Here is what I came up with!

I love this wood soda crate coffee table.  I could have sworn I saw it on Martha Stewart show.  She did a short DIY segment with the designer to create shadow boxes atop an old table base, with tempered glass securely placed on top.

This one is very clever and one I haven’t seen before.  Can you guess what it is?  It’s a repurposed fire hose reel!  I love the natural patina and the industrial look.  It also adds a great pop of color to a living, sitting, or family room.  As an added bonus, there is storage underneath as well!

You’ll never guess what this is! The base is from a 1931 stove from a knotty pine cottage.  I love the tri colors with a polished shine.  Very pretty!

This is an upcycled spool top with modern and slick red metal legs.  Love the combo of the two.

OK, so I have seen SEVERAL upcycled suitcase tables, but THIS one is awesome!!!! The storage underneath is fabulous and I love that it opens on both sides and looks like it folds up for easy storage…AMAZING!

Not much to say about this one except I had to post it in honor of my husband! LOL!

OK, not sure about this upcycled aquarium but someone out there liked it because it’s sold on Etsy!

 

 

Junk Drawer Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

I made these simple junk drawer crafts for a fundraiser coming up.  I call them “junk drawer crafts” because they are recycled crafts literally made out of items I found in my horrendous kitchen and completely unorganized kitchen drawer (I was totally inspired to do this because I’m watching Craft Wars…awesome show!).

I decided to make kitchen magnets out of these items I found:

  • Scrabble tiles
  • Used gift cards, flyers, and business cards
  • Paint color swatches
  • Bottle caps

Here is a quick two and a half minute YouTube video I did for these if you prefer not to read! LOL By the way, I apologize for saying “um” so much…

The Scrabble tile magnets are self-explanatory.  I actually had these left over from two crafts I had done last year, Scrabble tile art and Scrabble tile Christmas ornaments.  You simply make words, cut your gift card to size (they are the most sturdy), hot glue the tiles onto the card, and glue a magnet onto the back using a strong bonding agent like E6000.

The bottle cap magnets are essentially the same idea.  I had made these before with Mod Podge and recycled Christmas card photos.  This time however, since they were for a fundraiser and not me I used Easy Cast which is a Craft Casting Epoxy.

Materials:

First cut out the circles using your craft punch out of the color paint swatches.  You can get these in a variety of colors at any hardware or paint store. Place the desired sticker on top.  Consider using holiday, sports themed, school themed, or letters.  Next place it into the bottle cap.

Follow the instructions for your casting agent or resin.  For Easy Cast, you mix equal parts resin and hardening agent in a plastic cup.  Stir it for two minutes.  Transfer the mixture into a second cup.  With a new stick, stir for another minute.  Carefully pour the solution on top of the magnet.  Bubbles will appear, however they will go away as the solution hardens.  Allow it to dry.  I let mine dry overnight.  Attach your magnet to the back using a strong bonding agent like E6000 Multi-Purpose Adhesive.

Since these were for a fundraiser I made small packages using treat bags, scrapbook paper, and printed address labels.  Consider making these for stocking stuffers, party favors, or teacher gifts too!

 

Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath

by Dinah Wulf

If you follow me on Facebook, you saw this Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath I found on Pintrest.

A few of us were commenting on how to make it and inspired each other to take this project on ourselves (Thank you, Elise, Rose, Katie, Jo, Michelle, and Zach & Lois… you all are the best!).  The best part?  This wreath cost me NOTHING!  This is my version.

I ended up making two, a large one and a small one.  Here is my tutorial on how to make a Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath.

Step One: Make the butterflies

Materials:

  • Old book, map, magazine, etc.
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

I used an old book I had from another recycled book page wreath I made last year.  At first I used a butterfly stencil that I had but after tracing and cutting the first three, I thought it’d be more fun to free hand them instead.  It’s easiest to fold the page in half and draw half the butterfly so that you have two identical sides.  Use a pencil so that you can erase any lines if need be.

Step Two: Gather the branches and prep them

Gather your branches.   Remove any leaves from the branches and soak the naked branches in water.  This makes it easier to work with and will cause less breakage.

Step Three: Construct the wreath

Materials:

  • Wire hanger (one for small wreath, two for large wreath)
  • Prepped Branches
  • Water
  • Sink
  • Hot glue

Simply unwind the wire and create a circle, twisting the end together. One by one, wrap, twist, and tuck each branch around your wreath until you have the desired width.

Allow your wreath to dry.  (Optional step) Once it is dried, on the BACK of the wreath, use a hot glue gun to secure and loose branches.

Step Four: Assemble the Butterflies

Materials:

  • Pre-cut butterflies from step one
  • Plastic Beads, Pearls, Shells (anything you want to use for the bodies)
  • Hemp string (I found this to work best so that the antennas will stay erect)
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue

You can use whatever your heart desires for the bodies.  I chose to use plastic beads and hemp string.  Using a hot glue gun, glue your beads together and while the glue s still hot, insert your antennas (as shown).  Next, glue the body onto your butterfly.  Make sure the butterfly wings are folded up so that they appear as if they are in flight.

Step Five: Attach the Butterflies to Your Wreath

Materials:

  • Assembled butterflies from step four
  • Constructed wreath from step three

I placed the butterflies on the wreath and moved them around to arrange them in the order and position I wanted BEFORE I used the hot glue.

Ta Da!

Here are some photos of the large wreath.

Here are some photos of the small version.

You can make these wreaths for the holidays and embellish them as you wish!  I hope you try it!  Email me a photo if you do… oh and say hi! :) dwulf@diyinspired.com

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.

 

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Repurposed Headboards

by Dinah Wulf

A DIY Inspired reader emailed me and asked for some repurposed headboard ideas… here we go!

A headboard in your bedroom or guest room can make a dramatic impact.  Check out these low budget DIY headboard ideas using reused and recycled materials.  These repurposed headboards are made from everything from reclaimed wood to fabulous inexpensive flea market finds.

Pallets are becoming more and more popular!  I’ve written about repurposed pallets before and even shared some pallet headboard ideas, but now there is so much more out there!  If you want to take this project on, don’t forget to check Craigslist in your area because many places are giving away pallets for free.  Yes, that’s right…FREE!  You can also check retail stores that sell large items like appliances for example.  They will often give away their damaged pallets for free.  There are several only slightly damaged ones that will still work well.  If you follow me on Facebook you’d know that I’ve seen pallets laying out on the side of the road too!  Anyway, check out these creative pallet bed frames from Graham & Co.

For the full tutorial for this pretty wood tree pallet headboard go to Little Bits Of.

Here are some more budget friendly headboards from HGTV.com using chalkboards, cork, metal, and flea market finds.

This is a cute idea for a chalk headboard.  Change it up as you wish!

BHG has some great DIY ideas and repurposed furniture ideas reusing a fireplace screen, shutters, or doors.

So the next time you see a shipping pallet laying around, pick it up; or maybe you’ll think twice before leaving those garage sale shutters behind!

 

Recycled Coffee Filter Inspiration

by Dinah Wulf

I made this Coffee Filter Wreath a few months ago.  I came across my left over coffee filters the other day and thought I’d go online to look for some DIY inspiration.  I found some great ideas and some new favorite blogs.  Oh and by the way, here is how I made this Coffee Filter Wreath for about $5.00.

This is perfect to pin on your lapel as a brooch; this elegant Recycled Coffee Filter Flower is by Design By Night.

An adorable craft for Spring are these lovely and dainty flower baskets from Urban Comfort.  These would make cute bridal shower or baby shower favors.

New York designer Vilma Farrell, designs these gorgeous Coffee Filter Lamps I found on Alternative Consumer.

This beautiful Coffee Filter Pom Pom Garland from Craft Gossip adds whimsy to a shabby chic birthday party or baby shower.

Aunt Peaches made these beautiful rose bouquets by mixing latex craft paint and water to dye the coffee filters.

Believe it or not, this if a milk jug adorned with coffee filters turned lamp!  What a great idea from Make Handmade.

Lastly, this fabulous Dutch Blog, By Miekk, shows you how to cleverly make coffee filter gift tags and gift wrap.

I hope you were as inspired as I was! Now… what to do with mine???

 

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

by Dinah Wulf

Hello everyone!  I’m Barbara from Chase the Star, and I’m thrilled to be a guest here at DIY Inspired!  I’m such a fan of Dinah’s work, so having an opportunity to share one of my projects with you guys is so exciting!  I have a super simple project you can make with what you may already have (or can run to the dollar store to pick up), a Mason Jar Soap Dispenser!   I’d seen these pinned and around the web a while back, so today, I figured maybe I can try to figure out how to make them myself!

What you’ll need:

  1. Mason jars
  2. Glue (I like E6000 for these kinds of projects)
  3. Pumps (I bought some cheap soap dispensers and used theirs)
  4. Hand soap, or lotion, or whatever filler you’d like
  5. Drill
  6. Hammer
  7. Nail
  8. Twine (optional)
  9. Love (mandatory) ;)

Tutorial:

Take the lid off the mason jar and separate its parts.  With a nail and hammer, puncture a few holes on the top of the lid.  Then with a drill and the biggest drill bit you have (ok, use your judgment here!), drill right through the holes to create an opening large enough to fit your pump securely.  Put the pump through the hole.

I glued the lid parts together so they wouldn’t slip, although in retrospect, not sure if that was necessary.  Better be safe than sorry I guess!  Once the glue dried, I made sure to clean the jar and lid/pump, before I actually put the soap in it (oh, the irony!).  I wanted to make sure all the drill, nail, and hammer cooties were washed away.  Then simply filled the jar with the hand soap (also a dollar store find) and added the twine as a rustic and decorative touch.

In about 30 minutes, we went from this, to this:

You can get really creative with what you put in the jars; I love these for any other occasion, or just around your house!   I made 3 of these in half an hour, and spent about $6 for the soap, and the dispensers, the rest came from my good ol’ supply closet.  Pretty simple isn’t it?  Again, a big thank you to Dinah for giving me this great opportunity!  Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you at Chase the Star sometime soon!

 

 

Repurposed Plant Hanger

by Dinah Wulf

Oh my! This may be one of my most fun projects to date!

When my husband and I moved into our home, I found this pile of junk lying on the ground on the side of the house.

The first thing that caught my eye was the rusty iron plant hanger.  I didn’t quite know what I was going to do with it, but I knew I wanted it in the “keep” pile.  Fast forward five months later, it hit me.  I would turn it into a chandelier for my daughter’s 2nd birthday party.  I thought it’d be cute, hanging above the food or dessert table for her garden inspired birthday party. Here is a before and after shot of my Repurposed Plant Hanger.

 

But get this… the BEST part is that I spent $10.50 on the entire project.  I ransacked my craft closet and only needed to buy one can of spray paint and some plastic beads.  I had everything else!

The first thing I did was rinsed the plant hanger down with the garden hose.  I brushed it slightly with a wire brush from our metal gate project.  After it dried, I spray painted it a glossy turquoise color. I hung it to dry and touched it up as needed.

 

Decorating it was the fun part. I used green flower gems I had from scrapbooking, wire earring hoops from my DIY Wine Charm project, butterflies from my DIY Butterfly Wall Art project, and I strung the beads I bought on the hemp string from my hanging Mason jar lantern project.  The hot glue gun I used worked fantastically and I didn’t even use two hot glue sticks!

Here are some after photos.  It turned out so well, that I am going to hang it in my daughter’s room!

 

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Savvy Tips to Get Rid of Your Unwanted Mattresses

by Dinah Wulf

Savvy Tips to Get Rid of Your Unwanted Mattresses

Written By Jack Black

Imagine this scene. A proud owner of a brand-new mattress waiting for his purchase to be delivered is jumping up and down with excitement. Tingles travel down his spine as he thinks of the coming nights with the fresh mattress beneath his tired and aching body. A delivery truck with a mattress logo appears around the bend. The driver climbs down, unloads the merchandise, and sets it down where the owner wants it. The owner, at this time, sees that the old mattress is still where the new one is supposed to go. He then scratches his head in confusion and says, “What should I do with THIS one?”

This is not an entirely uncommon situation. Mattress buyers are usually at a loss on what to do with the old one. The matter of recycling and reusing mattresses is a rather newborn idea in the green world of protecting the environment. Nevertheless, here are some suggestions on the disposal of your old mattress, be it in an ecological or just a practical way.

  • Take It to a Landfill

This is the most obvious answer for everyone. Taking the old mattress to the landfill and letting the people who work there do their own thing is simple for most people. Calling the garbage collectors who have the ability to pick up larger items is even easier even though one might need to call well in advance.

Although disposing old mattresses by dumping them in a landfill is at the height of convenience, there are some landfills that refuse to accept discarded mattresses. They take a lot of room and they damage the landfill equipment in the process. Because of their bulk, the mattresses need to be compacted before they are disposed. In the process of compaction, their springs get tangled frequently in the equipment. Old mattresses are an inconvenience not only to their previous owners, but to landfill operators as well.

  • Donate It

If the old mattress is still of passable quality and can still satisfy the needs of someone else, then why not donate it? There are a lot of centers that can put old mattresses to good use. Battered women shelters, half-way homes, homeless shelters and other similar institutions are in dire need of mattresses for their members.

Less fortunate individuals in the community would also appreciate the comforts of a soft yet supportive surface under their bodies. Just because you no longer find your old mattress no longer comfortable to sleep on does not mean it can’t be for someone else.

  • Recycle It

Recycling mattresses is relatively new, but there are already a few companies that do it. They take the old mattresses apart and separate them into their components. Cotton and cloth may be turned into clothes, foam may be recycled, and wood may be turned into chips. Inner springs could also be sold as metal. If everything goes well and the company does its best, 90% of the mattress can be reused.

  • Dispose It

If other alternatives don’t work out for you, there are always other options that may… If one is refused by garbage collectors and landfill operators, then you may better off going online and find out what you can do with your unwanted mattress. With a little research, you can find mattress outlets that offer to pick up your stuff and pay you for disposing it.

Old mattresses need not be a burden to anyone. In fact, with a little use of your imagination and a little sprucing up, they can let you earn back the money that you once spent on them or be the blessings that other people desperately need!

 

Author Bio: Jack Black is a Global Brand Manager at Mattresses-tomorrow- online retailers of memory foam mattresses. We offer a wide range of mattresses whether you are looking for a double, single or kingsize.

 

Photo Sources: Mattresses Tomorrow & Google Images

 

Repurposed Phonebook Flowers

by Dinah Wulf

I don’t know why I get SO annoyed when this shows up at my front door step.

The phonebook.  Every year I get it; it stays in the plastic bag and gets shoved in this cupboard I can’t reach above my stove.  When I get the next one, I throw the old one away (still in the bag).  Since the internet and mobile phones, I don’t even know why they still waste paper and continue printing them.  I mean, will my daughter ever even know what the phonebook is?

Anyway, in mid disposal and very close to committing DIY Inspired blasphemy, I remembered that I could not simply throw out this phonebook rather I would have to do my crafty diligence and repurpose it into something new.

I have experience with creatively recycling old books.  I have made a book page wreath, book page water colored flowers, book page magnets, and I even hollowed out an old antique book to make a book safe.  Since I get so vexed with its arrival, I decided I wanted to turn this phonebook into something pretty.  Paper flowers were my answer.

There are several origami flower tutorials online.  I decided on a variation of a Kusudama flower tutorial from Folding Trees.  For origami tutorials, I think it’s best to just show the pictures of this repurposed phonebook flowers.

 

It’s quite simple.  I used 6”X6” pages using a paper cutter.  Each flower uses five square sheets.  You can make them any size you wish.  Consider using them to adorn gifts, make a garland, or make an entire bouquet.  Here are a couple after photos.

 

Ok, so that’s two down, at five pages per flower and 1000 pages in the phonebook…uh…

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Recycled Text Books

by Dinah Wulf

Recycled Text Books, Written By Caitlin Farkas (@Ms_Cait) of This Crazy Life

You, your kids or someone you know is graduating from school. After the congratulations are put to rest, the cake is eaten and the money collected there’s something left over that might seem to intrude on your living space; textbooks. Every student has them, but not all of them want to keep them.

You have a few options to consider. First off, be green in your thinking.

(whiteislyme.com)

Don’t be rude to mother earth and fill a landfill with pages of equations and historical accounts.  Instead choose one of three ways to handle the piles of textbooks.

Option 1:  Spruce up your bookshelf collection with a creative design on the textbook.

For example you can cover the textbook with half used paper from the printer, paper bags from the grocery store or left over scrapbooking paper to assemble a cute book collection such as the one shown below, from Apartmenttherapy.com.

Top the blank cover with text, such as “Honesty” or the subject matter to set your home décor mood. Add a bow to spice up the collection.

Picture borrowed from About.com

Another simple, ingenious idea arises from Isaac Salazar, who developed art from an unwanted book.  He cut letters, words and names on the outer edge of pages to present a delightful construction.

(The-deamhome.com)

After you’ve decorated the once atrocious looking textbook, move your creative aspirations to the bookshelf. You can check out Freshome to reinvent or construct a more appealing bookshelf to now hold your decently designed book.

Option 2:  Sell them.

Travel to a local buy back store or surf the net to EBay, Amazon or even Oodle Marketplace to resell those bulky books.

Most importantly to a recent grad, this option allows for income to flow back into the bank. By selling those textbooks to future students the longevity of the textbook is extended. Also, that student buyer saves a little dough by purchasing the book from you.

Option 3: Place the textbooks in the blue recycle bin. 

They might be other various colors in your neighborhood.  Recycle those boring books into your local bin to insure the items don’t destroy the environment.

Now you’ve rid your house of those disturbing piles of textbooks, while doing something great for the environment.

 

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Repurposed Coffee Cans

by Dinah Wulf

Not that long ago, I posted on my Facebook page, “What can I repurpose a large coffee can into? Hmmmm…” Joann said a flower pot. Flomo said a centerpiece. Charlotte suggested baking apple bread in it!  Such great ideas!  After some thought, here are some ideas I came up with for repurposed coffee cans.

Craft Organization

You can use a coffee can to store miscellaneous craft supplies in your craft closet.  Use it upright or turn it on its side for multiple utility.  This is what I ultimately ended up doing with it… for now. Note my repurposed spice rack and mason jars in the picture too… tee hee.

 

Flower Pot

Thank you, Joann!!!

 

Gift Wrapping

Use a coffee can as a clever way to wrap a house warming gift of kitchen supplies.  Also consider painting it or wrapping it with gift wrapping paper or decorative scrapbook paper.  Embellish it with ribbon and make a personalized gift tag.

 

Guest Room Necessities

Use it to store necessities for any visitors staying in your guest room to make them feel more welcome.  Fill it with magazines, travel guides, maps, towels, shampoo, soap, q-tips, cotton, candies, or razors. By the way, check out my Scrabble art work tutorial if you’d like!

Have any other ideas?  Please leave a comment!

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Road Side Find

by Dinah Wulf

I love meeting new Bloggers through my blogging journey.  There is so much creativity and talent out there that it’s very inspiring.  It’s one of the reasons that keep me blogging.  There’s an unspoken sense of community and camaraderie that only fellow Bloggers can understand.  I met Susan via Blog Frog.  She’s a new Blogger with great ideas.  Check out this cute updated Road Side Find she made. Feel free to follow her on Twitter @homemakermom.

 

 

Written By: Susan Jaxon of Susie Homemaker

My Road Side Find, Trash to Treasure

I am excited about my new blog as I journal my journey as a homemaker. I am a wife, home schooling stay at home, entrepreneurial mom. I am a woman with big dreams & goals. I have actually set my mind on a few and they have come true! I believe in never giving up. I have a lot of hobbies & passions.  I get so happy when I create something! I see the imperfectness of life as art.

I found an old yellow broken mirror on the road side for free. I saw it could be something great. One man’s trash is truly another man’s treasure!  I started by spray painting it. Next I put scrap booking paper in the back where the mirror used to be. I took wooden letters I had got for only 10 cents and Exacto knifed pretty paper to fit them, and then glued them on. I painted a special wooden key that was hand made for me via whittling, as a gift. I painted it white and mounted it. I think it’s a wonderful way to display my special key!

 

Repurposed Bottle Cap Magnets

by Dinah Wulf

The other day, I was reorganizing my drawers and found some Christmas photo cards from last year.  I love these 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 Repurposed Bottle Cap Magnets.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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).

 

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

 

Recycled Water Bottle Flowers

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed DASANI Water Bottles

DASANI believes in not only promoting the recycling of its bottles, but also promoting the many cool items the recycled bottles can become.  That’s why they partner with companies with similar mindsets, such as New Balance.

DASANI and New Balance have partnered together for the launch of newSKYTM, a line of footwear made from recycled plastic bottles. Together, they are working to both show consumers that there can be all kinds of exciting ways to recycle materials into new uses, and that we all need to do our part in protecting our environment.

I decided to tackle another Repurposed DASANI Water Bottle project (check out my Recycled Water Bottle Butterflies I made recently).  This time, with Mother’s Day coming up, I wanted to create some eco-friendly gift wrapping by making Recycled Water Bottle Flowers.

I started with the small 12 ounce bottles.  These were the perfect size.  There are several ways of making flowers, just use your imagination.  First I cut the bottles in half and started cutting.  Use both the top and bottom for your flowers.

Paint or decorate your flowers any way you wish with craft paint, spray paint, and/or glitter.  I used a metallic paint.  For the center, I folded colored scrapbook paper lengthwise and fringed it with scissors.  Next, roll the fringed paper as shown and insert it into the center of your flower. I used hot glue to attach the flowers to my gift wrapped packages.

Wait! There’s more…

New Facebook Photo App

Get creative with Facebook’s new timeline feature and support a good cause by ‘recycling’ your Facebook photos into an eye-catching image to top off your profile. For each photomontage created through the app, DASANI® will make a donation to the national non-profit organization, Keep America Beautiful in support of recycling initiatives on college campuses throughout the U.S.

Fans who have ‘liked’ the DASANI® Facebook page can access the application on the Photosynthesis tab of the Facebook page.  First, fans will select a photo from either their Facebook albums or a design from DASANI®, to create into a photo-mosaic. The Photosynthesis app will ‘recycle’ all of the fan’s existing Facebook photos into a stunning mosaic that fits perfectly as a cover image on their profile. Each time a fan participates, DASANI® will donate $1 to the nationally recognized nonprofit, Keep American Beautiful, in support of their Bin Grant Program on college campuses.

In addition, the fan’s profile photo will be added to the DASANI® mosaic of supporters, which will be featured on the Photosynthesis tab.

Thanks to DASANI for sponsoring today’s post!

 

Recycled Mason Jar Lantern

by Dinah Wulf

Twine DIY Lantern (7)

I’ve seen so many great Mason jar tutorials. I’ve even posted a few Mason jar projects like the Candy Mason Jar and Frosted Mason Jar. As you may know I heart Martha Stewart.  I was inspired by one of her episodes the other day. One of her guests made a Knotted Hanging Lantern. The second I saw it I thought, “I’m SO making that”.  In fact, I already had all the materials (for the most part).

Twine DIY Lantern (8)

My FIRST mistake was that I watched the show while doing 100 other things, and did NOT read the tutorial online before I attempted this.  All I knew is that I had an old spaghetti jar and some twine and I was ready to craft. I tried two type os twine, and the one pictured below worked THE BEST by far! This project was so hard to take pictures for, so forgive me for showing you pictures with both types of twine!

 

So, I remember that Martha’s guest said to measure across lengthwise times ten and then cut eight pieces, so you’ll end up with eight REALLY long pieces of twine.  Lay them across one another in two bundles of four.   Attempt to make a lanyard knot.  Below is my attempt with the crappy twine… (Don’t worry there is a diagram on Martha’s site). By the way, my second and third time doing this with the Hemp twine, I only measured lengthwise times six… much better!

OK, now what they DIDN’T tell you was that this part was so hard and frustrating because your string is SO long.  I practically broke a sweat trying to do this part.  On the show, they made it look so easy, but they only used short pieces for demonstration purposes. Ugh!

Measure out the desired length (in my case 2 inches) and tie a knot with each adjacent string.

Continue tying knots…below are a few pictures using the Hemp twine.  Insert your Mason Jar or whatever vessel you choose (recycled is best!).  I tied a knot, a few inches above the lip of the Mason jar, and a second one closer to the top.

I inserted a tea light and some pebbles.  Here are a few pictures.

If you want the actual Martha Stewart tutorial, here it is.  It’s WAY better than mine!!!

 

 

DIY Recycled Colored Glass

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Colored Glass (560x420)

Mother’s Day is right around the corner!  I wanted to share a simple, quick, and inexpensive Mother’s Day gift idea.  This project is great for decorative purposes, or you can also make them for wedding or party centerpieces.  Here is how I made these decorative glass bottles.

Here are the materials you need:

  • Glasses, bottles, or vases
  • Enamel ceramic glass paint, any color
  • Paper Plates

The glasses pictured have been sitting in my cupboard for years!  I found them when I moved.  If you don’t have old glasses or bottles, I recommend purchasing them at the dollar store, thrift store, or craft supply store.  Depending on the size, you shouldn’t have to spend more than $2 per bottle. I find that old oil based dressing bottles work well. A great online resource for inexpensive glass jars and bottles is Sunburst Bottle.

First, put a generous amount of paint into your bottle. I chose white because I think it’s a timeless color, but these turn out beautifully in any color.  I think a pastel blue or pastel green would be pretty too.

Slowly twist and tilt your bottle.  This takes some patience, depending on the size of your bottle.  I didn’t really put enough paint in this particular bottle and it took forever to cover it. Don’t ask me why I just didn’t put more paint in it… duh!

Place your bottles upside down on a paper plate. I used Styrofoam because it does not stick to your glass.  After several minutes, lift the bottles carefully, let them drain, and transfer them upside down onto another clean paper plate.

After the paint has thoroughly drained, let them dry right side up.  After they are completely dry, use a damp paper towel to remove any unwanted dry paint on the outer surface.  Here are some after shots.

 

Tip: If you use water base acrylic craft paint, you can easily wash it off and start all over to fit your next party theme or change in your home decor.   I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy Mother’s Day craft tutorial! Repurpose, reinvent!

 

 

Recycled Water Bottle Butterfly

by Dinah Wulf

Recycled Water Bottle Butterflies (23) (560x420)

I was originally inspired by this great post from Instructables, one of my favorite websites. I am throwing a garden themed party this year for my daughter’s birthday and thought that these would be perfect. They would also make cute adornments for gifts.

Here is how I made these cute Recycled Water Bottle Butterflies.

Materials:

  • DASANI water bottle
  • Utility knife and scissors
  • Sand Paper (I used 100 grit)
  • Craft paint
  • Glitter
  • Plastic Beads
  • Twine
  • Hot Glue

Make sure your DASANI water bottle is clean and dry. Using a utility knife, cut off the rounded top and bottom of the water bottle so that you have a perfect cylinder.  Next, cut that cylinder in half, lengthwise to make two pieces.

 

Next, cut each piece in half to make four pieces.  This will now be four butterflies.  Fold each piece in half as shown. Cut a “V” shape on the top and bottom, and then another on each side.  You can cut and shape the butterfly wings as you like.  Gently sand each butterfly.  This will help the paint to adhere nicely to the plastic. Make sure you clean off any debris before you start to paint.

 

I used craft paint and glitter to decorate each butterfly.  For the bodies, I hot glued black plastic beads together and then hot glued twine in a “V” shape for the antennas.  IMPORTANT: When hot gluing the body to the butterfly, place the hot glue on the bead and then glue onto the plastic.  Do not put hot glue directly onto the plastic or it will melt.

 

Here are some after photos. The tutorial is for the liter bottle; however I made some with the small 12 oz. bottles too! Check them out (bottom right photo)!  If you add a few more beads, the 12 oz. bottles make perfect dragonflies.

 

Why I chose DASANI:

DASANI has partnered with a variety of organizations to promote the importance of recycling:

• Coca-Cola Recycling: Since 2007, Coca-Cola Recycling has worked with the Coca-Cola system and community partners to increase the collection of beverage packaging for use again in North America. They currently manage 30 dedicated recycling centers, a commercial brokerage network, an online recycling bin fulfillment site and the execution of hundreds of local recycling programs around the country.

• Recyclebank: Since 2006, Coca-Cola has partnered with Recyclebank, a meaningful rewards program that motivates people to recycle by rewarding them for their efforts. Recyclebank Points are earned based on the weight of the recyclables and are redeemable for valuable discounts, free products, gift cards and movie tickets, to name just a few.

Keep America Beautiful/Bin Grant Program: The Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Bin Grant Program donates recycling bins to kick-start recycling programs for local organizations. Through your support, you’ve helped us grant bins to non-profits, government, civic organizations, schools and for profit corporations.

Check out this quick YouTube video!

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