Upcycled Gift Wrapping Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycled Gift Wrapping Ideas

I’m a big promoter of upcycling trash to treasure. This time of year (any time, really) is a great time to reduce, reuse, and upcycle trash into something new, useful, and beautiful. A simple way to do that this holiday season is through gift wrapping. I’m no stranger to doing this, so I have a lot of upcycled gift wrapping ideas to hopefully help inspire you!

All of the following examples were done with reusable items such as:

  • Brown paper bags
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Food containers and food boxes
  • Medicine boxes
  • Scrap paper
  • Coffee filters

Here we go!

Recycle Small Boxes for Gift Wrapping – Small medicine boxes and the like are perfect for small gift giving.

Recycle small boxes for gift wrapping

 

Washi Tape Gift Wrapping – Brown grocery bags or packing paper work nicely for gift wrapping. Just add pops of color with decorative tape.

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Recycled Food Containers & Dyed Coffee Filter Flowers – Cracker boxes and cereal boxes are the perfect size for many gifts.

Recycled gift wrap with food boxes and coffee filters

 

Brown Paper Bag with Neon Color Gift Wrapping – You can also use colorful paper to embellish small gifts wrapped in brown paper bags.

Paper bags as wrapping paper

 

DIY Repurposed Gift Card Holder – A regular sized brown shopping bags will make four gift card holders.

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Recycled Box Gift Bags – Cut the top off a food box and add a ribbon handle for an instant sturdy gift bag.

Recycled food box for gift bags

 

Border Punch Gift Wrapping Embellishments – As a Crafter, I keep a bin of scrap paper. Use a craft punch and glue them on gifts for embellishment.

Embellish gifts with paper scraps

 

Recycled Gift Wrapping Idea: Pop Top Cans – Thoroughly washed tuna cans make fun and unique gift wrapping for small gifts.

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Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping – Wrap toilet paper rolls in pretty paper and slide a gift wrapped in tissue paper inside.

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Themed Recycled Food Box Gift Bags – Make your gift match the party theme, like this Hello Kitty gift bag made out of a food box.

Themed recycled gift wrapping

 

Pringle’s Can “Pull Me” Gift Kits – Pringles cans are a fun shape and size for anything from nail polish kits to t-shirts.

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DIY Repurposed Gift Card Holder

by Dinah Wulf

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Thank you to J. Jill for sponsoring this post and giveaway, DIY Repurposed Gift Card Holder. All opinions are 100% my own.

I am so excited to a) show you how to make a DIY gift card holder out of a brown paper bag, and b) give one lucky winner this DIY gift card holder along with a $100 J. Jill gift card! I was lucky enough to celebrate the J. Jill opening at the Shops at Mission Viejo the other day. It was a lovely event where I got to peruse the beautiful store, meet some amazing people, and try on the clothes! BUT! More on that and the giveaway in a minute… first, let me show you how to make this upcycled gift card holder.

Materials:

  • Brown Paper Bag
  • Scissors or Paper Cutter
  • Decorative Tape and Washi Tape

Any paper bag will do. The one pictured here will make four gift card holders.

Repurposed Brown Paper Bag Idea

First, I cut out a rectangle (approximately 4”X9”) and folded it into thirds as shown. The top flap should be shorter than the lower flap. Leave a small gap in between the flaps.

Repurposed Brown Paper Bag

Tape down the top flap with Washi tape, and trim the bottom edge. I used the tape I had left over from my Washi Tape Gift Wrapping idea.

Repurposed Brown Paper Bag Upcycle

Next, add two more strips of Washi tape all the way around the bottom half.

Repurposed Paper Bag

Insert the gift card.

DIY Repurposed Gift Card Holder

Wrap another two strips around the top flap all the way around the holder to close it.

DIY Gift Card Holder Idea

I added more sparkly decorative tape, left over from my 12 Days of Christmas mini tree, on the front as well.

DIY Gift Card Holder Upcycling Idea

 Sooooo, inside is a $100 gift card to J.Jill and one of you is going to win it!

Jill’s beautiful collections are designed for the women who lead rich, full lives. Additionally, to celebrate the opening, J. Jill made donations to their Orange County-based Compassion Fund Partner: Laura’s House. Laura’s House is committed to changing social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.

My visit was so much fun. The store was beautiful.

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The clothes were just my style… comfy with a lot of neutral colors.

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There was a great selection of scarves and other accessories.

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I also loved the jewelry.

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Now for the giveaway! Good luck! The winner will be chosen on Monday, December 15th at 12:00 AM.

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DIY Christmas Card Display

by Dinah Wulf

 

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This article, DIY Christmas Card Display, is sponsored by Pear Tree Greetings. All opinions are 100% my own.

Lucky for me, this year I was able to design my custom Christmas cards with Pear Tree Greetings. There were SO many choices for holiday photo cards I couldn’t decide. Their personalization process made it so easy though to save the photos I wanted to use so that I could come back to them later. I FINALLY decided on the Golden Greeting Trifold Christmas Cards. I love them because they are made from 100% recycled matte card stock.

Then, I started to think about all the lovely cards that my friends and family will be sending me. I have never had a nice photo display so I decided to make one. Here is how I made my DIY Christmas Card Display.

Materials:

  • Old Frame (check thrift stores!)
  • Paint, Paint Brush, Painter’s Tape (optional)
  • Poultry Netting
  • Staple Gun and Staples
  • Wire Cutter
  • Pliers
  • Ornaments and Ribbon (optional)
  • Clothespins

Can you believe I found this painting for free in the trash? Yep… I took it and was REALLY excited about it.

Before-Old Painting

Because I am upcycling an existing painting, I had a couple extra steps.  You can see here, I had to disassemble the painting and remove some nails.

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I also decided to paint the frame white. So, I taped off the burlap trim and primed and painted the frame.

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Next, I measured and cut the poultry netting to fit inside the frame. Be sure to staple down all four sides.

DIY Christmas Card Display

DIY Christmas Card Display with Chicken Wire

Here is what it looks like with the netting. You can leave it like this and use it as an organization board in an office or craft room as well.

DIY Christmas Card Display with Poultry Netting

Christmas Card Display

But, since I’m using this for Christmas cards, I added some ornaments and ribbon.

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Here are some close ups of the cards I ordered from Pear Tree Greetings. This is the front.

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When you unfold it, this is the front of the card.

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This is the back.

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I absolutely love them and I’m sure my friends and family will love them too.

DIY Christmas Card Display Pear Tree Greetings

DIY Christmas Card Display Upcycled

Christmas Card Display with Chicken Wire

Thank you so much to Pear Tree Greetings for sponsoring this post!

In case you missed it, check out the wall decals I got from them to make some DIY Wall Art for my daughter’s play area!

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Vases

by Dinah Wulf

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I originally shared this idea on my friend’s blog, A Fabulous Fete, and thought I’d share it with you today! I don’t know about you but I am always saving spaghetti sauce jars. I’ll even take this a step further and admit to you that I buy spaghetti sauce based on the jar and not the actual spaghetti sauce… I know! I know! I have a SERIOUS problem! Anyway, I did a very simple upcycle that can be completed in minutes. Here is how to make recycled can and Mason jar vases.

Materials:

  • Cans and jars
  • Painter’s tape
  • Newspaper or old packing paper
  • Spray paint

You can use any type of can or jar. When I thought of this project I had a collection already.

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First, tape off the jars with Painter’s tape.  Be sure to smooth it on applying pressure with your fingers to remove any air bubbles. I like the look of glass and color, and tin and color, so I randomly taped off sections.

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After you tape them off, cover the area you do not want painted with newspaper. I used old packing paper that I had on hand.

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I chose Krylon’s Blue Ocean Breeze and Citrus Green.

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I sprayed on one coat outside in the back yard. One coat was perfect and only took fifteen minutes to dry. I removed the tape and the lines were perfect!

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece

I filled them with colorful inexpensive flowers I got from the grocery store.

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Here are a few more pictures.  I am LOVING these two colors together.

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This project is great because you can play around with the colors to fit any style, holiday, or special occasion.

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping

by Dinah Wulf

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If you have been following along both of my blogs, this one and Inheriting Our Planet, you may have noticed all the posts I have been writing about my amazing trip to Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto in Mexico! Of COURSE I had to bring home a few souvenirs from my trip. Thanks to my Mother In Law, she gave me the inside scoop that Mexico has THE BEST vanilla extract so I always know it’ll be a hit when I get home. I ended up using Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping to present my gifts to my friends and family.

Materials:

  • Gift (duh!)
  • Toilet Paper Rolls (duh!)
  • Decorative Paper
  • Tissue Paper
  • Scissors
  • Paper Cutter
  • Double-sided tape
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun (optional)

It just so happens that a small bottle of vanilla extract fits perfectly in a toilet paper roll.  I KNEW I was hoarding toilet paper rolls for a reason!

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I picked some colorful and bright paper that reminded me of Mexico,  cut it to size with my paper cutter, and secured it with double sided tape. FYI, toilet paper rolls are 4.5” long.

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping

Next, I simply rolled the bottle in some tissue paper and inserted it into the roll.

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Next, I tied a ribbon on each end.

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Now, the bottle was a little thin and slid around in the tube, so I put a little dab of hot glue into the tube to keep it from sliding around and it worked beautifully.

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I can’t wait to give them away, especially to my Mother In Law!

In case you want to read about my adventures in Mexico, check out these posts!

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a cute little video of my trip!

Looking for more homemade hostess gift ideas? Try these!

Camping Ideas and Tips

by Dinah Wulf

Happy Friday! With summertime well underway, I thought I’d put together a list of helpful checklists, camping ideas and tips, DIY hacks and ideas, games, crafts, and tasty treats from some fabulous fellow Bloggers.

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Here we go!

 

Check Lists and Camping Tips: Checklists, tips, and tricks to help prepare you for a successful and safe family vacation.

 

DIY: Budget-friendly upcycled ideas for outdoor lighting.

 

Games/Activities: Fun games and activities the whole family can enjoy outdoors.

 

Craft Ideas: Craft ideas to keep the kiddos busy and spark their creativity.

 

Tasty Treats: Easy to make finger foods to help make your trip extra special.

Recycled Vintage Jewelry Inspiration

by Dinah Wulf

Recycled Vintage Jewelry Inspiration

I love going to vintage flea markets. I am so attracted to the booths with vintage jewelry and embellishments. In the past I have attempted to upcycle my own jewelry but for some reason, I am horrible at it! My pieces always fall apart.  I really should take a class. This, however, doesn’t stop me from admiring others and buying great pieces from talented artist that make quality one of a kind jewelry. So, I thought I’d put together a round-up of a dozen upcycled and recycled vintage jewelry I found on Etsy.

Hot Pink and Green Rhinestone Flower Necklace Debbie from ChicMaddiesBoutique

Hot Pink and Green Rhinestone Flower Necklace

Recycled Vintage Watch Bracelet by Carla from ShesCrafty121

Recycled Vintage Watch Bracelet

Recycled Vintage Statement Cuff {Via}

Recycled Vintage Statement Cuff

Recycled Vintage Tin Floral Brass Bracelet by Melani from CraftyLikeMom

Recycled Vintage Tin Floral Brass Bracelet

Steampunk Butterfly Brooch by VintageStarrBeads

Steampunk Butterfly Brooch

Antique Spoon Bracelet by Michael and Erin of OliveSpoonStudio

Antique Spoon Bracelet

Antique Spoon Ring by Michael and Erin of OliveSpoonStudio

Antique Spoon Ring

Recycled Vintage Tin Gold and Fuchsia Dangle Earrings by Melanie from CraftyLikeMom

Recycled Vintage Tin Gold and Fuchsia Dangle Earrings

Upcycled Sunglasses by PinkParee

Upcycled Sunglasses

Vintage Jewelry Statement Necklace {Via}

Vintage Jewelry Statement Necklace

Vintage Earring Bracelet by Debbie from ChicMaddiesBoutique

Vintage Earring Bracelet

And last but not least, for a little fun night out…

Ball in the Pocket Game Necklace by VintageStarrBeads

Ball in the Pocket Game Necklace

These were some of my most favorite repurposed pieces.  I hope you enjoyed them. Be sure to stop by these shops and show your support! They all have so many beautiful unique items to fit every style. Tell them that DIY Inspired sent you!

Gold and Glittered Mason Jar Centerpiece

by Dinah Wulf

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I have done so many Mason Jar Crafts over the years.  This time, I wanted to try out some new Krylon glitter blast spray paint that I got.  I decided to make a Gold and Glittered Mason Jar Centerpiece. It turned out beautifully and I only needed a few materials to get the job done.

Materials:

  • Clean recycled sauce jars
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Tarp
  • Painter’s tape
  • Newspaper
  • Glitter Blast spray paint
  • Fresh flowers

Instructions:

Make sure you sauce jars are clean and dry. I like to save all sizes because you’ll never know when you’ll need them!

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Turn them upside down and spray paint them in a well-ventilated area. I sprayed three light coats of metallic gold.

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Once they are dry, use Painter’s tape to tape off the area you would like glittered.  Again, I used three light and even coats of Krylon’s Glitter Blast spray paint. . I used the colors Posh Pink, Silver Flash, and Fierce Fuchsia. Allow them to dry.

gold and glitter mason jars

I filled my vases with water and made an arrangement of fresh peonies and roses.

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Isn’t it pretty??? Here are a few more pictures.

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For one of them, I decided to wrap a little lace and make a “welcome home” tag to give to my best friend as a house warming gift for her new house! It’s a great gift for teachers appreciation and Mother’s Day too!

mason jar house warming gift

These would also make great inexpensive bridal shower, baby shower, wedding, or birthday party centerpieces.  The possibilities are endless with color combinations as well. You can embellish them further with lace, ribbon, or burlap.

Father’s Day Gift Wrapping and Printable

by Dinah Wulf

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Did you know that a 5X7 frame fits perfectly in a Cheez-It’s box? Me neither until now! I, of course, am too cheap to buy gift wrapping boxes.  As you can see here and here and here… oh and here! Man I am thrifty! With Father’s Day around the corner, I thought I’d do a quick and easy free printable and I happen to throw in this Eco-Friendly Father’s Day Gift Wrapping idea.

We bought my husband a frame for his desk at work and put my daughter’s most recent school photo in it. I really should have taken a picture before I wrapped it because it was a fantastic repurposing idea. I bought it at Tall Mouse.  It was a frame covered in old computer keys. It is so cute and perfect for my husband’s desk at work.  Maybe I’ll have to make one myself.

See? It fits perfectly in the box!

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I wrapped it with blue wrapping paper and embellished it with Washi tape and some other decorative tape I had.

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I created a simple printable and tied it on!

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I was going to stop there, but then I thought that since I already made it, why not share it! So feel free to download this free Father’s Day printable here:

Happy Father’s Day Printable

I embellished my tag with patterned scrapbook paper and more Washi tape. Cute, right? I can’t wait to give it to my husband.

In case you need some more eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas, check out a round up post I did.

 

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!

Clever Trash to Treasure Earth Day Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

Trash to Treasure Earth Day Crafts

Earth Day is next week already! I swear it was just Christmas. Where does the time go? In honor of this important national holiday, I thought I’d put together some fun and clever trash to treasure Earth Day Crafts.  Each craft has a step by step photo tutorial done by yours truly! I hope you try some out!

Recycled Mason Jar Lantern

I still have these macramé lanterns hanging in my back yard. They are great especially this time of year in southern California while entertaining outdoors. I light the tea lights before sunset and they stay lit for several hours.

Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath

Can you believe it cost me nothing to make this butterfly wreath? I made it out of branches from my backyard and a wire hanger.  I decorated it with butterflies I cut out of an old book and used beads and twine for the antennas.

Repurposed Phonebook Flowers

Does anyone use a phone book anymore? Here’s a fun craft you can do with all those pages.

Recycled Book Page Wreath Tutorial

This is another great wreath tutorial. I made this one also out of book pages. For the wreath I used Plumber’s insulation.

Hollow Book Safe How To

This makes a great gift. It’s a clever way of hiding some important things or extra money in an old hardback book.

Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Pillow

I had bought some old coffee bean sacks at a flea market and ended up making some fun outdoor pillows for my back patio.

 

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.

DIY Gift Wrapping

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

15 Minute Craft: Paper Towel Roll Valentine Scroll

by Dinah Wulf

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Woo hoo! Another series of Craft Lightening is here and I am sharing a fun recycled Valentine that my daughter and I made for my husband (hopefully he doesn’t see this post before Valentine’s Day)! This craft only takes fifteen minutes (or less) to make.  Here is how we made our Paper Towel Roll Valentine Scroll.

Materials:

  • Two paper towel rolls
  • Three sheets of scrap book paper
  • Paper cutter
  • Double sided tape (or glue)
  • Computer (optional)
  • Ribbon

Instructions:

First cut two pieces of paper (in the same color) with a paper cutter in 8X11 pieces. These will cover the paper towel rolls at each end of the scroll. Cut a third piece of scrapbook paper in a size 11X12. This will be the center piece that the letter is on.

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On both of your 8X11 pieces, place double sided tape (or glue) down the center to secure each paper towel roll.

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Next tape one of the paper towel roll ends to the center piece as shown.

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Fold it over and secure it with tape or glue.

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Repeat on the other side.

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Write your message on the blank side of your scroll.  We typed it, printed it, and taped it inside with a boarder (optional).  Our message said:

Daddy,

On this special Valentine’s Day,

There are a few things I want to say.

Even though I’m only three years old,

I know you love me more than gold.

And when push comes to shove,

You’ll always be my first love.

Because when I’m older and give life a whirl,

I’ll remember that I’ll always be your little girl.

Will you be my Valentine, Daddy?

Love, Mia

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You can roll it right up with the message inside…

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…and the patterned part on the outside.

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Lastly, add a pretty bow!

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Thank you to Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts for allowing me to participate in another fun Craft Lightening!  If you want to see some of my other 15 minute crafts you might like:

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.

Best of DIY Inspired 2013

by Dinah Wulf

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Happy New Year!!!!!! I can’t believe it’s 2014.  I remember New Year’s 1994 when I was 18 and thinking that 20 years was SO far away.  What happened? Where does the time go? I feel that way with blogging too.  It’s been over two and a half years now and just FLYING by. At the end of last year I wrote Top 15 Recycled Crafts and Projects of 2012 and I swear that wasn’t 12 months ago…Geesh! This year I decided to do the Best of DIY Inspired 2013. All nine of these posts have been shared over a thousand times, some several thousand…what?? Here we go!

Best Storage and Organization PostCraft Room Ideas  

This was when I turned an extra room into the official craft room AKA, my sanctuary.

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Best UpcycleRecycled Map Drawer Makeover

As you can see in that last post, my drawers in the craft room were naked. This post took care of that!

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Best Trash to Treasure PostStuffed Animal Toy Storage

Literally trash to treasure, I turned a plant hanger I found in the garbage into toy storage for my daughter’s room.

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Best Recycled Craft ProjectCoffee Filter Flowers

I made this bouquet of paper flowers out of coffee filters and book pages.

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Best Kid’s “Stuff” PostReading Nook for Kids

One of my best ideas to date because it encourages my daughter to read or be read to!

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Best Thrift Store Makeover- Painting Old Furniture

Best $5.00 I ever spent :) 

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Best 15 Minute Craft- DIY Rope Vase

This is an easy way to update a boring glass vase.

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Best Theme PartyAlice in Wonderland First Birthday

This is another fun theme party from my best friend who just started blogging too! Go visit her at Simply Creative Ways!

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Best Holiday PostElf on the Shelf Ideas

And finally, this post along with this Two Dozen Elf on the Shelf Ideas post were done in December but shared a lot! Oh and did I mention it started an obsession! Yikes!

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#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!