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.
Cans and jars
Newspaper or old packing paper
You can use any type of can or jar. When I thought of this project I had a collection already.
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.
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.
I chose Krylon’s Blue Ocean Breeze and Citrus Green.
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!
I filled them with colorful inexpensive flowers I got from the grocery store.
Here are a few more pictures. I am LOVING these two colors together.
This project is great because you can play around with the colors to fit any style, holiday, or special occasion.
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.
Toilet Paper Rolls (duh!)
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!
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.
Next, I simply rolled the bottle in some tissue paper and inserted it into the roll.
Next, I tied a ribbon on each end.
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.
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!
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.
Here we go!
Check Lists and Camping Tips: Checklists, tips, and tricks to help prepare you for a successful and safe family vacation.
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.
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!
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.
Clean recycled sauce jars
Metallic spray paint
Glitter Blast spray paint
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!
Turn them upside down and spray paint them in a well-ventilated area. I sprayed three light coats of metallic gold.
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.
I filled my vases with water and made an arrangement of fresh peonies and roses.
Isn’t it pretty??? Here are a few more pictures.
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!
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.
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!
I wrapped it with blue wrapping paper and embellished it with Washi tape and some other decorative tape I had.
I created a simple printable and tied it on!
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:
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.
Krylon Sea Glass Spray Paint
Mason Jars or Recycled Jars
Pipe Repair Clamps
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.
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.
I actually already had Pipe Repair Clamps that I bought when a hardware store went out of business months ago.
I inserted some old spaghetti sauce jars and tightened the clamps.
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.
I attached the baskets with S hooks. S hooks also make it easy to rearrange the baskets if needed.
Here are a couple AFTER photos. I also used clothespins on the wires to attach some things.
I am so pleased with how it turned out! For more craft room storage ideas, check out this post and this post!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Once it was dry, I wrapped them in some pretty paper and added a ribbon.
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!
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!
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.
Two paper towel rolls
Three sheets of scrap book paper
Double sided tape (or glue)
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.
On both of your 8X11 pieces, place double sided tape (or glue) down the center to secure each paper towel roll.
Next tape one of the paper towel roll ends to the center piece as shown.
Fold it over and secure it with tape or glue.
Repeat on the other side.
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:
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?
You can roll it right up with the message inside…
…and the patterned part on the outside.
Lastly, add a pretty bow!
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:
Thank you to REPREVE for sponsoring, Encourage a Creative Green Living with your Kids.
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
Sturdy plastic containers
Glass sauce Mason jars
We have been able to come up with some fun random recycled craft projects like these that are showcased on Inheriting Our Planet!
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.
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.
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.
I decided on this one because it was nice and wide and perfect for repurposing.
I looked for knobs and pulls as well, but didn’t find what I wanted so I ventured to Home Depot to get these.
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.
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.
I used the drill to add my pulls as well! I loved the way it turned out.
Here are a couple close ups.
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.
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!
Thank you to REPREVE for sponsoring todays post, #TurnItGreen With REPREVE Recycled! All opinions are 100% my own!
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!
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:
You KNOW I love a good Mason jar craft. I’ve even done a round-up of Mason Jar Crafts in the past. Most recently, I glittered some for to look like candy corn for Halloween and Fall. This time, I wanted to come up with something quick and easy. Specifically, I wanted to make this Metallic Mason Jar Centerpiece because it was a great décor piece to transition from Christmas to New Years. As an added bonus, it only take about 15 minutes to make!
Here’s what I used, but you can make any variation to fit your décor.
Mason jars or Recycled sauce jars
Metallic spray paint
Raffia and twine
Silver serving platter
Gold and silver ornaments
Tea light holders
My favorite jars to save are the Classico sauce jars (notice I don’t have any recipes on this blog… yes, I use sauce in a jar a lot of the time!) They come in a couple sizes and they are pretty without the label. Also, the label comes off SUPER easily. All you need is a little hot soapy water and the abrasive side of a sponge and you are good to go!
I sprayed the jars upside down in a well-ventilated area. I only needed one coat for these.
The jars look plain but I wanted to add a little raffia and twine to the top.
I found the platter and ornaments at the 99 cent store… SCORE! I thought it turned out quite nice for a 15 minute craft project!