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.

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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.

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Step Three:

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

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Step Four:

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

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

24 Mason Jar and Book Page Recycled Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

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

11 Easy Mason Jar Crafts

13 Recycled Book Page Crafts

Recycled Plastic Jug Robot Bank Kids Craft

by Dinah Wulf

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We save a lot of our plastic containers and reuse them for several things.  This time, Mia and I decided to make a robot bank out of a recycled plastic jug. Mia named him “Mr. Robot”. She speaks in a deep voice whenever she refers to him which cracks me up! We made our robot out of things we already had. Here is our list of materials. You may have different items around the house so this list can vary.

Materials:

  • Plastic jug
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Various craft punches
  • Bottle caps
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pompoms

Instructions:

This is what our plastic jug looked like BEFORE.

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The first thing Mia said was that he was naked, so she picked some green paper out of our scrap paper bin and we gave him clothes.

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Mia is three and a half. This is a great age for child safety scissors and craft punches.  I let her cut and punch out what she wanted.

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She made eyes out of circle punches and bottle caps, nose and ears out of pompoms, a mouth out of a plastic top, and I cut out a mustache and bow tie that she glued on herself.

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This is her posing with Mr. Robot. She’s such a ham!

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She said he was missing a hat so we made one out of scrap paper and added a flower on top with some craft punches. Here he is!

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I used hot glue for some of it and she used a glue stick for the hat embellishments, mustache, and box tie. We loved how he turned out! She didn’t want to glue the hat on so the cap can easily be opened. We are going to use him as a bank and fill him with coins.

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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.

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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!

Metallic Mason Jar Centerpiece

by Dinah Wulf

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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.

Materials:

  • Mason jars or Recycled sauce jars
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Raffia and twine
  • Tea lights
  • 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!

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I sprayed the jars upside down in a well-ventilated area. I only needed one coat for these.

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The jars look plain but I wanted to add a little raffia and twine to the top.

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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!

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Check out more of my Mason Jar Crafts!

 

9 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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

Recycled Food Containers & Dyed Coffee Filter Flowers

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

Brown Paper Bag with Neon Color Gift Wrapping

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

Dyed Book Page or Newspaper Flowers

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

Recycled Box Gift Bags

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

Recycled Food Box Gift Bags 

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

Recycled Coin Wrapper Gift Embellishment

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

Repurposed Coffee Can Gift Set

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

Recycled Baby Food Jar Gifts

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

Pringle’s Can “Pull Me” Gift Kits

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

Gift Card Pairing Ideas for the Holidays

by Dinah Wulf

Gift Card Pairing Ideas is sponsored by Ralph’s.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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I’ve often heard people say “gift cards are so impersonal”.  On the contrary, gift cards allow the recipient to buy what their hearts desire without the hassles and hurts of playing the return and exchange game. I’ve put together a fun list of creative gift card pairing ideas to make the “impersonal” a thoughtful and stand out holiday gift. Oh! And of course I had to throw in my own upcycled DIY tutorial!

My husband and I went to Ralph’s and were inspired by so many ideas.  We searched the aisles to look for creative gift card pairing ideas… and I must say we were EASILY inspired! We came up with several ideas to fit many different types of people like, co-workers, picky family members, and fellow Moms. More on this later… I want to share with you what I ended up buying my in-laws along with a gift card from Ralph’s.

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My in-laws are coffee drinkers like me, so we bought two recycled eco-friendly Aladdin coffee travel mugs, a bag of their favorite Starbucks coffee, and some Private Selection Carmel Sea Salt hot cocoa.

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I decided to make my own gift box out of a recycled food box. I cut it to size leaving the top open.

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To cover it, I used:

  • Recycled burlap coffee bean sack
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Paper (optional)

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The burlap I used was a little see-through, so I covered the box with paper to hide the writing.  I had this burlap coffee sack left over from when I made my recycled coffee bean sack pillows. I used a glue gun to secure the burlap in place.

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I stuffed the inside with some extra burlap scraps and placed my items gift card inside.  It turned out quite sturdy and cute!

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Here are some other gift card pairing ideas we came up with while inspired by walking up and down the aisles of Ralph’s:

  1. Dessert theme:  ice cream cones, sprinkles, chocolate and caramel sauce, and cherries
  2. Baby theme: any baby products along with your gift card
  3. Nail theme: nail clippers, nail file, nail polish, cotton balls
  4. Spa theme: face mask, wash glove, loofa, sponge, lotion
  5. Mixed drink theme: any of the Bonny shakers, corckscrew, jigger, or cocktail strainers, and a bottle of liquor
  6. Wine theme: bottle of wine, wine charms, wine bag, and corkscrew

The list goes on and on but those are our favorites.  We wanted to give a big THANK YOU to Ralph’s for sponsoring this post and inspiring us!

Recycled Christmas Card Bottle Cap Magnets

by Dinah Wulf

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

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

Here are the materials you need:

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

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

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

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

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

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See-Through Owl Halloween Party Favors

by Dinah Wulf

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See-Through Owl Halloween Party Favors was originally written for my other blog that I had to say farewell to! BUT, the good news is that I still wanted to share this fun owl craft with you.

We are having a few friends over this year to take our kids trick-or-treating on Halloween.  I just couldn’t resist making a few favors for this small get together. I started out by putting together some tasty favor bags filled with spooky eyeballs and Halloween colored gumballs, Halloween Mix Sixlets, colorful Foiled Solid Milk Balls, and Solid Milk Jack-O-Lantern Discs.

I made my own tags with cardstock and Halloween craft punches.

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I also wanted to make a fun recycled craft out of old food boxes and Ziploc bags.  I wanted to make sure you could see the colorful candies inside.  Here’s how I made these cute see-through Owl Halloween Party Favors.

Materials:

  • Cardboard food boxes
  • Ziploc bags
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Stapler and staples
  • Glue stick
  • 2” circle craft punch
  • 4” circle craft punch
  • Black cardstock
  • Orange cardstock

First, cut your boxes so that they are easy to work with.  For these favors, I cut 6”X 3.5” pieces. Each favor uses two pieces (front and back).

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Next, using a 2” circle punch, punch two holes for the eyes.

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Punch out 4” circles for the eyes, punching a 2” hole inside on black cardstock.  Cut a small triangle in orange for the beak.

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Line the inside of your front with a Ziploc bag, securing it with tape

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You want your favor to look like this.

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Staple the three sides of your favor box together, leaving the top open. Glue on the eyes and beak.  Insert your candy and staple the center. Close the top right and left with tape. For these favors, I used candy coated chocolates in fun Halloween colors.

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There you have it… adorable See-Through Owl Halloween Party Favors!

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