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02nd May2013

DIY Pedestal Bowl

by Dinah Wulf

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

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

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

Tip #2: The wider the candlestick the sturdier.

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

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

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

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

 

24th Apr2013

How to Remove Wax from Glass

by Dinah Wulf

I cannot tell a lie.  Sometimes I purchase items because of the container it comes in.  There.  I said it.  In particular, candles are a splurge for me because they are often “expensive”, so I have to wait until they go on sale.  One thing I CAN count on is that I KNOW I will reuse the glass candle container for other things.  I searched online for how to remove wax from glass and the one I liked the most was from Aunt Peaches.  She had a fantastic tutorial (and funny too) and it worked great!  Here is my version of how to remove candle wax from glass.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Used glass candle containers
  • Boiling water
  • Plastic utensil
  • Paper towel
  • Warm soap and water

Here are the glass containers I started out with.  Don’t worry about the label and soot,  I’ll address that too.

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First, boil water in a teapot and pour it into your container.

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Next, wait.  Wait until the remaining wax floats to the surface. And the water cools.  I am approximating about 45 minutes.  It will look something like this.

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Next, take your plastic utensil and scrap off the wax and wick base onto a paper towel and discard.  That’s it!! Easy!

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To remove the label and soot, I soaked the containers in warm soapy water and gently scrubbed until they were clean.

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Here is what they look like after!

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I’m using these particular vases for craft room storage, but consider using them for flowers in a centerpiece or holding make-up brushes or toothbrushes in your bathroom.

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Make sure you check out Aunt Peaches original post on this because she has some other great tips and tricks!

 

22nd Apr2013

Recycled Kid’s Craft: Cereal Box Puzzles

by Dinah Wulf

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

Materials:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17th Apr2013

12 Recycled Book Page Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

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

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Book Page Heart Garland {Tutorial}

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

DIY Recycled Craft Jars {Tutorial}

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

Book Folding Art Piece {Tutorial}

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

Book Page Napkin Rings and Name Cards

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

Recycled Book Page Art

Use book pages as the canvas for your paintings.

Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath {Tutorial}

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

Phone Book Origami Flowers {Tutorial}

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

Paper Flower Magnets {Tutorial}

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

Book Page Gift Bow {Tutorial}

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

Water Colored Book Page Flowers {Tutorial}

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

Book Page Wreath {Tutorial}

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

How to Make a Secret Book Safe {Tutorial}

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

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15th Apr2013

Recycled Straw Necklace Craft for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

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Lucky for me, I get to spend at least two times a week with my best friends and their kids.  We try to schedule play dates every Tuesday and Thursday.  Our little ones have become so close they treat each other like sisters (AKA, an occasional hit or raised voice).  Often times we try to come up with a craft the girls can do together.  Most recently we made these cute recycled straw necklace craft.  I got this idea from Jamie over at hands on: as we grow.  She is one of my main resources for the activities I do with Mia.  This kid’s activity in particular is great for fine motor skills.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn
  • Straws
  • Scissors
  • Craft Punches
  • Paper scraps

We chose some of our favorite colored yarn. Cut different lengths for bracelets, anklets, or necklaces. We cut them extra-long for the younger kids.

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We also used various craft punches to create our own “beads” with circles and flowers from scrapbook paper scraps I had left over from other projects. Make sure the hole is large enough for little fingers to maneuver.

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You can pre-cut the straws, or if your child is old enough you can allow them to do it with safety scissors.

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Here are our little ones in action.  Please ignore the dirt on my daughter’s face and shirt… oh and the disheveled hair…they were playing outside I swear!  Ha!

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The girls (ages 2-5) had a great time and were happy to take and wear them home from our play date.

12th Apr2013

Earth Day Inspired DIY Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

On April 22nd, it doesn’t matter what age, race, religion or gender you are, millions of people from across the globe will come together to honor the earth on Earth Day. Teaching our children at a young age to respect Mother Nature is essential. As we all know, they learn better by seeing and doing, so have fun with Earth Day crafts and education.

Simply, it’s about cleaning up, saving water, turning off electronics, planting trees and gardens, rescuing animals, reducing pollution, avoiding littering, reducing, reusing and recycling. It’s about loving the world each and every day — not just Earth Day. Dig in the dirt with these fun (and educational, shhh…) crafts. It’s not like you won’t be making a trip to the local craft store anytime soon (nudge nudge).

Recycled Crayon Hanging Window Art

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Each recycled crayon hanging window piece will be a complete original. No two can be the same — perfect for your quirky little one. This is a great gift for all of your friends and family this coming Earth day. Really get into it and make one for each family member to remind them to reduce their carbon footprint this year. Send the little packets through a Pitney Bowes meter to save the earth from postage and labels. Make everything this day about the Earth. Supplies you will need:

  • Earth-colored crayons (blue, green, brown and white)
  • Paper towel
  • Wax Paper
  • Spring
  • Scissors
  • Iron

Lay wax paper as your work surface and draw a circle with a glass or stencil. Parents, use the scissors to make crayon shavings with the colors listed above. While the children are placing the colored shavings in the circle, you can explain to them about the blue water, green grass, brown land and white clouds. Cut a twelve-inch long piece of string, double over, place the open ends together and lay them onto the crayon shavings. The string will serve as a hanger once the crayon melts and cools as in the next steps. Carefully place a second piece of wax paper on top of the shavings. Next, layer a paper towel on the wax. On low setting, (you, mom) apply heat to melt shavings and cool. Trim your little earth into a circle (don’t cut the string). Carefully peel of each side of the wax and tada — earth-friendly window art.

Bright idea! Make a second smaller circle with just black, white and gray to represent the moon and hang side by side.

Eggshell Planters

Thank you Ms. Stewart for this idea. With spring in the air and sunshine aplenty, teach your little ones to be little gardeners by transforming egg shells into little pots to hold dirt, seeds, moss, succulents and flowers – or whatever is your unique design. Whether you want your own flowers or herbs to sprout from seedlings or prefer a matured plant, fill half an eggshell with dirt and plant seeds according to the packet instructions. Or place the succulents and moss in the dirt and arrange them pretty.

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Can you guess the recommended shell holder? That’s right, they’ll fit perfectly in the egg carton, which you can put right in the windowsill enabling your new little friends to get plenty of sun. Teach your kids about watering plants and watch their eyes brighten when they begin to see the planted seeds sprout into little flowers or delight in their pride of creating a happy little succulent garden.

03rd Apr2013

Bethany from Whistle and Ivy

by Dinah Wulf

I am ecstatic to feature Bethany from Whistle and Ivy today!  Bethany is multi-talented from her party throwing and sewing skills to her crafty know-how.  On her blog you can find craft tutorials, recipes, and original sewing patterns (I’m a fan of her Barba Beanie).  I personally admire her humor and photography skills.

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Pink Baby Shower

Here is a baby shower for her sister with the color scheme pink and orange.  She served colored deviled eggs, orange cream cupcakes and make-your-own fruit pizzas.  Be sure to check out the rest of her decorations, diaper cake, and party favors.

Framed Earring Holder

Jewelry Organizer

She also has a tutorial for turning an old thrifted frame into a cute earring holder.  With a few materials and the fabric rosettes she made to embellish the frame, Bethany made organizing quite stylish!

Upcycle T-shirt into Baby Bib

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I may have saved the best for last!  Bethany decided to put a pile of t-shirts destined for Goodwill to good use and started making bibs for her baby. She said that they are so fun to decorate and customize.  Complete with a pattern for an owl applique, this project was a fantastic upcycle!

A big THANK YOU to Bethany for sharing her fabulous creations!  You can follow her on Facebook and Google+ to see what she’s up to!

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25th Mar2013

Plastic Cup Garbage Can

by Dinah Wulf

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My best friend Jenny had a brilliant craft idea the other day (BTW, it was recently her birthday!  Happy Birthday, Best Friend!).  She told me that being the busy on the go mom that she is, she always keeps a large fast food plastic cup in her car for all the litter she accrues throughout the day from having four kids.  This plastic cup garbage can for her car is very handy; she admitted however her main complaint is that it’s ugly.  So, together we decided to make a car garbage can by recycling large plastic fast food cups.  Similar to making a recycled drink container sunglasses case or pencil holder.

Here is what you need:

  • Large plastic cup with a lid
  • Scissors
  • Decorative paper
  • Paper Cutter
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Embellishments like craft punches or stickers (optional)

Here are the cups we used.  Make sure it fits in the cup holder of your car!  Some are too large.  It’s also best if you have a lid to hide the trash.

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We picked out some of our favorite patterns and colors and using a paper cutter, cut out strips to decoupage onto the cup.  The angles of your strips will vary depending on the size and circumference of your cup… this part is a bit tricky.

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Using a decoupage medium, apply several layers onto the cup allowing it to dry completely in between each coat.

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Embellish your cup however you’d like.  We used craft punches for flowers and circles for the lid and stickers to spell out “trash”.

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Allow it to dry completely… tah dah!  There you have it… an aesthetically pleasing trash can for your car!

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I hope you enjoyed this creative way to recycle plastic!

 

**Being the creative recycler that I am, I am excited to partner up with Arrowhead® 100% Mountain Spring Water’s ReBorn™ Bottle made with 50% recycled plastic! Join me and Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water in the recycling movement today! What are some creative crafty ways to recycle a plastic water bottle?** #Spon

 

21st Mar2013

10 Mason Jar Craft Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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

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Mason Jar Tea Light {Tutorial}

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

Mason Jar Craft Storage

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

Colored Mason Jar {Tutorial}

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

Easy Mason Jar Centerpiece

Always have clean Mason jars ready for simple holiday displays.

Burlap Mason Jar Vases

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

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser {Tutorial}

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

Macramé Mason Jar Hanging Lantern {Tutorial}

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

Candy Mason Jar {Tutorial}

A personalized gift idea with decorative knobs and Mason jars.

Frosted Mason Jars {Tutorial}

How to frost Mason jars.

Mason Jar Drinking Glasses

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

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

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20th Mar2013

Recycled Clock Watch Display Case

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so excited to have Lilly Meehan back today to share her Recycled Clock Watch Display Case.  Be sure to check out her other DIY Inspired thrifty makeover contributions, her upcycled thrift store penny table and her thrift store chair makeover.  Thanks again, Lilly for sharing!

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Written By: Lilly Meehan, Ventura, CA

I used to collect heart shaped watches.  I stopped collecting and wearing them a few years ago.  In cleaning out for a garage sale, I decided to do this project. A small clock was purchased at a thrift store.   The mechanism of the clock was removed and all the inner workings. Glitter paper was placed as a background and a plastic circle was added for strength.  The frame was painted to match.  Each watch had the band removed and was cleaned.

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Notice that the watch in the 1:00 position is set to 1:00, the watch set in the 2:00 position is set to 2:00, and so on.  Some unused post earrings were added for even more bling.  The watches in the center are set to my birth date. I was born on July 16, so the top three are set to 7:16.  Now I can enjoy the collection in a visual display despite not wearing the watches anymore.

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I was going to make it a working clock at first, and did buy a new clock mechanism for that reason.  However, it was just so busy as is and it seemed unnecessary to add the watch hands.  I made it not to be used in a practical sense but to be a display piece.  In the past I have made several jeweled Christmas trees from old rhinestone/costume jewelry, this is along those same lines.

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18th Mar2013

Stuffed Animal Toy Storage

by Dinah Wulf

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

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

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

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

15th Mar2013

Drink Mix Container Drink Sunglasses Case

by Dinah Wulf

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

Materials:

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

Here is the container that I used.

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See?  It fit my sunglasses perfectly!

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

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

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

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

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Here are two more AFTER photos.

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

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14th Mar2013

Arrowhead Holiday Water Bottles

by Dinah Wulf

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Did you know about Arrowhead® 100% Mountain Spring Water’s ReBorn™ Bottle made with 50% recycled plastic? By recycling more, you’re helping us get closer to our goal of making our 500mL ReBorn™ bottles with 100% recycled plastic! This isn’t Arrowhead’s first environmental initiative. And it won’t be our last. In fact, Arrowhead has a long history of treating Mother Nature right.

  1. The new Reborn bottle material that can be recycled again and again, so there is no end to its usefulness.
  2. Arrowhead preserves and protects their carefully selected natural spring sources (and acres surrounding them) to sustainable sourcing of our waters
  3. Arrowhead uses LEED certified facilities to utilizing wind turbines for renewable energy
  4. Arrowhead is constantly improving packaging

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Join Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water in the recycling movement today!

I am so excited to have partnered up with Arrowhead in this recycling movement.  I wanted to share some creative ways to use plastic water bottles.  I had made this pineapple candy holder to give away as a gift but with St. Patrick’s Day and Easter coming up, thought I’d make some cute water labels for the get-togethers I’ll be attending.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Arrowhead® 100% Mountain Spring Water’s ReBorn™ Bottle
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Ribbon
  • Holiday stickers
  • Circle craft punch
  • Tape or glue

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I cut 9”X1.5” strips of paper or ribbon to fit around the Arrowhead bottle label and used tape to secure it.  I embellished the bottle with stickers and used circle craft punches for the medallion in the center.  These are inexpensive and easy to make and will add a little extra fun and personality to your St. Patrick’s Day and Easter get-together.

Join me and show your support for Arrowhead’s recycling efforts!  

A big THANK YOU to Arrowhead for sponsoring today’s post!

 

12th Mar2013

St. Patrick’s Day Craft: Pot of Gold

by Dinah Wulf

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Being a known craft hoarder among my circle of friends, I am often given a craft challenge.  For example, my friend Amanda gave me a sandwich bag of coin wrappers and I made flowers out of them.  Most recently, my friend Jenny gave me some baby food jars.  With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner I decided to make a little chalkboard paint pot of gold with chocolate coins to give out as a gift or use as a favor.  Here is a St. Patrick’s Day Craft: Pot of Gold.

Materials:

  • Recycled baby food jars
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Toothpicks or BBQ skewers
  • Cotton balls
  • Gold ribbon
  • Green ribbon
  • Any small craft punch related to St. Patrick’s Day or Springtime (I used a flower)
  • Glue
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Chocolate gold coins
  • Colored paper scraps in rainbow colors

First, clean remove the label with warm soapy water and dry your jars.

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To make the banner, punch out two of each color and use glue to attach it to your green ribbon.  Tie the ends to your toothpicks to make a small banner.

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Line the edge of the jar with gold ribbon by gluing it and glue on cotton balls to form a cloud on top of the lid.  Hot glue the sticks to the lid of the jar maneuvering it until it is sturdy.

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Paint the jar with chalkboard paint using a paint brush.  I painted my jar with two coats, allowing one hour in between coats.  Let the final coat of chalkboard paint dry for 24 hours, allowing it to cure before writing on it with chalk.

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Write the recipient’s name on your jar, or “Happy St. Patrick’s day” and fill it with gold chocolate coins!

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