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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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07th Mar2013

Repurposed Vintage Door Knobs

by Dinah Wulf

One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is peruse vintage flea markets.  I have noticed that you can find vintage door knobs in abundance and for a decent price.  They come in various colors and styles and in in different materials like glass and metal as well.  Sometimes you can even find the original matching door knob plate.  I thought I’d put together some ideas for repurposing vintage door knobs.  The more patina there is, the more beautiful and unique the project.  Here are seven fantastic inspirations for repurposed vintage door knobs.

This is a vintage glass door knob photo holder from Etsy shop, RustiqueArt.

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Here is another clever and fun idea for a photo holder.

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I love the idea of using a pretty glass door knob as a curtain tie back.

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Here is a cute idea from Restoring the Roost in which she made a useful door knob hanger for aprons in her kitchen.  She also suggests this for hanging coats in your mudroom.

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I love this similar idea for a door knob coat rack using salvaged wood.  It doubles as a pretty art piece as well.

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A great way to display and organize jewelry, here is a door knob necklace holder.

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This may be one of my favorites and one I may have to steal!  I like this idea of using the door knob and the plates for holding towels in your bathroom from Not Just a Housewife.

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I hope you enjoyed these fun ideas.  Can you think of more creative ways to repurpose a door knob?

06th Mar2013

Recycled Arrowhead Water Bottle Pineapple

by Dinah Wulf

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I’m excited to partner up with Arrowhead® 100% Mountain Spring Water’s ReBorn™ Bottle made with 50% recycled plastic! Recycling is one of the easiest and most beneficial ways we can all help the environment. Sadly, only about 30% of PET plastic bottles get recycled. For recycling to work, we all have to do our part. Unfortunately, not all plastic bottles are made with recycled plastic. It’s Arrowheads goal to continue increasing the use of recycled materials in their bottles, but they need everyone’s help. Currently, there isn’t enough recycled plastic available for Arrowhead to make 100% rPET bottles. Join me in the Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water in the recycling movement today! I’m also excited to share the recycled Arrowhead water bottle pineapple my daughter and I made.

 

Make recycling a part of your family’s routine.  My daughter Mia and I not only recycle all our paper, plastic, and glass in our home, but we also recycle creatively by repurposing old or discarded things and turn them into something new and useful.  Today I want to share our Recycled Plastic Water Bottle Pineapple we made to give as a gift to a family member who LOVES pineapple candy.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Two Arrowhead® 100% Mountain Spring Water’s ReBorn™ Bottles
  • Craft knife
  • Green scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape and/or glue
  • Yellow ribbon or adhesive ribbon
  • Hot glue and glue gun

First, we started with the leaves of the pineapple.  Make a cone shape out of the green scrapbook paper and secure it with tape.

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Cut out several triangles in varying lengths and sizes.

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Tape the leaves around the cone, forming the leaves of the pineapple as shown.

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Here is what the top should look like.

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To make the body of the pineapple, cut two Arrowhead® 100% Mountain Spring Water’s ReBorn™ Bottles in half using a craft knife.

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Fill the bottle halves with the candy of your choice.  If the candy you choose is not yellow in color, you can always paint the inside of the pineapple with yellow craft paint.  I used an adhesive ribbon to secure the two halves together.  If you do not have adhesive ribbon, tape the halves together first and then cover the tape with yellow ribbon.

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Here is what the body should look like.

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Attach the leaves to the top of the pineapple with hot glue.

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There you have it!

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Before I leave you, here are some important facts about recycling:

1. U.S. plastic beverage bottle recycling rates are only at about 30%

2. 2.8 Billion plastic bottles ended up in California landfills in 2011

3. Even though a package says it is “100% recycleABLE”, that does not mean it is made with recyclED plastic.  It just means it CAN BE recycled.  In fact, most containers are not made of recycled plastic.

Recycled plastic is simply a better source of plastic. It’s part of Arrowhead’s ongoing commitment to preserving our natural springs, and ensures that every bit of Arrowhead, both inside and out, is truly Born Better.  Click here to learn more!

A big THANK YOU to Arrowhead Waters for sponsoring this post! 

 

05th Mar2013

Easy Coffee Filter Paper Flowers

by Dinah Wulf

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Ever since I purchase a reusable plastic coffee filter, I have had extra paper coffee filters in my cupboard.   I took them out once before, and was inspired to make this coffee filter wreath that turned out quite nice.  Since then I have search for recycled coffee filter ideas and have found quite a few. I particularly liked the coffee filter flowers so I decided to try my own version.  Here is a SUPER easy coffee filter paper flowers how-to by yours truly.

Materials:

  • Coffee filters (4 per flower)
  • Small rubber bands or small hair bands
  • Wooden skewer or dowel
  • Old book pages
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun

There are many tutorials on this but I found this to be the absolute easiest and quickest way to make them.  I sat in my craft room for a few hours trying different ways!  You can also dye them by dipping the filters in a little bit of food coloring and water and allowing them to dry on newspaper for about 30 minutes.  I chose to keep mine white because I like the look of the starch white, old book pages, and green vase.

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Step One:

Pinch the center of one coffee filter and bunch upwards as shown above.

Step Two:

Set the first “bunch in the center of a second coffee filter and repeat the same bunching motion.

Step Three:

Repeat Step Two until you have four coffee filters. Using a small rubber band (I used a child sized hair band) and secure the top of the paper flower “stem”.  It will look like this.

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Step Four:

Cut out paper flower petals out of old book pages.

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Step Five:

Add a skewer or wooden dowel as a stem and hot glue on the book page petals.

Here is a picture of a smaller flower.  For this one I used four coffee filters, however I cut them about a half inch shorter.

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Hope you try it!

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25th Feb2013

100 Creative Ways to Recycle

by Dinah Wulf

I am very close to publishing 500 posts on this blog in less than two years! Geesh!! Looking back, many of these posts (if not all) are focused on reuse and repurposing.  I thought I’d put together a round-up of some of these amazing ideas I have found over the past several months.  Once you get the repurposing and upcycling bug, you see the world differently.  All of a sudden, you become a hoarder of toilet paper rolls and spaghetti jars.  You even think twice before selling a piece of furniture on Craigslist.  I stopped at 100, but I know there are many more!  They range from furniture transformations, craft projects, and home décor and organization ideas.  Some are quite simple, and some will take some DIY experience.  Here are 100 Creative Ways to Recycle.  Here we go!

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8 Ways to Recycle Coffee Filters

16 Stylish Headboards

7 Unique Repurposed Table Ideas

5 Repurposed Storage Ideas to Update an Entryway

15 Ways to Reuse Old Shutters

10 Ways to Repurpose a Door

6 Upcycling Ideas for the Kitchen

My Top 15 Recycled Craft Projects of 2012

7 Ideas for Repurposed Furniture in your Bathroom

11 Upcycled Lighting Ideas

I hope you enjoyed my recycling inspired round-up. Like I said, there are many more on this blog… at least one hundred I know for sure!

What are some creative ways that you recycle?  Are you a toilet paper hoarder like me?

22nd Feb2013

Painted Colored Glass Vases

by Dinah Wulf

I went thrift store shopping the other day in search of some new projects and came up empty handed.  I even went to five different thrift stores.  On my way home I pass Goodwill.  Being the cheapskate I am I didn’t plan on stopping in because I think their prices are too high, but having an already unsuccessful trip, I turned in.  As I walked through the doors I hear that there was a 50% off sale on green tagged items today over the intercom. Score! I ended up purchasing some glass vases.  I decided that painted colored glass vases would be a nice touch as decorative accents in my kitchen.

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Pictured below are the glasses I purchased.  I got all five of them for $6.95! When looking for glasses to paint, pay attention to the shape and texture of the glass to achieve your desired look.  Take the time to make your own arrangement on the store shelf to help you decide which ones to purchase.

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Here is what you need:

  • Glass vases in varied sizes and shapes
  • Acrylic craft paint in the desired colors
  • Paint brush for each paint color
  • Paper plates
  • Damp paper towel

Step One: Once you have chosen your vases, clean them with soap and water and dry them thoroughly.

Step Two: Apply a generous amount of paint. I mixed my paint first because I could not find the exact color I wanted.

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Step Three: Slowly tilt and turn the vase to cover the inside of the glass.  When you reach the lip of the vase, use a paint brush to neatly apply the paint and cover the entire inside of the glass.

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Step Four: Allow the paint to dry.

Here are some after photos:

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Note: I use these vases for decorative purposes only.  Do not fill with water or wash in the dishwasher.

13th Feb2013

Recycled Coin Wrapper Flowers

by Dinah Wulf

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Ever since I started this blog, one of my besties tells me she finds it difficult to throw things away.  She said she thinks to herself, “Dinah could make something out of this.”  So, when I saw her the other day she handed me a baggie of coin wrappers.  “Here, make something out of this.”  So starts my first recycled craft challenge.  After asking some Facebook friends on my page for inspiration, I decided to make recycled coin wrapper flowers.  Here are the wrappers I used.

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Now, let me just say that not all of my projects turn out quite like I picture them in my head (you are about to see my first published CRAFT FAIL!!).  My original intention was to make wall art out of these coin wrappers for my friend, but it didn’t turn out quite like I had planned. With that said, I think these flowers would be cute for ornaments, card making, or gift wrapping embellishments.  Here is how I made these cute little recycled coin wrapper paper flowers.

Materials:

  • Coin wrappers
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Rhinestones, buttons, or beads (for the center)

First, cut your wrapper into strips at the desired thickness as shown. I found that the thinner the flower, the more dainty and pretty it was.

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Next, bend each strip to form flower petals.

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Arrange the flower petals as you wish and glue them together.

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Add a rhinestone embellishment.  I tried painting the petals and found it tedious.  I also liked that you could tell that they were coin wrappers, so I decided not to paint them.

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Now for my CRAFT FAIL!!!!!

I bought canvas and tried to arrange my flowers in a cute pattern.  The plain white canvas was really boring… (BTW, the plastic is still on the canvas in this picture)

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…so I painted them… the colors were not quite right…

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I attempted to make an arrangement anyway… BLAH!!! I wasn’t satisfied and DEFINITELY not good enough to give to someone and expect them to hang them in their home!

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SOOOOO, I tried to layer them, but still didn’t like it.  I think I’ll just use them for gift wrapping or card making!  Oh well! I tried!

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08th Feb2013

Upcycled Lighting Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

I have written about repurposed lighting ideas before from inspirations I found while shopping out and about in retail stores.  I haven’t written about upcycled lighting ideas, however, from my internet shopping trips!  There are so many fantastic ideas out there… several I would have NEVER even dreamt of that I thought I’d put together another fun round-up of these interesting and repurposed creations.

Let’s start with the Kitchen!  OK so these first two aren’t for everyone, but I love the ingenuity of both vintage finds. (I apologize but I lost the source for the strainer light.  If you know it, please leave a comment so I can add it!)

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These are Repurposed Spoon Pendant lights by Designer Francois Legault.

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I love these Mason Jar lights from Etsy.

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This birdcage chandelier is one of my favorites from Design Sponge.

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This shabby chic pendant light is made from a basket.

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Love these!  They are globes turned pendent lamps!

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Can you believe that this floor lamp is made out of plastic knives?

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These fun DIY liquor bottle lamps have step by step instructions of Tip Junkie.

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Is this repurposed telephone a good idea or bad idea?

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I saved the most creative for last (well, most creative to me anyway).  This pendant lamp is made out of 1960’s plastic camping chairs!

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I hope these upcycled lighting ideas inspired to you to make your own!  What would you upcycle into a lamp???

 

17th Jan2013

Recycled Christmas Cookie Tin

by Dinah Wulf

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Every year for Christmas we get several yummy treats as gifts… it’s the best!  It seems, however, that every tasty indulgence comes in a tacky Christmas tin.  Why is that?  I love receiving these tins because they are so useful.  You can use them for organization in your pantry, craft room, office, or bathroom.  This time I received one that was the perfect size to hold my daughter’s crayons.  It is wide enough to show several colors at once, which seems to be important to my toddler.  Here is how I made a crayon holder out of a Recycled Christmas Cookie Tin.

Here is the BEFORE photo.

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Here is what you’ll need:

  • Christmas tin of your choice
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Decorative Paper
  • Scissors or Paper Cutter
  • Ruler

This craft project is SO easy that I even had my daughter help me (I probably don’t even need to write a tutorial, but here it is anyway!).  After all, this was for her.  First, I let her choose the paper she wanted. Using a paper cutter or scissors, and a ruler to measure the tin, cut your paper to size.

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Using a paint brush, paint on a thin coat of Mod Podge or watered down glue.  Put your decorative paper on top.  Smooth out any air bubbles.  Paint another layer of Mod Podge over the top of the paper and allow it to dry completely (approximately 15 minutes).

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Repeat this process to cover the rest of your container.

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I applied two coats.

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Here is another after photo.

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Here are some more fun trash to treasure ideas and tutorials!

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