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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More Paper Flower Tutorials:

 

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?

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.

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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 More Paper Flower Tutorials:

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!)

vintage bowl pendant

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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???

 

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!

Upcycling Ideas for the Kitchen

by Dinah Wulf

Writing this blog, I see so many amazing and creative upcycling ideas.  Upcycling is when you take something old or unused and turn it into something more useful and beautiful.   It’s not a new idea by any means; rather I think it has become more of a fun a trend in today’s tough economy.   I’ve done my share of recycled craft projects but some people just amaze me with the things that they create.  Today, I wanted to focus specifically on upcycling ideas for the kitchen.

This if a fun idea from Sweet Something Design.  She turned a “hideous glitter tray” she found at a discount craft store, spray painted it a glossy white, and covered it with recycled bottle caps that she also spray painted in her favorite Summer time colors.  With a layer of acrylic water on top, she turned this unwanted tray into a fabulous serving tray.

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Now this upcycling idea is pure genius.  I would have never thought of it.  This is a recycled child’s puzzle play mat turned into a kitchen mat from DIY Show Off.  With a little primer, paint, and creativity, she created New Orleans poster inspired kitchen floor mat.

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Oh how I wish I had the source for this one!  I found this on Pinterest a long time ago, saved the picture, and lost the source. L  If anyone knows, please leave a comment to I can give them credit!  This is an old cabinet door turned into a lovely menu board!  Who wouldn’t want this in their kitchen???

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A fabulous idea from Life Hacker, this is an old fence turned kitchen peg board!

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OK, here’s another one I lost the source for!! I feel horrible.  Again, please let me know if this one is yours!  This upcycled lighting idea is unique FOR SURE and I can’t picture it in any other room BUT the kitchen.  They are colorful vintage colanders turned chandelier!

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Fun fun fun!  This next piece of inspiration is from The Crafted Sparrow.  Turn that jar of pennies sitting in your closet into fabulous kitchen wall art!

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So many ideas, so little time.  Hope you enjoyed my favorite upcycling ideas for the kitchen!

Here are some more fun trash to treasure ideas and tutorials! In case you missed them!

Craft Room Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Craft Room Makeover

We moved into this house in February of this year and we never used the office.  I housed all my craft supplies in the closet, and had an old desk, filing cabinet, and office chair in it but that was it. So this year when my husband asked what I wanted for Christmas, I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to turn the office into a craft room.   I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share my reveal and put together some helpful craft room ideas.

Here is the room before with a picture of the closet.

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Eventually, I would like to do some more garage sale and thrift store shopping and refurbish some furniture to add (that’s why you can’t see the right side of the room…. Ha!), however to start the organization process, IKEA had an explosion in this room.  We bought the shelving and craft table there, as well as the blue metal kitchen cart I used for my sewing machine and fabric. If you look at the first picture above you can see the bar stools I upcycled as well.  Here’s a close up of the kitchen cart.

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I loved this table because it had extra storage in the legs.

Craft table with storage

I also organized the drawers according to materials.

Craft Room Drawers

I added wire baskets from the dollar bins at Target for added storage as well.

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The DIY colored glass Mason Jars I made were perfect to organize the items I use all the time and made them easily accessible.

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I hung a magnetic board on the side of the shelving unit and added little magnets to small plastic bottles to store some notions and small beads.

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On the top of my shelving unit, I displayed my white frame, a free curb side score.

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I also placed my repurposed spice rack up there…

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And I used some glass containers and made some recycled craft jars filled with DIY necessities to display on top (both pretty and useful).

Glass Jar Craft Storage

On the unfinished side of the room I hung my craft organization board I made from a free, unwanted, and ugly painting I found.

DIY Organization Board

Lastly, I hung a little inspiration from a Blogger Socal Social I attended.  It was part of my swag bag!  It says, “Your spark can be a flame and change everything” by E.D. Nixon.

Craft Room Inspiration

Repurposed Furniture for your Bathroom

by Dinah Wulf

I don’t know about you but I spend a lot of time in the bathroom…wait…that didn’t come out right!  What I meant to write was that I spend a lot of time in my bathroom, getting ready, doing my hair, sorting laundry, and giving (my daughter) and taking baths!  So today I wanted to share some fun finds, and creative I might add, of repurposed furniture for your bathroom.

Check out this very cool upcycled vintage suitcase turned medicine cabinet. (Sorry! I can’t find the correct source for this one!).  Add some wood shelves and a mirror and voila…instant medicine cabinet and fun conversation piece for your house guests.

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Oh I love this table vanity from Haute Nature.  I think it’s the blue that is attracting me.  I like the mix of the modern sink and metal hardware with a rustic table.

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Another fun sink design is this bicycle sink by Benjamin Bullins… now THAT is a conversation piece!

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Here is a beautiful dresser turned bathroom vanity. I love the added baskets for more storage.

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I personally have my laundry baskets in my bathroom.  This clever rolling hamper is by Apartment Therapy made out of old screens.

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This is one idea I definitely would like to steal!  This upcycled drawer I found on Woman’s Day.  Simply add legs from a hardware store or salvaged legs from a thrift store table, and you have this unique and extremely useful storage table for all your bath time needs.

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I saved the best for last.  This is one is from one of my new favorite blogs, Infarrantly Creative (LOVE her).  This is a stacked end table shelf Beckie made from what she calls a “Roadkill Rescue.”

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

Free Curb Side Pick Up

by Dinah Wulf

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The frame you see here was a free curb side pickup.  It was left unwanted alongside of a few other frames I picked up in my friend’s neighborhood.  I made a craft organization board with another one.  When I first had an interest in literally turning trash to treasure, I was hesitant in dumpster diving.  It just seemed… well… gross.  I also felt maybe a little ashamed?  Now not so much! I don’t mind it all.  If it’s free, I just saved some money and I scored!  Now, instead of feeling embarrassed or ashamed, I will literally jump for joy.

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When I first saw this frame, I immediately knew I wanted to paint it white…kind of go the shabby chic route.  The first thing I did was clean it.  That is one thing you have to watch out for when picking up someone else’s trash.  It may look good on the surface, but look for damage, bugs, rot, mold, etc.  Smell it.  That’s right.  Smell it.  Make sure there are no funky odors, especially furniture with fabric.  If you’re clear of these things, throw it in the back of your car.

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Next, I set it on a protective surface to paint it.  It would have been a lot easier and faster if I spray painted it, but I already had white paint and, well, I’m cheap.  I applied two coats, allowing it to dry in between coats.  I didn’t make it perfect because of my shabby chic idea.  I thought about sanding it and make it look worn, but I stopped and thought it looked just fine.

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Now, this once homeless frame is in my craft room.  It sits on top of my storage book case on display to simply look pretty!

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Recycled Craft Jars

by Dinah Wulf

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OK, I’m not going to lie.  Sometimes I purchase things because of the packaging.  If I know I can reuse things, I feel like I get my money’s worth.  That’s what initially attracted me to Sir Kensington’s Gourmet Scooping Ketchup.  OK, the packaging was a bonus but I also liked that the ketchup is an all-natural healthy alternative to the average commodity ketchup… much better for my little Mia!  It has half the sugar and half the sodium of regular ketchup!  So, after I used up my jars (BTW, I used it in my turkey and vegetable meatloaf…. And it was amazing), I decided to turn them into Recycled Craft Jars for my new craft room (that post coming soon).

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Here is what you’ll need:

First, I cleaned out my jars (a regular and mini… so cute and perfect for glamping).

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Next, I cut out an old book page to fit around the existing label; two inches wide for the regular jar and one inch wide for the mini jar.

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I also covered the regular sized jar with some decorative ribbon.

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Using a circle craft punch, I cut out a circle for the lid and attached it with double sided tape.  I didn’t cover the mini jar because the knob I chose has a base that covers the label perfectly.

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After the top is covered, drill a hole in the center of the lid.

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Insert your drawer knob.

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Ta Dah!  Super adorable recycled craft jars or anything jars!  I used mine for beads and straight pins. I have made these before with Mason Jars and they make the perfect candy jar and gift.

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Top 15 Recycled Crafts and Projects of 2012

by Dinah Wulf

It is so tough to figure out what the top projects are for the 2012, especially when you have to sort through over 200 posts I wrote this year!  I ended up narrowing them down specifically to recycled, repurposed, or upcycled projects.  All of these got a lot of love from social media.  They have been liked, shared, pinned, tweeted, emailed, stumbled upon, you name it!  Here are my Top 15 Recycled Crafts and Projects of 2012. Enjoy!

Top 15 Recycled Craft and Projects of 2012

  1. A quick and easy project, this Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Pillow is an inexpensive way to add style to your outdoor patio furniture.
  2. Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping out of recycled grocery bags is the way to go for any occasion.
  3. There are several tutorials out there for this one!  Here is the quickest, cheapest, and easiest way to make DIY Colored Glass.
  4. I found these night stands for $5.00 each!  Here is how I Refurbished Garage Sale Night Stands.
  5. What do you do with all those fabulous cards you receive every year in your mailbox?  Recycle them of course into a Recycled Christmas Card Ornament. This craft was re-pinned over 500 times and counting on Pinterest!
  6. Another steal for five bucks, here is a fun Garage Sale Bench Makeover I made by adding a cushion and pretty fabric.
  7. A SUPER inexpensive way to add flair to your guest room, here is how I made Shoe Box Lid Wall Art out of old shoe box lids and stencils.
  8. A popular retail wreath that you can no longer buy was circulating through social media this year.  Here is my version of a Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath.
  9. From an old iron plant hanger I found in a garbage pile, I made this Repurposed Plant Hanger chandelier for my daughter’s bedroom.
  10. Another super easy and fun way to recycle those old Christmas cards is to make Repurposed Bottle Cap Magnets out of them!
  11. You know you drink out of those plastic water bottles all the time! Make Recycled Water Bottle Flowers to embellish gifts or other craft projects.
  12. This is a fun macramé tutorial I did to make a Recycled Mason Jar Lantern that is perfect for your back yard or patio.
  13. Another fun water bottle project, make these Recycled Water Bottle Butterflies, a project easy enough for the kids to do.
  14. This little sucker is pretty darn sturdy and has still lasted this whole year.  Here is how to make a Recycled Magazine Bowl.
  15. I reused an old painting I no longer loved and my daughter’s first baby blanket to make a Recycled Painting Organization Board.

Here are some more fun trash to treasure ideas and tutorials! In case you missed them!

Kids Craft Ideas New Year’s Noise Makers

by Dinah Wulf

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Ever since I had my little nugget, New Year’s Eve hasn’t been quite the same.  Since it is extremely difficult to find a baby sitter on this popular night out, we have had to fit our little one into our New Year’s Eve party plans.  My friends who also have young kids will likely get together to celebrate the New Year at one of our homes.  To keep the little ones busy, I decided to think of some kids craft ideas.  This year, I thought it’d be fun to make New Year’s noise makers out of recycled items from around the house to help ring in the New Year.

Step One:

Gather your recycled containers.  Any plastic or cardboard box will work.  Make sure it’s small enough for little hands to hold and shake.  Check the kitchen, bathroom, and pantry.  I used a cracker box, soup can, medicine box, and aspirin bottle.

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Step Two:

Gather your embellishments.  Think vibrant, glittery, metallic, and bright…anything fun for the New Year!  I used glittered animal print scrapbook paper, neon paper, and glittered craft foam numbers.

Step Three:

Gather your noise making materials.  Look for anything around the house.  I used bottle caps, paper clips, elbow macaroni noodles, and coins.  The bottle caps make a nice chime sound in small cardboard boxes.

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Step Four:

Gather some basic craft materials like glue, tape, scissors, rulers, pencils, and craft punches and let the kids have at it! My daughter loved helping me.  She is learning to count so she had a great time counting each macaroni noodle or bottle cap and putting them in the box.

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DIY Craft Organization Board

by Dinah Wulf

This painting I found was in a pile of unwanted garage sale items about to hit the trash.  Lucky for me, I was able to salvage a few of them before their journey to the garbage dump and ultimate demise. I am re-doing my office into a craft room…yay… and wanted to turn this old painting into a craft organization board.  I made an organization board for my daughter’s room with an old painting and her first baby blanket, but for this one, I wanted to make it a little different.  With a little tender loving care I literally turned this piece of trash into my treasure.

Here is a Before and After shot.

Materials You May Need:

  • Old Painting (best if it’s free!)
  • Paint or spray paint in the color of choice
  • Paint brush
  • Painter’s tape (optional)
  • Material (amount depends on the size of the frame)
  • Ribbon
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Hammer and nails (depending on frame)
  • Pliers
  • Imagination (this one is free too!)

Step One: Disassemble your frame.

For this particular frame the canvas popped right out.  It was nailed to the frame, so I had to carefully remove the nails.  At this point I cleaned both the canvas and frame as best as I could.

Step Two: Paint your frame.

This frame has a fun natural fiber edge to it (score!) so I had to use painter’s tape to protect the edges.  I used left over paint I had from other projects. Otherwise, I would have spray painted it because it would have been easier and faster.  I applied two coats of paint.

Step Three: Cover the canvas.

While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I covered the canvas with some utility fabric that I bought using a staple gun.  I added a pocket for extra storage, and ribbon as well.  I played around with the ribbon until I got my desired pattern.  I attached the ribbon using the staple gun as well.

Step Four: Reassemble the frame.

For this particular frame, I had to nail the canvas back onto the frame.

Here are a few After photos.

 

That’s it!  This project was so fun for me, and now I have a fun piece for my new craft room! Sneak peek coming soon!

I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas

by Dinah Wulf

I’m dreaming of a green Christmas for two reasons! The first reason is because my favorite color is green, and secondly because “green” also means eco-friendly. Same word, two meanings.  What do you call that again? Think think think… ah yes! A homonym!  See? I did pay attention in school.  That or I Googled it, but you’ll never know! ;) Anyway, here we go! Some of the following inspiration are green in color, some are eco, and some are both! Enjoy!

I love these!  Tassels made from pine needles add a very clever repurposing idea to a holiday wreath.

A fun idea from Party City are these adorable candy cane Christmas cookies perched on a green cup of hot cocoa.

OK, for this one, the site it in Bulgarian, but you get the picture! They transformed 2 liter bottles into fun Eco friendly Christmas trees!  So very clever!

Here’s another fantastic repurposing idea of using a hula hoop to make a giant Christmas wreath! I picture this outside hanging off the eaves of a roof.

You have to try these Emerald Fir Candles.   The colors are fantastic in person, especially the metallic green.  Emerald Fir is Colonial Candle’s December fragrance of the month, featuring a festive swirl of ground cinnamon, peppered clove and maple.  So good!  It’s the perfect Christmas sent without being too over powering.

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A fun and simple craft you can do with your kids, is make these adorable yarn Christmas trees to add to your holiday décor.

Both green in color and eco-friendly green, recycling wine bottles into a candle centerpiece is another easy and inexpensive way to add oomph to your dinner table. Embellish them with velvet ribbon in hues of green and add rhinestones to glam them up a bit!

I heart this Christmas ball wall art! What a unique and beautiful way to reuse an old picture frame.

So simple, yet lovely, here is another whimsical green idea from Good Houskeeping.

Are YOU dreaming of a green Christmas?

Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Pillow

by Dinah Wulf

Flea Market Coffee Bean Sacks

I purchased these coffee bean sacks from a flea market a while ago.  They have been sitting in my craft closet just waiting to be transformed.  Ever since we remodeled our patio, I knew I wanted to make this Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Pillow.  I knew it would look fabulous on my new outdoor furniture.  It also helps that the wood looked perfectly refinished thanks to Teak Master.  Here is how it turned out.

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So, you know my issues with sewing.  So here is the spot where I make a disclaimer… since I’m not confident in my sewing skills, this is not a tutorial (in my head anyway), it’s rather a post showing you how I made this.  I’m not sure if it’s right or wrong.  I just know how I happen to make it!

First I cut out the area of the coffee bean sack that I wanted to showcase.  I cut it about an inch and a half wider and longer than my pillow.

Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Outdoor Pillow (2)

I pinned it inside out using straight pins.

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I broke out my sewing machine and… yep… you guessed it… sewed in a straight line, leaving an opening for the pillow.

Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Outdoor Pillow (4)

I turned the pillow case right side out and inserted the pillow.

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Next, I pinned the opening to make it easier to hand stitch.

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Finally I hand stitched it closed.  The beauty of working with a burlap sack is that you can’t really notice the hand stitching.

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Voila!  Now you have a fun Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Pillow!  Here are some after photos.

Burlap Sack Pillow

 

Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Outdoor Pillow (8)

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DIY Lighting Knock Offs

by Dinah Wulf

When I first started blogging I knew what I wanted my “brand” to be.  I knew that I wanted to inspire people to save money but in a creative and beautiful way.   What I also wanted was to focus on recycling and reuse.  Whether it’d be from transforming a thrift store find, or thinking twice before throwing that glass spaghetti sauce jar away, I wanted people to be inspired.

The following examples from fellow bloggers are EXACTLY what I’m inspired by.  And I must say there are so many Bloggers who I follow and respect and are SUPER talented (like these fab five).  These five DIY Lighting Knock Offs were once drab and now with some imagination and flare, have transformed into beautiful retail store looks for {much} less.

This is an Anthropologie inspired lamp made with strips of burlap and hot glue. She was also inspired by an original post by Tater Tots and Jello.

This glass jug lamp West Elm knock off was made by The Thrifty Abode from a jug she had for a few years.  It cost her $18, while the original lamp is up to $150!

Tip: If you are thrift store shopping and see two fabulous matching lamps, BUY THEM! It’s very hard to find two of the same lamp for some reason!

This is another Pottery Barn knock off executed fabulously by Musings from a French Cottage.  In her tutorial she finds Salvation Army lamps for $5.00 apiece.

The Family Room Design Studio did a DIY lighting knock off of a lamp designed by Mary McDonald.  I have written a post in the past of getting the look for less of one of her room designs (she’s awesome by the way).

Finally, this one is from one of my favorite retail stores (for inspiration anyway).  The Remodelaholic  did an amazing makeover on her existing dining room chandelier.

So think twice before buying that retail store lamp, drive to the closest Salvation Army and perhaps take on a DIY lighting project yourself.

BTW, please stop by and visit these blogs…there are so many amazing ideas!

 

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Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping

by Dinah Wulf

I have been using recycled bags for about two and a half years now.  I have a pet peeve when the cashier forgets and puts whatever it is I purchase in a plastic bag.  Then, I have to kindly ask them to switch bags and explain that I haven’t come home with a plastic bag in XYZ years.  BUT every once in a while, I’ll get a brown paper bag.  To be exact, I have taken home 3 brown paper bags since February and so, I decided to reuse them for some eco-friendly gift wrapping.

Now, I get that getting your gift in a brown paper bag can be quite boring so I decided to add a punch of fun neon colors from Astrobrights Paper.  By the way, on their Facebook page right now, their tag line says, “May your days be merry and BRIGHT!”  So cute!  I love this paper because it comes in a variety of beautiful, bright, and happy colors in all hues.

Here are the materials I used.  Of course you may have some other ideas too!

  • Brown Grocery Bag
  • Astrobrights Paper
  • Tape
  • Double sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Paper Cutter
  • Circle Craft Punches

I simply cut open a brown paper grocery bag.  It turned out that one bag wrapped all the gifts shown. I didn’t plan that but it worked out!

With the help of my trusty and WAY over-used paper cutter, I cut out colorful strips of Astrobrights Paper in various thicknesses.  I weaved a few of them together and layered some others.  I also use different sized circle punches to add to the design.  This paper is a fantastic substitute for expensive ribbon.

Here are some more photos and close ups.

May Your days be merry and BRIGHT!!!!
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