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16th Jan2013

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!

Upcycled Kitchen Peg Board

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!

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10th Jan2013

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.

kitchen cart sewing storage

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.

Craft Room Organization

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

Craft Room Organization Recycled Jars

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.

Craft room magnetic board storage

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

Craft Room Storage Ideas

I also placed my repurposed spice rack up there…

Recycled spice jar storage

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

 

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09th Jan2013

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.

bathroom vanity dresser repurposed

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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08th Jan2013

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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03rd Jan2013

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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02nd Jan2013

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.

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28th Dec2012

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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27th Dec2012

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!

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20th Dec2012

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?
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19th Dec2012

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.

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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.

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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

 

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If you need some tips on how to care for burlap, I have a few for you!

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18th Dec2012

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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17th Dec2012

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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13th Dec2012

Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments

by Dinah Wulf

I don’t know about you but I receive a lot of Christmas cards in the mail.  Don’t get me wrong.  I LOVE receiving them, especially the ones with the family photos.  I love seeing my loved one’s kids grow up, seeing new additions, and even seeing what funny costumes their pets will be wearing.  You can always make recycled bottle cap magnets out of them but that was SOOOO last year!  Just kidding ;)  This year, I decided to make Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments.  This is a fun and easy kid-friendly craft.  Here’s is what you’ll need:

  • Christmas Cards
  • Paper Cutter or Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Hot Glue
  • Embellishments (I used a scrapbook embellishment and plastic rhinestone gems)
  • Ribbon

Step One: Gather your Christmas Cards! I chose by color… red and green of course! Oh yeah… plug in your glue gun.

Step Two: Cut them up.  I cut them in one inch strips.  I cut two lengths just depending on the size of the card. I cut 16 strips all together (8 in two different lengths).

Step Three: To make them easy to maneuver, I stapled four groups of four together.  I also creased a few to make the shape more interesting.

Step Four: Put the four pieces together and pinch with your fingers.  This is the easiest way to apply the glue.  Apply your hot glue and hold it for a few seconds to allow it to harden slightly and then add your embellishment.

Step Five: Add a ribbon.

Step Six: Hang it! So easy AND your Christmas cards don’t get thrown away AND you just made your kid happy by doing a craft with them! P.S. Notice my recycled Scrabble tile ornaments in the background? :)

Bonus!  Guess what?  Here are two other fun ornament tutorials done by my friends and favorite Bloggers over at Pandora’s Craft Box and Chase The Star.

Here is Loren’s DIY Snow Globe from Pandora’s Craft Box!

Here is Barbara’s DIY Ornament from Chase the Star!

I hope you try them out!

 

12th Dec2012

DIY Colored Glass Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

Since I have done so many mason jar crafts, I have always wanted to try DIY Colored Glass.  I searched the web and found some great tutorials, but as always found my favorite one and tweaked it a little. I love these jars because they are so pretty and useful at the same time.  You can use them for craft, kitchen, or bathroom storage.  You can also use them as centerpieces with flowers.  Here is my version of the DIY Colored Glass Tutorial with some tips and tricks along the way.

Step One:

Gather your materials.

You will need:

  • Recycled glass jars (sauces, pickles, dressings, etc)
  • Water
  • Craft glue
  • Food coloring (I used neon because that is what I had, but regular food coloring works well too)
  • Glass ramekins
  • Spoons
  • Wax paper
  • Cookie sheet
  • Paper towel
  • Oven

Step Two:

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and line your cookie sheet with wax paper.

Step Three:

Add the ingredients to the ramikins (approximately)

  • 2 tablespoons of glue
  • 1 tablespoon of water

Step Four:

Mix your ingredients thoroughly.  You don’t want the mixture too thick because it will be too hard to cover the glass, and you don’t want it too watery because it will create streaks.  The consistency is similar to Alfredo sauce (that’s the best way for me to describe it)!  Also, because you are using such a small amount of glue and water, you only need one or two drops of food coloring depending on the desired color.

Step Five:

Pour the mixture into your glass and slowly tilt and twirl the jar until the entire jar is covered.

Step Six:

Allow the excess to drip back into the ramekin.  I was able to color two jars with each mixture.

Step Seven:

Place the jars upside down on a wax lined cookie sheet and allow the liquid to drain.  If you notice streaks, your mixture was too thin.  You can start over at this point (without rinsing) and cover the glass again with a new and thicker mixture (I know this from experience)!

Step Eight:

Once your jars are drained, remove the wax paper and wipe the edge of the rim with a wet paper towel.  Be careful not to wipe off the inside of the rim.

Step Nine:

Place the jars upright onto the cookie sheet and place them in the oven.  Let them cure for 45 minutes to one hour.

Handle with care when removing them from the oven.  Once they are cool you can use mason jars for so many things including craft storage or flower vases.

Note: The tutorials that I read said that you can put water in them for flowers, however I found this not to be the case!  Flowers with no water? No problem.   I personally use them for craft storage such as paint brushes, colored pencils, scissors, rulers, markers, etc. Here are some fabulous suggestions from DIY Inspired Facebook friends!

” I just created a girls gift, and put in the jar an entire nail polish kit.” –  Manon Roderick

“Christmas lights make a cute night lite.” - Nicki Etheridge

“Colored hanging tea lights, centerpieces, and potpourri pedal holders. My wife suggested filling them with Jewels, stones, seashells and making them into a lamp base.” – Chris Carl

“Pad the top to make it a pin cushion and inside the jar could be a sewing kit. You can use them as candle holders (attach a glass taper candle holder to the bottom so it has a base). Use them as a vase with coordinating colored flowers in them. Put a slot in the top and make it a pretty bank.” - Frugal Sally

“My momma just converted several of her “old blue glass” ones into functioning oil lamps…they’re great!!!” - Heather Mueller

“We are putting bath salts in them.” - Hope E Barker, Photos Of Hope

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