Recycled Book Page Art

by Dinah Wulf

As you know, I am a BIG fan of recycled book page crafts.  I have done more than one wreath tutorial, magnets, and flowers, just to name a few.  I think my most favorite craft done to date is my recent book page butterfly wreath.  One of my favorite online retailers, Shabby Apple, not only has the cutest selection of dresses, maternity wear, and kids clothes EVER, they have an arts and crafts section with the most colorful and creative recycled book page art pieces that I’m absolutely in love with.  What I love about them is that they are printed on vintage dictionary pages and no two pieces are alike.  As an added bonus, they are also signed by the artist, Zlatka Paneva.   I may be crafty, but I’m not really an “artist”, so I decided to put together my favorite pieces perhaps you will be inspired by.

A is for Alphabet. 

This one is customizable by letter!

An Elephant Never Forgets

My mother and my aunts always told me when I was little that elephants with their trunks up are good luck!  This one reminds me of them.

Freedom!

This one may be my favorite.  I love that the bird is carrying the key to set the butterflies free.

Seashell Fantasy

My daughter loves butterflies and the beach.  This one is dedicated to her.

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DIY Recycled Jar Tea Light

by Dinah Wulf

I’m pretty sure I save every single jar after it’s empty.  Pickle, spaghetti sauce, salsa… I don’t discriminate.  The Mason jar is beautiful but I think it gets too much credit (don’t get me wrong, I’ve done several Mason jar crafts in the past and I still LOVE them).  For this DIY Recycled Jar Tea Light, I decided to use a pickled beet jar.  Yes, I eat pickled beets…yum!!!

Materials:

  • Jar
  • Burlap scraps
  • Scissors
  • Wire or a wire coat hanger (I used 20 gauge because it’s easy to work with)
  • Spouncer
  • Craft paint in the color of your choice
  • Stencil of your choice
  • Wire cutter
  • Pliers
  • Hot glue
  • Tea Light

First, cut your burlap so that it fits nicely around your jar.  Next, stencil your burlap and set aside.  Wrap your wire around the mouth of the jar several (4-5) times depending on the desired thickness.  Cut another piece of wire for the handle wrapping each end securely around your wire circle as shown.  Place the wire circle with handle around the mouth of the jar.  Locate the ends of the wire circle and pull taught.  Pliers may help.  You may have to massage the circle accordingly.  Tuck in the ends of the wire.  Finally, hot glue the burlap around your jar and insert and light your tea light.

I thought six of these spelling out “boo” and “eek” would be really cute on the mantel for Halloween.  Hope you try it out!

 

Repurposed Shutters

by Dinah Wulf

Shutters are probably the one item that you can find in every flea market, garage sale, salvage yard, or recycling stores like Habitat for Humanity Restore.  Not only are they abundant, but they are usually inexpensive. With a little paint and creativity, you can literally turn trash into treasure.  Here are some great ideas for repurposed shutters.

In my search to find DIY inspiration for repurposed shutters, I found that most were used for organization.  Shutters could be used for organizing everything from mail to potted plants or from family photos and post cards to kitchen utensils.

 

Here is a great idea using shutters for decorative display from 221 Vision.

Make a big impact in the dining room with these beautiful ideas.

 

This repurposed furniture idea is an outdoor table is from Goodhouskeeping.com.

I LOVE this free standing headboard from a display at Anthropologie.  Once again, GREEN is my color!

This crafty shutter shelf is from BHG.com

Shutters work well for bathroom organization as well.

Additional Photo Sources: Etsy.com, Goodhousekeeping.com, Pintrest.com, Dwellinggawker.com

More Ways to Repurpose! 

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Repurposed Storage Ideas to Update an Entryway

by Dinah Wulf

The foyer or entryway to a home is usually the first impression your guests have when they come over.  It’s often an inexpensive and budget-friendly area to remodel, since it is typically a small area.  You may consider installing a durable wood or slate floor as a DIY idea to freshen this high traffic area.  You can even repaint your front door an unexpected yet inviting color.  Other simple and extremely low-cost updates are these repurposed storage ideas to update an entryway.  These are my favorite ideas from BHG.  Recycling or upcycling a flea market or garage sale finds is a fantastic way to add character and interest.

Use a collection of old mailboxes to help organize mail.  Paint them in fun bold colors to add charm and personality.

This shabby chic mail storage idea is an upcycled porch railing.  I wish I thought of this! What a beautiful way to organize an otherwise unsightly pile of paper (at least that’s what it is at my house).

I have an assortment of glass apothecary jars I use in my kitchen.  This is also a great idea for an entryway.  It’s a fabulous and beautiful way to display a collection. Apothecary jars are great investments because they are so versatile.  You can use them in a bathroom or atop a mantel to display holiday decorations throughout the year.

Repurposing molding as a shelf is an unexpected upcycling idea.  I love the thickness and detail of this particular piece.  It adds character that a normal shelf would not have.  You can find molding like this one at an architectural salvage or antique flea market.

Finally, use old shutters adding decorative brackets as a shelf for an entryway.  Add hooks underneath for coats and hats for added storage.  Shutters can be found at most flea markets and recycling centers like Habitat for Humanity Restore.

Photo Source: BHG

 

Repurposed Table Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

I have been blogging for what seems to be a while now.  In my search for repurposed furniture I have seen some really cool and creative stuff.  Today, I wanted to write about repurposed table ideas.  I’ve seen a ton of suitcase tables and pallet tables but this time I wanted to find some truly unique pieces.  Here is what I came up with!

I love this wood soda crate coffee table.  I could have sworn I saw it on Martha Stewart show.  She did a short DIY segment with the designer to create shadow boxes atop an old table base, with tempered glass securely placed on top.

This one is very clever and one I haven’t seen before.  Can you guess what it is?  It’s a repurposed fire hose reel!  I love the natural patina and the industrial look.  It also adds a great pop of color to a living, sitting, or family room.  As an added bonus, there is storage underneath as well!

You’ll never guess what this is! The base is from a 1931 stove from a knotty pine cottage.  I love the tri colors with a polished shine.  Very pretty!

This is an upcycled spool top with modern and slick red metal legs.  Love the combo of the two.

OK, so I have seen SEVERAL upcycled suitcase tables, but THIS one is awesome!!!! The storage underneath is fabulous and I love that it opens on both sides and looks like it folds up for easy storage…AMAZING!

Not much to say about this one except I had to post it in honor of my husband! LOL!

OK, not sure about this upcycled aquarium but someone out there liked it because it’s sold on Etsy!

 

 

Junk Drawer Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

I made these simple junk drawer crafts for a fundraiser coming up.  I call them “junk drawer crafts” because they are recycled crafts literally made out of items I found in my horrendous kitchen and completely unorganized kitchen drawer (I was totally inspired to do this because I’m watching Craft Wars…awesome show!).

I decided to make kitchen magnets out of these items I found:

  • Scrabble tiles
  • Used gift cards, flyers, and business cards
  • Paint color swatches
  • Bottle caps

Here is a quick two and a half minute YouTube video I did for these if you prefer not to read! LOL By the way, I apologize for saying “um” so much…

The Scrabble tile magnets are self-explanatory.  I actually had these left over from two crafts I had done last year, Scrabble tile art and Scrabble tile Christmas ornaments.  You simply make words, cut your gift card to size (they are the most sturdy), hot glue the tiles onto the card, and glue a magnet onto the back using a strong bonding agent like E6000.

The bottle cap magnets are essentially the same idea.  I had made these before with Mod Podge and recycled Christmas card photos.  This time however, since they were for a fundraiser and not me I used Easy Cast which is a Craft Casting Epoxy.

Materials:

First cut out the circles using your craft punch out of the color paint swatches.  You can get these in a variety of colors at any hardware or paint store. Place the desired sticker on top.  Consider using holiday, sports themed, school themed, or letters.  Next place it into the bottle cap.

Follow the instructions for your casting agent or resin.  For Easy Cast, you mix equal parts resin and hardening agent in a plastic cup.  Stir it for two minutes.  Transfer the mixture into a second cup.  With a new stick, stir for another minute.  Carefully pour the solution on top of the magnet.  Bubbles will appear, however they will go away as the solution hardens.  Allow it to dry.  I let mine dry overnight.  Attach your magnet to the back using a strong bonding agent like E6000 Multi-Purpose Adhesive.

Since these were for a fundraiser I made small packages using treat bags, scrapbook paper, and printed address labels.  Consider making these for stocking stuffers, party favors, or teacher gifts too!

 

Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath

by Dinah Wulf

If you follow me on Facebook, you saw this Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath I found on Pintrest.

A few of us were commenting on how to make it and inspired each other to take this project on ourselves (Thank you, Elise, Rose, Katie, Jo, Michelle, and Zach & Lois… you all are the best!).  The best part?  This wreath cost me NOTHING!  This is my version.

I ended up making two, a large one and a small one.  Here is my tutorial on how to make a Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath.

Step One: Make the butterflies

Materials:

  • Old book, map, magazine, etc.
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

I used an old book I had from another recycled book page wreath I made last year.  At first I used a butterfly stencil that I had but after tracing and cutting the first three, I thought it’d be more fun to free hand them instead.  It’s easiest to fold the page in half and draw half the butterfly so that you have two identical sides.  Use a pencil so that you can erase any lines if need be.

Step Two: Gather the branches and prep them

Gather your branches.   Remove any leaves from the branches and soak the naked branches in water.  This makes it easier to work with and will cause less breakage.

Step Three: Construct the wreath

Materials:

  • Wire hanger (one for small wreath, two for large wreath)
  • Prepped Branches
  • Water
  • Sink
  • Hot glue

Simply unwind the wire and create a circle, twisting the end together. One by one, wrap, twist, and tuck each branch around your wreath until you have the desired width.

Allow your wreath to dry.  (Optional step) Once it is dried, on the BACK of the wreath, use a hot glue gun to secure and loose branches.

Step Four: Assemble the Butterflies

Materials:

  • Pre-cut butterflies from step one
  • Plastic Beads, Pearls, Shells (anything you want to use for the bodies)
  • Hemp string (I found this to work best so that the antennas will stay erect)
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue

You can use whatever your heart desires for the bodies.  I chose to use plastic beads and hemp string.  Using a hot glue gun, glue your beads together and while the glue s still hot, insert your antennas (as shown).  Next, glue the body onto your butterfly.  Make sure the butterfly wings are folded up so that they appear as if they are in flight.

Step Five: Attach the Butterflies to Your Wreath

Materials:

  • Assembled butterflies from step four
  • Constructed wreath from step three

I placed the butterflies on the wreath and moved them around to arrange them in the order and position I wanted BEFORE I used the hot glue.

Ta Da!

Here are some photos of the large wreath.

Here are some photos of the small version.

You can make these wreaths for the holidays and embellish them as you wish!  I hope you try it!  Email me a photo if you do… oh and say hi! :) dwulf@diyinspired.com

For more repurposing ideas and trash to treasure ideas, check out this fun round-up of garage sale and thrift store transformations! There are over two dozen original projects I have done including housewares and furniture transformations.

 

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Repurposed Headboards

by Dinah Wulf

A DIY Inspired reader emailed me and asked for some repurposed headboard ideas… here we go!

A headboard in your bedroom or guest room can make a dramatic impact.  Check out these low budget DIY headboard ideas using reused and recycled materials.  These repurposed headboards are made from everything from reclaimed wood to fabulous inexpensive flea market finds.

Pallets are becoming more and more popular!  I’ve written about repurposed pallets before and even shared some pallet headboard ideas, but now there is so much more out there!  If you want to take this project on, don’t forget to check Craigslist in your area because many places are giving away pallets for free.  Yes, that’s right…FREE!  You can also check retail stores that sell large items like appliances for example.  They will often give away their damaged pallets for free.  There are several only slightly damaged ones that will still work well.  If you follow me on Facebook you’d know that I’ve seen pallets laying out on the side of the road too!  Anyway, check out these creative pallet bed frames from Graham & Co.

For the full tutorial for this pretty wood tree pallet headboard go to Little Bits Of.

Here are some more budget friendly headboards from HGTV.com using chalkboards, cork, metal, and flea market finds.

This is a cute idea for a chalk headboard.  Change it up as you wish!

BHG has some great DIY ideas and repurposed furniture ideas reusing a fireplace screen, shutters, or doors.

So the next time you see a shipping pallet laying around, pick it up; or maybe you’ll think twice before leaving those garage sale shutters behind!

 

Summer Birthday Party Decorations

by Dinah Wulf

OK, so I decided that since I feel like I have so much to share about this party, I needed to break up my posts.  Yesterday, I did a post on a Summer Birthday Party Sneak Peek; today I want to share Summer Birthday Party Decorations including favors and games.  Next week, I’ll share Summer Birthday Party Food and Drink.

Flowers

First, the flowers!!  My amazing friend Maily (who loves this stuff as much as I do… maybe more), brought over some fresh cut flowers from her Mother’s and Sister’s gardens the day before the party.  Between the two of us, we gathered several glass jars, vases, and even old pickle, jelly, and sauce jars to arrange the flowers in.  We kept the flowers inside in the cool over night to keep them as fresh as possible.  We scattered the arrangements on the guest and food tables.

Decorations

I made Burlap Butterfly Wall Art and a Repurposed Plant Hanger Chandelier for the party.  I also hung several butterflies, garden umbrellas, and lanterns on fishing line.  I designed a party banner online and I also made framed signs like, “decorate your own cupcake” and “happy birthday Mia” for the tables.

Game

Because we had a bounce house, shaved ice station, and a cupcake decorating station, I decided to only do one game.  It was essentially hot potato played with a large gift.  I wrapped three prizes, the best prize in the smallest package, the 2nd place prize in the next package, and the third place prize in the largest package all inside one another.  For example, the third place winner got the smallest prize in the largest package.

Favors

Towards the end of spring, I started shopping for favors for this party because I knew all the spring items would be marked down drastically.  I was able to find these great $8 butterfly nets for $2!!  I made small packages with candy, and bugs for the boys and butterflies for the girls.

Come back next week to see Summer Birthday Party Food and Drink!

A special thank you to Bannersonthecheap.com for sponsoring the party banner!

Recycled Coffee Filter Inspiration

by Dinah Wulf

I made this Coffee Filter Wreath a few months ago.  I came across my left over coffee filters the other day and thought I’d go online to look for some DIY inspiration.  I found some great ideas and some new favorite blogs.  Oh and by the way, here is how I made this Coffee Filter Wreath for about $5.00.

This is perfect to pin on your lapel as a brooch; this elegant Recycled Coffee Filter Flower is by Design By Night.

An adorable craft for Spring are these lovely and dainty flower baskets from Urban Comfort.  These would make cute bridal shower or baby shower favors.

New York designer Vilma Farrell, designs these gorgeous Coffee Filter Lamps I found on Alternative Consumer.

This beautiful Coffee Filter Pom Pom Garland from Craft Gossip adds whimsy to a shabby chic birthday party or baby shower.

Aunt Peaches made these beautiful rose bouquets by mixing latex craft paint and water to dye the coffee filters.

Believe it or not, this if a milk jug adorned with coffee filters turned lamp!  What a great idea from Make Handmade.

Lastly, this fabulous Dutch Blog, By Miekk, shows you how to cleverly make coffee filter gift tags and gift wrap.

I hope you were as inspired as I was! Now… what to do with mine???

 

Back to School Teacher Gift

by Dinah Wulf

This post brought to you by Astrobrights Papers by Neenah Paper. All opinions are 100% mine.

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From Martha Stewart to Glamour magazine I’ve seen the neon color trend utilized on everything including party themes to head-to-toe fashions.  Although I personally wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a neon dress (it would attract WAY too much attention AND I am WAY too old to pull it off), I do however find electric blue and hot pink youthful and playful.

What’s even better about neon is that my daughter is extremely attracted to these cheerful colors so I thought I’d do a fun kids craft with her.  I came across AstroBrights papers, which was PERFECT for the project I had in mind, a) because of the unique and vibrant neon colors, and b) because Astrobrights supports a great cause that I believe in (more later).

I wanted to make a unique back to school teacher gift so I bought a set of highlighters that scream neon and decided to make a paper flower bouquet to present it.  Here are the materials you need to make this Back to School Teacher Gift.

Materials:

  • Washed and clean recycled can
  • AstroBrights paper
  • Highlighters (approximately 18 depending on the thickness and size)
  • Rubber band
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue
  • Skewers
  • Styrofoam
  • Scissors
  • Various craft punches (optional)
  • Computer (optional)
  • Paper cutter (optional)

Constructing the Vase:

Remove the label, wash, clean, and dry a recycled can.  Next wrap a rubber band around the can.  One by one, add your highlighters around the can. Tie a ribbon around the can to hide the rubber band.  Insert a small piece of Styrofoam or floral foam inside the can.  Set the vase aside.

Construct the Vase

Making the Paper Flowers:

Constructing paper flowers can be made however your heart desires.  For this project, I made simple accordion flowers.  With my daughter’s help, we used craft punches in flower and circle shapes to embellish the accordion flowers.  We hot glued each paper flower onto a wooden skewer and arranged them in our highlighter vase.  Using my computer, I made a sign that says, “You as my teacher is the highlight of my year.”  A had written note from your child is a great option too.

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Here are some more AFTER photos!

Teacher Bouquet

 

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Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

by Dinah Wulf

Hello everyone!  I’m Barbara from Chase the Star, and I’m thrilled to be a guest here at DIY Inspired!  I’m such a fan of Dinah’s work, so having an opportunity to share one of my projects with you guys is so exciting!  I have a super simple project you can make with what you may already have (or can run to the dollar store to pick up), a Mason Jar Soap Dispenser!   I’d seen these pinned and around the web a while back, so today, I figured maybe I can try to figure out how to make them myself!

What you’ll need:

  1. Mason jars
  2. Glue (I like E6000 for these kinds of projects)
  3. Pumps (I bought some cheap soap dispensers and used theirs)
  4. Hand soap, or lotion, or whatever filler you’d like
  5. Drill
  6. Hammer
  7. Nail
  8. Twine (optional)
  9. Love (mandatory) ;)

Tutorial:

Take the lid off the mason jar and separate its parts.  With a nail and hammer, puncture a few holes on the top of the lid.  Then with a drill and the biggest drill bit you have (ok, use your judgment here!), drill right through the holes to create an opening large enough to fit your pump securely.  Put the pump through the hole.

I glued the lid parts together so they wouldn’t slip, although in retrospect, not sure if that was necessary.  Better be safe than sorry I guess!  Once the glue dried, I made sure to clean the jar and lid/pump, before I actually put the soap in it (oh, the irony!).  I wanted to make sure all the drill, nail, and hammer cooties were washed away.  Then simply filled the jar with the hand soap (also a dollar store find) and added the twine as a rustic and decorative touch.

In about 30 minutes, we went from this, to this:

You can get really creative with what you put in the jars; I love these for any other occasion, or just around your house!   I made 3 of these in half an hour, and spent about $6 for the soap, and the dispensers, the rest came from my good ol’ supply closet.  Pretty simple isn’t it?  Again, a big thank you to Dinah for giving me this great opportunity!  Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you at Chase the Star sometime soon!

 

 

DIY Cupcake Stand

by Dinah Wulf

The BEST part of this DIY Cupcake Stand project is that I bought these blue trays years ago for $2.00 a piece on sale.  I have used them MULTIPLE times for baby showers, birthday parties, Super Bowl parties, and everyday entertaining.

I wanted to use them again for my daughter’s birthday party.  This time, however I wanted to create more height and dimension to the table to make the presentation better. I purchased two candlestick holders from a local thrift store for $1.25 each. I added a small wooden circle cut out so that the platters would be more stable and glued it to the top of the candlestick.  I decided to paint them white with paint I already had.  I simply attached the candlesticks with E6000 adhesive.

You can purchase E6000 here: E-6000 Med Visc 1-Ounce Adhesive

Here are some tips when completing this DIY Cupcake Stand Project:

  • Make sure that the platters you choose are food safe.
  • Wash all platters and candlestick holders and remove all stickers before you begin.
  • When aligning your platters, place them against a corner for more accurate alignment (see photo).
  • Place something heavy on top of the top platter until it dries completely.
  • Follow the directions on your glue as directed for drying times.
  • Do not wash your Cupcake Stand in the washer, rather hand wash them.

Here are some more after photos.

 

Stenciled Butterfly Wall Art

by Dinah Wulf

Recently, I wrote a post on DIY Butterfly Wall Art from items I found in my craft closet.  With my daughter’s garden themed birthday party coming up, I decided to make another craft scrap art piece.  I wanted to use it as part of the decorations at her birthday party, as well as hang it in her room after.

Once again, I didn’t have to buy anything new.  I had every item already sitting in my craft closet.  I even had another ugly painting that I inherited when my husband and I moved in together.  If you don’t have an old ugly painting, blank canvases can be purchased at any craft store.  Also consider going to a thrift store and recycle an old one.  It may even come with a frame you can reuse.

Here is what I used for my Stenciled Butterfly Wall Art project.

  • Old painting or canvas
  • Burlap
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Craft paint
  • Spouncer
  • Stencils
  • Paper plate
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Craft Butterflies

I started off by covering the painting with burlap that I had from my Stenciled Burlap Placemat project by attaching it with a staple gun.  Make sure you pull the fabric taught as you staple it.  Next, I laid out my stencils and butterflies in the order I wanted them placed on the canvas and took a digital photo of it.

I stenciled my daughter’s name on the bottom right and stenciled a butterfly in the center.  Check out my Stenciled Burlap Placemat project for stenciling tips and tricks.  Next, referring back to my digital photo, I hot glued each butterfly onto the canvas.

Both quickly and easily I have a unique and personalized party and room decoration that didn’t cost me a dime!!

 

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Repurposed Plant Hanger

by Dinah Wulf

Oh my! This may be one of my most fun projects to date!

When my husband and I moved into our home, I found this pile of junk lying on the ground on the side of the house.

The first thing that caught my eye was the rusty iron plant hanger.  I didn’t quite know what I was going to do with it, but I knew I wanted it in the “keep” pile.  Fast forward five months later, it hit me.  I would turn it into a chandelier for my daughter’s 2nd birthday party.  I thought it’d be cute, hanging above the food or dessert table for her garden inspired birthday party. Here is a before and after shot of my Repurposed Plant Hanger.

 

But get this… the BEST part is that I spent $10.50 on the entire project.  I ransacked my craft closet and only needed to buy one can of spray paint and some plastic beads.  I had everything else!

The first thing I did was rinsed the plant hanger down with the garden hose.  I brushed it slightly with a wire brush from our metal gate project.  After it dried, I spray painted it a glossy turquoise color. I hung it to dry and touched it up as needed.

 

Decorating it was the fun part. I used green flower gems I had from scrapbooking, wire earring hoops from my DIY Wine Charm project, butterflies from my DIY Butterfly Wall Art project, and I strung the beads I bought on the hemp string from my hanging Mason jar lantern project.  The hot glue gun I used worked fantastically and I didn’t even use two hot glue sticks!

Here are some after photos.  It turned out so well, that I am going to hang it in my daughter’s room!

 

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Savvy Tips to Get Rid of Your Unwanted Mattresses

by Dinah Wulf

Savvy Tips to Get Rid of Your Unwanted Mattresses

Written By Jack Black

Imagine this scene. A proud owner of a brand-new mattress waiting for his purchase to be delivered is jumping up and down with excitement. Tingles travel down his spine as he thinks of the coming nights with the fresh mattress beneath his tired and aching body. A delivery truck with a mattress logo appears around the bend. The driver climbs down, unloads the merchandise, and sets it down where the owner wants it. The owner, at this time, sees that the old mattress is still where the new one is supposed to go. He then scratches his head in confusion and says, “What should I do with THIS one?”

This is not an entirely uncommon situation. Mattress buyers are usually at a loss on what to do with the old one. The matter of recycling and reusing mattresses is a rather newborn idea in the green world of protecting the environment. Nevertheless, here are some suggestions on the disposal of your old mattress, be it in an ecological or just a practical way.

  • Take It to a Landfill

This is the most obvious answer for everyone. Taking the old mattress to the landfill and letting the people who work there do their own thing is simple for most people. Calling the garbage collectors who have the ability to pick up larger items is even easier even though one might need to call well in advance.

Although disposing old mattresses by dumping them in a landfill is at the height of convenience, there are some landfills that refuse to accept discarded mattresses. They take a lot of room and they damage the landfill equipment in the process. Because of their bulk, the mattresses need to be compacted before they are disposed. In the process of compaction, their springs get tangled frequently in the equipment. Old mattresses are an inconvenience not only to their previous owners, but to landfill operators as well.

  • Donate It

If the old mattress is still of passable quality and can still satisfy the needs of someone else, then why not donate it? There are a lot of centers that can put old mattresses to good use. Battered women shelters, half-way homes, homeless shelters and other similar institutions are in dire need of mattresses for their members.

Less fortunate individuals in the community would also appreciate the comforts of a soft yet supportive surface under their bodies. Just because you no longer find your old mattress no longer comfortable to sleep on does not mean it can’t be for someone else.

  • Recycle It

Recycling mattresses is relatively new, but there are already a few companies that do it. They take the old mattresses apart and separate them into their components. Cotton and cloth may be turned into clothes, foam may be recycled, and wood may be turned into chips. Inner springs could also be sold as metal. If everything goes well and the company does its best, 90% of the mattress can be reused.

  • Dispose It

If other alternatives don’t work out for you, there are always other options that may… If one is refused by garbage collectors and landfill operators, then you may better off going online and find out what you can do with your unwanted mattress. With a little research, you can find mattress outlets that offer to pick up your stuff and pay you for disposing it.

Old mattresses need not be a burden to anyone. In fact, with a little use of your imagination and a little sprucing up, they can let you earn back the money that you once spent on them or be the blessings that other people desperately need!

 

Author Bio: Jack Black is a Global Brand Manager at Mattresses-tomorrow- online retailers of memory foam mattresses. We offer a wide range of mattresses whether you are looking for a double, single or kingsize.

 

Photo Sources: Mattresses Tomorrow & Google Images

 

Repurposed Phonebook Flowers

by Dinah Wulf

I don’t know why I get SO annoyed when this shows up at my front door step.

The phonebook.  Every year I get it; it stays in the plastic bag and gets shoved in this cupboard I can’t reach above my stove.  When I get the next one, I throw the old one away (still in the bag).  Since the internet and mobile phones, I don’t even know why they still waste paper and continue printing them.  I mean, will my daughter ever even know what the phonebook is?

Anyway, in mid disposal and very close to committing DIY Inspired blasphemy, I remembered that I could not simply throw out this phonebook rather I would have to do my crafty diligence and repurpose it into something new.

I have experience with creatively recycling old books.  I have made a book page wreath, book page water colored flowers, book page magnets, and I even hollowed out an old antique book to make a book safe.  Since I get so vexed with its arrival, I decided I wanted to turn this phonebook into something pretty.  Paper flowers were my answer.

There are several origami flower tutorials online.  I decided on a variation of a Kusudama flower tutorial from Folding Trees.  For origami tutorials, I think it’s best to just show the pictures of this repurposed phonebook flowers.

 

It’s quite simple.  I used 6”X6” pages using a paper cutter.  Each flower uses five square sheets.  You can make them any size you wish.  Consider using them to adorn gifts, make a garland, or make an entire bouquet.  Here are a couple after photos.

 

Ok, so that’s two down, at five pages per flower and 1000 pages in the phonebook…uh…

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Scrap Fabrics

by Dinah Wulf

Written by Linn of The Home Project

 

Hi guys! I’m so happy to be the guest writer here at DIY Inspired! Today I wanted to talk a little bit about the concept of using up scrap fabrics.

Do you have a scrap pile full of fabrics that seem too small to really use for anything practical? Well, if you do, then that’s an excellent opportunity to get creative and attempt a quilt design. There is something so neat about sewing fabrics together and creating something unique, something that is distinctive to you!

I suggest you make a quilted trivet or an oven mitt, which is a fun and manageable project that won’t take you two weeks to finish. Unlike a large-scale quilt, you don’t need a lot of time on your hands. And if you have never quilted before, then this would be an excellent opportunity to try it out. First of all, decide what kind of design you would like. For this quilted trivet, I was going for a somewhat more haphazard look and not perfect squares.  This can be fun to do, and definitely presents you with more of a design challenge.

However, there is nothing wrong with perfect squares either! And here comes the great part: you can make them as large or as small as you want. If you literally have tiny scraps of fabric to use up, then make a trivet with tiny squares. Sure, it will take a little longer, but I bet the result would be absolutely fantastic!

Or you can go the route that I went with this oven mitt. Here I cut stripes of varying lengths of fabric and sewed them together for a quilted striped design. That works too, and I rather like the way this one looks.

When making oven holders and mitts I strongly recommend you double or triple up on the heat-resistant batting, because it’s no fun to get burned! I also recommend that you sew through your design (the definition of quilting) to get all layers connected (if you’re making a mitt, sew through each side of the mitt before connecting them together.) That way the layers won’t come apart even if you wash the mitt or trivet later on.

 Also check out Linn’s tutorial for a Kitchen Cart Makeover.