17th Jul2012

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!

 

 

16th Jul2012

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.

 

09th Jul2012

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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25th Jun2012

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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19th Jun2012

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

 

18th Jun2012

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…

{Back to 12 Recycled Book Page Crafts}

 

 

12th Jun2012

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.

 

07th Jun2012

Recycled Text Books

by Dinah Wulf

Recycled Text Books, Written By Caitlin Farkas (@Ms_Cait) of This Crazy Life

You, your kids or someone you know is graduating from school. After the congratulations are put to rest, the cake is eaten and the money collected there’s something left over that might seem to intrude on your living space; textbooks. Every student has them, but not all of them want to keep them.

You have a few options to consider. First off, be green in your thinking.

(whiteislyme.com)

Don’t be rude to mother earth and fill a landfill with pages of equations and historical accounts.  Instead choose one of three ways to handle the piles of textbooks.

Option 1:  Spruce up your bookshelf collection with a creative design on the textbook.

For example you can cover the textbook with half used paper from the printer, paper bags from the grocery store or left over scrapbooking paper to assemble a cute book collection such as the one shown below, from Apartmenttherapy.com.

Top the blank cover with text, such as “Honesty” or the subject matter to set your home décor mood. Add a bow to spice up the collection.

Picture borrowed from About.com

Another simple, ingenious idea arises from Isaac Salazar, who developed art from an unwanted book.  He cut letters, words and names on the outer edge of pages to present a delightful construction.

(The-deamhome.com)

After you’ve decorated the once atrocious looking textbook, move your creative aspirations to the bookshelf. You can check out Freshome to reinvent or construct a more appealing bookshelf to now hold your decently designed book.

Option 2:  Sell them.

Travel to a local buy back store or surf the net to EBay, Amazon or even Oodle Marketplace to resell those bulky books.

Most importantly to a recent grad, this option allows for income to flow back into the bank. By selling those textbooks to future students the longevity of the textbook is extended. Also, that student buyer saves a little dough by purchasing the book from you.

Option 3: Place the textbooks in the blue recycle bin. 

They might be other various colors in your neighborhood.  Recycle those boring books into your local bin to insure the items don’t destroy the environment.

Now you’ve rid your house of those disturbing piles of textbooks, while doing something great for the environment.

 

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23rd May2012

Repurposed Bottle Cap Magnets

by Dinah Wulf

The other day, I was reorganizing my drawers and found some Christmas photo cards from last year.  I love these cards because it showcases my friends and their families as they grow over the years.  The whole family is dressed up and looking their best.  The only problem is that the cards sit in a drawer, get tucked away in a box, or even get tossed in the trash.  Looking at these photos, I wanted to recycle them into something that I can look at daily, so I made these Repurposed Bottle Cap Magnets.

 

This project takes some time; days in fact. It takes a while because I, of course, took the cheap route! I chose to use decoupage medium because it was already in my craft closet.  For quicker results, you can use resin.

Here are the materials you need:

  • Bottle Caps
  • Decoupage medium like Mod Podge
  • Old pictures
  • A half inch circle craft punch
  • Magnets
  • Strong adhesive, like E 6000
  • Time

First, fill each bottle cap ¾ of the way with decoupage medium. Gently lift and tap the cap on your counter to even and smooth out the glue.  This also helps eliminate small air bubbles.  Set them aside (I waited 24 hours).  Meanwhile, use the craft punch to punch out pictures that you would like to use.  You don’t have to use pictures for this.  I have also tried patterned scrapbook paper and small stickers.  You can even use magazine photos as well.

 

Once the glue has hardened (it doesn’t have to be COMPLETELY hardened), put another small dab of glue on top and insert your photo.  Add another layer of glue.  Again, gently tap the bottle cap to a hard surface to even and smooth out the glue.

 

Allow the second layer to dry.  This time, I waited 48 hours.  This photo shows the 24 hour mark.  Next, attach the magnets to the back of the bottle cap using a strong adhesive.  The glue will dry completely clear over time (approximately 48-72 hours).

 

Consider packaging these cute magnets in a small treat bag with a personalized label and give as homemade gifts!

 

15th May2012

DIY Reconstructed T Shirt

by Dinah Wulf

At the last minute (the day before the game), my husband and I got tickets to see a Los Angeles Clipper basketball playoff game!  I was so excited, and one of the first things I thought about was, “what am I going to wear?” Before my husband left for work the morning of the game, he kissed me good bye and said “here, thought you might want to wear this tonight at the game.” Half asleep, one eye opened, I grunted, “ OK.”

After a few stretches and yawns, I rubbed my eyes and grabbed the T shirt sitting next to me.  To my horror right before my eyes was a men’s extra-large faded Clippers T-shirt.  On the back it said, Filipino Hoops and Heritage Night 2011.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about representing my peeps, but this shirt was not the way to do it.

Being me, I grabbed my scissors and went downstairs.  Here is how I made my DIY Reconstructed T Shirt.

 

The beauty about changing a T-shirt is that there is no wrong way of doing it.  There are SO many possibilities.  I recommended cutting little by little and trying it on as you go.  I first cut the bottom, sleeves, and neck line.  Because the shirt was so large, I decided to make it off the shoulder.

 

Next, I used the remaining bottom portion of the T shirt to cut two 2 inch wide strips.  I simply tugged and stretched the two stripes to create a rope or string.

 

I cut a slit at the center of the neck line and cut two small holes on each side. I cut my rope into the desired length and I threaded each one into the holes tying a knot at each end.

 

For the back I folded it in half and cut varied length slits down the back.  Lastly, I tugged and stretched each slit and the arm holes.

Changing up an old T shirt is an inexpensive way to update and recycle an old shirt.  Consider cutting large shirts into tank tops to wear at the beach or pool.  Don’t forget about the T shirt remnants!  They can be used for ties or bows.  You can also use more than one T shirt in contrasting colors for the embellishments.

Moral of my story: Upcycle your T-shirt before you decide to give or throw it away!

 

09th May2012

Recycled Water Bottle Flowers

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed DASANI Water Bottles

DASANI believes in not only promoting the recycling of its bottles, but also promoting the many cool items the recycled bottles can become.  That’s why they partner with companies with similar mindsets, such as New Balance.

DASANI and New Balance have partnered together for the launch of newSKYTM, a line of footwear made from recycled plastic bottles. Together, they are working to both show consumers that there can be all kinds of exciting ways to recycle materials into new uses, and that we all need to do our part in protecting our environment.

I decided to tackle another Repurposed DASANI Water Bottle project (check out my Recycled Water Bottle Butterflies I made recently).  This time, with Mother’s Day coming up, I wanted to create some eco-friendly gift wrapping by making Recycled Water Bottle Flowers.

I started with the small 12 ounce bottles.  These were the perfect size.  There are several ways of making flowers, just use your imagination.  First I cut the bottles in half and started cutting.  Use both the top and bottom for your flowers.

Paint or decorate your flowers any way you wish with craft paint, spray paint, and/or glitter.  I used a metallic paint.  For the center, I folded colored scrapbook paper lengthwise and fringed it with scissors.  Next, roll the fringed paper as shown and insert it into the center of your flower. I used hot glue to attach the flowers to my gift wrapped packages.

Wait! There’s more…

New Facebook Photo App

Get creative with Facebook’s new timeline feature and support a good cause by ‘recycling’ your Facebook photos into an eye-catching image to top off your profile. For each photomontage created through the app, DASANI® will make a donation to the national non-profit organization, Keep America Beautiful in support of recycling initiatives on college campuses throughout the U.S.

Fans who have ‘liked’ the DASANI® Facebook page can access the application on the Photosynthesis tab of the Facebook page.  First, fans will select a photo from either their Facebook albums or a design from DASANI®, to create into a photo-mosaic. The Photosynthesis app will ‘recycle’ all of the fan’s existing Facebook photos into a stunning mosaic that fits perfectly as a cover image on their profile. Each time a fan participates, DASANI® will donate $1 to the nationally recognized nonprofit, Keep American Beautiful, in support of their Bin Grant Program on college campuses.

In addition, the fan’s profile photo will be added to the DASANI® mosaic of supporters, which will be featured on the Photosynthesis tab.

Thanks to DASANI for sponsoring today’s post!

 

02nd May2012

DIY Recycled Colored Glass

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Colored Glass (560x420)

Mother’s Day is right around the corner!  I wanted to share a simple, quick, and inexpensive Mother’s Day gift idea.  This project is great for decorative purposes, or you can also make them for wedding or party centerpieces.  Here is how I made these decorative glass bottles.

Here are the materials you need:

  • Glasses, bottles, or vases
  • Enamel ceramic glass paint, any color
  • Paper Plates

The glasses pictured have been sitting in my cupboard for years!  I found them when I moved.  If you don’t have old glasses or bottles, I recommend purchasing them at the dollar store, thrift store, or craft supply store.  Depending on the size, you shouldn’t have to spend more than $2 per bottle. I find that old oil based dressing bottles work well. A great online resource for inexpensive glass jars and bottles is Sunburst Bottle.

First, put a generous amount of paint into your bottle. I chose white because I think it’s a timeless color, but these turn out beautifully in any color.  I think a pastel blue or pastel green would be pretty too.

Slowly twist and tilt your bottle.  This takes some patience, depending on the size of your bottle.  I didn’t really put enough paint in this particular bottle and it took forever to cover it. Don’t ask me why I just didn’t put more paint in it… duh!

Place your bottles upside down on a paper plate. I used Styrofoam because it does not stick to your glass.  After several minutes, lift the bottles carefully, let them drain, and transfer them upside down onto another clean paper plate.

After the paint has thoroughly drained, let them dry right side up.  After they are completely dry, use a damp paper towel to remove any unwanted dry paint on the outer surface.  Here are some after shots.

 

Tip: If you use water base acrylic craft paint, you can easily wash it off and start all over to fit your next party theme or change in your home decor.   I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy Mother’s Day craft tutorial! Repurpose, reinvent!

 

 

30th Apr2012

Recycled Water Bottle Butterfly

by Dinah Wulf

Recycled Water Bottle Butterflies (23) (560x420)

I was originally inspired by this great post from Instructables, one of my favorite websites. I am throwing a garden themed party this year for my daughter’s birthday and thought that these would be perfect. They would also make cute adornments for gifts.

Here is how I made these cute Recycled Water Bottle Butterflies.

Materials:

  • DASANI water bottle
  • Utility knife and scissors
  • Sand Paper (I used 100 grit)
  • Craft paint
  • Glitter
  • Plastic Beads
  • Twine
  • Hot Glue

Make sure your DASANI water bottle is clean and dry. Using a utility knife, cut off the rounded top and bottom of the water bottle so that you have a perfect cylinder.  Next, cut that cylinder in half, lengthwise to make two pieces.

 

Next, cut each piece in half to make four pieces.  This will now be four butterflies.  Fold each piece in half as shown. Cut a “V” shape on the top and bottom, and then another on each side.  You can cut and shape the butterfly wings as you like.  Gently sand each butterfly.  This will help the paint to adhere nicely to the plastic. Make sure you clean off any debris before you start to paint.

 

I used craft paint and glitter to decorate each butterfly.  For the bodies, I hot glued black plastic beads together and then hot glued twine in a “V” shape for the antennas.  IMPORTANT: When hot gluing the body to the butterfly, place the hot glue on the bead and then glue onto the plastic.  Do not put hot glue directly onto the plastic or it will melt.

 

Here are some after photos. The tutorial is for the liter bottle; however I made some with the small 12 oz. bottles too! Check them out (bottom right photo)!  If you add a few more beads, the 12 oz. bottles make perfect dragonflies.

 

Why I chose DASANI:

DASANI has partnered with a variety of organizations to promote the importance of recycling:

• Coca-Cola Recycling: Since 2007, Coca-Cola Recycling has worked with the Coca-Cola system and community partners to increase the collection of beverage packaging for use again in North America. They currently manage 30 dedicated recycling centers, a commercial brokerage network, an online recycling bin fulfillment site and the execution of hundreds of local recycling programs around the country.

• Recyclebank: Since 2006, Coca-Cola has partnered with Recyclebank, a meaningful rewards program that motivates people to recycle by rewarding them for their efforts. Recyclebank Points are earned based on the weight of the recyclables and are redeemable for valuable discounts, free products, gift cards and movie tickets, to name just a few.

Keep America Beautiful/Bin Grant Program: The Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Bin Grant Program donates recycling bins to kick-start recycling programs for local organizations. Through your support, you’ve helped us grant bins to non-profits, government, civic organizations, schools and for profit corporations.

Check out this quick YouTube video!

DASANI’s PlantBottle® Saves Energy

Thanks to DASANI for sponsoring today’s post!

 

25th Apr2012

How to Reuse Your Old Mattress

by Dinah Wulf

Written By: Sunny Popali

Whenever someone gets a new mattress, there is always the question of what to do with the old one after it has been replaced. Some people decide to throw it out, while others will determine that storage is the best course of action for the mattress. Whatever you decide to do, you need to make sure that you are thinking about all of your different options before making a final decision. When it comes to getting the most out of an old mattress, you should try to find some other use for it around the house instead of tossing it into your attic indefinitely.

You could always decide to sell your old mattress online or at a local store, but people are usually wary of buying used mattresses. When it comes down to it, you are probably not going to find that selling your old mattress to someone else is even worth your time. This does not even consider the costs involved with shipping or sending the mattress to someone else’s house. If you are going to be getting rid of your mattress, then the best course of action is probably going to be donating it to some kind of charity.

When you want to recycle your mattress and make sure that you get everything that you can out of it, you are probably going to need to tear it apart. You can start with the buttons on the outside of the mattress, but almost every part of the mattress can be used for something. The buttons are perfect for anyone who likes to sew or use buttons in various types of arts and crafts. The padding or stuffing in the mattress can be used to refill any kind of cushion or pillow that you may have in different rooms around the house.

One last part of the mattress that you should think about is the outer fabric. While you may think that there is no use for this material, you have to remember that this fabric is usually thick and durable. This makes the fabric perfect for creating a throwaway rug for a garage or utility room in your home. It won’t create a center rug for your living room, but you can definitely use these materials in rooms where you are not worried about the interior design.

As you can see, there are still plenty of reasons to keep your old mattress once the new one has arrived at your home. You should never think about throwing away anything as expensive as a mattress without making sure that you have exhausted all of your options when it comes to recycling or reusing the materials. You can save a lot of time and money over the years by getting full use out of the items in your home, so always think twice before you decide to toss your mattresses and other materials into the trash can. You will definitely be surprised at what you can achieve with a little time and effort on your old mattresses.

Author Bio – Sunny Popali is Global Brand Manager for Mattressnextday.co.uk, Mattressnextday sells double mattress size, single kids mattress, comfortable double mattress, soft memory foam mattress.

 

 

 

04th Apr2012

Easy Easter Basket Update

by Dinah Wulf

Every year it seems you buy a new Easter basket for your kids.   I say, first, remember where you put last year’s Easter basket, and second, don’t buy a new one!  Rather, update and recycle the old one! OR go to a thrift store and buy a used one and upcycle it.

Here is my daughter’s Easter basket. There are a few reasons why I bought it: 1) it’s plain, 2) it’s boring, and 3) it’s sturdy. So why buy a plain, boring, and sturdy Easter basket?  You can use it for several years, not just at Easter, and it’s easy to match the Easter dresses and outfits you DO have to buy every year.

If you’re at all like me, you have something like this in your craft closet.

Ribbon has multiple uses for me besides gift wrapping (party decorations, DIY invitations, party games, DIY party favors, and EASTER BASKETS!) and I always seem to have a decent selection at all times.

A few pieces of colorful ribbon, and you have a whole new recycled Easter basket.  I think ribbon can be used for both girls and boys.  You can use coordinating colors and patterns and weave and tie it any way you want.  The possibilities are endless.  Ribbon is also great because after Easter, you can take it off and reuse it for other things. Here are a few AFTER shots.  Simple, quick, easy…

03rd Apr2012

Recycled Candy Wrapper Easter Basket

by Dinah Wulf

Celebrate the Pink, Yellow, and “Green” Hues of Easter

TerraCycle® Provides Easter DIY Project and Free Collection Program for Candy Wrappers

Spring is in the air, and the Easter bunny is just a hop, skip and a jump away. This year, make sure to fill your Easter baskets, but not your garbage cans, with sweet treats. TerraCycle offers an environmentally-conscious alternative for all those leftover candy wrappers as well as fun DIY projects to get the whole family excited about an Eco-Easter. With the help of partners MOM Brands™ and M&Ms, TerraCycle hopes to make this springtime holiday greener than the newly-grown grass.

 

Need an Easter basket to hold those eggs from an Easter Egg hunt?  MOM Brands Malt-O-Meal® cereals and TerraCycle have a fun – and environmentally-friendly – DIY project the kids will love. All you need are food wrappers, scissors, and a few other items to make your very own Easter basket to fill with sweets. Get the free project here.

To keep those candy wrappers in your Easter baskets out of a landfill, TerraCycle and M&M’s Candy Wrapper Brigade offers an easy alternative. Simply collect candy wrappers, send them to TerraCycle and receive two points per item collected that can be used for charity gifts or converted to cash and donated to any school or charity. TerraCycle even covers the shipping cost. TerraCycle also collects Malt-O-Meal bags through its Cereal Bag Brigade, if you choose not to turn them into Easter baskets. Visit www.terracycle.com to sign up for the Brigade programs and view the full list of items TerraCycle accepts.

 

About MOM Brands MOM Brands is the largest family owned cereal company in the U.S. The company has produced quality cereal products since 1919 and manufactures many varieties of oatmeal, family favorite ready-to-eat and all-natural cereals as well as its original, farina-based hot cereal. Today, one in 10 servings of cereal breakfast eaten every day is a MOM Brands cereal. Dedicated to finding better ways to make a better breakfast at a better price, MOM Brands is continually innovating to produce, package and transport its cereals in ways that reduce environmental impact. For more information about MOM Brands and its cereal products please visit www.MOMBrands.com.

 

About TerraCycle TerraCycle, Inc. is an international upcycling and recycling company that takes difficult-to recycle-packaging and turns it into affordable, innovative products.  Founded in 2001, TerraCycle is the world’s leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable post-consumer waste. TerraCycle works with more than 30 major brands in the U.S. and around the world to collect used packaging and products that would otherwise be destined for landfills. It repurposes that waste into new, innovative materials and products that are available online and through major retailers. The waste is collected through TerraCycle’s Brigade programs, which are free fundraisers that pay for every piece of waste collected and returned. For information on how to join a TerraCycle Brigade and on purchasing TerraCycle products please visit www.terracycle.com.