Upcycling Ideas, Upcycling Craft Ideas - DIY Inspired
17th Apr2014

Clever Trash to Treasure Earth Day Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

Trash to Treasure Earth Day Crafts

Earth Day is next week already! I swear it was just Christmas. Where does the time go? In honor of this important national holiday, I thought I’d put together some fun and clever trash to treasure Earth Day Crafts.  Each craft has a step by step photo tutorial done by yours truly! I hope you try some out!

Recycled Mason Jar Lantern

I still have these macramé lanterns hanging in my back yard. They are great especially this time of year in southern California while entertaining outdoors. I light the tea lights before sunset and they stay lit for several hours.

Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath

Can you believe it cost me nothing to make this butterfly wreath? I made it out of branches from my backyard and a wire hanger.  I decorated it with butterflies I cut out of an old book and used beads and twine for the antennas.

Repurposed Phonebook Flowers

Does anyone use a phone book anymore? Here’s a fun craft you can do with all those pages.

Recycled Book Page Wreath Tutorial

This is another great wreath tutorial. I made this one also out of book pages. For the wreath I used Plumber’s insulation.

Hollow Book Safe How To

This makes a great gift. It’s a clever way of hiding some important things or extra money in an old hardback book.

Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Pillow

I had bought some old coffee bean sacks at a flea market and ended up making some fun outdoor pillows for my back patio.

 

14th Apr2014

DIY Kitchen Playset

by Dinah Wulf

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Mia loves her bed. She sleeps in her toddler bed that was once her crib. Now that she’s almost four, we thought it was a good time to get her a new bed.  After literally weeks of convincing her to get a new one, I had to make some room in her bedroom. I moved several downstairs to our family room and created a little area where I put a DIY Kitchen Playset.

This little repurposed kid’s play hutch was such a fun trash to treasure project and great thrift store find. I found the top shelf part at Goodwill for $10.00. It used to be red and white.  I got the table for free from a friend.  I pretty much winged this project but it worked out and has lasted and is in good condition still after almost a year. Since then I have added little hooks for her apron, oven mitts, and pot holders.

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I upcycled this little play table almost three years ago. It used to be a pink Disney Princess table that was a little beat up.  I got it for free from my best friend who was moving at the time.  With a little paint and primer, I refurbished it.  I also added cushions to the seat and a little monogrammed seat back all for about $20.00. Check out the before and after photos along with my step by step process at this Upcycled Play Table post.

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I also moved a second-hand stove I got from Craigslist, and at Mia’s request moved her baby high chair and bassinette she got for her birthday last year.  It turned out to be such a cute little play area for her and she will play there for hours and definitely gets more use now than it did in her room. 

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02nd Apr2014

Repurposed Bank Money Bag

by Dinah Wulf

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I love this trash to treasure project, a) because it’s repurposed, and b) it’s so easy!! My Mother-in-law gave me a bunch of bank money bags that are no longer used at bank branches. They are great because they are long and narrow. I wanted to make something to match my upcycled dollar bin pouches for traveling. I decided to make this repurposed Bank Money Bag into a laundry travel bag for my suitcase.

Materials:

  • Canvas bag
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Stencils of choice
  • Spouncer
  • Small paper plate
  • Towels
  • Rhinestones
  • Jewel glue

These bank money bags are the perfect size for your laundry to fit in a suitcase.

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I wanted to write “my stuff” on the bag to match my dollar bin pouch I upcycled. To make it easy, I started with the center letter “u” and worked my way out.

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When stenciling, make sure to dab the excess paint off of the spouncer. Less is more. Stencil it in an up and down motion to prevent bleeding.

Note: I like to wash and dry my stencils in between each letter to keep them clean. It helps to keep a couple towels handy.

To place the “my” I stenciled the “y” first for ideal placement.

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I also stenciled a border on the bottom right corner. I added some rhinestones with some jewel glue.

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Here is the AFTER.

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Here is a photo of my entire blinged out travel kit! I’m so excited to use it… now where should I go?

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What would you make out of a canvas bank money bag???

01st Apr2014

Upcycled Dollar Bin Canvas Bags

by Dinah Wulf

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I love the dollar bins and craft and retail stores. I think I stop and look every time I go.  You never know what you’ll find. Recently, I went to Michael’s and found these cute little canvas bags that I thought would be great for when I travel or the perfect gift. With a couple embellishments I bought at a vintage flea market and some rhinestones, I made these Upcycled Dollar Bin Canvas Bags.

Materials:

  • Dollar Bin Bags
  • Rhinestones
  • Metal Embellishments
  • Fabric Glue
  • Jewelry Glue
  • Lace
  • Scissors
  • Clips
  • Straight pins

This project is so easy and self-explanatory but I’ll try to share some helpful hints that I learned while embellishing these. Here is the BEFORE photo of the bags. Cute right? I couldn’t help myself!

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They are great just the way they are but of course I just HAD to upcycle them just a tad. I started off by adding lace to one of them. I measured the lace around and used Fabric Fusion to attach it. 

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At the ends where I saw the lace lifting, I used straight pins and clips to hold them down until it dried.

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I did the same this when I added the metal corner embellishments that I bought at an antique flea market not long ago.

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For the rhinestones and the metal embellishments I used jewelry glue.

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So far so good! I’ve pulled them inside and outside of bags and purses and everything has stayed on! Here are some after photos of each one.

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I hope you like them! I’m excited to share with you the repurposed canvas bank money bag I made into a travel laundry bag to match!

20th Mar2014

Upcycled Fabric Duck Tape Shelves

by Dinah Wulf

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This upcycled trash to treasure project may possibly be the quickest, easiest, and cutest makeover I’ve done in a while. When I went to the CHA Mega Show I had the privilege of viewing the new fabric Duck Tape line. I immediately wanted to try it out! We use an old IKEA shelf from when my husband was single to organize Mia’s room. Sure, the shelves are useful; however they are black and harsh for a little girl’s room. My solution is upcycled fabric Duck Tape shelves.

You only need two supplies:

  1. The Fabric Duck Tape of your choice and
  2. The Fiskars Amplify Craft Shears (because they cut Duck Tape perfectly!)

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Here are the shelves BEFORE.

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Sorry! I REALLY should have dusted them before I took the picture… whoops!!!

I simply added pink Fabric Duck Tape to the trim. It happened to be the perfect width. It was so quick and easy! The best part is is that if you are tired of it. You can take it off and try a different color or pattern.  I used three rolls for this, but had plenty left over (I used three to have one continuous piece for each side).

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Here are two AFTER shots.

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Here is another BEFORE and AFTER.

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It’s such a small thing, but it makes a huge difference in her room! Now I am obsessed and need to make a bunch of other things that match! Hmmmm… stay tuned!

In case you missed it, here are a few other Duck Tape projects I have done:

Thank you to Duck Tape for sponsoring this post!

13th Mar2014

Thrift Store and Garage Sale Transformations

by Dinah Wulf

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I just realized that I haven’t had a chance to go thrift store or garage sale shopping in a while. A thrifty shopping trip is WAY overdue.  I did however put together some of the Thrift Store and Garage Sale Transformations I have done and I came up with this list of 27 step by step tutorials!

Furniture

Painted Kid’s Step Stool

This was a fun recent tutorial I posted.  I bought this step stool for $7.00 at Goodwill and added a cushion to match a play kitchen hutch I made for my daughter

Coral Pedestal Makeover

This one was a Salvation Army find that I HAD to have. I saw it and left. Thought about for the next few days and went back to buy it. I asked my Facebook friends what color to paint it.  Love how it turned out!

Refurbished Thrift Store Furniture

A little sanding and spray paint can go a long way!  Give a little life to an outdated piece of furniture to give it a fresh new look.

Five Dollar Thrift Store Ottoman Makeover

An awesome find given new life and fabric!

Red Upholstered Wooden Bench

I found this red wooden bench for $5.00 at a local garage sale.  It was towards the end of the day and the lady just wanted it out!  I ended up re-painting the same red and upholstering the top.  It’s now a fun and colorful bench that sits at the foot of my guestroom bed.

Gray Garage Sale Night Stands

You know that garage sale I was just talking about? Yeah… I got these night stands for $5.00 a piece too!  Score!

Stenciled TV Tray Upcycle

These TV trays seem to be at every thrift store! Mine needed a little oomph so that I could take them out of the closet.

 

Housewares

Easy Upcycled Cake Platter

I found a cake platter with a wooden base and glass top at a thrift store an gave it a modern update.

Painted Glass Vases

If there is one thing you can get for CHEAP, it’s a glass vase from a thrift store.  You can find them for $2.00 or less a piece.  Just add a little paint on the inside and you have a whole new look to match your décor.

DIY Rope Vase

Hot glue rope to a thrift store vase for a nautical look.  This is a quick and easy craft that can be completed in fifteen minutes!

Mirror Makeover into a Serving Tray

Transform an old mirror into a serving tray by painting it and adding cabinet hardware.

How to Make a Birdbath

Not only did I find a hidden treasure at Goodwill, I also found something in the trash…yes…the trash.

Thrift Store Apothecary Jars How To

Turn glass jars and candlesticks into pretty display jars.

DIY Thrift Store Pedestal Trays

Porcelain tray and glass candlestick turned into a beautiful pedestal tray.

Easy Thrift Store Storage Jar Upcycle

With a glass storage jar and a cute little quail knock knack I found, I made upcycled a thrift store storage jar into some craft storage.

 

Bowls

DIY Pedestal Bowl

This is a popular craft on Pinterest and probably one of the easiest ones to do!  Look for a candlestick and a plate or bowl and glue them together creating a new flower vase, party platter, or jewelry holder.

Upcycled Wooden Bowls

Add a little paint to a boring wooden bowl to transform it into a new modern set… and it’s dishwasher safe!

Hand Painted Wooden Bowl Knock Off

Recreate an expensive designer hand dipped bowl by painting the bottom of a wooden thrift store bowl.  I added a gold stripe for a little extra flare.

 

Paintings

Upcycled Canvas Headboard Update

Old painting turned bedroom headboard for a guest room.

Ribbon Organization Board 

Another recycled project, I made this out of an old painting and my daughter’s first baby blanket.

DIY Craft Organization Board

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.

Stenciled Butterfly Wall Art

Made from an old unwanted painting.

 

Mirrors

How to Repair a Broken Mirror Frame

Old Mirror facelift

Two Toned Metallic Mirror Makeover

Easy Thrift Store Mirror Update

DIY Serving Tray: A Mirror Makeover

12th Mar2014

Repurposed Wooden Cable Spool

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Wooden Industrial Spool, Written by Loren Crane

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What do you do when you see a wooden cable spool by the side of the road? Beg your hubby to stop the car and get them!! I have a sweet hubby who helps me with my addiction to DIY. I got it home and started to wonder what I can do with it. I wanted it to be functional in my home and the first thing that came to mind was a rolling bookshelf.

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We took a trip to our local hardware store and got a few things to start our project. We got wood stain, wood and steel wheels. We got the wood to fit snuggly inside the spool. As we discovered that the shelves had to be cut at different measurement because it’s asymmetrical all the way around.  We did a lot of measuring and cutting to make it just right. I decided to put four shelves on the spool.

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We attached the shelves by screw them from the bottom and the top. It did take a lot of muscle to do it and thank goodness I have my hubby for it. You can also use good glue to make it sturdier. I then stained the spool a dark mahogany. I just love the color of dark wood in my home.

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Upholstery is one of my favorite things to do on anything! It’s something I can do every day, even thou at times can be a little frustrating. The reason we upholster the top of the spool was because it had four big bolts on the top which would make thing difficult to placing things on top, so upholstering was the best option.  I cut the fabric and the batting the same size and the foam the same size as the top of the wooden spool.

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Once it was all cut it was time to place it on the spool. We stapled the batting to the spool so it will hold the foam in place. Then we placed the fabric on the top and stapled it to the bottom of the wood.

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We thought that something was still missing and decided to add decorative nails to add that extra touch. Now my kiddos have a small bookshelf in their room and some where they can sit and read.

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Ta-Da!  

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What will you do with a spool, if you found it on the side of the road?

Stay crafty,

Loren

Pandora’s Craft Box

10th Mar2014

Recycled Gift Wrapping Idea: Pop Top Cans

by Dinah Wulf

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I first saw this trash to treasure idea on the Dukes & Duchesses blog. Randi made the most adorable Pop Top Valentine in a Can. She also made Christmas pop top tins. It just so happened that I was at my crafty older brother’s house helping purge his things for a move and he had been saving these cans specifically for this purpose! Score! I made mine a little differently than Randi’s because my brother had already taken off the top of the can, so here is my version of a fun recycled gift wrapping idea, pop top cans.

Materials:

  • Any cans with a pop top
  • Smooth Edge Can Opener
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Glue or tape
  • Strong glue
  • Something heavy
  • Ribbon

Step One:

Use a Smooth Edge Can Opener to open the can. Remove the contents and label and thoroughly clean and dry the inside. I used tuna cans for this project.

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Step Two:

Once the can is clean and dry, fill it with the desired gift.  I was wrapping the Modpodgeable key chains I made for my best friends.  I put a little burlap scrap inside to pad it.

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Step Three:

I’m not going to lie. I had a little trouble at this part.  First I tried hot glue, BUT the glue dried too quickly and it was also too thick. I ended up using Elmer’s Probond Advanced glue. I set my craft jar I made on top of it to add pressure and left it there overnight to dry.

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Step Four:

Once it was dry, I wrapped them in some pretty paper and added a ribbon.

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I gave them to the girls and it worked beautifully! Success! Thank you to Randi Dukes for the original inspiration! Make sure you stop by her blog and tell her DIY Inspired sent you! :) 

13th Feb2014

How to Upholster a Step Stool

by Dinah Wulf

How to Upholster a Step Stool was written by Loren Crane from Pandora’s Craft Box.

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When they tell you that you are not going to like the terrible two’s they did not know how badly the horrible three’s where going to be. My little kiddo is fantastic but at times I need to remind him of the rules and that’s when I decided I needed a time out stool.  I needed something he could also use to help him get his clothes out of the dresser. I decided to purchase a stool from Joann’s and upholster it. I rather make something with my hands than purchase a predesign one.

You will need a couple of things: fabric, foam, and batting.

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The foam I cut to almost the same size of the stool, the fabric and batting I cut to fold around the bottom of the stool.  I used Airtex foam that I also got from Joann’s.

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The first thing I do when I start stapling is staple once on each side of the stool and adjust the fabric as I go around. 

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You will need to fold the fabric and batting as you staple so you don’t have rough edges.

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Once that is done I used a small brush to paint the stool legs white. I would recommend that you paint the stool before you attach the fabric but I was so excited to reupholster that I skipped that step.

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The last thing I did was free hand the number three on the fabric with a gray metallic sharpie. I do have to say that I am in love with the metallic sharpie!

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Now I have the cutest time out stool for my little kiddo even if he does not agree.

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Stay Crafty,

Loren 

11th Feb2014

Antiquing Furniture with Chalk Paint

by Dinah Wulf

Antiquing Furniture with Chalk Paint was written by Loren Crane from Pandora’s Craft Box.

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I don’t know about you but I love chalk paint. I want to use it on everything. There is fun making something new or damaged seem rustic. I am all into antiquing furniture and transforming it into something you can’t recognize anymore. Using chalk paint is easy, just requires one more step than just painting. The good thing about recovering my trunks was that I did not have to sand them down or prime them. I just went ahead and applied my home made recipe for chalk paint!

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If you want to see my recipe for chalk paint click here for more information on how you can make it.  Once you have the mixture you will need to apply a couple of coats to your furniture. I applied about two to three coat of white chalk paint to my trunk. The chalk paint dries pretty fast so you don’t have to wait too long between coats.

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I then used sand paper to remove the chalk paint from the edges and in areas where damage would occur with time to make the furniture seem worn down.

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You of course don’t want to forget to seal your furniture because if you don’t the chalk paint will flake off with every touch.  You have a few choices of sealer from wax to oil sealers.  I used Americana Paint Company top coat which leaves the surface smooth once dried.

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Ta-da! I love the look my trunks give to my living room now.

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Stay Crafty,

Loren

16th Jan2014

Braided Duck Tape Bracelet Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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OK, so when I said yesterday on my Craft and Hobby Association Mega Show 2014 post that I would post a tutorial on how to make my Braided Duck Tape Bracelet I made at the show “soon”, by “soon” I meant today. Ha!

Being invited and attending the Duck Brand breakfast last Sunday at the show was an honor. I was able to see all the new products and partnerships that the Duck Brand offered. They announced a partnership with Fiskars and a new set of scissors especially made for Duck Tape (I’m SUPER excited about trying those out). They had some fun and clever new patterns like the one’s shown in the background of this Instagram photo I posted.  

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To make the braided Duck Tape bracelet, all you need are three things, Duck Tape, a ruler, and scissors. First, pick three colors or patterns you would like.

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Cut three pieces of your choice at about 12 inches long.

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Fold each piece lengthwise in thirds.

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Secure the ends together with a piece of tape as shown.

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Weave your three pieces in a traditional braid.

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Secure each end with tape.

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Tape the two ends together.

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That’s it! Super easy!

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A few of the others were also making these flat wrist bands with three colors/patterns  as well.

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I also received this fun bracelet as a gift from Duck Brand! Don’t ask me how to make it though! Ha!

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If you haven’t read my post about the CHA 2014 show, check it out there are some funny pictures of yours truly on it! Also, you can see more photos on my Instagram if you want too!

13th Jan2014

15 Minute Craft: Paper Towel Roll Valentine Scroll

by Dinah Wulf

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Woo hoo! Another series of Craft Lightening is here and I am sharing a fun recycled Valentine that my daughter and I made for my husband (hopefully he doesn’t see this post before Valentine’s Day)! This craft only takes fifteen minutes (or less) to make.  Here is how we made our Paper Towel Roll Valentine Scroll.

Materials:

  • Two paper towel rolls
  • Three sheets of scrap book paper
  • Paper cutter
  • Double sided tape (or glue)
  • Computer (optional)
  • Ribbon

Instructions:

First cut two pieces of paper (in the same color) with a paper cutter in 8X11 pieces. These will cover the paper towel rolls at each end of the scroll. Cut a third piece of scrapbook paper in a size 11X12. This will be the center piece that the letter is on.

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On both of your 8X11 pieces, place double sided tape (or glue) down the center to secure each paper towel roll.

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Next tape one of the paper towel roll ends to the center piece as shown.

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Fold it over and secure it with tape or glue.

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Repeat on the other side.

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Write your message on the blank side of your scroll.  We typed it, printed it, and taped it inside with a boarder (optional).  Our message said:

Daddy,

On this special Valentine’s Day,

There are a few things I want to say.

Even though I’m only three years old,

I know you love me more than gold.

And when push comes to shove,

You’ll always be my first love.

Because when I’m older and give life a whirl,

I’ll remember that I’ll always be your little girl.

Will you be my Valentine, Daddy?

Love, Mia

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You can roll it right up with the message inside…

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…and the patterned part on the outside.

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Lastly, add a pretty bow!

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Thank you to Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts for allowing me to participate in another fun Craft Lightening!  If you want to see some of my other 15 minute crafts you might like:

03rd Jan2014

Repurposed Cabinet Turned Jewelry Organizer

by Dinah Wulf

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A while ago, I saw a pin on Pinterest for this amazing trash to treasure idea for a jewelry organizer made by Liz Marie on her blog Liz Marie Blog. She did such an amazing job that I pinned it right away and tucked it away in my mind to do for a later date. I think it’s been months now and I finally got around to attempting it.  SOOOO, here is my version of a Repurposed Cabinet Turned Jewelry Organizer. Oh! And a HUGE thank you to Liz Marie for the inspiration.

Materials:

  • Cabinet Door
  • Spray paint
  • Drill
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Knobs and pulls

I decided to go to Habitat for Humanity Restore, one of my favorite places to buy the cabinet door. They have the best selection there at low prices.

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I decided on this one because it was nice and wide and perfect for repurposing.

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I looked for knobs and pulls as well, but didn’t find what I wanted so I ventured to Home Depot to get these.

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I had some left over spray paint from the thrift store shelf makeover I had done a while back. I love the color so I used what I had left for this jewelry organizer. I painted two coats allowing it to dry completely in between each coat.

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Once it was dry I measured and marked with a pencil where I wanted each knob and pull. I used a drill to drill a hole at each marker.

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I used the drill to add my pulls as well! I loved the way it turned out.

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Here are a couple close ups.

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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.

27th Dec2013

Metallic Mason Jar Centerpiece

by Dinah Wulf

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You KNOW I love a good Mason jar craft.  I’ve even done a round-up of Mason Jar Crafts in the past. Most recently, I glittered some for to look like candy corn for Halloween and Fall. This time, I wanted to come up with something quick and easy.  Specifically, I wanted to make this Metallic Mason Jar Centerpiece because it was a great décor piece to transition from Christmas to New Years. As an added bonus, it only take about 15 minutes to make!

Here’s what I used, but you can make any variation to fit your décor.

Materials:

  • Mason jars or Recycled sauce jars
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Raffia and twine
  • Tea lights
  • Silver serving platter
  • Gold and silver ornaments
  • Tea light holders

My favorite jars to save are the Classico sauce jars (notice I don’t have any recipes on this blog… yes, I use sauce in a jar a lot of the time!) They come in a couple sizes and they are pretty without the label. Also, the label comes off SUPER easily. All you need is a little hot soapy water and the abrasive side of a sponge and you are good to go!

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I sprayed the jars upside down in a well-ventilated area. I only needed one coat for these.

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The jars look plain but I wanted to add a little raffia and twine to the top.

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I found the platter and ornaments at the 99 cent store… SCORE! I thought it turned out quite nice for a 15 minute craft project!

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Check out more of my Mason Jar Crafts!

 

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