Category: recycled

Recycled Soup Cans! (Five Different Ways)

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Hey! Hi! Howdy!

I hope you’re having a good weekend!

I know it’s totally not soup season, but I still enjoy a good can of soup every now and then! I feel guilty wasting a perfectly good can. The DIY-instinct in me says “recycle!” Here are five different ways to recycle your soup cans

Make a Weave!

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Pipe Cleaners!

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Alternate colored pipe cleaner to make a colorful pattern! Use hot glue to adhere!

Macrame Cord!

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Wrap some macrame cord around the can! Also use hot glue to adhere in place.

Crochet!

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“Yarn bomb” around the can, alternating color until you reach the top. Weave in your ends.

Fabric Covered!

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Cut a piece of fabric the size of the can. Use fabric glue or modge podge to adhere them onto the can!

What ways do you recycle your soup cans??

Talk soon,
Jennifer

 

Recycled: Reuse Old Light Bulbs

Don’t throw them away! Reuse them!

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I have seen SO MANY projects that reuses old light bulbs. Either I am cursed to constantly buy light bulbs or destined to make a project with them because light bulbs do not last very long in my apartment. Here are few ways to recycle those burned out bulbs.

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Here is what you will need:
Old light bulbs
Glass Paint
Glitter
Elmer’s glue or Modge Podge

Project Time: in an afternoon
Project Difficulty: Easy Peasy

Project budget: around $5

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Option One: Painted.

This one is pretty simple. Just use glass paint to add a pop of color to the bulbs. It took me three coats to make a solid color. I wrapped a piece of tin foil around the bottom of the bulb to stand it up when drying.

Option Two: Glitter

I used a similar technique on clothes pins on this project. Cover the bulb with glue or modge podge, then roll in glitter. Let dry. Cover the glitter with another layer of glue or podge to set in place. Let dry.

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I think these would make great holiday ornaments, but there are other ways to display them as well. I will admit, it was sort of a Pinterest fail for me. I LOVED the way the bulbs turned out….however….the display that I made with them was less than satisfying. I ended up tossing it out, but that’s okay! I still have the curse and have already collect more bulbs to repeat this project!!

What projects have you seen with recycled bulbs? I would love to know (so I can try them of course!!)

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Upcycle Your Accent Pillows!

Don’t but new ones! Update the pillows that came with your couch!

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Hi! How are you?

I bought a new couch about a year ago and, painfully, stared at these pillows for a year.

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I took it upon myself and challenge you, to update the accent pillows that came with your couch.

Here is what you will need:
Two Accent Pillows
Various Colors of Anti-Pill Fleece
Freezer Paper
Iron and Ironing Board
Scissors
Sewing machine
Needle and Thread

Project Time: over the weekend
Project Difficulty: Moderate

Project budget: around $20

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Fleece has a little stretch to it. Measure the accent pillows and cut four pieces the size of the pillow (top left).

Draw the words on freezer paper, and cut them out. (top right) Place the waxy side down, and use the iron to temporarily adhere the letters to alternating colors of fleece. (top right) Cut out around the pattern and remove the paper when done.

Freezer paper is a great tool for crafting. It allows you to draw and cut out ANY shape you want and will temporarily adhere to most mediums. The best part is when the paper is removed, there is no mess or residue left behind!

Lay out the letters on the pillow cut outs. (bottom left and right)

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Pin the letters into place that were laidout. (top left)

Sew around the letters (very carefully) using a half inch seam allowance. (top right, bottom left)

When finished sewing the letter on (bottom right), put right sides together of the main pillow cut outs and sew together, leaving an opening for turning and stuffing. Repeat with the second pillow.

Turn the pillows right side out and stuff with the accent pillows that came with the couch. Once stuffed, use the invisible stitch to hand sew the openings closed.

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Enjoy!

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Restyled: Update an Old Footstool!

Update a hand-me-down or thrift store find!

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I love making furniture my own! I had a coworker a few months ago who was moving out of her house and getting rid of all of her furniture.
She had these two wooden footstools and as soon as I saw them, I knew exactly how I wanted to update them!

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Here is what you will need:
An old footstool
Spray Paint
Macrame Cord (two colors)
Drop cloth
Scissors

Project Time: Over the weekend
Project difficulty: Intermediate

Project Budget: around 25 dollars

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Remove the old seat cover using scissors or a box cutter. This can be a little messy.
Once stripped down to the “base,” place your drop cloth on the ground outside and use your spray paint on the base of the stools.

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This is going to take a couple coats. Make sure you pick up spray paint that is paint and primer, otherwise it make take three or four coats.

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Let dry OUTSIDE overnight. Otherwise your home will smell like paint!

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To start the base of your seat, tie your macrame cord around one side of your base.

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Now wrap the cord around the base on opposite sides to form the core “seat”, making sure your are wrapping very tightly and close together.

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Continue down the length of the base until you reach the end. This part can be a little confusing.
Wrap your cord around ONE SIDE and tie in a knot, similar to how you started the row. Trim the excess cord down and tuck “behind” your seat.

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You’re halfway done!

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On the other sides of the base, tie your second color in a similar fashion to how your knotted your first color cord.

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You can weave whatever pattern you want!

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If you want to keep it simple, you can weave the “over then under” technique, or you can make up your own pattern!

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One helpful hint for weaving, since it is almost impossible to gauge how much cord you will need is cut enough cord for a few rows at a time.
You can connect each row of cords with a knot and hide it underneath your base color.

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Continue down the rows alternating your pattern until you reach the end! I made a pyramid shaped pattern.

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I heart upcycling! Like I said, I THRIVE on making things my own. I would rather take the time to upgrade what I have than buy something new! What about you??

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Restyled! Paint-a-Table

Create a unique design on an old table you own!

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Here is what you will need:
An old table
Acrylic paint (I found that “Basic” brand works best)
Various Paint Brushes
Pencil and eraser

Project Time: 2-3 hours
Project difficulty: Moderately Easy

Project Budget: around 10 dollars (unless you need to buy a table)

Draw on your pattern than you want to paint with you pencil. Feel free to make mistakes and erase!

Then just go for it!

Here’s a time lapse of me painting! Don’t be afraid to change your mind. There was a balloon I had painted on blue – then painted over green!

Like I always say…have fun! Here is my finished product.

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Talk soon,
Jennifer

Use Your Stash! Scrap Fabric Mail Organizer!

Use scrap fabric to make a mail organizer!

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I have SO MUCH scrap fabric in my stash! A few weeks ago, I used an old picture frame to make my own canvas. This idea is some-what the same concept, but I’ll show you how to use small scraps of fabric!

Here is what you will need:
An old picture frame or painting canvas of any size (I used one that I painted on one to many times but I never really liked!)
Fabric scraps
Medium weight fusible interfacing (optional)
Rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler
(scissors will work if you don’t have these!)
Staple Gun
Sewing
Machine Iron and ironing board

Project Time: 2-3 hours
Project Difficulty: Moderately difficult

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First, cut your fabric scraps to roughly the same size. You don’t need to make these precise, we will trim them down later! You can used as many colors as you want, I chose three (plus one to cover the base with.) I used interfacing to add some support to each “pocket” (scraps of fabric). This is optional. If you are using the interfacing, cut these to the same time as your scraps as well!

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Next, using you iron, fuse the interfacing your scraps (if you are using the interfacing.) After fusing the interfacing, use your straight edge and rotary cutter, trim you all three of your scraps to 5″ wide, don’t worry about the length because you’ll trim this down later.

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Fold one side to make a 1/2″ seam and pin in place. Repeat this with each one of your “pockets” (scraps of fabric.)

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Sew the seams in place using a zig-zag stitch. Repeat on the other “pockets” (scraps of fabric). Set aside once complete.

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Cover your canvas or picture frame with your base fabric using your staple gun. I wrote a great tutorial here!

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Take each of your strips and layer evenly down your base, securing them in place with your staple gun. Start from the top and work your way down. Take one pocket and secure in place on the back of your canvas. Wrap the strip around the front and to the back of the opposite side. Hold the strip tightly and staple in place.

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Staple along the bottom of the strip to the wood base along the front of the canvas to create your pocket. Repeat this with the two remaining strips (or however many pockets you are making.)

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Use the same technique to wrap your corners of your bottom pocket that you use to wrap the corners of your base.

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Trim the excess fabric from the back and you’re all done!

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Hang on your wall and sort your mail! Obviously, this picture is a lot prettier than what my actual mail looks like!

What fun crafts have you made to help organize your mail?

Have fun!!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Recycled! Re-purpose an old dress!

Don’t throw is away, recycle it!

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This is probably one of my favorite dresses! I actually found it at Plato’s Closet a couple years ago (so technically it’s been recycled twice!) I was really upset a couple month’s ago when I was folding my laundry and saw that one of the straps broke. Has this ever happened to you?!

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Never fear! We can save it together!

A few quick and easy steps and we can turn this sad moment into a fun project! All you need is a sewing machine, scrap fabric and an afternoon!

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First, use either scissors or a seam ripper and remove the straps from your dress.

Once you have removed the straps, set your dress aside.

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Next, measure the length that your will need to cut your straps on yourself or just use strips of fabric 20″ long. Make sure you make two. Then, cut strips evenly so they are 4″ wide. (I used a rotary cutter and straight edge.)

Fold each side to make a 1/2″ seam. Sew the seams in place using a straight stitch. Repeat on the second strip.

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Now, sew the end of the strips to the back of the dress first. I pinned in place and then sewed them on.

I criss-crossed my straps, but if you want to keep it simple, then sew them like normal. To make it easier, I actually put the dress to make sure the straps fit well. Pin the straps to the dress, once you have fit them to the size that works for you. Finally, sew the straps to the front of your dress.

Trim off the the extra fabric.

Here’s an easy tutorial with photos on how to add straps to a strapless dress. Please note, they make their straps a bit differently than I do. Make which ever one’s you feel most comfortable with!

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Now revel in your success! I actually love my dress more! I bought this dress in 2012, here is what it looked like before!

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Here is what it looks like after!

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I hope that you will be able to save your favorite dress like I was able to!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Recycled! Use an old picture frame to make a pretty canvas!

Why not use that old frame and make a beautiful statement piece!?

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Hey everyone! How has your week been?! I had a stroke inspiration last week when I saw this old picture frame laying around in my closet. I picked up this old frame from a craft store in Columbus called Wholly Crafts. I LOVE this store and wish it was closer to me. They have this “craft corner” where you can donate and trade old supplies. GENIUS!

Anyway…

I was currently using this old frame for my weaving projects…which didn’t exist. When I was making my mom’s Mother’s Day gift, I had a great idea to do a similar project with this frame.

Here is what you will need:
An old picture frame of any size (you may be able to find one at the thrift store!)
Printed Fabric roughly the size of you frame
Fabric Paint
Staple Gun

Project Time: 2-3 hours (plus the paint drying time, roughly 24 hours)
Project Difficulty: Moderately difficult

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Cut out you fabric a little larger than the size of your frame.

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Okay, this is the hardest part. Working on one size, staple the fabric along the back side of your frame. Move to the opposite side, pull the fabric as tight as you can and staple in place. Chose a third size, and again, stretching as tight as you can, staple in place. Finally, work on the remaining opposite side in a similar fashion. I also have a step by step with photos here. It was when I reupholstered a chair, but same concept!

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Now you have a pretty canvas to create on!

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With your fabric paint, make what ever image you with to display! I painted bold lettering to contrast the floral pattern. Let dry for 24 hours!

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Hang on your wall and display! Mine fit perfectly in a space right when you walk into my apartment. I can’t wait to go thrifting and get more frames! I thought this was a great way to also use the fabric laying around in my stash!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Crafts Under 10! Washi Tape Decorated Trash Can

Try this easy way to add a unique touch to your home decor!

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I love decorating anything and everything, and inspiration often comes to me during the weirdest of times. (in the shower, ordering coffee, walking my dog…) I was cleaning my bathroom a couple weeks ago and thought my trash can looked a little sad. Light Bulb! Why not use my stash of washi tape to easily update my pathetic looking trash can!

Here is what you will need:
Trash can (I used the one I already had rather than buying a new one)
Washi Tape (no specific kind!)
Cutting Mat
Straight Edge (ruler)
Xacto Knife

Project Time: 1 hour
Project Difficulty: Easy

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First, you need to decide your pattern. My hand towels have this neat plus sign pattern on them, so I thought I would make my own plus sign pattern to match. Next, place your washi tape all along your cutting mat. I really didn’t know how much I was going to need, so I used as much as I could fit on the mat.

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Then, using your straight edge and xacto knife, cut your strips in the sizes that you’ll need to make your pattern. I used two inch strips for my first three rows, and one and a half inch strips for the bottom row to compensate for the curve of the can. There may be some extra at the end, but that’s okay.

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Now, begin placing your strips of washi tape in the pattern that you created! For my pattern, I did one row at a time and off-set each row. Like I said, the last row I used smaller strips since the bottom of the can is smaller than the top.

Now take a silly picture holding your finished product and apply a funny Photoshop technique! Makes me look so cool…until you see the remote shutter…ha ha!

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I actually made this project about a month ago and the washi tape is still holding strong! Let me know how it works for you! I would love to see the different patterns everyone comes up with

Talk soon,
Jen

Try This! Make your own photo dividers.

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The other day I was going through my photos which I have in one of those fancy over-priced photo boxes. I’ve been meaning to go through them so I can use them in my art journaling adventures. You know how they come with photo dividers? Where you can list the time and date and event? Well, I always use those up and change my mind on what I want to put on them, and finally end up throwing them away. I had one left and decided with all the cardboard boxes I saved from moving to make my own!

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1. Trace the photo divider with permanent marker – it doesn’t have to be perfect!

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It’ll look a little something like this.

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2. Using a box cutter and straight edge – cut around your traced patter.

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It doesn’t have to be perfect – I didn’t make rounded edges – it fits in the box just the same.

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3. Using a permanent marker, trace the edges and write your label!

From a box that I kept from moving I make more than 10 dividers! If I made a mistake, I didn’t feel guilty about throwing them away because I had more cardboard! Now I’m super organized (HA! NEVER!).

Talk soon,
Jennifer