Christmas will be here before you know it! Yaaaay! I make the majority of my gifts and decor, so I have to get started as early as possible in order to get everything done. As with anything I make, I try to recycle and reuse as many materials as possible. With a little imagination, it's really not necessary to spend lots of money or contribute to waste in order to create beautiful new decorations that make a huge impact. My first project for this Christmas is a recycled book page mini-tree. Here's how you can make your own.
The New Year is the perfect time to start saving wine corks to display in a unique new way such as with a monogram cork holder. For decorative purposes, you can fill up the holder all at once (if you already have a collection) or you can fill it as you go throughout the year. You can even write the date or other info on the end of the corks to mark bottles opened on special occasions. There's lots of pricey wine cork holders out there to choose from but it's even more special when your create your own using recycled materials. Here's how to do it.
I've been a busy bee for the last few weeks making Christmas gifts for family members. My mother-in-law (who loves owls) recently fell in love with the paper mache elephant wall bust I created for my daughter's room (see: Borei Design Papier-Mâché Sculpted Elephant Bust Tutorial). So guess what she's getting for Christmas? You got it, an owl sculpture. My primary supplies for this project was a roll of toilet paper, a cardboard box and some newspaper. Here's how I did it.
Recently I decided to see if I could make my own air dry, paper clay to use on some of my paper mache projects. I ended up with a really great clay that can be used not only for paper mache projects but for many other sculpting projects as well. It was super easy and inexpensive to make. You will never believe the main component I used to make this clay...a roll of toilet tissue paper. Seriously. Here's the recipe and instructions on how I did it.
My husband is part of the first generation of his family that was born in the United States. Over the years we have found a happy blend of family traditions when it comes to decorating for Christmas. In a previous post I discussed traditional Swedish Christmas ornaments and showed you how to make a Swedish Advent Star (see: How to Create Swedish Advent Stars Using Recycled Book Pages). Today I would like to share with you another decorative Swedish item that can be made with book pages and other recycled materials: the Dalahäst or Dala horse.
Faux animal busts appear to be popping up everywhere at some of my favorite home décor stores. I haven’t really given much thought to the trend until I saw the adorable papier-mâché editions at Anthropolgie. Inspiration struck when I was admiring the picture of the Plains Traveler Bust Elephant. An elephant’s trunk when raised makes a natural hook where you can hang practically anything. When you add a fun pattern to the mix, you have the makings of an awesome wall accent piece that is both functional and decorative. I knew that it would be a colorful way for my daughter to hang winter scarves in her room. I set out to create my own version that was both sturdy and complimentary to the current color schemes of her room.
Handmade straw and wood ornaments are a long standing tradition in Sweden and many other Scandinavian countries. I always look forward to receiving a handmade ornament from Sweden from my Mother and Father-in-law every Christmas. Advent stars are one of the items that are commonly made. When I was recently looking at a pic of antique woven star, I was inspired to make my own version using recycled book pages that could be used as a decorative hanger not just for the Christmas tree but for any time of year.
Fall is FINALLY starting to rear its head in the hot South...in other words, it has hit 70 degrees! Hallelujah! To celebrate relief from the summer heat, I decided to add a little fall to my decor.
A fellow blogger & designer, Laura Kelly, extended a challenge to me: I'll send you a box of "mystery" supplies and you create something unique with it. Oooh.....That's ALL me! Challenge accepted, Ma'am.
My Mother was a pro at making something out of nothing. When I was a little girl, she taught me how to remove the yolks & whites from inside an egg without crushing the shell. She would use the eggs to make breakfast and then paint the shells. She was an amazing oil painter and an avid reader. I unfortunately didn't get her amazing painting skills but did get a dose of her creativity and a love for reading. So, I decided to create some decorative book page eggs in memory of her. Here's looking at you, Mom! :)
Got an old cardboard box, plastic grocery bags, leftover fabric and an old book ready for recycle? Once again I'm up to crafting using only materials found around my home. My latest project involves upcycling or recycling these items to make a new wreath. I drew inspiration from some of the felt flower barrettes I've made for my daughter.