Showing posts with label recycled-upcycled-green-crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label recycled-upcycled-green-crafts. Show all posts


Yesterday when I was cleaning, I took notice to the small, upcycled vases sitting empty on my coffee table.  I made them last year (see DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Urns Using Dollar Store Glass and Cast Off Ceramic Containers) and decided it was time to add something to them.  I decided to fill them with fake cotton branch stems. They were super easy, inexpensive and quick to make.  Here is how I did it.


I absolutely LOVE going to thrift stores! When I go it's like a treasure hunt. While many people go in the hopes of finding hidden gems in usable shape, I go to find old castoffs that I can give new life. Recently I found a lamp in a Charleston, SC thrift store just begging for my love. It was priced at $10 but on the day I went all lamps were half off so I snagged it for only $5!


God Jul! That means Merry Christmas in Svenska and once again I'm on a quest to meld my husband's Swedish Christmas traditions along with my own American ones to create our own little Christmas.  This year I decided to try to make a paper mache tomte or tomten.  Here is how I did it.


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.

How to refinish wood furniture dresser paint stain tutorial diy

A while back, my friend snapped a picture (below) of an old wood dresser she was getting rid of and asked if I wanted it.  The answer was yes of course! I had been wanting a new buffet for my dining room and I new with a little tlc it would be perfect.

DIY Home Decor and Crafts Tutorial for Fall

While it's still in the upper 90s in the hot South, it doesn't stop me from dreaming of cooler weather, hoodies and nighttime football games.  Unfortunately, I've been too busy melting away in the heat to prep a new "Fall" themed project for you guys. Fortunately, I still have an awesome, DIY pumpkin project that I did last year and a network of awesome, super, crafty friends that have many projects to share with you, so let's roll!

DIY Borei Design Recycled Fabric Yo yo Can Craft Tutorial

The craft tutorial I decided to share with you could not be easier or cheaper and involves something we all have plenty of laying around the house: cans!

Upcycled, Recycled DIY Tutorial: How to make a storage container for lids.

I am currently trying to go through my entire house to clean, purge and organize. The food storage container cabinet was my first stop in the kitchen.  This cabinet was really, really bad....I mean try to cram stuff in real quick and slam the door before everything falls out, bad.

DIY tutorial on how to make a flower embellishment using scrap tshirt fabric.

I love re-imagining and recycling not only home decor but clothing as well. I just finished refashioning a long sleeved, winner knit shirt into a new summer top. I had planned on posting it first but it is currently in the wash. I (being the graceful person that I am) unfortunately spilled something on it right after I finished it. Therefore, I will first be sharing what I did with some of the scraps for now and the shirt makeover later.

DIY Tutorials: 50 plus easy inexpensive and recycled how to make treats and toys for cats

Anyone who knows me in the least knows I love my kitties.  Don't know me? Guess what? I REALLY love my kitties. I'm always on the look out for great kitty cat crafts here are boatload of awesome crafts I found on the web with them in mind.

How to Make A Recycled Minecraft Creeper Fan Desk Organizer Pen Cup or Can

When you are decorating a room, you have to design to fit the needs, style and desires of  each particular client.  Right now my "client" just happens to be my teenage son.  As I have the time...time, what's that? ha! how funny, says a lady with twins...I am going to work on redecorating his bedroom in a "gamer" theme. Going forward, I will be sporadically sharing tutorials with you that you can use for your favorite gamer's room as well.  I'm not exactly sure when I will be able to work on and post all the projects I have planned, so if you are interested in seeing more be sure to sign up for email updates for my site! All that being said, getting him organized is an ongoing battle that I'm going to try address along with the new decor.  I decided to start with a baby step in that direction first.

How to create your own etching stencils and monogrammed wine glasses.

I have a love-hate relationship with wine glasses and glassware in general.  I love all the creative, beautiful pieces that are available for purchase but they are constantly being broken in my home.  I bought an absolutely gorgeous set last year that was pretty pricey.  I finally cut my losses and gave up on replacing the individual glasses as they broke.  After some thought, I decided to replace them all at once with an etched monogram set.

After pricing etched glasses at places like Anthropologie (see Etched Monogram Glass) and Ballard Designs (see Riviera GlasswareMilano Glassware and Classic Barware, I quickly realized that if I purchased them already made, I would most likely be stuck in the same expensive cycle of replacing pieces as they break.  I've never etched glass before but I became determined to create my own using sturdy plain glasses of my choosing. Imagine my delight when I found the perfect, sturdy, candidate at a local dollar store of all places! Yaaaay! I was happy that I had solved the actual glass problem but thought I would probably be scratching glass for the rest of my life in order to create the monogrammed set I had in mind.  Thankfully I found a product that does all the etching work for you in no time! Unfortunately, I also found out you are required to buy disposable stencils, made specifically for etching.  Pfffft! No way! I decided to DIY those as well.  Here's how I created the etching stencils and a new set of monogrammed wine glasses that can be replaced quickly for very little expense.

How to transform a tic tac pack into a bobby pin storage container.

When you have a house full of teenagers, every little thing helps when it comes to organization.  Not too long ago I recycled a nut can to create a loose change container that really helped with the haphazard laying of coins around the house.  It seems to really help knowing that you have a cute container specifically for the purpose.  Another problem the girls have (and even I am slightly guilty) is keeping up with bobby pins.  Bobby pins are constantly needed when doing any kind of updo with long hair and have a tendency to be left here, there and everywhere.  They seem to be everywhere and nowhere (when you need them) all at the same time.  No one wants to take the time to return them to the cards they usually come on, so I decided to see if I could apply the same thinking with bobby pins.  I decided to create each of us our on container to toss them in, keep them organized and make them easier to transport when needed.  Creating this container could not be easier.

Looking back over a full year of craft tutorials.

Can you believe 2015 is almost over? I can't. 2015 was my first year of regular craft project blogging on this site.  With the new year of projects approaching, I would like to take a moment to highlight some of the tutorial projects I brought to you in 2015.  So sit back, grab a cup of coffee and dive in.

How to make a monogram wine cork holder using recycled materials.

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.

How to make recycled book page gift tags.

Today I've decided to share how to make super easy, upcycled, vintage-looking, book page gift tags. All you need is pages from a book, poster board-weight cardboard (such as a cereal box) and stamps, pens or any other desired embellishments.   Here's how to do it.

DIY Crafts Paper Mache Owl Tutroial How To Make

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.

DIY Tutorial: How to make your own gift bags.

Ok maybe not a gazillion and one but it's close enough.  From one, $1 roll of brown craft wrapping paper I made ornament gift bags for my husband's entire family and had plenty left over.  It's also a great way reuse/recycle old wrapping paper, magazines, newspapers and etc. Once you learn the basic folding construction of a gift bag it is a total game changer.