On: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Today we are featuring a great series by Christy Strickler over at MyScrapbookEvolution.com
Christy uses all possible items she can find (including shopping bags, plastic lids, and metal pop tab lids) to add texture to your papercraft projects and create awesome-looking crafts!
Please check out Christy's series here: Scrapbooking with found objects
Here are some great scrapbooking supplies:
From Shopping Bag to Layout:
From Scraps to Woven Layers:
DIY Stencils from Lids:
Thanks for sharing these with us, Christy!
On: Friday, July 18, 2014
This time I am sharing an even more original idea: Sweater vases!
You take a bottle, add your old unloved sweater and get unique home decor!
Here's a detailed tutorial and here are more ways to upcycle sweater crafts!
On: Sunday, December 1, 2013
Whether you're looking to create a festive atmosphere, or you simply want to get the very most out of some unused items when you've got the time to transform them during the chilliest months of year, check out these five winter upcycled hacks, for yourself and to gift:
1. Arm Warmers
On: Friday, January 4, 2013
I know both of my kids brother their cribs long before they could become even a toddler bed. Which should tell you something about my children.
For those leftover pieces, you might not know what to do with them. If the crib is intact you can always try and sell it, or maybe offer it in freecycle. But most are leery about taking a used crib, especially with all the recalls to hit the baby industry in recent years. You may not have as much success as you hope for.
Instead, why not get creative? Pinterest, home of all things DIY, has a ton of awesome ideas for upcycling cribs. Stylish, interesting and functional additions to your home are just a project away.
1. Wall Decor
You could do a lot with this idea, because it is entirely based around your personal tastes for decor and art. I like the concept of converting the grip springs into a canvas board, because it is light weight and yet would easily hold different items. You could probably come up with some other ways based on this principle.
On: Monday, December 17, 2012
I never do big gifts for most of my list. Friend, coworkers, neighbors, my kid's teachers and extended family members are usually on a separate list. One where the main point isn't to give them something so much as it is to show I am thinking of and appreciating them. This is best done (in my opinion) through things I made myself, rather than anything bought from the store.
But what to give? I try to break everyone up into two categories: edible and non-edible. People closer to me go with the former, as it takes more effort for me to make those. The latter are given edible gifts that I can make in bulk and wrap up nicely.
Our previously featured DIY hacks:
- 3 eco-friendly DIY Christmas wreaths
- CD Christmas Tree
- LED Lights in a Bottle
- Ping-Pong Balls into Diffused Party Lights
- Light Bulb Christmas Tree
On: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
As a result, I tend to take a fair number of them to reuse as water glasses. You know, the big ones you put on the bedside table to combat the effects of winter dryness, and all that. A couple of others have been filled and used as vases, though fresh flowers aren't much of an option now that winter has arrived. My kids have even each used one for their 'rewards jar', which they take a prize from at the end of each week as an allowance for doing their chores.
I have run out of ideas on what to do with these multiplying menaces. I learned how to make my own sauce and salsa in order to avoid acquiring anymore. But what to do with the few dozen still crammed into a cupboard in my kitchen...I could use the space!
This past weekend I sat down and started to really search out things to do with them. The holidays are just around the corner, so it seems like a good time to put them to use. I was relieved to find many struggle with this question, and some pretty cool ideas have come out of upcycling needs. As you would expect, a whole lot of these people had gathered on Pinterest. Man, I love that site.
Here are five of my favorites glass jar upcycling ideas for Christmas (psst: Don't forget to check out our previous glass jar DIY projects: DIY Glass Jar Lanterns and DIY Sun Jars).
On: Monday, January 16, 2012
We love having lots fresh herbs, plants and flowers at home. They freshen up our interior and make us feel comfortable and uplifted.
We have already shared a few unique upcycling ideas on indoor plants: here's a cool upside-down planting hack and here's an awesome light bulb mini-greenhouse.
Today we share another cool idea: "Fresh Cut Flower" Shelf. Here's a detailed instruction to print out.
It is a great way to turn your boring wooden shelf into something unique and fun!
On: Monday, July 18, 2011
Here's the detailed instruction (and make sure to look though the comments as well).
I am not sure what happens if / when a plant outgrows the bulb - but I guess there's a way to find a really tiny plant for it to grow inside for a long time.
- Will the plant need air?
If you give the plants an airtight house, you create a mini ecosystem and the water that's inside will eventually evaporate to the top, condensate on the glass, and fall back down like rain. It will keep doing that over and over, and you end up hardly ever having to water
- Do the plant grow, and does it stop growing?
The plants don't really grow much- a little bit, but they have stayed small enough to not outgrow the terrarium. A few of the little fern babies have doubled or tripled in size over the course of many months, but they were very tiny to begin with.
More greenhouse and planting gadgets:
On: Thursday, July 14, 2011
We have had quite few DIY ideas on how to recycle vinyl records including several projects in upcycling them into check bags and purses (Stylish vinyl records purse and cool vinyl records bags) as well as other, more creative ideas (like cool vinyl records bags and vinyl record into a cool necklace).
But how about the vinyl record covers we all store at home? How can we reuse them as well?
Here's a fun and very useful idea: vinyl record cover box (find the full tutorial here).
Gotta love the stylish design that would make a perfect match into a retro interior! And it looks like a useful storage utility too! On top of all, it looks easy to do and is absolutely free.
On: Sunday, July 10, 2011
Today's idea is another brilliant one! The radiant rolled magazine wall mirror looks fantastic!
I don't know what all the pieces are attached to, but use it for inspiration!
On: Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Great winter holidays DIY projects: enjoy!
Recycle Gift Cards into Christmas Tree OrnamentI am sure it is fun to create too! And depending on your gift card providers, can be various colors!
And don't forget these CD candle holders as well!
On: Wednesday, November 24, 2010
First, a few inspiring examples:A cheap wire hanger into a magazine rack:
Magazine magazine rack (click the image to go to the original post):
Bizarre Magazine Racks?What the heck? Why would anyone be interested in magazine racks, much less bizarre ones? Of course, people read magazines, and they probably need a place to put them when they are not reading, but still...magazine racks?
Well, after searching around for some really offbeat magazine racks, you may come to the conclusion that these rather unnoticed and un-thought of household items can actually be really cool! In fact, there are some magazine racks that are incredible artistic achievements in beauty and sculpture, with a value to match the artwork.
A World of Unique Magazine RacksMagazine racks aren't only for professional offices. There are decorative magazine racks that look like suns, moons, or stars. Some designs look like an assortment of cute puppies or kittens. Some handmade racks are actually cup holders or plastic water bottles that hold rolled up magazines. There are even magazine racks made out of magazines!
Professional magazine racks range from the plain to the decorative to the sublime. Some racks are virtually invisible; the only way one can tell it is a magazine rack is because of the magazines that seem to be holding each other in place. Some of the racks are huge and are actually a real and beautiful piece of furniture. Some are antique in look, made with beautiful woods or metal; others are fancy baskets woven into special shapes as magazine holders.
Magazine Racks are Part of a Winning AtmosphereThe most professional businesses in the country decorate with beautifully designed, and admittedly bizarre, magazine racks. Places, from bank lobbies to doctor’s offices and from television stations to classy modeling agencies, all sport the best in magazine racks. Not only do people use the racks to hold magazines, but they also use them as display shelves. The racks are extremely eye-catching for promotions materials and upcoming events.
A Special Magazine Rack for Your Home
You could have magazine racks that look like the following items:
- Music Stands
- Art Palates
- Fine China
- Oriental Fans
- Gold Fish
- Model T’s
Find the Design of Your DreamsWhether you decide to find one of those bizarre magazine racks, or you prefer an elegant style, there are enumerable choices literally at your fingertips. Your computer search engine will take you to some of the most artistic and fun sites, all for magazine racks.
And, if you are really inventive, you might just come up with a design all your own. Who would have thought that a magazine rack could be so exciting?
Recycle Gift Cards into a Bracelet
Seems like it takes some time and effort - but looks lovely!
Recycle Gift Cards into a Notebook
It looks cool and will fit even the tiniest purse!
Recycle Gift Cards into Christmas Ornament
If you are one of those (us) who is going to celebrate this Christmas on budget and the eco-friendly way, you will love this idea. And it doesn't seem to be to hard to create!
Pst... Holiday tip: you can buy gift cards for this holiday season with Gift Card Granny. I found it a great and valid resource. And when the holiday season is over, you can recycle them using this post ideas!
On: Thursday, November 18, 2010
We save money and we love our home, therefore we love our DIY life!
So here are three totally green and pretty easy-to-craft DIY projects for you to decorate your home on a budget:
Find the instructions here.
Old Ties into the Christmas Wreath
I am sure you have plenty of those ties your husband or dad doesn't need any more. Why not turn them into the fun Christmas decoration?
Holiday Greeting Cards into the Christmas Wreath
Recycle your friends' holiday greeting cards into holly leaves for this nice Christmas wreath! That's what I call putting good wished to real use!
Recycle Wine Corks into the Christmas Wreath
Holidays are so rich in wine, so this year you will know how to recycle them!
Pst, here are few more ideas to recycle festive wine corks: Champagne Cork Flash Drive Holder and Wine Cork Serving Tray
Oh and while you are still here, why not take this online test on how well you know Christmas!
On: Monday, October 4, 2010
On: Monday, September 20, 2010
But maybe you don't need to. Here are some truly amazing and inspirational examples of DIY interior artworks made of tape: let your memories go real!
On: Monday, August 30, 2010
Surely, it all comes to implementation - would be able to make the thing as aesthetic? But the idea is surely a cool one!
A similar DIY project:
A Magazine Magazine Rack
On: Sunday, August 29, 2010
On: Monday, April 26, 2010
I am actually not sure which interior design would match such a chandelier. It needs definitely a home with no children ('cause kids will be hurt by its look).
Anyway, the dolls chandelier is our today's find. Many people, many tastes - and I am sure someone will love it!
On: Sunday, April 18, 2010
This instructable shares the way to create cute five-minute earrings made from the metal in the center of floppy disks:
One more fun way to recycle a floppy disc: create a cool floppy disk card!