Posts tagged ‘recycling’

2010, September 27

Handmade Newspaper Gift Bag

For this week’s tutorial, hope you won’t mind that I’ll share one I found a few weeks ago.

Since we have tons of old newspapers (especially my grandparents) it seems like the perfect bag to place my plaster crafts for a client’s order. Plus I had so much fun making the following handmade newspaper gift bag!

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Happy crafting ;)

2010, September 7

Rustic Decorative Bottles

I know what you’re thinking “She’s been back for a week now, and only one post…” right? Well my only excuse is that the acts of this life’s stage aren’t as simple and relaxing as one might expect, it takes a lot of work to be able to perform well (not to mention perfectly) :)

With that said, I’m back!

Since I love blogging yet not always have all the time in the world to do so, I like to keep things short whenever it’s possible. And this craft project is perfect for this fine Tuesday night (my time).

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Rustic Decorative Bottles

different bottles (of interesting design)
dry crops like: beans, corn, peas, etc.
seeds like: mustard, watermelon, pumpkin, sunflower, etc.
cork

Clean your bottles and let them dry well.

Fill them up with the seeds and crops of your choice to create different layers, being careful so the smaller ones don’t mix with the bigger ones.

You can really use your imagination as to the crops, seeds, etc. you use, and the finished bottles will look great in your kitchen, or anywhere else in your house, resulting in a lovely rustic feel.

2010, July 27

Handmade Notebook Covers

Those would be the old school kind of notebooks with paper and stuff, not the modern one I’m currently using to type this post ;)

While searching for something I found (not what I was originally searching for, but) my old journals, and thought to myself: how on earth did I forget about these covers I’ve made? Probably cause I stopped writing a diary back in 2000 or because they were (obviously) hidden well (no, Sweetheart, I won’t tell you where, hence hidden :P).

But as I came across them I knew I had to write a short tutorial to share with you guys, it’s an amazing way to recycle an old pair of jeans, or just clear out the clutter from leftover sewing projects.

Hope you find them as pretty and as easy to make as I do ;)

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Handmade Notebook Covers

notebook
piece of denim (from an old pair of pants, jacket, etc.), or basically any kind of denser fabric you have laying around
scissors, glue, needle, thread
decoration of your choice: buttons, paper art, stickers, ribbons, seashells, dried flowers, napkin (using the decoupage technique for fabric), etc.

There are more elaborate methods too if you’re into sewing, but here’s the simplest possible way:

Measure your notebook all the way around from front to back while closed then cut your fabric to the measured size and leave at least 3-4 cm-es extra sideways.

Fold onto the material until it’s the right size then sew the seam at the top and bottom so you’ll be forming a pocket for the covers to be held in, and you’re basically done.

Now sew on a pocket or two, readily made that you took off a jacket/pants or make your own, add your decorations and place your new covers on your now prettily personalized notebook.

Have fun! ;)

(and please share photos when yours is done!)

2010, May 24

Giraffes – one million of them ;)

Ola Helland from Norway is attempting to collect one million giraffes through the internet by 2011.

Such a fun website! I’m amazed at how many giraffes are already up and how much imagination people have :)

It’s extremely easy to contribute, the rules are: hand make a giraffe and send in the photo.

But even if you don’t feel like getting dirty and creating your own, go take a look at all the giraffes, you won’t be disappointed!

After a few friends from the US told me about this website (the news about it really does travel worldwide!), I knew I had to create a giraffe.
At least one.
And maybe even more by the end of 2010… so stay tuned.

Gave it a bit of thought and yesterday I sent in a giraffe I made (inspired by a leopard made along the same lines) and it’s up already, here’s my giraffe in a million ;)

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This seemed like a perfect post for this week’s Arts, Crafts (& Recycling) category, clothespins can turn into the most interesting paperclips (I’ll be posting more ideas soon).

Clothespin Giraffe

wooden clothespin
paint
small pieces of fabric (or cardstock, crafting foam)
craft glue
optionally – a small (strong) magnet

Paint your clothespin yellow, add brown giraffe-like spots, and wait for it to dry. Then glue ears and tongue to it, draw on eyes and you’re done. If you want to, you can glue a small (strong) magnet to the back and your giraffe will turn into a cute clothespin fridge magnet.

You can also make other animals with this method, ex. zebra, leopard, tiger, skunk, Dalmatian, etc.

So, will you join in the fun and make a giraffe? :)

2010, May 10

Recycled Leather Butterfly Plant Stakes

I made these little guys when I was in 6th or 7th grade, and thought I’d brag about how talented I was even back then :P

Okay, seriously now: I love how they turned out, they’ve decorated different pots of plants since then and they still look very nice.

So let’s see how they were made :)

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Butterfly Plant Stakes

left over leather pieces (or other recycled material that’s as hard as leather)
wire
twigs
pencil

Draw different butterfly shapes on the leather and cut them out. Pair them up if you want to.

Cut the wire to the desired length, then spiral them around the pencil, so you’ll end up with a spiraled wire.

Poke the wire through one wing of the leather butterfly/butterflies and insert a small twig in the middle as the butterfly’s body, then poke the wire through the other  wing to secure the twig.

And there you have it: your butterfly plant stake is done.
Go decorate your plants with it :)

Later edit: this post was featured on the Cool2Craft blog as a part of the Recycle Week posts :)

2009, December 8

Christmas flower decorations

These flowers that resemble Euphorbia plants are a great decoration for your house at Christmas time, but also throughout the year. They can be placed almost anywhere like on the festive holiday table, furniture in general, on top of your PC monitor, etc.

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page christmas flower deco

I wasn’t sure my simple written instructions would be enough (because of my lack of sewing terminology…), I also posted a video of my mom sewing a flower decoration so you’ll be able to see what I’m writing about and have a clear vision of how exactly should it be done.

How to make – Christmas (and not only) flower decorations

colored fabric (you might have laying around and can reuse)
needle
thread
beads

Cut your templates for 6 bigger and 6 smaller petal. Place the smaller ones in the middle of the bigger petals.

Making sure your needle goes through both petals start from the bottom in the center of the petals.

Place one bigger or two smaller beads.

Get your next petal and poke the needle through the top to the bottom then proceed to the top.

You’ll see your flower get shape even with just the two petals already.

At this point you’re back at the first step as you got your needle and thread from the bottom to top. After placing the bead(s) again, repeat the next steps until your flower is completed.

Finish your sewing on the back and arrange the petals.

Later update: You can also find my post about the “Autumn window decorations” right here on Pillowchats.com

2009, December 6

Christmas gift bags

Because most gift wrapping papers are not recyclable (nor reusable after people tear them when opening gifts) this year I thought I’d try a different approach: making and using cloth gift bags.

I considered this idea since they are much easier to re-use (also they won’t cost money when you re-use them next year) and they look great, aside from saving you from all the hassle of complicatedly wrapping the presents in the first place!

My mom and I have picked out two beautiful designs.

As much as I’d love to be able to sew them on my own (you’d think I’d have it in my genes, passed down from my grandmother who sews clothes, etc. for herself/the family/friends every day) I’m just terrible at it, so I cut them to the appropriate sizes and had my grandmother sew the margins together.

Here’s what they look like: very cute and festive while environmentally friendly!

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Can’t wait to open them on Christmas!

PS: you can also buy cloth gift bags in stores, just keep in mind –> with the amount of money you spend on them you can buy the fabric and make or have made at least 4 big bags.

Later update: You can also find my post about the “Autumn window decorations” right here on Pillowchats.com

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