Showing posts from July, 2012

Denim Flowers

Found this wonderful idea at // Between the Lines //:
Materials Already On-Hand:         Cost of Project: $0 Denim material Scissors, thread, needle

The amount of material used for the flower barely covered the pocket of a pre-preggo skirt that was stuffed away in the "someday-I'll-fit-back-into-this" pile.

Since the material was very dark I used my fingernails to fray the petal edges to create more character. A friend suggested adding a button to the center of the flower. Hmmmmm...
Ways to use this: clip onto a bag/purse, add to a scarf, make a mini one for a headband, adorn a pillow. Lots of ways this could be used. I look forward to making more and sharing the possibilities with you! 
Here are the directions from // Between the Lines //:

Tin Can Lanterns

Materials Already On-Hand:               tin cans, towel nails and hammer needle nose pliers assortment of acrylic paint, brushes tea lights or other short candle wire hangers
Materials Bought:                             Cost of Project: $1.00-ish Spray Paint (about 98cents at Walmart)

Fill cans with water almost to the top and freeze.  Roll towel up on sides to keep the tin from rolling while pounding the nails. 

I used three different nail sizes to create a variety of holes. Also, varied the depth to which I pounded them in. Pushed to widest part of nail to create larger holes and stuck with just the tip of the nail to make a smaller hole. 

Spray inside of tin with white spray paint to increase the glowing effect. 
I used coat hangers from the dry cleaners as hanging wire. One hanger for two lanterns. Used needle nose pliers to manipulate the stiff wire. 

I liked the original effect of the shiny gray tin but used acrylic paint on-hand out of curiosity. While colorful, they lack lu…

Peppermint Candy Crafts

Found this idea for peppermint serving trays at:

All of the ideas below came from the one bag of candies from the dollar store with three left over. 
Materials On Hand:                   Project Cost: about $5.00 Kabob Sticks
Materials Purchased:  bag of Peppermints $1.00 Parchment Paper $4.00ish   (can use wax paper instead)

Pre-heat oven to 350degrees. Bake 8-10 minutes.

While waiting for the trays to melt I found some kabob sticks and tried making festive lollipops. Using a sharp knife I shortened the sticks while removing the sharp end. Then I pounded the ragged edge on the counter to dull the end.

On the "flower" one I set the middle peppermint on top of the stick and balanced it with the surrounding candies so it wouldn't tilt sideways.

All three Peppermint Lollipops baked securely to the stick. I think these would make a great Thank You present for teachers or fun stocking-stuffers. Since they are thin and …

Braided T-Shirt Headband -- Updated

Found this idea at:
I love the bright color of this old shirt from Old Navy. It was too pretty to just toss or turn into rags after some bleach stained the front. Glad it was able to be Renewed and Reused! It is a very stretchy material...which posed a problem  later on. Following the directions I cut three strips across and then snipped one side to create three long strips. 

The website said to braid it tightly so I secured the knot to a pillow which allowed me to tug on the strips and make a tight braid. Notice where the seam is in the picture...again, this material is stretchy, not your usual t-shirt material.

Here is the braid at half point where the seam is. Its already too big for my head so I decide to end the braid here. I cut it at the seam and knotted it.

Then I braided the other half less tightly. Notice the length and width difference. 

 Here is a photo of the second headband. Its tied in a knot at the base of my neck.

I love…

Mini "Deck"

This came from a Freecycle post for free lumber. The picture below shows the "deck" with some of the wood pried away. I replaced the damaged pieces with newer pieces from the same free cycle post. 

This can of outdoor stain was also at the same Freecycle post. As you can see from the picture, the gallon is mostly used but had enough left for me to stain the "deck." I still have some left over. Its great that none of this was wasted or dumped somewhere where it might hurt the environment. Its a great Reuse from a big project to a small project. (I'm guessing most of the stain went to a larger deck that they were staining.)

Materials On Hand: Wood/Lumber Outdoor Latex Stain
Materials Bought:                 Total Project Cost: 25cents 25cents worth of screws and nails from the ReStore.  Clink link here to find a Restore in your area:
This is our outdoor "step" before adding the "deck." We needed so…

Renewed Medicine Cabinet/Shelf

This is the ugly medicine cabinet that came with our master bathroom when we bought our home. Oh, what were they thinking in the 80's? UGLY! (It can't be said enough.)

Removed the doors and hardware, set both aside for some future use.
Washed, sanded, and primed.
Painted beige-ish in an eggshell finish. (Same eggshell paint used for the chest that came from Haz Mat.)

Secured to wall using two 3 inch toggle bolts, the same size that was used with the doors on. The final product was relocated to our half-bath downstairs. The decorations still need finishing but at least its functional at this point.

Materials On Hand:
Shelf/medicine cabinet
Eggshell Paint

Materials Purchased:
Toggle Bolts, roughly $2 at Home Depot

Live and Learn: When I drilled the holes in the wall I spaced them evenly from the edge of the walls. Mistake! The original drilling holes in the cabinet were not drilled evenly from the cabinet sides. Why? No idea. Guess it doesn't matter when y…

Pinterest Inspired Leaf Flower -- Updated

Curious to see how easy these flowers were to make I picked some fresh springs leaves and gave it a try. Easy and adorable! This is a keeper of an idea and I will most definitely make a bunch when the fall colors set in.
Picture Directions:
Materials On Hand:                                  Project Cost: $0 Leaves Floral Tape 

The larger flower took about seven leaves ranging from small to large. Wish this tree was closer to my house for easier access to these leaves. They are fun to make and am looking forward to experimenting more with this idea. 

Shag Rug

This is a fun idea found on The website lists 50 tutorials for Reusing, or Upcycling, t-shirts. I loved this idea so much that I'm going to make a bigger one! For the exact tutorial, click the link.

Materials Already On-Hand:           Project Cost: $0 (this time)
9-10 shirts
1 XL t-shirt
measuring tape
a lot of time

The XL shirt was an old t-shirt of my Hunny's. It was on its way to the it has been Renewed and Reused! (and we no longer have to look at the ugly stains on it!)

The finished product included a teal shirt raided from the garage sale pile. The colors don't match ANYTHING in our home decor, but I love its spunky textures. Its used as an accent rug on my side of the bed.

Notice the different textures. In addition to plain t-shirts or cotton shirts I also included a ribbed sweater, the lace from two camisoles, and the hems of all the shirts.

Soap Dispensers

This idea was adapted from a Mason Jar Soap/Lotion Dispenser from the following link:
I used only materials that were already in my home so this project cost $0. This is a great Reuse idea. Love the versatility of to find more interesting bottles/jars in my pantry...

Materials On-Hand:                              Project Cost: $0
Jar with matching lid
Drill or screwdriver and hammer
Soap/Lotion Dispenser to fit jar
Acrylic Paint
Clear Nail Polish
Liquid Soap

Freecycle Find: toy chest to bedroom chest

I'm a "free" fanatic! This was part of a curb-alert posted on Craigslist that I responded to for a kids table and chair set. This goodie was too good to pass up so the chairs, table and box were wedged into the back of the van. My Hunny was none too happy seeing this dragged from the back of the van. "Its a piece of junk. Can we throw it away?"  "It has potential!" was my retort. After seeing the semi-finished project he now agrees. Its a convenient place to store all our winter blankets and little keepsakes from the kids. Its a keeper!

Materials On-Hand:
Sandpaper Paintbrush/Pan Eggshell Paint in Creme color (free from the local Haz-Mat*) Chocolate Sparkle Paint, left-overs from painting our dining room accent wall
Materials Bought: Jacobean Stencil, roughly $5 at Michaels

Live and Learn:  1. Since there is no polyurethane I do notice the paint has stuck and peeled a bit where the lid closes. This shouldn't be a problem once its applied.  2. Not …