Showing posts from August, 2012

Juice Lid Decorations

Found this fun idea at Grow Creative. Her idea was to turn them into magnets but I had a small patch of bare wall that needed something so I adapted the idea into wall art. 

Materials Already On-Hand: Concentrated Juice Lid, one for each letter Colorful Paper for background (I made my own, being particular about the color-scheme since this patch of wall is between the dining room and the kitchen) Letters --I made my own from a computer font and pieces of cardboard) Not Pictured: Tacky Glue, ModgePodge and Sticky Tac
Cost of Project: $6.00 (ModgePodge and Sticky Tac)

First I made a template from the cardboard box and drew several circles on the background paper. Then cut them out and glued them to the back of the juice lid. 
Next I cut out the letters from a computer font, traced them onto the cardboard and cut. PAINSTAKING! But I like the 3D effect.

 Mixed two paints together for the desired shade of brown. Once dry, they were glued to the juice lids. Let dry completely then cover wi…

Pallet Laundry Shelf

Here is the finished project. To see how the bottom was constructed click here or see Pallet "wall" Bottom Portion. Our basement is unfinished and we currently lack the funds to finish any part of it...necessity is the mother of invention...let the creativity flow!

Materials Already On-hand:   Materials Bought:                         Pallet                                    White Spray Paint .98cents Random Wood                     Two Baskets from Dollar Store $2.00 Metal Thingy                         Screws from Restore, dirt cheap Paper Towel Holder Light Blue Paint, left over from painting my son's room Brush/Drill/Hammer/Screwdriver
Project Cost: $4.00 give or take a quarter

Most of the above items either came with the house or were a Freecycle find. 

Love the shape and sturdiness of these baskets, but not the color. A few coats of white spray paint did the trick!  

To ensure that the shelf had enough support I screwed this small piece of lumber in between the p…

Pallet "Wall" Bottom Portion

This is eventually going to end up behind my washer and dryer in our unfinished basement. This is the bottom section only. Inspiration for this idea came here. Neither the site nor a search of the web provide instructions on how to build the wall much less keep it from tipping over. This is a trial-and-error project! (my favorite kind!)

Materials On-Hand:           Materials Bought:                
Two Pallets                       Door Hinges .75cents each
Hammer/Drill                    Screws, less than an penny each
Extra wood

Cost: less than $2.00

These door hinges were picked up at the Restore for .75cents each. Also picked up some more screws....10cents for 25 screws. Hard prices to beat! 
I deliberately picked pallets with wider spaces between the planks to accommodate the hoses and cords running from the washer and dryer to the outlets and such. A saw could make the necessary holes but I'm too lazy! I'm saving the wider plank pallets for another project. 

Two hinge…

Solar Light for a Lantern

Saw a similar idea featured at which prompted a web search of "how to." Meanwhile my brain cells were spinning on how to adapt this idea for a lantern that was sitting empty in my front yard. Once I settled on an idea I used the directions here at Not Martha as a guide to creating my own solar lantern. 

Materials On-Hand:  Tacky Glue Lantern (a gift from a friend, maybe from Urban Outfitters?) Originally it was for a tea-light candle but too many summers in the sun had melted the last candle into a rock-like waxy lump.
Materials Bought:                       Cost of Project: $7.50 Vase $1.00 at Dollar Tree Solar Light $1.50 end of summer sale Frosted Glass Spray $5.00 at Home Depot (there is plenty of spray left over to make more lights or for another project)

Spray several coats of Frosted Glass per instructions onto outside of vase until desired amount of frost-look. Notice that the bottom of the vase is down and will remain unfrosted. This will a…

Another Denim Flower

Made a smaller lighter version from an old pair of jeans picked up off Freecycle. To make the petals curl more I stitched them a bit longer than on the darker flower. The lighter one isn't as floppy but still has charm.
Originally I thought the smaller flower would look cute on a headband but it still seems to large.  

Now to make a tote bag to show case these denim beauties! Or pin on a neutral colored scarf......

Directions for these flowers can be found here.

Fabric Wrapped Metal Hanger Thingy

The metal hanger thingy is a great size for the laundry room wall organizer I'm slowly piecing together. Unfortunately, its kinda plain. Adapting a fabric wrap hanger from // Between the lines // the below hanger was given a "face lift." 
Directions can for the fabric wrapped hanger can be found here at // Between the lines //.

Materials Already On-Hand:            Project Cost: $0 Metal Hanger Thingy (came with the house) Scrap Fabric (taken from a homemade doll blanket that fell apart in the washing machine) Tacky Glue

Starting at one corner of the fabric I cut a square line of fabric without cutting through the edges but rather cutting around the edges until I reached the center of the fabric. I tied one end onto the end of the hanger. Dabbing with glue, the first piece was secured, then I continued wrapping and twisting the fabric around the frame covering as much ground as possible. Used glue at the tips of each hanger. 

One piece of fabric worked for the whole fra…

Customized Fabric-Wrapped Hanger Frame

Materials Already On-Hand:                    Cost of Project: $0 Wire Hanger from Dry Cleaners Wire Cutters Transparency Paper Photocopy of Picture (found this one on Pinterest)  White or Clear Glue (I used Tacky Glue) Scissors Fabric Piece to cut into a long strip Tape (I used floral tape)

I bent and cut the wire hanger to fit the dimensions of the picture. Wrap cut area with tape, floral tape pictured. 

This fabric came from a pair of old shorts in a hand-me down bag of girl's clothes. To make the fabric strip continuous I started the cut from one corner and slowly worked my way to the center. 

An optional way of cutting the continuous strip of fabric can be found here at // Between the lines //.
Using the Tacky Glue around the corners and tip of the hanger, I wound and twisted the fabric covering the entire hanger. Start at the hook of the hanger and then work your way around one side. 
With the Tacky Glue I pressed the hanger onto the transparency paper then weighted it with…

Another Renewed Soap Dispenser

Found this old, neglected jar of teriyaki marinade in "the corner" of the fridge. You know the one, where the left overs and half used condiments end up forgotten until they change color or you need the space for something else. This looked like a fun bottle to replace the boring hand soap dispenser at the kitchen sink. It could have been tossed into the recycle bin...but it had some Renewed potential. 
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

After a trip through the dishwasher I pounded nails into a circle in the middle of the lid before cutting out the middle. This hole should be just big enough to fit the dispenser from the old soap container. 

Trying to match the color accents in the kitchen and adjoining dining room I mixed up two acrylic paints. Not sure I completely like the outcome in the finished product...but I'll…


Heard of this idea at a MOPS meeting this past year from the authors of Wiggle, Squiggle, Giggle, and Learn. I couldn't find this exact activity in the book...or I wasn't looking hard enough...but recommend it to families with young kids. 
Materials Needed:  Clothes Pins (one for each letter in your child's name) Note cards Markers   the following are optional: Alphabet Stickers Spray Paint/Newspapers Clear Nail Polish or ModgePodge

Most of these items came from the dollar store or my bathroom cabinet. The total cost is $3 with plenty of leftovers for extra projects. 
*** For an easier, quicker, cheaper way to complete this project, use a sharpie to write the letters on the unpainted clothes pins. Functional. ***
To make it easier to spray all sides of the clothes pins at once I clipped them to a box lid. 

Apply stickers to the TOP of the clothespins. Coat with clear nail polish or ModgePodge to keep the stickers from peeling off. 
Print each name at the top of the note ca…