Not only do I love a good DIY project, but I love seizing any opportunity to repurpose something. This is one of those projects. We all burn through paper towel and toilet paper rolls in our homes. What do we do with the cardboard left over? We either recycle or discard them. Why not repurpose them? I think the first hesitation with repurposing such a thing is doubt that it can be made to look like something other than what it is. Who wants to have a house decorated in something that looks like it has been in the bathroom? I get it. Trust me though, you can really transform these things! Today you will see the first of many examples of how to bring new life to these rolls – paper towel roll flowers!
For this project, we will start by cutting up the rolls.
After that, just start assembling! I first wound the fringe looking rolls up and hot glued them together. Then I attached the “petals” to the fringe base. I secured it on a decorative paper straw to serve as the stem. Once the glue was dry, I hit the flowers with a light coat of paint with my airbrush gun. A light coat of spray paint would work just as well. I added a pearl in the center to finish it off and viola!
There is sand in the bottom of the vase to hold the flowers in place.
If you know anything about me, you know that I am a sucker for a good deal. Hence, my recent Groupon addiction. They are now partnered with Ibotta, the awesome app that gives you cash back for groceries. So far, my deals have ranged from 5-30 percent back on my purchase. I found this personalized door hangar a few months ago. What a gem!
I had to order it. There was a coupon for it AND I got 30% back with Ibotta. There was no way that deal was going to get by me. It did take a while to get to me. I am fine with that. It is cut from a single piece of wood and the quality is quite impressive. I am willing to wait for a worthy product. Though beautiful in it’s original state, I knew that I wanted o spice it up a bit. My front door is black, so I decided to paint it a tealish color to make it pop a bit. I also tied on several paper flowers. I hot glued pieces of twine on the flowers and tied them on rather than gluing them straight to the wood. This will give me freedom to change the embellishments up in the future without damaging the product.
Here is a better look fro a few steps back. Please pardon the condition of my door. It is in dire need of a paint job. That is on my to-do list for next week. I am on a little vacation, so I have time for projects. What a great feeling!
What I also love about this is something that I didn’t even think of until my husband pointed it out. It looks super cool at night!
The traditional wreath on my door has officially been replaced. I definitely recommend getting on of these next time you see a deal running for them on Groupon!
I have been playing around with the idea of making a wreath base out of a pool noodle for a few weeks now. I finally got around to actually doing it today. It took a few tries before I found out how to make sure it wouldn’t come apart. It reminded me of magnets… The ends did not want to be together. The easiest thing I found to do is hot glue the ends together and while you are holding them (it helps to have a partner for this step) apply duct tape length wise. I used four pieces of tape. Once it was secure, I then spiraled more tape around the noodle.
I then grabbed some pieces of burlap that I had and hot glued them on. I didn’t have quite enough to go completely around, so I glued a piece of sweater on each side.
I didn’t like how the pieces on the right side flowed together, so I made some quick fabric flowers. Some were made with t-shirt yarn and some with an old skirt. I glued half marbles on the center of each of them. I threw in a couple swirls of pearls as well. They hide the imperfections pretty well!
Here is a close up of the flowers:
What I love about this project is how little I spent. The pool noodle was $2. The burlap was about $2 each because I used a coupon at Michaels. I got the pearls and marbles at Goodwill for $1. Everything else was upcycled. That’s less than $10! Not bad, huh? I’m really happy with how it turned out.
Helping people clear out their junk can pay off folks. We’re not just talking about karma points, either. There are always treasures to be found. What some might call junk I call crafting gold! I found an enormous pickle jar when I was helping clean out my parents shed. I was so happy that they hadn’t thrown it out. It still had its lid and everything! Yay!
I wanted to turn it into a pretty container that would look nice enough to display and less like a pickle jar. First, I hot glued a tall candlestick holder onto the bottom.
I then screwed a wooden knob top the lid. I hit that with a coat of hammered metal spray paint. Once it was dry I screwed it back on the jar and I was finished.
I filled this one with toiletries to keep in my guest bathroom. This is why I love having a subscription to Birchbox. When I have left over samples that I haven’t used yet, this is a perfect use for them. You never know wher you will have a house guest that needs an e tea bath or beauty product. Plus, it is a fun way to introduce your friends and family members to awesome products that you love. It would also make a great candy dish or cookie jar! What would you guys use it for?
I found this awesome glass vase last year at a thrift store. I painted the inside rather than the outside in order to preserve that shiny glass exterior. It is great for decor but you cannot put water in it. I don’t have the patience for fresh flowers anyway.
While I was searching for treasures at Goodwill I found an identical vase. Hooray!! I could now have a set. I wanted a diferent color than the other vase, but still something bright. I decided to go with the stunningly pretty blue oil based paint that I snagged from my local landfill. If you missed my last post about getting paint from the landfill, let me catch you up. They let you take any paint that people have stopped off for free. It saves them from having to pay to dispose of it properly.
Anyway, this is such a quick and easy project. Clean your vase, pour in paint and swirl it around until it is coated completely. Bam. Done.
I am just in love with this! You can do it with any glass vase, no matter the shape. Large and small, they will all look fantastic!
I recently discovered a very frugal way to obtain paint. At my local landfill, you can take home any paint they have for free. This prevents them from having to pay to dispose of it, so they are happy to see you take it off of their hands. Plus, it keeps it from possibly contaminating the environment. When I discovered this, I may have gone a little crazy. BUT after getting judgy looks from my hubby and one of the employees having to get me a shopping cart, I took home a ton of awesome paint. That included three cans of gold spray paint, because you never know when you might need it for a project! They were different kinds at least – Plain, metallic and hammered.
Back to the project at hand… I decided that the counter in my guest bathroom needed a bit of sprucing up. This was my chance to justify (if only just a miniscule amount) the gold spray paint.
I grabbed two small mason jars and got to work.
The main colors of that bathroom are blue and a goldish yellow. I decided to paint one jar and one lid ring blue and the other with the hammered gold/copper spray paint.
Once they were dry, I put the opposite rings on to make them look like more of a set.
I just threw some cotton balls in one and cotton swabs in the other. Viola. Super easy DIY project and it added a bit of charm to my guest bathroom. You can repurpose mason jars in so many ways! They are not just for canning. I like to upcycle ones that are past their prime or ones that you just don’t feel safe canning food in.
Still fired up from the makeup stand I made last week, I decided to make another one. I bought these super cute hand painted plates from a nice little lady a couple of weeks ago. I found her on one of my favorites sites to find treasures on. It is called Varage Sale. Check it out. There is a local swap meet group in my area that I found on there, so I don’t have to worry about paying shipping fees. Much like the other stand, this project is pretty straight forward.
I used a dinner plate on the bottom and salad plate for the top tier. Connecting them is another one of the $1 candlestick holder that I snagged at Goodwill. Good thing I bought more than one!
I wasn’t sure if they would be safe for food, but the lady I purchased them from assured me that she ate on them often. I am thinking about trying my hand at painting some dishes myself now. Ceramics can be such fun! I haven’t completely decided what to do with this stand. I am waffling between using it to display nail polish and using it as a dessert tray. Perhaps I will just make another one and satisfy both needs. What do you guys think would be a good use for it?
Let me start by saying that I had a lot of fun making these! It also got rid of five of the jars in the empty candle box. The best part is that I sold these on Etsy the same day I listed them! This completely justifies my hoarding things. I don’t know why I hoard craft supplies… I blame my mom. She has a problem 🙂 but I love her anyway. One day I shall inherit her immense collection of candle jars, empty canisters and old magazines. I should stop, she is probably reading this. I love you, mommy! Anyway, you only need a few things for this project: Twine, sequins (I think gold looks really nice with the neutral color of the twine) and hot glue. You can do this on any type of candle jar. The nice thing about Glade jars is that they are small and uniform. It won’t take forever covering this like it would a big jar from Yankee Candle or something. The easiest way to remove the wax from the jars is to fill them up with piping hot water and let them sit. I just fill up a tea kettle and pour the water once it is boiling. It is much safer than pouring the water from a pot on the stove. The wax will slowly become dislodged and float to the top. Most of them will do this on their own, but you may have to pry a few out. I just used a wooden skewer on the ones I found to be difficult. After that, wipe them out with a little Goo Gone to remove any residual wax and you will be good to go! Some of the jars may have a bit of black on them from their previous use, but that is very easy to clean off. I like to do large batches at a time. It is a great time saver when you are doing projects and already have a stash of clean jars set aside. I started by covering two jars completely in twine and one just in sequins. After that I made two of them have patterns using both materials. I would advise that if you make these, you just use small tea lights in order to prevent a flame from touching the top and catching your twine on fire. I use LED tea lights to be safe. What other kinds of materials do you think would look good on these? I am always looking to make more and would love to try out some of your suggestions!!
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One of the great things about my mom is that she loves handmade gifts. I’m not talking macaroni necklaces and refrigerator drawing, but nice quality handmade things. Lucky for her I am crafty. I wanted to make something both different and meaningful for her and I got the idea for this cutting board. I thought it would be neat to put a recipe on it, but quickly realized I could not pick from just one of the great women that were close to her. Instead, I chose one from each of my grandmothers and one from my great grandmother.
After I decided how I wanted to display them, I taped them to a piece of computer paper and made a copy to ensure the original recipe cards were not damaged. I then grabbed a piece of carbon paper and traced the recipes onto the board. (My apologies for the lack of pictures. I was in the crafting zone and didn’t even think about it.) After that I grabbed some wood burning tools and got to work.
Burning the words on was the most tedious thing that I have ever done. Seriously. I wanted to give up on the project three words in, but I kept chugging along. It would probably have been easier with a steady hand, but I was all over the place. It took forever for me to finish this. I really thought that it would be easier, but I do attribute some of that struggle to the cutting board that I picked out. I chose a bamboo board. It is nice to look at, but once I started burning I realized that it wasn’t truly flat once you got through the surface layer. There are pretty deep grains and lines in there. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely choose a plain wooden board.
The happiness it gave my mom is priceless, though and I am so pleased that she loves it as much as she does.