Category: Upcycle

Pallet Fun

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I have been wanting to try my hand at some pallet projects for quite some time now. Luckily for me, my dad was able to get his hands on some free ones for me. After all, my favorite crafts usually start out as being free (or cheap) projects!

The hardest part for me was breaking down the pallets. I didn’t take any pictures during that process. I was just happy to finish with all 20 fingers and toes!! Clumsiness and power tools typically do not mix for me. Once I had everything broken down and the planks stacked up, I grabbed five of them that were pretty much the same length.

I knew I wanted my first project to be a star. I lined everything up into a star shape that I liked and began hammering each point, plus a few spots in between. I will admit, I got very frustrated when the nails kept popping out. Ugh! Next time I will definitely use screws.

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…please excuse the dirty drive way and power washing doodles!

Other than the issue with the nails, I was very happy with how it turned out. At this point there were a few finishing options. It could be left unfinished or it could be painted. I opted to cover mine in Christmas lights and put it on my front porch.

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(See the dogs at the door admiring mom’s handiwork?)

I love the finished project. It looks great at night. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a picture of it in the dark that looked halfway decent. I think you get the picture though. Once the holidays come and go this year, I will probably take the lights off and paint it. I’ll post pictures of what it eventually becomes.

RePurposed Container Adventures

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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?

Paper Project 9: Tulips

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This is what I love about creating things. When I started making these flowers, I had no idea what I was doing. I just cut out a circle and started folding. Thank goodness I took a picture of each step, otherwise I would have no idea how to make these again. I was so excited when they came out looking like tulips. They are my absolute favorite flower!!!

So like I said, start by cutting out a circle. I used a large candle to measure.

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Then fold the circle in half once and then one more time. Then open the flaps up and press them out so they look more like petals. You will notice that there is a piece sticking out to the right, just fold that behind.

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That fold makes it easy to attach it to a stem. I went outside and found a few small sticks to use as stems. I cut them down to be the same length. You could also use skewers, lollipop sticks or even a straw or coffee stirrer.

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I haven’t decided what to do with these yet. I think I might make a wreath and put them on there. They would be the perfect size for such a project. Anyone have any ideas what I should do with them?

Paper Project 8: Covered Gift Box

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Man, I am really late getting this post up. I haven’t been completely slacking… I have been crafting! And working, but that’s boring so I will skip the chatter about my job. You’re welcome.

Let me first say that I LOVE this project, because I am upcycling multiple things. I am obviously reusing old book pages, but I am also using them to discover old boxes from Birchbox. If you don’t know what Birchbox is, you are seriously missing out. They are the reason that I can keep my beauty routine on a budget. For $1o a month, they send you a box of 4-5 beauty samples. You also earn points for reviewing those products and use those point to redeem full size items. I love it. The samples come in a cute brown box. Do not throw these away. They have so many uses!!

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After you select your book and cut the pages out, cut any blank space around the sides away so you just have text.

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Once your pages are cut down appropriately, you can start gluing them on. As usual, I used Elmer’s glue. It is best to start gluing from the inside edge of the box.

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Since you have to use multiple pages, it looks best if the pages are not uniform. Just glue them on in sections, making sure they all overlap and can reach the inside lip of the box.

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When you get to the corners, carefully fold the paper over and glue it down at an angle. To be uniform, there should be one fold on each side of the box.

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After you are done gluing on the pages, your box will look something like this:

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You can leave it like that, or you can glue on some decorative ribbon.here

Covered Gift Box  cheerfuldreamer.comThere are a lot of ways you could dress this box up. You can add as many layers as you want to make it your own style. I will say it is easier with bigger pages vs. smaller ones. The ones I used were pretty standard, but next time I will hunt out a larger book. I will be making more of these with wrapping paper soon. Anyone else enjoy making their own gift boxes?

Paper Project 7: Magnified Book Pendants

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What a fun day off I have had! I spent the day at my parent’s house making beauty supplies and goodies. I will post the recipes soon. I also made homemade laundry soap. I love Budget 101’s Recipe. If you are interested in trying your own, go check it out. It smells nice, is easy to contain and is a great stain fighter!

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I also made an exciting project that I have been wanting to do for a while – magnified pendants. I bought the pendants at Michaels. They came packaged with the magnifying pieces you will need as well. It was very simple and took no time to finish. The key to getting it to look nice is evenly distributing your glue. For mine, I used hot glue. First, I cut out pieces of book to nicely fit in the pendants, using the magnifier pieces as a guide. I then put a bit of glue on the pendant and pressed the paper in. Once that set, I put an even layer of glue on the magnifier piece and stuck it on. I pressed firmly on the entire surface, trying to make sure there were no bubbles. That wasn’t totally successful, but I blame my speed on that. I went too slowly on my first try.

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I also scored this cool ring when I was buying my pendants. It was on clearance for around $1. Woot Woot! It is by far my favorite piece. I just used one of the long magnifier pieces and saved the empty pendant for a future project.

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I am not a huge fan of wearing costume jewelry, but this ring is unique enough that I might just have to go with it.

Paper Project 6: Canvas Book Art

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Confession: I am obsessed with young adult science fiction books. If we are ever in a book store together, you will find me in the teen section. I just can’t help myself. Something about young love and the supernatural… it just gets me every time. One of my absolute favorite book series is Allyson Noel’s Immortals. L-O-V-E it! I started reading it a few years ago and couldn’t put the books down. I would finish one and immediately run out to buy the next.

That series was the inspiration for this project. I know I have been using damaged books, but I wanted this project to reflect a book that is meaningful to me. I chose the first book of the series, Evermore. I started out by cutting out one line slices from various pages. After I had enough cut out, I glued them to the canvas using… you guessed it… Elmer’s glue.

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After it was dry, I printed out some clip art tulip graphics and glued them in the corner. I wanted to put some sort of art there and tulips are big in the story, so it worked. After that, I put a layer of matte finish Mod Podge on top of the whole thing, sides included. That protected the pages from being too saturated with the color I was about to put on them. Once that was nice and dry, I began mixing food coloring with Mod Podge in little containers. That gave me the option of painting, but still being able to see the words underneath because it essentially became tint. Here’s a close-up:

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A major part of the book deals with the color of people’s auras. I cut out the meaning of each color and made sure those strips were glued on the top layer. When I painted, I based the color I was painting around that piece of paper. If the aura was red, I painted red. I left the descriptions unpainted and had the colors sort of flow together.

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Now all I have to do is find a place to hang it. This was such a fun way to pay tribute to a great book series.

Paper Project 5: Hydrangeas

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I saw an idea like this on Pinterest about two years ago. I tried to find it so I could read the instructions, but I had no luck. I had to wing it and I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. I will say, I did under estimate the amount of time it would take to finish this project. I originally planned to make more than two, but I needed a break so I stopped. I’m sure I will make more down the road. To make these yourself, you will need the following supplies:

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Scalloped punch

Skewers

Book Pages

Hot Glue

Foam Balls

You will also need something long and pointy to stick the paper into the foam balls. I used a thin knitting needle. Start by punching out your pieces. It took quite a bit to make the two flowers. I just sat and punched mine out while I was watching tv. Once you have your pieces ready, start folding the petals and gluing them into the ball. First fold it in half, then in half twice more until it looks a pit like a triangle. Don’t fold it to tightly, you want it to look a bit flowy (is that a word? I think it is.) like a flower. Crisp edges will not look good. Place a small bit of glue on the tip and insert into the foam ball. It dries very quickly.

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After you are done covering the ball, just place it onto the skewer and you are done. You could also glue the balls onto a stick, fake flower stem or even a cake pop stick. The two skewers that I used weren’t straight, so they had just been sitting in the drawer. They weren’t straight enough for when I made kabobs, but their ununiformed structure was perfect for this!

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I really enjoyed them sitting in the windowsill. Too bad the cats would knock them over… and tear them apart and scatter the book petals all over my house. I’m sure eventually they will brighten someone else’s home.

Paper Project 4: Vase Redo

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A friend of mine got married a few years ago and had her centerpieces in these really nice glass vases. As a thank you for helping her set up for her reception, she let me have them. Score! I haven’t done much with them, but have had them tucked away for a project such as this.

The most time consuming part of this was cutting out the strips of paper. I cut the strips out in sizes ranging from one line to four. I used a paper cutter which made it much easier. Using scissors would have been way too tedious. Yikes. I would have gone nuts.

So, cut your strips out like so:

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Then just start gluing! I used my old favorite, Elmer’s glue. There are so many adhesive options out there these days that many people turn their noses up at the stuff. I don’t care if it is the same glue that I used in kindergarten. It works! Not to mention that fact that it is CHEAP. I always buy a bunch of bottles when it is on clearance after back to school time.

I glued all of the strips on until a single layer covered the entire vase. After that, I glued more layers on, trying to make it not look too uniform. Like I have said in the previous projects, don’t use too much glue. It will cause the paper to crinkle and look bad.

Once it was completely dry, I hit it with two coats of spray acrylic sealer. I let it dry overnight and topped it off with a coat of matte finish Mod Podge. Because I sealed it with the spray beforehand, I did not have to worry about the Mod Podge making the paper soggy.

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I haven’t put anything in the vase yet. I think some bright red flowers or something bold like that would look really nice.

Glade Candle Upcycle

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I know that I have said I am not a hoarder… but I have A LOT of empty Glade candle jars. Like maybe a few boxes. I actually might need an intervention. I just tell myself that as long as I keep coming up with projects like this, it is all okay. You might remember my first candle redo. It was so much fun to do AND I sold it on Etsy. That totally justifies everything. Right? Right.

Anyway, this is a very easy project and you can make it in any color to match the décor in your home. To get the candle wax out of the jars, all I did was pour boiling water in the jars until it came loose. Then I did a once over with some Goo Gone and I was ready to craft.

Using a hot glue gun, I adorned half of each candle with sequins and think yarn. I thought it would be cute to do the opposite pattern on each of them. It is as easy as that my friends!

Paper Project 3: Message in a Bottle Necklace

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As soon as I started posting this, “Message in a Bottle” by the Police began playing in my mind. Unfortunately that is the only line to the song that I know. Now I’m just going to sing it until it annoys my husband. Insert mischievous emoticon here. Anyway, this is a super easy way to use an old book page! You only need a small piece and it doesn’t even need to have writing on it. The piece I used did have writing, but the print is rolled up inside so it isn’t even seen.

Start this project by measuring out a small piece of paper. Make sure it isn’t too tall for your bottle. I found my bottle on clearance at Michael’s. Yay! It was a two pack so I even have a bottle for another fun project down the road. You can also find them online at Joann’s. It is easiest to roll it up around something. I wrapped mine around a small knitting needle. I then cut a tiny piece of twine and secured it around the whole thing before sliding it off of the needle.

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After that, just pop it in the bottle and secure the cork with a bit of glue. Attatch it to a cute chain and voila! Done and adorable!! I used a chain I found at a consignment store for $1. I love a good bargain.

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