Showing posts with label Repurpose. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Repurpose. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Holiday 2020: Peppermint Crackle Framed Printable (Plus Hanukkah Printables)


Happy Hump Day Makers! Excited to show you how I used one of the Christmas Printables I shared yesterday and below, you'll find some Hanukkah themed ones I also made. 

  • Frame. New, Thrifted, or Stash. Mine was one I had on hand
  • Acrylic Paints. I used Apple Barrel Bright Red and Craftsmart White
  • White Glue. I used Elmer's
  • Painter's Tape
  • Printable

The frame I used has a beveled inner edge and I decided that I would leave the outer edge black so I taped this off using painters tape. Painted the remaining exposed frame with the Bright Red. This took a couple of coats. You can make this completely opaque with additional coats but since I was going for a crackle finish, I was fine with some of the black streaks showing through. 

Next you'll apply a medium coat of white glue. This is the same process I used for some Halloween Girlfriend Gifts so you can click here for the detailed instructions.  

The key here is to have your brush strokes go in the same direction. When your glue is not fully dry, brush on the white paint in the same brush stroke direction as your glue. 

You will see the crackles start to form as the paint dries or you can speed it up with a warm ( not hot ) blow dryer. DO NOT USE A HEAT / EMBOSSING GUN. Your paint will bubble.  Once your top coat is dry, remove the painter's tape. 

Here you can see the remaining black outer edge of the frame. 

I imported my printable into my graphics program, sized accordingly and printed on a transparency. You can also print on paper. I chose a sheet of cardstock from the White Satin paper pad by Recollections (Michaels) that wouldn't be too busy behind my transparency but still give it a little more depth if that makes sense! Trim transparency and cardstock to fit inside your frame. 

Et voila!

As I mentioned above, I also made some similar Printables for Hanukkah!




Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Repurposed Wagon Cactus Garden

My first project in the desert! Fitting that it would be a cactus garden don't you think? 

Mr. Chocolate was cleaning up some stuff around The Mumster's house and there was a little red wagon destined for the junk pile. I snatched it up and immediately had an idea for a little cactus and succulent garden. I picked up a can of Rustoleum hammered bronze paint and went to town. 

This was the sad little wagon. All oxydized and rusty. And it could have worked as is but I wanted it to be a more desert color. 

I wanted to preserve the wheels so I cut a plastic bag in half and wrapped around the wheels to prevent them from getting painted. 

One good coat of paint made all the difference! The paint had primer and color all in one and is designed to prevent future rust. 

I was so happy with the outcome that I almost just left the painted wagon alone and unfilled. But no!

I picked out small cacti and succulents that I liked, and found some cool green stones on sale at JoAnn's. 

I spread a layer of the stones on the bottom to help with drainage, and then planted my cacti and succulents randomly. I finished with a layer of the rocks and voila. 

I don't exactly have a green thumb so desert plants may be just the things for me . They are pretty hearty, self sufficient, and little fuss!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Happy Earth Day! Recycled Project Roundup

Happy Earth Day! For us it's also the birthday of our best friend Kristine who we lost far too young. She was a teacher, loved kids, and LOVED Earth Day. So in her honor, here are some projects from my Repurposed Ideas Pinterest board that are perfect for Earth Day and use things we all likely have laying around the house. 

Paper Crafts:

We all have magazines laying around so these projects from DIY Sweet Home is a way to use them to make some pretty things: 

More magazine ideas here from Picky Stitch

Got jeans? Who among us doesn't have some too big / too small / too holey jeans? 

How about this jean pocket phone charger holder from DIY & Home

Who can't use an extra totebag? This one comes from a roundup of "21 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Old Jeans" at Tip Hero.

Boxes and Tubes: 

Keep your pencils and your thoughts together while re-using cereal boxes. Turn them inside out , leave them plain, paint, add paper, doodle, or use the fronts with these ideas from One Good Thing By Jillee

Use toilet paper tubes and Washi tape to make a pretty phone holder. Details at Easy Peasy Creative

One too many Amazon boxes ? Make a pretty storage basket. Elizabeth Joan Designs will show you how. 

Got Milk (jugs)? 

LOVE these Votives from Bliss Bloom Blog !

Now that I'm living in the desert, I'm going to have to get creative about snow this Winter so making some from repurposed milk jugs is on my list! From Eve of Reduction

Water and Soda Bottles: 

101 Days of Organization has a great roundup on what to do with these that seem to multiply like Tribbles. 

Think of all those little things ( paper clips, binder clips, rubber bands, pushpins) you could store in a pretty little bowl made from a water bottle? From Dishfunctional Designs


Here's a two-fer idea. Repurpose empty jars ( or you can buy a matched set of mason jars) and embellishe with pine cone flowers, perhaps from a nature walk. From Uncommon Designs

I recognize these jars because they are from my husband's favorite jam. So will definitely have some of these to play with ! From Make Calm Lovely

I hope I've given you some inspiration! 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Jewelry Makeover: Clearance Earrings Into An Easy Necklace

Teardrop Metal Necklace 3

I’ve shared before that since I don’t have pierced ears I often buy pierced earrings and convert them to clips. This time, I found some on sale that I couldn’t see myself wearing as clips, but the parts intrigued me and the price ($4.99) was too good to pass up.

This is the before pic. Aren’t they ginormous? Each earring was made from 16 metal teardrop pieces.

Drop Earrings Before Pic

The teardrop metal pieces were attached with jump rings so I disassembled each earring and ended up with a pile of parts:

Earring Parts

I had some dark pewter metal chain in my stash, measured out 18 inches and then attached a clasp.

Gunmetal Chain

Teardrop Metal Necklace Clasp

Then I attached three of the metal pieces ( saved the jump rings I’d removed) to a 7 links of the chain.

Teardrop Metal Necklace

I ended up using 21 of the 32 tear drops so I have some left over to play with. In deconstructing the earrings, I also ended up with another pile o parts that sparked some more ideas. Stay tuned!


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