Showing posts with label upcycle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label upcycle. Show all posts

Monday, April 16, 2012

Upcycled Dry Erase Menu Board

My mom has been friends with the sweetest couple for many many years. During her recent surgery they were so supportive, caring, and helpful and I wanted to do a little something to say thanks.

They both love to cook and they trade off each week so I thought it would be fun to make them a dry erase menu board.
Dry Erase Menu Board (3)

I started with an old frame and scrapbook paper I had on hand:


I cut out the papers to size and cut on panel in a decorative shape. Put them together as follows:

Menu Board Base

Cut the letters MENU from black vinyl on my Cricut Expression (poor thing has felt neglected since I’ve been using my Cameron, CoCo) using the Plantin Schoolbook font cart. I had some culinary themed rub-ons in my stash and couldn’t decide between utensils or wine themed because they like both but went with the utensils.

Michael's Rub Ons

I put one set of the utensils in the lower right hand corner.

Martha Stewart Satin

I wanted to shabby up the frame so grabbed a couple of paints from my paint stash. Ultimately ended up using just the light blue. Love these Martha paints…they stick to everything! Dry brushed the frame so some of the gold would still show through:

Dry Erase Menu Board (2)

I have divided storage container where I keep alphabet stuff. I have a thing for alphabet stickers, tiles, brads, etc. and often pick them up on clearance for next to nothing, so I went to that and chose a “W” for their last name and glued it into a bottlecap.  I also remembered a metal stand I’d found at JoAnn’s for something like 90% off and knew would come in handy sometime.

Dry Erase Menu Board (2)

Dry Erase Menu Board

Bon Apetit!

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Upcycled Halloween Gift Bags

I needed something for the Altered Halloween Canvases I made and I love gift bags. But I’m trying to reduce, reuse, and recycle so I wanted to use things I already had on hand. Enter some small, fairly plain, grocery bags!
I went to my scrap bin and pulled out some coordinating scraps and made the panel for the front of the bag. Then I went to my Graphics Fairy file because there is always something good there! I had downloaded this owl and decided it was perfect. I added a hat and text using my PrintShop Deluxe program, and printed on kraft cardstock. Trimmed, mounted on a black panel, then on an orange one.
Finished off with a jute bow ( just cut several lengths of jute twine and made a bow; hot glued on to the bag) a layered flower from more scraps, and self adhesive rhinestones.
Easy peasy!
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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Time for Cocoa and Bling!

The March Open House Link Party is still going on ==>here<==
You may have noticed that I have a thing for bling. Specifically, self adhesive rhinestones which I stick on everything. I even picked one off the dog the other day although I didn’t intentionally put it on her.
But as with other craft supplies, you open a package and don’t use the whole thing and need some way to store the leftovers. I’d been keeping the plastic cards these come on in an envelope, but when I used up a container of cocoa powder the other day, I got an idea!
Started by peeling off the label from my Hershey’s dark cocoa powder. I didn’t care about the stuff around the top of the rim since I was going to put the lid back on. I had just picked up the prettiest contact paper at $1 Tree so it was the perfect excuse to play with it:
Wrapped the container in the contact paper and also covered the top of the lid with it, leaving the rim exposed. Went to my sticker stash and found a clock face, and since this was going to hold my bling, a Making Memories blingy border!
Thinking there’s another roll of this contact paper in my future.
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

My Can Needed A Friend

And thanks to the garbage man who took out the utility pole that supplies power, cable, and phone service to our house today, I had time to make him one.
You know you’re a craft addict when you buy salad dressing because you like the jar:
I also liked that the label came right off! Used my contact paper leftover from my can to cover the jar and then went around that with more of my typography tape (two strips). The white contact paper sets off the tape because the numbers are clear. Went around the middle with a K&CO scrapbook border.
Mod Podged a scrap of polka dot paper to the top of the lid and went around it with another K&Co adhesive scrapbook border. Sealed that w/ Mod Podge too.
The whole reason for this “jarring” transformation was something to hold black, white, and neutral colored buttons that were here, there, and everywhere. Finished it off with a big fat black button in the middle:
Did I mention I’m in love with this tape?!
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I Knew I Saved That Can For A Reason!

Thank You Monique! 

My son was on a smoothie kick requiring pineapple juice which I could only find in the kind of can that juice doesn't come in that often anymore. It's about 7 in tall. I saved one of them because it seemed like a smart thing to do and with my addiction  collection of K&CO adhesive scrapbook borders continuing to grow, I needed a better way to contain the mess  organize them!

Large juice can

Ordinarily I would have covered with scrapbook paper, but I remembered I had some contact paper scraps and thought they'd work. I also had some decorative tape I picked up from Michaels $1 section so that went into the plan.

Wrapped the can in the contact paper, went around the top and bottom with the tape. Then I went to my sticker stash and got out some clear stickers from American Crafts. I love these sticker books that have pages and pages of stickers and I'm pretty sure I got this one for $2, 3 bucks at Michaels w/ a coupon!

Since this was going to hold my K&CO scrapbook borders, I thought I should use some of them too: 

For the focal, I took a small flower sticker from the pack and mounted it on a white card stock scrap and then mounted to the middle of the medallion sticker on the can using a foam dot.

Here are my scrapbook borders all neat and tidy ( and there's even room for a few more!!!)

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