Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.Nothing beats a good dragon craft. Being a fan of things mystical, magical and whimsical, dragons also fall into that category. My home has touches of all these things in most of my rooms, some subtle, some not so subtle. My home office is one of the not so subtle rooms. It’s where I spend a lot of my time and it reflects my likes dramatically and boasts several dragons, most of which are a set of flying one’s on my wall.

Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child. I purchased the ones you see then realized it would be fairly simple to make my own style. Well, not me personally, but my go to person for this type of thing, my daughter Jennifer. I would ask her to make a set then others who also enjoy all things dragony could have flying dragons on their walls! (I know your out there… or at least your kids are.) So she drew up our own dragons and we made them into a downloadable package just for you. And if you are looking for more dragon things well, of course I have them for you. Check our our Dragon Craft Post making Dragon Eyes! Plus, one of our most favorite posts of all time is our  How to Make a Dragon Egg. Every home needs one of these! And they’re so easy to make.

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Gather your paper color of choice the patterns and your other supplies.

Roll tape back on itself stick side out to adhere the pattern to your paper while to cut.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

Using detail scissors, cut out each dragon in this method.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

Completed cut dragon.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

Carefully remove the template off the top.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

You will now bend your dragon where it shows the dotted bend lines on your template.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

Curl the tail up using a pencil or something round.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

This gives the 3D effect.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

On the one’s with wings, bend the wing before gluing in place.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

Bend the small flap where it will attach to the dragon.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

Add some glue to the small flap.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

Press the wing in place.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

You can try attaching them to the wall this way but normally it takes a stronger tape to hold them in place for a long period of time. Command Strips work great.Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

Hang as many as you wish wherever you like!Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child. Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child. Get your free download for an amazing 3D dragon craft to decorate your walls. A simple and delightful way to add a little magic to any room, adult or child.

 

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Spin tops might be old fashioned but these custom tops made from a CD a ping pong ball and a soda lid are a blast played in a group, and they spin forever!I know spin tops are a bit old school but that doesn’t mean they can’t be a lot of fun. What’s so awesome about these is that they’re made from a CD, and ping pong ball and a soda bottle lid and they literally spin forever. This is a great activity for the kids both the making of them and the playing with them afterwards.  They can be decorated with permanent markers or patterned paper and have teams to do top battles, see if they can knock the others off balance within a confined area. Or play and see whose lasts the longest. But I’m telling you, if you do the latter be prepared to wait a while! I have to tell you it’s a bit zen just sitting and them watching the thing spin. You might want to make one special for yourself and spin it and watch it for a bit.  If you’re looking for more things to keep the kids busy check out our Nerf Basketball Makeover and our Gnome in a Cup a Fun DIY Nature Craft.

 

Spin Top Supplies

NOTE: Anything you add to the top, such as the decor we added to the lid top, will change the balance so be careful as it might not spin as well. I think things like a little sparkle would be fine though.

The wobble you see is to due to the flower I glued on the top. Spin tops might be old fashioned but these custom tops made from a CD a ping pong ball and a soda lid are a blast played in a group, and they spin forever!

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Gather your supplies. We chose to cover ours with paper. Spin tops might be old fashioned but these custom tops made from a CD a ping pong ball and a soda lid are a blast played in a group, and they spin forever!Trace your CD or DVD onto your paper. Spin tops might be old fashioned but these custom tops made from a CD a ping pong ball and a soda lid are a blast played in a group, and they spin forever!

Spread Mod Podge or glue onto your CD or DVD.Spin tops might be old fashioned but these custom tops made from a CD a ping pong ball and a soda lid are a blast played in a group, and they spin forever!

Poke a hole into your paper where the hole in the CD or DVD is. Using an X-acto knife works great but the hole does not have to be neat as it will be covered on both sides.Spin tops might be old fashioned but these custom tops made from a CD a ping pong ball and a soda lid are a blast played in a group, and they spin forever!

Using hot glue or another fast drying glue, glue the soda bottle lid over the center of the TOP of the CD or DVD. This one is a bit sloppy. Try to be even and light with your glue. That makes for more even spinning.Spin tops might be old fashioned but these custom tops made from a CD a ping pong ball and a soda lid are a blast played in a group, and they spin forever!

Press down firmly. This is your spinner handle.Spin tops might be old fashioned but these custom tops made from a CD a ping pong ball and a soda lid are a blast played in a group, and they spin forever!

Glue the ping pong ball underneath where the hole is on the CD or DVD. Go easy on the glue. Spin tops might be old fashioned but these custom tops made from a CD a ping pong ball and a soda lid are a blast played in a group, and they spin forever!

These are three of our finished spinners. We added things on the top of the handles but be careful as that can affect how it spins.Spin tops might be old fashioned but these custom tops made from a CD a ping pong ball and a soda lid are a blast played in a group, and they spin forever!

We did a gold glitter version. Spin tops might be old fashioned but these custom tops made from a CD a ping pong ball and a soda lid are a blast played in a group, and they spin forever! Spin tops might be old fashioned but these custom tops made from a CD a ping pong ball and a soda lid are a blast played in a group, and they spin forever! Spin tops might be old fashioned but these custom tops made from a CD a ping pong ball and a soda lid are a blast played in a group, and they spin forever!Spin tops might be old fashioned but these custom tops made from a CD a ping pong ball and a soda lid are a blast played in a group, and they spin forever!

 

 

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Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes with cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. So easy & inexpensive you can make a whole set!Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes using cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. It’s so easy and inexpensive you can make a whole set to switch in and out, depending on your mood. Any cotton material will work. It’s a great project for teens too! This is a quicker version of our other Make Your Own Large Mouse Pad post we did a while back and this one can also be made any size you like.  If you have a home office of your own you might also enjoy How to Build a Simple Large Surface Home Office Desk and Messy to Marvelous Closet Makeover for a Home Office.  (That last one will show you why we chose pink for our mouse pad!)

 

DIY Mouse Pad Supplies

NOTE ON CORK: I used this brand from Amazon as it was the best I could find for my needs and the highest rated. It did have a drawback. It was 1/8″ thick which is fairly thin but I like that myself. The biggest problem is that it was very stiff and would not lay flat. I had to cut my piece, wet it and lay something heavy on it overnight to get it to lay flat. Then let it dry. It’s just not flexible. It will work and it’s inexpensive. You might find what you need at a local craft store. Any rolled cork might give you the same problem. Wetting it didn’t harm it at all.

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Grab some cork, material of choice and your other supplies.

Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes with cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. So easy & inexpensive you can make a whole set! This is the cork I used but as I mentioned in the notes under the supply list, I had to soak my cut piece and place heavy objects on it (bricks) overnight to get it to lay flat. It worked fine and was an inexpensive choice (also linked under supplies) you might find a better option locally.  It’s very thin, which I myself prefer. You can also use 1/4″ cork.Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes with cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. So easy & inexpensive you can make a whole set!

Measure out the size you want your mouse pad to be.Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes with cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. So easy & inexpensive you can make a whole set!

Carefully cut it with a SHARP blade. A dull one will crumble the edge of the cork. Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes with cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. So easy & inexpensive you can make a whole set!

I wanted my material to be 1/4″ inside the edge of the cork so I measured and cut it 9.5″Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes with cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. So easy & inexpensive you can make a whole set!

I then sprayed it with a good coat of spray adhesive. Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes with cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. So easy & inexpensive you can make a whole set!

Then I aligned my material on the cork board. This part works easier if you have someone helping you. Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes with cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. So easy & inexpensive you can make a whole set!

Press it down firmly making sure there are no bubbles and you’re done!Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes with cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. So easy & inexpensive you can make a whole set!

And that’s how to make a 10 minute DIY Mouse Pad.

Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes with cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. So easy & inexpensive you can make a whole set!

Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes with cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. So easy & inexpensive you can make a whole set!

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Foam Board or Cardboard Chandelier (Free Pattern) HOW TO: http://bit.ly/cardboardchandelier #chandelier #cardboardchandelier #diydecor #decor #ceilingdecor #kidsdecor #cardboardcrafts #foamboard blank630x20What’s more fun and unusual than a well made cardboard chandelier? If it’s done really well it can even be a whimsical addition to the right room. But it’s great for little girls rooms or playhouses. This pattern is a different version from our DIY chandelier  we did a couple years back. We created both patterns ourselves. If you’re looking for more cardboard or foam board ideas check out our Simple Anti-Bad Vibe Shield : How to Keep the Nasties Away and our DIY Cash Statement Piece Wall Decoration Idea.

 

Foam Board / Cardboard Chandelier Supplies

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This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point. A little Velcro did the trick! This type of thing is what I refer to as a “Buff Your Stuff” item, meaning to take something you already have and give it a facelift. It can be something old or in this case something that needed changed.  We’ve done a few chair makeovers but one of our most recent is where we took $2 Thrift Store Chairs and turned them into a Gorgeous DIY Bench Seat. Definitely check that one out!

Folding Chair Makeover Supplies

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This is the stool as it comes straight from Amazon. However, I would have liked it to be an inch higher.

This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

I unscrewed the thin padded top from the bottom portion.This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

I purchased the fabric I could cover the top part with. Then I had Roy cut a circle out of 1″ wood. This would give me the added height I was looking for.This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

Then I painted my stool white.This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

I found that when I tried to cover the top portion of the seat the staples went through. So I purchased 1/4″ staples for my gun. Well guess what? They went through too. Just how short of staples did this company use anyway??This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

I decided to pry one up and see.This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

1/8th of an inch. I can’t even buy that short of a staple for my stapler. So I had to figure out how I was going to attach my fabric to the top part.This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

I decided adding in a circle of foam board would give me the little bit extra that would be needed so the staples would not stick through the top. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.I then began my stapling. You have to do this one “corner” at a time making sure your fabric is pulled nice and smooth. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

I would trim as I went.This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

You have to be careful to avoid getting side wrinkles. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

This was my final seat top. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

I decided a couple of coats of Scotchgard wouldn’t hurt. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

You may have wondered why I didn’t just cover this also but it would not have looked good. Trust me. So I painted the side of my 1″ board. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point. I now had to attach my wood piece onto the metal base. Because the holes in the base were so large I just used some washers then regular screws.  This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

Then I used my drill/screwdriver to attach the wood circle. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

It’s now ready for the top material section.This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

I wanted the option to remove it should it get dirty over time or should I just want to change fabric at some point in the future so I decided to go with heavy duty velcro. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

The Velcro I had just happened to be sticky back. Otherwise I could have hot glued it in place. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

After attaching my Velcro and pulling off the backing piece I carefully pressed the seat in place. I was concerned if it would stick up on the edges but I don’t think that will be a problem, especially with being sat on regulary. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

This is my finished stool top. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

To fold it up you pull on the ring underneath the seat.This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

It’s a nice feature as it can be stored in a closet when not in use.This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

Before and after!This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point. This cheap folding stool from Amazon was for my craft room. It just needed a little love. i.e. paint and material plus a wood circle to make it tad higher. I also added the feature of making the fabric top removable in case I want to change the color at some point.

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These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue. These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books… you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue. This reminds me of our Peace Dove & Poem which you would think was just for Christmas but when you read the short poem you’ll see it’s  not. While we’re speaking of birds, you might enjoy the short but amazing little personal story with photos entitled A Bird in the Hand.

 

Birdies DIY Room Decor Supplies

NOTE ON PAPER: You will be pulling the wings out just a bit so if you use scrapbook paper try to use double sided though it might not matter depending on where you place your little birdies.

Birdie Pattern Downloads

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These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

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Gather your supplies.

These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

Cut out around each bird set with wing.These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

I like to just cut once, so I double my paper. If it’s card stock it can make it more difficult to cut intricate areas though so you might want to just cut each pattern twice.These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

I staple my paper to my pattern just to help hold it in place while I cut. You can tape it also.These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

I use special detail paper cutting scissors. They help a lot!These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

They’re great for getting into the little intricate spaces. These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

If you use scrapbook or patterned paper, one side might be white. Keep that in mind when cutting your patterns out so that your pieces face the correct direction.These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

  These are all the birds I cut out to match various places around my home. These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

The first step is to glue the two bird pieces together. Spread your glue on the top area as shown, keeping the bottom area free of glue. This does not have to be exact.These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

Press the second bird first one making sure they are aligned well. If you used paper that has a white side you might need to do a little trimming.These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

For each wing piece place a spot of glue on the end where it will attach to the body.These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

Place your wing where you want it to be on each side of your bird. These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

You can bend the wing out just a bit to give it a 3D effect. Again, if it has a white side don’t bend it too far out.These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

 The last part is adding the feet which requires two regular paperclips. You will be bending the inner part up as shown.These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

Using needle nose pliers can help. Bend the center part of the paper clip up while keeping the curve where illustrated. The larger part is the foot.I chose gold paperclips for this particular bird. Pinch the foot together a bit as shown. You can either keep the other end as it is if your bird will be short, or you can straighten it out as shown for a taller standing bird.I chose gold paperclips for this particular bird.

Jumbo paper clips can be used but you need to switch which part is used for the feet. The other side will need clipped with a wire cutter also. These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.I chose gold paperclips for this particular bird. These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

To attach the feet to your bird open up the bottom where you did not glue and add a line of hot glue.These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

Place the top part of your feet into the glue.These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

Being careful not to get burned, press the bird together and align the feet before the glue dries making sure they are even. To make your bird stand requires fiddling with his legs and feet a bit till the right angle is found. These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

Where My Birdies Sit

These are where I put my birds though I had trouble with one and couldn’t’ decide. This first little guy sits it my library. He matches perfectly!These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

One sits on the mantle in my living room. These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.
Mr. Cardinal sits on my Chicken Wire Frame Memo Board which, by the way, you can make.

These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.This little pink one is sitting on my office shelf. I turned his wings around.  These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

Then I wondered how he’d look on top of the sign over my door. Now I can’t decide. These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

Little black bird sits over the door in my bedroom which is done in black and silver.These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

The little blue fellow sits on my peg board in my craft room.

And finally, Mr. Yellow Bird sits on a jar of beads on my sewing desk. These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

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 These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue. These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue. These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue. These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue. These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue. These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue. These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue. These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue. These sweet little birdies are perfect for a touch of whimsy DIY room decor and they can be placed in any room you like! Sit them on shelves, mantles, on top of books... you can even put a row on top of a door jam! Using our pattern you can make whatever colors you like. All you need is the paper of your choice and two paperclips and glue.

 

 

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Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you’ve been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems! We’ll show you how to take a plain cabinet and turn it into something beautiful and useful. As you’ll see below, our file cabinet was in pretty bad shape. Amazing what just some paint will do! You might recall we did a similar post entitled How to Organize Fabric with a File Cabinet which has a little more details on placing the fabric inside your cabinet. This version is definitely a step up and much classier. If you want more ideas for organizing craft supplies in general, check out our  post The Most Creative Craft Room Organization Ideas.

 

2 Drawer File Cabinet Makeover Supplies

  • Filing Cabinet. Any type should work.
  • Spray paint. we used Rust-Oleum’s Chalked Spray Paint
  • Epoxy or any strong fast setting glue
  • 2  8″x 10″ picture frames (Ours had a fabric background and clip already on them but you can easily add your own or design it another way.)
  • 2 Knobs. We used wood black knobs but you can use any type you want. Crystal, silver, gold etc.
  • Drill
  • Wood Accents or Ornamental Carvings. Amazon has a few but your best bet is Hobby Lobby or Michael’s.

CHALK PAINT OPTIONS

You can also paint it with chalk paint either purchased or using one of the recipes below.

CALCIUM CARBONATE RECIPE

  • 2 Parts paint
  • 1 part calcium carbonate

Mix and use.

PLASTER OF PARIS RECIPE

  • 3 Parts Paint
  • 1 Part Plaster of Paris
  • Water

Add just enough water to the Plaster of Paris to make a paste. Then add the Plaster of Paris into the paint and mix thoroughly.

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This is the file cabinet we started out with. Yuck.
Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

Here are some of the main supplies needed. Notice we found some frames with fabric backgrounds and clips attached. You could also easily add the fabric and clip to a normal frame. Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

If your cabinet has hardware on the front, remove it.Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

Our cabinet was in storage and needed a good cleaning.Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

We then gave it several coats of Rust-Oleums Chalked spray paint in grey.Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

This is after a couple of coats. Still needs more as you can tell. Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

The back stand of the frame needed to be removed.Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

We just bent it off. Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

We turned the cabinet on its back with drawers facing upward. Then we  put a line of epoxy around each frame and attached it in place in the center of each drawer.

Allow the frames to dry completely. Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

After they were dried, we marked where we wanted our knobs to be placed on each drawer.Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

We drilled a hole down through the frame and cabinet. Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

Then we added our knobs. Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

We decided to add two wood accent pieces. Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

First we painted them a cream color. Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems! We added Epoxy to the back of each piece. Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

And placed one on the top front of the cabinet.Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

There was a perfect spot for the other on the bottom of the cabinet which would also cover a hole.Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

Press into place and allow to dry.Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

Now is the time to add your hanging file folders and drape your fabric over them. Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!  Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!Looking for a way to store all those pieces of fabric you've been collecting? Well it ends up a 2 drawer file cabinet might be the answer to your problems!

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These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.One of the things I find the most difficult to do on a budget is create unique light fixtures. Normal ones are pretty bleh and nice one’s are mega expensive. You can come up with your own ideas, and I’ve check out plenty, but that can be tricky due to safety reasons. We did that for our Outdated Kitchen Transformation Series . We used a large wire bowl that we painted white. Looks awesome. However, I had three other rooms that had plain old three bulbs with a round or square cover that were held on by a screw thing in the center.

I wanted to do something simple, inexpensive, yet unique and safe. Then, an idea hit me. Oil markers… the kind that are used for decorating crockery mugs and dishes, then baked to set the ink. You can find them all on Pinterest or a good search. Now, as I’ve said many times before,  I’m no artist so I needed something simple I could share with those of you who also might be like me.  (If you do happen to be an artist you can really go crazy with these!)  Pay attention to the pointers given then grab the color or colors you want and create your own custom light shade!

FYI For our living room and dining room we hit the thrift stores and bought two chandeliers fairly cheap. If you don’t mind a tiny bit of wiring you can read our post Ceiling Fan to Thrift Store Chandelier Makeover.

Unique Light Fixtures Supplies

SAFETY AND HEAT ISSUES Oil based pens have been very popular the last few years for drawing on crockery food ware then baking for approximately 30 minutes at 450 degrees to set it. It is then safe, including dishwasher safe. Hence they are the perfect medium to use for your glass light shades!

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NOTES: This is one of those projects that you can do with or without patterns.  If you’re like me and don’t have a lot of artistic skill then a pattern is a big help. But even I can put even dots or dashes or blocks around the edge of something and not have it look too bad so feel free to check out some of the ideas online others have done when drawing with oil markers on cups and plates. You just might find some designs you could do free hand.

I strongly suggest not covering your shade with a lot of paint.  Keep the design light and sparse or even just on the borders, otherwise it defeats the purpose of letting light through. Think of putting small images scattered around it or scallops or dots on the edges. Just something simple but unique. We’ve shown you what we’ve done to get you started and even given you a couple patterns. The cool thing is you can see through the glass and put a small pattern behind it needed to help you trace!

TRIANGLE ON SQUARE COVER

This is a 12.5″ square that is in my craft room whose main color is teal. I could not find the color teal in the normal sets so I had to buy a teal one just for this project. I used the pattern that is in the free download packet up top.

These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Cut out your pattern. This is one corner. You can either print four of this page or print one and move it four times, which is what I did. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

The paper will lay on the inside of your shade, but because your shade is convex it helps to cut it  in a few spots before taping it in place for tracing. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

I just made a quick triangle cut myself but do whatever works so it fits down into the glass cover. Then lightly tape it in place.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Turn it over and paint in where you see the triangles. Keep in mind you can take artistic choice and add or not add what you feel is needed. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Once one corner is finished, remove the paper and align it again as before.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

IMPORTANT: You will see that the triangles do not line up correctly on the overlap. Just decide for yourself where a triangle needs to go or does not need to go in on the overlap. Just do what looks good. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

I actually placed a bottle underneath in some spots to help hold the paper against the glass while I was painting with my pen.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

The finished glass cover.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

FLOWERS ON CIRCLE COVER

This one is for my home office which has one of it’s colors as hot pink. I chose flowers.

These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

I cut out all the flowers into close squares.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

I then taped them on the back of the glass cover, spacing them until it looked good to me. I then turned it over to check the layout.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

I then took my pink marker and traced them, then filled them in except for the middle open area.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Then I removed all of the back patterns.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

I added some small dots between all the flowers here and there.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

This is the finished light cover.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

COMPASS ON CIRCLE COVER

This is the compass light cover that goes in my library. My husband Roy helped with this one. He created the design and drew it on as his hand is steadier than mine.  Cut out both sides of the compass shape.

These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Cut down into each line to the end, including the ones with triangles. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Here you can see all the cuts.
These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

The cuts help you to lay the pattern inside the glass convex light cover. Tape it into place.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Do the same on the other side. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Make sure the lines are straight and things look good. Then cut out the letters for North South East and West and place them where they will go. NOTE: You are going to hand draw a line from the outside edge of the shade. The letters will need to be in between that line and the inner circle line. You might want to wait to add the letters after you draw both lines. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Using a gold pen and your third finger as a guide against the outside edge of the glass cover, draw a line around the edge of the entire glass shade. I’d estimate about 1/2 an inch or a little more.  NOTE: BE CAREFUL TO NOT GET CUT IF YOUR SHADE IS ROUGH ON THE OUTSIDE EDGES. ALSO REMEMBER: Do not make the line too far into the shade as your letters have to fit between that line and the inner line. Like I stated, maybe 1/2″ or a little more. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Draw the inner circle line following the pattern.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Draw on the inner lines and triangles. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Chose a color for your letters and draw them on.  These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Add three gold dots, evenly spaced, in between each set of letters. The best way to do this is to place a dot in the exact center between the letters, then add the other dots on each side.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

This is the finished light cover.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

FINALS FOR PINNING

These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

 

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For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.This is one of the more clever ways to decorate a window that just had blinds on it. It’s gorgeous and can be a focal point for the room if desired! And all it takes is a few tissue paper flowers that are so simple to make, a 6 year old could do it. So yeah, its not only easy, its cost effective and the result is dramatic. I get excited just talking about it! I love unique decorating in my home so if you’d like more creative and inexpensive ways to decorate your home take a peek at our Darling Dollar Store Plastic Plate Kitchen Wall Decor, our DIY Cash Statement Piece Wall Decoration Idea and our Butterfly Dream Catcher with Special Meaning. And that’s just to name a few!

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To make the flowers, all you really need are three things. Tissue paper, string and scissors.
For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

NOTE ON STORE PURCHASED TISSUE FLOWERS: You CAN purchase the tissue flowers. They come like this. We bought some to test. You still have to do all the work of pulling the layers out. The biggest problem is they put WAY TOO MANY LAYERS of tissue paper. Much more than is needed and the flower ends up looking too crunched up. These have 10 sheets each. We took them apart and made two flowers  out of each one. You only really need 4 sheets per flower for the best look. These also cost a lot more. Considering all you’re doing is saving the time fanning the tissue paper, its much cheaper to just make them from scratch. Should you decide to buy this type, Amazon has a nice selection.
For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make. The sheets we used are 20″ x 26″. Use no more than 4 or 5 sheets.

SIZES OF FLOWERS

LARGE FLOWERS: For flowers that are 10″ or larger you can fold over the 5 sheets FIRST before doing the accordion folding. These flowers need more bulk to them.

SMALLER FLOWERS: For say a 6″ flower, cut 8 sheets  6″ by about 10″ or 12″ long.  DO NOT do STEP 1. Start with doing the accordion folding and continue from there. It will only take a short time before you realize what size works best.

STEP #1 for flowers approximately 10″ or larger.

STEP # 2 Accordion foldFor simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make. For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make. For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make. For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

Once you’ve finished the accordion fold bend the tissue paper in half. For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make. For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

Cut a piece of string long enough to tie around the center of your paper.For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

Tie it in a snug knot.For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

Mark a curve on each end for cutting. Some people like to do points.For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

Cut off inside the marker curve you made. For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

However long your tissue paper is will be the size of your flower. For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

Pull the ends together. You can staple or tape them if desired. We’ve found that’s not necessary as once you start pulling up the petals they stay together.  For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

Very carefully, so as not to tear the tissue, start pulling up one layer at a time. For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

Go around the flower doing this.For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

Once one layer is done, move to the next. Fluff them as you go.For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

Eventually you’ll get to the last layer.For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

You’ll end up with a gorgeous flower!For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

These are the ones we made for my craft room. For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

This was the window I was going to decorate with them. For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.We placed them above my window using command strips cut in half.For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

It’s a good idea to lay out your plan on paper before starting. For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

Print out the free leaf pattern.For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

Tape it to one or two sheets of green cardstock.For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

Cut out your leaves. For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make. For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

The finished window decor!For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make. For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make. For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make. For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

I wanted a teal pull on my blinds. I had this old crystal from a chandelier. I was going to buy some glass paint as I wanted it to be transparent, then I remembered my post on How to Paint Mason Jars. That effect was just what I was after. So I figured it would work on this just as well as mason jars.For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

I mixed a little food coloring gel with some Mod Podge.For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

Then I painted over the crystal bauble. For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

I should have hung it on wire to dry but I put it in a small plastic cup and put a fan on it.For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

It turned out great!

Just what I was wanting.For simple & unique window treatment ideas you'll love our tissue paper flower window toppers. The gorgeous flowers cost pennies & take minutes to make.

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This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make!This is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series set. Its a baker’s twine or string dispenser and as with all the items in this series, it looks nice and its upcycled from a soda bottle! It’s very easy to make and it’s incredibly handy to have for dispensing a quick bit of string when you need it! We made one of these string dispensers a few years back that was a different style but this one was made to go with our set. To view this entire set visit our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series page.

Kitchen Craft Baker’s Twine Dispenser Supplies

 

 

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Instructions

Gather your supplies.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Using masking tape, tape off the center of the bottle just below and above the ridges.  Cover the center space with tape or a paper towel.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Spray paint the top and bottom of the bottle in the color of your choice.  Let dry thoroughly to prevent fingerprint marks.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Once dry, remove the tape from the bottle.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Using the link above, download and print the free label.  Cut out the label and set it aside.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Using a drill, create a hole in the center of the bottle lid.  The hole should be the same size as your twine.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Cut a ribbon at 22 inches in length.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Fold the ribbon in half to find the center.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Apply a dot of hot glue to the center of the ribbon.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Apply the ribbon to the center of the clear portion of the bottle.  The hot glue dot will be the front of your dispenser.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Using a dry erase marker, make a mark on the back of the bottle, directly across from the hot glue dot.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Draw two lines down the clear portion of the bottle, 2 inches to either side of the mark.
This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make! Using an X-acto knife, cut along the two lines you just drew.
Then cut one line along the bottom of those two lines, connecting them and creating a flap on the back of the bottle.
Grab your label and apply hot glue to the back on either end.
Apply the label over the front of the bottle, directly over the hot glue dot used to apply the ribbon.
Once dry, grab your ball of twine and feed the end up through the flap on the back of the bottle.  The string should come out the mouth of the bottle.
Then insert the ball of twine in through the flap, allowing it to rest in the bottom of the bottle.  Make sure that the ball can easily move around inside the bottle.
 Close the flap over the ball of twine and keep it closed by pulling the ribbon ends around to the back of the bottle and tying a bow.
The twine coming out of the mouth of the bottle should then be fed through the hole made in the bottle cap.  Once through the hole, simply apply the bottle cap to the bottle and pull twine as needed.

And just for fun we did a pink one. Ü

This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make!This lovely and useful contemporary baker's twine string dispenser is part of our matching contemporary kitchen craft series. It's easy and fun to make!

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This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.This kitchen bag dispenser is another item from our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft Set. It’s perfect for for holding those plastic bags you get from the grocery store. Stuff ’em in and then pull ’em out at the bottom when you need one. They’re fun and easy to make and a great upcycle project for 2 liter bottles. This is actually another style of our Geometric & Confetti Plastic Bag Holder & Dispenser we did a while back. You can check that one out too. To view this entire set visit our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series page.

Kitchen Craft Bag Dispenser Supplies

 

 

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Instructions

Gather your supplies.  Be sure to remove the label and sticky residue from the 2 liter bottle so that you have a clean working surface.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Using the dry erase marker, draw a line around the top of the bottle, 1 inch below the base of the mouth.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Cut along this line with an X-acto knife.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Remove the top, leaving a 3″ hole.  Wipe away any remaining dry erase marks.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Using masking tape, wrap around the bottom of the soda bottle about 3 inches from the base.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Cut along the bottom of the masking tape, removing the bottom of the bottle.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Clean up any rough edges with scissors.  Remove masking tape when done.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Be sure to keep the bottom of the bottle!  You will need both pieces to complete the project.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Using the link above, download and print the free label.  Cut out the label and set aside.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Using wire cutters, clip the points off of two silver push pins.  Set aside the flat tops for later.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Tape around the center of the bottle using masking tape.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Cover the bottom half of the bottle with a paper towel.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Spray paint the top of the bottle and the detached base of the bottle the color of your choice.  Let dry thoroughly to prevent the fingerprint marks that silver paint is notorious for.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Once fully dry, remove the paper towel and masking tape.
Apply two lines of hot glue to the back of your label at either end.  Place over the front of the bottle, centered vertically over the spray painted line.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Apply a small amount of hot glue to the backs of the push pin tops.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Apply the push pins to either end of the label, creating a faux stud.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Cut two lines into the back of the large end of the bottle.  From the edge, cut into the bottle about 1 inch.  Do this a second time, 1 inch down from the first cut.  These cuts will allow for the lid to slip onto the bottle more easily.
Take the painted silver base of the bottle and place it over the larger opening of the bottle, creating your lid.
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.Now, simply remove the lid to fill with plastic grocery bags and replace the lid to keep out dust.  Bags pull easily from the smaller opening at the base of the bottle.  Hang in your pantry, on your fridge or anywhere needed for a simple and stylish bag dispenser that is also good for the planet!
This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.This attractive bag dispenser is from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft set. It's useful, easy to make and a great upcycle project made from a soda bottle.

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Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make! Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and they are about as simple as you can get but they sure are great for holding longer pasta like spaghetti and linguini. Add a little paint and labels and you’ve got yourself a classy little container for your kitchen.  (We even provide the free labels!) If you’re looking for more great storage upcycle ideas, check out our Get Organized with Plastic Bottles post! To view this entire matching set visit our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series page.

Kitchen Craft Tall Pasta Container Supplies

 

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Instructions

Gather your supplies.  Begin by removing the labels and sticky residue from both of your bottles.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Using masking tape, wrap around the top of each bottle, about 2 inches from the end.

Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Cut along the edge of the masking tape with an X-acto knife.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Remove and discard both tops.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Wrap masking tape around the center of one of the bottles, covering the top half with a paper towel.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Tuck the paper towel into the bottle to prevent any over-spray when painting.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Spray paint the exposed half of the bottle.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Once dry, remove the paper towel and masking tape.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!The painted bottle will now become the base to your container and the clear container will be the lid.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Cut a slit into the open end of the clear container, roughly 2 inches long.
This allows the bottle to slide more easily onto the base.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Download and print the free label above.  Cut out the label.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Apply a small amount of glue to either side of the back of the label.  Place the label on the front of the painted bottle, centered vertically over the painted edge.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Slide the clear bottle over the open end of the other bottle.
Now, simply fill with pastas or other dry goods to keep them safe and sealed for future use.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!Sometimes the simplest things can be the most useful. These tall pasta containers come from our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series and are so easy to make!

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This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!This hanging cup dispenser can be placed just about anywhere you need it… kitchen, bathroom, even on the fridge if it has a water dispenser. It’s part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series and shows just how many awesome and useful things you can make upcycling plastic soda bottles. It also shows how cool they can look! If you’re looking for other awesome ideas for your kitchen, check out our Outdated Kitchen Transformation posts! To view this entire set visit our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series page.

 

Kitchen Craft Cup Dispenser Supplies

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Instructions

Gather your supplies.  Be sure to remove the label and sticky residue from your soda bottle.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Wrap a piece of masking tape around the base of the bottle just above the curve.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Place the mouth of the bottle into a Dixie cup.  (Or whichever cup you will be dispensing).  Trace around the lip of the cup with a dry erase marker.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!This line will be a reference for your cut line.  Do not cut this line!
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Using an X-acto knife, cut along the masking tape at the other end of the bottle, removing the base.  Keep both parts!
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Now that the bottom is removed from the bottle, we will remove the mouth.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever! Draw a line around the mouth of the bottle that is 1/4 inch up from the previous line.  Then, using an X-acto knife, cut along this line, removing the top of the bottle.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Using scissors, cut in towards the initial dry erase line as you circle the opening.  Slits should be roughly 1/4″ apart.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Take the bottom of the bottle and make similar slits around the opening.  These should be 1″ apart.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Once cut, the base should easily slip into the large opening of the bottle, creating a removeable “lid”.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Now we’re ready to paint!  Place masking tape around the combined bottle and ‘lid’ roughly 3 inches from each end.  Cover the center with a paper towel to prevent over-spray.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Spray paint both ends of the bottle in the color of your choice.  Let dry thoroughly.

This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Once dry, remove the masking tape.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Remove the ‘lid’ from the bottle and ensure that the slits in the base of the bottle are not stuck together from the paint.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Download and print the label via the link above.  Cut out the label.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Apply hot glue to the back of the label and place on the front of the bottle.  This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever! Center the label vertically in the clear, unpainted space.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!Fill with cups and insert the lid to protect contents from moisture and debris.  Simply pull the Dixie cups one at a time from the bottom of the container to dispense. Refill as needed.
This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!This cup dispenser is part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series. Hang it anywhere. It works and looks great! Best soda bottle upcycle ever!

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If you love Bohemian style, grab some mason jars and our free printables and make these colorful Boho lights for your home. They're perfect inside or out!These Bohemian Style lights will brighten up your home inside or out. They are reminiscent of our Woodland Mason Jar Light only Boho Style! We’ve got a free sheet of printables you can cut out to choose from and make your own inserts. Make one or a full set in any colors you choose. We’ve got a separate post on How To Paint Mason Jars Easily and with Less Mess. You’ll need to pop over there to grab that info.

NOTE: As we mentioned above and will mention and link to below, the instructions for coloring or “painting” the mason jars are on another post. Its simple to do so follow those directions then head back here! You can dry the jars in an oven for quicker crafting or let them dry overnight. We explain both on the post!

Bohemian Style Jar Supplies

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Instructions

Gather your supplies. There’s plenty of room for your own creativity on this craft!
If you love Bohemian style, grab some mason jars and our free printables and make these colorful Boho lights for your home. They're perfect inside or out!

Click the image to learn or here to learn How to Paint Mason Jars Easily for this project.

Download the free pattern sheet and choose which ones you will use. We tried cutting out the printed pattern and use it directly from our printer, however the ink ran when we glued it to the inside of our jar. If you’d like to try that we suggest spraying the page with a setting solution such as clear acrylic spray. Hair spray might even work though we’ve not tried it. This “might” keep the ink from running. The next way to do it is to use the download as a pattern and tape it onto a black piece of paper or construction paper. (Not cardstock)

If you love Bohemian style, grab some mason jars and our free printables and make these colorful Boho lights for your home. They're perfect inside or out!

Using an X-acto knife carefully cut out your pattern.If you love Bohemian style, grab some mason jars and our free printables and make these colorful Boho lights for your home. They're perfect inside or out!

This shows the cut out pattern from black paper.If you love Bohemian style, grab some mason jars and our free printables and make these colorful Boho lights for your home. They're perfect inside or out!

For the arrows you will need to cut out the feather sections.If you love Bohemian style, grab some mason jars and our free printables and make these colorful Boho lights for your home. They're perfect inside or out!

This shows several of the items cut out.If you love Bohemian style, grab some mason jars and our free printables and make these colorful Boho lights for your home. They're perfect inside or out!

To insert your cut out into your jar you will need some Mod Podge or regular white glue.If you love Bohemian style, grab some mason jars and our free printables and make these colorful Boho lights for your home. They're perfect inside or out!

Quickly paint the front of your cut out with Mod Podge or glue.If you love Bohemian style, grab some mason jars and our free printables and make these colorful Boho lights for your home. They're perfect inside or out!

Insert it inside the jar.If you love Bohemian style, grab some mason jars and our free printables and make these colorful Boho lights for your home. They're perfect inside or out!

Align it where you want it to be and press it in place.If you love Bohemian style, grab some mason jars and our free printables and make these colorful Boho lights for your home. They're perfect inside or out!

You can now decorate the top of your jar with string and other items. If you love Bohemian style, grab some mason jars and our free printables and make these colorful Boho lights for your home. They're perfect inside or out!

We chose some feathers to attach to ours to add to the Boho look.If you love Bohemian style, grab some mason jars and our free printables and make these colorful Boho lights for your home. They're perfect inside or out!

We also attached on some artificial greenery.If you love Bohemian style, grab some mason jars and our free printables and make these colorful Boho lights for your home. They're perfect inside or out!

They can be used as is but are best used with a battery operated tea light in them. They are beautiful at night!If you love Bohemian style, grab some mason jars and our free printables and make these colorful Boho lights for your home. They're perfect inside or out!If you love Bohemian style, grab some mason jars and our free printables and make these colorful Boho lights for your home. They're perfect inside or out!

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If you like girly car accessories, be you gal or guy cause we don’t judge, we’ve got some exciting news for you! You can make your own DIY hood ornament! In fact you can make a whole set of them because they’re removable. The best part is they’re so easy and fun to make. Want to know one of the best places to find your unfinished ornaments? Thrift stores. They are full of cool things that make the best hood ornaments, especially in the toy section. We’ve got another cool DIY for your car… Reusable Car Air Fresheners. And if you want some girly bling to wear while you’re driving, then make a Good Vibes Necklace.

Girly Car Accessories Supplies

IMPORTANT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

What you don’t want is your ornament flying off your hood. It should ONLY be used in the following ways.

  1. Drive in town only when using your ornament.
  2. Don’t drive over 35 MPH, just to be safe.
  3. Use only light weight thin plastic items never taller than 4 inches or so.
  4. Use only super strong magnets as described.
  5. Use super strong Permanent Epoxy glue
  6. Pop it off, NEVER SLIDE IT AS IT CAN MARK THE CAR, when you go in anywhere. (Not for safety but just to make sure it doesn’t get taken!)

Instructions

If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

Find the items you wish to use for your ornaments. Make sure they have flat surfaces so you can attach a magnet. Some might require two magnets. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

Don’t make them higher than about 4″ or so due to wind resistance. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

The stronger the magnet the more brittle it is. When shipped to you they will have spacers between them to prevent breaking. If you hold one magnet close to the other it will snap together. It will also probably break. Be very careful. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

For our Fisher-Price toy Flamingo, I wanted it in a metallic pink so I used Martha Stewart’s Pearl Fruit Punch. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!I had to paint over him about 5 times, at least the head and foot part. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

Using the epoxy attach the magnet to the bottom and allow to dry overnight.If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

The final hood ornament is ready to use. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!When removing them, DO NOT SLIDE THEM off the car. Pull them straight up as they can possibly leave a mark. It usually rubs off but don’t take a chance. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

The unicorn was spray painted silver.If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

Glue the magnet onto the feet of your unicorn and let set overnight to complete it.If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set! I came across a batman and wanted to keep his cape black so I used masking tape and a paper towel to cover it. If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

I taped up close to his neck.If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

Then taped up the rest of the cape with the paper towel.  If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

I chose gold for Batman. I had to paint over him about 5 times, at least the head and foot part.   The dragon was painted silver and magnets added to its feet.If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

This guy works for a girly or manly car!

If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

If you like girly car accessories you're gonna love these removable DIY hood ornaments made from small toys & other light weight objects. Make a whole set!

 

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This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make.

This small DIY cake stand “can” be used for cake without the top tier but it’s really meant  for holding fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, cupcakes tea bags etc. Made from clay pots, it’s simple and inexpensive to make and looks lovely sitting on your counter or table or buffet. In fact you can make a matching set with our Elegant DIY Clay Pot Sugar Dispenser.  We even have another version of a DIY Sugar Bowl here that we made to match our kitchen makeover. So grab you some clay pots and have fun!

 

DIY Cake Stand Etc. Supplies

  • Terracotta Pots (we used a 2 1/2″ & 4″)
  • Terracotta Plates (we used a 8″ & 4″)
  • Epoxy or Strong Clear Glue
  • Paint, White
  • Mod Podge (optional for graphics)
  • Graphics Download Below(optional)

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This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make. 

Instructions

Gather your supplies.  We used the pot & plate sizes listed above, but you can use 10″-4″ plates with 6″-2 1/2″ pots in the arrangement of your choice.
Begin by painting the pots and plates with an acrylic paint.
TIP: If you opt for spray paint, be sure to coat everything in a base coat of acrylic first.  This will allow the spray paint to adhere to the porous surface more easily, preventing the need for 3-4 coats.
This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make. Once dry, disperse a significant amount of epoxy.
This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make. Mix thoroughly per the instructions.
This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make. Using a craft stick, apply a generous amount of epoxy to the bottom of your largest clay pot.
This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make. Turn the largest clay plate upside down and place the clay pot, glue side down, into the center of the plate. If you choose to Mod Podge our free graphics on you would need to do so before gluing the pots on. Take a peek at the bottom of our post for the Mod Podged version!
This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make. Repeat this step with the smaller pot and plate.
This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make. Let set for 15 minutes.  Place a line of epoxy around the lip of the smallest pot.
This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make. Carefully flip over and place in the center of the large plate.  Let dry overnight.
This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make. This project is so quick and simple that you’ll have a beautiful counter top stand in no time!  Use it to hold fruit, tea, cooking spices or your cell phone and keys.  Want an easy to do design?  Check out our free printables that give you a variety of options that you can print, cut and easily Mod Podge onto the plate surfaces prior to gluing!
This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make.
This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make.
This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make. This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make.

This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make. This small DIY cake stand can hold so much more! Fruit, cookies, nuts, candy, tea bags etc. Made from clay pots it’s simple and inexpensive to make.

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This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!

This DIY clay pot sugar dispenser is a more elegant version of our Lovely Little DIY Sugar Bowl that we made for our Kitchen Decorating Ideas. It looks beautiful on your counter or where ever you choose to place it. It’s simple and inexpensive to make using only a simple clay pot with the drainer disc and a small clear bowl. Add any type of knob you wish! If you’d like other similar ideas, make sure to check out our Small DIY Cake Stand as that can be used along with this to hold cookies or fruit. You could make a matching set!

Sugar Dispenser Supplies

  • 4″ Clay flower pot (this was the best size to fit a standard round bowl )
  • 4″ Terracotta plate
  • Round decor bowl.  (Dollar Store or Walmart in the craft section.) For our pot it was 3.5″ tall with a 3″ opening.
  • Hot Glue
  • Silver Spray Paint and Cream Color Acrylic Paint
  • Paper Towels
  • Masking Tape
  • 2″ size wing nut from hardware store
  • Crystal Knob for top
  • Epoxy or Strong Clear Glue

 Instructions

Gather your supplies.
This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!Begin by painting the pot and the clay plate in the color of your choice using acrylic paint.
This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!Once dry, tape off the lip of the pot and cover the base with a paper towel.
This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!Do the same thing to the clay plate.
This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!Spray the exposed sections of the pot and plate with the silver spray paint.
This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!Once dry, remove the tape.
This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!

Mix your epoxy as instructed. Using the epoxy, glue the handle or knob of your choice to the bottom of the clay plate.  This will become the lid to your sugar bowl.
This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!Turn the flower pot upside down and apply a ring of epoxy.  Place the glass bowl onto the epoxy, being sure it is centered.  Let dry overnight.
This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!To create a ‘gum ball’ machine look, apply glue to a large wingnut and place it in the center of the flower pot base.
This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!When complete, fill the bowl with sugar, coffee, tea or anything else that you use regularly!
This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!This elegant DIY sugar dispenser will add some beauty to your kitchen. It's made from a clay pot and a glass bowl and is inexpensive and simple to create!

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A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!

This beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine would look gorgeous anywhere in your home! It’s made from an inexpensive clay pot & a glass bowl and is super easy to make.  We used ours for candy treats. If you like clay pot crafts, you’ve got to check out our Lovely Little DIY Sugar Bowl, our Elegant DIY Clay Pot Sugar Dispenser  and our Simple Small DIY Cake Stand With A Variety of Uses.

 

DIY Gumball Machine Supplies

  • 4″ Clay flower pot (this was the best size to fit a standard round bowl )
  • 4″ Terracotta plate
  • Round glass bowl.  (Dollar Store or Walmart in the craft section.) For our pot it was 3.5″ tall with a 3″ opening.
  • Paper Towles
  • Masking tape
  • Epoxy or Strong Clear Glue
  • Wood Knob/Drawer Pull of your choice
  • Acrylic Paint, Teal
  • Spray Paint, Gold (We used Rust-Oleum Bright Gold)

 Instructions

Gather your supplies.
Begin by painting the clay pot in the color of your choice.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!Turn the clay plate upside down and paint the base.  Be sure to paint beneath the rounded edge as this may show when in use.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!Once dry, mark off your design with masking tape.  TIP: we place the tape along the edge of a paper towel to create quick and easy protection for the rest of the project while spray painting.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!For our geometric design, create two tape lines, leaving a triangle exposed.  Wrap a paper towel around all surfaces besides the triangle to prevent over-spray.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!Place masking tape along the plate about 1/2″ off from the center.  Be sure to fit it into the grooves as you go.  Cover the remaining portion of the plate with a paper towel.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!Spray paint the visible areas of the pot and plate with the color of your choice.  We opted for a metallic gold.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!If you are using a wooden knob, be sure to paint it as well.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!Once dry, squeeze a small amount of the epoxy into the mixing tray.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!Mix well, using the provided stick or a craft stick.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!Turn the clay pot upside down and apply a ring of epoxy around the bottom.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!Place the glass bowl on top of the epoxy and center.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!Apply a small amount of epoxy to the bottom of the knob.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!Place in the center of the clay plate on the painted side.  Let epoxy dry overnight.
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!Once dry, place the small plate on top of the glass dish to create a lid and you’ll have an adorable candy dish!
A beautiful gold & teal version of the classic DIY gumball machine, made from a clay pot & a glass bowl. Use it for gum, candy or a variety of other things!

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Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

I had a spot in my office that was perfect for a bench seat. I wanted  it to have a back and I wanted it to be padded so it would be comfy for visitors in my office. Have you ever priced those? $300 and up and that’s before you buy any type of padding. I was hoping I might find one at a thrift store that I could makeover but no such luck.  I did, however, happen upon these two chairs sitting next to each other. They were on clearance for $2.00 each but as I looked at them I thought… those look kinda like a bench if you take out the middle arms. And so an idea was born and two old office chairs found a new home. It ends up recovering the cushions was fairly easy! The total cost for the supplies? $16.  I told Roy I just saved him $285 so I should be able to use that money for something else. He wasn’t buying it.

If you’re a fan of thrift store finds and redo, you’ll probably also enjoy our Ceiling Fan to Thrift Store Chandelier Makeover, Refurbishing Furniture with Modern Colors and How to Turn a Working Console TV into a Piece of Art!

Bench Seat Supplies

Instructions

These are the chairs as we got them from the thrift store. $2 each.

Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

The first thing Roy did was cut the middle arm sections off on both chairs.Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

Marking them with tape made it easier to make the cut.Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

He also had to remove the back wood braces which he’s already done here.Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

He sanded off the area he cut.Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

This shows him screwing the bottom center legs of both chairs together. Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

He then drilled a hole in the center braces and added two bolts for extra stability. Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

A solid piece of wood was added to the back and screwed in on the sides where the original back braces were screwed in.   Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

It was now time to recover the cushions and arm rests. We picked a very soft, polyester “Heavenly Plush” fabric from Walmart.  We also picked up a Cover Button kit to create matching buttons for the tufted back.Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.We placed the back-cushions face down onto the backside of the fabric and cut a large enough piece to wrap around the entire cushion.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Since we wanted to keep the tufting on the back cushions, we removed the back piece of fabric from the cushion.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.This allowed us to cut the strings from the existing tufts and remove the buttons.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Once the back strings were cut, the buttons pulled easily out through the front.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.This is when we began wrapping the fabric and stapling it snug onto the wood frame.  We left the opening we had cut so that we could re-tuft the cushion.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Once the back cushions were wrapped, we set them aside to create our buttons.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Using the Cover Button kit, we cut a small circle of our fabric and inserted it into the clear rubber mold.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Then we placed the button portion, face down, onto our fabric.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Then we fold in the edges of the fabric, completely covering the button.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Due to the fluffiness of our fabric, we had to trim away a little excess.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Lastly, we placed the button back on top of the folded-in fabric.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.To create the button, we simply press down over our final piece using the pusher included with the kit.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.You will feel a slight ‘pop’ when the button back inserts into the button.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.At this point, remove the pusher and pull the button out of the mold.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Voila!  Matching buttons for our tufted cushions!
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Using permanent marker, we placed dots on the back of the cushion to mark where our tufts would be.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Instead of using standard sewing thread, we opted for a thick waxy thread that could really handle a lot of pressure.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.We began by threading down through the back of the cushion at our designated marks.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.While pushing the needle from the back, we compressed the front of the cushion to help guide the needle through.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Once the needle was through, we threaded the button onto the back and pushed the needle back down through the cushion about 1/4 inch away from the hole we came out through.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Once the needle is out the back, we threaded on an old button.  This gave us a solid base for leverage, so we could pull the string tight and create the tuft.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Once complete, the back looks like so.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.And the front now has our two tufts with matching buttons.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.We removed the arm rests and stapled fabric around each one, making sure to cut away any excess material so that they would easily rest back onto the arms of the chair.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.For the seat cushions, we wrapped and stapled them the same way we did with our back cushions.  The one difference was that we removed the seat tufting and did not replace it as we did not want tufted seats.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Once complete, we had beautiful, soft & smooth seat cushions that were ready to be reattached to our chair.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Prior to replacing the cushions and arm rests, we painted the frame white.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Once dry, we screwed on the cushions and arm rests.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.For a little added touch of style, we used a box of silver thumbtacks to create a border around the two sides of the bench.  By holding the tacks with needle nose pliers and hammering them in, you get the same look as the expensive upholstery nails without breaking the bank.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.The silver border turned out absolutely amazing!
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Now we have a beautiful statement piece as well as soft and comfy seating!
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material. Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

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his DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!This table centerpiece is our own creation. We call it our  “Peek-a-Boo Centerpiece” and here’s why. It’s not only cost effective, as you can change it up for any season or holiday, but get this: <whispers> It has a secret compartment.<end whisper>.  You can lift out the pegboard section that holds the flowers and beneath it you’ll find candles that are seated in sand or clear filler marbles; your choice. You then have another lovely style of centerpiece should you want some ambient lighting on your table.

Talk about your  multi-purpose piece of decor!  And, as is the case with many of our projects here, it’s an upcycle. You can make it from either a plastic or wood flower box. We’ll show you both. Wow!  If you need to catch your breath for a minute after all that, I understand. But once you’ve settled down, grab your supplies and get making your own multi-seasonal, secret compartment centerpiece.

If you enjoy unique decor you might also like our Quick & Classy Entryway Shoe Rack & Aromatherapy Plus Frameable Reminder and our Ultimate Pinecone Craft: Stunning Succulent Home Decor.

Table Centerpiece Supplies

NOTE:  How much you need of the filler items will of course depend on the size of your flower box.

We used the following amounts:
24″ wood planter: three 3″ candles and 7lb of gems.
15″ plastic planter, three 1.5″ candles and 5lb of sand.

  • Plastic or Wood Flower Box, any length (typically comes in 12″ to 36″ sizes)
  • Paint
  • Candles in glass jars. MAKE SURE THEY ARE NOT HIGHER THAN THE WINDOW BOX.
  • Foil
  • Sand, Walmart, Craft Stores and some dollar stores carry this. Amazon is comparable to price. If you have access in your area to get it free, do so!
  • Glass Filler Marbles
  • Tape Measure
  • Peg board, cut to  fit box. White side (or spray paint that side white)
  • Dry erase marker (as it wipes off easily) or pencil
  • Handles for ends of wood box. (Plastic box is too thin for handles)
  • Drill
  • Jig saw or something to cut your peg board to fit.
  • Jute twine, (to fit through holes of peg board for lifting handles)
  • Candles in Glass for when you lift off the peg board and want ambient light.

Instructions

(The plastic version is shown at the bottom of the post and uses most of the same methods other than no handle.)
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Measure the interior width and length of your flower box.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Using the dry erase marker, mark the width and length onto the peg board.  To ensure that the peg board piece fits easily into the box, take 1/8″ off of your initial measurements before outlining.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Connect the marks to create the cut line.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Using a jig saw, cut along the dry erase line.  Wipe away any leftover dry erase marks.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Cut an 8″ piece of twine.  Tie a large knot on one end of the twine.  The knot should be large enough that it will not slip through the peg holes.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Insert the string up through the bottom of the peg board near one corner.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Slip the twine back down through the peg board near the opposite corner and tie another large knot to create a handle.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Repeat this step on the other end of the peg board.  Cut away the excess twine.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!The peg board should lift easily in and out of the flower box via the twine handles.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Gather your paint supplies.  We opted for a neutral ombre look using three shades of cream.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Paint the flower box in your desired color.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Be sure to paint the top half of the interior of the box as this will show when complete.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Let dry.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Measure the ends of the flower box to find the center.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Measure out from the center 1 1/2″ on each side.  (This is for a standard 3″ handle).  Drill two holes to mount the handles.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Insert the screws for your hardware.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Attach handles to both ends.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Line the bottom of the flower box with foil.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Begin filling the bottom portion of the box with foil.  This provides lightweight filler as well as insulation to protect the box from the heat of the candles.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!You have enough foil filler when the candles rest 1/4″-1/2″ below the top of the flower box.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Using foil, create long tubes and wrap around the candles; this holds them in place and protects the edges of the flower box.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Once positioned, fill in any remaining holes with additional foil.  The foil should fill the box up to roughly 2″ below the tops of the candles.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Fill in the remaining space with glass filler marbles in the color of your choice.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Once full, the foil should no longer be visible.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Now we’re ready to decorate!
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Using wire cutters, cut your desired floral stems down to 3″-4″.  Move any leaves up the stem towards the flower prior to cutting.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Cut additional greenery or accents of your choice.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Insert the floral stems into the peg board holes as it rests in the flower box.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Mix and match colors and greenery as desired.  The possibilities are endless!
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!The floral stems will slide easily into the marble filler below.  For spaces above the candles, cut slightly shorter stems.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!When complete, you’ll have a stunning centerpiece that you can easily change out for any occasion!  Feel like having a romantic dinner or adding some ambient light to the back porch?  Simply grab the twine handles and lift off your floral decor to access the candles.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!

Table Centerpiece : Plastic Flower Box Version

This uses most of the same steps above except for the handle.

Begin by painting the plastic flower box in your desired color using a spray paint designed to bond to plastic.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Once dry, fill the base of the flower box with foil.This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!When the candles are placed, the tops should rest 1/4″ below the interior lip as this is where the peg board top will rest.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Fill in around the candles with foil to hold in place and protect the flower box from heat.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!If using sand as a filler, like we did, be sure to cover the candles to prevent filling them with sand as you fill.
(TIP: If your flower box has drainage holes or gaps at the bottom, avoid sand as a filler and opt for the larger marble filler or stones.  Sand will fall through small crevices and holes, leaving a trail behind when moved.)
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Fill flower box until sand reaches 1/4″ below the tops of the candles.  Shake flower box gently back and forth to allow sand to settle.  This will also smooth and level the surface.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!When full, remove the foil caps from the candles.
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!Following the steps above, cut your peg board to fit on the interior beveled edge.  Decorate with desired floral stems and decor to create a unique & easily interchangeable centerpiece that works year round!
(TIP: Hot glue seasonal items such as Christmas ornaments, Easter eggs & birthday gift bows to toothpicks to create custom inserts for your peg board!)
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!
This DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!his DIY table centerpiece allows you to change decor year round for any occasion. Then lift out the pegboard insert to find candles for ambient lighting!

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Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.

Your home will glimmer in the night with these elegant gold and silver DIY path lights. They are made from plastic soda or water bottles, battery operated tea lights and a dowel so they are cost effective, energy saving up-cycles to boot! And they’re so much fun to make. You can make them in a variety of shades and designs and even heights. They are a classier, shorter version of our Outdoor Lighting Torches we made a couple years back. For more outdoor lighting ideas also check out How to Make Chinese Lanterns from Soda Cans!

Path Lights Supplies

SPECIAL NOTE: These are meant to be kept outdoors all the time. Just for special occasions HOWEVER if you want to do so do the following:
1. Drill a few holes in the bottom of the bottles for draining when it rains.
2. Use a water proof glue or epoxy to glue them together.
3. Coat the sticks with waterproof clear coat.
4. Bring in the tea lights before it rains.

IF YOU WANT TO KEEP THEM OUTSIDE IN THE WEATHER

Replace some of the above items with the following

 

Instructions

Gather your supplies.  While Sea Glass paint allows more light to escape from the bottles, any color will look just as amazing.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Begin by removing the labels from the soda bottles.  Use Goo Gone to remove any sticky residue left behind by the adhesive.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Wrap masking tape around the bottle, just below the top bevel.  This will become your cut line.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Using the X-acto knife, cut below the tape to separate the bottle into 2 pieces.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.The bottom portion of the bottle will become your light holder.  If you choose to discard the top portion of the bottle, be sure to save the bottle cap as it will be used later.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Wrap around the top portion of the bottle base with masking tape.   Using a dry erase marker, sketch on the design that you want to appear on your light holder.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Once you have your design drawn, use the X-acto knife to cut out the design.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Carefully remove the sections that will be covered in paint, leaving the remaining tape in place to create the design.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Trim up any rough edges as needed.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.When creating the designs, we opted for a chevron, polka dots and angled lines, but the possibilities are endless!
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Once the designs have been cut, your bottles are now ready for paint.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.In a well ventilated area, spray the bottles with the desired color.  Let dry.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Once dry, remove the remaining tape to reveal your design.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.If using a solid paint, you can see that the design is much more visible and vibrant.  Once the tape is removed, set aside the plastic bottles and prepare your stakes.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.To begin creating your stakes, cut the 36″ dowel into three 12″ pieces.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights. Using a hot glue gun, apply a generous amount of hot glue to the end of a dowel.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Place a bottle cap onto the hot glue and hold in place until dry.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Depending on your color choices, paint the dowel and cap to match your bottle.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Once dry, apply a generous amount of hot glue to the top of the bottle cap.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Place the base of the bottle onto the hot glue and hold in place until dry.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.When complete, add a battery operated tea light into each one and you have a set of inexpensive, beautiful garden torches for your next BBQ or backyard event!

Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.

Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.

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Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!

We’re going to show you how to make Chinese Lanterns that you can string up using light strands. We’ve done a larger version of these using tea lights but this small updated version is not only easier to make, they are much easier to maintain. Use them for parties inside  or hang along your back porch for ambient lighting that looks wonderful day or night.

If you enjoy this project, you’ll also like our Elegant Path Lights from Soda Bottles, another great upcycle that lights up your life. And while we’re talking plastic bottles… well, you’ve got to check our incredibly unique Metro Modern Self Watering Planters. As far as we know, one of them is one of a kind!

 

How to Make Chinese Lanterns: Supplies

Instructions

Gather your supplies.  While we opted for a 15′ strand of lights, you can use the length that fits your needs.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Begin by rinsing the 7.5 oz soda cans.  Then fill them with water.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Place the cans in the freezer overnight.  Don’t worry – they won’t explode!  The opening in the top of the can allows for the water to expand without damaging the can.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Once frozen, remove the cans from the freezer and grab an oven mitt or hand towel to hold them with as they will be very cold.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Wrap a rubber band around the top of the can, just below the bevel.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Trace around the rubber band with a dry erase marker.
Repeat the same step around the bottom of the can.  Be sure that the can is dry, as condensation may ruin your marker.  (TIP: Feel free to do this step prior to freezing the can, to avoid damaged markers.)
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Holding the can with the oven mitt, cut between the marked lines with the X-acto knife.  The frozen water gives you a solid backing, ensuring straight, clean lines.  Keep cuts about 1/2 inch apart.  Complete this around the full circumference of the can.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Once cut, set the cans in a sink of hot water and wait for the ice to thaw.  Let dry.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Spray paint the cans your color of choice.  Let dry.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Once the cans are dry, simply press the top and bottom of the can together in order to get the bend.  This may take a few tries to perfect.  Some of the ribbons may bend inward, initially.  Simply reach into the can and bend them back out.  Aluminum is very forgiving.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Depending on the length of your light strand, insert 3-4 lights into the top of each can.  Leave one light out in between each can if needed for spacing.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Use a twist-tie or white pipe cleaner to attach the wires to the pull tab of the soda cans, ensuring everything stays in place. We used green but suggest you use white to match the lights.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!If using multiple colors, rotate between them as you insert lights.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!When finished, simply plug in and enjoy!
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!

Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!

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We've got some great kitchen decorating ideas, some that only cost a dollar or two and look beautiful! See if there's anything you can use for your own kitchen!I’ve got some, fun unique (you know how I love the unique stuff!) DIY ideas for decorating your kitchen that are low cost, plus some tips to make your kitchen pop. This is the last stage of our Outdated Kitchen Makeover before the final reveal. (eeeeeek…. I’m SO excited!!!!)  Many of these items below have been done as previous posts and we’ll link to those.  But you should come away with some good inspiration. And if you’re really into room makeovers, make sure to check out our Budget Bedroom Makeover and if you want to see something particularly unique take a look at our Whimsical Living room Makeover. That takes unique to a whole new level!

Kitchen Decorating Ideas

I use a lot of artificial flowers to brighten things up. At some point we will be replacing our old stove but until then we’re giving it color with a new backsplash which was just a sheet of metal, flowers and colorful towels, which by the way are for decor only.

We've got some great kitchen decorating ideas, some that only cost a dollar or two and look beautiful! See if there's anything you can use for your own kitchen!

Our Lovely Little DIY Sugar Bowl was a really popular post. Make your own, easily!We've got some great kitchen decorating ideas, some that only cost a dollar or two and look beautiful! See if there's anything you can use for your own kitchen!

I have some expensive knives but my holder had empty spots. We hit the dollar store and bought a few that matched the colors of the kitchen and filled up the rest of the knife holder. We've got some great kitchen decorating ideas, some that only cost a dollar or two and look beautiful! See if there's anything you can use for your own kitchen!

You may recall our Simple DIY Pantry.  I pulled out my Silhouette Cameo  and created a small label for it to match. This can be by using frame or scrapbook letters too!We've got some great kitchen decorating ideas, some that only cost a dollar or two and look beautiful! See if there's anything you can use for your own kitchen!

The top half of the pantry door has this wreath on it. I found it 50% off at Hobby Lobby. It was just plain as shown. I added the flowers and a few strawberries to pull in some red. We've got some great kitchen decorating ideas, some that only cost a dollar or two and look beautiful! See if there's anything you can use for your own kitchen!

We had an open space above the fridge which will eventually be taken out. For now, we put up a few things we already had, including some cookbooks. We've got some great kitchen decorating ideas, some that only cost a dollar or two and look beautiful! See if there's anything you can use for your own kitchen!

This little Sundae Recipe Holder was another popular post and its made from a candlestick holder! It even holds full sheets of paper. We've got some great kitchen decorating ideas, some that only cost a dollar or two and look beautiful! See if there's anything you can use for your own kitchen!

I had fun arranging these shelves Roy built for me to hold appliances. I added an old brown clock on top that I spray painted and then some flowers and a candle I already had. Next shelf has cookbooks, a basket from the Dollar store and some artificial apples I had.  I purchased some red kitchen tools from the Dollar Store to hang on the side of the shelves, then purchased a nice set of oven mittens from Walmart. We've got some great kitchen decorating ideas, some that only cost a dollar or two and look beautiful! See if there's anything you can use for your own kitchen!

This Chicken Wire Frame Note Holder is fun to make and also sports faux succulents from our Pine Cone Craft post. We've got some great kitchen decorating ideas, some that only cost a dollar or two and look beautiful! See if there's anything you can use for your own kitchen!

My daughter Jennifer did this for me as a surprise and I was so touched by it. She took a piece of the old wallpaper that was in the kitchen before ripping it all off and painting, and framed it for me. You can read about this special kitchen keepsake on the post If These Walls Could TalkWe've got some great kitchen decorating ideas, some that only cost a dollar or two and look beautiful! See if there's anything you can use for your own kitchen!

These are one of my favorite decor pieces which are above my kitchen window and cost the least to make. They are from our Dollar Store Plastic Plate Kitchen Wall Decor post. We've got some great kitchen decorating ideas, some that only cost a dollar or two and look beautiful! See if there's anything you can use for your own kitchen!

I wanted something special on the ceiling rather than my normal old fashioned light cover. I had this large wire bowl and it fit over and tightened on perfectly! We've got some great kitchen decorating ideas, some that only cost a dollar or two and look beautiful! See if there's anything you can use for your own kitchen!

We’ve always had a small wipe off board on the kitchen wall or refrigerator for writing down things we need to get at the store. Our last was a bit small so our daughter Jennifer who played a huge role in the kitchen makeover, had the idea to use a frame we had, the type that is plastic not glass, for a wipe off board. We added a vinyl rose to match the decor and a holder for a dry erase marker. Now we have plenty of room to make notes and keep track of what we’re out of. I’ve even added a Post-it note holder. We've got some great kitchen decorating ideas, some that only cost a dollar or two and look beautiful! See if there's anything you can use for your own kitchen!

Another pop of color was added with some red soup cups that were hung under one of the shelves.We've got some great kitchen decorating ideas, some that only cost a dollar or two and look beautiful! See if there's anything you can use for your own kitchen! This quote is the focal point in the room and you see it as you walk in. As we try to eat healthy I chose it specifically. It’s another one cut from vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo machine. (On of the best purchases I’ve ever made I might add.) Whatever you do, make your kitchen about you and a place that has your energy in it and that you feel good being in.  Hopefully you’ve got some inspiration for your own home!We've got some great kitchen decorating ideas, some that only cost a dollar or two and look beautiful! See if there's anything you can use for your own kitchen!

 

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Give your friends a special Easter greetings bunny and beautiful poem made from a simple folded handkerchief or piece of cloth and filled with a golden egg.For you older folks this might take you back a few years. When I was little my dad showed me how to make a hankie bunny where you fold a cloth handkerchief into a little rabbit. They’re as cute as can be so I decided to show how to make them for those who might not know how. Then I took it a step further, as I tend to do, and created a very special poem to go with it. The secret “ingredient” so to speak, is a golden egg. (You’ll see why when you read the poem.)  If you’d like more Easter ideas, check out our Burlap Bunny DIY and our Cute Frameable Floppy Eared Bunny Easter Decorations.

 

Easter Greetings Bunny Supplies

Egg Choices:

NOTE: A 12″ handkerchief is perfect for the smaller mini plastic eggs or some of the candy eggs. Ferrero gold foil chocolate eggs are PERFECT at about 1.5″ long. Walmart carries them. The handkerchief can be slightly adjusted once the bunny is made to fit a slightly larger or smaller egg.  The key is that the egg needs to be gold which can be done in a variety of ways.

  1. Mini Plastic Eggs Fill with a a chocolate goodie then paint gold or wrap with gold foil.
  2. Foil covered candy eggs. Ferrero Eggs are the perfect size.
  3.  Any candy egg that is the right size (approx 1.5″ give or take a little) can be covered in gold foil.

Egg Covering Options if Needed

Poem Tag Download

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Video

This  video shows how to make the bunny.

Instructions

I didn’t have my assistant for these photos so in reality you would do this with both hands.

Give your friends a special Easter greetings bunny and beautiful poem made from a simple folded handkerchief or piece of cloth and filled with a golden egg. Give your friends a special Easter greetings bunny and beautiful poem made from a simple folded handkerchief or piece of cloth and filled with a golden egg. Give your friends a special Easter greetings bunny and beautiful poem made from a simple folded handkerchief or piece of cloth and filled with a golden egg. Give your friends a special Easter greetings bunny and beautiful poem made from a simple folded handkerchief or piece of cloth and filled with a golden egg. Give your friends a special Easter greetings bunny and beautiful poem made from a simple folded handkerchief or piece of cloth and filled with a golden egg. Give your friends a special Easter greetings bunny and beautiful poem made from a simple folded handkerchief or piece of cloth and filled with a golden egg. Give your friends a special Easter greetings bunny and beautiful poem made from a simple folded handkerchief or piece of cloth and filled with a golden egg.Give your friends a special Easter greetings bunny and beautiful poem made from a simple folded handkerchief or piece of cloth and filled with a golden egg. Give your friends a special Easter greetings bunny and beautiful poem made from a simple folded handkerchief or piece of cloth and filled with a golden egg. Give your friends a special Easter greetings bunny and beautiful poem made from a simple folded handkerchief or piece of cloth and filled with a golden egg. Give your friends a special Easter greetings bunny and beautiful poem made from a simple folded handkerchief or piece of cloth and filled with a golden egg. Give your friends a special Easter greetings bunny and beautiful poem made from a simple folded handkerchief or piece of cloth and filled with a golden egg. Give your friends a special Easter greetings bunny and beautiful poem made from a simple folded handkerchief or piece of cloth and filled with a golden egg. Give your friends a special Easter greetings bunny and beautiful poem made from a simple folded handkerchief or piece of cloth and filled with a golden egg. Give your friends a special Easter greetings bunny and beautiful poem made from a simple folded handkerchief or piece of cloth and filled with a golden egg. Give your friends a special Easter greetings bunny and beautiful poem made from a simple folded handkerchief or piece of cloth and filled with a golden egg.Give your friends a special Easter greetings bunny and beautiful poem made from a simple folded handkerchief or piece of cloth and filled with a golden egg.

 

 

 

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These cute little felt bunnies take a minute to make and can be used for a multitude of things for adults and kids alike from jewelry to decor.

These cute little bunnies can be used for a multitude of things for adults and kids alike. Put them on hair clips. Make pins out of them to wear. Add them to an Easter bouquet.  Use them on place cards. And that’s just a few ideas! They take less than 5 minutes to make and all you need is felt and pom poms. The eyes are either wiggle eyes or marker, your choice. If you’re looking for some other awesome bunny ideas check out our Cute Frameable Floppy Eared Bunny Easter Decorations and our Burlap Bunnies DIY.

 Easter Crafts Mini Bunnies Supplies

Pattern Download

Instructions

Gather your supplies.

Cut out one of the patterns.

Using the pattern, cut out one piece for each bunny you will make. These cute little felt bunnies take a minute to make and can be used for a multitude of things for adults and kids alike from jewelry to decor. These cute little felt bunnies take a minute to make and can be used for a multitude of things for adults and kids alike from jewelry to decor.

You will now LOOSELY tie the bunny ears as if you were making ONLY the first twist of a knot.These cute little felt bunnies take a minute to make and can be used for a multitude of things for adults and kids alike from jewelry to decor.

Continue to pull it through loosely. These cute little felt bunnies take a minute to make and can be used for a multitude of things for adults and kids alike from jewelry to decor.

Keep pulling loosely.These cute little felt bunnies take a minute to make and can be used for a multitude of things for adults and kids alike from jewelry to decor.

Pull until one size has a nice triangle shape to use for your bunny face. These cute little felt bunnies take a minute to make and can be used for a multitude of things for adults and kids alike from jewelry to decor.

Take a small pink pom pom for the nose.These cute little felt bunnies take a minute to make and can be used for a multitude of things for adults and kids alike from jewelry to decor.

Small wiggle eyes can be used.

Glue on the nose.These cute little felt bunnies take a minute to make and can be used for a multitude of things for adults and kids alike from jewelry to decor.

Glue on the eyes.These cute little felt bunnies take a minute to make and can be used for a multitude of things for adults and kids alike from jewelry to decor.

You can also use a Sharpie marker and add two dots for the eyes. These cute little felt bunnies take a minute to make and can be used for a multitude of things for adults and kids alike from jewelry to decor.

These cute little felt bunnies take a minute to make and can be used for a multitude of things for adults and kids alike from jewelry to decor.

 

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A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!Our kitchen isn’t all that big but when we did our outdated kitchen transformation, I felt like there was room for a small kitchen island. You know… like an islet. The extra room would be so helpful. I didn’t want to spend the bucks on one and Roy would have gladly built something for me but the first thing we did was look over our current “stuff”. Ends up we had the perfect thing staring us right in the face. Not everyone is that lucky I realize but what we used was something my dad had made me a few years back to hold appliances in a kitchen that was much smaller than what we have now. Ironically it was just the right height. It just needed a facelift to work in our current home. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to fix something up for another use.  Below is what we did. If you need to build your own and like the rough wood look, you don’t need a lot of skill. Check out our Kitchen Trash Can On Wheels we made to go in the new kitchen. You might also want to check out our contact paper countertop in case you want to use the finish we used on that  for the top of your small kitchen island.

 

Small Kitchen Island Photos

This is a few years back when my dad originally made the stand for me so I’d have a place to put some of my appliances. He made it to fit that spot exactly!A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

When I realized it would work for our small kitchen island the first thing we did was give it a fresh coat of white paint.

A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

Next, some contact paper was purchased that matched the kitchen theme and it was placed on top. A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

To make it extra sturdy, I’ve decided once this wears out I will put on a new cover of contact paper and then give it 3 coats of water soluble varnish just like I did for our bathroom contact paper countertop makeover. It turned out beautiful and sturdy!  Check out that post to see the tools you’ll need to do it. It’s simple to do and worth the effort. A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

I wanted a towel rack on the island, so rather than buy one Roy made one from wood and a dowel and two ends caps we had.A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

I panted it and added some bright towels. A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

On the other side I hung a white metal hook to hold one of my larger wood cutting boards since we use the island for cutting a great deal of the time. A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

It’s perfect and not so big that it gets in the way and it allows us the extra bit of space we need! A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need! A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

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These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.

These very unique planters are not only upcycles, they are self watering therefor are much more hands off than many plants. You busy folks will appreciate that! They are made from soda bottles and the gold spray paint really gives them a metro modern feel. If you enjoy these check, out our Touch of Gold DIY Planters that are perfect for herbs and come with free herb markers! And if you enjoy upcycling plastic bottles, when your done here take a peek at our Geometric & Confetti Plastic Bag Holder & Dispenser!

 

Self Watering Planters Supplies

These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.

Instructions #1 HORIZONTAL PLANTER

Begin by placing the rubber band around the top of the bottle, about 1 1/2 – 2 inches from the base of the bottle neck.  Trace around the rubber band with the dry erase marker, creating your cut line.  Repeat on the second soda bottle as well.  (For this project we used tall water bottles with a flat base.  We used the Life WTR bottles, but a few other brands make similar bottles.)
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Remove the rubber band and use the X-acto knife to cut along the dry erase line.  Remember to cut as straight as possible as we will be using both pieces of the bottle.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Once the two bottles are cut, draw a 1 inch triangle on one of the bottle edges.  Cut out the triangle.  This will allow the bottle to insert easily into the second bottle.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Insert the bottle base with the triangle cutout into the second bottle base.  There will be a small gap between the two.  Don’t worry!  This will be filled shortly.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Heat the iron to high/cotton.  Take the two bottle tops and gently press them onto the iron, being sure to apply equal pressure to all edges.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.This gives the bottle tops a smooth and slightly rounded edge that not only looks more finished, but ensure you won’t get scraped or cut when tending to your plants.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.

Watch this short video on how to round the edge of a plastic bottle.

Take your combined bottle bases and turn so that the gap is facing the bottom.   Push the bottles together until you have the desired length of your planter.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Using a soda bottle top, place the mouth of the bottle at the desired location along the top of the combined bottle bases.  Trace inside the bottle opening with a dry erase marker.  Repeat on the opposite side of the TOP of the bottle bases, making sure that both circles are at least 3 inches in from the edges.  We recommend using a ruler to ensure that the openings are directly across from one another.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Remove the bottle tops and trace an outline around the existing circle.  This should be about 1/4 inch around the circle you just created.  This will allow for the soda bottles to be inserted into the bottle bases without being too large that they wobble around.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Using the X-acto knife, cut along the outside line you just drew.  Then simply wipe away any remaining dry erase marks.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.To ensure they fit, pop the bottle tops, neck down, into the holes along the top of your bottle bases.  This should be a somewhat snug fit, allowing you to squeeze the widest ring on the mouth of the bottle into the hole.  When turned upside down, the bottle tops should not fall out.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.The finished product thus far should look like this.  Notice that the bottle tops are aligned directly across the top and the gap on the combined bottle bases is facing directly down on the table surface.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Using a drill bit, drill a hole through the center of each of the bottle caps.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.This will allow for self watering.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.
Now to handle the gap at the bottom of our combined bottle bases.  Use a clear, silicone, water-proof caulk in order to ensure that the planter doesn’t leak but still appears clear.These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Begin by turning your combined bottle bases upside down to access the gap.  Pull the bottles apart about half an inch from your desired length.  Using the silicone, fill the gap with a substantial amount of silicone.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Once filled, place a line of silicone along the edge where the bottles connect.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Next, push the bottles back together about 1/2 an inch or so to ensure that the silicone is pressed in between the two bottles.  There will still be a substantial amount of silicone on the exterior.  Using your finger, begin wiping away the excess silicone.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Complete this around the bottle until there is a smooth, clear coat along the seam.  Don’t be afraid to add extra silicone to the gap if needed.  Keep in mind that the gap will be on the bottom of the bottle and does not need to be as ‘pretty’ as the smoothed seam.  Let dry 30 minutes, or the amount of time recommended on your brand of silicone.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.
Once dry, prepare for painting by wrapping masking tape around each edge of the bottle, roughly 3 inches in.  Cover the center portion of the bottle with a paper towel to protect it from over spray.  (TIP: Wipe off the soda bottle ends thoroughly prior to spray painting.  Unseen finger prints or residue will cause the spray paint to pool or not cover evenly.)These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.To create the self-watering system, use a highly absorbent string or yarn.  We’ve found that 100% cotton works wonderfully!
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Cut 4 pieces of yarn, approximately 6 inches long.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Take the bottle lids and feed 2 pieces of yarn through each of the drilled holes.  Once inserted, tie a knot to prevent the yarn from pulling back through the lid.  The knot should be tied about 2/3 of the way up the string.  This allows the longer portion to absorb water, but still plenty of length on top to feed the plants in the 2 inch bottle tops.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Once the knots are tied, place the bottle lids back onto the two tops.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.NOTE: FYI: The pebbles or stones in the bottom should keep it from rolling but you can also hot glue on four clear beads to each corner to act as “feet” to help balance it! Sorry we don’t have a picture of that. If was an afterthought. To add weight and style, pour pebbles, rocks or stones, in the color of your choice into the combined bottle bases.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Shake them to evenly disperse along the base.  This will also cover our silicone filled gap at the bottom.  Be sure to rinse your pebbles or stones thoroughly prior to placing them in the container!
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Using the same pebbles, pour a tablespoon full into each of the bottle tops.  Pull the strings up through the pebbles to ensure that they are drawing water up and into the soil.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Add potting soil on top of the pebbles in each bottle top.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Insert the desired plants into each bottle top to create a unique and eye catching planter, suitable for any room or decor!  Be sure to add a little water to the soil at first, to moisten the strands of yarn so that the self-watering process kicks in.  Need to refill the water in the base?  Simply lift out one of the bottle tops, pour in additional water, and reinsert your plant.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.

Instructions #2 VERTICAL PLANTER

Wrap the rubber band around the 2 liter bottle.  Using tape, hold the rubber band in place so that the front is about 3 inches lower than the back.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Once secure, use the dry erase marker to trace around the rubber band.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Remove the rubber band.  Using the X-acto knife, cut along the dry erase line.  Be sure to cut as cleanly as possible since we will be using both pieces of the bottle.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.When complete, your bottles should look like this.  Clean up the rough or uneven spots with scissors.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Insert the top of the soda bottle into the bottom to make sure that your edges are parallel.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Be sure that the mouth of the bottle is facing directly down to the center of the bottle base.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Spray paint the top portion of the bottle only.  Being that the bottle cap will be setting in water, it is not necessary to paint the cap.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Using a drill bit, drill a hole in the center of the bottle cap.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Be sure that the hole allows for 3 pieces of yarn to fit snugly through it.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Use a highly absorbent string or yarn to create the self-watering feature.  We recommend 100% cotton.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Cut 3 pieces of yarn, roughly 10-12 inches in length.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Insert the 3 pieces through the bottle cap.  Leave about 2/3 of the string hanging out of the top of the cap.  Tie a knot to prevent the string from pulling through the hole.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Place the bottle cap onto the painted portion of the bottle and tighten.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Spread out the 3 strands inside the bottle.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Add pebbles or rocks to keep the strands upright.  This also provides drainage for your plant, ensuring that the soil is not over-watered.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Fill the base of the bottle about 1/3 full with water.  Gently insert the top portion of the bottle into the base.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.The longer strands of yarn should puddle into a loop at the bottom of the water.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Next, add potting soil and insert your plant.  Don’t forget to add water to the soil on the first day.  This will moisten the tops of the strings and allow the self-watering action to kick in.  Need to refill the water?  Simply lift top portion of the bottle out, refill the base with water, and reinsert.  Now you have a stylish, low-maintenance self-watering planter that will look amazing in any room.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.

 

 

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DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!

DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! These are perfect to use for starting plants and especially for herbs on the window sill. In fact we’ve provided a sheet of  pretty printable herb markers you can cut out and glue onto craft sticks. Start a few herbs for your neighbor and take them over as a gift complete with the tags! You’ll also want to check out our Metro Modern Self Watering Planters. They are gorgeously unique! And for a little Spring fun make some Heart Shaped Seed Bombs!

 

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 pdfDIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!

Instructions #1 ROUND CONTAINER

Begin by removing the labels from the plastic bottles of your choice.  For the two planters pictured, we used a 2 liter soda bottle and a 2 qt. apple juice bottle.  Once the labels are removed, spray the remaining adhesive with Goo Gone and let set for 1-2 minutes.  Then wipe away the glue to leave a clean working surface.

DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!
Wrap a rubber band around the 2 liter bottle about 1/3 up from the base.  Using the dry erase marker, trace around the bottom of the rubber band.  Carefully remove the rubber band.  This line will be the base line for the three holes you will cut.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!
Cut a 3 inch circle from a piece of scrap paper.  This will be your stencil.  Place the circle along the base line and trace it with the dry erase marker.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!
Repeat this outline two more times around the bottle for a total of 3 circles.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!
On the average 2 liter, the circles will be roughly 1 1/2 inches apart. DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!

Cut out each of the 3 circles with an X-acto knife.  When complete, simply wipe away the remaining dry erase marker.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!Now we’re ready to paint!  For this project we used Rust-oleum Metallic Bright Gold spray paint.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!
Prepare for painting by wrapping a piece of masking tape around the bottle, just below the cutout circles.  Repeat this step just above the cutout circles as well.  To ensure that no paint covers the center portion of the bottle, cover the space between your two masking tape rings with a piece of paper or a paper towel.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!Spray paint the top and bottom of the bottle with gold spray paint.  Be sure to paint the soda bottle lid as well.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!Once dry, begin prepping for plants by adding pebbles or rocks to the bottom of the bottle.  This will provide drainage for your plant.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!
Cover the pebbles with potting soil.  Be sure to leave room for your plant’s root ball.  DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!Insert your plants into the soil through each of the 3 circles and fill the remaining space with potting soil.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!

Instructions #2 SQUARE CONTAINER

For the apple juice bottle, using the dry erase marker, draw an arched opening on the top half of the bottle.  Keep in mind that this opening should be as wide and tall as possible so that you can fit your hand through it in order to insert your plant.

DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!

Using the X-acto knife, cut out the opening and then simply wipe away the remaining dry erase marker.

DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!

Mask off the portion of the bottle that you want to paint, being sure to cover the clear portion with paper or a paper towel to protect it from over spray.  Don’t forget to paint the bottle cap.  Once dry, remove the tape to reveal your design.  As with the 2 liter planter, be sure to place pebbles or rocks in the base of the bottle prior to filling with soil and plants.

DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!

 

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This year add a cute little floppy eared bunny to your Easter decorations. He takes 5 minutes to make with our free pattern and is also a wonderful gift.This year, add a cute little floppy eared bunny to your Easter decorations. He only takes 5 minutes to make when framed, he’s a classy little addition to Easter time. He also makes a great gift.  All you need is some paper, glue, scissors our free pattern below and a 5×7 frame with no glass to allow his little ear to flop. You can make him (or her) in a variety of colors.  If you like this, you’ll love our Burlap Bunnies and our little Sock Chicks!

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This year add a cute little floppy eared bunny to your Easter decorations. He takes 5 minutes to make with our free pattern and is also a wonderful gift.

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Gather your supplies.

This year add a cute little floppy eared bunny to your Easter decorations. He takes 5 minutes to make with our free pattern and is also a wonderful gift.

Cut out the pattern pieces.This year add a cute little floppy eared bunny to your Easter decorations. He takes 5 minutes to make with our free pattern and is also a wonderful gift.

Using the pattern pieces, cut out a rabbit in the paper of your choice.This year add a cute little floppy eared bunny to your Easter decorations. He takes 5 minutes to make with our free pattern and is also a wonderful gift.

You will not be using the glass but can use it as a pattern to trace your choice of cardstock paper for your background.  This year add a cute little floppy eared bunny to your Easter decorations. He takes 5 minutes to make with our free pattern and is also a wonderful gift.

Layout your bunny pieces to get an idea of placement.This year add a cute little floppy eared bunny to your Easter decorations. He takes 5 minutes to make with our free pattern and is also a wonderful gift.

Glue the body piece on first.This year add a cute little floppy eared bunny to your Easter decorations. He takes 5 minutes to make with our free pattern and is also a wonderful gift.

Make sure you’ve arranged it so it will end up even on the background paper when framed. This year add a cute little floppy eared bunny to your Easter decorations. He takes 5 minutes to make with our free pattern and is also a wonderful gift.

Next, add the head wherever you decided to place it, keeping in mind you will be sliding the ears under the top of it. Glue the tip of one ear.This year add a cute little floppy eared bunny to your Easter decorations. He takes 5 minutes to make with our free pattern and is also a wonderful gift.

Slide it under the head.This year add a cute little floppy eared bunny to your Easter decorations. He takes 5 minutes to make with our free pattern and is also a wonderful gift.

Do the same for the second ear. You can glue the second ear flat or keep them both loose.This year add a cute little floppy eared bunny to your Easter decorations. He takes 5 minutes to make with our free pattern and is also a wonderful gift. Taking a pencil, roll under one ear to make it floppy. This year add a cute little floppy eared bunny to your Easter decorations. He takes 5 minutes to make with our free pattern and is also a wonderful gift.

Use a white pom pom for the tail.This year add a cute little floppy eared bunny to your Easter decorations. He takes 5 minutes to make with our free pattern and is also a wonderful gift. Glue it in place and frame your bunny! This year add a cute little floppy eared bunny to your Easter decorations. He takes 5 minutes to make with our free pattern and is also a wonderful gift. This year add a cute little floppy eared bunny to your Easter decorations. He takes 5 minutes to make with our free pattern and is also a wonderful gift. This year add a cute little floppy eared bunny to your Easter decorations. He takes 5 minutes to make with our free pattern and is also a wonderful gift.

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Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and toolsEvidently we make a lot more garbage than normal people because our kitchen trash can is always overflowing. I’ve tried my hardest to find a supersize rectangular trash can but to no avail. I’ve even tried using  things like hampers but I can never find just the right one to fit the spot I need or else the bags won’t fit them. So, and here’s another minor embarrassing admission, I finally ended up using a large box. Now,  before I hear those snide remarks of “taaaacky”, I did cover it with contact paper. But it was so large it needed those leaf bags to line it, which are black. That was tacky. The good part was we didn’t have to take the garbage out 5 times a day. (The older I get the more I’m amazed how many times utility wins out over aesthetics.)

Anyway, I used the same cardboard box for probably 4 years.  In our current house we had moved our fridge and were able to put it in between the stove and our armoire pantry. Yes, you hear right and can read about that in our simple DIY pantry). But when we put in our new pantry the fridge had to go back where it initially was and we were left with no place to put our box trash can with the leaf bag. So we build a new one. It was super simple and filled the thin space between the stove and fridge. I also went on a search and found clear large leaf bags to fit it!  Watch how we did it below. You might also enjoy the earlier part of our outdated kitchen transformation which this is part of.

 

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This is my “box” trash bag covered in contact paper. I carried this through three houses, believe it or not. The black bag doesn’t help much.

Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.

When we redid our kitchen the fridge was moved back where it belonged to allow for our new pantry so we only had a small skinny place for the trash can. Roy measured it up and set out to design a trash can to fit that area. Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.

The bracing pieces were glued on then a brad stapler was used. Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.

Cutting the side pieces. Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.

More gluing and stapling of brads into the container.Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.

It went together fairly quickly once the pieces were cut.Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.

The last side piece was placed on and then the bottom. Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.The trash can was painted.Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.

I had some old handles which and I painted one of them silver, as you can see, to use for the front of the trash can.Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.

We used a 2″ set of swivel wheels. Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.

Wheels were screwed into the bottom corners.Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.

The handle was attached to the front. Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools.

Slide it into your space!Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools

Can't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and toolsCan't find a large enough kitchen trash can to fit a space? You can make one on wheels to fit any spot! All you need are a few simple supplies and tools

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