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
- Plastic soda or water bottles (We used smaller Pepsi 12 oz bottles)
- Goo Gone (removes labels from bottles)
- Dowels 1/2″ x 36″ long, each cut into three 12″ sections
- Battery Operated Tea Lights (this type has a time of 6 hours on, 18 off)
- X-acto Knife
- Gold Spray Paint
- Sea Glass Spray Paint or Silver
- Masking Tape
- Hot Glue OR
IF YOU WANT TO KEEP THEM OUTSIDE IN THE WEATHER
Replace some of the above items with the following
- waterproof glue if keeping them outside for extended periods
- Wood Sealer (If kept outdoors)
- Drill or something to Polk small holes in bottom of cuts to allow for draining if kept outside
- Water proof tea lights with remote (only if you plan to keep them outside)
Gather your supplies. While Sea Glass paint allows more light to escape from the bottles, any color will look just as amazing.
Begin by removing the labels from the soda bottles. Use Goo Gone to remove any sticky residue left behind by the adhesive.
Wrap masking tape around the bottle, just below the top bevel. This will become your cut line.
Using the X-acto knife, cut below the tape to separate the bottle into 2 pieces.
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.
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.
Once you have your design drawn, use the X-acto knife to cut out the design.
Carefully remove the sections that will be covered in paint, leaving the remaining tape in place to create the design.
Trim up any rough edges as needed.
When creating the designs, we opted for a chevron, polka dots and angled lines, but the possibilities are endless!
Once the designs have been cut, your bottles are now ready for paint.
In a well ventilated area, spray the bottles with the desired color. Let dry.
Once dry, remove the remaining tape to reveal your design.
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.
To begin creating your stakes, cut the 36″ dowel into three 12″ pieces.
Using a hot glue gun, apply a generous amount of hot glue to the end of a dowel.
Place a bottle cap onto the hot glue and hold in place until dry.
Depending on your color choices, paint the dowel and cap to match your bottle.
Once dry, apply a generous amount of hot glue to the top of the bottle cap.
Place the base of the bottle onto the hot glue and hold in place until dry.
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!
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
- Soda Cans (We used the smaller 7.5 size)
- String Lights, white cord LED Lights would be preferable as they last so much longer
- Spray paint of choice. We used the followingl Rust-Oleum Brand Gloss: Seaside, Key Lime and Berry Pink
- X-acto Knife
- Dry Erase Marker (for marking plastic bottles)
- Hair band or rubber-band to help mark
- White Pipe Cleaners or white twist ties
Gather your supplies. While we opted for a 15′ strand of lights, you can use the length that fits your needs.
Begin by rinsing the 7.5 oz soda cans. Then fill them with water.
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.
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.
Wrap a rubber band around the top of the can, just below the bevel.
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.)
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.
Once cut, set the cans in a sink of hot water and wait for the ice to thaw. Let dry.
Spray paint the cans your color of choice. Let dry.
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.
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.
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.
If using multiple colors, rotate between them as you insert lights.
When finished, simply plug in and enjoy!
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
- 2 slim tall plastic soda or water bottles. We used LIFEWTR bottles. They had nice flat ends which looked great!
- Xacto Knife
- Dry Erase Marker (for marking plastic bottles)
- Hair band or rubberband to help mark
- Gold Spray Paint (We used Rust-Oleum 2X Bright Gold)
- Small Filler stones or pebbles. We found some at the Dollar store.
- Masking tape
- Drill for hole in lid
- 100% white cotton yarn
- Paper towels
- Clear Waterproof Silicon Glue
- Iron (for rounding edges of horizontal planter cups)
- Four small round clear beads (optional to glue on four corners o base to act as feet)
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Using the X-acto knife, cut along the outside line you just drew. Then simply wipe away any remaining dry erase marks.
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.
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.
Using a drill bit, drill a hole through the center of each of the bottle caps.
This will allow for self watering.
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.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.
Once filled, place a line of silicone along the edge where the bottles connect.
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.
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.
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.)To create the self-watering system, use a highly absorbent string or yarn. We’ve found that 100% cotton works wonderfully!
Cut 4 pieces of yarn, approximately 6 inches long.
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.
Once the knots are tied, place the bottle lids back onto the two tops.
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.
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!
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.
Add potting soil on top of the pebbles in each bottle top.
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.
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.
Once secure, use the dry erase marker to trace around the rubber band.
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.
When complete, your bottles should look like this. Clean up the rough or uneven spots with scissors.
Insert the top of the soda bottle into the bottom to make sure that your edges are parallel.
Be sure that the mouth of the bottle is facing directly down to the center of the bottle base.
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.
Using a drill bit, drill a hole in the center of the bottle cap.
Be sure that the hole allows for 3 pieces of yarn to fit snugly through it.
Use a highly absorbent string or yarn to create the self-watering feature. We recommend 100% cotton.
Cut 3 pieces of yarn, roughly 10-12 inches in length.
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.
Place the bottle cap onto the painted portion of the bottle and tighten.
Spread out the 3 strands inside the bottle.
Add pebbles or rocks to keep the strands upright. This also provides drainage for your plant, ensuring that the soil is not over-watered.
Fill the base of the bottle about 1/3 full with water. Gently insert the top portion of the bottle into the base.
The longer strands of yarn should puddle into a loop at the bottom of the water.
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.
You know how we love upcycles around here. Well, this matching bathroom set, which includes an awesome cup dispenser, is upcycled from three soda bottles, believe it or not! You can paint it any color you want and the labels are a free download below. The cup dispenser could actually be made alone and placed anywhere you like or need to have some disposable cups handy. (Like the side of the fridge during summer time.) See the full directions below and if you’re looking for more great upcycle ideas, you might want to hop over and check out our Geometric & Confetti Plastic Bag Holder & Dispenser or making Cloches Made From Soda Bottles.
Cup Dispenser Bathroom Station Supplies
NOTE: You can use a variety of small soda bottles for this project. The important thing to remember is that for the cup dispenser, the end must be able to be trimmed so that the cups are barely able to be pulled out. We made ours to fit the 3oz. bathroom cups. Depending on size you prefer, you could also use a 5 oz size cup.
- 3 plastic soda bottles. (We used the straight sided 17 fluid oz bottles of soda Walmart carries. The 20 oz Aquafina you see would likewise have worked.)
- Spray paint of choice
- Dry erase marker (to mark your bottles)
- X-acto knife
- Glues (Hot glue can be used for part of the project. I’d suggest spray adhesive for the labels and a strong, quick dry glue for the lid tab though hot glue can be used if you’re careful to not use too much.)
- Filler Flat Marbles, pebbles or sand
- Small piece of craft foam, for lid
- 1″wood ball for lid
- Labels (free download below)
- Packing tape (used for laminating labels)
- Iron (for rounding edges of two bottles if desired)
Bathroom Station Download
You can use a variety of soda bottles. We used the slimmer style on the left purchased from Walmart.
You will need three bottles, one for the cup dispenser, one to hold toothbrushes and one to hold the floss sticks.
Using a dry erase marker, mark one bottle up from the bottom to where the toothbrushes will stick out about 3″ or so. The exact size is noy too important. You will also be adding a few clear filling marbles to give it stability, so keep that in mind.
Mark the bottle that will hold the floss sticks. It will also have filler marbles inside.
For the cup dispenser you will cut off the bottom of the bottle.
If needed, trim with scissors to make it even.
Take one of your cups that you will be using and put it over the TOP of the bottle and trace around using your dry erase marker.
Cut carefully above where you traced, towards the top of the bottle. Cut evenly.
Now that you have cut off the end, you will begin testing to see if your cups can be pulled out easily.You will need to place your cup inside the top of the dispenser and see if it can be easily pulled out without falling out.
If not, you begin to carefully trim minor slivers off the exit end with scissors, retesting. If you take off too much they will fall through and you’ll have to start over with a new bottle. Make sure to test by adding a pack of cups inside also.
FINISHING TOP EDGES
This is an optional step but gives two of the bottles a nice finish. It should be done on the Toothbrush and Floss holder. Doing it on the cup dispenser could make the cups not fit in properly depending on the size of your bottle. This does NOT leave anything on your iron and gives your bottle a nice rounded edge. Lightly push the end of your bottle EVENLY against the end of a high heat iron for a few seconds. 5 to 10.
It will round the end and give it a nice finish. We have a 3 minute video you can watch and see it done in detail.
Next, spray paint your bottles.
Print out the free labels. Use packing tape to laminate them. It works great and protects them from water! Cut out your labels and glue them on to the appropriate container. Spray adhesive works fine or any other quick dry glue.
The lid for the cup dispenser is made from a piece of foam and a 1″ round wood ball we painted white.
We have three round patterns you can use for a lid, however, if none fit simply find a cup or something to use to trace to make a lid that is slightly larger than the top of your container.
Cut a small tab and glue it on. We glued our onto the back of the bottle as a hinge using hot glue, but be VERY CAREFUL and only use a SMALL DOT OF HOT GLUE. It can melt the soda bottle. Glue the ball on top and it helps to hold the lid down.
To hang your dispenser, you need to punch a hole in the top back for a nail.
We then also affixed a command strip below to allow for all the pulling.
Add your filler flat marbles to the brush and floss holder. Hang your dispenser. If you look close you tell we rounded the top edge of the brush and floss container, before painting, using the iron technique.
This is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and its incredibly useful and so cheap to make! All you need are some marbles and 2 cheap cake pans to make a Lazy Susan that works as well as the one’s you buy. With a little spray paint and some contact paper or scrapbook paper, it’s also quite pretty. Lazy Susan’s are pretty pricey so this is a way to make several for only a couple dollars each. This was part of our outdated kitchen transformation which included some other fun posts such as our Chicken Wire Memo Board and our Lovely Little DIY Sugar Bowl
This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus, it has all kinds of uses!
Lazy Susan Supplies
- 2 cake pans any size (we got ours for .88 each at Walmart)
- Marbles, normal to smaller size. They must all be the same size. You need enough to almost cover the bottom of the pan.
- Spray paint (optional)
- Paper or contact paper for bottom of one pan (optional)
Video in Action
Gather your items. IMPORTANT: You need enough marbles to COVER NEARLY THE ENTIRE BOTTOM OF THE PAN.
Spray paint your pans whatever color you choose. You don’t need to paint the inside of the bottom pan where the marbles will go.
Measure the inside of the pan for cutting your liner.
Cut out your contact paper or liner paper.
Place it in your pan.
Fill the bottom pan most of the way with marbles.
Set your top pan onto the marbles and your Lazy Susan is ready to use!
This charming kitchen wall decor cost us $1.00 to make. Dollar Tree carries these bright plastic plates and platters regularly. The set we did for our kitchen, assuming you have trouble with basic addition, was $3.00. I actually cheated a bit and used my Silhouette Portrait to cut vinyl letters for my kitchen set. But that’s just a perk if you have one.
These are so easy and fun to make and you can fill your kitchen with whatever words you choose! If you’ve been following along you know this is part of our Outdated Kitchen Transformation. Make sure you check out our last decor addition to the project. Our Chicken Wire Frame Memo Board with Faux Succulents. It’s pretty unique!
Kitchen Wall Decor Supplies
NOTE: If you own a Silhouette cutting machine you can of course easily make your own words easily out of vinyl. You can also buy ready made letters at the craft store. The most inexpensive way is to use colored paper and card stock and cut your own. You can use our patterns or make your own on a printer.
- Plastic plate or platters
- Card stock , colors of choice
- Precision Scissors (these are small scissors great for cutting details. This is the best set I have found.)
- Colored paper for text (you can use card stock, I just preferred the flatter paper)
- Glue stick, or other method of attaching letters to plates
Choose a plastic plate size, shape and color.
Print out your words of choice or create your own on a printer and print them out.
Place the letters on a colored piece of paper and carefully cut each one out.
Lay out the words as they will be placed for gluing.
A glue stick works very well for this project as it allows you to slide them for adjusting as you go along.
Coat the back of each letter.
Place them on your plate or platter. If needed, slide them with your finger to align.
For the flowers, print out the flower templates.
Cut out the size you need. We used the smaller two.
Cut the small slit into the middle that allows for overlapping two petals together to make a single petal and give the 3D effect.
Place glue on one next to the cut you made into the center of your flower, then overlap the petal next to it onto it completely, turning two petals into one.
Add a dob of glue and add your center circle. You can trim the double petal with scissors if needed.
Glue onto your platter. Add leaves if desired.
This is the set we did using vinyl cut from a Silhouette Machine to match our kitchen.
We supplied the same text so you could do something similar with your own flowers as flourish.
If you’ve always liked succulents but didn’t want the hassle of watering them or the tediousness of making them from paper, this pinecone craft will amaze you! In a matter of minutes you can have a bowl full of stunning succulents you never have to touch again. They just sit there looking pretty. Since they don’t need watering they can be also be used in a huge variety of fun ways. If you enjoy flowers in general that are low care, you might also enjoy our Felt Flowers in 5 Minutes, our DIY Paper Flowers in 5 Minutes and our Coffee Filter Twinkle Light Flowers.
Succulent Pinecone Craft Supplies
- Pinecones of various shapes and sizes. You’ll be using bottoms and tops.
- Pruning shears or something to cut your pine cones with. They need a longer tip to get inside.
- Paint, acrylic or spray paint (after testing both, spray paint is much easier)
- Moss if desired for containers
APPLE BARREL ACYRLIC
RUST-OLEUM SPRAY PAINT
Gather your supplies.
Cut the top and or bottoms off your pinecones.
This may require pulling out some of the pine cone scales to be able to reach in to the core. You can use both tops and bottoms of a pine cone as both look appropriate.
Once you have your pieces, paint as desired either by hand or spray painting.
As you can see, the bottoms and tops both resemble succulents.
Fill your container with moss or stones if desired.
You can now arrange your “succulents” inside.
Have you ever been walking through a thrift store looking for your next upcycling project and saw something that screamed “take me home and turn me into something awesome!” That’s what happened with this little retro coaster set. It was the proverbial puppy looking at me with big brown eyes. Well, maybe not quite that dramatic but I just knew I could do something special with it, though at the time I had no idea what. So I set in my basket and off to to the checkout I went, along with a few other finds.
It sat on my craft room shelf for quite a while as I pondered what I might create with it. Then I did what I always do when I have a “crafters block”. I called my daughter Jennifer. And thus from that old brown retro coaster set a beautiful gold and white picture holder was born. Nothing warms my heart more than an upcycling project where I give an old item a new home. FYI this is also fits into our Buff Your Stuff series so you might want to take a peek at those other items. Speaking of which, you’ve got to check out two of our other favorite things made from another time that seems to be in abundance in thrift stores: Brass candle holders. First is our Classy Jewelry Stand and the second is a Portable Recipe Holder!
Retro Coaster Upcycling Project Supplies
- Old Coaster Set
This is what the coaster looked like straight out of the thrift store.
It needed a little cleaning up.
I also had to remove the top pieces.
Then the spray painting began!
I found that a spray paint cap was the perfect size for tracing my photos.
I found photos I wanted and traced them.
I then cut them out.
There were just enough trays for each family member to have a photo with one extra so I made a special circle with our family name and printed it out to go on the very top tray.
I used Tacky Glue inside each tray to adhere the photos.
Then I pressed each one in place.
If you’re looking for a small token for Valentines day or anytime, here’s cute little heart keyring you can make while saving the planet! OK, that might be a little extreme but it does use up a plastic lid, which hopefully you grabbed by digging in your neighbors trash… those darned non-earth caring people. I won’t mention where I got my lid but they make the cutest little keyrings rather than adding to our bulging land fills. And if you’re looking to gain even more positive Karma, place the keyring in our lovely little Soda Bottle Pillow Box. And if you’re looking to increase your Karma with the person you’re giving it to, attach a key to a new car. Just saying.
Heart Keyring Supplies
- Plastic Lid (butter lid or other flat plastic items etc)
- Scraps fabric or burlap
- OR Washi Tape
- Keyring loop
- Mod Podge (protects and helps water proof it)
- Small hole punch
- Optional: Crop a Dile Eyelet Punch I had just received one of these and wanted to test it out so I used it for one of the hearts.
Gather your supplies. For this first heart we’re using fabric.
Choose the size of heart you want to make from our free printable patterns.
Cut out a heart from the plastic lid.
Trim the end a little so it’s not a sharp point.
I used my plastic heart as a pattern for the fabric. I used a tight weave burlap for one side. You can cut your other fabric at the same time if you want.
Add a generous amount of Mod Podge on one side of your plastic.
Place the burlap on.
Add a little extra Mod Podge on the edges to keep it from unraveling.
For the ring holder, take a small piece of fabric and cut it approximately 1/2″ wide and 2 1/2″ long. Coat it lightly with Mod Podge.
Fold it over.
Bend it over and trim it to about 1 1/2 to 2″. You just want a large enough loop to slip your ring through but also enough to glue under the fabric on your heart.
On the other side of the heart you will add another piece of fabric. If you have not cut it out yet do so with your pattern.
Glue the end of your loop onto the back of your heart using Mod Podge, then cover the entire back of the heart with Mod Podge.
Press your fabric down over the heart. Once it dries you can also give it another coat of Mod Podge for added gloss and protection.
You can now slip your ring into the loop.
All ready for keys!
For the next heart we used the lid from a plastic egg carton.
We traced the heart on.
For this heart we added strips of Washi tape touching each other. Once they are on we cut around the heart where we had drawn.
Remember to round the tip a little so that it’s not sharp.
Turn your heart over and apply Washi tape to the back just as you did on the front.
Trim off the extra Washi tap around your heart.
Coat each side with Mod Podge and let it dry between coats.
You can punch a small hole into the corner of the heart to hold the ring. I had just received this nifty Crop a Dile Eyelet Punch so I decided to try it out for the first time on this heart.
It’s a pretty neat little gadget and you can use at least two sizes of eyelets. Punch the hole.
Insert the eyelet, which comes in every color of the rainbow.
And clamp. Done!
I admit it’s cool and does give it a more professional finish but had I not had this, I’d have just used a 1/8″ hole punch.
Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!
Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking your gloves on and off so you can text? Power Texting Gloves to the rescue! They’re inexpensive, simple to make and best of all you can add whatever power words you’d like and save all that time and money and pain on finger tattoos that your mom, husband, wife or whomever won’t let you get anyway. This is a win win DIY all around! You might want to sit down here because it just keeps getting better… guess where we got our gloves? That’s right… THE DOLLAR STORE! Oh my gosh… I know, I know… it’s almost too much to take in. And you get the free instructions below plus a list of words to pick from. Catch your breath from all this excitement, then grab you some gloves and get busy!
Power Texting Gloves Supplies
- Tightly knit cheap gloves
- Fray Check
- Puff Paint (for paint words)
- Heavy String (for string words)
- Fabric Glue (for string words) Tacky Glue might work well as long as the gloves are not washed.
NOTE ON FABRIC GLUE: After a lot of research I use Beacons fabric glue because it has the highest reviews.
Download Word Idea List
pdf of word list and direction image
NOTE: You do need to treat your gloves with care and don’t stretch out the finger holes anymore than necessary. The Frey Check helps a lot but they are still knit gloves and will pull apart if you are too rough with them. Just use a gentle “hand” so to speak.
These are the supplies needed for the Puffy Paint Power Texting Gloves. Gloves, Fray Check and Puffy Paint of choice.
These are the supplies you will need for the string text gloves. Gloves, Fray Check Fabric Glue and heavy String.
Begin by cutting off the tips of the gloves where they start to curve.
Carefully put them on and see where they fall on your fingers. This lets you know if any need trimmed. You want to be extra careful at this stage to not stretch the ends out as they will fray easily at this point.
The pinky finger needed trimmed as you could see so I trimmed it a little.
You then want to test them, again being careful to stretch them out as little as possible, to make sure they work fine for texting. Trim more if needed.
Once one glove is trimmed to the exact length needed, lay it over the other glove and trim it to match.
Find a slim object you can stick your gloves over to hold them up while you put the Fray Check on the ends of each finger. I used two small spray cans.
Make sure each finger hole is spread out.
It’s now time to pull out the Fray Check which is perfect for things like this.
You will run a bead of Fray Check around the edge of each finger hole. Don’t be afraid to rub it in as you go with the tip of the applicator. Put plenty on. If the end of any finger is curved under slightly make sure to pull it up so you can coat the area that has been cut. Fray Check dries quickly. Go over the ends again if needed to make sure you get a good coat around it. Do this on both gloves.
Make sure the tips don’t touch each other and stay open so they don’t stick together from the Fray Check as it dries, which takes only minutes.
For the puffy paint text I suggest practicing on paper first then apply your text to the four fingers. MAKE SURE TO DO IT THE RIGHT DIRECTION. Puffy paint normally takes about 4 hours to dry lying flat.
For the string words, cut pieces of string for the words you choose.
You’ll want to make the words in sections as I did with the M. I laid all my words out ahead of time to make sure they were the correct size.
Once all your letters are cut, grab your fabric glue.
Glue where the letters will be placed and attach them.
A pillow box is a nifty little invention that’s perfect for putting a small gift in. They are magically self closing and most are made from cardstock. But we’re going to show you how to make one from a plastic soda bottle! It’s easy and fun. Plus pillow boxes aren’t the only thing you can make from a soda bottle. (Not to brag or anything, but we kinda consider ourselves soda bottle gurus over here.) First, you gotta check out these other awesome Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Soda Bottles (though you can use them any time of year of course.) Next, well… where to start… I’d have to say one of our more popular soda bottle posts is our Geometric & Confetti Plastic Bag Holder & Dispenser. It’s an upcycle that not only looks great but is useful!
Pillow Box Supplies
- Clear Straight Sided Soda Bottle (works with most sizes, 32 oz being a good average)
- X-acto knife
- Dry erase marker
- Small bowl, cup or plate to match the end of your bottle
- Bone folder or butter knife for pressing sides of bottle
When your finished, use the pillow box for a Valentines Gift idea!
I use a dry erase marker for making all my cutting lines because it wipes right off afterwards.
If you’re lucky there may be a line already near the bottom of your bottle. There was on this one so I used it as a cutting line. If not, you’ll have to measure up to cut off the base just where it stops curving in.
After I cut the bottom off I then measured up and marked the bottle using my dry erase marker where I would cut it on the top. Go as high as you can before it starts to curve.
Cut along where you marked.
Wipe off your marks and you should now have a cylinder.
Carefully flatten the cylinder and crease it on two sides. Press is with your hands and fingers to start but you will then need to use something to get a crisp crease on each side.
I use a bone folder which is made for the purpose of creasing paper and card stock. Its actually made out of bone and very strong. You can use pretty much anything, however, that will give you a good crease. The handle of a butter knife for example should work well. Just make sure to get a good crisp crease all the way to the ends.
You will now cut a curve around each end. To do this you need to find a cup, bowl or plate that fits your bottle end as shown. You want a nice gentle curve as shown, with very little being taken off. You want the bowl to barely touch the top of the end.
Mark it with your dry erase marker as shown.
Cut off the end where you marked and do the same on the other side.
This is the part is a little tricky. Take your bowl and face it the OTHER way on each end.
Make sure to score it with the knife all the way to the corners. As the scoring will not go through to the back side, you will need to flip the container over and do the same thing to the back side, then repeat the same thing on the other end.
Carefully bend down on the crease you made with the knife and fold it inward.
Pinch the crease some if needed to help it bend inward.
Once pressed in, it should stay. You can pop it out to do the other side.
To close your container you close one flap in, then the other. Do this on both sides.
Fill them with whatever you like and wrap a ribbon around them!
We also used this container for our Pretzel Arrows Valentines Gift Idea.
Have you ever had a time when you’re really in the mood for some sort of change in your home but your budget just won’t allow for it at the moment? #raisedhand Well, this is where our geometric door decorations come in handy. For the price of a roll of Washi tape (About $3.00) you can have an awesome looking closet door in 15 minutes or less. And it’s a pretty sizable statement piece to boot! Plus, it’s easily removable, which makes it perfect for rental homes or if you’re the type of person who likes to change things frequently.
Speaking of cheap ideas with big effects, we’ve also got another Washi Tape idea that will blow you away. It’s our Huge Wall Calendar. You’ll also notice a really large $100 bill decor item. That was an upcycle made from a piece of throw away foam that comes in furniture. (Waste not, want not!) You can get the pattern and instructions for that Cash Statement Piece Wall Decoration Idea Here.
Geometric Door Decorations Supplies
NOTE: DO NOT USE ELECTRICAL TAPE. It does not work. It stretches and falls off. This comes from experience. Ü
We suggest using a piece of paper and drawing out your design ahead of time and then just copying it with your Washi tape onto the door. Placement does not have to be exact.
We made this cheap wall decor lightning bolt from a piece of foam that came packed in some furniture but the foam board you buy at the store works just as well. Most Dollar Stores, Craft Stores and Walmart carries it. You could literally make any design but this one went in our daughter Amy’s chic office and the lightning bolt fit her decor perfectly. This is one of those upcycles or basic crafts that costs next to nothing but looks phenomenal! If you’re looking for more great inexpensive ways to decorate, check out our DIY Cash Statement Piece and our Anti-Bad Vibe Shield, both made from foam board!
Lightning Bolt Cheap Wall Decor Supplies
- 40mm round gold sequins (we purchased ours at Hobby Lobby for 1.99 a pack)
- Foam board, 22″ x 28″ or any size you want your lightning bolt.
- Hot Glue Gun
- X-acto Knife or utility knife
There are three patterns. One is just a small example to look at so you can draw your own large one. The other two are larger version you can print out and tape together and use as an actual pattern.
Example to Copy 18″x11″ 24″x15″
Gather your supplies.
We upcycled a piece of foam packing that came in a small piece of furniture we ordered.
However, foam boards you buy at most stores will work fine also!
Trace your lightning bolt onto your foam board whatever size you like then cut out with an X-acto knife.
Begin at the bottom and add the sequins overlapping each row slightly. Try to cover all your foam.
Continue until all the lightning bolt is covered.
This particular lightning bolt was hung in a fun chic grouping in my daughter Amy’s office.
We’ve found yet another wonderful way to upcycle candle stick holders and turn them into a beautiful classy display for motivation quotes, ten of which we provide free below. This is a perfect match to go with our New Years Resolution Ideas Kit & Casual Resolutions. Change them in and out as desired. But that’s not all! Use it to display photos. Or how about artwork your children draw for you? You could also use it as a fancy note holder. Make different styles for each room. Give them as gifts! These candle stick holders can be found in a variety of styles and types at most thrift stores. You might remember seeing other ideas we used them for such as our Beautiful Classy Jewelry Stand and our Fun Upcycled Portable Recipe Holder. Who would have thought you could do so much with such a tiny object!
Motivational Quotes Stand Supplies
- Candle Stick Holder (Brass and glass ones such as ours can also be found at thrift stores and dollar stores.)
- Primer Spray Paint (This might be optional but since I was painting glass and I had some, I used it.)
- Gold Paint I used Martha Stewart’s Metallic Gold as it has a true gold look.
- White Paint
- E600 Glue or glue of choice
- Bobby Pins, 2″ size
- Wire Cutter
- Round Wood Ball with Flat Surface to fit your dowel.
- Dowel 3/4″ Average NOTE: This can vary with your holder and some can hold a variety of sizes of dowels. I chose a 3/4″ size for mine but I could have gone larger or smaller.
Ten 5″x7″ High Resolution Prints (pdf)
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Gather your basic supplies.
Because I used a glass candle stick holder I decided to use paint primer, because I had some.
I added white on the bottom of my candle stick.
I painted the rest of it metallic gold. I had to do two coats of each, drying in between.
I painted the stick and then the wood wall.
Squeeze glue into the bottom but only a small amount as you don’t want it seeping up the sides when you push your dowel down into it.Set the dowel down into the holder. NOTE: You will have to find a way to keep it from leaning while it dries, depending on the type of holder you have.
You need a single small bobby pin to use for the claps.
With a pair of wire cutters cut the bobby pin on the middle of the second curve up then cut it on the bottom at the same spot. Try not to bend it too much.
This is how it looks when you’re finished cutting. You can easily slip a paper in the top part.
Apply glue to the back of your bobby pin with a toothpick or paperclip.
Stick the bobby pin onto the top of your dowel as shown.
Paint the bobby pin gold to match, being careful not to get it between the pins.
If you do get paint between the pin, just slide something in until it dries to assure it does not stick together.
Cut out your quotes from our free download packet.
We give you ten choices of quotes to switch in and out of your holder.
They easily slip in and out of the clip when you want to change one.
I’ve tried many recipe holders in my kitchen, the most recent was attaching a clip to my cupboard. The problem is I move around a lot while cooking. I decided what I needed was a portable recipe holder. I also needed one that would hold not only cards but also sheets of paper of various sizes. Well, I found one that does the job and does it with style and it’s got to be one of the cutest upcycles ever! All you need is a small brass candle stick holder that you can find at almost any thrift store. (You might recall that we made a Classy Jewelry Stand from one of the larger ones earlier this year.)
This recipe holder is lightweight and you can easily move it around, and when it’s not being used it looks darling sitting on our counter. Not to mention, talk about a wonderful unique gift! We also have some free matching recipe cards you can print out to go with it.
Recipe Holder Supplies
- Brass Candle Holder Amazon has the larger type which would still work fine as you can use the base to hold a mixing spoon.
- Large Kabob Stick (To fit inside the straw to give it stability. A very small dowel would also work. )
- Red Paper Straw
- Small Clothespin. We used a 2″ size.
- White Oven Bake Clay (Bakes 15 min. per 1/4″ thickness) I use both Sculpty and Fimo. Both bake up super quick. For one recipe holder you need a small square that comes in a set of colors. Or you can purchase just white.
- Shades of Brown Paint for base (or the cone) Markers can also be used over the base, lighter brown for cross hatching to resemble a cone.
- Hot Glue Gun
- Rice (Painted to make sprinkles!) We used markers to color them.
- Clear gloss spray to give it a nice shine.
This is what we started out with! You can find this at many thrift stores. I paid 50 cents for this one.
Gather up a few supplies.
Roll out your clay to make your ice cream.
Shape the clay as shown, twirling it around.
Keep swirling your ice cream around.
Make it fit onto your candle holder.
If the straw is strong enough, use it to push a hole into the clay at the angle it will be placed in your ice cream. It needs to go all the way through. You can also use a dowel that is the same size as your straw to make the hole. Now take your ice cream top and bake it in a 275 degree oven for 15 minutes for each 1/4″ of thickness. We baked ours for about an hour.
While your clay is baking you can paint your base to resemble a cone and dish. The top portion was painted a lighter brown.
We took some permanent markers and used plastic gloves to help color the rice. We could just roll the rice around between our fingers. If you use water color markers, you won’t need the gloves. Color a few grains of rice whatever colors you wish for your sprinkles.
Glue your rice on however you want.
Add lines to the top part of your cone and paint the bottom of your “dish” white. Glue your ice cream to your candle holder.
Glue a 2″ clothes pin to the top. Make sure to put a coat of gloss over everything.
Being thankful can be difficult when life gets in the way and the daily grind gets us down. Even teens and kids get stressed out with school and chores. Our Gratitude Tokens can help! Well, we have two printable versions that work for adults, teens and kids alike to help everyone remember the wonderful things in their life on those days when they forget. You can make either a “Let Gratitude Grow Flower” or a “Here Comes the Sun”. Print them, fill out the answer on the back and put them on a string, key chain, or ribbon. Then get your token to remind you just how lucky you are when you need it most! If you’d like more gratitude ideas check our very popular Encourage Thankfulness with Gratitude Stones and our A Thankful Heart, A 30 Day Gratitude Challenge, also with awesome printables!
Being Thankful Reminder Token Supplies
- Printables Below
- Small hole punch I prefer a 1/8″ size for string. A regular size will work but the hole may need to be punched a bit further up into the petal or raindrop.
- String or Chain or Key Ring that snaps open
- White Cardstock This is what I keep in stock at home. Its 110 lb very bright so its heavy. You can buy smaller packs that are not quite as heavy though I do like heavier weight cardstock for this type for project.
Free Token Printables
The packet also comes with a page each of blanks in case you want to come up with your own questions.
NOTE: There are 30 questions, one for each day of the month, should you decide to make it a month long activity. It can also be done for an evening activity. younger children can be helped. You can use all or just some of the questions. Write the short answer to each of the statements on the back of each petal or raindrop. Then when you or others are having a bad day you pull out the gratitude token to remind yourself how wonderful your life truly is.
Cut out the petals or raindrops.
Punch holes where shown.
If you have an awl it can help you line up smaller holes for putting string into.
Write the answers to the questions on the back of each petal or drop.
Whenever you are having a bad day bring our your cards and look through them.
Burden baskets come from various Native American culture. They were used for gathering crops and once a woman returned home she would hang her basket on the front door. Native American’s consider their home a sacred space and the basket was a symbol that visitors were to leave all worries, anger and other negative emotions in the basket before entering in order to protect the space. The saying “leave your burdens at the door” originated from these baskets.
Burden Basket Supplies
- Small roundish basket to fit on an 8×10 plaque (4″ or 5″ high) You can find these easily at thrift stores!
- 8×10 wood plaque
- Sharpie Paint Pens OPTIONAL I used them for the smaller triangles to make nice lines.)
- Mod Podge
- Sawtooth Picture Hangers OPTIONAL
- Embroidery Floss (OPTIONAL if desired to wrap feathers)
- Hot Glue
- Printable poem below
You can get the poem in various forms included in our free download below.
Gather your supplies. We cut the handles of the basket we found. It was 4.5″ tall afterwards.
Our 8×10 plaque was purchased at Hobby Lobby. Even at regular price they are inexpensive. Michael’s and some Walmart’s carry them also.
You can paint your plaque however you like. We went with a tribal geometric design and marked off the plaque where we would paint.
Measure each side area and paint the colors of your choice.
Using paint with a little added water, paint triangles onto the basket.
Cut out the poem that you choose.
Mod Podge the poem on and then over the entire plaque.
A paint pen can help get straighter edges depending on the surface of your basket.
Use a sufficient amount of hot glue to affix the basket to the plaque below the poem.
Our first choice would have been longer feathers with darker tips but this is all we could find. We used some very watered down paint to paint the tips of them. They turned out fine!
We held them together with a tiny dab of hot glue, then wrapped them with embroidery thread.
We keep these sawtooth hangers to use for plaques. All you do is hammer them in!
Hang your plaque on your front door or beside it where everyone can see before they enter in.
For some reason it’s really hard to find a glue gun with an on off switch. I know because I’ve searched and searched. My small detailed glue gun has one but I needed a larger gun. After researching I found the gun I wanted but alas… no switch. That means I’d have to unplug it every time. Very inconvenient. So I purchased a small inexpensive “feed cord switch” which took about 10 minutes to install onto the cord near the handle of my new glue gun. It was so easy, even a teen could do it and all you need is a couple of small tools you should already have on hand. Now I can keep my glue gun plugged in. This also works for many other things like lamps. Don’t forget to grab your free printable below full of some very useful glue gun tips and hacks.
Glue Gun On Off Switch Supplies
- Feed Cord Switch
- X-acto Knife
- Glue Gun This is one I researched and recently purchased. It has great reviews, adjustable temp and exchangeable tips, though you do have to buy the extra tips. It had everything I wanted except the on off switch.
- Glue sticks. I buy these in bulk and this is the best deal I’ve found for the regular size sticks. I prefer them extra long so I don’t have to change them as often.
My Mini Gun with On/Off Switch
I’ve owned two of these and you’ll see them in many of my photos. They are great mini guns with a nice detail tip. They hold the mini glue sticks, which I buy in extra long lengths so I don’t have to change them as often. This gun does have an on off switch. However, with as much hot gluing as I do I needed a bigger gun which is why I added the one above to my supplies.
Mini Glue Gun with On/Off Switch This one also comes with 25 free extra long glue sticks!
Printable Tips & Hacks
***MAKE SURE THE GUN IS UNPLUGGED BEFORE YOU START***
We purchased our switch at Lowe’s. They can be purchased at any hardware store or online. We link to a few above.
Using an X-acto type knife, carefully slice open the outer casing. Inside it holds two smaller casings. Remove the outer casing completely just within where it will set inside the switch. Just be careful to not cut the inner wires. Its not difficult at all.
Our switch had a loose nut on the bottom so we temporarily taped it on using some scotch tape.
This shows how much we cut off the outer portion and how it will sit inside the switch.
Taking wire cutters or even scissors cut one of the inner wires. It doesn’t matter which one you clip.
There are two channels you will feed your wires down into inside one half of the switch. We used a tiny screwdriver to help us push the wire that we did not cut into place. The other cut wires just lay on the other side.
This is how it should look.
Put the top piece on and screw your switch together. That’s it!
10 minutes later! Much better and much handier.
If you’re looking for some quick Halloween costume extra’s or just some Gothic jewelry, you can make these in about 10 minutes with a hot glue gun! They look awesome and kids and adults both can wear them. We’ve got patterns for a variety of styles or you can make up your own. And if you’re looking for more crafts that feature hot glue, check out our Creepy Halloween Decor Black Candles and our Hot Glue Glitter Leaves DIY Fall Decorations!
Gothic Jewelry Supplies
About Teflon Sheets: These things are awesome! You can buy them for cooking, dehydrating and crafting. They are inexpensive and reusable. I have two for crafting and you can work with hot glue, paint and all types of mediums and they clean right off. Excellent for crafters. Some are thicker than others. I used my thin one for this project because you can trace through it.
- Hot Glue Gun (Use low temp if kids are involved. The one linked to that I use is dual temp.)
- Teflon sheet (This is one I own. It’s a 16″x24″) You could use foil but you can’t trace through it, obviously.
- Paint, or Spray Paint (Whatever you choose to color them with}
- Extra Fine Glitter (optional)
If using a thin Teflon sheet, place your pattern underneath it. Trace the design with a glue gun making sure the side lines are as long or as short as desired.
You can also just draw in with the glue gun using no pattern. Foil will also work if you can draw your own designs without needing to trace.
Allow the glue to cool for 3 or 4 minutes, them peel it off.
Pull off any small strings of glue that remain.
Paint your necklace if desired with acrylic paint and a brush or spray paint.
Attach string or cord for tying the necklaces on in a variety of ways. We glued most of ours on.
Are you bothered by zombies? Do ghosts keep you awake at night? Do monsters sneak up on you when you least expect it? Then you need to whip up some batches of ghost, monster and zombie survival sprays! Use Monster Be Gone, Zombie Be Gone and Ghost Be Gone and you’ll never have to deal with those pesky creatures again!
Ghost Monster Zombie Survival Spray Supplies
- 4oz to 8oz Small Spray Bottles 2 oz Size 8 oz (colored or clear.) Can be found at Walmart, Walgreen’s & Dollar Stores
- Food coloring (optional if your bottles are clear and you want to color the water.)
- Something to give it scent : Essential oils, vanilla or other flavoring etc. (Lavender oil is known for dispelling negative energy.)
- Printable labels and tags below
- Black raffia or ribbon
The Poems (on tags below)
MONSTER BE GONE
Have a feeling things aren’t right
When it’s cold and dark at night?
Grab your bottle, give a spray.
Send those monsters on their way!
GHOST BE GONE
If there’s something tall and white,
Floating near you in the night,
Never fear, they’ll go away!
All it takes is one small spray
ZOMBIE BE GONE
As you’re doing what you do
And someone starts to follow you,
If they’re looking gaunt and thin,
And it seems they’re missing skin,
Nothing makes them run away,
Quicker than some zombie spray!
You can use a variety of small spray bottles from 2oz to 8 oz. make sure they have a smooth surface for adding the faces on!
Add anything that will give the water a light scent. Essential oils are great. You can even use vanilla or almond flavoring! If your bottles are all clear you can also add a drop of food coloring into some of them. Green for zombies, blue for monsters and clear for ghosts.
Print and cut out the monster faces on regular paper.
Print and cut out your tags on cardstock.
Glue on the face pieces.
Fill the bottles with water.
Add a few drops of something to give it a scent. We used lavender oil as it dispels negative energy!
Punch a hole in your tags.
Tie them onto the bottles using raffia, ribbon or string.
Quickly & inexpensively decorate your door or walls with this darling owl burlap wreath! All you need is a little burlap material & one side of an 8″ embroidery hoop! We decorated it with our Whimsical Wood Slice Owls. They are so easy to make, you could make one for each season!
If you’re looking for other simple wreath ideas, check out our Inexpensive Fall Wreath!
Burlap Wreath Supplies
- 8″ Wood Embroidery Hoop
- Burlap Material (not too thick so it can be tied easily)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Ribbon for hanging, 1/2″ Wide
- Material scissors OR a Rotary Cutter (Makes it go much faster!)
OPTIONAL DECOR FOR THE BURLAP WREATH
You can decorate the wreath however you like or use our specific idea below.
- Small rectangle piece of wood 3.5 x 2.5 (for sign)
- Wood Slice Owl Decor with Whoo Goes there Sign (3″ slice)
- Twig 8 to 10″ about 1/2″ thick
- A few fake leaves
- Paint for wood
- Mod Podge for label.
This is all you need for the basic wreath itself. (And you only need one of the rings!)
Cut approximately 35 1″ burlap strips approximately 12″ long. We trimmed ours an inch or two after completion so the burlap would stick out more.
I started with regular sewing scissors then pulled out my rotary cutter. Much faster if you have one!
You may be able to use less or need more of the strips, depending on the type of burlap you use.
Take a strip and fold it over as shown, under the hoop.
Pull the bottom two ends through the loop.
Cinch the strip up.
This is how it should look.
Repeat the process with each strip, pushing them close together as you go.
Trim the strings that show on the inside. The outside strings are supposed to show.
Make a whimsical owl and gather an 8″ stick, a few artificial leaves and your plaque, printed sign and ribbon for hanging.
Glue three leaves onto your stick, or as many as you wish, then glue your stick to the bottom of the wreath, aligning it so that the owl can site just behind it, glued to the inner wreath itself and appear to be sitting on the stick.
Carefully place your stick across the bottom of the wreath. Attach leaves. Using a large amount of hot glue, glue the bottom of the owl so that it sits just behind the stick, nestled on the inside of the wreath itself.
Again, the owl is not glued to the stick itself but onto the inner wreath just behind it.
To give the owl a bit more stability you can glue part of a tongue depressor to the back of the owl and the wreath itself.
Add a few leaves around the wreath.
Attach a ribbon for hanging.
Paint your wood plaque.
Cut out the downloaded label and Mod Podge it on.
Attach it to a piece of burlap and hang it to the top of your wreath.
Make this simple wood slice owl decor with a single wood tree slice and some felt! They can be used to adorn just about anything! Put them on a wreath, make a door hanging or centerpiece or make a small one for a pin! You can create them in any color scheme you want and use them year round! We used one of these owls for our Embroidery Hoop Burlap Wreath. And if it’s owls in general you like you’ll probably also enjoy our Quick Owl Handwarmers!
Owl Decor Supplies
- Wood Slices (Ours were approximately 3″.
- Felt colors of choice
- Hot Glue Gun
- Free Pattern below (comes with a variety of pattern sizes)
Gather your supplies.
Cut out the patterns to fit your wood tree slices.
Cut out the felt pieces using the patterns.
The owl is now ready to be assembled.
Glue your pieces on according to the photos.
Make sure to get all the eye circles in place. You can use less if desired.
Glue the final items on including the layered wings.
Make them in any color you want!
Check out our Burlap Wreath we used a little owl for!
We’ll show you how to potty train a dog or puppy to easily ring a bell when they need to go out. It’s a very easy thing to do, having taught our grown dog to do it in 3 days and our new puppy in about 5 days.
We’ve also got a great tutorial on how to make the posh bell shown including a free download of the “ring bell for service” text! Make sure you check out our other furry friend posts such as Keepsake Puppy Paw Prints and our 5 Minute Puppy Dog Bow Tie!
Potty Bell Supplies
NOTE ABOUT HOOKS: The hook shown was purchased at Hobby Lobby. It’s used upside down from how it would normally be used. Whatever hook you use must have some type of loop that allows for you to hang your bell on and make sure it sticks out far enough to not hinder the bell. We link to one that will work below, on Amazon.
- One bell about 2″ in size Liberty Bells We purchased ours at Hobby Lobby. You can also use a large jingle bell or 2″ cow bell.
- A small wood plaque (we used a 3×5 purchased from Hobby Lobby) Similar plaques (these are a bit larger)
- Paint for plaque. We used Krylon Seaglass Satin.
- A hook that has the correct layout. (We purchased ours at Hobby Lobby.
- Command Strips to hold it
- Silver split ring or ribbon to hold the bell onto the hook.
- Ring bell for service printable below
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Bell Text in Different Sizes (pdf)
How to Potty Train Using a Bell Instruction Sheet (pdf)
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Gather the basic supplies.
Paint the hook and plaque.
Attach your hook upside down to the top of the plaque.
Download and print the “Ring Bell for Service” on the paper or sheets of choice.
There are a variety of ways to place this on your plaque. You can Mod Podge it on or you can print it on ink jet clear label sheets which is what we did.
Using Command Strips, hang your bell next to the open edge of your door. Make sure it’s at nose height for your dog.
Download our instruction sheet on how to teach your dog to use their new bell! Barnaby, shown below, learned in 3 days.
Make this easy & inexpensive fall wreath with some wood slices, hot glue and cardboard. Then you can glue on a few artificial flowers or greenery you might have. We used our Five Minute Felt Flowers. If you enjoy wood slice projects you’ll also love our Wood Slice DIY Room Decor.
Fall Wreath Supplies
- Wood Slices (Ours were approximately 3″ or so in diameter.)
- Hot Glue
- Utility Knife
- Cardboard Piece to use as base
- Any decor you want to glue on or our 5 Minute Felt Flowers
Cut or buy wood discs. The ones shown are about 3″ in diameter.
Lay them out ahead of time to determine the size and pieces you will need.
Cut a cardboard ring to glue your discs onto. Make sure it does not stick out around the wood.
Hot glue your discs into place one layer at a time using a large gob of glue.
Overlap them as shown for the second layer.
Make sure the top pieces are centered between the two beneath them.
The finished wreath will be very sturdy.
The back of the wreath.
You can now glue on whatever you like. It takes very little to make it pretty.
We used three felt flowers and a couple of felt leaves.
Finished wreath on our front door.
Learn how to make felt flowers in 5 minutes with only scissors, felt and hot glue! Using our templates it’s super fast and the flowers can be used for a multitude of purposes. Put them on a wreath or another decor item. Make pins out of them or hair clips! The sky’s the limit and so are your color choices! If you’d like more flower ideas check out our 5 Minute DIY Paper Flowers!
Felt Flower Supplies
- Felt colors of choice. (Thinner felt works better than heavier.)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Free Pattern below
- Good scissors
How to Make Felt Flowers
Gather your felt choices, template and scissors.
Cut out the circle size and base you want.
Cut out 10 pieces of the larger circle. (We used two colors to make it easier for you to see what we were doing. You can do that if you wish and cut out 5 of each color or do it all of one color.)
Cut one piece of the base smaller circle. The color doesn’t really matter as it generally doesn’t show.
Take one circle and fold it in half.
Then fold it over one more time.
Place a dab of hot glue on one side of your base piece.
Lay your double folded felt circle on the glue with the point facing in and touching the exact center.
Place another dot of glue next to the first felt piece.
Place another double folded felt circle onto the second glue, centering it. Continue on in the same way.
Fit the fourth double folded circle onto the base.
Using large paperclips can help hold things down as you finish the flower. Otherwise the felt opens up too much and makes it difficult to work.
The second layer is ready to be placed on. Put a dob of glue at the bottom of one of the seams as shown.
Place the first double folded felt of the second layer where the point is in the center and the felt is centered over the seam of the bottom two pieces below it.
Continue on the same way, adding glue in the center and laying the next piece down, centered over the seam below it. Use more paperclips if needed.
Complete the second layer by adding your final piece.
Remove the paperclips before adding in the last two pieces of felt. The flower will expand out.
The last two circles will be double folded, as the others, and then folded one more time.
Place a larger glob of glue directly in the center of your flower.
Carefully push your triple folded flower down into the glue leaning it a bit to one side.
Add more glue if needed and push your last triple folded piece down in.
Fluff a little if necessary.
This is what the bottom looks like.
Add some leaves if desired, using our patterns!
This is a solid color flower.
This is a smaller yellow flower.
This simple dream catcher has extra special meaning. Taken from an old story, it carries the idea that while you sleep, the butterfly gathers up all negative energy, thoughts and dreams and cocoons them up, then carries them far away on its wings and drops them off. It then returns and when you awake you are filled with wonderful energy and love. There is a special poem to go with it which can be hung beside it or given rolled up as a scroll for a gift. Either way, children and adults alike will love it! You might also want to check out our Dream Catcher Vision Board post which combines two wonderful ideas into one!
POEM: This poem is a printable in the free download packet. Frame and hang it next to your dream catcher or roll it up and tie it with a ribbon and give with the dream catcher as a gift.
Special Thanks goes to Jessica Serrano-Gregg who shared the wonderful butterfly story which was one her abuela (grandmother) taught her as a child. We adapted it for the poem.
Dream Catcher Supplies
NOTE ON FRAMES: We used an 8×10 oval frame from Walmart. If you can’t find one of those, you could use any square or 8×10 frame and simply put scrapbook paper as the background and center your butterfly on it.
- Mainstays 8×10 Oval Black Frame (We used this exact one.)
- Frame choice on Amazon.
- 12×12 frames on Amazon
- Cardstock scrapbook paper with gold in the mix
- Feathers (we used 10)
- Metallic Paints For frame we used Martha Stewart’s Gold for the feathers and Martha Stewart’s Champagne
- Cream or Ivory Paint
- Hot Glue
- Cord/String for hanging feathers
- Pattern and Poem download below
Download Patterns & Poem
Gather your supplies.
Paint your fame if needed. We chose a cream color.
After your paint dries give it a solid coat of Martha Stewart’s Metallic Gold or something similar. Her metallic and pearl paints are amazing!
Print and cut out the butterfly templates. Because the poem speaks of the color “gold” you may want to keep some of that color involved. We used a solid gold glitter type sheet for the largest butterfly.
We traced our large butterfly on the back of our sparkle paper and cut it out.
The other two butterflies were cut out of matching cardstock.
Cut 8″ pieces of cord that will hold your feathers. We used 10 feathers and attached three to each of the outside cords and four to the inside cord.
Paint the ends of your feathers with a metallic gold paint.
Glue three feathers along each cord, one below the other.
These are the final feather groups ready to attach to the frame.
One set of butterfly templates should fit inside the oval 8×10 frame as shown. (You can do this other ways too and just center them in the middle of a normal frame.)
Use a small amount of hot glue to tack down the butterfly wings inside the frame edge. In this set up there is no backing sheet on the frame.
Fold your other two smaller butterflies so they bend upward.
Glue the smallest one onto the mid sized butterfly as shown.
Then glue them to the center of the largest butterfly.
Glue the feather pieces to the bottom inside of the frame spacing them evenly.
For the final touch, cut out the mini butterflies.
Fold them as shown.
Glue them onto the feather groupings.
Me and me matey Cap’n Roy invite you to join us in celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate Day which falls on September 19th every year. It’s one of those days that gives you a chance to let your hair down, haul anchor and have all kinds of piraty goodness! You’ll find things to make and wear, free food, learn how to turn your Facebook into pirate talk, tell pirate jokes and much more below. This is a day for grownups and kids alike to have fun!
LONG JOHN SILVERS (of course!)
Shop Like a Pirate
How to Talk Like a Pirate
First and foremost you need to learn to “talk like a pirate”. Here are some words and phrases to get you started. You can also use this online Pirate Translator.
Turn Your Picture Into a Pirate
This site lets you upload a head shot of yourself, or link to one on Facebook, and it turns you into a pirate. You can see what that will look like on the left. You can then use the image in various places.
If you know how to work any type of graphic software, you can do it yourself using clipart. That’s what I did for my Facebook avatar for the day. You can see that image on the right.
Dress like a Pirate
At the very least you need to have a pirate hat and an eye patch. Both are easy to make.
5 MINUTE PIRATE HOOK
- 18 oz Plastic Grey Hefty Cup (any brand or color will work and you can paint them. These were just perfect for this.)
- Plastic clothes hanger
- Silver spray paint (or color of choice)
- Heavy nippers (small saw would also work)
- Drill or something to put a hole in the cup.
NOTE: Make the hole smaller than the end of the clothes hanger hook. That way you can just push it in and it holds!
Change Facebook Language To Pirate!
Yep… you can actually choose “pirate” as your language on Facebook with some awesome results. It does NOT change anything you personally write but it changes the titles and notices of many things. Easy to do and you can switch it back after the day is over.
Other Ideas to Celebrate the Day
Have a Pirate Movie Marathon (Many are available to watch on Amazon and Netflix)
A Few of Our Favorites
Tell Pirate Jokes
These are all over the web but here’s a few to get you started:
- What’s a pirate’s favorite type of socks? Arggggile.
- What does a Jewish pirate say? Ahoy vey!
- What does a pirate nerd wear? An iPatch
- What’s a pirate’s favorite place to eat? Arrrrrrby’s
Drink Some Grog
Our family as pirates.
Make this framed keepsake dog or puppy paw print to have forever and memorialize your furry friends. It’s both classy and meaningful! It doesn’t matter what size your “puppy” is. It makes a beautiful gift for family, friends or your children. (I’ve been told its great for kitty cats too!) You might also enjoy learning how to simply and inexpensively make personalized dog bowls or make sure your little guy or gal is styling with our 5 minute puppy bow ties!
Puppy Paw Print Supplies
IMPORTANT: Dogs that have longer fur will be next to impossible to get a clean paw print unless the fur is trimmed. Also, many dogs do not like their feet touched. Don’t ever force your dog to do something that scares them.
Gather your supplies. You can use regular paper but watercolor paper gives a much nicer print and finish!
Paint your palm gold, making sure to cover it well.
Make sure there are no gaps in the paint.
Make sure you plan ahead for your frame so you know exactly where your hand needs to be placed. Press your hand down firmly on the center of the paper. You may need to take your other hand to help with pressure. It’s a good idea to do some test runs to know exactly how much pressure to use.
The final print.
Feel free to touch up any gaps if needed.
Take your little pups paw and press it into the ink. Do some test runs on the paw print also before doing the final.
Press the paw in place.
Frame your art and hang!
Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download of our own patterns below. (In both pdf and Silhouette Cutter format!) These will work on pint size or quart jars. The lovely paper rose that you see can be made using our simple tutorial 5 Minute Beautiful Paper Flowers. We also found a better way to tint those jars! So make sure you view How to Paint Mason Jars Easily with Less Mess.
- 1 quart and 1 pint mason jar
- X-acto Knife
- Regular white paper to print the graphics on
- Battery Operated Tea Light
- Printable patterns below
- Spray adhesive
Gather the few supplies you’ll need.
Painting the jars. What we did and suggest NOT doing. For the jars shown we placed some Mod Podge into a bowl and added a squirt or two of white paint. We then brushed it onto the sides of the inside of the jar. The result was not nearly as nice as we wanted. Though it looks great lit up in the dark, in the light it looks messy. So we tested another method that we suggest using instead.
A better method to paint your jars.
Because we were unhappy with our original jar painting, we did some testing. Then we created a post on how to paint mason jars which you can check out before moving on to the rest of your project.
You can cut out the graphics in minutes using an X-acto knife.
They’re now ready to place in your jars.
In order to hold the images inside the jar used a light spritz of spray adhesive.
Carefully put the image inside the jar, pressing it into place.
We placed a small amount of moss in the bottom of the jar and set our battery operated tea light on top of it.
Batteries for these lights are very cheap. The ones I use and linked to under supplies are on a timer.
For the top of the lid we used a 5 Minute Paper Flower.
Glue your twine around the edge of the lid.
We added an extra little flourish tied on with some twine.
You can decorate your own Mason jar lights however you wish!
We made this classy upcycled $100 bill statement piece out of a piece of foam board used as packing in something we ordered. Total Cost? ZERO. However, you can also buy sheets of foam cheap. The “frame” you see around it is actually a piece off of an old coffee table. But you could easily make a wood one or just hang it as is.
The fancy cupboard you see underneath of our cash art? That’s one of our “Buff Your Stuff” series where you take items you already own and give them a face lift. Check out our Refurbishing Furniture with Modern Colors post!
Cash Wall Decoration Supplies
NOTES ON FOAM SHEETS: Our foam sheet was in a box from a shelf we ordered. It was used as packing. We used it the size it came (24″ wide x 12″ tall and 1″ thick) and it had a nice texture. When buying foam sheets just make sure they are firm. We link to some below on Amazon but have not used them ourselves and our unsure of the texture. We suggest finding a sheet at a craft store or possibly Walmart. You can make it any size you want.
- Foam Sheet (please read notes above) Sheet 1 Sheet 2
- Black Paint
- Teal Paint
- Paint brushes
- Sharpie Marker
- Purchased Enlarger, Enlarger #2 (Uses light to enlarge images to then trace)
- X-acto Knife & Tape (if your do a stencil)
Enlarging or Stenciling the Graphic
You can either enlarge a smaller copy of the bill using a projector of some type or you can print out the larger 24″ bill and make a stencil.
ENLARGING WITH A PROJECTOR: If you have an enlarger you can place a small graphic underneath it and then it shines it up on the wall for tracing. You would hang your foam and then align the lighted graphic and trace it with a Sharpie marker. Then taking black paint, paint inside the area traced. We have an older model of this model projector. Its very handy for things like this.
STENCILING: You can also print out the 24 inch version provided. It will print on 3 sheets which you cut out and tape together. Then cut out the black areas with an X-acto knife. Lay the stencil over your foam and trace inside the cut out areas with a Sharpie marker. Remove the stencil and paint in the areas you traced with black.
Small size bills for using a projector. (pdf)
Large 24″ bill. .
This is one of the foam sheets that came inside a shipping box as packing. It was just the right size for our $100 bill. (24″ wide x 12″ tall and 1″ thick)
To stencil on your graphic print out the large 24″ dollar bill.
Cut the left and right margin off the middle piece.
Take the right and left pieces and match them up. The paper prints with a small overlap. Tape the pieces together across the entire back seams.
This is the fully taped bill.
Cut out your bill, then using an X-acto knife but out the stencil as shown. You will remove all the white parts.
Paint your foam board. We used a teal to match the decor. Take a black Sharpie marker and trace your graphic onto the board using either a projector or a large stencil as discussed above. Then paint in the black areas you traced on with a small brush.
We framed ours only because we had a piece of wood from an old coffee table that was the perfect size. We painted it gold.
Then we hung them on the wall. Instant glam and great money vibes! You can see how we created that beautiful cupboard from an old piece of furniture in our post Refurbished Furniture with Modern Colors.