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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Instructions

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 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.

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.
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.

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!

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!

 

Kitchen Craft Cup Dispenser Supplies

Label Download

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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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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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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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This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!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
  • Scissors
  • 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)

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Instructions

You can use a variety of soda bottles. We used the slimmer style on the left purchased from Walmart.

This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

You will need three bottles, one for the cup dispenser, one to hold toothbrushes and one to hold the floss sticks. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

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. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

Mark the bottle that will hold the floss sticks. It will also have filler marbles inside. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

CUP DISPENSER

NOTE: Since doing this post we found a much nicer way to make a cup dispenser following our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Cup Dispenser post. It works so much better and looks awesome. Follow the instructions for it and then come back here to finish the other parts of your bathroom set!.

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!

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.

This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

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.This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

Next, spray paint your bottles. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

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. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

The lid for the cup dispenser is made from a piece of foam and a 1″ round wood ball we painted white. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

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. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

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. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

To hang your dispenser, you need to punch a hole in the top back for a nail. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

We then also affixed a command strip below to allow for all the pulling. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

Add your filler flat marbles to the brush and floss holder. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels! 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 matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels! This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

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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!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)

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Instructions

 

Gather your items. IMPORTANT: You need enough marbles to COVER NEARLY THE ENTIRE BOTTOM OF THE PAN.

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!

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.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!

Measure the inside of the pan for cutting your liner.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!

Cut out your contact paper or liner paper. 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!

Place it in your pan. 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!

Fill the bottom pan most of the way with marbles. 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!

Set your top pan onto the marbles and your Lazy Susan is ready to use!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!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! 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!

 

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Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing! 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.

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Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Instructions

Choose a plastic plate size, shape and color.

Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Print out your words of choice or create your own on a printer and print them out.Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Place the letters on a colored piece of paper and carefully cut each one out. Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Lay out the words as they will be placed for gluing. Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

A glue stick works very well for this project as it allows you to slide them for adjusting as you go along.Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Coat the back of each letter.Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Place them on your plate or platter. If needed, slide them with your finger to align. Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

For the flowers, print out the flower templates.Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Cut out the size you need. We used the smaller two. Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Cut the small slit into the middle that allows for overlapping two petals together to make a single petal and give the 3D effect.Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

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. Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Add a dob of glue and add your center circle. You can trim the double petal with scissors if needed.Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Glue onto your platter. Add leaves if desired.Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

This is the set we did using vinyl cut from a Silhouette Machine to match our kitchen.  Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

We supplied the same text so you could do something similar with your own flowers as flourish.Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing! Looking for some inexpensive kitchen wall decor to brighten up your home? These darling dollar store plastic plates and platters are just the thing!

 

 

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With this ultimate pinecone craft you can make a bowl of stunning succulents in a matter of minutes to add to your home decor. And they never need watered!

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

COLORS USED

APPLE BARREL ACYRLIC
Leaf Green
Kelly Green
Kiwi
Key West

RUST-OLEUM SPRAY PAINT
Real Orange
Grape

Instructions

Gather your supplies.

 With this ultimate pinecone craft you can make a bowl of stunning succulents in a matter of minutes to add to your home decor. And they never need watered!

Cut the top and or bottoms off your pinecones. With this ultimate pinecone craft you can make a bowl of stunning succulents in a matter of minutes to add to your home decor. And they never need watered!

 This may require pulling out some of the pine cone scales to be able to reach in to the core. With this ultimate pinecone craft you can make a bowl of stunning succulents in a matter of minutes to add to your home decor. And they never need watered! You can use both tops and bottoms of a pine cone as both look appropriate.  With this ultimate pinecone craft you can make a bowl of stunning succulents in a matter of minutes to add to your home decor. And they never need watered!

 With this ultimate pinecone craft you can make a bowl of stunning succulents in a matter of minutes to add to your home decor. And they never need watered! Once you have your pieces, paint as desired either by hand or spray painting.   With this ultimate pinecone craft you can make a bowl of stunning succulents in a matter of minutes to add to your home decor. And they never need watered!

As you can see, the bottoms and tops both resemble succulents.  With this ultimate pinecone craft you can make a bowl of stunning succulents in a matter of minutes to add to your home decor. And they never need watered!

Fill your container with moss or stones if desired. With this ultimate pinecone craft you can make a bowl of stunning succulents in a matter of minutes to add to your home decor. And they never need watered!

You can now arrange your “succulents” inside.  With this ultimate pinecone craft you can make a bowl of stunning succulents in a matter of minutes to add to your home decor. And they never need watered!

 With this ultimate pinecone craft you can make a bowl of stunning succulents in a matter of minutes to add to your home decor. And they never need watered!

 With this ultimate pinecone craft you can make a bowl of stunning succulents in a matter of minutes to add to your home decor. And they never need watered!

 

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These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!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
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Photos

Instructions

This is what the coaster looked like straight out of the thrift store.

These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

It needed a little cleaning up. These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

I also had to remove the top pieces.These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

Then the spray painting began!These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

I found that a spray paint cap was the perfect size for tracing my photos. These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

I found photos I wanted and traced them. These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

I then cut them out.These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

Perfect fit!These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

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. These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

I used Tacky Glue inside each tray to adhere the photos. These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

Then I pressed each one in place.These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

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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!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

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Instructions

Gather your supplies. For this first heart we’re using fabric.

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!

Choose the size of heart you want to make from our free printable patterns.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!

Cut out a heart from the plastic lid.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!

Trim the end a little so it’s not a sharp point. 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!

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.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!

Add a generous amount of Mod Podge on one side of your plastic.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!

Place the burlap on.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!

Add a little extra Mod Podge on the edges to keep it from unraveling.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!

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.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!

Fold it over. 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!

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.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!

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.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!

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.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!

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.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!

You can now slip your ring into the loop. 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!

All ready for keys!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!

For the next heart we used the lid from a plastic egg carton.

We traced the heart on. 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!

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. 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!

Remember to round the tip a little so that it’s not sharp. 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!

Turn your heart over and apply Washi tape to the back just as you did on the front. 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!

Trim off the extra Washi tap around your heart.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!

Coat each side with Mod Podge and let it dry between coats.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!

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. 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!

It’s a pretty neat little gadget and you can use at least two sizes of eyelets. Punch the hole.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!

Insert the eyelet, which comes in every color of the rainbow. 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!

And clamp. Done!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!

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!

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!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!

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Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!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

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

 

Instructions

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.

Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

These are the supplies you will need for the string text gloves. Gloves, Fray Check Fabric Glue and heavy String. Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

Begin by cutting off the tips of the gloves where they start to curve.Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

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.Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

  The pinky finger needed trimmed as you could see so I trimmed it a little. Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

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.Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

Once one glove is trimmed to the exact length needed, lay it over the other glove and trim it to match. Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

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.Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

Make sure each finger hole is spread out.Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

It’s now time to pull out the Fray Check which is perfect for things like this. Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

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. Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

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. Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

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. Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

For the string words, cut pieces of string for the words you choose.Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

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.Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

Once all your letters are cut, grab your fabric glue. Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

Glue where the letters will be placed and attach them. Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue! Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking gloves on and off to do said texting? DIY Power Texting Gloves to the rescue!

 

 

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We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

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

When your finished, use the pillow box for a Valentines Gift idea!

These tiny pretzel arrows take seconds to make. Use our pillow box tutorial and attach one of our cute free tags and you've got the perfect Valentine gift!

Instructions

We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

I use a dry erase marker for making all my cutting lines because it wipes right off afterwards. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

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. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

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.We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Cut along where you marked. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Wipe off your marks and you should now have a cylinder. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

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. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

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. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

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.

We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Mark it with your dry erase marker as shown. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Cut off the end where you marked and do the same on the other side.We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

This is the part is a little tricky. Take your bowl and face it the OTHER way on each end. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

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.We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Carefully bend down on the crease you made with the knife and fold it inward. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Pinch the crease some if needed to help it bend inward.We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Once pressed in, it should stay. You can pop it out to do the other side. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

To close your container you close one flap in, then the other. Do this on both sides. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Fill them with whatever you like and wrap a ribbon around them!We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

We also used this container for our Pretzel Arrows Valentines Gift Idea.

These tiny pretzel arrows take seconds to make. Use our pillow box tutorial and attach one of our cute free tags and you've got the perfect Valentine gift!

We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

 

 

 

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In need of a decor change that costs very little? Here are some geometric door decorations that literally cost a few dollars and take just minutes to make!

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

Instructions

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. In need of a decor change that costs very little? Here are some geometric door decorations that literally cost a few dollars and take just minutes to make!

In need of a decor change that costs very little? Here are some geometric door decorations that literally cost a few dollars and take just minutes to make!

In need of a decor change that costs very little? Here are some geometric door decorations that literally cost a few dollars and take just minutes to make!

  In need of a decor change that costs very little? Here are some geometric door decorations that literally cost a few dollars and take just minutes to make!

 

In need of a decor change that costs very little? Here are some geometric door decorations that literally cost a few dollars and take just minutes to make!

 

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With a foam sheet, 40mm round gold sequins and hot glue you make this awesome huge lightning bolt statement piece to hang on your wall. Shockingly gorgeous!

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

Pattern Download

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″

 

 

Instructions

Gather your supplies.

With a foam sheet, 40mm round gold sequins and hot glue you can make this awesome huge lightning bolt cheap wall decor statement piece. Shockingly gorgeous!

We upcycled a piece of foam packing that came in a small piece of furniture we ordered. With a foam sheet, 40mm round gold sequins and hot glue you make this awesome huge lightning bolt statement piece to hang on your wall. Shockingly gorgeous!

However, foam boards you buy at most stores will work fine also!With a foam sheet, 40mm round gold sequins and hot glue you make this awesome huge lightning bolt statement piece to hang on your wall. Shockingly gorgeous!

 

Trace your lightning bolt onto your foam board whatever size you like then cut out with an X-acto knife. With a foam sheet, 40mm round gold sequins and hot glue you can make this awesome huge lightning bolt cheap wall decor statement piece. Shockingly gorgeous!

Begin at the bottom and add the sequins overlapping each row slightly. Try to cover all your foam.With a foam sheet, 40mm round gold sequins and hot glue you can make this awesome huge lightning bolt cheap wall decor statement piece. Shockingly gorgeous!

Continue until all the lightning bolt is covered.With a foam sheet, 40mm round gold sequins and hot glue you can make this awesome huge lightning bolt cheap wall decor statement piece. Shockingly gorgeous!

With a foam sheet, 40mm round gold sequins and hot glue you can make this awesome huge lightning bolt cheap wall decor statement piece. Shockingly gorgeous!

This particular lightning bolt was hung in a fun chic grouping in my daughter Amy’s office.

With a foam sheet, 40mm round gold sequins and hot glue you can make this awesome huge lightning bolt cheap wall decor statement piece. Shockingly gorgeous!

With a foam sheet, 40mm round gold sequins and hot glue you make this awesome huge lightning bolt statement piece to hang on your wall. Shockingly gorgeous!

With a foam sheet, 40mm round gold sequins and hot glue you make this awesome huge lightning bolt statement piece to hang on your wall. Shockingly gorgeous!

 

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This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!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

Printable Quotes

Ten 5″x7″ High Resolution Prints (pdf)


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Instructions

Gather your basic supplies.

This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

Because I used a glass candle stick holder I decided to use paint primer, because I had some. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

I added white on the bottom of my candle stick. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

I painted the rest of it metallic gold.  I had to do two coats of each, drying in between.This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

I painted the stick  and then the wood wall. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

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.This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!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. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

 You need a single small bobby pin to use for the claps.This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

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 classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

This is how it looks when you’re finished cutting.  You can easily slip a paper in the top part. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

Apply glue to the back of your bobby pin with a toothpick or paperclip. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

Stick the bobby pin onto the top of your dowel as shown. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

Paint the bobby pin gold to match, being careful not to get it between the pins.This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

If you do get paint between the pin, just slide something in until it dries to assure it does not stick together.This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

Cut out your quotes from our free download packet. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

We give you ten choices of quotes to switch in and out of your holder. This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

They easily slip in and out of the clip when you want to change one.

This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

This classy display clip stand is made from a candle holder, dowel and bobby pin and it can not only display he free printable motivational quotes below but photos and more!

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This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!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.

blank630x20Recipe 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.

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This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

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This is what we started out with! You can find this at many thrift stores. I paid 50 cents for this one.

This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

Gather up a few supplies. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

Roll out your clay to make your ice cream. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

Shape the clay as shown, twirling it around. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

Keep swirling your ice cream around. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

Make it fit onto your candle holder. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

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. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

While your clay is baking you can paint your base to resemble a cone and dish. The top portion was painted a lighter brown. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

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. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

Glue your rice on however you want. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

Add lines to the top part of your cone and paint the bottom of your “dish” white. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!Glue your ice cream to your candle holder. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

Glue a 2″ clothes pin to the top. Make sure to put a coat of gloss over everything. This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

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This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

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This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

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This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

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  This fun portable recipe holder is made from an old brass candle stick holder and some clay! It's super easy and we've got free matching recipe cards also!

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Being thankful can be tricky when life gets hard. Make a gratitude token for any age to remind us how lucky we are when we need it most! Free printables.

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.

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Being thankful can be tricky when life gets hard. Make a gratitude token for any age to remind us how lucky we are when we need it most! Free printables.

Instructions

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.

 

Being thankful can be tricky when life gets hard. Make a gratitude token for any age to remind us how lucky we are when we need it most! Free printables.

Cut out the petals or raindrops. Being thankful can be tricky when life gets hard. Make a gratitude token for any age to remind us how lucky we are when we need it most! Free printables.

Punch holes where shown.Being thankful can be tricky when life gets hard. Make a gratitude token for any age to remind us how lucky we are when we need it most! Free printables.

If you have an awl it can help you line up smaller holes for putting string into. Being thankful can be tricky when life gets hard. Make a gratitude token for any age to remind us how lucky we are when we need it most! Free printables.

Write the answers to the questions on the back of each petal or drop.Being thankful can be tricky when life gets hard. Make a gratitude token for any age to remind us how lucky we are when we need it most! Free printables.

Whenever you are having a bad day bring our your cards and look through them.gratitude-reminder-tokens-sq Being thankful can be tricky when life gets hard. Make a gratitude token for any age to remind us how lucky we are when we need it most! Free printables. Being thankful can be tricky when life gets hard. Make a gratitude token for any age to remind us how lucky we are when we need it most! Free printables.

 

 

 

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Remind family and visitors to keep negative thoughts outside your home with this beautiful poem and tribal burden basket that you hang on your front porch.

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.

If you enjoy this check out our  Butterfly Dream Catcher and Our Inspirational Dream Catcher Vision Board.

Burden Basket Supplies

Poem Download

You can get the poem in various forms included in our free download below.

Remind family and visitors to keep negative thoughts outside your home with this beautiful poem and tribal burden basket that you hang on your front porch.

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Remind family and visitors to keep negative thoughts outside your home with this beautiful poem and tribal burden basket that you hang on your front porch.

Instructions

Gather your supplies. We cut the handles of the basket we found. It was 4.5″ tall afterwards.

Remind family and visitors to keep negative thoughts outside your home with this beautiful poem and tribal burden basket that you hang on your front porch.

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.Remind family and visitors to keep negative thoughts outside your home with this beautiful poem and tribal burden basket that you hang on your front porch.

You can paint your plaque however you like. We went with a tribal geometric design and marked off the plaque where we would paint. Remind family and visitors to keep negative thoughts outside your home with this beautiful poem and tribal burden basket that you hang on your front porch.

Measure each side area and paint the colors of your choice.Remind family and visitors to keep negative thoughts outside your home with this beautiful poem and tribal burden basket that you hang on your front porch.

Using paint with a little added water, paint triangles onto the basket. Remind family and visitors to keep negative thoughts outside your home with this beautiful poem and tribal burden basket that you hang on your front porch.

Cut out the poem that you choose.Remind family and visitors to keep negative thoughts outside your home with this beautiful poem and tribal burden basket that you hang on your front porch.

Mod Podge the poem on and then over the entire plaque. Remind family and visitors to keep negative thoughts outside your home with this beautiful poem and tribal burden basket that you hang on your front porch.

A paint pen can help get straighter edges depending on the surface of your basket. Remind family and visitors to keep negative thoughts outside your home with this beautiful poem and tribal burden basket that you hang on your front porch.

Use a sufficient amount of hot glue to affix the basket to the plaque below the poem.Remind family and visitors to keep negative thoughts outside your home with this beautiful poem and tribal burden basket that you hang on your front porch.

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!Remind family and visitors to keep negative thoughts outside your home with this beautiful poem and tribal burden basket that you hang on your front porch.

We held them together with a tiny dab of hot glue, then wrapped them with embroidery thread. Remind family and visitors to keep negative thoughts outside your home with this beautiful poem and tribal burden basket that you hang on your front porch.

We keep these sawtooth hangers to use for plaques. All you do is hammer them in!Remind family and visitors to keep negative thoughts outside your home with this beautiful poem and tribal burden basket that you hang on your front porch.

 Hang your plaque on your front door or beside it where everyone can see before they enter in.Remind family and visitors to keep negative thoughts outside your home with this beautiful poem and tribal burden basket that you hang on your front porch.Remind family and visitors to keep negative thoughts outside your home with this beautiful poem and tribal burden basket that you hang on your front porch.

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It's really hard to find a glue gun with an on off switch. But its easy to install a $2 switch to the cord in 10 minutes allowing you to keep it plugged 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.

Speaking of glue guns and hot glue, we’ve got a couple craft ideas that takes  hot glue as the main material! Check out our Creepy Gothic Jewelry and our DIY Fall Decorations Hot Glue Glitter Leaves.

Glue Gun On Off Switch Supplies

  • Feed Cord Switch
  • X-acto Knife
  • Screwdriver
  • 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.

It's really hard to find a glue gun with an on off switch. But its easy to install a $2 switch to the cord in 10 minutes allowing you to keep it plugged in!

My Mini Gun with On/Off Switch

It's really hard to find a glue gun with an on off switch. But its easy to install a $2 switch to the cord in 10 minutes allowing you to keep it plugged in!

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

It's really hard to find a glue gun with an on off switch. But its easy to install a $2 switch to the cord in 10 minutes allowing you to keep it plugged in!

Instructions

***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.

It's really hard to find a glue gun with an on off switch. But its easy to install a $2 switch to the cord in 10 minutes allowing you to keep it plugged in!

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. It's really hard to find a glue gun with an on off switch. But its easy to install a $2 switch to the cord in 10 minutes allowing you to keep it plugged in!

Our switch had a loose nut on the bottom so we temporarily taped it on using some scotch tape. It's really hard to find a glue gun with an on off switch. But its easy to install a $2 switch to the cord in 10 minutes allowing you to keep it plugged in!

This shows how much we cut off the outer portion and how it will sit inside the switch. It's really hard to find a glue gun with an on off switch. But its easy to install a $2 switch to the cord in 10 minutes allowing you to keep it plugged in!

Taking wire cutters or even scissors cut one of the inner wires. It doesn’t matter which one you clip. It's really hard to find a glue gun with an on off switch. But its easy to install a $2 switch to the cord in 10 minutes allowing you to keep it plugged in!

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. It's really hard to find a glue gun with an on off switch. But its easy to install a $2 switch to the cord in 10 minutes allowing you to keep it plugged in!

This is how it should look. It's really hard to find a glue gun with an on off switch. But its easy to install a $2 switch to the cord in 10 minutes allowing you to keep it plugged in!

Put the top piece on and screw your switch together. That’s it!It's really hard to find a glue gun with an on off switch. But its easy to install a $2 switch to the cord in 10 minutes allowing you to keep it plugged in!

10 minutes later! Much better and much handier. It's really hard to find a glue gun with an on off switch. But its easy to install a $2 switch to the cord in 10 minutes allowing you to keep it plugged in!It's really hard to find a glue gun with an on off switch. But its easy to install a $2 switch to the cord in 10 minutes allowing you to keep it plugged in!It's really hard to find a glue gun with an on off switch. But its easy to install a $2 switch to the cord in 10 minutes allowing you to keep it plugged in!

 

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Makes this fun and creepy Gothic jewelry using hot glue! Grab our free printable patterns or come up with your own. Great for kids, adults and Halloween!

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)
  • String

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Makes this fun and creepy Gothic jewelry using hot glue! Grab our free printable patterns or come up with your own. Great for kids, adults and Halloween!

Instructions

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.

Makes this fun and creepy Gothic jewelry using hot glue! Grab our free printable patterns or come up with your own. Great for kids, adults and Halloween!

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. Makes this fun and creepy Gothic jewelry using hot glue! Grab our free printable patterns or come up with your own. Great for kids, adults and Halloween!

Allow the glue to cool for 3 or 4 minutes, them peel it off.Makes this fun and creepy Gothic jewelry using hot glue! Grab our free printable patterns or come up with your own. Great for kids, adults and Halloween!

Pull off any small strings of glue that remain.Makes this fun and creepy Gothic jewelry using hot glue! Grab our free printable patterns or come up with your own. Great for kids, adults and Halloween!

Paint your necklace if desired with acrylic paint and a brush or spray paint. Makes this fun and creepy Gothic jewelry using hot glue! Grab our free printable patterns or come up with your own. Great for kids, adults and Halloween!

Attach string or cord for tying the necklaces on in a variety of ways. We glued most of ours on. Makes this fun and creepy Gothic jewelry using hot glue! Grab our free printable patterns or come up with your own. Great for kids, adults and Halloween!

Makes this fun and creepy Gothic jewelry using hot glue! Grab our free printable patterns or come up with your own. Great for kids, adults and Halloween! Makes this fun and creepy Gothic jewelry using hot glue! Grab our free printable patterns or come up with your own. Great for kids, adults and Halloween!

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Are you bothered by monsters, ghosts or zombies? Whip up some of our magical "creature be gone" sprays. We makes ghost, monster & zombie survival easy!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!

Includes free printable poem tags and bottle faces! If you enjoy creature type things, make sure to check out our fun Monster Eye Pong Party Game and our other printable game aptly titled “Monster!”

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
  • Water
  • 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!

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Are you bothered by monsters, ghosts or zombies? Whip up some of our magical "creature be gone" sprays. We makes ghost, monster & zombie survival easy!

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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!

Are you bothered by monsters, ghosts or zombies? Whip up some of our magical "creature be gone" sprays. We makes ghost, monster & zombie survival easy!

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. Are you bothered by monsters, ghosts or zombies? Whip up some of our magical "creature be gone" sprays. We makes ghost, monster & zombie survival easy!

Print and cut out the monster faces on regular paper. Are you bothered by monsters, ghosts or zombies? Whip up some of our magical "creature be gone" sprays. We makes ghost, monster & zombie survival easy!

Print and cut out your tags on cardstock. Are you bothered by monsters, ghosts or zombies? Whip up some of our magical "creature be gone" sprays. We makes ghost, monster & zombie survival easy!

Glue on the face pieces. Are you bothered by monsters, ghosts or zombies? Whip up some of our magical "creature be gone" sprays. We makes ghost, monster & zombie survival easy!

Fill the bottles with water. Are you bothered by monsters, ghosts or zombies? Whip up some of our magical "creature be gone" sprays. We makes ghost, monster & zombie survival easy!

Add a few drops of something to give it a scent. We used lavender oil as it dispels negative energy!Are you bothered by monsters, ghosts or zombies? Whip up some of our magical "creature be gone" sprays. We makes ghost, monster & zombie survival easy!

Punch a hole in your tags.Are you bothered by monsters, ghosts or zombies? Whip up some of our magical "creature be gone" sprays. We makes ghost, monster & zombie survival easy!

Tie them onto the bottles using raffia, ribbon or string. Are you bothered by monsters, ghosts or zombies? Whip up some of our magical "creature be gone" sprays. We makes ghost, monster & zombie survival easy!

Are you bothered by monsters, ghosts or zombies? Whip up some of our magical "creature be gone" sprays. We makes ghost, monster & zombie survival easy! Are you bothered by monsters, ghosts or zombies? Whip up some of our magical "creature be gone" sprays. We makes ghost, monster & zombie survival easy! Are you bothered by monsters, ghosts or zombies? Whip up some of our magical "creature be gone" sprays. We makes ghost, monster & zombie survival easy!

 

 

 

 

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