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  This was part of our outdated kitchen transformation which included some other fun posts such as our Chicken Wire Memo Board and our Lovely Little DIY Sugar Bowl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!

 

A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I always wanted a chicken wire frame memo board and when we did our kitchen transformation, I decided to add one into my new kitchen. We’d used chicken wire once before in a really popular Dream Catcher Vision Board  but this one was meant to be kitchen oriented, though I throw in a little twist using a pinecone craft succulent craft we did recently. It turned out gorgeous! I even made my own mail holder from a Malt-O-Meal box. The entire thing was a wonderful upcycle project. Fill yours with whatever pleases you!

 

Chicken Wire Frame Supplies

 

PINECONE SUPPLIES

Please visit our Pinecone Craft post for details on making these.

  • 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

Instructions

We had an old rough wood frame that we decided to use for our chicken wire frame. Roy cut some chicken wire to fit it.

A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Then he stapled it in place around the edges.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes! A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

We did this backwards and painted it after we put the chicken wire on. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Next we made our pinecone succulents. It’s very easy to do and we have detailed instructions on our Pinecone Craft post here. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

After our succulents were made and painted, we cut small circles out of felt to attach them to our chicken wire.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Place a large amount of hot glue on the felt circle.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Place it where you will be putting your succulent. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Push your succulent down onto the felt while pushing the felt with glue onto the succulent. Use something, if needed, to help push the felt so you don’t get burned. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

This shows all of the succulents attached. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I decided to add moss in between the succulents.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I just poked it down in between and didn’t use any glue. It’s a messy job I suggest you do outside. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Next, I designed a note pad and pencil to hang on the board.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

A tiny hook screw was twisted into the end of the pencil eraser. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I was painted  silver and Washi tape was wrapped around the end.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

We covered the top of our note pad with Washi tape to match. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I was originally going to use a binder clip and somehow rig a hook onto the chicken wire to hold the memo pad. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Then I remembered I had these awesome Clips with Hooks. They were perfect!A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I wanted to have a pouch on my board to hold mail until we had a chance to open it. A Malt-O-Meal box was the perfect size.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I measured it and marked it how I wanted with a sharpie marker. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Then cut it with an X-acto knife. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I chose a color of scrapbook paper to cover it with. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I laid the box on the wrong side of the paper and carefully traced it. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Then I made two of the main folds. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

At this point I pulled out my spray adhesive and gave the front and sides of the box a quick spray.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Then I pressed the paper carefully onto the box aligning the folds. I decided not to cover the back as it would not show. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I then proceeded to cut and fold the bottom paper. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I used stick glue to hold it in place.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

Any extra was trimmed off.A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

On the top side I carefully decided where to make the cuts so I could fold the paper down and glue it into place while trimming away the excess. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

 I used a stick glue to do the seams. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

For the finishing touch I added a metal label holder. It was bronze and I wanted silver so I used a little rub ‘n buff on it. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I glued it onto the front of the box and made a hole for the screws and pushed them through.  Then I printed a label that said MAIL on my computer to insert into it. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

I found a plastic hook and glued it upside down on the back of the box so I could hang it on the board.  I could have also used felt to glue it on but I wanted the box to be removable. A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

A country chicken wire frame memo board that will brighten up your kitchen with its pretty pinecone succulents. It holds useful items plus photos & quotes!

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!

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

Pattern Download

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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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3 Minute DIY Bracelets

You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

You got three minutes? You got an old t-shirt? Add in a heart shaped pony bead and now what you’ve got  are 3 minute DIY bracelets! Make them in bulk using our free printable cards for Valentines day giveaways or just make them to wear. It’s a wonderful way to upcycle those old t-shirts and they’re great for kids and adults! You could also put a set of these little bracelets in a variety of colors inside our Soda Bottle Pillow Box. And if you’re looking for other quick jewelry ideas check out our Charming Soda Bottle Bracelet DIY and our Easy DIY Necklace for Someone You Love.

 

DIY Bracelets Supplies

Card Printout Download

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Instructions

Gather some old T-shirts and heart pony beads.

You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

Cut approximately 12″ long by 1″ pieces in the same direction as the hem. You can trim the ends as needed when completed.You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

Grab each side of your piece of materiel.You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

Slowly stretch it out. You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

Continue stretching until it rolls up as shown. You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

Let go and you should have a roll as shown. You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.) Clip one end to a very skinny point to allow you to feed it into a bead. You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

You can trim it more if needed. You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

You can also use a large needled to help push it through. You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

Once you have your bead or beads on, tie it around your wrist where it just fits. Tie a square knot and trim the ends. It will slip on and off as needed because it stretchy. (Try not to pull or stretch it too much when you put it on and off.) You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

If you’re giving these DIY bracelets away as Valentines gifts, print and cut out the paper tags on cards stock.  You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

They will be folded around each bracelet and glued.You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

Close them together to hold. You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.) You got 3 minutes? Got an old t-shirt? Add in heart shaped pony beads and now you've got 3 minute DIY bracelets! Great for Valentine's Day! (Free tags.)

 

Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Have you been searching for those unique valentines crafts ideas? Well, here’s one we bet you’ve never seen before!  That’s bold statement to make now a days! It’s two halves of one heart made from plastic soda bottles and it’s the perfect gift for a couple.  Then we thought, what more perfect couple to give this too than good old mom and dad. I mean it’s their two loves that make you whole… or is it their two halves of love that made you a whole… well, you know what we mean. In any case they certainly deserve something special on this day so we think they are perfect candidates for a set of these. You can put something dad likes in one side and something mom likes in the other, add one of our free printable tags, and let them know just how glad you are that they both came together. Just like these soda bottles did! #lame  But the gift works for any couple or for that special person of your own.  And if you like this you just gotta check out our Pretzel Arrows Valentine Gift Idea which is placed inside our Clear DIY Pillow Box made from , you guessed it… a soda bottle!

 

Half Hearts Valentines Crafts Supplies

  • Two Clear Straight Sided 32 oz Soda Bottles
  • Two small pieces of sturdy white poster board
  •  GOOP Glue We tested hot glue but it just didn’t work well. You need a thick, clear glue of choice. GOOP worked great.
  • Wipe off marker
  • Red paint for lids
  • Template below
  • Tag of choice below

Tag Download

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tags

Instructions

You’ll need two 32 oz bottles.

Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Print out the download template and cut off the top section.Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Wrap the template around your bottle with the base touching the table. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Tape it into place. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Using a wipe off marker trace around the top curved part. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

The two bottles, marked and ready for cutting.Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Carefully cut as straight as possible along the lines you made.Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Get two pieces of sturdy white poster board, large enough to set each bottle base onto. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

You’ll need some thick glue. Hot glue was tested and didn’t work well for us so we used GOOP. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Place a line of glue on the cut rim of your bottle. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Very carefully, and without bending the bottle, place it down on the poster board. Assuming you cut the bottle straight it should touch all the way around. It will need to sit this way until it dries. NOTE: Every so often I would go in and lightly press down on the bottle to make sure it was firmly adhering to the poster board. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

After it dries you will cut the poster board off around the edge of the bottle. You will also be cutting off any excess glue that may have spread out too far.

Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle! You will see glue around the edges which is fine. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

If there happens to be any gaps because the bottle was not cut straight you can fill them in with a little extra glue if you desire. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Paint the bottle lids red.Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Fill each side with any candy that will fit inside the bottle. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

You can use each person’s favorite if you know what it is. M&M’s are also a great choice!Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

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!

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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!

 

 

 

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.

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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!

 

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!

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!blank630x20If you’re always on the lookout for unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas, we’ve got some that will blow you away! Whether it’s for a small gift for a family member or a next door neighbor treat, the packaging will put a smile on the face of the receiver as much as the contents. They are made from plastic soda bottles and are as cute as can be. We have three versions, a clear square and a small petal flap and a tall mixture of both. We’ve also got some fun ways to fancy them up. If you’d like one more awesome way to use a soda bottle for gift giving, check out our other Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas! FYI we put our Quick Healthy 3 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge Recipe in one of ours!

 

Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas Supplies

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We have three styles! You can just start on down the list or click on of the links to jump to the one you want.

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Style 1: Tall Mixed Style Container

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We used a typical 2 Liter bottle for this one. Many of these have lines around them near the bottom or top. We use those as a base line for measuring, depending on how tall we want our container to be.  Mark your container circle into four equal parts. Then mark it where you will be folding it at.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Fold straight down to your marked area on each “corner” area. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Once you fold one side you can easily fold the other straight across from it. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

When you are finished you will have a perfect square on the top. The bottom of the container is the bottom of the bottle. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Cut each corner down to where you marked it. This will be how “high” the container will be.  My bottle is still too high so I’ll end of trimming the petal flaps even more. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Keep in mind that the points where you cut are VERY SHARP. They will poke and draw blood. You’ll be fixing those in a minute. But be careful in the meantime. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Fold the flaps over to the inside and crease the edges sharply using a bone folder tool or the handle of a metal butter knife to press them down.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!      You will now pop the flaps back out and trim them down, curving the edges. The flaps will most likely be too long. Keep trimming them evenly until they fall halfway to the middle of the container. They can barely overlap each other or almost touch.  Make a nice curved shape on the edges so they won’t poke anyone. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

This shows a completed curved edge.These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

You can overlap the flaps one at a time to close them.These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift! They should stay closed on their own. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

You can also punch a hole in two of the flaps for tying them together. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

The container can be held together this way also. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

 I used ours for a 3 ingredient  Chocolate Fudge Recipe you can get here. This is a perfect holiday neighbor gift. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

To make it even more special, I happened upon these ornament cards from Shutterfly and fell in love with them.  They are 50% off and typically stay that way during the holidays. There are many choices and you get to customize both sides and even add a photo if desired, which I did. Attach one to your gift and it doubles as a card/tag for neighbors and friends.  (I love it when companies make me look good for a low cost.)These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Hey, who’s that good looking dude I’m with?  This is the back side of the Shutterfly card /tag. Their online system lets you design it up very easily. You can add all kinds of text in a huge variety of styles.  (FYI, the tag I used is called “Merry Chalkboard Berries”.  Again, it’s one of their Ornament Cards.  Brilliant idea. christmas-gift-wrapping-ideas-using-soda-bottles-44blank630x20

 

Style 2: Small Petal Box

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I used a tall slim 32oz bottle for this one though any size will work. (Walmart has a wonderful slim tall 33oz size in their own brand that I use for quite a few crafts for 88 cents each.) Mark the bottle as high as you want it and cut around. In this case I cut off quite a bit as I wanted a fairly short gift container. The flaps themselves will only be 1.5″ or so long. The rest  will be the height you wish the bottle to be.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

For the petals you need six flaps, so measure around and divide the bottle into six even sections and mark accordingly. (Finally… that math you took in school comes in handy!)  In all honesty it does NOT have to be exactly even. I eyeballed it to tell you the truth. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Remember, because we are making a short bottle we used the line that was already at the base of the bottle as our guide line  to cut down to. Had that not been there we would have measured and marked around it with a dry erase marker. If you wanted the container taller you would just need to measure up from that line and cut higher.

Cut down to your base line. Also remember that those edges are sharp until you curve them! The petals will need to fold over about half way into the middle of the bottle. Trim them if they are too long. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Bend over each of the six flaps to the inside and press firmly with a bone folder, as you see me using, or a butter knife handle to get a nice clean edge. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Pull the flaps back out and trim around the sharp pointed edges making rounded petal shapes. You can draw on with a dry erase marker first if you’d like a pattern to follow. Remember, dry erase marker wipes right off when you’re done!These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

After your petals are trimmed and creased you can fold them one at a time, overlapping each, and they will close over the top. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

This is the finished container.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

It can hold not only treats but small gifts. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Since we made this at Christmas time, the more we looked at this one the more we thought it resembled the bottom of Santa’s pants. So we added a black ribbon belt. We toyed with the idea of a big red pom pom or a white bow. The bow won out.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

We  painted black on the four bumps to signify the boot parts and added a paper buckle. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!blank630x20christmas-gift-wrapping-ideas-using-soda-bottles-38

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Style 3: Square Box

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This next container was made from another tall 32 oz bottle though you’d never know it!  Measure and cut off both ends of your bottle making it the size you want. Then measure around making four even marks using a dry erase marker and crease each one as shown on above bottles. Make sure to get a nice sharp crease. I love using my bone folder for that but anything hard will work.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

This shows two of the the nice creases. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift! Now you’ve got a complete square. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

For the bottom flaps you need to measure up on each corner. For my small container I measured up about 1.5″  then cut.These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Fold them over like the top part and crease. Again, remember the points are very sharp. Overlap them to close and seal. The bottom could actually be glued if desired to keep it together. Round the very tips of the pointy parts for safety. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Curve the four top flaps either on just the edges or you can also make petal shapes if desired. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Overlap them to close the top. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

  We added a bit of gold Washi tape around the middle. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Two small holes were punched  in two of the flaps to tie on a matching gold ribbon and bell. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!blank630x20These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

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We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

This rustic little tree is made with six plastic hangers, some twinkle lights and burlap. It’s a great little, easy upcycle project and would make a perfect tree for a small family or an extra tree for another room in the home. Set it in a window and light it up for a beautiful eye catcher as people drive by. Make some of our rustic Twig & Twine Wooden Reindeer to go with it or adorn it with Christmas Spiders. Now that would be unique!

Burlap Christmas Tree Supplies

NOTE ON BURLAP: Use tight weave burlap. We bought a roll of 12″ at Walmart that had silver threads running through it. It was 10′ long. We cut it into two 6″ strips and it just did one tree. However, we did not overlap ours very much going up. In retrospect I would have put them a little closer, which means I would have needed a bit more.  You can also use thinner strips but you will also have to use more burlap to cover the tree that way.

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Instructions

You are going to take two hangers and lay them as shown on top of each other. I’m using a blue and white one so you can see how they lay out easier.

We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Cut some chenille stems for tying your hangers together. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Tie them in the spots shown. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Two on each side and one on the top.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Make three sets like this. These form the three sides of your tree.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

You will not attach the side together using more chenille stems plus the ones already attached.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

The side ones can be twisted together if you left them long enough. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

If the side pieces are too small you can just add more chenille stems.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

You will now attach the top parts together using new chenille stems as shown.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Attach the three together, twisting the chenille stems tightly. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

This is how it will stand up once it’s secured. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Taking a 3rd piece of chenille stem, tie the entire thing together. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Tie it together at the bottom also. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Here is your tree base!We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Get your burlap ready. We used a 12″ by 10′ piece.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

We folded it in half and cut it so each piece is 6″ wide. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Cut a few more pieces of chenille stems for attaching your lights to your frame. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Weave your lights in and out around your frame. You would also put them into the center but I was concerned they would not be bright enough to show through. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Attach your lights where needed to keep them from slipping. You can also hot glue your chenille stems in place to help. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Keep weaving your lights around, in and out and down. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

As I tried to push a big wad of the lights through my frame it broke one of my hangers. I tied it back together with a chenille stem and held it with hot glue. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Keep in mind all of the lights that stick out will be pushed to the inside as you cover your frame with burlap. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Make the frame more sturdy by gluing the sides together in places as shown.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

More gluing. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

I ironed my 6″ piece in half for a nice sharp edge then cut up in 1″ slits about 1″ from the top. ONLY CUT ONE LAYER.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

This shows how I only cut one layer. This assures that the frame does not show through. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Begin gluing your burlap around your frame. You will cut each side piece separate and wrap it around for gluing.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Make sure each side is glued well.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Overlap each piece as you go around so none of the frame shows through.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Push the lights into the back if they stick out too much.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

After you have done one row move onto the next, overlapping. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Keep going around as before, overlapping the sides. As you can see, I didn’t cut enough on one row and the frame showed through. See the next photo for the fix.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

I cut a single strip to cover the open spot. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

As you get closer to the top you will  need smaller strips. Near the very top one strip will cover three sides and possibly all four. We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Usually, one last piece will wrap around the top completely.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

You will have to curve it in a way that it makes the point. Make sure you aim the back of it towards the actual back of your tree.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

You can now glue on your bells. Do this while the tree is on its side as the glue will run. Also, metal is a heat conductor so use something to help hold the bells as they will be hot from the hot glue as you hold them!We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

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We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Attach a chenille stem to your star.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

Insert it down into your tree top.We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

We'll show you how to make the prettiest little rustic upcycled burlap Christmas tree you've ever seen using six hangers. Add bells & a star to complete it.

 

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.

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  • 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 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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Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions. blank630x20

Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions and unlike paper lanterns they last a long time. You can also hang them as is without lighting for a daytime event. We used LED tea lights with timers for these. Just like the ones used for our Upcycled Ceiling Fan.

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NOTE ABOUT SHARP EDGES: Most soda cans are now made with very thin, soft aluminum. It would be difficult to get cut on them.

Note on these specific tea lights: I’ve not had mine long enough to determine the usage on these specific lights  but from what I read it will be about two to three months if they are kept on the timer 24/7.  The way the timer works is you turn them on at the time you want them to stay lit for 6 hours. They will then auto shut off for 18 hours and come on again the next day.

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You can measure around the can and make tiny marks where you will cut. You can also just eyeball it and cut, which is what I did.  Make sure to keep the tab on!

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Fill the can with water  to about 1/2″ from the top and freeze. If you fill it too full it can split the can.Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20

Frozen water in can.Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20

Make cuts with a knife about 1/2″ apart and about 1″ or so from the top and bottom.Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20

Set the can in the sink to let the ice melt.Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20

Once the ice is melted paint the can. Handle the tab very carefully as you want it to stay firmly affixed to the can for hanging.Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20 Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20 Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20

Carefully push down, making sure the cuts go outward. Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20

Add battery operate tea lights if desired. Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20

Carefully place them in the lantern.Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20

Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20

blank630x20 Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20 Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions.blank630x20

Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now! blank630x20Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download of our own patterns below. (In both pdf and Silhouette Cutter format!) These will work on pint size or quart jars. The lovely paper rose that you see can be made using our simple tutorial 5 Minute Beautiful Paper Flowers.  We also found a better way to tint those jars! So make sure you view How to Paint Mason Jars Easily with Less Mess.

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Gather the few supplies you’ll need.

Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now!

Painting the jars. What we did and suggest NOT doing. For the jars shown we placed some Mod Podge into a bowl and added a squirt or two of white paint. We then brushed it onto the sides of the inside of the jar. The result was not nearly as nice as we wanted. Though it looks great lit up in the dark, in the light it looks messy. So we tested another method that we suggest using instead.

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A better method to paint your jars.
Because we were unhappy with our original jar painting, we did some testing. Then we created a post on how to paint mason jars which you can check out before moving on to the rest of your project.

Painting or tinting jars can be pretty sloppy work. With our great tips you will learn not only how to paint mason jars easily but with very little mess!

 

You can cut out the graphics in minutes using an X-acto  knife. Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now!

They’re now ready to place in your jars.Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now!

In order to hold the images inside the jar used a light spritz of spray adhesive. Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now!

Carefully put the image inside the jar, pressing it into place. Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now!

We placed a small amount of moss in the bottom of the jar and set our battery operated tea light on top of it.

Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now!

Batteries for these lights are very cheap. The ones I use and linked to under supplies are on a timer. Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now!

For the top of the lid we used a 5 Minute Paper Flower.Make these beautiful DIY paper flowers in 5 minutes or less! Use them in your crafts or decorating. Attach them to a lamp shade. Even use them in your hair!blank630x20Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now!blank630x20

Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now!blank630x20Glue your twine around the edge of the lid.  Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now!

We added an extra little flourish tied on with some twine. Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now!

You can decorate your own Mason jar lights however you wish!Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download now!blank630x20

 

We made this classy $100 bill statement piece out of a piece of foam board used as packing in something we ordered. Cost? $0 (You can also buy foam cheap!) blank630x20We made this classy upcycled $100 bill statement piece out of a piece of foam board used as packing in something we ordered. Total Cost? ZERO.  However, you can also buy sheets of foam cheap. The “frame” you see around it is actually a piece off of an old coffee table. But you could easily make a wood one or just hang it as is.

The fancy cupboard you see underneath of our cash art? That’s one of our “Buff Your Stuff” series where you take items you already own and give them a face lift. Check out our Refurbishing Furniture with Modern Colors post!blank630x20

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NOTES ON FOAM SHEETS:  Our foam sheet was in a box from a shelf we ordered. It was used as packing. We used it the size it came (24″ wide x  12″ tall and 1″ thick) and it had a nice texture. When buying foam sheets just make sure they are firm. We link to some below on Amazon but have not used them ourselves and our unsure of the texture. We suggest finding a sheet at a craft store or possibly Walmart.  You can make it any size you want.

Enlarging or Stenciling the Graphic

You can either enlarge a smaller copy of the bill using a projector of some type or you can print out the larger 24″ bill and make a stencil.

ENLARGING WITH A PROJECTOR: If you have an enlarger you can place a small graphic underneath it and then it shines it up on the wall for tracing. You would hang your foam and then align the lighted graphic and trace it with a Sharpie marker. Then taking black paint, paint inside the area traced. We have an older model of this model projector. Its very handy for things like this.

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STENCILING: You can also print out the 24 inch version provided. It will print on 3 sheets which you cut out and tape together. Then cut out the black areas with an X-acto knife. Lay the stencil over your foam and trace inside the cut out areas with a Sharpie marker. Remove the stencil and paint in the areas you traced with black.

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Small size bills for using a projector. (pdf)

We made this classy $100 bill statement piece out of a piece of foam board used as packing in something we ordered. Cost? $0 (You can also buy foam cheap!)

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This is one of the foam sheets that came inside a shipping box as packing. It was just the right size for our $100 bill. (24″ wide x  12″ tall and 1″ thick)

We made this classy $100 bill statement piece out of a piece of foam board used as packing in something we ordered. Cost? $0 (You can also buy foam cheap!)

To stencil on your graphic print out the large 24″ dollar bill.

We made this classy $100 bill statement piece out of a piece of foam board used as packing in something we ordered. Cost? $0 (You can also buy foam cheap!)

Cut the left and right margin off the middle piece. We made this classy $100 bill statement piece out of a piece of foam board used as packing in something we ordered. Cost? $0 (You can also buy foam cheap!)

Take the right and left pieces and match them up. The paper prints with a small overlap. Tape the pieces together across the entire back seams.We made this classy $100 bill statement piece out of a piece of foam board used as packing in something we ordered. Cost? $0 (You can also buy foam cheap!)

This is the fully taped bill.We made this classy $100 bill statement piece out of a piece of foam board used as packing in something we ordered. Cost? $0 (You can also buy foam cheap!)

Cut out your bill, then using an X-acto knife but out the stencil as shown. You will remove all the white parts.We made this classy $100 bill statement piece out of a piece of foam board used as packing in something we ordered. Cost? $0 (You can also buy foam cheap!)

Paint your foam board. We used a teal to match the decor.  Take a black Sharpie marker and trace your graphic onto the board using either a projector or a large stencil as discussed above.  Then paint in the black areas you traced on with a small brush.We made this classy $100 bill statement piece out of a piece of foam board used as packing in something we ordered. Cost? $0 (You can also buy foam cheap!)

We framed ours only because we had a piece of wood from an old coffee table that  was the perfect size. We painted it gold.We made this classy $100 bill statement piece out of a piece of foam board used as packing in something we ordered. Cost? $0 (You can also buy foam cheap!)

Then we hung them on the wall. Instant glam and great money vibes!  You can see how we created that beautiful cupboard from an old piece of furniture in our post Refurbished Furniture with Modern Colors.We made this classy $100 bill statement piece out of a piece of foam board used as packing in something we ordered. Cost? $0 (You can also buy foam cheap!)

 

This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire! blank630x20We’ve got a wonderful way to inspire your kids to do their homework with a small portable desk homework helper station! It comes complete with pencil/pen holder, snack holder, inspirational quote and a place to store their homework. This very creative upcycle made from a TV tray comes together very quickly and you can color it however you want. We have THREE FREE PRINTABLE THEMES to choose from!

It also utilizes our Homework Helper Wall Pockets which you make using 3 ring binders!  You might also remember our Portable DIY Lego Table we made from the same type of TV stand!

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NOTES: You can design the desk however you like, but we will link to the exact items we used below. You can use a variety of containers for the top. Use one longer one if you wish!  Just make sure there is room for them to work.

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This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

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NOTES TO KEEP IN MIND:  Measure the top of our tray and purchase the containers ahead of time. You can then adjust the painting to fit the containers if desired. Keep in mind this is a small surface so you want fairly slim containers so there is still room to do homework on.

We started with an old wood TV tray you can find at many thrift stores.

This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

The top was a bit worn so we sanded it. This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

Spray paint one side of the table the color you want. This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

After the first color dried, tape off the dividing area and paint the other side.This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

You can use Washi tape if desired to decorate it. This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

Designs work best if you don’t use a large container that will cover it up.This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

We decided to use sticky backed Velcro to hold our containers in place.This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

Decide where you will place the container(s)This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

Apply a strip of Velcro to the back and to the table. Though we used a larger strip, we decided a small piece on each end would work better.This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

Print out the labels and signs of choice and cut them out.This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

To make them sturdier and last longer we applied packing tape over the small ones before cutting them out.This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

Our TV stand had a cross bar that was in the middle of the legs and high enough to attach a pouch. We used one of our Homework Helper Wall Pockets to hang on the bar. We added two grommets to the container to allow it to hang. These are super easy to make and grommets are also cheap and easy to use! Check out our tutorial to make your own!Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!This is the pouch we made for our homework helper desk.This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

Two small screws were placed in the cross bar to hang our pouch. You could also tie it on using ribbon or heavy string. This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

This is the “Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do” theme.This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

A snack bin.This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

A container for pencils and pens etc.This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

Our pouch with an inspiring quote. This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!blank630x20 This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!blank630x20This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!blank630x20 This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!blank630x20

This is our Super Hero theme. We also have a Dr. Seuss theme.This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!blank630x20

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Wall mounted file pockets are expensive. We’ll, we’ve found a way to make super cheap & creative wall mounted holders using 3 ring binders!  The pockets can be used to organize or hold all types of things but we created 7 different printables so they can be used as a homework helper.  You can even use wet erase markers to write on the charts and keep track of what needs done when!   It’s a very unique and useful upcycle project. These would also go great with our small wall pouches made from recycled CDs!  We used one of these pouches to make a Homework Helper Portable Desk.

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NOTE: The pouches are made to hold light weight items such as paper. If you would like a much stronger hold use E6000 and allow it to dry.

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Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

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Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

The first thing you need to do is remove the metal ring strip from each of the binders. This can be a little tricky depending on the type, but generally you can carefully pry them off using screwdriver and pliers. We insert a large flat screwdriver next to where it was attached and then twisted the screwdriver to help pull the metal up.Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

After bending the metal center up a little we used pliers to reach under and twist the brad that attached it. The goal is to remove the rings with the least amount of damage to the binder itself. Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

We ended up having to pull the brads out after we twisted the metal bar off. Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

This does leave a hole on each side of the binder. But it is the back of the binder so it doesn’t matter as that part will be against the wall. Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

Cut your paint sticks to about 8.5″ or 9″. These will fall about an inch below the top so that there is a little give when placing items in the pouches.Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

Binders with metal removed and cut paint stick ready for gluing.  Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

OPTIONAL GROMMETS

You can also insert two grommets in your binder before assembly. This allows them to be hung with nails or even ribbons rather than using Command Strips. Its super easy.

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Check out our other post! (Click the photo)This portable desk makes the perfect homework helper & your kids will look forward to doing it! We've got three printable themes you can choose to inspire!

This is how the wood will be placed in the binder. Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

Paint the sticks.Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

Start by gluing along one side of the binder as far up as the stick will go. (You could also glue directly onto the stick. Place the stick in place quickly. Do this for both sides of the binder.Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!Place a line of glue on the tops of the sticks.Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

Fold the opposite side of your binder over onto the wood strips being careful to line them up correctly. Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

Print out the binder inserts.Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

Slide them into place.Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

Command Strips work wonderfully for hanging your binders on the wall.Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

The homework helper binders are completed and ready for use!Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

Wet erase markers work great on the surface! (Dry erase doesn’t rub off as well)Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

Make super cheap & creative wall mounted file holders using 3 ring binders! We’ve got free printables so you can turn yours into a homework helper set!

 

 

 

Make this beautiful, classy jewelry stand from something you can find at almost any thrift store... an old fashioned candle holder! Just add dowels & paint!blank630x20

Make this beautiful, classy jewelry stand from something you can find at almost any thrift store… an old fashioned candle holder!  I’ve yet to be in a thrift store where I didn’t come across several of these candle holders, usually for $1.00. With some dowels and a little paint you can turn them into a wonderful jewelry holder that even has a dish at the bottom for rings!  (FYI: Get one with at least a 4″ base so that its sturdy!)

Jewelry Stand Supplies

 

Instructions

You can almost always find these brass candle holders at second hand stores.  You need one with a larger base to be sturdy.

Make this beautiful, classy jewelry stand from something you can find at almost any thrift store... an old fashioned candle holder! Just add dowels & paint!

Gather the supplies.Make this beautiful, classy jewelry stand from something you can find at almost any thrift store... an old fashioned candle holder! Just add dowels & paint!

A 5/8″ dowel was used for the vertical, cut to 10″. (A 3/4″ would have fit snugger.)  A 1/4″ dowels for the horizontal rods cut to 9″ and 7″. Make this beautiful, classy jewelry stand from something you can find at almost any thrift store... an old fashioned candle holder! Just add dowels & paint!

Sand the ends of the dowels.Make this beautiful, classy jewelry stand from something you can find at almost any thrift store... an old fashioned candle holder! Just add dowels & paint!

Mark where the holes will be drilled. 1 1/2″ and 4 1/2″ down from the top.  It’s VERY important that the holes are lined up perfectly.Classy Jewelry Stand 10

It’s also important that you drill the holes, using a 1/4″ bit, exactly straight through with not even a slight angle. Otherwise the rods will not be straight. Make this beautiful, classy jewelry stand from something you can find at almost any thrift store... an old fashioned candle holder! Just add dowels & paint!

Sand a little if needed.Make this beautiful, classy jewelry stand from something you can find at almost any thrift store... an old fashioned candle holder! Just add dowels & paint!

Slide the rods in. It should be a snug fit. Make this beautiful, classy jewelry stand from something you can find at almost any thrift store... an old fashioned candle holder! Just add dowels & paint!

As the 5/8″ dowel is a little small it needs to be mounted in vertically. Use glue to hold it up in place.  This, however, is not strong enough to hold it permanently. Make this beautiful, classy jewelry stand from something you can find at almost any thrift store... an old fashioned candle holder! Just add dowels & paint!

  Add a thin line of E6000 or other clear solid glue around the base. This will hold it firm. Make this beautiful, classy jewelry stand from something you can find at almost any thrift store... an old fashioned candle holder! Just add dowels & paint!

You can add some small extras if desired such as these small wood plugs and a wood ball on the top.Make this beautiful, classy jewelry stand from something you can find at almost any thrift store... an old fashioned candle holder! Just add dowels & paint!

Glue them on with E6000.Make this beautiful, classy jewelry stand from something you can find at almost any thrift store... an old fashioned candle holder! Just add dowels & paint!

Use the E6000 glue to attach the tiny birds.Make this beautiful, classy jewelry stand from something you can find at almost any thrift store... an old fashioned candle holder! Just add dowels & paint!

Hold them in place, then allow to dry. Make this beautiful, classy jewelry stand from something you can find at almost any thrift store... an old fashioned candle holder! Just add dowels & paint!

Glue the wood ball on top the same way.Make this beautiful, classy jewelry stand from something you can find at almost any thrift store... an old fashioned candle holder! Just add dowels & paint!

After everything has dried spray paint the entire stand. Make this beautiful, classy jewelry stand from something you can find at almost any thrift store... an old fashioned candle holder! Just add dowels & paint!blank630x20

Make this beautiful, classy jewelry stand from something you can find at almost any thrift store... an old fashioned candle holder! Just add dowels & paint! Make this beautiful, classy jewelry stand from something you can find at almost any thrift store... an old fashioned candle holder! Just add dowels & paint!blank630x20blank630x20

We have a tutorial for two of the items hanging on our jewelry stand!  Charming Soda Bottle Bracelets and our Easy DIY Necklace. Make this beautiful, classy jewelry stand from something you can find at almost any thrift store... an old fashioned candle holder! Just add dowels & paint!blank630x20 Classy Jewelry Stand SQblank630x20

 

 

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Check out  this “Berry” Amazing and Easy DIY Room Decor Light made from a small plastic cherub tomato container.  Who doesn’t want to reduce and reuse?  This brilliant upcycle project is not only simple, it’s absolutely adorable!  It adds a whimsical pop of color during the day and makes a beautiful, soft night light in the evening.  A great project for kids of all ages!

Looking for more useful upcycle ideas? Check out our Lovely Little DIY Sugar Bowl or our Upcycled Ceiling Fan Decor!

DIY Room Decor Berry Light Supplies

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Little Cherub tomatoes are what you need. They come in the perfect container. (And the tomatoes are delicious!)

Check out this "Berry" Amazing and Easy DIY Room Decor Light made from a small plastic cherub tomato container. A brilliant upcycle project for all ages!

Gather supplies.Check out this "Berry" Amazing and Easy DIY Room Decor Light made from a small plastic cherub tomato container. A brilliant upcycle project for all ages!
Separate the top and bottom of the plastic container.  Spray paint the top pink and the bottom lime green.
Check out this "Berry" Amazing and Easy DIY Room Decor Light made from a small plastic cherub tomato container. A brilliant upcycle project for all ages!
Print the FREE DOWNLOAD.  Cut out the leaf of choice and trace it onto a sheet of light and dark green craft foam.
Check out this "Berry" Amazing and Easy DIY Room Decor Light made from a small plastic cherub tomato container. A brilliant upcycle project for all ages!
Cut out the leaves.
Check out this "Berry" Amazing and Easy DIY Room Decor Light made from a small plastic cherub tomato container. A brilliant upcycle project for all ages!
Once dry, flip over the bottom half of the plastic container and draw a 1/2 inch circle.  Using an X-acto knife, cut out the circle.
Check out this "Berry" Amazing and Easy DIY Room Decor Light made from a small plastic cherub tomato container. A brilliant upcycle project for all ages!
The tip of the tea light should fit easily into the hole.
Check out this "Berry" Amazing and Easy DIY Room Decor Light made from a small plastic cherub tomato container. A brilliant upcycle project for all ages!
Place a circle of hot glue around the flame tip of the tea light.
Check out this "Berry" Amazing and Easy DIY Room Decor Light made from a small plastic cherub tomato container. A brilliant upcycle project for all ages!
Put the flame tip of the tea light through the hole and hold into place until dry.
Check out this "Berry" Amazing and Easy DIY Room Decor Light made from a small plastic cherub tomato container. A brilliant upcycle project for all ages!
Place a dab of hot glue on the flat base of each leaf.
Check out this "Berry" Amazing and Easy DIY Room Decor Light made from a small plastic cherub tomato container. A brilliant upcycle project for all ages!
Apply to the bottom of the plastic container.  Repeat with the second leaf.
Check out this "Berry" Amazing and Easy DIY Room Decor Light made from a small plastic cherub tomato container. A brilliant upcycle project for all ages!
Pop the pink top of the container back onto the green bottom and turn upside down to switch on light.
Check out this "Berry" Amazing and Easy DIY Room Decor Light made from a small plastic cherub tomato container. A brilliant upcycle project for all ages!

 

Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue. blank630x20Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! It’s a larger version of our Mini Campfire Smores Kit. This one is an inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.  Not only is this simple and cost-effective, but it is sure to be a great conversation starter at your next get together.  Great for every day grilling and late night S’mores on a warm summer evening.  You won’t believe how easy it is to make.blank630x20dotted.divider


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Portable Grill Supplies

NOTE: Make sure you buy a typical heavy clay pot with no glaze on the inside. They are put through a kiln so will withstand high temperatures as long as the change is not sudden. Never put water on the briquettes when finished as the sudden temperature change will crack the pot. Also, NEVER touch the pot when cooking as it gets very hot.

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Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20

Though not shown on this pot this step is IMPORTANT if want the outside of your pot to not darken and discolor. Spray the inside of it with a high heat spray paint. It comes in a variety of colors. Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20Spray the exterior of the pot with a metallic spray paint and let dry overnight.
Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20

Download, print and cut out the stencils provided above.
Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20Align the top (flat side) of the leaf-shaped stencil just below the lip of the pot.
Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20Using a light but visible marker, trace the leaf stencil onto the pot.
Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20Repeat the process above, leaving a 1 1/2″ gap between stencils.  When complete, there will be 4 outlines of this stencil surrounding the pot.
Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20Using a ruler, draw a line down the center of each leaf outline, creating a geometric ‘leaf’ look.
Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20

Using the acrylic paint, fill in half of each ‘leaf’ with a separate color.  This may take 2-3 coats.
Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20

Once the paint is dry, dilute a small amount of a lighter colored acrylic paint with water.  Using a 1″ brush, lightly apply angled stripes to a few of the leaves.  Pictured below, the lighter teal is applied to the dark teal sections only.
Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20

Gather the supplies for the skewers .Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20

Cut out the arrow stencils provided above.  Trace two of each pattern piece onto each color of sticky-back craft foam.
Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20

Remove backing paper and apply the sticky side of the foam ‘feathers’ just below the handle of the skewer.
Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20

Repeat with the second piece, cut from the same color and shape.  Press sticky sides together to seal into place around the skewer.
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Using the same method, place the ‘arrow’ tips roughly 5″ down from the ‘feathers’.  Use an alternate color for the arrow tips.  Be sure that the tip of the arrow is at least 8″ away from the tip of the skewer.  Placing them too close to the end will cause them to melt during use.
Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20

Cut three small triangles out of each side of the ‘feather’.
Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20

Using the craft string, tie a knot near the tip of the arrow and begin to twist the string around the center section of the skewer.  Tie a knot at the finished end to hold into place.
Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20

Roll out the welded wire and bend it into shape.  The goal is to get it to lie as flat as possible across the top of the pot.
Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20

Using wire cutters, cut the welded wire into a 11 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ square.
Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20

For ease in handling, clip down protruding wires around the finished square.
Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20

Place the cut sheet of welded wire, centered, on top of the pot.  Firmly bend down the four corners of the wire to hold it in place.
Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20

Lift the wire off and place a sheet of tin foil in the bottom of the pot to prevent debris from falling through the hole.
Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20

Tear off 3 or 4 sheets of tin foil, roughly 4 feet long.  Lightly crush them into a tube or ‘snake’ shape.
Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20

Roll the tubes of foil into coils and place in the bottom of the pot.
Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20 Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20

Place briquettes on top of foil.  Only one layer of briquettes is needed.
Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20

The portable grill in use!Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20

The finished portable grill is wonderful for all kinds of things from hot dogs, and hamburgers to roasted veggies.Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20

For dessert use the arrow skewers with your portable grill and roast marshmallows!Whimsical Woodland Portable Grill 39blank630x20 Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! An inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue.blank630x20

Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats! blank630x20

Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this quick portable DIY work station and storage set.  (You might recall our mini puzzle holder and mat post.) We feature a 1000 piece puzzle.  The main board is made from an old large dry erase board and a foam sheet to create extra working mats. When your not using it you can slide it under the couch or bed!

Jigsaw puzzles are great for learning to focus and pay attention to detail. They promote patience, goal setting, collaboration and concentration, qualities which are important for kids and adults alike. When I was younger my dad always had a large family puzzle in the works on a card table and we would sit down and work on  it anytime we felt like it. It was a relaxing activity that gave a sense of satisfaction and brought the family together. Roy and I have done puzzles with our kids and my dad and mom now have the pleasure of doing puzzles with their great-granddaughter.  Traditions are awesome things!

My Dad 1958                                                    Roy & Our Kids 1995                   My Dad & Mom Great-Grandchild 2012

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NOTE: We used an old dry erase board we had lying around. Because the front was worn and also because the frame had gaps around the edge we chose to use the back for our puzzle mat so we painted it white. You can use the front if you purchase a new board for your puzzles and then no white paint is needed.

  • Wood Framed Dry Erase Board. For a 1000 piece puzzle you need a 36″ x 24″ size.
  • Handles (these are mainly for decor)
  • E6000 Glue for handles
  • White acrylic paint (see note above)
  • Silver paint for frame, if desired
  • 1 white foam sheet
  • Utility knife to cut the foam sheet
  • Roll of Washi tape (we used this one to match our silver frame)

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This post features Ravensburger Bizarre Bookshop 2 1000 Piece Puzzle.

Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

blank630x20This 35″ x 23″ wood framed dry erase board was perfect for my main puzzle mat. I had painted the frame around it at an earlier date for another purpose.Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

blank630x20The front had a gap around the edge and I was concerned about the puzzle pieces sliding under it. Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

blank630x20The frame on the back of the dry erase board was snug so that was used for the front of  the mat. Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

blank630x20Two coats of white interior paint was used to cover the back of the board. Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

blank630x20The frame itself was painted silver to match our living room. I protected the inner white mat with sheets of paper taped into place.

Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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The frame was then  spray painted.
Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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Two silver drawer handles were added to the ends, mainly for looks.Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

The handles could not be attached in the typical way so small holes were drilled down into the frame on each end. One end at a time was completed. The holes were filled with E6000, a very strong glue, and the holes in the handle was also filled. The handle was then put into place and the board stood on end and allowed to dry overnight. This was repeated the next day  for the other handle. Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

blank630x20A piece of white foam board was used to make two extra working mats.
Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

blank630x20Measure and cut the foam board into two pieces that are the size you desire.
Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

blank630x20A strip of matching Washi tape was cut for each side. Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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The tape was folded over onto the back on each side to give it a finished edge.Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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The work station is now ready to use!
Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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We found all the edge pieces first.Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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We then put the frame together by matching it up to the photo.
Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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Next we decided to find certain colors and gather those.
Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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The extra mats come in very handy!Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

blank630x20When not in use you can slide your puzzle under the bed or couch.Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses. blank630x20

Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They’re also a great way to use up those small scraps of fabric you have lying around. There are so many fun uses for these… office supplies, pencils, dry erase markers, coupons, small notes… the ideas are endless. One thing is for sure, it’s a great way to upcycle all those discs you’ve had lying around forever.  This is just one of many ideas we have, such as how to “Make a Clock from a DVD” or “Quick DIY Bookends from CDs“. Check out all our CD & DVD Crafts here!blank630x20

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pdfRecycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.

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The basics of  how to make your recycled CDs wall pouches are below. You can look at our photos to see different styles. The sky is the limit on design!

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Use our free pattern to cut the back piece of your disc.Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20

Following the circle of the disk dab on hot glue around the back edge and wrap your material around carefully. We suggest doing it on 1 to 2 inch intervals then going back around and pulling down the unglued sections to help give a smooth edge. Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20

PULL THE MATERIAL SNUGLY as you go. This also assures a smooth edge. Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20 Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20

If there are large pieces of material on the back, snip them off to reduce bulk. Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20

Add ribbon or felt for a hanger.Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20

Using our free pattern which is a tiny bit smaller than the CD, trace onto some felt. This will cover the back of your pouch. Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20

Glue your backing piece onto the back of your pouch. Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20

Take a piece of felt that will be the pouch and set it in place. We used pinking shears on the top edge. You want to allow for the pouch to stick out a little. Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20

Place any small item in the middle to hold up the pouch then put a dab of hot glue on each of the top corners to hold it in place. Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20

Remove your item and turn the CD over and carefully trim around the edge. Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20

Glue the remaining edge to your CD.Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20

We cut out an image from our material to glue to the front of our pouch. Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20 Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20

You can also cut an angled pocket as shown. This effect was done for the version with a flower on the front of it. blank630x20 Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20

You would now continue as above in attaching and cutting your pouch. Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20

Cut out your flower pieces to glue on or you can make your own!Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20

For the metal brads shown on two of the pouches, take wire cutters and cut off the point of thumbtacks. Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20

Glue the thumbtack tops to your pouch for a nice effect.Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20blank630x20blank630x20 Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20 Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20 Recycle CDs and DVDs into these useful and pretty wall pouches! They're also a great way to use up scraps of fabric and have a multitude of fun uses.blank630x20blank630x20

 For less than $4 you can make this lovely little sugar bowl. Not only is it inexpensive and simple to create, you can customize to match your own kitchen!blank630x20

jenny.creationFor less than $4 you can make this lovely little sugar bowl.  Not only is it inexpensive and simple to create, you can customize to match your own kitchen!  The pots and glass bowl  can be found at a Dollar store or the local Walmart. We filled ours with Xylitol as that’s what we use instead of sugar.   You can also check out our other upcycling ideas!blank630x20

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  • 4″ Clay flower pot (this was the best size to fit a standard round bowl )
  • Round decor bowl.  (Dollar Store or Walmart in the craft section.)
  • Hot Glue
  • Paint
  • Printable flower download (optional)
  • 2″ wing nut from hardware store (optional to make it look like a candy jar)
  • Small wood ball or knob for top.

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For less than $4 you can make this lovely little sugar bowl. Not only is it inexpensive and simple to create, you can customize to match your own kitchen!

 

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For less than $4 you can make this lovely little sugar bowl. Not only is it inexpensive and simple to create, you can customize to match your own kitchen!blank630x20 For less than $4 you can make this lovely little sugar bowl. Not only is it inexpensive and simple to create, you can customize to match your own kitchen!blank630x20 For less than $4 you can make this lovely little sugar bowl. Not only is it inexpensive and simple to create, you can customize to match your own kitchen!blank630x20 For less than $4 you can make this lovely little sugar bowl. Not only is it inexpensive and simple to create, you can customize to match your own kitchen!blank630x20

Glue on a large wing nut if desired.  For less than $4 you can make this lovely little sugar bowl. Not only is it inexpensive and simple to create, you can customize to match your own kitchen!blank630x20

Adding a vinyl or paper flower can be tricky on the curved surface. Vinyl works best. For less than $4 you can make this lovely little sugar bowl. Not only is it inexpensive and simple to create, you can customize to match your own kitchen!blank630x20 For less than $4 you can make this lovely little sugar bowl. Not only is it inexpensive and simple to create, you can customize to match your own kitchen!blank630x20For less than $4 you can make this lovely little sugar bowl. Not only is it inexpensive and simple to create, you can customize to match your own kitchen!blank630x20 For less than $4 you can make this lovely little sugar bowl. Not only is it inexpensive and simple to create, you can customize to match your own kitchen!blank630x20 For less than $4 you can make this lovely little sugar bowl. Not only is it inexpensive and simple to create, you can customize to match your own kitchen!blank630x20For less than $4 you can make this lovely little sugar bowl. Not only is it inexpensive and simple to create, you can customize to match your own kitchen!blank630x20 For less than $4 you can make this lovely little sugar bowl. Not only is it inexpensive and simple to create, you can customize to match your own kitchen!blank630x20blank630x20 For less than $4 you can make this lovely little sugar bowl. Not only is it inexpensive and simple to create, you can customize to match your own kitchen!blank630x20 For less than $4 you can make this lovely little sugar bowl. Not only is it inexpensive and simple to create, you can customize to match your own kitchen!blank630x20 For less than $4 you can make this lovely little sugar bowl. Not only is it inexpensive and simple to create, you can customize to match your own kitchen!blank630x20

 

A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!blank630x20jenny.creationWe’ll show you how to make a DIY dog bed from a suitcase! It’s a fun project that you can style however you like. With the attached toy holder made from a mail bin, your pup will love it!

The one shown is made from a military shipping case which was perfect, but any straight sided suitcase without padding would work. You just need half of it.  We’ve got step by step photos for you to follow along with. Once you’ve completed this project you can  make a set of matching personalized dog bowls! blank630x20

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  • 1/2 rectangle type suitcase or military shipping container (found at thrift store)
  • 2″ wooden dowel cut down for legs
  • 2×4 (cut down for inside brace)
  • Peg board (cut down for pillow top)
  • Old pillow
  • Thick soft fabric to cover the pillow stuffing.
  • Button Kit ( to make matching buttons from same material.
  • Spare old buttons for the bottom of the tufting under the peg board
  • Screws
  • Spray paint
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors
  • Mail  holder bin (attached for toys)
  • Clear coat

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I found these  military shipping containers at a thrift store.

A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!

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Tape off any areas that you don’t want painted.  I liked the vintage look of the hinges so I decided to keep them. Then spray paint the container your color of choice.  I recommend at least two coats.

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Measure the interior of the container and cut your peg board to fit.  Try to align the holes evenly from each edge so that you can accurately measure for your buttons when it comes time to do the tufting.  Uneven holes mean uneven buttons.A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!

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I used a reciprocating saw to cut the shape but a circular saw would work just as well.A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!

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An old standard-sized pillow was used to create the padding.  Depending on the size of your container you may need to remove some of the filling from the pillow or use a larger one.  Either way, cutting a small hole in the pillow will allow you to reach a hand in and reshape the filling, which can sometimes be uneven and bunched up.A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!

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Be sure to check both sides as you staple to ensure that the pillow lies evenly.  Adjust the filling as you go  if needed.A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!

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Be sure to pull the pillow tight around the edges.  If too much of the filling wraps around the edges as you staple, then your bed top may not fit into the container.A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!

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Trim off the excess material after stapling to prepare for the fabric.A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!

blank630x20Folding over the edges of the fabric prior to stapling gives the bottom a more finished look.  I would recommend placing staples no more than 1/4″ apart to ensure they hold up over time.A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!

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Measure for buttons and circle the peg holes prior to tufting to ensure they are evenly aligned.  Then thread a long needle with a thicker thread and tie an old button to the end.  Thread the needle up through the marked holes on the bottom and then re-insert it about 1/8″ away from initial point, back through the same peg hole beneath.  You’ll have to press down hard on your pillow padding to get it through.  You’ll want to do this twice, adding your finished button to the top on your second round. Once you have pulled it back out of the bottom for the second time, the attached button gives you leverage to pull the string tight and create your tufted look.  Then wrap the string around the button a few times, tie it off and cut.A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!

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Second time out, string through your button and reinsert.A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!

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Measure the length of your container and cut two 2×4’s to fit inside of it lengthwise.  If you are using a shallower container you may need to use 2×3’s or even 2×2’s.  Keep in mind that they should rest on the bottom of the container and their tops should be at least 1″ below the top of the container.A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!

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Outline where your support beams will go and drill holes so that you can attach them with screws.A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!

blank630x20 A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!blank630x20 A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!blank630x20With the support beams firmly mounted to the interior of the container, place the pillow inside.  It should be a tight fit so be sure you don’t tear the fabric as you press it into place.  The peg board bottom should rest firmly on the supports below.  If everything lines up, remove the pillow and prepare to install the feet.A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!

blank630x20 A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!blank630x20I opted for a simple 2″ dowel for the feet, cut down to 3″ lengths. A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!

blank630x20 A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!blank630x20 A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!blank630x20 A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!blank630x20

Measure and mark where the feet will go.  Drill holes through the container to attach the feet.  If you purchase self-tapping screws you may be able to screw the legs on directly through the container depending on what materials the container is made of.  Being that mine was a metal-like fiber glass I opted to pre-drill small holes and used the self-tapping screwsA suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!

blank630x20 A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!blank630x20Once complete, spray paint the legs and apply a clear coat to protect the bed from scratches.  I would recommend at least 2 coats to hold up against little paws and the occasional cleaning. I suggest using clear coat over it when finished for added protection. DIY Dog Bed from Suitcase 33

blank630x20Right before I put my top back on I opted to attach a small mail bin that I picked up at a craft store for $5.  This gave me a place for my dog toys and a name plate.  I spray painted it the same white and installed it to one side of my container by drilling holes and using some old, small bolts.A suitcase makes the best DIY dog bed! You can style it however you like and we even show you how to attach a toy bin to the side. Your pup will love it!

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DIY Upcycle Locket Necklace

This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone's face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry.blank630x20

This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone’s face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry. You’ll never guess what they are made from.  Plastic spice bottle lids.  They look amazing and are so fun to make. You can style them in an endless variety of ways.

For another fun project check out our other simple DIY Necklace.  Or better yet take a peek at all our upcycling ideas!blank630x20

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  • Lids with open hole from plastic spice bottles. (We used McCormick)
  • Spray Paint
  • Gems, flowers, beads etc.
  • Photo of choice.
  • Our printout patterns and template below.
  • Glue
  • Chains, string etc.
  • Drill with tiny bit
  • Eye Screw (optional)
  • Clear spray (optional but a good idea)

Additional Ideas: You can also use scrapbook paper cut into circles to place on your locket in various places.

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This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone's face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry.blank630x20

This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone's face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry.blank630x20

Drill a small hole in the top of the lid for hanging a string or placing a eye screw into.  Doing it before painting it is a good idea. This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone's face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry.blank630x20

Spray paint your cap. After it dries a coat of clear sealer is a good idea. This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone's face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry.blank630x20

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Cut a piece of poster board for backing using the appropriate pattern piece. This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone's face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry.blank630x20

For a regular photograph use the appropriate circle to trace over the picture, then cut it out. This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone's face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry.blank630x20

You can also print out a photo and do the same thing.This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone's face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry.blank630x20

If you print a photo on regular paper we suggest covering it with packing tape.This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone's face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry.blank630x20

Glue your photo face down into the lid. This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone's face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry.blank630x20 This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone's face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry.blank630x20
Glue whatever you like on the front as long as it covers the logo portion on the lid. This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone's face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry.blank630x20

You can also glue something inside the cover. This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone's face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry.blank630x20

String can be added for the necklace. This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone's face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry.blank630x20

Beads add a nice touch.This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone's face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry.blank630x20This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone's face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry.blank630x20

Attaching a chain is easiest if you insert an eyelet screw into the tiny hole. This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone's face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry.blank630x20

You can add glue to the eyelet to hold it in. Place the backing poster board over it. This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone's face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry.blank630x20 This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone's face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry.blank630x20 This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone's face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry.blank630x20 This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone's face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry.blank630x20This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone's face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry.blank630x20

 

DIY Finger Pin Cushion 14blank630x20 This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using the lid from a plastic bottle you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20

This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using the lid from a plastic bottle you can make it any color or style you want! Great for keeping pins handy and putting pins back as you pull them out.  Give them as gifts with a matching set of pins.

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Note: The pom pom must be large enough to squeeze into the lid and give a nice puffy, thick surface. The 1″ size is too small. The one’s shown measured about 1 3/8″ which “might” be considered 1 1/2″ size. (I purchased mine  in a large bag of mixed sizes.) The  lids come in a variety of colors or you could also spray paint them if desired. The ones shown were kept as is.

 

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This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20

These are the basics of what you need along with a glue gun. This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20

You can decorate them using all types of items. This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20

Place a large glob of hot glue in the bottom of your cap. This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20

Squeeze and push your pom pom down into it firmly.  This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20

Decorate as desired. This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20

Measure your elastic. This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20

Glue the elastic onto the bottom. This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20 This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20DIY Finger Pin Cushion 14blank630x20 This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using the lid from a plastic bottle you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20 This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20 This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20 This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20 This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20

 

Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from! blank630x20

If puzzles are your thing, you’re gonna love this creative little puzzle mat! It’s a way to store small mini puzzles and it’s an upcycle project, meaning it uses some things you most likely already have in your home! The only thing you might need to grab is the large sheet of felt. It’s small enough to take and store anywhere.

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Gather your supplies. Make sure your paper towel roll is not bent or squished. Make sure you get soft felt. The thin, stiffer kind will not roll up the puzzle well.

Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from!blank630x20

The area for the puzzle will be 11″x 12″ approximately. Make sure your puzzle will fit on the mat and that the puzzle pieces will fit into the tube.Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from!blank630x20

For the bottom end cap, trim a single egg carton section as shown, then glue it in. Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from! blank630x20

For the top open ended cap, trim another egg carton section as shown. Add holes to attach it with string. Paint it before attaching. We added a coat of Mod Podge. (Optional)Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from!blank630x20

After painting, attach your top cap as shown. We added some glue to the inside to secure the string. Glue on a small piece of ribbon as the pull tab. Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from! blank630x20

Your felt will be a small amount taller than your tube. Measure it and trim the felt down to fit. Glue your felt around the tube as shown. Glue two pieces of  ribbon as shown to tie the mat up when not in use. Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from! blank630x20Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from!blank630x20Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from!blank630x20 Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from!blank630x20 Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from!blank630x20 blank630x20Here's a great upcycle idea for storing and putting together small puzzles. It's a portable puzzle mat and you'll be amazed what it's created from!blank630x20

 

 

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amyLooking for a more modern plastic bag holder you can make? We’ve got two of ’em! These Mid Century Modern bag dispensers (the ones you get at the grocery store) are made from a 2 liter soda bottle and a DVD or CD. Add spray paint and a few stickers along with our free label below and you’ve got not only a modern function piece to hang on the wall or inside a cupboard but also a great upcycle.

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We’ve got a pdf label you can cut out or a .studio3  file if you have a Silhouette cutting machine.

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Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!

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2 liter plastic soda bottle with the label removed.

Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Measure for your bag opening. You want about a 2″ opening. We use a dry erase marker for marking our bottle as it wipes off easily. Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Cut along the lines you made.Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Cut the bottom of the bottle off at whatever height you want your container. Our bottle had a natural line on it so we followed that. WE made our second dispenser shorter to allow it to fit inside a cupboard door. Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Trim the ends with scissors to even them out if needed.Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

If desired, you can use an iron to round the  top edge. Set the iron to high and press the top end against it for about 15 to 20 seconds until it starts to round.  Only do this to the larger opening.Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Heating the end gives it a very nice rounded edge.Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Spray paint your bottle. Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

For the first bottle we applied a Silhouette label. Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

We used black electrical tape to make the triangle shapes. Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Spray paint a DVD or CD. Glue on a small piece of ribbon to use for the hinge.Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Attach your lid.Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

For the second dispenser we used a cut out label. Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Spray adhesive was used to apply the label. Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20 Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

For the confetti design we used colored dot labels. Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20 Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Paint the CD.Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Apply the ribbon hing.Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Sticky two sided Command Strips work wonderfully to attach your holder to the wall. You could also attach a ribbon to each side and  hang it up or use a hole punch to hang it on a nail. Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Fill your dispenser with plastic bags.Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Completed plastic bag dispensers!Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do! blank630x20Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do! blank630x20Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do! blank630x20

 

 

 

Make this awesome world clock for Earth Day or any day! It's made from a CD or DVD and we have free printable original artwork you can download. blank630x20Make this awesome world clock for Earth Day or any day! It’s made from a CD or DVD and Roy drew the free artwork you can download.  All you need is a clock mechanism purchased online or at any craft store. Read the details below. This is an addition to our other post How to Make a Clock from a DVD which has a variety of free clock faces.

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World Clock Supplies

  • CD or DVD
  • Printed clock face (FREE DOWNLOAD BELOW)
  • Small clock mechanism. I used this one.
  • Spray adhesive or glue to glue clock face onto CD.
  • Clear Spray (fixing agent so the ink won’t run if you use Mod Podge”
  • Mod Podge for sealing (optional)
  • Spray paint (optional for back of disc)

Other Clock Mechanisms that might work according to the details, though I’ve not used these personally. Double check things before purchasing. Many come with a hanging piece so the clock can be placed on the wall.

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NOTE ON CLOCK MECHANISMS: If you purchase your own you must check to make sure it will fit your CD and that the hands are the right size. (Second hands are usually super thin and you could actually trim them with scissors.) Clock mechanisms come in a huge variety of sizes and only a certain size will work for your CD clock.  The largest hand can generally not be longer than 2 1/4″ (Seconds hands tend to be really long and you can opt to leave that hand off if you like.) Also, the thread sections come in different lengths and will stick out in front of your CD because it is so thin. I didn’t find that to be a huge problem. I generally painted the threads to match, if needed.

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Free pdf World Clock Face.  This should fit a standard  DVD or CD.  Read the details below on printing them.

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How to Print

Some printers will adjust a pdf to ‘fit to page”.  If yours does that your clock face might be a tiny bit too small, showing a sliver of the CD around the edge. To correct this, when you go to print your sheet change the printer settings as shown. (Yours will look different but you should still have this setting.) Another option is to spray paint the front of your CD or DVD so that if the edge does show, it doesn’t matter. It will just have a nice border. P.S. It’s a good idea to print a fast “draft” quality of your template to make sure it will fit correctly. That way you don’t waste ink.

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Instructions

 

Make this awesome world clock for Earth Day or any day! It's made form a CD or DVD and we have free printable original artwork you can download.blank630x20 Make this awesome world clock for Earth Day or any day! It's made form a CD or DVD and we have free printable original artwork you can download.blank630x20

Glue your clock face onto the CD or DVD. Make this awesome world clock for Earth Day or any day! It's made form a CD or DVD and we have free printable original artwork you can download.blank630x20

Mark the exact center of the CD where the mechanism will go. NOTE: You can spray paint the BACK of your CD or DVD which we did. You can see it at the bottom.Make this awesome world clock for Earth Day or any day! It's made form a CD or DVD and we have free printable original artwork you can download.blank630x20

For an extra nice coating you can put a layer of Mod Podge on the face of the clock but we suggest before doing so that you give it a light coat with a clear spray to make sure the ink does not run. Make this awesome world clock for Earth Day or any day! It's made form a CD or DVD and we have free printable original artwork you can download.blank630x20

Make this awesome world clock for Earth Day or any day! It's made form a CD or DVD and we have free printable original artwork you can download.blank630x20

You can choose to leave off the second hand if desired which I did. Make this awesome world clock for Earth Day or any day! It's made form a CD or DVD and we have free printable original artwork you can download.blank630x20Make a hole in the center to allow for the clock threads to go through. Make this awesome world clock for Earth Day or any day! It's made form a CD or DVD and we have free printable original artwork you can download.blank630x20 Make this awesome world clock for Earth Day or any day! It's made form a CD or DVD and we have free printable original artwork you can download.blank630x20

It will stick up a bit depending on how long your threads are. You can paint the threads if desired. Just make sure to not get anything on the center part that turns. Make this awesome world clock for Earth Day or any day! It's made form a CD or DVD and we have free printable original artwork you can download.blank630x20

Following the instructions on the mechanism package, add your clock hands. Make this awesome world clock for Earth Day or any day! It's made form a CD or DVD and we have free printable original artwork you can download.blank630x20Make this awesome world clock for Earth Day or any day! It's made form a CD or DVD and we have free printable original artwork you can download.blank630x20

Hang on the wall if your mechanism allows it or place on an easel. Get our small easel pattern or ideas here.Make this awesome world clock for Earth Day or any day! It's made form a CD or DVD and we have free printable original artwork you can download.