Monday, December 15, 2014

Wooden Spool Christmas Ornament ~ Perforated Paper for Embroidery

I was gifted a bag full of wooden spools that belonged to my mother, and wanted to make something with them.  If you are lucky to have antique wooden spools (about 1 inch tall), this pattern is my favorite so far.  You can also purchase wooden spools at most craft stores, if you do not have antique wooden spools to use.

To make these, you will need to know how to sew yo-yo's using fabric and thread.

The book you will need is:

Monday, November 3, 2014

Tape Dispenser Ring Christmas Tree Ornament

Tape dispenser rings can be created into these unique handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments. Click on "read more" to see how to make them.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tape Dispenser Ring Christmas Tree

Create these adorable decorations for Christmas, by recycling empty tape dispenser rings.

Items Needed:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Magnetic Clipboard with Note Pad and Pen

I had been gifted with a box of fabric scraps from a few people who sew often.  I decided to create these fun magnetic clipboards.   If you are raising a family, you might be finding it difficult to keep a pen in one place for notes.  I found this works pretty good.  You can add a string to make sure pen and clipboard don't get separated as well.  I tied another scrap of fabric to the top for additional decoration.
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Recycled Coffee Display


I purchased this stand at a SCRAP store that had closed many years ago.  We used it in our barn to hold tools etc.  However, It was getting a bit destroyed from wear and tear. (don't forget to click on "read more") 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cup/Mug Coasters ~ Canning Lids and Screw Bands

I noticed that many of my canning screw bands needed replaced.  After so many years of canning, they started to rust and bend.  I decided to recycle some into cup coasters.

Items needed:

Monday, September 15, 2014

Stitched Note Cards

Use up scrap pieces of embroidery floss and small pieces of scrap cardstock to make these handmade cards.  The backs of the stitched pieces are never seen.

Items needed:

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Suitcase Cat Bed

There are many locations on the internet, that give you instructions on building one of these.  I won't be repeating the steps, but I will be showing you the progress of our own cat bed.

 We were spring cleaning, and . . .

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Muffin Tin Center Piece ~ Candle Holder

We were once again spring cleaning, and came across this old muffin tin.  We recycled it into a center piece with candles.

I simply spray painted it red (simply what we had on hand), and let it dry.  I placed a candle in each muffin cup, and used it for a center piece.  

You could spray paint these in any color combination, and possibly add painted embellishments.  You could also create a speckled look by using a white paint and brush to splatter over a darker base coast.  

If you have leftover red spray paint, you may also like:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Recycling Old T-Shirts ~ Shaggy Dog Rug

Book: Alternacrafts, by Jessica Vitkus
Craft: Shaggy Dog Rug

Thursday, February 13, 2014

How to Make Fire Starters Using Walnut Shells and Cardboard Egg Cartons

Items needed:
~ cracked walnut shells (we used English walnut shells)
~ string (garden or other cotton string)
~ scissors
~ cardboard egg cartons
~ beeswax
~ grater (if you are using a block of beeswax) and double boiler

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Tip on Drying Dyed Easter Eggs

Did you use a lot of transparant tape to wrap your holiday presents with?  If so, you probably ended up with empty tape dispensers.  Save those plastic rings.  Click on "read more" to read.....