& CUSHIONS MADE TO FIT
Try some of these easy crafting ideas. A great
way to reuse some of your would be trash.
At summers end I took all the mustard stems that had grown out and gone to seed and wrapped them together to create a wreath. It was super easy. By now it's dried out completely and turned a straw color.
Share your ideas please!!
What have you been crafting?
PLASTIC BAG FUSING
Layer plastic bags upto 4 - 5 between parchment paper. With an iron on a low heat setting iron over the paper. The plastic will begin to fuse together.
I created a pillow with my fused sheets of plastic. Get creative by cutting out different shapes and sewing them together. Fill with more plastic bags or polyfil. These are great for an outdoor space, like a deck or workshop (Mine is on a pallet bench I made, which is in my barn/workshop)
LUNCH BOX NAPKIN
2. DIVIDE INTO EQUAL SQUARES.
I CUT MINE INTO 6 3/4 INCH SQUARES.
JUST A LITTLE BIGGER THAN A COCKTAIL NAPKIN.
3. SEW TWO PEICES TOGETHER.
THESE CAN BE MADE IN A SINGLE LAYER TOO.
CUTTING THE SIZE I DID AND DOUBLE
LAYERING ALLOWS FOR 4 AND 1 SINGLE.
4. FINISH THE EDGES WITH SOME EMBROIDERY THREAD.
PERFECT SIZE FOR THE LUNCH BOX.
NO MORE TRASHING A NAPKIN A DAY.
MY GIRLS AND I LOVE THEM!
I HOPE YOU DO TOO!
UP-CYCLE CANDLE JARS
REDUCE - REUSE - RECYCLE!!
Keep your old candle jars and give them a new life.
1. Remove the old wax by placing upside down in the freezer for 20-30 minutes. The wax should fall out of place. If not tap it a little or use a knife and carefully crack the wax and take it out in pieces.
2. Clean the jar with some hot water and dish soap.
3. Start using the jar for something new such as:
Most candles such as the Yankee have jar lids. These are great tea light holders.
Remove the plastic seal because it's prettier this way. Drop a tea light in and there you go. A few of these down the center of a dining table would create a very simple and pretty table scape.
MILK CARTON CAPS
I don't know about you but in my house we drink at least 2 gallons of milk a week. That's approx 110 caps that can not be recycled in a year. It's taken me a while to figure to do with these. One idea is the necklace shown bellow. I'm still trying to come up with some other ideas so if you have any please share!
Medallion style necklace.
- whole punch
- plastic milk carton cap
- embroidery thread
- embroidery needle
1. Create a hole in the center with a large whole punch.
2. Using and embroidery needle string the thread from the outside of the cap thru the center of the cap until the cap is completely covered with the thread. Create a pattern by alternating the colors. Once completely covered tie off your thread. Consider adding a few beads here and there to really embellish your trash to treasure necklace.
3. Cut a small circle of felt just big enough to cover the backside of your cap. Punch a hole into the center of your circle. Glue to the backside with tacky glue or glue gun.
4. Cut 3 or 4 strands of embroidery thread long enough to use as a necklace. Next tie little nots ever inch or so, brade them together or just leave them as they are. Tie the two ends together to create a loop. Now take the knotted end and pull it thru the center of your embroidered cap and slip knot this around the cap.