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11  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 114 ENTRIES / Re: Sha Sha Ribbon Dream Purse on: August 02, 2016 01:28:07 PM
Wow!  That looks great!
12  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 114 ENTRIES / Challenge 114 entry: I bet you can't guess what these Rolled Beads are made of! on: August 02, 2016 01:22:56 PM
Looking through the jewelry tutorials, I saw this one pertaining to the old favorite, rolled paper beads: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=304591.0.  It put me in the mood to make some jewelry.  I have made plenty of rolled beads in the past using wrapping paper, maps, newsletters, etc.  This time I decided to try something different.  For a long time now I have been making loads of crafts with junk normal people would throw away.  Here are a couple of my latest projects:

Necklace made of rolled beads with seed beads for spacers

Detail of necklace

Bracelet made of rolled beads with seed bead spacers, strung on elastic which was part of the packaging from a cheap pair of shoes

Detail of bracelet

I am pretty happy with the way my trashy beads turned out.  Can you guess what they are made of?

Used Color Catchers!  I have been saving these things for years, and finally have an appealing use for them.  I use them all the time in my laundry, and usually they come out an unappealing grayish color, but sometimes they end up being a very appealing shade which I can't bear to toss.  Consequently I have dozens of them still hanging around.  What do you think of my trashy beads?
13  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Rolls... I have rolls from puppy bags, food sealer bags on: July 19, 2016 09:09:04 PM
Are they big enough to use to make a jewelry display?  The kind for displaying necklaces and bracelets, kind of like this http://www.michaels.com/velvet-tray-bar-jewelry-display-damask-print/10392112.html#q=jewelry+display&start=3.  You could cut a hole in the center of one tube and insert a tube of smaller diameter to make a T shape.  You can make one or more of these Ts in various heights.  You could paint them or cover with fabric, then secure them to some kind of a base, maybe a covered cereal box.
14  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Syringes by the dozen on: July 03, 2013 12:46:20 PM
The tubing makes great handles for gift bags.  You could just add them to a paper bag, or make your own bag from a paper envelope.  I've made cute gift bags from tyvek envelopes turned inside out, and folded to make them into a bag with a bottom and sides.  Then just add the tubing for handles and decorate the tyvek if you want.  One of the funkiest bags I've made was from a plastic bubble wrap envelope which I left right side out, folded and stitched gussets, then flipped it inside out so the bubble part was on the outside.  I used the IV tubing for handles, and it had a cool industrial look.  Unlike much gift wrap, this is something guys might actually like.

Are the syringes long enough that you could make a cuff bracelet out of it?  I'm thinking of those bracelets made by heating and bending toothbrushes.  But a syringe might not be long enough to make it most of the way around a wrist.
15  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: collection of cardboard quaker oats canisters on: November 28, 2012 07:21:51 PM
If you are baking holiday cookies to give away, these canisters are great for packaging them.  You can remove the paper label and use it as a pattern to cut a piece of gift wrap or other paper to cover the container, or you can draw, paint or stamp directly onto the cardboard.  You can remove the circular label from the plastic lid and replace it with a circle of card stock on which you could write a greeting, or your recipe.
16  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Spring Chicken on: November 07, 2012 05:27:49 PM
17  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: "Pile of leaves" infant costume on: November 07, 2012 05:24:58 PM
How cute!  I did something similar for my son when he was about the same age, but he was a tree.  I used a camouflage-print hooded sweatshirt and attached tons of fake leaves all over it.  Then I stuck a little fake nest with an egg inside on top of the hood, and stitched a little stuffed squirrel to one sleeve.  He wore it with brown pants (for the tree trunk).  I stitched on all the leaves instead of using glue, and it was SUCH a pain in the neck.  But boy, was he cute.  Nice job!
18  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Llama Llama Red Pajama on: November 07, 2012 05:17:41 PM
How adorable!  I bet your little llama LOVES his mama!  You did a fabulous job.
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: a tistket a tasket serving brisket to a basket on: August 11, 2012 10:00:55 AM
What a great idea.  It looks great.  I bet it took FOREVER!  If I got my hands on one of those frames, I think I'd try sewing a removable liner, so it could be cleaned if it got dirty.  In my house, EVERYTHING gets dirty!
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Purses Bags + Wallets Carryall Challenge Entry made from Juice Boxes Etc on: August 10, 2012 08:42:48 PM
Thank you!  There is no decoupage or decoration of any sort, just the packaging.  The adhesive was the only part that wasn't recycled.  Of course, there's no reason you couldn't make it prettier by decorating it, but I've been on a big reuse kick for a while and I don't mind if my projects look obviously recycled.  I hope that, if people can plainly see how I've reused an object, it will get them thinking about doing something similar.
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