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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Purses Bags + Wallets Carryall Challenge Entry made from Juice Boxes Etc on: August 10, 2012 05:41:13 AM
I hope I am posting this in the right place!  My entry is a couple of craft supply caddies made from juice boxes, Shout Color Catcher boxes, and the metal handles from Chinese food takeout boxes.  Here are the containers:



Here are the caddies empty:



And here they are loaded up with markers, pencils, rulers and paint brushes:






The juice box caddy is made of 6 boxes, with 2 rows of 3 boxes joined back to back with strong doublestick tape.  The metal takeout box handle fit perfectly into the straw holes in the juice boxes.  The other caddy is made of 2 Color Catcher boxes taped back to back.  I removed the top flap of the box and added a bit of electrical tape along the top edge for reinforcement and poked holes for the handles.  These things look flimsy but are actually fairly durable.  They're great for carrying and storing craft supplies.  You could also use them for carrying your dining utensils and napkins outdoors.  
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / used Color Catchers on: May 25, 2012 12:21:46 PM
For a while now I have been saving used Color Catchers.  Most are dingy looking so I throw them in the rag bag and use them for cleaning up spills, but some are actually kind of pretty.  I have been trying to think up a crafty use for them.  I made a bean bag for my son out of one.   It worked out pretty well, but really, how many bean bags do you need?  Any suggestions? 
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 72 ENTRIES / Bitter/Sweet Reversible Faux Candy Heart Bracelet on: March 08, 2012 02:54:58 PM
Here it is, my first ever challenge entry.  It is a reversible bracelet which is supposed to resemble the candy bracelets kids wear.  I painted wood hearts to resemble conversation hearts and wrote sweet messages on one side and not-so-sweet messages on the reverse side.  Here is the sweet side:



And here is the bitter side:



I wish I hadn't waited until the last minute to do it, because it didn't really work out the way I wanted it to, but I didn't have time to do anything about it.  Ideally, I would have strung just the hearts (no spacers) on elastic to most closely resemble the candy bracelets.  However, I made one heart in each of the colors the candies come in (at least, the colors I found in the brand of candy hearts I had) and I thought that would be big enough to fit around my wrist.  When it turned out that the seven hearts weren't long enough, my choices were to duplicate one of the colors I had already used, to make up another color that wasn't based on the candy hearts, or add spacers.  Adding spacers was the quickest solution, although I didn't really like any of the options at that point.  Then it turned out that the tiny holes in the hearts weren't big enough for elastic, so I had to use the tiger tail and clasp.  At this point it really doesn't resemble candy jewelry, but I still think it's kind of fun anyway.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Tacky/Festive Christmas Wreath made from recycled balloons on: December 13, 2011 02:18:04 PM
My 4 year old son and I have the bad habit of hanging on to things that normal people would get rid of, because we figure we'll make something out of them, some day.  Recently he wanted to make a Christmas wreath.  So, we hauled out the deflated mylar balloons we had been keeping (to make glitzy gift wrap for small gifts) and found 2 star balloons, one lime green and one kelly green.  I used my rotary cutter to cut them into strips an inch wide and 4 - 6 inches long.  We would have used a wire hanger for the base of the wreath, but I wasn't sure we had enough balloon strips to cover a full hanger and I didn't want to have to cut through that thick wire to shorten it.  Instead I just unwound a bunch of craft wire and we started tying the strips onto the wire.  Elliot did much of the tying himself (a nice way to keep him out of trouble while I was busy) and when we ran out of balloon strips, he took it upon himself to snip the (flimsy) craft wire with his little kid scissors and twist the wire ends together to form a wreath.  Of course it needed a bow, so we used the red plastic mesh stuff we had saved from a package of clementines to make a little bow.  The photo is not very clear, but I guess you can get the general idea of it.  The balloon material is colored on one side and silver on the other and is very shiny.  If you enjoy bright shiny decorations, you'll like this one:





5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Tree-shaped gift box made from recycled cereal box on: December 12, 2011 08:28:33 PM
This is the first time I am posting a project, so I hope I am doing it correctly!  Here is a little gift box I made from a cereal box.  After constructing the box top and bottom, I used a sponge to swipe on green craft paint.  For the trunk, I cut a strip of the cereal box, coiled it up, and glued it together.  After the paint and glue were dried, I put the box top upside down in a glass to hold it with the bottom facing up so I could glue the stem in place with white glue.  With the box in this position, I didn't need to find a way to hold the trunk in position while it dried.  (Someone who is less klutzy would probably just use a hot glue gun.) The photos are not very clear, but it is a cute little box that would be good for a small gift like jewelry or a gift card.
  This shows the box top, and the inside of the bottom.  The cereal box was Kashi Island Vanilla.  Yum!


  This shows the coiled trunk.

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