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Title: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 15, 2013 02:37:18 PM

There has been some discussion on the FOC board (thanks, bookstorebabe and Onyxnox) about starting up a Reusing/Recycling/Recrafting craftalong, so here it is!

The idea is that each month, we'll have a reused/repurposed/recycled item that we'll use in our crafting or we'll have a theme around which you can recycle anything your heart desires!  Crafts can be posted in this thread and on the board they'd usually go under so everyone can share in the recrafting goodness!  



So who's in?  


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 15, 2013 02:37:59 PM
Challege #1: Magazines - Use all or part of a magazine or catalog and create beauty out of what would otherwise have been thrown away.   What can YOU create? (Oct. 15-Oct. 31)

Challenge #2: Holiday Decor - Instead of an item to use, this month the challenge is the end product!  What can you make for holiday decor out of recycled materials? (Nov. 1 - Nov. 30)

Challenge #3: Gift Wrapping and Tags - Since we're in the holiday season, we have another end product challenge.  How can you creatively wrap and tag gifts for this giving season?  (Dec. 1- Dec. 31)

Challenge #4: Holiday Leftovers - Do you have holiday cards?  Cans, bottles or bottle caps?  Empty wrapping paper tubes?  Mailing boxes that won't make it another year but are still good for something?  Then you're in luck!  Challenge #4 is how to use leftovers from 2013 to make something brand spankin' new for 2014!

Challenge #5: Summer! - What can you come up with from recycled materials with the theme of summer?  There to decorate for a BBQ, something to take to the beach or pool, garden decor, or something else entirely! 


Potential items to be re-crafted

books
bottlecaps
bottles/jars
cereal boxes
corks
egg cartons
hangers
holiday cards
laundry soap jugs
jewelry
magazines
newspapers
old ornaments
pill bottles (empty of course)
soda cans
spools
water bottles
wrapping paper tube rolls





Potential theme ideas:

bird feeders
charity items
children's items/toys
Christmas tree ornaments
gardening/lawn items
gift tags
gift wrapping
holiday decor
home decor


(What others should we add?)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: MissingWillow on October 15, 2013 02:50:32 PM
Ornaments are a great idea!  How about gift tags?  Bird feeders?


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: MWinchester on October 15, 2013 02:55:29 PM
Sounds like fun. My little people and I love making crafts from recycled items...This would be a fun way to get new ideas and see what everyone else does with their recycled item  :)

other themes could include:

home decor
children's items/toys
holiday decor
charity items to be donated
to be used outside/in the garden


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Inselaeffchen on October 15, 2013 02:59:37 PM
Definitely something I'll follow - always trying to think of things to do with my 2 year old twins.

And always looking into the RRR for our home, too. :)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 15, 2013 03:02:42 PM
Woo hoo!  Great ideas - they're all added.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Wyked on October 15, 2013 03:04:28 PM
Cereal boxes (Can be used for photo frames, etc.)



Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: sweets4ever on October 15, 2013 03:09:17 PM
Oooh, love this!!  I'll be following for now and jump in for crafting as time allows!  Thanks, kaz!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Ludi on October 15, 2013 04:05:24 PM
Looks fun!  :)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: dfabbric on October 15, 2013 04:13:35 PM
This sounds fun.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: bookstorebabe on October 15, 2013 04:23:40 PM
I can't wait for the first month's item! This is going to be fun.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: HSG on October 15, 2013 04:26:09 PM
Sounds good to me, and all the listed items should be fun. :)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 15, 2013 04:35:36 PM
Challenge Item #1: Magazines (Oct. 15-Nov. 15)


Find a magazine or catalog, use part or all of it, and create something beautiful!  Then show us what you created out of what would have gone into the recycling bin!




I can't wait to see what everyone creates!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: nekhbet on October 15, 2013 04:36:35 PM
I'm in! I love reusing stuff  in new ways.......


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 15, 2013 04:37:59 PM
Glad to have you, nekhbet!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: stillatthetop on October 15, 2013 04:40:48 PM
I believe I can jump in. I will be following this thread. It doesn't seem like there are any true rules or deadlines. I am constantly re-purposing things, so it will be fun to share. I give most items away, but I have TONS of "garbage", as my friends question me about..."Why is that pile of garbage in your hallway???" That is not garbage...it is craft supplies that I save up. They are contained and organized...what the ****? What is it to them...walk around it!!!!  ;D Sounds fun. Count me it. I have many items to recycle.

Question for host: Would you post on the first page some ideas of agencies that could use my crafted goodies? Ideas for things like orphanages, nursing homes, homeless shelters, that type of thing. Where people would appreciate a gift? Not the actual agencies, but just general ideas of things (types of places) that other crafters have shared with other people? I think that would be great for everyone here to have an "Idea Source" for their shares.  ;D Off to bookmark!

~T


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 15, 2013 04:45:26 PM
Welcome to the craftalong, stillatthetop!  

And good idea about the different places items could be donated.  There are more specific groups who accept crafted donations in Crafting for Good and not Evil (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=364.0) ! :)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Mamaneedles on October 15, 2013 05:44:04 PM
Yay! We've just used a catalogue to turn an ugly Bratz suitcase into a nice babriecase. I'll post when my pictures are uploaded :)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 15, 2013 06:02:26 PM
Oh, yay, MamanTattoo!  Can't wait to see!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Mamaneedles on October 15, 2013 07:49:57 PM
Here's the before, paid 1,50$:

And after some modpodge and a 5yr old:

It's now laying open in the living room, full of barbies and cloths :D


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: stillatthetop on October 15, 2013 10:24:01 PM
Wonderful project MamanTatoo! And great that your five year old can share in the joy of crafting!!

Not sure what I will do in this theme, but my next project idea is featured on a thread here shared by FunBasedLearning about a tree muppet made with recycles. A halloween theme. Neat and simple for kids, too. I posted some additional ideas that I have for doing mine, on that thread there. I have a large spooky tree on my corner lot that would be great for that project.

I also have tons of magazines to cut up and destroy. We will see what my brain dreams up tonight in my sleep. I sometimes think best then. Go figure.  :-\

~T


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: lazyneedle on October 16, 2013 02:04:49 AM
What a chance - I made this weeks some paper beeds out of newspapers. Some of them I paint with nail polish: http://www.friesenliese.de/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/IMG_5241.jpg


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: stillatthetop on October 16, 2013 03:38:06 AM
I do those, too!!! They are so fun to do. I do them at the coffee table while watching movies  ;D Good mid to older kid project, as well. It is so interesting to see how things come out with really colorful pictures and pages.
I use my printer and print the pattern (LONG triangles are easy!) on the back side of the image I like, then just cut and roll. I use a coffee stir straw to wrap around. And then some glue stick towards the end. I seal mine with spray clear seal stuff. Easy peasy! Sometimes I paint mine, too. If I don't like how the colors of the pictures look afterward.

Here is a great tutorial, but just YouTube/Google "paper bead tutorial", and you can find tons of ideas, for those of you who haven't a clue what we are talking about.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnTWQ77g1Y4

Lets all do some of these, shall we??? And then show off our necklaces and such. That would be fun! I am loving this craftalong!

Today I am working on using paper bags to use for my gift wrap for Christmas. I just "charged up" my old ink pads and pulled out my rubber stamps. I don't really have the money to buy wrap, and didn't get a chance last year to shop the clearances for it....so....this year it is comics and paper bags that will get decorated.  ;D I love the recycle, anyway. GREAT SHARE LAZYNEEDLE!!!!!!!

~T


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Abbeeroad on October 16, 2013 06:27:17 AM
Awesome RRR, Maman!

I'm in, but this months challenge is tricky for me. I don't have any magazines!!! Maybe I can steal some from somewhere...


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: bookstorebabe on October 16, 2013 06:43:51 AM
I don't have magazines either, but I've got college brochures and such-some of them are almost magazine size! Kiddo gets more of these every week.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on October 16, 2013 07:36:46 AM
Oh, this is great!  I hate to throw stuff out as I consider just about anything as "supplies", too! ;D

I, unfortunately, have way too many magazines...

It would be fun to think of some ideas with you guys as to what can be done with them!

I love the use of them to cover other things--like the cute case for dolls!

I have done paper beading as well, but then, I am not sure what to use all of those beads for... ;D

Got my brain working now...also, here are some more ideas!!

http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=magazine%20crafts&rs=ac&len=8


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: ChameleonHound on October 16, 2013 08:17:58 AM
Oooh, I might join this one! I've definitely got too much stuff for recrafting. I have a tendency to keep stuff that could, maybe, possibly, eventually, one day be useful.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Mamaneedles on October 16, 2013 12:35:37 PM
oh, I love how exited everyone is!!!
here's our second show and tell:

A couple of fairy house made with yougourt containers, branches from the yard and our front door cedar, "bricks" made out of egg-thingy cardboard and lots of glue! :)



Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on October 16, 2013 01:50:33 PM
Those are so clever! I bet kids love them!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 16, 2013 02:37:41 PM
I love the redo of the backpack, MamanTattoo!  And those fairyhouses are adorable, too.  :)

And lazyneedle, those beads are fabulous! 

I may just have to take you up on your idea, stillatthetop, and make some beads myself.  :D  And I always love gifts wrapped in comics and homemade paper, so I'm sure your recipients will, too.

I'm psyched people are enjoying this craftalong so far!  I just need to figure out what I'm going to make out of magazines/catalogs/similar type of junk mailings. 


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: HSG on October 16, 2013 03:20:47 PM
Got a magazine in the mail today that is normally thrown out immediately. Set it aside for this :)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Abbeeroad on October 17, 2013 07:00:20 AM
Got a magazine in the mail today that is normally thrown out immediately. Set it aside for this :)

Me too! A catalog...I completely forgot about catalogs!! Score.

Love the fairy houses, Maman!!!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Antidigger on October 17, 2013 03:24:43 PM
I think I have an idea.......

I'm looking forward to some time off to try it.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 17, 2013 06:04:54 PM
If any of yall are interested, Craftster's Pinterest now has a RRR board (http://www.pinterest.com/craftsterorg/reusing-recycling-and-recrafting/)!  Please feel free to follow (or PM me links you think would be cool!)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Mamaneedles on October 18, 2013 06:43:31 AM
Yay!!! What a nice idea!!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: bookstorebabe on October 18, 2013 01:22:13 PM
Eee! My old circuit board lamp is on the pintrist board!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Ludi on October 18, 2013 05:42:37 PM
I'm excited to try to use my pile of plant catalogs to make miniature plants for my 1: 24 scale wee castle project!   :D

Here's a tutorial for morning glories!  http://miniatures.about.com/od/dollshouseplants/ss/Make-Miniature-Dollhouse-Scale-Morning-Glory-Vines.htm

There are several tutorials for making teeny tiny plants and flowers!   :D


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Mamaneedles on October 18, 2013 05:44:46 PM
Ok so I don't want this craftalong to become "what mamantattoo did with her daughter today" so I'm only linking to the thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428367.0#axzz2i7kIOajP
It's a dress made 95% by my 5yr old.
We used t-shirt leftover and even an old curtain for the back.
I find it very awesome.

Ludi, it's SO tiny! I don't have the patience for that kind of stuff, so I admire anyone that does!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: bookstorebabe on October 18, 2013 05:47:57 PM
That's amazing,mamantattoo! talented little girl!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 19, 2013 08:06:15 AM
I agree - so cute!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Annchen on October 19, 2013 03:02:07 PM
Have you ever tried to make magazine bowls? (like this: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thelondongardentradingco/product/set-of-three-recycled-magazine-bowls)

I'm not quite ready to make another one since it was soooo time consuming. The result was very pretty, however.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 19, 2013 03:21:02 PM
I've seen those before - they look SO cool!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Mamaneedles on October 19, 2013 03:54:59 PM
So colorfull. I wanted to try it then I read "time-consuming" :(


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Annchen on October 19, 2013 04:00:39 PM
I cut and folded the strips in front of the TV so it wasn't that bad. ;) The thing that slowed me down the most was that I used a very small magazine so the strips ended up quite short. I also insisted on trying to find the most colourful pages...


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Mamaneedles on October 19, 2013 06:31:30 PM
Do you, per chance, have a picture to show us?? :D


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: bookstorebabe on October 19, 2013 07:07:24 PM
I cut up one of the college brochures and made a pair of paper bead earrings. I'd tried making beads from the skinny strips before, and oh,they were lumpy! So I thought I'd try a tube bead this time. They're larger than I like to wear,and the seams aren't great, but it's practice! I put a scrap of scrapbook paper on the outside.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: stillatthetop on October 20, 2013 01:58:54 AM
Paper beads:
They are not time consuming! If you are in front of the TV you can always stop to watch the good parts! Try them out, they are fun!!! I love the triangle ones, but have also mastered the more advanced ones that combine a barrel in the center with two triangle panels on either side on each bead. I wish I had pics to share. They went off in a bead swap. I will have to make more. They don't have to be magazines...you can craft from regular paper of any kind. (flexible, though).

Tute I shared used Elmer's Glue, but I like a glue stick, as I spray them with clear acrylic spray (or paint them) to seal them afterward. Just have a spare scrap of paper as a place mat, and run glue stick over the end piece. (Place mat paper to catch any mess!) I make them at my coffee table sitting under the table on the floor (pillow optional  ;D)

I run my materials of choice in my printer with a pattern for the width of triangle I wish. Cut on the lines, and start at the big end of the triangle for wrapping, and work down twirling until near the point, then glue. Once you get the hang of it, you don't even have to look much at what you are doing.

I have to get daughter here to hook up my camera with me. (New camera, and cyber dummy myself ;D) or I could share some images, but they are really easy. Google "paper bead tutorial". There are tons out there to show you how. It is easy and FUN!!!!!

~T


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: stillatthetop on October 20, 2013 02:50:52 AM
Double post...sorry mods but this one needs a place of it's own.

Would you all stop with your "time consuming"??? We are here to encourage each other, and that just urks me. And puts other members off from trying.
Life takes time, art takes time, enjoying life takes time. Get over it. If members don't have the time to craft????

I am all for multi-tasking, and my life takes me off of my projects, too, but I fit it in. Time consuming or not. Skip washing your hair and get on a project one day, or do your banking online so you don't waste time in the drive-thru.

Sorry. Just had to vent. Feel free to delete this, but I think members should know it. I really don't put up with whiners. If they don't have time to craft, than quit doing it!

~T


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: deadbathducky on October 20, 2013 04:40:15 AM
Practically all my gifts this year for the holiday season are recycled paper bowls and dishes that have been glossed and will be filled with gingerbread. The first is hard but after that it gets a lot easier as you just get into the motions. I do them while watching movies, after a while you just start to get into the motions naturally. Cut lots of strips, prepare them, glue roll glue roll glue roll and so on.

Edit: I'll post a picture of one of my things that isn't quite a bowl sometime soon.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 20, 2013 07:16:36 AM
bookstorebabe - those earrings look GREAT!  Love them!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 20, 2013 07:17:51 AM
Practically all my gifts this year for the holiday season are recycled paper bowls and dishes that have been glossed and will be filled with gingerbread. The first is hard but after that it gets a lot easier as you just get into the motions. I do them while watching movies, after a while you just start to get into the motions naturally. Cut lots of strips, prepare them, glue roll glue roll glue roll and so on.

Edit: I'll post a picture of one of my things that isn't quite a bowl sometime soon.

Oooh, can't wait to see!

I've got an idea for my catalogs/magazines that I wanted to do this weekend, but mom came over for some Christmas card making, so I haven't had a chance to yet.  But I know what I'm going to do!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Taramor on October 20, 2013 10:05:56 AM
It is not made of magazines, but newspaper - I hope it is ok. Nothing fancy, I just wanted to try.[

Here is a tutorial I found. It is to a slightly more advanced version: http://www.craftstylish.com/item/47658/the-times-they-are-a-changing-how-to-make-a-basket-from-a-newspaper/page/all (http://www.craftstylish.com/item/47658/the-times-they-are-a-changing-how-to-make-a-basket-from-a-newspaper/page/all)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 20, 2013 01:36:22 PM
Taramor, that looks fabulous!  I've pinned it to the RRR pinterest board. :)



Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 20, 2013 01:38:00 PM
Just so everyone knows, you're also welcome (and encouraged) to post your picture in the 'We want to see' thread AND making your project a post of its own (which can be linked here or in the WWtS thread) in whichever actual board your project goes in!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: bookstorebabe on October 20, 2013 02:23:29 PM
Taramor, I like the newspaper basket!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: HSG on October 20, 2013 02:57:48 PM
Great basket!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Mamaneedles on October 20, 2013 07:22:52 PM
Great basket!! It would be difficult for it to hold time here with the kids thought! ahah!

Saying that a thing is time consuming is not bad, it's just the truth. We all love to craft here, but sometimes you gotta choose for efficiency!!! I LOVE knitted kid pants but when my kids need pants I tend to serge two sweater sleeves together and voilà, pants in 15 min instead of X hours (bonus its RRR ;) )


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: bookstorebabe on October 20, 2013 08:05:47 PM
I wore my paper bead earrings today,and as huge as they are,they're so light I forgot I had them on. I've been looking at tutorials online today, and think more beads are in my future!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Annchen on October 21, 2013 10:34:14 AM
I think I'm going to skip the theme and cut some t-shirt yarn tonight...


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 21, 2013 06:13:30 PM
I wore my paper bead earrings today,and as huge as they are,they're so light I forgot I had them on. I've been looking at tutorials online today, and think more beads are in my future!

Yay beads!  :D


I think I'm going to skip the theme and cut some t-shirt yarn tonight...

WOO HOO t-shirt yarn!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Mamaneedles on October 21, 2013 08:17:35 PM
<3 t-shirt yarn. Ideas of what to make with it? Could be our next month's challenge :D


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Abbeeroad on October 22, 2013 06:43:27 AM
Love the basket and earrings!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: ChameleonHound on October 22, 2013 09:07:46 AM
These are book pages instead of magazine pages, but I hope they count!

I made these for a swap with someone who liked a lot of papercrafting. I took pages out of an old, partially-destroyed book and printed images on them with my inkjet. The effect came out better than I'd hoped, though I might use lighter pictures next time.



They have their own thread here (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428473.0#axzz2iT0BKhSN)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Annchen on October 22, 2013 09:08:50 AM
I have two ideas... One hanging basket and one cat cave. I'm not owned by any cats (that's the way it works, right?) but I have friends with cats.

I like using hubbys old t-shirts for making yarn, because they are large and make a lot of it. He's getting thinner and thinner, so I'll probably get more t-shirts to craft with when they start to look too large on him.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: bookstorebabe on October 22, 2013 12:25:44 PM
I love the book pages!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Taramor on October 22, 2013 01:29:24 PM
I, too, love the book pages, CamelonHound - the fox in particular. Where did you find those great drawings?


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 22, 2013 03:26:58 PM
Those book pages are awesome!!!

And both your ideas sound great, Annchen. :)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: ChameleonHound on October 22, 2013 06:22:18 PM
Thanks guys! I mostly found the pictures through Google image searches. I used the word "vintage" a lot.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Onyxnox on October 23, 2013 12:17:25 AM
yay... glad to see this taking off.  I have a few ideas myself ... like a recycled paper wreath for the front door, but probably won't get around to doing it for a bit as craft priorities for swaps and gifts take priority.

On the lines of the paper bowls,  some sent me some recycled paper hot pads a couple of years ago they are like the bowls, but are smaller flat circles, or squares that are woven with thread as opposed to glued, made into larger squares.  I suppose smaller ones could be made for coasters.  Wonder if a large one could be made for a floor mat or placemats,  or whatever.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Annchen on October 23, 2013 03:50:00 AM
Oh... I like the idea of a wreath! We've had a cute button wreath on our front door for... um... a couple of years? Hubby has started to complain that we need something new there. Perhaps I should surprise him with something new!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on October 23, 2013 06:19:25 AM
Those pages are great!

Also, a newspaper basket? Now that is a super idea for produce...I would love to have a nice basket for onions and sweet potatoes...I bet they would last longer, too, since the paper is nice and dry

I would love to see t-shirt yarn or t-shirt fabric recycled projects...hubby gave me a bunch of his old t-shirts that he no longer fits!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Annchen on October 23, 2013 07:55:18 AM
This is a good tutorial for cutting t-shirt yarn: http://mousechirpy-polkadotpineapple.blogspot.se/2008/03/tutorial-t-shirt-yarn.html. One t-shirt makes one strip of yarn, no knotting or joining!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 23, 2013 04:27:06 PM
Thanks so much for the link, Annchen!


Okay - could I prevail upon you lovely people to go put in your two cents at the RRR Challenge idea board (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=351386.new#new)?  I'd like to get a challenge going (for a prize!) and would love to hear your thoughts about what you are most likely to participate in!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: ChameleonHound on October 23, 2013 06:23:48 PM
Hey, has anyone tried making a trivet out of folded magazines or newspaper? I'd love to hear from someone who has tried this (http://thegogreenblog.com/homemade-hot-pad-pot-holder/) or this (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/231372499575881241/) or something like this (http://savedbylovecreations.com/2011/08/coiled-newspaper-trivet.html).


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 25, 2013 09:28:03 AM
I haven't, but those look like so much fun!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on October 29, 2013 07:23:25 AM
I made a bunch of paper beads using the various tutorials I found here and on Pinterest!!

They sure don't use up much paper...I still have a few boxes of magazines...;D...

I did take a bunch to the recycling center and the nursing homes...


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 29, 2013 03:01:09 PM
I made a bunch of paper beads using the various tutorials I found here and on Pinterest!!


Pictures or it didn't happen, Linda!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on October 29, 2013 03:46:35 PM
They are a bit damp but some of them seem pretty rock hard...I am going to string them together to eventually make some book markers...all of these came from about six sheets...ugh...not much recycling for all of the work! ;D



Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 29, 2013 04:31:58 PM
Ooooh, so pretty!  And you can always make more since you've so much paper leftover! ;)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: stillatthetop on October 29, 2013 04:42:24 PM
Oh crap...just do them in front of the TV! You won't even realize you are doing them after a while. Later on, take them outside and spray them with the clear acrylic.... Why do crafters fight things??? This one is an easy project.
Cut the page out of a magazine, or whatever paper you wish for. I use coffee straws to make mine on, but you can use the smaller dowel things...like shiska-bob style/skewers for the grill.

Start: Run the pattern through the printer..on your choice paper..., cut, roll, then paste the end a bit. No troubles. Let dry, thread on wire or string, and spray.

Various glues work good. I like glue stick, but some people prefer Elmer's...personal choice. I seal mine, so the glue only holds it together 'til I get there. And glue stick dries quicker and does not wrinkle the paper.

Let's not put off our members to trying this craft. It is FUNNNNN!!!!! And easy to do. And makes really neat items...beads...that you can use for many things...Merry Christmas!...wouldn't your neice or neighbor appreciate a necklace? Stretchy elastic cord works great to thread them on.  ;D

Edit: Forgot the roll  ::)

~T


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on October 29, 2013 09:36:41 PM
Elastic cord bracelets!  Thanks for the idea!  I dipped them in watered down Elmer's glue and stuck the skewers in some packaging styrofoam from my laptop box...I did use my rotary cutter to cut the strips so that sped things up...I am throwing all the extras in a jar so that someday I can make a bead curtain for my tiki room!

Collecting t-shirts now for next month...I want to try a t-shirt scarf!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: stillatthetop on October 30, 2013 12:51:07 AM
Those pages are great!

Also, a newspaper basket? Now that is a super idea for produce...I would love to have a nice basket for onions and sweet potatoes...I bet they would last longer, too, since the paper is nice and dry

I would love to see t-shirt yarn or t-shirt fabric recycled projects...hubby gave me a bunch of his old t-shirts that he no longer fits!

Well, not sure if I should say "Quit feeding him so much", or else "Feed him more, so you have supplies!"  ;D
I'm going to try the newspaper basket idea, too. It looks easy to weave. Those would be cool for a lot of things...spray them with some scent, and use in the bathroom? Like a potpouri basket for extras that get out of hand and need containing. A few for pet supplies (leashes, collars, etc.) By the door and in the ready? Keys, and sunglasses there, too. You could always spray paint them, but comics would be fun to use just as is! Don't forget that clear acrylic spray works wonders, too! It will keep them lasting much longer.

~T


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: stillatthetop on October 30, 2013 12:58:50 AM
Hey, has anyone tried making a trivet out of folded magazines or newspaper? I'd love to hear from someone who has tried this (http://thegogreenblog.com/homemade-hot-pad-pot-holder/) or this (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/231372499575881241/) or something like this (http://savedbylovecreations.com/2011/08/coiled-newspaper-trivet.html).

Never done it folded, but have done it ROLLED. Around a small center, like a straw. Glue, then remove the straw...Then just glue all your "new paper straws" together on one edge. Press flat while they dry, with some wax paper and a heavy book.

~T


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on October 30, 2013 07:01:04 AM
Is clear acrylic spray the same thing as the clear paint spray they sell at the hardware store?  I have a can that I found in the garage...no idea why it is there, but it looks full...probably something my artist hubby bought and never used! ;D

I would love to make a durable basket by the garage door to hold keys, change, etc. Fabric baskets tend to mold a bit in our damp garage...


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: HSG on October 30, 2013 08:59:46 AM
Wonder if the gesso that racky mentioned would work for that, Linda?


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on October 30, 2013 09:17:08 AM
I have gesso and also diamond something...I might experiment...I do like the spray idea as it would be faster and easier...and probably less messy!

HSG--I was thinking that I could use magazines to do a few mosaics!! Start with paper before I would invest in any tiles or glass...oh boy...the possibilities would be endless with paper...


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: HSG on October 30, 2013 09:31:40 AM
Yes! Paper mosaics are fun.  :)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Onyxnox on October 30, 2013 01:36:13 PM
If it is Diamond Glaze, that will give a nice clear finish but remember that it is NOT waterproof.

I would be tempted to clear coat it, then dip in resin for waterproofing and durability.

Or, since resin is absorbed into the paper fibers, and can turn single layers of paper translucent, it makes me wonder how it would be to dip an uncoated bead in it.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: JCDillustration on November 01, 2013 07:08:11 AM
Count me in!  ;D ;D Now time to brainstorm... ??? ???


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on November 01, 2013 07:37:10 AM
Are we doing t-shirt projects this month? ;D


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on November 01, 2013 04:37:00 PM
Are we doing t-shirt projects this month? ;D

Excellent question. 


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on November 01, 2013 04:40:44 PM
Challenge #2: Holiday Decor - Instead of an item to use, this month the challenge is the end product!  What can you make for holiday decor out of recycled materials? (Nov. 1 - Nov. 30)




I thought it'd be fun to alternate between an item to use and an end product to create!  :) 


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on November 01, 2013 04:56:54 PM
Aaaaand, coincidentally, our OFFICIAL RRR Board challenge (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428752.0) has been posted.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Abbeeroad on November 05, 2013 05:36:34 PM
Cool! I actually might still be able to use my magazine idea....


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on November 05, 2013 06:02:42 PM
Cool! I actually might still be able to use my magazine idea....

I hope so!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Taramor on November 10, 2013 09:08:53 AM
A small ornament, made of news paper.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on November 10, 2013 09:11:21 AM
Taramor, those are awesome!  Do you have any directions on how to make them? 


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Taramor on November 10, 2013 12:31:15 PM
Thank you, Kaz814. Certainly - they are made as the first part of a traditional Danish Christmas ornament. Everyone makes them, children too - in fact they are fairly easy to make, when you get the hang of it, but tutorials are often a bit confusing.

But I have found two I hope you can use. The first one is in Danish, but the pictures explains themselves, I think: http://www.julidannevang.dk/klip/fletstjerne/fletstjerne.shtml (http://www.julidannevang.dk/klip/fletstjerne/fletstjerne.shtml). I just stopped after step 22., and cut of the edges, instead of making them 3-D.

The second one is in English, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rr34gOba5Q (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rr34gOba5Q).
They have the nerve to call it a 'German folded paper star' - and someone else calls it a 'Swedish folded paper star' - but-but-but - they are Danish!  :D :D  ::)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on November 11, 2013 08:25:25 AM
lol--it is funny how crafting almost makes you fluent in other languages...I actually understood those directions, taramor! ;D

Vend da paper!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on November 22, 2013 07:16:01 PM
I really hope you all are busy on fabulous projects for the challenge ... my classes end ... very soon, so I might actually have time to do my magazine project that I've been planning for weeks now.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Onyxnox on November 23, 2013 04:11:32 PM
partly because of this thread,  most of my recent crafting has had a recycled tinge to it.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: HSG on November 24, 2013 04:16:29 AM
Done a couple of small items and need to take pictures to post.  :)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: bookstorebabe on November 24, 2013 09:13:12 AM
I need to take pictures, too. Extra time,what's that? :D


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on November 27, 2013 04:32:14 PM
Extra time, for me, is called 'sleep'!  :D

Looking forward to seeing everyone's goodies when you have time to post them!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on December 01, 2013 06:30:01 AM
If anyone is submitting projects for the RRR Challenge (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=408.0#axzz2mAKRA8iq), it's open!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Cherie on December 02, 2013 12:34:14 PM
Soda cans......  I used my die cutting machine to cut a gorgeous reindeer head.  I framed it in a box frame and it hangs in my hall.  Then I cut the birds (my avatar) and embossed them. They too are framed in box frames


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on December 02, 2013 12:35:14 PM
Oooh.  How'd you tack it down to the cutting board?  And what sort of blade did you use?


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Cherie on December 02, 2013 12:44:03 PM
I just ran it through my bigshot machine.  Can I ask whether there is a particular craft item I should be sharing each month or do we just take a look at the list of suggestions and share.  Crikey it is nice to see that there are so many other 'recyclers' in the crafting community


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on December 02, 2013 01:22:22 PM
Each month there's a specific suggestion (though show anything you do!)

It's here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428280.msg5110101#msg5110101


... and that reminds me- I need to figure out December's!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on December 02, 2013 01:27:51 PM
Here is December's challenge:

Challenge #3: Gift Wrapping and tags - Since we're in the holiday season, we have another end product challenge.  How can you creatively wrap and tag gifts for this giving season?  (Dec. 1- Dec. 31)



And for those who don't necessarily hoard save everything, an FYI:

Save your corks and bottle tops from the holidays for January's challenge.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Onyxnox on December 02, 2013 05:53:19 PM
You know what sucks - most of the wine bottles here are switching over to screw tops - and I don't drink that much to begin with!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on December 04, 2013 11:35:47 AM
yeah--you can now buy corks...isn't that counter productive? I have used the plastic corks to make stamps...bottle caps for bottled water have gotten quite shallow as well...I used to make bottle top pincushions...wrapping papers and tags...


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: bookstorebabe on December 05, 2013 08:00:28 AM
Once I had to do a craft with some little girls, and we used big,colorful caps from laundry detergent,spray paint,ect., and made pincushions. They looked like muffins or cupcakes!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on December 05, 2013 05:21:11 PM
Only two more days to enter the RRR challenge (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=408.0)!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on December 07, 2013 09:32:35 PM
Please vote in the RRR holiday challenge (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429687.0)!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Annchen on December 09, 2013 07:40:55 AM
Oh, voting time :) Fun!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: sagemuffin on December 28, 2013 08:32:28 PM
Um, kaz wanted me to provide a link to my toilet paper roll and chopstick ring and earring holders, so...I dunno, do I just post the link to that thread here?
If so:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430369.0#axzz2opnlj1tU
If not, let me know what I'm supposed to do instead? :o


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Onyxnox on December 29, 2013 05:36:00 AM
I missed the challenge (argh!), but I am crafting with a lot of recycled goods - using a lot of recycled cardboard and packaging in the recent tag swap and paper crafting, and experimenting with pop cans.  I have some things posted in my blog; just haven't made the size changes and uploaded here yet.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: bookstorebabe on December 29, 2013 06:30:04 AM
The tp jewelry holders are very clever! And you could always glue some paper over them to fancy it up if you wanted. Scrapbookpaper,wrapping paper,magazine pages,ect.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Onyxnox on December 29, 2013 06:37:09 AM
Um, kaz wanted me to provide a link to my toilet paper roll and chopstick ring and earring holders, so...I dunno, do I just post the link to that thread here?
If so:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430369.0#axzz2opnlj1tU
If not, let me know what I'm supposed to do instead? :o

Creative use of toilet paper rolls!

I did upload my pics now

These two were made with clear acrylic packaging I cut into tag shapes and stamped with Staz On metallic ink.  I really liked how they looked.  I attached the paper sentiment directly to the clear tag on the red stamped one, but added a matching blank label on the back for adding any written sentiment/to/from notes.





These are cut from recycled cardboard boxes and the die cut elements like the snowflakes and wreath were cut from the same boxes.  I also used recycled newspaper/magazines to transfer some images and texture to the tags after I prepped them with gesso.









I made the Santa faces by prepping reused cardboard with white gesso then transferring printed Santa images onto the surface, then carefully cutting them out.  I left them black and white to contrast with the busy background.



I cut the dimensional elements in these from recycled cardboard packaging, and some of the poinsettias were from reused tissue wrap






Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on December 29, 2013 07:00:12 AM
gosh, those are way prettier and more textured than the ones you find in the stores...thanks for sharing your techniques...it helps to know how you make them so lovely and professional looking...and yet charmingly handmade as well...nice!!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Taramor on December 29, 2013 07:09:33 AM
Oh, they are so great! Would it be crazy to make some now, for next year?  ::) I never get around to make cards etc. in the busy time before Christmas?
The jewellery-holder are clever, too - and, as Bookstorebabe said, they could easily be prettied up with some nice paper.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Onyxnox on December 29, 2013 07:26:05 AM
For sure - the same techniques could be used for making tags for other things too like banners, bunting, tags for gifts for birthdays, Valentines, anniversaries, etc


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: lady4feet on December 30, 2013 03:02:57 PM
This craftalong seems right up my alley right now. I have been hoarding such random things, maybe between this and the destash craftalong my house will finally get in order.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on December 31, 2013 09:09:08 AM
Challenge #4: Holiday Leftovers - Do you have holiday cards?  Cans, bottles or bottle caps?  Empty wrapping paper tubes?  Mailing boxes that won't make it another year but are still good for something?  Then you're in luck!  Challenge #4 is how to use leftovers from 2013 to make something brand spankin' new for 2014!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Antidigger on January 01, 2014 03:41:54 AM
Ooh, ooh! I can do this one.

I'll have to wait until twelth night, but there'll be  lots of recycling here :)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: HSG on January 01, 2014 03:50:17 AM
Great idea, kaz! Many possibilities for varied supplies. :)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: ChameleonHound on January 07, 2014 02:58:39 PM
Hey, check out this cool tute for making yarn out of plastic bags:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2mGuItifL4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2mGuItifL4)

I saw a lot of handbags and shopping bags in Costa Rica that were crocheted out of plastic bags, and they were always really pretty. As much as I dislike the plastic bags at grocery stores and the waste they produce, couldn't they at least be prettier colors than gray and beige?


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 08, 2014 07:10:08 AM
We have yellow, red, green, blue, white and orange bags...I save all of them in a drawer at work...my co-workers also save the colored ones for me...

What a clever way to string the cuts together!  I usually cut one long piece out of each bag...I will have to try this to see which I like better!  Thanks!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: ostera15 on January 08, 2014 03:21:09 PM
Joining in. I have been doing nothing but sewing and embroidering lately and I feel the need to branch out. Not having to buy supplies is a plus too! I'm planing some gift tages for next year out of this year's cards, not sure what else though...


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 08, 2014 08:49:09 PM
I hate throwing out good wool sweaters that are outdated or have tiny holes...I have been keeping them for years....well, I finally made a few things with them...

a hat and super warm mittens!  I used parts of two different sweaters.



This one I used three different sweater parts...I have the mittens somewhere...I hope I didn't lose them already!


I also made a pair of slippers but I have another pair in the works so I will take pics of them later.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Onyxnox on January 08, 2014 09:39:32 PM
Can't wait to see what the slippers look like - I really like the blue hat.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on January 09, 2014 01:29:32 AM
Yooooo! Love those hats and mittens. Can't wait to see the slippers. Great idea Always!!!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: HSG on January 09, 2014 03:01:27 AM
Super smart! Are you working from a pattern when you cut the sweaters? :)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 09, 2014 05:50:40 AM
Basically working with geometry... ;D.

Measure around your head...add half inch if you can cut the piece as one, add one inch if you have to cut two pieces...cut a circle with the circumference equal to the first measurement (so if your head is 23 inches, you need a circle that is 23 inches round...to do that, find the diameter 23=pi d, roughly 8 inches or the size of a dinner plate...) You don't have to be super exact because the sweater fabric stretches and molds easily into shape!

I sort of have to wing it because of the sizes I have of sweaters...like a puzzle...;D.  I made some a few years ago and just sort of stuck to the same pattern that seemed to fit my head snuggly.

The mittens were super easy.  I did use a basic pattern I found online that had a more flexible thumb than just drawing around your hand.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: HSG on January 09, 2014 06:03:00 AM
Thank you for all that. I have a few old sweaters I cannot bear to part with, and this is such a great idea. :)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 09, 2014 06:36:12 AM
The red sweater was one that I have had since I was a teenager...it was my favorite apres ski sweater...the yellow one was my first purchase from the GAP when I was working at Burger King...the blue was a thrift store find for $1.00!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: HSG on January 09, 2014 08:15:49 AM
I have a sweater from when I was 19ish. Cannot let it go, but can't wear it. The sleeves have shrank over the years and looks like I have gorilla arms if I wear it.  :D


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 09, 2014 08:17:17 AM
You can make really nice wrist warmers from the sleeves!  I am always looking for projects that use up even the smallest bits...rackycoo sent me the most beautiful rose made from felted wool pieces! i wear it all the time!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: bookstorebabe on January 09, 2014 11:56:48 AM
I love the hat and mittens! I think the red ones are my favorites.  And I bet the slippers are super cozy!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on January 09, 2014 06:59:20 PM
What a fabulous recraft, always!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Cherie on January 12, 2014 06:16:21 AM
OOOOH I love the hat and mittens.  I too have been upcycling sweaters.  I was given one that had started to felt so hot washed it so it would felt a bit more.  I have made these snuggly arm warmers and cuddly cushion.  I hope that over time they will both felt some more. I made the centres of the flowers from the seams that I cut from the arms when I made the arm warmers.  The birds and flowers I cut using my Bigshot machine and a couple of Bigz dies


  



Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Onyxnox on January 12, 2014 07:39:41 AM
Nicely done - it looks like you stuffed the bird a bit to give it some dimension?


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 12, 2014 10:19:37 AM
Beautiful work...I love your flowers and the stuffed birds...I enjoy seeing other projects to do with recycled wools...wristwarmers and leg warmers are on my list!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Cherie on January 13, 2014 04:31:39 AM
Thank you.  I did stuff the birds.  I had an old lumpy cushion so I washed it and then re used the lumpy stuffing.  I will in future comb out the stuffing with my wool combs.  If that doesnt fluff it up enough I will use my carders to fluff it. I hate to see anything go to waste


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 13, 2014 06:30:16 AM
I forgot that I made these inchie houses out of old Christmas cards!  They were made for a personal swap with loves2experiment.  She already received them.  I placed the inchie house pattern on the glittery parts of the cards.  You do have to use one of those stylus tools or maybe a blunt pencil to score the fold lines when you use the heavy cards, but they do make cute little holiday houses.  I am going to make some larger ones using the cards for a village display next year.



Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: HSG on January 13, 2014 08:38:41 AM
That is a great idea and they have lots of good color.  :)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: ostera15 on January 13, 2014 09:05:53 AM
I love the little houses!

I used cards from this year (and last year) to make some gift tags for next year.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 13, 2014 11:40:10 AM
Those are cute! You captured some good images!

We don't really give out gifts, so I use the tags to put on hats that I make and donate...it sort of makes them feel like gifts...


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Abbeeroad on January 20, 2014 06:38:38 AM
I kind of fell off the wagon on this one, but I'm trying to jump back on! Love the tags and houses made from xmas cards!

Everyone I know switched to picture cards this year. I wonder if there's something else leftover from 2013 I could use...hm.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Antidigger on January 26, 2014 01:42:56 PM
I bought a big-big round-to-it this week. I've finally made some progress on the projects I've been planning for ages.

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431075.new#new (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431075.new#new)
Most of my jam jars come from a very kind gentleman at work who brings them all in for me, the string is surplus from my garden stock.

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431077.new#new (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431077.new#new)
All my book pages are rescued from the skip outside the library (or more recently, the pile they keep inside for me, that would have gone in the skip otherwise).

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=post;topic=428280.140;num_replies=149#axzz2rXfXrK4V (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=post;topic=428280.140;num_replies=149#axzz2rXfXrK4V)
I buy things when I have to. When I can make them from stuff I already have or things that would otherwise have gone into the waste I am much more delighted. ;D


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: HSG on February 05, 2014 08:37:13 AM
Found a new use for the pop tab from a can:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431328.0#axzz2sSy74C27


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on February 05, 2014 01:05:10 PM
What?  no way is that a pop tab!!  It is quite pretty...I had to look a few times to be sure what it was...wow...


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Annchen on February 09, 2014 11:45:54 AM
Neat! It looks good with wire wrapping.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on February 09, 2014 11:58:11 AM
That is LOVELY, HSG!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Onyxnox on February 10, 2014 06:44:49 AM
Great use of a pop tab! 


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: bookstorebabe on March 27, 2014 10:06:10 AM
Made some stuff-rayguns and a clock.
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=131713.msg5177202#msg5177202


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on April 01, 2014 05:06:07 AM
Check out the nutlace I made (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432515.0)!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on June 04, 2014 06:34:36 AM
A long time ago, I used to entertain a lot and had purchased a ton of taper candles and candle holders...well those days are done, and we entertain differently now...and mostly use jar candles or big pillar candles.

So I gathered all of the tapers and unwanted candles I could find in the garage, closets, etc....almost two full bankers boxes!



Did a quick search on the internet to see how to best melt down the wax (I used a double boiler pan and a coffee can!)...bought some wicks at AC Moore...and made these---so far, I have made 5 of them...we had the jars, so when they are used up, I will make more...I have a box and about half left, but at least I know what I will be doing with them...using them up!



It was a lot of work, but I could not throw the candles into the landfill...and it was sort of fun to layer the wax...I added some fragrance by throwing in one of those scentsy melt things...the colors were there already in the candles...

RECYCLE CANDLES! YAY!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Onyxnox on June 04, 2014 07:29:28 AM
They look good as new - and you can NEVER have too many candles!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on June 05, 2014 05:47:22 AM
Oh I love that idea!  Awesome job, always!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on June 05, 2014 05:51:59 AM
Okay, after being a total slacker (ugh, grad school, why have you sucked away my soul?), we have a new Craftalong challenge!

Challenge #5: Summer! - What can you come up with from recycled materials with the theme of summer?  It can be something to decorate for a BBQ, to take to the beach or pool, garden decor, or something else entirely!  


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: lady4feet on June 13, 2014 06:43:37 PM
Well totally not in the theme of summer, I dug two of these styrofoam packaging out of the trash at work a few months ago.



So I decided to make a snowman wreath/figure/thing because who doesn't think cooler thoughts when it is 90 degrees outside? :)



Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on June 17, 2014 04:45:10 PM
That is so cute!  :D  And Christmas in the summer is totally a thing!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: suereal on July 08, 2014 09:16:30 AM
Howdy everyone ;D
kaz814 asked me to post a link to my 100 Glow-in-the-dark Pull Tab Lampshade entry for the current challenge

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434440.0;topicseen#axzz36tUY4cgw

Thanks for asking Kaz.  I will try and get better about posting link to the recycled things I make here.  ;D


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: suereal on July 08, 2014 10:49:58 AM
And here's a link to a toilet paper roll tree Ent pencil holder I did for the Enchanted Forest swap...

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434469.0;topicseen#axzz36tsvEBeP


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on July 08, 2014 12:37:33 PM
Awesome job on both, suereal!  :D


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: lady4feet on July 12, 2014 05:02:24 PM
Great projects!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on August 04, 2014 09:58:39 AM
If you've got a stash (and who am I kidding - don't we all?) now's the time to enter in Craftster's Stash-busting Challenge (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434500.0)!  You've got 6 more days to craft and post!

:)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong-Scrap fabric cards
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 30, 2014 05:05:40 PM
As part of my personal destashing goals, I decided that I am going to do a scrap project each week.  Scrap yarn, scrap fabric, scrap papers, etc.

Here is my project for 9/1:

I started with scraps left over from cutting out quilt pieces and some old recipe card stock I found in my Mom's basement:



I glue and sewed the scraps on the cards to make these:



I then used my heart stencils to cut out hearts. Glued them on and used a mix of glitter and glue to go around the edges....ta da--much needed notecards for swaps! ;D



I still have tons of scraps so I will be on the hunt for more easy and fun projects!

Thanks for looking!  


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Taramor on September 01, 2014 06:57:55 AM
What a great idea!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong-Scrap fabric cards
Post by: zombiecazz on September 02, 2014 06:35:53 AM
As part of my personal destashing goals, I decided that I am going to do a scrap project each week.  Scrap yarn, scrap fabric, scrap papers, etc.

Here is my project for 9/1:

I started with scraps left over from cutting out quilt pieces and some old recipe card stock I found in my Mom's basement:



I glue and sewed the scraps on the cards to make these:



I then used my heart stencils to cut out hearts. Glued them on and used a mix of glitter and glue to go around the edges....ta da--much needed notecards for swaps! ;D



I still have tons of scraps so I will be on the hunt for more easy and fun projects!

Thanks for looking!  

Love these.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on September 28, 2014 07:08:11 AM
Oooh love those cards!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Cherie on October 01, 2014 10:48:19 PM
How on earth did I miss this post?  Those cards are utterly amazing.  I thought 'pendant necklaces'  the minute I saw them.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on October 02, 2014 07:07:40 AM
thanks!  I forgot to take pictures and post for my other weeks in September!  I will do it this weekend.

I made a mug rug, holiday ornaments, and a mini bunting! ;D  All from scraps!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: lady4feet on October 05, 2014 12:06:31 PM
I pulled an old window out of the trash that I am intending on making a organizer/to-do list thingy, hopefully later this week.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Cherie on October 07, 2014 02:12:03 AM
Last night was craft club night and we were all given a bag to decorate.  I stitched my plarn button flowers and a damaged cotton doily to the bag.  I plan to add a few beads and maybe a little embroidery when I fiind time.





Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on October 07, 2014 06:13:38 AM
What a lovely idea!  Your new recycled plarn crochet and an old recycled doily...the colors pop on your neutral colored bag!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: lady4feet on October 07, 2014 12:00:22 PM
Cherie such a cute project! Love the colors. Craft club nite? That sounds like so much fun!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: bookstorebabe on October 07, 2014 07:24:02 PM
Very nifty!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Cherie on October 08, 2014 12:27:08 AM
Cherie such a cute project! Love the colors. Craft club nite? That sounds like so much fun!

Thank you.  I met a lady on a bus trip earlier this year and we swapped phone numbers.  I got a phone call asking if I would like to come along to a craft group that she is part of.  My lovely hubby drops me off and picks me back up again a couple of hours later.  The ladies in the group are lovely and each week one or two people bring a little something to share from their crafting stash.... and we all have one of those.  :-)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Taramor on October 08, 2014 12:09:14 PM
I could use a craft club like that! And your bag is so colourful and fun. Peace!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Taramor on October 12, 2014 08:46:42 AM
A very down-to-earth project. But it certainly is reusing. . You can't see the patch, when the pants are in use.



And another pair, - no holes, but the fabric was getting thin. So I put a patch of iron-on on the inside, and 'quilted' it to the fabric on the pants.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 12, 2014 11:03:19 AM
Oooh very smart!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on October 13, 2014 06:48:20 AM
Nice job!  I have been reminded by my husband that he has several pairs of jeans that need to be repaired.  I am going to do a few using Japanese Boro techniques, like this:



Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Taramor on October 14, 2014 11:48:47 AM
Oh, they are so great! You made them into a piece of art.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: suereal on October 14, 2014 09:50:29 PM
I want those pants!  I spent an hour googling boro after I saw those, and learned so much.  I've known about shibori for a long time, but from the quilters perspective.  I had no idea it was so utilitarian.  Now I can't wait for my cloths to fall apart ;D  Thanks for that AMIR ;D


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on October 15, 2014 06:37:16 AM
my buddy phizzy did her jeans using the Boro techniques...don't they look fabulous?

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435047.msg5229631#msg5229631


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: bookstorebabe on October 15, 2014 11:03:17 AM
I need to look up boro now,those are so cool!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on October 18, 2014 06:49:58 PM
As I was cleaning out my mom's things, I found a bag of old brush curlers.  I was just going to throw them out,but I started pulling them apart and wondered what I could do with them.  Most of the nylon netting was disintegrating, but the brushes inside were good...so, here is what I did...

Old brush curlers:


Just the brush:


Ta-da!  A little cutting, some alcohol ink...and I have tiny trees!  I can use them for winter decorations, shrines, etc.  I am going to glitter some of them and put fake snow on others...there is a penny for size reference.


When I make a project, I will remind people that I made those little trees from junk! ;D


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: suereal on October 18, 2014 09:49:51 PM
Oh look at you, you clever thing!  Those are FABO!  They look way better than the ones I saw in a shop recently.  I love how bold the A-ink made them ;D


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: bookstorebabe on October 18, 2014 10:23:48 PM
oh,that's clever!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Taramor on October 19, 2014 02:21:05 AM
Such darling trees! and you use alcohol ink - thank you for the information.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on October 19, 2014 05:21:38 AM
Thanks!  You know I hate to send anything to the landfill! ;D

Alcohol inks are fabulous to use on surfaces such as metal... and like these nylon brushes.  I bought them premixed with tiny applicator spouts and just sort of dabbed the ink on...I suppose for larger ones, you could dip them...these were just my experiments...once I get a whole bunch cut down, I might mass dye them with the inks.

The little green one fits quite nicely in an altoid tin, so I am happy with that...look for the project in the next few weeks...no sense making them and not using them!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kaz814 on October 19, 2014 07:19:26 AM
Linda, I LOVE those.  What a fabulous upcycle!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: HSG on October 19, 2014 12:04:12 PM
My mom used to use those rollers, too! So very clever and so many ideas to use them.  :)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: kittykill on October 19, 2014 03:51:50 PM
That is so clever!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alteredmommy on October 19, 2014 04:13:52 PM
you rock the recycle alwaysinmyroom!  That is the coolest idea ;D


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on October 20, 2014 10:46:03 AM
That is such a fantastic idea!!! Great reusing...rethinking.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: artsycandice on October 25, 2014 03:37:49 PM
What a clever solution, AIMR. I love that they will live on in craft projects that have yet to be made.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Cherie on November 04, 2014 01:06:36 AM
That is utterly UTTERLY brilliant. In fact IT RoCKS. 


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Taramor on December 28, 2014 08:42:57 AM
How to use some of all that pretty paper, the gifts was wrapped in:


It is my father modelling, he turned 90 this spring.

And here an angel:


She is made out of an old, damaged book of hymns.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on December 29, 2014 01:45:49 PM
I hope to see more projects from all of the holiday papers...I am planning to do a few with the cards I have received while I am thinking of them...so many of the cards had glitter, so I would hate to waste them!

Love the trees...and your dad rocks!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: lady4feet on April 05, 2015 09:16:33 AM
My project is not all the original but I am hoping it will make 2015 run a bit smoother. I know I am not the only one who does better if they have a list, checking things off is so satisfying!

I pulled this window out of a neighbors trash when they moved out. Only 3 windows were still intact, I took the broken glass out of the others and attached wire with eye hooks and mini-binder clips.



Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: suereal on April 05, 2015 10:38:39 AM
Cute idea.  Good job on reusing an unloved but still nice object ;D


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on April 06, 2015 06:05:40 AM
Nice way to keep on track!  I love seeing old objects being re-used/re-purposed!  It takes imagination, which a lot of people don't see!

Your "to do" list projects looks very shabby chic and practical!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Junk4Joy on April 19, 2015 05:10:41 PM
Look what my daughter and I fished out of the waste stream. It's made out of an empty leave-in conditioner tube. We want to make lots and make a mobile out of them, perhaps hanging from broken fishing rods. A little scary that I was able to lay my hands on an additional 3 identical empty tubes at a moment's notice   ::)



Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: lady4feet on April 22, 2015 10:01:34 AM
Cute project Junk4Joy! It is especially fitting since plastics are such an issue with the worlds waterways, and in turn the animals that live there. You could use other shaped bottles for different species of fish :)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on May 20, 2015 10:57:10 AM
very clever!  I did not recognize it as a bottle at first...hope you will post your mobile when it is complete as well!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: GracelynJoy on June 12, 2015 12:17:59 PM
So glad I found this thread.  I am all about RRR!    I think I might get my kids involved as well. 

I think we will make a picture frame from some cereal boxes as mentioned before, and decorate them for Dad, for Father's Day.  He will love them.




Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on June 29, 2015 08:24:05 AM
Look what I am going to repurpose!

My brother found it at a yard sale and brought it to me yesterday...I could use it for it's original purpose of holding sewing notions, but I already have that under control...what else can I use it for?  Ideas?

Should I paint it or leave it as is?

I was thinking of turning it on its side (the legs are missing...) and making it into a mega shrine...hubby said he could mount it on the wall (or else it can't be open using those hinging things...)...What do you think?





Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: suereal on June 29, 2015 09:51:10 AM
THAT!  Do that!  I think it would be a FABO shrine ;D


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on June 29, 2015 11:43:46 AM
ha ha I think I might like to do some sort of "story" with the final scene being the large open box...it might be the thing to get me into poly clay and making miniatures...let the agony of WIP begin!!!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: NoShowJr on June 29, 2015 01:46:02 PM
That is identical to one my Grandmother had...and now we have still filled with her sewing supplies.  Anytime I need anything for a project, we check that box!  The legs on her's are still on, but they're trying to hang on!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Cherie on July 03, 2015 03:45:27 PM
If that were mine I would treat it like a doll house and make each section a different room.  Mine would also have a tiny garden..... just saying.  xxx


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 03, 2015 05:19:28 PM
Cherie--I thought about a doll house as well, but I already have one that I have been working on for a few years...it will eventually have a garden... ;D

I spoke to my brother, who gave this to me, and told him what I wanted to do with it...he loved the idea, especially since he has been trying to "steal" all of the little things I have been collecting...I might have to glue them down if I display them...or maybe he just wants to see them instead of knowing they are in a box in the garage! ;D


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: suereal on July 04, 2015 08:35:25 PM
I'm starting a tiny little mad laboratory box, and I am reluctant to glue anything down in it, but then I think about bumping it once it's on the wall and things going everywhere....I'm just wondering if most of the little scenes are glued down, or do folks leave them more like a doll house so things can be moved about?  This is relevant to this thread as I'm going to be using my stash, all the recycled bits I can and stuff craftsters have sent me ;D


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 05, 2015 07:42:49 AM
lol I doubt if I would actually glue things down...I tend to take things apart when they no longer suit me and make something else...I have been known to frog a scarf or shawl to make them into something else...

I really need a display case for oddities...that is what I am hoping to do! ;D


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: suereal on July 05, 2015 10:36:59 AM
I posted the question over at the mini scene swap and wonderfully amazing Ludi said to get some stuff called sticky wax from a craft store, then use a tiny bit to hold stuff down ;D

I hated the idea of glue the stuff in, but I'm also clumsy so I was equally worried about knocking it over just as I got it set up ;D


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 05, 2015 10:42:00 AM
I use a similar product to keep my cats from knocking off my trinkets...they use it in museums to keep things from accidentally getting knocked over...it is like a putty, only no damage...I bet it is the same stuff!


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: suereal on July 05, 2015 09:06:47 PM
The stuff I found today was around 4 bucks.  And it was in the candle area...I was expecting the fine arts area too.  I had heard of conservators wax, and sort of thought sticky wax would be the same.  The two first places I went to tried to sell me the poster putty, but it was in bright colors.  At least this stuff is clearish.  I'll let y'all know when I get home and get a chance to use it ;D


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: Cherie on July 06, 2015 12:05:42 AM
lol I doubt if I would actually glue things down...I tend to take things apart when they no longer suit me and make something else...I have been known to frog a scarf or shawl to make them into something else...

I really need a display case for oddities...that is what I am hoping to do! ;D

I frog scarves too. 


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: NoShowJr on July 22, 2015 07:47:17 PM
BTW, FWIW just saw one of those same sewing boxes go via auction for just over $60.  (With the legs.)


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: bookstorebabe on July 23, 2015 08:31:21 AM
I think that sewing box would make the best wall mounted shrine ever.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 23, 2015 09:12:16 AM
BTW, FWIW just saw one of those same sewing boxes go via auction for just over $60.  (With the legs.)

whoa!  I am going to keep my eyes out for unusual things to make shrines with!


hey--this group is good on using alternative materials/junk for other things...any ideas to help a fellow craftster?

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440071.0


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on August 17, 2017 11:26:37 AM
Look what I am going to repurpose!

My brother found it at a yard sale and brought it to me yesterday...I could use it for it's original purpose of holding sewing notions, but I already have that under control...what else can I use it for?  Ideas?

Should I paint it or leave it as is?

I was thinking of turning it on its side (the legs are missing...) and making it into a mega shrine...hubby said he could mount it on the wall (or else it can't be open using those hinging things...)...What do you think?






Hey, did you do something with this? I have one but it's awkward for sewing things.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: cmarion3 on August 17, 2017 01:52:47 PM
I was gifted one of those with legs. It was coming unglued in areas so I fixed it. I then donated it to our church tag sale. Someone looked up the maker of this and found out it was worth over a hundred dollars, so they featured it in the silent auction. Made us some bucks. I loved it but had no room for it. It would make a beautiful display/shrine if you can figure out how to mount it, though it would stick out from the wall. But over a table or shelving unit, it might work.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 17, 2017 02:05:29 PM
Wow!  I totally forgot about that! 
 
I was just thinking that I need a place to put a lot of shrines and other small works of art...you have one, too?  hmmm...maybe we can collaborate and make something cool with these...

I think this weekend I can start by putting some hangers on the back...not sure if I want to deal with the wood, but the inside would be nice to paint a light color and then use papers or something in the back...what else can it be besides a display case? 

I am going to look at Pinterest and see...


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: cmarion3 on August 17, 2017 03:40:37 PM
No, I donated it to our church tag sale for our awesome Holiday Fair. I thought it was just a used piece of furniture and it turned out to be something cool. But I couldn't use it or store it anyway. it would make a wonderful curio cabinet.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on August 17, 2017 04:37:41 PM
I am getting rid of the one I have too, it's unweildy and I don't have a space it would work for display. It's on legs and is old but you can find them all over the place for $40-$60 here.


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 17, 2017 05:47:56 PM
My brother paid $2 or so for that one...it does not have legs or a handle...I have no floor space for it, but I do have an antique table over which I can mount it...I am thinking of using heavy mirror mounts on the back and then molly bolts into the plaster...once I figure out that I can finish it to not look like a piece of crap... ;D


Title: Re: RRR Craftalong
Post by: faemystique on July 30, 2019 10:47:49 PM
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