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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Cascade detergent containers on: July 25, 2012 12:10:47 PM
I have about 8-10 of these empty containers begging for a project. They are perfect for storing something, except I have nothing that needs to be stored. Any ideas I may have overlooked? Or another fabulous crafty idea??

(Image is from google-not mine..)
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ring Display on: July 17, 2012 03:14:49 PM
Recently the DollarStoreCrafts.com site hosted a $5 challenge, I made this Ring Display using a picture frame + towels + pencils + string for a total of $4 (although I had everything at home so it could have been free!)

Stores tons of rings, and sits up on its own so it displays everything without being in the way! I simply wrapped the string around the frame using hot glue to secure it. Then rolled the towel around the pencil to create and keep the shape, using hot glue again to keep it together, and attached to the back of the frame!

Full tutorial with pictures here: http://dearwallet.blogspot.com/2012/07/diy-project-ring-display.html

EDIT// I was trying to post this in the jewelry board, but I accidentally posted it here (switched with another project I was posting) so if a moderator could delete/move this I would appreciate it sorry! =(
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Mail Organizer from old frame (With Tutorial!) on: March 18, 2011 06:52:13 PM
The original tutorial is posted on my blog (in my signature), but by popular demand it is now on Craftster as well Wink

I'm sure I'm not the only one with piles of mail sitting in various positions throughout the [house]. I needed to be [semi] organized. Important mail HERE. Other mail HERE. Simple right? Well desk filing systems were out of the question, I don't have 3 inches of flat space ANYWHERE. The only way I could go, was up.

I spent a half a day surfing for inspiration. And the rest of it scrounging through boxes looking for something I could use. And thus I found this:

[AKA UGLY old frame, note its falling apart and lacking glass]
The first step is to lightly sand it, it had some weird varnish on it (not to mention its the fake wood laminate stuff) and you want it to soak in the paint. Then using new nails and wood glue, I put the frame back together. I took off the existing hook (since it was hung for a vertical picture) and reattached it to the side (because I wanted it to hang horizontal).
Paint (I chose white to match the room it was going in) + Frame + Hooks=Awesome. (The frame will need multiple coats and lots of drying time in between)

While that's drying, start on the inside. First measure the opening of the frame and cut a piece of cardboard or mat board**slightly** smaller. I used spray photomount to cover it with a piece of scrapbook paper. You could also use fabric instead!

Using the rest of the cardboard/mat board, I cut it down to make two pieces of identical size (specifically 3.5"x9", but it depends on your frame) You can eyeball it to see what sizes would look best in your frame. I spray mounted these cardboard pieces onto some left over scraps from quarters. (Cover both sizes, leaving about an inch on the bottom of leftover fabric, and on the sides.

When the pieces are dry you can start assembling. First measure out on the mat board, where you want the files to go. Since my pieces were 3.5" high, I set the top one at about 3" from the bottom so it would be slightly inside the pocket. Using hot glue, I attached the 1" of left over fabric to the board above the line (so the bottom of the piece was laying on the line). The bottom piece will attach on the very bottom of the bigger board, with the 1" of fabric glued all the way around to the back. (See pictures).

Once the pieces are assembled, (and dry!) place it inside of your frame. Carefully pull the files out of the frame until they are where you want them. Cut the fabric down in the back, and glue into place. Close the back of your frame up and attach to the wall!

Now comes the fun part. Decorating! I haven't decided what I want to do with mine yet, but you could attach ribbon, or frames or buttons to label which section is for which.

Total cost (for me) $0 [had everything on hand!]
Have a question? Let me know! I'd be happy to answer it!
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Plastic connectors.. on: March 16, 2011 02:00:51 PM
So I was putting together a shelving unit with poles, and the poles were connected together in the box with these little plastic things:

(They aren't one giant piece, they are piled together to show the front side and back sides) There are four total, 5.5" long, and each circle is .5"
They look so cool, I'd hate to throw them out! But I have no idea what to do with them! If anyone can help it's craftster! =)
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Winter Picnic Help on: February 19, 2011 12:43:18 PM
So my first date with my man was in winter, to the river with a bonfire and a bottle of wine.
We are coming up on our one year and I'd like to recreate that but since he has to work all night, I thought I'd do it in the morning as a picnic style thing.
I was going to make a delicious breakfast pastry thing, sparkling cider and juice for a fake mimosa (he does have to work after..). But other than that I'm stuck. I wanted to surprise him but he let it slip last night that he was planning on recreating our date there as well.
Now I need some ideas! Gift ideas, picnic ideas, surprise ideas, ANYTHING! I want this to be special because he does SO much for me, and I feel like I don't do nearly enough for him.
For our 6 months I made a manly scrapbook of our first 6 months together and ready to place pictures of the next 6 months in. I was thinking I'd steal it back and finish it, but obviously I need much more! Thanks guys! =)
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Fused Plastic Gift Bags-with tutorial! on: January 25, 2011 02:55:14 PM
Trying to get a head start on Holidays? How about Handmade-REUSABLE-DESTASHED gift bags =)

This is my first tutorial EVER so please bare with me. Questions, comments and suggestions are appreciated.

Here are my Christmas ones. These are itty bitty, just big enough for jewelry boxes (which is what they were intended for).


Step 1: Gather all your materials. As I've shown here you need plastic bags (6 layers to make a strong layer) plus any colors/shapes you want to apply. For these I just used the target holiday bags. You also need scissors, hot iron, hot glue, ribbon/buttons/hemp etc for embellishments, two pieces of paper or parchment, pencil and paper to create a template, and a highlighter.
Step 2: Create your fused fabric. There are a ton of tutorials on that so I wont go into it, but a few tips: (depends entirely on the thickness of your bags, ink and your iron) mine ONLY works on the highest heat level, and I find it quicker to fuse 3 bags and continue adding them. I also placed my designs on the fabric and covered that with clear plastic bag so they stick better with no chance of peeling off in the distant future.
Step 3: create your template on a piece of paper. You can find these anywhere on the internet. To be honest I just winged it and it happen to work each time. I just found this site that has over 50 templates: http://melstampz.blogspot.com/2008/11/50-gift-bag-templates.html use that if your not feeling creative =P Next copy your template onto the plastic using a highlighter. I use a highlighter because it wipes off when your done. (See 3a and 3b)

Step 4: After you bend your creases where the highlighter marks were, you need to cut. The measurements for this bag folded are: 4"x4.5"x1.5"x1.5" which makes the template 12"x6" As you can see in the picture the bottom corner piece is cut off entirely.
Step 5: the one inch strip is glued to the interior of 1.5" strip when folded together. (This photo step didn't come out sorry!) but once glued it should look like the picture.

Step 6: This is the bottom of the bag. Glue the two small edges onto ONE of the large edges. Then glue the OTHER large edge on top of those. This seals the bag and hides all the edges! It should look like 6b when your done. (Mine appears to be doing the wave in this picture..)
Step 7: Your done with the basic bag! Now to embellish how you see fit! I wrapped the top in ribbon as it hides any unevenness in the bag consistency and goes with it! Just apply hot glue and wrap.

Step 8: Optional of course. I decided to make a layered button closure. So I cut a small piece of ribbon to fit the back of the button, glued and layered the buttons so it fits the rest of the ribbon. Then glued it to the outside of the bag as pictured.
Step 9: To finish my bag I dabbed a piece of hot glue on the interior opposite of the buttons and place a piece of hemp cord that would attach to the buttons. Then hot glued OVER it to finish with ribbon and give it a clean look.

BE CREATIVE and enjoy! I made everything entirely from stash and was eco friendly. Cuter than store bought and MUCH cheaper, plus reusable!
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Childhood Heart Shelf on: January 17, 2011 01:03:59 PM
I'm getting ready to move so my mom was looking through some old things and found this heart shelf from when i was a kid. Its nice and strong so I'd hate to throw it away. But I really don't like the hearts. Any ideas?

Heres the culprit.

The only thing I can think of is to get rid of the back piece (with the hearts). But then I lose the pegs. Anyway, thoughts are appreciated. =)
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Natures Ingredients Jewelry Set on: January 12, 2011 06:15:28 PM
So, my first craft post on craftster! Cheesy
This was a gift for my boyfriend's mother this past holiday.
Nothing terribly fancy, she likes neutrals, natural materials, and dangles.
Note on the pictures, colors are off, the metals are bronze, not copper. lol



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