Upcycled Yarn Container

yarn container 2I don’t buy them often because of the expense and the waste they create, but I do like Lysol and Clorox wipes for the convenience. This weekend I turned one of the empty plastic containers into a pretty and handy yarn container! One of the great things about this is that the weight of the ceramic tiles weigh the container down so it won’t get knocked over as your pulling your yarn.Yarn container

All I did was glue 1/4″ ceramic tiles (which I purchased off ebay, but also available at Michael’s store).  I  used Tacky Glue (my favorite) and just worked section by section.  After I applied a layer of glue, I waited a few minutes before starting to add the tiles so that the glue could get nice and tacky.  The hardest part is getting the round container to not roll.  My trick?  Find a box or container that you can fit your container in snug so that it won’t roll: photo 1Then work in small sections, allowing the glue to dry well before moving to the next section.

I enjoy working with these little mosaic squares and up-cycling various containers that would otherwise go to waste. It’s a great mindless activity to pass the time when you just want to take a break from other things. I often have one of these projects going on my kitchen table.  Below are just a couple others I have made out of Jelly Belly jelly bean containers and Crystal Light containers.

Project1One additional note on the Clorox and Lysol containers. I always find I have cleaner left in the bottom of these, so I maximize the use by grabbing some paper towels and tossing them in the empty container.  They absorb the leftover cleaner and are ready to grab when I need them.  There are also many recipes on the internet more making your own cleaning wipes.

Snowflake Pins

 

My daughter has a school dance this Friday and the theme is “Winter”.  She’s not real big on dressing up much, so I offered to make her a snowflake pin. Image

 

The inspiration for the pins was from 100 Snowflakes to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio.  This book has beautiful photos, patterns, charts for an amazing variety of crochet snowflakes.  And it’s a great way to get started on designing your own crochet snowflakes.

 

I used a white cotton yarn—Tahki  cotton to be exact, but any cotton yarn will work. After I crocheted the snowflakes,  I needed to stiffen them.  You can buy fabric stiffener, but I made a mixture of 1 part Tacky Glue to 1 part water.  I made sure the snowflakes was thoroughly saturated and then gently wrung out the excess and flattened out the snowflake on a piece of wax paper and let dry for about 24 hours.  You can pin the snowflake into shape if you want. You can see in the photo that I did this with one of them. I just put a piece of cardboard underneath the wax paper and pinned into that. 

 

When the snowflakes are completely dry, you can sew the pin backing on. I just used standard white sewing thread.  After sewing, I also added some Tacky Glue for extra security.  Voila!

 

You can make some great snowflakes from the book I mentioned above.  But here is the pattern for the snowflake that I made, inspired by all the designs in the book:

 

 

 

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Make an adjustable ring (or a foundation chain of 5 or 6 with a slip stitch to join to make a ring will work too)

 

Round 1: Ch 1, 12 sc in ring, join with slip stitch to beginning ch-1.

 

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next sc, ch 3,*dc in next 2 sc, ch 3; repeat from * around , join with a slip stitch to first sc.

 

Round 3: Ch 1 (counts as sc), *ch 5 and slip stitch in 4th ch from hook , ch 6 and slip stitch in 6th chain from hook, ch 5 and slip stitch in 5th ch from hook, slip stitch in 1st ch of the ch-5, sc in next dc, (2 sc, ch 6, 2 sc in ch-3 space, sc in next dc; repeat from * around, join with slip stitch to beginning ch-1.  Fasten off.

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Using Up My Crafting Stash – Project Completed!

And here is my completed basket made in an effort to use up/clean out some of my crafting stash!  Made from my partial box of crafting/popsicle sticks, I  consider this project a success for several reasons:018

  1. I made (and completed) a project from my existing stash of craft supplies without making any additional purchases
  2. I used up nearly my entire stash of crafting sticks
  3. I made a functional item
  4. This project required only 2 materials:  crafting sticks and Tacky Glue

Now to decide what my next craft stash project will be!

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Handmade Gifts for the Soldier in Your Life

I previously mentioned wanting to make more wreaths, and here is one!  While searching for supplies for the deer hunter wreath I made, I had bought a package from Walmart that contained 2 bandanas.  The camo was the digital print, it didn’t mix well with the traditional camo, and was really more suited to soldiers since this is the style the where.  So in honor of anyone who had served in the military,  here is what I made.

I started with the wreath and had enough left over to make all of these other items.  To make all this you will need:

2- Bandanas in Digital Camo (available at Walmart)

1- 14″ floral foam wreath

1 foam ball

1 wooden picture frame

1 foam cone

Craft Glue (I recommend Tacky Glue)

1/2″ long pins (for tree)

Double-sided tape (optional)

Button or other item for tree topper

To make the wreath, I simply cut my bandanas into strips about 1 1/2″ wide. But first I cut the hem off all the way around the bandanas.  It’s the hem  pieces that I used to make the bow.  I wrapped the strips around the wreath and used double-sided tape to help hold it in place, then glued the final end, glued my bow on, and used one last piece of the hem to make a hanger.  You can see that the bandanas came in 2 different shades, so I alternated the strips between the 2 shades.

I made the ornament by gluing strips around the ball until it was fully covered.

The picture frame was one I bought at Michael’s a while back for just a dollar. It has a cardboard backing that can me removed and I just wrapped it in the same manner I did the wreath.  The corners were a bit tricky to get just right, so I had to fiddle with those a bit.

Lastly, the tree was inspired by a really neat tree I saw on Pinterest that was made from ribbon.  I cut the strips of camo into shorter strips, folded these shorter strips in half and pinned them into the cone using glue for extra adhesion. I just worked my way around and up the cone in this manner. And my star tree topper is from my button stash.

Any or all of these would make great and unique gifts for someone who has or is serving in the military. Or you could choose different bandanas, fabric or even ribbon.   And they are kids friendly crafts and inexpensive to make.  I actually had all of this in my stash (which I previously vowed to use up), so I didn’t have to make a trip out to buy any supplies!

Using Up My Crafting Stash

Like any serious crafter, I have way too many crafting supplies.  And I always have to resist the temptation to buy more.  Actually, I should correct that and say I try to resist the temptation.  Usually the temptation wins.  I find it difficult to pass up a bargain on any type of crafting supplies and when I see something I want to make, I usually want to go out and buy the supplies right away.  Every once in a while I try to organize and clean out my crafting stash, but it is SO hard for me to get rid of any of my supplies, even if I know I will likely never use them.  So my resolution is to find a way to use up these supplies .  My first stash item to use up- my box of popsicle/craft sticks.

I bought these, or maybe even got them for free, from a yard sale.  My thought was the kids would love to use them.  And actually they did use them quite a bit, for a while. Now they’ve sat there unused for quite some time.  So here is the start to my using them up. My goal is a large basket made from nothing more than craft sticks and glue.  I’ll share a picture when it’s complete.   And with any luck I won’t get hooked on making things with craft sticks and be tempted to go and buy more!

Roll of the Dice

We were doing some cleaning some boxes out of the basement and I came across two giant cubes of styrofoam (I don’t even recall what they were from–probably some packing material from an over-sized item) and I wondered what I could do with them. Well, my boyfriend jokingly said I should make a giant pair of dice.  I took the challenge!  This was one of those projects that I made for the pure and absolute fun of it.  All I needed was some white fur material, Tacky Glue, some black felt, a wooden skewer, a sturdy piece of string, and a good pair of scissors. I coated the blocks evenly in Tacky glue and neatly covered them up in the fur. I cut a long rectangular piece of the fur  to the width of the block and long enough to wrap around 4 sides, then I cut squares to cover the final two sides.  Next I cut out the black circles from the black felt and glued them on using real dice as a guide.   I wanted to hang them, so needed to attach a string.  To ensure the string to hang them didn’t come out, I tied it tightly around half a wooden skewer and put the skewer, pointed end in, into the center of the dice. I put some glue in and around the whole made by the skewer.  Voila!  A giant set of dice.