Decorate notepaper

I found a new way to decorate paper for letter writing. I used a circle hole punch in a piece of cardstock, leaving a 3/4 inch border around the circle. I dobbed ink with a sponge inside the hole and onto pieces of looseleaf that I had cut to 6×8.

decorate notepaper

decorate notepaper

Then I used a corner rounder to edge the looseleaf (not pictured).

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Reuse wine bottle for necklace

I made jewellery storage for all my stuff in a previous post, except for this one bulky necklace that doesn’t fold very well; it has to be hung. I slept on the problem for a while and came up with this.

necklace storage diy

necklace storage diy

upcycle wine bottle

upcycle wine bottle

I painted the bottle then hot glued a small picture hook on the back (it’s round so what’s the back exactly? where the paint might have smudged!) and hung the necklace on it. I also put in 2 branches from my great outdoors that I wrapped in gems-on-wire garland.

Reuse kitchen sponge do dye envelopes

I got sick and tired of the 4 sponges Hubby bought me for cleaning that I never use because I’m a microfiber girl. They’ve been sitting under the kitchen sink for 3 years. Most of the sponges got cut up and put in giant planting pots to help hold water and cut down on the amount of dirt I’ll need.

I cut one sponge into 2 kid size pieces, set the kids up at a plank outside, gave them a bucket of very watered down purple paint and had them dob a dozen or so white envelopes and turn them purple. They spread the envelopes around the yard to dry, which took 15 minutes and everyone had fun. I didn’t do any work and I got beautiful envelopes.dye paper

put squirt of paint in empty yogurt container.  ANY type of paint will work.

put squirt of paint in empty yogurt container. ANY type of paint will work.

cut to kid size

cut to kid size

squirt of paint  covered in water.  You're trying to make a colour between muddy and transparent.

squirt of paint covered in water. You’re trying to make a colour between muddy and transparent.

DIY patterned painted wine bottles

In an effort to add visual interest to these future flower vases, I “drew” patterns across the front with a heavy Nivea cream. I used Nivea because it’s white and I can see what I’m doing. Vaseline would work too. I applied globs of the cream, shaped as crudely as possible, with my fingers, then trimmed it up with q-tips to smooth the edges.

use Nivea cream to block off portions of the bottle

use Nivea cream to block off portions of the bottle

wipe off Nivea cream once spray painted and you'll have a negative image

wipe off Nivea cream once spray painted and you’ll have a negative image

Childhood jewellery

My grandmother gave my sister and I some gorgeous pieces of jewellery to play dress up with. In my unpacking, I found them all. I wanted to have them out again since I had loved them so much, pretending to be a queen and such, but my kids are too young to be trusted with such things.

I reassembled any necklaces that had broken then bought two glass vases at the dollar store. I asked my daughter, who has taste in such matters, to help me divide the pieces between the 2 vases that we were going to display. This is the result and they’re in my kitchen window. I always look at them fondly.

reuse childhood jewellery

reuse childhood jewellery

Reuse tin lid as coaster

I had this ill fitting lid kicking around holding scrapbooking scraps. reuse tin lidWhen I upgraded to a cut out milk jug I needed to find a new purpose for the lid or throw it out. I recently painted the top of my small filing cabinet

paint filing cabinet

paint filing cabinet

which sits beside my laptop and I used to always put my coffee on it, leading to stains. I didn’t want to stain my new paint job so I settled on the idea of making a coaster.

I spray painted the thing with a white primer then painted the sides blue. I crocheted a long chain of blue garden twine that Hubby had bought me to tie up my tomatoes and hot glued it down in a circular fashion both on top and inside the lid. Voilà, coaster!

reuse tin lid into coaster

reuse tin lid into coaster

reuse lid into coaster, inside

reuse lid into coaster, inside

reuse tin lid into coaster, top

reuse tin lid into coaster, top

Reuse vitamin bottle as flower vase

So I finished me my cod liver oil supplements and was left with a largish, brown bottle. What to do, what to do? Flowers!

I cut the top off with a meat knife (I think a hacksaw would be slightly more effective but I haven’t unpacked mine yet), then ran the raw edge along a medium-hot iron to smooth it down. I freestyle hand painted this rose on the bottle

how to draw a rose

how to draw a rose

from:

http://www.thedrawbot.com/drawing/drawing-rose.html

filled it with dirt and planted “Oopsy Daisy” calendula seeds. I labeled the back of the vase with the name of the plant, when I planted it and when it will sprout (8-10 days) just so I’d know since I’m the idiot gardener.

reuse vitamin bottle for flower vase

reuse vitamin bottle for flower vase

Upcycle office organizer

I bought an acrylic office organizer for my office where I could keep all those notepads, usb keys and other odds and ends corralled. It’s made of a clear acrylic and just lacked some pizazz and colour coordination.

I keep in on my newly painted mint green filing cabinet so I kept the colour in mind when I mined my scrapbooking collection and pulled out these aqua pieces.

upcycle office organizer

upcycle office organizer

I just measured each slot and cut the paper to fit. I only applied glue (“Close to my Heart” liquid glass) along the top of the paper to hold it in place