DIY

Holiday How-To: Make a Creepy Potion Bottle From a Listerine Bottle!

Halloween is just around the corner at this point, so no guilt about sharing this cool project today. Also, happy first day of fall!

Today I will be showing you how to make a creepy potion bottle from -get this- a sample-sized bottle of Listerine!

My dentist hands these out like candy (no Halloween pun intended :P) and I kept the empty bottles, hoping one day I would have a project for them.

Well, that day has come, my friends. Check out this tricked-out thing!

Before:

After:

Cool, right?

The best part is I was able to make it with materials I already had. Didn’t need to spend a cent!

Instructions:

1. The first step is boring, but it has to be done: get that label off your bottle! (Actually, the way I ended up doing this, I probably didn’t even have to…)

 

2. Find some cool labels online! There are TONS of free printables out there on the web. Find a set you like and print it out.

I picked this set because they were colorful. I saw loads of them that have that aged-paper look to them, but I didn’t care for that as much.

 

3. Because my bottle still had residue on it from taking the label off, I cut a piece of paper roughly the same size as the label, although slightly longer so I could glue the overlapped ends together.

 

4. Next, I cut the printed label out and glued it on top of the orange band.

I was almost finished, except…the top of the lid has an illustration on it to show how to open the bottle. I didn’t want that!

5. Trace and cut out a circle from the same orange paper used to make the band. Glue it on top of the lid.

Tada! All finished!

 

Final Thoughts:

I hope you liked this project as much as I did! The idea is of course far from original, but this was my spin on it.

As always, connect and share on social media!

Next week will be pretty busy for me so there may not be a post. If not, I’ll see you in two weeks.

Easy Greeting Cards

How to Make a Halloween Card in 5 Easy Steps!

Halloween cards are so much fun to make. Maybe you’re not used to giving out cards for Halloween, but you will be after this easy tutorial!

This project is one of a series of 5-step greeting cards that I have posted about. I have two tutorials for greeting cards here and here, as well as a tutorial for a birthday card here.

Follow along as I show you how to make a simple Halloween card in 5 easy steps!

Note: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Materials:

  • blank greeting card with envelope (links to white cards but I used an orange one – you could always glue a piece of orange paper to the front to achieve the same look)
  • glue  (as usual, I used Elmer’s)
  • washi tape or scrapbook paper in a Halloween pattern/color scheme
  • stamp of a Jack-o-lantern or other Halloween object
  • black inkpad
  • scrap of white paper (I used an envelope!)

The best thing about this project is that it will not cost you a lot of money. Blank cards are cheap when bought in a pack and so is scrapbook paper. The stamp and inkpad will probably be more expensive, but they can be reused many, many times.

Instructions (Only 5 Steps!):

1. Stamp the image of a Jack-o-lantern or other Halloween object onto a piece of white paper 3 times.

2. Trim the paper with the stamped images so that there is a small border. It should look something like this:

3. Cut a piece of scrapbook paper slightly larger than the paper above OR do what I did and cover a piece of paper with washi tape. It didn’t quite line up right, but it didn’t matter.

4. Glue the paper with the stamped images onto the piece of scrapbook paper/washi tape-covered paper, like so:

5. Glue the piece you made in step 4 onto the front of the card, and you’re done! As an optional last step, you could write something like “Happy Halloween” or “Trick or Treat,” but I felt like this was an obvious enough Halloween card as it is!

Final Thoughts:

I hope you liked this easy Halloween card! I want to make loads more of them and give them out to all my friends because it will only take me 10 minutes (or less) to recreate. Not bad!

As always, be sure to connect and share on social media.

See you next Friday (I know this was a day late) for yet another Halloween post!

DIY

Holiday How-To: Make a Dangly Tassel Ghost!

It’s never too early to make Halloween decorations, right? I know you’ve all seen those posts on Facebook about people who break out the spooky stuff as soon as the summer ends.

Today I’ll be showing you how to make a super easy, dangly ghost! It takes less than five minutes!

I’m trying out a different post format today, bear with me. (I admit, I had to look up whether it was “bear with me” or “bare with me”!)

Materials:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“But Angela,” you may be asking, “How much will this cost me?”

The answer, my friend, is: not much! The first three materials most people will have on hand or can ask a friend for. Alternatively, you can use a tiny piece of black paper instead.

The tassel may be harder to obtain, but you can always make one yourself. It doesn’t cost more than the price of some thread/yarn!

Instructions:

  1. Draw two circles (eyes) and an oval (the mouth) onto the white paper using your Sharpie/marker OR cut two circles and an oval out of a piece of black paper.  You should end up with something like this:

2. Glue them onto the tassel. You’re done, all in less than five minutes!

 

Final Thoughts:

These are so quick and simple, you could make a whole bunch of them and hang them around your house. Ghost army, muahaha!

As always, remember to connect and share on social media. The Halloween fun continues next week. See you then!

 

 

 

Roundup

10 More Things to Look For on Your Next Trip to Goodwill (30+ project ideas inside!)

Hello, my pretty little readers!

The follow-up to my first 10 Things to Look For on Your Next Trip to Goodwill post is finally here! Be sure to look at that post for more upcycling ideas, and have fun poring over this one too.

The items are listed as headings, followed by a couple of ideas that can be made with that item.

Happy thrifting/upcycling!

1. T-Shirts

There are tons of no-sew projects that can be made from T-Shirts! Here are just a few:

Idea: T-Shirt Potholders – Mommypotamus

 

Idea: No-Sew T-Shirt Tote Bag – Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

 

These no-sew reconstruction/upcycle ideas are not only cool, they’re also easy! There are tons more ideas out there, too!

Idea: Summer Tank Upcycle – Some Dreaming Tree

 

Idea: No-Sew Crisscross-Back T-Shirt Upcycle – WobiSobi

 

2. Neckties

Using neckties for projects generally involves more sewing than I can manage, but if you’ve got the skills, these projects look like a lot of fun.

Idea: Wine Tote – The Girl Creative

 

Idea: Upcylced Necktie Necklace – Aletha Israels

 

This one is a little tricky but the end product is so cool!

Idea: Necktie Baskets and Hats – ToolGirl

 

3. Popcorn Tins

Those big tins are great for upcycling projects!

Idea: Sisal-Wrapped Storage Bin – Homemade in the Heartland

 

Fido’s food container can be stylish, too:

Idea: Dog Food Tin Makeover – Frazzled Joy

 

Use the bottom as a lampshade, and the lid as a memo board! Two projects from one tin!

Idea: Popcorn Tin Lampshade – Bright Green Door

 

Idea: Memo Board – Crafting a Green World

 

4. Wooden Trays

I feel like I never see any wooden trays when I’m out thrifting, but I hope I find some soon because I have found some amazing ideas for them!

Idea: Jewelry Organizer – A Time for Everything

 

A little paint and some tile can go a long way!

Idea: Mosaic Tray – Reality Daydream

 

Add little legs and you’ve got yourself a bed tray! (This tutorial also shows how you can make your own tray, but you could obviously use one that’s already made, too.)

Idea: Wooden Tray Bed Table – Scavenger Chic

 

5. Glass Jars

It seems glass jars are never in short supply at thrift stores and yard sales, and now I have some pretty compelling reasons to hang onto some of my own!

Idea: Storage Jars with Knobs – Torie Jayne

 

If you have a jar without a lid and a vivid imagination, this next craft may be for you:

Idea: Mushroom Fairy House – DIY & Crafts

 

There’s always the age-old “snowglob from a glass jar,” but what about a pretty butterfly oasis?

Idea: Butterfly Oasis – Danee’s Delights

 

6. Cribs

This may seem like an odd item to look for, especially if you don’t have kids, but trust me, some of these ideas might have you searching for a crib of your own. These projects usually require a bit more in the way of resources, however. You might need power tools and special hardware.

Idea: Porch Swing – Lolly Jane

 

Idea: Magazine Rack/Shelf Unit – Eve of Reduction

 

This project uses just the siderails of a crib, but it’s so clever I had to share!

Idea: Craft Room Storage – May Arts

 

7. Belts

So many belt ideas didn’t have tutorials with them. 🙁 You would be amazed at the ways people upcycle them, though!

Idea: Hanging Shelves – Blue i Style

 

These next two ideas involve a few more tools/hardware than most projects on this list, but they look so cool:

Idea: Drawer /Furniture Pulls – Visual Heart

 

Idea: Bracelets from Belts – Linda Peterson Designs

 

8. Lamps

Even old, tired lamps can be spruced up to look amazing! Sometimes a coat of paint can go a long way, or sometimes something like rope can be used to cover the base:

Idea: Rope Lamp – Martha Stewart

 

Use the bases and some dishes for cute birdbaths!

Idea: Birdbath – SheKnows

 

You can even make a side table out of a lamp and a plate:

Idea: Side Table – The Shabby Creek Cottage

 

9. Cutting Boards

Who knew cutting boards were so versatile? Not me!

Idea: Wall Art – anderson + grant

 

Idea: Organizer – Organized Clutter

 

This chalkboard is too cute, not to mention super simple!

Idea: Chalkboard – Decorchick

 

10. Handkerchiefs

Handkerchiefs have such pretty patterns on them, and can be made into some really lovely things.

Idea: Anthropologie-Style Bracelets – Sadie Seasongoods

 

Here’s a super easy wreath idea! No sewing required!

Idea: Handkerchief Wreath – Bumblebee Linens

 

Try pressing and framing them for some lovely wall art!

Idea: Handkerchief Wall Art – Cleverly Simple

 

Final Thoughts:

Hopefully this list inspires you to look at things a different way, even things that you already have! Upcycling for the win!

As always, be sure to connect and share on social media. See you in one week!