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Suicide Prevention/Awareness Ribbons

Greetings, my pretty little readers. Today’s post will be a sad one, and not formatted like my usual posts.

I know I just posted yesterday, but I felt compelled to make this post for 2 reasons:

Yesterday, the world learned of the death of Chester Bennington by apparent suicide.

Today happens to be the birthday of the great Robin Williams, who committed suicide in 2014.

I wanted to do something to honor both of them as well as remind other people that they are not alone. Teal and purple are the colors of suicide awareness and prevention, so I decided to use those colors when making my ribbon.

I used ribbon, a paper flower, a butterfly clutch pin back, and (not pictured) a rhinestone sticker.

First, I made a loop with the ribbon and glued it where it overlapped. I also trimmed the ends.

Next, I glued the paper flower on top of the overlapping ribbon. It would been nice to use teal ribbon but I didn’t find any in my stash. I felt like a flower worked, though, because it can symbolize life and growth.

I felt that looked a little bare, so I also added a rhinestone sticker:

Finally, I glued the pin back onto the back of the ribbon. It’s a bit off-center, but it still works.

So there you have it. My suicide awareness and prevention ribbon.

Final Thoughts:

If you are located in the United States and struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255.

 

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5 Reasons to Start Upcycling When Crafting

Hello, my pretty little readers!

Today I thought I would talk about a practice that is near and dear to my heart: upcycling! Upcycling is the art of taking something and repurposing it so that it is the same as (or often, better than) before. It has been pretty trendy recently, and you may be wondering why. I came up with this handy list of 5 reasons why anyone should start upcycling today!

1. It’s cheap.

Upcycling usually uses things that you already have or things that you can find for low prices and make look like a million bucks. Often, an item is scratched or otherwise imperfect in some way, but with a little bit of effort, it can be transformed into something “new” and beautiful!

2. It reduces waste.

Instead of throwing away items, you can make them into something new instead! Even recycling will lower the quality of the material until it is no longer usable, and not everything can be recycled anyway.

3. It’s creative.

Upcycling forces you to look at items in a whole new way. Sometimes, one man’s trash really is another man’s treasure!

4. It results in unique items.

Even if you’re trying to copy a more expensive item, you are not going to make exactly the same item again, because your item is handmade. Celebrate that! And oftentimes, upcycling results in an item that no one else will ever have the chance to have, because it can’t be found in a store.

5. It’s fun!

I know I can’t be the only one who enjoys upcycling. It can be a challenge sometimes, and maybe you have a ton of one kind of item that you’ve been holding onto in the hopes that inspiration will strike, but when it does, it feels great!

Here are some bottle caps that I upcycled into cute earrings!

What do you think about upcycling? Let me know, and don’t forget to connect and share on social media.

Come back Thursday for an exciting post about making an earring holder with only 2 materials!