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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.

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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!

 

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12 Easy Postage Stamp Projects!

Hello, my pretty little readers!

My latest obsession is postage stamps. I actually wish I got more mail so I could save ALL the stamps! Be right back, I’m going to beg people to send me more mail. 😛

My current collection is pretty sad (you can see some – I mean, most – of it in the above graphic), but I hope to grow it more in the future so I can make some of these awesome projects! Most are very simple and won’t cost a fortune to make. Just how I like it.

Kick back and go postal (hmm, I’ll work on that…) with me! Also, if you’re interested in seeing my take on #12, check out the update to this post.

Note: I like to use blogger’s names when I can find them, but I am not personally affiliated with any of them.

1. Decoupage Box – Craftideas.info

This box is so cute, and so easy to make! You’ll have to click through to the tutorial, but make sure you read the materials listed at the link above, first. 🙂 You can also decoupage stamps onto other things such as bowls and coasters. There are a few more ideas on this list too!

2. Stamp Pendant – Crafting My Way

I honestly thought this might be a bit of a difficult and expensive project, but Jennifer makes it look so simple! You could make magnets using this same technique, too.

3. Postage Stamp Brooches/Jewelry – Miss Vicky Viola

This is another jewelry project, but it’s done very differently than the stamp pendant, so check this out and see if it’s more your style. I think it’s even easier, actually!

4. Wall Art – cabin + cub

There isn’t a tutorial given here but Valerie does mention mounting the stamps onto white archival paper in another post. It shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out, and it looks oh so cool organized by color! I’ve also seen a similar idea where the stamps overlap, leaving no white space between them. You can also arrange them into a monogram or other shape. The possibilities are endless!

5. Postage Stamp Wreath – Sweet Paul

If there’s anything I’ve learned from my years of poking around for craft ideas, it’s that people are suckers for wreaths. This one is super easy and not very expensive at all!

6. Decoupage Vases – Art Education Daily

What I love about this project is that it is also a great way to upcycle a glass bottle that might otherwise get recycled. I think it would make a great display piece.

7. Map Art – Papery & Cakery

Niki used solely “love stamps” (stamps relating to love) for her US map art, but you could use a variety or pick a different theme! I love how this looks – it is so colorful and unique!

8. Postage Stamp Buttons – Izzwizz Creations

I would never have thought to cover a button with paper, let alone a stamp, but it looks so neat! You’ll have to scroll a little to find where Maddy describes using a postage stamp to cover a button, but the first part is also important so that you know what to use and how to poke the holes after you’ve glued the paper to the button!

These would be great as embellishments for a card or scrapbook.

9. Postage Stamp Notebook – My Poppet

Here’s a great way to upgrade a plain notebook! How cute would this be as a travel journal?

10. Postage Stamp Tabletop – Gardening Nirvana

I saw this idea floating around a couple of places, but it was hard to track down a tutorial. Once I found this one, though, I knew I couldn’t have asked for a better one! Very personable and fun to read. It makes me want to go out and make one right now!

11. Magazine Files – notes on paper

Now even your storage can have stamps on it! No real tutorial to speak of here, but as Julie puts it, “you glue stamps on to a box.” If you don’t want to buy magazine files, you can make your own out of old cereal boxes!

12. Gift Tags – Pillar Box Blue

Create personalized gift tags with the help of stamp or two and some embellishments! It’s that easy.

You can check out my version of these tags in this post update.

Final Thoughts:

There are so many more postage stamp ideas I wanted to include but couldn’t find tutorials for. If you’re curious, you can do your own search to find more ideas, so long as you don’t mind possibly not having instructions to follow.

Connect and share on social media, and come back Monday for another pretty little post!

 

 

 

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10 Things to Look For on Your Next Trip to Goodwill

(For crafting/upcycling purposes, of course!)

Hello, my pretty little readers!

Do you love a good bargain? I know I do.

As someone with not a lot of spare money to spend, I love thrift stores like Goodwill. I could spend hours poring over items, but I don’t exactly have a ton of time on my hands, either!

Enter this list: the things I (and anyone else with a wandering eye) should look for at thrift stores. May it save us all time, which, as the saying goes, is money.

After each item are some projects that the item can be used for. Handy, right?

In case you missed it, I have a post about reasons to upcycle. Now, you have no excuse not to put those reasons into action!

1. Wooden Bowls

By themselves, wooden bowls can be plain or even downright ugly, but a fresh coat of paint can make them look so much better!

Idea: Jewelry Storage Trays – Jennifer Rizzo

Idea: Color Blocked Wooden Bowls – Brit + Co

They also look great as planters for succulents!

Idea: Wooden Bowl Succulent Planters – Live From Julie’s House

2. CDs

The shininess of CDs lends itself well to many crafts, like sun catchers and mosaics.

Idea: Glass Sun Catchers – Suzy’s Sitcom

Idea: CD Mosaic Mirror – Intuition Physician

Their shape makes them ideal for clocks, too!

Idea: CD Clock – Morena’s Corner

And their flat surface also makes it easy to hold things:

Idea: Storage and Display Tower – A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts

You can even ward off bad dreams with whimsical dream catchers!

Idea: Woven CD Dream Catchers – Pink Stripey Socks

3. Vintage Suitcases

Vintage suitcases add charm to any room, whether as pet beds, tables, or something else entirely!

Idea: Vintage Suitcase Cat Bed – Sadie Seasongoods

Idea: Vintage Suitcase Coffee Table – Design Sponge

This next project only uses the top of the suitcase, but if you poke around you’ll find ways to use the other half!

Idea: Breakfast Tray – Mother Earth Living

4. Hardcover Books

Who knew books could be made into so many wonderful things?

Idea:  Book Wall Shelf – A Piece of Rainbow

Idea: Book Clock – Pretty Simple Ideas

I love this headboard idea, although I don’t think I’d ever have the patience to do it myself!

Idea: Book Headboard – Design Everyday

There are so many more ideas that I didn’t have time to include here, like purses and planters, too!

5. Jeans

What can’t you make from jeans?

Idea: Storage Baskets – Always Be Flowers

I love this journal idea!

Idea: Denim Journal – Life Made Creations

This next project is VERY similar to an idea from my post about things to do with scrap fabric.

Idea: Denim Scrap Wreath – A Fish Who Likes Flowers

6. Board Games

There are so many ways that board games can be made into new things that I couldn’t possibly list them all, but here’s just a few!

Idea: Game Board Table – My Repurposed Life

Everyone could use more storage boxes, right?

Idea: Clamshell Box – Secondhand Sandwich

There are also plenty of ideas out there for game pieces as well! The internet is full of them!

7. Picture Frames

Even tired old frames can be brightened up and made into something new!

Idea: Cork Board – Tea Rose Home

This next idea never would have occurred to me!

Idea: Tiered Trays – What Treasures Await

I’ve seen a lot of picture frame upcycles before, but this one was new to me:

Idea: Table Organizer – Wishful Tinker

8. Glass Candleholders

These are so versatile! They can be decorated in so many ways.

Idea: Snowman Candleholder – A Mom Not a Pro

Similar to the CD Sun Catcher, above:

Idea: Christmas Candleholder – Coupon Closet

Here’s a pretty wedding décor idea for cheap!

Idea: Gold Glittery Candleholders – weddingstar

9. Teacups

I love teacups. They’re so delicate and, as you’ll see, can be made into many things!

Idea: Teacup Pincushion – Sincerely, Kinsey

Teacup candles look like so much fun to make:

Idea: Teacup Candles – Meg Perotti

They can also be kept as-is and used to store jewelry in a pretty way:

Idea: Tea Cup Jewelry Holders – Paige Smith Designs

10. Globes

I found so many great globe upcycles while compiling this list that I really want to go out and buy an old globe now.

Idea: Star Wars Death Star – Simply Darrling

If a normal globe has too many colors for your liking, it can be painted to fit a more minimalist color scheme:

Idea: Globe Makeover – Sum of Their Stories

Altered globes make awesome décor pieces too!

Idea: Altered Globe – Hydrangea Hippo

Final Thoughts:

Hopefully this list inspires you to look at things a different way, even things that you already have! It was supposed to be a list of 20 items, but compiling this took so long that I cut it down. If this post is successful, I can do a sequel, however!

Happy thrifting, and as always, connect and share on social media.

Come back Thursday for a new pretty little post!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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!