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26 December 10
Retro Place Mats.
You could also use advertising flyers, copies of album covers or old magazine ads. You can laminate them with clear contact paper so they’re easily cleanable and food safe.

Retro Place Mats.

You could also use advertising flyers, copies of album covers or old magazine ads. You can laminate them with clear contact paper so they’re easily cleanable and food safe.

25 December 10
Annabelle’s Winter Breeze Rag Basket
Clicking the picture will take you to instructions for making these. I just liked the picture of this one better, it shows the details more clearly. They’re made by wrapping and gluing rags around rope. She says to glue the coils together, but I would sew them to make them sturdier. This is a great upcycle for some rags.
She has 6 different posts, with several different baskets on some of them here.

Annabelle’s Winter Breeze Rag Basket

Clicking the picture will take you to instructions for making these. I just liked the picture of this one better, it shows the details more clearly. They’re made by wrapping and gluing rags around rope. She says to glue the coils together, but I would sew them to make them sturdier. This is a great upcycle for some rags.

She has 6 different posts, with several different baskets on some of them here.

24 December 10
Feather Wreath Tutorial
This is easy to make and looks great (except the color). I’m just too traditional when it comes to Christmas to want hot pink decorations :) I would do this in white to use all winter, or red because I like red more. It uses a foam core wreath form. I would reuse a straw or foam wreath I already had that needed a makeover. Or grab an ugly cheap one from a thrift store. By using picks (decorations on a thin pointed stick) stabbed into the foam or straw, you could easily change it for different times of year. Red works for a lot of occasions besides Christmas: Valentine’s Day (add pink and/or white), Patriotic Days (add blue & white), summer (add multicolored flowers all over), fall (add bright orange, yellow and dark red leaves and flowers), Halloween (add black, and maybe some severed fingers or eyeballs), President’s Day (add black stovepipe hats and cherries), New Year’s Day (add colorful streamers and stuff), Thanksgiving (like fall, but add dark red cranberries and felt turkeys with red on them). You would probably have to change it for spring (unless you went with bright tulips), St. Patrick’s Day, Arbor Day and Easter (unless you went with bright colored eggs). The times you needed another color, white would work, so just make a white one too. You would have all the seasons and holidays covered with one white and one red one.
Click on photo for tutorial.

Feather Wreath Tutorial

This is easy to make and looks great (except the color). I’m just too traditional when it comes to Christmas to want hot pink decorations :) I would do this in white to use all winter, or red because I like red more. It uses a foam core wreath form. I would reuse a straw or foam wreath I already had that needed a makeover. Or grab an ugly cheap one from a thrift store. By using picks (decorations on a thin pointed stick) stabbed into the foam or straw, you could easily change it for different times of year. Red works for a lot of occasions besides Christmas: Valentine’s Day (add pink and/or white), Patriotic Days (add blue & white), summer (add multicolored flowers all over), fall (add bright orange, yellow and dark red leaves and flowers), Halloween (add black, and maybe some severed fingers or eyeballs), President’s Day (add black stovepipe hats and cherries), New Year’s Day (add colorful streamers and stuff), Thanksgiving (like fall, but add dark red cranberries and felt turkeys with red on them). You would probably have to change it for spring (unless you went with bright tulips), St. Patrick’s Day, Arbor Day and Easter (unless you went with bright colored eggs). The times you needed another color, white would work, so just make a white one too. You would have all the seasons and holidays covered with one white and one red one.

Click on photo for tutorial.

22 December 10
interiordecline:

helloooo appropriation project:
-Big ass crate
-Some antique coffee table.
-Wood scraps for shelves
voila!

(via fuckyeahbookshelves)

interiordecline:

helloooo appropriation project:

-Big ass crate

-Some antique coffee table.

-Wood scraps for shelves

voila!

(via fuckyeahbookshelves)

Reblogged: interiordecline

Posted: 9:43 AM
Glistening Snowman Swag
This calls for foam, but you can reuse things you already have and do it greener (and cheaper). Make the curved base by gluing together several layers of corrugated cardboard and let dry. Trim the edges with a craft knife to make them more rounded. Pad with a thin layer of batting or an old washcloth. Cover with white fabric from an old shirt. Wrap it over the front and glue down on the back. For the balls and snowmen, use pom poms, stuffed fabric balls or crochet or felt your own balls. Click photo for the original project.

Glistening Snowman Swag

This calls for foam, but you can reuse things you already have and do it greener (and cheaper). Make the curved base by gluing together several layers of corrugated cardboard and let dry. Trim the edges with a craft knife to make them more rounded. Pad with a thin layer of batting or an old washcloth. Cover with white fabric from an old shirt. Wrap it over the front and glue down on the back. For the balls and snowmen, use pom poms, stuffed fabric balls or crochet or felt your own balls. Click photo for the original project.

Posted: 5:19 AM
I like this idea. It’s cheap and doesn’t take up much space. I would want a little more finished look to it, though. I would use boards that were the same width, probably thin ones so I could put more of them on the tree. I would scrape and sand and prime them. Then I would paint them all the same color, something that would show up well against my walls, maybe even metallic gold.
Or I could completely cover the whole thing with small gold and/or silver and/or green foil wrappers from candy. It would have a nice wrinkly texture that reflected the light like facets. Then I would coat the foil with a clear sealer to protect it. Then I could store it in the back of the closet or under the bed. You could make it with wing nuts on the back for easy disassembly for storage. I just may have to make one of these for next year. It could be left up year round, and changed for the different holidays. In between holidays, it could be decorated with things appropriate for the season, photos, small artwork or collectibles. I’m going to start looking for wood.

I like this idea. It’s cheap and doesn’t take up much space. I would want a little more finished look to it, though. I would use boards that were the same width, probably thin ones so I could put more of them on the tree. I would scrape and sand and prime them. Then I would paint them all the same color, something that would show up well against my walls, maybe even metallic gold.

Or I could completely cover the whole thing with small gold and/or silver and/or green foil wrappers from candy. It would have a nice wrinkly texture that reflected the light like facets. Then I would coat the foil with a clear sealer to protect it. Then I could store it in the back of the closet or under the bed. You could make it with wing nuts on the back for easy disassembly for storage. I just may have to make one of these for next year. It could be left up year round, and changed for the different holidays. In between holidays, it could be decorated with things appropriate for the season, photos, small artwork or collectibles. I’m going to start looking for wood.

Reblogged: florajoy

Posted: 2:31 AM
thelifeofrandomness:

lustik:

Hockenheimer - njustudio via monogocoro

i want this

thelifeofrandomness:

lustik:

Hockenheimer - njustudio via monogocoro

i want this

Reblogged: snowsnow004

21 December 10
Foil Pie Pan Rose Topiary
Click on photo for tutorial.

Foil Pie Pan Rose Topiary

Click on photo for tutorial.

Posted: 9:00 AM
Scarf Necklace
This uses a vintage scarf, Czech glass beads, and vintage brass chain. Doesn’t brass turn your skin green? It’s one of a kind, but still….$240 (plus shipping)?
Definitely a good “I can make that” craft candidate. Cut an old scarf in two longwise. Sew the raw cut edge to the opposite edge to make a long tube then turn it right-side out. Fold the tube in half and put a piece of chain (not brass) around the middle of the tube. Join chain together into a ring. Hang beads from the ring of chain. Repeat for the other side. Tie the scarf ends around your neck (it can be worn as a choker or longer length, depending on how you tie the scarf).
Ta da! You just saved $240 plus shipping!

Scarf Necklace

This uses a vintage scarf, Czech glass beads, and vintage brass chain. Doesn’t brass turn your skin green? It’s one of a kind, but still….$240 (plus shipping)?

Definitely a good “I can make that” craft candidate. Cut an old scarf in two longwise. Sew the raw cut edge to the opposite edge to make a long tube then turn it right-side out. Fold the tube in half and put a piece of chain (not brass) around the middle of the tube. Join chain together into a ring. Hang beads from the ring of chain. Repeat for the other side. Tie the scarf ends around your neck (it can be worn as a choker or longer length, depending on how you tie the scarf).

Ta da! You just saved $240 plus shipping!

Posted: 8:07 AM
DIY CD Wreath

DIY CD Wreath

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh