Recycled Desk Organizer

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Hello Makers! Can you believe how fast the summer is flying by? It’s almost back-to-school season! And with that being said, I’m all about prepping and preparing so that we have a smooth sailing school year. I am sure to stock up on all the household essentials as well, that way we aren’t running out to the store on busy school days or nights. The other thing I am sure to do is create an organized space for school work. This year my daughter and I made a Recycled Desk Organizer.

I know that my kid is able to accomplish her school work when she has all the supplies needed. It saves a bunch of time and stress when everything is in an organized place where she can access it all easily, rather than running around trying to find where she last put the scissors or the colored pencils. Everything in it’s place! I promise you it will save you a ton of time and hassle. Want to know the cool part? It’s all made out of recycled materials of things that you already need for your home!

Some of my favorite things to stock up on at Walmart of the school year are:

  • Kleenex® Trusted Care* 3 Bundle Pack
  • Kleenex® Trusted Care* 4 Bundle Pack
  • Scott® Tissue 20+4 Roll Pack
  • Viva® Vantage® 6 Big Rolls

Besides being stocked on all the necessities, the bonus to buying some of these products are that they come with double the Box Tops! Now you can give back double!

Are you ready to make a recycled desk organizer for your kids? Let’s do it! 

You will need an empty Kleenex® box and enough left over rolls of Scott® Tissue or you can cut down left over Viva® Vantage® paper towel rolls to fill the box. My Kleenex® box fit 10 rolls. If you decide to use Viva® Vantage® paper towel rolls, you’ll have to cut them in half (or more) to fit. 

First you’ll want to use a utility blade to carefully cut the top of the Kleenex® box off (adults only for this step!). 

Next, decorate the tops of the Scott® Tissue rolls with washi tape and hot glue them into the box so that they are secure.

Then all you have to do is fill up the rolls with school supplies! We filled ours with crayons, markers, pencils, colored pencils, water colors, scissors, and a ruler. 

You can also paint the box and the rolls to create a whole new look! We love this mermaid themed recycled desk organizer. Isn’t it pretty?!

Everything is easily accessible, organized and ready for the new school year!

And with Box Tops on these everyday items, back-to-school shopping is made easier. Even though we homeschool, we have lots of friends who go to public school and will happily take our double Box Tops. 

All these products can be found at your local Walmart, and you’ll be able to give back double purchasing them! It’s a win-win if you ask me! 

How are you getting ready for the back-to-school season? I’d love to know! 

Painted Feather Sneakers

This post and giveaway are sponsored by Spellbinders but all ideas and opinions are 100% my own. I only share products and companies with my readers whom I love and think they will too.

Hello Makers! I’m always looking for fun crafts to do with my daughter, especially during the summer. Now that she’s 9, finding her own style and picking out her outfits and doing her own hair are things she’s starting to do more and more. So when she asked me if we could make her some new shoes, I thought it was the perfect craft… especially with back-to-school season coming upon us quickly. New school year usually equals new shoes. Here’s what we came up with…

Didn’t they turn out so cute? They were really easy and fun to make, so I thought we’d share the how to with y’all so you can make some too!

You’ll need:

Using the Platinum 6 and the feather die, cut out vinyl feathers. Yes that’s right… this sweet machine cuts through vinyl and super smoothly too.

My feathers were cut in seconds. Look at those clean cut lines too. 

Peal the back off the vinyl feathers and place them on the sneakers. Smooth out the vinyl and make sure the edges are pressed down really well to prevent bleeding.

Remove shoe laces and then stuff your sneakers with newspaper to prevent painting the inside of the shoe. I also covered the tongues with newspaper to keep them white. Cover the surface with plastic and spray your shoes with the fabric spray paint (found at your local craft store and please read the directions on the bottle before painting). Originally we taped off the plastic soles of the shoes, and as we were painting we changed our minds and pealed the tape. It’s personal preference, really.

Allow dry time between coats of paint and be sure to turn the shoes in all angles so that you can be sure you cover the shoe completely. 

After the fabric paint is completely dry, carefully peal off the vinyl feathers, and remove the newspaper.

I love the bright the white tongue and feather against the teal paint. They really turned out so great.

My daughter loves how they turned out. Although I helped and supervised this project, she was definitely apart of all steps and had so much fun creating her new sneakers. 

Would you like to win a Platinum machine of your very own?! I promise  you that you’ll love everything about it and the projects you can make using it are endless. All you have to do is enter the giveaway form below. Simple, right?! And, if you want even more chances to win, visit the other blogs participating in this giveaway and enter there too! We are giving away 3 Platinum 8.5 Machines!! Woohoo! Plus you’ll get a chance to see what creative idea they came up with using the Platinum machine. The giveaway will close on July 21, 2017, at 11:59PM MST and will be announced shortly after that. Best of luck! 

 
 

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Projects for the Beach, Lake or Pool

With summer finally here, that means that it’s time to head to the beach! (At least, that’s what I wish it would mean). While we might not make it to the beach this year, I’m still dreaming of a trip!

I’ve gathered up some of my favorite projects to make for the beach – but a lot of these would be great for trips to the lake or pool too! Here are some fun projects to make up to get you all set for relaxing by the water!

Splash Proof Phone Case

Sewing Pattern for a "Splash Proof" zippered phone pouch. Totally making one of these for summer.

Easy-Sew Beach Towel Bag

{BLOGGED}: Easy-Sew Beach Towel Bag:

Pom Pom Beach Coverup

15 Minute Picnic or Beach Blanket

DIY Reversible Picnic Blanket

Quick Hooded Towel

Straw Tote Bag

Free Sewing Pattern for a Straw Tote Bag - cute summer beach bag pattern!

DIY Chapstick Holder

DIY Fabric Chapstick Holder....attach to purses, backpacks, keychains, etc. | via Make It and Love It:

DIY Drawstring Bag

DIY Tiki Torches

DIY Tiki Torches - upcycle bottles into portable mosquito repellents!

Retro Beach Umbrellas

The cutest DIY retro beach umbrella for under $100 by Sugar and Cloth! - houston blogger - summer

Simple Beach Cover up

swim cover up

Seashell Collection Bag

Create a small seashell bag for collecting shells down by the seashore. ;) FREE SVG file!

DIY Lounge Cabana

Water Bottle Carrier

Carry-It-All Tote

Carry It All Tote-001

So many fun ideas right? I’m ready to get crafting!

Make sure you come back next week – Kara will have tons of great tips, diy’s and food and more for your outdoor BBQ’s!

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Easy DIY Cactus Sign

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Hi makers! As you probably know, I am a fan of all things cactus and succulent because I’m an Arizona girl. I’ve shared several cactus and succulent projects, and I’m not stopping now! I made this easy DIY cactus sign and I just love the way it turned out, don’t you?

I love the bright colors and the rustic look, don’t you? It also looks as if I painted all of the cacti onto the wood… but I didn’t! It’s paper! I know… crazy cool, right?

It really is easy to make your own. Here’s what you’ll need:

*You can cut out your heart and trapezoid pieces yourself, or you can buy the precut at your local Michael’s. 

You are going to use your Platinum 6, succulent die, and green felt to cut out your succulent. Watch this video if you need more help. I cut out 2 and double layered the felt so that the succulent was extra full.

Using your hot gun, glue the felt pieces together and set the succulent aside. 

Paint the Mod Podge onto the wooden heart. 

Lay cactus scrapbook paper onto the Mod Podge and smooth out. I use my smoothing tool, but you can use a credit card or your hand.

Using your razor blade, cut the excess paper off around the edges of the heart. My wooden heart had grooves on the front, making it look like slates of wood. I cut those out too.

Go around the edges of your heart with a sanding block (after Mod Podge is dry) to smooth out the paper on the edges. 

Then wrap twine around the wooden pot (or trapezoid) and hot glue it to the heart.

Grab that cute, felt succulent you set to the side and hot glue it onto the wooden heart too.

Hang it on your wall with some twine and done! Doesn’t it look so cute?! I just adore it!

What have you been working on lately? Do you love the cactus trend as much as I do? If so, you’ll have to check out the Cactus Purse I made my daughter…

And this fun felt succulent wreath

Or possibly this simple desert party

Have a great weekend!

DIY Outdoor Decor Ideas

Hello, friends! Michele here with a new theme for our fun monthly series, Must Have Craft Tips & More! This month we’re focusing on all things summer! School’s out. Kids are home. The temps are warming up. There are so many directions for us to take this summer theme!

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
I’m focusing on all things outdoors this week! Once the temps go up, it’s a great time to move your living outside after being cooped up all winter. These amazing DIY outdoor projects will have your space looking top notch!

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
DIY Pergola from That’s What Che Said

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Brick Library from KU Alumni Association

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
DIY Tiki Torches from The Scrap Shoppe

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Simple Outdoor Bench at eHow

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
DIY Lamp Posts from I Should be Mopping the Floor

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Pineapple Door Mat from Lydia Out Loud

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Solar Chandelier from Dive of DIY

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Moss Graffiti from Green Prophet

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Sedum Path from A Garden in Bethlehem PA

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Painted Floor Tiles from Old Brand New

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Wine Barrel Table from Centsational Girl

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Upholstered Patio Furniture from Place of My Taste

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Upcycled Rope Ottomans at Style Me Pretty

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Planter/Hose Holder from DIY Candy

 

I hope you’re inspired! I can’t wait to try a few of these out in my outdoor space.

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Stay tuned next Friday for more fun summer-themed ideas!

 

 

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Personalized Dog Dishes

Hello there makers! Are you a dog mom? If so, I have the perfect project for you… or for your pup, rather.  Check out these Personalized Dog Dishes. I picked up a couple of plain, aluminum dog dishes from the store and decided it was extremely necessary to personalize them for our pup.

Super cute, right?! I created the decal in the Silhouette design studio, cut it out on Expressions Vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo, weeded the designs and applied them onto the aluminum dog dishes using transfer tape/paper.

Be sure to really smooth over the vinyl to get out all bubbles before removing the transfer tape. 

They were that easy! I even saved the Silhouette designs for you so that you can personalize your dog’s dishes too. Pin this post and email me that you did… I will email you the design so you can make your own!

I love how they turned out and that it only took me about 15 minutes to complete. My Bruzer boy loves his new dishes too! 

Wonder what I should make next for this pup of mine… Do you have any favorite DIY dog projects?

DIY Feather Wall Hanging

Hello makers! Now that the weather is warming up here in sunny Arizona, we have been going on lots of hikes and enjoying nature while we can (summers here are too hot for hikes). One of our favorite things to do while on hike is look for good sticks. Most times we use them as walking sticks, but this time my daughter and I thought it would be fun to use the sticks to create artwork for her room. So today I am going to show you how I made this DIY Feather Wall Hanging!

So pretty right? To make your own, you will need the following supplies and tools:

First thing you want to do is use your Platinum 6 and feather die to cut your feathers out of card stock and felt. Using your scissors, cut the felt and paper to the size of your die, so it easily fits into the Platinum 6. Layer the plates according to the Platinum 6 directions and feed the die and paper/felt through to cut your feathers.

The Platinum 6 does such a great job of cutting through the thick felt and paper… just look!

Once your feathers are complete (I used 9 for this project, but you can use more or less), set them aside. Get your jute, sticks and wooden beads ready. Line up your two sticks, one above the other with about a foot in between. Starting with the stick on the bottom, tie the end of the jute in a knot around it. Bring the jute up to the top stick, tying a couple of wooden beads along the way. Now tie a knot around the top stick.

Now we are going to create a place to hang the feather wall hanging from, so give the jute some slack and tie a knot around the other end of the top stick.

Bring the jute back down to the bottom stick, tying wooden beads along the way, and secure with a knot around the bottom stick. Cut any excess jute with your scissors.

Now we are ready to hang the feathers! Hole punch your feathers and tie jute to them at different lengths. Then tie the ends to the bottom stick.

The Platinum 6 made the feather making process so quick and easy! I really love this machine. No batteries, no need for an outlet to plug it in, and folds up nice and compact for storage. Plus, it makes crafting so easy and project ideas are endless. 

I added one of my handmade signs to the center of the wall hanging once I hung it up. I absolutely love the finished project and so does my daughter!

Do you ever use a little nature in your crafts or artwork? I think I am going to do it more often! 

Have a great weekend, friends!

 

If you liked this project, check out my Felt Succulent Wreath using Spellbinders Platinum 6! There’s also a video in this post so that you can get a better idea of how the machine works. 

 

Spellbinders provided me with the Platinum 6 and steel rule dies, but all crafts/projects/and opinions are 100% my own and I only share things I know my readers will love too!

Creative Outdoor Upcycle Ideas

Hi! It’s Allison from A Glimpse Inside back once again to share with you our last post on upcycling ideas for this month. If you have missed the other posts you can find them here: Tip 1, Tip 2, and Tip 3.
 
 Today, I am sharing some awesome and creative outdoor upcycle ideas! With spring around the corner, it’s a great time to start planning out your outdoor space projects. 
 
 
By using your imagination and some creativity, you can use something and give it a whole new life to add it to your outdoor space. There are so many unique ideas out there for repurposing furniture, household items, pallets and much more to make your patio or garden much more interesting.  
 
 
Furniture Ideas
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Take old chairs and turn them into swings from Worth Trying DIY Projects

 Make an old sewing table into a beverage station from Ambient Wares

 

 
 
 

 

 
Garden and Patio Accessories 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 There are so many fun and unique ideas out there for your outdoor space. 
Have you upcycled something for your garden or patio? 
We would love for you to share it with us! 
 
Stay tuned for a whole new topic next month!   


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Creative Upcycled Craft Room Ideas

Hello friends! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! Kara from Mine for the Making here this week to share Creative Upcycled Craft Room Ideas with you. I love a good upcycle or repurposed project and I love a pretty, organized craft room. Let’s check out these unique solutions.

Upcycled Furniture

I love taking something ‘old’ and making it new and fresh again. Especially furniture! Just add some elbow grease and lots of love, and you can turn any dingy piece of furniture into a focal point of your room. Here are a few of my favorite furniture transformations that are perfect for the craft room. Some are used for storage and others are used for work spaces. 

Upcycled hutch  to craft storage

Upcycled hutch to craft storage and work space

Upcycled filing cabinet craft storage

Upcycled sewing table to desk

Upcycled Projects for Organization and Decoration

You would be surprised what you can use for organization and decoration. An old baby crib, a vintage crate, tin cans… So many options if you open your creative mind on alternative ways to use ordinary things. Let’s check out some of my favorite up cycled projects for organizing and decorating your craft room.

Upcycled baby crib to craft storage

Repurposed frame to chic pincushion 

Upcycled Crates to craft shelves

Upcycled tray to magnetic board

Upcycled bed spring to craft storage

Repurposed tins to pencil holder

Repurposed frame to thread holder

 

Such great ideas! Most times that I upcycle or repurpose something, I save money doing so and I love it so much more because of the effort put into it. Do you have any upcycled projects or pieces in your craft room?

Join us next week for more tips on using upcycled ideas in your homes! 

 

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Creative Upcycled DIY Home Decor Projects

Hello and welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! This month we’re all about recycling and renovation projects – fun ways to give new life to vintage or worn out things. This week I’m sharing some fun tips for upcycling in Home Decor – with ideas for furniture, wall decor, pillows and more!

Furniture

Turn a Headboard into a Bench!

DIY Furniture Hacks | Bed Turned Into Bench | Cool Ideas for Creative Do It Yourself Furniture | Cheap Home Decor Ideas for Bedroom, Bathroom, Living Room, Kitchen - http://diyjoy.com/diy-furniture-hacks:

Ladder turned Shelving

Vintage Floral Mod Podged Ladder Shelving:

Upcycled Suitcase into a Bookshelf

How Eduardo the Antique Trunk Became a Bookshelf: A Makeover Story:

Turn an Old Door into a Bookshelf

Old door turned into a shelf:

Bathroom Cabinet from an Old Window

DIY antique window cabinet- See how to make this super easy antique window cabinet. Great for bathroom storage or any room in your home!:

Wall Decor

Life is an Adventure Pallet Art

Upcycle Shutters to Wall Decor

Above kitchen dining window?? Dishfunctional Designs: Upcycled: New Ways With Old Window Shutters:
Make a Creative Frame Display with a Vintage Hanger

Paint Ceiling Medallions for Fun Wall Art

Display Vintage Plates in a Colorful Grouping

Pillows, Lamps and More

Globe Lamps

Great idea for your children's room #upcycled #world #globe:

Turn old jeans into a Fun Hexagon Pillow

A great DIY for old jeans! More:

How to Recover a Lampshade – take an old worn out one to new and fun!

Turn Old Sweaters into Cozy New Pillows!

Cozy up your home with re-purposed sweater pillows - plus the key to avoiding wavy seams when sewing with knitted fabric.

Turn mismatched china into a cool lamp!

Aren’t they great! I’m all inspired to head out to the thrift stores and antique shops!

Make sure you check back next week – we are going to be sharing some fabulous upcycled ideas for your Craft Room!

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