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Maker Mama Craft Blog: Thrifted Clock Redo. One of the things I always see at thrift stores are random pot lids in cute colors without a pot to go with them. I came up with the idea of turning one into a clock while shopping at my local Goodwill the other day, with the thought that I'd purchase a clock kit at the craft store. But for the sake of keeping it as green as possible (and making one less shopping trip) I decided to give an old clock new life, and voilà, the thrifted clock redo was born! What makes this project even better is that supplies--and time--are minimal. Pick out a lonely (but cute) pot lid, a clock with hands to go with your pot (and that looks like it might work), a screwdriver, and you're ready. Here's a photo-tutorial to help you make your own: Every clock is a little different, so inspect the mechanism on the back carefully to see if it looks detachable.

Now just find a wall to hang your clock and listen to it's sweet little ticking. Recycled yarn, fabric yarn and spinning fiber. 50 Ways To Re-Purpose & Reuse Glass Jars. 35 Creative Ways To Recycle Wooden Pallets. From storing items, beds or coffee tables to window boxes, shoe cabinets or comfortable rockers, a wooden pallet is anything but waste timber. Since lots of companies are dependent on fiber from wood recycling, why not to try to gain all the benefits for your home? Perfect for a lounge area in the balcony or a lovely corner in the garden, wooden pallets can be combined, remodeled and fixed up in practical desks, chairs, bookcases, tables and beds. Have a look on the gallery below and you will find many ideas of pallet furniture.

If you decide to do it by yourself, our advice is to use basic tools and pallets; the standard recommendations for recycled wood pallets are 24 x 24 or 30x 30 – buy it from here. Don’t miss: 20 Patios Perfect for Your Garden and 45 Delightful Outdoor Dining Area Design Ideas If you are passionate about reducing the amount of trees being cut down, then you will understand our call to recycle and reuse old pallets instead of manufacturing new products. Or 30 x 30. 35 ideas to recycle your cans. DIY: Gift Bags Made from Recycled Envelopes.

By Jessica Jones, How About Orange Find an envelope of any size. (I embellished these by printing a label on the front of them first. You can use my design if you want; these PDFs are set up according to how my printer feeds envelopes through. If yours is different, you might need to experiment. Download the label for a small A2 envelope or a larger 6×9 envelope.) 1. 2. 3. 4.

25 Ways Of How To Use Pallets In Your Garden. Benches, flower pots, tables, small vertical gardens and even canopies covered with plants. All of them can decorate your garden immediately if you know how to make a simple pallet work. After we’ve shown you how to recycle wooden pallets, we thought it would be a great idea to see a bunch of decorative ideas that can beautify your garden. Moreover, they are easy to assemble and prove to be very functional for your future activities! First of all, what you need to do is to find a pallet. Many supermarkets put them in dumpsters before sending to a recycling center, and you can try to get them for free. Once you’ve dragged your pallet home, give it a once over. Nail down any loose boards, and use sand paper to smooth down any rough spots. A wood frame and a lot of pillows – cozy and comfortable! Natural wood or Mediterranean touch?

Flowers couldn’t have been planted in a better place. :) The chew. Spring is here and it’s time to give those green thumbs a workout. Michael took a look at a number of gardening gadgets. Check them out. Garden Pallet This pallet is great to have and simple to make. To make this fantastic pallet garden that’s so easy, even a gardening newbie can do it. This will protect your plants from weeds and it also will ensure that the roots stay inside the pallet, making it easy to move if you need to. What You Need: -You’ll need a wooden pallet (you can order it online, or ask your local big box store if they have any that you could take off their hands)-Drainage Cloth-Staple Gun How to Make It: 1. 2.

Wearable Gardening Stool The “wearable gardening stool” by Clean Air Gardening is stylish and efficient. The Urbio Now, if you’re short on space, but still want to try your hand at gardening, this is just the thing. Click and Grow. Pallet Projects... 20 Creative Ways to Upcycle Pallets in your Garden | Inspiring Pallet Gardening Ideas Recently I upcycled a pallet and large square wooden crate lying around a local landscaping yard into a mini garden shed for $7. I was so pleased with the result it made me consider other ways to reuse materials for my garden needs. With more of us conscious of repurposing rather than impacting on landfill with unnecessary waste, I thought I’d share these DIY creative ideas to upcycle free wood pallets.

You may be amazed at the possibilities! Cheryl has turned this hardwood pallet into a stunning vertical garden – perfect for a narrow balcony or limited space. “Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.” – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upcycling I’m sure this pallet planter project could become addictive! Britney created a stunning planter by stapling landscaping fabric onto the back of this pallet, filling with soil and her favourite plants. Frisbie Bird Feeder. Proceedure Start by drawing a 3" circle in the center of the saucer you choose for the top Cut out the 3" circle and remove the piece drill a 1/16" pilot hole in the center of the bottom of the sauce and the mayo jar drill the same pilot hole in the center of the dowel and the jar cover Cut 4 hole 3/4" diameter in the side of the jar at the very bottom as shown in attached drawing that also shows how the pieces are assembled With the #8 screw attach the bottom saucer to the bottom of the mayo jar apply a bead of hot glue completely around the joint of the jar and saucer Set the top saucer over the top of the mayo jar and hot glue the 2 together as shown in the drawing Screw the coffee mug hook through the top of the jar cover and into the center of the dowel and tighten Fill the jar with bird seed, screw the jar cover on the mayo jar, hang the feeder and watch the birds Craft submited by Leland Young of www.stufftocraft.com.

Can the Clutter|Clever Organizers: Hanging Candle Holders. You will need: Old baby food jars, cleaned Copper electrical wiring Craft knife Spray paint or paint for glass (Perm-Enamels by Delta, or Glossies by Liquitex) Needlenose pliers Tea candle Leftover copper electrical wiring was used for the candleholder at the by removing the plastic sheath and taking just the wires out.

You can do this by cutting down the length of the wire with a craft knife and peeling back the plastic. This isn't easy and should be done carefully by an adult. 1. Paint your jar. A thin coat of spray paint on the outside works well, less streaking shows when the candle is lit. If you are using thin wire, cut about 4 - 6 wires the same length (about 1 - 2 ft., depending on the size of your jar and how elaborate a design you want). 3. 4. This was made using much thicker copper wire purchased at the hardware store for about 14 cents a foot. Contributed by Marci. Recycled champagne cork St. Patrick’s Day earrings tutorial. I’ve done lots of crafts with regular wine corks and even included some Champagne corks in my designs. Recently I thought why not create some really green earrings from these mushroom shaped corks? There was a cross design on the corks I had but you can easily make these with any champagne corks if you follow this easy tutorial.

Great for parties and definitely a conversation starter! You will need: Champagne corks Craft knife or X-acto knife Drill with small bit Small awl or nail Small paintbrush Green acrylic paint 2 inch head pins Fish hook ear wires Jump rings Green E size seed beads Needle nosed, and round nosed pliers Fine sand paper Heavy corrugated cardboard to protect your work surface Optional green sequins and sequin pins 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Note: Come back to visit Make it easy crafts for more easy Champagne cork earring tutorials with other seasonal designs soon. How To Make A Bow Out Of Recycled Magazines. Guest post by Jennifer Young of I Art U blog. These easy-to-make bows will be gracing a few of my presents this year. I’ve found a lot of inspiration in magazines lately.

This one is from Whole Living. Scroll all the way down for the written step by step instructions and materials or learn how to make your own from the photo step by step… Making a Bow (found in Whole Living) What you’ll need: Magazine pages or any other paper material you want to use (you’ll need one page per bow); Scissors or a paper cutter; Double-sided tape; A ruler; A pencil Step by Step Instructions: 1. 2. 3. 4. Tin Cans into Functional Furnishings|recycle Old.

Tin cans are the subjects of many arts & crafts projects, frequently reused as the bodies of little tin robot soldiers or other kitschy knickknacks. This designer has taken the same classic object but added a useful and more minimalist twist – a set of simple plastic lids that make an old tin can able to serve a new function. From tea, coffee, sugar and other kitchen storage containers to soap dispensers and pen holders, these designs by Jack Bresnahan bring out the remarkable elegance of what one might previously consider a purely functional form. Not to wax too ecstatic about a simple cylinder, but somehow the silver shine and ribbed sides of the tin cans take on a new luster in the presence of these purposeful white tops. Cardboard Tube Party Poppers. You will need: TP tubes Tissue paper Wrapping paper Scissors Tape Ribbon Small trinkets, candy, notes etc.... Cut tissue paper large enough to go around roll and hang over edges about 2 in. Cut wrapping paper in the same manner, but only let hang over about 1 1/2 in to 1 3/4 in.

Next, cut TP roll in half. Place two halves of roll back together as if you hadn't cut them. Wrap tissue paper around tube and tape. Do the same with the wrapping paper, centering in the middle of the tissue paper. Take lengths of ribbon and GENTLY tie around ends of paper. To open popper the recipient needs only to hold the ends and "pop" open!!!!! Contributed by Tracey, Darling89@aol.com. Cottage Twice Remembered - A Cottage Transformation Journey The. "Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air"~ Ralph Waldo Emerson I appreciate everyone's well wishes in my last post...I'm happy to say that I can finally *breathe* again! Thanks to my good old doctor and the meds he prescribed, my sinus infection is clearing up and my cough has just about fizzled out.

I'm looking forward to finally getting back into some kind of routine this week! I knew having that many magnets on my fridge would create about 400 pieces of additional artwork, memos, receipts, and photos - yikes! I wanted to follow up with some details on the last project I talked about - the DIY magnetic scrabble board project. It doesn't have to be a board for scrabble tiles at all, though. Basically, what you'll need for this project is a piece of sheet metal {I got mine from Lowes at around $7 for a 24"X36" piece}, a piece of thin plywood, trim, and Liquid Nail.

Here is that pretty trim I mentioned in my last post. And, now, imaginations on, everybody! Again - *sigh*. Christmas Stars|Recycled PET Bottle. Once upon a time, bottle bases were recycled to make glass tiles. Today, we can recycle the bottoms of plastic water, juice or olive oil bottles into twinkling stars with a snip of the scissors. These transparent decorations reflect light from every direction and make eye-catching beaded garlands or hanging decorations suspended from a bit of wire. For a set of five stars and three snowflakes, set aside eight plastic bottles.

They can be colored or clear. Slice off the bottom end of each bottle using a serrated knife. Then, use scissors to trim off the curved sides so you are left with only the very bottom of the bottle (either oval or round). To make a star, cut out triangle-shaped shapes from the sides. For a hanging ornament, cut out two identical stars and hang them back to back. For a garland, start with a long piece of string (at least 1.5 m). Recycled Christmas Tree, how to make recycled Christmas ornaments. All the decorations on our tree are made from things you would usually throw away. For example, the garland is made from plastic packing "peanuts" strung together on thread. We've cut out the pictures from old greeting cards, punched a small hole in the top, and added a ribbon. We've also made ornaments from pine cones and sweet gum seed balls. Even the tree itself was destined for the trash heap before a co-worker donated it for our use.

Use your imagination and see what ornaments you can make from things you would normally throw away. Each year, 25 million extra tons of trash is generated between Thanksgiving and New Years in the U.S. Recycling Homepage. Christmas ornament with popsicle sticks, an easy project for kids! How To Unravel A Sweater To Recycle Yarn. Crochet Patterns|Recycled Materials. Festive Stars made from Recycled Drinks Cans. Glass Ball Ornaments: Recycled Donnamarie Walker. Make a snowman out of old plastic pop bottles, an easy project for kids! How-Tuesday: Light Bulb Terrariums.

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