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This awesome 18 Days Series project for D.I.Y. Origami Box Ornaments comes to us from Samantha Miller of Paper Red Shoes. I love the idea of hanging these for display (like she’s done in the photo at the end of this post). D.I.Y. Origami Box Ornaments by Samantha Miller D.I.Y. Origami Box Ornaments by Samantha Miller

Paper Lantern Ornaments

Want a cute, simple decoration that you can make in minutes? These paper lanterns are perfect for the upcoming holiday season or as an everyday decoration! What a great way to add color to a room or to your holiday table :) Make a bunch and string them together as a garland, or put a bunch in a bowl, or in a hurricane glass in a bathroom or guestroom. You could also mail them (flat, before unfolding them ;)) to a friend as a fun "Merry Christmas" gift with quick instructions on how to unfold them. I decided to use holiday paper, but was thinking these would also be fun as everyday decorations with leftover scraps of scrapbooking paper or found/vintage paper. Paper Lantern Ornaments
In gift wrap emergencies when you've got the present but need some wrapping, here's an idea for turning a magazine page into a bow. There may be better ways to stick this thing together, but I used what I had on hand: staples and adhesive glue dots. Double stick tape or brads should work, too. Cut a magazine page lengthwise into 9 strips, 3/4" wide. Leave 3 of the strips full length.

gift bow from a magazine page

gift bow from a magazine page
origami paper wreath origami paper wreath Here is a fun way to make use of leftover paper, gift wrap scraps or this year’s old calendar pages, while also getting into the holiday spirit – make an origami paper wreath! With just a few folds it’s really simple and fun. Surprisingly sturdy, these wreath decorations are lovely to hang on doors and windows, and miniature versions are great on top of gift packages or hung on the tree. Try using holiday colors for homemade holiday decorations. –Fabra PS colors: gravel & chocolate Latest fave: Teflon bone folder Materials needed: Any Paper – try your favorite Gift Wrap Double Stick TapeBone Folder (optional)Satin Ribbon (optional)1/8″ Hole Punch (optional)
I’m taking the downtime after the holidays to start thinking about next year’s holiday. Seriously. I hope that if I put a little pre-planning in now I’ll have a smooth sailing Christmas next year. BROWN PAPER PACKAGES at make something BROWN PAPER PACKAGES at make something
Kitty Hat from old sweater October 5th, 2012 Email 55 users recommend Some simple sewing and embellishing can turn a recycled sweater into this supercute hat! Pete Bejarano Kitty Hat from old sweater
How to Make Necktie Valentines - CraftStylish How to Make Necktie Valentines - CraftStylish February 12th, 2013 45 users recommend Two neckties and 10 minutes are all you need to make this cute heart, which makes a perfect V-Day pin. Diane Gilleland Necktie hearts are also perfect embellishments for handmade cards. These little hearts are practically begging to be appliquéd, too.
Shirt Cuff Wallet Shirt Cuff Wallet Just wanted to share the upcycled wallet I made earlier this week. I was using some of the fabric from an old button-down shirt for other projects, and the odds and ends (cuffs, collar, buttons) always tend to be the hardest bits of clothing to recycle. I had been wanting a wallet upgrade - just a simple, good-looking outer shell with a cash pocket, to hold a photo sleeve / card holder I already had.
TEN minutes to make this…no kidding. All you need is a pillowcase, about 2 yards of ribbon and your sewing machine. Step 1: Lay out your pillowcase. Fold up the bottom edge 8″. Top stitch along the folded edge at 1/4″. (The stitched edge will become the top edge of the pockets.) pillowcase apron pillowcase apron
Recycling Neckties Every time I go to the thrift store, I can't help but walk down the aisles full of neckties and think about all of the possibilities for transforming them into something new. I always love the graphic patterns on things like this, which really is how I got started with Junk Mail Gems in the first place...I couldn't bear to toss out another menswear catalog full of pictures of ties with the coolest patterns. From there my magnets were born, and the rest is history! I was just out shopping on one of my favorite shopping sites, Uncommon Goods, and came across these cool wallets and necklaces designed by Laura Skelton of Prix-Prix: Then I found this great Etsy shop called "Tie One On Designs," that sells recycled necktie purses, skirts, cell phone cases, and more: Recycling Neckties