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How to make an accordion fold envelope book. Recycle paint chips into tree art. D.I.Y. Origami Box Ornaments by Samantha Miller. This awesome 18 Days Series project for D.I.Y.

D.I.Y. Origami Box Ornaments by Samantha Miller

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). Paper Lantern Ornaments. Want a cute, simple decoration that you can make in minutes?

Paper Lantern Ornaments

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. What you'll need: - Paper - enough to cut 15 strips - ½"x4" (7.5"x4") - 2 small brads - Ruler, 1/16" hole punch or pushpin to poke holes, exacto blade or rotary cutter and a cutting mat 1. 2. 3.

(Back) 4. 5. 6. Gift bow from a magazine page. 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.

gift bow from a magazine page

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. Cut one inch off 3 of the strips. 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!

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. BROWN PAPER PACKAGES at make something. I’m taking the downtime after the holidays to start thinking about next year’s holiday.

Seriously. Kitty Hat from old sweater. October 5th, 2012 Email 56 users recommend.

Kitty Hat from old sweater

How to Make Necktie Valentines - CraftStylish. Shirt Cuff Wallet. Just wanted to share the upcycled wallet I made earlier this week.

Shirt Cuff Wallet

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. It turned out that these particular shirt cuffs were the perfect width for the holder. I loved this plaid fabric and was totally tickled that the size worked out. I cut the cuff off above the hem, leaving it intact so I'd be able to use the button and buttonhole to close the wallet. Pillowcase apron. TEN minutes to make this…no kidding.

pillowcase apron

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.) Step 2: Turn the pillowcase over and fold the bottom up another 8″. Step 3: Pin the layers together and top stitch around the sides and bottom edges. Step 4: Lay about 60″ of 1″ wide ribbon across the top edge of the apron centering it on the length of the ribbon. Step 5: Tie it on, use it, put stuff in the pockets, look cute…you know the drill. :) 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.

Recycling Neckties

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: