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Sewing 101: recycled paper basket

Sewing 101: recycled paper basket
Thanks to a few recent online purchases, I had an enormous pile of long brown packing paper strips in my studio. I couldn’t bear to just recycle it; it seemed to have so much crafty potential. So tasked with the challenge of creating a project to help get organized for the new year, I decided to turn that pile of paper into a woven basket. Read the full how-to after the jump! Materials long lengths of paper (I used packing paper, but wallpaper scraps or gift wrap would work great, too.)sewing machineglue or hot gluepaperclips Instructions 1. Starting with a large piece of paper (mine was 30″ wide), begin folding the strips. Next, sew along one edge of the strip, about 1/8″ or so from the folded edge. Then repeat along the other edge of the strip. 2. Weave the strips together so they create a large cross shape. It helps to secure the overlapping strips around the perimeter so that things won’t slip around too much while you’re working. Next, measure the width of one side of the cross. 3. Related:  Papier emballages cartonTrucs et astuces

How to make gift bags from newspaper When I bought something at a store recently, the clerk handed me my purchase in a bag made from a newspaper. I liked it very much and had to make some more—thus today's DIY recycled newspaper project: gift bags made from the Wall Street Journal. You can vary the dimensions, of course, but here's what I used to create a bag that's 5" tall, 4.5" wide, and 3" deep. Stack two sheets of newspaper on top of each other. This will be a two-ply bag for extra sturdiness. Cut out a rectangle that's 15.5" wide and 8.25" tall. Fold a flap 1.25" down from the top. Cut two pieces of cardstock or chipboard to 4.25" x 1", then glue them on the widest two panels just under the top fold. Put glue on the outside of the 0.5" tab and bring the left-most panel over to form the body of the bag, aligning the cut edge of the panel with the folded edge of the flap. Upend the bag so the 2" flap is now up. Put glue on both flaps and fold them inward to form the bottom of the bag.

Cross-Stitch iPhone Cases I freely admit to being one of those people who stands on the street corner with my iPhone, checking emails, looking for the closest Chinese restaurant, and calling my mom... all at the same time. But as a crafter and general lover of all things homey and handmade, I’ve longed to somehow make this sleek plastic piece of technology fit into my aesthetic worldview a little better. So, when the Leese Design Cross Stitch iPhone Case arrived at Purl Soho I could feel my crafty fingers just itching to give it a try. I couldn’t decide if I wanted a modern, punchy and fun design, like the iPhone's , or if I'd prefer an ironic twist, juxtaposing four year-old technology with centuries-old craft. So, I made two! The Bird in a Tree version of the iPhone case, features a pattern from Caroline Vincent’s Sampler Workbook: Motifs & Patterns, an expansive collection of cross-stitch themes from the 17th through 19th centuries. For the striped design, I turned to the classic 6-ply DMC embroidery floss.

DIY Satsuma Candle A friend of mine DIYed her own candles, made from the peels of Satsuma oranges, for a recent dinner party. I was so excited by this simple yet clever idea, I had to share the tutorial on HonestlyWTF. My only regret is not discovering this sooner when Satsumas were at their absolute peak in December. Hopefully, you’ll still be able to snatch up a few at your local grocery store or farmer’s market and impress your guests at your next dinner party! The stem side of the Satsuma will be the bottom and base of the candle. Lightly score a ring around the top 1/3 portion of the orange. Because Satsumas are known for their loosely attached peels, the orange should easily be removed. Once the flesh of the orange is taken out, the pith connecting the outer stem should remain. Pour a few glugs of olive oil into the orange, leaving just the very tip of the pith exposed. Depending on the length of the pith, the candle should burn for at least a couple of hours. (all images via HonestlyWTF)

11 fruits et légumes que vous ne devriez acheter qu’une seule fois, si vous connaissez ces Si vous pensez que faire pousser vos propres légumes, c’est compliqué et que ça demande d’avoir un jardin, voici quelques trucs et astuces qui pourraient bien changer votre perception du jardinage. Et peu importe que vous vivez en ville, dans un petit T1 sans balcon, ou que vous ayez une ferme avec 200 hectares de terres : n’importe qui peut le faire chez soi et très facilement ! Faire pousser de la salade, des carottes, même un ananas (!), ce n’est pas aussi compliqué que vous ne le pensez : il suffit de manger vos légumes comme vous le faites d’habitude, d’utiliser les restes pour les recycler… pour en faire pousser d’autres ! Du coup, plus besoin d’acheter une nouvelle fois ces aliments, ni même de vous en occuper constamment. Pas besoin d’être un pro du jardinage, il faut juste suivre ces quelques étapes et prendre en compte certains facteurs pour que ça marche. Après avoir acheté un ananas, en général, on retire la peau et les feuilles, puis on le mange. @Top 2. 3. 4.

DIY Faux Curled Rosewood Wreath {Made From Rolled Recycled Book Pages} I have seen various versions of Faux Rosewood Wreaths in just about every store and catalog for the upcoming season; most with a price tag running upwards of $40 or more. Some are crafted of paper and other of real wood shavings. Last year I made a few rolled flower gift toppers from recycled book pages and they remind me so much of the curled wood roses I thought they would make a good substitute. {with a much lower price tag} Materials Needed:Foam Wreath FormRecycled Book PagesLots of Hot GlueRibbon to Hang The full step by step tutorial I posted last year can be found {here}.Basically you layer three book pages together and draw a spiral circle. Starting with the outside of the spiral, roll the paper inward to create the flower shape. Give the wreath form a light coat of white {or light color} spray paint to help camouflage any see-through spaces. It seriously takes quite a few roses to fill the entire wreath, however I think the finished project has such a unique look. {Simply Lovely}

Plant an Easter Garden This amazing idea is from Melissa Holt. Plant an Easter Garden! Start this planting project at least 10 days before Easter, so this year 2012 no later than March 29th- great Spring Break project for kids! Take a flat terracotta pot base and fill it with potting soil until you have a small mound. Nudge a small terracotta flower pot under the high part of the mound so just the mouth shows to act as the tomb. Put some small pebbles in front of the mouth of the small flower pot as shown, then add one large rock to the right side so you can still see the mouth of the pot. Make three small crosses with natural twigs and jute or wire. Sprinkle semi shade or full shade grass seed over the top of the potting soil (which do better in a tabletop garden), following planting directions from the package. Would be a wonderful natural centerpiece for Easter brunch or dinner and a beautiful explanation of the empty tomb and meaning of Easter.

Felt Slippers Homemade slippers of thick wool felt make a heartwarming (and foot-warming) gift. Felt is the ideal fabric to work with, since it won't unravel when cut. Felt Slippers How-To1. 2. 3. Faire la paix avec ses cheveux ! | paroledesorciere L’automne est là ! Les feuilles des arbres commencent à changer de couleur et se détachent doucement… et nos cheveux se mettent à tomber !!! Cette période de dépouillement capillaire peut faire peur mais elle est normale… on pert environ 20 à 40% de cheveux en plus par rapport aux autres saisons ! Et oui ! Nous perdons en moyenne 45 à 60 cheveux par jour tous les jours de l’année… En fait, nous ne les perdons pas vraiment puisque chaque cheveux morts qui se détachent, sera remplacé par un cheveux tout neuf . La faute au soleil de l’été, à la chaleur, au vent, au sel de vos baignades estivales, à la mal-bouffe, aux manques de soins, aux shampooing agressifs et trop fréquents, au calcaire de l’eau, au stress de la rentrée toussa toussa… Les cheveux assoiffés et dé-nourris finissent par mourir et se détachent pour laisser la place à des cheveux en pleine santé. L’Huile de Ricin Une incontournable des soins capillaires ! L’Huile de Nigelle HE de Cèdre de l’Atlas HE de Bay Saint Thomas ..¸ ¸. ☆ .。

Corbeille en papier enroulé Les magazines peuvent être recyclés en corbeilles de papier enroulé. L’effet rappelle les fibres de bois concentriques ou encore le bois tourné. Avec un magazine et 1/2 litre de colle de riz, on peut fabriquer un vide-poches, une coupelle ou un pot à crayons. Il faut un magazine pour faire une coupe à fruits. Avec un pinceau, appliquer une première couche de colle sur une bande de papier. Refaire une bande de papier et l’enrouler autour du petit rondin de papier ; le cercle va peu à peu grossir. On peut varier les formes des corbeilles en enroulant la première bande de papier autour d’un morceau de carton rectangulaire.

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