Posts tagged ‘repurpose project’

September 30, 2013

balloon wreath

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A birthday celebration declaration!

  •  styrofoam wreath from craft store or lid from cooler…

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  • balloons (Dollar Tree), straight sewing pins, ribbon (shown: iridescent)

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  • pin balloons all over the wreath, tucking & adding where needed
  • repeat filling in gaps after setting wreath in upright position

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  • curl the ribbon & pin in place around the wreath

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“The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, & lie about your age.”  ~ Johnny Carson

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June 14, 2013

chevron runner

Take Dad’s worn out dress shirts & create a spiffy table runner!

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  • cut a long piece of material to fit table size (shown:  6′ x 14″ thrift shop teal corduroy)
  • cut the shirt fabric into parallelograms (the shape needs to be exact, but vary the orientation of the shirt material stripe or plaid)
  • make parallelograms the same width per zig zag across (4 parallelograms per zig zag in featured runner)

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  • place long material right side down
  • cut equal size fusible webbing & put on top of wrong side
  • place fabrics in chevron style
  • for a change in texture, add a solid corduroy (or linen, velvet, etc.) piece here & there

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Once the pattern is in place start ironing everything down.  The pieces will need to be adjusted here & there, so pay attention!  Since rectangles of corduroy were used in the sample, extra fusible webbing was cut & ironed on as needed.  Last, trim the edges with a straight edge & rotary cutter.

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May 29, 2013

summer stripes

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Step 1:  rescue boring, sad, lonely, $1 oak frame from thrift store

Step 2:  paint it with Martha Stewart’s Multi-Surface High Gloss “POND” 32087

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Step 3:  choose a stripe plan & tape off (my plan = random).  It might look like a hot mess…

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Step 4:  paint selected stripes “SURF” 32088

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Step 5:  remove tape & touch-up

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“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.”  ~ James Dent

April 16, 2012

message wreath

A little welcome greeting…

$3 thrift shop frame, originally stained wood color.  Below, primed with Gliddon’s Gripper:

Next, two coats of Behr’s glossy Cottage White, followed by distressing on some edges.

Thanks to hubbie for cutting 2 1/2 inch chalkboard squares (material left-over from previous projects).  Originally, 5 squares were planned to be used…but they took more space than predicted…  so much for “hello”…

Less is more, right?  Loose leaf rings hold the squares in a dangly row:

A narrow ribbon secures the message within the frame.

Maybe we’ll go with “BOO” in October…”love” in February…or use text lingo any time of year…

April 11, 2012

cute caddy

Repurpose a cardboard bottle holder into an art caddy!

Start by reinforcing the bottom with a piece of cardboard.

Next, decide on materials ~ duct tape was fun, easy, & sticky.  Use tape stripes (hint: finish bottom first) for a variety of pattern choices…

Or, make a scene:

Other options include decoupage with scrapbook paper or candy wrappers, painting, or any combination.

 

March 28, 2012

prairie skirt

A cute doll clothes project putting left-over fabrics to work.  One young crafters & seamstresses can handle as well.

  • select 3 fabrics
  • cut one 17″ x 4 1/2, one 22″ x 4″, one 25″ x 4″ (adjust lengths depending on doll size or desired skirt fullness)

  • on top-tier skirt piece, make a tunnel for a 1/2″ elastic waistband
  • sew gathering stitch on upper edges of pieces 2 & 3

  • sew piece 2 to 1, then piece 3 to 2

  • thread 10″ piece of 1/2″ wide elastic through tunnel – sew in place on each side
  • check length of skirt & finish bottom edge with zig-zag hem (ignore the fact that this step was done earlier in shown pics…hindsight is 20/20!)
  • sew length of skirt together – right sides together!
  • add ribbon or button

To make coordinating headband:

  • cut one 2″ wide x 12″ long piece of each fabric
  • stack & sew them all together on one end
  • braid fabrics – measure against doll’s head to know when to stop
  • sew braided end together
  • attach small piece of elastic
  • cut 3″ x 4″ piece of one fabric, sew long side together to make tube – slip onto head band
  • sew remaining elastic end on other side of braid
  • slide tube over elastic & sew into place on each end, tucking in ends to finish edges
March 16, 2012

kid mailbox

Rescue an ugly wooden crafty item:

& transform it into a sweet project:

  • remove front decoration
  • prime box, paint – off white glossy shown

  • spray paint metal decoration – flat black shown
  • let everything dry for a day
  • re-attach black decoration
  • place “address” (birthday) numbers – Hobby Lobby self-adhesive, approx. 1″, .99 cents/each

got mail?

February 8, 2012

tweet tray

Say “tweet tray” 5x fast.

Being a huge fan of trays, it is hard to pass one up at the thrift shop ($1).  The perfect specimen for decoupage.

UGH!  That is one of the few ugly flowers on earth.  Rescue supplies:  glue + water, scrapbook paper, exacto knife, styrofoam bowl & foam brush

Cut & piece the paper to fit, spread glue evenly on tray & paper, top coat 3x with glue + water or store bought decoupage.

Tray in ACTION…before:

after…

ahhhh…

“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”   ~Albert Einstein

January 4, 2012

ribbon runner

A $15 table runner using thrift store fabric finds & 50% off Hobby Lobby ribbon:

A charcoal grey background makes the ribbon colors pop, & the variety of sparkle, ric-rac, ribbon combos create interest.  Supplies:

  • fabric for 13 1/2″ wide x 6 1/2 foot long finished runner
  • eleven different, coordinating ribbons
  • 1/2″ wide iron-on adhesive
  • pins

The fabric was pieced together to make the length.  Seams were hidden by ribbon on the top surface.

 

  1. cut ribbon into 15 1/2″ strips & figure out placement
  2. use iron-on adhesive to secure placement, top-stitch
  3. once the top & back are finished, sew right sides together on both long sides & one end
  4. turn right side out, tuck ends inside & top-stitch all around

The best part, besides the completed project, is picking out the ribbon!  Have fun!

 

“Don’t think.  Thinking is the enemy of creativity.  It’s self-conscious, & anything self-conscious is lousy.  You can’t try to do things.  You simply must do things.”  ~ Ray Bradbury

December 29, 2011

java dude

What percentage of crafty goodies do not apply to guys?…  95%??  Hubbie might counter with 99%.  The following are coffee sleeve attempts for dudes:

good morning!  &  cheers!

Using the same directions as java hugger 2 post (http://edit423.com/2011/12/22/java-hugger-2/) with a few tweeks. 

Greens & blues, no glitter or frill.

Squared off letters & repurposed shirt fabric for backing.

Take your pick between a cross-stitch or blanket stitch to finish the sleeve.

 

Goods with function & purpose! 

“And I believe that the best learning process of any kind of craft is just to look at the work of others.”  ~ Wole Soyinka 
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