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Up cycled 2 tier plate server

So I had a very elegant 2 tier plate server. It had 2 clear crystal glass plates. And I served sandwiches and desserts on it when I had tea parties. Ok, more like parties with tea. Ok, more like parties with iced tea. Ok, more like parties …. Oh, you get the gist.

So elegant. But after years of use and love, it broke. Story of my life. But it has a happy ending. I upcycled it by replacing the broken plates with these beautiful hand made plates by my children.

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I love it! I love that they are plates made by my children and I love that I can serve desserts on it. They’re quirky. And I like that.

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30 minute project: Scrabble LOVE Tiles

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What a great way to upcycle those “extra” scrabble tiles. Make some Scrabble Love Tiles!

I had some extra scrabble tiles from a leftover project. I found some old thumbprints of photos. You know, the kind you get from Target, Walmart or Costco when you order photos. They fit perfectly on the scrabble tiles!

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For this project,  you will need:

-Scrabble tiles
-thumbprint photos
-modpodge
-acrylic sealer (optional)
-scissors or square paper cutter
-decorative stickers or paper
-nail file

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Since the thumbprint photos didn’t completely cover the scrabble tile,

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I used a sticker as the base. Luckily, I had a square hole puncher that was almost the same size as the scrabble tile. But if you don’t, scissors and a steady hand work just as well. I placed the sticker on the scrabble tile and used modpodge to glue the picture on top. Then I used a nail file to file the sides down since the sticker went a little over.

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I did the same for the scrabble tiles without photos.

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Then I used a brush to brush modpodge over the whole tile after I had placed the sticker and/or photo on it. I placed it on wax paper for easier removal after drying. It doesn’t stick onto the wax paper as much.

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I let it dry for about 20 minutes, then I sprayed acrylic sealer to give it a glossy finish. This is optional. Sometimes, the modpodge is good enough.

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I haven’t figured out what I want to do with these yet. Some people use it as a pendant. Or it can be displayed on a scrabble holder.

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These scrabble tiles are fun to make and make cute little gifts.

“There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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30 minute project: Valentine coupon book

Josh loves his big sister very much. There is a 13 year age difference so she’s almost like a second mother to him. She’s away at college right now. She comes home often but when she is gone, Josh misses her so much. When she is here, they do fun things together like play games, watch movies, and go to the mall.

For Valentines day, Josh made a special valentine’s coupon book for her. Okay, I made it and he wrote what each coupon was good for based on what activities that they already enjoy doing together.

For this project, you will need:

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  1. Hard cardstock paper for the front and back cover
  2. Construction or scrapbook paper for the coupons
  3. Valentines day stickers
  4. Paper cutter or X-acto knife
  5. Rubber cement or padding compound.

First, I cut the hard cardstock and the scrapbook paper for the coupons so that they were all exactly the same size.

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I made the cover of my coupon book using Valentines day stickers. I also used Valentines day stickers for the coupons.

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I wrote “This coupon is good for:” and had Josh write the rest based on activities that they already enjoy together.

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I used rubber cement to seal the sides together. You can also use padding compound.

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Let dry overnight using a clip to hold it together.

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Sabrina is going to love this Valentines day gift from her brother!!!

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
― William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well