DIY

Upcycled Tin

Got Altoids? Don’t throw away that tin! Recycle it or better yet, UP-cycle it! For this project, you will need:

-gift tissue paper
-pencil
-scissors
-modpodge
-acrylic sealer
-stickers

Turn your Altoids tin upside down and use it to trace an outline on the tissue paper. Cut the tissue paper accordingly.

Apply a thin layer of modpodge to the top of the Altoids tin and carefully apply the tissue paper. Be slow and careful so that you don’t make bubbles. Then, add another layer of modpdoge to the top of the tissue paper that has been adhered to the lid. Let dry.

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Apply a sticker of your choice to the top of the dried modpodged tissue paper. You might have to apply a little of the modpodge to the back of the sticker so that it adheres. Then, apply another layer of modpodge on top of that.

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Let dry and voila! A pretty tin to give as a gift or use as a storage box for yourself.

A fun and easy upcycle craft! 

What is upcycling? Here is a great post by Dishfunctional Designs:

What does upcycled mean? Recycling and upcycling explained by dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com.

Today I am grateful for our planet.

Sewing

1st birthday banner

Here is an idea on how to use leftover scraps of material to make a cute banner. This banner was used for a 1st birthday. It was tied around the birthday boy’s highchair.

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Look! How cute! My daughter did the writing.

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And ooh, yummy… Look at them cupcakes…(check out the cupcakes in this post.)

Back to the subject, want to know how to make this simple and adorable birthday banner using material that you might already have in your craft box? Check out the tutorial here.

Let your creativity flow.

Sewing

Maxi dress using a tank top pattern

I bought a bunch of patterns for some summer sewing. Since I’m not a good follower of directions, I seemed to have overlooked that this pattern is for knit fabrics… oops. But I’m a rulebreaker. So I used a crepe de chine fabric that I bought and I upcycled the lace from a shirt that I had in my pile of clothes that I no longer wear. It was just enough for the top part of this dress. I also extended the pattern so instead of being a tank top, I hacked it into a maxi dress.

It’s a good idea to follow the pattern directions for what fabric to use, etc. but sometimes you just got to be creative, break the rules and come up with your own style. Be a rule breaker…

Today I am grateful for sewing and creativity.