Framed Chicken Wire

I have been having so much fun with old wooden frames! Recycle an old frame into a fun message board, by backing it with chicken wire!

Materials:

  • Wooden frame
  • Chicken wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Tape measure or yard stick
  • Small nails with heads and small hammer
  • Optional hook for hanging, ribbon, small clothespins, ribbon and or rag flowers

Directions:

I went to a local feed store for the chicken wire, it’s 36″ long and sold by the foot ($1.20 a foot)!

I found my wooden frame at the flea market, removed old nails, sanded and painted it!  Once your frame is ready, measure the inside of the frame, and cut the chicken wire with wire cutters to your frame size.

Depending on where you cut on the chicken wire pattern you may need to cut off or bend back sharp point of the wire.  For this reason I would cut the wire just a bit larger, lay the wire in the frame, then cut or bend the wire to fit!

Once you have the perfect size, lay the wire in the frame and nail into place.  I found nails with a small head worked the best for me.

This picture shows where I had to bend the wire for a good fit and makes it easier for nailing in place.

Done!! Now it’s time to have some fun…ribbon and flowers!

Simply weave ribbon around and through the wire.

I added 3 flowers!

Found small wooden clothespins, glued buttons on some!

Super fun and unique message board! Hope you are inspired to make one!!

 

Magazine Beads

Stop… do not throw away that magazine, recycle and make beads.  Yes these beads are just strips of magazine pages rolled into a bead.  Grab some glue and lets make these easy beads.  This is a great project for older children!

Materials:

  • Magazine
  • Tacky Glue
  • Scissors
  • Double stick tape squares
  • Plastic cocktail straws
  • Wax paper
  • Long wooden skewer
  • Clear varnish sealer gloss or satin and paint brush
  • Optional for necklace: jump rings, seed beads, eye pins, needle pliers

Directions:

Pull out pages that you want to use from the magazine, I like finding colorful pages.  Cut pages into long triangles, the fatter end will determine the length of the bead, the longer you cut the triangle, the fatter the bead will be.

Lets make a bead(s), place the side you want seen down and place a double stick square about a 1/4″ from the top (the larger end).  Place a small plastic straw on the top and start to roll, you want the tape to stick and hold the paper not on the straw,  this makes it so easy to slide the finished bead off.

I outlined the tape, see how it is not all the way at the top.  I have found this step makes it faster and easier to make the bead, if you do not have double stick tape, glue will work but you need to keep the bead moving around the straw or it will not slide off.

Now add a line of Tacky Glue and keep rolling to the end.

There will be glue that comes out the sides, with your fingers rub the glue over the bead and slide of straw to dry.

You can make this beads in any size.

Lay the bead(s) on wax paper to dry (do not let them touch each other).  When they are dry I like to paint a coat of gloss varnish sealer.   Slide the beads on to long wooden skewers, paint a coat of sealer, and use a jar to balance the skewer on top to let the dry.

You do not want the sealer to get on the skewer, it will make it hard to get the beads off.  When dry slide off.

Now what to do with all the beads….lets make a necklace.

I’m using eye pins, but you could use wire and roll each end to hold the jump rings.  I start with a small seed bead, then a larger bead, the magazine bead, larger bead, and end with seed bead on eye pin.  With needle nose pliers round the end to make a closed circle.

 

 

When all beads are on the eye pins, open and attach a jump to the ends, keep going until you have the length you want.  I made two strands, one with 24 beads and the other with 22.

This necklace cost under $5 and I love the colorful look.

A quicker way to put together this necklace is to string the beads on leather cord or hemp!  Tie a knot to hold magazine bead in place and maybe add some small glass beads or wooden beads, tie the ends together and you a have a one of a kind necklace.  This project is great for older children, they can make them for all their friends!

Snowflake Candle Holder

Every year I love having my holiday candle exchange party just with the girls!  Instead of an ornaments, I came up with exchanging  holiday candle or holder, so everyone goes home with a beautiful candle (and I always make a party favor).  It so much fun, but the twist is…it can not cost more than $8.00!!  So everyone gets very creative, they want to hear the biggest WOW…and I wanted that one!  Ok enough about the party..so this my candle holder idea that one of my friend will get!  With a sheet of white tissue, scissors, Mod Podge, a brush and glass vase or recycle a jar, done!!

Materials:

  • Any glass vase or jar or recycle a glass jar
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • White tissue paper 1 sheet
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush
  • Old paint brush
  • Candle
  • Optional: DecoArt Twinlkes glitter paint in Crystal

Directions:

Cut snowflakes from the white tissue paper.  If you are using a recycled (used) sheet of tissue, iron it with low setting to smooth, making it easier to fold and cut.  Remember snowflakes are about the folding and they should be unique!  I cut more than I needed, but I used about 16 snowflakes in all different sizes and shapes.

Wash and dry the outside your vase or jar.

Brush an even coat of Mod Podge on the front side of the vase, gently place a snowflake in the glue.  Paint a coat of Mod Podge gently over the snowflake.  Once the tissue is in the glue, it will tear or move easily.

Now go over the entire area with Mod Podge using an up-down movement.  You want to create texture and cover up any brush strokes.  This can be done after you do each snowflake or after all snowflake are glued in place.

Let dry!  If you should notice any areas where brush stokes are noticable, add more Mod Podge in the up-down motion.

Loved the shape of this jar, sprung white glass beads on wire and wrapped around the top.  This will make a perfect Christmas gift!

If you like a little sparkle, add a coat of DecoArt Twinkles in Crystal (glitter paint)!

Isn’t this the perfect inexpensive, homemade gift!!

Frosted Glass Candle Holder

A can of Frosted Glass spray paint, stickers, decorative punches, and a glass vase or recycled jar, the possibilities are endless!

Materials:

  • Frosted Glass spray paint
  • Glass vase, candle holder, glass jar
  • Stickers
  • Decorative punches

Directions:

I’m using two sizes of snowflake punches.  Punch out the stickers and firmly place on outside of the glass piece and spray with Frosted Glass (outside) let dry and remove the stickers!

 

This one I just used the round stickers!

I wanted to make a stripped vase using masking tape, but my tape was too old, so I used rubber bands!

I think my oil bottle has a new life as a vase!

This is a vary inexpensive project, the spray I purchased from Jo Anns with a 50% off coupon for about $3.00 and sprayed four different pieces, (I had the stickers and the snowflake punches), Micheal’s had the glass candle holder/vase on sale $2.50!

 

Pine Cone Deer

How cute are these little deers!  Just pine cones, sticks and glue, add a red pom pom nose or a jingle bell, couldn’t be easier.  The kids will love helping find the perfect pine cones and sticks!!

Materials:

  • Pine cones different sizes, and not broken or too old
  • Sticks and branches for legs and antlers
  • Glue: Hot glue or any strong holding clear glue
  • Scissors and or small branch clippers
  • Optional: gloves, bells, ribbon, small ornaments, small birds, red pom poms

Directions:

Time for a pine cone hunt,  you do want to be picky picking your pine cones!  You do not want them too old, falling apart or broken, you also want different sizes, I like the head to be smaller than the body!  For the legs and antlers, I cut a branch from one the oak trees (it needed to come down), and cut the ends for the branches for the antlers and the thicker straighter branches for the legs.  I did let them dry out for about 2 days!  If you are using branches that have fallen to the ground, check to make use they are still in good shape, not too old!

  My box of branches….ready to go!

For the legs you want them some what straight, and the same size (thickness) for all 4 legs.  Cut off any small branches off.  Do not cut them too short, wait and cut them to the size of your deer pine cone, mine were  4” to 4/12″ long!

Have different sizes and shapes of end branches for the antlers.

Match up the pine cones, find the pair that look the best together.  I like the head (pine cone) smaller than the body.

You may need to wear gloves, then gluing!  I using hot glue, it’s just quicker, but if the kids want to help (please be careful using hot glue around children) but if they are willing to hold the pieces together while the glue sets…why not (try Weldbond glue)! For the deer body, as you see in the picture above, the head (pine cone) goes one way, the smaller end is the nose, and the body (pine cone) the other way.  Find the best spot for both pine cones, where you can push them together and get a good hold, now that you have a good spot, pull them apart and glue, hold in place until glue has set.

See how the two pine cones are pushed down together.

For the legs, before you glue, find just the right spot, 2 for front legs and 2 back legs.  Cut the leg branch to the right size and glue ( about 4” to 4 1/2” long).

    

Make sure your deer can stand on it’s own!

Now for the antlers, pick 2 branches, and fit them to the top of the larger end of pine cone, pushing into pine cone for a good fit. Make sure the antlers do not make the deer top heavy, if the deer falls over, the antlers are to large and or too heavy.  Now glue antlers into pine cone.

   

Done…now maybe a red pom pom nose, tie on a jingle bell or small ornament!

 

How about silver spray paint!

     

Maybe add a little bird in a nest, and jingle bell.

       

Are you inspired!

 

Magazine Art

Recycle your magazines into art! After making flowers from magazine pages and seeing all the color possibilities I wanted to see if I could make a picture for my hallway using only the colored pieces from the magazine page!  With time, patience and some Mod Podge I made this!

 

Materials:

  • Old magazines (6 to 10)
  • Canvas or board (I used a 24″ x 24″ canvas)
  • Mod Podge Gloss (watered down glue)
  • Paint brush

Directions:

Start by tearing the colorful pages from the magazine.  Then tear the colored area that you will use in the design, and make a pile for each color.

I tore the colored areas that I liked, some were large, some small.  I found with the lighter colors like yellows and pinks if the back of the page was dark, at times would show through, so I added an extra layer of that color.  I also wanted the sides of the canvas to be covered….you need a lot of magazines pages.

Lay out your design, not on the canvas or board that you will be gluing the paper on, but in the area next to the canvas. Once your design is layed out, start gluing.  I started with the sides, wrapping the corners like a package and covering the hole side.

If you have never used Mod Podge,  the trick is to cover the area on the canvas with Mod Podge (or glue) then place your magazine page on that area and cover that piece with more Mod Podge, you want good coverage on the back and front.

To make it easier to wrap the sides, I used cans on each corner to hold the canvas up. With the design laid out right next to the canvas, I started in one corner and worked around, finishing in the center.  This is a laying process, adding pieces on top of each other, if there is a special piece or color you really want to show, make sure you put it on last.

I found a few little designs that I really wanted to show, so I saved them for my last layer for a special touch!

Hope you are inspired!

I like adding fun little surprise pictures!

   

  

One more!

This time I used some images (pictures) right from the magazine!

You can see that the fruit, black vase, white & blue teapot (and others) are pictures torn out the magazine.  While the background, some of the flowers & leaves and the large white vase are torn pieces of magazine made to look like…a flower or a vase!!

I love the the small fun details!

“Bottled” Teacher Gifts

So much fun to make and just as much fun to receive, a “bottled” gift!  This is an unique way to give a gift or party favor.  I’m making teacher gifts for the first day of school, I went to a Dollar Store and found Post Its, glue sticks, small candy bars, fun shaped paper clips, Sharpie pens, colored pens, tape, apple shaped pad, Tic Tac, a package of shredded paper and small hand sanitizer (from Bath & Body).  It cost me $11.00, but they were package in twos, and I’m making two gifts (the hand sanitizer was a $1 each)!  Not so bad, the clear bottles that I’m using were 2 for $1.00, so for about $6.00 each I have a great welcoming teacher gift.  The possibilities for “filling” a bottle are endless!!  What a great way to recycle your clear plastic bottles.

 

Materials

  • Items that will fit into your size bottle ( I have 9 items plus 4 small candy bars and 10 fun paper clips)
  • Clear plastic bottle (I’m using a 1 Liter water bottle, 10″ tall)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Duck tape
  • Shredded paper
  • Card stock 2 colors
  • Double stick tape and or Zots clear adhesive dots
  • Goo Gone (to help remove all the label)
  • Optional curly ribbon

Directions

Open and pour out liquid from your bottle and wash it out. Remove all the label off the bottle, I used Goo Gone.  If you do not mind a mess do not open bottle from top cap, cut right into the bottle and pour out the liquid. With scissors pierce a hole in middle of bottle (the cut line will be covered by paper, but you do not want it too high or too low) and start cutting around to bottle.  If you feel like you can not cut straight, use a ruler and mark with a Sharpie your cutting line. Make sure the inside of the bottle is clean and dry.

Let’s get to “bottling”, gather up the items that you want in the bottle.

The items I bought were packaged in 2’s, so I opened all the items and made two piles.

Start by adding a little shredded paper to the bottom half of the bottle, and start adding your items (you do not want the bottle top heavy, so keep that in mind as you fill).

Push some shredded paper into the top half of the bottle, add your items.  Tightly screw on the top to the bottle if you haven’t already!  Place some shredded paper in the center, you want the items packaged tight, slide to top half on to the bottom (it’s a little like putting a puzzle together)!  I found that you can gently turn the top half of the bottle until you find just the right place where it will fit back and be straight.

With clear tape, tape the top and bottle together, take a look and make sure you like to way your items look in the bottle (now is the time to make any changes).  Run a strip of Duck Tape or any strong holding tape, around the cut sealing the bottle.

For the “label” on my bottle, this is what I printed, with the  font and size.

Bottled Exclusively for                                          Algerian 24

person’s name receiving gift                                  Harrington 36

Distributed by (name of giver)                              Harrington 18

Complete satisfaction guaranteed                Blackjack 14

I printed the label on card stock, cut them to size and backed it with a large piece of card stock.  I cut a 1 1/2 ” strip of card stock (this needs to cover the tape) and used double stick tape and Zots to hold strip and label in place.

Tie some curly ribbon to the top and your gift is ready!

I know the teachers will love their “exclusively bottle” gift!

Just for fun I added….The best year ever to the back.

For the next birthday party, I’m making “bottled” party favors!!

 

 

Valentine’s Heart Decorations: Recycled Crayons and Wax Paper

Wax paper and crayons shaving made into hearts are a quick way to recycle crayons and decorate for Valentine’s Day!  They are so fun to create and even make unique Valentine’s cards.

Materials:

  • Wax paper
  • crayons
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  •  Two old towels
  • Paper for making heart pattern
  • Optional: fishing line or thread and tape

Directions:

Pick out the color(s) of crayons you want to use, peel off the paper. Get the kids to help, with a pencil sharpener make crayon shavings, by turning the crayon back and forth in sharpener.  Keeping each color in a small pile, one crayon makes a lot of shavings.

Lay an old towel or cloth over iron board and have another towel or cloth ready, you want to protect your iron and iron board from the crayons.  Set your iron on medium heat (no steam).  Tear off a piece of wax paper and fold in half, place on  towel on the ironing board and sprinkle crayon shaving on half of paper, fold over the wax paper, place the other towel or cloth on top and slowly iron.  It will not take long for the crayons to melt. You can check to make sure the entire wax paper area has melted, if a spot has not melted, iron more or set your iron hotter.  The ironing step should be done by an adult, the next step the kids can help again.

Sprinkle shavings.

Fold over wax paper.

Place towel or cloth over wax paper and iron.

Now for the fun, to see what happened.

So cool, on this one I used three colors, pink, red and a purple.  Now make heart patterns out of paper, and use as your cutting guide, or just let the kids cut (with kid scissors) and make their own hearts or favorite shapes.

How pretty, crayons come in so many colors the possibles are endless!

If you’re feeling extra creative, make a pattern with the shavings.

You can create different looks by adding a little or a lot of shavings.  Below the one on the left has a little, the right side a lot.

To make a heart garland, tape hearts to fishing line or thread and hang in the windows.

Or tape them to the windows.

 

Make your own cards and send a little love.  I backed the hearts with white paper to show off the design, and glued them on red paper, and add your love message.

What a fun way to recycle all those old, broken crayons!

Magazine Rosette Flower Wreath

What a fun way to recycle your old magazine, by making these rosette flowers.  Make an accent wreath, decorative ball or embellish a card, gift bag or gift tag…it’s hard to stop making them!  Plus, you will not believe how easy they are to make.

Materials:

  • Old magazine
  • Tacky glue
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Toothpick
  • Paper and pencil/marker
  • Small foam wreath I used 8″ ring
  • Wide ribbon about 3 yard to wrap wreath

Directions:

Make a circle pattern 2″ and 3″.  Tear the pages you want to use from the magazine.  I like to look for bright colors and some with typed word.  Start cut circles more 2″ than 3″ ( for my 8″ wreath I used about 75 circles-flowers).  Let’s make rosette flowers,  cut each circle into a spiral (see picture below) starting on the outside edge working to the center.

I found that a toothpick works great to give your a tight center.  Start wrapping the toothpick 3 to 4 turns then add a little tacky glue and wrap some more, now pull out tooth pick.

Keep wrapping with your fingers to the center.  You can adjust the tightness and this will give you different sizes.  Add some hot glue to the center, and gently hold in place.

It took me a few tries to get the look of the flower I liked.

For me it was easier to wrap/glue all centers then hot glue each flower. A tip is to leave your Tacky glue in old cup upside down, that way you do not wait for the glue. Now that all rosettes are glued, I wrapped my foam wreath with ribbon.  I found this wreath at Jo Ann Fabrics, I liked it because it is almost flat.

Start gluing, I did glue them close together.

Do you think this looks like it’s made from a magazine?

I had some left over rosettes…check out the other fun things I made using the rosettes!

Or cover a foam ball for a topper on a large candle holder.

 

Pillow With Button Letter

Add some charm with buttons!  Make your own pillow or add a button letter to pre-made pillow.

Materials:

  • Fabric to make pillow (1 yard for 18″ pillow) or ready made pillow
  • Buttons in different sizes
  • Needle
  • Thread and DMC floss (cross stitching thread)
  • Paper to make your letter pattern
  • Dressmaker’s Marking Pencil or chalk
  • Pillow form (inside stuffing) I’m using a 14″
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine, scissors
  • Embroidery hoop (optional)

Directions:

Start by cutting your pillow front an 19” square ( I’m making an 18″ pillow with a pillow form of 14″). For the back cut two pieces 19″ by 12″.  This is going to be a simple pillow with an opening in the back for the pillow form to side in.  On a piece of paper draw out and cut our letter, I’m doing an R.  Place on top of our 19″ front of pillow, when you have it centered or where you want it, trace the outline with the marking pencil or chalk.

Now I have my R outline, with matching DMC floss (or thread) do a quick stitch on chalk line to outline the letter.

I”m leaving the outline of the R on my pillow but if you wanted to do a quick stitch with thread and then pull out the thread after you sew that buttons that also looks good.  By doing the stitch outline it makes it so much easier.

Now for button fun.  Use your paper letter as a pattern for your buttons.  This will help you see where the buttons should be sewn and just how many button you need before you start sewing.  I did not use a embroidery hoop, I think it would have made it easier to sew on the buttons.

Start sewing buttons and more buttons.  I found when sewing that I needed to shift and add or move some buttons from how I had them on the pattern.  Notice that I stacked a smaller button on top of a larger ones.

Now we need to make the pillow.  First turn back twice and sew down the 19″ side of each back piece.  Place the front of pillow right side up and place on back piece on top with right sides together.

Now place the other back piece on top, pin in place and sew all four sides.  Turn pillow right side out and lay flat (maybe iron around the edges).  With a ruler and chalk  mark each corner 2″ in and down (remember I’m using a 14″ pillow form for the inside).  And sew all four sides of the pillow 2″ in, this will make a 14″ square in center.

All that is left to do is slide in the pillow form and enjoy.

How cute it would be to sew a button letter on a fabric purse or tote bag, too!

 

 

 

 

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