Category Archives: Recycled

DIY: Mod Podge Book Tile Coasters

I have seen these done all over the internet but hadn’t seen anyone use old paper or books pages. These are super simple to make, just need a jar of Mod Podge, old tiles, pages from a book, stickers (optional), and felt dots.

First take your felt dots and put them on the bottom of the tile. Next you cut a piece of paper to the size of the tile, so that it goes over the edge and covers entirely. Mod Podge it into place, underneath and on top. When that is dry, stick the sticker on and Mod Podge over that. Let dry and you are finished!

DIY – Recycled Light Bulb Ornaments

I love it when my daughter wants to create something with me! She was looking around the kitchen and had found to light bulbs that were getting ready for the recycle bin and asked if we could add some glitter to them and make ornaments. I said yeah why not. So she got out the trusty Mod Podge(I don’t know what I would do without it) and we each decorated a light bulb.

This is pretty easy, all you need is: an old light bulb, Mod Podge(or glue), paint brush, glitter, a ribbon and hot glue gun.

1. Using your paint brush, paint Mod Podge all over your light bulb, then cover it with glitter. My daughter made a mix of gold, silver & white glitter.

For a different look, I Mod Podged my light bulb and covered it with small strips of sheet music.

2. Cut two strips of ribbon. One small piece to wrap around the base and one large piece for hanging on the tree.

3. Hot glue the large piece of ribbon to each side of the base.

4. Hot glue your small piece of ribbon around the base, covering the ends of the other ribbon.

And there you have it, super simple and super cute!

Recycled Paper Christmas Tree

I love it when I can make something that is completely recycled. This little tabletop Christmas tree is one of those projects.

If you have an old book or newspaper laying around that has those lovely yellowed aged pages, this would be the perfect project to use them on.


~Old frozen pizza box or cereal box

~Old newspaper or book

~Glue gun


~Optional – Glitter & Scrapbook supplies

1.Roll your frozen pizza or cereal box into a cone. I glued the edge down and then stapled them at top and bottom to stay.

2. Pull out two pages from a book and fold in half. My pages measured 6X10.

3. Tear the page in half.

4. Lay the two pieces on top of each other and fold in half.

5. Cut into the open side of the papers, making sure not to go all the way through the paper. Then bend the folded side in about a 1/4.

6. Crumple the ends, scrunching all the way down. I made a whole bunch before I started gluing.

7. Starting at the bottom, start hot gluing the paper onto the cone.

8. Continue glue pieces all the way, winding as you go.

9. Finish the end at the top, making sure to cover the cone completely.

10. Make the top of the tree by using another strip of cut paper and rolling it into itself.

11. Add glue to the top and insert inside the hole.

12. Decorate and your done!


DIY Suede Bracelet

These were so much fun to make, super easy too and suede when cut with sharp scissors makes a very clean edge. I used a leather shirt and suede coat that I found at the Goodwill for my bracelets. They turned out so pretty and very comfy to wear.

I found this over at 100 Layer Cake (the original post came from maikitten), they always have the most interesting wedding and non-wedding ideas.

For details on how to make one click here, it is in German but you will get the idea.

Beautiful Christmas gift idea.

DIY ~ Add Sparkle to your Gloves

Sequins are so hot right now, especially at this festive time of year. I found this shirt at the goodwill with a band of sequins around the bottom and decided to update a pair of new gloves. So I bought some cheap gloves from Target and made my own sparkly gloves. I love how they turned out and I hope you do too.


~A pair of Gloves/Mittens

~Sequin band of material(you can buy this at a fabric store)

~Sewing Machine

~Needle and Thread

1. Cut a piece of sequin material to the size of the glove opening when its spread open.

2. Using a sewing machine, sew the right sides together, making sure there is enough room to sew without hitting the sequins but also close enough so that the seam is hidden.

3. Using a needle and thread, sew to the inside of the gloves. I used a large bangle bracelet inside the glove so I could sew on the sequin extension. Its very important that the glove be stretched when sewing because the gloves need to stretch open to put them on.

Enjoy as your own or give as a gift!

Busy Holiday Weekend

This last weekend was a busy one, I wasn’t doing the black Friday shopping that most did, instead I got to spend the weekend with my sisters and my mom to celebrate what would have been my parents 50th anniversary, my dad passed away Dec. 23, 2008.

But aside from the weekend away I have been busy, so I wanted to share some photos of some of the upcoming posts this week.

Easy Ornaments

Rose Ring

Rose Bib Necklace

DIY Altoid Tin/Scrabble Tile Magnet Set

Have you ever wondered what could be done with those Altoid or mint tins you have laying around? Well here is an idea for you. This is a great gift for kids to make for their teachers or even for their friends. Its a fairly easy project. And if you have a lot of Scrabble tiles you can make some great words or sayings.


~Scrabble Tiles

~Magnets(round work best)

~Hot Glue Gun

~Altoid/Mint tin


~Spray adhesive


1. Take your magnets and hot glue them to your scrabble tiles.

2. Cut a piece of paper to fit inside the tin lid & bottom. Using spray adhesive, spray the tin and fit your paper in.

3. Using your spray adhesive, spray on the top of the tin and attach the paper decorations of your choice.

I used a gift label and attached ribbons and scrap material to it to make it pretty. This was a fairly quick project.


Simple Ruffle Kitchen Towels

I had good intentions to get this post written this morning but I didn’t sleep last night due to some strange painful spasm in my neck that kept me awake all night. When I got up I made my way to the acupuncturist to get some relief.

Anyhow I have been trying to get my gifts done for the holiday, earlier than later is my hopes so I wanted to share with you all something I made recently, these simple kitchen towels with a ruffle. Perfect gift for the cook in your life.

All you need is a kitchen hand towel(or you can use a hand towel for the bathroom) and a ruffle of some sort. oh and of course a sewing machine. I used ruffles from this dress and just pinned them on and then sewed them on.

Super easy! Give it a try!

DIY – 5 Minute Napkin Wine Bag

This is so simple and fast, under 5 minutes. You can use this for your wine or sparkling cider.

Great way to wrap up the gift of drink this Christmas!

Supplies: Ribbon and Cloth Napkin(I find single cloth napkins at the thrift stores for pennies)

1. Fold the napkin in half, right sides together. 2. Pin the ribbon onto the side, making sure to have the ribbon ends on the inside of the bag. 3. Sew all the way down the bag and around the bottom, leaving the top open.

And there you have it! Super easy and super cheap!

You can stop there or you can take it a step further and use some chalk board paint and do what I did below.

Use a template, oval would be better, but I didn’t have one.

Using chalkboard paint, paint in the template of choice.

Let dry and its ready to write on.