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Recycled Bottle Cap Coasters Tutorial

What you need:

Needle and thread


Bottle caps

1. Cut circles out of your material about 2 inches in diameter.

2. Using your needle and thread, pucker the fabric around the bottle cap.

3. Pull the thread tight and knot.

4. Sew 6 fabric covered bottle caps together like a flower.

5. Cut a 5 inch square.

6. Start folding the fabric under the bottle caps, making a hexagon shape.

7. Sew the bottle caps to the hexagon fabric.

And that’s it! You are done!

Now make 3 more and you have a set!

DIY Slash Sleeve Tee

I was watching a program with my daughter and one of the characters on the show had a tee with slashed sleeves. I loved the look so I tried it out on one of my own tee’s.


1. Cut the sleeve at a diagonal.

2. Start cutting slits in the sleeve.

3. Hand sew a piece of elastic down the center of the slits.


Knotted Capalana Necklace Tutorial

Finally I have the tutorial for the knotted capalana necklace. Sorry it took so long, its been busy here with trying to get my house in order and helping my friend tear apart hers and get her packed to leave for the states. Capalana’s come in a wide range of designs and colors, but you dont have to use a capalana, you can use any material you would like.

What you need:

1 yd of Capalana(or fabric of choice)

Sewing machine

Marbles, seeds or beads



1. Cut the yard of fabric in a strip 2 inches wide.

2. Sew the right sides together into a tube.

3. Turn the fabric right side out.

4. Make a knot in the middle of the tube.

5. Take a marble and put inside the tube and push it tightly against the knot and knot on the other side of the marble. Continue knotting and adding marbles until you get the desired length of necklace.

6. Finish off the edges by folding them inside and sewing over the ends. If you want to add a little more flare, try hand sewing on a flower.


DIY Ribbon Alternative – Elastic Gift Band

All you need is some elastic, doesn’t matter the width, and some felt circles to make this cute elastic gift band. Its been so fun wrapping gifts this year, well I should say watching my daughter wrap gifts. She comes home from school everyday asking what she can wrap. We have tried to stay with recycling and have made a lot of the gift ties and bows(that’s coming tomorrow).

1.Gather up some elastic and felt(cut in circles, size of your choice).

2. Cut the elastic to the size you want, then machine stitch the ends together.

3. Using a needle and thread, sew on the circles by hand, remember the circles will touch when sewing them on.

And that’s it, simple and fun!

Sorry I didn’t have any photos of the sewing process but its fairly simple to figure out.

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 ~ Easy Pine Cone Christmas Ornaments ~

Remember that wonderful weekend I got to spend with my sisters and mom? Well part of our time was spent shopping and we got to look at a lot of Christmas decor. I found these pine cone ornaments that were so cute and yet something that could easily be made. I didn’t have any pine cones in my yard but a friend let me scrounge around her yard for some. Most of them were closed so I had to do some prep work, but even that was easy.


~Pine Cones

~Tacky Glue



1. If your pine cones are closed, stick them in the oven at 200 degrees.

2. Keep checking them until they are dry and open up all the way(about 2-3 hrs).

3. Put Tacky glue on each section of the pine cone.

4. Cover completely with glitter.

5. Let them dry completely and add a ribbon.


Easy DIY Scrap Wreath

Remember the Yarn Wreath I made for the 12 days of DIY Christmas? I had it hanging on the door and when my daughter came home for Thanksgiving I decided to send it back with her to school. I figured I could make another one, but when I was laying in bed last night I came up with this idea and what better way to get rid of some of your scraps. You could totally do this for anytime of the year. I am excited to make a Valentine one.


~Wreath form(can be foam)

~Fabric Scraps 4″ width

~Fabric Roses

~Hot Glue Gun

1. Start out by using your glue gun to secure the first strip. Wrap around and glue the end.

2. Continue to add strips until it is completely covered.

3. Gather up some fabric roses and hot glue them to the wreath.

4. Hand on your door or favorite wall and enjoy!