Monthly Archives: January 2012

How-to: Repair an Umbrella

January 31st, 2012 | by Julie Finn

Fortunately, one of the most common points of breakage in an umbrella--that tip that comes unmoored from the metal support--is quite simple to repair


How to Sew a Drawstring Bag (an even easier tute!)

January 30th, 2012 | by Julie Finn

In the year since I crafted my first drawstring bag tutorial, I've refined it to correct these fiddly bits and to make the bag even quicker and easier to sew. Read on for the quickest, easiest, drawstring bag tutorial that you're ever going to find


Want to Build a Solar Street Lamp in Your Own Backyard?

January 29th, 2012 | by Brittany Mauriss

One of the most beautiful things about crafting green is the end result of our labor: awesome crafts that are unique, upcycled, and built with our own two hands. Add solar power into the mix, and the project is elevated into the realm of clean, green, renewable energy - something that reduces your carbon footprint even after the project's complete!


10 DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

January 28th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

Can you believe that Valentine's day is coming already? Don't fret! You still have time to make it a romantic, handmade holiday! Here are 10 ideas for DIY Valentine's Day gifts for him


Toilet Paper Roll Valentine

January 27th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

This Valentine's Day, make something different and fun for your kids to hand out to their friends-- a toilet paper roll Valentine! It's more eco-friendly and they are one-of-kind Valentines!


10 Ways to Upcycle Maps!

January 26th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

Maps are one of those things that just look cool. I look at one and I'm immediately inspired to travel the world and see everything each place has to offer. Why not utilize such an amazing item to spice up every day, boring pieces? Here are 10 incredible ideas to transform those boring items into inspiring ones!


DIY Valentine’s Day Gift for Him: Neckwarmer with a Hidden Heart

January 25th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

The thing about crafting for dudes is that it's hard to resist my inner urge to fancy things up with hearts and flowers and whatnot. Plus, since this is a Valentine's day gift for him, I wanted it to have a little bit of romance! My solution was to tuck a secret little heart inside the neckwarmer, so I can be mushy without treading on this project's manliness. Here's how to make your very own!


DIY Buttons: Make Your Own Buttons from Natural or Recycled Materials

January 24th, 2012 | by Julie Finn

Using tools ranging from scissors to drills, using materials ranging from fallen tree branches to clamshell packaging, and, most importantly, using absolutely no additional money, I've been able to make a wide variety of sturdy buttons for all my sewing and craft projects. Check out the following tutorials to see how to make some DIY buttons of your own


Reader Tip: T-Shirt as Art

January 21st, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

You know we love a good t-shirt reuse project around here, so I was pleased as punch when reader Nancy Sharp was kind enough to share her idea for reusing a sentimental t-shirt that was past its prime


How To: Cardboard & Toilet Paper Roll Tree

January 20th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

This week I wanted to create a project that brought the outside, in (because it's too cold to go outside right now!). I looked around my house for inspiration and I found a cardboard box and toilet paper rolls. I've done projects with toilet paper rolls before like the Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Lights and the Christmas "Candle" Cover, but I wanted to make something more natural-looking. Drawing inspiration from a fall project I did on my personal blog, I created a Cardboard and Toilet Paper Roll Tree!


Reader Question: 5 Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags!

January 19th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

Before we get into 5 ways you can recycle plastic bags, I want to encourage you first and foremost to use reusable grocery bags instead of plastic bags. However, there are those days when we forget our reusable ones, and I know not all of our friends and family use reusable grocery bags. With all of that said, here are five unique ways to reuse plastic bags!


Reader Question: Food Safe Fabric for Sandwich Bags

January 18th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

A reader recently wrote in with a great question about finding a food-safe fabric for making snack and sandwich bags. She was specifically looking for a laminated cotton fabric that was eco-friendly. In digging to answer this question, I found a ton of information and a few ideas for the safest ways to make reusable snack bags that are at least semi leak proof


What are You Making Under There? Upcycled Underwear Tutorials from Around the Web

January 17th, 2012 | by Julie Finn

Instead of wearing cheap, mass-produced, low-quality undergarments that have to be replaced regularly, I've found that sewing panties and boxer shorts, for people both big and small, really isn't that hard. You can sew underwear from your own stash fabric--even scraps, for kids' underwear!--or from awesome thrifted clothing, and the results are unique, way cheaper than store-bought, and often sturdier, since they can be made from higher-quality fabrics and sewn with care. To make your own upcycled undergarments, check out these patterns and tutorials from around the web


How-to: Dehydrated Orange Garland

January 16th, 2012 | by Julie Finn

When I saw that my family was clearly not going to eat through that entire 10-pound bag of navel oranges before the last ones went bad, I thought briefly about marmalade and fruit leather, but then I thought, "Nah--craft supplies!". Read on to see how to turn leftover oranges into shelf-stable craft supplies, and how to make a garland that shows off the lovely translucency of the preserved orange slices.


10 Ways to Upcycle an Old Calendar

January 14th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

The new year is all about changes, and that probably means ridding your walls of those outdated calendars from last year, right? It also seems to be The Month of Promotional Calendars, when unwanted calendars from businesses flood our mailboxes. Rather than toss all of that paper into the recycle bin, you can get crafty and turn those old calendars into something new. Here are some crafty uses for old calendars to get you started!


How To: Sheet Music Bottle

January 13th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

Most people know I love crafting, so they always give me items that they think I could use (which I absolutely love!). My friend and her family saved a few wine bottles for me after one of their family gatherings and I was so excited to do a a project with them! Then, a few weeks ago, I found several books of sheet music at a thrift store for 50 cents each. Add these items together and you get a really fun and recycled decor piece-- a sheet music bottle!


Craftcation: An Indie Business and DIY Conference

January 12th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

Vacations are amazing, but a craftcation? The thought of one makes my heart flutter! Craftcation is an indie business and DIY conference that will be taking place in Ventura, California on March 22-25, 2012. Read on for more information on how you can take a craftcation!


How-to: Dyed and Glittered Clothespins

January 10th, 2012 | by Julie Finn

When I shared with you my round-up of clothespins embellishment projects, I left out my own personal favorite. These dyed and glittered clothespins are so saturated with color, so sparkly, and yep, so darn useful that I find myself making up a fresh batch surprisingly often. Read on to see how they're done


How-to: Rolled Beeswax Tealight Candles

January 9th, 2012 | by Julie Finn

Beeswax tealight candles are expensive, petroleum-based tealight candles are polluting and unhealthy, and yet my lovely little essential oil warmer won't work with anything larger. In the mornings, I MUST waft the scent of peppermint and rosemary essential oils through the air, lest I never escape the desire to just go back to bed, and so I've gotten into the habit of making my own rolled beeswax tealight candles. They're quick and easy to make, inexpensive, and you can do them in any colors that you fancy. Read on to see how it's done



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