Posts Tagged ‘repurposing’

PostHeaderIcon Repurposing T-Shirts

Once upon a time, there was a girl who had tons of ideas. She loved to make unique items, and come up with business plans. Sadly, though, this girl had little time or motivation to actually carry out most of the ventures, and thus was left with a virtual mess of blogs, websites, and profiles.

Sound familiar at all? Yup, that’s me. The “Idea Queen” who still has yet to find her kingdom to rule, or what she plans to be when she grows up. With Pinterest now a fabulous distraction, I’ve given up any hope that I will EVER stick with just one project at a time.

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PostHeaderIcon How To: Painting Pumpkin Jars for Halloween

Acrylic paint, paint brushes of various sizes, Sharpie, Mod Podge.

You will need:

– Acrylic paint
– Paint Brushes (large and small)
Stained by Sharpie, black
Mod Podge (I used “sparkle” or “gloss”)

Step 1. Draw

Another way to do this is covering the area you don’t want painted with tape or paper. I just prefer drawing.

Step 2. Paint

Paint used may vary.

I used paint I had from other projects, one with the name “Pumpkin orange”. I ended up using 2 coats of each type of paint. One type of paint covered the jar better but had a matte finish I didn’t care for, and the other was nice and shiny but would have taken 10 coats to cover it.

First coat – matte finish paint.

 

After the shiny paint coat.

 

Step 3. Outline

Using “Stained” by Sharpie for this step.

 

All touched up and ready for the next step!

Step 4. Mod Podge

Used sparkle Mod Podge for this step. Can also use the spray glitter shown with the supplies with gloss finish Mod Podge.

 

Step 5. Embelish

Embellished with ribbon. Can also use pipe cleaners, hemp cord, or other kinds of ribbon or cords.

 

We had a BLAST making these adorable pumpkin jars. After we were finished, they were handed over to my mom, the “Candle Lady”. She filled them half way with pumpkin pie scented soy wax. They look like jack-o-lanterns when they are burning! SO CUTE!

Happy Halloween!

PostHeaderIcon Sewing Jean Purses – Blue Jeans Recycling

A few years back, I became flat-out too busy to sew. Plus I never did get the hang of using a sewing machine (didn’t help my only two sewing machines are older than I am!), and my attempts at clothing weren’t so great.

But a few weeks ago I was cleaning closets and sorting clothes, when I came across an old pair of jeans I deemed my favorite ever. Sadly, they are torn to the point they just aren’t wearable anymore. I’ve never been able to find a suitable replacement for them, so for the last several years I’ve hung on to them for some unknown reason. I’m so glad I did. Since these were my favorite jeans, I decided to give them a second life by making a purse.

I made one long ago for my mom, which she used for years and got a ton of compliments on. I figured it was time to make myself one, especially since I’ve been on the hunt for a perfect purse to fit my netbook.

I started by cutting the legs off the jeans like so:

Now you can see, I don’t cut as straight as I could. The jeans were torn in weird places, too, so this was about as good as I can do.

Next, I cut a piece of fabric that will be used as the lining. Again, I did the best I could cutting it, even though the jeans were an odd shape….

The fabric my daughter found at Wal-Mart one day, with a request for a pillow, that I figured I’d get to someday. She’s a little mad I made my purse out of it first instead of her pillow, but I’ll make up for it soon (more on that project in a bit).

Very carefully I folded the edges back and pinned them to the inside of the purse. Then I sewed the fabric to the jeans by hand, followed by the edges. For a strap, I used a piece of the legs from the jeans. I still have a few embellishments left to do, but here’s the mostly finished purse…

These are so super easy, it makes me want to make more. We have no shortage of worn jeans around here what with two kids, that’s for sure, so why not make something useful with them?

This project has made me want to sew more, too, and I’ve come to realize there is nothing wrong with hand-sewing everything. It gives me a greater sense of accomplishment when I don’t use a sewing machine, and I don’t have to fight when the machine gets jammed. Also, my significant other and I have a new habit of watching instant-play TV shows on Netflix in the evening, so I’ve got the perfect time to sit and sew.

Right now I’m working on a pillow-case of sorts, made using the zipper bag a new pillow came in. Next up will be a few pillows made with regular cotton prints (including the fabric I made the purse with) and really cool fuzzy and snuggly black fabric I found at Joann’s over the weekend.

I absolutely love Joann’s, and it’s a miracle I made it out of there only spending $25. The upside was we got a yard of the expensive-ish black fabric, and a yard each of 4 cotton flannel prints for a blanket my daughter requested. That’s less per yard than we spent at Wal-Mart, and most likely better quality. Hurray Joann’s!

What projects are you working on? What else have you made with old blue jeans?

PostHeaderIcon Repurposing Candle Holders

There’s been a lot of talk lately about “repurposing” items. Why not? It saves money, and it cuts down on the junk in our landfills, and is best for the environment.

Since I’ve begun a little indoor gardening, I was recently checking out flower pots for my new office garden. While there were some really cool flower pots at Amazon for relatively cheap, I really didn’t want to pour a whole lot of money into this projects. Although I still may get the LED flower pot regardless. 😉

Instead of spending money on a dozen or more flower pots, I went digging through closets looking for old items. Being a candle-maker’s daughter, I have plenty of candle holders around the house.

This particular holder pictured is one I’ve had since my high school days (I won’t tell you just how long exactly, but let’s just say it’s at least 10 years old). Unfortunately, it’s developed a large cracked and can no longer be used for melting wax. It is, however, just perfect for indoor flowers.

Other items I found included small containers from a fondue set we never use that my daughter painted, an old bank, generic pots that we’ve decorated, and a few other miscellanous containers we weren’t using.

Overall, we’ve had a lot of fun finding items and decorating them to be used for something new, and have made plans for other “repurposing” projects we hope to post soon.

What items have you used in the past to make flower pots from? Do you have another use for your used candle holders?

Looking forward to seeing your responses!