Felt Heart Basket

Okay, this does not involve recycling or anything, but it is suuuuper cute and very easy to do! This is actually a traditional Danish Christmas craft. Imagine that. As seen here, with instructions and even a video!

It opens up into a little basket/cone, so depending on how big you make the heart, you could put candy in it, or a note, or anything else you can think of.

Adorable.

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Block Printing

Recycle cardboard earring boxes by wrapping string around them, painting them, and using them as stamps! As seen here. 

Tie the yarn in the back of the box.

Woohoo, pretty paper!

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Be festive! Make a garland!

Father’s day is coming up on Sunday! Make a garland to surprise your dad!

Obviously, you could take this craft a lot farther than I did here.  However, cutting out those letters really took a lot out of me (I used a box cutter…I can’t find the willpower to spend money on an x-acto knife). Keep in mind that it might not be readable unless you hang it from a solid background. To hang it, I folded over the top and draped it over some fishing wire.

What a lovely fold we have here.

There are so many options with this! Instead of cutting out letters, you can write them on or paste them on. Leave it plain, or use patterned scrapbooking paper. Throw some glitter on there. Make a garland for birthdays, celebrations, holidays! Surprise someone any day of the year!

I’m gonna hang this up on our TV on Saturday night so my dad, the earliest riser in my home, sees it when he gets up. I think it will be a nice little surprise for him, especially because he’s not very materialistic. He’s the kind of dad that only asks for socks as presents. Making a craft, no matter how simple, can help show someone how much you care about them and want to brighten up their day. :)

Best dad in the woooooorld!

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Homemade Sugar Scrub

Homemade beauty products are awesome. Why? I’ll tell ya.

  • Natural ingredients – You know exactly what’s in them and don’t have to worry about weird chemicals on your skin.
  • Custom made for your skin. You can tweak the ingredients to make products that work well for you.
  • It’s often cheaper than buying name brand products from a store.
  • No animal testing.
  • You get the satisfaction of making something yourself!

This is a recipe for a really great exfoliating scrub. It’s super easy and makes your skin feel soft and moisturized. And olive oil is great for your skin. Just ask the ancient Greeks.

  •  1 ½ tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ C sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or agave nectar
  • Optional: vanilla or essential oil if you want a scent

This is all you need!

Just mix all these ingredients together. Wash and dry your face, use this as a scrub, and then rinse off. Try this on your hands first so you can alter the ingredients to your skin type (if your skin feels slippery, add more sugar to balance out the olive oil). The scrub should have a mushy consistency and not be too liquidy or grainy. This makes a good amount to use on your face, but if you make more it can also be used on your whole body. I suggest using your scrub on the same day that you make it. If you wait until the next morning it is a little bit watery, but still alright to use, but I wouldn’t leave this out for more than a day.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!  (:

~Allison

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Iced Tea Can Flowers

Litter your room with immortal iced tea can flowers! They make gorgeous decorations and easy to customize and make your own! Cut a tall can in half after carefully slicing off the top and bottom. Cut whatever shape petals you desire, making sure to leave room at the bottom of each for a small pin hole. Arrange the petals together however you like and stick a push pin through the middle of each in two spots. Send a thin wire through from the back of the petals and fish it in and out of a button. making sure not to loose hold of the arrangement, fish it back through the petals and twist it together on the other side. Decorate the stem by wrapping string around the wire with another wire to hold it in place!

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Magazine Art

Not really sure how to explain these, but basically experimenting with different mediums is an excellent way to understanding art in all its forms. Millions of magazines sadly go to waste everyday, and salvaging one for a small art project is not going to save the world. It’ll probably just make your room a hell of a lot messier with cut out scraps and glue.. but the outcome is what matters, right?

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Colorful Wire Wrapping

Remember an older post about wire wrapping? Well here’s flower wire wrapping taken to another level. All it takes is some patience and a few pretty colors of string. This adorable charm could be used on a necklace, earrings, a hair clip, a pin, a ring, a button, oor a decoration on pretty much anything!

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