Monthly Archives: February 2013

Projects to ponder: fences made of old doors


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One to-do or not-to-do project that Heath and I grapple with is whether or not to invest in a privacy fence. Really the only reason we have for not is the price tag. Choosing to put in a privacy fence would mean ultimately giving up a vacation or another project we desperately want to cross off our list. So what’s a girl to do to when she wants to be shielded from the neighbor’s relentlessly barking schnauzer but doesn’t want to be robbed blind by the cost of fence building? One potential possibility: doors.

Doors? Yes, doors. The Habitat for Humanity Restore had an abundance of old doors for about $10 a pop. Interesting. Very interesting. And it turns out, I’m not the only person who thinks the door-as-a-fence idea works. Photos from Pinterest.

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Perhaps it’s time to do some quick algebra.

1,308(inches) / 32(the average door’s width in inches)…

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My cute homemade cat toys: go green and recycle old clothes


Here are two new soft homemade cat toys in my collection.

go green handmade toy cats

go green handmade toy cats

The bigger toy cat is a soft pillow cat. It is made out of recycled baby coat and it is stuffed with recycled stuffing used from an old toy that had to be thrown away.

The larger handmade toy cat holds a heart in its hands. This heart is made out of upcycled baby sweater crocheted over with recycled yarn.

go green handmade toy cats

go green handmade toy cats

The smaller handmade toy cat is made out of old baby sweater. These handmade toys are eco friendly and making them is a fun and easy way to go green. Both handmade toy cats are handstiched. Feel free to contact me at kievtranslator@gmail.com to order your custom made go green toy cat made out of recycled materials.

Usable recycled items: 10 ideas for using unique recycled items in your home


Crafting can be fun and when you enjoy it, you have hard time stopping. You craft on and on and some people view recycled crafts as not something they can practically utilize in their homes or offices. That is not true. There are many great ideas for highly usable recycled items, which help you to make your house more comfortable and solve some household problems.

Take a look at the list of 25 ways to use unique recycled items in your home. Just click on the links to see more photos and tutorials. You may buy recycled crafted items from my Etsy shop recycledcrafting.

1. Decoupaged glass bottle for your oil

decoupage idea

decoupage ideas

You may store your cooking oil in a recycled glass bottle decorated with decoupage. The good thing is that you may pick any design you want! Plus, once a bottle gets messy (they do get messy after a time, as you store oil there), you can easily restore it by decoupaging all over again.

2. Recycled plastic bottle match box

recycled crafts: water bottle box

I used to have a small but very annoying problem at my house: we used to scatter match boxes all over the kitchen and even in the yard. Then you need a match to light the stove and you run around looking for a match box. So, I crafted a recycled plastic bottle box for storing matches. Now we have them all in one place.

3. Crocheting hook recycled plastic bottle basket

water bottle basket

I have several different crocheting hooks and needles. So, I made this cute looking recycled basket to store them all in one place. It looks good and it is a very useful recycled item.

4. Spice box

spice box decouapge

I love spices. So, I decoupaged a cardboard box to store them all in one place. Again, this recycled craft item looks good and it is usable.

5. Recycled craft jewelry box
This is a papper mache art doll jewelry box. It looks nice and few people can guess what it is from the first sight. So, they ask me questions and I get to share about crafting and recycling. And, I store my jewelry there.

6. Recycled soda can craft supply box

I have this problem: I have many small crafting supplies and my kids tend to scatter them around the house. So, I use this small soda can recycled box to store my supplies. You can also use it as a jewelry box.

7. Cutting board

glass and wood decoupage

decoupage ideas

I have decoupaged a wooden cutting board from one side. I have been using it for a year now and it still looks good. Besides the polish protects it from water and heat, so sometimes I use it to set a hot teapot on.

8. Coconut crocheted box

I have two girls and they have many hair ribbons and pins. They really love storing them in this cute little coconut and organic yarn recycled box.

9. Recycled pot holder

Kids grow up fast and you get lots of small clothes in your house. Some of them get small spots on them. I use crocheted baby clothes to make recycled pot holders. You just cut out any shape of a pot holder you want and then use your hook and yarn to crochet it over on the sides so the pot holder would look nice.

10. Recycled water bottle brush vase

decoupage ideas: plastic bottle decoupage

decoupage ideas: plastic bottle decoupage

This is an easy, fast and nice looking usable recycled craft project. I crocheted the top part of the water bottle and decoupaged the middle part. Now I use it for storing brushes in the bathroom.

There are many other creative and useful recycled crafts you can find on the pages of my blog or on my Facebook pages. Click to my Etsy shop to get some handcrafted, recycled or vintage usable items for your home.

Go green and have fun with your kids: green craft project for kids


We do hear all the time: Save the earth, save resources and save money. Saving is good, but it can be tough, boring or sometimes it can stop the fun in our lives. CAN I GO GREEN AND STILL HAVE FUN?

go green craft project for kids

go green craft project for kids

Yes, you can. You know, kids are motivated by fun. It’s real hard to make them do something boring. It’s a good thing to learn from them. Here is a simple and fun go green art project for you and your kids.

It’s making modeling dough at home. Buying modeling dough can be expensive and such dough surely contains harmful additions, such as preservatives, chemical dies or aromatizes. So, go green and make your own color modeling dough with your kids. It’s fun.

Here is the recipe: 1 cup of flour 0.5 cup of salt 2 table spoons of starch Food coloring Vanilla Water Here is how you go green and make your color modeling dough: Mix together all the dry components. Mix water with the food coloring. Add water to your dry mix and knead the dough. It’s done.

go green craft project for kids

go green craft project for kids

Now you can model any fun thing you want with your kids and dry them up in the oven. This way these things can be preserved for good. You go green, you save money and you have fun!

My quick Valentin day haerts gifts and heart pie


We got together with our friends and a bunch of kids for the Valentin day. I had just two hours to get ready. So, here is a simple Valentine craft for kids project.

easy craft project for kids

easy craft project for kids

easy craft project for kids

easy craft project for kids

We have used old magazines to cut out hearts. So, it’s a recycled craft project for kids. Then we got some twigs and painted them with copper red. Then I used got glue to glue the hearts to the twigs and decorated them with glass beads and ribbon.

valentine day pie

valentine day pie

Finally we baked the feathery pie in the shape of heart. Kids simply loved those hearts on twigs and everyone loved the pie.

 

 

 

 

Decoupage ideas: pink rosebud glass bottle


This is another one of my decoupage bottle projects. I simply love nice bottles and it’s a pity to throw them away. Decoupage gives them new life and allows you to make treasures from the trash.

rosebud bottle decoupage

rosebud bottle decoupage

This is a thick glass bottle decoupaged with pink roses. One may use it as a vase or as a cooking oil bottle. Or you may pour or wine into it for some special occasion such as Valentine day to create unique table design.

rosebud bottle decoupage

rosebud bottle decoupage

It’s a nice glass bottle decoupage idea.

decoupage idea

decoupage idea

I have just started putting together my Etsy treasuries and it’s real hard to stop


I have picked a treasury of 16 adorable things on Etsy that turn your house into a home.

etsy finds

etsy finds

They may not be exactly useful things, but they are lovely, handmade or vintage.

Decoupage ideas: vintage Soviet vase decoupage on glass


It’s another attic find. We have discovered this vintage Soviet time vase on the attic of our old home.

vintage flower vase decoupage

vintage flower vase decoupage

It’s a large size glass vase back from Soviet times. It did not look good as it was, so I decided to paint and decoupage it. It’s amazing how sometimes things can direct your inspiration. First I repainted the vase into white with acrylic paint. I planned to use a pretty rosebud napkin pattern for it.

valentine day gift vase

valentine day gift vase

But once it dried up, it almost seemed like the vase changed it mind and decided to be painted with copper red and candy and heart print on it. It was so sudden. I never thought of such design. But it turned out cool and very fitting for the Valentine day season. So, now it make a great Valentine day gift. Check out my Etsy store RECYCLEDCRAFTING for more gift ideas.