Monthly Archives: March 2013

Kitchen crafts: glass and wood decoupage ideas


There are many things you can craft for your kitchen to make it cosy and stylish. I love shabby chic or cottage chic styles. So, I try to craft things for my kitchen in soft colors. Here are two of my decoupage projects: decoupaged glass bottle vase and decoupaged wooden cutting board.

decoupage on glass and decouapge on wood

decoupage on glass and decouapge on wood

I used the same color vanila paint for both items. Both of these are usable crafts. The cutting board has the other side, where I can cut thing on. Only one side of it is decoupaged. And it is washable, too. I had to put several layers of polish on the wooden board and now I can wash and even lightly scrub it.

bread cutting board decoupage

bread cutting board decoupage

I have made another cutting board over a year ago and it is still in use and the decoupaged surface was not damaged by water. I do use a lot.

Decoupage on wood is easy to do. Here is a quick how to:

I painted one side of the cutting board with acrylic paint. Let it dry. Then I applied the napkin patterns using transparent acrylic furniture polish. Once it has dried up, I shaded the board a bit with acrylic silver paint and put several layers of polish.

Decoupage on glass: recycled glass bottle vase

I really love to upcycle or recycle glass bottles. Most people throw them away, so I ask them to donate the bottles to me and give them a new life.

In this particular glass bottle vase I have put two layers of decoupage to create texture on the bottle. Here is my quick tutorial.

First, I painted the bottle. Then I used pieces of old napkins to decoupage it with. Once they dried up, I have repainted the bottle once more. This created a soft texture underneace the paint.

decoupage on glass tutorial

decoupage on glass tutorial

Then I decoupaged the glass bottle vase with apple napkin and covered it with polish.

decoupage on glass tutorial

decoupage on glass tutorial

I have also used organic fiber rope to decorate the bottle. And I made rolled fabric flowers to decorate both the rope on the bottle and to make flowers for this decoupaged glass bottle vase.

You may order unique and handcrafted items for your kitchen from me. Write me at kievtrnaslator@gmail.com . Find more crafting inspiration on my PINTEREST boards.

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Plastic bottle crafts and fabric flower jewelry


Plastic bottles seem to be everywhere. And it is a great idea to recycle or upcycle them into useful items instead of throwing them away. Another advantage of plastic bottle crafts is their affordability. Still, you can create awesome designs using plastic bottles. Check out my plastic bottle baskets for instance.

But here we’ll take a look at creating jewelry using plastic bottles and pieces of fabric.

plastic bottle crafts

plastic bottle crafts

This is a set of handmade jewelry in blue: a plastic bottle crocheted over bracelet adorn with rolled fabric roses and a brooch.

Here is a quick DIY tutorial for the plastic bottle bracelet. Cut out a slice of plastic bottle. Prick or melt holes on the edges of it. Then crochet it over with yarn. Done. It’s that easy. You can use color plastic bottle instead of transparent one. White plastic bottles can be easily decoupaged with napkins to make them look even better.

fabric flower jewelry

fabric flower jewelry

Now you can decorate your plastic bottle craft with flowers and lace. I used blue fabric to rolled these roses of and glued them to the plastic bottle bracelet.

fabric flower broch

fabric flower brooch

Now comes the blue brooch. It’s very easy to make. You cut out a paper circle pattern of the size you like. Then you cut out at least four fabric circles, fold them in four and glue them with hot glue gun or stitch them to the base. Then you may use beads, lace or ribbons to decorate your flower brooch. Glue the pin at the back side and it’s done.

 

Check out my boards on Pinterest for more inspirations. I have a whole board of DIY fabric flower tutorials there.

Easter fabric crocheted basket


This is a very cute and sweet looking Easter fabric crocheted basket. Easter egg basket is not the only use for it. You can store your candies, fruit or other things in it. You can use it to store your jewelry or crafting supplies. Or, you could go shopping with it.

Easter fabric crocheted basket

Easter fabric crocheted basket

The size of this Easter fabric crocheted basket is 6 by 10 inches. It is totally go green project. I have used an old curtain and a piece of old brown flower pattern fabric to make the yarn for the rug basket. I have also used an old bag handle to upcycle it and make the basket handle.

Easter fabric crocheted basket

Easter fabric crocheted basket

The Easter fabric crocheted basket is decorated with rolled fabric handmade flowers and with one crocheted bead.

Easter fabric crocheted basket

Easter fabric crocheted basket

The basket handle is decorated with a handmade bow and a rolled flower.

Easter fabric crocheted basket

Easter fabric crocheted basket

This basket is handmade and very cute. I really enjoyed making this Easter fabric crocheted basket and it is a great gift for ladies. Check out my Pinterest board for more crafting inspiration and my ETSY shop.

 

 

 

Cute little bird craft


This craft project is cute and easy to do. And it’s a go green crafting project, too, as I have used recycled fabric for it.

blue bird craft project

blue bird craft project

It’s a tiny stuffed soft bird toy. I have used an old t-short fabric for it. I have crocheted the wings and made legs out of old piece of wire.

blue bird craft project

blue bird craft project

This bird makes a great toy or just a pretty decoration for your home. I have hand stitched it and it about min to sew this bird by hand. Check out my Pinterest board or Facebook for instpiration crafting ideas and for green crafts.

Storage ideas: cute bird craft


This is another cute and practical storage idea. These are fabric and crocheted over birds and bunnies.

Fabric bird storage bags

Fabric bird storage bags

I have made several birds and a bunny fabric bags and use them for storing small items in the kitchen. These two birds are filled with coffee beans.

kitchen storage ideas

kitchen storage ideas

This fabric crocheted over bunny is filled with garlic.And here is another cute bird with beans.

kitchen storage ideas

kitchen storage ideas

I have them all hanging on one kitchen wall.

fabric bird bags

fabric bird bags

These small bags are easy to make. I have downloaded a bird pattern and printed it out. You can make it size you want. Then I cut out the birds and use awl to prick holes for the crocheting hook in the fabric. This way I crochet over the edges of the birds or bunnies.

In the fabric bird bags I leave the tail open, so I can load stuff in. I use a large needle to put a thread through the narrow part on the tail to rope it together, so the stored goods won’t fall off.

kitchen storage ideas

kitchen storage ideas

These little storage bag birds are easy to make and are cozy. They do attach a special flavor to your kitchen design and they are useful.

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13 handmade and recycled kitchen storage ideas


There are many things in your kitchen or your crafting supplies you need to store. The trick is to make the storage usable, functional and cute at the same time. I use lots of things people usually throw away, but I upcycle and repurpose them and turn them into cute and useful items. Here is my collection of storage ideas for crafting and for kitchen.

Upcycled cans

Here are two recycled cans turned into storage containers. The first one is an old coffee can. I have  repainted it and decoupaged it with rosebuds. You can store anything in here starting with baking soda (Usually I buy baking soda in paper packs and transfer it into cans as it soaks up the moist and does not store well in paper) and ending up with spices, salt or sugar. You may find a tutorial here.

recycled coffee can decoupage

recycled coffee can decoupage

The next one  is an olive’ can turned into a storage place for my crocheting hooks. I used to have trouble finding them around the house and now I keep them all in one place. This can is covered with fabric and lace.

upcycled can

upcycled can

upcycled can

upcycled can

Baskets

These two baskets or bowls are made out of rope. The tiny one is crocheted over with yarn. It’s really easy to make, if you crochet just a little.

storage rope basket

storage rope basket

This bowls is rolled out of rope. I used hot glue gun to make it. It takes about 10 min to make one. I also cut out a part of plastic bottle and decoupaged it. So, now this bowl can be used as a flower pot.

storage rope basket

storage rope basket

rope flower pot

rope flower pot

The next one is made out of recycled plastic paint can. I have decoupaged it and decorated with lace in shabby chic style. Here is a quick tutorial on it. I use this basket to store my crafting supplies.

shabby chic craft supply basket

shabby chic craft supply basket

The next one is made out of recycled plastic bottles. Here is the link to the post. It’s a small basket which can be used as a jewelry box, but I store beads and other small crafting supplies in it.

My etsy crafts

My etsy crafts

The next comes a crocheted bowl. I had some yarn leftovers and decided to make a small bowl. One may put fruit in it or store other small things in the kitchen.

Crocheted bowl

Crocheted bowl

Bottles

This far I have decoupaged tons of glass bottles. I use them for storing cooking oil, as it is much healthier to store it in glass instead of plastic. You may find more pictures on the Decoupage projects blog page.

decoupage idea

decoupage idea

Plastic bottle baskets

Here are two plastic bottle baskets I use for storing. The first one is real cute. I crocheted it over with yarn.

water bottle basket

The other one is decoupaged and crocheted over, too.

decoupage ideas: plastic bottle decoupage

decoupage ideas: plastic bottle decoupage

Lace and ribbon storage

I do not know about you, but I had trouble storing lace or ribbons. They’d get all tangled up and I had hard time getting apart. So, I decided to make some sort of storage for lace and ribbons and upcycled two things. The first lace roll is made out of old wooden stick out of vintage bed.

Reclaimed wood lace and ribbon storage

Reclaimed wood lace and ribbon storage

Reclaimed wood lace and ribbon storage

Reclaimed wood lace and ribbon storage

The other one is made out of kids’ bubble bottle.

upcycled ribbon holder

upcycled ribbon holder

Tea house

This is a cute recycling project. I have made this tea house for storing tea bags out of plastic bottles. The lower part is made out of plastic bottle decoupaged over with napkins and decorated with lace. The top part is also made out of plastic bottle filled with foam, decoupaged and decorated with lace and ribbon flowers.

plastic bottle craft

plastic bottle craft

plastic bottle craft

plastic bottle craft

It seems like this storage idea post can go on and on, as I have made more things used for storing craft supplies, jewelry or kitchen stuff. I’ll post them in the upcoming articles. Check out my Pinterest boards to find tutorials, recipes and craft or garden inspiration.

 

 

 

 


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More upcycling and decoupage ideas


I love to repurpose things and decoupage provides me with the easy way of doing so. In this post you’ll see two decoupage ideas: decoupage on trays and recycled tile.

plastic tray decoupage

plastic tray decoupage

I got two plastic and ugly green color trays at the flea market just for 50 cents. But they are perfect for decoupage. This one I have decoupaged with sunflowers. I can use it for serving food or carrying plates, but I love it on the shelf, too.

Here is the other decoupage idea on a tray, so to say:

plastic tray decoupage

plastic tray decoupage

It’s the same type of tray as the first one and I decoupaged it as a spring gift for one lady. It’s a sort of shabby chic style in decouapge. It’s a pity I did not have the crackle polish for it though.

So, here is a quick tray decoupage tutorial:

The difficulty with these trays is that the plastic is “slipery” so to say and the paint easily falls off of it. You may rub it with the sand paper first. I repainted the trays in white using acrylic paint.

Then I decoupaged them and covered with transparent polish. The rose tray, I did not like to leave it just white, so I dippied a napkin in some coffee and rubbed in onto the tray to make it look a bit old and shabby.

Finally, here is the recycled and decoupaged tile:

decoupaged and recycled tile

decoupaged and recycled tile

It’s a small and old tile about 2 by 4 inches. It was a white tile, so I did not paint it and just decoupaged it with the napkin. Then I covered it with two types of polish: the transparent and pearl ones.

Few weeks ago I bought this organic rope in the store. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. I have already used it in many crafts. But I love this one. I just used hot glue gun to glue the rope around the tile and make a handle over it.

So, now I can hang it on the wall as a small picture, or I can glue a recipe onto it or use it as a picture frame. I have made 3 of such tiles and gave two of them away putting on the printed Bible verses. They do make nice little and very inexpensive gifts.

It’s a nice way to go green with these decoupage ideas. I  hope you enjoy them, pin them and share them on Facebook or Twitter.