Monthly Archives: March 2013

Upcycling ideas: flower pots out of baby shoes and plastic bottles.


This is another great and cute upcycling idea. Here in Ukraine we plant onions in the spring at home to grow greens for our salads. It’s very easy, but usually these onion pots do not look good.

Yesterday I found old baby shoes. They are cute and I was sorry to throw them away, so I got this upcycling idea in my head: shoe flower pots. I made them out of plastic bottles. So, it’s another go green project.

cute flower pots

cute flower pots

Here is a quick tutorial on the shoe flower pot for you:

Find two plastic bottles of suitable sizes. Cut the tops out on the level you need to fit into the shoes. Fill them in with soil, water and plant your flowers or stick in the onions.

cute flower pots

cute flower pots

One of these shoe pots has an onion in it and I have planted basil into the other one.  Plus I have decorated them with rolled fabric flowers in shabby chic style. I used pieces of vintage photo album paper to adorn the upcycled shoe flower pots with leaves. So, this is totally go green easy project for you.

 

Tiny crocheted flower basket for Easter


This crocheted flower basket is a great spring gift idea.

Easter crocheted flower basket

Easter crocheted flower basket

This is a small about 2 inch crocheted basket. It is stuffed with a piece of old crocheted sweater and it is made out of recycled yarn. So, it’s a great go green spring gift idea.

The flowers are small and crocheted. They are pinned on color head pins.

Easter crocheted flower basket

Easter crocheted flower basket

The center piece is white and made out of recycled lace. It is a fabric rolled flower adorn with yellow ribbon. I used hot glue gun to put the whole crocheted basket and flowers together. In total the basket has 7 crocheted flowers of different colors.

Easter crocheted flower basket

Easter crocheted flower basket

This tiny spring flower basket makes a great go green and handmade gift for Easter or any other occasion. You may find it on my Etsy store recycledcrafting.

 

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Decoupage ideas: pretty handmade spring gifts for women


Here are few pretty spring gifts I made for the March 8 day. These are cute little handmade gifts for women and I used decoupage technique or paper to craft them.

Decoupage ideas: foam heart

Decoupage ideas: foam heart

This is a small foam heart on a stick. It is a foam plastic heart decoupaged and it has a candy attached to the stem.

glass bottle decoupage ideas

glass bottle decoupage ideas

This is another glass bottle decoupage idea. This bottle is not only decoupaged with pink wild roses, but I also used some yarn and beads to decorate it. I have also made two tiny rolled ribbon roses for it.

Decoupaged pan vintage photo frame

Decoupaged pan vintage photo frame

This set you may find in my Etsy store recycledcrafting. It’s a small vintage Soviet pan decoupaged with roses and adorned with old lace. It can be used as a wall decor item or as a photo frame. It is coupled by decoupaged and upcycled coffee can.

decoupage ideas: pin cushion

decoupage ideas: pin cushion

This is an orange foam plastic pin cushion decoupaged with napkin. I like the foam cushions more than I like fabric ones. It’s easier to stick the pins into it and they get better secured there. If you drop such a pin cushion, only few pins if any would fall out of it. It’s really easy to make, too. And it makes a great handmade gift.

I hope you enjoyed by decoupaged ideas and spring projects. You are welcome to leave a comment.

Recycled crafts and deoupage ideas: shabby chic craft supply basket


I have to admit that I simply love this craft supply basket. I have lots of ribbons and beads and I urgently needed a basket to store them in. Here is what I made out of an old paint plastic can with a lid.

shabby chic craft supply basket

shabby chic craft supply basket

This was an ugly white plastic one pound can of paint. Here is how the recycling and transformation has take place. It’s a decoupage idea, because first I decoupaged the basket with mild orange napkin. I decoupaged both the lid and the outer walls of the can.

I let it dry and used hot glue gun to wrap it up with a piece of lace. I got this lace just for few cents on our local flea market. The bottom of the shabby chic craft supply basket was not nice and it had the sticking up ends of lace. So, I used some recycled pieces of blue purse to cut out a circle and cover it up.

Then I made tissue roses and leaves and decorated the shabby chic craft supply basket.

shabby chic craft supply basket

shabby chic craft supply basket

These rolled fabric roses look nice and they are easy to make. I may share the  quick tutorial in the next post. Take a look at some of the other recycled baskets I have made and order one for your jewelry or supplies.

 

Easter egg crocheted basket


This is a tiny Easter egg basket. I crocheted the basket in two colors.

Easter egg basket DIY

Easter egg basket DIY

Then I made tiny colorful Easter eggs for it. The eggs are made in go green technology. I used old Soviet cotton wool technology of making toys. Our grandmas here used to make Christmas tree decorations and other toys for their kids out of homemade flour or starch glue and cotton wool.You may click a link about to see, how they are made.

After the Easter eggs have dried up I have decoupaged them over with napkins. This is a totally go green Easter egg basket. The basket is crocheted from recycled yarn.

Easter egg basket DIY

Easter egg basket DIY

You may order it in different colors in my Etsy recycledcrafting shop and check out other green, recycled and handmade items.