Category Archives: Crocheting

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.

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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.

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

Recycled plastic bottle craft: usable craft supply box or jewelry plastic bottle box


This is a fancy project made out of recycled plastic bottles. You may make something like this for a Valentine day gift.

plastic bottle crafts: basket

plastic bottle crafts: basket

This basket is made out of recycled water bottles. The wall and the bottom consist of two layers of plastic The outer one is transparent and the inner one is white.

In between the two layers of plastic of this Valentine day gift plastic bottle basket there is napkin rosebud decoupage. All the parts are crocheted together with recycled gray yarn I bought at the flea market.

The diameter of the plastic bottle basket is 2 inches. It makes a great homemade jewelry box or you may store your scented grass there to odorize the house.

You may find this recycled craft basket on my recycledcrafting Etsy shop.

My etsy crafts

My etsy crafts

My trash to treasure recycledcrafting Etsy shop


Hurray, I have finally opened my Etsy shop called recycledcrafting. I have been planning on doing so for a long while. For now there are only two items listed there. Those are my decoupaged can box and doll box.

etsy shop paper mache projects: doll box

etsy shop paper mache projects: doll box

You can order my handmade things throgh my Etsy recycledcrafting shop or directly by contacting me at kievtranslator@gmail.com.

I love crafting and most of my crafted items are very usable. I love to make treasures from trash and give new life to things by upcycling them. It’s a great and healthy way to live green.

25 craft ideas for your inspiration – recycling carfting


25 great easy recycling crafts ideas for your inspiration

I have already posted about 3 reasons to do recycled crafts. Here I would like to offer your attention 25 easy craft ideas you can do using things you usually throw away.

Glass recycled crafts and deoupage ideas

1. Glass bottle decoupage

glass bottle decoupage tutorial

It is an easy way to turn a glass bottle into a decor item. Plus these decoupaged glass bottles are not ornaments. You can make them very practical. I use them to store vegetable oil. Once I buy a sunflower oil, I pour it from the plastic bottled into glass ones. It’s so much nicer to keep the oil in nice looking bottle. Plus, it it s healthy livign tip, too.

2. Glass plate decoupage

decoupage ideas: glass plate decoupage

decoupage ideas: glass plate decoupage

This is another great decoupage idea. If you have transparent plates, you can turn them easily into very fancy looking plates. You can use them to serve food, too.

3. Glass bottle lamp

glass bottle handmade lamp decoupage how to

It’s very affordable way to make a fancy lamp for your sleeping room.

5. Glass bottle torch lamp

glass bottle torch lamp

It’s a great way to recycle old glass bottled and to make useful things for your yard. These look great, when it gets dark.

6. Glass bottle decoupaged tree (decoupage plus crocheting)

glass bottle decoupage

I use this decoupaged bottle as a vase for crochet flower tree.

7. Glass bulb Christmas tree ornament

recycled craft christmas toy

recycled craft christmas toy

That is a great craft idea for kids.

8. Glass mug repurposing

handmade DIY bonsai tree

9. Glass bottle vase

Glass bottle decoupage how to

10. Glass plate decoupaged lamp

glass decoupage picture

Plastic recycled craft ideas

Plastic bottles make great recycling material for crafting. There are many things you can easily craft out of water bottles.

1. Plastic bottle flowers

recycling crafts plastic bottle flowers

recycling crafts plastic bottle flowers

It takes about half an hour to make such a nice blue bouquet of plastic flowers.

2. Plastic bottle crocheted bracelets

DIY bracelet how to

Your creativity is the only limit to what kind of bracelets and designs you can make out of plastic bottles, if you know little crocheting.

3. Plastic bottle decoupaged bracelets

water bottle handmade vase

Plastic is easy to decoupage. So, you may use any pretty patterns you want for making your bracelets.

4. Plastic bottle vase

plastic bottle flowers and vase decoupage

plastic bottle flowers and vase decoupage

5. Plastic bottle box

recycled crafts: water bottle box

6. Plastic bottle brooch

7. Plastic bottle flower craft project for kids

8. Plastic bottle basket

decoupage ideas: plastic bottle decoupage

decoupage ideas: plastic bottle decoupage

9. Plastic bottle recipe cover

how to reuse plastic bottles

10. Plastic bottle bag

 

Aluminum can recycled craft ideas

1. Aluminum can box

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

You may find tutorial for this one on my blog.

2. Aluminum can pin

3. Aluminum can flowers

4. Aluminum can ornaments

5. Aluminum can butterflies

More decoupage ideas: decoupage on plastic bottle – making a plastic bottle vase


I find it no harder to decoupage on plastic, then it is to decoupage on glass or wood. Here is a nice decoupage idea for you: making a plastic bottle vase:

decoupage ideas: plastic bottle decoupage

decoupage ideas: plastic bottle decoupage

This is a milk plastic bottle. It’s made out of transparent plastic. You can go ahead and decoupage right on it. But in my experience transparent, green or brown plastic bottles do not turn out well that way. So, first you have to paint the part of the bottle or the entire plastic bottle you wish to decoupage.

I used white paint for this decoupage idea and painted only a middle part of the plastic bottle.

decoupage ideas: plastic bottle decoupage

decoupage ideas: plastic bottle decoupage

Then when the paint has dried up I decoupaged it over with spring flower napkin. I used glue for this project. Sometimes I use transparent furniture polish.

I pricked holes on the top part of the plastic bottle vase. Then I crochet it over with green yarn.

decoupage ideas: plastic bottle decoupage

decoupage ideas: plastic bottle decoupage

Then I glued the silver ribbon using thermal glue. I have put some of the colored salt inside the vase, as I am planning to use it in my bathroom to store brushes in.

 

decoupage ideas: plastic bottle decoupage

decoupage ideas: plastic bottle decoupage

As the plastic bottle vase is very light, it easily turn over. The salt makes it look even nicer and makes it stand firm. That’s an easy to do DIY decoupage idea and a good idea for recycling crafting.