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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.

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

Easy potato recipe: potato cutlets


I have not been sharing any recipes for a while. This one is basic and easy and I have “invented” it myself, but as it is basic, someone else may have already invented it, too. The basic ingredient here is potato.

Easy potato recipe

Easy potato recipe

Here is a list of ingredients you would need for this easy recipe:

– Potato

– Egg

– A table spoon of flour

– Two or three table spoons of sour milk or cream

– Salt and spices

– A bit of baking soda

– Coriander

– Onions

There is the making of potato cutlets:

Cook mashed potatoes or use some mashed potatoes left overs from yesterday. Fry some onions. You may use small slices of bacon when frying onion. Add an egg, fried onions, salt and spices. Mix the sour milk or cream with a bid of baking soda (just a tiny bit) and add the mixture to the mashed potatoes. Add some flour to make the mix more thick, so you could use your hands to form small balls out of it.

Mix some flour with grind coriander seed. Preheat the pan with vegetable oil on it. Roll the balls, shape small cutlets out them and dip them into the flour with coriander on both sides. Then fry the potato cutlets from both sides.

Done. You may serve your potato cutlets hot with cream or sour cream or with mayonnaise.

5 min craft and art project for kids: felt pen jewelry


This easy recycling or rather upcycling craft and art project for kids really takes only 5 fin to make. All you need is a piece of string or yarn and  old felt pens. You need to pick soft body pens for this bead project.

craft and art project

craft and art project

You just cut the coloring pens in pieces of any size you like.

craft and art project

coloring pen upcycling

It’s better to use the felt pens of different colors for your recycled jewelry for kids. Then you put them on a string. Done. It’s a very easy, but fun craft and art project for kids.

craft and art project

craft and art project

Both of my daughters love wearing this recycled jewelry made out of coloring pens.

 

Easy recycled craft art project for kids


This is a quick and easy recycled craft art project for kids. You may find other similar crafting projects for kids on my blog, such as making modeling dough or cotton wool toys.

For this art project for kids I used old cans. This is a great recycling material for crafts. The craft project is about making a hello kitty pin out of a piece of aluminium can.

recycled craft art project for kids

recycled craft art project for kids

Here is the other side of this can hello kitty pin.

recycled craft art project for kids

recycled craft art project for kids

Here is how you make such easy can pin. You can out a piece of can. Print out a hello kitty head image. Then you need some tracing paper or a piece of baking paper. You need to copy your image to this baking paper. Then you put it over your can piece and use a hard pen to draw out kitty head onto the aluminium.

Remove the paper. You’d see a faint picture of the hello kitty on your can recycled craft material. Use your pen to make it more pronounced. Then cut out the pin. You may decorate it with sparks, glitter glue or anything else you want. If you make a hole in the pin, you can put it on a chain and make a hello kitty handmade pendent out of it. It’s an easy recycled craft art project for kids.