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My new hobby: handmade flowers, brooches, headbands out of foamiran


This post is going to have many pics in it. I’ve been crafting these flowers for few months and I just love them. Now, Foramiran is a pretty new thing here in Ukraine. It is sort of rubber fabric and it is handy in making flowers and dolls our of  it.

You can actually make any kind of flower of foamiran and the best thing is you do not need any special tools and paints to do it. That is why I love this craft.

Here is one of my flowers – poppy flower composition. It’s a hair clip I made for my daughter to wear to school. Poppy flowers are national Ukraine flowers and they are very fashionable now.

foramiran flowers handmade flowers

foramiran flowers handmade flowers

foramiran flowers handmade flowers

foamiran flowers handmade flowers

This is sort of fantasy flower, but it kind of resembles magnolia flower (they are blooming now in Kiev).

foramiran flowers handmade flowers

foramiran flowers handmade flowers

This flower is also can be used as a hair clip or as a brooch for a scarf. I used white foamiran to make it and I colored it pale pink and green. I really loved the result.

foramiran flowers handmade flowers

foamiran flowers handmade flowers

I also love these rosebuds. They are tiny and I made a handmade brooch out of them. I also used white fabric for them and colored them to be pinkish.

foramiran flowers handmade flowers

foamiran flowers handmade flowers

This is a sample of wedding decor out of foamiran. It can be used as a pin or to adorn the glasses and bottle. These are jasmine flowers. I have many more to share and maybe I’ll do a quick tutorial in the next post on how make’em. You may find more pics on my other blog or on Pinterest.

Crafting, SEO writing and making money go hand in hand


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Handmade jewelry project: a ring and a pendent


This is one of my handmade jewelry projects. Unfortunately I do not have much time to cover them all in my blog. This fabric ring and pendent are the part of one of my refashion projects.

I have bought a pair of huge and ugly green pants at a flea market. I looked exactly like Asterix in them. But I refashioned them into a stylish skirt and a handbag. I had some scrapes left, so I made this fabric jewelry set.

fabric jewelry set`

fabric jewelry set

This is my green fabric pendent. It is accompanied by the fabric ring.

fabric jewelry set

fabric jewelry set

Here is my quick how to on this fabric jewelry set. I used coins for the fabric circle bases. I used hot glue gun for attaching the fabric to the coins. I have also used a piece of recycled belt as the base for the pendent. So, this is a go green jewelry project, as I have used only recycled or recycable materials for it.

fabric jewelry set

fabric jewelry set

As you may see, I have used just tiny scrapes of fabric for this jewelry project. Still it does look good and I get many people asking me where I got this set.

Recycling: shabby chic can bucket


I really love this cute craft supply shabby chic can bucket. It’s a sort of basket for storing scissors and other crafting tools and supplies. But it has a handle and it looks like a tiny bucket.

shabby chic can2

The can is upcycled by being decoupaged with cute pink crocheted fabric. Plus I used organic rope to make a handle and the bottom of the can.

shabby chic can5

As you may see, the bottom of the shabby chic can bucket is decorated with the coiled rope.

shabby chic can4

The shabby chic can bucket is decorated with vintage book page flowers and with wooden beads and rolled fabric flowers.

You may order this bucket or one in a different design from me in by Etsy RECYCLEDCRAFTING store.

 

Victorian style wall art


Here is my new upcycling project. It is a Victorian style wall art piece.

Victorian style wall art

Victorian style wall art

shoe wall art

shoe wall art

It’s Victorian style shoe image printed out on a piece of fabric. It is a totally go green project. I have used old shirt fabric to print the shoe on.

Here is what I used for the frame

shoe wall art

shoe wall art

It’s a lid of the plastic paint can I used for a planter.

I have decoupaged the lid with old book pages. Then I used hot glue gun to cover the edges with fabric and vintage lace. And I glued the fabric shoe image onto it. Then I made rolled fabric flowers and leather and chain buckle for the wall art shoe.

This was I sort of made a 3D wall art image printed on fabric. It looks really lovely on the wall. Check out my facebook page to find more crafting inspiration.

How to make fabric flowers


I just love fabric flowers. There are many great things about them. They look great and you can make them out of fabric scraps. You can recycle and upcycle fabric making fabric flowers. Here are few examples of what I have made this far:

fabric flowers

fabric flowers

This is a vintage looking fabric flower bouquet. These are rolled fabric flowers. I use hot glue gun to make these. You have to learn to roll the fabric to make these. First, you make a strip of fabric. Then you take it by one end and make a bend in it and form the heart of the flower. Then you roll it away from you and twist.

You put a dub of glue to make it hold together and keep on rolling and twisting.

I have glued these fabric flowers onto wooden sticks and rolled them up in an old book page.

fabric flowers

fabric flowers

You can use two strips of fabric together to make a bigger and fancier flower. Or, you can add a ribbon to the strip of fabric and roll them together to make two colored fabric flowers.

fabric flowers

fabric flowers

This is a lace rolled flower I used to decorate a tint can. You roll it the same way, as you do wiht the fabric flowers.

fabric flowers

fabric flowers

As you may see, you can decorate so many things with fabric flowers, such as this rope basket.

fabric flower jewelry

fabric flower jewelry

This is a plastic bottle bracelet decorated with rolled fabric flowers.

fabric flowers

fabric flowers

This is a two colored fabric flower I have made for the crocheted fabric tea pot mat. You can use all sorts of beads or buttons to decorate your fabric flowers.

They are lovely and easy to make. You can use fabric flowers to make headbands, jewelry, you can use them to decorate  flower pots or picture frames. Or you can make fabric flower boquets. This is an easy and go green craft.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Making a box how to: recycled craft aluminium can handmade Christmas box


This is one of my new recycled craft projects. It took me a while to finish it up. It’s a handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans.

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

You may buy this unique recycled box on my Etsy shop.recycledcrafting.  I have a step by step how to for this handmade box for you:

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

That is where you start. Get enough cans, cut them up to make aluminium sheets and clean them.

Make a paper layout and pattern for your future box.

Then cut out the pattern out of aluminium. I used two sheets of aluminium for each side of the box. So, I had to double the number of sheets I cut out and then fix them together.

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

Looks tidier, right? Now I had to prick holes in the aluminium sheets. I used a paper pricker for it.

Then I painted one side of the plates, as I wanted to get a white box.

When my can box plates dried up, I started to crochet them together through the pricked holes.

Finally, I assembled the handmade can box by crocheting it together.

Then I moved on to decorating it.

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

I have decoupaged it with the Christmas bell on the top, as I did with one of the decoupaged glass bottles. The great thing about decoupage is that you can decoupage almost anything, if you cover it with paint first.

I decoupaged the box with snowflakes on the sides, I cut them out of napkins.

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

That is how this handmade can box for Christmas looks from inside. I plan on using the can box for Christmas gifts and candies.