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Little bit of useful decoupage


This is a paper box decoupage project. I have had a trouble with storing by spices. They used to lie around on the shelves and it was a mess. I had several of the packs opened and they would occasionally get spilt. Today, when I cleaned the mess out, I noticed, I had two packs of ground black pepper and two packs pf coriander opened.

I even had a funny incident with these messy spices. My coriander and cinnamon packs look pretty similar. They are designed in the same color. And, in Russian coriander and cinnamon sound pretty much the same: coriander and coritsa. So, I have gone ahead and put a tea spoon of cinnamon into my soup instead of coriander! Can you imagine that!

 

But, here is my decoupage solution for the messy spices:

spice box decouapge

This decoupaged item used to be a wine packaging box. So, it’s a great upcycling and green living idea, too.

I cut out part of the box and repainted it to cover up the print on it. Then I decoupaged it with a napkin.

spice box decouapge

Of course, I could fit only part of my spices in the decoupaged box. I’ll have to get couple more of them done. But, I already cleaned part of the mess and every little bit helps.

So, now I

spice box decouapge

That’s my spice box decoupage

Glass bottle decoupage how to


I have already posted here about the unsafely of keeping your vegetable oil in plastic bottles. Here is another decoupage how to on decorating a glass bottle for storing your vegetable oil.

glass bottle decoupage how to

glass bottle decoupage how to:

The first step is to clean the bottle well. I washed it and left it to dry up. The next step on our decoupage how to is to paint the bottle. I used white acrylic paint and a green dye for it. I also used roller to apply the pain. I applied it twice.

Then I got a flower napkin.

glass bottle decoupage how to

A little tip here: instead of cutting out the flower pattern of the napking, I used my fingers to tear it off. This makes the flowers look more natural, when you apply them to the bottle. This way you decoupage looks more like a painting.

This is the front side of the bottle:

glass bottle decoupage how to

I applied the napkin to the bottle using transparent polish. First, I applied a thin layer of it onto the bottle, got the flower stuck to it. And, used more polished to get it applied to the bottle. When the first polish layer dried up, I covered up the entire bottle with the polish. This is my easy decoupage how to for a glass bottle.

Housekeeping tips: vegetable oil bottle


Tips for healthy housekeeping

Most of us use some kind of vegetable oil for cooking. If you are using more expensive extra virgin olive oil only, you may not be interested in this post. But, if you use less expensive oils, you know, they are mostly sold in plastic bottles. These bottles have several significant cons, when it goes about health issues.

vegetable oil

According to scientists, there is no 100 percent safe plastic to use for foods, as all plastics have a potential of getting its toxic particles into the foods, they store.

Vegetable oil is a highly active environment for plastic, especially if you set your veggie oil bottle on the window shelf or somewhere, where sun rays come in direct contact with the bottle and oil in it. For one, they stimulate oxidation processes in vegetable oil and it gets spoiled fast or loses its vitamins. Besides, sun exposure makes plastic toxic.

The solution for this housekeeping problem is simple. You can get an old olive oil bottle, decorate it and use it for storing your vegetable oil.

bottle for vegetable oilremember, I am not good at taking pics.

This is the same bottle. It was an olive oil bottle. I painted it, using crackle technique and decoupaged it with a napkin. I also covered it up with polish to prevent decoupage damage.

Now, as soon as I buy vegetable oil, I pour it into this glass bottle.

Three benefits:

– I do not store vegetable oil in plastic

– The bottle looks nice and decorates my kitchen

– The bottle is not transparent and protects oil from oxidation

Healthy housekeeping tip:

When you shop for vegetable oil, check out its issue date. Most oils have pretty long shelf life (up to 1 year). Try to purchase only freshly poured vegetable oil. This way, it does not stay long in plastic and does not get toxic.