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Recycled water bottle crafts: recipe frames


This is an easy but very useful recycled water bottle craft. I have a special notebook, where I glue down or write down my recipes. But some recipes I use lots of times during a month. It’s so easy to spill things over a recipe you use often and pages get torn or spotted.

So, I’ve come up with this crocheted over water bottle recipe frame:

plastic bottle crafts

plastic bottle crafts

Here is a quick tutorial:

You should use transparent plastic bottles, if you want two sided recipe frames made out of them. I just cut out two pieces of plastic out of a water bottle for each recipe frame. Then I make holes on the edges. You may use a pricker or hot nail for this purpose. Then I used recycled yarn to crochet the frames on three sides. One side you leave to insert the recipe through.

plastic bottle crafts

plastic bottle crafts

I have made three crochets into each hole, while crocheting the frame over. Then I crocheted a loop to hang those recycled water bottle  frames by. I have printed out my recipes on both sides of paper and inserted them into the frames. This way, you get your recipes at hand at all times and they are protected from dirt or water. I have used hot glue to put on decorating items onto my plastic bottle recipe frames.

This is a great way to go green, to organize your kitchen stuff and to craft something very useful. You can make a dozen or so of these recycled recipe frames. They look real cute at the kitchen.

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

Recycling craft ideas: ornaments you can make from old CDs and plastic bottles


This is one of the easy recycling craft projects. It’s a wall ornament made out of used CD and plastic bottle.

recycled craft CD ornament

recycled craft CD ornament

The flowers and the butterfly on the CD are made out of water bottle plastic. You need to print out or draw a paper pattern and then copy it to the water bottle plastic. Then you cut out the  flowers and the butterfly.

I used a piece of old baby sweater for the butterfly. I just cut out the same pattern and glued it to the plastic butterfly. It’s a very easy five min recycled craft. You can make several of such plastic bottle butterflies in have an hour for various decorating purposes.

 

recycled craft CD ornament

recycled craft CD ornament

As to the plastic bottle flower part of this recycling craft, I cut them out of plastic, then I held them over a burning candle to bend them. When they cooled off, I colored the plastic with nail glue. I assembled the plastic bottle flowers on a transparent thread.

The CD part is very easy, too. I have crocheted it over with organic fiber. Then I used blue yarn to crochet over the CD edges. Then I put the whole thing together. It’s an easy and affordable way to decorate your house and to recycle or upcycle old things, such as CDs or plastic bottles.

 

 

Crochet diy bracelet and pendent with glass stones


I love crochet diy bracelets and other handmade jewelry. For one it is unique and no one else has ecxactly the same thing. Plus, these things do look special.

crochet diy bracelet

crochet diy bracelet

One of the best things about handmade jewelry is that you can easily make it yourself. You need to learn only some basic crafting skills, such as basic crocheting, for instance. Then the choice is limited by your imagination and creativity only. This set of diy bacelet and pedent was real easy to make. It took me about half an hour to make it.

The only supplies I used for it was the yarn, glass stones and glue. Here is how I made this diy bracelet: I crocheted the base measuring it against the stone. Then I used rubber glue to fix the stone in the crochet base. That’s it. The craft is easy, but the diy bracelet look great. You may couple it by a pair of stone crocheted ear rings, too.