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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.

 

 

 

 

3 reasons to learn recycled crafts


 

 

recycling crafts plastic bottle flowers

recycling crafts plastic bottle flowers

From trash to beauty

I will not name the obvious reason for learning recycled crafts. It’s being eco friendly. There are some other great reasons to learn this type of crafting. Take a look at three of them here.

 

1. Recycled crafts offer you wide diversity of choice

There is almost limitless number of things you can craft learning recycled crafts. You can upcycle or recycle almost anything. At this most of the materials for recycling or upcycling are easy to work with. You may use anything from used coffee filters to plastic water bottles or aluminum cans or broken tiles for you craft projects. So, the choice of material and of the things you make crafting is limited only by your imagination.

 

Plus, you learn different crafting techniques, mastering recycled crafts. I have learned crocheting, decoupage on glass and plastic, paper-mache or working with cotton wool for my recycling projects.

2. Recycled crafts are easy to learn

Most of the recycling craft projects are easy to do. You can learn them quickly and finish them up in a matter of minutes or hours. For instance, you may make a plastic bottle crochet bracelet in less than 10 min. Or, you may make a cute little plastic bottle basket in just half an hour. You may do recycled crafts with your kids, teaching them to live green and to have and craft.

 

3. Recycled crafts are cheap

In most cases crafting takes some money. You need to buy the materials for your crafting projects. It’s not a problem with recycled crafts. For instance, I use old yarn for my projects. I recycle old sweaters or scarfs and use that yarn. In most cases, you may get glass bottles for decoupage, water bottles, cans, or cardboard for free. And, there is another advantage to consider. When you learn to craft, you get some chances of spoiling your first projects. With recycled crafts it’s not a big deal, as the materials are either cheap or free. And your material supplies can be easily refilled.

 

Hopefully, these reasons to learn recycled crafts are good enough for you to try them. Check out some of the ideas and how tos for recycled crafts on my blog.

 

How to reuse plastic bottles: crocheting crafts and nice things for home


I have to say I love crafting and I love upcycling. It’s a great thing, when I can combine the two the learn to reuse plastic bottles or other things we usually throw away. So, here I came up a few nice projects on repurposing plastic bottles.

Recipe frame is one of them:

how to reuse plastic bottles

That is one more problems solved in my house. I used to store all my recipes in a notebook. When I open it up to see the ingredients, I spill things over the pages and the recipe book gets untidy and messy. I hope you do better than I in this respect. But I have several recipes I use all the time. So, here is the repurposed plastic bottle and crocheting project to solve my problem.

As you may see, the plastic for the frame came from a plastic bottle. Here is my step by step how-to on this one:

1. Cut out a piece of smooth plastic our of the plastic bottle.

2. Make holes on the edges with a pricker.

3. Use some nice yarn and crocheting hook to crochet the thing around from three sides.

4. Measure the size of your frame pocket and print out or write out your recipes. (Do two of them for one frame).

5. insert the recipes inside the frame and crochet the last side.

6. Crochet a chain to hang the frame and decorate it, if you wish to.

 

BTW, the butterfly is also made out of the plastic bottle. I think, this way my recipes look nice. They are always right before my eyes, so I do not even have to get the recipe book out. And, I;ve reused some of the plastic bottles decorating my home. All you need is a little crocheting skill and some imagination for this easy plastic bottle upcycling project.

DIY glass cup decoration and bonsai tree


This is something new I learnt these days. This DIY project differs a bit from anything I have done this far.

Here my bonsai tree:

handmade DIY bonsai tree

I’ve been dreaming of making a bonsai tree for a long time, but all the techniques for making flowers or leafs were too complicated. Some people offered making them from beads, while others suggested crocheting them.

Finally, I have found a great and easy way to make these flowers. It took me only 15 min to make 10 of them. Guess what they are made of? It’s very green and upcycling thing to do. I’ve make them out of a plastic bottle!

plastic bottle flowers for bonsai

I think they look nice. Here is what I’ve done. I have cut out ‘flowers’ with three petals from a white plastic bottle. Then I used a thick needle, heated it up over a candle and pricked a hole in the middle of a flower. Keeping it on the needle, I put the plastic bottle flower over the candle heat to get it shaped the right way.

Then I removed the needle, used some thin wire to put the bead inside the flower and for fastening it onto the bough.

I had an old glass mug in my home. It’s veteran mug, it survived for 8 years in a home with two small kids. Finally, it got cracked, but I was sorry to throw it away. I had a piece of old vintage looking lace to use in my bonsai tree DIY project.

Here is what I’ve done:DIY glass mug decoration with lace

I glued the lace over the mug using PVC white glue. I sort of decoupaged the mug with the lace, as I’ve done it with my crocheted jar.

Finally, I have painted the bough with some silver paint to give it a frosty look. And, I’ve gathered some moss to put in the mug.

handmade bonsai

I believe those plastic bottle flowers look great and they offer much space for your creativity. Plus, they are eco friendly and it’s a great upcycling idea.

DIY present tutorial: how to make a decoupaged and hanging flower pot


The good thing about cheap plastic pots is that you can easily turn them into great DIY gifts or into nice decor items for your home or garden. Here are few ideas on how to decoupage a flower pot and make hanging flower pot out of simple and cheap plastic pot.

flower pot decoupage

On your right you see the kind of cheap plastic flower pot I used for this project. It cost me $0.7 a piece. On the left you see, how it got transformed by being decoupaged.

Flower pot decoupage steps:

1.Use sandpapper

Some plastic is tricky for decoupage, as both paint and polish have hard time sticking to it. So, you have to start by working with sandpaper on the pot first. You may also put a layer of glue and let it try up well and only then start repainting the pot or decoupaging it.

2. Repaint

I put a layer of white water based paint on the pot. Even though it did not change the pot color, it helped the napkin pattern to stick better to it. Let the paint dry well.

3. Cut and position

Cut out your napkin patterns and try to position them well on your pot. Sometimes I get so anxious to decorate that I do not do the positioning on a dry pot. It’s an easy way to let things go wrong. When you try them on a dry pot, you can always change your mind and pattern, too.

4. Start gluing

I use transparent polish for my decoupage projects. I apply the polish sparingly on the pot surface. Then I glue the napkin pattern, get rid bubbles with a soft brush and only then put more polish to soak the napkin well.

5. Cover up the entire pot with the polish and let it dry well.

6. Color it

If you just leave the napkin pattern on, the decoupaged flower pot would look like some child’s craft piece. To make it look better, you should color it. I use the same white paint as for the base. Only I add various tints and colors to it. Experiment. Place a small amount of white paint into a small bowl and start adding colors to it until you get the desired tint.

Then you may apply the paint to your decoupaged flower pot with a brush, but I prefer using either plastic foam or a piece of napkin. You dip it into the paint and make gentle strokes on your pot. It adds an airy touch of color to it.

7. Let it dry and cover up with another layer of polish (you may add several layers)

Now, how do you turn a simple plastic pot like that into a hanging one?

Hanging decoupaged flower pot

It’s pretty easy. First, I made the holes in the pot. I used a nail and pliers for this purpose. You take the nail with the pliers and heat it up. I simply stuck it into the gas stove. Once it heats up enough, you easily prick the holes in the plastic. Only make sure to use pliers with the plastic handles. The iron ones would heat up and burn your fingers.

Then I decoupaged the flower pot and put the ropes thru the holes in it. I also used a decoupaged old CD as a pot holder. I have also made holes with a hot nail in it and attached it with the same blue rope to the decoupaged flower pot.

That’s my step by step DIY decoupage tutorial for flower pots. I hope you find it useful. Comments are welcomed.

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