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Kitchen crafts: glass and wood decoupage ideas


There are many things you can craft for your kitchen to make it cosy and stylish. I love shabby chic or cottage chic styles. So, I try to craft things for my kitchen in soft colors. Here are two of my decoupage projects: decoupaged glass bottle vase and decoupaged wooden cutting board.

decoupage on glass and decouapge on wood

decoupage on glass and decouapge on wood

I used the same color vanila paint for both items. Both of these are usable crafts. The cutting board has the other side, where I can cut thing on. Only one side of it is decoupaged. And it is washable, too. I had to put several layers of polish on the wooden board and now I can wash and even lightly scrub it.

bread cutting board decoupage

bread cutting board decoupage

I have made another cutting board over a year ago and it is still in use and the decoupaged surface was not damaged by water. I do use a lot.

Decoupage on wood is easy to do. Here is a quick how to:

I painted one side of the cutting board with acrylic paint. Let it dry. Then I applied the napkin patterns using transparent acrylic furniture polish. Once it has dried up, I shaded the board a bit with acrylic silver paint and put several layers of polish.

Decoupage on glass: recycled glass bottle vase

I really love to upcycle or recycle glass bottles. Most people throw them away, so I ask them to donate the bottles to me and give them a new life.

In this particular glass bottle vase I have put two layers of decoupage to create texture on the bottle. Here is my quick tutorial.

First, I painted the bottle. Then I used pieces of old napkins to decoupage it with. Once they dried up, I have repainted the bottle once more. This created a soft texture underneace the paint.

decoupage on glass tutorial

decoupage on glass tutorial

Then I decoupaged the glass bottle vase with apple napkin and covered it with polish.

decoupage on glass tutorial

decoupage on glass tutorial

I have also used organic fiber rope to decorate the bottle. And I made rolled fabric flowers to decorate both the rope on the bottle and to make flowers for this decoupaged glass bottle vase.

You may order unique and handcrafted items for your kitchen from me. Write me at kievtrnaslator@gmail.com . Find more crafting inspiration on my PINTEREST boards.

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.

 

 

 

 

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!

Decoupage ideas: pink rosebud glass bottle


This is another one of my decoupage bottle projects. I simply love nice bottles and it’s a pity to throw them away. Decoupage gives them new life and allows you to make treasures from the trash.

rosebud bottle decoupage

rosebud bottle decoupage

This is a thick glass bottle decoupaged with pink roses. One may use it as a vase or as a cooking oil bottle. Or you may pour or wine into it for some special occasion such as Valentine day to create unique table design.

rosebud bottle decoupage

rosebud bottle decoupage

It’s a nice glass bottle decoupage idea.

decoupage idea

decoupage idea

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

Decoupage ideas: glass plate decoupage how to


It’s one of the decoupage ideas I wanted to do for a good while. I could not find a fitting glass plate for it though.

decoupage ideas: glass plate decoupage

decoupage ideas: glass plate decoupage

This plate is decoupaged in traditional Ukraine folk style. What you need for this decoupage project is to find a transparent glass plate. The trick is to decoupage the plate and still leave it usable.

This glass plate is decoupaged on the other side.

decoupage ideas: glass plate decoupage

decoupage ideas: glass plate decoupage

Here is how you do it. You clean and dry the plate well first. This gets is ready to be decoupaged. I used PVC glue, you may use mode podge or transparent furniture polish for your decoupage ideas.

Next, you cut out the napkin patterns and place them the best way onto the plate. You glue them the bright side down to the backward of the plate. This way, when you turn the plate around, you can see the pattern through the glass.

Let it dry well. Then you take a sponge and dip it into some colorful, golden, silver or other color acrylic paint. I used silver paint on the edges of the plate. Apply the paint with the gentle strokes of the sponge. Let it dry.

Now use white or any other color paint to cover the entire plate from the back end. Cover up the decoupaged fragments well, too. Let it dry. Finally, cover the back end with more polish to make it water proof. That’s it. It’s a pretty doable decoupage idea on glass, which gives you much space for your creativity.