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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

Decoupage ideas: vintage Soviet vase decoupage on glass


It’s another attic find. We have discovered this vintage Soviet time vase on the attic of our old home.

vintage flower vase decoupage

vintage flower vase decoupage

It’s a large size glass vase back from Soviet times. It did not look good as it was, so I decided to paint and decoupage it. It’s amazing how sometimes things can direct your inspiration. First I repainted the vase into white with acrylic paint. I planned to use a pretty rosebud napkin pattern for it.

valentine day gift vase

valentine day gift vase

But once it dried up, it almost seemed like the vase changed it mind and decided to be painted with copper red and candy and heart print on it. It was so sudden. I never thought of such design. But it turned out cool and very fitting for the Valentine day season. So, now it make a great Valentine day gift. Check out my Etsy store RECYCLEDCRAFTING for more gift ideas.

Easy potato recipe: potato cutlets


I have not been sharing any recipes for a while. This one is basic and easy and I have “invented” it myself, but as it is basic, someone else may have already invented it, too. The basic ingredient here is potato.

Easy potato recipe

Easy potato recipe

Here is a list of ingredients you would need for this easy recipe:

– Potato

– Egg

– A table spoon of flour

– Two or three table spoons of sour milk or cream

– Salt and spices

– A bit of baking soda

– Coriander

– Onions

There is the making of potato cutlets:

Cook mashed potatoes or use some mashed potatoes left overs from yesterday. Fry some onions. You may use small slices of bacon when frying onion. Add an egg, fried onions, salt and spices. Mix the sour milk or cream with a bid of baking soda (just a tiny bit) and add the mixture to the mashed potatoes. Add some flour to make the mix more thick, so you could use your hands to form small balls out of it.

Mix some flour with grind coriander seed. Preheat the pan with vegetable oil on it. Roll the balls, shape small cutlets out them and dip them into the flour with coriander on both sides. Then fry the potato cutlets from both sides.

Done. You may serve your potato cutlets hot with cream or sour cream or with mayonnaise.

Paper mache projects: my first handmade doll box


I found this interesting idea for paper mache projects on Youtube. I just fell in love with the handmade paper mache doll box. I have two daughters, so I’ve got many old dolls at home.

paper mache projects: doll box

paper mache projects: doll box

Here is what I used for this paper mache project:

Old plastic doll (top part)

Newspapers and handmade glue (corn glue)

Decoupage glue and napkins

Old scarf and some ribbon

paper mache projects: doll box

paper mache projects: doll box

I have to admit that it took a while for the paper mache skirt to dry up. I decoupaged it with rose napkins.

paper mache projects: doll box

paper mache projects: doll box

I glued the fabric onto the decoupaged surfaces using rubber glue. This paper mache project was not easy to do, but it’s a first paper mache project for me. I love the result.

 

 

Recycling crafts: how to make plastic bottle flowers and vase decoupage


This recycling craft project involved both decoupaging and making flowers out of plastic bottles.

recycling crafts plastic bottle flowers

recycling crafts plastic bottle flowers

I have already made one of such flowers for many handmade box. Here is a list of things you need for this recycling craft how to plastic bottle project:

– Blue and white plastic bottles

– small plastic bottle for the vase

– Mode podge or transparent polish

– Decoupage napkins

– A candle

– A needle

You decoupage the plastic bottle the same way you decoupage the glass bottle. So, I’ll share the step by step how to only for the plastic bottle flowers.

1. Cut the sheet of plastic out of your blue plastic bottle

2. Cut out a paper pattern of the flower and draw it on the plastic. Cut out the plastic flower. You get a flat looking flower there.

3. Light up the candle. Heat up the needle and prick a hole in the middle of your flat flower.

4. Hold the flower by the needle and put it high up over the lighted candle. The heat would bend the plastic and make it look like a real flower. This is the hardest part of your recycled crafts project. You have to figure out the right distance to the candle to bend the plastic, but to prevent it from curling up or burning.

5. Cut out a piece of white plastic out of the white water bottle. It has to around half inch by hold inch in size. Cut one side in thin slices. The other edge should stay whole. Now roll up the plastic and hold it over the candle. This is how you get the heart of your flower.

6. Heat up a knitting needle over a candle and make a bigger hole in the flower to stick the heart through it. That’s it your plastic bottle flower is ready.

This is a pretty easy recycling craft project out of plastic bottle, but you can make amazing things from it.

plastic bottle flowers and vase decoupage

plastic bottle flowers and vase decoupage

plastic bottle flowers and vase decoupage

plastic bottle flowers and vase decoupage

I have made the decoupaged vase out of juice plastic bottle. You may also use nail polish to decorate the plastic bottle flower and its heart.

 

Easy water bottle crafts: DIY plastic bottle basket


Water bottle crafts are great because they are easy, cheap and green. You upcycle things and give them new decorating your house or making handmade jewelry.

Here is another one of my ater bottle crafts: plastic bottle basket:

water bottle craft

It’s a nice little thing you can make with your kids. Here is what you need for this water bottle craft project:

– Water bottle

– Scissors

– Pricker

– Yarn and crocheting hook

– Glue

– Nail polish or other decoration items

Here is what you do:

1. Cut the water bottle. I cut off the bottom and then the middle part ringand a slice of plastic for the handle.

2. Prick the holes in the bottom top edge, on both edges of the middle part ring and in the middle of the handle slip.

3. Crochet all parts of your bottle around separately. You get three pieces crocheted on the edges.

4. Crochet together the bottom and middle parts and attach the handle.

water bottle basket

5. I have made dots with the nail polish on the bottom parts and glues flowers onto the middle part of the water bottle basket. You may decorate your water bottle projet in any way you wish to.

water bottle crafts

The good thing about water bottle crafts is that  your imagination and creativity is your only limit there.

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.