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Making a box how to: recycled craft aluminium can handmade Christmas box


This is one of my new recycled craft projects. It took me a while to finish it up. It’s a handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans.

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

You may buy this unique recycled box on my Etsy shop.recycledcrafting.  I have a step by step how to for this handmade box for you:

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

That is where you start. Get enough cans, cut them up to make aluminium sheets and clean them.

Make a paper layout and pattern for your future box.

Then cut out the pattern out of aluminium. I used two sheets of aluminium for each side of the box. So, I had to double the number of sheets I cut out and then fix them together.

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

Looks tidier, right? Now I had to prick holes in the aluminium sheets. I used a paper pricker for it.

Then I painted one side of the plates, as I wanted to get a white box.

When my can box plates dried up, I started to crochet them together through the pricked holes.

Finally, I assembled the handmade can box by crocheting it together.

Then I moved on to decorating it.

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

I have decoupaged it with the Christmas bell on the top, as I did with one of the decoupaged glass bottles. The great thing about decoupage is that you can decoupage almost anything, if you cover it with paint first.

I decoupaged the box with snowflakes on the sides, I cut them out of napkins.

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

That is how this handmade can box for Christmas looks from inside. I plan on using the can box for Christmas gifts and candies.

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.

 

Unique handmade Christmas gift ideas: cotton wool Christmas tree toys


Just few days ago I stumbled on one amazing handmade Christmas gift idea: handmade cotton wool toys for a Christmas tree. You may find a how to here.

Even though the video is in Russian, you may easily understand the technique. Here is what we’ve made with my kids.

handmade toys

handmade toys

It’s a mushroom made out of cotton wool.

handmade christmas gift ideas

handmade christmas gift ideas

It’s the top of the Christmas tree handmade mushroom.

Handmade Christmas bonny toy

Handmade Christmas bonny toy

We’ve called this toy a funny bunny. It’s a hare made out of cotton wool and decoupaged with a napkin. These handmade Christmas gift toys look funny and vintage. In Russia our grandmothers used to make such toys for Christmas tree decorations. These can make great handmade Christmas gifts for kids and even for adults.

 

 

Easy handmade Christmas gifts: DIY bulb Christmas tree decoration gifts for kids


easy christmas gift recycled snowman

easy christmas gift recycled snowman

It’s one of the easy recycled crafts for kids. This handmade christmas gift you may easily make with your child. They are very cheap, so you may make a bunch and use them as favors for some party.

bulb snowman

bulb snowman

recycled craft christmas toy

recycled craft christmas toy

Now, guess what these recycled Christmas toys are made of. Yes, they are made out of old bulbs. And they are very easy to make. Here is what you need for making your easy handmade Christmas gifts:

– a bulb

– glue

– napkins

– color cardboard

– yarn

– some cotton wool

– any decor items or glitter

Here is your easy handmade Christmas gifts how to for bulb upcycling:

Most napkin consist of several thin layers. You need to peel them up and use only one thin white layer. You rumple it and glue it to the bulb. Let it dry well. Meanwhile you can make a hat for your Christmas toy. Use stapler or glue to make the cardboard hold together. Then glue some cotton wool or decorations to it.

Once the Christmas toy dries up, you should put the hat on and glue some cotton wool or color napkin to make a coat. You may make the hard out of yarn. You may also use paint to color it once it dries up. Your imagination is your only limit. These things turn out real cute. My child has already started to give them out to her friends and they love these recycled craft Christmas toys.