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Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in 3 Simple Steps, Home Decor, Reuse/Recycle | 1 comment

Simple Mardi Gras Wreath

Simple Mardi Gras Wreath

Mardi Gras Beaded Wreath Pin

Since recently moving to the south, I am enjoying all the fun that goes along with Mardi Gras. And, of course, I needed some type of decoration for my house!  So, I took a hour or two the other day and made this Mardi Gras bead wreath.

It’s Easy as 1-2-3!  You only need a wire wreath base, beads and wire for a hanger. I did not have to buy a thing – love that part!  I took the dry greenery off of a wire frame that I had left from Christmas to use for my base.  Then I made a big pile of the beads we caught the night before at a parade and starting wrapping my wreath.

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Tie one strand of beads onto the frame.  Then connection on more strands.

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To connect them, just lay one strand over the other, then pull one strand under and through the end of the other.

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Pull through to connect 2 strands. I used smaller beads for the base because those were the size that I had the most of.  You could use larger beads, but I would reccomend that you use all similar size so the thickness will be the same all the way around.  Continue on wrapping at an angle until you get close to the finish size you would like.

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At this point I added in my larger beads to provide more interest and texture.  I also added more of the small beads, but after I connected them together, I knotted them a seccond to create clusters to scatter about.

Mardi Gras bead wreath close up

Just play around and see what you come up with – that’s part of the fun! I ran a piece of wire from the back to create my hanger and then put it up on my front door – 3 days before Fat Tuesday!  Now that I have made this one, next year I’ll be able to put it up lots earlier!

Mardi Gras Bead Wreath on front door

My front door is not decorated as elaborately as some others around town -but I like it simple!

 

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Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in 3 Simple Steps, Reuse/Recycle | 1 comment

Make a Souvenir T-Shirt Tote Bag

Make a Souvenir T-Shirt Tote Bag

Souvenir T-shirts – we all buy them!  But how many of them end up buried in your closet?  Why not pull one out and make something useful from it?

t-shirt bag beginningI got this t-shirt when I went on my first cruise.  I did wear it quite a bit, but lately it has been tucked away in a drawer.  Now I will be able to use it for something and keep a souvenir of my trip, too.

This Project is as Simple as 1-2-3: Cut – Pull – Tie and you’re done!

Start by cutting off the bottom band of the shirt

Start by cutting off the bottom band of the shirt

Next, but off the sleeves.

Next, cut off the sleeves.

Cut off the neck band.  You can cut this what ever way you wish, you could cut it in a V or in a Square, if you wish.

Cut off the neck band. You can cut this what ever way you wish, you could cut it in a V or in a Square, if you wish.

Lay our bottom band across for a guide to cut your strips.  I cut fringe on this bag about 6 inches long.

Lay out bottom band across for a guide to cut your strips. I cut fringe on this bag about 7 inches long. I think the next one I do I will cut a little shorter so there will be more room inside the bag.

Cut fringe about 1 inch wide all the way across.  And remember to cut the side seam area on each side.

Cut fringe about 1 inch wide all the way across. And remember to cut the side seam area on each side, too.

pull each piece of fringe so that the materal rolls up.  Keep shirt flat so that fringes remain in order.

Pull each piece of fringe so that the materal rolls up. Keep shirt flat so that fringes remain in order.

All fringe is pulled - how fun!  I think this would make for a cute tank top, too!

All fringe is pulled – how fun! I think this would make a cute tank top, too!

Now tie coordinating top and bottom fringes together.

Now tie coordinating top and bottom fringes together all the way across.  Make sure you pair each fringe with the one directly behind it.

T-shirt Tote Bag is finished!

T-shirt Tote Bag is finished! How Cute – and Easy!  I think I will use mine to hold my current crochet project.

 

Here is another idea for your Upcycled T-Shirt Bag.  Hang it in your closet and use it to store things like hose or slips.  It is a smart way to keep things handy in your closet rather than in a drawer.

Here is another idea for your Upcycled T-Shirt Bag. Hang it in your closet and use it to store things like hosiery or slips. It is a smart way to keep things handy in your closet rather than in a drawer.  Hope you enjoy making one of more of these!

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Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in 3 Simple Steps, Reuse/Recycle | 0 comments

3 Steps to Turn Dryer Lint into Something Useful

3 Steps to Turn Dryer Lint into Something Useful

Ever wondered what you could do with dryer lint, besides throw it in the trash can?

I have been keeping my dryer lint for the last couple of years thinking that surely there was something “crafty” I could do with it.  (Yep, that is the way my mind works.)   I have come up with a cool  project –  and it only takes 3 things!

We try to find ways to recycle lots of things around our house.   I had a shelf full of vases in my basement (that I could not bring myself to throw away.)  So I sat one out on my dryer, and started filling it with lint!  (It looked kinda cool, actually, and sort of reminded me of the days when I used to make sand paintings as a kid…all the layers of color.)

20131010-094104.jpg So – after you have a vase full of dryer lint – here’s what you can do:

Make a Fire Starter:

All you need is three recyclable items.
1.  A newspaper
2.  A toilet paper center
3.  Some dryer lint

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Stuff your lint into the roll.

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Roll up the stuffed toilet paper roll in a sheet or two of newspaper.

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Twist the ends like a candy wrapper.

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And WahLah! (not sure how you spell that)  You have a fire starter!
Simple and Handy – My kinda thing!

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The dryer lint is highly flammable, so this works great.  Tuck the fire starter beneath the small twigs you use to start your fire and light the newspaper.

We have a fire pit in our back yard, and go camping, too.  So I keep a basket of these on the back porch at home, and can throw in a couple with our camping gear when we go on an adventure.

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And here is another idea – make Fire Starters for Christmas!

Instead of wrapping in newspaper, wrap in Christmas wrapping or stamp brown craft paper (or recycled brown paper bags) and tie ends with Christmas ribbon.

These would make a cute little gift and you could display them in a basket on your fireplace hearth.  What do you think?

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