Thursday, February 12, 2015

How to Make a Rose from a T-shirt

I have a super quick project made from old T-shirts for you today.  I'm going to show you THREE different ways to use these fun flowers.


As seen here, this T-shirt Flower has been added to a dog collar for a unique way to dress up your pooch whether it be for the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday or for everyday wear.



If it's a child you're looking to dress up, I'll show you how to easily turn the same flower into a hair clip like this one:



And finally, if it's a special treat for you that you're looking for.  We'll add a pin back so that you can wear a pretty rose on your jacket, blouse or handbag:


You can hop over to my YouTube Channel to see the full instructions for making these sweet (not to mention simple) flowers.

Monday, December 22, 2014

DIYing the Perfect last Minute Upcycled Gift

Ack, Christmas is just three days away! Have you found all the perfect gifts for your loved ones yet? Believe it or not, there is still time to DIY the perfect "green" gift for that someone special.  I'm bringing back some of my favorite projects so that you can whip up a unique gift for anyone on your list in an afternoon or less:

For the Bird and Garden Lover

Wine Bottle Hummingbird Feeder

Teapot Bird House

Thrifted Parts Bird Bath

Soup Can Herb Garden


For your furry family members

T-Shirt Dog Toys

And let's not forget the T-Shirt CAT toys
 
Dog Dress Made from a Sweater Sleeve


 Fun, fast and easy jewelry

Cuff Bracelet made from a Tie
 
Beaded T-Shirt Yarn Bracelets


Please Recycle Soda Can Earrings

And don't forget the gift wrap! 

Funny Pages Gift Bag
Magazine Page Wrapping Paper and Soda Can Butterflies
For Anyone

Super Customizable Wine Cork Key Chain

So who will you DIY a last minute gift for?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Easy Peasy Soda Can Butterfly Ornament: Day 12 of 12!

This is it, a dozen upcycled ornaments complete!  This upcycled Soda Can Butterfly Ornament is not only pretty but also quick and easy!


This is also you're last chance to share this post and win all of the ornaments that I made during this twelve day holiday event. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter and I'll announce the winner on YouTube tomorrow!  Good luck to all of those who entered and thank you so much for following along.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Just in case you missed any of the tutorials, here they are:
Pallet Picture Frame Ornament
DIY No-Sew Sweater Snowman
Junk Angel from a Whisk and Cork

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Junk Angel, Handmade by Me! Day 11 of 12

I wasn't sure how this ornament was going to work out!  But I say, "Not bad, not bad indeed." As an added bonus, all of the components (except for the glitter) are upcycled!  Can you guess what she's made of?


Did you think I was really going to make you guess?  Do you see it? Her face is a slice of a wine cork, her wings and dress are pieces of a wire wisk and the ribbon comes from the inside of a ladies shirt...you know those ribbons they sew on to help keep the garments stay on the hanger in the store.  Yep, I save all those too!  Hop over to YouTube to see how I pulled this Junk Angel together.

No joke, y'all....we only have one ornament left.  And then someone is going to win 'em all!  Here's the Rafflecopter to enter for today:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

And don't forget to check out all of the other hand-made and upcycled ornaments:

Pallet Picture Frame Ornament
DIY No-Sew Sweater Snowman

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DIY Felted Sweater Snowman Ornament: Day 10 of 12

I've used up some more of that felted sweater from the Christmas balls that I made  several days ago for today's ornament.  I wanted to make this cute little Felted Sweater Snowman Ornament completely NO-SEW, and I did!  Check it out the cuteness:


Don't forget to enter to win this and all of the ornaments in this series withe Rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And just in case you missed any of the past ornament tutorials in this series:
Pallet Picture Frame Ornament

Sunday, December 7, 2014

DIY Pallet Wood Picture Ornament: Day 9 of 12

I'm pulling out a whole slew of power tools for today's upcycled Christmas ornament!  But don't let that scare you, they make this project one of the quickest ornaments so far (I'll add some product accessory links at the end of this post if you need to reference them). This Pallet Picture Frame Ornament has a bit of sentimental value for me and is an actual gift that I'm making for my brother and sister. (I'm hoping the brother didn't click through when this blog post arrived in his email inbox today - fingers crossed)  Here's the ornament, see the story below: 



Over the last 26 years, no matter where I lived or what my design tastes where at the time, there was always one photo that I prominently displayed:




That's a picture of my "Ninny" embracing my brother and sister as she was getting ready to leave on her last visit with us.  A few short months later she passed away.  I took the picture (with my 110 film camera), that's why I'm not in it. But I have always displayed it to remember her and what an amazing woman she was.

I've also been repeatedly asked by my brother and sister (and mostly my mother) why I have that photo and they don't.  So this year, I decided to do something about it.  Unfortunately, I only had the one picture and have no idea where the negative might be if it even still exists.  So I scanned my only photo and hopped over to Shutterfly.  I had a couple of sheets of wallet-sized photos printed up to use in these DIY picture ornaments.  When my order total came to only a few bucks...I kept browsing.  And I picked up another Christmas gift for my mother.



Mom was just complaining about how her wedding album was a mess. And boy was it?  The album and the photos have yellowed over the years and one edge on each photo was bent and cracked.  You see her album was a touch small for the photos so they had all been folded up and are now pretty brittle. I was able to scan the photos and crop out most of the cracks in the photos and then drop them into pre-styled pages. I'm not much of a "scrapbooker"so having really fabulous layouts already made for me made it so easy to do.  I'm pretty excited about the way it came out and know she'll be excited to see it under the tree this year...but I digress.

There are just three more upcycled ornaments after today, so before you hop over to YouTube for the tutorial, don't forget to enter to win all of the hand-crafted ornaments that I've made during this twelve day event.  Here's the Rafflecopter to enter with for today's Pallet Picture Ornament:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you need to reference them, here are a couple of the accessory products that I used in today's project:
Martha Stewart Simple Circle Cutter
Lenox Hole Saw

And just in case you missed any of our previous projects that we've made, here are the links. (you can still earn extra entries by visiting each one now):



Friday, December 5, 2014

DIY Spoon Handle Ornament: Day 8 of 12

I've been aching to pull out the power tools to make a Christmas ornament and today I did it!  My Dremel makes quick work of these DIY Silverware Ornaments so be sure to hop over to YouTube and see the full tutorial.  But before you go...

...be sure to enter to win one of these silverware ornaments and all of the hand-crafted ornaments that I'm making during the 12 Days of Upcycled Christmas Ornaments.  Here's today's Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Just in case you need the details on specific power tools and parts that I used in this tutorial, here are a few links:

Dremel 200
Dremel Flex Shaft Attachment
Cut-off Wheel
Silicon Carbide Grinding Stone
Dewalt Cobalt Pilot Point Twist Drill Bits

And don't forget to check out all of the other projects:
Aluminum Can Ball Ornaments
T-shirt Yarn Candy Canes
Shabby Chic Denim Dove
Felted Sweater Ball Ornament
Paper Towel Roll Flowers
Tissue Box Ball Ornament
Cookie Cutter Ornament
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