DIY Upcycled Washi Tape Planter

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DIY Easy Upcycled Planter - Made with Washi Tape and an Empty Vinegar ContainerI use so many gallon sized containers of vinegar every month Рfor everything from a homemade after shower spray to a natural and inexpensive laundry softener Рthat I wanted to  figure out something I could actually use these plastic containers for rather than just tossing them into the recycling bin. One of the quickest and easiest ways I thought of to upcycle these containers is to re-use them as pots for plants.

To make these pots, simply cut off the top of the container with sharp scissors – I used a knife to get started – wash thoroughly, then wrap with strips of your favorite washi tape. You can also make a small drain hole in the bottom if needed. Leave some of the plastic on your new pot exposed and you’ll be able to tell by how dark the soil is, whether or not it’s time to water.

I put one of my pepper plants in my pot while it’s waiting to be transplanted into the garden. However, these would be perfect for using container succulent gardens and for planting your favorite flowers and annual herbs.

Once I have three more of these vinegar containers emptied and ready for upcycing, I’m planning to use them with a dowel and eye hooks to create some new wall storage in my office.

Looking for more ways to re-use everyday containers? Be sure to check out my DIY Storage Box Organizer as well as my post on Creative Ways to Recycle Everyday Things. You can also follow me on Pinterest!

How do you recycle and upcycle everyday plastic containers?

Creative Ways to Recycle Everyday Things

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Looking for new ways to recycle other than just tossing paper, plastic and glass into the recycling bin? Here’s a round up of some of favorite eco-friendly craft project ideas!

Creative Ways to Recycle Everyday Objects - Ecofriendly DIY Craft Projects

1. Use bottles as bracelet holders via Decoratrix

2. Upcycle soda tabs into bracelets with ribbon via Taking Off At Nine

3. Use broken tree branches to make coasters via Garden Therapy

4. Craft a mirror using recycled magazines via Fleeting Thing

5. Recycle an old book into an activity book via Cosmo Cricket

6. Recycle cardboard pantry boxes into decorative tree stumps via Punk Projects

For more great ideas, visit my Creative Recycling Idea Board on Pinterest!

New Titles for My Home Library and Craft Projects for Old Books on Hand

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Books, books and more books. I love to read, but lately I just haven’t had the time. I’ve been trying to finish up the 4th book in the Vampire Academy series, Blood Promise, by Richelle Mead since school let out. I’d been reading it slowly on the days I’d pick my son up from school while I was waiting for him in the parking lot. Now it’s just hit and miss when waiting for dr. appointments, etc. I’m hoping to wrap up the hundred pages pretty soon though as I’m dying to dive into two new books I just purchased from series I read regularly.

Last week I bought Bullet the latest in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K. Hamilton – and River Marked – part of the Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs. Of course, I still need to get my hands on Charlaine Harris’ newest book in the Sookie Stackhouse Series, Dead Reckoning. I’ve been reading these series since I first discovered them about seven years ago. As a result, not only am I hooked, but I’m also a loyal fan of the HBO series, True Blood, based on the books by Charlaine Harris. I anxiously awaited for two years for the show to air between hearing that HBO was going to produce the show and the show actually airing. Now that I’ve gotten my hands on some of the books I want, there’s just finding the time to read. For those of you with crazy busy schedules, how do you find the time to squeeze in a book here and there?

Anyhow, since I’m on the topic of books, I thought I’d share a few diy craft projects for book related projects.

DIY Project: Brenna’s Secret Storage Books from Design*Sponge

I love this project for Secret Storage Books from Design*Sponge. Made from recycled clamshell style boxes and cardboard, these tiny “storage units” look like real life books and will neatly on your bookcase blending in with the other books on your shelves. Use them to hide supplies, cash, documents, journals, and secret gifts. You can find the full, step by step tutorial on Design*Sponge blog. What will you hide in yours?

Modern Library Storage Bin from Roadside Photographs

Have old books that are falling apart or can longer be used? Remove the spines from a selection of old books and recycle them by gluing them along a wooden box or crate for an enticing storage space like this Modern Library Storage Bin for sale from Roadside Photographs. Use it to store and organize books, magazines, cds, dvds, scrapbooking papers or anything else your mind can think up! Use the pages from your discarded books to decorate recycled jars into candle holders. You just need a little mod podge and some imagination. Arrow & Apple blog provides a diy tutorial for doing just this!

How To: Not Your Ordinary Book Light from Grathio Labs

I’m also in love with this diy book light project from Grathio Labs. While you start by recycling a hardcover book, the process is a bit complicated and requires some wood, glue, soldering and wiring. The end result though is worth the effort. However, if this is beyond your crafting expertise, you may be able to sweet talk a handy man in your life into the task in exchange for something you’re more capable of crafting on your own. You’ll find full instructions and a project list for this book light at Grathio Labs.

Have other ideas for recycling old books? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments!

DIY Chalkboard Paint Ideas

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Chalkboard paint has become all the rage. And these DIY chalkboard paint ideas are no exception. I love using chalkboard paint to create unique home decor pieces.

It’s so easy to personalize upcycled bottles or makeover furniture and other home objects with chalkboard paint. In fact the possibility of DIY chalk board ideas are seemingly endless.

Upcycled DIY Chalkboard Painted Bottles

I love this idea for spray painting wine bottles and then personalizing them with a faux label or design.

DIY Chalkboard Paint Ideas. I love this idea for spray painting wine bottles and then personalizing them with a faux label or design. These DIY chalkboard paint bottles can be used simply as decorative home accent pieces, vases for your favorite flowers or even as pricing structures for store products.

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These DIY chalkboard paint bottles can be used simply as decorative home accent pieces, vases for your favorite flowers or even as pricing structures for store products.

DIY Chalkboard Paint Ideas

Following are a few more of my favorite DIY chalkboard paint ideas that are easy to craft and simple to love!

DIY chalkboard paint ideas you'll want to make right now. I love using chalkboard paint to create unique home decor pieces. It's so easy to personalize upcycled bottles or makeover furniture and other home objects with chalkboard paint. In fact the possibility of DIY chalk board ideas are seemingly endless.

1. Chalkboard Door. This door is painted with magnetic chalkboard paint making it perfect for the kitchen or office. Write notes or pin schedules, coupons and recipes with a magnet! (Source.)

2. Chalkboard Sign. Create a mini sign to show the way to your wedding or party. (Source.)

3. Chalkboard Storage Cabinet. Cover your child’s cabinet or night stand with chalkboard paint and provide them with a place they can safely draw on the furniture! Or spice oup your own furniture thrift store finds and create decorative drawings that match your decor and can be changed whenever the mood strikes. (Source.)

4. Framed Chalkboard. Re-purpose an old frame or mirror with a bit of paint, then hang on your wall for a handy spot to keep notes. (Source.)

5. Custom Color Chalkboard Paint. Customize your chalkboard paint by mixing white chalkboard paint in with the black. Use the different colors to create a memo board or calendar that can be re-used time and again. (Source.)

6. Chalkboard Labels. Use chalkboard paint to create unique labels such as these which have been spiced up with a little DecoArt Thick Texture Paint. Adhere to jars and containers. (Source.)

7. Chalkboard Serving Tray. Cover a tray with chalkboard paint to make serving fun! (Source.)

Have chalkboards made their way into your home yet? What unique projects utilizing chalkboard paint are your favorite and have they made organization easier for you?

DIY Tea Cups – For You Cardboard Recycling Geniuses.

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I’ll admit I’m not the best blogger in the world. Nor necessarily the best crafter even. I have a problem with craftsmanship. Basically mine sucks and everything I complete still seems just a tad unfinished. Which is why I make soap. No one knows the difference. What I do have a phenomenal knack for though is spotting the awesomeness in other crafters and artists. And to prove it, I present these flippin’ awesome paper mache teacups.
This beauty of a tea cup was crafted by the talented diy girl, Ann Wood, who provides a photo tutorial for this project on her blog, aptly named, Ann Wood. So grab yourself an empty cereal box – or toss the cereal from one that’s still half full because you KNOW you want to jump on this project – find a little wallpaper paste, newspaper, tape, and glue and get started. If you finish by tonight you may just be able to paint your creation tomorrow and fill it with glittery goodness! Once you’re done with that project, be sure to check out Ann’s other crafty how to’s. She seems to have a knack for recycling cardboard in the most intriguing ways.