Upcycling: Upcycling a glass jar

A while back I used to upcycle many of the glass jars to store things like grains. After a while I used to decorate them by using paper cutting designs glued on. Recently I saw how the use of black board paint has become popular and how you can use it to paint the top of jars to write its contents. I decided to re-purpose a spaghetti jar, paint the lid with blackboard paint, and use paper cut with the design of a dove. I filled the jar with sea salt for bathing. Enjoy viewing

 

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Upcycling: The art of Upcycling for Three King’s Day

This year and for the past few years I have not put up a Christmas tree. Mostly it has been a matter of having disposed of my old tree along with all its ornaments and never really getting a new one. Also moving makes it kind overwhelming and space is really tight. But, that is not to say that I’m not thinking about feeling appreciative and just looking at the things I do have and not the ones I do not have in these really hard times. One tradition my daughter and I have tried to keep alive is Three King’s Day, the day the three kings present baby Jesus with gifts. This year since I didn’t have a tree I did what I have seen being done with a tree brach. I painted it white. I place both rocks and stone inside a rectangular vase, and I had the glass nativity set. I simply placed the nativity set around it. I have to tell you painting a tree branch is not as easy as they make it seem on television. I would use spray paint, except I was using paint I already have. Also if you have a wall with a color other than white it probably provides a better view.   Enjoy viewing.

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Upcycling: The art of upcycling an inspiration-Happy New Year

The past few months have been filled with tragic weather condidtions and violence against children here in the United States. It has caused a few moments of really thinking about what is really important in life, for everyone. The other day I thought about a saint, the Lady of Fatima. She is a saint that appeared to three children and I thought I would attempt making it. I did with a sheep since they were shepherds. I certainly hope for a much more peaceful year filled with more love. Hope you enjoy the pictures. Thank you, for all of you who have been viewing my blog.

 

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Upcycling: Even plastic bag handles can be upcycled

I usually cut the plastic bag and cut it up in strips for crocheting or cut whatever piece and use it. Up until recently I would always discard the handle part because it was hard to use for anything. But, never say never when upcycling, I was fiddling around with a couple of bag handles and finally I came up with a way to use them to make flowers.  In one I used the plastic handles to a yellow bag and in the other I used the plastic handles to a black bag, and the inside paper to a can of crackers. Tjhe third flower is made just out of the paper inside the can of crackers and just painted edges.  Happy viewing.

 

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Upcycling: The upcycled fruit crate

The minute I bought the carte of clamentine oranges I knew I would make something with it. Today was a good day it goes without saying that the world is a very crazy place. Making this upcycled box took some of the edge of all the bad news streaming through every channel and the internet. I believe some people are saying that upcycling actually helps with stress and with lowering blood pressure. I hope so. Enjoy

 

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Upcycling: Christmas Inspired character-It is not Santa Claus

 

The other day I was reading a story about elves, Santa’s little helpers and it was kind of nice. Of course, the next thought I had was how to make an elf, a girl elf completely out of cardboard and paper. I used cardboard you see inside picture frames, and painted paper I had the kind you use to package delicate items, and then I used shellack to give the paint that shine. The girl elf’s hair is made out of plastic bag. Enjoy

 

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Upcycling: A magical inspiration

There are times I feel inspired to start a project, don’t know exactly how to start and just write it down to do it later. This is one of those paper dolls that I was inspired to do and immediately thought about the materials I would use and how it would look. I used rope or twine for the hair and the rest is just cardboard and paper and gold and silver sticker stars. The wand is made out of a stick with gold and silver christmas ribbon. and the small glue on stars all put together on the tip of the wand. Hope you enjoy

 

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Upcycling: Soda tabs not the only tabs that can be upcycled

Soda tabs are not the only tabs that can be upcycled. Soda tabs are pretty popular to use for making jewelry and even costumes but they are not the only one that can be upcycled. In fact I just used the can tab from my Thanksgiving turkey dinner and made a pendant for a necklace out of it. I spray painted it and glued a rhine stone on one end. I used a shoe lace as the necklace.  Hope you enjoy.

 

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