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Fairy Bottles

Next time you have a gathering of friends over, save the bottles. Using glass paint, you can transform them into whimsical decorations. After they dry, apply a label and beads using a glue gun.

The purple bottle is a standard paint finish, with a bronze color dabbed onto the grooves and ridges.

The metallic version involves one layer of applied paint (thickly by sponging it on) with distress added by randomly rubbing off sections using a Brillo pad. The inside is painted full silver achieved by pouring the paint in, and flipping the bottle upside down to drain the excess. Using a square sponge, I painted the bottom for extra effect.

Included at the bottom of this article are links to the labels I designed using Photoshop. Feel free to use them in your bottle creations.

Have an enchanted day:)


Glow in the Dark Bottle

For a quick party idea, or unique recycle decor, take bubble liquid (cheap at the Dollar Tree) and Glow Sticks (available there too!). Pour the soap into a bottle, then crack the sticks to activate them. Carefully cut off the top of a stick and pour it into the bottle. Cap, shake and watch the glow. These don’t last for long but afterwards you can use a blacklight to keep em glowing or refill them if you are hosting a party.

Thanks to Emi and Jana for inspiring me to recreate their bottles!













Enchanted Bangle

This week I decided to try out the popsicle bracelet project I’ve seen on several blogs. My initial result did not go as planned, as I discovered that the sticks began to stretch once covered with Mod Podge and newspaper. Using some modification I crafted a one-of-a-kind bangle using Mod Podge, newspaper, sticks, tissue paper and rub-on transfers.

Here’s my results:

I soaked popsicle sticks in water for 2 days until I could easily bend the sticks into a glass. Expect breakage so use more sticks than necessary. I let the curved sticks dry for a day and paper mached newspaper and Mod Podge, covering the surfaces. After the Mod Podge dried, I used clips and made a circle. Using more newspaper remove a clip and paper mache the ends together until sealed (repeat on the other side). Dry and paper mache tissue paper onto the surface. Dry again and apply rub-on transfers and add gems (if you wish). Using a paint brush layer a final coat of Mod Podge over the transfers, and gems to seal them in. Allow one evening to dry and wear it to work the next day to show off :)

Magazine Paper Roses

YAY! The paper rose wreath is ready and I have it proudly displayed on my guest bathroom door (because for some odd reason people keep trying to enter the closet instead of the bathroom … don’t ask hahaha). The paper roses are made from a Better Homes & Gardens magazine (one entire issue) and held together with super glue. I used a braided wood wreath from the Dollar Tree as my base.

Instructions for making the roses are available at Dozi: http://dozidesign.blogspot.com/2008/05/paper-flower-tutorial.html.

I know Mom is going to want one once she sees my blog post:) Excuse the dog hair in the pics, Indiana is blowing his winter coat!

Old Candles Into New

We all collect jars full of half burned candles, and eventually end up with cluttered jars everywhere. Using a project I found on Pinterest I recycled the wax and made a layered candle. Using a sink, fill it with hot water and place the jars into the water. Allow the jars to “float around” for a bit until you can scoop out the wax with a spoon. Clear any debris from the wax including the old wick and melt the wax using your preferred method (double boiler, boil bags). Wick and fill the mold.

Bathroom Magazine and Paper Holder

I love bathroom accessories, but won’t pay $19.99 to $30.00 for a magazine rack and toilet paper holder as offered by certain stores in the area. Using a trash bag box, and a coffee can I fashioned by own with craft paper from the Dollar Tree and glue sticks.

I papered the inside of the box first starting with the smaller sides with 2 pieces of paper. Use one long piece for the bottom and remaining sides. Cut one large portion of paper for the outside. Start with the longer sides first and glue the paper from the bottom up. Wrap the smaller sides as if you were wrapping a present and cut any excess. Press the top (trim to make even) into the box and glue down.

For the coffee can simply cut on long piece which circles around the can. Glue the paper down and press the excess down to form an inside layer. Glue down the inside if needed.


When Fire Meets Ice

Lately I’ve been experimenting with molds available within my house. This of course means I’m raiding my pantry for supplies.

Tonight’s experiment is 2 new ideas for me:

Ice cream carton and ice cubes.

To go along with the theme I chose tan and pink for my wax colors. Set your wick in the carton (sprayed down with cooking spray just in case), fill with ice cubes and pour in the wax.

Let it set and expect water drainage as the cubes melt. Tear off the carton and you’ve got fire meets ice.


Mail Drop: Recycled Potato Box

This idea was inspired from an article I read which mentioned the bad habit of dropping mail into the kitchen area. I’m guilty of this habit, especially as I tend to sort and file mail away during pay periods only. To help reduce kitchen clutter I decided to recycle items I currently owned and create a hanging mail drop. For this project you will need:

  • One cereal or instant potato box
  • Plastic dish
  • Scissors and box cutter
  • Water
  • White glue (elmers or other brand)
  • Scraps of paper
  • Place to dry for 24 hours
Using a box cutter, cut a design with a solid back which will be used to nail the design to the wall. I chose a triangle as a back, however a circle or square shape could be used. Use the scissors to clear up and even out the shapes. You may also reinforce portions of the box where nail holes will go, using spare portions of the box and glue. Next, mix glue with water and rip up pieces of scrap paper. Let the paper soak in the glue mixture making sure each piece is “soaked” in the solution. Place the paper in a randomized collage pattern on the box and allow the box to dry. I would suggest a flat area for drying as the box may warp during the collage. If pieces of paper fall off during the dry, simply re-glue them back on using glue.

Wine Tree Soap Dispenser

I have 10 empty wine bottles which are fantastic for decoration, but they persist on collecting dust. In my Internet searches I’ve been looking for ways to recycle the bottles without having to cut, smash, or melt them. Although these would be fun projects, they are certainly not safe, nor advisable in an apartment. I stumbled upon several examples of using the bottles as soap dispensers using a pour spout, and decided to play around with the idea.

Some of the creations I reviewed used paper labels, which based on my abilities to drench the sink and counters when doing dishes, would ruin the overall design. The other concern was touching the bottle while handling raw foods and washing my hands. With these thoughts in mind,  I ruled out paper as a decorative option and elected for glass paint.

To accomplish this project I soaked the bottle for an evening in the sink until the labels peeled off. Dried the outside for about a day and applied glass paint in brown, sage and glitter silver. I hand drew a tree, and retouched it up as it dried for a solid brown color  as it dries splotchy if the layers of paint are uneven. Applied the leaves and a few silver swirls and allowed 24 hours for the paint to harden.  Pour in your soap, and top it off with a pour spout.

Recycled Cardboard Box Mail Folder

I love Miller Lite, have I mentioned this? So this usually results in plenty of boxes I toss away. So I had an idea to recycle one of the boxes into a mail folder to hold all the letters and envelopes that clutter my kitchen counter.

The Bos
The Box

Cut the box into a folder with a flap:

Folder Pattern
Folder Pattern
Bend the flap over and form the folder.
Bend the flap over and form the folder.

Glue paper over it:

Using needle and thread add two buttons:

Leather to tie the folder shut
Leather to tie the folder shut

Embellished with a custom made mail tag and two rub on transfers:

The finished design
The finished design