Upcycle clothing tags and button envelopes

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A good Tuesday to you….

I’m not sure about you, but it is very hard for me to throw away the often large and decorated little button envelopes that come with a new piece of clothing.   I have had a growing collection of the little beauties until recently when I began upcycling them to use on my hand made cards.

And those high end tags!  The “now-I-know-why-this-was-so-expensive” tags….

Nope.

Can’t throw those away either.  

My Montana gal pal,  Lesliann, knows this about me and often sends me extra tags from the boutique she works in…and I love her for it….

So…don’t throw those tags and envelopes away!  Here are just a few upcycling ideas!

Scrapbooking:

Use the button envelope to:

*a place to put special momentos on your page

* Baby’s first tooth, or lock of hair

* Ticket stubs from a memorable event

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Labels/Tags

*Backpack, luggage, lunchbox, sportbag tags for your kiddos

Buy the metal fasteners at your local hobby store (in the leather making section). Usually they cost around $2.00 for a pack of 50.  I would laminate any tags used for luggage to make them wear better and last longer!  I used a regular label maker to print out the label to cover the brand name on the tag.

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Card Making:

*Cut off brand name and embellish to use on front of a card

*Use button envelope to hold gift card or money and affix to the front of a card

*Decorate the outside of button envelope and stick a special note inside.  Tuck in your husband’s briefcase/sportbag or in your child’s lunch box.

*Cover the brand name of a tag with stickers, stamp, and affix to the front of a card

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The possibilities are endless!

Don’t hold out on me if you have more ideas!  And, if you have tags/envelopes you don’t want to upcycle….don’t THROW THEM AWAY!  I will make sure and find a good home for them.

Happy Day.   –dcb

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DIY Sheet Music Easter Eggs

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Hello fine people….it is snowing here in Colorado….hard to think about Spring and Easter eggs.

Here is a simple DIY to spruce up your Easter decor and/or tabletop this year.  As you know, upcycling antique music is my thang….but you could use pages from a child’s Easter book, dictionary pages from the letter “E” for Easter, or just about any thin wrap-able paper medium.

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You will need:

*blank craft grade Easter eggs (almost any craft store will have these)

*thin, wrap-able paper of choice

*Modge Podge or decoupage

*ribbon and embellishments

You will begin by ripping or cutting your paper in to strips.   Lightly coat  your egg with decoupage using a paint brush.  Apply your strips of paper covering the entire surface of the egg.   Using your brush, apply a second coat of decoupage over the paper covered egg to give it a nice sheen finish.   For a more complete tutorial on decoupaging paper click here.

Decorate with ribbon and embellish as you wish!  Modge Podge comes in a variety of hues—try this project using Modge Podge “sparkle” for an even brighter effect!

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have a great rest of your weekend!   dcb

The Friday How-2….Music wrapped candle replay

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Hi sweet people….

Just a quick note to refresh some previous candle-themed posts and to highlight this new addition to my Etsy shop.

Click here for the original DIY…

I can’t tell you how easy these music wrapped candles have become.  

There are so many variations:

*Pictured above is obviously uber spring–couldn’t wait …..

*Rip out the page of an old dictionary on the pages “love”, “Valentine”, “sweet” or any other V-Day related word.  Circle the word with a red Sharpie, embellish, and you have a cute Valentine’s Day Candle.

* Embellish the front of the candle with a chip board initial

*  The possibilities are endless….have one?  Do tell!!

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Have an incredible weekend!  dcb

The Friday How-to: Prayer Boxes

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So…it’s Friday!

As many of you know, I have three wonderful kiddos….ages 7, 9 and (almost) 11.  My eleven year old daughter is part of an amazing group of 5th grade girls.  What mother doesn’t worry about their young girls growing up?  I am often wrought with anxiety over whether or not my girls will make it through their tweens and teens relatively unscathed.

My anxiousness has become assuaged however, by this group of bright, insightful virtuous young women that surprisingly makes up the entire population of 5th grade girls at my daughter’s school.   This is a rarity today….indeed.

Under the inspiration and guidance of a friend of mine, these girls have started a group.  This group  entitled “Growing with Grace”, is  to ironically, help them to become even stronger and  more empowered as girls.    They talk about a wide range of issues including bullying, self-image/puberty, friendship, leadership and their faith.   Each of them have expressed a desire for a safe place to not only talk about their own stuff, but are using this group as a vehicle to learn how to lift each other up….exercising respect, denouncing exclusion and pronouncing grace-filled acceptance of one another.  

Their activity in the group last night (which I was honored to be a part of) was to create prayer boxes.  I wish this idea was my own, but I received the inspiration from a store bought item and from a craft Katherine at Pillows-a-la-mode did this summer upcycling old Altoid tins.  You can check her creation out here.

The concept was for the girls to have a place to not only write their own prayers down, but to write down the prayer needs of others.  

So…we all decorated the empty Altoid boxes with washi tape and flower/gem embellishments, put small sticky note pads/markers in them and all the girls had a unique way to quickly journal any intentions on their hearts for themselves or someone else.

My daughter is apparently praying for a better math grade…..I have to say I really do love this age!!

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With all the news about those kids who are being touted as the demise of our current society….here is some good news about 24 girls who are thankfully…

growing with grace.

have a blessed weekend…..dcb

Sweet baby Georgia…

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A gift for a sweet baby of a friend of mine.   A darling bird hook attached to a decorated piece of wood.  Great for a baby’s room to hang keepsakes on or as a functional hook for towels and the like.   This is a variation of a couple of DIYs I have blogged in the past.  Very simple way to take a plain piece of wood and turn it in to something functional and cute!

 

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for this tutorial click here….

 

and for this one click here….

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No Friday How-2 tomorrow…..We are going to Disney World!!

 

–dcb

The Friday How-to: Washi tape votives and a give-away!

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A fantastic Friday to you!!

Gearing up for the fattening, fun and crafty holiday known as Valentine’s day.   Here is an easy peasy (as my kids would say) way to spruce up those table top votives for your Valentine’s decor.

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You will Need:

*  Clear glass votive candle holder

* Washi tape.  You can get this awesome tape at your craft store, or check this site out on Etsy:   The Washi Shop.

* Hot glue gun

* Garden twine and/or ribbon

*Valentines embellishments/stickers

First:

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I like Washi tape because it is easy to use and it is transparent…the light from your candle will glow nicely through the holder.   Begin at the bottom and slowly and as evenly as possible, wrap the tape around the candle holder working your way up.

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Make sure the entire holder is wrapped.

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Second:

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Hot glue one end of your twine to the candle holder.  Then wrap the twine around the holder to your desired thickness.

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After you are done wrapping, hot glue the other end to the existing twine to secure.

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Third:

Embellish with a cut-out heart and/or stickers of your choice.

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You can also wrap paper around the body of the candle and accent with the Washi tape and twine for a different effect and look.

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Use a flame less tea light or regular votive candle—–easy, cheap and pretty—who could wish for more?!

Now the best part….

Like this post and/or leave a comment to enter to receive one of these candles for a give-away!!

I will announce the winner on Monday.

Have a warm-hearted weekend!  dcb

The Friday How-2: Music Ornament

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Good Friday everyone!!

I am trusting that you are in the throws of happy decorating and crafting for the Christmas season.  If you are still looking for a cute and easy gift for the hostess of  your holiday party, gift for a teacher or piano teacher…..today’s how-2 is for you!!

 

You will need:

* a plain, clear, craft glass ornament of any size.  You can find these at your local craft store.

* shredded music, book, dictionary page or other ephemera. 

* embellishments of your choice.  I used Christmas rub-on decals for this one.

* ribbon for hanging.

 

How-2:

The tops of these craft glass ornaments come off by squeezing the top and pulling out the pronged top attachment.  Insert your shreds of paper through the exposed hole.  Fill until you have the look desired.  Replace the top of the ornament.  Rub on your decal or attach your embellishment to the face of the ornament.  Pull the ribbon through the top of the ornament for hanging.

Viola! 

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Have a great weekend and happy ornament making!!  dcb

The Friday How-2: Make your own Music Wrapped Christmas Candle

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Old man winter has somehow missed passing the white stuff over us here in Colorado, but I am still getting in to the spirit of decorating my digs up for the Christmas season.

The popularity of music wrapped candles has grown over the past couple of years.  These babies are all over Pinterest and of course, lining the pages of recent Pottery Barn catalogs. 

I say, make your own!!!

This is a super easy variation to an earlier tutorial I posted that you can find here.

The only difference for the music wrapped candles are the embellishments used.  For this candle I used a rub-on Santa decal directly on to the sheet music before wrapping the candle with it.  

Then, using a glue gun, I wrapped the bottom with jute twine  and the top with regular ribbon.  

I say, decorate as you wish!  

Just a note:  I have experimented with burning these candles.   No, the paper does not catch on fire….but, wax may drip down the sides of your candle depending on the quality of the pillar.  My recommendation is that you keep these pretties for your table top decor and use plain candles for burning!

Don’t want to make your own?   Check this out on my shop.…I will make one for you!!

have a great weekend!   dcb

The Friday How-to: DIY Board Hooks

Happy Friday everyone…..

As if you don’t have enough to put up on your walls at Christmas time as it is…..

Here is an easy way to recycle old Christmas cards, Holiday sheet music (my fave), holiday scrapbook paper, or pages from an old Christmas book.

You will need:

ephemera of your choice (eg., old sheet music , cards, book pages etc)

Wood board (available at any craft store)

Your choice of paint

Drawer pulls (I got these on clearance at Anthropologie, but you can get them at any hardware or craft store)

Small drill or Dremel tool

Decoupage glue

Embellishments and ribbon of your choice

First:

Prepare and paint your boards the color of your choice.    After paint is dry, place your paper or card on the board in the position that you wish.

Second:

Make a small mark where you want the drawer pull “hook” to go.  Drill a small hole on mark.  Do this before Decoupaging!!

Third:

Decoupage your paper element to your board and let dry.    When dry, gently fasten your drawer pull to the drill hole on your board until secure.

Last:

Distress your board, embellish with stickers or rub-ons (shown) or whatever else you fancy.  Attach a nail tooth hook on back for hanging or use with small easel.  

It’s Almost Halloween….{variations on a theme}

Ok…it is almost that day….the day when our children  increase the dentist bill by 75%.

 

For us moms that have been justly or unduly labeled “creative”….we have no choice, but to be so.

No store bought costumes will do.  Decorations?  Handmade also.

So here is some variations on themes that the Highnote has done in the past to help assuage the urges to buy anything plastic or made in China this Halloween.

 

BOO BLOCKS

Paint scraps of block wood orange and black.  Use your StayzOn ink and stamp a bunch of these cuties to adorn your table or treat stand.   Click here for the original.

 

STAMPED LINEN CANDLE WRAPS

Rip up strips of linen stamp with StayzOn ink and hot glue to a votive or other candle holder.

For the original click here.

 

IRON ON TRANSFERS:  TREAT BAGS AND TEA TOWELS

Using computer iron-on transfer paper is so user friendly that you can put your image on almost anything!

Download a vintage Halloween image from the computer and put it on a tea towel or make a treat bag out of old napkins.   The above images came from A Day in the Life of Jennay on her printable Tuesdays.   Check it out!

So you get the Friday How-2 on a Thursday eve this week!!!  How lucky is that?   Have a great weekend!  dcb