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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Peeps!! DIY Easter centerpiece…

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Ok…so if you are an avid lover of Peeps….I am sorry for the apparent abuse of your beloved marshmallow buddies….

However, if you are like me and are looking for a consumption alternative for these sugary treats…here ya go.

It is simple….

*Line your square vase with jelly beans

*Insert a jelly jar or other small vase for your flowers

*Insert your Peeps of (bunny or chick variety you choose) around the inside of the vase.   They will naturally “stick” to the glass and stay in place on top of your jelly beans.

* Put your flowers in the vase and you have a cute table top decor for your Easter table.

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Check out aponytailkindofday  for her version as well!

Have a great day…..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-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.  

Turkey Clothespin Placecard

Here is a nifty DIY for Thanksgiving that is super kid friendly.

All you need is a clothespin, scrapbooking paper, Modge podge or other decoupage and some crayons!

1.  Print out your favorite turkey image from the computer or have kids draw their own.  I found this one at familyfun.go.com.  Have kids cut out the image.

2.  On another piece of sturdy or scrapbooking paper, trace a piece around the face of the clothespin.  Cut out.  Modge Podge paper directly on to clothespin.

3.  Wrap some crayons in twine ribbon and set next to place card.   This is so that all family and friends can decorate their own Turkey between Thanksgiving courses!!   You can also write what you are thankful for on the turkey with the crayons as well.

I have linked this to Linky Tools.   So many other kid friendly crafts are listed here!   Click here to add yours!

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

The Friday How-to: Music Wrapped Initial

It is a cold and snowy Friday here in Colorado…..

Get out your modge podge…..time for another decoupage project….!

Supplies:

Wood or chip board initial.  You can make yourself or conveniently buy at your local craft shop.

Old/unusable sheet music, book page, dictionary page or page from a children’s book.

Decoupage glue

scissors/pencil for tracing

embellishments of choice

How-2:

First:  Trace letter on to paper sheet.  Use two sheets as you will be cutting to cover both sides of letter.

Second:

Cut out your image (remember to cut two).  Make sure you are relatively exact on this part….

Third:

Apply a thin layer of decoupage to your letter first and then a coat to the back side of your cut image.  Place paper on letter and match up all sides.  If you happen to be a bit off, you can add paper and/or trim later.  Lastly, add a thin coat of decoupage to the entire top of letter.  You will do this to both sides.

Let letter dry completely and I promise any “bumps”  with your paper will go away.

Embellish or leave plain and there you go….

These are awesome for a wedding gift as you can embellish the date of their wedding right on to the letter.  Also great for a baby gift with their date of birth.  For a Christmas mantle….just embellish with a Christmas theme.  The possibilities are endless!

Have a wonderful weekend….no matter what your weather might be!  dcb