Archive for May, 2012

100% FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS…

AND IT LOOKS GOOD!

UPCYCLING AT ITS BEST!

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AND DOES NOT SMELL!

SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED:

– Toilet Paper and/or Paper Towel Rolls (lots of them)
– Old Magazines
– Glue Gun
– Scissors
– Spray Paint
– A paper plate

START CREATING!

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1) CUT ROLLS!

Toilet Paper rolls can be cut into 5 pieces. They do not need to be perfect or the exact same size.

The paper I buy seems to stick to the roll at the end, and taking it off is the hardest part of the whole thing!

2) START DESIGNING WREATH!

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Start to lay pieces around the plate.

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Get your design down.

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3) GLUE PIECES TOGETHER!

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4) START YOUR MAGAZINE PAPER FLOWERS!

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Tear out pages of magazines, I go for the most colorful. I cut each page into 3 strips.

4) FOLD STRIPS OF MAGAZINE PAGES.

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Fold them in the width that you would like your flower to be. Honestly, they do not need to be the same size…I just fold them up, and used the glue gun to keep the edges down. I have done it without gluing them down…saves some time.

5) ROLL YOUR FLOWERS!

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Just start rolling. I glue down the last edge of a strip and then the beginning of the next edge strip. And you can make them as big or as small as you want!

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6) LAY OUT WHERE YOU WANT THE FLOWERS TO BE ON YOUR WREATH.

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Do not glue yet!

7) SPRAY PAINT YOUR WREATH.

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I picked yellow, which worked well on that white paper, but did not come out that yellow on the brown paper rolls!
So pick your color wisely, or test it. Or you can just go plain…I have another piece hanging in my living room with no color!

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Let Dry!

8) ATTACH YOUR FLOWERS!

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CONGRATS!

You made yourself a Garbage Wreath! Made art and saved stuff from the landfill!
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I have to say it is way easier than Basket Weaving 101 !

Just a bit of background. I have been known to write a children’s book or two. They just sit in the wonder world that is called “My Computer.” I decided to give two to my twin nieces for their upcoming 7th birthday. And decided to have wrap them up in book form to boot

This is a double first, my first hand at making a book and my first “How To” for this blog!

From The Books I Made

My First Book!

I have to be honest, my “artwork” is not up to par since this was my first book, I did not spend a lot of time on it in case they did not come out good at all. I feel my books came out just okay, but I am still proud of them and my nieces will get them as is and they will like them, damnit!

BUT in this post I will give you suggestions on how to make yours better!

YOU WILL NEED:
– Old book (for the cover)
– A story (or not, if you want to make a blank journal)
– Double Stick Fusible Tape (Used to adhere pages together).
– Craft paper (or any kind paper)
– Art supplies (for any decorations on your pages)
– Mod Podge
– Glue gun (Used to adhere the fused pages to the cover binding)
– Scissors
– An iron (for fusible tape)

Ready, Set, Book Make!

1) Detach bound pages from cover! I used X-Acto Knife and cut along where the pages are bound to the cover.

From HOW TO MAKE A BOOK!

I love the inside of this book, can’t believe I am covering it up.  And by the way…this is the first book I have ever damaged!  It was hard, but I got over it!

2) Size and cut pages! I made mine double size and then fold them over (less fusing pages together later).

3) Folding paper in half for true page size. Press hard on the fold. I used the handle part of the scissors to do so.

*IMPORTANT* Set aside two of the folded non-fused together pages, to help attach your bound pages to the front and back covers of your book cover.

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Ha, I am sure this photo is really helping you get the point!

4) Fuse/adhere folded pages together.

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I put the “tape” on one folded page and then lined up the next page carefully (so the pages are all even) on top. I then ironed them together under some light cotton material. Once I got them all fused together, I then fused the sets of two folded pages together. I kept on doing this until all my pages were fused together. My books were only around 25 pages, if you are not counting both sides. I would imagine if you had a 100 page book, the ironing would not work anymore which leads me to give you other options on adhering.

– Glue gun
– Other strong glues made for paper
– Sewing
– Punching holes and tying the pages together
– Grommets

From HOW TO MAKE A BOOK!

Search for the above options on the internet, and I am sure you will find how do it! I was thinking about sewing my pages together, but found the fusible tape in my sewing box! So, I went for it. And it worked!

5) Put any artwork on your pages. I Mod Podge’d my paper pieces, and I am not sure if I like it that well.

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I may use it again, by just putting the Mod Podge on the back of the paper and not over the top of it. Any other glue for paper would work well I am sure.

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Here it is still wet, but you get the point. Oh, I started off with glossy Mod Podge and moved to Matte very quickly!

Below are some examples my “art” around the graphics.

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You need to let everything dry very well. Another problem with using Mod Podge over most of the page, in any kind of humid air, the pages may stick together just a bit.

6) Adhering the bound pages to the cover!  Sorry, no photo, but I smothered glue gun glue in the binding center part of the cover and on the bound edges of the pages.  I held them together tightly until the glue was completely dry. This, so far, has worked well for me. But I will let you know later, how long they stand up to 7 year olds!

7)  Adhere your 2 left over pages to the front and back of the book cover.

See #3 if you do not have these set aside pages!

From The Books I Made

The tricky part of this is making sure the paper page is the exact right size of the inside cover.   If you notice in the above photo, I did not do that, but then I used extra strips of paper to cover the edges.  As you can see, that looks okay!

Since I do not have  photos, I hope you understand how I describe it!

I Mod Podge’d the back of the right side of the extra folded page to the first page of the bound pages.  Then after it dried, I attached the appropriate side to the inside of the front cover.  This worked okay, but with Mod Podge you may get some wrinkle.  Maybe some spray glue might work better, but it has to be a strong glue as it is helping to keep your pages in the book!

I made the mistake of again putting Mod Podge on both sides of the paper and it just does not look that great! Don’t do it!

Now…

Congratulations, you made a book!

From The Books I Made

I put the names of my stories on the front on the books!  So the girls know they are not going to read books called “Circus” and “Harper Women.”

Hope you enjoyed this post.

I enjoyed making these books even though they did not come out perfect!

And you will never see me doing this for my 120 page children’s adventure/mystery novel!

From HOW TO MAKE A BOOK!

Me in the “Craft Office” finishing up the book presents!

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Round, heavy, light, useful, rusty…I love it all!

My round  metal pans…

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Turned into a tiered display/serving dish!

Then there is my old pie pan…

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Add some string, old buttons, or other widgets and you have yourself something nifty keen!

Now, here’s some rusty rust rust!

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These are antique railroad spike screws. They looked so much like flowers I gathered them together and put them in an old leather camera lens case for a nice center piece!

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Don’t pass it up…grab it, glue it, bundle it, bunch it, stack it, wrap it with twine, and add to it…for your own fun creations!
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Stuff made from free things!

Okay, made with free things…and cheap stuff I bought for under $1.00!

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VINTAGE FRAME AND COOL BRANCHES!

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TWIGS, TWINE AND A GLASS…

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AND YOU GET YOURSELF A CANDLE HOLDER AU NATURAL!

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A BOOK, TWINE…

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AND CUTE THINGS….

MAKES FOR A NICE LITTLE  TABLE DECORATION!

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IF I CAN WRAP, BUNDLE, BUNCH IT…I WILL!

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Or someone like me will find it!

On a recent walk-about in nowhere Florida, my husband and I stumbled upon a skeleton!

No worries folks…it was not a crime scene.

It was a skeleton of a cow.

We have to believe a panther took it down…a long time ago.

And then of course the ever-present Turkey Buzzard cleaned it leaving just enough for the Dermestid Beetles do their jobs!

So, I did what every curious, not easily grossed out, crafter would do.

I TOOK IT HOME!

From How To – Clean Skull

Although the panther, buzzards, bugs and even the sun did their jobs really well, it still needed a deep de-bacteria bug cleaning.

And a cleaning I did!

Click on the photos to see “How to Clean a Skull.”

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Always curious, I explored the inside and this is that I saw…

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And this….

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Pretty, huh?

It is now a patio decoration, until I gather the gumption to build it some blinged out horns!

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I am currently obsessed with bunching things together with string!

Especially free things!

Railroad spikes found along a train tracks in the middle of nowhere South Florida!

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Driftwood found on the beach!

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I LOOK FORWARD TO FINDING MORE FREE COOL THINGS I CAN BUNCH TOGETHER!
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I make things.

I make them from other things, such as…

Antique stuff, vintage what-nots, old do-hickies, divorced fragments, unwanted morsels, and plain ole’ garbage bits & pieces.

LIKE THIS:

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AND THIS:

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AND THIS:

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