Posts Tagged ‘arts’

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It all Started with the above tins that my Friend sent me.

You see, many years ago I turned tiny tins into nicely decorated pills boxes for all my girlfriends. I used to make small Christmas gifts for most of my friends every year. I guess she thought I could do something with her collection.

I had recently moved right into the inner city of Chicago. Along with the Skyscrapers, great views, museums and awesome restaurants there are also people down on their luck. I had not been in a living situation in a long time were I saw people who were homeless, out of work and/or sick asking for money in my neighborhood, every day, every where I walk. My heart was breaking for them.

I came up with the idea to use the tins to decorate and insert some  money and small things for these people, my TINS of LOVE! Then I realized they were way too small for what I wanted to do.

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I was saving Toilet Paper Rolls for Art projects. When I realized the tins were too small, I looked at a roll one day and thought this size would be better, my TUBES of LOVE!

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The plan was to start handing them out right before Christmas and throughout the winter for as long as I had supplies.

I had already been collecting 1 dollar bills and quarters to put in my TUBES of LOVE. I told a few friends and family about my plan. My Mother Inlaw, who collects a lot of stuff, sent me a box of stuff to stuff in my TUBES of LOVE! I also bought big multi-packs of gum.

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After Halloween, I collected leftover single wrapped candy from my neighbors and bought bags on sale for the TUBES of LOVE, for a bit of fun.

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I made a list of all Shelters, Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens and Warming Centers in Chicago for each one of my TUBES of LOVE.

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On the Sheet of Paper, I wrote a Note.

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I thought of items besides the money and candy, and thought soap and aspirin could be helpful. I had some hotel soaps and shampoos. The little bars of soap were too big, so I started to cut them down to a size that would fit, wrapped them in clear cellophane and labeled them.

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I also divided a large bottle of acetaminophen into packs of 6-8 pills each too.

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I had to cut the sheets of info down to fit better inside the tubes.

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The plan was to roll it all up and then stuff it in the TP Roll/Tube!  Yes, All of the below would fit into One TUBE!

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I started with rolling the items up in a dollar bill.

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Then I would roll that up with candy on each end in the folded in inforamtion Sheet.

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Easy Peasy!

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It all Fit Perfectly!

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But just so stuff would not fall out when it was opened, I put a small piece of tape at both ends.

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After I stuffed around 30 Tubes, I then decorated each TUBE of LOVE.

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Just Basic Decorating, as I was going to Wrap them as well.

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First Round of TUBES of LOVE Ready to be Wrapped!

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Fun and Light-Hearted. Literally, there are little hearts on them!

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Stuffed with Love!

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Part of the Idea for TUBES of LOVE is Recycle / Upcycle. So along with all the other items I saved, I also saved paper bags. I cut the bags up to lay out flat.  I painted it all

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I had 2 sessions of fun using paint and markers.

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I wrapped them “candy” style using string at each end. The First Batch was Done!

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They were all handed out before we left town to have Christmas with out family. During the time away I got my nephew and nieces involved with making more TUBES of LOVE! We also handed some out in Sacramento, CA, where they live. The rest I brought back to Chicago with me. Below is two of the TUBES of LOVE my twin nieces Stuffed, Wrapped and Decorated.

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I received 3 boxes of supplies from friends and family!  I was overwhelmed and very happy.  After exploration of these boxes, I realized many of the items were over-sized for the TUBES of LOVE.

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So I went bigger, Bigger TINS, that is! It all started with tiny tins and now I was back to tins, but bigger and better! I went to the Salvation Army Outlet Store here in Chicago. I bought Tins, and Socks as I learned they were highly needed. The women checking me out, actually gave me a better deal on the items after she heard about my TINS of LOVE project.

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So Much More Love Stuffing! The tins I used would vary in size, but I do not want to go too big as I need carry them as I give them out.

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I still decorated the TINS of LOVE like I did for the TUBES of LOVE, but since many of the TINS were already nicely decorated, I now do less decorating and more stuffing!

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At Top of the Above Photo, on the right and left, you will see TUBS of LOVE. Yes, I have expanded to using Plastic Tubs/Containers/Jars as well. Happy to recycle/upcycle as much as I can!

The TINS of LOVE above are my current batch.  I am down to just a few more as I handed some out the other day.

I have supplies to make more, but I need more containers!  I will do another batch of TUBES of LOVE before I get more TINS/TUBS. I am going to Cleveland soon and will see if I can give away some of the TUBES of LOVE there.

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I will hand them out for the rest of Winter or until my supplies run out.

If you have any questions on how you can do this as well, please comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  Or if you want to donate any stuffing items to my TUBES/TINS/TUBS of LOVE Project, please comment as well and leave your email address for private communications.

By Education, I am a Recreational Therapist. I have worked with Youth a lot in this position and my favorite activities were art related, if I could include a lesson that made the project even better.  I would love to do this project with more Children. I can volunteer with programs within Chicago if you would like me to lead this project at your program!

Thank you and I hope you Enjoyed this project of mine!

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Vermont is freakin’ beautiful…

Even when it is dead.

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MY PHOTO and WRITTEN WORD SERIES.

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Ugly Beautiful Brattleboro

The beauty of death

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The deadly spine flitters and floats.

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“We are not in vain!” says the beautiful flower that dies.

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Whoville died in Vermont.

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But it is where butterflies go to hibernate!

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The veiny fingers of death reach for the sky.

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What death makes you…

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Oh Puffy Stuff?

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Even in death, I will stand tall!

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“Blue skies you do not deceive me!” says the naked tree.

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“I still like the sunlight.” she said with her last flower breath.

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Eyelashes of death try to block the view.

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And its veins try to suffocate.

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Color laughs at the grey of death.

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“We are not of this deadly world,” says the lively fluff ‘n’ stuff.

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Pods of death ready to blast off into winter.

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We will not die, we will not curl up and die!

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Star bursts of death spring upward.

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While death breathes, roses sleep.

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Death loves me, Death loves me not.

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Death’s fairy wings on a stick.

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I flutter, I flitter, I flurry and soon I will die.

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Winter is upon as
Balls lay unused among dead leaves
Guarded by the Gnomesman
Who has stood the strength of winter
And shall prevail once again!

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And then it snowed!

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Adding a bit of clarity to death around.

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Sprinkling death with sugar.

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Tiny fingers cupping clouds of sugar.

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Clouding death.

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And still purple strives.

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As does the Gnomesman of Winter.

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UPCYCLE LIGHT!

From Vintage Strainer Lamps!

EASY PEASY!

From Vintage Strainer Lamps!

To start the hole, I used pliers and a hammered it just a bit in the centered dot in the centered star of the bottom of the strainer.

You can see the finished hole in the photo.

Oh, and yes, those pliers have a pink rhinestone on them!

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To help enlarge the hole, I snipped from the inside with wire cutters.

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Then I would push this vintage soda bottle into the hole to make it more round!

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Picked these up at IKEA for $5.00 each the other day!

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Put lighting through hole, put in lightbulb…

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And there you have it…and cool hanging lamp that casts spotted star shapes!

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That was fun!

But I was not done creating!

Back to Gnome Christmas Trees!

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I so need a gnome for under that tree!

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Now, let’s see if these things sell!

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Yes, Gnomes celebrate Holidays too.

And they, just like us, need Christmas Trees.

I have made it my goal to supply them some this holiday season.

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Let me talk first about the tall one in the back.

Or better yet, let me show you how I made it!

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Supplies: Cone, felt, glue gun, scissors and maybe some tidbits for decorations (I used some brads and tacks).

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Cut, cut, cut out your tree leaf thingies.

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Glue them, one at a time to the cone, all of them!

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Start adding your decorations as you go.

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Figure out your topper and decorate.

I decided on decorating a small Styrofoam ball with the brads and tack.

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There you have it, the first of many…

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A Gnome Christmas Tree!

For those Gnomes who like simple lines…

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The Bobble String Christmas Tree!

Yes, it bobbles a bit from the way it is attached to its stand.

And now for those Beachy Gnomes…

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The Pearly Shell Gnome Christmas Tree!

I made both the string and shell trees awhile ago…lots of string, shells, glue and patience, and you too can make them.

As you can see from the first photo, there are many other trees.

Some are vintage and some are just darned cute.

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I had to have a variety, so many Gnomes so many different trees needed!

And these two are my favorite!

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They so remind me of my Italian Grandparent’s Christmas decorations. Under their Aluminum Christmas Tree (Yes, I said Aluminum) they had this tiny outdoor winter skating Scene (a mirror was used to make the frozen pond) with these tiny trees all around it!   Ha, but they have sold already…should have put a higher price on them! 

I have two more in the making, but not sure they will get finished in time.

Gnomes…I got you covered!

Elves get all the attention during the holidays, give some love to any Gnomes you may know!

EARLY HOLIDAY BONUS CRAFT FOR YOU:

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I made the wreath awhile ago, Click here to see how I did it: The Garbage Wreath

But then I put it in an old frame and threw some red felt on the back for that something special and different Christmas decoration!

HAPPY HOLIDAY CRAFTING TO YOU!

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I have a thing for circles, balls, orbs, globes, pizzas…anything round!

So I buy needlepoint hoops, lots and lots of needlepoint hoops.

Mind you, I do not do needlepoint!

But I do love cool retro looking material.

So, I put the two together and this is what I got!

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This little cutie consists of three different size hoops, 3 different sample pieces from JoAnne’s and some twine.

I did glue them together, so it is a just hang one thing wall decoration!

Note to self, iron material next time!

For those that can not commit to 3…I give you this:

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Not attached for cases where just one or two will do!

PS…the lint and stuff on the floor do not come with hoops!

I have saved the largest hoops (one really big…others quite large) for the wall on our new dining room.

Now on to something different.

I like frames, and I could not pass up this little metal one with tiny crosses!

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I found a map, which I also love..and this little fleur de lis was calling my name.

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All together, and they make an interesting conversation piece!

Circles, Frames and Maps…I wish I only like those 3 things!

Whatever it is for you…find new uses for your favorites!

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Buttons aren’t just for clothing anymore…

Especially cool old Buttons!  

I pulled out my small collection the other day when I wanted to snazz up a few other things.

And here is how it went!

The below were just plain old round colored cardboard boxes.

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AND NOW THEY ARE FANCY RESPECTABLE DECORATIVE CONTAINERS!

So easy…old buttons and some burlap!

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Oh, and Mod Podge, gotta love the Mod Podge!

Wait, and some glue!

I used the Modge Podge to adhere the burlap and after that was dry, I glued on the buttons.

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Sassy & Brassy!

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Golden Girls!

They were so cute, I did not stop there!

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This nice piece of pottery had the word “Utensils” across the front.

Why? I mean, if the utensils were in it, couldn’t you tell what was in it?

So, I got rid of it and prettied it up with some vintage white buttons!

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I really like how it came out!

Can’t wait to use it now!

Any button will do…glue it on, sew it on, or even use wire for jewelry…

JUST BUTTON UP!
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Okay, I love Mary Catherine Gallagher…

and…

I love starburst mirror decor pieces too!

But after looking the at cost of new ones and even vintage ones,  I got discouraged!

Pinterest to the rescue, especially after I saw how easy it was to make (ha)!

Here is my attempt and how I did it!

Supplies needed:

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More supplies:

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Measuring and Gluing!

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Pre-final touches…

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Prep for painting!

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Painting!
I know silver is popular right now, but the antique versions are in gold, which will go better in our entry way!

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Final Product!

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Not bad, eh?
Even up close!

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Please click on any of the photos, to get to the photo album and to find out some extra details on how I did it!

Okay, now I have to be truthful!

After seeing a starburst mirror in every remodel/revamp/decor TV show, I am thinking it may be over done!

So I may change this:

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Into this:

I would take out the art work from the above gold frame and use it for something else!
It is signed art after all…even if I got the WHOLE piece for only $2.00 at an auction!

What do you think…Gold Star Burst for front entry way or Gold Fish Scales?

STAY TUNED!
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I asked for hints for a handmade gift, and I got Big Sur and the number 7!

WHAT THE WHAT?

I racked my mind and kept my eyes out for 7’s and anything Big Sur (Hello, I live in Florida, Big Sur is in California)!

I found it hard to find decorative numbers, if it is not for the front of your house.   So when I found a big black ceramic 7 I had to grab it.

It sat around for quite awhile trying to motivate me to do something with it.  Nothing was coming to mind!

Then at a flea market, my husband came across a 1966 arial map of mid-coastal California! Yes, with Big Sur smack dab in the middle!

I grabbed it!

So, I had the 7 and the map…what to do?  I went to my map pinterest board to see what I could find!

Yippy, I saw a map used as a mat in a frame!  How could I have forgotten about that?

HERE IS HOW I MADE THE MAP MAT FOR FRAMES:

First, the things you will need:

–  Map

– Frame

– Mat (you can either make your own or not even use one)

– Scissors / X-Acto knife

– Graphics & Printer

Now lets Mat Our Map!

From Old Map Framed

1)  Cut the part of map you want to use.

Hint: If there is a special place…put it in a corner of the mat.

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2) This is how I incorporated the 7 into the piece!

I found different graphics of 7s and then printed them out on sample paper to make sure they got on the right spots of the map. Then I printed them out on the map.

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3) Once you have your map ready, cut the center out.

Hint: Just cut an “X” from corner to corner and you can just bend back the pieces.

This is my sample map and I cut the edges off to fit in the frame better. But the final map I used had very thin paper, so I just folded the pieces over.

I do not like to completely cut/destroy things in case the person buying or receiving my stuff, can change it around if they like.

From Old Map Framed

4) Firmly fold down the map around the mat.

I did not glue it down, because the frame would securely hold it in.

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5) And then you are done!

I ended with two of them, since I did a “practice” run first!

The practice one is done with scrapbook paper I got on sale for 25 Cents! I hope someone else likes the number 7!

From Old Map Framed

BIG SUR!

I love how there is a circle about Big Sur too!

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And now you have a “something special” frame!

We wish the recipients of this frame the happiest life together!

By the way, I wrote a special date on the back of the number 7 for them!
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Sometimes I buy things that I have to take apart to make  better!

This is a story about a cute little metal basket with some fake flowers stuck inside it.

From Tear Down & Build Up Craft

I freed the basket!

And made something from the removed “stuff!”

From Tear Down & Build Up Craft

I love decorative balls, but I have never made one for myself.

So, to add this “mossy” one to my collection, that I made, is quite exciting!

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And now, how cute is this metal wire basket?

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And I will use the flowers for displaying my “book” vases!

For 75 Cents, I got a basket, a ball, and extra flowers to boot!

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100% FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS…

AND IT LOOKS GOOD!

UPCYCLING AT ITS BEST!

From How To – Wreath

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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