A basket from a box? Oh yeah!

Every time I shop at a Sam’s Club I look at the large boxes that stuff comes in. Sometimes the boxes end up in the recycling bin but other times they become a project:

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This Easter basket started out as a Chex Mix box but with a little help from Papermart it became a useful project that was fun to make. Today I’ll show you how.

Supplies: A cardboard box, hot glue gun and glue sticks, twisted paper cord, corrugated paper, foam flowers,  and raffia ribbon. Tomorrow I’ll show you how to make the sweet favor boxes that are in the basket, they are easy too!

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Cool Recycled Bottle Cap Craft! {and a lot of rambling}

Hello friends! I spent the day cleaning the basement. Well, most of the basement, I didn’t bother with my craft area or my husbands workshop, they were OK but the rest of the cellar had gone to pot over the summer. Hmm, does anyone say “gone to pot” anymore? Maybe it’s a Maine thing, well anyway, it means trashed and neglected and if that did not sum up my basement perfectly I don’t know what would. Let me paint a picture for you (because I would be horrified to share an actual picture) Sidewalk chalk artwork on walls and floor, paper strips from a gum wrapper bracelet turned paper bead obsession, pearler beads which I think somehow multiply once spilled on the floor (there were spilled on the floor waiting to be ironed…the iron was lost in this mess!), totes of kids toys that are apparently way more interesting once you pack them up and put them in the basement, and then there was the kids craft area.  This was really bothering me. I’m not a neat freak but I work in my basement everyday, in addition to being the fabulous frugalcrafter I also do custom framing and I need a large clean area (AKA the pool table) to lay out frames on, it was out of control.

Warning, I’m gonna talk about cleaning ad organizing for at least another paragraph so if you want to skip to the video you can. Still here? Well, what do you know, cool! The basement went downhill when we moved our love seat downstairs after buying a new living room set last fall, then we put our old TV downstairs too. This was a kid magnet, so instead of the kids sitting at their craft table to create they dragged their stuff over to the love seat and created there. Craft sprawl is the worst! Yarn! I forgot to mention the yarn LOL! I put a small table behind the love seat thinking I might want to bead there and it was taken over by the kids, they did not use their craft table anymore and honestly it was too small for more than one to use at once. So I decided to change the kids craft area to kids art supply storage. I thought about buying a big industrial shelf and getting rid of the 6″ table they had but then I realized (read: too cheap to buy a shelf and too lazy to go to the store) that I already had a storage shelf under the table and two plastic carts I could put on top so I made my own shelf like storage solution. then it was a matter of tossing junk like dried up bottles of glue, paint and play doh, old coloring books and stuff they would never use then sorting the rest into drawers. I had a full drawer of sharpies AND a full drawer of water based markers when I was done. Insanity I tell you! I had a drawer for clay, basic craft supplies, watercolor, stickers, basic school supplies, crayons & colored pencils, fabric crafting and a couple more things. A milk crate for paper, homemade magazine boxes made from soymilk boxes for coloring books, notebooks and journals and a couple boxes for stamps. Under the table which was pretty well organized was jewelry making supplies, jumbo pads, pottery and a basket of ink pads. I was able to empty a fairly big storage unit by putting like items together and everything is accessible, will wonders ever cease? The I took masking tape and a sharpie and labeled every bin and drawer!  go me! OK now, on to the video of an unrelated recycled bottle cap craft!

If you are in need of bottle caps ask any single friend you have to save them for you, you will get them in spades! So as a reward to all of my cleaning today (or yesterday as you are reading this) I am rewarding myself by checking out the brand new Hobby Lobby in Bangor Maine (I’ve never been in one before!) The grand opening is tomorrow (or by now I guess it’s today) so if you are there say howdy! I’m meeting friends there first thing before the Buffalo Wild Wing crazies grab all of the parking spaces LOL! I actually thought they were open last week but it was just the wingers. Well that’s it for tonight, I am extremely tired from the cleaning but happy with the results. I hope the kids can keep it that way. :) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Review: Green Creativity Paper Bead Roller {and tutorial!}

Happy Saturday folks!  I was excited to log into my blog this evening and see that I now have 2000 email subscribers! There is a little box over on the left if you want to sign up, that way you receive an email each time I write a post…I know it sounds annoying but apparently people seem to dig it. I’m going to relish this moment before my readers come to their senses and unsubscribe LOL! After that ego affirming tidbit I decided to check out my YouTube channel and I have 9,921 subscribers, boy, it sure would be cool to have an even 10,000…only 79 to go {hint-hint, nudge-nudge, wink-wink} no pressure or anything hahahaha! Speaking of videos I did a quick video on using the paper bead roller my daughter got for her birthday {from my awesome husband!} We have had so much fun with this thing! Of course you don’t need a contraption to make beads but boy is it fun!

You want one now, don’t you? Hubby bought it a Target in the toy area where the board games are, it was $10. Some youtube viewers said it was more on amazon so you might want to check around. I love the fact that it attaches to a bottle for ease of use and storage of beads. I washed and dried several soda bottles so everyone can have a bead bottle going, the coffee table in the living room is covered with paper strips, glue and bottles of beads. Hello weekend! I hope you are having fun this weekend making beads, apple picking or watching football, it’s all good. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: Paintin’, Cleanin’ & Curbside Shoppin’

Howdy crafty folks! It’s time for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday! I FINALLY managed to bring some order to my crafty chaos this week. I even vacuumed! I dug under the scary table where I cram stuff and purged and organized and I am not ashamed to show you my room. Even with my projects in progress out it still looks pretty good:)

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Doncha love this shelf? I found it on the side of the road with a “FREE” sign on it! Free! Can you believe what people get rid of? I had my husband hang up the shelf then I used ribbons, scrapbook papers and beaded tassel trim to change it from “blah” to “ohh la la!”

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I spent most of the day painting and working on a new beginner watercolor tutorial for my shop. I finished the BBC series Being Human so I decided to start on the American series…hmmm, tv is so much better with British accents….

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I also varnished some new paper beads, look at that clean table!

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And surprise, I got an advance copy of the December issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts and my artwork is on the cover, the whole entire cover!!!

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A clean craft room, artwork on the cover of a major stamping magazine and a free shelf. It’s a pretty good day. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Give Momma the Glow Sticks and Nobody Gets hurt LOL!

TGIF (Thank Goodness I’m Fabulous!) and you will be too when you make gorgeous beads from glow-stick tubes:

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These beads were made from the stiff protective tubes that skinny glow-sticks come in, you know the black tube that keeps the glow-sticks from cracking before they are ready to use. You can use any tube you like though, even drinking straws but they won’t be a rigid as the tubes glow sticks come in. Watch the video to see the process:

It is a pretty easy craft, first you cut a piece of tube the length you want your bead to be, Cover it with paper (I used the painted rice paper scraps leftover from the rice paper earrings I made on Tuesday) and give it a coat of Mod-podge or glue and let it dry:

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Then embellish with wire, beads and bead caps. It is a great use for leftovers, you can even wrap scraps of ribbon or pretty string around them! (Great, another excuse to hoard our scraps LOL!)

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I hope you enjoyed this project and give it a try yourself. If you have any questions just leave a comment. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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DIY Dress Form Display & 50% Off!

Howdy folks! First up I want to let you know that Everything at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff is 50% off today only, yay!  Next up I want to share a dress from display I made:

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Guess what, I made it from an empty dish soap bottle. When I saw this tutorial on Beansie Babbles blog I knew I had to try it! Of course with my housekeeping {or lack there-of} style I don’t empty a bottle of dish soap that often (everything, I mean EVERYTHING gets crammed in the dishwasher so I rarely use the wash-by-hand soap) but when I did happen to empty a bottle this week I had to try it!

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I think if I make another one I will use a bottle of JOY or AJAX because the bottles are slimmer. My Nature’s Place all natural bottle is a bit full-figured…well, I guess the old adage about every piece of art being a self-portrait is true LOL!

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After covering the bottle with tape I painted it:

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I used up my matte decopague glue on my jewelry display board last week so all I had left was glossy Mod-Podge, I’m not crazy about the shine, I should have used watered down glue I think…

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The decorating is the fun part, I used some papermart tulle and elastic to make a removable tu-tu, and added scraps of lace and plastic bead strands. I think I will use it on my craft fair table to hold a sign or hand jewelry off, I’m not sure.  I decided not to have a pedestal under it because I did not want it to be tipsy but I bet an old candle stick would work if you wanted one.

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Tacky or classy? What do you think? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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DIY Ring Display Box {Video Tutorial}

Howdy folks! Phew, the snowstorm we had last nigh only dropped about an inch of the white stuff so school is in session! I (as well as my kids) was pretty sure it would be cancelled today, boy, they will be bummed when they wake up. So this week, with my thoughts on spring I made this cheerful jewelry display box to use at craft fairs to showcase my handmade rings:

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I upcycled a Ferrero Rocher chocolate box and made the inserts with fun foam. Here is a quick video to show how I made it:

And here is a photo to show how I made it. Tip: Use a heat gun to remove the labels on the box and some goo-gone for any leftover adhesive under the labels.

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The center label would not come off, it seemed to be painted on underneath so I cut a cloud from felt and used some stickers to spell “rings” and hot glued it over the label. Works for me!

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I am thinking of trying to sell my wares at a spring craft fair, I think some product are better suited to spring such as elaborate jewelry and watercolors. This colorful display would be perfect for spring/summer I think! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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It’s Hip To Be Square! {and Awesome Yarn Storage!}

Happy Saturday! Yesterday I was determined to learn how to crochet a granny square (boy, my ambition was just staggering this week, wasn’t it?) And I am happy to report that I succeeded!

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I love these colors and the yarn was a dream to work with. I do not know the brand because I grabbed 3 skein packs at Mardens for $3.99! The content was Wool/Bamboo and it was made in Turkey which is known for its fabulous yarn. I bought a couple of packs and tried it and promptly went out and grabbed more. I bought enough pink to make a sweater but…well you might remember how that project turned out…if not you can find out here. So, anyway I wanted to share my new yarn storage, my librarian was going to throw away a paperback book spinner rack and she asked if I wanted it (crap about to be tossed, oh yeah, I’m in!) so I took it home, dusted it off and oiled the spinner part and it was as good as new!

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I crammed all of the little wire baskets with my yarn, it was chock-a-block, stuffed to the max 2 weeks ago so you can see I have used some, yay! I can see what I have so I will actually use it. Full disclosure: I still have some yarn in a tote, in my bedroom closet and in a basket..OK 2 baskets…but it basically all fits in here. I’ll try not to buy any more yarn until all that I own can fit on this rack but if I come across $1 wool skeins at Mardens I make no promises! I am taking on another knitting group too so I’m sure I will knit through some of my stash with my students! Well that’s it for this Saturday, we have a pretty low-key weekend with basketball, cheering and a birthday party thrown in so there should be plenty of time for some more granny square making… any idea what I should make with my squares? BTW I have put the video that I watched to teach me this technique here, It is not me of course but it’s I great video! I think the “trebble” crochet she uses is what we call a double crochet in the states but don’t worry about the names, watch her and you can follow right along:) Til next time happy crafting!

Look What I Made with a Slim Jim Box!

No box is safe around here, LOL! When my kids finished up the box of Slim Jims (Yes, I know, not healthy) my son asked me if I wanted the box. I did! And here is what I made with it:

 

A party favor dispenser! I used YES! paste to adhere this lovely American Crafts paper (It is a couple of years old from the “Dear Lizzy” line) to the box. It was really easy. I did not cover the inside of the box or the little tabs that you can see when the door is open and I think it looks just fine. I stamped “party favors” using the Soda Pop large alpha from Pink Persimmon and the die cut mat is a leftover cutout window from mt Royal Whimsy SVG set.

 

Believe it or not I try to have a healthy household, that’s why for my daughters’ birthday I wanted to give out a party favor that was not candy OR cheap plastic toys that would fall apart before the kids even got them home. I found a box of foil wrapped packets containing a small coloring book, box of crayons and stickers. Eureka! The perfect party favor and it fits in my altered slim jim box!

 

This project took about 15 minutes and I can use it over and over again. I like to make party stuff that I can build on and use again year after year and this box is not too young-looking. One note, you might want to cover the box so you can fill it from the top. I did not think of that until I was done and I had to fill it from the bottom. This would be great done in more neutral colors and could be used to dispense packs of trading/baseball cards! Have a great Sunday and til next time happy crafting!

Inspired by a soda can and WOYWW!

I was grocery shopping yesterday and my son asked if he could get some iced tea, well I looked at the display and saw the most gorgeous box of Arizona green tea with ginseng (and it was diet!) so I said sure but I get to keep the cans! I made a card with the chipboard from the box:

And I have something else intended for the cans, I’ll share that project with you tomorrow but you can have a sneak peek since it is What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday and I happen to have a can in the works:

 

BTW the stamps on the card are from About Art Accents! Thanks for stopping by and till next time (when I reveal the finished soda can creation!) happy crafting!

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