Seems like everywhere you turn you find these Elastic Hair Ties- I am addicted to them myself but they can get pricey!
Now you can make them for a fraction of the cost and it couldn't be simpler even if your not crafty.
Now when you see them at the store for 5 for $5.50 you will laugh
because you can make them for .14 each!
The link to buy the elastic is 20 yards for $11.50 and you can make 80 hair ties with 20 yards!
All Ready for Gift Giving!
"Queen of Upcycling"
Plastic Bottle Craft Ideas!!
Get those plastic bottles out of the Recycling Bin & Get to Crafting!
"Queen of Upcycling"
Seems I missed last weeks Weekly Whip up!
I had a show on Friday that I had to leave the house at 5 am & it was a hot hot hot weekend so I think I lost my mind a bit from all the sweat I lost :)
I finally got the T-Shirt Bracelet Kits done!!
I am still working on an online version but for now you can get one
with a DVD & enough stuff to make 2 bracelets!
These are a great project that you don't have to go & spend a lot of money on!
Great for Party Favors
Just because you can gifts!
Paper Weight Tutorial
Mother's Day is over & you got a lot of those Fancy smelling candles with those glass lids.
Why do they put those on there? sure it's pretty but do we really need more glass that has no purpose?
Well now you have a purpose for these glass lids!
Father's day is right around the corner so why not take some you got for Mothers Day & repurpose it into a sweet gift for Dad!
A personalized Paper Weight.
Now that the warmer weather is upon us & the windows are open he might need a paper weight so that his papers don't get blown around when those wonderful breezes come through the house or office.
The lid has a plastic ring on it that you need to gingerly remove with a butter knife~
we don't want any injuries here so go at it gingerly!
Put that Plastic ring aside I have an idea!!
Print out some pictures of those Dad loves or not if you want to be funny.
I punched them out with a 1 1/2 inch punch that wasn't to big or too small of this particular lid.
I'm guess most of these lids are the same size.
Now put a thin coat of Modge Podge on the picture. Smooth it out with your finger.
Now carefully put the Modge Podged picture inside the lid at the top (of course right)
Now smooth out the bubbles with your finger.
At this point you can tint the glass as well with some modge podge & paint.
This seems to be all over the internet with folks tinting mason jars but the same idea can apply to any glass vessel. So just put a little paint in modge podge and paint the inside of the lid.
My suggestion (because i didn't do it this way) is that you wait to do this part after you picture has dried. You will also want to modge podge the back of the picture before the tint as to seal it so the paint doesn't seep into the picture.
Dad's (well Grandpa in this case) Paper Weight in Action!
So you have several children that each want their own paper weight?
Or you just want to make one each year .
What are you going to do with all these paper weights?
Add some wire & hang them on the wall!
So turn the lid on the side you will see 2 Ridges ~ you want to wrap the wire around the one closest to the opening so it will hang close to the wall.
Wrap the wire all the way around and secure.
Now you nee to make a hanging thing (so technical!)
Bring the wire up and make a loop.
Then bring the wire back down and around the extension then wrap around the ridge again then fasten off. You want to make sure the wire is tight around the lid so it doesn't fall off so you can "kink" the wire as you can see in this picture.
My children & Apple Pie (granddaughter)
"Queen of Trash"
My Best Friend sent me a package the other day full of Goodies
& these two less than desirable Mouse Pads.
I couldn't figure out why she sent me them as they were, well ugly,
& I did not have a use for a Mouse Pad!
They sat on my Kitchen table for a few days when it dawned on me that I needed to make something with them. I should have known she wouldn't send me Ugly Mouse pads for no reason.
Well this is just the thing I needed to get my wheels spinning~
I was getting worried my wheels were stuck in the mud!
I only took less than a day to dream up a new use but a day to actually
get my butt in gear to make my vision come to life!
This one I cut a "base" piece of the Mouse Pad then added snaps to the ends.
I cut 3 smaller strips of the Mouse Pad & with a needle and Embroidery floss I secured the floss to one end & wrapped it around the pad then secured it to the other end. I did this with each small strip. Then I sewed each end to the base pad & also put a stitch in the middle. Then I took some more floss and wrapped it around the end to give it a more finished look.
Mouse Pad Bangles.
The length of the mouse pad wasn't long enough to fit over my hand so
I added another strip of pad with an eyelet.
I wrapped a fabric strip around one & secured it with thread & add a few beads.
The other 2 I added beads all around.
This one I cut about a 2 inch base piece of the Mouse Pad adding snaps to the ends. I then added eyelet to the middle part leaving the ends free of eyelets until after I add the smaller strip. I cut a smaller strip of pad added eyelets then secured each end to the base with eyelets. I then added a few more eyelets to the base at the ends.
Here's the Mouse Pad in all it's Ugliness but it really transformed into some cute Bracelets!
Ideas are really endless. Just make your "base" bracelet then trick it out as you see fit!
This leads to my other idea.
I seem to get stuck in the mud every now & again.
I thought it would be cool if you had something that you don't want or can't imagine could be used for anything that you could send me so I can try to transform it.
This would help me get my wheels out of the Mud & your prize would we one of the things I create with what you sent me!
If your interested in this challenge email me RadicalRecycks@gmail.com
"Queen of Trash"
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
I found this through Tumblr it's so clever.
I will give it a try just as soon as I can get to the hardware store.
I have a vision with a little different set up~ we'll see if my vision will come to fruit.
In the meantime check it out!
(Click the picture to go to the website with the full tutorial!)
"Queen of Trash"
I use a Net Bath Sponge to get myself all clean
& since they are all over the place I am assuming a lot of folks use them as well!
Well did you know they work wonders on cleaning soap scum?
Don't ask me how I found this out ~ ok I can't keep things to myself~ I clean the shower while I shower. Sounds weird & unhealthy but I don't use cleaner usually just an old net sponge or a Magic eraser to get the soap scum off while the conditioner seeps into my over processed hair.
Now the thing with the old net sponge is I don't want anyone to use it by accident to clean themselves so I have Repurposed the old ones that have fallen apart into "Scrubbies" !
They can be used to clean Soap Scum, Scrub your dishes or even Scrub yourself!
First and Foremost throw your Net Sponge in the laundry with a load of towels you
will want to get all the leftover soap & Dna out!
The Net Sponges I had were 240 inches long.
They had a good long life then the tie that kept them together broken!
Now you could retie it or you can Repurpose it as instructed below but
let's do what we can to keep them out of the landfill!
Get your Crochet Hook out!
I used a size P but a Q would have been a little better (less fighting with the netting)
In second stitch from hook single Crochet to end (7 stitches)
chain 1 and SC across
I think I only got 4 rows so go until you can't go anymore (as long as you make it to the end of a row)
Now I also didn't cut anything off. (I will get to this a few photos down)
All done with the Netting.
But it just doesn't look pretty now does it?
We want to make sure we don't throw any of the netting away to fill up the landfill right?
So now get some cotton yarn.
I used Lion Brand organic cotton for the Pink one & some other cotton out of my stash that had no label.
I used the hook that the one with the label said to use (J) but
went to a K for the Blue/Gray one (it was a bit thicker yarn).
I attached the new yarn with a slip stitch then single crocheted 3 times in each opening of the scrubbie.
When I got to the corner I sc 3 chain 1 then sc 3.
slip stitch to the first stitch once I got all the way around.
Chained 1 then sc in each stitch around just to make it a bit more polished.
"Queen of Trash"
it's a cool Recycled Wool Pin Cushion Tutorial!
Alma is the Fabulous lady that put together Stitched 2012 that I am so excited to be apart of.
Alma's Tutorial is how to make your own canvas!
& it's Eco Friendly to boot!
Time for my Blog Hop Tutorial!!
Plastic Egg Transformation ♡
Since Easter is right around the corner & it wouldn't be my tutorial if it wasn't something about
Upcycling, Recycling or Repurposing!
Here's some way to use these Transformed Eggs!