DIY Green Valentine

Posted on January 29, 2016 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Valentine's Day is not far away and I'm in the process of creating some cards and projects for both family members and friends. This plastic bag heart wreath is one of my favourite projects and even though I can now make it completely in red, I still love the look of this one with the bit of white. In the past besides the plastic bag wreath I've made book photo frames, Valentine clocks, and heart topiaries, among other things. This year I'm frantically trying to finish up my Valentine cards - all I have time (and resources) to make.  

Here's a sampling of what I've made so far:


Yup, the old 'key to my heart' card. I didn't sell off all my keys - I know better than that. (By the way the keys I did sell went to the cafe at Black Squirrel Books to be used as part of their decor!). To get back to this card, I did keep a few on hand in case I had a brainstorm on recycling these (or upcycling - whatever). The paper is from some junk mail I keep getting from an insurance company. I added the message and that was about it. Oh, I stuck the key on with paper glue but need to get something sturdier as it (the key, I mean) keeps slipping!

I have a hoard of old stamps that I've got - see, I just can't throw anything away!! Anyway, this one goes to my daughter who is the queen of my heart. The little guy who is the king is getting a few pop-up cards that I made after reading a book on how to make these. But - I digress and will post later this week. 

To make this card, I just arranged the stamps on a piece of card paper, cut out a heart on another piece of cardstock and voila - a card was born - made!

I didn't make this one - my crafty friend, Sean made it - but I thought I would post it so yo can see how simple and elegant your homemade cards can be. Just bits of little Valentine shapes (the one inside is actually cut from a doily.

Easy peasy, no??

Recycling Magazines

Posted on June 28, 2015 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I've blogged about recycling magazines before and this week I ran a magazine upcycling workshop recently at a local shop and the turnout was way better than I expected. I had no time to advertise or even post my workshop as it was almost all word-of-mouth advertising. Anyway, each participant got one magazine and it is safe to say even though we made a bunch of stuff, they still had loads of pages left over to do more recycling at home.

We made bags, tags, cards, and envelopes. The materials required are all stuff we all have around the house or are easily accessible: scissors, pencils, rulers, glue stick and, of course, magazines.

I surprised everyone by showing them how to make gift boxes from magazine covers. What fun!

There are, of course, dozens of other ways to recycle (or I should say upcycle) magazines from beads to Christmas trees. All how-tos can be found online, so go search!

Did I mention that any leftover magazine bits and bobs can be shredded and used as filler in mailing parcels? A workshop participant even suggested turning what's left over into confetti. By the way, if you have no magazines, junk mail, old maps, even paper bags work just as well.

Stay tuned as I'm planning a series of Saturday morning craft reupcycling sessions? This time I hope to be a bit more organized.

Ciao for now.

DIY Fourth of July and Bastille Day ideas

Posted on June 29, 2013 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)

For my American and French visitors, I think you can use ideas from my previous DIY Canada Day post to create your own holiday decorations and crafts. There are oodles of ideas all over the web for July 4th and Bastille Day celebrations. I posted some links on my other blog. But before dashing off to the shops to get the items you will need, take a peek inside your recycling bins, cupboards and drawers to see what you can recycle to get the same effect. To make great decorations and ideas for these holidays, take a look.

Valentine recycling ideas

Posted on February 3, 2012 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

This year, Valentine is strictly DIY and here's my first couple of ideas. I repurposed a few matchboxes into cute containers for cinnamon hearts and used some Christmas wrapping paper to decorate the boxes. Just cut enough paper to cover the box, then glue in place. For added spice, I filled a vintage salt shaker with sugar.

The bags and cards are recycled as well. I simply photocopied some pages from a dictionary and cut them to fit over the advertising on the bags and cards, embellishing each with some vintage heart and key decorations. Even the tissue paper is recycled from Christmas.

Easy, peasy!

Recycle a Magazine or Card into Candle Votive Covers

Posted on January 22, 2012 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Okay, so I’ve been pretty lazy about blogging but I’m just getting back on my feet and am feeling frisky again. My OC article on keeping your new year’s resolutions by going green was published yesterday. Here’s the link.

So because my energy level is not quite up there (I’m saving it for a new project!), I checking out the web to see what others are doing by recycling creatively. And, of course, I keep folks on the web who are doing wonderful and very professional looking recycling projects (none of this macaroni on cardboard recycling crafts!).

And speaking of recycling - here’s another example (amazing) of what you can make from the pictures of magazines, calendars, or card--ta dah--clever DIY candle votive covers.

The clever designer behind this idea is Claire over at Fellow, Fellow. Here’s the lutorial.


Christmas Card Recycling from BHG

Posted on December 19, 2011 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I don't know about you but I still get quite a few Christmas cards in the mail and enjoy receiving them even though e-cards are more eco-friendly. Besides, coming up with ideas to recycle them is one way of keeping the kids busy while you make your hoilday preparations. 

Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) has oodles of ideas and how-to projects for recycling holiday cards. These little card trees are similar to those over at Stone and Rose that I blogged about yesterday but a little easier to make.

And I simply love these little decorative houses made from cards. For complete instructions for these and other card recycling projects, visit BHG. For house templates, go here.