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Upcycling Glass Bottles and Jars

Glass bottles and jars, I am sure we all have a few laying around the house. Wine, beer, ketchup, olive oil, liquor, pickles and jam just to name a few. They come in all different shapes and sizes. Which gives you many opportunities to express your creativity by upcycling them. Here are just a few ideas to inspired you.

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These bottles and jars have a nice nostalgic look to them. By: Too-much-time.com

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Recycled wine bottle light. How cool is this? Christmas tree lights and glass bottles Viola!!! By: Classy Garbage

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Here is an idea where after painting the bottles white they use a black permanent marker  to create unique designs on the bottles. By: ScrapHacker.com

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Who doesn’t love a nice decoupage. This bottle  is decoupaged entirely in headlines and copy from TIME Magazines that they carefully choose and cut out. This is one of our favorites. By: Gr3een

upcycle empty bottles and jars to make tinted glass centerpieces

Beautifully tinted glass bottles transformed into a vase. All you need is some Mod Podge and your colour choice of food colouring. By The V Spot

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This is pretty Awesome. The Cut the Vodka bottles in half and used them as upcycled glasses. See more here Home Crux

Check us on Pinterest for more ideas.

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Paper Paper Paper !!!

It’s Fresh Friday and today I want to share with you all how versatile paper can be when it comes to jewelry making . Keep your old magazines, newspapers, envelopes and calendars. As you know my motto “throw away nothing”. There are many types of jewelry you can craft from paper, from earring to hats, you can even create jewelry displays. Many techniques can be applied. You can fold the paper using Origami techniques, you can roll it to create beads of different shapes and sizes, even paper mache techniques, which you may have learnt in art and craft class at school. Paper that you will usually discard, why not take it and make it into something Fresh that you can wear or even sell . Imagine you can make money from using paper you will usually discard, now that’s what i call making a profit using your creativity. I found some great inspirational ideas to get you started.

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Words on a paper flower with a red glass accent. by Frucci Design

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Necklace made from recycled sheet music. by Liz Hamman

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Newspaper Necklace by How to Recycle

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   Fashionable Paper Necklace by Ana Hagopian 

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A year of rings constructed from paper – each month’s ring representing a symbolic flower.                                                                                                                                 Created by TT:NT, collaboration of  Tihi Kutchamuch and Nutre Arayavanis.

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Origami Crane Earrings by Walking-Cripple

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Funky recycled paper hat by Mary Design

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Paper Mache Mannequin  is 100% recycled paper by Eclectic Creations

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Black pulp paper mache jewelry display by SEWphisticate

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What Can you Create with Cans?

Cake Artist Ronn explores cans

So I was at home today pondering on what to write about for Fresh Friday. You know taking everyday objects that we may throw out as rubbish and recycle it into something fresh and new. Then it suddenly hit me as I was opening a can of green pigeon peas for the Pelau (Pelau pronounced: pay-la-w, is a one pot Trinidad dish) that granny was cooking, cans! they come in all shapes and sizes and usually after opening they are just discarded.

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Cans are very versatile when it comes to D.I.Y. craft projects. There are hundreds of different ways they can be transformed to something fresh and new. Cans can be turned to desk accessories, centerpieces,  cake stands, storage, lanterns, candle holders and even works of art that can adorn your home or even be given as gifts. That’s  naming  a few.

Today I am going to share just a few ideas with you.  All you need are a few basic supplies, empty cans and a whole lot of money, just kidding, creativity.

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Here they covered the cans with a nice damask pattern vinyl.

Place them on a shelve and used them as storage for little odds and end you might have laying around the house.

(Idea from http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/2012/08/vinyl-covered-recycled-cans.html)

iluminaria-lata-recicladaRecycled lanterns

 Handmade lanterns with cans.

 This is a great idea if you like doing out door entertaining.

 All you need is some paint, nail, hammer,and some candles.

I am  sure your guest would love them as much as you’ve enjoyed making them.

( Idea from http://restlessmindboosters.blogspot.com/2013/04/recycled-lanterns-diy-project.html )

bling_pencil_potBlinged out  stationary holder for the office.

Flat  back marbles or stones, Enamel Paint, Modge podge, Hot glue gun

Super cool and super easy. Add some bling to your office, this idea can also be used as a make up brush holder.

(Idea from http://www.creativeinchicago.com/2012/05/bling-pencil-pot-for-my-office.html )

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Cool Candle Holders

Just follow five easy steps and turn some old cans varied sizes to a  funky, vibrant candle holder centrepiece.

This idea was actual conceptualized for a retro art-inspired look for a wedding.                                                                                                                   Black spray paint, acrylic paint in different bright colours and paint brushes.

( Idea from http://www.bellenza.com/wedding-ideas/diy-projects/turn-recycled-tin-cans-into-cool-candle-holders.html )

7Woodland Cake Stand 

These stands are D.I.Y. the cans to the bottom are coved with moss, and a few silk butterflies added to give it a special touch. If you have difficulty sourcing the wood slab, a simple circle cut MDF board trimmed off with a nice piece of ribbon can do the trick.

These stands will definitely add a nice touch of nature to your buffet. Cupcakes with some nice natural flavours like coconut, lemon, or even some cinnamon spice will just add to a nature themed party or even a wedding, they will be appealing to both your sense of sight and taste.   (Idea from http://www.diyweddingsmag.com/diy-wedding-ideas-woodland-cake-stands/ )

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This is probably one of my favourites.  Instructables created this works of art. They may look very heavy,but guess what those tile are actually made of Styrofoam.  The Styrofoam was painted with a water based acrylic paint then cut on a hot wire tool.

Names, words, designs, messages, images can all be cut from the foam material and applied the same way. How great is this project, it is definitely a must try.

( Idea from http://www.instructables.com/id/Can-Art-A-Way-To-Recycle-Some-Tin-Cans/#intro )

Really hope you were inspired by these projects. Bead Cafe Arouca and Bead Craft and Hobby carry most of the materials used in these projects eg. Mod Podge, Acrylic and enamel paints, adhesives, ribbons and much more.

Always remember to keep it fresh and throw away nothing, almost anything can be recycled, up-cycled,  reused or re-purposed.

Ronn Owen

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