Monthly Archives: December 2011

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This has got to be the easiest re-purposing  post ever. Reusing those plastic bread clips. This one is for all you organizational nuts out there. I really didn’t need it but love it now that I have it. For whenever I can’t just ask my husband which is which plug like I usually do, now I know!

He labeled all the plugs for me on the power strip. All we needed were those plastic bread clips I saved and a permanent marker. He wrote out each one and voila. Now I know what to unplug and leave plugged in.

Now I just need to do this for each power strip in the house.

Easy!

Those bread clippy thingies

Reusing Baby Food Jars Part 2

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From children’s snow globes to a wedding’s candles. These jars are great for so many great crafts.

A close friend of mine just got married. She reused wine bottles for vases and the baby food jar candles I made for the tables. Everything looked so pretty and colorful. It’s just so smart to reuse nowadays!

My inspiration for the jars were the bride’s shoes. Black lace over her white heels. So I bought black lace, spray adhesive and got out the silver glitter.

I measured and cut the black lace for 20 baby food jars. I bought a yard’s worth and figured I’d have some left over for other projects. Who doesn’t love lace? And besides, I had a 40% off coupon for the material.

I sprayed the jars with adhesive, outside, and applied the pre-cut lace. Then I rolled the still sticky jars into some silver glitter I had sprinkled on a large card board. The little bit of glitter just gave the candle a bit more shine when it was lit after dark.

 

Since we were only putting a small tea light in each jar, I thought to add sand to bring the flame up half way. My husband took a bucket and had it filled with sand and it cost him 30 cents. I didn’t realize sand was so cheap, and we barely used  any of it. More leftovers for future projects I’m sure.

I, and thank goodness the bride, were really pleased with the way it turned out.

Congratulations to the Huhtalas!         

Reusing Baby Food Jars Part 1

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I belong to a great Mommy group. The San Fernando Valley New and Expecting Parents Meet up. We all get together quite often with the little ones. Sometimes we even do craft projects. I thought this would be such a fun idea when I saw all the great things we could make with baby food jars.

I had a ton of jars to re-use so I invited 15 Moms and their little ones over to make snow globes for the holidays. These turned out so cute!

All that is needed is baby food jars, plastic figurines, distilled water, glycerin, glue and glitter.

My husband helped a few days before the meet up by sanding the inside of the clean lid and then using epoxy to glue the figurines down.  We let the lids dry a few days out in the garage since the smell is so strong. I didn’t want any of the children near that stuff.

They were all perfectly dried and smell free a few days later when the kids were able to choose which figurine they wanted.


Then the parent filled the jar with distilled water and a few drops of glycerin.

Glycerin just keeps the glitter from falling too fast. Last, each child picked the color of glitter to add.  Some even added it themselves.  Twist the lid on tight and shake! This was so simple and so cute.  The kids loved their snow globes and it was a great play date.

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I must have got my love for wine from my Father. When I asked him if he had any wine corks I could take to add to mine to re-purpose he gave me a ton!

Thank goodness since I used every single one of them. Corks are so versatile and fun to use. A few years back I purchased a cork board making kit for my Father and he used a few wine corks then.

Cork boards are easy and fun to make and are very useful for all those notes and reminders. A kit really isn’t needed though to make a board. Get to your local thrift store and buy a nice wood picture frame.  Fill in with the corks and glue together with a glue gun. Same idea works for making a trivet. Pretty soon you’ll have a wine inspired kitchen.

Last night I decided to make a wreath instead. I was inspired by the season of wreaths. This kind of wreath you could actually use year round on your door if you wanted to. First, I purchased a 14″  hay wreath from a large craft store for under $5.

Next, you glue the corks on the inside in an even fashion. Keep gluing the complete surface so you cover as much as the hay as possible. Once this is done, the fun starts. Start gluing creatively covering small spots and making the most use of the burgundy stained bottoms. The color is so pretty. Once you used all the corks and it’s completely dried add a ribbon, bow or any type of decoration to personalize it.

I love the way this looks! What a great house warming or gift for the Holidays.

Thanks Dad. Now let’s go wine tasting!

Put a cork in it