Monthly Archives: April 2012

I love Chalkboard Paint – Take 2

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We had so much fun painting our wine glasses with chalkboard paint that I couldn’t wait to use the paint again!

I found these perfect new coasters at the thrift store for under $3.00. I knew right away that I would either use mod podge or paint on these.

So what if your guests aren’t drinking wine? Now they can write their name on their coaster and always know who’s’ drink is who’s. That’s of course only if you always use your coaster.

I used painters tape around the tile after I slightly sanded the surface and wiped it down with a damp cloth.

I then painted 2 coats of paint, the 2nd after the first coat was dry. I love how fast chalkboard paint dries. Peeled the tape after letting them dry for a few hours and voila!

I’ve read it’s best to use chalk on them right away and dry wipe it all over and off so that when you use it the first time and write something on it for hours it wont leave the stain of the original letters behind. Kind of like priming the paint.

Now my coasters and wine glasses are set for entertaining.

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Many Uses for Rosemary

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I love reusing T shirts. It seems we always have too many shirts that just don’t fit right or are old and just taking up space. This is an easy way to turn a T shirt into a reusable bag, another thing we all need nowadays.

All you’ll need is a T shirt, the bigger the shirt the bigger the bag will be, scissors, safety pin and a plate to use as a guide for cuttingĀ  the shape out.

First cut the arms off your shirt. Follow the seam as your guide. Save these arms.

Next lay the plate over the neck line for a guide and cut the half moon shape out. This material you can throw out, or keep as scraps.

 

 

 

Next cut slits in the hem. I cut 3 in front, 3 in back and 1 on each side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I cut each sleeve into 4 strips, 8 in total. Pull on these tightly to make them thin and long, like fringe.

Grab your safety pin and pin to the end of a strip that’s now cut into long strips. Use the pin to pull the strips through the slits until both sides of strips are hanging out. Once all are through the shirt, pull them tight. Tie each strip the one across from each other, front to back, then the left to left side and right to right sides. Make sure to double knot. This is the bottom of the bag and needs to be nice and strong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I left the strings hanging. I like the fringe look with this hippie like bag.

Now throw your DIY T Shirt bag in your car so you don’t forget to use it when needed! Earth Day is coming up and this is a perfect project to make every day into Earth Day!

DIY reusable bag from an old T Shirt

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This week’s blog should be called RepurposingDad. My husband actually put this robot together. But I did save, and I cleaned all the canisters to reuse. So it was a joint effort after all.

My son is having his 1st birthday party in a week and we are doing a robot theme. I thought it would be fun to make our own mascot out of reused pieces. I got this idea from my nephew. He made his own robot similar to what we made. I wish we had a picture of his to share.

Obviously this would be a fun project for an older boy.

What we used: soup cans, baby formula canister, tin cookie square box, silver paint, screws and a drill and a pop rivet gun. I have never heard of this rivet gun tool until my husband used it. You know, it’s a super handy craft tool to have that costs about$20.

Here’s our robot. Next we need a face, maybe I’ll grab my extra buttons for eyes. Then we need to name him, or her!

Thank you Hubby!

DIY Robot – Reusing Cans and Tins