Bottle Cap Necklace and Headband

The fashions that I am remaking today are the Bib-Necklace and Fashion Headbands

bibnecklaceheadband I remade both of these items with some scrap fabric, extra fake pearls, and bottlecaps that I had around my house.  It cost me nothing except the hot glue and some time watching some of my favourite tv shows while I made them.

The items you will need for the necklace are scrap fabric, glue, ribbon, fake pearls, and bottlecaps.  I picked some bottle caps that had sayings and pictures inside of them to add an extra neat effect.

blog 060blog 062 I cut out the shape that I wanted my necklace to be and I laid out the bottle caps in the design that I wanted before I started gluing them down so I didn’t make any mistakes there.  I then filled all of the space between the bottle caps with hot glue and sprinkled some fake pearls in.  blog 063blog 064

The headband was a lot of fun to make as well and it was extremely simple.  I filled the inside of the bottle caps with hot glue and then filled them with the pearls.  When I had a good number of these, I attatched them along a pretty white ribbon I found lying around in my studio and I had a cool fashion headband that matched my necklace.

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Purse out of a Rice Bag

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I had seen some of these purses, wallets, and backpacks made out of recycled rice bags in local stores and online, so I decided that I would make my own.  The rice bag that we had at my home when I decided to do this project was relatively small, but it already had handles on it.  It was also already quite beautiful on it’s own.  blog 056  I decided my version of this bag was going to be attatching buttons, beads, and charms I had no other use for.

blog 055 After adding the charms, I decided that the size of the bag was perfect to be my new make-up case. blog 058

Re-Design an Old T-Shirt

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First, pick the t-shirt that you are going to re-work. Any designs or writing on the shirt will just add an extra touch when you’re done.blog 045

My cat likes recycling, too.

Then, mark where you want the fringes to start and cut all the way around the shirt with strips about a half an inch wide and up to the point you picked.blog 047

When you have a strip cut, tug on it a bit and the t-shirt will curl, giving it the desired look.

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When you are finished with the strips, make sure that they are cut evenly all the way around and that they are curled

After this, tie a knot in the top of all of the strips

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When you have tied these knots, we move on to the next kind on knot tying

blog 053And for the finished product, I give you a redesigned shirt.  The example I was going off of had a tighter pattern and cut off what was left.  I used a loose pattern and the fringes on the end due to personal preference.  As you can see, there are many versions of this shirt that you can do.blog 052

We Wish You a Recycled Christmas

Here are some cool ideas I’ve found online for recycled Christmas ornaments, most of which would be very easy to do with kids

Hammer designs into old can lids and add a bottle cap with inspiration for a warm, homey feeling

Paint and glitter your old silverware for a cute vintage touch

Use some of the fallen branches in your yard to create mini-trees to put on your big tree for a natural touch

Cut shapes out of used CDs and string them for some recycled bling

Use comic strips, newspaper, or magazines to create these one of a kind ornaments for your tree

Decorate any Christmas cut-out with used zippers

Recycled Map Ornament

Materials Needed:

*old book of maps (sheet music, an old novel, or an art sketch could all work here as well)

*cardboard, the more design the better

*glue, string, and any other decorations you would like to add

Next, you will want to cut a shape out of the cardboard.  I chose a star:

After you have the base shape of your ornament, cut out a slightly smaller version of the same shape in your map, book, sketch, or sheet music.  Whichever you choose.  Glue the second piece down.  Punch a hole in the top to add your string to hang the ornament from and add any other decorations you would like.  I chose a bit of simple ribbon and a button.  There you have it!  An extremely simple, yet beautiful ornament in under 10 minutes.

Recycled Vases

From a clean Starbucks Frappacino glass bottle, start out by writing words or creating a design on the glass with hot glue.  Once you have your design, paint the vase.

Ribbon, bows, and flowers can be added to create this beautiful vase decoration

Recycled Gingerbread-Man Ornament

This is a cute little gingerbread-man ornament that is made out of a cut out of a poptarts box.

Once you have the cut-out, all you have to do is paint it, draw on it, collage it, anything that you want to do to decorate it.  Then punch a hole and you have an ornament.  This is a very simple craft to do with young children.

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