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This craft category is a huge collection of creative recycling ( repurposing and upcycling ) ideas! Beautiful decorations and useful items out of trash! Besides serving a purpose (again), repurposed items add a lovely touch of creativity and coziness to any space. And most of the time, recycledupcycled things become even cooler than they originally were! In this DIY tutorial collection you will find tons of creative craft tutorials about recycling, involving paper,metal,plastic and glass.
DIY Bourbon bottle pumpkins - fall upcycling craft
Bourbon bottle pumpkins / gourds! Don’t they look terrific? It really pays to hand-paint them to get those gorgeous pumpkin like colors, but of course you can spray paint them if you want to.Read this brilliant written craft tutorial by Sarah and add a bit of pumpkin fun to your jars and glass bottles!Glass bottles are not only cheap, but they’re super easy to personalize and slip into decor. So grab your glass bottles,acrylic paints and create a few gorgeous lass pumpkins as a part of your autumn / fall decor! Pumpkin crafts are always fun to make , so grab a few bourbon bottles and start creating yours! . . .
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DIY Neon mason jar mummies - fun Halloween decor
Halloween isn’t Halloween without a mummy or two! These neon mason jar mummies are perfect for adding a splash of color and spooky fun to your Halloween decorations. We just love that these mummy mason jars look good both day and night. During the day their vibrant neon colors are a real crowd pleaser and they’re perfect for using as a simple table decoration or for filling with Halloween candy. At night time you can pop a battery tea light inside for a spooky neon glowing mummy mason jar lantern! What fun! . . .
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DIY Mini frame pincushion - dollar store craft
If you love sewing and you have some rusty old needles and pins, you will love this brilliant upcycling craft idea!  This cute, functional mini frame pin cushion  has two additional feature: cleaning and sharpening!  She came up with this fun upcycling project using a dollar store miniature picture frame, steel wool and a little piece of cotton fabric. Brilliant isn't it? The frame hold the pins and the steel wool stuffing itself is great for cleaning and sharpening old (rusty) sewing needles and pins! And as an extra this craft project is super easy, super quick and perfect as a last minute gift for a sewing enthusiast! . . .
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DIY Easy and frugal vintage style frame lantern
Aiming for some elegant and posh (vintage/shabby chic style) living room or working space? Well, today you are lucky because here is a video that will teach you some easy do-it-yourself decoration that looks high-end. They looked very classy that no one will think that they came from a dollar store. This gorgeous family photo luminary is absolutely perfect for your dining table or mantel. Or it can be  a great wedding decor as well!  This beautiful picture frame lantern will work wonderfully for events like showers, receptions and holidays! Really…any time of the year! As well as the other great frugal DIY home decor ideas in this superb site! Check it out! . . .
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DIY Unique ice dyed fabric sneakers
So you might not be a tie dye swirl tee kind of a guy or gal and that’s totally cool BUT we’ve got to tell you that even if you’re not into the hippy 70’s kind of tie dye Amy has got a method that you might totally love. Ice dyeing. It’s so easy and it’s so random and that makes it so much fun to make! In fact, we can pretty much guarantee that you won’t get the same results twice with ice dyeing unless you really, really try hard to! Like all tie dye there is some patience required as you have to wait for the dye to set and take hold in your fabric but we promise the killer DIY shoes you can make are so worth it! . . .
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DIY popsicle bird feeder
Embrace your inner Snow White and bring birds to your backyard with this adorable DIY popsicle bird feeder. Have your kids lend a hand with the craft. And once it’s hung, they’ll love watching for feathered friends. These directions may seem a little complicated but this craft project is really simple and fun to do. In fact you can create one popsicle stick bird feeder in less than an hour! While there are specific instructions included, there is no limit to the materials you can use to decorate your craft stick bird feeder. A natural wooden look is great but you can also use acrylic paint or even napkins and decoupage to decorate this small and fun bird feeder! Dont forget to seal it with bird friendly varnish! . . .
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Tin watering can redo - autumn decor with decoupage
If you love decoupage and old rusty metal garden decors redo's you will love this brilliant craft idea! This stylish vintage- antique decoupage watering can combines the helping aspect of recycling and gorgeous appearance of decoupage technique. If you have an old watering cans (or other metal housewares) this is the perfect chance to make something beautiful from them for fall! This lovely hand painted metal watering can with autumn-ish decoupage design will be a wonderful accent piece for your room's decoration. Remember that if you’re going to put this gorgeous decoupage watering can outside, you will need to use waterproof varnish! . . .
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DIY Super quick and easy phone speaker from paper roll
Don’t have any mobile phone speakers handy, but really want to boost the volume of the music or audio coming from your phone? If you have a paper towel roll and two plastic cups, you’re good to go with this goofy and sort of effective DIY phone speaker solution. It works, at least to amplify the sound. Does it sound any better? Well, no, not really, but it definitely sounds louder, and if louder is your intention then cutting a little hole into a paper towel roll and jamming your phone into it while blasting some music or a podcast will serve the purpose to amplify the audio with very little effort. . . .
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DIY Tractor wooden crate toy box - fun kids room decor
Do you have a few old wooden (fruit or milkcrate? Or you just need a practical, fun and relatively low budget toy storage solution in the kids' room? Try out this brilliant woodworking idea: the crate tractor! If you don't need a toy box you can create  a small wooden play tractor or garden decor with this brilliant idea as well! Paint the wooden crate tractor to a fun vibrant tractor-ish color (red,green,blue) or simply stain the crates with rustic wood stains for a vintage style wooden toy look! But be aware: use (water base) paints only that suitable for painting kids' furniture and toys! . . .
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DIY Miniature elements jar medals - unique gift idea
Are you looking for a frugal, super easy , super fun and unique gift or accessory? Try these miniature orbit jars!  These element (or orbit) jars gonna rock your world! There are so many fun crafts when it comes to mason jars, but this is so far our favorite because it has so many possibilities. You can create decorative mason jars or miniature glass bottle medals with orbit or star themes (Moon, Earth, Sun, starry sky or galaxy ) or you can create other fun and unique mini glass bottle medals (rainbow, unicorn, lucky green, 4 element bottles etc) This mini glass bottle medal can be a great gift for any occasion or you can create some for yourself just for fun. This jewelry making project is absolutely suitable for teens and kids as well! . . .
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DIY Denim fabric baskets - creative upcycling (free sewing pattern)
Do not throw away your old jeans, you can reuse them doing these cute bags! With this super upcycling craft tutorial you can sew them easily literally in minutes!  This stylish upcycled denim basket can be a perfect low-budget home decor, or a last minute gift. This cute denim basket is also perfect for organizing, or you can cover up ugly flower pots with them! This sewing project is absolutely a great choice if you are a beginner in sewing because its so easy to make! (Even you can create some with hand sewing if you haven't got sewing machine at home.) . . .
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DIY Gorgeous and easy crochet mason jar cover - free pattern
Repurpose/upcycle empty mason jars and tin cans for flowers, pencil cups, cutlery holders, craft supplies, combs/cosmetics or wherever you want some pretty organization! This free crochet pattern is very easy (made with only beginner crochet stitches). This crocheted jar/can cozy is a very nice (and low-budget) way to decorate your home! These mason jar/tin can cozies are changeable (and washable) so you can easily dress up your  jars/cans/bottles differently in any season/holidays if you wish! You can use any size and color yarn, the final products will be gorgeous! . . .
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3 Ways to customize your summer denim shorts
Is there anything more blissful than jumping out of bed on a sunny summer morning and throwing on a perfectly worn-in pair of cut-offs? The short answer is a resounding No. Ideal in their simplicity and versatility, cut-off denim shorts can be dressed up or down, and — if you make them yourself — are easily customized to suit your personal style. Today FP is showing you three different cuts you can make to breathe new life into a tired pair of jeans, whether they’re old favorites you just can’t bear to part with or a vintage pair of dad jeans you picked up at the thrift store. . . .
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DIY Polymer clay crochet hook handle - how to repair hooks
Did you broke your favorite crochet hook? Or do you have some uncomfortable, non-ergonomic metallic or wooden crochet hooks? Spice them up with this super easy and brilliant craft/repair idea : the polimer clay handles! Polymer clay covered crochet hooks also can be great personalized gifts for any occasion to a crocheter! This polimer clay covered crochet hook is a fairly simple and fun craft (or repair) project with so many possibilities! You can even create personalized  ergonomic handles for your uncomfortable crochet hooks, just simply squash the polimer clay handle gently with your hand! . . .
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DIY no fuss amigurumi aquarium - free crochet fish pattern
This no fuss amigurumi aquarium is so unique,fun adorable and also super  quick to crochet!  This no fuss amigurumi aquarium with this super adorable crochet goldfish and seaweed can be a great gift for kids and adults both! It can be  also a great kids room decor, or you can gift his cute miniature amigurumi goldfish for a friend as a pet! Who can resist a super cute (kawaii) and fun gift? Especially if its crocheted? Alongside the free written crochet pattern you will find and extra pictorial tutorial on how to assemble your very own adorable amigurumi aquarium (goldfish and seaweed). This super cute crochet fish is easy-to-create and perfect to start with . . .
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How to make a stencil at home easily
How to make a custom stencil for your DIY furniture painting project without costly gadgets or costly craft materials! believe us: you will love this DIY stencil making method! Its frugal and fairly easy to make in any size! You can create small stencils for small DIY craft projects with plastic sheets from the front of chocolate bonbon boxes or other product packages , so you could try this stencil making method without spending any money on it!  With this method you can choose your dream's stencil  pattern without spending tons of money on it and start to customize old boring furniture right now! . . .
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DIY Adorable turtles from plastic bottles - recycling craft for kids
Are you looking for some fun activities for kids to do at home? Here is a super cute craft project to make lovely turtle toys from recycled plastic bottles. It’s very easy to make. Basically you just need to cut out the bottom of a plastic bottle, invert it and sew it onto a craft foam piece, and then draw the turtle. It’s a project that the entire family can work together and kids will have fun creating and playing with these lovely turtle toys. You can put the turtle toys in water and they “swim” like sea turtles. Or you can put some beans or coins inside to make some music when shaking. Anyway, there are lots of fun!! . . .
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DIY Money bonbon (boy of money) - creative way to gift money
Money is always a good choice as a gift if you doesn't know what to make or buy for a special occasion, but sometimes gifting money can be boring and maybe even embarrassing. This time spice up money gifting with a brilliant and super easy idea: the money bonbon!  To create this creative box of money you will need: and empty chocolate bonbon box,  money and a little creativity in how to place the bills and coins. This money bonbon box can be a great and fun birthday, Christmas or wedding present! This gift idea will be a great hit at any party (and not just because the money content)! . . .
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Soda straw weaving - an easy weaving technique for kids
Kids love making and wearing colorful jewelries, especially if it's handmade! This year make at the summer camp this classic kids craft : the soda straw weaving to make bracelets!  It will be a huge hit! Making bracelets with soda straw weaving is super fun as a camp craft. These gorgeous straw woven bracelet also make good craft for summer or a rainy day.  You could use straw weaving to make yarn bracelets.  You could also make a belt or headband following the same directions. Straw weaving is so easy even the smaller crafty hands can create some unique handmade jewelries /accessories with it! . . .
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DIY Colored pencil jewelry - upcycling craft
We have become a little addicted to making (and wearing) colored pencil jewelry. These gorgeous colored pencil jewelries are really easy to make and only require a few basic tools. You don’t even need to buy any materials, simply chop a few centimeters from the end of your kids crayons! We think the results look great and you, or your child, will definitely stand out from the crowd wearing them! We think making beads out of colored pencils is a perfect way to repurpose too small pencils! Wouldn’t these pencil beads be fun for your elementary school-ers to string for a class project? It would also be a fun activity at an art-themed birthday party! Or it can be an excellent teacher appreciation gift! . . .
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DIY jellyfish in a bottle - fun recycling craft for kids
Upcycle some common household trash into a super fun frugal summer toy: a floating jellyfish in the bottle! How to play: just let the kids turn he bottle upside down – they’ll be surprised to see the plastic bag jellyfish moves every time they turn the bottle! This will help exercise young kids hand and arm muscles as well when they flip, rotate or turn the bottle. They can also learn about the relationship between the direction of bottle and the movement of the jellyfish. For older kids, you can ask them questions about why the jellyfish always floats up to the water surface and what is the differences between the real jellyfish and the one in the bottle. You can make a few extra bottles for your child’s friends! . . .
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Funny faces with magazine cutouts ( free printable )
This magazine face art is a perfect fun and frugal craft for kids of all ages! This funny magazine face art is so easy even the smallest crafty hands can create their own!  Moreover, it is a great way to learn the parts of the face and the corresponding vocabulary. The biggest ones will have fun to search and cut  face part pictures from old magazinesAt the end of this nice magazine face art tutorial you will find all of the faces as free printables! You can use the printed faces as a base for this fun magazine face activity but if you like to draw, nothing prevents you from making fun faces yourself! . . .
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How to make magazine beads (paper beads)
Make magazine beads! Magazine beads are a popular craft amongst children and teens but in fact they originated in Africa, where people make them for a living. Magazine (paper) beads  are fun, easy and frugal! And also colorful and above all provide a bit of much needed upcycling. She made her magazine beads child friendly with a nice wide opening so that your children can manage the beading.( but you can make them as neat as you like – using a toothpick as a centre.)  Watch the how to make paper beads video and create your very own magazine beads ready to bead a gorgeous eco-friendly necklace! (This method is similar to the base technique of quilling! ) . . .
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DIY Adorable no-sew fleece octopus - softie for kids
The yarn octopus has long been a classic toy to make for children, and she’s transformed it into an even easier, and perhaps more cuddly, no-sew fleece octopus! With this nice step-by-step no-sew fleece octopus tutorial you can learn how to make this super adorable octopus from fleece or t-shirt fabric!  This is the perfect craft project for recycle some old t-shirts, fleece leftovers or any non-fraying fabric pieces! If you create the no-sew octopus' head with a tennis ball instead of Styrofoam ball itt can be a great toy for your dog as well! (Just to be sure to knot the strings well and use a sturdy fabric piece) . . .
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DIY Recycled jeans e-book (or tablet) cover
If you want to make sure your e-book reader or tablet is protected this DIY recycled denim e-reader cover is a must! ( Especially if you are a professional dropper of gadgets just like us ! -haha ) What I love about this DIY e-reader cover is that it’s upcycled from old jeans, and it includes a jean pocket, on the front, to store the charger cable. The books we read are such a personal choice, and it makes sense to make an e-reader cover that matches your personality. It makes for a really individualised gift during the holiday season. . . .
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DIY Car garage made from toilet rolls and cardboard boxes
In order to combat chaos, ease of cleaning, and the variety of fun, they decided to create a new place for the rich collection of their kids's cars, which now they share with you! Here's a brilliant craft idea of recycling garage made from toilet paper rolls and cardboard boxes. With this nice craft idea you can make a super fun and inexpensive toy for the boys and also teach them how to clean up the room after a fun play. Absolutely win-win! You can decorate the finished toy garage with acrylic paints or simply use wrapping papers to cover it (Imagine a red garage decorated with Disney's Lightning Mc Queen (Cars) wrapping paper! They will love it!) . . .
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DIY Crazy cans tossing game with beanbags
The crazy cans game  is a perfect way to create a super fun party game without bank robbery.  If you are looking for a frugal, super simple but still fun party game (for both children and adults), this tin can tossing game will be your favorite! For the tin cans: simply eat the food in them (wink), clean them out and paint them pretty pastel colors. Simple as that! If you haven't got knitted Ipod nano cases you can use simple socks instead as beanbags! This way you can recycle old unused clothes and empty tin cans which is great! . . .
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DIY Sparkly clothespin dragonfly - summer craft idea for kids
Do you and your kids love to sit and observe insects outside during the summer? One of our favorites to observe is dragonflies. They are absolutely gorgeous don’t you think? If you are big fans of them like me you are going to love this sparkly clothespin dragonfly craft. It makes a fabulous insect craft for kids and summer kids craft. You can turn this darling clothespin dragonfly craft into fridge magnets by gluing magnets onto the back of the clothespins. Now you can display kids’ artwork, your to-do list, or important papers in style on your fridge. . . .
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DIY Easy and natural mosquito repellent candles
Did you know that you can make your own mosquito repellent candles? And it is actually super easy! Just follow the step-by-step instructions on The country chic cottage and use this easy natural mosquito repellent candle recipe all summer long. This mosquito repellent candle is a part of summer in mason jars week where she shares jar ideas all summer long, so don't forget to check out the other brilliant summer mason jar crafts created by Angie! What we love the most in this mosquito repellent candle is :it's natural, frugal and super easy to make. This homemade mosquito repellent candle can be a great addition to your upcoming garden party as well! . . .
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DIY Secret life of pets Max - paper plate craft for kids
Secret Life of Pets is a brilliant and super funny animation movie so why not watch it and make this cute and simple Max the dog craft with the kids?  We absolutely love the story line and Max the dog is one of our favorite characters so far. If you haven’t seen the previews, the movie is about what our beloved pets do when their owners leave for the day and all the mischief they get into. This super cute paper plate dog craft is so simple it's suitable for kids of all ages! (And as an extra you won't need special craft materials to make it just plain white paper plates,  construction paper and a little paint!) . . .
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DIY Woven denim jeans seam coasters - recycling craft
Denim is totally having a moment right now, both in fashion and in home decor. Here’s what you need to turn your family’s old jeans into a stylish new woven denim coaster! Something old and unused turned into something totally new, useful and gorgeous! We love finding simple and inexpensive ways to do little things that can make a big impact for the environment. What about you? Grab a pair of jeans and recycle them into a set of stylish woven denim coasters. These unique fabric coasters can be great gifts for anyone, because who doesn't loves useful and stylish home decor pieces? . . .
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How to make a whirligig (cardboard circle spinner)
You might have heard of whirligigs (cardboard circle spinners) before, they are a classic craft that has been around for generations. Apparently even the Native Americans had their own version of this easy cardboard toy as early as 500BC, and they were also popular back in the great depression using old buttons or similar as the centre piece when kids didn’t have many toys. These whirligigs (cardboard circle spinners)  are very easy to make, almost too easy, and kids will love to watch the patterns twirl and whirl around. Her free printable spinner template gives you a few different patterns as well as a blank one so kids can get creative and design their own. . . .
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