Perler Bead Soup Can Pencil Cup

Perler Bead Upcycled Soup Can Pencil Cup DIY Craft Tutorial -

I’m trying to be better about recycling things around the house. Since the majority of my work is with fabric, it’s easy. I just use what fabrics I have on hand. However, it’s not always that simple for other things. So when I used a soup can the other day, I got the idea for this perler bead soup can pencil cup and I just had to make it.

Not only is this project a great way to keep a can out of the trash, it uses up some of the thousands of perler beads that I have from the days when my daughter played with them. It’s been a long time since she used them, and I never got around to throwing them out, so I’m trying to use them in some of my craft projects.

Each pencil cup is completely unique, and they make terrific gifts. I could easily see one of them sitting on my desk. Kids can help make them by doing the artwork and, depending on their age, some of the gluing.

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Recycled Denim Fish Tutorial

Recycled Denim Fish Tutorial #recycled #sewing #repurposed #recycledcraft

Blue jeans are the type of clothing that pretty much everyone around the world wears. If I had a dollar for everyone wearing a pair right now I’d be a billionaire. Of course, all of those jeans eventually wear out and get thrown away. Instead of dumping them in the trash, why not try making something creative with them, like these cute decorations in this recycled denim fish tutorial.

Denim lends itself well to crafting. It’s durable and heavyweight, and it comes in just about every shade of blue imaginable. Be honest, it’s kind of fun to see your old pants repurposed into something entirely different.

These fish are definitely a fun way to transform your denim. They are whimsical little trinkets that can be made in a few minutes, and can be used so many ways. Throw them in a bowl on a table for a decorative accent. String them up like a garland or turn them into a mobile.

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Recycled Denim Coasters Tutorial

How to Make Coasters Out Of Recycled Denim Blue Jeans - Free Tutorial - Create with Claudia

The other day I found a water stain on our table and realized we needed more coasters around the house. So I decided to use old jeans and make some. Denim is a tough and durable fabric which lends itself well to this kind of project.

I am going to go out on a limb and say that pretty much everyone owns at least one pair of jeans, and occasionally they wear out. In the case of my family, that happens more frequently than I like. I donate the jeans if they are in decent shape, but if they are badly torn, they get recycled.

These coasters are made from some of these jeans, and I love the way they turned out. Even better, they are incredibly easy to make.

There is not much measuring, and the sewing is basically a raw edge quilt-as-you-go method. The only tricky part is the binding.

So grab those old torn jeans, a few other sewing supplies, and let’s get started!

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Recycled Single-Serve Coffee Maker Cup Christmas Bell Ornament Tutorial.

DIY Recycled Single Serve Christmas Bell -

I don’t know about you, but I love my single-serve coffee maker.  Every morning I make myself a delicious beverage with no fuss and very little muss.  What I don’t like about my single-serve coffee maker is the fact that it uses those disposable little plastic cups that the coffee and tea come in.  What an incredible waste!  Luckily we recycle so I usually toss them in recycling bin instead of the trash.

Lately though, I’ve been saving some of the cups and trying to figure out a fun craft to do with them. I came up with this cute little Christmas ornament, a bell.  I absolutely love it.  It’s perfect for an upcycled Christmas tree.

DIY Recycled Single Serve Christmas Bell -

One of the fun things about this holiday craft is that, with just a few adjustments depending on the age, almost anyone can make it.

Younger children can help paint and glue decorations on, while parents can help with the more difficult parts of the assembly. Older children and teens can use their imagination and get really creative with their bells.

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Upcycled Denim Drawstring Bag

Recycled Denim Drawstring Bag Tutorial -
I’m in an upcycling kind of mood lately.  I’ve made a few cute projects with denim, like this throw pillow cover and this adorable apron, but my latest project, this drawstring bag, might just be my new favorite!  One of the things I like most about it is that it can be used for so many things.
  • Add a bottle of something bubbly, some kitchen utensils, and some candies, and you have a perfect housewarming gift.
  • Throw in some decorative soaps, a small bottle of shampoo, and a pretty hand towel.  Place it in your guest bathroom when you’re expecting visitors.
  • Money and lots of yummy goodies make this bag a great gift for your favorite college student heading off to school.
It only took me two hours to make, and that included taking the photos of the steps.  Just follow them to make your own upcycled denim drawstring bag.

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