Perler Bead Soup Can Pencil Cup

Perler Bead Upcycled Soup Can Pencil Cup DIY Craft Tutorial - createwithclaudia.com

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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Wooden Spool Craft Projects

Awesome Wooden Spool Craft Projects

Anyone who sews knows that they will eventually end up with an empty spool that gets tossed in the trash. Why not recycle them into some unique items instead? Here are 11 awesome wooden spool craft projects choose from.

Where to find spools

Today, spools are made out of plastic, but vintage wooden ones can still be found in flea markets or antique shops. Some of them still have their original labels or graphics on them, which adds another interesting design element. If you can’t find vintage spools, new ones are easily available.

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Vintage Wooden Spool and Bead Pendant Tutorial

Vintage Wooden Spool and Bead Pendant Jewelry Making Tutorial - createwithclaudia.com

In the area where I live is this terrific recycling store that sells all kinds of used items for artists. It’s a treasure trove for those of us who create things, and I always end up buying something. On my last visit, along with handfuls of buttons and beads, were a handful of vintage wooden spools that came home with me. I bought them on a whim and I didn’t have any particular project in mind, so I put them in a small dish and set them aside. It wasn’t until I was sorting through the beads, that the idea for this vintage wooden spool and bead pendant tutorial came to me.

As you can see, I made it in two different colors, and I just can’t decide which one I like best, the brown or the green one. Whenever I wear either pendant, I get compliments on it. It’s a unique and funky addition to my necklace collection that I will wear for years to come.

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Postage Stamp Découpage Keepsake Box

Postage Stamp Découpage Keepsake Box DIY Tutorial - createwithclaudia - #découpage #diy

A while ago I made greeting cards using old postage stamps. I don’t usually use stamps in my crafts, but I enjoyed that project so much, that it inspired me to do some other things with them. One of those projects was this box. It is a balsa wood box that was originally filled with tea. With it’s fun sliding top and useful design, I kept it. I’m glad I did, because it was perfect for this postage stamp découpage box tutorial.

Stamps are ideal for crafting. They come in every color and design imaginable, and their small size makes them excellent for projects that have limited space. Their shape was the perfect match for this rectangular box.

Postage Stamp Découpage Keepsake Box DIY Tutorial - createwithclaudia - #découpage #diy

To make a découpage box, you only need a few supplies and a bit of time to allow the project to dry.

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Recycled Denim Fish Tutorial

Recycled Denim Fish Tutorial #recycled #sewing #repurposed #recycledcraft createwithclaudia.com

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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