Manicure Gift in a Jar {Upcycle Your Old Candle Jars}

Don’t you just love a good upcycle?!

manicure gift in a jar

As soon as I saw this Manicure Gift in a Jar on Pinterest, I knew I had to make one for my aunt.  But instead of going out and buying a mason jar, I decided to use an old candle jar I already had. Plus, it was the perfect size to fit all the pretty goodies I picked up for her.

All you need to do is clean out the candle jars. This takes a little elbow grease but it is totally worth it and doesn’t take long.  Just use hot water.

candle jar upcycle - manicure gift in a jar

Once your jar is clean, fill it up, add some ribbon and you’ve got the perfect gift!

A great gift in under 15 minutes!  And you get to use up all those old candle jars.

What 15 minute crafts have you created lately that use recycled materials?

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Create and Share – Recycled Projects

In celebration of Earth Day we are having a Recycled Projects Create & Share Party!
Here is a round up of some awesome Recycled Projects!

Now we would LOVE for you to share your recycled projects. If you know of any other projects out there that we just have to see, please invite the creator over to join our party, too! :)

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Magnetic Bookmarks

Summer vacation has begun and I have a huge stack of books to read!  My friend Melissa’s daughter had the cutest bookmark that was my inspiration for this project.

It was a magnetic bookmark with her initial on it that I thought was the cutest thing so of course I had to try and make one.

I decided to make mine using a few of my favorite pictures and some old save-the-date magnets I still had on my refrigerator so the project was completely free.  Definitely my kind of project!

Materials needed to make magnetic photo bookmarks:

  • Two pictures
  • Magnet sheet
  • Clear contact paper or packing tape
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape

I started by opening up a new PowerPoint presentation (I use PowerPoint because I don’t have photoshop.  I’m sure if you have photoshop you can create much cuter stuff).  I made my slides 2 x 2.5 and uploaded the pictures that I wanted to use.  I cropped the pictures and added a purple text box with the saying “Enjoying the Sweet Life!”  Of course, you can add any saying or quote you want.  Then just print the pictures onto photo paper.  This way they printed out to the size I wanted them to be.

Cut out the two pictures.  Then cut the magnets to the same size as the pictures.

Adhere the pictures to the magnets using double-sided tape.

Place the two pieces face down on the contact paper or packing tape so that the top of the two pictures are in the center.  Make sure to leave a little space so it bends easily.  I then placed a small strip of contact paper on the back side so it wouldn’t still to the pages of the book.

Cut off the extra contact paper/packing tape that is around the magnets.

Fold over and admire your fabulous new bookmark.  I love how the magnets keep the book mark in place.

Side 1
Side 2
So easy to make!  I can’t wait to make them as gifts.
I even had time to make one for my mom using pictures of the grandchildren.
Enjoy making some fun personalized bookmarks!
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Reuse Those Coffee Cans

This weekend I’ve been looking for ways to reuse my coffee cans and canisters. I’ve been keeping these for a few months because I was thinking I could use them for storage in some way.  Most of these ideas can also be made with baby formula cans.
These are some of the idea’s I found that I love:

This idea from How Can I Recycle This? would be perfect in any craft room, playroom, laundry room, etc.  I definitely want to do this in my craft closet to keep my scrapbooking stuff organized.  I can also use them in Connor’s playroom to keep his small toys and art supplies in one place.
I love this flower pot created by AnnDee on Family Crafts.  I’m definitety going to plant some flowers this spring in coffee cans.  I love the blue.
Coffee cans stacked as wine rack
Real Simple shows how a wine rack can be made using coffee cans.
I was so happy when I came across these luminaries on Maggie Makes.  You can use any size can to create them.  Now I’m going to be saving all my cans.
Also, Folgers Coffee offers a way for you to create labels for your old coffee canisters so you can reuse them as gifts.
It would be fun to print pictures of what’s inside the cans and use that as your labels.  Heart of Wisdom offers a few printables that you can use for free.
So start saving your coffee cans and canisters!
What have you made with your coffee cans?  Leave a comment and share your idea.
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