Handwriting Practice with Old CD Cases

I’ve got a quick activity to share with you all today.  Connor’s handwriting is horrible!  I’ve gotten a few handwriting books for him but I then decided a dry erase board would be better so we can erase mistakes and practice as much as possible.

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I was cleaning out the guest room closet a few weeks ago and came across a pile of old CD’s.  Then I found a handwriting book in the dollar section at Target and this idea came together.

Learning using CD Cases

All I did was cut the pages in the book so they fit inside the CD case.  Then I just placed a page inside the case and Connor was ready to start practicing his letters.  All the pages easily store inside the CD case.

Now, what else can I make with old CD cases?

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Jute Wrapped Toy Bin

Is it me or does everything seem to look better wrapped in jute?
Maybe I’m just obsessed with jute!

So even though Connor has a playroom, toys always seem to end up in our bedroom.  After months of taking them back downstairs, I decided that we needed something in our bedroom that Connor could just throw the toys in when he wasn’t playing with them.  Ok, let me rephrase that – I needed something that I could just throw the toys in when he wasn’t playing with them.

Since I’m obsessed with jute and seem to hoard it in my craft closet, I decided to take an old plastic storage container and wrap it in jute.

Jute Wrapped Toy Bin from Old Tote
Check out our new toy bin!  I’m so in love with the way it turned out!!

This is all you need:

Jute Wrapped Toy Bin - Supplies Needed
Pictures courtesy of Home DepotHobby Lobby and Fabric Depot
  • Plastic storage tote
  • Jute
  • four wheels
  • 16 bolts with nuts
  • fabric – I actually used an old sheet
  • glue gun and lots of glue sticks
  • Pieces of wood cut to the length of the tote
  • Drill

It’s actually quite simple!

Start by wrapping the entire bin in jute using the glue gun.  I started underneath since I new the wheels would keep the jute from rubbing the ground.  And since you are wrapping the rim of the tote with the fabric, you don’t even have to go all the way to the top.

Just keep wrapping!  This is the perfect project to work on when you need to catch up on your favorite recorded shows.  I was able to catch up on Glee and Army Wives:)

Turn the tote over and glue the wood pieces in place.

Use a marker to mark the holes on the wood.

Jute Wrapped Toy Bin Steps to Add Wheels

Drill your holes through the wood and tote.

Attach wheels using bolts and nuts.

Cut fabric and sew a seam along both edges.  Wrap fabric around the edge of the tote and overlap.  Attach with your glue gun.  Glue edges of the fabric to the inside of the tote along the bottom.

Then, fill with toys and admire your clean floors.  Woohoo!  No more stepping on toys!!

Jute Wrapped Toy Bin - Before & After

I had most of the supplies needed to turn this tote into our new toy bin but if you needed to buy everything, you could definitely do it for around $20.

So what do you think?  Have you made anything with jute recently?  How do you store your children’s toys?

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Upcycled Craft Ideas

There are so many creative ways to upcycle things that we throw away on a daily basis.   I thought it would be fun to celebrate Earth Day with a round up of craft projects made from items that would most likely end up in the trash.  
Check out these fabulous upcycled craft ideas I found and make sure you link up your upcycled projects at the end.

Coasters from magazine pages by Saved by Love Creations 

Change purses from plastic bottles created by Zitta Schnitt.  These are the cutest things ever!!


 Earrings from aluminum cans
Left: Crafty Soccer Mom, Right: Beading Gem

Use an oatmeal box as a ribbon holder shared by Modhomeecteacher on Curbly

Use soup cans to get organized.  HGTV shares this fun way to reuse soup cans.  I would also have to paint the cans.

Notebooks from cereal boxes created by Making Memories
Pencil cases from a cereal box by Quiver Full of Blessings.  She even shares a printable template.

Wine Bottle Tiki Torches created Gerardot & Co.

Create bangles from plastic bags.  These beauties are handmade by Garbage of Eden.
Gooseflesh teaches you how to make yarn from plastic bags so you can make all kinds of things.
I love saving coffee cans to use for craft projects.  Last summer Connor and I had fun making this bird feeder from a coffee can.   Just cut the lid in half and glue one to each side of the coffee can.  Then we painted it.  Very easy which means it is my kind of project!!
 
Now it’s your turn again.  Link up all of your upcycled craft projects.  We want to be inspired by you!!
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Upcycled Gift Wrap Ideas

I thought it would be fun to celebrate Earth Day by sharing creative and clever ways to upcycle items you would usually throw away.
Go Green by recycling objects into AMAZING DIY gift wrap!
Create a gift box using an old milk jug shared by Family Fun

Surprise someone with a gift in a soda bottle.  Pittypat Paperie shows you how to do it.  I can’t wait to do this!!

Make pillow boxes using cereal boxes and other cardboard food boxes
Lovezilla shares a great way to give money – use Kleenex boxes.  I love this idea!

How cute are these?  Creative Jewish Mom shows you how to make gorgeous gift boxes from recycled cereal boxes and I really think they are gorgeous.

Make adorable flower bows for gifts using recycled paper.  Maya Made shows you how along with her secret weapon that I’m going to have to order.

Have you seen these Pop Top Gift Cans?  My friend Stephanie just told me about these and I love them.  Whimsie Doodles shares a great tutorial.  What a fun way to wrap gifts!  I think they are the perfect size for giving gift cards.

And drum roll please…
How fabulous is this?  Just a Bunch of Momsense shares her DIY gift bags.  What a genius  idea!  I can’t believe I haven’t done this sooner.

Now it’s your turn!  I want to see your creative upcycle gift wrap ideas.  Please link up and share below.  We want to be inspired by your ideas!
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Make Your Own Instagram Magnets

So, I’ve been obsessed with Instagram since last summer.  Could you tell?

After I made my photo collage last month, I decided I wanted to make magnets out of my favorite Instagram photos.  The best part about this project is it’s cheap, easy and you get to upcycle old boxes and magnets.

DIY Instagram Magnets

Let’s make a few together.

First, we need to print out our favorite pictures.  I use PowerPoint again since I don’t have Photoshop.  Shocking I know:)

I set the page to be 12 x 18 because I knew I wanted to print my finished picture as a 4 x 6.

I imported the pictures and made them each 6 x 6 so I could fit 6 pics on one picture.  Then I saved it as a jpeg and uploaded it to shutterfly so I could have it printed as a 4 x 6 at Target.  You could have it printed anywhere or even print them yourself at home.  If you do it this way, each picture will measure 2 x 2 when printed.

Once your pictures are printed, gather the rest of the supplies:

  • old business card magnet
  • cereal box or any piece of cardboard
  • double sided tape
  • scissors
  • pictures

Cut each of your pictures out.  Then cut your cardboard and magnet into 2 x 2 squares.

Now take your double sided tape and tape each layer together.  I started by taping the cardboard to the magnet and then taped the picture to the cardboard.  Just make sure you don’t tape the cardboard on the side of the magnet that attracts to the magnetic surface.  (I almost made this mistake)

DIY Instagram Magnets

Aren’t they cute?!  I’m going to take a few to work to put on my filing cabinet so I can look at my boys while I’m at work.  I’m also going to make a few for the grandparents!  They will make great gifts.

DIY Instagram Magnets
An Instagram picture of my Instagram magnets

This is a super easy project to make.  And it’s always fun to recycle some old cereal boxes.  Remember you don’t have to use Instagram photos; you can use any of your favorite pictures!  This project cost me 38 cents to make 12 magnets because I only had to buy the pictures.  All the other supplies I already had around my house.

I hope you have fun making your own photo magnets.  I’d love to see any that you make so please come back and leave a comment if you make some.

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Easy Candle Upcycle

How many of you have candles that look like this?

I have an entire shelf of them hidden behind picture frames!

So in an effort to declutter and get a little things organized before we decorate for the holidays I decided to take these ugly things and make brand new layered candles.

This was such an easy project to do.  I can’t believe I never did this before.

All I needed to get were these wicks from Michael’s and one new glass container.  I decided to get a new glass container because it was only $1 and I needed something clean to pour the first candle in.  Then you can start cleaning out the old ones and reusing those glass jars.

Step 1:  Melt your first candle down completely.  I put mine in a pot of boiling water.  It only took about 5 minutes for the candle to turn to liquid.

Step 2:  Place the new candle wick in your clean jar.  I wrapped it around a popsicle stick so it wouldn’t fall over.

Step 3:  Pour melted wax into new jar.  Let cool completely.

Step 4:  Once the first layer of wax was completely hard, I melted the next candle down on the stove and poured it over the first layer.  Repeat with one more layer or until your glass container is full.

Step 5:  Cut the wick.  Burn and enjoy your new candle!!

I tried to combined scents that complimented each other.  One candle has a layer of sparkling vanilla, apple spice and toasted cinnamon spice.  The other one combined my summer scents:  caribbean salsa, strawberry shortcake ad island colada.

Now I’m off to steal I mean collect old candles from my neighbors so I can make more!!

Did I mention how nice your house will smell from melting the wax on the stove?  I hope you have fun creating your own upcycled, layered candles.

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