Handy crafts made with recycled material

2017-02-28 06:01
PHOTOs: SourcedWine bottle soap dispenser

PHOTOs: SourcedWine bottle soap dispenser

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Wine bottle soap dispenser

Material: Wine bottle, paintbrush, glitter glue, glass glitter, newspaper, spray sealant for glittet, paint pen, chalkboard label, bottle pourer.

•Wash bottle and remove labels.

•Use brush to apply a layer of glitter glue to the neck of the bottle. Working over newspaper, sprinkle with glass glitter until completely covered. Let dry.

•Wrap newspaper around portion of bottle not covered in glitter (to protect it from sealant). Spray neck with sealant.

•Write dish on label with paint pen. Adhere to bottle.

•Fill with dish soap. Add pourer.

Loving Spoonfuls vase

Material: Large can (We used a 28-oz. can.), scissors, paper plate, measuring spoons, paintbrush, hot-glue gun, white spray primer, plastic spoons, blue acrylic paint, white acrylic paint

•Coat exterior of can with spray primer.

•Cut handles off spoons; discard all but one handle. Estimate how many rows of spoons you’ll need, as well as how many spoons per row. On a paper plate, pour out 1 tablespoon of blue paint per row. Leave first blob as is; add ½ teaspoon of white to second blob, 1 teaspoon of white to third blob and so on. Use the handle you saved to blend. Paint one row of spoons—backs only—in each color. Let dry.

•Add glue to the outer rim of each spoon, and place a row of lightest-color spoons around top edge of can so top edge of spoon extends above lip of can. Begin a second row, placing spoons between those on previous row and overlapping by a third. Continue adding rows in that way until can is covered.

Wine cork picture frame

Material: Acrylic paint in various colors, paintbrush, unfinished 7¼? × 9½? wood frame for a 5? × 7? photo, box cutter, 14 wine corks, hot-glue gun.

•Paint frame in a color of your choice as the background (Jessica used white); let dry. Apply a second coat; let dry.

• Using box cutter, cut corks into ¼?-thick slices. To cover a 7¼? × 9½? frame, you need about 108 slices.

•Paint slices in a variety of colors; let dry.

•Arrange painted cork slices on frame, beginning with corners; glue in place.

Egg carton lamp

Material: scissors, 9 dozen-size cardboard egg cartons, 1 string of 100 LEDs, craft knife, spray paint, chicken wire (1 10? × 20? piece) athomedepot.com, floral wire.

•Cut out individual cups from egg cartons. Trim edges of each cup to look like four rounded petals.

•Spray-paint inside and outside of cups.

•Push a light bulb through each hole in chicken wire, using floral wire to secure.

•Roll chicken wire into a cylinder, lights facing out, and fasten ends together with floral wire. Stand cylinder on one end.

•Using craft knife, cut an X through the bottom of each egg cup. Push a cup over each light bulb.
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