Quick Halloween Project with Duck Tape

In preparation for an upcoming craft project for Craftideas magazine, I’ve been playing with Duck brand Duck Tape®. Here’s a quick Halloween project using the tape and a recycled shipping box:

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I’ll just toss some candy in there and be ready for any trick-or-treaters! For this box, I simply took the roll and started wraping it around the box, cutting where I needed to using a non-stick scissor. I used three layers so I’d have enough to cover the raw edges at the top of the box.

I’ve been having a little too much fun re-purposing various boxes (boxes my husband keeps trying to throw out!)

Here’s another quick one that went from this….
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…to this:

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I love the way the box was cut — a perfect way to hold some cards:

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For that box, I used a sheet (instead of rolls). I set the box down on the paper-covered side of the sheet, then did a rough trace of the bottom and sides to get my cutting lines. I peeled off the lining and set the box bottom in the middle. Then I just folded up the sides, making slices where I needed to overlap or maneuver the tape. (I put the box on a large cutting mat and used a craft knife to slice. I didn’t worry about being neat or precise.)

These are so fast and easy, you’ll want to cover every blank surface!

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Up-cycled Tray

Ack! What a bad blogger! I’ve been away waaaaaay too long.

So here’s a quick post of a recent art project: a before and after photo of an up-cycled tray. (And why I keep stuff for so long … eventually, inspiration — or need — will inspire me!)

I bought this tray maybe two years ago because it was on sale for $1. Who could resist? As you can see, it is black plastic with an ugly graduation design:

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Using some paper from the Paper Source and Mod Podge, I turned it into this:

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What have you up-cycled lately?

All the News Fit to Wear!

When my friend and former news reporter colleague had a birthday, she requested hand made gifts only. Brilliant! Right up my alley!

Since we are both writers, former reporters and newspaper junkies, this gift was easy:

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I used a Formica chip left over from a long-ago remodeling project and collaged pieces of newspaper. I gold embossed the edges and added some pretty yarns, bling and a pin back.

But I couldn’t stop there … I packaged it (and another bracelet) in this box:

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After collaging the box, I sprayed on some gold Perfect Pearls for a little sheen. I added a flower topper made from … that’s right … newspaper, which I cut using a Tim Holtz flower die. So easy and effective!

Here’s a photo that shows the other piece, a bracelet. I used a wood bracelet blank and covered it with pretty paper and a few strategically placed gemstones:
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Are you as addicted to Pinterest as I am? Come back Friday for a Fabulous Find … and a giveaway!

Fun Friday … Note Cards

A short post on a fun project!

I recently took a workshop at the Paper Source* and we made these cool, fun note card sets along with a nifty folder to hold them all. The best part? We recycled and reused old calendars.

Check it out:

Below is the folder and some of the cards.

Don’t you love the string closure? Done with punched circles and eyelets. Can you see the butterfly envelope peeking from behind on the left? And the pretty poppy envelope liner on the right? Those were made using Paper Source templates — one for envelopes, the other just for liners.

Here are the notecards snuggled up in the folder:

And a little closer:

The butterflies were stamped, the flowers were cut from old calendars. It’s worth buying the calendars just for the pretty pictures! All the paper is from Paper Source.

Thanks for stopping by!

*Disclaimer — I sometimes work at Paper Source!

What? Another covered box?

In all the pre-holiday excitement I almost forgot to post my usual Friday musings.

And guess what? It’s one more box. I know, you’re probably thinking, “Sheesh, isn’t she done collecting trash?” But I couldn’t resist the packaging from my son’s new iPhone, which went from this:

…to this:

And I still have pieces left! Can’t you just imagine me picking the Christmas and Chanukah paper out of the trash?

Posting many wishes for a happy holiday and a healthy new year. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Holiday bags and more recycling

I previously admitted my current addiction to recycling — excuse me… rePURPOSING — old boxes into gift bags.

Here are a few more:

First, the original — a box that held a bar of soap. (Which I pulled out of the trash bin when the Hubster wasn’t looking.)

Luckily, Hubster is very clean and goes through a lot of soap, so I collected several. Here are some finished bag/boxes (covered with gift wrap paper and odds and ends):

Thanks for indulging me!

Holiday Packaging

Everyone is busy making holiday cards (uh….I better get right on that) but lately I’ve been obsessed with recycling empty boxes to make gift bags.

It all started when the wrapping fell off this box of matzoh (a dry cracker-like thing eaten during Passover. An acquired taste. And YES, this box is from Passover, which was in April. Yes, it has been sitting in my studio since then. Hidden from my husband. Don’t judge me, grin.)

Well, as you can see, underneath is a plain, perfectly shaped box, just BEGGING to be decorated:

Really, how could I just toss it away? And since we eat a lot of matzoh during Passover, I had a lot of boxes. Here are some of the results:

(Covered with an old Cavallini calendar from Paper Source). Here is the other side of the box:

I punched holes in two sides and threaded ribbon as a handles.

Still in bird mode, I also used an old calendar for this one:

The next box uses green gift wrap paper. I tore huge chuncks of the paper and glued it, collage style, all over the box.

The NOEL lettering is from a Brenda Walton Chipbox collection (by K&Company).

I have a few more to post later. (I told you I became obsessed with these!)

Thanks for coming by! What have you recylced lately?