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Top 10 Crafts To Recycle Cardboard

We don’t always realize the potential of the materials around us. That’s why we have gathered for you all the good ideas to make with cardboard. It is surprising, aesthetic, and innovative! Yes, recycling is an art. We have to get away from the idea that cardboard is good for packing, wrapping, and nothing else.

No, cardboard is much more than that! Let’s change our preconceived ideas and how we treat the world. Cardboard furniture and decorative objects are colorful, practical, light, and recyclable, and there is really no reason not to try the experience. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of our best crafts that you can make at home with old cardboard.

1. Thank you card

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You received a nice gift, and you want to thank the person who gave it to you? A beautiful handwritten thank you card never goes unnoticed. And why not use the cardboard from your gift to write your message? Cut out your cardboard, fold the card and decorate it to your liking. This kind of card can be sent this way without needing an envelope.

2. Napkin ring

With this trick, you’ll make people jealous! Create original napkin rings from an empty paper towel roll or aluminum foil. Cut the roll into a 5 or 6 cm wide ring, and cover it with fabric. About 30 cm of fabric will be enough to cover 5 napkin rings. Use fabric glue or double-sided tape to secure the fabric inside each ring.

3. Decorative planters

Here’s a great idea to turn cardboard into a flower pot. Decorate a simple cardboard box, then line it with a plastic bag poked with a few drainage holes. Now you can put a plant in its pretty new planter.

4. Labyrinth for kids

If you’ve just moved, you probably have these huge boxes. Then you can make this cardboard maze that will keep the kids entertained for hours. Cut a door or two from each box and join them together to create passageways. Clip it all together with sturdy plastic ties or note clips.

5. Natural weed killer

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Cardboard is a strong but compostable material, making it a very effective natural weed control solution. To do this, place flat pieces of cardboard over the area to be treated for weeds, then soak them thoroughly to help them stay in place. When you’re done, add mulch on top to camouflage the cardboard. It will get rid of the weeds, depriving them of light.

6. Storage for your magazines

When you finish a box of cereal, what do you do with it? You throw it in the recycling bin, right? Did you know that you can turn it into a stylish magazine storage box? Just cut it to size and cover it with decorative paper or fabric. And there you have it; your magazines are now neat and tidy.

7. Photo frames

Why use an expensive frame from a craft store when you can customize it yourself? Thin cardboard, such as from a cereal box or notepad holder, is perfect for this. Just cut it to the appropriate size, then spray glue and apply the fabric of your choice.

8. Gift Bags

These gift bags were made by cutting a cardboard cereal box into a suitcase shape with handles. Paint them brown (or any other color of your choice). Add some decorative elements: glitter, ribbons… And that’s it! You have created an original bag to hold your little gifts.

9. Party decorations

You don’t need to buy decorations to decorate a wedding or birthday hall. Make a flower garland like this for your next event. Cut up paper towel rolls and decorate them with paper towels or fancy sticky paper. A simple craft where you paint, fold, glue, and thread it all onto a wire.

10. Disposable painting pallet

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Making paint is a great way to relax and put everyday problems aside. The problem is that you have to wash everything afterward, and you don’t necessarily have the time. With a disposable cardboard palette, all creative projects are easier! Simply drill a hole for your thumb to take the palette in hand. And off you go!

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4 Vital Tips for DIY Novices

4 Vital Advice for DIY Novices

 

Do you have to perform minor tasks that don’t call for expert assistance? For instance, mounting a shelf, putting together and taking apart furniture that comes in a kit, and more…
You might be hesitant to try some DIY techniques, but with the help of the simple DIY advice in this post, you will be able to finish simple tasks at home. So let’s get started right away!

1. Unscrewing a rusty screw

4 Vital Tips for DIY Novices

It doesn’t take long for rust to form and fuse the contact between the two pieces when moisture gets between the threads of a screw and those of its nut – the screwdriver won’t turn because the screw is so rusted. How can you remove this blockage without a specific tool in your possession?

There are three possibilities:

– Pour a few drops of kerosene on the screw. If, however, it is still impossible to remove, make a mixture of machine oil/nail polish remover, leave it to act for 15 minutes, and remove the screw with a screwdriver.

– Use white vinegar and pour it on the head of the screw, leave it for 15 minutes and remove the screw with your screwdriver.

– Insert the screwdriver into the rusty screw, adjust the wrench to hold the screwdriver, and turn the wrench while pressing the screwdriver. 

Good to know: do not reassemble a rusty screw or one whose impression is starting to be damaged.

2. Drive a thin nail easily

Driving a nail seems simple and within reach of any DIY enthusiast. However, driving fine nails requires a minimum of technique. Here are a few tips that will allow you to hammer them in one after the other without ever hitting your fingers:

– Position the nail in the desired location, keeping it straight. Then give the nail small taps, always holding it with the other hand. When your fingers become too thick to hold the nail still, remove them, then finish by tapping with the hammer.

– Pinch the nail with a clothespin and hit it with a hammer without risking injury.

– Take a sheet of cardboard, and stick your nail in it; the cardboard will hold the nail straight; you will just have to tear it when you have driven the nail into the wood.

Good to know: don’t forget to grip your hammer firmly by the bottom of the handle; your gesture will be more precise.

3. Driving a screw in a hard-to-reach place

Sometimes you’ll need to screw in a place where you can’t hold the screw with your fingers, for example, in a place that’s too narrow to fit your hand. How do you manage to do this without getting upset? You have several solutions:

– Put a sticky substance, such as fixing paste, or double-sided adhesive, between the screwdriver and the screw, it is the screwdriver that will put the screw in the right place, and you can then screw without problems.

– Slide the screw between the teeth of a small comb that will act as a “third hand” and is suitable for screws of different sizes.

– Push in a piece of plastic or rubber tube at the end of the screwdriver to hold the screw head.

– Attach a paper clip to the end of the screwdriver with a rubber band or adhesive tape and wedge the screw between its legs.

– Magnetize the screw by placing it on a magnet for a few minutes.

4. Provide a hardware base

If you’re tinkering on the weekends or in the evenings, it’s always maddening to have to stop in the middle of a task to buy the right size screw, nail, or dowel.

Therefore, plan a hardware base that will be very useful:

– a collection of screws, nails, hooks, and dowels in the most commonly used sizes;

– a set of drill bits of different diameters for your drill, for the most common materials, concrete, brick, metal, and wood.

You will also need to bring:

– a wooden pencil;

– a large ruler or tape measure;

– a spirit level.

This will prevent you from abandoning a DIY project because you ran out of the necessary supplies.
Note: It is essential to keep goods properly in tiny boxes or clear plastic bags so that you can immediately locate the right ones.

That’s it, then. We’ve finished our quick and simple advice. What brought you to this post? Kindly leave a few comments below.

 

4 Easy Tips Every DIY Enthusiast Should Know!

4 Easy Tips Every DIY Enthusiast Should Know!

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1. Drill into tile

2. Protecting paint cans from drips

3. Drill a hole at the proper depth

4. Save paint brushes and rollers.

 

Like most people, you have to do small jobs for which a professional is not essential: hanging a shelf, painting a room in the house, assembling and disassembling furniture in a kit … However, you are a novice and hesitating about trying some DIY tricks?

Our 4 tips for easy DIY will be a great help! Thanks to them, you will carry out small building sites at home without any difficulty.

Your kitchen needs shelves, racks, brackets, and other accessories, and you need to drill into the tiles. But how do you drill into tile or ceramic without breaking or splitting the substrate?

1. Drill into tile

Here is the right way to go about it to get a perfect result without stress:

– use a concrete drill with tungsten carbide at the end;

– remove the percussion from your drill;

– stick a cross tape where you are going to drill (this will prevent your tile from breaking);

– start by drilling at low speed;

– Put the hammer back on your drill when the hole starts to form;

– speed up the drilling until you are done drilling the necessary depth.

Good to know: if after some time, the hole you drilled in the tile is no longer needed, you can fill it with special tinted cement, whose color will blend in with that of the tile.

2. Protecting paint cans from drips

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Paint without getting your fingers in a knot and keep your paint can clean by avoiding drips on the outside? It’s possible by following these ideas:

– Get a large rubber band that you place vertically around the paint can, so you wipe your brush on the edge of the rubber band.

– Place a wire across the can, so you can drip the brush on it without dripping.

Good to know: to reopen paint cans and prevent the lid from resisting, always clean the contact surfaces with a cloth before closing the can after use.

3. Drill a hole at the proper depth

You need to make a hole in the wall to screw something in, but you’re not sure it’s the correct depth. There are several ways to drill a hole to the right depth:

– Adjustable stop: some drills have a depth stop, a small metal ring that you attach to the drill bit with a screw. 

– The adhesive tape: wrap a piece of thick adhesive tape around the drill bit at the proper depth to get a perfect result. 

– Adjustable guide: This is a metal rod mounted along the side of some drills and locked by a knob. Mount the drill, set the guide to the desired depth, and drill until the guide contacts the wall.

Note: If you have several holes of the same depth to drill, ensure the adhesive has not been trimmed during the previous drilling.

4. Save paint brushes and rollers

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A paintbrush that is not cleaned quickly will be unusable because the brush bristles will become hard as wood. 

Between two coats of paint, it is often necessary to wait several hours, even a whole day. If you want to avoid the tedious task of cleaning brushes and rollers completely between coats, there are several solutions:

– Put them in a container filled with water so that they are perfectly covered by the liquid, even if you use glycerine paint;

– wrap them in aluminum foil;

– Place them in a plastic bag and close it carefully to prevent air from entering;

– clean them by soaking them in white spirit.

– Lay the brush flat on newspaper, then press the brush hairs gently with the back of a palette knife.

Your brushes and rollers will not dry out, and you can use them immediately when you return to your worksite.

Good to know: recover the brush by soaking it for a few hours in boiled vinegar. If any residue still sticks to the brush, remove it with a knife blade, then re-soak it in white spirit. When the brush has marinated sufficiently, wash it with soapy water.

How did you find this post? Remember to share and comment below, and stay tuned for our next post on more easy tips you did not really think of.

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Top 6 Crafts To Do With Plastic Bottles

Generally, when we have a plastic water bottle, we make two uses of it; first, we drink its content, then we throw it away with the other plastic waste so that it is recycled. Well, not bad, but well, can do better. And yes: a plastic water bottle, whether full or empty, can actually be used to do a whole lot of things that we rarely suspect. We can make sports, decorations, jewels, and much more with plastic bottles.

The only limit we can have is our imagination, because as far as our wallet is concerned, it is certainly not a pack of water that will ruin us! In short, if we want to impress the gallery at a low cost, we go into recovery mode and do not throw away our water bottles. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the crafts you can do with plastic bottles.

1. Exercise!

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When you want to build up your biceps or triceps at home by lifting 1.5kg dumbbells, you have two options: either you buy dumbbells in a sports store, or you use dumbbells that you already have at home. It works just as well to build muscle gently, but it costs less! What do you mean? Well, a full plastic water bottle is 1.5L. And 1.5 liters of water weighs 1.5 kilos! So instead of lifting weights, we take a full water bottle in each hand and start our exercises.

2. A beautiful bracelet

When we want to buy jewelry, it’s always the same: the simplest ones are often the most beautiful…but the most expensive! While we always have the impression that we could make them ourselves. What if we went to the practice?

With a slice of plastic water bottle, some mohair to reinforce it, and a nice fabric to cover it, we make ourselves, in two times three movements, a super nice bracelet that we will be the only ones to wear this summer. Practical and aesthetic!

3. Birdhouses

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It’s summer, raining hard, the kids are overexcited, and we don’t know what to do with them because we only have paint but no paper. No problem: a plastic water bottle can easily be transformed into a birdhouse, which the children will be delighted to build with us.

To do this, all we need is a water bottle that we will cut in half, shorten and then make a hole in the bottom part, paint and glue the two parts together to make a little hut before hanging it in a tree with a string and two holes in the cap.

4. An improvised vase

It’s summer, and the kids have just picked a beautiful bouquet of wildflowers (on the neighbor’s stoop, actually, oops, too bad) that we want to put on the garden table. Problem: the table in the living room is exposed to the shots of balloons, to the shakes, to the wind…

It would be a pity to break the pretty vase that offered us, mother-in-law, at Christmas (although… in short). The solution: show that you are a pro of the system D! We can either cut a plastic water bottle in two or work a little on the aspect of our vase if we have a little more time…and a computer for a tuto!

5. An emergency broom

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The horror: by shaking our good old broom, we have just broken it in two. And we tried to glue the handle to the other part, but nothing made it. No panic; we have a broom if we have tape and plastic bottles. And yes, we will cut many strips in empty plastic water bottles, which we will assemble with tape on our old broom handle. To our great surprise, we will see that we can sweep a floor very well with plastic broom bristles!

6. Pretty flowers

And if to show that we were a pro of recovery, we decorated our plastic vase with pretty flowers… they also realized from plastic water bottles? It’s quite simple: we take bottles’ bottoms and cut out flower shapes in them. So that the petals of our flowers are not too sharp but smooth and rounded, we work them gently with the flame of a lighter. We can also fix our plastic flowers on wires or plastic tubes or place them in candle holders for a guaranteed effect!

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about crafts to do with plastic bottles.

Basic Cookie Recipes You Need in Your Collection (Part 2)

Basic Cookie Recipes You Need in Your Collection (Part 2)

The best way to make nearly-perfect cookies is to find a recipe for cookies that you like. I mean that a good start to a nice cookie is finding a good recipe. And, here we have a list of some of the very best ones.

Delicious Lofthouse Cookies

Delicious Lofthouse CookiesIngredients you’ll need to make the cookies:

  • 1-2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup of cornstarch
  • Three cups of all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon of almond extract
  • One teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • One cup of granulated sugar
  • One teaspoon of baking powder
  • One teaspoon of kosher salt
  • ½ cup of softened butter
  • Four oz of softened cream cheese

Ingredients you’ll need for the buttercream:

  • Food coloring
  • Sprinkles for the decoration
  • One teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • One teaspoon of heavy cream
  • ¾ cup of softened butter
  • Three cups of powdered sugar

Instructions to make the Delicious Lofthouse Cookies:

Step 1:

You start by taking a large bowl and adding the all-purpose flour, cornstarch and baking powder. Combine the ingredients and then sprinkle some salt as per your preference.

Step 2:

Now, take another large bowl and mix the softened butter with the cream cheese and sugar – remember to use a hand mixer for mixing and beating properly. Once you’ve got a fluffy, light and soft mixture, start adding the eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract and mix until well combined.

Step 3:

You can now add all the dry ingredients one by one. Once you’ve obtained a well-combined dough, transfer it to plastic wrap and flatten the dough into a disk. Put the dough in the fridge and wait for at least 1-2 hours.

Step 4:

While you are waiting for the dough, preheat the oven to 350° and line 2 large baking pans with parchment paper.

Step 5:

Once the time is over, get the dough out and after sprinkling flour on a flat surface or on your kitchen counter, dust the top of the dough with flour and roll it to ½” thick.

Step 6:

Now, it’s time to cut the cookies and place them on the baking sheets.

Note: You can use a special cookie cutter to cut the cookies out.

Step 7:

Bake the cookies for around 10-12 minutes or until the edges are properly baked. Make sure that the cookies don’t gain many colors on the top. After removing them from the oven, set them aside for a few minutes.

Step 8:

It’s time to make the frosting. So, in a large bowl, add the soft and creamy butter along with the powdered sugar and beat until you obtain a soft, light and fluffy combination. Pour in the heavy cream, vanilla extract, a pinch of salt and some of your favorite food coloring and beat until well combined.

Step 9:

With a spatula, set the frosting properly on top of the cooled cookies and finish with some sprinkles on top.

Big and Soft Ginger Cookies

Big and Soft Ginger CookiesIngredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • One cup of sugar
  • 1-2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • ¾ cups of softened butter
  • 2-3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • One teaspoon of baking soda
  • ¼ cup of molasses
  • Two teaspoons of ground ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cloves
  • Additional sugar

Instructions on how to make Big and Soft Ginger Cookies:

Step 1:

It’s obvious that your starting point should be preheating the oven 350° and lining the baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2:

Now, take a huge bowl and combine the softened butter with the sugar until you obtain a fine and fluffy batter. Start beating in the eggs and molasses and add the all-purpose flour, along with the baking soda, cloves, cinnamon and salt. Combine properly.

Step 3:

Set the batter aside for a few minutes and then divide the dough into balls. After rolling them in sugar, place them on the baking sheets and bake the cookies for around 10-12 minutes or until they are lightly browned.

 

Basic Cookie Recipes You Need in Your Collection

Basic Cookie Recipes You Need in Your Collection

If you go back to your childhood days, I think one of the first things that would most likely bring the whole family into the kitchen would be some nice and tasty cookies, isn’t it?

Well, if you fancy some delicious and crispy cookies, have a look at the following recipes.

Simple Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Simple Chocolate Chip CookiesIngredients you’ll need:

  • A cup of white sugar
  • A cup of softened butter
  • A cup of brown sugar
  • 2-3 eggs
  • Two teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • Two teaspoons of hot water
  • One teaspoon of baking soda
  • A cup of chopped walnuts
  • Three cups of all-purpose flour
  • Two cups of semisweet chocolate chips
  • Half teaspoon of salt
  • Three cups of all-purpose flour

Instructions to make the Simple Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Step 1:

It’s obvious that you need to start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Step 2:

Take a large bowl and pour down the white sugar, brown sugar and butter and start mixing them together –cream until you obtain a smooth mixture. Now, put in one egg at a time and then add the vanilla extract.

Step 3:

Take some hot water and dissolve the baking soda in it. Proceed by adding the baking soda and hot water to the batter. For the last round, you can add the salt (based on your preference), all-purpose flour, chocolate chops and nuts.

Step 4:

Now, it’s time to grease your pan with some butter (or oil if you prefer). Then, drop down large spoonfuls of the batter onto the greased pans.

Step 5:

Once the cookies are in the preheated oven, let them cook for around 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are nicely browned.

Easy-to- Make Sugar Cookies

Easy-to- Make Sugar CookiesIngredients you’ll need:

  • One teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Two or three cups of all-purpose flour
  • One teaspoon of baking soda
  • One teaspoon of cream of tartar
  • One or two large eggs
  • One teaspoon of almond extract
  • One tablespoon of lemon zest
  • Three-quarter cup of powdered sugar
  • Half teaspoon of sea salt

Ingredients you’ll need for decorating:

  • Icing
  • Glaze
  • Cashew Frosting
  • A mixture of coarse sugar with a tiny amount of matcha powder
  • Supernatural White sequins

Instructions to make the Easy-to- make Sugar Cookies:

Step 1:

Again, it’s obvious that you should start by preheating the oven to 350°F. Then, line at least two baking pans with parchment paper.

Step 2:

Take a large bowl and add the all-purpose flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Start combining the ingredients until you obtain a smooth mixture.

Step 3:

Now, cream the butter using a stand mixer. Proceed by adding the sugar and beating until a fluffy batter is obtained. Then, add the eggs, the almond extract, vanilla extract and lemon zest and combine them properly. It is important to note that all the dry ingredients must be added one third at a time.

Step 4:

Once you have a well-combined dough, divide it into two balls and use a plate (or anything else you can use) to flatten them into disks. Then, wrap each disk in plastic wrap and transfer them to the fridge. Let them chill for around 2-3 hours.

Step 4:

Once time is over, take out the dough and roll them on a flat surface. You can use cookie cutters to create desired shapes. Once you are done with this task, transfer them to the baking sheets and let them bake for 8-10 minutes. Before the last two-one minutes, take a look at the cookies and see if they are ready or if they need more baking time. After removing them from the oven, set them aside.

Step 5:

This is the decoration phase: Once you’ve sifted the sugar, pour it into a medium bowl and add the meringue powder and some water (around 4-5 tablespoons of water). Mix these ingredients until you obtain a smooth mixture. Once you’ve transferred the frosting to a piping bag, get ready to decorate your cookies the way you want.

 

9 Christmas Craft Ideas for Kids

Some people prefer to set up in early November, while others prefer to postpone this scene as long as possible. Of course, we are talking about the Christmas tree! No matter what type of Christmas tree you choose, making a Christmas tree with your children is always possible.

However, children often need that first push. To help you out, we’ve gathered some of the very best and simplest Christmas crafts.
These Christmas crafts can be made by all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. Most of them are easy to make, but some can be more difficult and require more guidance when it comes to younger children.

1) Crepe Paper Christmas Tree

You can make a Christmas tree out of paper plates, crepe paper, and toilet paper. This Christmas craft can be made as follows:

– Cut the paper plate in half.
– Apply glue to the plate.
– Cut the crepe paper into squares approximately 5 cm x 5 cm.
– Take the center of the crepe paper and glue it to the plate.
– Fold the plate into a cone, leaving one end open, and glue the plate to the open end.
– Now you can decorate the Christmas tree according to your wishes.
– You can use an empty roll of toilet paper as a trunk.

2) Painting a Christmas Tree

This is a very easy Christmas craft that is perfect for little ones! You don’t have to be a crafty mom; anyone can do it! Print out a Christmas tree coloring page. Grab some green paint and start painting! Then, the child can put in their own ideas for the decorations.

3) Fringe Christmas Tree

 First, roll out a cone shape from green paper.
– Then you cut some strips and fold them in half (lengthwise).
– Then cut the fringe into strips.
– Glue the strips around the cone until they reach the top.
– Finally, decorate the Christmas tree

4) Christmas Tree Using Clothes Pegs

Do you have a box of wooden clothes pegs lying around? Then you can make this cute Christmas tree. You simply have to remove the irons from the clothespins and glue the backs together. Simply do this with three clothespins and glue them together. Thus, you will have something that already looks like a Christmas tree. All that remains is to make the craft green and decorate it.

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5) Tin Can Christmas Trees

Do your children like building blocks? If so, they will love stacking cans. Reuse old food cans by removing the sharp edges and painting them green. Add ribbons, garland, or other fun details, and a star to complete the look.

6) Glitter Christmas Ornaments

Glitter ornaments are simple to create and add sparkle to your tree. Fill clear plastic ornaments with glitter confetti in a variety of colors. White glitter can be added to make it look like snow is falling.

7) Christmas Tree Ornament Made of Yarn

This Christmas craft for kids is easy to make and turns out great every time. Cut cardboard into triangles and wrap them with green string. To finish, place a snowflake or star on top.

8) Cork Reindeer Ornaments

Use old corks to make new reindeer faces and hang them on the tree. Use glitter pipe cleaners as antlers and pompoms as noses, and the cork will look like Rudolph in no time.

How to Make Adorable Wine Cork Reindeer

9) Fingerprint Light

The best way to work with young children still learning hand-eye coordination is to create an image of a fingerprint light. First, draw a wavy black line on a piece of paper and show them how to make lights using paint and their fingerprints.

Do you have any other Christmas craft ideas? Don’t hesitate to share it with us in the comments below!

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Cool DIY T-Shirt Ideas

Have you ever tried the DIY T-shirt fashion? Using your oversized old t-shirts in a money-saving and fun way to spice up your wardrobe is a surefire way to add a personalized touch to your style! Some creative t-shirt cutting ideas are as follows:

DIY cut-off tank

If you have an old baggy t-shirt you no longer wear, you could simply cut off its sleeves to transform it into a muscle tank top. You can then wear it and comfortably head to the gym.

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Bow-back T-Shirt

This craft will require a little sewing, but it will be well worth it when you flaunt your new outfit out and about!

Tree silhouette tee

This is the best project for nature lovers like myself! Simply draw a tree on your t-shirt with chalk and cut out the spaces around the tree to make a beautiful silhouette. You can also get your creative juices flowing by drawing other things you love!

DIY butterfly twist tee

You can take your basic t-shirt and make it fabulous with a twist! This look is perfect for me for a date night or a girls’ night in town.

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Wrap crop top DIY

This DIY craft is absolutely stunning! So, let your creativity fly, as you can use any type of t-shirt for this style!

DIY t-shirt dress

Do you have an oversized shirt lying around in your home? If you do, grab it and transform it into this adorable haltered t-shirt dress that draws many admiring glances.

DIY Festival fringed tank

This is a new but simple idea for you to transform your average-looking t-shirt into a fashionable one! Even celebrities wear fringed tanks like these at festivals!

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Halter Top DIY

This style will make even a novice crafter like you look like a high-end fashion designer! I am going for it!

Workout shirt

You need to incorporate a bow on the top of the garment to allow it to be versatile so that it can be worn both at gyms and parties! However, the trick lies in the choice of fabric!

Shredded tee

Just grab an oversized shirt, cut the hems at the bottom of each sleeve, and begin to meticulously pick at the horizontal threads with your fingers. This is how you will get a fabulous result!

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Summer tank DIY

This craft is my favourite because it does not involve sewing, so I just need to cut and tie. To be more specific, cut off the sleeves, neckline and back of your shirt straight across your hips. Then, cut straight up the middle to make two points to finish.

DIY off-the-shoulder top

All you need to do is to cut off the top of the garment before sewing an elastic inside for an excellent fit!

How to cut your t-shirt step by step

Are you ready to make one of the above fabulous outfits? Have a look at the steps below to avoid mistakes!

Materials needed:

  • Scissors
  • An Old Shirt
  • A Pen
  • A ruler

1. Find a flat surface

First, you must have a flat surface, such as a table, ready to work on.

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2. Gather your materials

Then you need to gather all the items listed above and bring them to your table. Having more than one old shirt on hand is also a good idea because getting it perfect on your first try may be challenging. After all, practice always makes perfect!

3. Draw your design

Before you even touch the scissors, you want to draw the method you plan to cut on your shirt. This way, you will have a guide as you cut.

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4. Cut the collar first

This way, you can base the rest of the style on how the shirt fits you after removing the collar. However, if you leave the collar intact, you can skip this step.

5. Cut the bottom hem

The hem is an easy part of the t-shirt to cut; doing so does not mess up with the size.

6. Cut the Sides, Sleeves, and Back

And now is the time to finally make the cuts that will drastically change your shirt! So, cut the sides and the back, following your chosen design. You can also conserve the fabric scraps that you have removed to use them later if needed. And remember that there is no harm in going slow to ensure your t-shirt design comes out perfectly!

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When you create these simple DIY outfits, you are part of a sustainable fashion that is so helpful for our planet! You will also not only feel comfortable and relaxed, but you will also save money!

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Top 5 Things To Do With Paper

Paper is used and abused on a daily basis and has always been. And it took us a long time before we became aware of the dramas that this overconsumption was causing. As a society, we need to get it together and start taking care of our planet, and one way to do this is to lessen our use of paper and recycle old ones.

But because it’s better late than never and because many individuals and brands want to make a difference by recycling paper, we decided to bring you some ideas so that you, too, from your home and without pressure, can play a role in recycling paper. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of our tips for recycling old and unused paper.

How to recycle newsprint?

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The first tip is for household chores. When it is difficult to clean the windows of the house, it is possible to use newspaper. Simply crumple it up and dampen it a little, then apply it like a cloth to scrub a window or mirror. The result is impeccable. Plus, it saves on detergents. Newspaper can also be used to clean various surfaces, such as a barbecue grill or a tiled work surface.

Newspaper can also be used as a bottom for trash cans. This way, it absorbs the moisture that organic waste often produces. In other cases, it can even be used as a garbage bag. To do this, simply fold it into a large cone shape.

The newspaper also helps protect the refrigerator from bad odors. The idea is to spread the sheets at the bottom of the crispers so that the food doesn’t leave an odor. To avoid the smell of fish or meat, it is advisable to wrap the food in newspaper. This wrapping method is also effective for quickly ripening fruits or vegetables.

1. Create an origami lamp

Paper can be used to cover lamps and light bulbs in an original way. To do this, you’ll need a ruler, a pencil, sheets of paper that aren’t too thin, cardboard, string, scissors, glue, and something to perforate the sheets. You can then let your imagination run wild.

It is also possible to glue or roll up pages of the newspaper (or paper scraps) on a lampshade to give it a modern and original look. Perfect when you want to redecorate your home in an eco-responsible way without buying new objects. In any case, be careful not to glue the paper directly to the light fixture to avoid any risk.

2. Use newspapers as trivets

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Newspapers, scissors, and glue are all you need to make sturdy, original, and eco-friendly trivets. Once the pages are cut into four strips (it can be a newspaper, magazine, or old comic book …), you must roll each strip on itself to obtain a spiral. Then, glue them side by side, depending on the size of the coaster desired (for glass, plate, dish).

3. Make gift wrap out of it

Birthdays and holidays often rhyme with wrapping and paper. But instead of investing in paper that will be torn and thrown away, you might as well turn to eco-responsible packaging. Newspapers or sheets printed on one side only can be used to create eco-friendly packaging without having to invest in single-use paper.

4. Use it as an envelope

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Sheets of paper, newspaper, or magazine pages can also be used to send mail. If you run out of small envelopes or want to replace them altogether, you can fold an A4 size paper and insert a letter inside. The magazine of creative and ecological ideas gives examples of creations.

5. Making a bracelet (to do with children)

For fancy jewelry made from recycled materials, pages of magazines, newspapers, or printed sheets do the trick. Add glue, scissors, and the cardboard from a paper towel roll to cut. The size is made according to the width of the desired bracelet. Then you have to cut the cardboard to create an opening space to put it on the wrist.

Once done, previously cut paper strips can be glued on. Halloween being at the end of the month, these bracelets will be ideal to accompany costumes or any other occasion. This is one of those crafts that are perfect for doing with your kids or even younger siblings and is an ideal way to teach them about the importance of recycling.

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Fashion Crafts: Unique DIY Projects to Try

Fashion Crafts: Unique DIY Projects to Try

Till today, I have not wasted a single piece of clothing. How is it possible? Well, I’ve learned how to upcycle old garments. So, here are some of the very best DIY fashion project ideas you could try at home!

Fabric Stamping on Old Clothing

Fabric Stamping on Old ClothingMaterials you’ll need for this craft:

  • An old skirt
  • A brayer
  • Fabric block stamp
  • Fabric paint

Instructions on how to make the Fabric Stamping on old Clothing:

Step 1:

You can start by placing some fabric paint –a paint of your choice – on a paper plate. Then, submerge the stamp in the paint and dab it to remove any extra paint.

Little Note: These stamps have been specifically designed for imprinting on fabric. This is why you can dip the stamp in the paint rather than just roll it in the paint.

Step 2:

Now, it’s time to stamp the skirt. Once it’s done, set it aside and let it dry for around 1-3 hours. Or, you can also choose to follow the specific instructions as set on the fabric paint label.

Additional Tips:

  • Usually, this stamping method is recommended for old clothing, but you can also try it on new garments. However, make sure you are prewashing them before stamping. And, remember not to use any fabric softener.
  • It is critical to read the label on the fabric paint bottle and make sure it’s appropriate for the fabric you’ve chosen. Personally, I’ve always used cotton or cotton blends and I’ve always ended up with good results. However, I don’t really recommend stuff like lycra, tulle and rayon.
  • If it’s your first time, I always advise practicing fabric stamping on paper first before working on the fabric directly.
  • Again, if it’s your first time, don’t stress out if it’s not exactly what you were expecting for. With practice, I’m sure it’ll be better next time.

Homemade Cross Stitch Sweater

Homemade Cross Stitch SweaterMaterials you’ll need for this craft:

  • A yarn needle
  • A pair of scissors
  • Yarn
  • An old sweater
  • Cross stitch pattern

Instructions on how to make the Homemade Cross Stitch Sweater:

Step 1:

Note: I’d like to start by saying if you don’t have yarn, you can substitute by using a small needle and embroidery thread to cross stitch on your sweater. It’ll be great if you could find one with a grid. Moreover, you can also use a fabric marker to create your design.

So, you should start from the inside of the sweater and then follow a pattern. Honestly, I didn’t have any specific patterns, I just started by stitching an X. You can try the same method. So, keep stitching Xs and changing colors as directed by your design. Stretching out the sweater and stitches on a regular basis helped it lay flat.

DIY Graphic Tee with Watercolor Letters

DIY Graphic Tee with Watercolor LettersMaterials you’ll need for this craft:

  • An iron
  • Some paintbrushes
  • An old cotton or cotton-blend t-shirt
  • Soft flock iron-on letters
  • Tie-dye (You could opt for fabric paint, but a tie-dye is a washable option that closely resembles watercolor.)

Instructions on how to make the DIY Graphic Tee with Watercolor Letters:

Step 1:

Remove any plastic from the top of your letters and cut them out. Change up your tie-dye. Pour tie-dye into cups into which you may dip your brush.

Step 2:

Dab your brush softly into the tie-dye and dab it into the letters, allowing the colors to spill over each other. Repeat with each color until you have reached the desired quantity of color.

Step 3:

Set the letters aside and let them to dry totally. Iron-on according to package directions. For mine, I was told to press the letters for around 20 seconds on medium heat with no steam. And, that’s it, you are done! You can now wear the tee and bluff about your skills with your friends.