Goodwill Lantern Upcycle

Goodwill lantern upcycle

I love Goodwill. It’s like a goldmine with all its discarded goodies. Among these goods was this roughed up lantern. Look at the chipped paint and ugly flowers. Ugh. That has to go.

Goodwill lantern purchase

It’s definitely in rough shape but I knew I could save it, so i bough it… for $2.99! I immediately went to buy spray paint and headed home to beautify it.

lantern improvement supplies

Lantern improvement supplies

  • paper (optional)
  • pencil (optional)
  • scissors (optional)
  • razor blade (optional)
  • spray paint
  • old lantern

If you can remove the glass, the first four supplies aren’t necessary.

cover lantern glass with paper

Step 1: remove or cover the glass

If you’re lucky enough to find a lantern with removable glass, then celebrate and remove it because this project just became a lot easier. I spray painted the outside before I realized I could take the glass out. Duh!

If you can’t remove it, measure it, cut paper to that size and tape it on. You’ll have to repeat this on the inside as well.

 

spray paint the lantern

Step 2: spray paint the frame

Spray paint your lantern and let it dry.

Flip it and repeat until the whole lantern is covered.

 

Use a razor to clean lantern glass

Step 3: remove spray paint from glass

If you get spray paint on the glass, don’t worry! It comes off. Get yourself a razor blade, hold it at a 45 degree angle and, with light pressure, scrape away the paint. Be careful not to scratch it.

You might want to clean the glass before decorating it.

Goodwill lantern upcycle

Since it’s fall, I added some craft pinecones and turned on my flameless tea light. It’s beautiful!

lantern decor

Don’t pass up the “junk” in thrift stores. There’s a lot of value in the old and unfinished. Sometimes you have to rummage for them, but they’re there.

Happy crafting, and upcycling!

DIY Paper Beaded Earrings

DIY paper beaded earrings

Making these earrings was so much fun! Why? I made the beads from paper.

Pretty cool, right?

You can make them too! You could use old photographs, magazines, scrapbook paper… anything you have around the house.

Take what you have and upcycle it. Upcycled crafts are the best kind.

 

materials for paper bead earrings

Materials needed to make paper beaded earrings

  • Scissors
  • Paper clip
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Earring wire
  • Earring hooks
  • Round-nosed pliers
  • Clear nail polish (optional)

 

scrapbook paper cutouts for bead making

Step 1: cut the paper

Cut your paper into a long triangle.

I used 12×12 paper but you can use whatever you want.

 

Step 2: glue and roll

Brush on a little bit of Mod Podge to the larger end of the paper. Then begin to roll up the edge toward the smaller end. Roll tightly.

Continue to glue and roll until you run out of paper.

 

wrapped paper bead

You should have a bead that looks similar to mine in the image above.

 

Step 3: seal the paper

Unfold your paper clip leaving one end slightly bent.

Slide your new bead onto it.

Brush two layers of Mod Podge to the outside of the bead to seal it.

Let it dry.

 

glazed coating

Step 4: glossy finish (optional)

You don’t have to participate in this step, but I think it adds an extra pop to the beads.

While your bead is still on the paper clip, paint on a layer of clear nail polish.

Let it dry.

 

wire bead

Step 5: add the wire

Place the earring wire (with the flat end at the bottom) up through the bead and create a loop at the very top.

You can add any other accents during this step as well. I chose to put a small metal bead at the bottom.

 

earrings made from paper beads

Step 6: add earring hooks

Add the earring hooks to the wire loop and you’re finished.

 

DIY paper beaded earrings

They’re likely not going to look exactly the same, but they’re pretty close.

As you can see in my example, I wrapped one bead (left) tighter than the other. I like the look of that one better. I suppose that will come with practice.

I’ve seen these types of earrings at craft fairs all over the place and had to try to make some myself. Since they’re upcycled, i love them even more.

Let me know what you think.

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Upcycled Storage Box

cardboard box paint storage

This week, I got out my acrylic paints and the plastic bucket I keep them in broke right down the side. Paint tubes spilled out all over the floor. That was my inspiration for this week’s Make Something Monday’s craft project.  There’s a little bit of good in every situation, right?

Since I try to work on a lot of upcycled crafts, I had kept some cardboard shipping boxes from Christmas to reuse. I found one that would hold all of my paint and decided to turn it into a storage box. Now, I have to make a concerted effort to not buy any more paint because, as you can see, the box is pretty full (and I probably don’t need any more paint).

I’ve been trying to throw away less and reuse more and this is a great way to do it. I’m sure you have boxes stacked by the garbage to take out on trash day. Don’t do it! Get some decorative Duct Tape and turn them into pretty storage boxes.

upcycled storage box materials

DIY Storage Box Materials

  • Scissors
  • Duct Tape
  • Cardboard box

This might be the shortest materials list I’ve ever had for a craft.

Duct Tape decorated storage box

Step 1

Begin to layer the Duct Tape around the box in even strips.

Repeat until your box is covered OR move onto step 2.

decorative storage box

Step 2 (optional)

If you want, you can add a solid strip of Duct Tape to break up the design a bit.

upcycled box paint storage

Step 3

Pile in your stuff!

cardboard box paint storage

And you’re done!

I like this idea much more than throwing the boxes away. Do you know how much money people spend on storage boxes? Neither do I, but it’s too much. In my mind, the less crap I have the better. But I still have stuff that needs to be organized so I can find it. For that stuff, I use shoe boxes, shipping boxes, old jars and tins. That stuff is especially useful for storing my craft and art supplies.

So, next time you think about throwing away a cardboard box, take it to your closet instead, get some Duct Tape next time you’re out and beautify it. The tape is so great because there are so many designs, so many places to buy it and it lasts forever. I like to get my from hobby shops like Michael’s or Pat Catan’s, but you can get it at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Amazon, or somewhere else online. I believe they have a generic version at the Dollar Store, too.

Hope you all enjoyed! Happy crafting!

Women’s Health Mag’s DIY Cap Contest

DIY Cap Contest via Women's Health Magazine

Upcycling old clothes has become super popular Recently. It seems like everyone is taking their old clothes and accessories and making them like new again. Well,  Women’s Health Magazine and Erica Domesek, from P.S.- I made this…, want in on the action. They have decided to join forces to create the DIY Cap Contest. All they want is to see your best upcycled ball cap!

If you win, you get a $300 crafting kit and you’ll be mentioned in the September issue of the magazine.

Am I participating? Of course I am, and you should too. I know you guys are crafty and I would love to see one of my wonderful followers win 😀

Happy crafting, errr… upcycling!

 

DIY Cardboard Flower Wreath

DIY recycled cardboard wreath

I was excited to make a recycled cardboard wreath! My candy-cane wreath is getting old so it is time for a new one. I never really cared much for wreaths until I made that one, but now I kind of enjoy seeing something colorful on my door when I come home. I am easily amused.

So, for this craft you will need a bunch of cardboard rolls. I think I used 12? I’ve been planning to make this wreath for a few weeks now, so I have been saving.

materials for a DIY cardboard wreath

Things You Will Need:
Paint
Newspaper
Hot glue gun
Paint brushes
cardboard rolls
Maybe some paper towels

cutting cardboard rolls

Step 1:

Cut your toilet paper rolls so the cuts are about 1/2″ wide. You should get about 5 pieces per roll.

painted-cardboard-inside

Step 2:

Paint the inside of the cardboard roll. Let it dry.

painted-cardboard

Step 3:

Paint the outside of the cardboard roll. Let it dry.

cardboard-flower

Step 4:

Glue the cardboard petals together to look like a flower. Similar to the above photo.

colorful-wreath

Step 5:

Glue the flowers together and possibly add on a few extra petals to make everything look a bit more even.

ribbon-on-wreath

Step 6:

Add some ribbon for show!

DIY recycled cardboard wreath

This wreath is great for summer 🙂 I know it isn’t quite summer yet but I’m hopeful.