Category Archives: crafts (recycled materials)

MYO Aluminum Can Butterfly Decorated Candle Holder

Home Made Can Butterfly candle holder

Can Butterfly Decorated Lamp Make your own fun fluttery butterfly candle holder this summer. I love the way the aluminum can butterflies create shadows on the table or walls. I’m really pleased how well this project turned out. What do you think? I used aluminum cans found during one of our local roadside clean-ups. I see possibilities in trash.

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Wash your aluminum cans. Cut the bottom and top off. Also cut along the side so you can lay the metal flat.CuttingCanO

(Older children can do this project. My 13 year old, in the photo above, was able to make very nice butteries on her own.)

Next, gently fold the metal to accommodate a stencil or to draw on a butterfly the desired size. Keep in mind that if you fold with the color on the inside, then you will have the color on the top side of the butterfly like in the picture.

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Cut out the butterfly; I designated an old pair of scissors for this job. You can also get metal cutting shears from the hardware store. Don’t use your favorite pair of paper scissors!

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Gently unfold the metal. Be careful because this seam has a tendency to break if you over work this edge. These can be painted if desired.

 

Table Cloth For Two With Matching Napkins Made From Dad Button Down Shirts

Make a handsome reversible table cloth and two napkins from two of dad’s old button down shirts. Or choose a variety of red white and blue shirts to make Fourth of July placemats and napkins.

Dad Shirt Table cloth and napkins for two

This little table cloth with matching napkins is a perfect beginner project for those new to using a sewing machine or a quick project for experienced sewers. It would make a terrific Father’s Day gift from his little girl. Then celebrate with tea for two.

Supplies: two dad button down t-shirts or one dad button down t-shirt and a piece of scrap fabric of a complimentary color and approximate size. This should be a shirt that dad doesn’t want anymore. Often stains can be worked around. Alternatively, substitute a large second-hand shirt. Bigger shirts make bigger table cloths so the bigger the better.

1. Cut up the shirt and Iron the pieces.

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2. Cut the squares out for the table cloth and napkins. Make the largest squares that your shirt will make. Save the back of the shirts to use for the table cloth or placemats.

3. With good sides facing, sew the two sides of the tablecloth together. Make sure the good sides are touching. If making placemats, you will want to cut your fabric into rectangles instead of squares. Sew almost all the way around. You need to leave a hole in which to turn your cloth right side out again.

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4. Clip the corners off.Clip Corners

5. Turn right side out and Iron flat.

6. If desired, sew a few strips. This task is a lot easier if the fabric is striped or plaid and you can follow the lines on the fabric.

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7. Hand or machine stitch the hole closed.

To make the napkins, simply fold over the fabric twice and pin. Ironing the folds now is helpful but not necessary. Use a sewing machine to sew down the folds.One side should already have a hemmed edge from the shirt.

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My daughter sewing the hem.Sewing button down shirt napkins

You may have fabric left-over from your shirt to make a pouch to carry your tablecloth.

 

MYO Cork Board From Wine Corks And Vintage Belt

Wine Cork Board made with belt

Save all your wine corks so you can make one of these cute/ functional cork boards. This project is pretty self explanatory. I didn’t even bother to glue the corks. Cinch the belt tight and they stay in place.WineCorkBoardHeartDetailE

OK, it was just before Valentine’s day when I took these photos. Hence, the heart…

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Valentine Photo Holder Made From Recycled Materials

 

 

 

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The corks are re-purposed as well as the hooks. I saved these hooks from when I purchased some socks. Use two hooks just flip one over and make a heart. I think it is so cute. I’ve been wanting to share this simple project for a few years now.

Photo Holder Made from recycled materials