Category Archives: crafts (recycled materials)

Cute Foam Peanut Snow Swags

Foam Peanut Swags decor closeup

Make it snow inside with homemade snow swags. This project using salvaged packing peanuts is so easy that even young children can do it with supervision. Use a large blunt needle and some white string. I used salvaged string that I removed from pet food bags before recycling. I’m referring to the white stitching that is on some cat and dog food bags. Sometime the chicken food that I buy has this string as well. Waste not want not – as the saying goes. Simply string the “peanuts” until you have the desired amount on. Then tie off the ends. Continue reading

Flashy New Year’s Eve Photo Backdrop Made Of CDs

Photo backdrop made of CD's

String salvaged CD’s together to make a flashy backdrop for your New Year’s Eve pictures. They would be equally cool for a music themed party.

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I cut the numbers (2013) out of salvaged aluminum pie pans.

I’m going to set up a camera for guests to take pictures of themselves on New Year’s Eve.

Let the fun begin!

 

Festive Halloween Tree Made From A Contorted Filbert

Well the down side is that my Lauder’s Walking stick, also called a contorted filbert, finally died this year due to the filbert blight (Anisogramma anomata). On the up side, I was able to use some of the bush to make a neat Halloween tree. I think it looks so cool. I “planted” it in a pot, added rocks to hold the stem in place, and decorated it with paper bats. I love the twisted branches!
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Make Your Own Clever Stick Door Handle

This is a door handle fashioned from a stick. It was on a cabin door at a camp I was at recently.

I love it!

It wouldn’t be too hard to make one. Cut the stick, drill holes, and add screws. It looks like whoever made this handle just wrapped some string around the exposed screw threads.

I might make some drawer handles, or make a handle for a cabinet.

If you make one, I’d love for you to send me a picture.