New Year’s Eve Party Décor


These numbers were cut out of previously used pie tins. I think they are made of aluminum actually. The silver numbers add a little sparkle to your buffet table or jazz-up your bar. HOW-2: Find a font you like on your word processor and print out the numbers in the size best suited for your display. Then place the printout on the tin and trace; pushing down so you leave an impression in the tin. Then grab a pair of scissors and cut out. Alternatively, I decided to draw the numbers on free hand. Be as creative as you like. I mounted the numbers on salvaged chopsticks using a glue-gun and displayed them in an arrangement of vases.

Imaginative Children’s Costumes Made Of Unwanted Sweaters


Seven year old designer, Jade, modeling her latest creation.

Children will have a blast creating their own costumes out of unwanted sweaters. Jade made this super fun Dude-A-Wild Thing costume by cutting up sweaters. When she had things just the way she wanted them, she hand-sewed the pieces back together. Even the eye is made from cut up sweater fabric. She got her costume inspiration from a stuffed creature I made from sweaters. My inspiration ironically was from her. When she was smaller she would always draw charming critters that she called Dude-A-Bobs.

This is another great way to encourage your children to use their creativity and to learn to sew. If the stitching isn’t perfect, not a problem!

Children’s Apron Made From Recycled Dress


My ten year old daughter had an idea to reuse a dress that she outgrew. She wanted to make it into an apron for cooking, messy art projects, or whatever. She cut up the center back and then used a sewing machine to finish the raw edges. Ideally you would choose an old dress that already had some sort of tie in the back. Otherwise, you could be creative and cut something from another dress or use a ribbon. This would make an excellent beginner sewing project with unlimited variations.

To see my vintage inspired apron made from a second-hand dress, click here.

Hello World!

I hope you enjoy Fun In the Making where I share some of the projects I am working on. You may or may not notice that there is a subtle theme to my posts. All of the projects use recycled, salvaged and/or re-purposed supplies in part or all of the project. The point being that we don’t have to spend a lot of money to have something really great. Also, I care about the environment (our environment) it makes sense to create something new out of something old; one thing less piling up in our landfills. You will also find posts about gardening or projects utilizing natural or renewable items.

Come back often to see what’s new.

Hester Jane