Recycle Craft: Cardboard Tube Drums

recycle drum using a discarded oatmeal box and window film!

In my previous career as a Music Therapist, I came up with a number of crafty projects, and making musical instruments was my favorite! We were always working on a super-tight budget, with an eye toward recycling when we could, and making instruments that adults wouldn’t be embarrassed to play. One year, I came up with drums made of tubes and shrink wrap- and today, I’m sharing it with you! This is a great rainy day craft, scout craft, vacation […]

Thanksgiving Pilgrim Hat Place Card Holders using Recycled K-Cups

Pilgrim Hat Place Card Holders for Thanksgiving

I love to make special place settings for holidays- and it helps me gently communicate to my guests where I’d like everyone to sit. And with these Pilgrim Hat Place Card Holders for Thanksgiving, I can recycle AND share a little after-dinner candy, too! How fun is that? I was inspired by the Frosty Hat Ornaments I made last year. But for this version, I wanted to make it really kid-friendly & extra “recycle-y.” (Is that a word? It is […]

Picnic Basket Makeover with Krylon

Upcycled Picnic Basket from

We are in full-on summertime mode here, with hikes, road trips and picnics! I got our “new” picnic basket at a yard sale for $10- it’s clean, sturdy and BIG! But it was also pretty plain. So I gave it a makeover using Krylon spraypaint! Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Krylon brand but all opinions are my own.  For this Krylon challenge, our color of the month was “Honeydew.” We were asked to pick some accent colors, too. And […]

Hostess Tray Fit for a Queen (Or a Princess Charlotte!)

Krylon Fit For a Queen Serving Tray Makeover

I had this old hostess tray sitting around, and it really needed….something. It was plain and cheap, and faded into the background. I decided it needed some “oomph” and that when I used it, my guests should feel like a royalty! (Or maybe even me, on Mother’s Day?)  So I set to work. Here’s a sneak peek! (Disclosure: this is a sponsored tutorial designed my little ol’ me on behalf of Krylon. They supplied the paint and compensation. Thanks, Krylon!)    […]

24 Ideas to Use Up Fabric Scraps

24 ideas for using up scrap fabric!

Another confession: I hoard fabric scraps. Sometimes is the color, sometimes it’s the texture, sometimes it’s just that it’s a bit of a piece of clothing or reminds me of something I can’t let go of yet. So I hold on to a ton of fabric scraps! Today, I have a ton of great ideas for using up fabric scraps- some from me, but a bunch from other talented crafters/bloggers/designers. SO many great ideas here!     So…now are you […]

DIY Travel Accessories Tutorial


Thanks again to Fairfield World for sponsoring content on CTD. Please visit their site for more product information and free projects!  As I was preparing my post about Poly Pellets and Micro Beads for Fairfield World, I got inspired to get out my machine and make a few things. I had a pair of my daughter’s old leggings and knew that the knit fabric would be great to recycle – so I created a travel neck pillow AND a stress/sleeping […]

Five Holiday Projects Featuring Krylon Spraypaint! (Vlog Hop)

Hey, Crafty Friends! As many of you know, I love to make YouTube videos and sharing great crafts and projects with you is one of my passions. This season, I’ve teamed up with Krylon and some  amazing video creators to bring you even MORE crafty happiness! We’ve put together a little “video blog hop” or Vlog hop to inspire you to get crafting. Here’s how it goes- you visit the first video in the series below, and give it a look […]

Review it & DO IT! Spooky Goblets using Krylon Frosted Glass Effect

Spooky Goblets using Krylon Frosted Glass Effect

I love to decorate for the different holiday seasons-and I especially love making crafty items for our parties and family get-togethers. (And Halloween crafting is my FAVORITE!)  But what if you don’t want to *store* all of those decorations and supplies? Well, then make something that you can re-use for the next season, of course! And today I’m going to show you how you can use Krylon Frosted Glass Effect to make a spooky design on your goblets… and then […]

Jellyfish Wind Sock Tutorial

Jellyfish Windsock Tutorial from

I shared some BIG NEWS with you all last week, and I teased that I was going to make a Jellyfish for one of my segments. Well, I did. But I decided not to wait to share it with you. You all get first peeks! This is a fun project for a party, kids’ room…heck, I’d love a whole school of them in my studio. For real. Materials List: 5” Styrofoam ball rubber band plastic knife acrylic craft paint/brush (optional) […]

Scrapbook Soup 403-1; Making a Card Using Custom Stencils and Masks

You may remember that earlier this spring I visited the set of Scrapbook Soup and filmed two segments. If you follow along with me on Twitter or Facebook, you may know that last spring I was a guest on Scrapbook Soup for a few segments. I demonstrated how to use the Brother Scan N Cut to make stencils and masks with the rubber stamps you already have and then made a card. It’s an idea that I’ve shared on my […]

Upcycled Mint Tin Craft Inspired by Alice in Wonderland

Upcycled Mint Tin Inspired by Alice in Wonderland using Collage Clay from Plaid

Remember that part in Alice in Wonderland when she finds the little cake that says “Eat Me?” Well, that passage sparked my creativity this week and, paired with my new love of Collage Clay by Plaid, I was inspired to upcycle a mint tin and create today’s tutorial for you! For this tutorial you’ll need: MOD PODGE Plaid Collage Clay OR Golden Artist Colors – Light Molding Paste palette knife OR old gift card piping bags and tips candy-themed buttons […]

How-To Recycle Plastic Eggs into Musical Shakers (Sensory Craft)

How-To Recycled Easter Egg Shakers

Yes, Easter has come and gone. How would you like to use up those plastic eggs instead of saving them for next year? I’ve got a fun sensory/music craft for you today that will probably cost you ZERO dollars out of pocket AND is Earth-Friendly, too! That’s a three-fer craft, folks. Recycle those plastic eggs!  You’ll need to first do a scavenger hunt around your house for: plastic eggs old tissue paper, comics, gift wrap, or thin, flexible handmade paper […]

Decoden Zipper Pull/Luggage Tag Tutorial

Decoden Zipper Pull Tutorial

As I mentioned in my review yesterday, Decoden is HUGE right now- and lucky for us, it’s a really easy and fun craft for anyone who has the “more-is-MORE” aesthetic. So let’s get started! Disclosure: Links below are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission on your purchase. Thank you for supporting my blog! You will need: a laminate sample chip (like at the home improvement store) Decoden Bling or Collage Clay Spray mist (optional) Fine glitter Rhinestones Theme […]

Instagram-Friendly Recycled “Smoosh” Book & Scrapbook Soup TV Segment

Instagram-friendly "Smoosh" book

Do you have a purse littered with stubs and bits that you mean to scrapbook one day? Do you have pics on your phone or photo-sharing stream (such as Instagram)? Lastly, do you have a stack of paper that you really don’t care for anymore? Well, you can make this Instagram-friendly “Smoosh” (Smash-style) book in an afternoon and get your memories out of the digital world and into your hands. And it’s a stash-buster, too! You’ll need: 12 X 12 […]

Duck Brand® Deco Laminate and Upcycled Cell Phone Case Project

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand® for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Normally when I think of Duck Brand®, Duck TAPE automatically pops up in my head! But they have a new product that is just as cool- Deco Laminate! \ Now since this was a brand-new product to me, I thought I’d give it the once over.( I focused on the Laminate sheets for this project, but they do have Dry Erase […]

“Leftover” Cards using MOD PODGE SPARKLE

"Leftover" Cards using MOD PODGE SPARKLE from

  I love to use up EVERY LITTLE BIT of crafty stuff from my testing- and that means using up extra die cuts, random rhinestones, and even the paper that I spray mist/paint on! Watch this video to see how I transform the “dirty paper” into fabulous background paper using Mod Podge Sparkle! Happy Holiday weekend and get crafting! I’ve got to get this box of cards out to ASAP!

Faux-Dichroic Glass Pendants (Recycle Craft)

Faux Dichroic Glass Pendant Tutorial from

  Today I have a fun recycle craft for you- Faux Dichroic Glass Pendants. I love the look of fused glass but don’t have the time, tools or inclination! So I came up with this great way to reuse beach glass (or tumbled glass shards) and….wait for it….basket cellophane! Before I get to the tute, let me show you how they look worked up into finished jewelry. wp_ad_camp_4] It’s pretty simple. Here’s what you need: Disclosure: some of the links […]

Roadside Rescue: Cheval Mirror to Pin Board

Cheval Mirror Recycle from

I found a grody old cheval mirror on the tree lawn a few months back. (OK, maybe it was more like a year!) But I saved it from the trash man and tucked it away. I decided to make a new pinboard for basically FREE. Want to see how? Here’s what I started with:   Since it had been out in the weather, I determined that the stand wasn’t really worth saving. And the wood backing was pretty shot too. […]

Recycle Craft: Faux Lampwork Paper Beads

Green Craft: Faux Lampwork Paper Beads from Paper Scraps

Ok- Time for a show of hands- who here is a paper hoarder?? Don’t worry- you are among friends. No judgment here. I find that not only that sometimes to I have a hard time cutting into my favorite sheets of paper, but sometimes when I do, I can’t even toss the little baby scraps. I just love them and want to own them all!! But I’d drown in scraps if I didn’t find some ways of using them up….and […]