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 […]

Green Crafting: Recycled Aluminum Can Brooches


It’s amazing to me what the right tool can do for you- and in this case, the tool is the Cuttlebug  This little hand-cranked gem can help you transform old aluminum soda cans into cool, kitchy blooms that you can wear as pins! For this craft, you will need: Aluminum can, rinsed well Craft Blade Household scissors Cuttlebug machine Damask embossing folder (or embossing folder of your choice) Adirondack inks in your favorite colors (optional) Scalloped Circles Nestabilities dies Black […]

Cricut + Vinyl = Upcycled Bike Helmet

Cut images from the vinyl at Speed=3 and Pressure=3

When you have a kid, there is a zone in which “cool” trumps “safe”- so when it was time to replace my son’s bike helmet, I KNEW it had better be cool, or else he just wouldn’t wear it. Sadly, the safest one was  plain white. (Lame-O!) So we had to jazz it up, STAT. With my Cricut, 2 colors of vinyl, and my Indie Arts cart, we hooked that bad boy up and now it’s SAH-WEET! So, you can […]

Recycled Necktie Coffee Cozies

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Little known fact: my #1 search term that brings people to my blog is “Necktie Crafts.” Really. And I don’t know WHY I have such a fascination for old neckties…but well, I do. And here’s another craft to get you scouring your grandpa’s closet and thrift stores! These coffee cuffs are  also a NO-SEW project- hurray! You can whip up a slew of these in a 1/2 hour or less…and all you need is neckties, Fabri-Tac, and a few embellishments. […]

Springtime Crafting – Make a Birdbath

So I spent this morning raking out beds, uncovering little shoots of spring. My crocus are blooming, and the tulips and daffys are over 1/2 up. It won’t be long until they bloom, too. So with all of this spring springing up around me, my thoughts have turned to garden crafts and yard art. First up: we need a birdbath! I found a super simple version on Patricia’s Pots also has a how-to, with a slightly different design: She […]