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Upcycle Pizza Box

Hello creative buddies !

Pizza Hut take away boxes are one of my favorite materials to use as canvases and shadow box frames.

Here are some of my other takes on the previous pizza box projects :

https://doodlebuddies.net/2014/06/17/upcycled-pizza-box-into-mixed-media-canvas/

https://doodlebuddies.net/2013/10/25/pizza-box-canvas/

https://doodlebuddies.net/2013/07/17/recycle-pizza-box-and-toilet-rolls-tutorial/

https://doodlebuddies.net/2013/07/05/pizza-box-turned-to-shadow-box/

https://doodlebuddies.net/2011/06/15/gift-box-pizza-box-recycled/

Today, I have used ring-pulls to design a heart shape on a pizza box. I love playing with texture and these ring pulls add a unique texture to the project.  I have used a gold matt spray paint finish to subdue the rings.

The process was longer than expected but the end result was well-worth it.

* I did not have to go scavenging for ring pulls since I already collect them and have a huge pile of ring pulls and lids so they come in handy, for such projects.

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I continue to share projects that can inspire my friends and readers with ways to reuse/recycle/repurpose/upcycle household items.

Every decision starts with a very small but firm, first step. I hope you embrace the idea of recycling or repurposing this year.

If you have been recycling already,  I would love to read some of your ideas for eco friendly crafts too.

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Tutorial -How to upcycle wooden puzzle blocks?

What do you do when some of your puzzle blocks are missing ?

What do I do ?

Why ofcourse, I upcycle them. But naturally  .. Problem solved !

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My oldest son is extremely fond of solving puzzles. However with 2 younger brothers around him who enjoy tossing puzzles pieces more than joining them together .. the older one has had it difficult and puzzle blocks go missing. 😦

Inspite of being incomplete, I kept them packed away for the longest time, until recently, when I decided to give them a makeover. (Its just NOT in my nature, to toss them out 🙂 )

So here is a simple pictorial of the transformation.

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I gently, wiped these blocks with a slightly damp rag.puzzle block makeover 3

Then applied two coats of indigo acrylic, on all sides of the blocks.

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When the diecut machine is in progress, I like to cut a bunch of flowers, which i store in egg trays like this :upcycle egg tray to organizer

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I destressed the edges of the diecuts and stamped the letters which spelt FAMILY on one side and BE MINE on the other side.

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This how they look after adhering them on one side :- reversible blocks signreversible blocks diyreversible block repurpose

While one side has the letters which forms FAMILY, the other has letters which stand for BE MINE

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Inorder to make these beautiful blocks more durable – I gave them a single coat of modge podge.valentine decorvalentine blocks giftdoodle buddies upcyclebe mine blocksupcycle craft project2

So how do you like it ?

Isn’t it really easy ?

I continue to share projects that can inspire my friends and readers with ways to reuse/recycle/repurpose/upcycle household items.

Every decision starts with a very small but firm, first step. I hope you embrace the idea of recycling or repurposing this year.

If you have been recycling already,  I would love to read some of your ideas for eco friendly crafts too.

I am sharing this simple project with my blog buddies  here .

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Tutorial – Earphone/Penny Purse in 5 minutes !

Honestly, this has got to be the easiest project I have done in years !!

This is an incredibly easy re-purpose project and requires ONLY TWO materials.

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Actually I am using these to store my earphones. Those tiny things are everywhere but where they should be ! Now they finally have a safe place while travelling.

Very easy steps and you can use ANY toiletry tube available,  to make this earphone /penny purse.

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So there you have it. Just a small piece of velco and a cosmetic tube (face wash gel are best for this purpose.) are all you need.

I continue to share projects that can inspire my friends and readers with ways to reuse/recycle/repurpose/upcycle household items.

In this world of mass produced goods,  it wont be long before, continents are filled to their brim with trash. Any attempt at reducing the weight on the landfills is always welcome.

What was the last item you repurposed ?  I would love to find out some of your ideas for eco friendly crafts.

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Tutorial – Tray Makeover with Decoupage

This makeover was easy and fun – just the kinda projects, I enjoy.

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Decoupage is a very forgiving form of art. Alot of errors can be overlooked and ‘hidden’.

There’s something so soothing about shabby chic hence I’ve used pastel peach color. (Just cannot stand the wood color – but did not want to dump the tray either.)

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Started with sanding the tray gently, followed by the first coat of gesso.

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This is the first coat of white gesso.
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completing the first coat of gesso.
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Second coat of gesso followed by a single coat of pastel peach color.
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Loving the shabby chic look already !
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I cannot emphasis how crucial, drying period is between coats.
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i gave the tray a singe coat of modge podge.  Then I cut out some textured rice paper from #Creativa and genty spread it in the center of the tray. A few smaller flowers were stuck on the sides as well.  Remember to remove the air bubbles. I finished it off with another coat of modge podge and Voila !!

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I love makeovers ! Lending a new lease of life to an old piece of furniture, utensil etc is such a delight.

Have you tried decoupage ? Believe me, its just a fancy french name for a very simple and fun craft.  Do, give it a go !

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Ikea Pigeon Hole Organizer Makeover Tutorial

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I love the Ikea pigeon hole organizer.  Not necessary for functionality but I just love the look of tiny pockets ! This pigeon hole organizer  has been in the family for a couple of years.

Buddy would keep his hot wheels cars in them.  Eventually He outgrew the toys and I was only too happy to be the next recipient. Ofcourse, by now, you already know, that few things get dumped in our home, until and unless the cats chew on them or pee on them !!!

A little tender, love and makeover is all it kept screaming out to me for ~ until finally I decided to decoupage it.

Decoupage sounds like a very fancy French word but in reality, it just means to stick objects with paper cut outs. So don’t let the French term, intimidate you 🙂

The surface needs to be cleaned and sanded well. A layer of modge podge or any such medium can be applied. Then you can cut out pieces of tissue or paper and stick it on carefully. Make sure to get any air bubbles out.  When your certain, that its dried, apply another coat of modge podge to seal it. This is the tutorial in a nut shell.

Here’s the pictorial 🙂

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Hideous, isn’t it ??? Whats the connection between little boys and the skull face with two cross bones, still remains a mystery to me !!

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Ugly paint sticking out from our previous wall paint on its edges.

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First, I gathered design paper, in various patterns and colors and decided how the collage should be placed. This project is excellent at getting rid of good by small scraps of paper !

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Took measurements and decided which cutouts would contrast with which patterns. Then came my drawer of amazing edge punches ! Oh how I love Martha stewart 🙂 ok ok Fiskars, I love you too 🙂

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One after the other, I distressed the edges and kept covering them all with modge podge. (I am quite the distress-addict 🙂

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For the top, side and bottom, I painted some off-white synthetic paint. Two coats got me the results I wanted.

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Finally, I coated one layer of modge podge on the pigeon holes.              AND ………………………………………….. VOILA !!!!!!!!

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Talking of decoupage, If your looking for decoupage supplies in Dubai. I am happy to recommend the decoupage specialist, Creativa Middle East. Located at Times Square, they have a huge array of art and decoupage supplies. Definitely the go-to place for Decoupage.

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Altered Owl Frame

Hello ladies. I am delighted to have had received such huge appreciation for both the door hanger as well as the shoebox. So glad you guys liked it. This is the third and last one in the Altered series. It is a lovely frame that I picked up in one of the garage sales and it had been resting in between that heap of cardboards and “To be worked on projects” So finally it was selected and boy, did I enjoy dressing it up ! The frame, itself, is sturdy wood and the linings on it are priceless. I did not want to paint it, lest it looses its country charm. So I just embellished it really. Whats even great, is that If I get fed up of the look, I just have to put in another picture inside leaving the ribbon, tag and the flowers as it is, or I could just have it removed becoz I have not hot glued it !! Easy beeezy 🙂

I hav’nt decided whom, I’m going to give this frame to, maybe mom, sister, one of my cousin sisters, a she collegue, one of my girl friends, not decided but its gotta be someone special ofcourse !!

A few pointers about the frame creation.

  • All the images are digi stamps which are the sentiment, the owl, and the heart.
  • The tree shows as a silhouette image  so that it does not reflect as continuity with the frame color.
  • A few metal brads like the 3 stars and the “LOVE” charms on the dry embossed tag.
  •  A cord, a cream ribbon and a large shiffon ribbon tied in a bow.
  • One of the flowers is handmade while the other one is punched. Both adorned with buttons.

I do hope you guys like this one too.

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Following are some of the challenges this frame will enter :

 

  • Bunny Zoe’s Crafts (2nd MON) – Spring – flowers Everywhere!
  • Craft Your Passion – Girly
  • Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight Challenge (2W) – Silhouettes
  • Crazy Challenge (2E) – Here comes spring
  • Critter Sketch – use a sentiment
  • Cupcake Craft – anything but square 
  • Die Cut Dreams (2W) – Spring garden scene
  • Incy Wincy Designs – spring is in the air
  • House of Gilli (2W, SIO) – Green
  • KB Cute monday – anything goes using a Digi
  • Lexi’s Creations (2W) – Flowers
  • Paper Playtime – Anything goes with a Digi
  • Pollycraft – Three circles
  • Scrap it with a Song – Lucky Star
  • Stamp Fairy – Anything but a card
  • Stamps R Us (2W, 2E) – For the Girls
  • Woodware USA (1E) – Anything goes
  • Cheerful Stamp Pad – Anything but a Card
  • Corrosive Challenges  (2E) – Distressing
  • Gingerloft (2W) – Furry friends
  • I Did It Creations – Punches or Dies
  • One Stitch At A Time – Card for Mom
  • Paper Sundaes (3E) –  How charming
  • Allsorts – Make your own Flowers
  • Crafty Calendar (M, 1E) – Love 
  • Crazy 4 Challenges (JFF) – Flowers
  • Gem Of A Challenge (2W) – 2nd week – Buttons, brads, beads, bows
  • Little Claire’s (M) Anything Goes
  • One Stop Craft – Spring Flowers
  • Shannon’s Sentiments – (SIO) Fussy Cutting
  • Crafty Catz – (1E) – create something for a friend
  • Digi’s With Attitude! – anything to do with cleaning
  • Fairy Knoll – (2E) – feeing a little green (use green)
  • Fussy and Fancy – (2W) – embossing and/or paper piecing
  • Fabulous Friday – use metal on your card, project, layout
  • Guylou’s Inimitability – (2W, SIO) – anything goes
  • Paper Cutz – Spring
  • Patties Creations – (2E, SIO) – make your own embellishment
  • Sew Many Cards – (SIO) – stars
  • Stamp Something – something with flowers
  • Tellen’s Place – (1E, SIO) – buttons
  • Wags ‘n Whiskers – (2W, SIO) – punches
  • Do You Stack Up? – (3E, SIO) -Anything Goes
  • Pals Paper Arts – CAS and scallops
  • Paper Crafting Journey – (2W, 1E) – anything goes
  • Paper Romance – (SIO) – Anything goes
  • Shelly’s Images – (SIO) – Ribbon
  • Some Odd Girl – (2W, SIO) –Handmade element or embellishment
  • Southern Girls – (2W, 1E) – Brads, gems or dewdrops
  • Stampin’ B’s – Use a flower
  •  4 Crafty Chicks -Inspirational Photo
  • Create with Connie & Mary – (2E) – Inspiration
  • Crafts and Me – (2W) – anything with wings, especially fairies & angels
  • Creative Cottage – (2W) – fabulous florals / lots of flowers
  • Forgotten Scraps – (2W, 1E, SIO) – Spring or flowers
  • Freshly Brewed – (5E, SIO) – ribbons and bows
  • Little Red Wagon – animals
  • Pixie Cottage –  cute
  • Phew !!! Now that thats done, I better get on with the linking part !! Cherio ladies. Thanks for visiting me today. And hope to see you again soon.

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    shoebox makeover !

    Hello Ladies, how have you been ? Hope your having a good weekend … me, well, we’ve already got into our week.

    This weekend, I was again bitten hard by the recyle bug, pulled out a couple of items from that large container, piled up with scores of items, waiting for a new look or a new dress, if you may.   I went back to trying out some altered art. A photo frame, a door hanger and a shoebox were dressed up with a fancy look.  It is such a joy when something, generally would find its place in the trash is actually given a new look and a new home. Such a gratifying feeling.

    This box will be container for a Mothers day gift with some accessories for her makeup dresser. I think “Mom” is going to be pleased. 

    Just a quick somethings about the recipe :

    • The flowers are first time tried out and made using punches.
    • The paper in the tags are handmade.
    • The butterflies are all paper pieced.
    • The lace is cut out by border punch.
    • The second base of the tags is a label tag from one of my son’s jeans !
    • The sky blue paper around the box on the width is fabric paper.

    Trust you will appreciate it.  🙂 !! Oh I have still not completly posted everything from the last “techniques and folds series” still 3 more to post 😦  ~~~ TIME !!! When do I get enough time ??? But thats the story of every mother these days, isnt it ?

    Alright so here’s the shoe box that I altered.

     

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  • Allsorts – Make your own Flowers
  • Crafty Emma – Flowers and Flutterbys
  • Crazy 4 Challenges (JFF) – Flowers
  • Gem Of A Challenge (2W) – 2nd week – Buttons,  bows.
  • One Stop Craft – Spring Flowers
  • Shannon’s Sentiments – (SIO) Fussy Cutting
  • Digi’s With Attitude! – I wish I was with my mum right now.
  • Fussy and Fancy – (2W) – embossing and/or paper piecing
  • Guylou’s Inimitability – (2W, SIO) – anything goes
  • Res-Q-Challenge – boxes – use squares &/or rectangles
  • Simply Create – (2W) – bold & bright
  • Stamp Something – something with flowers
  • Tellen’s Place – (1E, SIO) – buttons
  • Totally Papercrafts – paper piecing
  • Wags ‘n Whiskers – (2W, SIO) – punches
  • Delightful Challenges -Use Your Scraps
  • Do You Stack Up? – (3E, SIO) -Anything Goes
  • Guylou’s Inimitability – (2W, SIO) -anything goes
  • Paper Romance – (SIO) – Anything goes
  • Shelly’s Images – (SIO) – Ribbon
  • Some Odd Girl – (2W, SIO) –Handmade element or embellishment
  • Your Next Stamp Challenge – (2W, 1E, SIO) – paper piecing
  • Crafty Creations –  in the bottom of my garden lives butterflies.
  • Desert Island Crafters Challenge: USE 3 ITEms: Buttons, border punch, sparkle.
  • Oldie But Goodie Challenge (2W, no digis) – Spring is in the Air
  • Partytime Tuesdays – Anything Goes
  • Try It On Tuesday  – Alter A Shoe Box
  • Bunny Zoe’s Crafts (2nd MON) – Spring – flowers Everywhere!
  • Lexi’s Creations (2W) – Flowers
  • Pink Elephant (2W) – Buttons, lace and ribbon
  • Cheerful Stamp Pad – Anything but a Card
  • I Did It Creations – Anything Goes
  • I’m so glad you stopped by.  Your comments give me alot of encouragement so please do leave a line. And to all those lovely DT members  of the challenges, I enter, who so sweetly hop over and leave some love behind for me,  I so appreciate each one of your comments. I am so glad, I am getting to know some of you, personally.