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Frame from recycled cardboard ~ Tutorial

Hi Friends ,

A lot of times, we rush out to the nearest stores in search of craft items we wish to use in a project. In some cases, it is a must, however in other cases, we can try and improvise with what we have at hand. Today, I am sharing with you how to make a frame out of a regular double layer corrugated cardboard. Ofcourse, I’m sure, there are others who may have thought this one out as well.

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I made this nearly 6 months back for my youngest sons’ room ~ He is an outgoing boy and his room has quite a dash of bright colors, hence I kept the tone very bright and cheerful colors. Since almost all my projects carry a load of recycled materials and also since I am such a firm believer in “waste not” ~ I have decided to leave a list at the end of my post stating the items which were recycled. Materials required :

  • Double layered corrugated cardboard
  • Hot glue gun / White wood glue
  • Blade or xcto blade
  • Cardstock to cover the frame
  • Embellishments include your choice of beads, buttons, cola caps, ribbons etc
  • If you like, you could distress the edges too with some distress ink.

Recycled :- Bottle cap,  patches of scrapbooking paper, buttons, cardboard !

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Roughly cut a square within the large square piece of cardboard with an sharp blade. Cutting a cardboard may seem relatively easy but you have to be very careful with the pressure and intensity with which you cut with one hand and the position of  the other hand.

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Settle the cardboard on a large sheet of cardstock ~ I have used a handmade paper due to its strength and durability.

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Mark the center ( roughly) in the square ~ as already marked above and cut out four triangles.

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Snip off the end of the triangles if its too long. Glue the ends on the backside of the frame. Cut off the corners of the other end of the paper and glue it backwards. The regular white glue or a hot glue gun can be used here.

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Once the papers are all glued the board ~ your frame is ready. After this, its really a matter of dressing up the frame for the party.

I’ve embellished the frame with a couple of pinwheels, the initial of my sons’  name, a bunting using scraps and a paper rosette. This project, totally uses up all your scrap and recycled materials ! Voila ! BeFunky_DSCF2127.jpg I could have given the frame a backing, but I preferred to let it remain empty so that the color from the background would let the shades on the bunting, pop even more.

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Notice how the same frame shows up differently in 3 different backgrounds !  Mr E was super excieted to have something “MADE” all for himself. Being the youngest, he is quite accustomed to getting the hand-me-downs 🙂   Although, I did not finish it off with a matt modge podge, I am happy to report that its been over 6 months and all the embellishments look neat and tidy. So there you have it ! I am linking this post to the following parties :-

I’m curious, are all crafters like me, well how about the ones who visit me ?

  1. Do you like to recycle ?  Yes / No
  2. How often do you try to improvise rather than buy brand new stuff ?  Always / Never / sometimes
  3. Do you feel a sense of achievement when you have made something from complete waste ?  Yes / No
  4. Do you feel, sometimes you have gone overboard with collecting stuff to recycle ? Yes / No

For me that’s a ~ YES, ALWAYS, YES, YES  !!! So if you have a similar reply, you just won yourself a twin on the other side of the world !! Thank you for visiting me.   I would love to hear how you liked this ridiculously inexpensive frame ! Have a beautiful day and drive safely please ! 329847D06DC776810690945E262E8BDA

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Metal Wire Rack~ Before & After.

A couple of months back, I found this rusty blue metal wire rack on four wheels dumped around the bin. Needless to say, I wasnt just going to let it sit there. C’mom people. It was just calling out my name ~ well, sorta !!   It just needed a home much like the gazillion other things have found a home in MY home.

So inspite of the initial annoyance and resistence I got from Samie, becoz I already have 4 different types of large wheely display racks, we finally found a place for this rack in the courtyard, where it had been resting right up to the time the prepartion for the craft show began, and I decided we needed to give it a new lease of life. A little paint goes a very long way. Here’s the proof.

Arent you excieted to see how it turned out finally !! I know I am.

I am entering this gorgeous rack in the following links :

Thursday
Chic & Crafty                 House of Hepworths          Fireflies and Jellybeans         Fun to Craft
Somewhat Simple         Tales from Bloggeritaville     A Crafty Soiree             Just a Girl
A Little Knick Knack              Tickled Pink                 You Create                  20 Below
Time Travel Thursday          Making it With Allie        Catch A Glimpse
Friday
ffa Fridays~Sassy Sites          Friday Flair~WhipperBerry          Pity Party~30 Handmade Days 
Freckled Laundry                 Naptime Crafters              Feature Yourself Friday    Remodelaholic Anonymous
Favorite Things Friday            Frugal Friday               Friday fun Finds                 Fun to Craft
Bubbly Nature Creations           Tidy Mom             Catch As Catch Can                Flaunt it Friday
Friday Furniture Feature          Knock Off Party~     Creative Girls                      Inspiration Friday 
Feathered Nest Friday           Vintage Inspired Friday    Home Sweet Home    Designer Garden VIP Party  
Simple Home Life                Truly Lovely               Fun for Kids Fridays               The After Party 
Saturday
Whatcha Got Weekend~LollyJane   Saturday Nite Special      Check Me out Saturdays    Weekend Wrap Up Party
Show and Tell Saturday     Craft Envy     Lovely Crafty Weekends 
Sunday
Sundae Scoop    The DIY Show Off   Think Pink Sundays 
MONDAY
Dittle Dazzle            The DIY Home Sweet Home         It’s so Very Cheri            Me Making Do 
Making the World Cuter      Skip to my Lou                 Be ColorFul                    Craft-O-Maniac
Marketplace Monday       Motivate Me Monday           Polly Want a Crafter    Making Monday Marvelous  
Inspire Me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds        Chocolate, Drool and Kisses    Make it for Less Monday’s
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Teddy Love ~ Wall hanging.

Hello Ladies. And how have we been today? Well, I think by now, most regions of the world have gotten a glimpse of spring already, isnt it ? Well, going by how and whats going on with the world climate these days, just enjoy the Spring as best. Picnics, bbqs and lots of outdoorish stuff. In this part of the world, we are dreading summer which is already knocking on our doors.

Anyways, enough of the weather report !! So gladly, this will be the last project of the Trash to Wall hanging series for this month. This little wall hanging was made with a distressed young friend in mind.  Very simple message about sharing some affection and assurance to someone. The little lad with the teddy is a digi stamp, while there is a fabric teddy also, paper pieced next to the swing. 3 pretty green flowers with 3 brads, and 3 polka dotted ribbons embellish the project. The base is pale pink DP, embossed with tiny flowers. The sentiment is also digi stamp.

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And now, lets see, where this little plaque or wallhanging is going to compete in :

  • Crafts and Me – anything goes
  • Creative Card Crew – for a child
  • For Fun Challenges – 3E, C10 – flowers plus sentiment
  • Freshly Brewed – 5E, SIO – 2 or more embellishments
  • Paper PrettiesSIO -Spring
  • Crafty Creations –  in stitches (the teddy and the balloon)
  • Scrapbook Sisters – anything goes
  • Colour Create2W, 1E –  Pastels
  • Crafty Purple Frog – 2W, SIO – 2nd W -Green 
  • Delightful Challenges1E, SIO – Pastels and Ribbons 
  • Do You Stack Up? – 3E, SIO – Sparkles and bling bling 
  • Little Miss Muffet Challenges – 2W, 1E, SIO – 2nd W -Brads, Gems or Pearls 
  • Meljens DesignsSIO – Punches
  • Paper Crafting Journey2W, 1E – 2nd W – Use a Digi – Optional Up In The Air Theme 
  • Paper Play2E –  Distressing
  • The Rubber Cafe – SIO – Embossing
  • Southern Girls2W, 1E – Add An Animal
  • Stamp InsanitySIO – Punch It Out
  • Alphabet Challenge – 1E, JFF – “U” is for anything that goes Up in the air (balloon in teddy’s hands)
  • Cardmadfairy’s Digi Days Challenge – 2W, 2E, SIO, must use a digi – back to nature
  • Card Makin’ Mamas – 2W, 2E – animals
  • Delicious Doodles3E, SIO – floral fantasy/loads of flowers
  • Fabulous Friday – reuse or repurpose things you already have around the house
  • Fairy Fun Fridays – 2W, SIO – Spring-themed
  • Fairy Knoll – 2E, SIO – happy!
  • Fairy Tale2W, 2E – green & pink
  • Guylou’s Inimitability – 2W, 1E, SIO – dots
  • Mami Doodles – 2W, SIO, JFF – celebrate Spring
  • Phindy’s Place3E, SIO – all about animals
  • Sew Many Cards – SIO – Spring fling
  • Simply Create – 2W – do it yourself
  • Stamp Something – something Spring
  • Stampin With The Dragon 2W – bring on Spring
  • Tellen’s Place – 1E, SIO – texture
  • Totally Papercrafts – cuddly & cute
  • Wags ‘n Whiskers2W, SIO – Spring
  • A Gem of a Challenge2W – 2nd W -Anything But Square 
  • Crafty Calendar – M, 1E – Love 
  • Crafty Emma – Die Cut Crazy
  • Little Claire’s  – 2W, 3E, SIO – 2nd W – Pink & Green
  • Our Daily Bread Designs – 1E, SIO – Frame It 
  • Wee memories –  Anything Goes 
  • Crazy Challenge2E – Sweet Teens
  • Creative Craft Friends2W – Spring
  • Make it Monday – Anything goes
  • Ooh La La Creations2W, SIO – Mother’s Day/Special Friend
  • Paper Playtime2W – Anything Goes
  • Stamp with Fun – Spring
  • Stamps R Us2W, 2E – Spring
  • Creative Inspirations Paint1E – Flowers
  • Pile It On – Cute
  • Sparkles Forum 2W – Springtime
  • Stampin’ Sisters in Christ – Paper Piecing
  • Clear It Out! – 2W – Flowers, Flowers & more Flowers
  • Digital Tuesdayinclude a digital element –  For the Kids 
  • Everybody-Art-Challenge – Brown & Pink 
  • Top Tip Tuesday3E – Nature Inspired
  • Try It On Tuesday  – Alter it – Re-vamp a Frame
  • Thank you for visiting me. I hope you enjoyed my little creation and my little blog home. Please feel free to pop over again. Good bye 🙂

     

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    Disturbed Wall Hanging !

    Wacky title for a post, eh ? But dont worry, its still me and its still, yet another wall hanging from the Trash to Wallhanging series. Yes, there are many more coming up 🙂

    The sentiment is a funny and serious one at the same time, so I focused on the sentiment alone. I wanted to give it a male look thus I have not added any embellishments.  The DIGI stamp image is enhanced by the fabulous textures of both the handmade papers which are embossed. Have used a twine to tie up giving a very rough look.

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    These are the challenges this wall hanging enters.

  • Tuesday Throwdown – Anything But A Card 
  • Crafts and Me – anything goes
  • Scrapbook Sisters – anything goes
  • Creative Card Crew – no stamps
  • Sisterhood of Crafters2W, 3E – masculine
  • Stampavie and MoreJFF – masculine
  • Meljens DesignsSIO – Punches 
  • The Rubber Cafe – SIO – Embossing
  • Stamp InsanitySIO – Punch It Out
  • Fabulous Friday – reuse or repurpose things you already have around the house
  • Simply Create – 2W – do it yourself
  • Tellen’s Place – 1E, SIO – texture
  • Off the Wall Craftiness – 3E, SIO – picture/colour inspiration*
  • Pals Paper Arts – Embossing
  • The Rubber Cafe – SIO – Embossing
  • Crafty Purple Frog – 2W, SIO – 2nd W -Green 
  • Paper Play2E –  Distressing
  • Stampin’ B’sJFF – Masculine Card 
  • Stamp Man2W, 1E/craft type – anything Tim
  • A Gem of a Challenge2W – 2nd W -Anything But Square 
  • Our Daily Bread Designs – 1E, SIO – Frame It 
  • Wee memories –  Anything Goes 
  • Gingerloft2W – Die Cuts or Punches
  • Cards For Men2W, must be masculine – Embossing
  • Make it Monday – Anything goes
  • Paper Playtime2W – Anything Goes
  • The Outlawz Sentiment – favourite image, colour or sentiment
  • There She Goes – No markers to be used
  • Woodware USA2E – clean and simple
  • Craft Couture

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    Keeping It Simple

    Alrightio ladies. Thats all for today. I hope you liked what you saw and perhaps even got alittle inspiration from my petite creation. Do come back again. Till then. Goodbye.