Tag Archives: Upcycling

Stale Coffee + Melty Crayons

25 Jun

+ those teeny canning jars that jelly comes in and that are too small to reuse for anything useful =

COFFEE CANDLES! HOORAY! (btw- do I say ‘hooray’ too much, do you think?  hmmm…) Anyway.

I ground up my stale coffee, poured some in the bottom of a jar, & used it to stabilize the wick.

It's very scientific. I used about *that* much.

Then, because I am so crafty and full of awesome, I melted down some icky crayon bits I forgot to take out of my trunk during that heat spell we had a bit ago and poured them into the jar. I am so smart!

Some of the coffee grinds floated to the top. Groovy.

It's a green candle! (see what I did there?)

And… VOILA! A coffee scented candle! Hoor…uhm… I mean… Yeah, it was okay.

I had some stale coffee left, so I just put it into another one of the jars and hid it under the shoe rack by our front door.  It’s really nice to smell something other than feet when you get home. =)

How do you use up stale coffee?

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An Upcycling Hostess Gift

28 Apr

It’s just a hemp market bag with some pink wool doubled up for color. It’s what’s *inside* that’s the coolest!

Can you guess what it is?

It’s a bit of lamp oil, complete with tiny glass wick attachments to turn an old bottle into an oil lamp!

super groovy!

Here’s a cute little Sake bottle-turned-lamp.

I just love upcycling, especially when it involves giving people presents and drinking tiny bottles of Sake! =)

Kitteh + Plarn = Win?

19 Jan

I like to make Miss Nina’s collars… it’s a great way to use up scrap yarn.  They start off looking awesome, but after about a week they tend to look like this:

 

frayed edges hurt my soul.

Solution?  PLARN!  WOOO!  (If you want some plarn, check out my tutorial or visit my Etsy shop to order some pre-made!)

 

does plastic shred as easily as fiber?

oh noes! Nina just watched "The Ring!" Halp!

<whew> looks like she's fine now... she wants to show you something real quick, though... *tee hee*

Anyway, plarn is an awesome upcycling adventure…you should totally try it!  We’ll see how long it lasts before my beautiful little kitten destroys her new collar!  (Any bets?)

In other news, I just watched Nina drag a fork into her secret under-the-bed lair (How did she get a fork?  WHERE did she get a fork?  Has she learned to open drawers already?  Why the heck does my kitty-bitty want a fork?).  I probably should not let her play with a fork, but I’m secretly impressed that she somehow got one from the kitchen all the way to the guest room without me noticing, so I’m going to let it slide.  This time.  })i({

 

Free Pattern Friday: Plarn Scrubbie

24 Sep

Unless you, say, mentioned to your mom that you were going to do a post about plarn and she then gave you her entire plastic bag stash, you probably don’t have a zillion grocery bags laying around (because you already recycled them, obviously).  Possibly you just don’t want to commit to making eighty thousand yards of plastic yarn, which I totally get, since there are little strips of plastic covering my entire craft room floor right now.  Either way, here’s a quick little pattern for a dish scrubbie that you can easily make using only one grocery bag’s worth of plarn (I used those super thin produce bags for mine… I think 2 or 3 total).

Plarn Scrubbie

1: ch 6, sl st to form a loop

2: 14 dc into loop

3: dc-inc around (28)

4: *sc, trc*  (to give it a bit of texture)

5: *dc, dc-inc*

6: sc around & FO.

Mine ended up being about 4 inches across, but your size will vary depending on how thick your plarn is & what size hook you use.  Enjoy!  })i({