Etched Savings Jar

Whenever I find coins in the laundry, or on the table, I had them to the nearest child to put in their piggy bank. Which isn’t always equitable, but it solves the problem of having random coins lying around. When I was a child, my mom had a piggy bank on the kitchen counter for random coins, as well as money from recycling or garage sales, or other random small-time money makers. We’d save up the money until we had enough to get something fun, like the ping pong table. It is surprising how coins and bills can add up so quickly!

This week is Craft Lighting Week, and together with my co-host Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, and our guest host Carissa from Creative Green Living, we’re sharing fast and fun crafts made with recycled items. I whipped up this etched savings jar in less than 15 minutes from a large lemonade bottle. It was so easy to do… let me show you how! And scroll down to the bottom of the post to see the fun ideas from my co-hosts and the bloggers that are joining in on this fun series!

Etched Savings Jar

To make the jar you’ll need:
Large jar
Vinyl
Vinyl Transfer paper
Cutting Machine
Etching Cream
Rubbing Alcohol

supplies for etched jar

Start by peeling the labels off your jar. Use rubbing alcohol to remove any residue or ink from the glass.

Cut the design into the vinyl with the cutting machine. I chose “Fun Fund” for mine. Remove the letters from the vinyl to create the stencil.

remove letters

Place transfer paper on top of the stencil, and remove the backing.

secure transfer paper

After you’ve carefully removed the backing paper, secure the vinyl to the side of the jar.

put vinyl on jar

Carefully remove the transfer paper, leaving the vinyl behind.

peel away paper

Spread on the etching cream according to the package instructions. Mine only needs to sit for one minute, then is washed away.

add etching cream

Once you’ve washed away the etching cream, peel away the stencil. Dry, and your jar is done!

finished jar

Check out these other great recycled crafts:

Jen at Insiteful Living made this fun Altered Teen Clock.

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This Scentsy Warmer turned planting pot was made by Kimbo at A Girl and a Glue Gun.

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This upcycled pen storage was whipped up by Jen Goode at 100 Directions.

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Over at Happy Go Lucky, Kara created this fun gift idea.

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Erin shows us that even coffee sleeves can find a new life… as in this coffee sleeve bracelet she’s sharing over at My Very Educated Mother.

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Ashley at My Craftily Ever After made some cute vase decor.

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Danielle at My Craftily Ever After made these paper plate Easter baskets.

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Cori at Hey Let’s Make Stuff made a glam ice bucket from an old paint can.

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Faux Gemstone Necklace

These faux gemstone necklaces are super simple to make! I had the idea to use toilet paper rolls for molds as I was playing with the new Mod Melter. The necklaces turned out just as I had hoped – and can be made with just 15 minutes of hands-on time!

I made this faux gemstone necklace as part of the Craft Lightning series. Each day this week, my co-hosts and I are sharing a 15 minute or less craft project with a recycled component, as well as sharing quick, easy, and cute craft projects from some of our crafty friends online. With the recycled theme we have going this week, of course I had to use toilet paper rolls in one of my projects… and this is it!

Faux Gemstone Necklace

You’ll need:
Toilet Paper Tube
Paper Straw
Scissors
Colored Mod Melts and Mod Melter
Mod Melts Mold (turned upside down)
Jar or container with water
Scrubby Sponge
Ribbon

faux gemstone supplies

Cut a 1″ slice from the toilet paper tube. Pinch one side to make it teardrop shaped. Place on the back of the Mod Melts mold. Cut a 2″ piece of straw, place near the top. Don’t touch the tube with the straw, though.

glue into the toilet paper roll mold

Make sure your Mod Melter is HOT before you start adding the glue. The hotter the Mod Melter is, the smoother the surface of your faux gemstone will be.

glue straw in place

Fill the whole mold with the colored Mod Melts. You want two colors to mix. You can do this by either inserting only 1/2 a length of each color instead of the full stick. If the color hasn’t changed yet and your mold is more than half full, squeeze the excess to one side until you notice the color change.

fill with glue

Allow to cool. Put in water overnight.

soak the gemstones

Peel away the excess toilet tube cardboard, and pull out the paper straws. Use a scrubby sponge on the sides to help remove any leftover paper fibers from the toilet tube.

scrub away tube

removed tube

Use scissors to cut off any uneven edges.

trim away excess

gemstone complete

Cut a length of ribbon, fold in half, thread the ends through the hole.

pull ribbon through

Put the ends through the loop, and pull tight. Add an overhand knot to secure the ends.

loop ribbon

Your faux gemstone is complete – you won’t believe that something so cute is so easy to make!

finished faux gemstone necklace

Check out these other fun recycled craft projects!

Lisa from Mabey she Made it used springform pans to create mirrors.

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Make a Marquee Light from Recycled materials with Jessica from Mad In Crafts.

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This upcycled Jewelry that Heidi from Happiness is Homemade whipped up is super cute!

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Jars and a crate were the starting piece for this decor piece by Frugelegance.

 

Jennifer at Hydrangea Hippo used an old cell phone box to make a jewelry box.

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These adorable jewelry holders were whipped up by Tracy at Scrappy Chick 101.

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Old Jeans find new life in this decorative hoop made by Albion Gould.

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Carla Schauer made some adorable upcycled lacing cards.

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Carissa from Creative Green Living, the guest host for this series, made these adorable ladybugs from egg cartons.

How to make ladybugs from recycled egg cartons - fun kid craft for a rainy day!

And my co-host, Angie from The Country Chic Cottage made these cute herb planters.

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Bottle Turned Bud Vase

When you have a pretty flower you want to pop into a vase, you don’t need to dig into the big cabinet above the fridge, you can grab a bottle from the recycling bin to put your flower in! If you want to jazz up your recycled bud vase, you can add a few Swarovski Crystals to make it special.

This project is part of craft lightning week, this week my co-host Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and our guest host Carissa from Creative Green Living are sharing fast 15-minute-or-less crafts made from recycled and upcycled materials! Check out the bottom of this post for their ideas and those of other awesome craft bloggers!

Bottle Turned Bud Vase

Supplies:
Bottle
Swarovski flat-backed crystals
Super glue
Rubbing alchohol
Crystal setter (optional but makes life easier)

supplies for bottle

Peel off the label and clean the surface of your bottle with rubbing alcohol. You want to make sure all the adhesive residue is gone, as well as dirt and fingerprints.

Use a dot of glue to hold each stone in place. If you have a stylus to set the crystals, it makes things easier. I used the Krystal Katana – it has a wax tip that easily picks up and places the stones.

place stones

Make your shape – I went with a heart, but you could make another shape if you like. Nudge the crystals in place before the glue dries.

heart shape

Put it on its side to dry.

allow to dry

Your bud vase will be good to go as soon as the glue is dry… now to pick some spring flowers!

Check out these other fun and fast crafts you can make using items out of your recycle bin!

Kadie at 7 Alive made these picture frames from yarsticks that might otherwise gone out with the trash.

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These toadstools made from leftover plastic easter egg pieces were whipped up by Melanie at Artzy Creations.

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Over at Illistyle, April shows you how she took old craft projects to make them new again with this fun Easter Wreath.

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This Easter Vase idea was whipped up by Michelle at Weekend Craft.

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Lightbulbs get new life in this DIY by Jessi at Practically Functional.

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You can enjoy the cookie bozes long after the cookies are gone with these cute Girl Scout Cookie Box Bookmarks that Randi from Sowdering About made.

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See how these cute bottlecap magnets were made by Kelly at Simply Kelly Designs.

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Paula at Frog Prince Paperie dug deep into her recycle bin to make this fun puppy fire hydrant as party decor.

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Our Guest Host for the series, Carissa from Creative Green Living made this clothespin plant marker:

How to make plant markers from clothespins

And my co-hose for this series, Angie from The Country Chic Cottage made this cute upcycled map tray.

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Upcycled Shirt Wreath

All week long, I’m going to share fun recycled crafts. Like this Upcycled Shirt Wreath. Recently, we moved out of state. My son left the charter school he was going to, meaning we had lots of uniform shirts he’d no longer be wearing. Most of them were fine to give away, but one had some holes in it. Instead of throwing it away, I decided to turn it into a bow for a wreath. While my son was in school, I would often help out with bulletin boards and door decorations. Since we were leaving, I thought it would be fun to give his teacher a wreath to decorate her door.

This week of recycled crafts is another fun Craft Lightning Week. Each day I’ll share a recycled craft that can be made in 15 minutes or less, and along with my Co-host Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, and our Guest Host Carissa from Creative Green Living, we’ll share lots of other fast and fun recycled projects from other crafty bloggers – make sure to scroll to the bottom of the post to check out all their ideas.

Upcycled Shirt Wreath

To make a wreath of your own, you’ll need:

Grapevine Wreath
Shirt
Metal Lid
Scissors
Rotary Cutter & Ruler (optional)
Hot Glue

supplies for school shirt wreath

Cut out the embroidered crest on the shirt. Make sure to leave enough margin to be able to glue the edges of the shirt to the back of the lid.

glue crest to back

Glue the crest in place.

finished bow center

Cut strips out of the shirt.

cut strips

Cut the strips to make 4 loops, and two tails.

cut shirt into strips

Glue the raw edges of the loops.

glue strips into loops

Pleat the glued together raw edges, glue down the pleats.

pleat bow

Notch the bottom of each of the bottom strips for the bow. Pleat just like the loops.

bottom of the bow

Glue the bow in place on the wreath, and you’re all done!

fiished school crest wreath

This wreath makes a great gift for a teacher at the end of the year! Oh… and check out these other great (and fast) recycled craft ideas:

 

Laura Kelly used old magazines to turn plain composition books into fun journals.

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Laura from Pet Scribbles made upscale looking vases from lotion bottles:

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Over at Tried & True, Vanessa made a bird feeder out of a thrift store find:

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If you’ve ever crafted with old jeans, you probably had the thick seams left over… 4 You With Love shows you that even denim inseams can have a new life… as a key fob.

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Carisa at Messes to Memories shows how an old juice bottle becomes the perfect child-sized watering can.

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I would never have thought that dryer sheets could have a second life, but Brooke at Artistic Endeavors showed me how dryer sheets become adorable Angels.

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Carissa from Creative Green Living, our crafty guest host for this series plants a tree in an upcycled can – perfect for gift giving.

Awesome gift idea - make a cute planter with a recycled can, some burlap and baker's twine. Great teacher appriciation or hostess gift idea

And my Craft Lightning Co-host, Angie from the Country Chic Cottage, made this adorable Easter Decor from old pickle jars:

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Be sure to come back all week long for more upcycled and recycled crafting ideas!

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Mod Melts Charm Bracelet

This charm bracelet is super simple and inexpensive to make… and you can customize it with whatever charms you like, using different Mod Melts molds. I used a mold with flowers… but there are lots of design choices for you to make your own charm bracelet.

Mod Melts Charm Bracelet

Plaid sent me the new Mod Melter, their Mod Melts, and some molds to play with. I’ve used their Mod Melts before, to make my Mod Melts Paperclips and Mod Melts Butterfly Decor. Once you make the melts, you can paint them, as I did in both of those projects… but for this project, I used the colored Mod Melts.

If you want to make your own Mod Melts Charm Bracelet, you’ll need Mod Melts Molds, colored Mod Melts, Mod Melter (or a glue gun), scissors, jump rings, jewelry pliers, chain, and a clasp.

mod melts supplies

You don’t need a Mod Melter to use the Mod Melts and mold, but if you’re looking for an excuse to buy a shiny new tool, here you go! The Mod Melter is a glue gun with some serious bells and whistles. And not just because of the Mod Podge inspired orange and pink color scheme. It has a 6 foot cord (great for my new house where there are only 3 outlets in the craft room… none of which are conveniently located), a trigger that you squeeze with your hand instead of just your trigger finger, and my favorite feature of all – an on-off switch with an indicator light. This is absolute genius! I have burned-out glue guns by forgetting to unplug them for an entire weekend. Yikes! I’m loving the switch on the Mod Melter.

squeeze trigger

 

light on the mod melter

Go ahead and add it to your must have list. I’ll wait.

Now that we’re done drooling over new toys… let’s get started on making the Mod Melts charm bracelet, shall we?

Heat up your Mod Melter, insert a stick of colored Mod Melts, and start filling the cavities. If you want to switch through lots of colors, cut the colored Mod Melts sticks in half (or even in thirds). You’ll find the colors blend a little as the melts change from one color to the next, but I love the swirly effect that gives. I also liked using a dollop of one color for the center of a flower, then coming back with another color to fill in the petals.

make charms

After each cavity is filled, insert a jump ring, then add a little more Mod Melt to secure it in place. Let the charms cool.

allow charms to cool.

Once the Mod Melts are cool, just bend the flexible silicone mold to pop them out.

unmolded charms

If your edges aren’t perfect, just trim off the excess with scissors.

trim edges

Cut a length of chain for your bracelet. Add the jewelry clasp. Use more jump rings to attach the charms.

attach charms with jump rings

It is that easy!

attach all the charms

Make more for friends!

finished charm bracelet

Simple Mod Melts Charm Bracelet

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Valentine Birdhouse

This fun little birdhouse is so simple to decorate for Valentine’s day! Add a little decor, or give to a “tweet” someone in your life with a note tucked inside.

DIY Valentine Birdhouse

You’ll need:
Wooden birdhouse
Pink Paint
Paintbrush
DecoArt Glass Paint pens

use glass paint pens

Start by painting the birdhouse, then letting it dry. One coat is perfect with the Americana Multi-Surface paints.

paint birdhouse

Grab your glass paint pens, and start doodling. I know the pens are designed for painting on glass, and they work great on glass… but I use them on all surfaces, because they work so well!

doodle with paint pens

Add hearts, swirls, whatever you like, to make a fun and sweet design!

Valentine Birdhouse

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Mint to Be Valentine Printable

Looking for a simple printable valentine for one person, or an entire class? This “Mint to Be” Valentine is easy to print up, and you can use any mints you like! I used breath mints, but any leftover holiday mints would work great as well (this would look super cute with pinwheel mints)!

Free Printable Mint to Be Valentines

You’ll need:
Mint to be Printable
Mints
Paper Cutter or Scissors
Bag
Stapler

Start by printing the Mint to Be Printable.

Valentine we're MINT to be

Cut them out.

print valentines

Fold in half.

fold mint to be valentine

Staple to tops of bags.

mint to be valentines

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Free Printable Glue Stick Valentine

I love non candy valentines for classes, especially when you can make them inexpensively… and use a craft supply or school supply! These glue stick valentines are super simple to make, and kids will love them almost as much as candy valentines… though these are sure to last longer! If you want another fun non-candy valentine, check out my Crayon Valentine Printable.

Free Printable Glue Stick Valentine

You’ll need:
Free Printable Glue Stick Valentine
Glue Sticks
Hot Glue or Double-Sided Tape
Paper Cutter or Scissors

glue stick valentine supplies

Start by printing the Glue Stick Valentine Sheet.

Lets Stick Together Valentine Cut them apart.

trim printables

Use a small dab of hot glue, or double-stick tape to secure the glue stick to the valentine.

Glue stick valentine

Sign each valentine, and your Glue Stick Valentines are ready for passing out to the class!

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Free Printable Crayon Valentine

Looking for a simple classroom valentine? For the price of a big box of crayons (or a couple smaller boxes from the dollar store), you can make these simple no-candy classroom valentines!

Free Printable Crayon Valentines

You’ll need:
Crayon Valentine Printable
Paper Cutter (or scissors)
Craft Knife
Crayons

supplies for crayon valentines

Start by printing the printable.

Valentine you color my world

Cut out your crayon valentines.

trim valentines

Cut an X on the circles with a craft knife.

cut into circles

Sign each valentine, then insert one crayon into each.

crayon valentines

Your Valentines are done!

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Super Simple Fairy Wand

Looking for easy fairy wands or princess wands for a birthday party, playdate, or just an afternoon at home? These fairy wands are super simple to make, thanks to the fun pom-pom at the end from Little B! They’re also sturdy enough to hold up to countless spells… no matter how long it takes to turn a little brother into a frog!

10 Minute Fairy Princess Wand

You need the Little B pull flowers, a dowel, scissors, ribbon, and hot glue. I show you how easy these are to make in the video below:

 

 

Your kids will love helping pull the flowers together – it is so easy to do! If you’re not up for watching the quick video, here is how you make your own fairy princess wand:

1. Gather your supplies – ribbon, scissors, dowel, hot glue, Little B pull-string flowers.

2. Cut a length of the flower, and pull the ribbon. The more you cut, the more full your flower will be. Tie the ends.
3.  Cut about 2 yards of ribbon, and fold in half. Fold in half again, and tie an overhand knot. Glue the knot to the top of the dowel, and the flower to the top of the knot, to cover it.

4. Cut the loop at the end of the ribbon, and spiral around the dowel. Glue the bottom in place.  Trim the other ribbon ends.

simple fairy princess wand

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