Saturday, May 20, 2017

DIY Recycled Newspaper Tubes Open Weave Bowl

It's always fun making projects out of newspapers .  .  . one of my favorite recycle material!   Almost everyone has some form of newspapers lying around and it's so easy and simple to create something decorative and unique!

Imagine rolling strips of newspaper into tubes and then, using an easy weave technique, make a lovely bowl or basket. How cool is that!  And you know you've probably tossed newspapers in the trash on a daily basis and chances are, once you make something, like I did, as seen here, here, here and here, you may never want to toss your papers again! OMG!

 Materials Needed: 
Skewer Stick
Tacky Glue (Fast Grab)
Paint - Primer

Begin by cutting a newspaper sheet into three strips

Place a skewer stick at a right angle on the corner of paper, as pictured.

Roll the tip over the skewer and continue rolling the paper with hands pressed down on the surface.

Continue rolling until you get close to the end point.  You might have to lift the paper to tighten the tube as you roll.  It takes practice to perfect your rolls.  Add a bit of glue to the tip corner and continue rolling to the end.
Now, turn on some music or tv and make lots of tubes, approximately 30 or more depending on the size of your bowl.

Next, glue together at middle of two tubes, one vertical and the other, horizontal. Clamp, til dry.

Glue two more tubes, on top, at center, criss-crossed and clamp together to dry.

Glue another tube (end) to center of tubes and let dry. This is your weaving tube.

Begin weaving tube under and over tube on right and then under left tube .  .  .

 and over and under left tube.  Continue over the next tube .  .  .
 and under and over each tube. You are actually wrapping each tube with the weaving tube, moving around to the next tube.

 Continue wrapping over, under and over, moving around .  .  .
 until you need to lengthen the weaving tube by adding glue to end of tube and inserting new tube into the short weaving tube end.
 Continue wrapping tube over, under, over each tube, moving around forming bowl.  You will need to use the palm of your hand to flatten down tubes as you wrap so the bowl won't be too narrow.
 Continue wrapping, gluing on additional tubes to weave, forming bowl .  .  . until vertical tubes are too short to wrap.
 Seal weaving tube with glue at a vertical tube and clamp. Then bend each vertical tube over to inside top and seal with glue and clamp til dry.
 Remove clamps and cut off excess tubes.

 See how pretty the bowl pattern is upside down! 

 For a great conversational piece, finish with a clear primer to show off the newspaper print or .  .  .

spray paint the finished bowl with a white primer or color of your choice.

Caution:  this can become very additive! Lol!

Thanks for stopping by
and take a little time to enjoy -
Happy Paper Crafting!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

How to Transform a Bottle with Ribbon

Hello! I'm over on Bowdabrablog showing you how I transformed a simple glass bottle using different types of ribbon and bow.  It's a new take on wrapping bottles other than using twine and makes for a great way to upcycle/recycle those unwanted bottles!

 Please stop by Bowdabrablog and get all the details in my tutorial!

Have fun and keep crafting!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Apple Fritter With Raisins Bread - Monthly Challenge Blog Hop

Welcome friends to our Monthly Challenge Blog Hop! 
On the 2nd Monday of each month, a group of talented bloggers share their themed creations for the month, be it Upcycling, family Recipes or Dollar Store Crafts.  This month, we are sharing family Recipes, new or old!

Today, I'm sharing with you a new recipe that's becoming a family favorite!

My hubby loves apple fritters with raisins.  He doesn't find raisins in apple fritters too often, so when he does, he buys a lot! And that's notgood! From the time we were dating until now, I hear quite often, apple fritters, apple fritters, apple fritters!  Oh, and I forgot to tell you he loves baked bread, too! So when I saw a recipe and a easy to follow video for apple fritter bread, I knew this was a way for him to enjoy the best of all three, apple fritters, raisins and bread!   And it's so easy to make despite the many steps.  This recipe was adapted from, a very popular website.

·         ⅓ cup brown sugar
·         2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
·         2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
·         ⅔ cup raisins
·         ½ cup butter, room temperature
·         ⅔ cup granulated sugar
·         2 eggs
·         1-½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
·         1-½ cups all-purpose flour
·         1-¾ teaspoons baking soda
·         ½ cup + 1 tablespoon milk, divided
·         ½ cup powdered sugar

1.   Preheat oven to 350F degrees.  Spray a 9"x5" load pan with pan spray.  Set aside.
2.   In a small bowl, combine brown sugar with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
3.   In another bowl, combine the diced apples with the remaining 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and stir to mix.  Set aside.
4.   In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the granulated sugar.  Beat the eggs in, one at a time until completely mixed.  Add the vanilla extract and mix.
5.   In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda.
6.   Add the ½ cup of milk and mix until smooth.
7.   Add flour and baking soda mix to the butter mixture, and stir until well-blended.
8.   Pour half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan.   Layer half of the apple and raisin mixture on top of the batter, followed by half of the brown sugar mixture.  Gently press the apples and raisins into the batter.

9.   Add the remaining batter to the pan, followed by the remaining apples, raisins and brown sugar mixture. Lightly press the apples and raisins into the batter and swirl the brown sugar between the apple chunks  and raisins into the batter.
10. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack before removing from the pan.
11. While the bread cools, prepare the glaze.  In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar with the remaining 1 tablespoon of milk.  Mix until smooth, and then drizzle over the cooled bread.  Sorry, I didn't add the glaze to mine.

    "Tasty and yummy," is what hubby said, just like apple fritters!  This is a winner recipe for our family!

Be sure to visit all of the hostesses for their awesome family recipes, too!

Donna @Two Chicks And a Mom
Gail @Purple Hues and Me  

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Repurpose a Shoebox Into a Keepsake Card Holder for Mother's Day

I've saved all of my Mother's Day cards since becoming a mother thirty seven years ago and I have quite a collection.  But unfortunately, I place them in a drawer that's become cluttered with other stuff.  So the crafter in me needed to make something adorable to hold my cards.

A shoebox can easily be repurposed to hold cards, or letters, photos, and other special items that we hold dear. The possibilities are almost unlimited on how to repurpose and decorate them. 

For this look, begin by finding a shoebox big enough to hold different size cards you want to keep.  I had an idea to decoupage a shoebox with paper doilies and  pretty flowers from paper napkins, but somehow it didn't exactly turn out how I hoped.  In fact, I call this my craft fail. It just doesn't look pretty and aged like I thought it would.  But I think my idea is still great .  .  .  to repurpose a shoebox to store my cherished Mother's Day cards.

Once you have your shoe box, cut out the  border from doilies,  adjusting the size to fit the top by cutting, and then decoupage onto the box top .  .  .

 gently smoothing out the border using the back of a plastic spoon or cling wrap.

Next, cut out decorative borders from round doilies and decoupage onto the corners of the top .  .  .

and decoupage a round cut out doily border to the center.

Once all the doilies are dry, cut off the excess corner edges. 

To age the look of the box, since the majority of the box was black, it was easier to paint the entire box black and then rub excess off with a soft cloth. In hindsight, I think this was the beginning of my mistake. Perhaps I should have used a lighter color for this.

 Anyway, it started to look messy and then, I applied a silver rub and metallic plum acrylic paint over that. Again, trying to get an aged look with plum accents. Continuing on, despite how this was looking .  .  .

I cut out flowers from paper napkins and then separated the plain ply layers from the flowers .  .  .
before adding them to the top using Mod Podge.
Next, I added a bit more metallic plum acrylic paint to the top and sides .  .  .

and glued on metal feet for a lovely antique look!

  I think this looks a whole lot better!

 And lovely enough to hold my most cherished Mother's Day cards!

What do you think? 

Thanks for stopping by
and take a little time to enjoy -
Happy Crafting!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Twisted Paper Napkin Flowers

Paper napkins just aren't for wiping your mouth and hands while eating  .  .  .  they make beautiful flowers, too!  While it might be a bit costly to decorate your home with fresh flowers, or give each guest a real flower at their place setting, flowers made from paper napkins can look just as nice, and at a fraction of the cost - especially if you get the napkins from the dollar store.  And the best part, you can make them to match your décor or party theme.

The possibilities are practically endless using a few folding techniques, scissors, floral wire, tape, tacky glue and an assortment of colorful or printed paper napkins!
To begin, starting at the corner of the paper napkin, carefully pull apart each ply, and then refold into original squares, following the folded lines.

Next, fold into a triangle .  .  .

then another triangle .  .  .

and finally, one more triangle.

Next, take the folded side and fold over, three quarters of the way.

Using scissors, cut a round ice cream cone shape just below the edge.

Next, open cut shape .  .  .

and holding the round area with one hand, twist one side of the top like you're screwing on something, tightly.  Then holding the opposite side, twist again, as tight as you can .  .  .

as pictured.
Then, gently open the folded piece .  .  .

carefully keeping .  .  .

the twisted edges together.  You can gently twist any edges that might have been separated when opening back together following the twist patterns. 

Repeat with more napkins, making as many layers for flower fullness and size.

For the stem, group three floral stems together and cover with floral tape, starting at one end and coiling tape around stems until reaching end and securing tape.

Then, make a hole in center of paper napkin and insert stem, stopping about 1.5 inches from top.

Add tacky glue to stem edge .  .  .

and grasp bottom of napkin around stem, forming flower layer.

Repeat for each layer of flower, adding tacky glue to base of previous layer.

Continue adding layers for flower fullness . .  .

until satisfied with fullness and look.
Have fun making these adorable paper napkin flowers!
They have the look of carnations with their twisted edges!

Thanks for stopping by
and take a little time to enjoy -
Happy Crafting!