On a brasilian recycling website I found a good tutorial on how to make a box from PET bottles (click there on ‘Tutorial – How to make a square box’).
I won’t do this because we don’t buy so many PET bottles and if we do we can give them back.
But I think that the tutorial can be used with other materials, too, I will once take a look.
Utsumi – Crafts with PET plastic, click there on ‘Tutorial – How to make a square box’
That’s a stunning idea: to make a sling for a water bottle from two ties!
She filled her ‘purse’ already with other stuff.
I like my ties too much for this, I will have to take a good look at the next jumble sale :)
Via one of my most preferred check-this-out blogs art for housewives I found a website with homemade paint recipes.
I liked best that they are made with stuff from household and tempera paint or food colouring.
On the photo you see some of the ingredients I already gathered, but unfortunately I don’t have no tempera paint nor food colouring at home.
Still to purchase :)
Homemade Paint Recipes
via art for housewives
Once again I found a tutorial about something I really want to try once: Collograph Printing.
I think it could be fun: to glue stuff onto cardboard, to ink it and to press a sheet of paper onto.
The paragraph where they wrote, that you can use moistened watercolour paper and get some embossed paper was most interesting to me.
I will ;-))
Once I found a great blog entry where somebody showed how she’s working her stash and scrap yarns into a scarf. Unfortunately I don’t find the entry back ;-(
In principle she sorted her stash according to colours (her example was made in blues) and from each yarn she crocheted a long row, every row even in another crochet stitch.
I hope that the photos are a help.
I found the result so stunning that I made a birthday gift for a good friend from it ;-)
By the way, this can surely be done in knitting, too!?
I found a tutorial on how to make cute, fast, self-made packages. They are self painted, respectively self stamped boxes like the recycled card pillow box I presented some time ago.
Concerning the stamping I even found an instruction on how to mass produce greeting cards (it is no real mass production, but she’s making a good many beautiful greeting cards ;-))
I had no reason yet to make this, but it is not soo long until Christmas ;-))
On the photo I already arranged my (for a good deal self carved) stamps ;-)
Decorating Boxes for Special Occasions
Pattern Paper & Mass Produced Cards
Recycled Card Pillow Box
I wrote already an entry on Nature Paper, where vegetables have been sliced and dried.
In this tutorial on how to make paper from plants plants are made to ‘real’ paper.
I didn’t try it yet for several reasons, amongst others reasons of place, but I already keep an eye on my yucca ;-))
Hand Papermaking and Papier Maché
I found at craftster (again! ;-)) something beautiful: the colorful raggedy scrap scarf.
I imagine that some big self-made knitting needles could be used?!
I guess that I’ll have to purchase a lot of jumble sale fabric and old t-shirts, because I don’t have much fabric scraps ;-)
To-do-list again ;-))
Colorful Raggedy Scrap Scarf
Chopstick/dowel knitting needle tutorial
How to cut down a t-shirt
How to cut fabric strips from old t-shirts
Here at unikatissima:
Self-made Crochet Hooks And Knitting Needles
A long time ago I found a tutorial on how to make a lantern from plastic straws. I even tried it and it worked fine. But I gave the lanterns away without taking any photos ;-(
The instruction is in German with illustrating photos.
Here is a translation:
- Plastic drinking straws
- Parchment paper
- An old wooden tray
- Double-sided tape
That’s what you have to do:
- Lay the parchment paper on your working space, perhaps lay even the old wooden tray underneath.
- Lay the plastic straws neatly on the parchment paper and lay another layer of parchment paper on it.
- Iron on highest setting, but without steam over the parchment paper on the plastic straws. The straws will melt.
- If everything became flat, let the plastic cool down. You can hear that they cool because there is a cracking noise.
- Carefully release the straws from the parchment paper.
- Cut the ‘mat’ with the scissors in the form you want.
- Fix the ends with the tape and put a tealight into.
What I learned when testing it:
- Best iron in an well ventilated area, because there are (toxic?) vapours.
- The ironed straws are very, very hot, so make sure to let them cool down thoroughly.
- Never iron plastic directly, but put always some parchment paper between iron and plastic to protect the iron.
- Make the lantern big enough, so that it can’t inflame from being to near the flame of the tealight.
Plastic Straw Lantern (German)
Once I found a tutorial on how to make fried/baked marbles: don’t they look great?
I couldn’t make them yet, but I have put them on my to-do-list.
For the wire work she did in the tutorial you can find inspiration and tutorials at WigJig University Jewelry Making Designs as I did for the Tealight Wire Spiral some days ago.
At craftster.org: Best way to make fried marbles+a suncatcher… kind of.
WigJig University Jewelry Making Designs
Here at unikatissima: Tealight Wire Spiral