DIY Gift Box Ideas that Save Money and Reduce Waste

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.With Earth Day coming up soon, I hope that everyone is taking a few minutes to think about ways to reduce their carbon footprint.  How many times have you purchased wrapping paper or a fancy gift bag to give someone a gift in?  Is that really necessary?  Is it possible that you could save yourself some money and repurpose something you have at home instead?DIY Gift Box Ideas that Save Money and Reduce Waste Do you have any idea how … [Read more...]

What To Do With Empty Perfume Bottles After Your Favorite Scent Is Gone

A few years ago I got onto a bit of a perfume kick. I wear it almost every day and love picking out new scents from some rather nice natural perfume shops. Well, they are slowly running out and now I find myself wondering what to do with empty perfume bottles now that the perfume is gone.  I admit, I don't want to smell like the same thing every day.  I choose my perfume based on my mood, the weather or the outfit I am wearing.  That means I have lots of different pretty bottles in my cabinet.  So, now that I am gathering a collection of empty … [Read more...]

Need DIY Halloween Centerpieces? Make Upcycled Wine Bottle Candy Corn!

I am going to let you in on a small secret.  I LOVE candy corn.  Yup, I can't lie..for some reason that stuff just calls to me!  It's not healthy, natural or organic but every year I buy a bag or two and holler at my teens when they eat it all.  I was searching through Pinterest for DIY Halloween centerpieces and I found upcycled wine bottles that were painted to look like candy corn!  I thought it would be the perfect addition to my fall table and a good place for me to decoratively store my delicious candy corn.  This candy corn craft was … [Read more...]

Easy Pumpkin Craft Idea Using Juice Can Lids

As I was rummaging through my art closet looking for inspiration, I came across a pile of frozen juice can lids.  I don't buy frozen juice very often but the metal lids were perfect for this easy pumpkin craft idea.  If you don't have an art closet (or an art box or corner or desk drawer), I seriously recommend you make one!  I tuck all sorts of things in there that can be upcycled into craft projects.  From oatmeal containers to empty cereal boxes, it's sort of a hodge-podge of stray things I find that I may be able to include in upcycled … [Read more...]

Zero Waste Living: One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

When my husband was in graduate school, I worked at a job that paid...well, let's just say it didn't pay very much at all!  We ate a lot of ramen noodles during those years.  Since the graduate schools had a constant turnover of people coming in and out, there were always friends (or random strangers) who begged the use of our truck to help haul stuff.  In exchange, we were often gifted with things that were no longer wanted by their owners...mismatched plates, chipped mugs, lamps with crooked shades, etc.  We were thrilled!  We didn't have a … [Read more...]

Easy Rainbow Craft: Bottle Cap Rainbow Magnets

With the beginning of spring comes sunny days, blooming flowers and baby animals.  It is one of my favorite times of the year and it inspired me to get crafty and make this easy rainbow craft to share with you all today.  My husband has a bucket in the garage where he tosses his bottle caps so bottle cap crafts are easy for me to get supplies for!  Since we are heading into Earth Day, I loved the idea of an upcycled craft that was not only pretty but functional as well.  We all need more refrigerator magnets, right?  If you are looking for an … [Read more...]

How to Cut a Glass Bottle in Half with String for Upcycled Crafts

I bet you are wondering why in the world you would want to know how to cut a glass bottle in half.  Isn't that dangerous? (yes!)  Don't you need special glass cutting tools? (no!)  Maybe you want to start trying your hand at upcycled crafts.  Maybe (like me!) you have a 16 year old son who proposes the idea to his Advanced Placement Environmental Sciences teacher as his midterm project.  Even though you TOLD the 16 year old boy that it wouldn't be as easy as those YouTubers made it look on the internet.  And of course, being a 16 year old … [Read more...]

Golf Ball Lady Bug Craft and an Upcycled Garden Craft Roundup

When my son was younger, he was one of those kids that picked up EVERYTHING he found.  He would come home from the park with 7 acorns, 4 rocks and a pine cone stuck in his pocket.  We would go for a walk and come home with an assortment of what we called 'little things' that he had discovered on the ground.  For some reason, golf balls were a common find on our journeys.  I have no idea why...we don't live near a golf course!  But, whatever was too big to go in his pocket (and end up in the washing machine) went onto a shelf in the garage.  … [Read more...]

How to Repurpose Old Wooden Spoons Instead of Throwing Them Away!

For the last few weeks, I have been purging my home of everything that is too old, unneeded, broken, or just plane not useful. It has not been a small undertaking...clutter seems to lurk in every nook and cranny these days.  The hardest part of decluttering your home is to figure out what you need and what you don't.  If you haven't used it in three years, it is pretty obvious that you don't need it, right?  But what about things you use every day that are showing their wear and really need to be replaced. Do you keep the old ones 'just in … [Read more...]

DIY Decorative Jar Lids for an Upcycled Valentine’s Day Treat Jar

Valentine's Day isn't really a huge deal in my house.  I don't have small children and my teenagers think the holiday is a bit cheesy right now.  My husband and I are not particularly the 'romantic' sort of couple.  There is no flashy jewelry, trips to the spa or exotic vacations in store for us on Valentine's Day.  But, I still want to do something simple for my husband to let him know I love him. He is, of course, the guy that kills cockroaches and unclogs drains.  He deserves a little something special now and then! These decorative jar lids … [Read more...]