Roll it up!

Other things that we happen to stock up a lot in our houses are newspapers and magazines.

Picked up at the Sky-train stations, in the morning, they find their way home in our bags or purses with the excuse to be read later in the evening. This is how you can upcycle those newspapers and magazines and convert them into beautiful accessories for yourself.

Materials I used:

  • Magazines/newspapers
  • Liquid paper glue
  • Scissors
  • Toothpick
  • Clear nail polish

Process:

  1. Cut up various lengths of strips from the colourful magazines and newspapers, tapered at one end (You’ll end up with various sized triangles)
  2. Place your toothpick at the broader end of the strip (triangle) and begin rolling it very tightly towards the tapered end. You’ll end up with hollow tube-like beads, except they will be wider in the center.
  3. Apply just a spot of glue on the tapered end and stick it to the wide belly of the bead.
  4. Repeat process to make all your beads.
  5. Finally when you’re done, apply 2 coats of clear nail polish on each of your beads to make them water proof and let them dry for about 15 minutes.
What your bead will look like, when complete

What your bead will look like, when complete

Once dry, string them up to make necklaces, bracelets or earrings.

 

Here’s what I made:

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Capture and Re-capture Memories with Coasters

Living in such a fast-paced world, it’s almost impossible to see someone who DOESN’T own a smartphone. With smartphones, come hundreds of free apps! Needless to say, Instagram is one such app that simply cannot be resisted.

I am one such Instagram fiend and I found an alternative way to post my photos, and get 10 times the followers 😉

Materials I used:

  • Pictures from Instagram
  • 4”x4” tiles (I had a few extras at home, but you can easily get them from Home Depot for under 30 cents each!)
  • Mod Podge (from Michaels)
  • Paint brush  (which you probably already have)
  • Felt stickers
  • Water Proof Sealant  (also from Home Depot)

What I did:

  1. I got my photos printed at my nearby printing store (London Drugs) to fit the tile size (4”x4”)
  2. Applied a layer of the Mod Podge with my paint brush on the tile
  3. Pressed a photo firmly onto a tile
  4. Painted a layer of Mod Podge on the photo and let it dry for about 25 minutes. Mind you, initially the Mod Podge appears white, but don’t worry, it dries clear
  5. Sprayed a thin coat of Water Proof Sealant on the photo
  6. Finally, I stuck on felt stickers on 4 corners of the underside of the tile

 

As eye-catching as these coasters are, I find them to be such amazing conversation starters. Not only that, they also are a great way to re-live some of your most cherished moments.

Bagging your groceries has never been greener

So once again, it was the weekend, which meant chore time. Yes, ACTUAL chores…

Grocery shopping and dropping off a heap of old clothes at The Salvation Army were on the to-do list. That’s when inspiration struck!

3 items and 3 easy steps.  That’s all it takes.

What you’ll need:

  1. an old t-shirt
  2. a pair of scissors
  3.  a sewing machine

What you’ll do:

  1. Turn the T-shirt inside out, pin it and sew it along the hem.
  2. Flip the T-shirt right side out, flatten on table and cut along the neck to make a larger opening for the bag.
  3. Line up the hems on the front and back side of both sleeves, and cut the sleeves off to make the handles.

And there you go! You have made yourself a reusable grocery bag.

Not only are they “green”, but they are a clever way to upcycle your not-so-favourite- t-shirts-anymore. You can use different sizes, materials and alternative styles to make them. You can even accessorize them with bead work, embroidery, brooches or simply paint them. What’s not to love about these?!

Here’s mine:

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If you, too, have a large heap of t-shirts lying around, like me, you might want to try these projects.

Click, click, click…

Once again, I was fishing for an idea for another one of my projects. Now, a college student studying Interior Design, ideas are required left, right and center. In some cases, they’re based off of an existing one, only developed further and other times, it’s a totally brand new one – a light bulb moment – no, really…literally.

I was messing around with my camera and a magnifying glass, trying to refract light and maybe catch the reflection too, that was given off by my desk lamp.

The task was to design a reception for a company whose name was based on Onomatopoeia [\on-uh-mat-uh-pee-uh/. The formation or use of words such as buzz or murmur that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to.] The word I chose to work with was ‘Click’. And pretty much every idea that followed leafed out from here:

The Light Bulb moment...

The Light Bulb moment…

Everything. From the objects, to the materials down to the colour scheme.

Although, wait. There is a little modification. The magnifying glass in the initial idea was replaced by lens filters which have been used to subdue the lighting on the ceiling panels.

Check it out! Leave me a comment on what you think about it 🙂

Plan View

Click – Office Plan View

Click - Reception Desk

Click – Reception Desk

Visitor's Lounge area

Click – Visitor’s Lounge area

Recycling – Chore? …Nope, not really.

Recycling… Ha! Funny how when we think of it, we typically see it as a weekly chore of rounding up empty pop bottles, beer bottles, the cereal and cookie boxes buried in the dark corners at the very back of our pantry shelves, a bunch of newspapers lying casually around the house, and ultimately dumping them in the “renowned” blue bins that sit at the end of our driveways, eagerly waiting to be emptied every week, ready to perform their noble services to Mother Earth, once again, in the following week.

Tell you what, look at it with a creative eye and it won’t seem like a chore anymore. In fact, it’ll be lots of fun! You’ll surprise yourself with how just a little bit of enthusiasm and imagination, you were able to transform things, which in any other circumstance, would have ended up in the bin.

In my next few posts, I’ll share some of my own ideas and inspirations. Try them for yourself or see if you can come up with some of your own. Get started and I promise you’ll be so hooked, you’ll literally go junk-snooping around the house.P1030476