All posts tagged: repurpose

Eco Home Prints

On a bit of a creative spree, and desire to do some redecorating, I recycled magazines to make some groovy eco home prints.  All the fun is choosing a design and creating it. I wanted a vintage look, so I chose a vintage font, and kept things simple in regard to design.  Two of the designs were inspired by my favorite Disney movies, Alice in Wonderland “It’s always tea time” and Snow White “Mirror, mirror on the wall.”  I absolutely love cupcakes!!! Especially, Red Velvet, so for my third design I went with the ever famous quote by Marie Antoinette, “Let them eat cake.” How to create your own Create your design, and then print them on recycled magazine paper. Tip: It’s best to use silhouettes for designs as they show up better.  Also, try to find magazine pages which is mostly text to achieve the print as your background. You can choose whatever size you would like, I went with 4×6 and then bought frames to display them. Trace out a 4×6 box over …

Champagne + Polariod’s

Post New Year’s, Birthdays or any celebration which requires a bottle of Champagne, consider keeping the corks to use later for displaying polaroid photos.  You can also use regular 4×6 photos.  Below are some samples of polariods displayed on recycled champagne corks. The photos of New York and Toronto, as you can tell are not a polariod per se.  I thought it would be fun to recreate the polaroid, and add in some design elements.  When throwing a birthday bash, dinner party, or event consider displaying photos on repurposed champagne corks to personalize your event. with love from one tree hugger to another, xo    

DIY: Eco Chic Wine Charms

New Year’s Eve is days away… Here is a fun and easy DIY project, to add some sparkle and dazzle to your wine glasses and champagne flutes.  Pop. Fizz. Clink. Dazzle. Eco Chic Wine Charms What you will need:  Beads, charms, and  silver hoops (Used for jewelry making).  Alternatively, you can make rings out of some wire using wire pilers to bend the ends together. Tip:  To keep it eco friendly you can repurpose old hoop earrings, beads and charms from broken necklaces or bracelets. Instructions: Simple, string together the desired beads or charms onto the silver hoops or wire depending on the medium you are working with.  Attach to glass.   Champagne Flutes Charms   Wine charms are super easy to make.  Consider setting up an art station where guests can create their own personalized wine charms and keep it as a New Year’s Eve keepsake.  Otherwise, your lovely wine charms can be used for dinner parties, birthday’s and other festive celebrations. Have fun and enjoy! With love, xo    

Keepsakes: Letters, Postcards, Photos + Cards

The art of writing letters seems almost to be a lost art.  I may be one of the few who still loves to write letters and send postcards.  I have to admit I have quite a little treasure trove of keepsakes such as letters, postcards, tickets from concerts, shows on Broadway to Ballets, metro cards from traveling around New York etc I keep all that stuff, I’m pretty sentimental that way.  It may seem silly, but I look at it as preserving memories and holding onto a moment.  With all the traveling I do, I can’t help but send postcards to my best of friends, and sister. I have found that one of the best ways to house all my keepsakes and the beautiful memories they are linked to, is by repurposing boxes, such as shoe boxes or even perfume gift set boxes (as in the case of my keepsake box). If you love to hold on to cards, letters, postcards, concert tickets and photos or whatever items you hold dear as a keepsake treasure …

Uncorked: DIY Wine Cork Art Project

When the last bottle of wine or Champagne was been finished off, and all that is left are the remains of a legendary soiree or spectacular birthday party, one can always find a creative way to be eco friendly.  Perhaps even throw an eco art project after-party… Save up all  your Wine/Champagne corks for a rainy day project or a day you feel inspired to take on some DIY Eco Art Projects.  I have come up with 2 ways that corks can be repurposed into functional, eco friendly items.  The wine corks used for these art projects were saved up over time. How to be an Eco Friendly Wine or Champagne Connoisseur – Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle your Bottles and Corks 1. Repurposed Champagne Cork Name Holder. A simple eco friendly touch you can add to your eco party/event is to repurpose corks into name holders, or to identify yummy treats or refreshing drinks. All you need… Champagne cork, and business card(s).  All I did was cut a groove into the Champagne cork, not too …

Painting until the sun rises…Repurposed Canvases

Painting until the sun rises…  For the nights I find myself an insomniac and remedies like a glass of warm milk or counting sheep won’t help me fall back asleep- and yes I have tried them – I choose to paint.  For me the best thing to do when I am restless and wired with a sudden burst of energy is to immerse myself in creative projects, like painting, writing or scrapbooking.  From when it was just minutes to midnight, to almost the breaking of dawn, I let my music play and I listen to all the artists bearing out their souls. I harness any inspiration or sparks of creatvity and just paint.  Granted I am purely just an amateur  when it comes to painting.  I love experimenting with different abstract ideas.  Personally, I am drawn to earthy colors like 50 shades of blue,  greens, a sea of turquoise variations, and every now and then I like to mix in some gold. Since I am not particularly attached to any of my works of art, I …