Four techniques to Alter a glass bottle.

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Altering a glass bottle is fun. There are tons of ways to go about it. I am sharing four techniques here.   And in case, your wondering why are there only three bottles in the feature photo, the fourth bottle did not turn out as expected due to . . . . lets just say, my over indulgence with the spray can !

For the first technique, I soaked roughly torn strips of newspaper in PVA glue and adhered them to the bottle.  After two coats were dried . . . . . . 

I used “shoe polish” – thats right – you read it correctly, I placed some shoe polish on a brush and smeared the color on the bottle.

The idea is to give the bottle a vintage look.  The ‘veins’ have to look prominent and present a crackle effect 

Next step was to decoupage some tissue and add some lace and beaded ribbon on the bottle.

For the ‘Egg shell mosaic”,  i gave one coat of Gesso to the bottle, followed by sticking pieces of egg shell on the bottle.

Once the egg shells were dried and adhered strongly to the bottle, I decoupaged some fancy issue flower shapes on the bottle, followed by one coat of concealer (modge podge)

I ended the project with a fancy flower ribbon on the lip of the bottle. Voila !!

Although this project started off, pretty well. I got over zealous while using the paint can, without realizing that if too much paint is sprayed, it will spread thru the folds of the masking tape. 

I will recommend that if you must try this process, just give a quick splatter effect on the masked bottle. That is far better and will get amazing results.

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In this picture, none of them have reached their completion stage.

By far the easiest technique.  Inorder to create a little friction, i painted alittle gesso on the bottom the bottle. Once dry, I started wrapping the yarn on the base of the bottle, with some pva glue.  If you wish to continue in the same color of yarn, you can complete the entire bottle in one color. I wished to break the monotony hence I used two colors.

Once the yarns were wrapped snugly around the bottle. I added two “quilled”  felt flowers .

Which technique did you like the most ?   Have you tried any one of these techniques before ?   

Have you tried altering bottles ?  Do you fancy painting glass ?  Which are your favorite products ?

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Recycled objects :-

  • Used Barbican Glass bottle

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Christmas Decor – Upcycle a photo frame to a wreath.

Thinking out- of- the- box comes naturally to some, while some of us have to figure out this  thought process.  

Upcycle the photo frame to make a wreath

I’ve made several frame projects and plenty of wreaths, however, this time, I’m creating a mix of the two !

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I love baubles – But who doesn’t  ?? 
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I took a few baubles of various sizes and hot glued them on the back of a picture frame which had a damaged glass. Naturally it was a perfect candidate for my experiment 🙂
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The once sad and damaged frame, now has a renewed function ( and friends) !!  It poses in style with its new buddies.
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This ikea frame had a similar story 🙂
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The mantle is complete.
Upcycle the photo frame to make a wreath
Upcycle the photo frame to make a wreath

For those of you who visit me regularly, already know, by now, that nothing gives me more pleasure than breathing a new lease of life into old, damaged goods.   Most of my frames are bought at Ikea as is section,  Pan Emirates or  garage sales.   Its a shame that here, in Dubai, we have places where we can donate our clothes, shoes or even books – but there aren’t any places like the  charity stores in the West.  So most of us put up garage sales or join the only flea market available here 😦

What do you do with broken or damaged frames ?   

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Recycled objects :-

  • Damaged photo frames
  • Previous years baubles
  • Old bows

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REPURPOSE THE GLASS BOTTLES (DIY HOME DECOR)

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I love upcycle and repurpose projects.  And I am sharing one such project here.

The first coat was gesso.
I cannot say enough good things about this chalky finish paint !  It is absolutely fantastic.  Just two coats gave this smooth and chalky effect.
The “O” bottle is the only one with the Americana decor paint – the other three are regular acrylic paints.
Can you spot the crackle effect in bottle “e” ?
This bottle adorns my mantle now and I AM LOVING IT !!

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Recycled objects :-

  • Used Barbican Glass bottle

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National day crafts to make and decorate

December 2nd is the National Day of United Arab Emirates. 

UAE is a diverse country.  It is the central hub for people to meet, work together and develop relationships. This country offers a sense of freedom, security and respect for all beliefs and cultures.

Expats as well as the locals live in perfect harmony here, hence the expats are equally excited and participate in the celebrations, with little children dressed in flag colors and balloons and stickers, badges and sweets being distributed.

From record gathering of flags to breathtaking phenomenal fireworks to fancy luxury cars embossed in national flag colors and bling .. we will be seeing it all !!

While the country is all set for the National day celebration with full pomp and show, I decided to teach my students how to decorate with regular household items to make lovely celebratory decoration and accessories.

We used regular plastic bottles and cut out the base in the shape of a flower. We later applied acrylic paints in the colors of red, green, black and white.  These were then tied up and hung as decoration.
Younger students made these simple trees with various shapes.  The theme centered around the colors used.
We also rolled up newspaper and made these large flowers to stick on the walls.
Work still in progress.
we made the flag out of paper chains.  
We bought ribbons of the flag color and cut out “bangles” out of plastic bottle and wrapped it all around the plastic bottle – making a bangle with the flag colors.
We also used nail polish to color “washers” and tied it to these thin ribbons. The kids love accessorizing themselves with these.
How we decorated for National day.
These displayed handicrafts are a part of the UAE culture.  In the olden days, people relied on the resilient Palm tree to provide everything from shade to food to shelter material.  The branches of the palm tree were used to make these baskets, hand fans, bread serving dishes, food mats etc.   
The red siting area is just recreated here to show how, in the olden days, they would preferably sit on these hard cushions which can still be found in most homes.
Actually they are quite comfortable.

We wanted to make several more items for the National Day, but felt, slightly limited since all our projects had to have recycled material usage as well as be decorative in nature. 

How do you decorate your home, office or school for your National day ?  Do you get your kids involved in the decoration ?                

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Recycled objects :-

  • Empty plastic bottles
  • Newspaper

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13 EASY AND CREATIVE cHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS – diy.

This post is in continuation with the ” Green Christmas – Zero Waste initiative” , that I am participating in.

I am sharing a dozen plus ideas  to recycle, upcycle and repurpose regular items to make Christmas tree ornaments.   Several designs were made from the humble plastic bottle.

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It took just a little ribbon, some fabric glue and a tiny fabric  flower to design this in under 10 minutes !  Why not make a dozen or so, with the kids ??
Although I have used my die cut machine, you can easily cut 4 circular shapes out of some fancy design paper, fold it in half and stick the other half to it and add a cord in between before you close it with the 4th side. Voila.
I’ve wrapped a jute cord around a styrofoam ball.
By far the easiest ! Two fan shapes glued together.  A wooden flower embellishment completes the look.
These wooden discs were chopped a few months back for another project but they make excellent ornaments too.. Some of them can be used as a tag, or just paint them.
These icicle shapes are made from heating plastic mountain dew bottles. Very little maneuvering is required – however please remember to carry it out the process out in the open.  
Two disc shapes from a Mountain Dew bottle were glued together here.
Three different sizes of material were cut from a plastic bottle and gently pressed together to form a teardrop shape.
I love how these are nestled into each other. Four different sizes of plastic were glued as circles and glued together at one point. How simple yet pretty this looks ! My favorite.
Several hollow circles were glued together.  I added some white dots with acrylic paint. 
I’ve adorned these with mirror embellishments. 
By far, the simplest ! Although I have used a tongue depressor, you can use any craft stick or popsicle stick. Color it as a candy cane or decorate with some glitter, buttons or even washi tape.
This one was a new experiment for me. I fused 9 plastic bottle lids together melting them on some butter paper a with a hot iron box.   I am loving it !!

Bonus :-

  • you can use lids from Pringles – cut star shapes and get the children to use sharpies to color them or even add some glitter to them.
  • Lids from mason jars, jam jars can be spray painted with merry colors to hang on the tree.
  • Glue three cotton balls to a clothespin – a black felt hat, two goggly eyes, and a tiny orange nose – and we have a snowman ready !
  • Cut a small piece of cardboard from cereal box in a triangular shape and wrap some green yarn around it ! Hang it with a bell.
  • Pipe cleaners can be tied at one end to form a wreath shape and hung on the tree.
  • Children can have hours of fun designing ornaments with ‘Salt Dough’ too.

Do you design some ornaments and Christmas decorations at home with your kids ? Or do you only buy them ?

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Recycled objects :-

  • Empty Mountain dew plastic bottle
  • Bottle lids
  • Wooden discs from a dead tree trunk.
  • Ribbon
  • Scrapbook paper

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green christmas ideas – innovative flower light !!

I was thrilled when I got requested to design ornaments, decoration. gift wrapping and lights for Christmas.  As much as I enjoy the festivities involved in any occasion, I believe, the true essence of any religious festival is two folds. Not only does it bring us closer to our own Creator and but it also helps us realize the deeper values, our religion imparts.  It is the one time of the year, when we tend to feel closest to our families and loved ones.  Any occasion with out family presence is really quite a hollow shell 😦  Don’t you agree ?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, consumerism has diluted human emotions and human values.   Its all about brands and image.  Everyone is lining up in the express lane to be fed with Pinterest images and a glamorous instagram existence.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Instagram.  Infact, I am a self-proclaimed, Pinterest addict.   But I don’t let these phenomenal tools take over my entire existence.  I love shabby chic and elegant home decorations but I am frugal.  If I can replicate a certain enticing design, I’ll try it out – OR  just wait for the “sale offer” or “discounted price ”

I’d rather feel overjoyed with a “white Friday” Copic Marker set  than pride myself over an exotic piece of jewelry.  But that’s just how I am and its not necessary that you find my attitude normal.  Infact, you actually might find it bizarre 😉

Ok, so back to today’s project which is Christmas decoration light. 

This idea was mainly possible, b’coz just lately while scavenging thru one of my craft tools, I realized I had bought a wood burning tool which had drowned in the tsunami of other craft tools.


I placed several bottles together in a flower shape to decide how many bottles could be attached easily and how much distance is needed between the bottles.  Made markings and used the wood burning tool to burn holes.
It is compulsory to carry out this process outdoors AND STILL WEAR A MASK.
The reason I use wood burning tool is becoz the plastic reacts with heat becoming hard and thick, so that squeezing the funnel mouth later, becomes very easy and the funnels don’t slip or fall off.
These are #MountainDew plastic bottles.  I cut  the bottle into three parts.   The funnel, the slim  “waist” and the base.  The maximum uses generally come from the base, however, here, I am using the “head” or “funnel” part of the bottle.
 
Finally managed to squeeze all of them on.
I bought decorative tiny lead lights from Ikea from the As Is section for dhs 8 !  I love how the wires crumpled in the center, almost give it a “Real Flower” look. 
It was quite difficult to get a “night’ shot of the lights so as to show  just how remarkably the lights lite up..
These can be hung or stuck on the wall.

So what do you think ? 

Would you attempt this project ?  I really hope you are inspired to give it a go.

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Recycled objects :-

  • Empty Mountain dew plastic bottle

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Easy Upcycled Photo Frame – DIY tutorial

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Do you like to quill ?  I love quilling and I really like collecting  photo frames as well as  frames for paintings.  This project is an ideal mix of both.

Most of my picture frame collection comes from stores like Pan Emirates,  Home Center, Ikea as is section and garage sales.

I’m almost obsessed with finding potential in unexpected mundane objects which are considered trash. Some projects start immediately, while some bare bones, are stacked in the shed, on a waiting list.

The past two weeks, I have been super inspired to work with frames, so at long last, a pile of photo frames are being repurposed and dressed with some simple and easy art. This one, being the first one.

Our guests are pleasantly surprised when they find out that the creations are my own !

I believe, alittle creativity, color and innovation can transform the ugliest objects into pieces of art.

Here is one Ikea frame which I found in the ‘as is’ section which did not have a glass protection in front.  Ofcourse, I was overjoyed 🙂

It was perfect for my three dimensional quilled heart.

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This project is perfect to use up your stash of scrap paper.

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One of my husband’s new shirts came wrapped in this corrugated thin cardboard . Ofcourse, I did not dump it – Would you ????

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I positioned the outer hearts and then started hot gluing them.  

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I love the contrast of the white frame against a cardboard background – with pink and red flowers in the foreground.  The pearls were a last minute addition but i feel, they really enhance the look of the flowers.

Infact, I think, I will start a wall gallery for all my art frames projects.

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Recycled objects :-

  • Photo frame
  • corrugate cardboard.
  • scraps of scrapbook design paper.

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Tutorial – DIY desk organizer

Hello friends,

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Two important aspects of any crafters life is inspiration and storage !!  And somehow both these two aspects seem to go hand in hand. Although I “think’ I breeze through, even in a cluttered chaos, I know, I would be much more productive  in a more organized set up, where all my tools and supplies are easily accessible.

I am a visual person – I need my tools to be seen, so as to be able to use them. A punch which is tucked away in one of my bins, generally does NOT get played with – AT ALL 😦

So these past weeks, i used up most of my “recyclable stock pile” and made a few desk organizers.

I hope you enjoy this pictorial and find some inspiration to use up those cans lying around in the kitchen.

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Clean cans thoroughly and organize them in a rectangular or circular manner.

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Although i have brush – painted two coats of acrylic colors on these cans, I would recommend spray paint cans

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Decide in which order, you’d like to place the cans.

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Gather the cans together and glue them together on the sides where they meet each other

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The 1 kg yoghurt bucket, comes with a white handle which fit in, snugly in the middle container, so that I could be lifted.

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So as to enforce them together, I wrapped them with a large ribbon. You can use any fabric, ribbon or even jute or twine. I also adhered this lovely frill ribbon from Daiso, on the edge. 

 

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I am using the lid of the cookie box as the base of the organizer.  I used STRONG STIK glue to stick the cans to the base. It is a remarkable glue, which I bought from Creative Minds. 

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I was not quite satisfied with the ribbon, hence I added two thinner orange ribbons on the border to give it a more defined look.

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This silver stand had not been used in decades, so it was more than happy with its new found job role !!  It provided a much needed height and was quite stable. We don’t want a stand that could topple all the contents. 

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And there you have it !

I love how all my promarkers, copics and paint markers are all now easily accessible. Its such a huge relief and joy.

I’m inspired to make a few more of these to house my scissors and paintbrushes etc.

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Recycled objects :-

  • Food cans
  • lid from cookie tin.
  • Serving stand.

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Upcycle Ideas For Photo Frame.

Jewelrydisplay ideas

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So, a couple of months back, when I was hosting the trunk show for my handmade jewelry, I bought a load of display stands/items from a lady who had closed down her Gold Jewelry store. ( Her friend was helping her sell her stands) You can find that collection here : An unbelievable haul.

There were various colors, and in relatively presentable state. (Not the best though)

All those of you, who have ever participated in exhibitions, fairs or small shows, must be all too aware of the importance and hassles involved in merchandising and issues with table space 😦

Most of my newly sourced display items were ‘on the table display’ hence, i had to come up with innovative ideas to display my jewelry in relation

  • with height
  • preferably stand alone pieces

A little bit of juggling, and I managed to upcycle a few things lying around in the house, like –

I love art and picture frames.  I am happy to buy them from stores like Pan Emirates, or  garage sales or Ikea as-is section or even dubizzle.  The maids rooms is choker full with large size frames ! ( luckily we don’t have a maid so that room is ‘converted’ into the art storage.

So anyways, here are how the frames looked.  They are in excellent condition. I just added a back support so that the frames would act as a shadow box without a glass in the front. A couple of nails were also gently tapped on it, so as to hang the necklaces.

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I will be sharing a post on all the trunk shows as well as exhibitions, that I participated in, where you will find these darlings displaying my handmade jewelry.

I don’t consider myself all too frugal but I love to upcycle or repurpose – passionately.  I come from a society where upcycling is frowned upon. People who upcycle are considered stingy or cheap.  But in all honesty, I find such a society, people and systems – very shallow.  One has to learn to look beyond today .. we have already flooded dear ol earth with tons of garbage with all the consumerism and commercialization. Isn’t it time, we just wake up and do something about it ??

There are some people who wish to ignore global warming and there are some people who believe its REAL and that we should’ave done something about it ALREADY a few decades back.

I just believe, that each one of us can and should, make a difference – BUT that cumulative effort CAN make a huge difference in the grand scheme of things.  We cannot exhaust our natural resources to fulfill our immediate greed and leave our future generations devoid of basic necessities.  There are places like South Africa who are suffering water shortages already !!

A few years back I was conducting “Save the Environment” workshops where I would visit local schools and educate kids with a complete presentation with facts and figures of how we are depleting our natural resources and how we can come up with simple ways to curb wastage. It was followed by crafts where we repurposed items which are generally dumped.  It was a very gratifying experience. Unfortunately, I got a full time job alittle later and I could not conduct those workshops after that 😦

I believe, positive, constructive and progressive values should be inculcated into children from a tender age.  It should not be a SUBJECT which is studied in their O’levels or A’levels.  If anything, its too late by then 😦

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