Saturday, December 3, 2016

DIY Tinsel Christmas Tree New Lift

Since the broken tripod from making last year's tinsel tree is still here, I thought I'd cut myself some slack this year and redo the same thing but with a little tweaking here and there.

Connect all the tinsels together to make a really long one
This time I first wrap up the tripod with some red net fabric we saved from a gift hamper.
This way the tinsel holds better in place when twirled around the frame.

And the angel lights are placed first so that the wire is not visible over the tree.

Start the long tinsel on the top with a knot then twirl it around the tripod until it's all covered up.
Tie the end to one of the tripod legs to secure it.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

DIY Christmas Wreath Zero Cost

Our old Christmas wreath made from old mince pie boxes has way passed its sell-by date, so it's time to have a new one made.

This new one can't be easier; I found an old wire in the tool box (probably taken out from an old hanger) and bent it into a circle, with both ends twisted into small loop then tied with a bendable twist tie wire. I then twirled the silver tinsel (found in the box with old Christmas decoration) around the wire, secured by twisting the ends together. Finally slapped on a decorative bell and ribbon - again, from the Christmas decor box.

Not a single penny was spent. Not even an inch of cello tape.

Welcome to the first day of Advent!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Upcycled Wine Cork Trivet

Until we started buying screw top wine, I had been painstakingly saving up all the wine corks: cleaning, drying and storing. Thanks to my inexplainable sentiment towards the little brown thing and the thought that one day I would be able to use them for something, I've filled up a whole large shoe box. And they had been in there for 7 long years!

Just when I was about to give up and decide to clean them out, I caught a glimpse of a trivet made of wine corks in the background of a TV show. Obviously this is not an original idea and surely there must be others who've already done so, but hey I managed to use up all the corks and turned them into something useful - that's good enough for me.

Most importantly: I get to keep them, not bin them ;)

Monday, May 30, 2016

What to do with damp stained shirt

We believe in afterlife.
Not in a religious way particularly, just factually :)

This cushion cover is made from one of my husband's old shirts, which unfortunately had been damp stained on the collar due to the highly humid weather.

We can't give it away to the charity and the material is not suitable for cleaning. I was meant to upcycle it into a wrap dress but was too lazy to do so. Whilst I was staring into the buttons the idea just came to me. It was so simple:
  1. Just lay the shirt flat, buttoned, turned inside out.
  2. Mark out the square (whatever size fits your cushion) where the button panel will fall in the middle.
  3. Secure with pins or quick stitches, cut the excess material out and sew it all around. (I did it by hand as I don't have a sewing machine)
  4. Unbutton and turn inside out. Now you have a cushion cover with ready button fastening.
We probably won't buy another cushion cover - unless, of course - if there are some really nice ones.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Handmade Hand Fan

4 good reasons that made me think of making my own hand fan:
  1. Extremely hot weather
  2. Some used disposable chopsticks lying around
  3. An odd old table mat
  4. I can't be bothered to spend money on an ugly one available in the shops

And the whole process can't get any simpler:
  1. Cut out 2 identical rectangles from the table mat
  2. Spread strong glue evenly on the underside of each cut out mat, leave to dry.
  3. Stick the 2 chopsticks together with strong glue. 
  4. When the chopsticks are dry and firmly in place, apply thick glue over about 2-3 inches of the smaller end (depends on the length).
  5. Now place the glued part onto the middle of one of the cut out mat's underside, then press on the other cut out mat, making sure that all sides are in line.
  6. Leave to dry. Hold the sides in place with some paperclips or even clothes pegs would do.
  7. Trim to round corners with sharp scissors.

It's now placed next to my TV seat, ready to serve me on a hot evening when a ceiling fan is not enough to kill the heat.


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Recreate to Reduce Consumption

Let me guess: you like crafts, and you want to do your part in preserving the environment you live in. You'd probably have a room full of clutter like me and like creating things out of junk too.

You may also already know that real sustainability means reducing new purchases and reusing existing material before we even take anything to the recycling centre. And I'm also guessing that just like me, you may have visited EcoStreet Directory at least once before.

I only hope that some of my humble little home craft and domestic ideas would help some of you clear some clutter, save some money, or at least have some fun with your little ones. Better still, some of you may even share your valuable ideas with me!