Posts Tagged ‘recycle’


I just found this inventive use for an old spice rack on Natalie Jost’s blog: Easily convert your old spice rack into a twine rack, without any alterations. And if you need some twine to fill the rack, Natalie can help you out there too. Because she runs the Olive Manna shop and she has a great selection of twine just like in the picture.

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Guest post by Luisa of Happy Serendipity blog.

Hi there! I’m Luisa and I blog at and I’m happy to be here today showing you how I designed and constructed our new coffee table. It’s a real low-budget project for which I didn’t need much and that took about 3 hours of work.

What is needed:

  1. 1 euro-pallet from a supermarket (they throw those away anyway so I got mine here for free)
  2. 2 wooden plates in the right size for the top and bottom
  3. 2 square timbers
  4. 8 connecting bolts
  5. a grinding machine
  6. a power drill
  7. a box full of tools and screws
  8. some paint and 4 wheels (not in the picture)

I placed everything how I wanted it to be then screwed 4 screws into the plate to connect it with the pallet. That was pretty easy. I did the same with the plate on the bottom.

Then I placed the square timbers where they belonged and fixed them with the connecting bolts. The table was constructed in about 15 minutes.

After that I took some time to mend some parts with the grinding machine. The wood was very rough and split at some parts. With the machine it took 20 minutes to fix so the table would be ready to paint. (I have to add here that it would have been wiser to paint the plates BEFORE screwing them on the pallet. It was quite difficult to paint the bottom plate…Just in case you want to rebuild this table)

I decided on a dirty white paint with a turquoise doily pattern as a highlight. For that I painted a turquoise area on which I placed the doily while the paint was still wet, let it dry for 30 minutes and overpainted everything with white. Yes… because I’m doing this for the first time and rather act before I think and because I learn while doing let me tell you – I should NOT have put the doily on the wet paint. Because it was a hassle taking it off again. It stuck on the plate like hell and some turquoise paint scratched off. I’ll show you later how I fixed that.

But the result was pretty. It’s just a small detail but it looks good on the rough construction of the table.

Back to peeling-off the doily. When I removed it some turquoise paint came off and the brown plate shone through. To correct this I dipped a tampon into the pain, dabbed it on the parts until the brown was gone.

After the paint dried for a day I screwed in the wheels to give the table an industrial touch and was done! That’s the result.

The constructing of this table took about 3 hours. The painting was the biggest part. But the costs are compensating for everything. Let me show you:

euro-pallet  free + 2 plates  9 € + 2 square timbers  11 € + 4 wheels  10 € + paint  8 € + screws  3 € = total: 41 €

joy after completing this – priceless

I can recommend this project to every one who doesn’t want to spend a lot of money on a table. When you treat the wood with a water-repellent paint so it wouldn’t mold when it rains it would be wonderful for a sitting area in the garden as well.

I hope you enjoyed this cheap and easy project.


About the Author: Luisa is the author of the Happy Serendipity blog, where you will find crafty diy projects and other inspirations. Read more about Luisa here.


I’ve always been attracted to humorous jewelry pieces. Anything that can make me laugh, I am all for. So, I came up with an idea for these faux gold dinosaur pendants, and I am in love with the results. I think I am going to start wearing these everywhere.

The idea started with a sizable stash of plastic dinosaur toys that I bought at a garage sale for 25 cents (the whole bag of 20 dinos for $0.25 – what a deal). They stayed in the closet for a couple of months, as most of my garage sale finds do, until I finally came up with a way to use them. Once I realized that I can penetrate almost any material with my trusty paper stab, I had my project…

Materials: 1. Small plastic dinosaurs (plastic farm animals would work great for this as well- horses for example would be awesome) 2. Paper stab tool (also known as an awl – mainly used for bookbinding) 3. Paint (I used a special liquid gold leaf for mine) 4. Paint brush (small sizes work better here) 5. Small eye hook screws (can be found at any craft store or even Home Depot) 6. Clear gloss protective coating 7. Hammer (optional) 8. Gold chain (optional)

How To Step by Step: {click image above for larger view} 1. Find a place at the top of your toy dino for the eye hook screw and using your paper stab tool, punch a hole in it. Depending on how hard the plastic is, you may need a hammer to really get the paper stab in there. This is just a starters hole. 2. Next, take your eye hook screw and place it in the hole and screw it in with your hands as far as it will go. 3. Once that is done, begin applying your paint with a small brush. Applying the paint in thin layers works best, so you can get in to all those crack and crevices. Be sure to paint the eye hook as well, so it will blend in more. 4. Wait for paint to dry and apply a second, thin coat. 5. Wait for paint to dry and apply a clear, gloss protective coating (such as gloss medium or something similar) 6. If you plan on using the pendant on its own, as a gift tag for example, you are all done. If you would like to turn this pendant into a necklace, add a chain and you are all set! You’ll start a lot of conversations with one of these little guys around your neck… “Is that a dinosaur necklace you’re wearing? Interesting.

For more ideas for quick and easy projects, click here to visit the tutorials page filled with more than 30 diy’s.


It’s hard to believe that our wedding was almost a year ago. We had so many diy projects going on at that time, it was just crazy. One of the things that I made was a wedding ring holder from a vintage book for our ceremony.

We wanted something different that would tie in the ceremony site with the reception (the reception was at the Downtown Library rooftop about a mile from the ceremony), and I couldn’t find anything that would work. So, I made this. It’s very easy, and will take all of ten minutes to complete. Perfect for the busy bride.

Materials: old book, ruler, pencil, xacto knife, ribbon

Instructions: (click images for larger view of step by step)

1. Choose a book that has special meaning to you or your relationship. Or perhaps is the color(s) of your wedding.

2. Turn to almost halfway through your book (a little less than half), and draw a small two inch box center right (toward the outside of the book).

3. Using a straightedge and an xacto knife, follow the guide of your box and begin slicing through along the lines. You will want to press down hard and go over each line over and over, so that you go through as many layers as possible. I would recommend cutting over each line at least six times.

4. Once that is done, you can pop out the paper, revealing your hollowed out box. You may have to repeat step 3 several times to get the desired deepness for your “box”. Remember it only has to be as deep as the rings that will be going inside of it.

5. Now slip a ribbon through the cut box (making sure to go through all of the pages that are cut).

6. Slip the rings onto the ribbon and rest them inside your hollowed box. Close book and tie ribbon with a bow.

Note: The last three photos in this post were taken by Jeanne Ciasullo at our wedding last year. All other photos were taken by me.

For more ideas for quick and easy projects, click here to visit the tutorials page filled with more than 30 diy’s.


Almost two years ago, I bookmarked a wonderful tutorial from Design Sponge for a cork lamp. I just loved the idea and wanted to translate it in another way. But for some reason, I kind of forgot about it as time went on, and then this weekend when I was rinsing out some cans to put into the recycling bin, I remembered. I had also just bought some beautiful tulips, and immediately knew exactly what to make. A cork vase to hold notes, photographs, and of course flowers.

But these vases can also be used as organizational containers for your extra pens and even succulents too. And could also double as party/ wedding favor place cards.

Materials: Soup/ Vegetable Cans, Spray paint (any color), roll of cork (you can find it at many local craft stores or order online here), heavy duty craft glue, scissors, ruler, extra pins or clothespins to clamp cork while drying

How Do I Make This?

1. Grab some cans (soup, vegetable, etc) from the recycling bin and make sure they are washed out thoroughly. Peel off labels and clean off an sticky areas. Allow to dry fully.

2. Spray paint the inside of each can, as well as the outside rim. This may take multiple coats. Let dry fully again.

3. Roll out your cork, and place the bottom of your can at the end of the roll. Mark off the width of the can with a pencil and use a ruler to create a long straight line. I recommend cutting the length twice as long as you need. Then you can wrap the cork around twice to make it thicker for sticking pins in, etc.

4. At the end of the cut roll of cork, run a thick bead of heavy duty craft glue. Attach to can and begin rolling, adding more glue as you go.

5. At the end of your roll, add another thick bead of glue and then pin or clamp down with clothespins until dry.

6. Once dry, you are ready to add flowers, pencils, plants, or anything you can dream up. If you are using your containers as vases, I would recommend putting a glass that is slightly smaller inside the container to avoid leaks. That’s what I did, and it works great.

Here are the results… (click each image for a larger view)

Looking for more ideas for quick and easy projects? Click here to visit the tutorials page filled with almost 30 diy’s.