How to Make Crayon Candles

Crayon Candles

Crayon Candles

What do you do with old crayons that break, or those crayons that get left behind in the box because your daughter will only use pink and purple? One idea is to turn them into candles. This is a great way to upcycle crayons, whether they are old or new.

Supplies for Crayon Candles:

Microwaveable Clear Wax
Scented Wax (optional)
Candle Wick
Double Sided Adhesive
Glass Candle Holder
Paper Cups (like Dixie)

How to Make Crayon Candles

1. Use double sided adhesive to place wick inside the candle holder
2. Remove wrappers from crayons and break up crayon into smaller pieces
3. Put crayon pieces in a Dixie cup (one color per cup)
4. Add clear wax and scented wax to Dixie cup
5. Microwave wax until melted (about 2-3 minutes)
6. Stir wax with a toothpick
7. Gently pour the melted wax into the candle holder. If you use multiple colors in your candle, you need to let each layer dry completely before adding next color.

You can see the complete tutorial by SoCraftastic below.


DIY T-Shirt Scarf

DIY Braided Scarves

Here’s a great upcycle idea for old t-shirts that you have on hand, or that you find at the local thrift shop.  All you have to do is cut strips of the t-shirt and then braid them together to make cute and cheap DIY scarves.  Here are a few tutorials for how to make your own t-shirt scarf.

Video by Kim Kovelle. Thanks Kim! I love this scarf because it’s a no-sew project that anyone can do.

Another idea comes from Ann Le. This project does require the use of an iron, but by using bonding tape it’s another no-sew project that’s perfect for everyone to try.

Hope you have fun making a few of these cute scarves for yourself, or to give as a gift. It’s perfect for Mother’s Day, birthdays, or for that special teacher.



How to Make Duct Tape Roses

Duct Tape Roses

Duct Tape Roses

I love roses, but lets face it; They are expensive and they don’t last very long.  So how about making your own so that they never go bad?

I love these duct tape roses.  First, because they are super cute of course.  But I also like this project because they’ve added a little light going up the stem of the rose.  That makes it the perfect choice for a centerpiece for a romantic dinner, or family gathering.  People won’t believe that you made these flowers with duct tape!


Make Your Own Sun Dyed Fabric

Sun Dyed Fabric

I love it when you can take advantage of natural resources to make art.  One of the best resources of course is the sun.  Melted crayon art is great fun for the kids, but what about a more grown-up project that you can use for a DIY project for the home?

Sun Dyed Fabric

This chair was reupholstered with a beautiful sun dyed fabric.  It’s a really easy technique that lets you design any pattern you’d like.  All you have to do is use leaves or other objects to create the pattern.  The sun magically works with the dye to change the color of the fabric that surrounds your pattern.  SheKnows has a great tutorial for this project.

Sun Dyed Fabric

I love that you can use the fabric for any project you’d like.  This fabric was used to reupholster a chair, but it could have been used to make a pillow, handbag, or t-shirt.

How about letting your kids help create a pattern and then using the fabric to make something for them?  I can only imagine what flowery design my 4 year old daughter would come up with.  And of course the fabric would have to be turned pink, purple or orange for her.  I think I see a pretty sundress project on my horizon.


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Learn to Make Fabric Coil Bowls

Fabric Coil Bowls

What do you do with old t-shirts, bed sheets or curtains?  If you have some extra fabric and you’re wondering how you can turn it into a great upcycled DIY craft, then these fabric coil bowls are something you’ll want to try.

This easy craft uses strips of fabric to build the bowl, and cord is used to hold it all together.  It is simply a matter of wrapping the cord around the fabric strips to stitch it all together.  For those who enjoy embroidery or sewing, this is a fun way to put your needle skills to use.  I love this DIY idea because it is easy enough for crafters of any skill level.

Fabric Coil Bowls

You can see the full tutorial at The Red Thread Blog for these cute fabric coil bowls.


How to Make Fabric Wall Art

Embroidery Hoop Art

Do you have some extra fabric that you don’t know what to do with it?  See how to frame it and turn it into a beautiful piece of art to hang on the wall.

There are lots of ways that you can use fabric to create accent pieces for your home.  Cover a corkboard with fabric and now you have a pretty place to pin-up your family calendar, chore lists, or important phone numbers.

If you’re on a budget, a framed piece of fabric is an affordable way to hang a piece of artwork on a large wall.  It’s also an easy way to decorate a nursery.

This craft is very easy and the video gives you some tips on how to get the fabric nice and tight without wrinkles.  Skip ahead 1 minute to where she starts to talk about the craft itself.

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Embroidery Hoop Art

Love this picture of more fabric wall art ideas using embroidery hoops. Visit Purlbee to see how to make these.


No Sew Duct Tape Purse

No Sew Purse

This little purse is so cute and I can’t believe that it’s a no-sew project.  All you need are a few supplies and you’re ready to create a coin purse, cell phone holder, or larger clutch.  You can make it whatever size you want.

All it takes to make this purse is a pretty piece of fabric, some duct tape, scissors and a stapler.  Oh, and a small piece of velcro if you’d like to fasten the flap closed.  This short video gives you all the details.

I hope you have fun making this no-sew project.  I may give this a try to make a crayon case for my daughter.  The duct tape would wipe clean so easily!

DIY No sew duct tape purse tutorial

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How to Make Applique Pillows

Silk Applique Pillows

These lovebird applique pillows have such a delicate and feminine look.  This applique process can be used for any type of fabric, or design you like, but I think that the mix of silk, flowers and birds give these pillows a beautiful look.

See how easy it is to create these pillows, with the step by step tutorial that outlines the process for you.

Silk Applique Pillows

Tutorial to make these beautiful pillows at HomeLife


Tips for Upcycling Jeans

Upcycle Jeans
What are you going to do with those jeans that have a huge hole?  See some fun and easy ways to upcycle those jeans and put the best parts of the jeans to use.
Here is a short video that gives you some tips for what parts of the jeans are the best to re-use.  Some great pictures for project ideas too.

Upcycle Jeans

Don’t throw away those old, holey jeans! Terri O show you how to upcycle them into something unique and creative. This is a quick craft tip.

No-Sew Fabric Bows

No Sew Bows
Learn how to make a moustache bow and a chevron bow.  This is a great way to use-up some scraps of fabric for a no-sew project that girls will love.
Does your daughter have an old shirt that loves, but it has a stain on it and she can’t wear it anymore?  Take 12″x5″ section of fabric from the shirt and make it into one of these cute no-sew bows.

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Upcycle a T-Shirt Into a Tote Bag

Upcycle T-Shirt Tote
Take an old t-shirt and turn it into a tote.  Take it to the gym, work, or around town and enjoy having a tote made from your favorite graphic-T.
This easy craft does involve sewing, but just a simple straight stitch so it’s not tough at all.  A beginner can handle this DIY project without any problems.

How To Upcycle a T-Shirt into a Tote Bag

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Creative Ideas to Recycle Old Jeans

recycled jeans
What do you do when your favorite jeans get too worn out for you to wear anymore?  Here are a few ideas for how to recycle and reuse those jeans as bows, shorts, cell phone cases, notebook cases and lots of other cute ideas.
On top of reusing the denim from the jeans, you can also take off pieces of the jeans and create others.  Get creative and think of ways that you can recycle the zipper, buttons and leather labels to make some new and fun clothes or accessories.
This video isn’t a how-to video, but rather a run-through of ideas.  Great for teens and tweens.  It’s a little scattered for me, but still gave me some thoughts and ideas.
Recycle and Reuse old Jeans. DIY, Recon && Craft Ideas!

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