When my daughter’s birthday was approaching, I wanted to decorate her room with something that says “HAPPY BIRTHDAY”. Although we didn’t celebrate it with a party, I wanted to create some banners for her. My idea was to re-purpose some toilet tissue rolls that I’ve been saving. The materials that I used were easy to find and simple and I was so happy with the result. The banner looks so pretty!
MATERIALS YOU NEED:
- A couple of used toilet tissue rolls (the amount depends on how many alphabets would be on the banner)
- Some paper doilies, preferably in 2 different motifs
- Alphabet cut-outs or stickers (or hand-drawn)
- String, ribbon or yarn ( I used jute string).
HOW TO MAKE:
- Flatten all the tissue rolls.
- Adhere the paper doilies on each of the tissue rolls. Place them in pattern or differently to accentuate.
- Arrange the decorated tissue rolls in pattern, then adhere the alphabets with the intended spelling (mine is HAPPY BDAY).
- Insert the string into the roll with the last alphabet in the line-up, first, then take out the string, make a loop and insert the string back. Repeat this action for the rests of the rolls.
- Arrange the banner on the wall to decorate your celebration.
In the spirit of the Earth Day, I created a hanging scrapbook box with recycle materials. The idea has been on my mind for a long time, but just recently that I created it waiting for the perfect moment. Our younger daughter’s birthday is approaching and I wanted to make her something special, not just a regular birthday card. I used the photo of her that I took last year on her birthday. She’s into Harry Potter story, so she put on the get-up pretending to be one of the accepted student of Hogwarts. I used a used-snack box for the main material and several pages from an old book. The base to place the photo is from a piece of cardboard. I also used some vintage buttons for decoration and a bird feather (that I found during my morning walk). I chose a vintage-look style to match the idea of the magic world of Harry Potter, with my daughter’s favorite colors in mind too.
- Used snack box (make sure it’s clean-no oily or sticky spot);
- Pages from an old book;
- A piece of cardboard;
- Some scrap papers;
- Vintage/old buttons;
- Hole paper punch;
- Ribbon or string;
- Some ink stamps;
- Other decorations (bird feather, paper flowers, piece of doily).
HOW TO MAKE IT:
- Prepare the snack box, cut off the small flaps at the opening.
- Adhere the old pages unto the box, layer by layer covering up the whole box (not the top part.
- Make two holes on the sides of the box, and insert the ribbon/string into the holes and make some knots.
- Crumple some old pages and stuff them into the box. Close the box and glue it. Cover the top part of the box with the old page.
- Color the covered-box with green ink stamp, dabbing it like so to create a vintage look.
- Prepare the used-cardboard piece by stripping one part of it. Color it with vintage photo ink stamp. Adhere the photo unto the cardboard piece.
- Decorate the box with vintage buttons, a bird feather, some paper flowers and the sentiment.
- Cut some paper scraps into 4 parts and cover all the box corners with them.
- Hang the scrapbook box in your favorite area of the wall. Make sure not to hang it near a damp area.
I just love reusing things that can still be reuse. For this reason, I used the piles of take-out bags and turned them into pretty gift bags. I believe some of us keep the bags from ordering food as take-out or bringing food home in a doggie bags from a restaurant. So, why not reuse them for something like gift bags, that in this holiday season will be so useful to send out some gifts. Turning the take-out bag into a gift bag is so easy, you can even ask your children to help you with it and even personalize it with their own flair.
These are some of the materials needed to create the gift bags:
- Take-out bags
- Hole reinforcements
- Ribbon/strong yarn/ twine/ string
- Old cardboard, for the base
- Things to decorate (doily, baker’s twine, old button, etc.)
- Needle, to sew or use to prick the bag
- Hole punch
- Your creativity
HOW TO MAKE:
Fold the take-out bag into 2.
Open the bag, and fold the half-part of it inward, adhere with glue.
Punch 4 holes on the wide sides of the bag.
Adhere the hole reinforcements on the inside part of the holes.
Tie 2 ribbons/yarns/strings/twines and make very strong knots.
Cut-out the old cardboard into certain size for the base, and put it on the bottom of the bag.
Decorate the bags by:
– Adhering some doilies, and old buttons, then prick the bag making snowflake patterns.
– Adhering cut-out old book pages unto the side of the bag, and sew baker’s twine to make star pattern.
– Put something fun and cute like a bell dangling from the bag holder.
Have fun crafting!