ARIANNA’S RECYCLED CRAFT PROJECT: MARCH

Hi every one! Sorry this post ended up so late! I finally added the finishing touches on this piece, so here it is.

This is a small decorative tree I put together using things I had laying around, and it also incorporates some bits of nature. The only thing that was not technically recycled was the terracotta plant pot. The skeleton of the tree is a branch from an azalea bush. I would consider it recycled since we were pruning and using it for mulching in our permaculture garden, but I noticed how it looked like a little tree, which is how the idea came to me.

I glued the branch into the pot along with a small handful of pebbles I found outside. Acrylic gloss was used as a glue, but you could use any other glue for this as well. The blue and green leaves were cut from fabric scraps, and the gold wire was something unused I had sitting around. As a finishing touch, I attached some old earrings to the branches. My sister and I had made those many years earlier, but we had never done anything with them, so I’m happy they got re-purposed here.

I still have another branch I saved, so I will probably try this craft again in the future.

Thanks for checking this out, and I hope every one is staying safe and healthy at this moment in time. Keep calm, and keep on creating! Love to all of you!

-Arianna

 

 

ARIANNA’S RECYCLED CRAFT PROJECT: FEBRUARY

Hello again, every one! It’s time for my recycled craft project for February. This month I painted two glass bottles.These were fairly simple, and I’m using them decoratively, as the way they are made is not necessarily suited to functionality!

Both were reused apple cider vinegar bottles (washed and cleaned out very well!) and they were painted on the interior with acrylic paint. I do think they turned out nicely, and I’m looking forward to doing more of these in the future.

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As pretty as they are, I do have to say, if you are painting glass, you really should use a paint that is designated for use on glass. These bottles work with how I did them, but they are strictly decorative, and I cannot let them get wet or put anything inside them, because the acrylic paint is too easily damaged. When I attempt this craft again, I will use a glass paint.

An interesting painting tool I wanted to mention is the cotton swab! It came in handy for filling in the paint on the curved edges close to the bottle’s neck. Just bend the swab and you can easily reach the rounded part of the bottle.

So that’s it for February’s craft project! Next month I will have something more complex I want to show you, and it also makes use of some natural materials from nature. Thanks for reading, and I wish you all the best in your artistic projects!

-Arianna

 

 

Arianna’s New Recycled Craft Projects: January

As was stated in our New Year blog post, I am trying a new recycled craft project each month, and here it is! Sorry that I was this late, I have had other arts and crafts I’ve been in the process of finishing up.

 

The project for January ended up being this cute little box. I don’t know if you can classify all the materials as “recycled”, but as a rule, I am not buying any new materials for the creation of the project. Anything I used was already in my house! So the box itself was from a gift received at Christmas, and we’ve been trying to use up some older bottles of paint, so I used some of those for giving the box a new look. The flower design on top was crocheted with some black crochet string I had waiting around.

I really had no plan on how it was going to look, I just took some inventory on the available materials, and then let it come together.

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A pyramid of my painted recycled coffee cans!

I also thought you might enjoy seeing the collection of coffee cans I’ve painted. I did a blog post earlier on my first few, and I have painted many more since! Mostly I used acrylic paints and then sealed them with acrylic gloss, but I do notice the ones that I painted with multi-surface outdoor paint seems to have a better result, with less paint chipping off.

Not sure yet what I’m doing with all of these, I’ve kept a few for storing art supplies and jewelery. I’m sure there’s many other things they could be used for, and I’d love to hear if anyone has any other ideas on that!

So that’s it for my January post, and I’ll be back in February with a new craft!

-Arianna