I also happened to have a black tee-shirt cut up because I am making a rag rug. To make the barrette, I first glued the tee-shirt on the barrette with a hot glue gun. Then I cut the dragonfly off the shoe, cleaned it, and then glued it on top of the barrette. Voila.
It just goes to show that the things we buy can have very long lives if you take the time to think of other ways to use them.
To make the serving tray, tape off the part of the platter you don’t want to be chalkboard and paint the rest with appropriate chalkboard paint. Read the manufacturer directions to make sure a. that the paint can work on the surface you’re painting (wood, porcelain, metal, etc.) and b. whether it is safe to put food on it.
I’m considering making a rag rug. The idea is that you use strips of fabric to make a rug. I’ve never made one before, but it seems like a cool project and a great way to re-use old (read: baby) clothes.
There are all kinds of ways to make a rag rug. They can be made with a loom, a sewing machine, braided, crocheted, knotted, and so on. After some research, I’ve narrowed it down to a few techniques:
They are insanely expensive–$350–but they are pretty nice looking. And if you know how to sew leather, this is a great way to recycle an old baseball glove. (Or sell it to Coach; I’m sure they’re buying.)
Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:11 am on Monday, August 27, 2012
First, what is a chicken tractor? This is a chicken coop with no floor that allows you move it around the yard. That way, the chickens can safely scratch and forage for food in exchange for free fertilizer.
Anyway, Craft Foxes turned an old thrift store couch into a chicken tractor and it looks pretty good. The best part? If you get the couch and some of the other supplies for free (and why would you do it this way if you couldn’t get the couch for free?) the whole thing costs only $24 to make.
It’s probably sort of sad to say that the most precious piece you own is your television set, but it’s true for us! This TV console belonged to my grandparents in south Alabama. It has a record player and radio, both of which still work. My mother grew up with it, and so did I. Many long summer afternoons were spent around this console listening to records, dressing up in costume, dancing, and watching movies. When my grandparents passed away, I was lucky enough to inherit it, and we decided to restore it by taking out the old tube TV and replacing it with a flat-screen. It works beautifully! The framed records are from my grandparents’ collection, which I was also lucky enough to inherit!
This is a great example of turning defunct technology into something that can be still used today. Great idea.
Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:06 am on Thursday, June 21, 2012
I can’t believe I never thought of this incredibly simple idea before–turn a plastic jug into a watering can simply by piercing holes in the lid. That way you can turn that old milk or juice jug into a waterer for your garden. Great idea!
Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:30 am on Monday, June 18, 2012
Ashley from Make It and Love It needed a solution to her cell phone charging situation. Since she had to plug it in at night, she left the cell phone on the floor, which meant “those phone cords seem to be everywhere.”