What is it people say about breaking a mirror? Seven years bad luck? Well, I guess I have 6 more to go....
- .25" Copper tape (33' for $4 from eBay)
-Cloth (to press the tape firmly)
Why we have had broken shattered glass hanging around our house for a year already is beyond me. Oh wait, no, not beyond me. We are hoarders. That's why we never got rid of a bucket full of shards. Hoarders.
Now, at this point in my life, I find it funny I ever needed a, "selfie", mirror. LOL! That's what this mirror was. One of those huge, thick sliding closet doors. I had it propped up near a window. You know, for the best light. So, this one time, while taking a selfie, my dogs ran behind the mirror, knocked it over and shattered it to pieces. And that's the story of my last selfie ever. The End.
Okay, how about what you probably came here for, some craft instructions, eh??
Peel the paper off the back of the copper tape. Overlapping the sharp mirror edge, press the tape to the edge.
Press firmly with a cloth to avoid cutting yourself. Because we have a newborn, we did 3 layers of copper tape. Then we added extra tape onto the sharp points of the mirror in attempts of making it extra safe.
Cut felt strips for the bottom of your mirror.
Glue into place. We used a hot glue gun.
I'm realizing now that I forgot to mention a few essential supplies when making the YouTube video for this project. Like, glue, felt, sweat and tears.
This project turned out awesome! I don't remember where I got the bright idea of taking a sharp edged, broken mirror and making it into a coffee table tray in a household with an infant. I don't even know where I come up with such genius.
Talk about trash to treasure though! See it in action on my YouTube channel! I should mention that the hands in the video look like man hands. LOL! (Seinfeld fans) But really, they are indeed man hands. Tylan actually did this entire project. I still get the credit though because I was in charge. Everyone knows the best bosses just delegate. So, I delegated the work to him.
Until next time,
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As I've mentioned before, my BF has "hoarder" in his blood. I guess we both have a little bit. We come by it honestly. Our mothers are cray-cray. Blame them.
My BF has had this vintage gumball machine for years. It does have the original glass globe, but not the red tippy top piece. We used to use it, with the original globe, as a candy jar in our kitchen, but it was a little wobbly without all the correct pieces. I had put the whole thing away in storage for the past year cause it was just taking up space on the counter. A sweets jar is not a good idea anyway. I have no restraint. Chocolate at 6am? Yes, please. No. Freaking. Restraint.
Spring cleaning brings your old crap to the surface, huh? Like, "Geez, I wondered where that had gone." I "found" this clear glass pumpkin jar at the back of another cabinet and thought, "it's an ugly pumpkin, but I think I can make it work." I decided to glue the jar onto the gumball machine so the pumpkin face faced backwards. I figured once I put stuff inside the jar, no one would see the pumpkin face anyway.
I used hot glue and E6000 to attach the jar to the gumball machine base. I used both because I wanted it extra secure. E6000 takes longer to dry, but it holds like a bast*rd. I dotted the E6000 glue around the gumball machine. Then I filled in between with hot glue for the instant bond.
No need for any expensive makeup organizers here. Check it out! A gumball machine, a recipe holder, a perfume box, and...... I don't know what it's called. On holidays my mother would put a cheese ball in it?!?! What is it called?!?! Comment below if you know what that is. A cheese ball dome?
Here I have it set up with a few of my other projects (links below). How easy is the dollar store wine glass with sponges?!
I love how this came out! Unique makeup storage that I've never seen anywhere else. I'm just gonna pat myself on the back now.... pat, pat.
Turned out decent, jah? Leave me a comment below and tell me what YOU would have filled the gumball machine with! I'd love to know!
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I don't buy Victoria's Secret or any other name brand very often. When I do, I always keep the packaging because it's so pretty. I recently made a trip to VS with my sisters. My big purchase for the day was one of my favorite perfumes. I got home, took the bottle out of the box and set it on my dressing table where it will live. With the pink box still in my hand I thought, "I can't throw this away." I brainstormed some ideas and settled on this one.
Cut the top flaps off your box.
Fill the box 1/2 full of uncooked rice (for stabilization).
Use tape or glue to permanently shut the bottom (so rice doesn't fall out).
Add makeup or artists brushes.
*FYI: I spray my one and only perfume on my clothes, NOT on my skin. I think everyone knows by now that most skin topicals have, like, a million chemicals. Spray that shit on your clothes instead of your skin!
SIDE NOTE: Fair-trade is a social movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability. Members of the movement advocate the payment of higher prices to exporters, as well as improved social and environmental standards. -Wikipedia
In 2007, Victoria's Secret began marketing underwear made from organic, fair-trade cotton. In 2011, Bloomberg News investigated the fair-trade cotton program in Burkina Faso, West Africa where Victoria's Secret sources cotton. What they found is apparently common in fair-trade practices, child labor. Children are malnourished, held from school, and forced to plant and pick cotton. "If I get tired and I slow down, he comes to beat me." Clarisse Kambire gave Bloomberg an inside look at her life as an organic fair-trade cotton worker.
I scoured the internet for updated information on this topic. I found nothing. I am curious if Victoria's Secret has made necessary changes as they denied knowing anything about child labor. According to them, they believed they were helping the region by sourcing their cotton from Burkina Faso.
Regardless, it's something to think about next time you pull up your granny panties.
Here I have my brush box set up with a few of my other projects (links below). That's a dollar store wine glass behind my brush box filled with sponges! How easy?!
Don't waste all your money on expensive makeup brushes! Some of my brushes are really paint brushes! There it is, my money saving tip of the day! You're welcome. Bank that dough ladies.
Thank you for checking out this super easy DIY project! What else could be made from a box like this? Leave me a comment.
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Fill your pot/ bucket with cold water. Wrap the yarn around the bottle a few times, cut, and tie it off in a knot. Slip the yarn off the bottle. Soak the yarn in a few tablespoons of nail polish remover. Put the yarn back on the bottle. Light the yarn on fire- this is probably something that should be done outside, but as you can see, we did this in our kitchen. Kitchen is still standing.
Once your yarn is lite, spin the bottle around and around. Not too fast, not too slow. Watch the fire. You want to see consistent fire around the yarn. Spin the bottle until the fire goes almost completely out, like the last second of fire, dunk the bottle into the water. The bottle will crack under the yarn.
You can sand the edges to use as a juice glass. However, we have plenty of cups, so we didn't even bother sanding them. We like candles, so ours are candle holders. The bottles get hot with candles in them, but they didn't break or anything.
Check out this idea! My boyfriend is the real genius behind most of these projects. I never would have thought of this! How cool is this? I wonder if we could start seeds like this in the spring? Do you think?
This project was super fun to do with my boyfriend. He enjoyed this project more than I did!
I hope you enjoyed this project! I'd love to see your version! What else can you do with bottle cutting? Maybe use one as a planter or for storage?
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"We wish you a junky Christmas!"
I think the only reason I even have a DIY blog is because I am surrounded by clutter that I am not allowed to get rid of. My boyfriend is a packrat. My mom is a packrat too. I remember making toys and crafts out of our recycling as a kid. Not complaining, just saying.
I've had this rake around for a while. I've pinterested for ideas, but never had the ambition to do anything with it, until now!
The old faucet knobs were discovered in our garage recently. I love old faucet knobs!
I decided to make a Christmas tree out of the rake and some Wal-Mart accessories. The rake was already green, which was a plus. Otherwise, I would have spray painted it. I used my hot glue gun to attach the star and bead strand.
My plan was to stop there and just hang it on the wall. Then my boyfriend came up with the stick and stand idea, which makes this project 10 times cooler. The stick is from our backyard and fits perfect in the old rake handle spot. No gluing or anything needed. The stand is a rusty umbrella stand my boyfriend found. Cool, huh?
This is the final product. Here, the tree stand is sitting on a table. I stole the skis from my mom's attic. Actually, they were mine when I was a wee lassie, so maybe that's not stealing. I spray painted them white a few years ago. All-white accessories look great with any décor.
Check this out! My boyfriend welded these faucet knobs together in a tree pattern! Super awesome! I wanted a junk star for the top, but can you believe I could NOT find the perfect piece? We've been staring at this thing for weeks trying to figure it out. After a few days I found that a tea light fit perfect in the top knob. It's not just cool junk anymore. Now, it's extra special junk that GLOWS. Ooooooooh......
I finally gave up looking for the "perfect" star top. I figured I should finish this project BEFORE Christmas, so a copper wire star was born. TA DA! Lovely.
What do you think? What would you have topped this tree with? Would you rock a Christmas tree rake? Let me know!
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