Posts Tagged “upcycling”
I have to admit for a hundred times that I am addicted to changing things around my home -upcycling, recycling, repainting, upgrading. Giving items their second life. This is an example of a third life I gave a simple IKEA tray.
Originally it looked like this; I bought it for €5.
Then I painted it green with some black stencils. When I stopped liking it, I decided to do a little bit of decoupage (I used printouts of vintage papers).
When I decided to change it again, I had to remove the decoupage first. Then I cleaned it thoroughly and sandpapered every bit of tray. Clean everything with a damp cloth and let it dry.
Apply two coats of chalk paint. After the paint had dried, I sanded it with a very fine sandpaper. I also used steel wool at the end.
I decided to paint the side edges and the handles in a different colour. The blue masking tape helped to make the lines on the edges straight. When dried, I followed the same procedure – I treated it with some sandpaper and steel wool.
When everything was dry and clean, it was time to apply something to preserve the paint. You can choose a varnish; I decided to go for wax.
Wax is not water or heat resistant, but I just love the look of waxed chalk painted surfaces.
Following the instructions, I applied two layers of the wax. I let each of them dry, and polished with a soft dry cloth giving a tray a beautiful shine.
And now I have a lovely orange and yellow tray to serve my teas coffees and biscuits 🙂
This necklace is a very easy to make. Can be no-sew if you want to use a hot glue only, but I would say, that supporting the strips of cotton with a little bit of thread make them more durable. I, to make these two recycled cotton necklaces, used hot glue on the edges where I tightly wrapped the fabric around the hanging parts and then I sewn it a little bit.
This kind of necklaces can be made of ready cut recycled cotton that this days can be purchased at most of the craft shops and is accessible online, I, however, suggest to recycle old t-shirts. Cotton T-shirts are knited in the way that when cut into narrow (appx 1-1,5 cm ) strips, they do not rip and nicely roll into tube shapes. You can cut them wider if you want to give the cotton twists more body. Then you can decide on the length of your necklace – various dimensions can be used depending on whether you want it short or long.
You can also use a recycled cotton to make other accessories – so much more than just necklaces. You can make anything from a necklace to a headband, a bracelet to an anklet, the strings in this scarf can be removed to make different accessories or color arrangements. They can be worn in a multitude of different looks to express your style.