DIY Recycled Notepads

Make your own notepads with recycled paper

I have been making these scratchpads for ages with old junk mail, messed up printer pages and recycled art prints. Its really easy and you only need binder clips and a maybe a paper cutter (if you don’t mess with scissors).

Check out the gallery below for the how-to. Hover over the images to read more about each step. Here are some ideas as to what is possible with this process:

  • Cut 8.5” x 11” pages length-wise to make grocery list pads.
  • Cut 8.5” x 11” pages into quarters to make small scratch pads to leave in your desk drawer, kitchen drawer, junk drawer and purse.
  • Use whole sheets to make sketch books for the kiddos.
  • Leave a back prong on to hang your notepad from a cork board.
  • Slide magnets under the last page to make it stick to your refrigerator.

Happy Recycling!
❤ Roni

OPP: Cinnamon-Orange Air Freshener

DIY-cinnamon-orange-air-freshener2

Image Credit: Shaken Together Life

Today’s OPP is a post from Shaken Together Life. Click on for a how-to on making a crisp Fall air-freshener for your home.  Get the instructions right here on shakentogetherlife.com. I can’t wait to get the supplies to try this myself! They use a biodegradable water polymer that seems pretty safe. I dig it!

Have a great weekend,
❤ Roni


For those of you that are new around here, OPP stands for Other Peoples Projects. Be sure to check out some of the past week’s OPP’s while you visit. Trash

OPP: Color Coded Keys

Here is one I have used my whole life. Way cheaper than buying a key cover. You can color code to tell your front door from you back door. Or if your kids keep losing their keys and blaming one another, color code them for stealthy investigative purposes – haha! Add glitter, glue jewels to the top…have fun!

Laurel at A Bubbly Life shows you how to do this in a jiffy. You should stick around there and look at some of the neat projects she’s got going on. It’s amazing stuff.

color code your keys

Photo Credit: A Bubbly Life (abubblylife.com)

Have a great weekend,
❤ Roni


For those of you that are new around here, OPP stands for Other Peoples Projects. Be sure to check out some of the past week’s OPP’s while you visit. Trash

OPP: Jewelry Hanger

Jewelry Hanger

Photo credit: Etincelle

I don’t have a need to do this right now myself but it is SO NEAT I had to share. Follow the link below to learn how to make your own hanger for jewelry from a wooden hanger with screw hooks. Genius. Now I found this on the Polish blog, Entincelle. I don’t speak Polish so here is a link to the Google translated version in English.

I really want to make one of these. I am wracking my brain for uses for it. Maybe I will make it with larger hooks and hang belts on it since I have a home for all my jewelry at the moment. We’ll see.

Have a great weekend,
❤ Roni


For those of you that are new around here, OPP stands for Other Peoples Projects. Be sure to check out some of the past week’s OPP’s while you visit.

DIY Magnetic Spice Jars

Today I want to breakdown how to make magnetic spice jars for you. I used metal twist jars from Specialy Bottle. Make sure your jars are made from food-safe materials. If you are going to use glass jars, locate them out of direct sunlight. No matter what kind of container you use, your herbs will stay fresh much longer if you keep these away from light and extreme heat or cold.

Materials List:

  • Jars or containers
  • Magnets
  • A Sharpie or printed labels
  • Glue/Epoxy

Instructions:

  1. Clean and dry your jars.
    Clean your surface.
  2. Turn them over and glue your Magnets on the bottom.
    If you are using 3 little magnets like I did, you will want to glue in one magnet at a time and let dry. This way they don’t pull together toward the center before the glue has a chance to dry. If you are having trouble with that you can use tape to temporarily hold magnets in place while the glue dries, as well.
    IMG_3099IMG_3098
    IMG_3101IMG_3102IMG_3103IMG_3218IMG_3104
  3. Fill your jars with delicious spices.
    IMG_7981
    IMG_7988
  4. Attach your labels, or write on them with a Sharpie. Learn how to make your own here.IMG_3238IMG_3241
  5. Stick ’em to your fridge or other metal surface.
    IMG_8003IMG_8004 IMG_7998IMG_8001 IMG_8002   IMG_7996

I have a little nook on the side of my fridge that protects them perfectly and still keeps them accessible. If you don’t want yours on your refrigerator, you can attach a metal ruler, straight edge or brackets to the underside of a hanging cabinet or the inside of a swinging cabinet door. You can learn about those materials and how to do that here, in my Hanging Bathroom Jars tutorial. You can do this anyplace you need to save some some counter or drawer space. Think: Craft areas, closets, junk drawers, garages – anyplace you find a need!

Project Cost: $42 for 30 jars– about $1.35 per jar.
$14.95 Magnets (set of 100 Neodymium N42 1/2″ x 1/16″ magnets from K&J)
$25.80 Jars (30 x $0.86 Twistlug 3oz Jars from Specialty Bottle)
the other materials I had already. Liquid Nails is about $5, so you could make this at home for under $50. (Assuming you have a Sharpie and some spices.) Most folks have way less spices than I do, too.
PLEASE come back and show off your handiwork if you make these!

Stay Crafty My friends,
Roni

How to Make Clear-Coated Labels

Have a project that you would like to add some custom labels to, but not sure how to do that? Don’t buy a bunch of specialty printing supplies.  If you craft, you probably have all you need right there at home.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

A few notes:

  • I talk about bleed in the slideshow. Bleed means you need to leave enough extra background so that you can cut the labels out easily later on. In my example, you can see that I printed extra blue area. This is so when I cut my labels out, none of the unprinted white of the paper shows on the finished label.
  • You will want to take note of the surface you are applying the labels onto and choose an appropriate adhesive for your particular project. I used Mod Podge in this case to glue the labels onto metal jars. If you are using this method for food jars or anything a little one will possibly put into their mouth, make sure you are using an adhesive that is safe for food contact.

See these babies in action next week’s post where I share my Magnetic Spice Jars tutorial.

Stay crafty, my friends!
<3,
Roni

Summer Sleep Essentials

When the warmer months arrive, I need to have my bedroom ready to chill me out! Being a fairly new homeowner, it’s all about using what I have around – especially until I learn my new space and how I’ll interact with it. Then it’s time for the fun part! I get my sleeping space summer-ready with a few easy swap outs:

1. Bedding

    1. Bedding. I really need to have the right texture around me to get a good nights sleep. When it gets warmer, I swap out my bedding fabrics to lighten up a little. I trade dark sheets and pillowcases for brighter colors and more breathable fabrics. (Check out Parachute’s Bedding Collections for a selection of bedding basics, offered in an array of colors and textures. You can even order a swatch in any of their fabrics and palettes before you purchase!) I don’t stop at the basics, as you can see in the pictures, I have a ‘thing’ for plush pillows. In summer, I lose the shams and use a few less pillows. I also store those extra blankets that at the foot of the bed until colder months come back around. These first steps make the room seem larger and cooler to me right away.

      1

    2. Lighting. I like soft light in my sleeping zone and I don’t often turn on the overhead lighting unless I am folding laundry. I change my candle sticks out with white candles and try to use daylight as much as I can. In fact, in the daytime, I keep my shades open all day to soak up every little bit of sunlight. Even during those rare daytime naps! The sunshine puts me at ease and never keeps me awake.

      4

    3. Scent. This is a big one for me. I take a few minutes once I climb into bed to run through the day’s happenings and the next day’s to-do list. I like to use essential oils in my diffuser to cascade a soothing scent over the room. It helps to keep my thoughts peaceful while I mentally decompress. Right now, I am using a mix of lavender and peppermint. I find that blend soothing and crisp, at once. Next month, I plan try out to a peppermint and lemon mixture.  To make your own diffuser scents at home: Mix equal parts water and alcohol then add essential oils and gently mix. Start with 25 drops of oils per 1/2 cup of liquid. You can even use vodka in lieu of rubbing alcohol! Read up on some other oils and herbs that can help you fall asleep at Parachute Blog.

      5

    4. Atmosphere. My bedroom is on the smaller side and I NEED moving air while I sleep. Even if I am chilly as I drift off to sleep – I inevitably wake up warm. I had a ceiling fan installed directly above my bed. I can’t express how soothing I find it to have that gentle breeze as I drift off to sleep. My property is on a corner and the soft hum of the fan cuts down on the noise of any passersby, too.

      2

    5. Personality. Every few months I need to play around and change something – I am crafter, I just can’t help it! I suppose that is what gives my space its special personality and character. This season, I played around with replacing my bed post finials with large artificial flowers. I didn’t like it for an adult space and I ended up using them in my crystal bowl, instead. That is working out super for me because now I can’t fill the bowl with clutter odds and ends!

      3



That’s the gist of my summer bedroom preparedness. I think next time I will get rid of that bedspread to allow me to play with a new summery pallet that packs a better punch. Been pondering that, but I get put off the project as other things need fixing around here first!

While getting ready to write this post I came across a pillow that I bought for the living room. I LOVE the colors and would like to use it as inspiration for a bedding revamp in the future. I couldn’t help but want to think the project through a little right now as this post was so fun to put together! I started over at Parachute looking at products there and clicking through the awesome inspiration posted on their blog. All that summery brainstorming has me ready to go back to a duvet so I’ll have more options changing my overall color-scheme easily – without the bulk of storing extra comforters.

Bedding
Using that pillow as a springboard along, I have come up with a bedroom redecorating plan. I am imagining linens and duvet cover in a light blue to match the center of the flower on the pillow above. Click over to Parachute’s Percale Duvet Cover in Powder to see an example of a perfect warm-weather blue. Adding some accent color via my euro pillows with covers in that bright green (or a pattern using that lively green!). Matching powder blue or white sheets and pillowcases would compliment nicely while letting the bold euros shine. A matching green crochet runner on the dresser and some new lamps to pull the look together. What do you think? Can the creatives among you visualize that working? (In my mind’s eye it looks fabulous! I promise to follow up when I get this project off the ground and you can judge for yourself.)

I would all love to hear how you prep your sleep space for the warmer months, let me know below! If you haven’t tried doing so before, take a look at what you have around. Play with it and make the old new again! I hope you will give it a shot using one or two of the tips above.

Happy Summer,
<3,
Roni