Repurposed Corks

I heart wine. I’m on a Merlot kick right now but I’m not opposed to Pinos either. For all of you wine drinkers out there, here is another excuse to grab a bottle for Friday night’s dinner. I’ve found a full roundup of amazing things to do with the corks! Don’t fret if wine isn’t your thing. I’m sure you can have the neighbors start collecting some for you. No matter what you have to do, get some corks because these crafts are super fun.

There are so many uses! I’m really not exaggerating. Corks can be used to keep furniture from scratching the floors and as spools for threads, quite practical. There are also many whimsical uses for them like wall art and planters. #4 is my absolute fav and #22 is beyond impressive! Repurpose them to make toys, necklaces, fishing bobbers, stamps, candles (I didn’t know that they burned), and many others.

Wine bottles are great for crafts! There are ways to repurpose every part of the bottle. Even the label. Vinepair has some fun things to do with the labels here.

Find the full roundup from Home Esthetics here…

Home Esthetics: 30 Insanely Creative DIY Cork Recycling Projects You Should Try

DIY Paintings

Looking for some decorating inspiration? You might find it here. I know that I did! I need to try some of these right away, my home has more blank walls than I would like to admit. I keep meaning to do something with them and I think these simple and beautiful DIYs might be the solution.

I heart these. They are easy and kid friendly. What kid doesn’t love getting covered in paint? You can use all sorts of strange things to make art. Corn on the cob, leaves, lemons, scotch tape, and other random things from around the house. DIY art gives you the chance to make you home as unique as you are.

The family hand print is adorable! It would make a wonderful gift for Grandma and Grandpa. #12 is one of my favorites. I also like the projects that have painted initials or quotes. #27 is horrible! I would never drown a teddy bear in paint like that! It’s stuffed animal cruelty! She Knows has some better animal crafts than that. Lol, find them here.

Find the full article from Home Esthetics here…

HomeEsthetics: 31 Amazing DIY Paintings For Your Blank Walls

butter and sugar

This video has left me devastated! Why? Because my microwave is broken and I can’t make this delicious caramel! Sometimes life is so unfair but I’m tucking this away so as soon as it is fixed I can make it happen. Please let that be soon! With this easy microwave recipe we should never be buying caramel again.

Butter and sugar are two of my favorite things and this recipe is chock full of those ingredients. Sugar high!
Be careful caramel is addictive and not the healthiest treat. Eat some steamed veggies every once in a while or your waistline might regret it. Lol. I am thinking this is perfect for making caramel apples.

6 ingredients and 6 minutes (plus cooling time) until bliss. I would eat the ‘batter’ straight out of the bowl. Watch out for your fillings people! This chewy goodness could do some damage. I’ve also seen some recipes for microwave peanut brittle, like this one from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. If you thought caramel was easy, wait until you see this!

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Chrochet Flowers

I can’t get enough of bright colors right now! I am drawn to them like bees to honey. Beee-utiful. I just bought some running shoes that are neon orange and I love them with my whole heart. That’s probably why the picture of these hoop flowers caught my attention; they are so vibrant and fun. It’s nice to have something springtime-y in the dead of winter. I love bright things!

The tutorial for these crocheted flowers is brilliant. They are the perfect place for newbies to start. It’s detailed, step-by-step instructions will produce the most amazing blossoms. I love the beautiful pictures! These are nowhere near as difficult as they look and the pattern is just awesome.

I would love to stick these on headbands! I’ve found the perfect embellishment. A bunch on a scarf would be pretty wonderful too. Skip To My Lou has some precious crocheted flowers that will melt your heart. Find them here

Find the full article from According To Matt here…

According To Matt: Mini Hoop Flowers

Sock Snowman Craft

If you’re like me you probably have 10+ socks missing a mate. Where did the left sock go?! I am constantly amazed at how quickly they disappear. This sock snowman is an easy wintery craft and the best way to save lone socks from the garbage.

I could whip one of these out right now if I wanted. I have all the supplies and I bet you do too! This little guy would make a nice holiday decoration or work for a last minute gift. I heart his scarf! If you don’t cut the sock you can have a more traditional 3 ball body, but I’m not sure where his hat would come from. Either way, he is cute!

Word of warning…be sure you tie that string nice and tight! Otherwise you will have a rice-y mess. I’ve heard of people using sand instead of rice too.

Organized Christmas the most delicious snowman project you’ve ever seen, ‘Snowman Soup.’ (Not as morbid as it sounds, I promise! Check it out here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

DIY Gummy Bears

I’m over the moon excited about these gummy bears! Some DIYs excite me more that others and this would be one of them; it has me in a tizzy. I am a candy fiend. Buying, eating, making. Especially that last one… making! Making candy is one of my favorite pastimes and I can’t wait to try out this recipe.

How fun! Grab a mold and some gelatin and let’s go! This recipe takes two kinds of gelatin, unflavored and flavored. The flavored would be like Jello or whatever flavor you want your gummies to be. Blue raspberry is my fav but I’m also pretty crazy about peach. Picking the flavor is going to be the toughest part! FYI, you don’t have to use bear molds if you don’t want! I’m not going too! I have some cute turtle molds that came with a chocolate making set and I think I’ll try those. Lol. I’m making mine sour! To do that, you just sprinkle with citric acid. Who knew?

If you loved these gummy bears, you will fall head-over-heels for the ‘drunken gummies’ over at instructables. Find them here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Hutch To Vanity

If you pull up your local Craig’s List and type in ‘entertainment center/system’ hundreds of results for hutches and cabinets will pop up. Most of them are old, being sold for under $50, and rather ugly. If you wait till garage sale season they can be found for even cheaper (I’ve seen them for $20)! The great thing about this is that they can be repurposed into the cutest projects. Projects like this dress-up vanity.

The transformation from hutch to vanity is incredible! I love how the battery powered lights make it look like a real dressing table and closet that a grown up would have in their room. It’s amazing what some white paint, lights, mirror, and a curtain rod can do. I’m so impressed.

Crafty Momz has another example of how to dress up an old entertainment center. The possibilities are endless and adorable. Find it here.

Find the full article from Sophia Grace & Co here…

Sophia Grace & Co: Dress Up Makeover

Cement Hands

You need to try working with cement; it’s really fun. Concrete is also pretty affordable so complete failures won’t break the bank. But don’t worry, there won’t be any fails with this DIY. The tutorial, pics included, has what to do and what not to do so we are sure to get amazing results every time.

You will need casting cement (be sure it is casting and rapid dry), gloves, water, trowel, and a mask (safety first). I think the most difficult part part of working with cement is letting it dry and that’s why rapid dry is the best! Be sure the consistency on your concrete is smooth when mixed and not rocky.

The zombie hands remind me of ‘The Walking Dead.’ Very realist, lol. Nice for Halloween too and would keep anyone from running off with them too easily as they are bit heavier and harder to hide than the plastic ones. I wonder if I could some how make them into a bigger bowl to hold water for a birdbath. I think they would look nice stained or painted too. homedit has 34 other awesome DIY projects to check out and here they are.

Find the full tutorial from Do It Yourself Fun Ideas here…

Do It Yourself Fun Ideas: DIY Concrete Hand Planters And Bowls

Stay Warm Save Money

I got the best Christmas gifts ever! A heating blanket and soft fuzzy slippers. I asked and Santa came through! There was never a doubt in my mind. I am always so cold during the winter months and hopefully these warm presents will keep from turning into a popsicle. I might not be cranking up the heater to tropical climates anymore.

Have you ever thought of using bubble wrap to insulate your windows? No? Get onboard. It’s affordable and easy to come by. I love that you can get it with designs; how perfect for those doors and windows that are more visible. There are products made specifically to stick on windows that are really expensive and bubble wrap is a nice alternative.

A lot of companies will come and do a free ‘energy evaluation.’ They check to see where the problem areas are and where heat might be escaping and where the ventilation/insulation issues are. Having one of those done will save you a ton! SFGate has some other great ways on how to keep the cold out…

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Repurposed Tires

It’s still too early to start planting things outside but that doesn’t mean that I can’t start planning out my garden. I am excited for this year! I am have been pinning, Googling, and researching like crazy. One idea that I really like is turning old tires into garden pots/planters.

They drain really well and are easy to make. Painting them will dress them up and make it look like someone didn’t just dump a tire in your yard. Tires are also free! This is a great way to recycle and repurpose.

Cutting them by hand is going to take some muscle no matter what method you use, thus the gloves. This one is by far the easiest; use that leverage! And be sure your knife is sharp sharp sharp.

I’ve heard that you shouldn’t grow food in them because of toxins in the tires that they were exposed to during their driving days but I don’t know if that’s true. This planter would be perfect for beautiful flowers! woohome has a terrific roundup for other DIY Garden pots. Find them here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!