Posts Tagged ‘recycled’

Breyer’s holiday catalog showed up over the weekend.

Aside from a beach towel and a new shirt, there isn’t much in there I haven’t seen online already. I did see potential for a lot of instant miniatures so I chopped it into pieces instead.

Here’s everything I got from it:

There were several images that could be used as wall art for a miniature tack room/barn office/etc, as well as a perfect miniature calendar.

The other pieces required a bit more effort to put together. The magazines were made by cutting around the front cover, leaving enough for the back as well. Once that was cut out, I used it as a template to cut spreads from other pictures, then assembled them with a glue stick.

I covered the backs with more images cut from the magazine.

I loved the print on the beach towel and decided to make a miniature folder from it. This was made from a long rectangle, with one edge folded up.

I covered the inside with a strip of blue that was on one of the pages, glued it in place, then cut off the excess:

I used a pin to punch a few holes in the side. I wish I had this in full size now. 😭

The tote bag was made by tracing the image onto a piece of cardstock. I added 1.5 cm to each end, traced the image a second time and added tabs on the bottom. I normally do this on a PC so it’s a bit sloppy.

Edges scored, folded and glued in place:

I gently folded the sides in, added a ribbon handle and the image:

The mini notebook was created by cutting out two rectangles, then gluing those to cardstock:

Once that was dry, I used one to cut several rectangles from scrap paper. These got stacked together so a top and side edge was flush, (if that makes sense…) and held together with clothespins.

To punch the holes I pushed a safety pin through the stack into an eraser:

I used a very thin beading wire to loop through all the holes. The green piece is an unfolded paperclip, which is helping keep the loops even.

Here’s the notebook finished, after being trimmed:

I’m sure more could be made from other pictures too, and not just with this catalog, but any you might get in the mail. (especially this time of year!) It’s all about training yourself to look at things differently. 🙂

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Here’s another tutorial I came across online – mini bales! Of course you can buy pre-made bales but what’s the fun in that? Besides, most of the ones I’ve seen for sale have been either too big or too small. I wanted something in between.

Instead of a milk carton, I used pieces from that Breyer box I still haven’t thrown out. (there’s not much left to throw out now, ha!) These were folded up, taped together and stuffed with pieces of scrap paper to give them a little more weight.

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Then they were covered with a few layers of tissue paper.

HayBale_02For the straw, I cut some raffia that I’ve had on hand for ages. I ended up splitting the long strands individually before cutting them in tiny pieces. Not one of my better ideas but it looks ok. My fingers do not agree.

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It was a huge mess to make though.

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Even with extra gluing and trimming these things still shed like crazy. Also, I would have used colored tissue paper or painted the paper before covering, to disguise the white box a little better.

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But overall I’m pleased. They’ll be fun props to use in photos. 😀

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Playing With Water

Sometimes it’s good to just… play. Or break out the glue gun, which for me, is kind of the same thing.

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Not too long ago I stumbled across a crafter and mom who frequently posts how-to videos on youtube. Yes, they are geared towards a younger audience and are mostly about dolls, (where was she when I was ten years old?!?) but many of her ideas are brilliant. Well, if you like making things out of cardboard and recycled stuff anyway. 😉

One of those was a water trough. I had to try it, just for the fun of it.

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The “water” is a removable piece of plastic (I used a breyer box I haven’t gotten around to tossing yet…) covered in a layer of mod podge.

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It dries transparent, giving the effect of water without actually using… water.

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My water isn’t perfect and I did have some trouble getting it to fit in the trough, but that’s due to my own laziness really. I ended up making a couple more pieces…

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… and a smaller piece to fit in a medicine cup bucket I made ages ago:

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Plastic horses drink plastic water, yes? I’m sorry I know I’m weird.

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