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10 Creative Ways to Upcycle Old Clothes

I recently watched a documentary about where your “donated clothes” go and it shook me hard. Try as you might to do the right thing and donate your gently-used clothes to charity, most of them just end up in a landfill. This was upsetting as I’ve dumped tons of clothes in those “donation bins” that may as well just be garbage bags.

So I’m exploring new and creative ways to reuse my clothes, or upcycle them into something else. From DIY home decor to new trendy clothes everyone will love, here are 10 clever and fun ways to upcycle your old clothes.

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10 Creative Ways to Upcycle Old Clothes

Embroider a fun design on an old tee shirt with this Embroidered Tee Shirt DIY.

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Have some left-over tee’s or fabric scraps? Create your own Fabric Twine, great for other crafting needs!

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Turn your favorite tee shirts into cute tote bags, perfect for grocery shopping!

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Some of dad’s old shirts can be transformed into sachets or coin bags.

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Combine two tee shirts to create this fun Reverse Applique Tee.

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Looking for something quick and easy? This DIY No-Sew Tassle Tee is a fun way to jazz up your wardrobe.

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Old jeans can be upcycled into a fun denim rug.

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Ripped or old clothes can be cut up and reshaped into a striking geometric pillow.

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Liven up a tired old button-down shirt by turning buttons into little ice cream cones!

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All this sweater needs is a little splash of pom-pom!

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New Etsy Items Added!

Ok, guys…you’ve been asking, so here you go! New items have been added to the Between the Pages Etsy shop, including the “There are no wrong roads to anywhere” keychain, the Wilbur and Charlotte amigurumi, and Hermione’s tote bag!

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Even more items coming soon…stay tuned!

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New Etsy Items Added!

Throw Pillow

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Alice in Wonderland Necklace

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Frame

in that moment 1

Jurassic Park Necklace

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The Phantom Tollbooth Keychain

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Golden Snitch Necklace

open at the close 3

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Bracelets

soul is the sky 4

Game of Thrones Wolf Pack Bracelets

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Hermione’s Tote Bag

when in doubt 1

Charlotte and Wilbur Amigurumi Toy

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Hermione’s Library Tote Bag

All us bookworms know there’s a little Hermione in all of us…

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I mean…

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We love to read, we love studying, and there’s just that TIIIINY little piece of us that’s just slightly judgmental…

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And when you’re feeling your inner Hermione come out, what better way to show her off than with this cute library tote bag?

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Featuring a little book and owl charm, as well as a striped pattern in Hermione’s house colors, this tote bag is great for running off to potions class, a study session at the library, or just storing your copy of The Monster Book of Monsters because every smart girl knows not to carry that one around in the open…

I’ve included instructions on how to make this tote, but if you love it and just have to have this one, it’ll be for sale soon in my Etsy store, so stay tuned!

Hermione’s Library Tote Bag

Materials:

  • Canvas Tote
  • Maroon Fabric Paint
  • Gold Fabric Paint
  • Black Fabric Marker
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Iron-on Letters
  • Red Ribbon
  • Book and Owl Charm, if desired

Instructions:

  1. Follow the instructions for caring for your canvas tote (this might involve a quick pre-wash before you begin).
  2. Using a ruler, mark 1 in. marks along both side straps of bag. Lightly draw pencil lines to divide side straps into 11 squares. Repeat on both sides of tote.
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  3. Starting with gold paint, fill in every other square on tote. I did about 2 coats of gold paint. Let dry and repeat on other side. Repeat with maroon paint.

    If you get some splatters, just let them dry and paint over them!

  4. Once your paint has dried, separate the squares with your black fabric marker. Let dry.
  5. Follow the instructions for ironing the letters onto your tote. You’ll need letters in the following quantities:

    a-1; b-2; d-1; e-2; g-1; h-2; i-2; l-1; n-2; o-3; r-2; t-3; u-1; w-1; y-1

    I was able to make the tote with 2 sheets of iron-on letters.
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  6. If you want to attach charms, feel free! I think they add a nice touch and I’m a sucker for bows so I had to tie a bow on the handle!
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This tote is a fun gift for any bookworm or Harry Potter fan! If you love this tote but don’t want to make it yourself, stay tuned! It’ll be up for sale on my Etsy store soon!

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13 Clever Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

To this day the smell of vinegar always reminds me of coloring Easter eggs with my dad. Boxes of Paas dyes, those crappy metal egg dippers, bowls of dye that would certainly spill and stain the table…all part of the magic of spring family time.

However kids nowadays have so many different ways to decorate their eggs…Mod Podge, markers, temporary tattoos, paint…nothing is off the table, so to speak…except maybe the vinegar…

If you and the kids are looking for a fun and creative way to have fun decorating eggs this year, check out these 13 clever ways to decorate with Easter eggs.

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13 Clever Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

  1. Vinyl Easter Egg Decorations
  2. Marbled Ceramic Easter Eggs
  3. Brush Pen Easter Egg Decorations
  4. Mod Podge Easter Egg Decorations
  5. Finger Paint Easter Eggs
  6. Grid and Gold Easter Eggs
  7. Unicorn Easter Eggs
  8. Comic Book Easter Eggs
  9. Plant-Based Easter Egg Dyes
  10. Faux Fabrege Eggs
  11. Galaxy Eggs
  12. Tattooed Easter Eggs
  13. Robin’s Egg Easter Eggs

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How to Make Watercolor Bookmarks

My dad used to live inside his books.  He would write notes in the margins and dog ear pages with his favorite quotes.  Pages would be wrinkled from spilled water or coffee and the spines of his books might hold crumbs or notes with quotes or drawings on them.  His books were alive with his essence and he immersed himself fully in the stories he read.

For me, my reading experiences are completely different.  I hate even cracking the spine of a new book.  When a book smells new, freshly pressed with ink and glue…it’s magical.  I almost never read or drink when I’m reading, for fear of damaging the pages and I never dog ear anything…rather just fill my book with little Post-Its or bookmarks to remind myself of favorite passages or quotes.

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As a reader, you really can’t have too many bookmarks…especially if you’re one to read more than one book at a time.  For me, anything can act as a bookmark.  Junk mail, ripped up magazines, paperclips…but why use trash to dirty your books when you can make your very own beautifully painted watercolor bookmarks?

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Painting with watercolors is so fun and easy…and it’s a great way to introduce yourself to painting if you’ve never painted before.

These lovely watercolor bookmarks are so easy peesy lemon squeezy…and you can add your favorite quotes to them and give them out as gifts or keep them for yourself!

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How to Make Watercolor Bookmarks

Materials:

  • Watercolor Paper
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Brushes (any variety will do, up to you!)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Mod Podge or Glue
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Letter Stickers

Directions:
If you want to add a quote to your bookmark, you can either do it before or after you paint.  You can print it on your watercolor paper before painting anything or, if you have a snazzy printer, you can paint your bookmark and print your quote on later.  For me, I have a crappy printer…so I’m going to paint my bookmarks first, then add lettering with stickers.

  1. Using a ruler and a pencil, lightly trace the outline of your bookmark, making it as tall and as wide as you’d like it to be.
  2. Have fun painting!  Combine like colors for an ombre effect or mix and match to create amazing and unique designs.  If you’re struggling for inspiration, YouTube and Pinterest are great places to start!
  3. Once you’re done and your paper has dried, cut out your bookmarks.  I let mine sit under a heavy book for a few hours just to help it dry flat.
  4. For a sturdier bookmark, I glued mine to cardstock, then cut those out as well.  Place them under a heavy book to dry flat.
  5. If desired, you can punch a hole at the top and add a tassel for that traditional bookmark look.
  6. For my quote, I placed my stickers carefully with tweezers, then covered the whole bookmark with a very light coat of spray adhesive.  You can also use Mod Podge, but I like how spray adhesive doesn’t weigh the paper down or cause bubbles.

And there ya go!  A whole assortment of colorful and unique bookmarks that are just begging to be used!

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Mini Canvas Shakespeare Collection

When I first saw these mini canvases at my local craft store, I just had to buy them.  I mean, they’re just so tiny and adorable!

One package contains 8 little canvases, and each canvas measures 2 in. x 2 in.  I bought about 4 packs and started brainstorming how to use these.

Now, I have little to no painting experience.  Like, basically none.  I took one painting class in high school and the rest of my painting expertise came from watching YouTube videos…so I was a bit lost when it came to how to use these mini canvases.

So, it was off to the Internet!  I browsed Pinterest looking for ideas and finally found an artist who created minimalist art on these little mini canvases…and then my brain exploded with ideas…

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I could do minimalist art!  That was right up my alley!  So I started thinking of ideas, finally settling on a few collections (Shakespeare plays, Harry Potter of course, and Dr. Seuss to name a few).  I decided to start with Shakespeare, as that would test my abilities and dedication to this project.

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So this was surprisingly really fun and a true test to how well I remembered these plays!  I picked 12 of my favorites and got to work.

Here’s my Hamlet one:

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King Lear:

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Romeo and Juliet (I like how the caskets kind of make a heart!):

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Macbeth:

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Henry IV:

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Aren’t they cute?

So after finishing all my canvases, I decided to mount them on a larger canvas so I could display them all together.  I used a black 8 in. x 10 in. canvas and mounted the mini canvases using Scrapbook Adhesives Mounting Squares.

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These were strong enough to hold by themselves, but if they don’t stick that well, you can use hot glue to secure the mounts.

And here they are, all mounted!

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Now, you can just leave them like this and make it a guessing game deciding which one is which, but I decided to add the name of the play under each canvas.

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To add the names, I just used a very thin layer of Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the canvas.  The Mod Podge dries clear and is barely visible once it dries.

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This project was so fun and I had a blast playing around with different colors and painting techniques…and word to the wise, having Bob Ross on in the background certainly doesn’t hurt…

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After I finished the Shakespeare Collection, I started working on the Dr. Seuss ones and should have some pics of those soon!

These adorable mini canvases would also make cute magnets or ornaments…there really are endless possibilities for these!  You can find them in packages of 6 or 8 at your local craft store and come in both black and white canvas fabric.

Do you have any other ideas for mini canvas collections?  Let me know in the comments below!

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How to Make an Origami Paper Star

Whether you need a last-minute Christmas decoration, a garland for New Year’s Eve, or you’re just looking for a cute way to decorate your bedroom or nursery, these adorable paper stars are a wonderful way to add style to your home.

You could gather them in a bowl, string them on a garland, hang them from a mobile, or just turn them into cute ornaments!  The possibilities are endless and you’ll love how super easy these little stars are to make.

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Though I made white stars here, you could easily use colored paper to create a whole rainbow of designs.  And the width of your paper will also vary the size of your star…so if you want bigger stars, make your paper strips wider.  For smaller stars, make your strips thinner (you may also have to make them a bit shorter, too so they’re not too thick when you try to form the points).

One of these stars took about a minute to make, if that.  So as you learn the motion, you can power through a whole galaxy in no time!

 

How to Make Origami Paper Stars

Materials:

  • Piece of 8 1/2 x 11 paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut out two strips of paper, each measuring about 1 in. wide.  Tape them together for a strip measuring 1 in. wide and 22 in. long.
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  2. On one end of the strip, make a ribbon, with the short end behind the long end.
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  3. Insert the small tab through the hole and pull gently to form a knot.
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    Oops, my paper ripped!  No worries, you won’t see it!
  4. Fold down the short end behind the piece.
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  5. Then start folding the long strip up and around the piece, following the angles.
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  6. Keep folding until you get to the end.
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  7. Once you’re at the end, you’ll stick the end piece underneath these two folds.
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  8. So you’ll have something like this.
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  9. Then just push the side of the hexagon with your finger nail.
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  10. Repeat on all sides for a star.
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