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Clay Trinket Bowl Tutorial

The thing that I love most about clay is that you can turn it into anything!  Jewelry, decor, art, even cute little bowls to store your ridiculous collection of buttons!

This clay bowl is super easy to make…the hardest part is actually just rolling out the clay.  You can make this bowl any size you’d like, but the smaller the better.  Use it to store jewelry, buttons, or nick nacks.

Clay Bowls:

Materials:

  • 1 package of Studio by Sculpey clay (I used Peapod, #6452)
  • 1 clay roller
  • 1 plastic bowl from a deli
  • Wax paper
  • Aluminum foil

Instructions:

1.  Condition your clay by working all the little squares in your hand piece by piece.  Once the clay is warmed up and workable, roll it out into a disk shape, as big as you can make it!

2.  Cover your plastic bowl with wax paper and carefully lay the clay disk over the bowl, open side down.  Work the clay around the bowl until you have it in the shape you want.

3.  Carefully wrap aluminum foil around the clay bowl and press gently to secure.  Remove the wax wrapped bowl from the clay (the aluminum foil will help the clay bowl keep its shape as it bakes).  Bake according to package directions, removing the aluminum foil during the last 5 minutes of baking.

4.  Let the bowl cool completely after baking.

5.  Decorate the lid however you’d like.  I used a colorful ribbon and wrapped it around the lid several times.

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How to Organize Charging Cords

Electronic devices are awesome, but what’s not awesome is keeping track of all those dang charging cords!  Some companies have gotten better at having the name of the company on the cord itself (thanks, Kodak!), but when every charging cord has a USB side and a wall charging side, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of what’s what.

That is, until you run out of toilet paper.

Here’s an easy way to keep cords labeled and untangled so they’re easy to find and use.  All you need is a toilet paper roll, some scrapbook paper, and a glue gun.

Cord Storage

Materials:

  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Ribbon
  • Glue Gun
  • Pen
  • Scissors

Instructions:

1.  Gather your materials.

2.  Lay the toilet paper roll on the scrapbook paper, pretty side down, and measure where the paper needs to be cut by making a small mark with your pen on the paper on either side of the toilet paper roll.  Cut the paper and set extra paper aside.

3.  Glue paper to toilet paper roll and add ribbon, if desired.

4.  On the scrap paper you set aside, write what the cord storage will be holding.  In my case, it’s my cell phone charger.  I just used the other side of this scrapbook paper, which was double sided, but you can use whatever you’d like.

5.  Place your cords inside and store away!

I’ve done this for all my chargers now, as well as  my extension cords.  It’s also a great way to use up leftover paper scraps that are too small for anything else.

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Clever Storage for Yarn

Here’s a useful and decorative way to store your yarn in plain sight!  Gather some bottles, jars, or containers and wash them thoroughly.  Here’s the collection of bottles I used.

My collection of random jugs and bottles

Take your yarn and tie one end loosely around the top or bottom of the bottle and wrap it around until everything is covered.  Then take the remaining yarn and feed it into the bottle.  You can also just fill the clear bottles or jugs with the yarn, like I did here.

Jug filled with yarn!

With a cardboard circle and a piece of duct tape, create a top for the jug and feed the end of the yarn through the top…so now you can still craft with the yarn as it sits pretty on your shelf!

Top of jug

Now you have cool decorative pieces that are doubling as storage!  You can also adopt this idea when storing buttons and beads.  Use baby food jars or mason jars to store items of the same color and arrange on a shelf for a colorful (and organized!) display!

My collection!

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How to Make Shelves Using Books

And you thought books were just for reading!

Here’s a great way to use those old classics that you’ve read once and will probably never read again.  All you need are a few tools from your local hardware store and your favorite hardcover books.

book shelves!

Read the full instructions here.  If you’re certain you will never use the book again, you could hot glue it to the metal pegs for extra stability.  If you don’t want to use any of your own books for this project, check out some local thrift stores and find books with cool covers and spines.

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How to Make Little Pots out of Newspaper

I love this idea of using old newspapers to create adorable little boxes.  You can use these boxes to store paperclips, pencils, cotton balls, or anything else that’s lightweight and small.  These are also awesome for starting seedlings.

My newspaper pots. The big one is newspaper, the smaller one is magazine pages.

There are several tutorials online regarding how to make these cute little pots, however I found this one to be the easiest to follow.  I will direct you there because the pictures are awesome and the author does a better job of explaining folds better than I could ever do.

TUTORIAL ON HOW TO MAKE PAPER POTS

I made one with newspapers to hold my paperclips and then I made another one using magazine pages.  You can make them with newspaper, wrapping paper, etc.  You could even modge podge them to make them more sturdy.

Happy Crafting!

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9 Clever Uses for Binder Clips

And you thought they were just for the office…

I LOVE this idea. Use binder clips to keep beer and pop cans from rolling around in your fridge.

Use binder clips to hold beautiful postcards and photographs.

Keep various computer cords organized and tangle-free!

Use two clips stuck together to hold up your iPod or phone.

OTHER USES:

Small binder clips can be turned into makeshift cuff links.  You can also use them to keep your sleeves rolled up if you’re getting your hands dirty.

Use a binder clip to squeeze out every last drop of toothpaste.  As you continue to use the paste, roll the bottom up to the top and use a binder clip to secure the roll.

Large heavy duty clips can be used to hang  boots and purses.

Use a permanent marker on the metal part of the clip to identify items stored in cardboard boxes…then simply clip the binder clip to the lip of the box.

Binder clips can also be used as a bookmark or money holder.

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Easy DIY Spice Container

Spring has sprung!  That means summer is not far away…and camping season is almost upon us.  While it’s always fun to have weenie roasts and PB&J sammies around the campfire, nothing says you can’t have a little culinary fun, too!  Put your favorite seasoning spices in an old pill box for easy and organized out-of-kitchen cooking.  Tape the names of the spices over the days of the week and you’re good to go!

Weekly pill boxes like this can be found at Walgreens, CVS Pharmacies, Walmart, and many dollar stores.

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