Reuse and Get Crafty! Upcycle plastic bottles, magazines, mason jars and sweaters

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Plastic Bottle Apple Container

~:: Repeat Crafter Me ::~

Before you toss your empty plastic soda and water bottles out, let me show you a great way to recycle them in to a fun, creative and seasonal craft! These plastic bottle apple containers would make the perfect gift for a teacher and you can personalize them with a small gift or note inside. But they can be more than just apples, paint them orange and you have cute little pumpkins! Here is a simple tutorial with just a couple of steps.



ABOUT SARAH: Sarah is a stay-at-home mom to her two toddler age boys. She is also an artist and graphic designer that loves crafting with her kids, taking on DIY projects, crocheting and attempting to cook with the help of her Crock pot. She blogs at RepeatCrafterMe. Find Sarah on Facebook,Pinterest, and Twitter.



Mason Jar Solar Lights

~:: Garden Therapy ::~

Do you remember the humble mason jars that your grandmother used for canning? Well, I bet Grandma would never have guessed that the same jars that held her jams and pickles could be turned into a pretty cool solar light for the garden or window.

Using only a few easy-to-find materials and simple steps learn how to do it yourself.







ABOUT STEPHANIE: Stephanie Rose is a Master Gardener who lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada, where she has grown over 100 edibles, 400 perennials, and countless other plants in her small urban yard; a hobby that continues to grow with each season. She believes that a trowel is as good as a paintbrush for creating art, that earthworms are gifts from the gods, and that everything tastes better when you grow it yourself. Stephanie starting gardening as a way to heal herself and as such writes creative project tutorials, recipes, and gardening advice as a way to make gardening interesting and accessible to anyone who could benefit from a little garden therapy. She lives with her husband and their two dogs, who are great garden helpers, mostly.

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Magazine Gift Bag Tutorial

~:: Redfly Creations ::~

These days we are all trying to find ways to reuse what we have. What better way to up- cycle than to use those pretty pages from the stacks of magazines we have laying around into a sweet little gift bag. Here is a great tutorial to show you how to do just that.



ABOUT MELISSA: Melissa Whitcher is a stay-at-home mom to her three wonderful children and husband. She lives in Northern Texas and loves to create. As an outlet for the constant ideas going around in her head, she started Redfly Creations in 2011. Redfly Creations is a blog to help you make everything in your life more more organized, practical and beautiful.
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Old Sweater Project Series

~:: Thrifty & Chic ::~

It doesn’t take much to transition your home from summer to fall/winter. Fall and winter are all about textures and warmth! Add a little texture and warmth into your home by upcycling some old sweaters. Have a sweater that has a hole in it or is too small? Why not turn it into a lampshade cover or a pillow? Easy updates like this make a great statement for the season.







ABOUT ALICIA: Alicia is the voice and DIY-er behind the blog Thrifty and Chic. She’s most at home when she’s building something or decorating a space. She prides herself in having more power tools than her husband and isn’t afraid to tackle new projects on a whim. Her blog focuses on DIY decorating ideas for the home…and doing it as thrifty as possible. She understands the need for a polished beautiful home and doesn’t think you have to spend money to get it. Her blog details her experience from taking her builder grade house into a welcoming home, on the cheap. You can find her blog at, like her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.