Isn't it rather stunning?
Isn't it rather stunning?
1. Refashion Flip Flops with Braided Straps
2. Create a New look with Studs
3. Cap Toe Paint Job
4. Use Plastic Bags like Camila Labra's Dacca Boots
5. Extend the life an "Oldie but Goodie" Pair
6. Add Glitter
7. Add Legos like British artist Finn Stone did to this pair of stilettos
8. Create a Planter Box
9. DIY: Gladiator Wrap Sandals
10. Add Beads and Buttons
11. Floral Decoupage
12. Graceful Lace Flats Tutorial
13. Mondrian Inspired
15. Ruffle Straps Tutorial
Now this tutorial will be a 2 in 1 upcycling endeavor! You will upcycle not only styrofoam but plastic bottle caps too! Remember plastic is forever, there is no such thing as disposable plastic.
You Will Need:
- Stryofoam, like a take-out box
- Plastic Bottle and Container Caps
- Scissors or Touch Knife
- Some sort of permanent adhesive, I used E-6000 but as you'll read later that didn't go exactly as planned.
- Stamping Ink
- Paper or Cardstock or whatever you want to test and use your stamps on
1. Coat Hooks
2. Light Fixture
3. Rose Pendant
4. Mirror Wall Decor
5. Laurel Wreath
6. Festive Garland
7. Spoon Flowers Garden Decor
8. Stamped Keychain
9. Decorative Christmas trees
10. Chandelier DIY Inspiration
11. BEAUTY TIP: Place a spoon under your lashes while you apply your mascara.
12. DIY Teacup & Spoon Jewelry Holder
13. DIY Hammered Garden Markers
14. Plastic Spoon & Bottle Hummingbird Feeder Tutorial
15. Funky Jewelry
This unique piece is by Maria Papadimitriou of Plastic Seconds.
The first recipe that came to mind was zucchini BREAD. I love me some fresh baked bread. Zucchini bread like almost all veggie or fruit involving breads is a simple recipe with basic ingredients but nevertheless delicious. I confess though, I've never been a big fan of vegetables so any food I can sneak them into and make more "bearable", I'll do it. Honestly I think the more I've done that, the more I've become accepting to vegetables of all kinds. Now I actually starting to like them, like them a lot.
Organic Zucchini Bread Recipe
The recipe I've used the most is this one called "Mom's Zucchini Bread". It is the perfect go-to basic zucchini bread recipe, very easy to follow. I do however make my own adjustments almost every time...
- 1 cup Whole Wheat flour
- 2 cups White flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
- 3 teaspoons Cinnamon
- 2 ripe mashed bananas
- 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup oil (I use Organic Coconut Oil for my baking)
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups grated zucchini
- 1 cup chopped walnuts (Original recipe calls for nuts but it's obviously optional and I opted out)
- Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
- Sift flours, salt, baking powder, soda, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a bowl.
- Beat mashed bananas, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini (and nuts) until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.
- Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.
***I thought this was essential oil because I was just going off the tutorial I found and didn't question it. But as someone pointed out below, maybe I should have questioned it. This is infused oil, not essential oil. Basically though, both essential oil and infused oil are made from herbs or plants. Infused oils are diluted, while essential oils are pure concentrated oils.***
tutorial from the Living Life with Purpose blog.
Infused oils are pretty easy to make. Rosemary only required 4 things!
- A Carrier Oil (I used olive)
- Fresh Rosemary
- A Jar
Now when I was looking for how-to's on this I came across two videos and according to this one by Lauren Roy, infused oils should be made in dark or amber glass jars and bottles and left for months. Then this video uses basically the same instructions as the first tutorial but I noticed that, either people say to put the oil in a sunny spot or a dark cool place. The reason for a cool dark place is to avoid your oil turning rancid after so long. Like I said, I ended up following the first tutorial and placing my clear jar on my window sill. It seemed to work for me, it has yet to go bad.
As with all herbs, there are precautions and such to consider. Take a look at Making SAFE Herbal Infused Oils by 21st Century Simple Living.
Oh and in my backyard there's also lavender and mint growing, so I think I know what oils are up next. I hope you give making your own infused oils a try too.
Thanks to a post I saw on the Upcyling Facebook page, I was inspired to make my own upcycled denim sandals. Especially after just having torn the straps of my go-to flip flops. I am by no means a teacher so please bare with me as I present to you my first tutorial...
You Will Need:
- An article of denim clothing (I used pant legs)
- Denim pant hems (preferably that stretch)
- Old flip flops or sandals to use as outer bottom soles
- Some sort of permanent bonding glue such as E-6000
- Straight Pins
- Pencil or Chalk
- Sewing machine with thread
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Scrap piece of cotton
First cut your pant hems into 4 pairs of straps. This is where it gets tricky. The measurements I came up with are those that fit my feet (I'm a US size 7 by the way), so obviously I think it'll be best to do some measuring of your own feet or use similar sandals you already own to find the most correct fit for the straps. That's why I recommend they be stretch denim, for that reason and also comfort.
Cut the following straps: One pair at 3.5", these will be your toe rings. One pair at 5.5", one pair at 6" and the last pair at 8". Set those aside. Then you'll want to take a flip flop to use as the pattern mold. Set it on your denim material. Use your pencil or chalk to mark around the shoe adding about half an inch. Do both shoes and cut them out. I didn't like the wash of the denim I had available so I used the wrong side for the right side.
At this time cut copies of the denim onto your scrap piece of cotton. Now you should have four feet, two denim, two cotton. The cotton will be the underside lining to avoid visible seams and keep all straps intact. It's also easier to glue on this way, least for me.
Once you've got a good fit and it's all sewed and pressed, you're ready to glue them down onto your old pair and muah! You've given new life to an old pair of shoes that were heading to the trash.
P.S. I took some bleach to the straps to tone down the dark denim a bit. I forgot to include a side view of the sandals but I can tell you that since I chose to use the bright orange flip flops I had, there is a thin visible layer of orange. That's okay with me though.