upcycle

DIY : easter surprises

For Easter, I made a carton of surprises for two little cuties. I filled each egg with stickers, rubber balls, cheerios, candy, tiny cute animal & fruit erasers. Instead of getting a separate basket, I used the egg cartons left over from all the eggs I used for making Easter dishes (hooray! to green crafts). Darker colors will probably work better on covering the writings on the carton, but I picked white and gold, because of what I believe Easter symbolizes (celebration of defeating death = hope). Hope this will help you to see egg cartons in a different light. :)

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2 to 3 coats in area with text will be needed. So start with those areas and go back to it after each coat dries.

2 to 3 coats in area with text will be needed. So start with those areas and go back to it after each coat dries.

dots are so easy with the eraser, but feel free to carve other shapes out of the erasers.

dots are so easy with the eraser, but feel free to carve other shapes out of the erasers.

washi tapes are easier to work with on plastic. i used the shape that matched the shapes on the exterior.

washi tapes are easier to work with on plastic. i used the shape that matched the shapes on the exterior.

dots were stamped with paint and squares were wash tape.

dots were stamped with paint and squares were wash tape.

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BITA DIY_Easter Egg Carton_07.JPG

green crafts

Don't throw away those egg cartons!!!
ow that you've had many eggs cooked & decorated, you are probably left with many empty egg cartons. They can be up-cycled to many creative uses. Let's get crafty and be green all at the same time. 

* little note: You can totally leave out the egg shells. 
* little reminder: Succulents need very little water.

 

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cities calendar and tags

I'm sure you've all seen and may even own the beautiful Cities Calendar by Rifle Paper. One of my dreams is to travel around the world and I'm hoping it will remind me never to loose sight of that dream. I loved it so much that I had to use every bit of it. I used the colorful tags kit from Paper Source (mainly because the color palette worked so well with Rifle's colors). I'm debating if I should promise myself to keep these around until I actually give a gift I get from these cities... hmmmm. I'll let you know what I decide. :)

old & old = new

Designed by German artist Cordula Kehrer and commissioned by fair trade NGO Preda, this whimsical wastebasket is made by the indigenous Aeta people of the Philippines using traditional basket weaving techniques.

This basket, which combines hand-woven and sustainably harvested rattan with colorful plastic, asks us to consider larger questions about the nature of design, the role of the hand-made, and the place of craft-based cultures in a globalized economy. - Areaware

I love the marriage of old & new and even better is marriage of old & old giving birth to new. This is truly inspiring.