Altered Steampunk Wood Frame

One of the things I decide to do this year is use things in my stash, upcycle and alter. I have too many things cluttering up my little studio and finding new ways to use things that I have is not only challenging my creative mind, which is a good thing, but also declutters my room. For this steampunk frame I used an old wood frame that I started about 6 years ago, yes…I had it for 6 years! Altering a wooden frame is easy – all you need to do is prime it and then embellish! I gave it a steampunk look with all kinds of embellishments that I have in my stash. The idea behind steampunk is a combination of industrial and victorian. That means you need to combine industrial looking things like cogwheels, pipe parts and hinges with more soft romantic things like flowers, buttons and keys. Some of the things I used are: cogwheels, clock parts, …

Hanukkah Altered CD Mini Album

Every year I create a Hanukkah mini album for the holiday photos and every year it stays empty. however this year i made a promise to myself to add all the photos!The mini album is created from CD’s in red and yellow colors which are two important elements that need explaining.   Many Jewish holidays revolve around eating specific, traditional foods: matzah for Passover, hamentaschen for Purim and challah bread for Shabbat. On Hanukkah, Jews celebrate the miracle of the oil in the Temple that miraculously lasted eight days when it was only enough for one.Accordingly, Hanukkah celebrations revolve around the miracle of oil and the menu features fried foods (not very healthy I know). Crispy fried potato pancakes take center stage at the beginning of a Hanukkah dinner, and in Israel and elsewhere, jelly donuts, called sufganiyot, are the most popular Hanukkah food. Both foods have round shape like a CD which makes it perfect for a Hanukkah mini …


  Inside: how to recycle tp rolls and empty cardboard boxes into a desk organizer   I was recently asked by a fellow crafter to complete the sentence: “you know you are a crafter when: ___”. Well the answer for me was easy… when everything I see I immediately think how I can make it into something else and what kind of craft project I can make of it. This was true when I had to throw some tp rolls and empty cardboard boxes last week and I thought why don’t I make something out of them instead of throwing them away. So it happened I was in need of a new and improved desk organizer…     RECYCLE TP ROLLS AND CARDBOARD BOXES   When you’re a crafter and you care about the environment throwing away tp rolls and food packages seem like a terrible waste. That’s why recycling has become so popular and one person’s trash is another …


  Inside: how to make a tp steampunk mini album with pocket pages   Do you ever see an object and think “what can I make out of it”? It happens to me all the time and I think it’s a common crafter’s point of view. For sometime now I keep looking at tp rolls and think what a shame to throw these away… there must be something I can do with them…     TP STEAMPUNK MINI ALBUM   As the title say this recycled project has three elements: Recycling TP rolls and using them for crafts. Making a steampunk project with an industrial look embellishments. Building an interactive mini album with pockets.   TP ROLL CRAFTS   TP roll crafts are very popular for a number of reasons: They are free! There is always a fresh suppy. Tp rolls are flexible on one hand but still thick enough like cardstock. Their color is neutral. It’s easy to paint …


  Inside: what to do with an old dry paint brush and how to easily recycle it to a beautiful art project   The one thing I’m very bad at in regards to crafting is cleaning! I never clean my stencils and I usually forget to clean my brushes. That means I have a lot of old dry paint brushes in my craft room. Even though they are dry and most probably beyond salvage I still can’t throw them away so I come up with ways to recycle them!     HOW TO CLEAN OLD DRY PAINT BRUSH   I you are like me and have old dry paintbrushes there might still be a way to save them: For oil-based paints, varnishes, lacquers – follow the manufacturer’s instructions to select the proper cleaning solvent (mineral spirits or paint thinner for paint and varnish, denatured alcohol for shellac, etc.). Pour the solvent into a container and dip the paint brush into …


  Inside: how to craft your paper scraps and make a clever and fast junk journal   I’m not a hoarder! But I’ll admit I hate throwing away paper scraps, even the small ones. I feel like I’m throwing away an important resource and it just makes me so uncomfortable I simply don’t throw any paper scraps. That created another problem of piles of craft paper piles that need using…     WHAT ARE PAPER SCRAPS   This might sounds like a stupid question but the definition of scraps is a subjective definition. Some will consider a small 2 inches piece like a paper scrap and others will consider it as trash and throw it away. So the first thing you need to do when crafting your paper scraps is to decide how big is your pile and sort through it. Once you do that using your scraps will be much easier!   HOW TO CRAFT YOUR PAPER SCRAPS   …

Steampunk Metal Man Box

You already know I love creating crafts with a steampunk look. This time I thought why not take it a little bit further and create a 3D craft which will have a steampunk style. Since I’ve been creating Father’s Day videos all week as part of a DT assignment I got that theme stuck in my head and decided to create a masculine project. I first covered a chipboard box with torn pieces of patterned paper. Then I started working on the steampunk metal man. I used an old car light bulb for the body and some flat head screws for the legs. I attached it all together making sure it’s balanced so the metal man could stand. I created the head from a bottle cap and the face from clock parts. I attached the head to the body and let it dry. Then I added the hands from the same screws as the legs and embellished the body with more clock parts and gears. …

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