I don’t have pictures, but I have been doing this awesome, useful craft for years. Ever notice how your pets jump on your laundry, clean or dirty? Next time you clean your closet, take an old pillow case/sweater/t-shirt and use it as a base for your pet bed. If you use a sweater/t-shirt, just cut the arms off and you are good to go. If you wand to get fancy, you can sew the holes shut, or if your low on the craftiness, you can use ye old glue gun to glue said holes shut. Somewhere is this process, you just stuff the pillowcase/shirt with old clothes. Instant pillowbed; free, but most effective.
Want to up the ante? Just sleep on the clothes first. Now, they smell like you and are ready to escort your beloved pet to pet nirvana. You can even leave a patch open and wash/sleep on the clothes again to have them stay keen on your scent.
I’m a bit afraid to try it, but I think it’s cool none the less
I had a little box of tangerines. It was on sale, and, well, I love my fruit. Here I was sitting eating a little orange and thought, “well, that’s a waste.” That would not do, so I thought up a DIY to upcycle/reuse le box petite into a small shelf. Now, it made a cute little shelving unit, but it does not hold a lot of weight. I plan on making a few more of these in different colors as I get the boxes to make an artsy wall decoration.
Things you need:
Wooden box from fruit
Paper – something pretty
Rag or paintbrush
(The before shot. I picked some pretty wrapping paper from x-mas)
Optional Steps: Staining.
If you have a stain you could use that; if not, let’s make some easy stain.
- Get a good size container that can hold hot liquid. I used an old jar.
- Take about a cup of boiling water and steep some tea bags. I used four.
- Add a couple of drops of food coloring. I chose pink.
- Add some vinegar, say 1/3 a cup.
- I stained it 2 times. It dries super quick so do as many as you like.
There are other natural stains you can make but they’ll probably take longer. You could also lacquer it, but I choose not to do that (I might not have had any). Here is a before/after shot so you can see how it looks.
(Dig that mellow pink, man.)
How do I do the rest? :
- Take your [stained] box and cut your paper to size.
- Take an old cup (maybe even the cleaned one from above) and add 1 part glue and one part water.
- Decoupage that paper right onto the back using your rag or brush. That’s right! You knew that was coming.
- Hang it like a boss. (This may be the MOST important step)
That’s it! I used two long nails to hang it. It was easy enough. Now for more upcycling ideas from people like me feel free to join this facebook group: Bowerbirds Journal
I’ll update this post after I have a few hanging so you can see how it goes.