From a Cereal Box to a Gift Bag

By Noreen Doll. Here’s how to go from a cereal box to a gift bag with just a few craft items. And the gift bag is so sturdy you can use it again and again. You can also recycle used, torn, or crumpled tissue paper to cover the box because it won’t matter if the […]

Recycled Christmas Card Ornament

By Noreen Doll. Create a recycled Christmas card ornament from your old Christmas cards. This is a nice way to save some of your favorite cards and use them on your tree. Or hang them from a mantel. You will need a fairly large card with a horizontal picture to make this ornament. Supplies. Christmas […]

Reusable Gift Box from a Matchbox

By Noreen Doll. This empty matchbox is a perfect size to make into a small reusable gift box. It can hold money, a gift card, jewelry, socks, or other small gifts. While I was wrapping gifts, I had this small piece of wrapping paper left over, which perfectly fit the top of a matchbox. Because […]

Cell Phone Reminder

By Noreen Doll. Don’t forget your cell phone! How many times have you forgotten to tuck your cell phone into your bag, only to discover, when you’re well away from home, that you don’t have it? That isn’t going to happen to me again! I created a way to always remember to take my cell […]

Raven Wreath from a Brown Paper Bag

By Noreen Doll. This Raven Wreath from a brown paper bag is a quick Halloween wreath to make. It was found among Edgar Allan Poe’s effects after he died. I thought about using orange burlap ribbon to wrap the wreath, but I couldn’t find any, so I decided to use orange tissue paper instead. I […]

Basic Brown Paper Bag Wreath

By Noreen Doll. A really neat way to recycle brown paper grocery bags is to make them into a basic brown paper bag wreath. This basic wreath can then be used as a base for any wreath you want to make. You can either leave the brown paper showing for a rustic looking wreath, or […]

Star Soda Can Lights

By Noreen Doll. Create colorful star soda can lights for many occasions. They’re perfect for patriotic occasions such as Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. You could also use them for Christmas, birthdays, or graduation in school colors. Save your soda cans to recycle into this fun project! Supplies. […]

Make Easy Faux Wood Crates

By Noreen Doll. We wanted to use some boxes under our coffee table to hold miscellaneous items, but the cardboard boxes didn’t look very pretty. So we decided to cover the boxes with paper and Mod Podge. It isn’t hard to do, it just takes some time as you have to allow the Mod Podge […]

How to Make a Cardboard Box Sturdier

by Noreen Doll. When you find a cardboard box that is just the right size for an item you want to store, it’s handy to know how to make a cardboard box sturdier so that it will last a long time. I have found that simple things like glue and Mod Podge really do a […]

Rustic Basket

By Noreen Doll. Today I have a tutorial for this Rustic Basket on the Bowdabra blog.   It’s easy to make, and is created from a recycled cardboard box.

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