Recycled Phonebook Flowers with Tutorial :)

I hate the phonebook!  I think it is the biggest waste of paper (at least for my generation).  To make these flowers was the first time I’ve touched a phonebook in years.  When everything is so much easier to look up online why would you.  They should make getting the phonebook optional, so they don’t waste so much paper!  To help limit the waste, I took last years phonebook, which was kicking around in the craft room b/c I knew I would find something to do with it and made these flowers:

The flowers have a soda can center that has been painted black, but they could also be decorated in so many other ways!

I also created a few with long stems and button centers :). 

And now the How To!
A phonebook or other thinner type paper (tissie, crepe, possibly even newspaper)
Green Floral Wire

Step 1:  Rip three pages out of the phonebook

Step 2:  Stack the three pages together, accordian fold about 1/2 inch and then cut in half so you have 2 sections.  This will create 2 flowers.  

Step 3:  Take one of the halfs and wrap a long peice of wire around it to make the stem.

Step 4:  Carefully open up one half and pull apart the layers to fluff up one side.

Step 5.  Repeat the same for the other side.

Bubba wanted to help…he was feeling crafty!

Step 6.  Fluff up all the layers and shape into the flower.  Decorate the center as you see fit!
I will have the wreath decoration set and a bunch of individual stems this Sunday, June 21st at the Massena Chamber Car, Truck and Motorcycle show at Robert Moses State Park Picnic Area from 9 – 4.  Stop by and check them out as well as lots of other great creations new and old!
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Recycled Book Pinwheel Wreath Decorations

The best neutral decoration I have made so far.  Made from the pages of an old book that I had already used the cover to make a clutch.  The pages are slightly yellowed with age and go perfectly with this wreath.  

Watch for these at my upcoming shows!  I hope to do several different variations as well as sheet music ones.

Stop by and check out all the new stuff this Saturday from 1pm – 5 pm at Clarkson’s Alumni Reunion Taste of the North Country show on the Cheel Lawn.

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Once upon time….this was a pop tart box :) – Chalkboard Decoration Set

Its amazing what you can do with chalkboard paint.  It is by far one of my favorite things.  To follow my sustainable decorating theme, using my Fiskars Seal Punch, I punched out these seals from a pop tart box.  I then painted them white for the base coat and added a couple coats of chalkboard paint.  Be sure to let it cure for 24 hours! When you are sick of the letters, just wipe them off and write or draw something else!

The green gingham daisies are recycled soda can mod-podged with gingham scrapbook paper!

Hoping to make Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam tonight!  I’ll let you know how that goes later this week!


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I LOVE Arizona Cans, and I guess the tea :) & Massena Heritage Festival Craft Show is SATURDAY

My latest aluminum can madness is for Arizona cans.  I had never really had their products before except for the Arnold Palmer, but bought one last week just for the can and it turns out I actually like the tea too :).  The cans I used below were the peach green tea and the peach tea.  The colors on each can are fantastic, these two cans had light pink, dark pink, turquoise and off white!  This decoration set will be on display and for sale at the Massena Heritage Festival Craft Show at the Massena Arena, Saturday June 4th from 9am – 5pm.  Stop by and check out more of my new creations! Happy Weekend!

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Plum Crazy! Purple Rose Decoration Set

The poor BF has been forced to drink lots of Grape Soda so I can have the cans :).  I’m not sure he really minds though.  This is my first set of purple decorations and I love them, I hope you all do too!

Since this set is magnetic it is very easy to move them around to get a totally different look!

This decoration set will be at the Grassroots Co-op in Waddington NY for its opening on May 27th.  I am also going to try to have another set done for the Massena Heritage Festival Craft Show June 4th at the Massena Arena.  This is dependent on how much grape soda I can get the BF to drink between now and then 🙂

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Happy Friday! New Packaging – Bedspring Wreath Decoration Sets

Lately I have really been working on trying to make my decorations as easy to understand as possible.  I’m not sure even with me explaining all of it people truly understand that great changeability of this wreath.  So to make it easier.  I decided to package up my decorations into sets and sell them per set versus individual.   That way I can sell seasonal sets, holiday sets as well as other themed sets.  Watch for these at my next craft show!  
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