Tutorial: How to make recycled book page flower charms/beads

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This is actually very easy – it just takes lots of PATIENCE!

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Step One:
Using a small flower shaped punch (I like fiskars) cut out both the book page and soda can for the sturdy backing.

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Step Two:
Using Aleene’s Tacky Glue or Mod Podge glue the book page flower over the colored side of the soda can cut out.  Repeat for second flower!

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Be sure to let this dry COMPLETELY!

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Step Three:
Glue two flowers together to create a layered flower, make sure you don’t line them up perfectly, the petals should alternate.  Let it dry COMPLETELY!

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Step Five:
Once it is dry, punch a whole through the center with a tack!

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Step Six:
You will need a small bead of your choice (mine is 4mm) and a small bead wire.

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String the bead on the wire to the end and then place the flower on. Bend the extra wire on the backside of the flower all the way over so it is flush and holds the bead/flower in place.

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Step Seven:
Now create the loop.  I wrap the wire around my bead reamer and then twist the extra around the base to secure.  A scewer will also work fine too.

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Fluff up the petals and you are done!  Attach a jump ring to add it to a necklace or attach it to earring wires!

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Free-Fallin & Fancy-Free, Upcoming Show in Massena, 9/6

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With my husband still being gone most of the time I have a lot of time to create! I can’t wait to show you the earrings/beads I made this weekend from soda can and book page, but they are just not perfected yet! Later in the week I promise! They really are so cute! Anyways I added 4 new necklaces,”Free Fallin“,  “Fancy-Free“, “All About That Bass“, “In Big Treble”.

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“All About That Bass” was totally inspired by Meghan Trainor’s extremely catchy song, if you haven’t listen to it yet you totally have to.  I was singing it to myself the whole time I made this necklace.  Give it a listen:

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Also I am very excited to announce my first craft show featuring my jewelry items!  I will be at the Massena Harvest Festival on 9/6 from 11 am – 4 pm.  It is right on main street!  I, of course will have a few other of my recycled creations on hand too but mostly the jewelry!

P.S. I just couldn’t resist!  100% recycled!  Hopefully added to the shop by the end of the week!

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200 Facebook Likes & The “Bazinga” Necklace

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Thanks for all the support in helping me get to 200 likes so awesome!  I will continue to have more great jewelry to share and hopefully a few others things as well.

For all those Big Bang Theory fans out there, I created a “Bazinga” necklace.  I made it to look like a dictionary page with the definition coming from Wikipedia. Listed in the shop today, check it out!

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Also as promised funny ferret video!  Scout stealing my washi tape, apparently she has a craft project somewhere needed it for!

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GIVEAWAY

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In celebration of launching the new website and the return of The Mad Recycler, I am running a contest! The prize will be any piece of jewelry from the “The Shop” section of the new website.  There are multiple ways to get entries so be sure to read through it all.

1. If you haven’t already LIKE The Mad Recycler on Facebook and share the giveaway post to your wall (worth 2 entries).

2. Comment on this post on the giveaway post on Facebook with your favorite piece of jewelry from my shop on the new website at www.themadrecycler.biz. (worth 1 entry)

3. On the new website, join the mailing list! (worth 2 entries).

The winner will be drawn using random.org and announced tomorrow (7/24) around at 9 PM!

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Collapsible Pinwheels For Sale in my Etsy Shop!!!

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I just listed my first creation in a long time for sale in my Etsy shop!

I have started to make my collapsible book page pinwheels/rosettes in many different patterns!  They are about 14 inches in diameter when opened and only 7 inches long and 1/2 inch thick when folded up.  This allows for easy, safe storage when they are not on display!!

Check them out!!

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DIY Giant Whimsical Paper Flowers

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I am not sure if I mentioned this in my previous blogs, but I am maid of honor in 2 weddings this spring and I have truly enjoyed being able to put my crafty side to work creating again.  Not that I don’t enjoy bed springs and recycling, but sometimes you just need to do something different.

I originally found this tutorial on Pinterest, the pin was from the Design Sponge website but the flowers were created by Ruche.  Which if you are in love with all things vintage and have never been to Ruche, check it out they have beautiful clothes and decorative items. It is one of my favs!

Anyways so I followed the tutorial, but have a few notes on how I altered it for my creations.

1.  When you are filling your cups with the cement make sure you have at least 3/4 of a cup, this will make them strong enough to hold up taller flowers.  My current ones are about 1/2 a cup and definitely won’t hold flowers any taller than the ones I’m showing (about 4′ tall).   I had to have a quick lesson from the BF in how to use quickcrete and strongly suggest before putting any cement powder in your cups add a tiny bit of water to the bottom, it definitely helps in the mixing process.

2.  Instead of using stucco corner, I used chicken wire, which we had out in the barn (so I guess this is an element of recycling)  It worked great and I didn’t have to wire it closed I just bent it to the stem shape and taped it with masking tape.

3.  Lastly, my flower tops are different b/c I attempt to make one like theirs and failed!  Well not completely, but I didn’t like the end result.   It is very difficult to tape the flowers together b/c tape and tissue paper do not work well together.  If it sticks, it rips!  So I decided to use five sheets of tissue paper and create blossoms like I used in my phone book flowers.  So much easier and created giant blooms!  I also made the wire “stem” of my flower long enough that I just stick it in the large chicken wire stem and cover it, no zip ties needed.

4.  For my centers, I took a darker purple tissue paper and cut it up with my fringe scissors, sprayed the centers with spray glue and dropped it on!  Spray glue may also be a good option for glueing the green tissue paper to the masking tape, as using plain white glue is very time consuming.

The finished result:

They remind me of the giant singing flowers from Alice in Wonderland, while the BF says the remind him of the flowers that come up through the pipes on Super Mario.  Either way excellent bridal shower, wedding or even to decorate your little girl’s room!

Enjoy!

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Sparkly Recycled Soda Can Snowflake

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I made a new set of decorations for my bed spring wreaths.  I previously posted about soda can snowflakes but I recently made a set of bluish ones out of Bud Light cans (yes i know how redneck of me, but they are a nice blue).  I then sprayed them with adhesive and sprinkled them with epsom salt.  After I sealed them with a regular clear sealer.  They sparkle and glisten like real snowflakes!

Labatts Blue Light cans look even better but I only had enough of those to make 1 set for a custom order! So Bud Light it will have to be!

This set along with several other new ones, not seen on the blog will be available this Friday and Saturday and the Craft, Food and Wine Show!  Stop by and check them out.  I am in the “Our Place” area upstairs at Cheel!

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Bed Spring Wreath with Magnetic Book Page Flowers

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Another Christmas Decoration Set, now available in my Etsy Shop.   Some of you may also remember this set from my last show!  Created from squares cut from an old book, featuring a center cut from a cereal box, painted and glittered.

Check back tomorrow for my first post on a Bed Spring Christmas Tree!  Down the road I also hope to provide a tutorial on how to make these lovely flowers, I just haven’t had the time!
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