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Crafting is a wonderful way to relieve stress and express your creative side. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a master craftsman or spend a fortune on materials to have fun and enjoy the benefits.
“A great way to get into crafting is by ‘upcycling’ —bringing new life into items you already have,” said Dinah Wulf, author and blogger of the website DIY Inspired. “Some of my favorite projects can be done with ordinary household items and just a dab of glue.”
Here are four easy upcycled projects to get your creative juices flowing.
A Cork Cell Phone Stand? Wine-Not?
Wine corks make excellent crafting material, so instead of throwing the cork away once the bottle is empty, put it to use by creating a stand for your smartphone. All that you need for this cute project are 24 corks and a sturdy, quick-drying glue like DAP RapidFuse All Purpose Adhesive.
Start by stacking the corks in a pyramid shape, applying just a thin layer of glue to where the corks meet. Press each bond together for 30 seconds to ensure a strong hold. Next, just add one extra row of corks at the bottom for the phone to rest on, and repeat with the adhesive. Allow to cure for 30 minutes. In less than five minutes, you’ve created a unique resting place for your phone that keeps it handy while you work at your desk or look up recipes in the kitchen.
A Dazzling Jewelry Box for Hidden Treasures
For an easy, budget-friendly crafting project, Wulf recommends scouring flea markets and garage sales for old ceramic boxes. With a little dressing up, they make the perfect jewelry box for you or a loved one. Start by spray-painting the box in your desired color. Once dry, embellish with rhinestones or old figurines— even old decorative salt or pepper shakers. Simply dab a bit of adhesive on the item, then press into the box for 30 seconds to seal.
A Bird Feeder to Tweet About
One of Wulf’s favorite projects is creating an eye-catching bird feeder made from an old saucer and teacup. It’s a excellent way to repurpose old dishes that you no longer use while also bringing a dash of whimsy to the backyard. Simply lay the cup on its side on top of the saucer, and check to see where the cup and saucer touch. Next, apply the adhesive to these two areas to set and press together for 30 seconds. To keep the cup from rolling as it sets, place two small items on either side. After it cures for 30 minutes, fill it with bird seed and hang it from your porch or a tree.
A Mug Makeover
Don’t have a favorite mug for your morning coffee? Make your own! With a basic ceramic mug as your canvas, the sky’s the limit. Apply word tiles to craft a fun message; use multi-surface acrylic paint and painters tape to create colorful, geometric shapes (follow directions on paint label for proper application and drying); or, for an soothingly abstract effect, use the following technique: Fill a Tupperware with lukewarm water and add a few drops of fingernail polish in the color of your choice and stir with a toothpick. Dip your mug into the mixture, letting it sit for a few minutes then let dry for three hours. Voila! Your mug is now a masterpiece. Be sure to apply adhesive or paint only to the exterior, as many glues and paints are not food safe; and always be sure to hand wash your new mug.