The Upcycle Craft Challenge (Part 2)

The Upcycle Craft Challenge (Part 2)

Below are the last two out of the five projects that resulted from The Cleaning Authority’s Upcycle Craft Challenge. If you missed Part 1, Click here to see the first three projects. Again, the purpose of this challenge was to take every day household items and instead of throwing them away or recycling them, finding a new use/new purpose for them. Check out these last two contestant’s and their results from this challenge, and then we’d love to hear from you, and what you were able to repurpose from used household items!

Craft Challenge Contestant #4

FINAL PRODUCT: Jewelry Organizer
REQUIRED ITEMS USED: The sponge, brown paper bag, and the bottle (previously contained bathroom cleaner)
ADDITIONAL ITEMS USED: Large X-acto knife, ruler, sharpie, wrapping paper, scissors, Mod Podge Gloss Finish, Elmer’s glue

Here’s How It Was Made:

1. Cut the tope off the bottle.

2. Peel off the label.

3. Use a ruler to draw 2 straight lines to outline where to make the opening. The 2 lines should run on the flat part of the bottle before it curves into the sides. Draw another line across the bottom (to make a rectangle) that is about 1.25 inches from the bottom.

4. Use the X-acto knife to cut out the marked area.

5. Use your ruler to mark the back where you want the hanging “arms.” And then make those cuts.

6. Depending on the height of your bottle, expect to get 4-5 hanging arms, or more, on each side, which will hold your necklaces and bracelets.

7. Use scissors to round out the top, and cut out a circle at the top so you’ll be able to hang it.

8. To add support, and make the arms more sturdy, tear a brown paper bag into small pieces and dip them into a 50/50 mix of Elmer’s glue and water. Then, cover the hanging arms and let it sit until completely dry.

9. Then, cover the entire thing, using the glue and your favorite wrapping paper design.

10. Seal it with Mod Podge Gloss finish.

11. Optional: Cut a piece of the sponge to fit the bottom of the jewelry organizer. This will make for nice padding for smaller jewelry like rings and earrings.

Craft Challenge Contestant #5

FINAL PRODUCT: Centerpiece
REQUIRED ITEMS USED: The sponge, brown paper bag, and the bottle (previously contained Pine Glo floor cleaner)
ADDITIONAL ITEMS USED: Large X-acto knife, hot glue gun, acrylic paints, sponge brush, artificial flowers, construction paper or cardstock, ribbon, votive candle (optional)

Here’s How It Was Made:

1. Depending on how tall you would like your centerpiece to be, mark the area you will be cutting (I chose to make mine on the shorter side.) Use a utility knife to cut slightly higher than the desired edge in case you have to trim down rough edges from the first cut.

2. Mix your paints: Place three sections of white paint on a paper plate. Leave the first solid white, add a touch of green to the second and more green to the third. Add a section of just green to your plate as well. Mix the white and green until fully combined and add more green if desired. You should now have a white, a soft green, a slightly darker green and a solid green.

3. Begin painting the bottom of the inside and the lower portion of the piece white with upward strokes. Next, use the same process with the lightest green, slightly overlapping the previous color. Continue this process with each of the darker colors until the inside of the jar is completely covered.

4. Next, use silver paint to paint a ring using diagonal strokes around the top of the jar. Taking a piece of the paper bag, dab the fresh paint to create a rough mercury glass effect. Continue this process on the remainder of the jar by adding strokes of silver and dabbing with the paper bag until desired color is reached. Set aside to dry.

5. Using the paper bag we will create a flower to put in the jar. Begin by drawing a circle about the size of the bottom of the jar.

6. From there, draw four football shaped petals around the circle. Repeat the process with a slightly smaller circle and petals. Cut out and fold both horizontally and vertically to add dimension.

7. Slightly crinkle the petals if desired, Place the smaller flower on top of the larger with the smaller petals in between the larger and any visible ink facing down.

8. Grab paper from the bottom center and twist. Use craft or hot glue in the top center to secure in place.

9. Turn it over so the twisted side is pointed down. Add artificial flowers to create a center in the paper flower and attach leaves within petals, if desired.

10. Lastly, get creative and design your own base to complete your centerpiece. I used a square piece of striped cardstock and glued one piece of ribbon down the middle, and trimmed the edges.

11. Put it all together and place it at the dinner table as your beautiful centerpiece. Switch out the bottom paper to go with current seasons or holiday themes. You can also add knick knacks, such as candles, to complete the look.

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