Recycled Crafts

Old Books become New Wall Storage Folders!

Here are some great ways to create wall storage folders out of old books bound for the dump!

This is a 90%  recycle/reuse project!  Other than rescuing the books from the Goodwill bins and buying a small package of buttons, everything else used to construct these wall storage folders came from project leftovers.

While I was at the bins, I saw lots of discarded children's books.  If I had school age children, I would be making these for their rooms to store school art projects, homework and other treasures using large format children's books in good condition. 

Punched "Tin" Butterflies and Other Creatures - Inspiration and Ideas!

Butterflies are not the only creatures I make out of tin!  I just finished making this little sea dragon - a gift for my Mother because she happens to collect dragons!

My favorite way to use "punched tin" creatures? Tree ornaments of course!  And it is my firmly held opinion that it is never too early to begin making for the holidays!

So to help get your muse thinking about cool ideas for "punched tin", here are a few more ornament creatures to inspire you and get you thinking beyond butterflies.

Embellishing your beautiful punched "tin" butterflies!

Thank you for all your comments on the Butterfly post!!! I am so pleased that many of you are going to make punched "tin" butterflies!  I hope you will send me pictures -  PLEASE!  Or post them on Flicker and send me a link!

Before I begin talking about embellishing butterflies, I want to share a couple tips that were left as comments on my tutorial for making punched "tin" butterflies.  These are very useful tips and I wanted to make sure no one missed them.

 ~ Rubbing alcohol will easily remove Sharpie ink from any metal you are working with.

How to Make Punched "Tin" Butterflies

Butterfly tree

Punched "tin" butterflies are almost always fluttering about somewhere in my home or garden!  I never tire of making them and my enthusiasm has resulted in a rather large collection. (Huge - actually!)  So consider this fair warning - they are addictive!

In addition to the instructions below, it may be helpful to review the tutorial for making Punched "Tin" Light shields posted last November as the techniques are quite similar. 

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How to Make Punched "Tin" Light Shields

 

Punched "tin" light shields catch, reflect and amplify the lights on trees and garlands.

Design possibilities are endless and making them is a very simple process. If you need inspiration for designs, check out these Mexican tin ornaments offered through La Fuente; but basic star, or flower cookie cutters about 3" diameter work great as patterns.

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