Upcycling/Repurposing Projects!

In between making doll clothes, I've been making paper products or doing other small sewing projects. All items typically involve some form of repurposing or upcycling. Below are some paper products and/or items for the home that came out of my creative endeavors. I've mentioned repurposing paper products for cards before and below are some cards made from an old 365 day calendar on pin-up women. Next, I made a sleeve for memo books out of scrap fabric and old embroidery thread. I thought it would spice up that boring book for notes I carry around in my purse.

The frames with "Love" or "Megann" in them are small frames (often picked up at a second-hand store) with a piece of scrap fabric and your choice of cross stitch word using embroidery thread. It makes a darling little accent on a countertop or shelf.

Lastly, the rose paintings. Made of 100% recycled paper, these little artworks are painted silhouettes of flowers that can be easily framed in a set. If you are interested in making paper, send me an email and I'll let you know the details.

Happy creating!

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Repurposing, Handmade Paper and Paint (Roses)

Using the recycled paper again, I made some smaller versions of the silhouette flowers work I posted about recently. The paintings measure 3-1/2 x 4-3/8 inches. A set of similar images put together on a wall is always nice. This work was made in a set of four. This time crimson acrylic paint was used to make silhouetted roses. In the spirit of repurposing/using recycled materials, a lot of the work is limited to paint I have on hand that will soon dry up and be thrown away anyway.

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Repurposing, Handmade Paper and Paint

Old notes from college and acrylic paint can go a long way. At least they do when I make recycled paper and then use it for projects like painting. The first in this series of work is a very similar design to the collage work I did back in October. Making recycled paper is quite enjoyable and makes for unique highly textured paper. I'll be posting some more designs soon.

Interested in making paper like shown? Let me know and I'll post a tutorial on my methods.

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Repurposing, Blue Flowers and Ads

Ever feel like you are just throwing away tons of paper in the form of junk mail? Well, in the spirit of repurposing, I have taken those ads and old magazines and collaged them into this artwork with a silhouette of flowers over it. I picked up the frame at my local Dollar Tree to spice it up a bit. It's a great project that costs very little. I've also started making 100% recycled paper with a similar graphic on it as well.

Interested in this project? See an item list and instructions below.

You'll need: -Old ads/magazines -Old cardstock (as backing) -Decoupage -Frame

Cut out paper and arrange in a desired design on cardstock. It is easiest to do the silhouette last, just placing it over the other collage work. Adhere to cardstock with decoupage and put one final coat of decoupage on top. Let dry and frame.

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