7 Creative Uses for Egg Cartons

7 Creative Uses for Egg Cartons

Creative Uses for Egg Cartons

Doesn’t it seem as though everyone has an abundance of egg cartons around the home? The typical family can easily go through a dozen eggs in a week, leaving you with an empty carton to toss or recycle. But before you give that old egg carton the heave ho,  take a look below at 7 creative uses for egg cartons that you can try! You may never look at egg cartons the same way again.

1. Make seed starters.

Poke a hole in the bottom of each compartment, fill with soil, and add a seed. They are the perfect seed starters! If you use cardboard egg cartons, the cups can be planted directly in the ground when ready.

2. Sort office supplies.

Cut away the bottom half of the egg carton and use it to sort office supplies. The little cups are great for storing safety pins, paper clips, push pins and more.

3. Add them to sensory tables.

Cut the compartment into tiny cups and add them to sensory tables for kids to use as cups and pouring devices. They also work great in kiddie pools and sandboxes.

4. Sort your jewelry.

Cut the compartment half and use it to keep jewelry sorted. It is great for holding small pieces (such as earrings) and keeps them from becoming lost or damaged.

5. Make suet balls.

Mix some birdseed and bacon grease into a mixing bowl and spoon into the compartments. Press it in and freeze until solid. Pop the suet balls out and place outside for birds to dine on. They will love them.

6. Craft a sorting game.

Give children a variety of colored chips, marbles, or scraps of paper and allow them to sort the colors into the various compartments. You can also have them sort according to size or shape if you wish.

7. Save them for packaging cushion.

Foam egg cartons are great for storing breakable items such as holiday ornaments. You can also place the entire cartons in between valuables (for example plates, china, and other breakables) when packing.

Bonus:  Use them to make egg carton flowers!  This is fun for the kids and you!  Take a look at all these great ideas I found on Pinterest!

Did you ever think an old egg carton could be so valuable? Give these tips a try for breathing a new life into your old egg cartons and see how great they can be. Chances are, you won’t need to go any further than your own garbage can or recycling bin. 🙂

10 Ways to Reuse K-Cups

10 Ways to Reuse K-Cups

10 Ways to Reuse K-Cups

I happen to own and love a Keurig machine. What I don’t love is how many K-Cups I’m left with for the trash.  I’ve started saving them for craft time with my daughter, but those empty K-cups can really add up! So, why not take a look at some new ways to use them? K-cups can actually be quite practical once they are empty; you just need to get a little creative. Take a peek below at 10 ways to reuse K-cups that you can try, long after the coffee is gone!

1. Organize office supplies.

Put a few K-cups in office drawers to hold paper clips, pins, stamps, and other small office supplies that tend to get lost in the shuffle.

2. Organize small jewelry pieces.

Tuck a K-cup or two in jewelry boxes or drawers to hold small earrings, earring backings, pin backings, and other small jewelry pieces.

3.  Make a matching game for kids.

Place a sticker on the inside of each K-Cup. Make sure each sticker has a match found in another cup. Turn the cups over and let kids play Memory. Talk about a game you can make for just pennies!

4. Start seeds.

K-Cups are the perfect size cup to start seeds in. Just poke a quick hole in the bottom for drainage, add soil, and add your seed. It is a frugal way to get gardening!

5.  Scoop out dry goods.

Rinse out a K-cup and keep it in your flour, sugar, and other dry goods to use as a scoop. It is a quick way to get what you need without getting hands or spoons dirty.

6.  Add a few to sensory tables.

Toss a few K-cups into sand or water for children to enjoy. They will love scooping with them and can practice pouring as well. Who would have thought that K-cups can strengthen fine motor skills?

7. Craft some little doll cups.

Take sharpie markers and decorate the outside of the K-cup. You can then give them to dolls to use for tea parties. They also make great accessories for dolls as you can make them into trash cans, hats, hair accessory holders, and more.

8. Organize craft supplies.

K-cups are perfect for keeping buttons, stickers, pom poms, and other small craft supplies organized and at your fingertips for when you need them.

9. Freeze herbs.

This is a really cool way to reuse K-cups. Just fill them with water and add your favorite chopped herbs. Freeze them. When you need herbs for a recipe, all you need to do is pop out the herb cube and add it. You could even make flavored ice cubes this way, freezing fruit juices in the cup before using.

10. Make a stamp or stencil.

K-cups are great when you need a circle stencil. You can also dip the K-cup in paint and use it as a stamp! You will get the perfect circle every time.

Did you ever think K-cups could be so practical? Give these tips for using K-cups a try and see how creative you can get.

Repurposing Containers for Seed Starting

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Now here’s a great idea for reusing those containers that grocery store roasted chickens comes in!  Start your garden seeds in them!

Head over to Read Between the Limes for more tips.

A Homemade Christmas Gift: Pretend Makeup from Nail Polish

pretend makeup

Visit Kerr-afty Creations to learn how to make some pretend makeup out of nail polish!

 

Have you got a homemade Christmas gift idea that you’d love to share with others?  Submit your idea here!

7 Creative Uses for Wine Corks

Creative Uses for Wine Corks

If you enjoy wine, chances are you have a handful of wine corks stashed somewhere. There are so many creative uses for wine corks that you can try, so if you aren’t saving them, now is the time to start. Take a look below at 7 creative uses for wine corks that will have you looking at them in a whole new light. Who knew that wine corks could be so fun? Here is how you can get started!

Garden markers

Poke a wine cork onto the end of a dowel rod or even an old fork. Write the name of the planting on the cork with marker. Then, press the rod or fork into the ground. It makes the perfect garden or plant marker so you never get confused again.

While you are in the garden, you can even start seedlings inside of larger wine corks. Just carve out the inside, add some dirt, and add your seedling. This is especially great for succulent starts.

Mini boats

Make a small triangle out of scrap paper. Tape it or glue it to a toothpick. Then, poke the toothpick into the wine cork. Place the cork in water and watch the mini boat float. Kids will love this simple and hands on activity. If you wish, you can even use craft paint to paint your boats.

Place card holders

Make your next dinner party fun with wine cork place card holders. All you need to do is take a knife and make a slit at the end of the cork. Then, slide a card with the guest’s name into the slit. It should stand up nicely, letting each guest know where to sit.

Pin cushion

Decorate your wine cork with some craft paint. Then, poke pins and needles directly into it. The cork will hold them in place nicely, and you don’t need to worry about lost sewing supplies anymore.

Fridge magnets

Hot glue a piece of magnet (found at local craft stores) to the wine cork. Then, just place it on your fridge. It is such a cute way to hold memos and photos in place.

Mini stamps

Take a knife and carve a shape into the end of the wine cork. Press the cork onto a stamp pad and then onto paper. Your design will be imprinted onto the paper. This is a fun craft for kids or even for ladies’ night!

Cork board

Glue dozens of corks side by side and in rows to create a cork board. Add a ribbon to the back for hanging and you have a quick and easy memo station.

Who knew wine corks could be so much fun? Give these creative ways to use wine corks a try and you will never throw them away again.

DIY Upcycled Jewelery Holder

If you're looking for a really easy and cheap upcycling project, look no further than this Upcycled Jewelry Holder!

If you’re looking for a really easy and cheap upcycling project, look no further than this one!  Create a unique jewelry holder in a day!  I love this project because it solves some jewelry organization issues without spending a lot of money.  In fact, I spent just $0.25 on the old cheese grater and used a can of spray paint that I already had on hand.  I’m going to hang it on the wall so I can hang some necklaces from the bottom too.

Here’s how to make this DIY Upcycled Jewelry Holder:

Materials

  • Old cheese grater, cleaned – I found mine at the local thrift store for only $0.25!
  • Spray paint in the color of your choice. I highly recommend Rust-o-leum because it typically contains a primer and colour so it’s all-in-one and super easy to use. A can is about $4-$5 at major retailers and there are a ton of fun colors to choose from.

Directions:

1.  Lay down some old newspaper or an old sheet in a well ventilated area such as a garage. Evenly spray your paint over one side of the cheese grater evenly coating it with paint. (see photo)

jewelery holder process

2. Allow to dry several hours.

3.  Spray the paint over it evenly again giving it a second coat. Allow to dry completely – even overnight if you have the time. I’m always picky about my projects and like giving them ample time to dry because if they chip or smudge it’s very frustrating.

4.  Once you’ve painted the front of your grater repeat with the back side evenly coating it and then allowing it to completely dry before giving it another coat.

That’s it! Super easy and a really quick DIY gift or a great organization project for yourself!  Have you finished any neat upcycling projects lately?

If you're looking for a really easy and cheap upcycling project, look no further than this Upcycled Jewelry Holder!

15 Ways to Reuse Christmas Cards

ways to reuse christmas cards

Do you seem to accumulate a nice stash of beautiful Christmas cards every year?  This year, I’ll be saving all our cards because I’ve found 15 ways to reuse Christmas cards!

 

DIY Project – Turn a Cereal Box into a Fabric Covered Picture Mat

Although the tutorial shows you how to cover a purchased picture frame mat, I think re-purposing a cereal box would work just as well!  Check out Delightful Distractions for instructions on how to cover a picture frame mat in fabric to add some flavour to your pictures!

Have you got a frugal DIY idea that you’d love to share with others?  Submit your idea here!

Easy DIY: Toilet Paper Roll Wreath

toilet paper roll wreath

I love projects that reuse items you most likely have around the house, especially when the final product is to pretty!

Learn how to create a toilet paper roll wreath using empty toilet paper rolls over at Happy Deal Happy Day!

Looking for more Decorating on a Budget ideas?  Check them out here.

20 Ways to Refashion your Clothes

20 Ways to Refashion your Clothes. Forget buying brand new clothes! Check out these DIY sewing ideas for refashioning clothes you may already own. You'll be sure to find a tutorial for a new dress, shirt or whatever you fancy!

I know with each new season I start to feel quite anxious to add a few new things to my wardrobe.  But, rather than running to the mall, why not try working with the things we already own? I’ve been looking for an excuse to pull out my sewing machine again and some of these ideas seem simple enough I can easily do them while my daughter is napping!

Here are 20 ways to refashion clothes:

Have you ever refashioned some old clothing?  Which idea do you like the best?  I think I may try my hand at turning one of Jesse’s shirts into a new skirt for me!

refashion clothes