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A crafting Quickie!

This project is so quick and easy you’ll want to start decorating everything. It’s really addictive! I started with a set of three dingy votive holders that held remnants of wax and soot. Cleaning them out was surprisingly easy. I just scrubbed under hot water with dish soap for a bit. And voila!

20130916-193151.jpg You get a nice clean surface to start off with. This is important because even though you’ll be putting a covering on the outside, glass happens to be see-through. Other than the votive (or other glass container), you need tissue paper, a brush and glue (yep, regular old elmer’s school glue is fine–and super cheap right about now). You don’t need to buy modge podge or make it from flour and stuff. Just get plain, white school glue.

So here is the easy tutorial. It practically writes itself.

1) Grab your soon-to-be-fabulous-but-currently-plain-and-boring glass container. Grab your glue and put it in a small, shallow bowl. I added a few drops of water to make it a bit easier to spread.
2) Measure your tissue paper to cover the surface. You can spend a lot of time actually measuring the paper, but this is too much effort! You can always fix it later (as long as it’s too big. If it’s too small, you are screwed).
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3) Spread a layer of glue onto the glass and start to apply the tissue. Caution: do not manipulate the tissue paper too much, it will tear! And it’s tricky to patch up because it is pretty obvious where you’ve doubled up. 20130916-193207.jpg
4) After you’ve applied your layer of tissue, apply another layer of glue to the outside. Be generous. You are sealing it in.
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5) Let dry for many hours. In the end, it looks like a cool frosted design. Here is the final product. a href=”https://lifeimproveddotorg.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/20130916-200604.jpg”>20130916-200604.jpg
And what’s really great about this is if you get sick of it, you can just let it soak in water and start all over again. This project is perfect for changing seasonal home decor or decorating for special occasions.

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First… admit you have a problem.

My dear, beautiful sister was always so proud of herself for getting such fabulous deals on after-holiday items, decorations and wrappings.  Perhaps the best example was Christmas.  Every year, she would buy her wrapping papers, tissues, foils, boxes, bags, decorations on super sale after the season and put them away for the next year.  She got such fabulous savings!

When she moved from Illinois to Arizona three years ago she brought out from under the house FIVE bins of Christmas stuff, much of it never opened. Together, with hands held, and tears in our eyes, we acknowledged she had a sickness.  If you buy things and never use them, it’s no deal at all, no matter how cheap it was.

Now, I will admit, I took a lot of it…she couldn’t take it with her and we weren’t going to throw it away…it was all free for me.  But, I have to be honest,  it will be years before I actually go through it all.  Especially since I have made a vow to never buy wrapping paper and gift bags again.  Once you make a conscientious effort to save tissue, gift bags, cellophane, bows, ribbon, fillers, foils, and boxes, it adds up very fast.  People may look at you strangely at a baby shower when you are folding all the tissue into manageable folds, but you’ll be glad you did. (Baby showers are gold mines for tissue paper, by the way).  There are so many uses for tissue paper.  You can shred it and use it for easter baskets, shipping delicate products, and gift baskets. You can even wrap presents with it. You can use if for decor on gifts of plain bags, such as making tissue flowers, bows, or taking some watered down glue and decoupage-ing.

At Christmas time, I collect the ribbon and tissue and bags that people otherwise throw away. And they throw so much away! Everyone so far has rolled their eyes at the idea of shredding and composting the wrapping paper, but I hope to put that into effect soon.  I also collect small boxes and ribbons like the ones that come with all those yummy office gifts. Even if it’s too small to actually use to wrap, ribbons are great for crafting.

Occasionally my husband also has a good idea. Sometime ago he collected a handful of flight maps that the local flight school was getting rid of.  They have now become his signature wrapping and everyone remarks on how clever it is.  Repurposing things like maps, comics, your kid’s coloring book pages, instructions, newspaper, magazine pages, and tissue as wrapping paper is a great and FREE idea. Don’t forget to shred and compost after wards (I know…I haven’t gotten around to that yet, but I WILL.)