Book Upcycle Ideas

Do you have a lot of old books lying around? This can be one of the major causes of clutter around your home. For books that aren’t readable anymore, don’t relegate them to the recycle bin just yet. You can still re-purpose them into something useful again!

You can turn your old books into a one-of-a-kind lamp just like this. What a wonderful idea for a reading room!

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If you feel like taking on this project, you can get the step by step instructions for it here.

Here is another version of that project except that in this one, the books were painted in a solid color.

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An old book with some printed fabric can become your next stylish bag.

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For all you fashionistas out there, you can find the step by step instructions of this project here.

Here is another example of a book-turned-bag. So cute!

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 You can make use of your old book covers to come up with statement furniture like these.

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Then you can use the inside pages to come up with different home centerpieces like these.

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Here is an easy project to do with all those old books. Turn them into book marks! They will make unique and memorable gifts this Christmas time.

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Whatever you choose to do with your old books, may it bring you happiness again just like it did when you first opened it.

Mail Organizer Life Hacks

Do you have a mail organizer that you no longer use?  Don’t throw it away!  Here are some suggestions on how to give it an afterlife!

With a mail organizer, you can easily separate and identify the sponge for your dinnerware, the one for your cookware and it can even have an extra slot for your dishcloth.

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A mail organizer also makes a really good charging station!

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I also use a mail organizer to keep my plastic lids and covers neatly stacked and out of the way.

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As for the last tip, this was part of a previous blog I did for kitchen organizing that you can access here.

https://ocfied.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/organizing-food-pans-and-lids/

How about you?  Do you have other ideas on how to re-use a mail organizer?  Share it with me here!

Washi Tape Madness

Washi tapes and printed packaging tapes are so cute! They come in so many designs and thickness! I found a bunch at National Book Store for as low as Php 49.00!

 

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But now that I have a lot of rolls in my collection, what am I to do with them?

Here’s how I used dark lace printed Washi to jazz up a plain white wall clock I had.

 

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There are really so many ways to accentuate home pieces with Washi.  You can use them on light switches…

 

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Furniture legs…

 

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On the door…

 

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Or even on the sides of the door…

 

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Aside from using it as décor, you can also use it for parties! Use Washi tape to attach wooden forks to plastic cups of Desserts, cute serving idea right?

 

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What about serving your meals on a Washi taped tray?  The tape itself is water resistant so you don’t have to worry about getting it wet.

 

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If you need any more ideas, you can always download this e-book I found on nationalbookstore.com.ph called Washi Tape – 101+ Ideas for Paper Crafts, Book Arts, Fashion, Decorating, Entertaining, and Party Fun! Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/1lM3sde

Have fun Washi taping!

 

Long Live The Flowers!

Here are some tips on how to make your beautiful flowers last longer!

 

1.     USE SODA

Add ¼ cup of soda in a vase with water. The sugar will make the flowers last longer. 

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2.     HAIRSPRAY IT 

Spritz some hairspray on the undersides of the leaves and petals to preserve it.

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3.     ADD SOME APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Add 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 tablespoons of sugar to your water to enhance your flowers’ longevity.

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4.     A LITTLE VODKA DOES THE TRICK

To minimize the growth of bacteria, add a few drops of vodka to the water along with 1 teaspoon of sugar.  Then change the water every day, refreshing the vodka and sugar each time you do.

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5.     ASPIRIN

Crush some aspirin and add it to the water of your flowers. Then change the water every few days, adding newly crushed aspirin each time.

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Flora on Display

During the Victorian times, there was a limited flower selection so certain flowers had specific meanings which people would use to symbolize certain things.  See all the different flowers and its meanings here:

http://aboutflowers.com/flower-a-plant-information-and-photos/meanings-of-flowers.html

 

If you received flowers last Feb 14…good for you!  Now it’s time to OCfy it!  There’s no need to always go the traditional vase route!

 

Why not use a toothbrush holder? 

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How about painting some used soft drink bottles? You can get the step by step DIY instructions here: http://organizeyourstuffnow.com/wordpress/coke-bottle-flower-vases

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Or just collect lots of old wine bottles to create a spectacular display just like this one!

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Whatever container you choose, with a little imagination, water and some fleurs, you can make your home a little cozier, and a whole lot prettier!

CHRISTMAS CLEAN UP

It’s really over and I’ve held on to you as long as I possibly could…

But it’s just so hard to let you go…

Okay, you probably all think I’ve gone crazy. I’m not talking about anyone in particular.

I’m talking about my Christmas decor! Some of you may have been putting off packing away your holiday trimmings (like I did!). If you’re planning to pack them up this weekend, check out some of my tips in this video!