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Eco Wedding Decorations with Mason Jars July 23, 2013

My amazing  brother just got married to an equally amazing lady.  They decided to make their decorations eco friendly.  I love that and so many other things about them.  One of the very cool items at their wedding were these awesome Mason Jars that they used as lights:

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These are simple to make and added such an awesome touch to the wedding.  You only need the following items to make these:  twine, raffia, burlap, glue gun, scissors, buttons and a recycled mason jar or glass containers from food.

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First step is to cut the burlap so that it fits nicely spaced around your glass jar:

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Then take your glue gun and glue the burlap into place…this program has momentarily been interrupted for some awesome lawyer talk…becareful, only use if you can handle a glue gun responsibly without hurting yourself, oh and same thing with the scissors when you use them.

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Then cut the raffia and twine long enough so you can tie a bow around the glass jar:

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Then you can use some of your buttons and glue them on also to decorate it with your wedding colors.  We then put a fake light in it so that it would not melt the glue when it was lit.  Look how cool these turn out:

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Lets get crafty on these fun wedding decorations:

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These turned out so amazing with flowers and lights in them.  They were used on the tables and on these great logs also:

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Here is the awesome couple on their special day.  They own an amazing Healing Center that has Yoga, Acupuncture, Message and Herbs.  Their business is called Neighborhood Acupuncture and Healing Arts and they totally rock!  You can find  more info on classes on their website at: http://www.naahac.com/ and on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NAAHAC

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Upcycled Toys turns Mason Jars into Awesome Jars! March 24, 2013

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Making your shelves look  cool with this super easy Mason jar project:
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Things you will need:

1.  Enough Mason jars (or old glass jars from jam, spaghetti sauce etc..) for all of your nuts, grains, flours, snacks or whatever items you want to put into them.

2. Get old  toys that will fit on the lids of the jars you are using.  I found the kids old animals but you could use anything:  old superheros, blocks, legos, letters…the possibilities are limitless.

3. Paint  so you can make all of your animals match.  You could leave them the way they are also….your house, your style, your decision on what works best.  Oh and you might want to wash them before you paint them.

4. Glue to attach the animals to your jars.   I used my glue gun on this and would recommend using another glue since they can be knocked off on occasion.

5.  Set your jars out and see the smiles on peoples faces when they look at them!

Here we go:

Do your children have a room full of toys?   Why not upcycle some of them into super cool things and help them clean their room faster at the same time.     Here are some of the toys that my amazing sons donated to this cause:

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I have been using Mason jars to store my grains, nuts, flours etc in for the last few years.  So I did not have to collect any I just used the ones I already had.

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Then I took the animals outside (in the snow..lol) and painted them all silver.

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I liked how they looked before but after I added the animals to them I was like WOW…these are awesome now!

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I like how the variety of sizes makes them all unique looking.  I also love the silver and how it works together with the lids.

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Here are some of  my jars put away on a shelf in the cupboard and here are some on the shelf looking awesome!
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I cannot remember where I saw this idea originally but have searched my magazines and pintrest….no luck.  If I do ever find where  it came from I will come and post thie info here.  I just remember seeing a picture of these and LOVED them!  Have fun using your imagination with this easy project!

 

Creating a Dance Floor from Recycled Pallets August 6, 2013

This is a pretty easy project to do considering how cool this dance floor turns out.  My brother made this floor for his wedding, so of course I can say that it was easy.  I was busy  in air conditioning making last weeks post of Mason Jars and he was out in the summer heat making this.  So here is my quick version on how to make this awesome project.
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First you need a bunch of pallets to recycle, plywood,  screws, drill or screwdriver and saw (again becareful with drills, screwdrivers, saw, wood for slivers etc…):

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4 easy steps…here you go:

1. First lay out your pallets for the size of floor you want

2. Lay the plywood on top of the pallets

3. Cut the plywood to the size you need

4. Screw the plywood down onto the pallets

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Then all that is left to do….set up the music and dance the night away.