Monthly Archives: August 2013

Recycled Tea Jars


If you’re like me you probably have some random assortment of items that could have gone into the recycling bin but that you stuffed into a cabinet with the thought, “I could use this for something…”


We’ve had a not small collection of glass jars growing near our sink for awhile now. I hadn’t yet decided what exactly they would be made into, but I knew I could start by at least getting all the labels off and cleaning them up.

My husband has complained many times about the ridiculous amount of tea boxes in our spice cabinet/coffee storage area, because in the winter I get a little overzealous with all the flavors (if you haven’t had Celestial Seasonings Nutcracker Sweet or Sugarplum seasonal flavors you are MISSING OUT big time!) and they take up a lot of room/aren’t very organized.

I decided this would be he perfect task for my collection of jars. Tea jars! And things will be organized! And then my husband will have to admit that most of the disorganization in that cabinet is actually from all of his spices and cooking oils and the like.

Things you will need:

Glass food jars that have been cleaned (run through the dishwasher if you have one)

Large bowl of hot water

Dash of olive oil

A few clean paper towels

Chalkboard paint or chalkboard spray paint

Junk mail or other material to protect your work surface

Painter’s tape and paper (optional)

An outdoor area to work in if you’re doing spray paint, which I prefer

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More Melted Crayon Art


I bought some canvas I saw on clearance several months ago because it was a steal. I wasn’t real sure what I was going to do with it, but I knew I would come up with something. (Hmm, this logic might be why I have so many random craft supplies in my office)

We don’t have a headboard on our bed, but I’ve been wanting to put something in that general area because it looks a little bare. I decided to try this watercolor method of melting crayons on canvas. I have to say, I’m really pleased with how it turned out! I like it a lot better than the method I used last time, partly because it wasn’t so time consuming.

Things you will need:


Big box of Crayola crayons

Knife or razor blade, to slice open the wrappers on your crayons


A surface area you don’t mind getting messy, or a workspace that you’ve covered in newspaper


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