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Up-cycle old books and children’s toys to create stylish book ends.

If you have some ‘time expired’ books such as out of date restaurant or travel guides or have a few charity shop finds why not create some book ends from them. Top with a child’s toy animal, sprayed with Rustoleum paint.

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You will need

Rustoleum Neon Spray paint

Rustoleum Metallic spray paint

A few books (hard back are best) Make 2 piles of books and make sure that both piles are roughly the same height when on top of one another

Paint brush

Glue gun

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Using PVA and a brush glue the pages together round the three sides of the book. Obviously the spine is left as it is. Once the edges are dry, Use the glue gun to stick one book on top of the next.

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In a well ventilated space, spray the pile of books you have stuck together, with the neon  paint. Spray the plastic toy with the metallic paint and leave to dry.

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Glue the sprayed animal, to the top one of the sprayed books. Repeat steps 1-4 with the second book end.

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Recycled painted pots

If any of you  live with  dogs or cats and feed them  tinned food, you probably have a few empty tins lying around. I decided to recycle mine to hold some Heather and Cactus plants.

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You will need

Rustoleum chalk paint

clean empty tin

scouring pad

Paint brush

plastic box

Step1

Fill the plastic box with warm water and  remove the label from the tinStep2

Remove stubborn bits of  paper from the tin, using the scourer. Leave the tin to dry.

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Load your brush with paint, apply to the rim of the tin.

For a spilled paint look, over load the brush and let the paint dribble.Step4

 

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Mini Makes – French Ash Tray Candle Holders

I have created mini makes as something to make immediately. Sometimes a transformation can be made with just a lick of paint or a bit of fabric wrapping. This is more to do with ingenuity than craftsmanship, it is a way of looking and thinking ‘I know what I can do with that’. They are all  are very quick makes that require next to nothing  to make, but are just great ways of making something from, nearly, nothing. Someone donated  a whole lot of  old glass ash trays to me.  The good thing about them was they were clean and they are quite heavy and substantial .So I thought I would transform them into candle holders with a quick blast of paint from Rustoleum metallics and there you have it  rather nice candle holders.

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Jam Jar Christmas Lanterns

This project is recycling at its simplest.

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You will need

Corrugated card

Rustoleum metallic spray paints in gold and copper

Some glue dots

Ikea LED nightlights

Jam jars

Instructions

1.Gather together your materials.  1 night light for each jar.

Step1

2.Rip the corrugated card into strips

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3.In a well ventilated, space, spray the strips copper colour and gold. Leave to dry

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4. Place the cardboard strips round the jar, stick with a glue dot. You may want to place two different colour cuffs round the jar.

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Tip:

If you want to use these as night lights in the garden make a thin wire loop round the jar neck and a hanging loop from that. Being LED’s they won’t blow out.

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