In honor of Earth Day I thought I would share some of my reuse projects to show how to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and also my favorite…Repurpose. As many of you may already know about my style is that I love to repurpose items to incorporate into my designs. When I think of Earth Day, it makes me want to reuse and recreate things normally discarded into something useful and unexpected. I think that is the charm of project made with reused items is that it invites you to take a second look and makes you think about how it was created. This design I created from an aluminum foil box and added ocean elements to give it a nautical, earthy look. This project uses the same technique as my Plastic Wrap Gift Box design.
I will be posting some of my repurposed designs all month to celebrate Earth Day. If you have any you would like to share, please send me some pictures and I will post them on my blog.
- Foil or Plastic Wrap Box
- Duct Tape
- Sea Glass
- Natural Twine
- Craft Glue
Step 2: Wrap pieces of duct tape around the box. Cover entire top, sides and bottom. This will made the box very sturdy so it can be reused to hold keepsakes.
Step 3: Trim the side pieces of duct tape to match the shape of the box. It is easier to do this once the tape is already on the box.
Step 4: Cut a piece of the map the size to fit around the entire box. Cover the box with the the piece of map and attach with craft glue.
Step 5: Cut four pieces of twine the length of the top of the box. Put two pieces of twine together and tie knots on each side of the twine about 1/2 inch from the ends. Repeat with the other two pieces.
Step 6: Attach the knotted twine on the top of the box with craft glue. Position the shells on top of the twine and glue.
Step 7: Glue the sea glass on the front of the box to simulate a latch. Let dry.
This box is perfect for holding odd and ends or placed on a desk for writing instruments. It can be a great gift box and then reused as a functional yet decorative box. I don’t think anyone would know it originally held plastic wrap or aluminum foil.