December 2010 | the ReFab Diaries

Wonderful, creative ideas for re-using book pages to wrap gifts ... everything shown in the pics above is explained either here or here.  Thanks to Alisa Burke. 

pvc pipe wreath

I don't advocate going out to buy plastic piping to make this wreath. But if you see it being thrown out, what a great way to upcycle it! Besides loving how this looks, I also love that it would be versatile from year to year. You could easily change the ornaments, colors etc.

PVC pipe wreath

PVC pipe wreath

I can also see the obvious paper-towel / cardboard tube upcycle option.  Full set of instructions at Today's Nest.


Helen Dardik inspired the toys I made for Christmas 2009 ... I LOVE her aesthetic.  Once again, she's offering free printable gift tags!  Get 2010 or 2011

I sat at a craft fair last week and watched $20 mass-produced versions of these head wraps fly out the door ... they were polyester yarn and really chintzy.  But they also looked surprisingly good on everyone!  

I did not try one on, but wondered about dusting off the knitting needles and making one for myself.  Gotta say, I'd much rather sew one, especially if there's an upcycle opportunity in there too!  So thanks to Delia Creates for the super-simple tutorial via Prudent Baby.

So I'm back, I think.  My life has been full of unexpected busy-ness the last week or so, but hopefully things will be calmer between now and Xmas. I have sworn to make ALL my Xmas presents this year so I have my work cut out for me. Arg ...

Anyways, today's freebie/inspiration. Design Sponge can (really and truly) do no wrong ... gorgeous tutorial and can we all agree that this "mantel" arrangement is fan-bu-lous!!??