Vintage Suitcase Into Chair
Metal Door Plate Key Holder Old Metal Door Knob Plate & Skeleton Key…re-purposed into a funky wall key holder.
Make your own fire starters with laundry lint, toilet rolls and newspaper. Simply stuff the laundry lint into the toilet rolls and wrap with newspaper. Twist the ends, or secure with twine.
Or, you can make a briquette fire starter with an egg carton and charcoal!
Source: Sew Many Ways
Mason Jar Matches
These mason jar matches are a great way to keep your matches visible and dry! Cut the strike pad off the original box and glue it to the mason jar lid or use a piece of sandpaper.
Source: From Like To Love
Milk Jug Light
This camping hack is perfect for creating ambient light. Strap a headlamp to a jug of water. You could also reuse milk jugs to create this.
Shoe caddies are great for organizing lots of things. This camping hack is great for keeping your kitchen organized. Keep everything you need visible and ready to use.
Eggs in a Bottle
Eggs are great for camp breakfast. Mix up your eggs in a bottle at home to save space and save on mess.
Pancake Batter Bottle
The pancake batter bottle is another great idea for the camping hacks list. Reuse a bottle that has a nice pour top. Just make sure to thoroughly clean it first. Then mix up your batter and funnel it in.
Source: Wiki How
This camping hack is genius! Reuse Tic Tac boxes to keep your spices nice and organized. Ask your friends to save their boxes for you and you’ll have a collection in no time!
Or, you can use a pill box for your spices:
Source: Seattle Sundries
This soap pouch is a great way to transport your soap and it doubles as a loofah! You can make several pouches from 1 towel. Make a few and give them as gifts!
Source: Whimsy Love
Have one of those pop-up laundry hampers? Bring it camping! It’s the perfect way to keep your garbage and recycling from spilling all over the place.
Source: Camping Kitchen
Toilet Paper Holder
This camping hack will keep your TP dry and visible. Cut a slit into the side of an empty coffee container. Add a hole at the top and bottom so you can string your container for hanging. Add a roll of toilet paper and feed it through the slit.
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With no change in sight, I decided to curb my hoarding habits and do something with my secret stash of shirts before a family of squirrels decided to make a home in my closet. Enter my new DIY project…daddy inspired throw pillows for the duckling’s room.
Supplies for Shirts
– clean, ironed
– pillow forms or old pillows you want to cover
– sewing machine or handheld stitcher (I used a handheld stitcher)
– fabric pen (optional)
The links above and in the supplies list for the felt accessories link to our Amazon page where you can purchase the craft supplies we use in this and other projects. We offer this so that you can “one stop shop” for your supplies, and there’s no additional charge to you. All of these items are also readily available at your local craft store.
Instructions for Shirts
As a disclaimer, I’m not a seamstress, so I just “winged” it with a handheld stitcher. Real sewing
1. Start with a clean, ironed shirt. If you hate ironing like me, you can skip the sleeves because you’re just going to cut them off
3. Turn your shirt inside out (this is important hence the bold + italics for all you skimmers/photo instructions only people) and place your pillow form/insert inside your shirt. Finagle the pillow until you have it in the position you want. If you’ll be using the pockets, like I did, be sure they are positioned in a place that makes you happy on the pillow.
Time for our pins!
4. Pull together the bottoms of the shirt tight and pin into place beginning at the center (where the buttons are) and working your way out. The good thing about using patterned shirts is that you can use the pattern as a rough guide as you pin.
5. Trim the excess fabric leaving at least an inch margin from your pins.
6. (Before we start stitching…if you are indeed using a sewing machine, now would probably be the time to repeat steps 4 and 5 on the other three sides and remove the pillow. Sew away!) For the handi-stitcher folk out there, this is where the “not an exact science” part comes into play. Keeping everything as is, I just started running the stitcher as close as possible to the pins, removing the pins as I went along. Once you get to the end, follow your stitcher’s directions on how to secure the seam so it doesn’t unravel.
7. Once you finish the first side, pick up your shirt and give the pillow a little shake, encouraging it to nestle down against your new seam before moving to the opposite side to begin pinning.
Like my striped pajama pants?
8. Repeat steps 4 through 6 on the other three sides, starting with the opposite side (the collar), then moving to the sides under the arms.
Also, I probably should’ve mentioned this earlier, but I also made a variation that includes the collar. It’s not as cute, but my thought was that as the duckling gets older, this would be more of a “play pillow”, encouraging him to button and unbutton, add a bow tie or even pop the collar as he sees fit. Here’s a picture for reference if you’re interested in making a similar one.
9. Back to our collarless pillows – now that you’ve done all four sides, trim any excess fabric.
10. Unbutton your shirt. The one on the table, that is.
11. Remove the pillow insert and turn your shirt right-side out.
12. Put the shirt back on the pillow and button.
You’re done (unless you’re adding felt pocket accessories like mine, in which case the instructions and a few more pictures are below) !
Here are a hefty bunch of pictures of the finished project.
After my Toy Animal Valentine DIY, I had a few leftover animals and didn’t know what to do with them. My friend Jess suggested that I made tiny wall mounted animal heads, so I did! The elephant was simple but the unicorn took a little more work. It was well worth the effort if you ask me because, well, unicorns are awesome.
What you’ll need:
The first thing you’re going to need to do, and there’s no nice way of saying this, is cut their heads off. I know, this photo looks a little gruesome. Sand the cut edges of the heads until they’re smooth.
Next, spray paint your wooden plaques whatever color you like. I chose a natural brown color for the elephant and bright purple for the unicorn. I also added tiny silver specks to the purple plaque by spraying metallic paint just next to it and letting the wind carry some of the paint over.
If you’re making a unicorn, spray paint the horse head white. Once it’s dry, use paint pens to paint the mane like a rainbow. For the horn, I used the pointy wooden dowel that comes inside bags of Poly-Fil. I sawed off the pointy part, spray painted it hot pink, and hot glued it to the horse’s head.
Finally, once everything is dry, line the back of the heads with hot glue and attach them to the plaques.
Glue or nail a tiny hook to the back and hang them up!