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DIY Vintage Cake Stands

Vintage cake stands are all the rage these days.

Make your own from old missed matched plates, candlesticks, and other fun timeless glass crystal things. It takes only a few minutes & the results are stunning.

DIY Vintage Cake Stands

Supplies Needed:

  • Vintage plate
  • Glass candlestick (or an old fashioned tulip shaped sundae dish, or a drinking glass, etc.)
  • Crystal drawer pull (this is optional)
  • Epoxy glue (slow drying if you are making more than one vintage cake stand)
  • Ruler
  • Sharpie
  • Popsicle stick
  • Q-tip
  • Something to mix your epoxy in (I used a recycled aluminum tray)

Step 1:
Find the half way point on the back of your plate and place a dot using a Sharpie or other marking device.

DIY Vintage Cake Stands

Step 2:
Pour your epoxy in a well ventilated area & mix it using a Popsicle stick per the instructions.

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Step 3:
Dip Q-tip in epoxy and coat the rim of the candlestick.

DIY Vintage Cake Stands

Step 4:
Adhere candlestick to back of plate using fingers to press it into place.

DIY Vintage Cake Stands

Step 5: (Optional)
If you are adding a drawer pull to the other side of the plate, place a dab of epoxy glue on the drawer pull. Turn plate over and adhere to middle of plate.

DIY Vintage Cake Stands

You can also make two tier cake stands using one small plate and one dinner plate. Just make sure the base is good and sturdy. The last thing you want is your goodies to topple over!

A special thanks to Intimate Weddings for sharing their eco-crafts with us!

Product of the Week – Gift Wrap That Grows

Gift Wrap That GrowsHolidays, birthdays, Mother’s day, bridal showers, and any other gift giving occasion can add to curbside trash, sometimes as much as 25% more. Instead of throwing out your used gift wrap, what if you could plant it and grow real flowers.

Well, Little Kay Gardens has done just that. They have created pretty gift wrap paper that is made from 100% recycled newspapers and is embedded with wildflower seeds. So, after the recipient opens their gift, they can plant the paper and grow flowers!

In each pack you get 4 large 24″ x 36″ sheets of paper, 2 colors of raffia ribbon, plus 6 gift cards with instructions. You can use the paper as wrap for up to 8 shirt boxes or as tissue paper in a gift bag. The paper includes wildflower seeds for Corn Poppy, Red Coreopsis, Plain Coreopsis, Black-eyed Susan, Baby Snapdragon and more.

Check out their video for more details:

Planting Instructions:

1- Loosen topsoil of garden or planter to a depth of 8 to 10 cm (3 to 4 inches)
2- Place the paper down, cut to size if necessary
3- Sprinkle a very light layer of topsoil or peat moss over the paper to hold firmly against wind. Don’t cover with more than 1/8 of soil
4- When the paper is in place, soak with a fine mist until the paper is saturated and appears to melt into the topsoil
5- Keep well watered – water at least once a day until plants are established 3 to 4 inches high

NOTE: Plants can be thinned out when established and transplanted to other garden areas. Early growth resembles weeds, do not weed area for first 4-8 weeks

Make the world greener – one gift at a time with Little Kay Gardens!

Happy Earth Day!

Earth DayWhat is Earth Day?

Earth Day marks the anniversary of the modern environmental movement in 1970. It is an annual celebration of the environment and intended to inspire awareness of & appreciation for the Earth’s environment.

Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, who started a “teach-in” to protest the government’s environmental ignorance. This eventually led to legislation including the Environmental Policy Act (1969), the Clean Air Act (1970), the Clean Water Act (1977) and fuel efficiency standards for automobiles.

Tip of the Week – No More Sticky Tape

Tape-Free GiftAvoid sticky situations this Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 9th) by wrapping your gifts without conventional, often petroleum-based tape. Not all curbside recycling programs accept wrapping paper. But if yours does, it should be tape-free. Try opting out of tape by making tightly creased folds as you wrap, & securing it by tying up the package tightly with natural twine or a reusable ribbon.

Product of the Week – What Do You Do? ReUse Patch T-Shirt

Stay Vocal PatchTell the world what you do to make it a better place by wearing this totally unique t-shirt by STAY VOCAL.

Each of these tees is emblazoned with a patch that says, I make the world better by _______ what do you do? The fill-in-the-blank design is for you to tell everyone what you are doing to make the world better.

STAY VOCAL is a Green America certified ReUse apparel company. All of their tees come from either thrift stores finds, donations, or are brand new t-shirts that were going to be destroyed because of a misprint or over printing.

STAY VOCAL also doesn’t just sell reused shirts. They reuse things in any step of the process. All of their orders are printed on the back of would be recycled paper, shipped in used packaging (mainly cereal boxes), with labels printed on scrap paper. Even their business cards are printed on used t-shirts and then cut out.

Buy your What Do You Do? ReUse Patch Tee today from STAY VOCAL!

DIY – One Shoulder Tank From Long Sleeved T-Shirt

Got long sleeved tees? Yeah, who doesn’t. But now with the weather getting warming who’s actually wearing them.

Long Sleeved T-Shirt One Shoulder Tank From Long Sleeved T-Shirt

Bethany over at Craftopia created this awesome tutorial with super images on how to up-cycle a long sleeved tee into a cute and trendy one should tank, perfect for the warm summer weather.

Supplies Needed:

  • Long Sleeved T-Shirt
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins

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Vinyl Record Bowl

Got an old vinyl record you no longer listen to? Don’t toss it, up-cycle it into a fun and funky bowl.

vinyl record bowlMaterials You Will Need:

  • Old Vinyl Record
  • Oven Safe Bowl
  • Baking Sheet
  • Oven
  • Hot Mitts

Step 1:
Preheat the oven to about 200-250°

Step 2:
Place the record on top of a oven safe bowl that is on a baking sheet as shown in the picture below.


Step 3:
Place it in the oven for 5 – 10 minutes. After a few minutes it should look something like the picture below.


Step 4:
Take it out of the oven and immediately start to mold it to your liking, it will be hot but so be careful.


If you have two of the same shaped bowls you can press the bowl down on top of the other, this method produces the best results in my opinion.


Step 5:
Let it cool for at least 10 minutes.

These crafty bowls work well as fruit bowls, catch-all trays, or containers for potted plants.

A special thanks to The Backseat Kiss for sharing their eco-crafts with us!

Buddhist Temple Built from Beer Bottles

Beer Bottle Temple

While many eco-enthusiasts have incorporated recycled bottles into their decor, the Thai monks from the Sisaket province have taken it to a whole new level.

The Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple or the “Beer Bottle Temple” is about 400 miles northeast of Bangkok in the city of Khun Han close to the Cambodian border. Construction started in 1984 using Heineken bottles (green) and Chang Beer bottles (brown). The monks were able to clean up the local pollution & create a useful structure that will be a visual reminder for years to come.

Inside Beer Bottle Temple

Thanks to Greenupgrader for these spectacular images.