Upcycled Can to Vase!

Upcycled Can to Vase!

The definition of an “upcycle” is  to “reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original”. This Upcycled Can to Vase certainly fits that description. Not only are you reusing the can, but, also, reusing a corrugated cardboard box! It make a perfect textured vase for a flower arrangement.

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Here are the materials I used, but you can change the color, ribbon, and flowers to suit your need.

I used a 15 oz can, ribbon, sunflowers, and a piece of corrugated cardboard.  Not pictured is spray paint.

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Take a piece of corrugated cardboard and cut just a bit larger than the can in height and long enough to go around the can. Tear off the top piece of paper to show the corrugated texture. Some of the paper will stick so use a damp cloth and rub down the ribs to loosen the paper and then use tweezers to get the extra paper off. Let the cardboard dry. Once dry, spray paint.

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When the paint has dried, hot glue the corrugated piece around the can. No need to remove the label as it won’t show.

Next, add a textured piece of ribbon or burlap and hot glue in place. ( a bow is optional). 

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Now, arrange the flowers in the “upcycled can to a vase”. Use floral foam, if desired, to hold the flowers.

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For other seasons, paint the corrugated cardboard a different color. Then, and add ribbon and flowers to coordinate with your color scheme.

If using for an outside event, fill the bottom of the can with rocks to add weight so it doesn’t blow over. Now, wasn’t that easy and inexpensive? 

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The sunflowers are from the Dollar Tree so it really is an inexpensive floral arrangement! 

So, don’t throw those cans or boxes away! Now, you know how to upcycle them! 

Have fun!

Phyllis

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Fall Tablesetting

Fall Tablesetting

The calendar and the weather all say that fall is here. Using the colors of burgundy, gold, and green together certainly look like fall, too! Combining these colors in the centerpiece, placemats, dishes, goblets, and napkins, it all comes together to make a fall tablesetting.

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Setting a lovely table is what I enjoy most about entertaining. (Oh, I like the guests, too!) This Fall Tablesetting is a mix of various dishes and styles put together. I like that everything doesn’t need to match.

I started with the centerpiece. It is in an antique flour sifter that I found in Europe many years ago. I love the patina of the old wood and it works perfectly for a fall centerpiece. The three gorgeous burgundy sunflowers with fall berries were found this year at Hobby Lobby. The extra fill of burgundy berries and green foliage is from the Dollar Tree. They came as many stems on a bush. I bought them last year and knew that I’d make use of them somehow. ($2.00) Not bad! All in all, it’s a pretty inexpensive centerpiece.

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I bought the green leaf plates at Walmart two years ago. Wish they had them again as I could use more! All I have seen lately is plastic and that won’t do for me. I don’t remember what I paid, but they were inexpensive.

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The two sets of glasses are old (antique?). I like to use them for fall.

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Now, I need to invite some friends for dinner. The table is ready!

Hope this gave you some inspiration for your fall tablesetting.

Thanks for stopping by,

Phyllis

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Spaghetti Salad

Spaghetti Salad

This Spaghetti Salad recipe makes a huge amount. So, if you’re making it just for your family, you may want to cut the recipe in half. It is a hearty salad and one which you can add just about anything to it. I’ll give lots of optional additions, but you can pick and choose the ones your family will like.

You do need to plan ahead and make this the day before. It needs to be in the refrigerator overnight to soak up all the flavors!

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Spaghetti Salad
Recipe Type: Salad
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
This Spaghetti Salad is hearty and delicious. Lots of ingredients with a zest of Salad Supreme spice.
Ingredients
  • 1 -1 lb. box Spaghetti (regular or whole wheat)
  • 1 16 oz. bottle of Italian Dressing
  • Red onion chopped fine
  • 2-3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • McCormick’s Salad Supreme seasoning
  • Cheese (Colby or Cheddar)
  • pepperoni or salami, cut into small pieces
  • Celery – diced
  • Optional items:
  • Cucumber, seeded and diced
  • Sliced black olives
  • green pepper, diced
  • marinated artichoke hearts
Instructions
  1. Prepare Spaghetti according to package directions
  2. Drain and run under cold water.
  3. Place spaghetti in a large bowl.
  4. Pour Italian Dressing over the spaghetti
  5. Add 1/2 jar of McCormick’s Salad Seasoning ( I add just a little more)
  6. Mix with spaghetti
  7. Add onion, celery, pepperoni or salami, and tomatoes
  8. Add optional ingredients of choice
  9. Combine all ingredients, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

This recipe never had amounts of each ingredient so I just add according to what I like. Toss well before serving to get all the goodies from the bottom of the bowl. This salad keeps well for a couple of days in the refrigerator.

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Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Salsa Goddess Dressing Recipe

Salsa Goddess Dressing Recipe

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Here’s a recipe for a great taco dressing that I call Salsa Goddess Dressing! It is easily mixed together from four ingredients. Three of the ingredients are easily found. One is my secret ingredient I use for my Guacamole. It  adds wonderful flavor to this Salsa-Goddess dressing. Check out the Best Guacamole Recipe, too!

 

Salsa-Goddess Dressing for Taco Salad
Recipe Type: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Phyllis Van Rossum
Prep time:
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Serves: 2 1/2 cups approx.
A wonderful dressing for your Taco Salads.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 2/3 cup Green Goddess Salad Dressing
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup Salsa (your choice of mild, medium, or hot)
  • Tajin
Instructions
  1. Thin mayo with milk or cream
  2. Add Green Goddess Salad Dressing
  3. Add Salsa
  4. Mix together
  5. Season to taste with Tajin -add shakes of Tajin until you reach desired spice flavor
  6. (Tajin, pronounced “Ta-Heen” is found in the Hispanic aisle of your grocery store or in a Hispanic grocery store.

 

 

 

Tajin looks like this….. Salsa Goddess Dressing

 

Put dressing in  bowl or pitcher and let each person add the dressing on their Taco Salad.

Sprinkle chips on top. (optional)

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Enjoy! 

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Miniature Gnome Garden

Miniature Gnome Garden

I have done a couple posts on miniature gardens lately and that started me on creating this Miniature Gnome Garden. At first, I thought this idea was way too much work, but when I got into it, I saw lots of possibilities. It became fun, too. Living near a wooded area, gave me ample supplies to make this. Besides items from nature, I used a plastic whipped topping container for the main base so it’s a bit of a reuse and recycle project, too. A post from Sharon Ojala. was my inspiration.

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Materials I used…

Whipped topping plastic container or any other container….  Pringles can, styrofoam take-home containers, boxes, etc.

Tin Foil

Wide Masking Tape

Paper Towel

Tacky Glue

Glue Gun

Sticks, Pine Cones or other materials for a roof

Sheet Moss

12 inch Styrofoam Base

2 shades of Brown Acrylic Paint (or add black to one shade)

Paint Brush

Tag Board or Paper Plate

Scrap Burlap

Directions:

1. Decide on a container to use. Cut a door opening and windows, if desired.

2. Cover container with crumpled or straight tin foil so that it has texture. This step doesn’t have to be perfect. Use strips of tin foil and keep adding.Hot glue in place. With the foil, you are able to crumple it up so it looks like a tree or any type of texture you like.

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3. Cover tin foil with wide masking tape. You need this step as the paper towel doesn’t stick to the foil.

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4. Make a mixture of tacky glue and water. Dip paper towel strips into glue mixture and place over masking tape.

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This shows the three steps of tin foil, tape (blue), and paper towel. I used blue for this sample so you could see it better. You really can’t go wrong as it will all be painted anyway.

5. When dry, paint. Use two tones of brown to give some shading to the Gnome home.

There are so many possibilities of items to reuse….   Make a castle by using a detergent cap and cone top.

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Back to the Miniature Gnome Garden…..

6. Roof:

Cut a circle (don’t worry about size and you can cut it down to fit). Now, cut out 1/4 of the circle and bend around to form a cone and staple it together. Now, fit it to your project and cut it down to size. For this circle, I used a paper salad plate. Tag board works as well, too! If you want a window, cut it out with an exacto knife before putting the roof material on.

 

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If you are going to use pine cones or sticks for the roof, then cover it with brown burlap. This way, the white tag-board won’t show. When you cover it with burlap, don’t worry about how it looks. Just use scraps and hot glue anywhere in place on the tag-board. Cut off excess along the bottom. Other possibilities are using moss, birch bark, or simply painting the roof. Do not glue the roof to your project, yet!

On my roof, I used pine cones and cut the scales off with a scissor. The pinecone scales were open. I didn’t need to dry them in the oven to get them to open. My pinecones had sap on the ends so after cutting the scales, I used hand sanitizer to remove the sap from my hands.  I highly recommend doing this stage outside. The scales sometimes go flying and with the sap, you don’t want this in your home.

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I didn’t worry about how straight the ends were as only the tips show on the roof. For my roof, I used about 6-7 pinecones.

7. Next step is to edge the window, if you have one. I used thin sticks to make the edges finished before I added the scales for the roof. I , also, glued burlap inside to look like curtains.

8. Now you are ready to add the scales. With a glue gun, place a line of glue starting at the bottom of the roof and going about 5 scales wide. Place the scales so they overlap the roof just a little. Add more glue and keep going around. One the second round, start by placing the scales in-between the ones on the first row. This won’t come out exactly even as you can see on my roof, but it looks fine anyway.

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9. When you’re completely done, hot-glue the roof onto the painted base. Add some moss or lichens here and there, if desired.

10. For the base, I used a 12″ round styrofoam piece. Do not use hot-glue on the styrofoam! I used a piece of sheet moss on the base and glued it with tacky glue. Then, I attached the house with hot-glue and  used some pins in places that wouldn’t be noticed after adding artificial succulents. You can use any type base for this project.

11. Add pieces of your choice to this Miniature Gnome Garden. I bought two items and then made some pieces by hand. Go to elowezil and see some unique items you can make for your garden.

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I made a little fire pit with sticks and added a piece of red tissue paper for a flame.

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This is a great project to involve your elementary age child. Let them help and think of things to add to your Miniature Gnome Garden. Remember, this is  a garden to display inside; not outside.

Don’t like gnomes? Change it to a fairy garden! Have fun and use your imagination!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Sunset Art Project for Kids

Sunset Art Project for Kids

I was inspired to do this Sunset Art Project for Kids because we enjoy such beautiful, colorful sunsets at our home. There are never two just alike. It is like an original painting by God!

Sunset Art Project for Kids

We live among a grove of tall White Pines on a small lake. The pines are beautiful, stately trees that frame the sunsets. Whether you live in the woods, mountains or desert, you can make the shadowed parts similar to the area where you live.

Here are some of the sunset pictures that inspired this project….

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This Sunset Art Project is easy enough for elementary kids.

Materials:

Black Construction Paper  8 1/2 x 11

Water Colors

Brushes – one water-color brush and one small foam brush

Large Coffee Filters (commercial size)  I bought a few from our church which has a commercial coffee maker.

Black Acrylic Paint

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Cut the large coffee filter in half. Let each child make two and they can decide which one they want to use or make two projects.

Wet coffee filter completely. This allows the colors to flow together easily. Place filter on a cookie pan and add color using lots of water!

Use colors of yellow, red, orange, purple and some blue.  Again, remember to use lots of water on the small brush and have fun!

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Let dry in the shade so the sun doesn’t lighten the colors.

When dry, cut an opening out of black construction paper that fits the filter. Make the bottom look like ground with a hill or bump here and there. Trace the bottom line of the cut-out on the filter so kids know where to ground their trees.

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On the dry filter,  use the thin water-color brush to paint the trunks of the trees with black acrylic paint. Talk about perspective and how trees in the distance look smaller and those up close look larger. Be sure to ground the trees so they are not floating in the air.

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After the trunks are painted, use the small foam brush tilted on end to make the tops of the trees. Dab on each side of the trunk to look like the branches with leaves.

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Add more trees, if needed, or perhaps some low bushes.

When dry, attach the coffee filter to the black frame with glue or scotch tape.

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Have fun! 

Phyllis

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Pickled Beets (no canning)

Pickled Beets (no canning)

Are you a fan of pickled beets? I really enjoy them on a tossed salad or used as a side dish for dinner. Since I don’t grow beets and I’m not a person that does canning, I rely on donations of pickled beets from friends. UNTIL NOW! 

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A friend of mine gave me this old family recipe for Pickled Beets where you use canned beets from the grocery store, make them into pickled beets and store them in the refrigerator! The recipe makes quite a bit and since I’m the only one in my immediate family that likes them, I make 1/3 of the recipe at a time! It takes only 10 minutes and they’re done! I used shoestring beets, but you can used whole or sliced, too. 

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Pickled Beets (no canning)
Recipe Type: Pickles – side dish
Author: Sherrill Port
Prep time:
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Serves: 6 jars
Wonderful Pickled Beets in 10 minutes with no canning necessary!
Ingredients
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 1/2 cups beet juice (drain from can)
  • 6 cans beets (whole, sliced or shoestring)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except for beets.
  2. Bring to boil and boil for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove cinnamon stick and cloves.
  4. Add drained beets.
  5. Pour into jars or a glass container and cover
  6. Keeps in refrigerator for a long time!
  7. If you use fresh beets – peel and cook until tender.
  8. Use beet juice in above recipe.
  9. Follow remainder of recipe.
  10. If canning, wash and scald jars and lids. Place beets in hot jars and cover with liquid. Process.

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These are delicious and now I can have them anytime!

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Now, isn’t that the easiest recipe for Pickled Beets? It’s the best! I’m so thankful to my friend, Sherrill, for sharing this delicious recipe. By the way, the beets are ready to serve when cooled. No waiting, either! 

Enjoy! 

Phyllis

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Daylillies – Easy Centerpiece

Daylillies – Easy Centerpiece

It is always nice to have fresh flowers in your home. They add such a special touch. Well, I have Daylillies in my garden. The blooms don’t last long (hence the name Daylilly), but they are beautiful in a low glass bowl. So what if they don’t last long. You can easily replace them the next day with fresh blooms.

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There really is no arranging skill required to use Daylillies in a low bowl.  Just add water, cut the Daylillies, and combine the blooms in a bowl. Next day, bring fresh ones in and start again.

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Add other flowers along with the Daylillies. For some green, cut leaves off of a coleus plant.

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The low arrangements look great on a coffee table or as a small table centerpiece. 

It’s a quick and easy centerpiece that anyone can make!  Try it!

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