Saturday, January 23, 2010


Good morning my darlings! How are you on this bright and sunny weekend? I’m doing alright. One thing I am happy to see is everyone groovin’ on the recycled crafts! I’m so diggin’ the vibe ya’ll are giving! It’s awesome! SO I decided that this weekend’s entries are all gonna deal with recycled crafts! I have so many that I want to share with you… so be prepared. Geez, there are so many great things I could share with you… I’m gonna have a hard time picking AND limiting this to a weekend deal LOL! And I think to stay true to form… we need to recycle some food too! Yep, leftover recipes baby! WOOHOO! This is gonna be an interesting weekend, so sit back and enjoy yourself… LOL… cause here we goooooooooo!

Ok, today’s first few craft ideas are gonna answer Hazel’s great comment from yesterday about empty CD cases. Those little clear jewel cases are very versatile and so many great things can be done with them. I gave you an idea yesterday on how to used scratched and damaged CD’s to make cute little cake toppers and centerpieces. And there are tons of other ideas to use CD’s on. But now I bet you’re thinking what do I do with all the empty jewel cases right? Well here are a few ideas you can make for yourself or would make cool gifts too!

Craft Idea of the Day: Recycling CD jewel case crafts

Collecter Frame- this could also be used for smaller photographs, stamps, pressed flowers, etc.

Materials Needed:

CD Case
Construction Paper
Baseball, Pokemon, or Other Card


1. Cut a piece of construction paper into a square that will fit into the cd case. Place your card in the center of the square and trace around it. Cut out the rectangle you traced, cutting it about 1/4 inch smaller than the line you traced (figure 1). Put a dab of glue in each corner of your square, on the opposite side of your trace lines. Open the cd case and stick your square on the inside of the clear cd case cover.

2. Cut a strip of construction paper about 1 inch wide and 6 inches long. Cut another piece of construction paper about 1 inch wide and 4 inches long. Lay your card down between the trace lines in the center of your square. Lay the strips over the back of the card (figure 2). Tape the edges of your strips so they hold your card in place. Make sure the tape does not get on the card.

3. Close the cd case. Glue a pop can tab on the back of the cd case towards the top and you can hang up your Frame on your wall, or add a magent strip to the baack and hang it on your fridge! You can even add stickers and other miscellaneous things to decorate your frame.

Standing Picture Frame- Display photos of your children or other loved ones proudly on a desk or table!


A. Preparing the CD Jewel Case

1. Open the Jewel Case and remove the top cover. The best way to do this is to gently lift the top cover male connection until it separates from the bottom female opening. Be careful as prying them too wide cracks the top cover. Remove the CD title paper on the top cover.

2. Remove the middle plastic attached to the lower cover; ie the plastic part which has the circular shape to hold the CD. Depending on the type of Jewel Case, it can be removed with varying degrees of difficulty. For the difficult ones, the best way to remove the middle part is to flex the back cover so that the back cover and the middle plastic separate where you can place your finger between them. Pry open where there is only 1 connection first (each side has 3 connection - 1 in 1 edge while 2 in the opposite edge). When that has separated, pry open the other 2 connections on the same side or the other 1 connection on the other side, whichever pries more easily first. Remove the CD title paper on the back cover.

3. Replace the top cover to the back cover. This time, however, place the top cover on the opposite direction such that it won't close. You now have a slanted surface with the CD title clips facing back.

B. Preparing the Décor

4. Depending on the theme you would like to do, cut and shape your papers, cards, giftwraps, photos etc. Take note of the Jewel Case's internal dimensions so that you can lay-out accurately. Typical dimension available for décor is 4 3/4" wide and 5" high. Also, don't forget that you can use the paper that comes in the CD already as your guide to measure your new picture, no need for the extra work of having to bring out a ruler!

C. Putting together the Jewel Décor

5. Insert the decors/photos you have prepared in B into the top cover such that the CD title clips are securing them. Adjust accordingly.

6. Use a cardboard for backing the papers or photos so that they look firm from the front. Arrange them in your display area and you've got personalized décor you can change over and over again as the mood changes or as the season changes. No need to repaint the house every season!

Organizer from CD Cases (One of my favorites)

Recycle your old CD cases and make an organizer. We made a Father's Day organizer for my husband. I placed photos of the kids on each side and let them decorate their own page. We placed a poem on a blank side. You can use this organizer for many things. You can even place the cds back inside of the organizer. It would make a great Christmas gift for grandparents etc. We even made on for the teacher for Earth Day.

You need 5 empty CD cases and some hot glue. Start with one case on the bottom and glue each side one at a time. Be sure you can open the case cover as you glue it to the bottom. When you are done gluing, open each case and add decorative paper or photos etc.

CD Coasters

What You’ll Need:
1. old cd case (clear, with no stickers on the back)
2. decorative paper (from art and craft stores, or leftover wrapping paper, or magazine cut outs would look cool too)
3. scissors
4. masking tape (i found black at the art store, but that japanese colored masking tape that has been all the rage on blogs recently is now available in the us here)
5. exacto blade and cutting board


1. Open the CD case and remove all album artwork papers from front and back. clean the cd case and dry it off.

2. Trace the back of the cd on the back side of your paper. cut these templates out.

3. Remove the plastic cd insert ( the part that holds the actual cd) from the back piece of the cd case. it should snap out and snap back in again later. slide your paper in and cut down any excess until it fits exactly in the back of the case. fold the left edge of the paper where it meets the spine of the case.

4. Snap the plastic insert back in place. now you have a cd case with your pretty paper in the back and on the spine.

5. If you want your coaster to be double sided, trace the front of the cd case and cut out the template. slide the front template piece into the front of you cd case, like you would the album cover art. this is an optional step.

6. Cut four pieces of tape that are each 1″ longer then the sides of the cd case. to cut out the designs, stick the tape down onto a cutting mat and use an exacto blade to cut the shapes. if you do not want to free cut it, you can draw the design on first with a pencil to make sure it looks okay, then cut the design.

7. Gently peel up the tape from the cutting board and stick it on the sides of your cd case, overlapping with the back just enough to cover the edge. fold it down over the sides to hide the edges of the cd case. wrap the tape on the sides like you would a present. do this on all four sides with your four pieces of tape and snip the extra flaps off the sides with scissors.

8. If you are making your coasters double sided, you will want to overlap two pieces of tape just slightly lengthwise to form one thick piece of tape. follow step 6, but cut the design on both sides in a mirror image. then proceed to step 7.

So there are some great CD case crafts… now see all these other great ideas!

Recycled Vinyl Record Bowl

If you don't have an old record collection, you can buy records very reasonably at thrift stores and yard sales. These recycled retro record bowls make wonderful containers for potpourri - or you can line them with a doily or paper coffee filter and use them at parties to serve chips and crackers.


old vinyl record album

large ovenproof bowl


oven gloves


1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees.

2. Place the record on top of a large bowl turned upside down and carefully place in the oven.

3. Heat for about five minutes, or until record begins to soften and melt.

4. Wearing oven gloves, quickly remove from the oven. Flip the bowl the right way up and press the record into it so that it takes on the bowl shape. You'll find that the sides will curl in a fluted design, similar to the bowl in the picture.

5. While the record is hot and pliable, you can adjust the shape to your liking. If necessary, reheat for a short time to make adjustments.

Tea Tin Candles

Recycle old tin containers from tea, etc. into homemade candles! Make a day of scavenging flea markets, thrift stores, etc. if you don’t have any at home! These make unique and wonderful gifts. Add drops of essential oils for wonderful smells.

Post Card Wallets

Stitch attractive or vintage postcards into slender, pocket size wallets or business card holders! View the printable PDF instructions HERE!

Foody Fridge Magnets(Another one of my favorites!!)

Food comes in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and packages. Your kitchen cabinets, pantry drawers, and refrigerator shelves are already filled with marvelous little boxes and baggies of goodies. Some of these are cultural icons, others are silly modern wonders of neo-retro design. You may even have your own little collection of interesting little containers in the form of left-over little boxes of candy from Halloween. What can you do with all these things? Make them into an awesome array of fridge magnets!

The first step is to pick some appropriate boxes to use. Most anything will work. Things that are small, recognizable, and come in (large sets of) small packages are a good choice. Right after Halloween is a particularly good time of year for little boxes of things. Depending on your age, you've probably just been out trick-or-treating, or at home handing out little boxes of things to trick-or-treaters, so you may already have some cute boxes on hand. Even if you haven't gotten involved in the sugarfest, it may not be too late; you can sometimes find discounts the week after Halloween. Beyond the box, you'll also need some magnets and some glue to hold the magnets in place. If your box is bigger, needs to hold more to the fridge, or you just like overkill, it's good fun to use one of the monstrously strong magnets. If you've chosen to use a mint tin or other ferromagnetic box, your life will be easy: Just drop your magnet(s) in the box, shut the lid, and stick it to the fridge. Otherwise, welcome to the trickiest part of the project: Opening your boxes without making it look like they've been opened. If you've got large boxes, like the cream cheese box shown here, start with those. Most cardboard boxes used for packaging are assembled with glue. Find a flap that's held down by glue. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut through the glue that holds one of the flaps down. Be sure to not bend the flaps as you open the box this way. Remove the contents of the box, drop in a magnet, and glue it in place. A hot glue gun is great for this. Drizzle in a little hot glue, and drop the magnet in on top of the bead of hot glue. Quickly place the box on a horizontal ferromagnetic surface (like the top of the fridge) so that the magnet is pulled down, flat against the side of the box and is then held in place when the glue cools.

Optional extra step: Once the magnet is in place, add some weight to the box. Dried pinto beans are cheap and are the right size to substitute for many candies, such as sugar babies. For less rattly things like Dots or raisins, you can use additional hot glue to hold most of the beans in place.

It can be a little bit tricky to seal up the box without making it obvious that the box has been opened and resealed. Your best strategy is to try and put a small drop of hot glue exactly where the original glue was, right beneath that flap that you cut open. If you do this correctly, it will leave no trace whatsoever that the box has ever been opened. Once you've put that last drop of glue in place, fold down the flap and firmly hold it in place until the glue is cool, around one minute. That's it, stick 'em to your fridge. Make lots of them. Give them out as party favors. Give them out as birthday presents. Come up with new varieties. Completely cover your fridge. If you are devious, mix them in with real candy and confuse the heck out of everyone. It's up to you.

See… it really is true! One person’s trash CAN be another person’s treasure! OK now on to food! First off Jean would like a recipe for a thicker potato soup. Granted I don’t make this one in the crock pot but it is very thick and very yummy!! And if you really think about it, you are recycling a baked potato… if you don’t eat it as a baked potato, but use it for a secondary purpose… its recycling! YAY! LOL…

Loaded Baked Potato Soup


4 baking potatoes
2/3 cup butter
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
6 cups milk
1 cup chopped green onions
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
12 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
5 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (8 ounce) container sour cream


Bake potatoes 1 hour in a 400 degree F (200 degree C) oven. Scoop out the inside of the potatoes and set aside. Reserve the skins for another recipe or discard.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium low heat. Stir in the flour to make a roux. Cook about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually pour in the milk while stirring until all the milk has been added. Bring heat to medium and keep stirring until the soup mixture starts to get thick. **You can also mix 1/2 cup of flour with water to form a slurry and then add to the mix after the milk to make it super thick!

Add the potatoes, green onions, salt, ground black pepper, bacon and cheese. Stir well and continue to heat for about 15 minutes, allowing the flavors to blend. Stirring well, mix in the sour cream until well blended with the soup. Serve immediately.

Oh deary me… yummy goodness! OK and here is a sweet treat for you to make with leftover mashed potatoes!

Chocolate Covered Peppermint Patties


1 cup mashed potatoes
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
8 cups confectioners' sugar
8 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
2 tablespoons shortening


In a large bowl, mix together the potatoes, salt, butter, and peppermint extract. Gradually mix in confectioners' sugar; mix in enough to make a workable dough, between 6 and 8 cups.

Knead slightly, and roll into cherry-size balls. Flatten balls to form patties. Arrange on sheets of wax paper, and allow to dry overnight.

Place chocolate and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth. Dip patties in melted chocolate, and let cool on wax paper.

Ok, well that’s all for today kids. Join us again tomorrow for another great adventure in the life and times of your friendly blogging buddy! LOL! Love ya all! HUGS!

1 comment:

  1. lots of good ideas for recycling, Renee :)
    thanks for all you do .
    that potato soup looks good too... am saving it to my folder.

    have a great sunday