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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting 8 years ago, when I had a fancy to make my own Christmas cards. Since then, I have tried all sorts of techniques and styles - and I kind of like them all. So my work is very varied, which keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! As well as cards, I love working with boxes and canvases - and I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

The Mirror Crack'd - Challenge #4 - Recycle/Upcycle OR Make a Gift

Hello - it's challenge time again at The Mirror Crack'd. This month we are looking for mixed media projects that recycle or upcycle something! Or if you don't fancy that, how about making a gift for someone? Or maybe even upcycle something to make a gift!! 

I decided to make a ribbon spool holder. When I'm making samples, I end up with lots of spools all over my crafting space, so thought that this would come in handy.
I started with an old coaster, an empty ribbon spool, and the ends of some kebab sticks from another project.
I started by sanding down the coaster.
Then I applied some DecoMache paper with Mod Podge to both the coaster and the old ribbon reel.
The next step was to add some Washi Tape for a bit more colour.
And then I stencilled over with some texture paste, using That Special Touch Polka Dots mask.
Using Wikipedia, I printed some definitions of ribbon onto parchment paper, scrumpled them up and inked them, before applying them to the coaster.
To the ribbon spool, I added an offcut of lace for decoration.
And these two pieces were glued together.
I then wrapped more Washi tape around the kebab sticks, before sticking it into the base with glue gel.
I have already used it - and it works like a dream!! Am really pleased with the way it turned out.
So, you have a whole month to join in with our Recycle/Upcyle chalenge. We would love to see what you come up with. Pop over to The Mirror Crack'd blog to check out all the other incredible inspiration.



  1. What a fabulous transformation and so useful too- brilliant

    Have just joined your followers - you have a great blog

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment - and for following me! Take care! Cxx

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  3. I love your recycled holder. Have to give it a go and make myself one. Hugs!

  4. What an absolutely clever creation. Love it . Thank you so much for sharing this awesome idea.Have pinned it here:Recycling Crafts with link back to your site.


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