Make Outdoor Mason Jar Lights


Recycled Craft - Make Mason Jar Lights for the Outdoors on This Old House, featured @savedbyloves


It is finally consistently warm outside, and I am ready for the days of summer!  That is why I am so excited about this mason jar outdoor light tutorial found at This Old House.  You can make your own set of 3 for less than $30.  These would be great for outdoor parties, weddings and everyday outdoor decor.

Wanna Sponsor our Totally Green Crafts Contest?

totally green contest call for sponsors

We are at it again, planning our next Totally Green Crafts contest.  So far, they have been super fun, and the lucky winners have scored over the top prize packages.

Here it from our most recent winner:

Dear Suzy,

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all the prizes that arrived at my house in December. My children and I had so much fun opening all the packages. It was kind of you to wrap them as gifts. It made things even more exciting.

Please pass my thanks along to everyone who made the Totally Green Crafts ~ Holiday Edition contest possible.

Wishing you a wonderful and happy new year. I look forward to following your blog in 2013.


Monica Rudy~

Newspaper Ornaments by Monica Rudy

Monica won a prize package worth over $450 for her ornaments made of recycled newspapers.

Suzy and I are calling for sponsors for the next round of the Totally Green Contest, beginning January 28, 2013. The contest challenges readers to create awesomeness from recycled items.

It will run for approximately one month, with contestants submitting their theme based projects for the first two weeks. At that point, Suzy and I will narrow it down to the top ten and then put it out to the readers for a vote to narrow it to the top three. The top three will have a chance for a final vote, the winner receiving fame, fortune…oh, and an awesome prize package.

totally green crafts prize package

What is in the prize package?

Well, that is where you come in! This is your opportunity to get your product out there and get a bit of free advertising in the process. Start the new year out with a bang!

What will Totally Green Crafts do for you?

  • TGC will host your 150 x 150 button on the sidebar for the entire length of the contest (about one month). There are new posts on TGC at least six days a week- so that is a ton of exposure!
  • All sponsors will be featured in an introductory post during the first week of the contest.
  • Suzy’s Artsy Craftsy Sitcom will do a feature post on the sponsors during the first week of the contest.
  • The prize package will be featured on it’s own page in TGC.
  • And the final post of the contest will give you one more shout out.

That is free advertising at its best!

And what is your part of this deal?

  • Provide a prize of at least $25 in value. Really. That’s it!

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the next Totally Green Contest, all you have to do is contact us at We will give you instructions as to where to ship your prize so that we can create one big prize package for our winner.

Need button help?  We have your back!

6 Recycled Roses: Make a Plastic Spoon Rose

Make a plastic spoon rose viat Cut Out & Keep, featured @savedbyloves


If I have learned anything about my sweet readers, it is that you love recycled crafts.  Here is a beautiful rose made from recycled plastic spoons that I spied over at Cut Out & Keep.  It is simply beautiful!   You could spray paint it your favorite color, or just leave it the color of your spoons.

Making roses from trash is super gratifying.  Remember the aluminum can rose I showed you?  There is even a video!

Aluminum Can Rose TutorialLet’s not forget the magazine page rose ring and bracelet;

Make a recycled magazine page ring

There was also the time I made a decorative rose sphere using old book pages;

Make roses from book pages

So you got a Keurig for Christmas and you don’t know what to do with all those coffee filters you no longer need.  There is a coffee filter rose project for that;

Make Coffee filter roses

What are your favorite recycled rose projects?

Video Tutorial: Make Cut Wine Bottle Vases

Cut wine bottles and make adorable Vases/jars/candle holders.  Video DIY at

Need a beautiful, quick gift that is free to make?  This recycled wine bottle craft is just the thing.  It is super fun, you will see in the video.  It only takes a few supplies and a minute to make.  Stick a paper rose in there (see this paper rose tutorial) and you have a lovely centerpiece or house warming gift.  I was completely intimidated by this project.  I can’t believe how easy it is.  Gather up some empty wine bottles and lets go!

PLEASE be careful and wear goggles and gloves.  This project is very easy, but involves fire and glass.  The edges after cutting were dull enough that my fingers were fine after running them along the rim, but I did decide to sand with 120 grit sand paper before giving as gifts.

Cut wine bottles and make adorable Vases/jars/candle holders.  Video DIY at


Cut wine bottles and make adorable Vases/jars/candle holders.  Video DIY at

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