50 Plus Clothespin Crafts To Make

[pinit]Clothespin Crafts to Make Over 50 Great Tutorials @savedbyloves[pinit]

How have we gone this long without sharing a collection of clothespin crafts? It is a mystery.  Whether you have the one piece wooden peg, or the two piece wood or plastic version held together with a spring, you can use these simple laundry inventions to make some cool stuff.  From home decor, to jewelry, to toys and games for kids, we are all sure to find something we can enjoy in this gallery of things to make from clothespins.

clothespin craft for headphone storage

My personal favorite?  This headphone cord organizer found at Buzzfeed.  

Are you with me on this?

What are your favorite clothespin crafts?  Do you have one we missed?  If so, let us know!


DIY Easy Cork Monogram Earrings

[pinit]Mongram Cork Earrings[pinit]

 Did you know that wine corks can be sliced into disks, painted, inked and stamped to create beautiful custom jewelry.  Not only are these monogram stamped earrings stylish and eco friendly, but they are light as a feather.  The customization possibilities are infinite!  Follow the steps below to make your own, or use the same process to make pendants, charm bracelets and wine glass tags!

Monogram Wine Cork Earrings DIY Upcycled Jewelry from @savedbyloves





50 Plus Awesome Ways to Upcycle Clothing

[pinit]50 Plus Best DIY Upcycled Clothing Tutorials to make @savedbyloves[pinit]

Before you haul that pile of old clothes off to Goodwill, you may want to check out this collection of 50+ awesome upcycled clothing tutorials! Up the style of your wardrobe with some simple and inexpensive creative ideas to refashion those old clothes. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know. We love a good clothing upcycle!

DIY Dollar Store Paint Chip Spring Mirror


Paint Chip Dollar Store Spring Mirror #Sizzix @savedbyloves


Today I am excited to share with you a project I came up with while playing with my new Sizzix dies.  This spring themed mirror is made using a dollar store mirror, an old photo mat and paint swatches.  Add a little die cut magic and it doesn’t take expensive materials to easily create your own stylish spring accent piece!

Paint Chip Dollar Store Spring Mirror #Sizzix @savedbyloves


Cheap dollar store mirror

Mat board with opening big enough to cover mirror

Sizzix Dies:  Tim Holtz Word Play Alphabet, Banners and Keys Sets, Squares #3, Flower Layers and Leaves

Glossy Accents or your favorite craft glue


Crepe Paper in color you want for flower

Paint chips – (Don’t steal them from a store!  Ask your friends and family and gather a stash.)  I used yellow shades for an ombre effect, and green for the flower leaves.

Embellishments for flower center (I used Dew Drops)

Crop a dile or other hole punch

Jute or other string for banner


Sizzix Squares Die

Sizzix square die


I used the second smalles square size for my paint chip “tiles”.  You can cut about 4 paint chips at once.  That is one of the reasons I love Sizzix so much.  The steel rules die cut through several layers of card stock at once, which comes in handy when you need lots of the same die cut shapes for your project.  They also cut leather, fabric, felt, aluminum and thinner gauge metal sheets.

I started out cutting greens, yellows and blues, but then decided to go with shades of yellow.  The blue masking tape holds the material to be cut in place so that it doesn’t shift and run off the edge.  This helps me cut in precise spots on the material so I can get as many shapes as possible from it.

Paint Chip Dollar Store Spring Mirror9

Attaching tiles

You can use a tape runner or craft glue to adhere your tiles to the mat.  Start at the outside and create a border around the entire mat.  Lay them out before adhering so you can get the spacing right.  Work your way in towards the opening in the center of the mat.


It is unlikely that your tiles will fit perfectly on the mat area.  Use scissors to cut excess tile like in the picture.  I brushed on a coat of Glossy Accents for shine and to seal.  Mod Podge would work great too.  Let dry before moving onto next step.


Apply a generous amount of Crafter’s Pick or other strong adhesive around the frame of the dollar store mirror.

Glue mosaic frame to mirror

Place your tiled mat on the adhesive and center the mirror in the opening.

Wax paper and books to add weight for adhesion

Place a piece of wax paper on top of the mosiac frame and then some books or something heavy for weight to aid in adhesion.

Sizzix Banners and Keys Die

I cut triangle banner using the Banners and Keys die (linked in supplies above).  You can cut these from paint chips or any paper you like.  I used All Chalked Up by DCWV.  Punch a hole in the top corners of the flags and thread jute or string of your choice to drape on frame.

Word Play Sizzix Die Tim Holtz

Cut out letters from heavy white cardstock or chipboard using Word Play die (linked in supplies above).  Adhere in place with tape runner or craft glue.


You can see in the final piece, I used the leftover shape after cutting for the letter “n”.


Flower Layers and Leaves Sizzix Die

To create the flower, cut crepe paper (several layers thick) using the 8 skinny petal shape on the Flower Layers & Leaves die (linked above in supplies).  Separate the layers and stack them with petals alternating, gluing each layer to the next with Glossy Accents or other craft glue.  I love Glossy Accents for paper to paper because it dries super fast.  Fluff the petals with your fingers until you are happy with the shape.

Using the same die, cut leaves from paint chips or cardstock.  Crease them lenthwise by pinching them with fingers.  Glue leaves into place, then flower on top, then jewels or beads in flower center.

Paint Chip Dollar Store Spring Mirror #Sizzix @savedbyloves

50+ Toilet Paper Tube Projects to Make

50+ Things to Make from Toilet Paper rolls at savedbylovecreations.com #crafts #DIY #papercrafts

This is another one of those “You seriously made that from empty toilet paper rolls?” kind of round-ups.  All of the metal filigree projects blow my mind.  You will also find plenty of holiday decor ideas, from bats and mummies to Christmas tree stars.  There is even jewelry.  If you are anything like me, you will be amazed and inspired by this list.  Enjoy!

Mason Jar Solar Lights

Mason Jar Solar Lights

Check out these beautiful DIY Mason Jar solar lights from Free People.  There is plenty of summer left to make these, and they can replace my dollar tree patriotic solar lights that still line the sidewalk from the 4th of July.  Genius.

Polka Dot Jar Vase/Luminary

Mason Jar Luminary or Vase

Need a great upcycle project for a centerpiece?  This polka dot mason jar vase from Bolevard Pink will add a splash of color and style to any occassion.  Head over for the simple DIY involving a masking techique.  Most will have everything on hand to make one of these.  Put a candle or LED votive instead of flowers for a quick luminary.

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