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Upcycle what you love: the most beautiful table

Once I fell in love. With a table. A beautiful solid wood table with turned legs.

Unfortunately it was what we call an “attic trove” and in a very bad condition. I bought it anyway because I wanted to support our local social store. The next weekend I spend with polishing and coating (and sweating and cursing), but the result was brilliant. You may not see it properly in the picture, but my little attic table turned out to be a real beauty: a nice whisky like shade, green drawer buttons and a little bit of imperfection. Literally everybody asks me about it when visiting our home.

Conclusion: Be courageous, everybody can do upcycling.

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I reused my old magazines

As paper is such a valuable ressource, don’t waste it. If you have old magazines that you don’t want to read any more give them a second chance.

On a flea market I once bought a pile of old dinosaur magazines for children because I loved them when I was young. I read through them and then decided not to throw them away, but to turn them into something useful and aesthetic. So for the next few years I won’t need to buy any present wrapping paper or enevlopes – and I enjoyed a nice afternoon selecting and cutting the most beautiful pictures as well. And everybody loves dinosaurs, don’t they?

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Don’t throw away your children’s old crafting supplies

In this picture you can see what members of my familiy created with old crafting supplies from our childhood days.

No. 1 is a beautiful mini lantern that is made out of an old glass and some mosaic stones.

No. 2 is a dried shamrock with incredible five leaves that we put into an old wooden frame.

None of the things you see was bought, we only used what was still in the old crafting drawer – even the glue was still there.

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Make Wildflower Seed Bombs for your garden

Insects thrive on wild flowers, so, by creating these seed bombs, you’re not only keeping the kids creative, you’re helping out your local wildlife too!

All you need is: household flour, compost and wildflower seeds. You can gather your own seeds, by scouting around the garden!

Follow the steps below and show us how you get on by adding your iDot to the website:

  • Use a ratio of one cup of flour to 3 cups of compost and combined it well before adding our seed.
  • Once you’ve added your seed, try to handle it gently so not to damage any of them!
  • Add just enough water so that the mixture holds together.
  • Then form your little seed bombs, making them about the size of a marble.
  • Leave to dry out for 24 hours.

Once your seed bombs have dried out, take a walk around your garden and scatter them around. If you don’t have a garden, you can scatter them in a few pots and place them on your windowsill!

Photo credit: Craft Invaders

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Reuse egg shells to plant seeds

I created little planters for my pepper seeds, using old egg shells and the egg box to hold them in.

It’s super easy and a great idea to do with the kids.

  1. Wash out the old egg shells
  2. Place them in the egg box
  3. Fill each one with compost (this can be from your garden or an old potted plant you have around the house)
  4. Make a small well in the centre of each one
  5. Place 1-2 seeds inside and cover back up with the soil
  6. Give them a little water
  7. Place on to your windowsill
  8. Now, watch them grow!
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