Recycling advent wreath – with a concrete finish

Recycling advent wreath in concrete finish craftaliciousme seeking creative life

This year I a believe we all have increased our share of online shopping. I for one am guilty of it. With the shopping comes a lot of packaging material and when I looked at the growing pile I tried to come up with a few ideas to a) decrease the pile and b) what to make with it. That resulted in my annual wreath and I am quite excited to share my recycling advent wreath with a concrete finish. Going for a different look this year.

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DIY Gift Tags and Mini-Garlands { RECYCLE QUICK TIP #13 }

DIY Gift Tags and Mini-Garlands hands holding garland with blossoms

I have an ongoing mini-series where I share quick and easy DIY tips with materials you most likely have at home. I call them Recycle Quick Tip and today I want to share how to make DIY gift tags and mini-garlands from packaging material.

What material to use for DIY gift tags and mini-garlands

Well you can basically use everything you can find. The material should be a bit more sturdy than a magazine page. I often use paper packaging from:

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DIY Jewelry Display – My Ikea Hack using The Stockholm Tray

craftaliciousme seeking creative life DIY jewelry display

I think the idea to make a DIY jewelry display is in my mind since I signed up for Pinterest in 20xx. Ok, maybe that was a bit overly dramatic but it is close. I always new I wanted to make some sort of hanging display for my earrings but didn’t quite know what I wanted or needed. I had a many ideas I walked through in my head but I never took steps to actually make them. As Mr. ♡ decided to throw out this newly bought IKEA Stockholm Tray because it didn’t quite fit in his office I snatched it up. After a few more months cluttering the apartment I finally went to work.

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Bark Wreath – Natural Advent Wreath 2019

Bark Wreath seeking creative life

Inspiration can hit you anywhere and at anytime. This years natural advent wreath is inspired by one of my autumn walks across the cemetery. It was a beautiful day, I needed to clear my head, the air was already crisp and the smell of rotten leaves drifted by. While I was listen to one of the many podcasts on my phone I was hit with this view.

I tried to remember if that tree was really a cottonwood. I remembered someone once told me that the cottonwoods are not native to Germany and Germany. And that during/after WWII US pilots dropped many seeds over Berlin to re-grow vegetation that was cut down by the population during the years of war for firewood. I was also wondering why it shed its bark. And if it is a re-grown material… how much supplies will you get. Only an idea…

Well and here we go. The squirrel in me started picking up scraps of bark and putting them in my shopping bag. I had just decided no groceries today. On top I added some hazelnuts and walked home. There I let the bag sit near a heater until advent season was just around the corner..

seeking creative life craftaliciousme Bark Wreath

My initial idea was to wrap a wreath form in bark by bending it. This didn’t really work as the bark was too porous. It kept on breaking and splitting. I briefly considered wetting it as wood usually is more agreeable to be worked with but decided against it. I actually quite liked the scale-kinda-look.

Ok, let’s get started by gathering materials:

  • dried bark of a cottonwood tree
  • wreath form
  • glue gun and enough glue
  • candles
  • decoration

The tutorial is rather easy.

  • Break bake in smaller pieces.
  • Make sure there are not dirty or wet areas.
  • Glue on wreath form, The outer bark will be put on form so you will see the inside of the bark.
  • Once done place the candles. I decided to go with all candles close together.
  • Add decoration to your liking. I went with a brown golden color theme and really liked it.
seeking creative life Bark Wreath

That’s all you actually have to do. The most intriguing part of this natural advent wrath is the material. Most people I asked would not figure out what it was.

What is your favorite material to make an advent wreath? As you probably know I always try to figure out some new ways and rarely use fir-branches. Leave a comment and tell me about yours. It’s never to early to plan for next year.

Happy wreath crafting

Tobia

Homemade Coffee Cinnamon Scrub { RECYCLE QUICK TIP #12 }

craftaliciousme seeking creative life homemade cinnamon coffee scrub

Do you like coffee in the morning? I certainly do. If you are a coffee lover you will love this homemade coffee cinnamon scrub. It’s like having coffee under the shower. And lets be honest that’s one invention we could use…

Besides tasting amazing coffee is also said to have a few benefits when it comes to beauty and skin care. Studies by a new Danish biorefinary have shown, that only 1% of coffees bioactive compounds of coffee have been taking advantage of when brewing it. Meaning the caffein is diluted but the rest is just going to waste. Seriously what a waste? They re-purpose the left over coffee grounds so they can be used in cosmetic products and the food industry. So interesting.

It’s not new that coffee is used in anti-cellulites products. The coffeid acid may boost collagen which is helping the skin to look fresh and healthy and stores water. So it comes as no surprise that coffee asl exfoliate scrub is pretty awesome.

But let’s get to making some homemade coffee cinnamon scrub so you can experience all this yourself. Here is what you need:

  • 1/2 ground coffee – you can recycle your used coffee
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 tbs olive oil
  • 3 tbs jojoba oil
  • 4 tbs almond oil
  1. Let coffee dry a bit when using recycled coffee.
  2. Mix oils.
  3. In separate bowl mix sugar and coffee grinds.
  4. Mix together and put into jar.
  5. Enjoy scrub.

So simple isn’t it? I really don’t know why I ever bothered to by scrubs and peelings. And since I am mixing it myself I actually use it more often too. Have you ever done any skin care products at home? I am always pondering going more in depth here but you need so many ingredients. Well not for all as you can see at the vegan bath bombs I did. But facial cream…

Not much of a coffee lover you might find the Avocado Sugar Scrub more to your liking.

Happy beautifying

Tobia