DIY fabric covered bracelets { Recycle Quick Tip #9 }

DIY fabric covered bracelets

I’ve to admit I am not that crazy about bracelets. While I love how they look I find them rather unpractical. But maybe just because I sit on the computer all day typing away.

But every once in a while I totally need bracelets. Like now! But then – of course – I don’t find any I like or they are too small.

So I came up with a fun idea on how to make me some. And of course I share!

What you need:

♥ Old Pringles package
♥ Fabric and leather scraps
♥ Textile glue
♥ Scissors & cutter

DIY fabric covered bracelets_materials

Getting them done is quite easy. First cut a ring off of the Pringles tube. Make sure it’s the same heights all throughout. I found this was the hardest part of the whole project.

Now cut yourself a piece of fabric with double the width and the length as according to the ring.

DIY fabric covered bracelets_steps

When done just glue the fabric on the outside of the tube. Make sure you place it in the middle of the ring.

When everything is dry fold in remaining fabric and glue tight. You might wanna make some cuts into the fabric s you can glue it without and folds and crinkles.

Depending on fabric you used and how neat you’ve been working you might want to cover up the seam with a ribbon or something fancy. I haven’t done so yet but might go ahead and do that later.

I found working with a woolknit was the easiest and gave the most professional look. Leather (my initial project) did not really knock me off my feet.

Now, let’s see your version!
And while you are crafting I hop over to the DIY Dreamer and check out the other DIYs.

Happy crafting


Iced Coffee { Recycle Quick Tip #8 }

I usually have my cup of coffee by pushing a button and it’s done. However when having guests it would keep me quite busy. So we also got a fancy French press system for our wedding. But what to do when some is left?!

iced coffee

Freeze it. Yep.
With this kind of weather iced coffee is the best choice. But putting ice cubes in your coffee usually makes it quite watery (is that a word?). So freeze your cold coffee and just pour milk over your cubes. Very yummy, very refreshing.

iced coffee
And because I really love my iced coffee these days I link it to Frollein Pfaus MMI.

Any other tips how to use up cold coffee? Let me know in the comments.

Wrap it baby { Recycle Quick Tip #7 }

gift wrapping

Hey there,

are you online shopping crazy like me? I mean come on why hassle to the store, stand in line for the dressing room, fight your way to the cashier or not finding what you were looking for in the first place and ending up spending money that didn’t need spending…

Yes I am a big online shopper. I like it, it’s so much easier and much more relaxing.

However you do end up with all the boxing, papers, bubble wrap and what else. We keep some of it because we do sell online too but once in a while it’s just too big of a pile. That is when I start using the stuff laying around.

gift wrapping with masking tape

Like the other day I wrapped my friends birthday gift in boxing paper and added some masking tape.

gift wrapping with masking tape

I was quite happy with me. I thought it looked good, she liked it, less ruffle in my apartment and no trash in the can. Sounds like win-win for me.

Have a great Wednesday,


Vanilla your life {Recycle Quick Tip #5}

Letzte Woche habe ich aus den Vanille-Schoten-Röhrchen ein kleines Recycle Projekt gemacht. Aber da bleibt noch mehr über zu Re-Usen und Recyceln. Die Schale der Vanilleschote.

Und was machen wir daraus? Homemade Vanillezucker!

Last week we had a little DIY with old Vanilla glass storage. This week we recycle the remains of a vanilla bean. And what do we do with them? Homemade vanilla sugar!

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Nimm die Schale und schneide sie klein. In ein hübschen Glas füllen, Zucker drauf ein bisschen warten und die Schale gibt den Geschmack und Geruch an den Zucker ab.

Schmeckt lecker zu ALLEM! Geht ratze-fatze-blitze-flinke! Viel Spaß!


After scraping the seeds out of the bean cut up the peel. Take a cute little glass jar, put in the peel, add sugar and wait. The sugar will absorb the taste and odor of the vanilla. Easy peasy and in a jiff. Have fun. Tobia

Baking Gift Swap {Recycle Quick Tip #4}

I am not feeling totally fit yet but I’ve had about enough. That’s what I’ve decided. To be sure I get a slow start. The Wednesday Recycle Quick tips have been well proven so here is another one.

For whatever reason I started to collect those small glass vials where vanilla beans are sold in. I had no clue what for but then I had a sudden inspiration:

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A very good friend of mine has her birthday coming up. She likes baking just as much as I do. So I figured why not make her a little baking kit basket. I love all those trillion fun sprinkles in all colors and shapes. But lets be honest: who needs 50 g of pink sprinkles? They last a lifetime, no? So swap it baby! All my little treasures where filled on the glass vials and handed to my friend instead of flowers.

I am really in love with this baking gift swap idea and it’s probably not the last time I am doing this. And maybe I will get some back. I am currently missing silver and green ones… (Edit: do not miss them anymore. Snatched some silver stars and green crispies the other day.)

Happy sprinkle swapping