Category Archives: recycling

Make It Your Own – Wall Art Do Over

I had some pictures on my kitchen wall that I didn’t care for anymore, and frankly, they’d been there way too long.

Make It Your Own Wall Art Revamp by Tamdoll Before Pic

I took matters into my own hands and painted, collaged, and layered them until I got something new.

Make It Your Own Wall Art Revamp by Tamdoll After Pic

I’m much happier now, and my kitchen is a lot more colorful. Maybe they’ll stay this way, maybe they won’t. My kids have already mentioned that the peaches look like butts, so I may have to re-work those.

Why not take something purchased and make it your own? I wasn’t really concerned that these would be ruined, they weren’t precious to me, and I knew if I failed at this remix, I’d find something new or put up a shelf for plants. I was so sick of them that the fear of failing didn’t stop me.

Would you call this a do-over, recycling, or upcycling?

Many of the steps in this mixed-media work were things I learned in online classes with Tamara Laporte. So, not only did I make the wall art “my own”, but I took things I learned and extrapolated to create something new.

Next project finished this week – a pair of slippers, reworked from a frogged pair of socks. Much improved and more useful. Here, too I didn’t exactly follow the rules.

make it your own 2017 february crochet slippers drops prima ballerina design

I tweaked the front of the foot to make it longer, stretchier, and skipped the last row of ruffles since my yarn was thicker than required. Original pattern by DROPS.

What will you make your own?


Instagram Pictures Poster Display

Before leaving for her first year of college, my daughter made an Instagram pictures poster to frame and hang in her dorm room. After her first year, she made a new one and left the old poster lying around at home.

The problem: I didn’t want to leave it out where it would get wrinkled and end up in the trash, or roll it up and put it into storage where it would just gather dust and take up space.

The solution: I laid it on her desk, covered it with the plastic insert from an inexpensive poster frame & now she has something nostalgic to look at when she comes back home.

Instagram Pictures Poster + Plastic Insert = Desk Art!

Instagram Pictures Poster Display by tamdoll

I labeled this project “recycling” because this was a creative reuse of 2 items I had around. Actually, any number of pictures, art, or papers could have been used here under the poster frame plastic.

Poster created at My daughter said she’s very happy with their printing and has gotten many posters and prints from them.

If you don’t have an unused poster frame to scavenge the plastic from, here are 2 affiliate links where you can find them:

20x30 Black Poster Frame     


Have any creative re-use stories to share?

Papercraft Folded Booklets

I was instantly enamored with the little folded booklets I saw in this April blog post at CappuccinoAndArtJournal. Blogger Pamela was kind enough to get the message to her friend Monica, the Artful ReCrafter about the project and a tutorial was born. Thank you ladies, I appreciate this so much!

Creating a small collage journal

I added an extra fold to the first one I made, and used paper scraps to collage on every page. This one is in the spirit of the Artstronauts club, and I’ll be adding pen and marker details to them in the future. It’s pretty small – a business card can fit in the folded pockets.

papercraft folded booklets by tamdoll
Large Folded Booklet

This next one was created by taping together two pages of an old atlas. The pockets are big enough to hold 4 x 6″ photos & I’ll be sending it out to family that I recently visited in PA. I hope my nephews notice the map features of their home state.
papercraft folded booklets by tamdoll

Paper-crafting lends itself well to recycling projects – for example, the atlas was on its way to the recycling bin before I rescued it to use; and the small collage booklet was created with a map that came with my rental car while on vacation.

Thanks to the sharing, community spirit of the internet, this is another clever project that can have many uses. The next one that I’ll make will have paper signatures sewn into the valley folds of the booklets, to create a journal with built-in pockets.

Have you done any recycled crafts lately? Any paper-crafting projects?

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