Eliza and I are participating in Allie’s Craft Olympics! I’m so excited about it that Jake and I even made the Craft Olympics the August Project Challenge. Eli and I have been crafting away during Jonas’s nap times, and we’ve finished our entry for Event #4: Best Use of Recycled Materials!
We started with a mirror that’s now been twice recycled. Eliza and I found a cheap, gaudy plastic mirror at a thrift store last year. We loved the ornate frame though, and saw the potential. When we got home, I unscrewed the mirror, spray painted a few coats of aqua on the frame, and painted the mirror with chalkboard paint. But… I’m me, so I broke the mirror. Ooops. It’s been in the basement for months and months (I intended to use the broken mirror as a template for a wood replacement for the center). But then I decided that we don’t really need another chalkboard. We’ve got the big kitchen cabinet chalkboard, an old school chalkboard, a little portable chalkboard/ dry erase board for Eliza, and another big whiteboard in our kitchen. We’re pretty much covered on the “temporary places to write” front.
So I threw away the broken mirror center, and Eliza picked out some ribbon to string across the middle of the frame. We attached the ribbon with the screws that were used to hold the mirror in.
We hung all of Eliza’s necklaces and a few bracelets on the ribbon, attaching the necklaces that don’t have a clasp with barrets and hair clips, and hung the frame to her closet door! Now she’s got a cute way to hang up her necklaces without worrying about little brothers breaking them into pieces or ending up with a big tangled ball from storing them in a jewelry box.
We’re going to finish up her entry for the Paper Event today. What projects can you dream up for the Craft Olympics? Head over for inspiration and to learn how you can win some awesome prizes (including a few from the Nerd Nest)!
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