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Make a Milk Tab Bracelet
My family has held up a great tradition of turning old into new. It's so satisfying to make a truly unique piece of style out of practically nothing. From pop tabs to chip bags, I thought I'd morphed everything into wearable items, including the plastic grocery bags I bought them in. But as I cracked open a carton of almond milk one day, I happened upon a new little gem: the milk tab!
These little plastic tabs on milk and juice cartons are a relatively new invention. For some reason, people are no longer able to bend and tear open milk cartons like we did at the lunch table in kindergarten. A plastic screw-on lid is now necessary to prevent your milk from making a daring escape. These come with a delightful little pull-ring seal that can can be repurposed into little plastic charms.
My grandma, a wizard at turning garbage into art, probably never imagined these little craft innovations. There in front of the fridge, I examined the attributes of these wasteful little plastic bits. They have a large rounded surface that can be customized, and the rings on them can be linked to create strings of personalized plastic charms. Plastic lasts practically forever in landfills, so maybe I could postpone the fate of this particular milk tab.
I set to work figuring out ways to make things wearable. I landed on decoupage, one of the best ways to turn book pages, maps, photos and more into highly customized art. With decoupage, I could make a bunch of interchangeable personalized charms that offer an infinite number of style possibilities. I didn't have to wait for weeks of milk consumption to get to my bracelet, either. I asked my buddies on Facebook to start setting their milk and juice tabs aside and the response was overwhelming! I soon had more milk and juice tabs than I know what to do with. Thanks to everyone who trusted in my weirdness and saved tabs for me!
I decided to theme a milk tab bracelet after one of my favorite places in the world: The Columbus Zoo! On a recent visit, I saved my free park map in the feeble hope of finding time to finally scrapbook all of my family's adventures. Yeah, that pile just keeps on growing, so I used the map to make a milk tab bracelet instead. Follow along with my Milk Tab Bracelet tutorial to see these throw-away plastic tabs turn into charms that I'll keep for a lifetime.
It's no secret that I am a fan of Walt Disney World. In fact, I've made this magical place a part of my life and livelihood. While my friends are now very familiar with this obsession, some would be surprised to hear that my smarmy, cynical self is so completely embroiled in Disney fantasy. I simply call it two sides of the same coin. For every hard-nosed business lady traversing the synapses of my inner universe, there are at least three toddlers coloring my brain matter with their own poop. Still hot from the diaper. It's about balance, guys.
Naturally, when someone like me gets into Walt Disney World, I start to figure out ways to turn my vacation into work. As soon as I discovered the plethora of pressed pennies available at the parks and resorts, all I could think about was how to turn them into jewelry. My two designs turned out to be a simple linked penny bracelet, here:
And a jingly penny charm bracelet that I put together for one of my favorite independent Disney Parks blog, World of Walt:
Even though punching holes in pennies may sound like advanced jewelry moves, it's really a simple process that anyone with a hammer, nail, and some time can achieve. Penny bracelets make great presents this holiday season for those who shared your travels with you. Each penny represents a shared experience, reminding you of the time you rode Space Mountain together, or laughed mercilessly at your sister when she dropped ice cream all over herself at the local zoo. Ahh, memories.
Great for mothers (or even harder-to-please mothers-in-law), this beautiful long pearly lucite and gold wire mesh beaded necklace is up for grabs this week. Designer Laurie has been crafting ever since she was a little girl but set up shop on Etsy just earlier this year. She designs with an inspiration taken directly from nature, and it surely shows in this necklace.
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen, but do you recall the most awesome gilded reindeer charm pearl necklace of all? Created by the talented NighBluey, this adorable reindeer charm on an elegant pearl necklace will make a great gift for anyone in the family who likes to celebrate the holidays with a bit of style and flair. You'll have to enter a raffle to win this one.
Have any Whovians in the family that you're shopping for--or just want to treat yourself to a handmade Dr. Who gift this Christmas? Nerdtastic is celebrating everybody's favorite doctor's fiftieth birthday this year with Dr. Who magnets made from bottlecaps. The set of four caps includes the sayings, "WHO Nerd," "Wibbley Wobbley Timey Wimey Stuff," "Exterminate!", and "Who has a sonic screwdriver?" But you'll have to enter a raffle to win this handmade giveaway.
One thing I can say for my jewelry collection is that it just doesn't include enough felt and wood. I have a few felt pins and a pair of wooden hoop earrings, but that's about it. I'm fairly certain you could say the same for your own jewelry box... or a buddy's! This set from Arabela would make a really cute gift for that someone special that needs a little more wood and felt jewelry in their lives (everyone).
We've all got that person in our lives who is just hard to shop for. More often than not, this is a relative who lives at least two states away. They're coming home for Christmas, so you'd better make good on your end of the gift-giving deal.
Gifts like this Marimo Moss Ball Terrarium are perfect for such gift giving. It's decorative, innocuous, gender neutral, and even alive. But not the annoying kind of alive that requires buying dead mice and storing them in your freezer.
You can win this cool Marimo Moss Ball Terrarium from the Creative Me blog. Here are the details:
Gifts that geared toward the environmentally conscious can get expensive. Between bamboo socks and recycled designer water bottles, the little things can really add up. Instead of splurging on recycled goods, make your own. This pop tab bracelet is sure to delight the recycler in your life. Use ribbons in their favorite colors (or favorite sports team) for an extra personal touch.