Thursday, 6 March 2014

"Up-Cycling"...a new lease of life!

Hello Crafters...
If you are wondering what the post is all's something that I strongly believe and have been indulging in last 1year!!!! Now don't get me wrong...since I started crafting about a year ago, I was drawn towards altered projects and using a lot re cycled items and up cycling the otherwise "trash" or "scrap" lying around is what kindles my inspiration and satisfies me creatively too!
Well, todays project is a story about a thermal flask bottle carton...yes, this would have otherwise ended up in the trash can but a good friend of mine thought of saving its life by handing it over to me!
 And this is what I did to it....isn't this a cute baby! A second lease of life to the unassuming cardboard box!!!
This is a picture heavy post so, sit back and enjoy the ride! Firstly, what was a vertical box, I made the box open horizontally and gave it 2 coats of gesso.
 Once that was done, I decided to work with pastels this friend apparently likes pastels so and with due respect to the lady who believed in my talent, I decided to make a lovely bangle box for her. I chose coordinating papers from the Recollections pack and covered the box with various PP...dots, florals and small flowers. I cut an opening on the top lid and stuck a transparent sheet(from packaging) just so there is view to the inside of the box.
The flowers are all handmade using Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die and all inked and laced with glitter. Some of them have their petal heat embossed in silver, and some have glittery silver pollens too!

The sentiment is from Inkadinkado and so apt for the woman of today and especially to my dear friend who I plan to give this on Woman's day. a nice flourish with glitter adds to the glam and beauty of the top lid and gives life to the sentiment too!
Talking about the lid flap, have a closer look...does it look like some designer lace out there????
 Well,'s just a strip of white handmade paper ,torn at the edges to form a pattern and then heat embossed a lovely design on it with silver embossing powder, inked it in green and finally laced the edges with silver glitter! It also flaunts a row of pretty pastel green pearls on the top. Phew...that was a lot of work, but it looks really pretty and gives a lovely texture and dimension to flap...which is going to be used quite often. Beneath the flap I have adhered Velcro fasteners.
I have kept the body of the box pretty simple with some handmade rose buds and a fabric bow made from green checkered cloth, again torn at the edges just for that shabby chic look.
The box when opened has a empty tissue roll used as the rod for hanging the bangles. It just fits snuggly into the box...a perfect pair! Both the box and the roll have been given their 2nd lease of life and am sure will enjoy their 2nd innings as a jewellery box, hopefully much happier this time.

Now isn't that exciting...I mean  to work with discarded scraps. Think about it...if we as crafters  start using discarded wastes like empty cartons, boxes, bottles, tissue rolls, bottle caps and others...I am sure we can make a visible impact on "land filling" and contribute to a healthier environment.

With that note, I would like to "Toast" to the idea of up cycling and urge all you lovely crafters out there to think twice before you chuck that waste!
"Scraps are precious...Don't throw them away"...join me in this.
Thank you so much for stopping by and being patient with my picture and message heavy post.
Am linking this to..
(Up cycling,lavender, pastel green, purple, transparent sheet, pollens, curled and torn, pearls,checkered cloth, polka dots, tissue roll, cardboard box,)

Until then,
Happy Crafting and Re cycling.


  1. Wow..Rupa..beautiful one..Loved it..Sure to give a try..

  2. I am so impressed with this project Rupa not only is this just so beautiful to look at but what an amazing gift it makes:) ...Each and every detail of your upcycled box look so "Wow " to me ..I just love it :)
    Thank you so much for playing along Lulupu's second birthday challenge and Best of luck :)

  3. I am with you Rupa in loving scraps n thrash :) ! WHat a beautiful life you have given to the box,roll n packaging !Th torn edges look wonderful and pearls make it look very elegant !

  4. As I said...ur work is fab. and when sees that its up-cycled :O well thts a cherry on the top !! u r simply amazing, with such gr8 ideas so perfectly executed :) Keep up the good work ...and yes you inspire me ,will surely do this (maybe not this perfect ) once :)

  5. Its Vaishali Dongre Joshi from FB...

  6. wow that's a super clever recycling idea!!! Love how creative you are. Just love all the great details you have added to this as well!

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge. Hope you will join us next time co-owner Crafting Vicky. I’m doing a little giveaway to celebrate 500 followers come and join in

  7. so beautiful turned the box in great way it :)

  8. Wow!!! This is gorgeous! :o What a fantastic way to recycle.. I LOVE IT!!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges!!! Good Luck! I hope we see you again!!

    - Susan, Co-Owner @ Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges
    {Scrap A Thousand Words}

  9. WOW, what a fabulous idea, and a great up cycling project, also loving all your bangles...thank you for playing along with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun, best of luck xx

  10. Another great recycling Rupa! Inspired by you, I have started using my boxes now. :)
    You have created beautiful bangle box here. Especially, I love lavender rosebuds and flowers.
    Thanks for your active participation in Lulupu's 2nd Birthday Celebration. Good Luck!

  11. Awesome recycled box! You did a beautiful job!!!
    Thank you for joining our Recipe Challenge over at Love to Create this week.
    Ruza, LTC Admin/Designer
    Ruza's Craft Corner

  12. Gorgeous Creation.
    Thanks for joining us at Open- Minded Crafting Fun!

  13. what a transformation !!!
    Love having u over at the BGC torn and flowerful challenge !!

  14. Love this!! Love the idea, love the colors!! That is great recycling!! Thanks for playing along at BGC!!

  15. I love how you recycle & turn trash to treasure... Thank you for joining us at CCC blog... :)