Tutorial ~ Think outside the box!

Hi all,

I wanted to share a project I did a few weeks ago which focuses on reusing materials. Up-cycling is a great way to de-clutter and refresh. It’s cheap but also a small item can go along way!

I came across this brilliant ceramic take away coffee cup in Paperchase the other day (for the bargain price of £5)! I liked it mostly because of the pattern and the packaging… I hope I’m not the only one who keeps packaging thinking ‘oh that’ll be useful material to keep’??

While I had some time this weekend I decided to create something out of this packaging. It’s amazing what you can do when you think outside of the box!


1// ‘Cloud broach/necklace’

What you will need:

– Card (packaging)

– Scissors

– Pen

– Felt

– Glue

– Broach pin/chain


First draw a cloud shape on the back of the card and cut it out.

P1010540Use glue to back it with the felt:


Attach the broach/chain to the back of the cloud. You can sew it to the felt or superglue it:


I was able to make four of these out of one side of the box!


2// ‘Phrase Garland’

Using the same box I made this garland:


You will need:

– The rest of the packaging

– A cutting board

– Stanley knife

– Paint

– Glue

– String

– Patterned tape

– Modpodge (optional)

Cut out six circles from the packaging:




Back the disks with the patterned tape:


Optional add on is to Modpodge the tape so it sticks to the back firmly.

Cut out your phrase letters using the Stanley knife:


Obviously you can use card the colour that you want the garland to be but because I wanted to use the whole box I decided to go the long way round and paint the letters.


Once the paint is dried superglue the words and disks to the string. Then ta da! You have a new piece of decoration!

All of this for less then £10! A little goes a long way.

Hope you enjoyed 🙂


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