Tag Archives: recycling

The Homemade Shrinky Test Lab (redux)

The Homemade Shrinky Test Lab (redux)

So way back in 2008, one of the first big “experiments in craft” I did for Dabbled was what I called the Shrinky Dink Test Lab.  I had run across the idea for using #6 plastic to make homemade shrink plastic (aka ‘Shrinky Dinks’) at various places on the crafty webs, but I decided to delve a little deeper.  I started with a basic project (Doodle Charm Earrings), and that led to other questions.  … [ KEEP READING ]

Simple Sewing: Recycled Sweater Card Holder

Simple Sewing: Recycled Sweater Card Holder

Joanne, at Ready, Set, Craft!, asked me to do a guest post on her blog today (and she’s done a great one for Dabbled previously–the flower pinata!), so I figured I’d return the favor! So pop on over there and see how to make a business card holder (or mini-wallet) from recycled sweater material!

I had a scrap piece of sweater fabric, which had a lovely beading design, that was left over from the original Ele-purse from way back in 2007… and it was just waiting to have something done with it. … [ KEEP READING ]

Tutorial: How to Make Environmentally Friendly Reusable Sandwich/Snack Bags

Tutorial:  How to Make Environmentally Friendly Reusable Sandwich/Snack Bags

In my house, we (and by “we,” I mean me and my uninterested husband and kids that I am forcing this on) are doing our best to be better stewards of our environment.  So when Dot asked me to be a guest poster on Dabbled while she sunbathes on an exotic beach being served fruity cocktails by 22-year-old buff cabana boys (I am now thinking I got the raw end of this deal), I immediately racked my brain to come up with a crafty “green” project.… [ KEEP READING ]

How to Make Silly Sweater Monster Puppets

How to Make Silly Sweater Monster Puppets

My friend Holly and I had craft night the other night, and this time the assignment was puppets! I brought a stash of sweaters and other goodies I had over, and we set to creating. No pattern, no plans, these are a great way to have fun and get creative. And when we were done, the boys had some fun monster puppets to play with.

This would be a great project to do with friends for your own craft night, or to make with kids.… [ KEEP READING ]

How to Make a Lovely Eco-Friendly Disc Bracelet

How to Make a Lovely Eco-Friendly Disc Bracelet


This is a fun and easy project, costs less than $1 to make, has tons of possibilities for customization, requires no jewelry making skill or real tools, and is a way to recycle stuff that would be thrown away! What could be better??

This was inspired by something I used to do when I was a kid back in the eighties, make friendship bracelets out of fishing tackle (specifically a barrel swivel).… [ KEEP READING ]

Tutorial Link Day – Go Green for the Holidays

Tutorial Link Day - Go Green for the Holidays

Be sure to check out the latest contest at Tissuepapers, to win a mini camera! (Tell ’em you came from Dabbled!) She asks how you are going green for the holidays…

On that note, here’s some ideas for you to go green and handmade for this season! Tutorials — Try Something NEW..
– Lots of different Crafty “Can”dleholders, made from aluminum cans – Tutorial at esprit cabane.
– At Whip up – How to make an adorable toddler skirt out of an old cotton ribbed sweater. [ KEEP READING ]