Recycle Cardboard Tubes into Loom Rubber Bands Organizer

The loom bands-making phenomenon has already invaded the Philippines and it has been causing a massive hoarding purchasing of tiny rubber bands being used for loom band projects/creations. With lots and lots of colorful rubber bands, from solid colors in different hues to rainbow-like or two-toned combinations, no wonder that my unused beads organizer container, which I lend to my daughter, is now full of loom rubber bands.

I have been looking for the same organizer/container from crafting shops to bookstores and department stores but I haven’t found any yet. I was in the brink of giving up in organizing these tiny rubber bands until a light bulb moment when I remembered I have those toilet paper cardboard tubes stashed away waiting for another recycling project. Perfect! 🙂

Cut to size cardboard tubes then glue one side to scraps of cardboard/paper.

After thoroughly dried, cut to size again to have cardboard containers.

I have decided to use my washi tapes to decorate my cardboard containers.

The circular cardboard containers fit well inside my stash of rectangular plastic containers. I’m so happy! 🙂

Here’s the loom band-making stash of my daughter:

And she’s still asking me to buy more bands of other different colors. Yikes.

Now, here are some of her loom band creations, most of her previous creations were already given to her favorite grandmother, and friends (don’t tell her that I’ve told you that she was the one who maid these):

Just like most of us, she also taught herself to make these loom bands via video tutorials on Youtube.

See you here again soon for another recycling project! 🙂




{project V} Valentine’s Day No-Sew Fabric Flowers

{project V} is Valentine’s Day craft projects. I am starting off with an easy-to do, no-sew fabric flower inspired by this blog post from Homemade Gifts Made Easy.

For this particular fabric flower, I used the following materials:

~ fabrics of choice

~ a pair of pinking shears

~ glue gun & glue stick

~ complementing buttons or beads

See the illustrated instructions from this blog post and you will have something like these:

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! 🙂


{project 50} #05 Leathered Accessories

Welcome back to my 50 Days till Christmas projects! This is another recycling & repurposing project and the end products are a great addition to your gift-giving ideas.

I used an old leather wallet & a cardboard template of a feather, which I have drawn previously.

Just trace the template to the leather, cut with a sharp pair of scissors, then add some attachments, charms & findings like chains, dog tag necklace, key holder rings, lobster hooks, etc.

 And you will have something like these:


I’ll see you back here again! 🙂



{project 50} #11 Hand-stitched Pouch

Here is another upcycling project using fabric scraps for my 50 Days till Christmas projects. 🙂

And since I do not have a sewing machine yet, I hand-sewn this using a simple backstitch.

I used buttons and ribbons for a “lock”. I would have sewn a zipper for this but I ran out of it so I improvised. 🙂

I think it’s “cuter” with the ribbons and buttons. What do you think?

I’ll be seeing you here again for another project! 🙂



{project 50} #12 Accessories from Safety Pins

Hello again to my 50 Days till Christmas projects! 🙂

This handcrafted project is inspired by a safety pin bracelet I have made from way back in 2008.

But this time, I created a full set of necklace pendant, a pair of earrings and a bracelet in a more easy way.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Additional items are earring findings (I used a half ball & ball post earring components), and a dog tag necklace.

Bracelet with the magnetic lock.

Necklace’s dangling pendant.

Cascading earrings.

Try it yourself and create your own different designs using safety pins. Be safe in handling them, alright? 🙂


{project 50} #14 Fringed Scarf Necklace

This is a bit different from what I usually post here for my 50 Days till Christmas projects. I saw this old and faded handkerchief/scarf from my stash of old clothes and knowing me I was hesitant to throw it away or use it as a rag. And I’m glad I didn’t. 🙂

I used a bunch of jump rings, a pair of craft pliers, a silver chain and strips of the old scarf. Knot the strips of fabric to the jump rings, attach on a chain and VIOLA!

A closer look to give you the idea. 😉

I will be posting more of this DIY jewelry and accessories projects real soon.

Come back for more! 🙂