Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wear your trash receptacle.



Hi!  So!  Yesterday I made this headband:



I like how it grips my unruly hair and stays in place, thanks to the diamond shapes.


As you may have guessed from the title of this post, here's what it used to be:




Dollar store trash baskets!  I liked the colors together on the shelf, so I thought I'd spend two bucks and see what I could do.

With a pair of scissors, I snipped out some strips of connected diamonds...




I stacked a blue segment onto a green one with the diamonds offset, which created a cool argyle pattern.  A length of satiny cord, some basket-weaving 101, and voila!  The cord ties in back, and suddenly I was wearing my trash receptacle.  On my head.


Here's another one, with ribbon instead of cord.


Fun, aren't they?


But you know me, I am mostly about jewelry, so naturally I could not rest until I'd made a few pieces...

















Of course, you won't have access to these exact baskets (unless you visit my favorite 99 cent store on Wilshire and Fairfax).  But check your local thrift stores and dollar emporiums for anything plastic with a diamond weave...


And you, too, may find yourself wearing a trash receptacle.






Bonus: two cute plastic bowls, lace-edged and useful as all get out.




Yep.  I think I got my two bucks' worth, don't you?


20 comments:

  1. You just can't help yourself, can you? :D
    Love it, but I am seriously worried about how that head of yours works! lol

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  2. Wow !!! I LOVE IT !! You are so good at finding ideas ! LOVE YOUR BLOG to death ! Please keep on doing what you do !

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  3. You are so inventive, it makes my head explode!

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  4. This is not something I would have dreamed of, looking at waste baskets. I am so glad you showed us what was left.

    Yes, you definitely got your $2 worth.

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  5. Talk about thinking outside of the box or, in this case, basket! You're so creative... I'm definitely adding you to my reader. :o)

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  6. I swear...you could take a styrofoam peanut and turn it into an ivory palace!

    Love the bangles, and the bowls are super cute. Who knew?! I have a dollar store wire waste basket at home that I have been thinking about for months...I was thinking about a lampshade, but now you got me thinking about this! Hmmm....

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  7. I'm a hair accessory fool so I love your headbands! The jewelry rocks too, especially that last pair of cute lil earrings! I'd say you definitely got your $2 worth.

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  8. Pure genius. You have such an undaunted vision, and hey- those are my colors.

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  9. You got more than your two bucks. I love the color combination one of my favorites. My favorite version of the headband is the one with ribbon and I really like the blue drop earrings.

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  10. Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment on my blog! Wow, you have funny ideas. Not that I would wear a bin myself, but I think this would make a great project for little girls. :-) And I absolutely love the colour combination you chose!

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  11. I think anyone would be proud to wear their "trash receptacle" if it looked like this!

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  12. you are great...nice work...wowwwwwwwwww

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  13. What everyone else said. You're so brilliant it hurts. I love all the iterations.

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  14. You made me want to go to the store and examine trash receptacles a little more closely. Broadened my horizons. I thank you for that. :)

    Awesome.

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  15. I would never throw out anything if I lived by you! =) Thanks so much for the great ideas, I'll be linking.

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  16. What a creative idea! I've never thought of using trash baskets as headband. That headband is so beautiful. I just love the blue-green combination. Great choice of colors!! Thumbs up! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  17. I LOVE THE TWO WASTEBASKETS YOU BOUGHT AND MADE INTO SO MANY THINGS! VERY CLEVER, INDEED. LIKE YOU, I AM ALSO PICKING THINGS UP AT THE 'EURO' SHOPS HERE, KNOWING THAT ONE DAY I WILL THINK OF SOMETHING TO DO WITH THEM. I RECENTLY BOUGHT SEVERAL OF THOSE WOODEN EXPANDABLE COAT RAKES WHEN REALIZED THAT TAKIng THEM APART AND USING THE PEGS WAS MUCH CHEAPER THAN GOING TO A HARDWARE SHOP AND BUYING THE PEGS THEMSELVES! ONE EURO SPENT AT THE EURO SHOP GAVE ME TEN PEGS FOR ONE EURO! YEAH, I AM A CHEAP SKATE! THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING ALL YOUR CLEVER IDEAS WITH US - I WILL CERTAINLY BE LOOKING AT PLASTIC WASTE BINS IN A NEW LIGHT! Lis

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  18. Wao dear Mich..I love seeing your archives right now...how I missed all..? I enjoy these..
    Lots of Love ~

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  19. Wow you are crafty and they look great on you! Haha, I am a jewellery maniac too!Everything I try to make turns into jewellery!

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