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Advent Conspiracy

Interested in slowing down and enjoying this Christmas season?  

Watch This Video

One of the ways that our family is slowing down, spending more time together and putting our focus on our savior’s birth is by making  gifts for those we love.  We are upcycling some of our favorite things into something special and new.

Upcycled Crayons

Preheat Oven to 200 degrees.  Peel and Break Crayons.


Spray pan with cooking spray.  Fill to the top with broken crayons.


Place in oven until crayons are melted.  You may have to add a few crayons.


Allow crayons to cool and seperate from pan.


Kids love banging the crayons out of the pan!


Put a smile on someone’s face!


Upcycled Shirts

Any t-shirt will work.  Find an item you would like to scan or a photo from the internet.


Print the image (you can always increase or decrease the size)


Cut out the image


Use template to cut out felt patterns.  Add embellishments if you want.


Sew onto the shirt with embroidery floss.


Other Shirt Ideas


I am sure that washing on a delicate cycle or by hand would be the best method.  But we just throw all of our clothes into the same wash with no problem!

Upcycled Clocks

Select an item to upcycle into a clock…the possibilities really are endless.  You can buy clock mechanisms for around $5 or use one out of a used clock (goodwill and grandma’s attic have them for less than $1)













Remove the clock mechanism, the pieces just pop apart!










Use the center of the old clock to determine which size drill bit to use.










If making a book and you want it to close, you can cut a square out for the base of the clock mechanism.










Snap all of the pieces back into place.  You have a clock!















Coming Soon!

Buy & Sell on Ebay

Thrifting for Gifts

Have Kids and Save Money


One response

  1. Great video, Michele, and your crayon melting is a unique idea.

    December 1, 2009 at 2:28 am

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