Birchbox Upcycle: Drawer Unit

Upcycled Birchbox Drawers | Life in the Making(s)

I have a bunch of projects I’ve made over the last few months that I never got around to blogging, so I’m going to work on getting them all up soon! This one I made awhile ago, and I didn’t take in-progress photos, but I’ll walk you through it the best I can!

Upcycled Birchbox Drawers | Life in the Making(s)

I’ve been subcribed to Birchbox* for over a year now, so I have a bunch of these boxes. They’re a great size, and useful for storing lots of things! I used three of them to make this drawer unit.

Upcycled Birchbox Drawers | Life in the Making(s)

The outer box is made of foam core, and covered in scrapbook paper to make it pretty. I cut the front sections out of the (upside down) box lids, and hot glued them to the foam core as shelves for the drawers. I used a bit of decorative trim to cover up the edges.

Upcycled Birchbox Drawers | Life in the Making(s)

The decorative knobs (make sure you get ones that have a removable screw) are hot glued to the front of the drawers. The silver one is kind of heavy and fell off after a couple of days, so I used super glue to stick it back on the dried hot glue, and that worked great!

*Birchbox is a beauty subscription service. For $10 a month, you get 5 beauty samples in a great little box. The best part is that you can review your samples for points to redeem in the Birchbox shop (which is like getting $5 back every month). If you’d like to try it out for yourself, you can subscribe here. The boxes are colorful this year instead of the kraft boxes shown here, but they’d still work for this project!
Christa

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Sugar and Spice Colorado Final Sale

Sugar and Spice Colorado Final Sale

I’m closing Sugar and Spice Colorado to focus on other things, so everything left in the shop is 75% off (discount applied at checkout). If you haven’t seen my previous posts about this business, it’s all one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry and accessories, so if you see something you like, hurry and snatch it up before someone else does!

Bright Plaid Knotted Purse | Sugar and Spice Colorado

Trail Ridge Necklace

Poncha Springs Earrings

Thanks for your support!
Christa

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Microwave Pumpkin Pie

Microwave Pumpkin Pie | Life in the Making(s)

I came across a microwave pumpkin pie-in-a-mug recipe a few weeks ago, and of course had to try it. I wasn’t at all happy with how it turned out, though, so I came up with my own recipe instead. After a few tweaks, it’s finally ready to share. Best of all, it’s gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-friendly! (Pictured with whipped cream, but of course sub whipped coconut cream or your other favorite option if you need to avoid dairy.)

And, just like the Microwave Pumpkin Pudding recipe I shared a couple of years ago, this is a great way to avoid attacking the big pie as soon as it comes out of the oven!

Microwave Pumpkin Pie
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 1-2
 
Gluten-free and vegan crustless microwave pumpkin pie.
Ingredients
  • ½ T flax seed
  • 1½ T warm water
  • ½ c pumpkin puree
  • 3 T sugar
  • ¼ t cinnamon
  • ⅛ t ginger
  • pinch cloves
  • pinch salt
Instructions
  1. Combine flax seed and water in a microwave-safe ramekin or mug. Let sit for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  3. Microwave on high until a knife or toothpick comes out clean. Mine took about 4 minutes, but cooking times will vary depending on your microwave, so check it every minute or so. The top will look a bit drier than when you started, but it won't look as set as a regular pie coming out of the oven, and it won't be dry to the touch.
  4. Let it sit for a few minutes at room temperature, then refrigerate for a few hours, or put in the freezer for 30 minutes or so, until it's chilled through.
  5. Serve with whipped cream or whipped coconut cream.

Enjoy!
Christa

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DIY Thumb Tack Wreath

DIY Thumb Tack Wreath | Life in the Making(s)

I’m sure I’m not the first person to think of this, but I recently found thumb tacks and a wreath form at the Dollar Tree and decided to put them together! Here’s what I got:

DIY Thumb Tack Wreath | Life in the Making(s)

I wasn’t sure how many boxes of tacks I would need, so I started out with 2. I ended up needing 7 to cover the whole thing. I started out placing the tacks in clusters, but later decided that I liked the look of it better more in rows. I don’t have an in-progress photo, so hopefully I can explain it well enough. I started by placing tacks in a row going around the center of the wreath form, until I had a full circle. I kept working in circles, overlapping the tacks slightly to cover the form, and hold the earlier rows in place. The rows did get uneven, but I just kept working in the same direction until the whole form was covered. When I got to the last row, I stuck the tacks through glue dots before placing them on the form to keep everything secure.

DIY Thumb Tack Wreath | Life in the Making(s)

I tied a string around the wreath to clip the flower onto, and added a wide ribbon for hanging. (It’s pretty heavy with all that metal, so a sturdy ribbon is a necessity!) I wanted to keep the colors neutral so it wouldn’t be overly holiday-ish, but both can be easily changed. This definitely isn’t a fast project – it took several evenings of TV-watching to place all the tacks, but I really like how it turned out!
Christa

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