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Recycled Craft Ideas: DIY Statement Necklace

recycled craft ideas
recycled craft ideas

After some recycled craft ideas?  Of course, you are!

The good news is that today on Moral Fibres I’m featuring one of my very favourite internet ladies, Mel Wiggins.  Mel will show you one of her fantastic recycled craft ideas – a DIY statement necklace made out of spare buttons and felt scraps.

Let’s Get Crafty With This Recycled Craft Idea!

Done in just fifteen minutes, this project is the perfect recycled craft idea for anyone lacking in patience for long-winded crafty projects.  And the very best thing is that it’s so easy that even a crafting novice like me can easily complete it!

If you’re looking for some recycled craft ideas for kids then this would also be the perfect project.  Now that the summer holidays are in full swing then if you’ve got bored kids on your hand just hand them some buttons, felt, scissors, and glue (with supervision of course!).

You Will Need:

Various buttons

A scrap of felt

Length of ribbon

Glue Gun



diy bib necklace

Place your buttons on the felt and arrange them in the shape you like.

statement necklace diy

Glue the buttons onto the felt with the hot glue gun and then cut around the shape.

make recycled necklace

Cut two bits of ribbon to your desired length (the longer the better).  Next hot glue them to either side of the back of the felt.

Now admire the finished product!

diy necklace

Leave the glue to dry, then ta-da!  A boutique-looking piece made for just pennies from recycled materials!

recycled craft ideas

If you enjoyed Mel’s tutorial then you can follow her fantastic blog here, and also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

I don’t know about you but I’m off to give this a go!  And if you’ve got any favourite recycled craft ideas then do share in the comments below!

ps: some other craft ideas for kids – craft ideas from junkcraft ideas from cork, and my craft ideas Pinterest board, full of crafty ideas and projects that I’ve found!

Main photo by Patrizia Ferri

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How To Cycle In A Long Skirt

Ever wondered the best way to cycle in a long skirt? It turns out you just need a 1 pence coin and an elastic band. Intrigued? Read on!

how to cycle in a long skirt

Do you remember my great post with Jo Holtan the other week, where she shared her top cycling tips for beginners?  

Well, Jo and her friends at Cyclehack have completely blown things out of the water with this mind-blowing super simple cycle tip for cycling whilst wearing a long skirt.  Called Penny In Yo Pants, it’s a simple tip to stop flashing people when you wear a skirt when you’re cycling. An all too common problem when wearing skirts! I know I’ve done it before!

How To Cycle In A Long Skirt

It’s easier to watch Jo’s tip in video form, so here you go:

Penny In Yo Pants from Johanna Holtan on Vimeo.

In case you can’t see the video, I will try to describe it. Bear with me, it’s easier to see it in action than it is to describe!

First, you put on a skirt and grab a penny. Next, push the penny from the back of the skirt to the front to create almost like a button between both layers of your skirt. Wrap the rubber band around the “button” and you’re good to go.

This trick works because the extra weight from the penny keeps the skirt down. And, because the front and back layers of the skirt are connected, it also helps preserve your modesty. Confused? Do check out the video if you can!

If you don’t have a penny to hand, a pebble or small rock would also do the trick.

Isn’t that crazily simply, yet effective?  I tried it out on my bike over the weekend whilst wearing a long skirt and it totally works!  I’ve tried using a peg before, but it never quite seemed to work. I would never have dreamed of using a penny and an elastic band!

Jo and her friends at Cyclehack are also working on developing a commercial version of Penny in Yo Pants, which they say will prevent the puckering of skirt fabric that happens when you use a penny.  They’ll be launching through Kickstarter soon, and some of the proceeds from purchases will go towards supporting the Afghanistan Women’s National Cycling Team.  You can find out more about this worthy cause here – it’s well worth sparing the 3 minutes to watch the video – very inspiring stuff!

Want more cycling tips? Of course, you do! Here are some of my top autumn cycling tips.