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April 18, 2017

Upcycle Week: Give Matchboxes and Egg Cartons New Life with these Great Ideas

Graphic 45 Upcycle Egg Carton Lena Astafeva Olde Curiosity Shoppe

Hello G45ers!  

Today we have a special blog post for you.  We are celebrating our fearless leader, the director of operations, and my very favorite sister's birthday. Happy birthday Aimee!  We will also be sharing two fantastic projects.  Think twice before throwing away a matchbox or egg carton. You can turn garbage into a stunning gift that would make anyone smile!  In this post, Joanne Bain shows us the possibilities of upcycling a matchbox, using our Nature Sketchbook collection!  Following Joanne, we have Lena Astafeva's gorgeous Olde Curiosity Shoppe egg carton.  Both projects would make excellent gifts or great storage for your desk or craft space.  Join in the fun and share your birthday greetings and repurpose ideas in the comments.  


Aimee Filimoehala Birthday Graphic 45 Cake

"Happy, happy birthday Aimee, you are one of the hardest working, smartest, loving women I know.  Thank you for always sharing your light and showing me the way.  I love you." ~Charee 

"Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter Aimee!
I’m so grateful to be your Mother. You’ve got the brains, confidence and courage to do whatever you set your mind to (and have since you were a toddler). You bring fun and laughter to our family and to Graphic 45. May the next year of your life’s journey be filled with joy and adventure!
I love you Meemers!" ~Mom aka Diane Schultz 


(3 %2Freused again on april 3%2F2%2F not claimed) Off to the Races  ATC Book Box  Metal Prize $40 Graphic 45


This week we are giving out a $40+ prize package that includes an Off to the Races 8x8 paper pad, 6x6 Patterns and Solids pad, Decorative Chipboard, Ephemera Cards, ATC Black Book Box, and Shabby Chic Drawer Pulls.  Wow!  To enter to win, just leave a comment here on our blog and/or Facebook page.  The winner will be announced here on the blog on Friday, April 21st, 2017.  


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 Upcycled Matchbox by Joanne Bain 


"For my Earth Day project I decided to upcycle a large matchbox which would normally end up in the bin and turn it into a small gift box. It would be a perfect place for some yummy sweets or maybe a gift card for that special family member or friend." ~Joanne Bain

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Bee Yourself. Use our Metal Label Holder to make sentiments pop.  



Ornate Metal Label Holder

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Both twine and string add nice finishing touches on projects.  

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Graphic 45 Supplies:

Nature's Sketchbook Collection
Season Splendor 12x12 Patterned Paper
Mother Earth 12x12 Patterned Paper
Verdant Woodlands 12x12 Patterned Paper
Nature’s Sketchbook 12x12 Patterned Paper
Metal Door Plates & Knobs
Ornate Metal Label Holder



Box-Olde Curiosity Shoppe -product by Graphic 45-by Lena Astafeva-5

Upcycled Egg Box by Lena Astafeva 


"There are so many things always left, which we don’t need anymore. We should look back, think over and turn an old thing into a new one." ~Lena Astafeva 


Check out How to Eggs Box by Elena Astafeva on Snapguide.

How to decorate an Egg Box

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Box-Olde Curiosity Shoppe -product by Graphic 45-by Lena Astafeva-5


Tip: Egg cartons make excellent embellishment storage containers. 

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Graphic 45 DIY Craft Paper Rolls are the perfect weight to add this added ruffle detail. 

4501287—DIY Craft Paper—Bicycles & Polka Dots copy 2

DIY Craft Paper-Bicycles & Polka Dots

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Layered fussy cuts are a great addition to any project.

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Graphic 45 Supplies:

Nature Sketchbook 8x8 Pad
Nature Sketchbook 12x12 Pad
Nature Sketchbook 12x12 Patterns & Solids Pad
DCE Olde Curiosity Shoppe
DIY Craft Paper-Curiosity Collage & Butterflies

 Other Supplies:

Eggs box
Petaloo flowers


That wraps it up for today!  Thank you, Joanne and Lena, for two gorgeous examples of upcycling, a step by step tutorial, and a whirlwind of creativity. Be sure to share in the comments what you repurpose at home. We love learning new crafting ideas and techniques! Have fun creating and have a cupcake in Aimee's honor today.  


Happy Papercrafting!



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Happy birthday to Aimee!

Happy Birthday Aimee! We love you:)
Very cute projects! Egg carton idea is wonderful!

Happy Birthday! Gorgeous projects!

Happy Birthday Aimee!! Such amazing projects and amazing products!! Love Graphic 45!

Happy Birthday Aimee, and please keep posting all the fantastic ideas that your design team creates. Love the beautiful vintage horse collection.

Have a great day!

Happy birthday, Aimee! Wonderful projects.

Happy Birthday, Aimee! And thank you for the chance in this giveaway!

Happy Birthday Aimee. Have a lovely day!

i LOVE the egg carton upcycle. great posts, as usual! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Aimee.

What great projects using things we normally throw away !!


I love to use nice boxes (I'll have to also try out the egg carton idea next year). Thanks for the idea. Your papers make everything better!!

Happy birthday, Aimee.
I am many times intimidated by your amazing projects, so these make me feel like I can maybe, just maybe, make one like it. Thanks. The papers are great as usual.

A very Happy Birthday Aimee!
Love these upcycles!!
Thank you for all the awesome papers in Graphic 45! Love them all.

Happy Birthday Aimee!
Who would have thought of using a egg carton in a project, great idea.

Happy Birthday Aimee,enjoy your special day!
Stunning projects,love all the details and fussy cutting.I have this collection and it is so versatile.

Happy birthday day Aimee!!

Lovely upcycled projects today.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Love all the great ideas and projects! G45 is the best!!

LOVE these fab projects and Happy Birthday to Aimee!!!

So many wonderful ideas. Also, Happy, Happy Birthday to you Aimee!!!!!!

Happy Birthday, Aimee! I'm really enjoying these projects for Upcycle Week!

Happy birthday, Aimee.
I love today's projects - I have
the perfect egg carton just about empty and I'm going to try to replicate the project. Hope I can do as well as Lena.
thanks to both for sharing.

Loving today's upcycled projects. Graphic 45 rocks!❤️

Happy Birthday, Aimee! Love all the projects.

Happy Birthday Aimee. Wonderful projects yet again. Would love to be a winner of any of the Graphic 45 products.

Happy Birthday Aimee! Would love to win this prize!!

Happy, happy Birthday Aimee! And here I thought I was the only one that "looked" at "trash" as "Treasures"!!...lol!

Happy Birthday, Aimee. What clever ideas for the match box and egg carton. I repurpose my egg cartons but don't decorate them. Bummer. Now I will. I save all my wraps - papers, plastics, etc. They come in handy for stamping, tags, and cards when I want to do something special. Even corregated cup holders from coffee shops end up on my cards. My family thinks I am a packrat. Little do they know.

Have a marvelous day and get spoiled. Love the eggbox

Sending Happy Birthday
wishes to Aimee! Love
these creations, so neat
and pretty.
Carla from Utah

Love the matchbox project. I've been throwing them out but not any more. You come up with the best ideas G45!

Happy birthday Aimee have an awesome day
Love the projects

Happy birthday to Aimee and more fabulous creations. Hard to believe that was an egg carton.

Love all the projects you do you are so great with everything you do. Happy Birthday

Hey, Birthday girl, kind of you to share project items for all of us to use on your birthday! I hope you have as much fun today as I will when I repurpose items in the future.

Happiest of birthdays Aimee! I love both of these upcycle projects! Hard to see they were once a matchbox and an egg carton!!

Happy birthday

I'm always looking for ways to use those empty egg cartons...they just seem like they should continue their usefulness. Why not be pretty while doing so!?

Happy Birthday Aimee 🎂🤗!!! Lots of fun up-cycling today, thank you tons!

Happy Birthday. Love the projects. Thanks

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