Repurposed Flower Frog Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Clever Repurposing Ideas for Vintage Flower Frogs

Not long ago, I posted some fun trash to treasure finds from when I went flea market shopping on Instagram. I bought this green metal object even though I had no idea what it was. All I knew was that it interested me. It was industrial looking and also one of my favorite colors.  It had a farmhouse style that just made me attracted to it. I turned it over and saw that it was made by Dazey Manufacturing Company in New York. I Googled it and found that it is a flower frog. So, what the heck is a flower frog? I Googled THAT and found that they are used inside bowls and vases to help arrange flowers and keep them into place… oh… and Martha Stewart collects them (thank goodness for Google!)!! So, since I don’t arrange a lot of flowers I thought I’d think of some repurposed flower frog ideas and find some other ideas out there too. So, here is a round-up of some fun ideas, both my own and some others I found around the web.

I love repurposed jewelry organization ideas. I turned it on its side and hung it on the wall. It holds fishhook earrings perfectly!

Repurposing Ideas Flower Frog Jewelry Holder

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Source: Wedding Table Numbers

Repurposed Flower Frog for Kitchen Utensils

Flower Frog as Organizer

Source: Flower Frog as Desk Organizer

Flower Frog as Decor

Source: Flower Frog as Decor

I thought it would be cute in a farmhouse style bathroom as a toothbrush holder as well.

Repurposing Ideas Flower Frog Toothbrush Holder

Flower Frog as Pencil Holder

Source: Pencil Holder

Flower Frog as Photo Holder

Source: Photo Holder

Lastly, I brought it into my craft room and found some fun uses for it including a paint brush holder, scissor organizer, and holder for markers.

Repurposing Ideas Flower Frogs as Paint Brush Holder

Repurposing Ideas Flower Frogs to Hold Scissors

Repurposing Ideas Flower Frogs

Here are some more of my recent flea market finds:

Repurposed Bed Springs and Chair Springs

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Bed Spring Ideas

I have been on a roll with the antique and flea market shopping lately. I recently shared some flea market style ideas and some repurposed lighting ideas inspired by these shopping trips. Well, the other day I posted a picture of the bedsprings I bought at the flea market on Instagram and Facebook. I tried to think of some ideas, plus searched the web for some other great ones, so here is a fun round up of repurposed bed springs and chair springs.

My initial inspiration were these strand of lights I saw antique shopping.

Repurposed Lighting with Bed Springs

Here is a DIY Bed Springs Photo Holder by Four Corners Design.

Bed Springs Photo Holder

You can also print out small pictures and use mini clothespins to attach pictures as well.

Repurposed Bed Springs Photo Holder

This is an Antique Chair Spring Candle Holder from Noodle and Lou Vintage on Etsy.

Bed Spring Tea Light Holder

Votive candle holders fit well in them too.

Repurposed Bed Springs Candle Holder

I thought this Flower Holder by Sissie’s Shabby Cottage was a cute idea.

Flower Holder Bed Springs

You can also fill a tall shot glass with water and make a bud vase.

Repurposed Bed Springs Bud Vase

Here is a unique Bed Spring Utensil Holder from Junkologie.

Bed Spring Utensil Holder

This Spring Wreath from Beyond the Picket Fence is a great idea.

Bed Spring Wreath

You can turn the spring sideways and use it for desktop organization.

Repurposed Bed Springs Desk Organization

You can also use it sideways in the kitchen as a recipe card holder.

Repurposed Bed Springs Recipe Holder

This is a neat idea… a Chair Spring Garden Art from Apartment Therapy.

Chair Spring Garden Art

Lastly, how about this Wall Décor idea from The Backyard Bungalow? It’s a cute idea for spring time!

Bed Spring Wall Decor

Upcycling and Repurposing Ideas for Lighting

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycling and Repurposing Ideas for lighting

One of my favorite FAVORITE things to do is go antique shopping…well, mostly window shopping. I find so much inspiration when I’m out and about. It’s trash to treasure at its finest! Last weekend, my best friend and I went to the Orange Circle and perused all the antique shops. I found a lot of great ideas for home décor and DIY projects. To narrow it down, I thought I’d put together a post of upcycling and repurposing ideas for lighting.

Let’s start with some upcycling ideas. These weren’t necessarily repurposed, but rather upcycled chandeliers that were embellished with crystals. The crystals transform these old pieces into chic and stylish.

Upcycled Lighting with Crystals (3)

Upcycled Lighting with Crystals (2)

Upcycled Lighting with Crystals (1)

I’ve always wanted to do this, and hopefully I will soon. These are beautiful chandeliers in cages. I saw so many cages that would work perfectly.

Upcycled Chandeliers in Cages

Repurposed Lighting Birdcage Chandeliers (3)

Repurposed Lighting Birdcage Chandeliers (2)

Repurposed Lighting Birdcage Chandeliers (1)

Probably my two favorites, these were made from bicycle wheels. I love the mixture of masculine and feminine design.

Repurposed Lighting with Bicycle Wheels (2)

Repurposed Lighting with Bicycle Wheels (1)

I also found a few repurposed desk lamps and floor lamps.

Repurposed and Upcycled Lamps

Repurposed Lighting Desk Lamp

Repurposed Lighting  Lamp

Repurposed Lighting  Floor Lamp

This one is great for an outdoor patio. It is string lights with bed springs attached to them for rustic chic outdoor lighting.

Repurposed Lighting with Bed Springs

This unique orb pendant lamp is made from rusty saw blades.

Repurposed Lighting with Saw Blades

Here are a few repurposing ideas with an industrial look.

Repurposed Lighting  Pendant Style (3)

Repurposed Lighting  Pendant Style (2)

Repurposed Lighting  Pendant Style (1)

This one is made from table legs!

Repurposed Lighting with Iron Table Legs

This window shopping trip was so fun. I took A LOT more pictures, which I’ll share soon!

This weekend, I’m hoping to attend the Long Beach Antique Swap Meet. It’s been a while since I have gone. I’m sure I’ll find a lot of great ideas there. Can’t wait to show you!

You may also like these articles of my past shopping trips!

Upcycled Soccer Medal Holder DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Chalkboard Medal Holder DIY

One of my best friends asked me to make her son something to display his soccer medals on. I had a few ideas, but when I came across an unwanted (and inexpensive) sign in the Christmas clearance section at Jo-Ann’s, I knew exactly what I was going to do. Here is my Upcycled Soccer Medal Holder DIY.

Materials:

  • Wood, or Old Sign
  • Hook Screws
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Chalk and Stencils
  • Q-Tip

First, here are all his medals!  I just had to show you… he’s only 7 years old and I am a proud “Auntie”.

Upcycled Chalkboard Medal Holder

Here is the sign I found for next to nothing… super cute, but not my style. I grabbed because a) it was cheap, b) it already had a hanger on it, and c) it was black already, which makes it a really easy makeover.

Chalkboard Medal Holder

I ended up painting on four coats of chalkboard paint.  This photo below is after the 2nd coat.  I allowed it to dry 2 hours in between coats.

Upcycled Soccer Medal Holder DIY

I spaced and screwed in 9 hook screws, starting in the center and working my way out.

Soccer Medal Holder DIY

I stenciled on the word “conquered” onto the sign because my hand writing is horrible.  It’s messy here, but that’s where the Q-Tip comes in.  I simply wet a Q-tip and then cleaned off the edges.  After the fact I realized that I had liquid chalk that would have been perfect for this project, but oh well! Next time! By the way, it took me DAYS to figure out the right word. I liked “champion”, “focused”, “determination”, “perseverance”, but in the end, I chose “conquered” because that’s what he did to win these amazing medals. I figured since it’s chalkboard, we can erase it and write something different on it.

Chalkboard Soccer Medal Holder

Here are a couple photos. He loved it when I gave it to him and I even got a special thank you phone call that was so sweet.

Soccer Medal Holder

Chalkboard Medal Holder Trash to Treasure

Check some other trash to treasure “kid stuff” makeovers I have done:

Repurposed Jewelry Organization Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Jewelry Organizing Ideas

For some reason if my jewelry is displayed, I wear it more… probably because it’s right there for me to see and choose from, as opposed to a hanger in between my clothes that I forget about. I realized today that I had created several organization and storage options for my jewelry in my walk-in closet so I thought I’d share it today. Hope you find these repurposed jewelry organization ideas inspirational and useful!

Let’s start with something new; one that I have never posted before. I got this cute corkboard for Christmas this year as a white elephant gift. I stared at it for days, because I didn’t really need it in the kitchen. Here’s what I ended up doing with it. The earrings hung nicely, and I used little nails to hang the bracelet and rings.

Repurposed Cork Board Jewelry Organizer

I found this cute metal chest of drawers at Hobby Lobby. I made little labels and use it for jewelry, hair accessories, and makeup.

Repurposed Jewelry Holder

Repurposed Jewelry Storage Ideas

This is a little antique shopping vintage find I HAD to have. I use it for rings that I wear all the time.

Repurposed Jewelry Organizing with Vintage Finds

To match this little ring holder, I made this repurposed pedestal bowl out of some thrift store finds.

DIY Thirift Store Jewelry Holder

I also made this DIY pedestal tray from thrift store finds.

Thrift Store Jewelry Holder DIY

This was an old cabinet door that I repurposed into a jewelry display with some knobs and drawer pulls.

repurposed-cabinet-door-jewelry-organizer

Lastly, since my husband and I travel often, I keep prescription bottle handy to put my jewelry in while we travel. Here are some more repurposed prescription bottle ideas.

Upcycled Prescription Bottles for Jewelry while Traveling

Clever Kitchen Storage and Organization Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Every year after I take down all of my Christmas decorations, I go on a cleaning and organizing rampage. I don’t know why, but after all the decorations are down, it seems like the house is bare and dirty. I thought I’d share a few of my clever kitchen storage and organization ideas today. Some are super simple and cost-effecting repurposing ideas as well.

For some reason, my dog food scooper always breaks or gets lost in the food container. With the help of an old hook and some glue dots I added a little hook on the outside of the dog food container for easy access.

Clever dog food scoop idea

In my pantry, I used an old CD rack to organize some loose items that always get lost when I decide to throw away the box with only a few items left.

Repurposed CD Rack for the Pantry

Also inside my pantry door, I added a cardboard whiteboard that I got as a white elephant gift this Christmas.

White Board inside a Kitchen cabinet

For my pot lids I use a leather letter caddy to keep them out of the way and upright.

Pot Lid Organization

I cut out some food boxes to use in my drawers to help keep my serving spoons and my daughter’s utensils organized.

Recycled Boxes for Utensils

Here is a picture of under my kitchen sink before and after.

Oraganizing Under the sink

I took an old plastic crate from the garage and another plastic bin I had to help keep things in place.

Under the sink organization (2)

I got this idea from A Prudent Life and used a clothespin for my plastic gloves.

Clever Kitchen Storage and Organization Ideas

On the other side I used another hook for my fly swatter.

Under the kitchen sink organization

Lastly… my husband is SO happy about this one…I spent $15 and bought these organizers to store my cleaning equipment. Here is the before and after.

Organzation in the garage

Best of DIY Inspired 2014

by Dinah Wulf

Best of DIY Inspired 2014

Happy New Year! Wow! What a great year. I can’t believe we are officially in 2015…yikes! Just as in 2013 and 2012, I wanted to reflect back to this past year and put together a best of DIY Inspired 2014. I broke it up in different categories. Here we go!

Best Furniture Makeover

I did a lot of furniture makeovers for my daughter this year, but the most popular was an old dresser that I’ve had since college. I painted this Chevron Dresser with spray paint and stencils to add a pop of color to my walk in closet.

Best Thrift Store Makeover

I found a little bench at Goodwill for less than $10 and turned it into an upcycled bench for kids with new paint and a cushioned seat, intended for my daughter’s reading nook.

Best Free Curb Side Pickup Makeover

I hadn’t done too much dumpster diving this year. I did love my Santa Stop Here sign from a shelf found in the garbage and a fabric lined serving tray I made also destined for the trash, but the most popular is this DIY Organization Board made with chicken wire I upcycled from an old painting I found in the garbage.

Best Trash to Treasure Project

One of the first projects I did in 2014, January 3rd to be exact, this Repurposed Jewelry Organizer is still one of my favorites of all time.

Best Repurposing Idea

Not ready to part with my daughter’s crib, I made this Repurposed Bed Spring turned Craft Organization,  that is probably one of the most useful things in my craft room today.

Best Theme Party Post

I had some fun theme parties I have helped with this year including a Mad Hatter Tea Party, Rapunzel birthday, Dr. Seuss party, Beanie Baby, The Little Mermaid, and Angry Birds party, but these Angry Bird Boxes were definitely the most popular.

Best DIY Gift Idea

This was so fun to make and all natural and organic! This Mango Pina Lip Balm was a hit in 2014.

Best Party Related Tutorial

Who knew these DIY Personalized Bachelorette Bags would be so popular! I actually made these for a girls trip to Las Vegas, but quickly realized that they are great for anytime.

Most Popular Printable

My talented brother designed these Tic Tac Packs Spice Container Printables, which turned out to be popular for Campers this summer.

Best Halloween Post

My very last Halloween post of the year was so last minute! This DIY Minion Costume was simple, quick, and easy to do.

Best Christmas Post

These two posts tied for most popular and they are both globe ornaments! My DIY Snow Globes and Winter Woodland Ornaments were a hit on Pinterest this past season.

Santa Stop Here DIY Outdoor Sign

by Dinah Wulf

Santa Stop Here Sign (8)

I am proud to be a 3M sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape . Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me.

The other day I found a shelf that my friend was about to throw away. It had a few water stains, but I asked her if I could have it anyway. Immediately, I knew what I wanted to do with it. To be completely honest, my outdoor holiday decorating isn’t that great! We don’t even have the lights up! So, to give my home a little more holiday spirit, I decided to make this hand painted Santa Stop Here DIY Outdoor Sign.

Materials:

  • Wood Board or Old Shelf
  • ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Exterior Surfaces 2097
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Stencils
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Spouncer
  • Plastic Lid
  • Hooks
  • Rope

The first thing I did was gather my materials. I thought about hand painting the words, but remembered some stencils that I had that worked perfectly.

Santa Stop Here Sign

I measured the length of the board and the width of the letters and words to make sure it would fit, then I taped off an arrow with my ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape.

Santa Stop Here Sign (1)

Next, I painted two coats of red paint on the outer boarder. I wanted the inside of the arrow to remain white so that my green letters would show up better.

Santa Stop Here Sign (2)

While the second coat was a little wet, I pulled off the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Exterior Surfaces. Holy moly!! I can’t believe how super sharp the lines were!

Santa Stop Here Sign (3)

Once the paint was dry, I marked off the words in pencil using the stencils.  I did this for two reasons: 1) to make sure the words were centered, and 2) it makes it easier to stencil, because I had to stencil each letter in a different order.  This way, it’s more efficient stenciling a letter one at a time.  You may or may not need to do this, depending on what stencils you use.

Santa Stop Here Sign (4)

Next, I stenciled the words on using a spouncer in an up and down motion. I also like to use a recycled plastic lid for my paint.

Santa Stop Here Sign (5)

Allow your sign to dry completely.

Santa Stop Here Sign (6)

Next, I added some hooks to the top of the sign, measuring 10” from each end.

Santa Stop Here Sign (7)

I hung the sign off of my balcony in an uneven position so that the arrow was pointing to the roof of the house.

Santa Stop Here Sign (8)

Here are a couple after photos.

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Santa Stop Here Sign (10)

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DIY Repurposed Gift Card Holder

by Dinah Wulf

Brown Paper Bag Turned Chic Gift Card Holder (650x584)

Thank you to J. Jill for sponsoring this post and giveaway, DIY Repurposed Gift Card Holder. All opinions are 100% my own.

I am so excited to a) show you how to make a DIY gift card holder out of a brown paper bag, and b) give one lucky winner this DIY gift card holder along with a $100 J. Jill gift card! I was lucky enough to celebrate the J. Jill opening at the Shops at Mission Viejo the other day. It was a lovely event where I got to peruse the beautiful store, meet some amazing people, and try on the clothes! BUT! More on that and the giveaway in a minute… first, let me show you how to make this upcycled gift card holder.

Materials:

  • Brown Paper Bag
  • Scissors or Paper Cutter
  • Decorative Tape and Washi Tape

Any paper bag will do. The one pictured here will make four gift card holders.

Repurposed Brown Paper Bag Idea

First, I cut out a rectangle (approximately 4”X9”) and folded it into thirds as shown. The top flap should be shorter than the lower flap. Leave a small gap in between the flaps.

Repurposed Brown Paper Bag

Tape down the top flap with Washi tape, and trim the bottom edge. I used the tape I had left over from my Washi Tape Gift Wrapping idea.

Repurposed Brown Paper Bag Upcycle

Next, add two more strips of Washi tape all the way around the bottom half.

Repurposed Paper Bag

Insert the gift card.

DIY Repurposed Gift Card Holder

Wrap another two strips around the top flap all the way around the holder to close it.

DIY Gift Card Holder Idea

I added more sparkly decorative tape, left over from my 12 Days of Christmas mini tree, on the front as well.

DIY Gift Card Holder Upcycling Idea

 Sooooo, inside is a $100 gift card to J.Jill and one of you is going to win it!

Jill’s beautiful collections are designed for the women who lead rich, full lives. Additionally, to celebrate the opening, J. Jill made donations to their Orange County-based Compassion Fund Partner: Laura’s House. Laura’s House is committed to changing social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.

My visit was so much fun. The store was beautiful.

J. Jill

The clothes were just my style… comfy with a lot of neutral colors.

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There was a great selection of scarves and other accessories.

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I also loved the jewelry.

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Now for the giveaway! Good luck! The winner will be chosen on Monday, December 15th at 12:00 AM.

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DIY Christmas Card Display

by Dinah Wulf

 

Christmas Card Display with Chicken Wire (1)

This article, DIY Christmas Card Display, is sponsored by Pear Tree Greetings. All opinions are 100% my own.

Lucky for me, this year I was able to design my custom Christmas cards with Pear Tree Greetings. There were SO many choices for holiday photo cards I couldn’t decide. Their personalization process made it so easy though to save the photos I wanted to use so that I could come back to them later. I FINALLY decided on the Golden Greeting Trifold Christmas Cards. I love them because they are made from 100% recycled matte card stock.

Then, I started to think about all the lovely cards that my friends and family will be sending me. I have never had a nice photo display so I decided to make one. Here is how I made my DIY Christmas Card Display.

Materials:

  • Old Frame (check thrift stores!)
  • Paint, Paint Brush, Painter’s Tape (optional)
  • Poultry Netting
  • Staple Gun and Staples
  • Wire Cutter
  • Pliers
  • Ornaments and Ribbon (optional)
  • Clothespins

Can you believe I found this painting for free in the trash? Yep… I took it and was REALLY excited about it.

Before-Old Painting

Because I am upcycling an existing painting, I had a couple extra steps.  You can see here, I had to disassemble the painting and remove some nails.

Old Painting Preparation (650x215)

I also decided to paint the frame white. So, I taped off the burlap trim and primed and painted the frame.

Old Painting Prep (650x515)

Next, I measured and cut the poultry netting to fit inside the frame. Be sure to staple down all four sides.

DIY Christmas Card Display

DIY Christmas Card Display with Chicken Wire

Here is what it looks like with the netting. You can leave it like this and use it as an organization board in an office or craft room as well.

DIY Christmas Card Display with Poultry Netting

Christmas Card Display

But, since I’m using this for Christmas cards, I added some ornaments and ribbon.

DIY Christmas Card Display (4)

Here are some close ups of the cards I ordered from Pear Tree Greetings. This is the front.

DIY Christmas Card Display Repurposed

When you unfold it, this is the front of the card.

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This is the back.

DIY Christmas Card Display (6)

I absolutely love them and I’m sure my friends and family will love them too.

DIY Christmas Card Display Pear Tree Greetings

DIY Christmas Card Display Upcycled

Christmas Card Display with Chicken Wire

Thank you so much to Pear Tree Greetings for sponsoring this post!

In case you missed it, check out the wall decals I got from them to make some DIY Wall Art for my daughter’s play area!

Play Kitchen Hutch from Thrift Store Finds

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Play Kitchen Hutch From Thrift Store Makeover

I had made a little play kitchen hutch for my daughter before, as well as refurbished an old Disney princess table I got for free. Along with a Pottery Barn stove I got on Craigslist, my daughter plays with this little play kitchen almost every single day. This is why I couldn’t resist making another play kitchen hutch from thrift store finds I got the other day at Goodwill.

Materials:

Here is the little table and wood shelving I found.  I got both of them for $9.50 total. Great deal, right? There were a few nicks and scratches but nothing too bad.

Play Hutch From Thrift Store Finds

I spot sanded a few areas to smooth out some blemishes.

Play Hutch Thrift Store Makeover

After I cleaned it off from dust, I primed both pieces first and then painted it white. A two in one paint and primer is the quickest, but I used what I had, which was a spray primer and white Krylon spray paint.

DIY Play Kitchen From Thrift Store Finds

I bought the same fabric that I use to line Mia’s other play kitchen hutch I made. I used a rotary cutter to measure and cut the pieces. Next I sprayed them with a little spray starch and ironed them flat.  This makes it easier to insert later.

Play Hutch DIY

Next, once the paint was dry, I used a spray adhesive on both the shelf backing and the back of the fabric and smoothed it right into place.

Repurposed Play Hutch From Thrift Store Finds

Lastly, I used a maximum strength wood glue to attach the two pieces together.  I let it dry overnight and then I reinforced it with nails.

Upcycled Play Kitchen From Thrift Store Finds

Here are a few after photos.

Play Kitchen Hutch From Thrift Store Finds

Play Kitchen Hutch DIY

DIY Play Kitchen Hutch From Thrift Store Makeover

If you like this post, check out some of my other project transformations, Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for Your Kids!

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Vases

by Dinah Wulf

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece g

I originally shared this idea on my friend’s blog, A Fabulous Fete, and thought I’d share it with you today! I don’t know about you but I am always saving spaghetti sauce jars. I’ll even take this a step further and admit to you that I buy spaghetti sauce based on the jar and not the actual spaghetti sauce… I know! I know! I have a SERIOUS problem! Anyway, I did a very simple upcycle that can be completed in minutes. Here is how to make recycled can and Mason jar vases.

Materials:

  • Cans and jars
  • Painter’s tape
  • Newspaper or old packing paper
  • Spray paint

You can use any type of can or jar. When I thought of this project I had a collection already.

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece a

First, tape off the jars with Painter’s tape.  Be sure to smooth it on applying pressure with your fingers to remove any air bubbles. I like the look of glass and color, and tin and color, so I randomly taped off sections.

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece b

After you tape them off, cover the area you do not want painted with newspaper. I used old packing paper that I had on hand.

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece c

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece d

I chose Krylon’s Blue Ocean Breeze and Citrus Green.

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece e

I sprayed on one coat outside in the back yard. One coat was perfect and only took fifteen minutes to dry. I removed the tape and the lines were perfect!

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece

I filled them with colorful inexpensive flowers I got from the grocery store.

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece f

Here are a few more pictures.  I am LOVING these two colors together.

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece j

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece i

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece h

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece g

This project is great because you can play around with the colors to fit any style, holiday, or special occasion.

DIY Steampunk Top Hat and Goggles

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Steampunk Hat and Goggles Upcycled

My husband and I keep changing our minds on what we were going to be on Halloween this year.  Since we are actually attending a costume party, my husband insisted we should dress as a couple. At first we were going to be Ken and Barbie in the cardboard box but thought it’d be too uncomfortable, then we were going to be Mr. and Mrs. Wulf dressed up in a suit and dress but with wolf heads on. Finally, we decided on dressing in the Steampunk era. We thought it’d be fun and more importantly comfortable. So, I made myself some accessories. Here is my DIY Steampunk Top Hat and Goggles tutorial.

I made this with some repurposed items. Most I had around the house but I did buy a couple things. Here is what I ended up using, of course there are alternatives.

Materials:

This is a top hat I found at Walmart for $4.99. You can also make the top hat out of cardboard as well.

DIY Steampunk Top Hat

I wrapped the hat in lace for a feminine touch.

DIY Steampunk Hat with Lace

Next, I found an old belt in my closet and cut it up to make the straps of the goggles.  You can also look for fake leather pants or skirts at thrift stores to cut up as well. I hot glued it around the lace.

DIY Steampunk Goggles Repurposed Belt

Next, I colored the sides of the blind spot mirror and the baby jar lids with a gold sharpie.

DIY Steampunk Hat and Goggles

I glued them together with E6000 glue.

DIY Steampunk Repurposed Goggles

Lastly, I glued them onto the hat as well as added a couple steampunk inspired metal embellishments.

Steampunk Embellishments

DIY Steampunk Hat and Goggles Halloween

Here are a couple after photos. This Steampunk Top hat and Goggles cost me less than $15.00!

DIY Steampunk Top Hat and Goggles Tutorial

DIY Steampunk Hat and Goggles Upcycled

DIY Steampunk Hat and Goggles Costume

 

Oh! And my daughter just HAD to model my hat for you too!

Steampunk Model

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping

by Dinah Wulf

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping (5)

If you have been following along both of my blogs, this one and Inheriting Our Planet, you may have noticed all the posts I have been writing about my amazing trip to Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto in Mexico! Of COURSE I had to bring home a few souvenirs from my trip. Thanks to my Mother In Law, she gave me the inside scoop that Mexico has THE BEST vanilla extract so I always know it’ll be a hit when I get home. I ended up using Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping to present my gifts to my friends and family.

Materials:

  • Gift (duh!)
  • Toilet Paper Rolls (duh!)
  • Decorative Paper
  • Tissue Paper
  • Scissors
  • Paper Cutter
  • Double-sided tape
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun (optional)

It just so happens that a small bottle of vanilla extract fits perfectly in a toilet paper roll.  I KNEW I was hoarding toilet paper rolls for a reason!

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping (2)

I picked some colorful and bright paper that reminded me of Mexico,  cut it to size with my paper cutter, and secured it with double sided tape. FYI, toilet paper rolls are 4.5” long.

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping

Next, I simply rolled the bottle in some tissue paper and inserted it into the roll.

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping (1)

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping (3)

Next, I tied a ribbon on each end.

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping (4)

Now, the bottle was a little thin and slid around in the tube, so I put a little dab of hot glue into the tube to keep it from sliding around and it worked beautifully.

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping (6)

I can’t wait to give them away, especially to my Mother In Law!

In case you want to read about my adventures in Mexico, check out these posts!

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a cute little video of my trip!

Looking for more homemade hostess gift ideas? Try these!