Upcycled Ruler Patriotic Wreath DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycled Wooden Ruler Patriotic Wreath

Remember these old wooden fold out rulers? I hadn’t seen one since I was little. For some reason I remember playing with my dad’s in our garage. I was antique shopping in Orange a few months ago and just had to buy it, for that reason…it reminded me of my dad. So, after months sitting in my craft room, I finally decided to make an Upcycled Ruler Patriotic Wreath DIY.

Upcycled Fold Out Ruler

Materials:

  • Wooden fold out ruler
  • Artificial flowers
  • Pliers (optional)
  • Small flags

The ruler folds into ten sides, so it makes the perfect five point star!

Upcycled Ruler Patriotic Wreath DIY

I like to use artificial flowers on my wreaths like I did for this Valentine wreath, and this St. Patty’s Day wreath, and this radiant orchid address wreath! I used pliers to cut one stem off of a bunch of white hydrangeas. I coiled the stem tightly.  This will allow the flower to attach to the ruler, flags, and other flowers.

Upcycled Ruler Patriotic Wreath How To

The coil I made in the back worked brilliantly because the wire stem was so thick, so I was able to tuck in some blue artificial flowers, and two small American flags at the bottom of the wreath.

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Upcycled Ruler Fourth of July Wreath

I thought it was a fun and unique repurposing idea and very festive for the fourth of July coming up!

Upcycled Ruler Memorial Day Wreath

Upcycled Vintage Wooden Ruler Wreath

In case you missed them, here are some of my other wreaths and door hangings I have done in the past.

Upcycled Thrift Store DIY Dessert Stands

by Dinah Wulf

Thrift Store Trash to Treasure DIY Dessert Stands

If you’ve been following along with me over the last couple weeks, you may have seen my posts for a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party baby shower I am decorating. I decided to make these Upcycled Thrift Store DIY Dessert Stands for the party but after making them, I’m excited to keep them and use them regularly.

Materials:

  • Candlesticks
  • Plates
  • Glass Covers
  • Strong Bonding Agent

I found everything you see here for about $25, which is great because it made two and a half (I took the glass cover of one of my actual dessert stands for the pictures below).

Thrift Store Finds Repurposed

Tip: To easily take off old wax and thrift store price tags, simply run the object in hot water and lightly scrub. It’ll come right off!

Make sure to clean each piece very well with soap and water. After they are dry, use a strong bonding agent to adhere the candlestick to the plate. I used Liquid Fusion, which worked beautifully.

Thrift Store Repurposed Candle Holder

Apply a generous amount to the rim of the candlestick and place it upside down on the center of the bottom of the plate. Allow it to dry for 2-4 hours, or as indicated in the adhesive directions.

Thrift Store Find Upcycle

Here are a couple photos. I think they turned out great and will be perfect for the Mad Hatter themed tea party.

Upcycled Thrift Store DIY Cake Stands

Thrift Store Repurposed DIY Dessert Platters

In case you missed them, here are some other decorations I am doing for this party. I am so excited about it!

Repurposed Brooch DIY Cell Phone Case

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycled Brooch DIY Cell Phone Case

I FINALLY bought the new iphone 5S (of course when the 6 is coming out soon), and I just HAD to get the Rose Gold color. I love it! My only problem is that I needed a case and most of them covered the color. I bought a clear case, but it’s so boring! SOOOO, I ended up making a Repurposed Brooch DIY Cell Phone Case from an old piece of jewelry I had.

Materials:

  • Clear Cell Phone Case
  • Rhinestones
  • Rhinestone Ribbon (optional)
  • Brooch, pin, or earring
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Strong Bonding Agent

Here is the plain case… BORING!!!

Repurposed DIY Cell Phone Case

Here is my phone… PRETTY!

DIY Cell Phone Case

I have had this brooch for YEARS… possibly over 10, and I have never worn it. I think I forgot about it until I had this idea.

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I removed the pin with pliers. Surprisingly it took little to no effort to remove it.

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I used an adhesive rhinestone ribbon, which made this so easy! Otherwise, if you’d like you can add each rhinestone one by one using tweezers you can.

Make Your Own Cell Phone Case

Next, I used Liquid Fusion to add the remaining rhinestones as well as the brooch.  I let it dry for four hours.  So far so good! I’ve even accidentally dropped it!  You could also try using E6000 which I have used for several projects and works well.

Upcycled DIY Cell Phone Case

Here is the final! I think it turned out great. You can see the gold, and I can see a pretty brooch that otherwise would have staying in my closet for another 10 years! This would make a fun personalized gift idea as well.

Repurposed Brooch DIY Cell Phone Case

Recycled Vintage Jewelry Inspiration

by Dinah Wulf

Recycled Vintage Jewelry Inspiration

I love going to vintage flea markets. I am so attracted to the booths with vintage jewelry and embellishments. In the past I have attempted to upcycle my own jewelry but for some reason, I am horrible at it! My pieces always fall apart.  I really should take a class. This, however, doesn’t stop me from admiring others and buying great pieces from talented artist that make quality one of a kind jewelry. So, I thought I’d put together a round-up of a dozen upcycled and recycled vintage jewelry I found on Etsy.

Hot Pink and Green Rhinestone Flower Necklace Debbie from ChicMaddiesBoutique

Hot Pink and Green Rhinestone Flower Necklace

Recycled Vintage Watch Bracelet by Carla from ShesCrafty121

Recycled Vintage Watch Bracelet

Recycled Vintage Statement Cuff {Via}

Recycled Vintage Statement Cuff

Recycled Vintage Tin Floral Brass Bracelet by Melani from CraftyLikeMom

Recycled Vintage Tin Floral Brass Bracelet

Steampunk Butterfly Brooch by VintageStarrBeads

Steampunk Butterfly Brooch

Antique Spoon Bracelet by Michael and Erin of OliveSpoonStudio

Antique Spoon Bracelet

Antique Spoon Ring by Michael and Erin of OliveSpoonStudio

Antique Spoon Ring

Recycled Vintage Tin Gold and Fuchsia Dangle Earrings by Melanie from CraftyLikeMom

Recycled Vintage Tin Gold and Fuchsia Dangle Earrings

Upcycled Sunglasses by PinkParee

Upcycled Sunglasses

Vintage Jewelry Statement Necklace {Via}

Vintage Jewelry Statement Necklace

Vintage Earring Bracelet by Debbie from ChicMaddiesBoutique

Vintage Earring Bracelet

And last but not least, for a little fun night out…

Ball in the Pocket Game Necklace by VintageStarrBeads

Ball in the Pocket Game Necklace

These were some of my most favorite repurposed pieces.  I hope you enjoyed them. Be sure to stop by these shops and show your support! They all have so many beautiful unique items to fit every style. Tell them that DIY Inspired sent you!

Just Add Ice Cream Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Tic Tac Packs

This post, Just Add Ice Cream Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Printable, was brought to you by the makers of Tic Tac® mints. I received compensation to write this post through the Tic Tac® Pack program… all opinions expressed are my own.

Did you know that there’s a brand new flavor of Tic Tac mints? Tic Tac® brand launched new limited edition Summer Ice Pop Tic Tac® mints, the coolest flavor to heat up your summer with a nostalgic nod to summertime memories.  These artificially flavored mints are a delicious combination featuring blue Berry pills, red Cherry pills & white Lime pills, and are a unique treat for guests at summer gatherings this year. Mia’s and my favorite are the blue Berry pills.

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Gift

To help celebrate the launch of this new fun, festive, and patriotic Tic Tac®Pack, I thought I’d make a unique repurposed Tic Tac Packs hostess gift to bring to all those summer parties you may have coming up this season. You can print this FREE printable here:

Just Add Ice Cream FREE Printable

I used my empty Tic Tac packs and filled them with various ice cream sundae toppings like crushed peanuts, mini chocolate chips, and sprinkles. Here is a tip to help you fill these cute little packs with goodies.

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Idea

Upcycled Tic Tac Packs

I used some red and blue card stock, ribbon, the printable, and double sided tape to create a special card to bring to your favorite party Hostess this Memorial Day or Fourth or July. You can even make this for Father’s Day, for Dad’s like my husband, who has a major sweet tooth!

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Hostess Gift

Of course I added a pack of the limited edition Summer Ice Pop Tic Tac® mints as well!

Repurposed Tic Tac Containers

Summer Ice Pop Tic Tac® mints can be purchased at select convenience and grocery stores nationwide for a limited time only. I hope you enjoy the printable! Thank you to Tic Tacs for sponsoring this post!

In case you missed it, be sure to check out how I used Tic Tac packs to make Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Craft Kits!

 

Repurposed Bed Spring Craft Storage

by Dinah Wulf

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Recently I posted a tour of my craft room. Believe it or not, I am running out of space for my stuff… I know… I’m crazy. My daughter outgrew her toddler bed and I wanted to repurposed her bed spring somehow.  After thinking about it for a few days I ended up making Repurposed Bed Spring Craft Storage! Here’s how I did.

Materials:

  • Bed Spring
  • Krylon Sea Glass Spray Paint
  • Tarp
  • Wire baskets
  • S Hooks
  • Mason Jars or Recycled Jars
  • Pipe Repair Clamps
  • Twine

Instructions:

First I spray painted the bed spring in a well-ventilated area. I used two coats of Krylon’s Sea Glass spray paint. I also did a touch up coat.

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Once it was dry I had no idea what I was going to do with it… Ha! So after I came up with my craft storage idea, I headed to Home Depot and bought some S Hooks. 

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I actually already had Pipe Repair Clamps that I bought when a hardware store went out of business months ago.

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I inserted some old spaghetti sauce jars and tightened the clamps.

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To attach the jars to the bed spring, I used twine. You can also use plastic ties. By attaching it this way, I figured I can easily move it if I change my mind.

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I attached the baskets with S hooks. S hooks also make it easy to rearrange the baskets if needed.

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Here are a couple AFTER photos. I also used clothespins on the wires to attach some things.

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I am so pleased with how it turned out! For more craft room storage ideas, check out this post and this post!

Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Craft Kits

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Craft Kits

This post, Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Craft Kits, was brought to you by the makers of Tic Tac® mints. I received compensation to write this post through the Tic Tac® Pack program… all opinions expressed are my own.

I have bought Tic Tacs ever since I can remember. I recall being so excited to try them when they came out with the orange flavor years ago.  Today, there are a variety of flavors and colors like dark strawberry and green apple available. I went onto The Tic Tac My Pack site and made my own DIY Inspired Pack! I filled it with berry, passion fruit, grape, dark strawberry, and green apple. Check them out!

Tic Tac Packs

You can create your own one-of-a-kind pack with your ideal flavors as well!

Being the Crafter that I am, once I finished my Tic Tacs I just had to reuse them and repurpose them into something new and different.

Repurposed Tic Tac Packs

I realized that the container and the opening are the perfect size to hold and pour glitter.  Using a scrap piece of paper, I rolled it up to make a funnel and filled each Tic Tac Pack. This is a quick and easy method that works beautifully.

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Aren’t they perfect? I thought it’d be fun to wrap them up and make repurposed Tic Tac Pack craft kits to give away.

Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Craft Storage

I put together some supplies for a fellow Crafter and Scrapbooker I had in mind. I included some scrapbook paper, glue, markers, a foam paint brush, and of course the glitter. The contents are up to you and the recipient!

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I put it in a little bag and made a gift tag. These would make fun party favors too.

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Craft Kits

Oh! I also made some customized swag bags to give away as well! They have a keychain I made with DIY Inspired and Inheriting Our Planet key chains in them, a business card, and a pack of Tic Tacs in it!

DIY Customized Swag Bags

Be sure to make your own Tic Tac Pack! Thank you to Tic Tacs for sponsoring this post!

 

Three Year Blogaversary

by Dinah Wulf

Three Year Blogaversary

WOOOOOOO HOOOOOO!!! It’s my Blogaversary! On my One Year Blogaversary I had published 266 posts. On my Two Year Blogaversary I was over 500. This year I am at 769 on DIY Inspired and 140 on Inheriting Our Planet…. GEESH! Not to mention all my articles at GMC Trade Secrets and Earth911.com! I have been a busy girl! Those last two years on my Blogaversary I wrote about my most popular posts. This year, I think I’m going to re-cap my personal favorite posts of all time.

It’s so fun to look back at all the things I’ve created. I honestly didn’t know I had it in me. I recall being surprised that people wanted to work with me (I still am honestly). Now I can say that I’ve worked with Home Depot, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts, Martha Stewart, and Aol! What the??? Isn’t that crazy? I’m really looking forward to the rest of the year, to see what comes next in my blogging journey. Anyway, let’s get to my faves! Here we go!

I have to start with a couple posts that revealed two of my favorite rooms in the house. The first one is my Dining Room makeover reveal. I was so excited about this one because it was really my first full transformation, floors, walls, furniture, and décor.

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The next one is my Craft Room Tour. It’s probably the room in the house that I spend the most time. It inspires me to create and I am so lucky to have it.

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As far as individual projects go, I really love the Repurposed Cabinet Door turned Jewelry Storage.

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I also love walking in my front door and seeing this Radiant Orchid Address Wreath I made.

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One of my most FUN posts was a Mystery Box Challenge I participated in for Krylon.  I was given six items plus spray paint and I had to create something using at least four of the items. I ended up making a Spring Bunting and Gift Box Set.

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As far as holidays go, I loved this pumpkin centerpiece I did for Jo-Ann Fabrics and Craft Stores.

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This was my absolute favorite Halloween project, an eerie DIY Halloween wreath that I made.

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During Christmas time, sometimes it’s the simplest things that I love the best, like this Easy Winter Forest in Apothecary Jars.

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In the parties category, I did a few fun ones, but again, a simple one I did in a jiffy took the cake.  I love this Pretty in Pink Play Date I did for my daughter and her two best friends.

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I know it’s not Inheriting Our Planet’s anniversary, but I feel like I have to add a favorite from there.  It would have to be the mini upcycled Easter baskets I made out of those infamous red SOLO cups. They were SO fun to make that I couldn’t stop!

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OK, so I probably could make this list a lot longer because I had so much fun this year! I really can’t wait what the next year brings!

DIY Inspired Craft Room Tour

by Dinah Wulf

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I have shared my sanctuary, I mean my craft room before however, I have done some fun inspiring updates, upcycles, and repurposing ideas since then and I wanted to share them today. PLUS I am also a part of a fun series of Craft Room Tours hosted by The Country Chic Cottage! So, I hope you enjoy my DIY Inspired Craft Room Tour!

I am lucky enough to have dedicated a bedroom into my craft room and office. This is the view when you first walk in the door.

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I have a large table in the center of the room that is perfect for so many projects.  I bought the table top and bases at IKEA. It’s a little beat up from paint and glue and other things, but the great thing is that IKEA is so affordable, that I can easily just replace the top if I need to.

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This is the base of the craft table. It is so handy for extra storage. The table has eight shelves all together. The stool pictured here are old wooden barstools that I upholstered and painted. In case you missed it, here is my upholstered bar stools post.

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I also purchased this shelving unit from IKEA. It’s fantastic! You can customize it with drawers and doors. I used decoupage on my drawers and made recycled map drawers. This unit houses several craft storage ideas I have done including 1) stenciled thrift store craft jar, 2) repurposed spice rack, 3) thrift store pedestal trays, 4) recycled jar craft storage, 5) dollar store craft storage, 6) a magnet board filled with repurposed magnet craft storage, and lastly my 7) DIY organization ribbon board.

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To the left of it I proudly display my degrees I worked so hard on!

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To the right of it I hung this inspiring print.

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Underneath that print is an old milk carton I used to hold wrapping paper, yard sticks, and stencils. It’s perfect because it has the metal slots that used to hold milk bottles.

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Here is a shot of the other side of my craft room.

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On this side, I hung some fun vintage craft books that my best friend gave me. I also just recently painted this wall from dark to light.

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I also have a kitchen cart that I put my sewing machine, burlap, and fabric on.

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I also hung an inspiration board I made out of a paint canvas and giant rubber bands.

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Here’s another angle of the room. I have to admit there is another side not pictured with a desk with two monitors, my laptop, and two different printers, and my Silhouette CAMEO but it is JUST to messy to show! Ha!

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I hope you enjoyed the DIY Inspired Craft Room Tour! Be sure to check out Michelle’s tour over at Delicate Construction, and tomorrow, Kellie from Nest of Posies will share her creative space! You can also visit our Host, Angie from The Country Chic Cottage who will be showcasing all the Bloggers participating (over 30!!!) in all this crafty goodness!

Rubber Band Inspiration Board DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so honored to be sponsored by Alliance Rubber Company! Today I wanted to share a step by step tutorial on how to make a stenciled rubber band inspiration board. With just a few craft materials and some colorful Super-Size Bands from rubberband.com, you can do this Rubber Band Inspiration Board DIY.

Materials:

  • 16” X 20” White Canvas
  • Spray Paint
  • Craft Paint
  • Stencils of choice
  • Spouncer
  • Small Paper Plate
  • Super-Size Bands
  • Towels

Step One:

I chose a Citrus Green spray paint to paint my blank canvas. It’s quicker, easier, and dries faster than other paints. You can also opt for any other paint as well. Be sure to protect your surroundings and spray in a well-ventilated area.

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Step Two:

I decided to stencil “inspire” on my board because I wanted to hang it in my craft room. I worked backwards when stenciling the word with a spouncer. You need very little acrylic craft paint when stenciling. Dab on the paint and remove the excess by dabbing it on the paper plate. Stencil in an up and down motion to avoid bleeding.

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Step Three:

Once the paint is dry, begin adding your super-size bands. I chose two alternating colors. When adding the bands also alter them horizontally and vertically.  This will “weave” the rubber bands together and will come in handy when adding things to your inspiration board. You can choose how many rubber bands you would like to use. Mine is four vertical and three horizontal. Consider covering the entire board!

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Here are a couple AFTER photos.

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The super-size bands will fit larger canvases as well for larger boards.  They come in red, blue, and green. A big THANK YOU goes out to Alliance Rubber Company for sponsoring this post. Visit them for a wide variety of rubber bands for almost any craft project!

In case you missed it, here are more Inspiration Boards I have made in the past:

Thrift Store and Garage Sale Transformations

by Dinah Wulf

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I just realized that I haven’t had a chance to go thrift store or garage sale shopping in a while. A thrifty shopping trip is WAY overdue.  I did however put together some of the Thrift Store and Garage Sale Transformations I have done and I came up with this list of 27 step by step tutorials!

Furniture

Painted Kid’s Step Stool

This was a fun recent tutorial I posted.  I bought this step stool for $7.00 at Goodwill and added a cushion to match a play kitchen hutch I made for my daughter

Coral Pedestal Makeover

This one was a Salvation Army find that I HAD to have. I saw it and left. Thought about for the next few days and went back to buy it. I asked my Facebook friends what color to paint it.  Love how it turned out!

Refurbished Thrift Store Furniture

A little sanding and spray paint can go a long way!  Give a little life to an outdated piece of furniture to give it a fresh new look.

Five Dollar Thrift Store Ottoman Makeover

An awesome find given new life and fabric!

Red Upholstered Wooden Bench

I found this red wooden bench for $5.00 at a local garage sale.  It was towards the end of the day and the lady just wanted it out!  I ended up re-painting the same red and upholstering the top.  It’s now a fun and colorful bench that sits at the foot of my guestroom bed.

Gray Garage Sale Night Stands

You know that garage sale I was just talking about? Yeah… I got these night stands for $5.00 a piece too!  Score!

Stenciled TV Tray Upcycle

These TV trays seem to be at every thrift store! Mine needed a little oomph so that I could take them out of the closet.

 

Housewares

Easy Upcycled Cake Platter

I found a cake platter with a wooden base and glass top at a thrift store an gave it a modern update.

Painted Glass Vases

If there is one thing you can get for CHEAP, it’s a glass vase from a thrift store.  You can find them for $2.00 or less a piece.  Just add a little paint on the inside and you have a whole new look to match your décor.

DIY Rope Vase

Hot glue rope to a thrift store vase for a nautical look.  This is a quick and easy craft that can be completed in fifteen minutes!

Mirror Makeover into a Serving Tray

Transform an old mirror into a serving tray by painting it and adding cabinet hardware.

How to Make a Birdbath

Not only did I find a hidden treasure at Goodwill, I also found something in the trash…yes…the trash.

Thrift Store Apothecary Jars How To

Turn glass jars and candlesticks into pretty display jars.

DIY Thrift Store Pedestal Trays

Porcelain tray and glass candlestick turned into a beautiful pedestal tray.

Easy Thrift Store Storage Jar Upcycle

With a glass storage jar and a cute little quail knock knack I found, I made upcycled a thrift store storage jar into some craft storage.

 

Bowls

DIY Pedestal Bowl

This is a popular craft on Pinterest and probably one of the easiest ones to do!  Look for a candlestick and a plate or bowl and glue them together creating a new flower vase, party platter, or jewelry holder.

Upcycled Wooden Bowls

Add a little paint to a boring wooden bowl to transform it into a new modern set… and it’s dishwasher safe!

Hand Painted Wooden Bowl Knock Off

Recreate an expensive designer hand dipped bowl by painting the bottom of a wooden thrift store bowl.  I added a gold stripe for a little extra flare.

 

Paintings

Upcycled Canvas Headboard Update

Old painting turned bedroom headboard for a guest room.

Ribbon Organization Board 

Another recycled project, I made this out of an old painting and my daughter’s first baby blanket.

DIY Craft Organization Board

This painting I found was in a pile of unwanted garage sale items about to hit the trash.  Lucky for me, I was able to salvage a few of them before their journey to the garbage dump and ultimate demise.

Stenciled Butterfly Wall Art

Made from an old unwanted painting.

 

Mirrors

How to Repair a Broken Mirror Frame

Old Mirror facelift

Two Toned Metallic Mirror Makeover

Easy Thrift Store Mirror Update

DIY Serving Tray: A Mirror Makeover

Repurposed Wooden Cable Spool

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Wooden Industrial Spool, Written by Loren Crane

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What do you do when you see a wooden cable spool by the side of the road? Beg your hubby to stop the car and get them!! I have a sweet hubby who helps me with my addiction to DIY. I got it home and started to wonder what I can do with it. I wanted it to be functional in my home and the first thing that came to mind was a rolling bookshelf.

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We took a trip to our local hardware store and got a few things to start our project. We got wood stain, wood and steel wheels. We got the wood to fit snuggly inside the spool. As we discovered that the shelves had to be cut at different measurement because it’s asymmetrical all the way around.  We did a lot of measuring and cutting to make it just right. I decided to put four shelves on the spool.

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We attached the shelves by screw them from the bottom and the top. It did take a lot of muscle to do it and thank goodness I have my hubby for it. You can also use good glue to make it sturdier. I then stained the spool a dark mahogany. I just love the color of dark wood in my home.

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Upholstery is one of my favorite things to do on anything! It’s something I can do every day, even thou at times can be a little frustrating. The reason we upholster the top of the spool was because it had four big bolts on the top which would make thing difficult to placing things on top, so upholstering was the best option.  I cut the fabric and the batting the same size and the foam the same size as the top of the wooden spool.

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Once it was all cut it was time to place it on the spool. We stapled the batting to the spool so it will hold the foam in place. Then we placed the fabric on the top and stapled it to the bottom of the wood.

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We thought that something was still missing and decided to add decorative nails to add that extra touch. Now my kiddos have a small bookshelf in their room and some where they can sit and read.

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Ta-Da!  

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What will you do with a spool, if you found it on the side of the road?

Stay crafty,

Loren

Pandora’s Craft Box

Recycled Gift Wrapping Idea: Pop Top Cans

by Dinah Wulf

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I first saw this trash to treasure idea on the Dukes & Duchesses blog. Randi made the most adorable Pop Top Valentine in a Can. She also made Christmas pop top tins. It just so happened that I was at my crafty older brother’s house helping purge his things for a move and he had been saving these cans specifically for this purpose! Score! I made mine a little differently than Randi’s because my brother had already taken off the top of the can, so here is my version of a fun recycled gift wrapping idea, pop top cans.

Materials:

  • Any cans with a pop top
  • Smooth Edge Can Opener
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Glue or tape
  • Strong glue
  • Something heavy
  • Ribbon

Step One:

Use a Smooth Edge Can Opener to open the can. Remove the contents and label and thoroughly clean and dry the inside. I used tuna cans for this project.

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Step Two:

Once the can is clean and dry, fill it with the desired gift.  I was wrapping the Modpodgeable key chains I made for my best friends.  I put a little burlap scrap inside to pad it.

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Step Three:

I’m not going to lie. I had a little trouble at this part.  First I tried hot glue, BUT the glue dried too quickly and it was also too thick. I ended up using Elmer’s Probond Advanced glue. I set my craft jar I made on top of it to add pressure and left it there overnight to dry.

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Step Four:

Once it was dry, I wrapped them in some pretty paper and added a ribbon.

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I gave them to the girls and it worked beautifully! Success! Thank you to Randi Dukes for the original inspiration! Make sure you stop by her blog and tell her DIY Inspired sent you! :) 

Repurposed Cabinet Turned Jewelry Organizer

by Dinah Wulf

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A while ago, I saw a pin on Pinterest for this amazing trash to treasure idea for a jewelry organizer made by Liz Marie on her blog Liz Marie Blog. She did such an amazing job that I pinned it right away and tucked it away in my mind to do for a later date. I think it’s been months now and I finally got around to attempting it.  SOOOO, here is my version of a Repurposed Cabinet Turned Jewelry Organizer. Oh! And a HUGE thank you to Liz Marie for the inspiration.

Materials:

  • Cabinet Door
  • Spray paint
  • Drill
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Knobs and pulls

I decided to go to Habitat for Humanity Restore, one of my favorite places to buy the cabinet door. They have the best selection there at low prices.

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I decided on this one because it was nice and wide and perfect for repurposing.

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I looked for knobs and pulls as well, but didn’t find what I wanted so I ventured to Home Depot to get these.

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I had some left over spray paint from the thrift store shelf makeover I had done a while back. I love the color so I used what I had left for this jewelry organizer. I painted two coats allowing it to dry completely in between each coat.

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Once it was dry I measured and marked with a pencil where I wanted each knob and pull. I used a drill to drill a hole at each marker.

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I used the drill to add my pulls as well! I loved the way it turned out.

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Here are a couple close ups.

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For more repurposing ideas and trash to treasure ideas, check out this fun round-up of garage sale and thrift store transformations! There are over two dozen original projects I have done including housewares and furniture transformations.

Best of DIY Inspired 2013

by Dinah Wulf

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Happy New Year!!!!!! I can’t believe it’s 2014.  I remember New Year’s 1994 when I was 18 and thinking that 20 years was SO far away.  What happened? Where does the time go? I feel that way with blogging too.  It’s been over two and a half years now and just FLYING by. At the end of last year I wrote Top 15 Recycled Crafts and Projects of 2012 and I swear that wasn’t 12 months ago…Geesh! This year I decided to do the Best of DIY Inspired 2013. All nine of these posts have been shared over a thousand times, some several thousand…what?? Here we go!

Best Storage and Organization PostCraft Room Ideas  

This was when I turned an extra room into the official craft room AKA, my sanctuary.

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Best UpcycleRecycled Map Drawer Makeover

As you can see in that last post, my drawers in the craft room were naked. This post took care of that!

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Best Trash to Treasure PostStuffed Animal Toy Storage

Literally trash to treasure, I turned a plant hanger I found in the garbage into toy storage for my daughter’s room.

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Best Recycled Craft ProjectCoffee Filter Flowers

I made this bouquet of paper flowers out of coffee filters and book pages.

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Best Kid’s “Stuff” PostReading Nook for Kids

One of my best ideas to date because it encourages my daughter to read or be read to!

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Best Thrift Store Makeover- Painting Old Furniture

Best $5.00 I ever spent :) 

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Best 15 Minute Craft- DIY Rope Vase

This is an easy way to update a boring glass vase.

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Best Theme PartyAlice in Wonderland First Birthday

This is another fun theme party from my best friend who just started blogging too! Go visit her at Simply Creative Ways!

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Best Holiday PostElf on the Shelf Ideas

And finally, this post along with this Two Dozen Elf on the Shelf Ideas post were done in December but shared a lot! Oh and did I mention it started an obsession! Yikes!

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9 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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I was wrapping gifts the other day and realized that I have published some fun eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas here on DIY Inspired and on Inheriting Our Planet as well.  Since the holidays are just around the corner, I thought I’d share nine easy ideas from both sites. Make sure you check out the links for all the pictures and full step by step tutorials!  Here we go!

Recycled Food Containers & Dyed Coffee Filter Flowers

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I made these for my Twin God Daughter’s on their first birthday. Recycled food boxes worked out perfectly because their clothes were so small!

Brown Paper Bag with Neon Color Gift Wrapping

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These are a bright mix of fun neon colors mixed with the simplicity of the brown paper bag.  This wrapping is perfect for stocking stuffers and small gifts.

Dyed Book Page or Newspaper Flowers

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I used good old newspaper to wrap this present but gave it a colorful kick with some dyed water colored book page roses.  Check out the full tutorial.

Recycled Box Gift Bags

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I loved making these!!! And they were quite a hit with the recipient. All you need is boxes, scrapbook paper, ribbon, and decorative tape.                                                                                                                           

Recycled Food Box Gift Bags IOP

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On Inheriting Our Planet, I made similar ones for a Hello Kitty themed gift for my daughter’s best friend’s birthday.

Recycled Coin Wrapper Gift Embellishment

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These were the result of a challenge from one of my friends who works at a bank and handed me several rolls of coin wrappers.  These cute little flowers are perfect for embellishing gifts, especially at this time of the year.

Repurposed Coffee Can Gift Set

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This one was a quickie! I drink so much coffee that I always have these little buckets handy.  They are perfect as gift boxes.  You can paint and decorate them any which way you wish!

Recycled Baby Food Jar Gifts

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I made these on Inheriting Our Planet recently. These are perfect for an upcoming Christmas party for favors.  So ask your friends with little ones to save those jars for you!

Pringle’s Can “Pull Me” Gift Kits

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Last but not least! Another one from Inheriting Our Planet; these fun gift kits are great for anyone on your list and are fun to open too!