DIY Thrift Store Pedestal Trays

by Dinah Wulf

I was recently sent on a FANTASTIC thrift store shopping mission by one of my sponsors.  I had the BEST TIME and bought some great, and more importantly, CHEAP stuff!  I made a stenciled craft storage jar out of a cookie jar and a little ceramic quail I found and I also made these fun thrift store pedestal trays out of candlesticks and plates.

Now, I have done similar projects like this in the past like a DIY Cupcake Stand which was awesome for a cupcake bar for my daughters second birthday and a diaper cake display for a golf themed baby shower I did. I also made an Easy Pedestal Bowl that I use as a jewelry holder.

Here are the pieces I found at Goodwill.

I just LOVED the shape of these glass candlesticks.

And look! They fit perfectly together!

E6000 is a go-to for me on projects like this.

I carefully spread it around the top of the candlestick and I placed in the center of the plate.

I let them dry for a full 24 hours before I used them.

I put one in my bathroom for when I take off my jewelry.

And I put the other one in my craft room.

This is such a fun and EASY project that you can do with just about any plate, tray, candlestick, jar, or glass.  The look and shape of the endless combinations can fit any décor style as well!

Upcycled Ladder Garden Display

by Dinah Wulf

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I’m excited to share another great submission by one of my favorite DIY Inspired readers, Lilly Meehan from Ventura California.  Lilly is no stranger to DIY projects.  She has submitted some great ones in the past.  This time she shares a fun and vibrant upcycled ladder that she uses outside for a succulent display.  She chose to paint it an eye-catching purple.  I think she did a fabulous job!

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Here’s what Lilly said about this project:

“An old ladder that was used in my Dad’s contracting business had become too rickety to use safely. After adding plywood shelves and carefully preserving the V & L stencil (the name of my Dad’s business) it was painted in exterior latex paint, plus sprayed with a coat of clear gloss.  The shelves were tied down with twine.  Colorful pots were planted with a variety of succulents with polished stones covering any exposed potting soil.  A new piece of yard art, with the sentimental value of being from my Dad’s business, is now the home of a beautiful succulent garden.”      

More Original Projects by Lilly on DIY Inspired

Thrift Store Chair Makeover

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Upcycled Penny Table

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Recycled Clock Watch Display

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I wanted to give a big THANK YOU to Lilly for allowing me to post this amazing succulent garden. It’s always an honor to share your projects!  Keep ‘em coming!

Do you have a project you’d like to share?  Submit your DIY Projects or crafts for a chance to be featured on DIYInspired.com!

Repurposed Vintage Camera Table Lamps

by Dinah Wulf

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I am honored today to feature these two gorgeous Repurposed Vintage Camera Table Lamps by Loren from Pandora’s Craft Box. Can you believe she made this out of a vintage camera and a candlestick? With a lamp rewiring kit and some great Ebay finds she made two unique table lamps. 

Loren said that although it may not look easy, this is a fairly simple DIY project you can take on over the weekend.  She followed the directions from the lamp kit and with the help of the World Wide Web she was able to figure out how to disassemble each camera.  By simply adding a bolt to the inside of the camera, she was able to screw it into the wooden tripod after she removed the candle top plate.  To stabilize the camera she added washers to the bottoms and the tops of each camera.  She found that an Edison bulb fit perfectly and snuggly into the lens of each camera without additional support.

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Loren also has some tips for shopping for these items on Ebay.  She suggests that when you look for the cameras, do not look for cameras in perfect working condition.  Rather, purchase a camera being sold as parts since you will be disassembling it anyway.  This will save you a lot of time and money.

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Amazing! You can see Loren’s full tutorial along with more photos on her blog, Pandora’s Craft Box.  You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Thank you so much Loren for allowing me to share this fantastic project!  It’s probably the best out of many greats you have done to date!

Recycled Pallet Table Project

by Dinah Wulf

Recycled Pallet Table Project, Written By: Robert Bridgman

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If you’re like me you can’t stand to see anything go to waste: food leftovers, outgrown clothes, or wood scraps. That’s why I knew as soon as I saw it that this recycled pallet table project was perfect for me.  Even in our high-tech times, the majority of goods are still shipped on simple wooden pallets. After one or two uses pallets go to the junk heap. So, making this table keeps pallets out of landfills.  You can find pallets wherever retailers or businesses get goods in bulk. Choose pallets that have “HT” stamped on them; they are treated with heat, rather than chemicals, so are safer to use.

Materials You Will Need

  • You will need one pallet 100 x 100cm and another pallet 120 x 100cm. Take the second pallet, the larger one, apart.
  • For the top you need one 100 x 100 cm piece of tempered safety glass.
  • You will also need four meters of timber 2 x 2.
  • Plus, you’ll need 76 wood screws 5 x 60mm, and paint.

Here’s What to Do

From the pallet slats cut eight pieces 70 x 660mm for the legs. Why eight pieces? Because you are going to use two pieces for each leg.  From the timber cut one piece 70 x 680mm for the frame and eight pieces 320mm at a 45-degree angle for braces. (By the way, if you don’t have a saw, many hardware stores will cut the wood for you for a small fee.)

Then, piece the table frame together, as you see in this picture: 

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Now screw the legs to the frame, like the pictures below show: 

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Then add the braces, like this: 

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Finally screw the legs and frame onto the 100 x 100cm pallet and turn it upright, as in this photo: 

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Sand the wood and paint it to go with your décor. Then top it with the glass and you’ve got a fabulous, fun table. With a success like this I’m ready to make pallet chairs—how about you? 

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About Robert:

Robert writes on behalf of Bridgman, suppliers of luxury furniture. He writes about all things home & garden, lifestyle and DIY. When not writing, Robert can be found travelling or studying Psychology. For updates you can follow him on or on Twitter.

There was no monetary compensation received for this post.

Repurposed Kids Play Kitchen Hutch

by Dinah Wulf

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I had yet ANOTHER successful trip to the Goodwill!  I found this old red and white play hutch that I thought was too cute to pass up for $9.99.  I knew I needed to hunt for a second piece to complete this repurposed kids play kitchen hutch I had in my head.  It just so happens that my best friend was storing an old wooden vanity table in my garage… and guess what? She said I could have it…FOR FREE!!! So, here’s what I ended up doing with these two fab pieces.

Materials I used:

  • Old kids play hutch and kids table
  • Electric sander
  • Spray paint
  • Drop cloth
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Spray adhesive
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint
  • Wooden knobs (3)
  • E6000

Here is the hutch BEFORE. It had painted drawers and little flowers on it.  It’s a little scratched and warped on the bottom but for ten bucks, I was OK with that!

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Here is the vanity table BEFORE.  This was caked with paint.

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Both were pretty beat up so I had to break out the electric sander.  The table had survived two previous makeovers.

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I spray painted both of them white.

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I measured and cut three pieces of fabric to fit the three bottom shelves.  I had fabric left over from the little upholstered stool I made over.

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I attached the fabric strips to the hutch with spray adhesive.

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Next, I liked the fake drawers that the hutch had originally, so I taped off three drawers and painted them blue (of course).  

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I added little knobs that I had left from an old dresser I upcycled a while ago. Since the bottom of the hutch was hollow and the way the hutch and table aligned, I had to use an industrial strength E6000 glue to attach the two together.

Here are a few AFTER photos. I love that it matches the repurposed toy storage stuffed animal cage I made and the upcycled play table I painted.

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Amazing Repurposed Rubber Tires

by Dinah Wulf

Rubber tires are so problematic to landfills that 11 U.S. states ban tires from landfills, and all but eight states have some sort of restriction on how tires can be disposed. Not only are they slow to degrade, but they also tend to rise to the surface, which causes a problem with landfill covers. In 1990, only 17 percent of Americans’ waste tires were put to better use while the rest filled landfills. Today, the EPA estimates that 80.4 percent of tires can be recycled or repurposed as asphalt, playground covering, fuel — and functional art.

Art Rolls On

Creating sculptures with re-purposed items is all the rage at farmers’ markets and craft shows this year. You can take your old tires and make something that grabs the attention of anyone passing by. Removing the tread is part of the process, known in artistic circles as tire carving, explains lushome.com.

Professional artists have fancy tools to get the job done, but the average DIY project planner can simply use a screwdriver or sharp tool to pull the tread off. This leaves you with a clean rubber canvas. What you do with it is up to you, but the more artistic, the better.

  • Use stencils to paint interesting patterns on the tire.
  • Slice up the sides of the rubber and paint complementary colors bursting out of the tire frame.
  • Pull out the tube and cut it into sections. Fold each piece together and glue them to create eclectic vases.
  • Don’t throw way the tread you remove either – use it as part of the project. Weave strips together to create coverings or cut sections into flower petals or tree fronds for large yard sculptures.

Used Tires

Image from Flickr user Paul Garland

Clever Seating

Forget the old tire swing hanging from a tree. Expand on that concept by creating lawn furniture that will get your neighbors talking. The key to making a tire chair is building on a strong base.

Repurpose

Photo from Flickr user suvajack

Slice the tire in strips, for instance, and use the tread as a decorative edge for an old, beat-up patio chair. Try a weave or patchwork pattern out of the rubber to replace torn seating. Redecorate an ugly metal chair with something that says you are not only stylish but practical.

Add an ottoman to the tire chair to create a full seating arrangement. This is a sensible way to reuse motorcycle tires. Cut two pieces of plywood to cover the top and bottom of a tire and then attach them with screws. Now, glue rope over the outside edge and create a circle pattern on the boards. Screw in furniture legs, and you have a faux wicker-style ottoman, explains recycledawblog.com.

The Blooming Planter

Tires have made suitable planters for years, but you’ve never seen blooming tires like these. Clean your tires with an environmentally friendly de-greaser and then put them into place in the yard or garden.

Planters made from tires, metal

Image from Flickr user creativedc

Take a coffee cup, or anything with a round edge, and draw chalk circles on top of the tire to create petals. Using a sharp utility knife, you will cut around the inner edge of the circles – this is the section facing the opening of the tire. Pull back on the rubber to flip your petals outward and create a blooming flower. Now just paint it a bright color and fill the tire with something green. Thank you wuvie.net.

Repurposing allows you to take what once was litter and make it into something unique. Instead of tossing the old tires, turn them into a masterpiece using your hands and a little imagination.

Tire planters in Amite, LA

Photo from Flickr user shawnzrossi

Stuffed Animal Toy Storage

by Dinah Wulf

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Today I had to share my obsession with reuse and repurposing… either that or I’m a hoarder I haven’t quite figured that out yet or at least come to terms with “hoarding”.  I turned literal trash into a centerpiece and then into stuffed animal toy storage.  Yeah I know. I have issues.

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I originally found this plant hanger next to the trash by the side of our house when we first moved in last year.  I ended up cleaning it up, painting it, embellishing it, and using it as an outdoor chandelier for my daughter’s outdoor summer birthday party.  It was hung in the center of a tent with a nice adult seating area and turned out quite lovely.

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I didn’t want to throw it away so I ended up hanging it in my daughter’s room for stuffed animal toy storage.  It worked out perfectly because it matched the butterfly wall art, stenciled burlap butterfly wall art, I made and ceiling fan that I installed.  Since I used the pearls and beads sparingly when decorating the chandelier, small stuffed animals can easily be taken in and out.  My daughter loves it and calls it her hanging zoo (and sometimes her hanging jail, but zoo is much nicer).

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When I first saw that pile of unwanted trash, I would have never thought I’d be hanging it in my toddler’s room, but it worked out!  This old plant hanger, once dirty and trashy, is now a sweet treasure that I think my daughter will have for several years to come.

Repurposed Vintage Door Knobs

by Dinah Wulf

One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is peruse vintage flea markets.  I have noticed that you can find vintage door knobs in abundance and for a decent price.  They come in various colors and styles and in in different materials like glass and metal as well.  Sometimes you can even find the original matching door knob plate.  I thought I’d put together some ideas for repurposing vintage door knobs.  The more patina there is, the more beautiful and unique the project.  Here are seven fantastic inspirations for repurposed vintage door knobs.

This is a vintage glass door knob photo holder from Etsy shop, RustiqueArt.

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Here is another clever and fun idea for a photo holder.

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I love the idea of using a pretty glass door knob as a curtain tie back.

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Here is a cute idea from Restoring the Roost in which she made a useful door knob hanger for aprons in her kitchen.  She also suggests this for hanging coats in your mudroom.

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I love this similar idea for a door knob coat rack using salvaged wood.  It doubles as a pretty art piece as well.

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A great way to display and organize jewelry, here is a door knob necklace holder.

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This may be one of my favorites and one I may have to steal!  I like this idea of using the door knob and the plates for holding towels in your bathroom from Not Just a Housewife.

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I hope you enjoyed these fun ideas.  Can you think of more creative ways to repurpose a door knob?

100 Creative Ways to Recycle

by Dinah Wulf

I am very close to publishing 500 posts on this blog in less than two years! Geesh!! Looking back, many of these posts (if not all) are focused on reuse and repurposing.  I thought I’d put together a round-up of some of these amazing ideas I have found over the past several months.  Once you get the repurposing and upcycling bug, you see the world differently.  All of a sudden, you become a hoarder of toilet paper rolls and spaghetti jars.  You even think twice before selling a piece of furniture on Craigslist.  I stopped at 100, but I know there are many more!  They range from furniture transformations, craft projects, and home décor and organization ideas.  Some are quite simple, and some will take some DIY experience.  Here are 100 Creative Ways to Recycle.  Here we go!

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8 Ways to Recycle Coffee Filters

16 Stylish Headboards

7 Unique Repurposed Table Ideas

5 Repurposed Storage Ideas to Update an Entryway

15 Ways to Reuse Old Shutters

10 Ways to Repurpose a Door

6 Upcycling Ideas for the Kitchen

My Top 15 Recycled Craft Projects of 2012

7 Ideas for Repurposed Furniture in your Bathroom

11 Upcycled Lighting Ideas

I hope you enjoyed my recycling inspired round-up. Like I said, there are many more on this blog… at least one hundred I know for sure!

What are some creative ways that you recycle?  Are you a toilet paper hoarder like me?

Painted Colored Glass Vases

by Dinah Wulf

I went thrift store shopping the other day in search of some new projects and came up empty handed.  I even went to five different thrift stores.  On my way home I pass Goodwill.  Being the cheapskate I am I didn’t plan on stopping in because I think their prices are too high, but having an already unsuccessful trip, I turned in.  As I walked through the doors I hear that there was a 50% off sale on green tagged items today over the intercom. Score! I ended up purchasing some glass vases.  I decided that painted colored glass vases would be a nice touch as decorative accents in my kitchen.

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Pictured below are the glasses I purchased.  I got all five of them for $6.95! When looking for glasses to paint, pay attention to the shape and texture of the glass to achieve your desired look.  Take the time to make your own arrangement on the store shelf to help you decide which ones to purchase.

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Here is what you need:

  • Glass vases in varied sizes and shapes
  • Acrylic craft paint in the desired colors
  • Paint brush for each paint color
  • Paper plates
  • Damp paper towel

Step One: Once you have chosen your vases, clean them with soap and water and dry them thoroughly.

Step Two: Apply a generous amount of paint. I mixed my paint first because I could not find the exact color I wanted.

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Step Three: Slowly tilt and turn the vase to cover the inside of the glass.  When you reach the lip of the vase, use a paint brush to neatly apply the paint and cover the entire inside of the glass.

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Step Four: Allow the paint to dry.

Here are some after photos:

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Note: I use these vases for decorative purposes only.  Do not fill with water or wash in the dishwasher.

Recycled Coin Wrapper Flowers

by Dinah Wulf

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Ever since I started this blog, one of my besties tells me she finds it difficult to throw things away.  She said she thinks to herself, “Dinah could make something out of this.”  So, when I saw her the other day she handed me a baggie of coin wrappers.  “Here, make something out of this.”  So starts my first recycled craft challenge.  After asking some Facebook friends on my page for inspiration, I decided to make recycled coin wrapper flowers.  Here are the wrappers I used.

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Now, let me just say that not all of my projects turn out quite like I picture them in my head (you are about to see my first published CRAFT FAIL!!).  My original intention was to make wall art out of these coin wrappers for my friend, but it didn’t turn out quite like I had planned. With that said, I think these flowers would be cute for ornaments, card making, or gift wrapping embellishments.  Here is how I made these cute little recycled coin wrapper paper flowers.

Materials:

  • Coin wrappers
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Rhinestones, buttons, or beads (for the center)

First, cut your wrapper into strips at the desired thickness as shown. I found that the thinner the flower, the more dainty and pretty it was.

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Next, bend each strip to form flower petals.

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Arrange the flower petals as you wish and glue them together.

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Add a rhinestone embellishment.  I tried painting the petals and found it tedious.  I also liked that you could tell that they were coin wrappers, so I decided not to paint them.

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Now for my CRAFT FAIL!!!!!

I bought canvas and tried to arrange my flowers in a cute pattern.  The plain white canvas was really boring… (BTW, the plastic is still on the canvas in this picture)

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…so I painted them… the colors were not quite right…

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I attempted to make an arrangement anyway… BLAH!!! I wasn’t satisfied and DEFINITELY not good enough to give to someone and expect them to hang them in their home!

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SOOOOO, I tried to layer them, but still didn’t like it.  I think I’ll just use them for gift wrapping or card making!  Oh well! I tried!

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Upcycled Lighting Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

I have written about repurposed lighting ideas before from inspirations I found while shopping out and about in retail stores.  I haven’t written about upcycled lighting ideas, however, from my internet shopping trips!  There are so many fantastic ideas out there… several I would have NEVER even dreamt of that I thought I’d put together another fun round-up of these interesting and repurposed creations.

Let’s start with the Kitchen!  OK so these first two aren’t for everyone, but I love the ingenuity of both vintage finds. (I apologize but I lost the source for the strainer light.  If you know it, please leave a comment so I can add it!)

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These are Repurposed Spoon Pendant lights by Designer Francois Legault.

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I love these Mason Jar lights from Etsy.

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This birdcage chandelier is one of my favorites from Design Sponge.

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This shabby chic pendant light is made from a basket.

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Love these!  They are globes turned pendent lamps!

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Can you believe that this floor lamp is made out of plastic knives?

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These fun DIY liquor bottle lamps have step by step instructions of Tip Junkie.

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Is this repurposed telephone a good idea or bad idea?

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I saved the most creative for last (well, most creative to me anyway).  This pendant lamp is made out of 1960’s plastic camping chairs!

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I hope these upcycled lighting ideas inspired to you to make your own!  What would you upcycle into a lamp???

 

Craft Room Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Craft Room Makeover

We moved into this house in February of this year and we never used the office.  I housed all my craft supplies in the closet, and had an old desk, filing cabinet, and office chair in it but that was it. So this year when my husband asked what I wanted for Christmas, I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to turn the office into a craft room.   I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share my reveal and put together some helpful craft room ideas.

Here is the room before with a picture of the closet.

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Eventually, I would like to do some more garage sale and thrift store shopping and refurbish some furniture to add (that’s why you can’t see the right side of the room…. Ha!), however to start the organization process, IKEA had an explosion in this room.  We bought the shelving and craft table there, as well as the blue metal kitchen cart I used for my sewing machine and fabric. If you look at the first picture above you can see the bar stools I upcycled as well.  Here’s a close up of the kitchen cart.

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I loved this table because it had extra storage in the legs.

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I also organized the drawers according to materials.

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I added wire baskets from the dollar bins at Target for added storage as well.

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The DIY colored glass Mason Jars I made were perfect to organize the items I use all the time and made them easily accessible.

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I hung a magnetic board on the side of the shelving unit and added little magnets to small plastic bottles to store some notions and small beads.

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On the top of my shelving unit, I displayed my white frame, a free curb side score.

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I also placed my repurposed spice rack up there…

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And I used some glass containers and made some recycled craft jars filled with DIY necessities to display on top (both pretty and useful).

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On the unfinished side of the room I hung my craft organization board I made from a free, unwanted, and ugly painting I found.

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Lastly, I hung a little inspiration from a Blogger Socal Social I attended.  It was part of my swag bag!  It says, “Your spark can be a flame and change everything” by E.D. Nixon.

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Top 15 Recycled Crafts and Projects of 2012

by Dinah Wulf

It is so tough to figure out what the top projects are for the 2012, especially when you have to sort through over 200 posts I wrote this year!  I ended up narrowing them down specifically to recycled, repurposed, or upcycled projects.  All of these got a lot of love from social media.  They have been liked, shared, pinned, tweeted, emailed, stumbled upon, you name it!  Here are my Top 15 Recycled Crafts and Projects of 2012. Enjoy!

Top 15 Recycled Craft and Projects of 2012

  1. A quick and easy project, this Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Pillow is an inexpensive way to add style to your outdoor patio furniture.
  2. Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping out of recycled grocery bags is the way to go for any occasion.
  3. There are several tutorials out there for this one!  Here is the quickest, cheapest, and easiest way to make DIY Colored Glass.
  4. I found these night stands for $5.00 each!  Here is how I Refurbished Garage Sale Night Stands.
  5. What do you do with all those fabulous cards you receive every year in your mailbox?  Recycle them of course into a Recycled Christmas Card Ornament. This craft was re-pinned over 500 times and counting on Pinterest!
  6. Another steal for five bucks, here is a fun Garage Sale Bench Makeover I made by adding a cushion and pretty fabric.
  7. A SUPER inexpensive way to add flair to your guest room, here is how I made Shoe Box Lid Wall Art out of old shoe box lids and stencils.
  8. A popular retail wreath that you can no longer buy was circulating through social media this year.  Here is my version of a Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath.
  9. From an old iron plant hanger I found in a garbage pile, I made this Repurposed Plant Hanger chandelier for my daughter’s bedroom.
  10. Another super easy and fun way to recycle those old Christmas cards is to make Repurposed Bottle Cap Magnets out of them!
  11. You know you drink out of those plastic water bottles all the time! Make Recycled Water Bottle Flowers to embellish gifts or other craft projects.
  12. This is a fun macramé tutorial I did to make a Recycled Mason Jar Lantern that is perfect for your back yard or patio.
  13. Another fun water bottle project, make these Recycled Water Bottle Butterflies, a project easy enough for the kids to do.
  14. This little sucker is pretty darn sturdy and has still lasted this whole year.  Here is how to make a Recycled Magazine Bowl.
  15. I reused an old painting I no longer loved and my daughter’s first baby blanket to make a Recycled Painting Organization Board.

Here are some more fun trash to treasure ideas and tutorials! In case you missed them!

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DIY Craft Organization Board

by Dinah Wulf

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. I am re-doing my office into a craft room…yay… and wanted to turn this old painting into a craft organization board.  I made an organization board for my daughter’s room with an old painting and her first baby blanket, but for this one, I wanted to make it a little different.  With a little tender loving care I literally turned this piece of trash into my treasure.

Here is a Before and After shot.

Materials You May Need:

  • Old Painting (best if it’s free!)
  • Paint or spray paint in the color of choice
  • Paint brush
  • Painter’s tape (optional)
  • Material (amount depends on the size of the frame)
  • Ribbon
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Hammer and nails (depending on frame)
  • Pliers
  • Imagination (this one is free too!)

Step One: Disassemble your frame.

For this particular frame the canvas popped right out.  It was nailed to the frame, so I had to carefully remove the nails.  At this point I cleaned both the canvas and frame as best as I could.

Step Two: Paint your frame.

This frame has a fun natural fiber edge to it (score!) so I had to use painter’s tape to protect the edges.  I used left over paint I had from other projects. Otherwise, I would have spray painted it because it would have been easier and faster.  I applied two coats of paint.

Step Three: Cover the canvas.

While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I covered the canvas with some utility fabric that I bought using a staple gun.  I added a pocket for extra storage, and ribbon as well.  I played around with the ribbon until I got my desired pattern.  I attached the ribbon using the staple gun as well.

Step Four: Reassemble the frame.

For this particular frame, I had to nail the canvas back onto the frame.

Here are a few After photos.

 

That’s it!  This project was so fun for me, and now I have a fun piece for my new craft room! Sneak peek coming soon!

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I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas

by Dinah Wulf

I’m dreaming of a green Christmas for two reasons! The first reason is because my favorite color is green, and secondly because “green” also means eco-friendly. Same word, two meanings.  What do you call that again? Think think think… ah yes! A homonym!  See? I did pay attention in school.  That or I Googled it, but you’ll never know! ;) Anyway, here we go! Some of the following inspiration are green in color, some are eco, and some are both! Enjoy!

I love these!  Tassels made from pine needles add a very clever repurposing idea to a holiday wreath.

A fun idea from Party City are these adorable candy cane Christmas cookies perched on a green cup of hot cocoa.

OK, for this one, the site it in Bulgarian, but you get the picture! They transformed 2 liter bottles into fun Eco friendly Christmas trees!  So very clever!

Here’s another fantastic repurposing idea of using a hula hoop to make a giant Christmas wreath! I picture this outside hanging off the eaves of a roof.

You have to try these Emerald Fir Candles.   The colors are fantastic in person, especially the metallic green.  Emerald Fir is Colonial Candle’s December fragrance of the month, featuring a festive swirl of ground cinnamon, peppered clove and maple.  So good!  It’s the perfect Christmas sent without being too over powering.

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A fun and simple craft you can do with your kids, is make these adorable yarn Christmas trees to add to your holiday décor.

Both green in color and eco-friendly green, recycling wine bottles into a candle centerpiece is another easy and inexpensive way to add oomph to your dinner table. Embellish them with velvet ribbon in hues of green and add rhinestones to glam them up a bit!

I heart this Christmas ball wall art! What a unique and beautiful way to reuse an old picture frame.

So simple, yet lovely, here is another whimsical green idea from Good Houskeeping.

Are YOU dreaming of a green Christmas?
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