Wine Crate Shelves

by Dinah Wulf

A few posts ago I wrote asking for help on recycled wine crate ideas.  I FINALLY thought of something!

But first, as a recap, I’ve had these wine crates from a Wine Tasting Bridal Shower that I did.  You can get wine crates from any specialty wine store.  Oftentimes they are free or some stores sell them for about five dollars apiece.

Materials:

  • 3 Wine Crates
  • Stain (optional)
  • Polyurethane (Optional)
  • Paint Brush (Optional)
  • Rag (Optional)
  • Four ¼” 20X36” Threaded Rods
  • Eight ¼” Cap Nuts
  • 24 ¼” Flat Washers
  • Knob

Here are the wine crates before.

As you can see here, there were white sticker labels on some of them.

To remove stickers from unfinished wood, apply heat directly with a hairdryer, peel, and voila! No sticker!

As most wine crates are made out of unfinished wood, I wanted to darken them a little with stain to give them a weathered look.  I purchased a sample from a hardware store for less than three dollars.  To do this, I first sanded and rough spots with 150-grit sand paper.

Next, I applied the stain with a paint brush. Each stroke should be in the direction of the wood grain.

Wipe the stain off with a cloth or old rag in the direction of the wood grain. I did this to the top, bottom, sides, and inside for all three crates.

Once the stain is completely dry (check the drying time on the stain you choose), apply a coat of polyurethane to each crate.

When the polyurethane is dry (approximately two hours), align the bottom and middle crate with the bottom crate upside down (as shown below).  This will make it easiest to drill and align the holes.

Using a ¼” drill bit, drill a hole in each corner, drilling through both crates.

Next, align the middle and top crates, turning the top crate upside down (as shown).  Using the holes in the middle crate as guides, drill the four holes in the top crate.

Insert each threaded rod one by one and sucure each one with a nut and bolt on both sides. Use cap nuts for the bottom and top.

I think 24 inch threaded rods may work better (sturdier). I may perhaps add metal brackets for more support too because of the height.

I added a decorative knob to the top crate with a lid.  I used a pre-existing hole.

Here are some after photos.

I think this would be perfect in a kitchen or bathroom for extra storage, or for plants!

 

 

 

Crafting with Duct Tape

by Dinah Wulf

Walking through craft stores all the time, I noticed there were so many different patterns and colors of duct tape. Intrigued, I thought I’d do some research on crafting with duct tape.  Surprisingly I found so many cool projects!

Gift Wrap

It doesn’t get much simpler than this.  Use duct tape to embellish your graft wrap. Plus, it’ll be funny to watch the recipient struggle with opening it… tee hee.

Flower Tissue Holder

I did notice several duct tape flower tutorials, however the blue in this particular one caught my eye.  What a sweet touch to embellish a simple wooden tissue holder.

Valentine Roses

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here’s a duct tape bouquet that will last a lifetime.

Rings

There are so many great duct tape rings! Who knew?  Heck out these from Living Locurto.

Here’s a great YouTube link for how to make a duct flower tape ring.

Purses

Check out this duct tape purse from Martha Stewart.  Yup! Martha uses duct tape!

Here are some other cute purse ideas from Second Chances.

Lamp

Last but definitely NOT least…rather this one takes the cake.  This lamp is made out of duct tape and plastic 2 liter bottles!!! What????

 

 

Repurposed Lighting Inspiration

by Dinah Wulf

Everywhere I go, I always have my camera.  Not only do I want to capture fun moments with my daughter, family, and friends, but I find decorating inspiration EVERYWHERE. I end up filing my pictures in digital folders on my computer.

I just noticed that I had taken several pictures of lighting ideas and thought I’d share them. Some of these pictures are old, but in my head, the store bought version is way too expensive anyway.  I’d rather try and recreate them with flea market or thrift store finds.

Anyway, here is some really cool repurposed lighting inspiration that I’ve captured on my camera over the last several months.  I think with a little creativity, you can get these looks for less.

This was a lamp I saw at Anthropologie.  It’s simply a tea kettle, lamp kit, and colorful lamp shade.  I’ve also seen lamps similar to this made out of stacked tea cups and saucers… super cute.

This one is also from Anthropologie (I frequent there often… love the window displays). It’s a lamp made out of recycled cardboard!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one! The mix of an industrial metal basket and chic chandelier is fantastic!

If I recall correctly, the price tag on this one was pretty steep…several thousand dollars….yikes! I think a smaller version of this made out of mismatched thrift store silverware would be cute.

I can picture this one hanging in an enclosed patio or sun room.  I like the mixture of glass bottles, shells, and twine.

Technically, this one isn’t repurposed, but it caught my eye.

 

 

 

Repurposed Nursery Furniture

by Dinah Wulf

Over the past few months we’ve had a few cool DIY tutorials perfect for a baby’s nursery.  I posted a step by step how to for a DIY Ribbon/Organization board to hold hair clips and photos. I also shared some DIY Nursery Letters that my best friend made, and perhaps my favorite, I showed you how a refurbished and upcycle an old Disney Princess play table.

But when the little one’s all grown up, what do you do with the old nursery furniture? Repurpose it, of course! I found these amazing repurposed nursery furniture ideas that I had to post. Each unique idea is creative and genius. I love them all!

Cribs

It doesn’t get much simpler than this.  Use the sides of a nursery crib to create shelves to display your collections or as a clever magazine rack.

This is perfect for your future crafters and little DIY’ers! Remove one side of the crib and voila! There you have an instant craft table.  Paint the new table with chalk board paint and hang a white board, hooks and shelves for organization.

This one is pretty cool… a crib turned bench.  I like the all black with white accents.  You can also add pillows made with durable outdoor fabric.

Chalkboard paint can transform just about anything.  Check out this crib turned menu board!

Changing Tables

Your little one may no longer need diapers, but every toddler needs a play kitchen! I have shared repurposed TV media cabinets turned play kitchens, but apparently changing tables work well too!

This last one may be my favorite.  Changing table turned bar cart!

 

Photo Sources: Consignment Mommies, Encore Baby Registry, My Repurposed Life, BHG, Oh Dee Doh, A Little Learning For Two

 

Repurposed Pin-spiration

by Dinah Wulf

“Pin-spiration” is a new term I’ve been seeing a lot lately. Pintrest is yet another social networking site that allows you to create virtual pin boards of absolutely anything that fits your fancy.  Check out my Pin boards here.  Did I mention I am obsessed with it? I can spend hours perusing the site.

Here are some great repurposed pin-spiration ideas I pulled off this addictive site.

Maps are the stylish craze these days! Better Homes and Garden repurposed a globe into a bowl by adhering (what looks like, or could be) a candlestick to make an interesting centerpiece.

Good Housekeeping displayed this cute outdoor side table made out of four window shutters and a glass top.

This one is fantastic! Curbly.com repurposed an old filing cabinet into a rolling kitchen cart. It serves several purposes including kitchen storage and cutting board… genius!

What girl wouldn’t like this to show off a collection of shoes! Check out these shelves turned beautiful display case. (Photo source unknown)

This may be my favorite and DEFINITELY my style. It’s an old barn door turned sliding bathroom door. (Photo source unknown)

Another idea for repurposing old rustic doors is using two as headboards as pictured below. (Photo source unknown)

Greenisuniversal.com has this creative tutorial for repurposing old belts and weaving them into a vintage aluminum lawn chair.

And last but not least (ok, maybe). Unfortunately, not all designs work out. Although it was initially a good idea, this repurposed Nintendo game console was repurposed into a lunch box and posted on failblog.com… at least they tried!

 

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Six Ways to Recycle Maps

by Dinah Wulf

Maps are so beautiful.  I’ve been looking for some ways to use them because I see them everywhere (including my glove box).  Just like CD’s, record albums, and books, they are becoming obsolete due to the emergence of electronics like the GPS and the internet.  But what I do love about maps is that they tell a story and simultaneously serve as a work of art.  Here are six great ways to recycle maps.

One: Art Work

Check out these heart maps by Tcktyboo.  Each heart represents a special place.  For example, where you were married, where you went on your honeymoon, or where the kids were born.

 

I also saw a great idea on Pintrest (I can’t find the picture or source anymore) where a map was framed and the route to a special trip was stitched in a coordinating colored string… so cute! Update! Thanks to Adri, here is the link for that map! http://www.marthastewart.com/375160/map-artwork Thank you, Adri!!!

 

Two: Pillow

This is a pillow from Etsy inspired by a vintage map.

 

Three: Pinwheels

Another Etsy find, these cute pinwheels make a whimsical vintage wedding favor.  Click here for different pinwheel tutorials.

 

Four: Upcycle Furniture

Here are three great examples of using decoupage on maps to turn an old piece of furniture into a unique and beautiful conversation piece.

Cover a wooden chest

Inspiration from Nate Berkus

Revamp an old Dresser

Add new life to an old Vanity

 

Five: Gift Wrap

Just in time for the holidays, use an old map as gift wrapping paper.

 

Six: Monograms or Letters

Use decoupage to commemorate a trip on craft letters (source unknown).

 

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Long Beach Antique Swap Meet

by Dinah Wulf

Every time I attend the Long Beach Antique Swap Meet I have the best time.  This time, last weekend, I went by myself and I STILL loved every second of it. I spent two and a half hours meandering around, admiring each vintage find, examining unknown artifacts, and meeting friendly vendors. I spoke to a father son team who fly around the country, picking up old Pepsi crates and salvaged materials from old buildings.

I also met a woman named Linda who has a full time day job but still finds the time to and design and sell cottage furniture and vintage décor for fun on the weekends. As I was walking up, she had just sold a huge dining room table.  Here is some of her other pieces.

On my next stop I met Neil who sold farm and industrial collectables.  Check out some of his pieces.  I love all the rust! It’s beautiful.

Check out some other amazing finds I found along the way.

This place had a lot of Restoration Hardware inspired pieces.  I didn’t get the chance to speak with the vendor, because he was too busy selling.  LOVE the large orbs and metal baskets.

I have to say that one of my favorites of the day was from a shop called Irons & Duck. The industrial seating and lighting is just my style.  If only I could weld…  You can see all their inventory on their website.

For more information about the Long Beach Antique Swap Meet, click here!

Oh wait! I almost forgot.  I didn’t leave empty handed! I bought a large antique wooden tool box which is a great piece for organization, and these three vintage seltzer bottles!

 

Repurposed Crate Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

A few months ago, I did a blog post on recycling old crates.  It included using crates for shelving, bike baskets, and side tables.  Since then, I have gathered a collection of old wine crates from a wine tasting party I did in October.  I’ve been searching for more inspiration for a new project and found some other great repurposed crate ideas.  Here are a few pictures.

This wine crate dog bowl would be a perfect DIY project for me, especially since I have two little pups, Harley and Pablo.

I like these ideas of layering and using a crate as a planter.  This would also look nice outside, on a patio or atrium. The problem with this idea is that I don’t have a green thumb, so I don’t really have that many plants.

How cool is this… creating a rustic work space in the garage complemented with a wood bench. The problem with this is that my garage has no room for it.

I’m guessing these are milk crates? Love this look, but my collection of crates are too small and are in different shapes and sizes.

This is also great.  These crate shelves have two purposes. It’s functional for holding kitchen necessities as well as displays a collection of antiques. My issue with this idea is that my kitchen is so small that I have no wall space for this.

I started a list a while back of how I should repurpose my collection of wine crates including making a jewelry case, a cornice, a seat, or a dog bed, but I still can’t decide.

Any ideas or suggestions? I feel stuck… help!

 

Photo Sources: Eco Salon, funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot, Green Dairy, Love1, Remodelaholic, tangledepartment.blogspot

 

Flea Market Finds

by Dinah Wulf

I am completely obsessed with Flea Markets.  Ever since I started blogging, I have come across so many fun places to go. I wanted to share some of my flea market finds and show how you can get hunt for inexpensive great pieces and repurpose them into something new.

I found this old milk crate for five dollars at a flea market in Orange, California. I decided to add mason jars, turn it on its side and use it for my makeup and hair products.

Old crates and boxes can be repainted and used to display collections or for storage.

Copy a Restoration Hardware look and collect old books.  Antique books are very easy to find and can at times literally cost pennies.

I found these old rusty horse shoes at a local flea market for two dollars apiece and turn them into a coat/hat rack.

I love the industrial look of these old metal card drawers.  I use them to store craft supplies.

Check out this old wooden basket turned upside down.  Add an inexpensive lamp kit from a hardware store and Voila!

Antique seltzer bottles are great to display in a bathroom or guestroom.  They can run anywhere from $10 to $50 a piece.

Window shutters are fairly easy to find.  Use them to prop behind a side table or place two or three side by side to create a headboard.

 

By the way, for all you SoCal locals, the Long Beach Antique Swap Meet is this weekend! Click here for a discount coupon.

**I heart comments! If you have any comments, ideas, or suggestions, please feel free to comment below.  Is there a craft project you want me to try? I’ll gladly do my best to take on your craft challenge and I’m always looking for new ideas! Just let me know! Also, if you have a project you’d like to share, please email me at dwulf@diyinspired.com.

 

 

Paper Flower Magnets

by Dinah Wulf

After making a Hollow Book Safe out of antique books that I inherited, I kept the left over pages in case I wanted to use them to make other craft projects. I ended up making these cute Paper Flower Magnets out of a few of the recycled book pages and beer bottle caps.

I actually made these book page flowers a few months ago but I wanted to wait to post the tutorial to see if they would pass the test of time.  So far so good!  My toddler has tugged and pulled and played and they remain intact… phew!

So here is a quick picture tutorial on how I made them. The materials needed are:

  • Pages from books (colorful children’s books would work nicely too)
  • Flower Craft Punch
  • Bottle Caps
  • Decoupage Medium
  • Paint brush
  • Magnets
  • Glue
  • Rhinestone Embellishments (optional)

The photos are self-explanatory, so here are a few tips.

Tip One: Make sure to decoupage both sides of the flower.

Tip Two: If you are using layers, let the coats of decoupage medium dry completely in between coats and layers (approximately 15 minutes).  Use two coats.

Tip Three: When adhering the magnet, use a strong glue bonding agent.

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More Paper Flower Tutorials:

DIY Ribbon Board

by Dinah Wulf

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I always see these cute ribbon boards at gift shops, catalogues, and craft fairs.  They are great for organization for an office or (in my case) my daughter’s room.  I made this DIY Ribbon Board for items such as her hair bows, clips, and photographs.

Another reason I wanted to make this DIY Ribbon Board is because the my daughter’s first baby blanket was getting worn out by the washing machine and I wanted to preserve it somehow, without hiding it in a keepsake trunk where no one would see it.  Here is how I made it.

Materials:

  • Old painting or frame and canvas
  • Fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Staple Gun
  • Paint (optional)
  • Pliers (if you are using an existing painting)

I had this old painting that was sitting in a box in my garage.

I turned it over and discovered that I needed to use pliers to remove the staples. Remove the canvas.

I took my daughters first baby blanket, trimmed it, and stapled it taut to the canvas.

I decided to paint my frame. I used two coats of paint plus a touch up.

In the meantime, while waiting for the paint to dry, I cut out my strips of ribbon, laying them out in the desired pattern.

One by one, I stapled each ribbon bottom to top and left to right (or vice versa), and then weaving bottom to top right to left. I also stapled the ribbon to the edge of the canvas to make it more secure.

Finally, when the paint is completely dry, (I waited overnight), insert the canvas.

Here are some close up and after pictures.

Thank you for reading!

 

Wine Bottle Frames

by Dinah Wulf

I made these wine bottle frames out of recycled wine bottles for a wine tasting party.  It was also a bridal shower party, so I used them for a “who knows the bride best game”. I framed each question and placed the wine bottle frames all over the room so that the guests could mingle, talk, drink their wine, and play the game at the same time. Each guest wrote their answers next to the corresponding question number on their wine scoring card.

These wine bottle frames are very simple to make. The materials needed are, an empty wine bottle, a wooden frame, picture frame hangers, and string or ribbon.  I purchased the wooden frames from IKEA which were only $1.99 for a set of three…CHEAP!

The pictures speak for themselves, but all you need to do is to screw each picture frame eyelet into the wooden frame by hand in the desired area.  It takes a little pressure at first, but it should screw in fairly easily.  Use a ribbon or string to hang the frame onto the wine bottle.

Also consider, decorating the bottle with wallpaper remnants or scrapbook paper, or ribbon or you can also paint the inside of your frame with chalkboard paint.  I preferred to remove the wine label with warm soapy water.  There is something beautiful about a plain wine bottle.  Arrange your display with other wine bottles of different colors and sizes.

Another option is to frame a letter and place several bottles in a row to spell out the bride’s (guests or honor’s) new last name.  Use decorative paper as a boarder.  Make displays by using other recycled wine bottles and recycled wine crates.

 

Salvaged Wood Toy Chest

by Dinah Wulf

The minute I received this toy chest in the mail I had to share it on my blog.

You see, my father has been a Cardiologist in the same hospital and nursing home in the same small town for almost forty years and as a result, he has developed some close familial relationships with his patients and their families.

It’s astounding, the gratitude my father receives from his work.  Let me rephrase, actually it’s not “work”, rather his passion.  Growing up, my Dad was always busy making rounds and seeing patients. I recall going to his office when I was a little girl and I would do some filing for him after school.

Over the years he has accrued literally thousands of patients, all he may not know by name, but he could tell you their ailments and medications by looking at their familiar faces. My Dad is not just a good Doctor; he is sought after because he truly cares about his patients. He is an admirable man. Because of this he receives many gifts. I want to share some parts of this letter my father received along with this hand-made toy chest. It was especially made for my Dad’s first grandchild, my daughter.  I love it so much because it’s personal, it’s made from salvaged materials, and it is beautiful.  I hope this salvaged wood toy chest inspires you as it has me.

Here are some excerpts from the letter.

“The family owns an old farm in West Virginia, about an hour’s drive from Cumberland.  We have been berry picking there and the result is enclosed for your grandchild.”

“While hiking about the property we found several old barns that had fallen down.  The rich color and age of the wood was ideal for small craft projects.  We found documents indicating the barn was built in 1856, just prior to the Civil War.”

“I used turquoise (blue stones) to fill some of the old nail and knot holes.  I found these stones in the early 1980’s while looking at a diamond mind for Chevron.”

Here are some pictures.

Side

Close up of the latch

Turquoise

Inside

Back

I have decided to use it as my daughter’s hope chest and fill it with treasured items for her when she is older Including the letter).  It’s a little heavy for little fingers to open and close.  Hopefully, it’ll be a reminder for her of how wonderful her Grandpa is!

 

Eco-friendly Gift Tags and Gift Wrapping

by Dinah Wulf

Here are some creative and inspiring eco-friendly gift tags and gift wrapping ideas in time for the holidays.

 

Check out these beautiful gift tags made out of recycled CD’s from our friends at Bellenza!

 

Also from Bellenza, here is a tutorial for making eco-friendly gift packaging with decoupage paper mosaics.

 

Personalize your gift wrapping.  Check out this awesome idea from my brother.  Shipped in a box, “Mike’s Private Stash” was filled with his favorite chocolate and candy. By the way, my hubby ate this entire box of candy in a couple days… did I mention there were probably twenty York peppermint patties inside and then some?!

 

Recycle old boxes and newspaper and make a cute gift basket.  Embellish it with ribbon or craft a book page flower or book page bow.

 

Embellished Keys for gift tags.  I don’t know about you but I can probably dig up a handful of keys in my junk drawer that I have no idea where they belong to. These sparkly lovelies are from My Salvaged Treasures.

 

Here are some unique ideas from A Subtle Revelry.  Use cupcake wrappers to embellish a gift or use a shirt to wrap it up.

 

Finally, here are some pretty brown paper packages tied up with string from Pintrest.

 

Happy gift wrapping!

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Candy Mason Jar

by Dinah Wulf

Yet another recycled Mason jar project here! I saw this DIY project on the Nate Show last week and I’ve been dying to try it! I recently made these frosted Mason jar tea light holders and I had a few Mason jars left over.

This project was super easy and took little time and money (my favorite combo).  Here is how you make a Candy Mason Jar.

Materials:

  • Clean Mason Jar
  • Drill
  • Knob
  • Sand Paper
  • Spray Paint (optional)

Remove the label from any recycled jar.  For label removal instructions click here.

On the Nate Show, they used sand paper to remove the printed image on the jar lid to give it a distressed industrial look.  I tried this… and gave up.  I tried three types of sand paper and my hand got tired and cramped.  I even tried watching TV to distract me and it didn’t help.

I decided to use some left over silver metallic spray paint instead.  The sanding wasn’t a complete waste of time because the sanded surface allowed the spray paint to adhere well.

After the spray paint is dry, drill a hole in the center of the lid.  I suggest putting the lid on the jar and then drill.  You have more control that way.  The drill bit size will depend on the knob you choose.  On a side note, Habitat for Humanity Restore is a GREAT resource for inexpensive knobs.  I have purchased them for as low as fifty cents apiece!

I found these great knobs on sale for $2.50 each… score!

Insert and tighten the knob onto the lid.

Screw the lid onto the jar.  There you have it! Instant candy (or whatever) jar!

You can also frost your Mason jar for a different look.

I added a tag, ribbon, and candy to give away as a gift.

 

**I heart comments! If you have any comments, ideas, or suggestions, please feel free to comment below.  Is there a craft project you want me to try? I’ll gladly do my best to take on your craft challenge and I’m always looking for new ideas! Just let me know! Also, if you have a project you’d like to share, please email me at dwulf@diyinspired.com.

 

 

30 DIY Gift Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Click on the link for DIY inspiration and tutorials for these 30 DIY gift ideas. All of them are clever, creative, and won’t break the bank.  Only have ten minutes to make your gift? Scroll all the way down to see quick and easy budget-friendly DIY gifts by Overstock.com.  Here we go… 30 DIY Gift Ideas!

Scrabble Art custom to fit any type of room

Clever Coat Hangers out of repurposed materials

Inexpensive Record Album Art

Make a Creative Clock out of just about anything

Sew a Tote Bag

Make custom Wall Art

Sew an Envelope Pillow

Make an eco-friendly Light Bulb Vase

Easy DIY Mason Jar Soap Pump

Repurposed Frame Tray out of your flea market finds

DIY Record Album Bowl from your old records

Easy and inexpensive Nursery Letters

Beautiful Book Page Wreath

Make an Ornament or add a personalized touch with a Scrabble Ornament

Do it yourself Votive Candle Holder

Make a secret and unique Hollowed Book Safe

Picture Frame Necklace Holder

Make a Coffee Filter Wreath for less than $5.00

Scrollwork Mirror from inexpensive items from Home Depot

Recycled Tote Bag out of plastic grocery bags

Only have ten minutes?  Check out these ten amazing ten minute holiday crafts from Overstock.com!

Ten 10-minute Holiday Crafts infographic from O.co

Hope you enjoyed these  30 DIY Gift Ideas!

 

Coffee Filter Wreath

by Dinah Wulf

So I bought six feet of plumbing insulation tube at Home Depot to make this wreath out of antique book pages.  The project only needed thirty six inches, so I had enough to make a second wreath. I had seen amazingly creative DIY projects made out of coffee filters, including wreaths, and with the holidays and changing season; I decided to give it a try.

This coffee filter wreath was quite easy, I must say.  The only thing (be forewarned) is that I kept burning myself with the hot glue gun. This never happens to me, but out of the 150 coffee filters I used I must have burnt myself 50 times! I even got a glue gun blister (occupational hazard).

Here are the materials you need:

  • Plumbing insulation tube
  • Duct tape
  • Glue gun
  • Coffee filters

The beauty of this project is that the tube and coffee filters costs less than $3.00.  I assume that if you decide to take this project on that you already have a glue gun and duct tape, which are essential materials in any craft closet.

Here is the step by step tutorial on how to make a coffee filter wreath.

First, tape the plumbing insulation tube together with the self-adhesive strips and then duct tape the ends together. It will look horrible, however with a little massaging and maneuvering you can shape it into a circle.

One by one, quarter each filter and overlap the flap.  Using hot glue, attach each filter to your tube.

After the first layer (now the back of your wreath), turn it over and start layering.  I found it easiest to bend the tip of your coffee filter (as shown) and then glue.

Continue gluing and overlapping until you reach your desired fullness.  Here is mine about half way.

There you have it! I used a ribbon to embellish the wreath and to hang it.

 

 

 

Paint Stick Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

If you know me (or read this blog) you know what a cheapskate I am…I mean “budget conscious”.  So naturally, anytime I find a craft material I can get for FREE, I’ll find SOMETHING to do with it.

Anytime you buy paint, the guy (or gal) who mixes it will always throw in a few paint sticks.  If you bat an eye, you may be able to get a few extra to use for some craft projects.

I also saw on the Nate Berkus show not long ago (but couldn’t find a picture) was a challenge where one of the guests used paint sticks to reface a small dresser.  It looked great! I was instantly inspired.

Here are some creative ideas I came across when looking for some more inspiration.  I think I’m going to make the paint stick monogram.  I like the idea of staining them a cool color and using hardware for that industrial touch.

Paint Stick Monogrammed Letters

How cool are these? I’m definitely going to take this project on (plus the letter “W” is easy…tee hee).

 

Plant Crate

So useful and creative, you can make a paint stick crate to hold just about anything.

 

Starburst Mirror

So cool! I’ve seen the BBQ skewer one, but I like this one better. This black one is from OurHumbleAbowed and the white one from CentsationalGirl.

 

Paint Stick Lampshade

This is G-R-E-A-T! Love it!

 

Paint Stick Art

So colorful and creative!

 

Paint Stick Ornaments

With the holidays coming up, I thought this would be a cute idea for a craft night with the kiddos.