Trash to Treasure: Upcycled Seating

by Dinah Wulf

Trash to Treasure: Upcycled Seating

This is another one of those posts for me that make me think, I wish I thought of that! I would be happy to have any of these pieces in my home. I can’t even choose a favorite among them.  If I have to choose, I’d have to pick the tree stump seats… or the bath tub… or maybe the shopping cart…

 

Just click on the link to find out more about the artist and their repurposed furniture master piece.

The sofa made out of a vintage suitcase trunk is designed by Junktion out of Tel Aviv.  I love their commitment to taking everyday objects out of context and repurposing them into something unique and useful.

The playground slide chair was briliantly designed by Evan Dublin. His designs include flatpack display tables and tableware.

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Ways to Repurpose Record Albums and CD’s

by Dinah Wulf

Ways to Repurpose Record Albums and CD’s

With the emergence of the internet and the ipod or mp3 player, we had to have known that just like eight tracks, records and tapes, CD’s would become obsolete too!  Not too long ago, I drove by an old Tower Records building which was about three blocks away from a vacant and empty Virgin Records store. Most of the Blockbuster Video stores around town are boarded up as well.  Yikes!  At least, I have noticed, that all three still have somewhat of an online presence.

Here are some more inexpensive crafts from recycled old record albums, DVD’s, and compact discs.  They make great DIY gifts too! If you  don’t have any old LP’s, you can buy them for about $1 at almost any local thrift store.

 

 

Tip: Some old record album covers have beautiful artwork on them.  Frame and arrange a few in coordinating colors to make interesting wall art.

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Trash to Treasure: Recycled Beer and Wine Bottles

by Dinah Wulf

Trash to Treasure: Recycled Beer and Wine Bottles

You know you’ll party like a Rockstar on the fourth of July in a few days, so what do you do with all the beer and wine bottles? Don’t throw them away! Save them all! Recycling bottles is a must these days; so start thinking GREEN and turn your trash into treasure.  Check out these creative ways to reuse recycled beer and wine bottles.

So a few of these may be challenging for a first time DIY’er; but fun to look at nonetheless.  It’s tough choosing the best idea (they’re all ingenious).  If I had to choose, I’d have to go with the wine bottle wind chimes… eco-friendly, creative, and beautiful.

Wine Bottle Wind Chimes- So pretty and unexpected!

Beer Bottle Chandelier- All I can say is WOW!

Wine Bottle Chair- I love the shape and style of this.  However, it doesn’t seem to look too comfortable!

Beer Bottle Tea Lights- Very cool and one I need to try!  I LOVE the look of the mercury glass.  It’s very timeless.

Wine Bottle Shelves-  These would be cool painted a fun vibrant color.

Beer Bottle Clock- Can you see the bottles?

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Trash To Treasure: 4 Ways to Reuse Old Boxes

by Dinah Wulf

Trash To Treasure: 4 Ways to Reuse Old Boxes

Think twice before throwing away your old boxes. What better way to be eco-friendly and recycle than by turning trash into something functional.  Recycling and repurposing boxes is budget friendly as well! There are many many ways to recycle boxes, but here are four ways you can repurpose cardboard cereal, food, and other boxes very easily.

The plate and napkin holder is for my daughter’s Paul Frank themed birthday party. The party is outdoors at a park and I wanted to make sure the paper plates and napkins did not blow away and came up with this solution. I covered an old wooden box with themed wrapping paper and scrapbook paper and added a personal sign… simple, cute, and festive.

1. Plate and Napkin Holder for a Themed Party

 

2. Cereal Box Magazine Holder

3. Food Box Organizers. A perfect and inexpensive way to stay organized.

4. Recycling Bin – Recycle to recycle!!

 

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5 More Creative Ways to Repurpose Old Books

by Dinah Wulf

5 More Creative Ways to Repurpose Old Books

There were so many inspiring ideas out there for repurposing old books that I had to share five more! The purse seems like it would be a little heavy, and the desk, well it speaks for itself, but how ingenious! Here we go…

Create interesting artwork and make an invisible book shelf.

Hollow it out to make a secret hiding place. (on a side note, I love how the picture shows a cherished floppy disk).

Turn books into a purse.

Create an interesting conversation piece and make a desk or coffee table.

Become eco-friendly and repurpose old books!

 

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5 Creative Ways to Repurpose Old Books

by Dinah Wulf

I LOVE to read. I remember at one point I’d happen to be browsing the “recommended” book shelves and there were very few that I had not already read. Needless to say, my shelves are littered with books. Think twice before throwing away your old books. You can’t really sell them for much anyway! Take the eco-friendly route and repurpose them into something new and inventive and take the trash to treasure route.   I thought I’d put together some fun repurposing ideas for your old books to get your creative juices flowing. Here are 5 Creative Ways to Repurpose Old Books!

Make a storybook clock for a nursery. You can purchase a clock kit at any craft store and turn any hard cover book into a clock. Simply drill a hole in the center and add your clock kit.

Turn one into a unique lamp.

Make your own postcards or reuse the covers for handmade greeting cards.

Make an interesting picture frame. Add some special and memorable photos to an old encyclopedia and use it as a frame to display in your home!

Make your own book page wallpaper. How fun is this? I would love to cover an accent wall in book pages!

 If you need more inspiration, check out my round up of over a dozen book page crafts! Two of my favorites are How to Make  Secret Book Safe and also How to Make a Book Page Wreath!

 

 

DIY Wall Art: Unique Picture Frame Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Wall Art: Unique Picture Frame Ideas

So I have been writing this blog for almost a month now thinking that I would inspire others, when in fact I have inspired myself!  There are so many creative minds out there and I can only hope that I am half as talented. I’ve found amazing ideas from turning old books into a purse to making an ultra hip chair entirely out of compact discs and DVDs! Those posts are to come in the near future, but let’s start more simply with picture frames.

Check out these four unique DIY wall art ideas to use picture frames and click on the link if you’d like to view the tutorials:

  1. Showcase a Collection
  2. Use Empty Frames to Decorate a Wall
  3. Make a Key Holder
  4. Make a Chalkboard Program

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Room Decor Ideas: MR. GOODWILL HUNTING

by Dinah Wulf

Room Decor Ideas: MR. GOODWILL HUNTING

Everyone needs a little budget design inspiration these days. Being a big fan of the Nate Berkus Show, I wanted to share one of my favorite reoccurring guests, Rashon Carraway aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting.  He started with a blog, and became an overnight sensation after appearing on the show. He has mastered the art of turning trash to treasure!

Watching him work his magic is inspiring when it comes to design and DIY projects.  He is an “expert” on designing on a budget (and I’m talkin’ a tight a*s budget… an entire living room for $240.00!), exclusively through refurbishing thrift store finds. Take a look at some of his fabulous designs.

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