Upcycled Soccer Medal Holder DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Chalkboard Medal Holder DIY

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

Materials:

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

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

Upcycled Chalkboard Medal Holder

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

Chalkboard Medal Holder

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

Upcycled Soccer Medal Holder DIY

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

Soccer Medal Holder DIY

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

Chalkboard Soccer Medal Holder

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

Soccer Medal Holder

Chalkboard Medal Holder Trash to Treasure

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

Repurposed Jewelry Organization Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Jewelry Organizing Ideas

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

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

Repurposed Cork Board Jewelry Organizer

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

Repurposed Jewelry Holder

Repurposed Jewelry Storage Ideas

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

Repurposed Jewelry Organizing with Vintage Finds

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

DIY Thirift Store Jewelry Holder

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

Thrift Store Jewelry Holder DIY

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

repurposed-cabinet-door-jewelry-organizer

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

Upcycled Prescription Bottles for Jewelry while Traveling

Best of DIY Inspired 2014

by Dinah Wulf

Best of DIY Inspired 2014

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

Best Furniture Makeover

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

Best Thrift Store Makeover

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

Best Free Curb Side Pickup Makeover

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

Best Trash to Treasure Project

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

Best Repurposing Idea

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

Best Theme Party Post

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

Best DIY Gift Idea

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

Best Party Related Tutorial

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

Most Popular Printable

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

Best Halloween Post

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

Best Christmas Post

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

DIY Whiteboard Drawing Table for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Whiteboard Drawing Table for Kids

The other day, my Aunt and Uncle dropped off an early Christmas gift for my four year old daughter. Mia. My Uncle made it himself, and Mia just LOVES it so I just had to share this DIY whiteboard drawing table for kids with you today.

Whiteboard Play Table

I suppose you could make it any height and size, depending on the board and age of your child. My uncle made this the perfect height for a 3-5 year old to stand and draw on it.

DIY Whiteboard Play Table

You can easily take the whiteboard on and off.

Whiteboard Play Table for kids

Whiteboard Activity Table

He drilled holes so that 12 dry erase colored markers fit on either side; one side for thick markers and the other side for the thin ones.

DIY Whiteboard Play Table for Kids

He also included an eraser and some magnets so that if she wants to draw on paper, the magnets will hold the paper down.

DIY Whiteboard Drawing Table for Kids

It’s really light weight, that my daughter can even move it herself from room to room.

Whiteboard Activity Play Table

She has played with it multiple times a day ever since she got it!

In case you missed it, here are some other before and after makeovers I have done for my daughter in the past:

 

Santa Stop Here DIY Outdoor Sign

by Dinah Wulf

Santa Stop Here Sign (8)

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

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

Materials:

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

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

Santa Stop Here Sign

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

Santa Stop Here Sign (1)

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

Santa Stop Here Sign (2)

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

Santa Stop Here Sign (3)

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

Santa Stop Here Sign (4)

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

Santa Stop Here Sign (5)

Allow your sign to dry completely.

Santa Stop Here Sign (6)

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

Santa Stop Here Sign (7)

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

Santa Stop Here Sign (8)

Here are a couple after photos.

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Santa Stop Here Sign (10)

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Upcycled Gift Wrapping Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycled Gift Wrapping Ideas

I’m a big promoter of upcycling trash to treasure. This time of year (any time, really) is a great time to reduce, reuse, and upcycle trash into something new, useful, and beautiful. A simple way to do that this holiday season is through gift wrapping. I’m no stranger to doing this, so I have a lot of upcycled gift wrapping ideas to hopefully help inspire you!

All of the following examples were done with reusable items such as:

  • Brown paper bags
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Food containers and food boxes
  • Medicine boxes
  • Scrap paper
  • Coffee filters

Here we go!

Recycle Small Boxes for Gift Wrapping – Small medicine boxes and the like are perfect for small gift giving.

Recycle small boxes for gift wrapping

 

Washi Tape Gift Wrapping – Brown grocery bags or packing paper work nicely for gift wrapping. Just add pops of color with decorative tape.

Washi-tape-gift-wrapping-with brown bags

 

Recycled Food Containers & Dyed Coffee Filter Flowers – Cracker boxes and cereal boxes are the perfect size for many gifts.

Recycled gift wrap with food boxes and coffee filters

 

Brown Paper Bag with Neon Color Gift Wrapping – You can also use colorful paper to embellish small gifts wrapped in brown paper bags.

Paper bags as wrapping paper

 

DIY Repurposed Gift Card Holder – A regular sized brown shopping bags will make four gift card holders.

DIY-Gift-Card-Holder-Upcycling-Idea

 

Recycled Box Gift Bags – Cut the top off a food box and add a ribbon handle for an instant sturdy gift bag.

Recycled food box for gift bags

 

Border Punch Gift Wrapping Embellishments – As a Crafter, I keep a bin of scrap paper. Use a craft punch and glue them on gifts for embellishment.

Embellish gifts with paper scraps

 

Recycled Gift Wrapping Idea: Pop Top Cans – Thoroughly washed tuna cans make fun and unique gift wrapping for small gifts.

diy-pop-top-cans

 

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping – Wrap toilet paper rolls in pretty paper and slide a gift wrapped in tissue paper inside.

Toilet-Paper-Roll-Gift-Wrapping-Idea

 

Themed Recycled Food Box Gift Bags – Make your gift match the party theme, like this Hello Kitty gift bag made out of a food box.

Themed recycled gift wrapping

 

Pringle’s Can “Pull Me” Gift Kits – Pringles cans are a fun shape and size for anything from nail polish kits to t-shirts.

Recycled-can-gift-kit

DIY Repurposed Gift Card Holder

by Dinah Wulf

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

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

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

Materials:

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

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

Repurposed Brown Paper Bag Idea

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

Repurposed Brown Paper Bag

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

Repurposed Brown Paper Bag Upcycle

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

Repurposed Paper Bag

Insert the gift card.

DIY Repurposed Gift Card Holder

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

DIY Gift Card Holder Idea

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

DIY Gift Card Holder Upcycling Idea

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

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

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

J. Jill

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

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There was a great selection of scarves and other accessories.

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I also loved the jewelry.

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

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DIY Christmas Card Display

by Dinah Wulf

 

Christmas Card Display with Chicken Wire (1)

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

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

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

Materials:

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

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

Before-Old Painting

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

Old Painting Preparation (650x215)

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

Old Painting Prep (650x515)

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

DIY Christmas Card Display

DIY Christmas Card Display with Chicken Wire

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

DIY Christmas Card Display with Poultry Netting

Christmas Card Display

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

DIY Christmas Card Display (4)

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

DIY Christmas Card Display Repurposed

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

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This is the back.

DIY Christmas Card Display (6)

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

DIY Christmas Card Display Pear Tree Greetings

DIY Christmas Card Display Upcycled

Christmas Card Display with Chicken Wire

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

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

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids BLACK + DECKER

Thanks to BLACK+DECKER for sponsoring today’s post, Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids. All opinions are 100% my own.

I finally did it! Inspired by BLACK + DECKER’s “Your Big Finish” initiative, I completed a project I’ve been meaning to do for a while now. A few months ago, I found a little bench while thrift store shopping. It was only $9.99 and it even had a little drawer for storage. I bought it, took it home, and unloaded it into the garage.  Months later, which is highly unlike me, it has been sitting there collecting dust. Thanks to this initiative I did this upcycled thrift store bench for kids to complete a reading nook for my daughter!

Here is the little bench BEFORE. Cute, right? I’m unsure if there used to be another part to it or not.

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids

There is even a little drawer for toy or book storage.

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids (1)

Materials:

  • Awesome thrift store find!
  • Sander
  • Patch and Primer
  • Putty Knife
  • High Density Foam
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • Clean Clothes

There were a lot of scratches, so I used an electric sander to sand down as much as I could. As you can see, there were also a lot of dents and blemishes. 

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids (2)

I filled it with a primer plus patch. When doing this, I find it easiest to overfill it and then once it is dry, sand over it to make it smooth.

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids (3)

I cleaned and dusted off all the debris and then spray painted the bench and drawer with a glossy finish.

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids (5)

I also cut some high density foam to size and then covered it with a colorful fabric to make a little seat cushion. I couldn’t decide on what color of fabric. I think that’s why it took me so long to do this project. So, I asked my Facebook friends and I listened to what they had to say! I mean come on, you need to be comfy while reading!

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids (4)

It turned out so cute, and now my daughter’s reading nook in her bedroom is complete!

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids BLACK + DECKER

Here are a couple more photos!

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids Reading Knook

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids Your Big Finish

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Play Kitchen Hutch from Thrift Store Finds

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Play Kitchen Hutch From Thrift Store Makeover

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

Materials:

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

Play Hutch From Thrift Store Finds

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

Play Hutch Thrift Store Makeover

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

DIY Play Kitchen From Thrift Store Finds

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

Play Hutch DIY

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

Repurposed Play Hutch From Thrift Store Finds

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

Upcycled Play Kitchen From Thrift Store Finds

Here are a few after photos.

Play Kitchen Hutch From Thrift Store Finds

Play Kitchen Hutch DIY

DIY Play Kitchen Hutch From Thrift Store Makeover

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

DIY Furniture Makeovers Anyone Can Do

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Furniture Makeovers Anyone Can Do

I love thrift shopping and garage sale hunting.  When I take a piece of furniture home, I honestly just figure it out as I go.  I find that most of these makeovers I do are pretty easy and be completed in a few hours or less. I thought I’d put together some of my favorites to date; some DIY Furniture Makeovers Anyone Can Do!

Spray Painted Chevron Dresser DIY

This dresser is probably my favorite so far.  In fact it is featured in the new FREE Krylon ebook, Make it Yours: How To Spray Paint Furniture, Home Decor Projects, Holiday Crafts and More with Krylon Spray Paint! You can download it free here! Oh! And did I mention it’s on the cover???

Thrift Store Ottoman Makeover

I found this ottoman for $5.00 and ended up making it over twice!

Upcycled Step Stools

I upcycled these old stools for my twin God Daughters.

Red Upholstered Wooden Bench

A $5.00 score 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! 

Coral Pedestal Makeover

This one was a Salvation Army find that I HAD to have. I asked my Facebook friends what color to paint it.  Love how it turned out!

Stenciled TV Tray Upcycle

These TV trays were sitting in my coat room closet for YEARS! They needed a little oomph so that I could take them out again.

Blue Thrift Store Shelf Makeover

I found this beauty for $5.00 at Goodwill.  I fell in love with the lines and knew that with a little TLC I could give it some personality.

Upcycled Milk Bottles Dollar Bin Challenge

by Dinah Wulf

Milk Glass Crafts

A few of my friends and I got together to do a Dollar Bin Challenge. This is where we choose the same dollar bin object and each upcycle it and put our own creative spin on it.  None of us know what the others are doing until the night before our posts are published. For this challenge, we chose milk bottles. These were found in the dollar bin section at Target, two for $3.00. My upcycled milk bottles turned into fall turkeys!

Materials:

  • Milk Bottles
  • Scrap Paper in Fall Colors
  • Circle Craft Punch
  • Scissors
  • Wiggly Eyes
  • Tape (double-sided works best)

These are the milk bottles I used.

Upcycled Milk Bottle Dollar Bin Challenge

First, I dug into my paper scraps bin. Yes I have a paper scraps bin in my craft room.  It comes in handy for SO many projects, plus I don’t waste a lot of paper! I found these great colors.  I liked that some had patterns.

Fall Paper Crafts

I folded each piece of paper in half and made paper feathers. If you need tips on how to make paper feathers, I wrote a post on it!

Paper Feather Crafts

Aren’t they pretty? To save time, I cut two at a time and it worked beautifully.

Glass Milk Bottle Turkey Feathers

Using a craft punch I cut out three circles per turkey. I also cut out yellow beaks and red turkey wattles.

Paper Turkey Craft

I spread out the feathers and taped them together with two circles (front and back).

Glass Milk Bottle Fall Craft

For the turkey’s face I attached the beak and wattle and also added two wiggly eyes.

Glass Milk Bottle Turkey

I taped it all together!

Glass Milk Bottle Crafts for Fall

For a brown turkey you can fill your bottle with chocolate milk! My daughter drank the milk and thought it was the coolest thing ever! These would be great for a fall party or for the kid’s table at Thanksgiving!

Upcycle Milk Bottle Turkey

Now let’s see what the other Bloggers came up with for our Upcycled Milk Bottles Dollar Bin Challenge! Be sure to check them all out!

Barbara from Chase the Star made this adorable milk bottle kids table centerpiece.

Kids Table Milk Bottles

 Make homemade Candy Corn Scrub from Loren at Pandora’s Craft Box!

Candy Corn Sugar Scrub

Fun and festive Halloween Milk Bottles by Jenny from Simply Creative Ways!

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Upcycled Metal Pumpkin Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Metal Ribbon Pumpkin

Once I saw this metal ribbon at Hobby Lobby, my first instinct was to post a photo on Instagram and Facebook. I didn’t hesitate to buy a roll and knew almost immediately that I was going to make an upcycled metal pumpkin. I already had the rest of the materials, and I was excited to get started.

Materials:

  • 9 Foot Roll of Metal Ribbon
  • Drawer Knob
  • Screw and Nut
  • Scissors
  • Green Burlap Ribbon
  • Twine

There were a few styles, but I chose this one because I wanted the screws to be easy to punch through. I wanted to make a decent sized pumpkin so I cut the ribbon in four two foot long pieces. The ribbon is easy to cut with sharp scissors.

Metal Ribbon for Crafts

I located the center of each piece and pierced the screw through the metal. I secured it with a nut.

Upcycled Metal Industrial Pumpkin

I did the same for the top, only with a drawer knob. The metal is easy to shape and maneuver so I bent the tops to shape the sphere I just made into a pumpkin.

Repurposed Knob Metal Ribbon Pumpkin

Lastly, I cut green burlap ribbon for leaves, and added twine to represent the vines of a pumpkin.

Upcycled Metal Ribbon Pumpkin How To

It turned out so cute and fits my industrial décor perfectly!

Upcycled Metal Ribbon Fall Pumpkin

Now, I want to go back and buy the different ribbon to make some more!

Upcycled Metal Pumpkin Tutorial

For more DIY Pumpkin ideas check out:

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Vases

by Dinah Wulf

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece g

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

Materials:

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

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

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece a

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

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece b

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

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece c

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece d

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

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece e

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

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece

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

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece f

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

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece j

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece i

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece h

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece g

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

DIY Steampunk Top Hat and Goggles

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Steampunk Hat and Goggles Upcycled

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

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

Materials:

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

DIY Steampunk Top Hat

I wrapped the hat in lace for a feminine touch.

DIY Steampunk Hat with Lace

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

DIY Steampunk Goggles Repurposed Belt

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

DIY Steampunk Hat and Goggles

I glued them together with E6000 glue.

DIY Steampunk Repurposed Goggles

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

Steampunk Embellishments

DIY Steampunk Hat and Goggles Halloween

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

DIY Steampunk Top Hat and Goggles Tutorial

DIY Steampunk Hat and Goggles Upcycled

DIY Steampunk Hat and Goggles Costume

 

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

Steampunk Model

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for Your Kids

by Dinah Wulf

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I am no stranger to thrift store shopping. In fact, I have done so many thrift store makeovers that I have lost count. I noticed that I have made over several pieces, specifically for my daughter, so I thought I’d put together a round-up of thrift store finds to makeover for your kids. This entire round-up are all original projects done by yours truly. All the links led you to step by step tutorials of my project.

Old Wooden Toys

Let’s start with the obvious first… old toys. Usually when a toy ends up at a thrift store there is a little damage. If you think you can repair it go for. I particularly am on the lookout for wooden toys. I found this little doll bed for $6.00. I saw it and immediately grabbed it with no questions asked. I painted it and made a mattress and bedding for it. My little Chihuahua even sleeps on it sometimes!

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Wagons are hard to come by at a thrift store, but I thrifted this wooden framed wagon on Craigslist. I ended up painting it and adding a monogrammed plaque.

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This little toy shelf was a sweet find for $10.00. I attached it to a free table I got and made a little kitchen hutch for my daughter. I think she plays with it every day!

Thrift Store toys to Makeover for your Kids

So I didn’t buy this one, but it’s a great example of trash to treasure. This old wooden Radio Flyer horse just needed a little TLC. I upcycled this for one of my best friend’s daughters.

Thrift Store Wooden Toys to Makeover for your Kids

Kid Friendly Furniture

Small furniture accent pieces like shelves and tables are great for kid’s rooms. You can use them for added storage and organization, or completely transform and repurpose them into something new. This play table was a freebie. I painted it and upcycled the chairs for a brand new kid’s play table.  This is another piece that my daughter uses almost every day!

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I painted this old shelf a bright color to match my daughter’s room and use it as a book and toy shelf.

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Serving Trays

Serving trays are abundant at thrift stores. You can turn them into a portable kid’s activity table by adding legs. I made over this chalkboard activity table in less than an hour.

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Picture Frames

Several old wooden frames can be painted and made over into an interchangeable kid’s art display. Just add a clip with industrial strength glue and voila!

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Step Stools

I always see little step stools like these at thrift stores. We have them both upstairs and downstairs because my little lady isn’t quite tall enough to reach some cabinets and sinks. I made this upholstered step stool to match her play hutch and added a little fabric and padding so she can sit on it comfortably.

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I made upcycled these pink and rhinestone stools for my twin God Daughters.

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Baskets and Hanging Planters

Baskets are great for toy storage and even clothing storage. You can hang them as well. I turned this plant hanger into hanging toy storage.

Thrift Store Baskets to Makeover for your Kids

Thrift Store Find Wooden Bowl Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Wooden Rope Bowl DIY

I spend A LOT of time perusing the aisle of thrift stores. As a result, I have done so many thrift store makeovers. If I go, I rarely leave empty-handed. If you have the patience to look, there’s a good chance you’ll find a hidden gem.  I found this wooden bowl for $6.00 at a local Goodwill. I snatched it up, because I know that wooden bowls like these are usually too pricey for what I am willing to pay. Here is my process for my wooden bowl makeover from this lovely thrift store find. You only need four things.

Materials:

  • Wooden Bowl
  • Jute rope
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors

Here is the bowl before. It is a little scratched up but nothing too bad.

Rope Bowl DIY

The easiest way is to start from the bottom up. Also, you can use other glue, but I found it easiest to use hot glue because it dries quickly. For me, since I work with hot glue so much, it’s less messy for me that white glue as well.

Thrift Store Makeover Rope Bowl DIY

Simply keep gluing and winding until you reach the desired height. I kept part of the bowl open because I like how the wood and jute look together.

Rope Thrift Store Bowl DIY

 I am using mine for fruit and decorative purposes.  It is food safe because I didn’t alter the inside of the bowl itself. It is also hand wash only.

Rope Bowl Tutorial

I did a similar trash to treasure project on inexpensive thrift store vases as well! Check out my DIY rope vase tutorial here.

Hope you try it out!

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How to Etch Glass Thrift Store Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycled Salt and Pepper Shakers

I found these spice jars while I was thrift store shopping the other day.  I fell in love with the little wooden lids, PLUS they were only 99 cents each.  My Mother accidentally broke my antique pepper shaker that I had and so I decided to turn these spice jars into my everyday salt and pepper shakers. I had some etching cream and settled on putting the classic “s” and “p” on them.  Here is my tutorial on how to etch glass.

Materials:

  • Glass
  • Etching Cream
  • Adhesive stencils
  • Paint brush
  • Water/sink

Glass etching is probably one of the easiest and quickest craft projects to complete. I think it took me less than ten minutes to do this project.

Here are the spice jars I got. I have never (or don’t recall) seeing any like this before. I put them in the washing machine to make sure they were clean.

Thrift Store Salt and Pepper Shakers

I used Martha Stewart’s adhesive letter stencils which make this project SUPER easy. As you can tell by this photo I used them often. Make sure your glass is completely dry.

How To Etch Glass

Once your stencil is in place, apply an ample amount of etching cream onto your surface. Wait 1-3 minutes and rinse the etching cream off under cold water. Remove the stencil.

How To Etch Glass DIY

Voila! It works in literally minutes.

Repurposed Spice Jars

I poured in my salt and pepper and these spice jars still had the rubber shaker lids with holes. These would make a fun gift or you can be greedy like me and keep them all for yourself!

How To Etch Glass Tutorial

 

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