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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for your Kids (3)

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!

Looking for more homemade hostess gift ideas? Try these!

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

 

Looking for more homemade hostess gift ideas? Try these!

Spray Painted Chevron Dresser DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Spray Painted Dresser Makeover

I have had this dresser since college.  It was an inexpensive IKEA buy that has lasted over 15 years. Now, I am working on making my walk-in closet a little prettier and wanted to make it stand out. This project came just in time for the Make It Yours®​ with Krylon® contest (details to follow) as my entry. Here is how I made my spray painted chevron dresser DIY with the spray paint Krylon provided me.

Materials:

  • Dresser
  • Screwdriver
  • Chevron Shape Tape
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Facemask
  • Krylon Pewter Gray Gloss Spray Paint
  • Krylon Peekaboo Spray Paint
  • Tarp

Instructions:

Here is the dresser before.

Spray Painted Dresser

I removed the drawers and disassembled the front and top only, leaving the side and back shell.

Spray Painted Dresser Before

I used FrogTape Shape Tape to tape off the chevron stripes on the front of the drawer.

Spray Painted Dresser with Shape Tape

I spray painted the front and top of the dresser in Krylon Peekaboo Blue and spray painted the chevron stripes Krylon Gray. I spray painted two coats allowing the paint to dry in between. When spray painting, be sure to spray in a well-ventillated area. You may opt to use a facemask as well.

How to Spray Paint a Dresser

Lastly, I put the hardware back on and reassembled the dresser. Here are a couple AFTER photos.

Spray Painted Chevron Dresser

Spray Painted Dresser with Chevron Stripes

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Make It Yours with Krylon

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Teacher Gift Thrift Store Upcycle

by Dinah Wulf

Teacher Gift Thrift Store Makeover Upcycle (2)

When I was thrift shopping the other day I found a kids activity tray that I upcycled; I also found this rooster tray for $3.00. Not my style, but definitely fixable with a little thrift store upcycle. I snatched it up and decided to make a colorful tray for Mia’s teacher to use in her classroom. I thought it’d be a nice welcome back to school teacher gift.

Here is the tray BEFORE.

Teacher Gift Thrift Store Makeover (1)

Materials:

  • Tray
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Ruler
  • Paper cutter
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Spray Paint or paint
  • Tarp

I had some metallic green spray paint from Krylon that I have wanted to try. The metallic goes well because the scrapbook paper I chose has a shiny metallic gold in it. I painted the sides on a tarp outside.

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I had some fun scrapbook paper with an apple theme.  One said, “apple of my eye” on it and measured and cut a few pieces in different colors and patterns to size.

Teacher Gift Thrift Store Makeover (2)

Next I used Mod Podge to apply the paper.  I applied the glue on both the tray ad the back of the scrapbook paper.  I smoothed it out to ensure there were no bubbles, and then applied a top layer. I let it dry completely.

Teacher Gift Thrift Store Makeover Upcycle (1)

Here is how it turned out! Mia can’t wait to give it to her teacher.

Teacher Gift Thrift Store Makeover

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In case you missed it, here are some more fun homemade Teacher Gift Ideas:

Easy Store Bought Frame Metallic Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Easy Store Bought Frame Metallic Makeover

Just like me, one of my best friends can’t pass up a good deal.  After the Fourth of July, she found some patriotic red, white, and blue frames for three dollars apiece. But there was one problem. They don’t match her décor in her home.  She brought them to me and I did a quick and easy makeover so that she could hang and use them in her home. Here is my Easy Store Bought Frame Metallic Makeover. Here are the frames before.

Easy Holiday Frame DIY Makeover

They were a little beat up as well. Not too badly. It was still a great deal.

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I used 1) a little sand paper, and 2) less than one can of metallic gold spray paint. The materials included were still cheaper than the original costs of the frames.  I used the sand paper to smooth over the blemishes as well as the dark lettering.  I didn’t want to prime the frames first because, well, I was lazy.  So lightly sanding the dark letters was the next best thing. You CAN opt for primer on the red and blue frames because they are so dark, but it wasn’t necessary.

Easy Clearance Sale Frame DIY Makeover

I sprayed about three light coats on a tarp in my back yard. Of course, I had to change the pictures before I gave it back to her, so I printed some black and white photography.  She can take them out and insert pictures of her family, but I thought it looked nicer than the strangers dressed in Fourth of July garb!

Easy Store Bought Frame DIY Makeover

I can’t wait to give them back to her after this mini makeover!

In case you missed them, here are a few more frame projects I’ve done makeovers on!

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping

by Dinah Wulf

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping (5)

If you have been following along both of my blogs, this one and Inheriting Our Planet, you may have noticed all the posts I have been writing about my amazing trip to Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto in Mexico! Of COURSE I had to bring home a few souvenirs from my trip. Thanks to my Mother In Law, she gave me the inside scoop that Mexico has THE BEST vanilla extract so I always know it’ll be a hit when I get home. I ended up using Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping to present my gifts to my friends and family.

Materials:

  • Gift (duh!)
  • Toilet Paper Rolls (duh!)
  • Decorative Paper
  • Tissue Paper
  • Scissors
  • Paper Cutter
  • Double-sided tape
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun (optional)

It just so happens that a small bottle of vanilla extract fits perfectly in a toilet paper roll.  I KNEW I was hoarding toilet paper rolls for a reason!

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping (2)

I picked some colorful and bright paper that reminded me of Mexico,  cut it to size with my paper cutter, and secured it with double sided tape. FYI, toilet paper rolls are 4.5” long.

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping

Next, I simply rolled the bottle in some tissue paper and inserted it into the roll.

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Next, I tied a ribbon on each end.

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping (4)

Now, the bottle was a little thin and slid around in the tube, so I put a little dab of hot glue into the tube to keep it from sliding around and it worked beautifully.

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping (6)

I can’t wait to give them away, especially to my Mother In Law!

In case you want to read about my adventures in Mexico, check out these posts!

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a cute little video of my trip!

Looking for more homemade hostess gift ideas? Try these!

Clever Repurposing Ideas for Prescription Bottles

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Prescription Bottles

I am one lucky girl! I leave on Wednesday for a luxurious vacation at the Villa Del Palmar Resort & Spa in Baja, Mexico! While I was packing, I was looking for something to pack my rings and earring so that they could easily be found.  They always get lost in my jewelry tote that I have. I came across some prescription bottles and thought they were perfect! THEN, I got carried away. What other clever repurposing ideas for prescription bottles are there?  I thought of over a dozen!

Here we go!!!

Earrings and Rings

Small jewelry always gets caught or lost when mixed with my necklaces and bracelets.  This is a great compact way to keep them separated.

Upcycled Prescription Bottles

Bracelets

Now my bracelets won’t get tangled in with my necklaces.

Repurposed Prescription Bottles (1)

Bobby Pins

Perfect for those nights when you want to put your hair up.

Clever Upcyling Ideas for Prescription Bottles

Hair Accessories

This is perfect for when I travel with my daughter. Her hair accessories are so small and easy to lose.

Repurposed Prescription Bottles (2)

Travel Tic Tac Toe Game

Also helpful when you’re traveling with kids, make a little board with a piece of paper and use small shells, rocks, and the like for markers.

Clever Repurposing Ideas for Prescription Bottles

Mints and Candies

I am always digging in my purse to find individually wrapped mints.  This is a great way to keep them all together.

Repurposed Prescription Bottles for Travel (1)

Extra Batteries

Because you never know…

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Spare Change

It’s never fun when you are traveling and you need to feed the meter.

Ideas for Upcycled Prescription Bottles

Head Phones

Prescription Bottles are the perfect size for your headphones and great for preventing tangles.

Upcycled Prescription Bottles for Travel

Cotton Balls and Cotton Pads

Prescription Bottles are a similar size to travel shampoos and fit perfectly in a cosmetic bag.

Clever Uses for Prescription Bottles

Cotton Swabs

Another compact container that’s perfect for your cosmetic bag.

Unique Uses for Prescription Bottles

Small Toiletry Items

Tweezers, nail clippers, and the like fit perfectly inside these useful little bottles.

Upcycled Prescription Bottles (1)

Adhesive Bandages

They fit perfectly! Who would have thought?

Ideas for Repurposed Prescription Bottles

Lip Balm. Lip Gloss, & Lipstick

When you have to dig for all three in your purse, having them all together in one container is helpful.

Repurposing ideas for Travel

Lastly, hop on over to Inheriting Our Planet and see how I turned some into craft storage!

Phew! Did I miss anything???

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