21st May2014

Gold and Glittered Mason Jar Centerpiece

by Dinah Wulf

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I have done so many Mason Jar Crafts over the years.  This time, I wanted to try out some new Krylon glitter blast spray paint that I got.  I decided to make a Gold and Glittered Mason Jar Centerpiece. It turned out beautifully and I only needed a few materials to get the job done.

Materials:

  • Clean recycled sauce jars
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Tarp
  • Painter’s tape
  • Newspaper
  • Glitter Blast spray paint
  • Fresh flowers

Instructions:

Make sure you sauce jars are clean and dry. I like to save all sizes because you’ll never know when you’ll need them!

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Turn them upside down and spray paint them in a well-ventilated area. I sprayed three light coats of metallic gold.

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Once they are dry, use Painter’s tape to tape off the area you would like glittered.  Again, I used three light and even coats of Krylon’s Glitter Blast spray paint. . I used the colors Posh Pink, Silver Flash, and Fierce Fuchsia. Allow them to dry.

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I filled my vases with water and made an arrangement of fresh peonies and roses.

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Isn’t it pretty??? Here are a few more pictures.

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For one of them, I decided to wrap a little lace and make a “welcome home” tag to give to my best friend as a house warming gift for her new house! It’s a great gift for teachers appreciation and Mother’s Day too!

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These would also make great inexpensive bridal shower, baby shower, wedding, or birthday party centerpieces.  The possibilities are endless with color combinations as well. You can embellish them further with lace, ribbon, or burlap.

15th May2014

Upcycled Thrift Store Teapots

by Dinah Wulf

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If you can’t tell by now, I have been obsessed with getting ready for a Mad Hatter Tea Party themed baby shower I am decorating.  The party isn’t until June but as my friends will tell you I always start WAY in advance for things like this. I like to get the creative juices flowing! The other day I shared my Easy Upcycled Thrift Store Tea Cups and today I am sharing my Upcycled Thrift Store Teapots from all the great finds I got at the Goodwill.

First of all, I have to say that I found some GREAT STUFF at Goodwill. I have a few tips I go by when I thrift shop:

  1. Don’t buy it just because it’s cheap. Buy it because you love it!
  2. Ask what the color of the day is, that means it’s 50% off.
  3. When looking for pieces, think outside the color because that can always be changed.
  4. Ask for a discount if there is something wrong with the piece.

Here’s all the loot I got this time around.  Check out all my thrift store loot the first time around!

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Tip number three was helpful in this case because, I was drawn to the shape of these pots, but they didn’t match the décor style I was going for. Here they are BEFORE.

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All I did was simply spray paint them with Krylon’s Metallic Gold Paint (two light coats).

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Now, a Christmas themed teapot completely fits my décor style for this party. These little flower pots would also make a great DIY gift for a mother, teacher, or friend.

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This teapot had a chipped lid, but that’s OK! It was dirt cheap and I don’t need the lid anyway because I am using it as a flower vase. By the way, I will be using fresh flowers at the party…just sayin…

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So, thrift store shopping is a fantastic way to save money when decorating for fun events like this! In case you missed it, check out my other ideas I have for this Mad Hatter Tea Party Baby Shower:

13th May2014

Easy Upcycled Thrift Store Tea Cups

by Dinah Wulf

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I have been on a thrift store hunt for tea party decorations for a Mad Hatter Tea Party Baby Shower I have coming up! It has been SO fun, let me tell you. I have raided a few Goodwill stores in our area and have found some great deals.  I ended up making these Easy Upcycled Thrift Store Tea Cups to a few plain (but cheap) tea cups I found.

Here is all my loot (so far because I am still on the hunt) from my thrift store shopping adventures.

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Good stuff! Besides the tea pot, all the cups, saucers, and plates, and trays I found were less than $2.00. Here is the inspiration for this upcycle. I love the gold.

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I found these plain white tea cups and saucers, all four pieces for $2.99 so I couldn’t pass them up.

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I wanted to add gold to them to match the others.  At first I tried painting them but I would have had to do so many coats using the metallic paint I chose.  I wanted a deeper gold. I searched my craft room and found a metallic gold Sharpie!  Awe man! It went on like butta’. It was fantastic.

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Here is how I imagined using these tea cups for the Mad Hatter Tea Party I am decorating. I added a little moss and fresh cut flowers from the side of my house. These would also make cute little gifts too!

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The little pop of gold just makes it all better! In case you missed it, here are some of my other ideas for this Mad Hatter Tea Party I am doing:

For more fun Sharpie craft ideas check out these fun projects:

12th May2014

Just Add Ice Cream Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Tic Tac Packs

This post, Just Add Ice Cream Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Printable, was brought to you by the makers of Tic Tac® mints. I received compensation to write this post through the Tic Tac® Pack program… all opinions expressed are my own.

Did you know that there’s a brand new flavor of Tic Tac mints? Tic Tac® brand launched new limited edition Summer Ice Pop Tic Tac® mints, the coolest flavor to heat up your summer with a nostalgic nod to summertime memories.  These artificially flavored mints are a delicious combination featuring blue Berry pills, red Cherry pills & white Lime pills, and are a unique treat for guests at summer gatherings this year. Mia’s and my favorite are the blue Berry pills.

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Gift

To help celebrate the launch of this new fun, festive, and patriotic Tic Tac®Pack, I thought I’d make a unique repurposed Tic Tac Packs hostess gift to bring to all those summer parties you may have coming up this season. You can print this FREE printable here:

Just Add Ice Cream FREE Printable

I used my empty Tic Tac packs and filled them with various ice cream sundae toppings like crushed peanuts, mini chocolate chips, and sprinkles. Here is a tip to help you fill these cute little packs with goodies.

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Idea

Upcycled Tic Tac Packs

I used some red and blue card stock, ribbon, the printable, and double sided tape to create a special card to bring to your favorite party Hostess this Memorial Day or Fourth or July. You can even make this for Father’s Day, for Dad’s like my husband, who has a major sweet tooth!

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Hostess Gift

Of course I added a pack of the limited edition Summer Ice Pop Tic Tac® mints as well!

Repurposed Tic Tac Containers

Summer Ice Pop Tic Tac® mints can be purchased at select convenience and grocery stores nationwide for a limited time only. I hope you enjoy the printable! Thank you to Tic Tacs for sponsoring this post!

In case you missed it, be sure to check out how I used Tic Tac packs to make Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Craft Kits!

 

05th May2014

Repurposed Bed Spring Craft Storage

by Dinah Wulf

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Recently I posted a tour of my craft room. Believe it or not, I am running out of space for my stuff… I know… I’m crazy. My daughter outgrew her toddler bed and I wanted to repurposed her bed spring somehow.  After thinking about it for a few days I ended up making Repurposed Bed Spring Craft Storage! Here’s how I did.

Materials:

  • Bed Spring
  • Krylon Sea Glass Spray Paint
  • Tarp
  • Wire baskets
  • S Hooks
  • Mason Jars or Recycled Jars
  • Pipe Repair Clamps
  • Twine

Instructions:

First I spray painted the bed spring in a well-ventilated area. I used two coats of Krylon’s Sea Glass spray paint. I also did a touch up coat.

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Once it was dry I had no idea what I was going to do with it… Ha! So after I came up with my craft storage idea, I headed to Home Depot and bought some S Hooks. 

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I actually already had Pipe Repair Clamps that I bought when a hardware store went out of business months ago.

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I inserted some old spaghetti sauce jars and tightened the clamps.

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To attach the jars to the bed spring, I used twine. You can also use plastic ties. By attaching it this way, I figured I can easily move it if I change my mind.

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I attached the baskets with S hooks. S hooks also make it easy to rearrange the baskets if needed.

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Here are a couple AFTER photos. I also used clothespins on the wires to attach some things.

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I am so pleased with how it turned out! For more craft room storage ideas, check out this post and this post!

28th Apr2014

Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Craft Kits

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Craft Kits

This post, Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Craft Kits, was brought to you by the makers of Tic Tac® mints. I received compensation to write this post through the Tic Tac® Pack program… all opinions expressed are my own.

I have bought Tic Tacs ever since I can remember. I recall being so excited to try them when they came out with the orange flavor years ago.  Today, there are a variety of flavors and colors like dark strawberry and green apple available. I went onto The Tic Tac My Pack site and made my own DIY Inspired Pack! I filled it with berry, passion fruit, grape, dark strawberry, and green apple. Check them out!

Tic Tac Packs

You can create your own one-of-a-kind pack with your ideal flavors as well!

Being the Crafter that I am, once I finished my Tic Tacs I just had to reuse them and repurpose them into something new and different.

Repurposed Tic Tac Packs

I realized that the container and the opening are the perfect size to hold and pour glitter.  Using a scrap piece of paper, I rolled it up to make a funnel and filled each Tic Tac Pack. This is a quick and easy method that works beautifully.

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Aren’t they perfect? I thought it’d be fun to wrap them up and make repurposed Tic Tac Pack craft kits to give away.

Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Craft Storage

I put together some supplies for a fellow Crafter and Scrapbooker I had in mind. I included some scrapbook paper, glue, markers, a foam paint brush, and of course the glitter. The contents are up to you and the recipient!

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I put it in a little bag and made a gift tag. These would make fun party favors too.

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Craft Kits

Oh! I also made some customized swag bags to give away as well! They have a keychain I made with DIY Inspired and Inheriting Our Planet key chains in them, a business card, and a pack of Tic Tacs in it!

DIY Customized Swag Bags

Be sure to make your own Tic Tac Pack! Thank you to Tic Tacs for sponsoring this post!

 

23rd Apr2014

Three Year Blogaversary

by Dinah Wulf

Three Year Blogaversary

WOOOOOOO HOOOOOO!!! It’s my Blogaversary! On my One Year Blogaversary I had published 266 posts. On my Two Year Blogaversary I was over 500. This year I am at 769 on DIY Inspired and 140 on Inheriting Our Planet…. GEESH! Not to mention all my articles at GMC Trade Secrets and Earth911.com! I have been a busy girl! Those last two years on my Blogaversary I wrote about my most popular posts. This year, I think I’m going to re-cap my personal favorite posts of all time.

It’s so fun to look back at all the things I’ve created. I honestly didn’t know I had it in me. I recall being surprised that people wanted to work with me (I still am honestly). Now I can say that I’ve worked with Home Depot, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts, Martha Stewart, and Aol! What the??? Isn’t that crazy? I’m really looking forward to the rest of the year, to see what comes next in my blogging journey. Anyway, let’s get to my faves! Here we go!

I have to start with a couple posts that revealed two of my favorite rooms in the house. The first one is my Dining Room makeover reveal. I was so excited about this one because it was really my first full transformation, floors, walls, furniture, and décor.

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The next one is my Craft Room Tour. It’s probably the room in the house that I spend the most time. It inspires me to create and I am so lucky to have it.

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As far as individual projects go, I really love the Repurposed Cabinet Door turned Jewelry Storage.

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I also love walking in my front door and seeing this Radiant Orchid Address Wreath I made.

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One of my most FUN posts was a Mystery Box Challenge I participated in for Krylon.  I was given six items plus spray paint and I had to create something using at least four of the items. I ended up making a Spring Bunting and Gift Box Set.

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As far as holidays go, I loved this pumpkin centerpiece I did for Jo-Ann Fabrics and Craft Stores.

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This was my absolute favorite Halloween project, an eerie DIY Halloween wreath that I made.

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During Christmas time, sometimes it’s the simplest things that I love the best, like this Easy Winter Forest in Apothecary Jars.

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In the parties category, I did a few fun ones, but again, a simple one I did in a jiffy took the cake.  I love this Pretty in Pink Play Date I did for my daughter and her two best friends.

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I know it’s not Inheriting Our Planet’s anniversary, but I feel like I have to add a favorite from there.  It would have to be the mini upcycled Easter baskets I made out of those infamous red SOLO cups. They were SO fun to make that I couldn’t stop!

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OK, so I probably could make this list a lot longer because I had so much fun this year! I really can’t wait what the next year brings!

17th Apr2014

Clever Trash to Treasure Earth Day Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

Trash to Treasure Earth Day Crafts

Earth Day is next week already! I swear it was just Christmas. Where does the time go? In honor of this important national holiday, I thought I’d put together some fun and clever trash to treasure Earth Day Crafts.  Each craft has a step by step photo tutorial done by yours truly! I hope you try some out!

Recycled Mason Jar Lantern

I still have these macramé lanterns hanging in my back yard. They are great especially this time of year in southern California while entertaining outdoors. I light the tea lights before sunset and they stay lit for several hours.

Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath

Can you believe it cost me nothing to make this butterfly wreath? I made it out of branches from my backyard and a wire hanger.  I decorated it with butterflies I cut out of an old book and used beads and twine for the antennas.

Repurposed Phonebook Flowers

Does anyone use a phone book anymore? Here’s a fun craft you can do with all those pages.

Recycled Book Page Wreath Tutorial

This is another great wreath tutorial. I made this one also out of book pages. For the wreath I used Plumber’s insulation.

Hollow Book Safe How To

This makes a great gift. It’s a clever way of hiding some important things or extra money in an old hardback book.

Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Pillow

I had bought some old coffee bean sacks at a flea market and ended up making some fun outdoor pillows for my back patio.

 

14th Apr2014

DIY Kitchen Playset

by Dinah Wulf

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Mia loves her bed. She sleeps in her toddler bed that was once her crib. Now that she’s almost four, we thought it was a good time to get her a new bed.  After literally weeks of convincing her to get a new one, I had to make some room in her bedroom. I moved several downstairs to our family room and created a little area where I put a DIY Kitchen Playset.

This little repurposed kid’s play hutch was such a fun trash to treasure project and great thrift store find. I found the top shelf part at Goodwill for $10.00. It used to be red and white.  I got the table for free from a friend.  I pretty much winged this project but it worked out and has lasted and is in good condition still after almost a year. Since then I have added little hooks for her apron, oven mitts, and pot holders.

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I upcycled this little play table almost three years ago. It used to be a pink Disney Princess table that was a little beat up.  I got it for free from my best friend who was moving at the time.  With a little paint and primer, I refurbished it.  I also added cushions to the seat and a little monogrammed seat back all for about $20.00. Check out the before and after photos along with my step by step process at this Upcycled Play Table post.

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I also moved a second-hand stove I got from Craigslist, and at Mia’s request moved her baby high chair and bassinette she got for her birthday last year.  It turned out to be such a cute little play area for her and she will play there for hours and definitely gets more use now than it did in her room. 

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02nd Apr2014

Repurposed Bank Money Bag

by Dinah Wulf

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I love this trash to treasure project, a) because it’s repurposed, and b) it’s so easy!! My Mother-in-law gave me a bunch of bank money bags that are no longer used at bank branches. They are great because they are long and narrow. I wanted to make something to match my upcycled dollar bin pouches for traveling. I decided to make this repurposed Bank Money Bag into a laundry travel bag for my suitcase.

Materials:

  • Canvas bag
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Stencils of choice
  • Spouncer
  • Small paper plate
  • Towels
  • Rhinestones
  • Jewel glue

These bank money bags are the perfect size for your laundry to fit in a suitcase.

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I wanted to write “my stuff” on the bag to match my dollar bin pouch I upcycled. To make it easy, I started with the center letter “u” and worked my way out.

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When stenciling, make sure to dab the excess paint off of the spouncer. Less is more. Stencil it in an up and down motion to prevent bleeding.

Note: I like to wash and dry my stencils in between each letter to keep them clean. It helps to keep a couple towels handy.

To place the “my” I stenciled the “y” first for ideal placement.

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I also stenciled a border on the bottom right corner. I added some rhinestones with some jewel glue.

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Here is the AFTER.

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Here is a photo of my entire blinged out travel kit! I’m so excited to use it… now where should I go?

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What would you make out of a canvas bank money bag???

01st Apr2014

Upcycled Dollar Bin Canvas Bags

by Dinah Wulf

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I love the dollar bins and craft and retail stores. I think I stop and look every time I go.  You never know what you’ll find. Recently, I went to Michael’s and found these cute little canvas bags that I thought would be great for when I travel or the perfect gift. With a couple embellishments I bought at a vintage flea market and some rhinestones, I made these Upcycled Dollar Bin Canvas Bags.

Materials:

  • Dollar Bin Bags
  • Rhinestones
  • Metal Embellishments
  • Fabric Glue
  • Jewelry Glue
  • Lace
  • Scissors
  • Clips
  • Straight pins

This project is so easy and self-explanatory but I’ll try to share some helpful hints that I learned while embellishing these. Here is the BEFORE photo of the bags. Cute right? I couldn’t help myself!

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They are great just the way they are but of course I just HAD to upcycle them just a tad. I started off by adding lace to one of them. I measured the lace around and used Fabric Fusion to attach it. 

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At the ends where I saw the lace lifting, I used straight pins and clips to hold them down until it dried.

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I did the same this when I added the metal corner embellishments that I bought at an antique flea market not long ago.

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For the rhinestones and the metal embellishments I used jewelry glue.

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So far so good! I’ve pulled them inside and outside of bags and purses and everything has stayed on! Here are some after photos of each one.

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I hope you like them! I’m excited to share with you the repurposed canvas bank money bag I made into a travel laundry bag to match!

20th Mar2014

Upcycled Fabric Duck Tape Shelves

by Dinah Wulf

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This upcycled trash to treasure project may possibly be the quickest, easiest, and cutest makeover I’ve done in a while. When I went to the CHA Mega Show I had the privilege of viewing the new fabric Duck Tape line. I immediately wanted to try it out! We use an old IKEA shelf from when my husband was single to organize Mia’s room. Sure, the shelves are useful; however they are black and harsh for a little girl’s room. My solution is upcycled fabric Duck Tape shelves.

You only need two supplies:

  1. The Fabric Duck Tape of your choice and
  2. The Fiskars Amplify Craft Shears (because they cut Duck Tape perfectly!)

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Here are the shelves BEFORE.

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Sorry! I REALLY should have dusted them before I took the picture… whoops!!!

I simply added pink Fabric Duck Tape to the trim. It happened to be the perfect width. It was so quick and easy! The best part is is that if you are tired of it. You can take it off and try a different color or pattern.  I used three rolls for this, but had plenty left over (I used three to have one continuous piece for each side).

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Here are two AFTER shots.

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Here is another BEFORE and AFTER.

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It’s such a small thing, but it makes a huge difference in her room! Now I am obsessed and need to make a bunch of other things that match! Hmmmm… stay tuned!

In case you missed it, here are a few other Duck Tape projects I have done:

Thank you to Duck Tape for sponsoring this post!

13th Mar2014

Thrift Store and Garage Sale Transformations

by Dinah Wulf

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I just realized that I haven’t had a chance to go thrift store or garage sale shopping in a while. A thrifty shopping trip is WAY overdue.  I did however put together some of the Thrift Store and Garage Sale Transformations I have done and I came up with this list of 27 step by step tutorials!

Furniture

Painted Kid’s Step Stool

This was a fun recent tutorial I posted.  I bought this step stool for $7.00 at Goodwill and added a cushion to match a play kitchen hutch I made for my daughter

Coral Pedestal Makeover

This one was a Salvation Army find that I HAD to have. I saw it and left. Thought about for the next few days and went back to buy it. I asked my Facebook friends what color to paint it.  Love how it turned out!

Refurbished Thrift Store Furniture

A little sanding and spray paint can go a long way!  Give a little life to an outdated piece of furniture to give it a fresh new look.

Five Dollar Thrift Store Ottoman Makeover

An awesome find given new life and fabric!

Red Upholstered Wooden Bench

I found this red wooden bench for $5.00 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!  Score!

Stenciled TV Tray Upcycle

These TV trays seem to be at every thrift store! Mine needed a little oomph so that I could take them out of the closet.

 

Housewares

Easy Upcycled Cake Platter

I found a cake platter with a wooden base and glass top at a thrift store an gave it a modern update.

Painted Glass Vases

If there is one thing you can get for CHEAP, it’s a glass vase from a thrift store.  You can find them for $2.00 or less a piece.  Just add a little paint on the inside and you have a whole new look to match your décor.

DIY Rope Vase

Hot glue rope to a thrift store vase for a nautical look.  This is a quick and easy craft that can be completed in fifteen minutes!

Mirror Makeover into a Serving Tray

Transform an old mirror into a serving tray by painting it and adding cabinet hardware.

How to Make a Birdbath

Not only did I find a hidden treasure at Goodwill, I also found something in the trash…yes…the trash.

Thrift Store Apothecary Jars How To

Turn glass jars and candlesticks into pretty display jars.

DIY Thrift Store Pedestal Trays

Porcelain tray and glass candlestick turned into a beautiful pedestal tray.

Easy Thrift Store Storage Jar Upcycle

With a glass storage jar and a cute little quail knock knack I found, I made upcycled a thrift store storage jar into some craft storage.

 

Bowls

DIY Pedestal Bowl

This is a popular craft on Pinterest and probably one of the easiest ones to do!  Look for a candlestick and a plate or bowl and glue them together creating a new flower vase, party platter, or jewelry holder.

Upcycled Wooden Bowls

Add a little paint to a boring wooden bowl to transform it into a new modern set… and it’s dishwasher safe!

Hand Painted Wooden Bowl Knock Off

Recreate an expensive designer hand dipped bowl by painting the bottom of a wooden thrift store bowl.  I added a gold stripe for a little extra flare.

 

Paintings

Upcycled Canvas Headboard Update

Old painting turned bedroom headboard for a guest room.

Ribbon Organization Board 

Another recycled project, I made this out of an old painting and my daughter’s first baby blanket.

DIY Craft Organization Board

This painting I found was in a pile of unwanted garage sale items about to hit the trash.  Lucky for me, I was able to salvage a few of them before their journey to the garbage dump and ultimate demise.

Stenciled Butterfly Wall Art

Made from an old unwanted painting.

 

Mirrors

How to Repair a Broken Mirror Frame

Old Mirror facelift

Two Toned Metallic Mirror Makeover

Easy Thrift Store Mirror Update

DIY Serving Tray: A Mirror Makeover

12th Mar2014

Repurposed Wooden Cable Spool

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Wooden Industrial Spool, Written by Loren Crane

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What do you do when you see a wooden cable spool by the side of the road? Beg your hubby to stop the car and get them!! I have a sweet hubby who helps me with my addiction to DIY. I got it home and started to wonder what I can do with it. I wanted it to be functional in my home and the first thing that came to mind was a rolling bookshelf.

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We took a trip to our local hardware store and got a few things to start our project. We got wood stain, wood and steel wheels. We got the wood to fit snuggly inside the spool. As we discovered that the shelves had to be cut at different measurement because it’s asymmetrical all the way around.  We did a lot of measuring and cutting to make it just right. I decided to put four shelves on the spool.

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We attached the shelves by screw them from the bottom and the top. It did take a lot of muscle to do it and thank goodness I have my hubby for it. You can also use good glue to make it sturdier. I then stained the spool a dark mahogany. I just love the color of dark wood in my home.

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Upholstery is one of my favorite things to do on anything! It’s something I can do every day, even thou at times can be a little frustrating. The reason we upholster the top of the spool was because it had four big bolts on the top which would make thing difficult to placing things on top, so upholstering was the best option.  I cut the fabric and the batting the same size and the foam the same size as the top of the wooden spool.

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Once it was all cut it was time to place it on the spool. We stapled the batting to the spool so it will hold the foam in place. Then we placed the fabric on the top and stapled it to the bottom of the wood.

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We thought that something was still missing and decided to add decorative nails to add that extra touch. Now my kiddos have a small bookshelf in their room and some where they can sit and read.

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Ta-Da!  

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What will you do with a spool, if you found it on the side of the road?

Stay crafty,

Loren

Pandora’s Craft Box

10th Mar2014

Recycled Gift Wrapping Idea: Pop Top Cans

by Dinah Wulf

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I first saw this trash to treasure idea on the Dukes & Duchesses blog. Randi made the most adorable Pop Top Valentine in a Can. She also made Christmas pop top tins. It just so happened that I was at my crafty older brother’s house helping purge his things for a move and he had been saving these cans specifically for this purpose! Score! I made mine a little differently than Randi’s because my brother had already taken off the top of the can, so here is my version of a fun recycled gift wrapping idea, pop top cans.

Materials:

  • Any cans with a pop top
  • Smooth Edge Can Opener
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Glue or tape
  • Strong glue
  • Something heavy
  • Ribbon

Step One:

Use a Smooth Edge Can Opener to open the can. Remove the contents and label and thoroughly clean and dry the inside. I used tuna cans for this project.

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Step Two:

Once the can is clean and dry, fill it with the desired gift.  I was wrapping the Modpodgeable key chains I made for my best friends.  I put a little burlap scrap inside to pad it.

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Step Three:

I’m not going to lie. I had a little trouble at this part.  First I tried hot glue, BUT the glue dried too quickly and it was also too thick. I ended up using Elmer’s Probond Advanced glue. I set my craft jar I made on top of it to add pressure and left it there overnight to dry.

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Step Four:

Once it was dry, I wrapped them in some pretty paper and added a ribbon.

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I gave them to the girls and it worked beautifully! Success! Thank you to Randi Dukes for the original inspiration! Make sure you stop by her blog and tell her DIY Inspired sent you! :) 

13th Feb2014

How to Upholster a Step Stool

by Dinah Wulf

How to Upholster a Step Stool was written by Loren Crane from Pandora’s Craft Box.

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When they tell you that you are not going to like the terrible two’s they did not know how badly the horrible three’s where going to be. My little kiddo is fantastic but at times I need to remind him of the rules and that’s when I decided I needed a time out stool.  I needed something he could also use to help him get his clothes out of the dresser. I decided to purchase a stool from Joann’s and upholster it. I rather make something with my hands than purchase a predesign one.

You will need a couple of things: fabric, foam, and batting.

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The foam I cut to almost the same size of the stool, the fabric and batting I cut to fold around the bottom of the stool.  I used Airtex foam that I also got from Joann’s.

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The first thing I do when I start stapling is staple once on each side of the stool and adjust the fabric as I go around. 

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You will need to fold the fabric and batting as you staple so you don’t have rough edges.

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Once that is done I used a small brush to paint the stool legs white. I would recommend that you paint the stool before you attach the fabric but I was so excited to reupholster that I skipped that step.

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The last thing I did was free hand the number three on the fabric with a gray metallic sharpie. I do have to say that I am in love with the metallic sharpie!

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Now I have the cutest time out stool for my little kiddo even if he does not agree.

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Stay Crafty,

Loren 

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