Upcycling a Clam Hod as a Pumpkin Basket

Upcycling a Clam Hod as a Pumpkin Basket

Truth be told, I didn’t know that this kind of basket was called a Clam Hod when I first spotted it. All I knew was that I spotted a certain shape that I could tease out as a pumpkin. After buying it and bringing it home, I figured out that it was a specific kind of basket (with a little help from my friend, Maliasmark).Read more ›

35+ Upcycled Clothing Ideas

35+ Upcycled Clothing Ideas

One of the most common and well-stocked sections in thrift stores is the clothing department. As a society, we go through clothing at an untenable pace, mostly because it’s cheap and poorly made. And while we used to be able to dump it all at thrift stores, that convenience is rapidly changing due to current world events. With so many thrifts no longer accepting textile donations, I thought you might be looking for some upcycled clothing ideas.Read more ›

Decorative Sailboats with a Weaving Shuttle

Decorative Sailboats with a Weaving Shuttle

One year ago, I had gathered up the materials I’d need for this project. I had a couple of weaving shuttles and clear vision for transforming them into decorative sailboats. But right as I was getting started, an email appeared in my inbox.Read more ›

Antique Diving Helmet from Recessed Light Housing

Antique Diving Helmet from Recessed Light Housing

For the first time since very early March, I went thrifting. Now that we’ve moved to a state with stricter rules, I finally felt more comfortable to go inside a thrift store. So, I headed to Habitat ReStore, where I found a series of eyeball lights in their section of light fixtures. But as I stared at them, all I could see was an antique diving helmet!Read more ›

American Flag Decor with a Buffalo Plaid Stencil

American Flag Decor with a Buffalo Plaid Stencil

I’ve made several projects with a buffalo check stencil, but they were always meant for end-of-year decor for the Fall and Winter. So, I’ve been yearning to use that same stencil for a warm-weather July 4th project, perhaps inspired by a picnic tablecloth. But then I started thinking about using the buffalo plaid stencil to create some American flag decor.Read more ›

30+ Upcycling Projects for Vintage Linens

30+ Upcycling Projects for Vintage Linens

Vintage linens such as vintage tablecloths, sheets, and pillowcases are dangerously easy to collect and full of upcycling possibilities. While other vintage items have become more and more scarce at thrift stores, old linens can still be found fairly easily.Read more ›

Cloisonne Vase Inspiration with Florist Vases from the Thrift Store

Cloisonne Vase Inspiration with Florist Vases from the Thrift Store

Florist vases are a staple at most thrift stores, aren’t they? On one of my thrifting excursions (many, many months ago), I came across a shelf that was exploding with them. And for whatever reason, I started wondering if they could be painted to look like a Cloisonne vase. 

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DIY Greeting Cards from File Folders

DIY Greeting Cards from File Folders

Spring and early summer bring a plethora of family holidays and birthdays in my world. But the last thing I want to do right now is linger in a grocery store looking for the perfect cards for everyone. So, I decided that DIY greeting cards were the route to take this year.Read more ›

30+ Upcycling Projects to Use as DIY Gifts for Mom

30+ Upcycling Projects to Use as DIY Gifts for Mom

No matter how old I get, my mom still loves receiving handmade gifts from me. Whether they are for Mother’s Day, her birthday, or Christmas, handmade gifts are always a hit for her. And given everything going on in the world right now, it’s an ideal time to think about handmade ideas to use as DIY Gifts for Mom.Read more ›

Braided Bracelets from Vintage Handkerchiefs

Braided Bracelets from Vintage Handkerchiefs

Making my own jewelry has been a staple in my life for about as long as I’ve had motor skills. I’ve obviously graduated from the friendship pins and bracelets of childhood. But, this project is nearly just as simple, using some vintage handkerchiefs as the main ingredient.Read more ›