Best Upcycling Ideas and Repurposing Projects by Sadie Seasongoods

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 ›

How to Designate Your Yard as Certified Wildlife Habitat

How to Designate Your Yard as Certified Wildlife Habitat

As an animal lover and biologist (on paper), it’s  no surprise that our yard is very wildlife-friendly. Not only do I love to watch the birds and other critters, but our indoor cats do, as well. Many of my upcycling projects were made specifically for backyard habitat, including feeders, baths, and houses. I learned about designating one’s yard as Certified Wildlife Habitat many years ago, but wasn’t sure how well-known that program was.Read more ›

Stenciled Sign Inspired by a Vintage Pay Phone

Stenciled Sign Inspired by a Vintage Pay Phone

Long-term quarantining is, quite honestly, the best thing that has happened to my garage in a long time. It’s the only thrift store I have access to and I’m uncovering things I’d long forgotten about. And one of those things was a square-shaped cutting board. I decided it was the perfect piece to make a stenciled sign that was inspired by a vintage pay phone.Read more ›

Upcycling a Decanter Tantalus as an Herb Saver

Upcycling a Decanter Tantalus as an Herb Saver

As you know, my garage is the only “thrift store” I have access to right now. So, it’s been fun for me to discover all of the treasures that I’d collected but not yet upcycled. When I came across this wooden caddy, I did a little research and discovered that it’s a decanter tantalus. That means it’s a lockable liquor holder, but I decided it would be perfect as an herb saver.Read more ›

Thrift Shopping for Botanical Decor or Garden-Inspired Decor

Thrift Shopping for Botanical Decor or Garden-Inspired Decor

With a new season comes a new opportunity to Thrift the Look for another style of home decor. And as Spring approached, my blogging friends and I decided that Botanical Decor or Garden-inspired Decor would be fresh and perfect for this time of year.Read more ›

Tole Painting a Large Serving Tray for Spring Decor

Tole Painting a Large Serving Tray for Spring Decor

Now that I’m doing the right thing and staying home, I can’t breeze by a thrift store for project inspiration. Instead, I went “garage shopping” and decided that this large serving tray was ripe for upcycling. I needed a relaxing activity to calm my nerves and thought that tole painting the tray might be just the ticket.Read more ›

Artificial Topiary Trees in Vintage Candlesticks for Spring Decor

Artificial Topiary Trees in Vintage Candlesticks for Spring Decor

Do you ever spot something at a thrift store, see the price, and start laughing maniacally to yourself because the thrift shop is crazy? Crazy for thinking someone will pay the price on the tag? Well, that happened to me when I spied these vintage candlesticks. I left them on the shelf for some other sucker to overpay for, but they haunted me. Whispering to me to upcycle them into bases for artificial topiary trees…

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A Recipe Holder from Vintage Kitchen Utensils

A Recipe Holder from Vintage Kitchen Utensils

Full disclosure- I originally posted this project for a recipe holder in August of 2014. And while I don’t like to be the kind of blogger that re-publishes old content, I’m making an exception for this one. It’s a super simple craft project and uses vintage kitchen utensils, which I happen to have a weakness for.Read more ›

Paint Brush Holder by Upcycling a Nail Apron

Paint Brush Holder by Upcycling a Nail Apron

Even though I already upycled something into a paint brush holder, I had an idea that I wanted to try out. And it involved a nail apron, or one of those canvas aprons that workers used to wear (or maybe still wear?) at hardware stores.Read more ›

Retro Canisters for Vintage Kitchen Decor

Retro Canisters for Vintage Kitchen Decor

Whenever I’m at an antiques mall and see a set of retro canisters, I always pause and ponder if I need them. You know the kind I’m talking about, right? Tea and coffee canisters that come in different sizes, often labeled in a vintage or mid century modern font?Read more ›