“Ensconced” Organization for Gardening Tools

“Ensconced” Organization for Gardening Tools

A couple of years ago, I made a simple repurposed clip board for our gardening/work gloves– both of us had a bad habit of flinging them off in the garage and struggling to find them the next time we needed to wear them! And let me tell you- having the clip board has been a life (and glove) saver! So, when I found these outdated bucket sconces at a thrift store, I decided make something similar for my gardening hand tools.Read more ›

Upcycling a Muffin Pan as a Propagation Tray for Herb Seeds

Upcycling a Muffin Pan as a Propagation Tray for Herb Seeds

Real Life Confession- I love the idea of gardening more than I love actual gardening. Can anyone else relate? BUT. But…I still enjoy having planted herbs around as the weather warms up! So, this year, I’ve decided to do a series of upcycling ideas for an herb garden. And today is Part 1: Repurposing a muffin pan as a propagation tray or plant starting pots! Read more ›

Making a DIY Birdhouse from a Vintage Bank that Looks Like a Log Cabin

Making a DIY Birdhouse from a Vintage Bank that Looks Like a Log Cabin

It’s been a while since I created a bird project for our yard…so I decided to combine this year’s Log Cabin theme with an outdoors project. Since we always have nesting wrens and chickadees at our house, I had a birdhouse idea that I just couldn’t shake.Read more ›

Upcycling Idea: Garden Stepping Stones with Outdoor Key Hider

Upcycling Idea: Garden Stepping Stones with Outdoor Key Hider

Getting locked out of the house is not fun at all, is it? It happened to me once, and that was all it took. From that day forward, I decided to make sure it would never happen again. And since I love garden stepping stones as garden decor, I decided to combine a mosaic stepping stone with an outdoor key hider or hide-a-key rock. And I’d upcycle a couple of items to make my vision come to life!Read more ›

Outdoor Wall Decor for a Tool Shed with Hex Signs

Outdoor Wall Decor for a Tool Shed with Hex Signs

Funny story…so, while I was out thrifting one day, I came across these two hex signs (Pennsylvania Dutch folk art). I didn’t actually know the term “hex signs” at the time, but I snapped them up with the intention of reselling them. But then I had a thought…What if I upcycled these into barn-inspired outdoor wall decor for our tool shed? Read more ›

Hanging Bird Feeder from Pot Lids for Junk Garden Decor

Hanging Bird Feeder from Pot Lids for Junk Garden Decor

On a trip to Nashville, TN, I squeezed in a little time to check out the local thrift stores on my way into town. I happened upon a Goodwill in Lebanon, TN where I found a mismatched pair of pot lids. I loved the colors and the metal was in good shape, so I bought them both to build a hanging bird feeder for my backyard.
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Wire Hanging Baskets for Herbs from Lampshade Frames

Wire Hanging Baskets for Herbs from Lampshade Frames

Lampshades are a pretty common item at thrift stores, in every size and shape you can imagine. So, I felt a compelling need to come up with an upcycling idea for them, starting with these small lamp shades that I found at Goodwill. I had this niggling feeling that lampshade frames could be repurposed into wire hanging baskets for a vertical herb planter…
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Firefly Lantern with Upcycled Lighting from the Thrift Store

Firefly Lantern with Upcycled Lighting from the Thrift Store

Upcycling projects with vintage light fixtures is a common theme on my blog and this particular project was inspired by the trendy shop, Anthropologie. After seeing their metalwork hurricanes online, I realized how much they resembled a brass light from Habitat ReStore. That’s when I decided I needed to repurpose one into a firefly lantern. And I suspected that it would be pretty easy to do!Read more ›

Unique Planters or Wall Planters from Dutch Wooden Shoes

Unique Planters or Wall Planters from Dutch Wooden Shoes

I’ve had a quiet fascination with all things Dutch for most of my life. Between the tulips and the windmills and summering near Holland, Michigan, I suppose it couldn’t be avoided. I also had my own pair of Dutch wooden shoes, and while I no longer have them, I still wanted to upcycle some into wall planters for some front porch decor.Read more ›

30+ Quirky Garden Ideas and Upcycling Projects for Garden Decor

30+ Quirky Garden Ideas and Upcycling Projects for Garden Decor

Upcycling projects and garden decor really do go hand in hand. Whether you like DIY planters or junk gardens or quirky garden ideas in general, there is a repurposing project out there for you. Read more ›