My Upcycled Herb Garden, Part 1: Muffin Pans

My Upcycled Herb Garden, Part 1: Muffin Pans

Real Life Confession- I love the idea of gardening more than I love actual gardening. Can anyone else relate? I also look forward to summer Saturday mornings with girlfriends as we bop from farmer’s market to farmer’s market.

BUT. But…I still enjoy having planted herbs around as the weather warms up! So, this year, I’ve decided to do a three-part herb gardening upcycling series…starting with today’s post: Part 1- Muffin tins!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 ›

Mums the Word: Straw Tote Pumpkin Planter

Mums the Word: Straw Tote Pumpkin Planter

Sometimes I go to the thrift store and come away empty-handed, bummed out, and treasure-less. But then there are those magical times when I walk in and immediately have a “near-craft experience”. And by that, I mean I spot a thrifty treasure and know what I plan to do with it…immediately! That, my friends, is what happened when I walked up to this faded orange and black straw tote bag.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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Hanging Herb Garden using Small Lamp Shades as Metal Hanging Baskets

Hanging Herb Garden using Small Lamp Shades as Metal Hanging Baskets

Lamp shades 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 lamp shade frames could be repurposed into metal hanging baskets for a hanging herb garden…
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Firefly Lights by Upcycling a Brass Pendant Light

Firefly Lights by Upcycling a Brass Pendant Light

Upcycling 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 chandelier or brass pendant light from Habitat ReStore. That’s when I decided I needed to repurpose one into a copper lantern that held firefly lights.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+ Upcycled Garden Decor Project Ideas

30+ Upcycled Garden Decor Project Ideas

It’s no secret that Yard & Garden upcycling projects are some of my favorites- in fact, I’ve made way too many planters, bird baths, and other garden decor pieces to even mention individually!Read more ›