Most Popular Upcycling Projects from Sadie Seasongoods – 2017

Most Popular Upcycling Projects from Sadie Seasongoods – 2017

It’s hard to believe that in just a few days, 2017 will be a thing of the past and all of our calendars will suddenly read 2018. And even though I’m doing this a tad early this year, I’ve taken a few moments to go back through all of my 2017 projects to figure out which ones did well (numbers/statistics-wise), and which ones didn’t.

Why do I do this? Well, it’s a fun way to reminisce (I’m a pretty sentimental person, after all)…plus it’s a great way for new readers to see some of the projects they may have missed! But most importantly, it helps guide future projects, as I get a better understanding of what kind of tutorials you really appreciate and look for. Now that my blog is a full-time job and burgeoning business, this has become more important than it ever was before.

I’ve completed year-end posts like this for 2016, 2015, and 2014 (in case you’re curious), always gathering the Top 10 Most Popular Projects of that particular year. And now I bring you the most popular projects / tutorials from 2017- did your favorite make the cut?


10. Library Card Catalog “Makeunder”

Nine out of ten times, I’ll paint a thrift store treasure- but this time, I removed the paint and discovered something much prettier underneath!

9. Sugar / Cheese Shaker Flower Frog Vases

Using a cheese shaker (like the kind at a pizzeria) as a flower vase sounds silly, until you realize those holes are like a built-in flower frog. Instant bouquet perfection, just like that…DIY vase with a built in flower frog using repurposed and upcycled cheese and sugar shakers from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods /

8. Shower Caddy Herb Garden

So simple, but it works SO well! I loved having this little herb garden on our porch all summer long…so much so, that I think I’ll do again next year. DIY front porch Spring herb garden using a repurposed upcycled standing vertical metal wire shower caddy by Sadie Seasongoods /

7. DIY Hudson’s Bay Décor

My little love letter to Canada…transforming plain white ceramic pieces into cabin-chic décor with those iconic Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket stripes! DIY Hudson's Bay Point Blanket inspired winter decor by painting stripes on white ceramic pieces from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods /

6. Portable Potting Bench

When a full-scale potting bench doesn’t jive with your small-house life (or bank account), then this collapsible version comes in awfully handy. DIY Portable Potting Bench made from a repurposed folding tray table and a salvaged dresser drawer by Sadie Seasongoods /

5. Craft Paint Storage Drawers

Those little bottles of craft paint can REALLY add up…but storing them in customized repurposed drawers is a game changer when it comes to craft supply organization. DIY Craft Paint Storage by repurposing and upcycling an old drawer with plywood shelves by Sadie Seasongoods /

4. Alcohol Ink Pumpkin Jar

My first foray into using alcohol inks…and let me tell you, I LOVE THEM! Can’t wait to use them again someday… Upcycling a clear glass pumpkin jar from the thrift store using alcohol ink paint for DIY repurposed autumn and fall decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

3. Faux Grain Sack Lavender Sachets

When you love the look of vintage grain sacks but can’t bear the thought of cutting into one, these will do the trick.

2. Bourbon Bottle Pumpkins

When your county shuts down glass recycling, and it hurts your heart to throw away glass bottles, what’s a gal to do? Apparently, you paint them like pumpkins and use them in your autumn décor!

The best way to paint glass bottles into repurposed and upcycled pumpkins and gourds for DIY autumn and fall decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

1. Ceiling Fan Blade Windmill Wall Décor

The landslide winner of 2017 by far was my DIY Windmill Wall Décor project using repurposed ceiling fan blades! It still lives on our mantel as a reminder to me that even my craziest, zaniest project ideas are worth trying.

Outdated ceiling fan blades repurposed and upcycled into DIY farmhouse style salvaged windmill decor by Sadie Seasongoods /


And that, my friends, were the most popular projects of 2017 in a nutshell. Ironically, I have one more project tutorial still to come this year…but it specifically a “Post-Christmas Christmas project”, which might not make sense now…but it will after the 25th, I promise!

So, what does 2018 hold for Sadie Seasongoods? I plan to hop in front of the camera on my Facebook page from time to time, showing you my thrifted treasures, or DIY tutorials and tips/tricks. There will be plenty of repurposing, as always- and who knows, maybe some smaller “new” crafts or home improvement projects, as well. Oh- and DEFINITELY more giveaways!!!

As always, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for finding me in a field of millions of blogs. I hope I bring you everything you’re looking for- clever inspiration, creative spark, a bit of silliness (that’s just who I am!), and a friendly voice, week in and week out. Your fellowship means the world to me, and I can’t wait to share my DIYing adventures with you throughout the coming year!

Craft on!


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  1. Keep up the good work!

  2. Can’t wait to see what next year brings!

  3. the ceiling fan blade and library card catalog are my faves this year! I am replacing all the ceiling fans in my house and maybe I’ll take a few blades to do the windmill project! 🙂

  4. Ooo, love the recap! Reminds me of a couple of favorites (paint storage, windmill knockoff). I’m happy I found your blog too; it’s full of creativity! Happy holidays to you!

  5. This is absolutely fabulous. Can’t wait to make one. I love these windmill, but to expensive. Thanks to you, I can finally own one. Happy Joliday’s

  6. I enjoyed the review. I think I “found” you about the time you did the fan project; I was impressed. Still am with all your projects. I’ve tried a few, too! Can’t wait to see the next project. Merry Christmas to you all!

  7. I always look forward to seeing your new posts arrive in my inbox. Looking forward to your creative adventures in 2018!

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