Wooden Spindle Ornaments from an Upcycled Mug Tree

Wooden Spindle Ornaments from an Upcycled Mug Tree

Last year, I upcycled a broken mug tree into a tabletop Christmas tree…but had set aside the remaining “arms” for another project. Well, I’m happy to say that I’m FINALLY upcycling those coffee mug tree arms now- into DIY wooden spindle ornaments !Read more ›

Upcycled Chamberstick Christmas Candy Dishes

Upcycled Chamberstick Christmas Candy Dishes

Truth be told, I didn’t know the word “chamberstick” before this project and blog post came about. You see, I stumbled up one…and then another chamberstick in the span of a single weekend- at two different thrift stores. I purchased them both thinking that I would figure out a project for these “old time-y candlesticks with handles” (which is what I Googled). And once I had the word “chamberstick” locked down, a project came to mind!Read more ›

Vintage Florentine Coaster Christmas Ornaments

Vintage Florentine Coaster Christmas Ornaments

Vintage “Florentine” pieces are pretty common at antiques shops- you know what I’m talking about, right? The gold painted pieces like trays, jewelry boxes, etc.? Well, for years I’ve admired Florentine coasters and always secretly thought about turning them into ornaments. But I couldn’t bear the thought of purchasing a perfectly good, full-priced set and doing that. However…I stumbled upon a baggie of plain gold coasters at a favorite thrift store earlier this year. So, I decided I could DEFINITELY upcycle these without a second thought!Read more ›

DIY Tabletop Christmas Tree from Upcycled Coffee Mug Tree

DIY Tabletop Christmas Tree from Upcycled Coffee Mug Tree

There I was at the Goodwill Outlet (aka, “The Bins”)…staring at a broken coffee mug tree. It was on top of the pile, likely tossed there by someone who scoffed at its missing arm. But me? I grabbed it…broken treasures are my favorite finds. And an incomplete coffee mug tree was the perfect candidate for a Christmas project- a tabletop Christmas Tree!Read more ›

Christmas Plaid Front Door Decor with a Vintage Clothespin Bag

Christmas Plaid Front Door Decor with a Vintage Clothespin Bag

A few months back, I found this vintage clothespin bag at a local thrift store. I definitely didn’t NEED it but I couldn’t exactly pass it up, either. Right away, I had this vision of a Christmas plaid front door decor – otherwise known as an unusual upcycled Christmas wreath!Read more ›

Christmas Ornaments from Canning Jar Lids

Christmas Ornaments from Canning Jar Lids

A few years ago, I made these DIY Wreath Ornaments from canning jar lids, after buying a set of mason jars to use as drinking glasses. I had no intention of making another ornament craft with them again…but then thrifting fate intervened. Earlier this year, I came across a bag of canning jar lids…in various sizes, colors, and brands…and I couldn’t bear to leave it behind. So, in the cart it went and here we are with a NEW DIY ornament project.Read more ›

Displaying Vintage Christmas Cards in an Upcycled Multi Photo Frame

Displaying Vintage Christmas Cards in an Upcycled Multi Photo Frame

Back in January of this year, I was thrifting at my local Habitat ReStore and spotted a rotating multi photo frame that was in excellent condition. I was fresh off a Christmas high, with several “coulda, shoulda, woulda” holiday project ideas bouncing around in my head. But it was January and time to move on, right?

Nope. I put the frame in my cart and filed away this Christmas idea for a later time…and finally, FINALLY, that time is now. I would use it to display vintage Christmas cards or vintage Christmas postcards!Read more ›

30+ Upcycled and Repurposed Ornaments

30+ Upcycled and Repurposed Ornaments

As a December 26th baby, I feel a special connection to Christmas- even if a birthday at this time of year is pretty underwhelming. Coupled with my love of repurposing and upcycling, it should come as no surprise to anyone that combining the two- Repurpose/Christmas- is something I look forward to each year. And while I haven’t done that many of them, repurposed ornaments are an exceptional favorite.Read more ›

Christmas Ornaments using Vintage Tea Strainers and Chandelier Crystals

Christmas Ornaments using Vintage Tea Strainers and Chandelier Crystals

There was a small but elegant chandelier just inside the front door of my childhood home. And one of the few cleaning tasks I actually enjoyed helping with was taking off the dangling crystals and giving them a yearly bath. Fast forward 30-some-odd years, and I still love a pretty chandelier crystal…so when I found this bag of…umm… “Phone Supplies” while thrifting, I squealed with glee.Read more ›

Mod Christmas Trees from Upcycled Serger Thread Cones

Mod Christmas Trees from Upcycled Serger Thread Cones

If you live in or have traveled to the Carolinas, then you may know that this area has a long history in textiles. The mills still dot the landscape, with one in nearly every town- some are dilapidated, some just empty, some of have been converted into new commercial/residential use, and then there are still a few that operate to this day! So it should come as no surprise that relics of that industrial textile mill history (such as these old serger thread cones) can be found in nearly every antique store (and sometimes thrift shops!) in the region.Read more ›