40+ Crafts with Waste Materials and Household Supplies

40+ Crafts with Waste Materials and Household Supplies

A month ago, I didn’t envision putting together a collection of crafts with waste materials to share on my blog. But with (hopefully) all of us confined to our homes right now, I thought it might spark some ideas for recycling activities using things we already have on hand. Waste crafts aren’t typically my favorite kind of recycling projects, but different times call for different measures.Read more ›

Craft Paper Organizer or Scrapbook Organizer in a Vintage Photo Album

Craft Paper Organizer or Scrapbook Organizer in a Vintage Photo Album

A craft paper organizer for my vintage ephemera (i.e., old paper stuff like labels) was not high on my list of “priority projects”. But, I spotted a vintage photo album at the thrift store the other day, and, well, fate had another plan in mind. It just seemed ideal to be upcycled into a scrapbook organizer!

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Testing out a Spray Paint for Glass with Terracotta Spray Paint

Testing out a Spray Paint for Glass with Terracotta Spray Paint

If you’ve ever wondered how to spray paint glass or were curious about a spray paint for glass that looks like terracotta, then this upcycling idea and tutorial is for you! I’m testing out some terracotta spray paint by Rustoleum to see if I can create a realistic terracotta vase that I can use as southwestern decor or even Boho decor.Read more ›

Upcycling a Pants Hanger into Belt Hanger / Belt Organizer

Upcycling a Pants Hanger into Belt Hanger / Belt Organizer

Alright, I have to confess- this project is SOOOO simple that it probably doesn’t warrant a full blog post…but I put one together anyway. I hope you don’t mind…who knows, maybe it’ll come in handy for you anyway- especially since they are gifts for him – belt hanger or belt organizer made from vintage pants hangers!Read more ›

Light Bulb Cages as Christmas Luminaries for Rustic Decor

Light Bulb Cages as Christmas Luminaries for Rustic Decor

Light bulb cages have been pretty popular- both authentically vintage and modern reproductions- for a few years now. Designed to protect factory or ship workers from exploding glass bulbs, they are found in funky antique shops, but in fewer and fewer numbers.  I’ve been lucky enough to find a few of them in my day, and I had this idea to upcycle them into Christmas luminaries .Read more ›

Sewing Pattern Paper to Make Rustic Flowers or Big Paper Flowers

Sewing Pattern Paper to Make Rustic Flowers or Big Paper Flowers

Even though I’m not a faux flowers kind of person, I decided to try my hand at tissue paper flowers. Why, you might ask? Well, I’m always looking for projects to make from things that are ubiquitous (and wildly cheap) at thrift shops. I kept seeing vintage sewing patterns at thrifts – but when I say “vintage”, I mean ugly patterns for 80s and 90s clothing. And making big paper flowers from the sewing pattern paper seemed like a great way to put those shoulder pad patterns to rest.
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Craft Ribbon Storage from an Upcycled Paper Towel Holder

Craft Ribbon Storage from an Upcycled Paper Towel Holder

So here I am again with something that can barely be called a “craft”. BUT, all of us DIYers and crafters need a little help in the Craft Room Organization struggle, right? And this form of craft ribbon storage is just the trick we all need.Read more ›

Simple Upcycled Wall Art with Vintage Crochet Doilies

Simple Upcycled Wall Art with Vintage Crochet Doilies

As you’ve probably noticed, I’m a fan of vintage crochet doilies and the handmade lace trims of days gone by. No surprise, figuring out inventive ways to display them is a favorite past time. So when I saw this idea online and wanted to give it go myself. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.Read more ›

Jewelry Organization – Coffee Cup Holder to Bracelet Holder

Jewelry Organization – Coffee Cup Holder to Bracelet Holder

I had first seen this idea at thrift store counters – they had used a coffee cup holder as a bracelet holder, displaying the cuff bracelets and bangle bracelets that they had for sale. It was SO simple and SO genius that I needed one for myself – plus, I definitely needed some more jewelry organizing solutions in my life.Read more ›

Spice Rack Idea for Craft Storage / Craft Organizer

Spice Rack Idea for Craft Storage / Craft Organizer

Over the years, I have collected and gathered any number of small craft supplies – buttons, beads, jewelry findings, bells, pom poms…you get the picture. I needed a craft organizer that could safely hold those small “bits” and it seemed like this was a perfect spice rack idea. I see them at thrift stores all the time and it would be wonderfully upcycled into some much needed craft storage.Read more ›