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 ›

Halloween Basket or Halloween Candy Dish

Halloween Basket or Halloween Candy Dish

I developed this project by accident. I was in my local Goodwill with a specific project idea in mind, and headed to the shelf in Housewares where I thought I could find what I needed. Well, wouldn’t you know it, but Goodwill had secretly moved things around and put their selection of baskets in that spot instead! And from that sea of beige, this little white basket all but jumped out at me! I couldn’t help but see it as a Halloween basket, so I snatched it up.

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Poison Bottles / Glass Apothecary Jars as Vintage Halloween Decorations

Poison Bottles / Glass Apothecary Jars as Vintage Halloween Decorations

Years ago, I picked up some old medicine bottles from an antiques store that was in its final days before closing. I couldn’t believe how good the price and later lamented the fact that I hadn’t scooped up all the glass apothecary jars they had. But, either way, I knew they would be PERFECT as vintage Halloween decorations. And they also spawned some other scary Halloween decoration ideas…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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Upcycling the Glass Light Covers into a Ghost Light

Upcycling the Glass Light Covers into a Ghost Light

If you wander into any Habitat for Humanity ReStore, or really just about any thrift store, you’ll be sure to find a section of glass light covers. They come in different shapes- globe, teardrop, flower, etc. Some of them, however, are the PERFECT shape for a ghost light to use as Halloween decor.Read more ›

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 ›

Create and Elevate: Plate Stands

Create and Elevate: Plate Stands

Ok- I know this idea isn’t unique or mind-blowing, but it’s one of my favorite crafts that involves very few materials and is outrageously easy to do. Call them what you will, perhaps Plate Stands or Elevators (since they elevate your wares/tasty treats), but these little charmers are simple to create and come in handy around the home or as gifts.Read more ›