Get Out the Vote – Upcycling Campaign Buttons and Vintage Ribbons into a Patriotic Wreath

Get Out the Vote – Upcycling Campaign Buttons and Vintage Ribbons into a Patriotic Wreath

If you live in the States, then you may have noticed that it’s an election year. There’s an awful lot of anger and ugliness associated with it, so here’s my attempt to diffuse the bitter divide with a bi-partisan upcycling project. Washington may not be able to cross the aisle, but Sadie can! And I’ll be doing it with vintage pins / campaign buttons from old elections into a patriotic wreath for Get Out the Vote!Read more ›

Refashion a Straw Tote into a Spring Wreath

Refashion a Straw Tote into a Spring Wreath

To me, Spring is all about flowers – the fresh start after winter, the gorgeous colors hanging from branches and sprouting from the ground, and the fragrance the perfumes the air. And to celebrate the arrival of this season, I decided to create a Spring wreath using a straw tote or straw purse from the thrift store.
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Plaid Christmas Wreath from Recycled Flannel Shirts

Plaid Christmas Wreath from Recycled Flannel Shirts

I wanted to make a a plaid Christmas wreath by upcycling some of the flannel shirts (and scraps) I had. Even though I live in the suburbs, I always imagine that our home is actually a Christmas cottage in the north woods. So, I headed to the thrift store for some Christmas flannel fabric that would work for my craft idea.
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Leather Arrow Quiver as a Harvest Wreath

Leather Arrow Quiver as a Harvest Wreath

I have a LONG history now of decorating my front door each season with various wreaths. And because I’m an upcycling blogger, I have a tendency to repurpose something random into a wreath. As long as it can be hung on a door, it has wreath potential, right? And for an autumn wreath, I decided to upcycle a leather arrow quiver into a harvest wreath for my front door.

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Summer Wreath or Cinco de Mayo Decorations with Cocktail Umbrellas

Summer Wreath or Cinco de Mayo Decorations with Cocktail Umbrellas

This is one of those projects that I have wanted to make for a very long time- I kept meaning to start it, but other projects kept cutting in line. I also never remembered to look for cocktail umbrellas when I was shopping. So I finally buckled down the other day, hopped on Etsy, and purchased two boxes of vintage drink umbrellas. Now I could finally make a summer wreath or Cinco de Mayo decorations that would fun and festive for my front door!

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Patriotic Wreath with Cheap Neckties from the Thrift Store

Patriotic Wreath with Cheap Neckties from the Thrift Store

I’ve amassed a hefty collection of cheap neckties from thrift stores and have posted one tie craft previously (DIY wine gift bags). And once I saw this necktie wreath project in Good Housekeeping, I obviously had to try it for myself! And for extra fun, I decided to use novelty ties in red, white, and blue to make a patriotic wreath.

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Driftwood Wreath for Coastal Decor this Summer

Driftwood Wreath for Coastal Decor this Summer

Up until 2009, I’d always lived near a shoreline- half my life along the shores of Lake Michigan, and half my life bouncing between the Gulf and the Atlantic in Florida. My fondest beach memories are those of the windswept, deserted beaches in Southwest Michigan that were filled with beach glass and pieces of driftwood. And to celebrate those memories, I decided to make a driftwood wreath for our front door this summer.

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