Nike from Choose to Thrive had been crushing on a lantern with a quatrefoil design. Like the rest of us, there isn’t much from Ballard that falls into an affordable price range for Nike, so she set off to make her own. Wondering how she made it? From a cardboard cereal box! Yes, seriously! She [...Read More]
Gail from Purple Hues and Me was more than a little surprised to see newspaper bowls for sale online for ridiculous prices, especially considering the materials cost next to nothing! The crafter in Gail told her she could make the bowls herself – and that’s just what she did. This is a great way to [...Read More]
I have been known to hoard a container or two (or a hundred) because they offer a plethora of repurposing possibilities. I was pretty wowed when I came across this Pottery Barn inspired lamp on Instructables that was made from none other than a recycled oatmeal container. All dressed up with a geometric pattern and [...Read More]
Angie of Knick of Time Interiors has found a new obsession in dyeing. It all started with Pottery Barn crochet-trimmed pillow shams that reminded Angie of ones she had stored away in a drawer years before and long forgotten. Angie pulled out the old pillowcases only to recall exactly why they were stuffed in a drawer – they were dingy and even had some some spots on them. Just when you think all is lost… it’s dye to the rescue! Angie whipped up a batch of grey dye and brought those dingy old pillowcases back to life!
Adina from Simply Country Life says you should think twice before throwing away your old jars and repurpose them instead. Adina was inspired to embellish gallon-size pickle jars with twine and pinecones for a festive Christmas candle holder. This is such a simple fix for a plain glass jar and can easily be modified for different holidays and occasions.
Lauren from The Thinking Closet purchased one of Crate & Barrel’s Hakkari Candle Holders last fall and was inspired to create her own version, but ornament-style! Lauren repurposed an old tin can and shares tips for creating a punched design without indenting the can. To get the soft, glowing effect, Lauren just inserted a Christmas light from the tree. She says, “It’s one of my favorite creations…and is a really inexpensive way to get a high-end look!”
When Gail from Purple Hues and Me saw a swag wreath with a small handcrafted owl in perched in the middle, she couldn’t help but wonder why the adorable owl wasn’t larger and more emphasized than the twigs. Sounds like the perfect excuse for a DIY! Gail replicated the swag, making her owl large and in charge… and from a soap bottle no less! I am blown away by all the detail Gail put into her owl including the twine eyes and pinecone scale wings.
Gina from Our Impeccably Perfect Life decided to follow the rope trend and make over a “gold, granny floral mirror” she hadn’t really liked since the day she brought it home. So pretty much she had nothing to lose! Armed with a 50-foot bag of manilla rope and a hot glue gun, Gina and her hubs spent only an hour transforming the once mediocre mirror into a trendy piece that’s perfect for summer.