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Plastic Bag Holder Tutorial

A plastic bag holder you can make in a couple of hours out of nothing but stuff you probably have around your home.

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Turning an Inexpensive Flat Sheet Into a Tailored Custom Bedskirt

As someone whose sewing abilities are limited to a simple stitch in a (kinda) straight line, I never thought I'd be making my own bedskirt. But after striking out on finding a store-bought one that I liked and realizing that the blue polka dot flat sheet that I already had would look great with my daughter's duvet, plan "turning my polka dot flat sheet into a bedskirt" was born.
What convinced me to take the plunge is realizing that the finished edges around the flat sheet would work perfectly for the bottom edge of a bedskirt so there actually wasn't going to be that much sewing involved. Also, using a flat sheet was cheap and I loved that I would be able to throw it in the wash when needed.
It turned out to be a much simpler project than I ever would have expected and I LOVE how it looks!

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Upcycled/Repurposed Crib into Toy Box Bench

My cousin gave me a "curbed" crib she no longer wanted. I had no idea what I wanted to do with it, until I saw a similar project, and I was inspired to make this kids toy box bench. You can see a step by step tutorial on my blog, My Repurposed Life

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DIY Crate Desk

Using Crates & Pallet Large and Small Wooden Crates from The Home Depot and finished with a piece of plywood or wood of your choice, this Crate Desk is a fun conversation piece for an office, craft room, or dorm room, at a very reasonable price!

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Make Birdfeeders From CD/DVDs & Plastic Cups

Who doesn’t have old CDs or DVDs lying around? We’ve got a great upcycle way for our feathered friends have yummy stuff to eat. There are two different types of feeders you can make and we personally tested both types. The birds were thrilled! LOTS MORE PHOTOS HERE

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DIY Shutter Headboard

I made this easy DIY Shutter Headboard with some fun shutters memo boards I found online! It was so so simple. :)

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From Old Tires to Upcycled Tire Planters; DIY Trash to Treasure

DIY Tire Planter
Project Cost; (My cost = $0.00 with re=use of old tires and Menards Rebate $ for the flowers) Average cost = Under $20.00 or cost of plants.

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Another Use for Goodwill Sweaters - Snowmen!

If you're like me, you've used sweaters from Goodwill in all sorts of crafting...creating pumpkins, stockings, sleeves for vases and more. But I have another sweater craft to share with you, and it might be the cutest one yet - sweater snowmen! These cheeky little fellows are full of personality and charm, and don't worry...they're easy to make and NO sew!!

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Seasoning the Holidays

Spice up the holidays a bit by turning vintage, clear, glass salt and pepper shakers into holiday decor. These little jars are perfect for displaying holiday photos or cards. Or, make a bunch and use them as place cards at the table. Here's how I made them ...

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Bamboo Basket Mirror

When I spied this bamboo steamer basket I knew the perfect upcycle for it--a mirror! This project is quick and easy.

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Outside Lighting : Soda Bottle Torch

Here's another Soda Bottle upcycle! They made great outside lighting torches! Great for home or group events or kid parties!

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Turn Old Window Frames Into Botanical Butterfly Wall Art

Are you renovating? Don't throw out your old window frames just yet! Come see this beautiful wall display project by Mary from Orphans With MakeUp which she completed with Sage Advice, Graphite glaze, and Tough Coat!

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Tiered Jewelry tray for $6.00

I used 3 faux crystal candle holders and 3 small, clear plates with gold edges. I bought all of these items at The Salvation Army for $1.00 for a total of $6.00.

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Make a Clay Pot Garden Buddy

Gardeners have a wide variety of "tastes" when it comes to landscape decorations. If you are looking for directions to make a garden buddy out of flower pots, here's a good link:

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So Thankful for My Craft Space

Took 10 years to get........I spend no less then 7 hours a day in my space. Love how everything is in reaching distance. The room inspires me everyday.
You can view the kinds of projects I make in my space here:
The Cutting Cafe:

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$1 Flea Market Find - Before & After Much Needed Makeover

To read more about it and see more pictures visit my blog post:

ironing board shelf

Ironing Board Shelf

We were given a fairly new ironing board that was very inexpensive and not made very sturdy. So instead of using it for it’s obvious purpose, we took the legs off to make a shelf!

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Gabion Planter from defunct clothes dryer

I turned an old clothes dryer drum into a planter for the front yard.

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Make Small Clocks From DVD / CDs

Old DVDs or CDS make perfect small clocks. All you need is a clock mechanism which are pretty cheap to buy. I paid $3.00 for mine on Amazon. Or you can use one from an old clock. I have a dozen free clock face downloads on my site post on the link at the very bottom of this post.

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Tin Can Solar Lantern Tutorial

I love the rustic charm of tin can lanterns. Budget-friendly and super simple to make, their warm light brings a relaxing ambiance to any outdoor party. While flickering candlelight is perfect for a special occasion, I really wanted tin can lanterns that glow all summer long. I quickly decided that making them solar powered was the way to go. I've written a tutorial for anyone interested in making their own solar tin can lanterns.
Visit Craftiments for the complete supply list and detailed instructions.

recycled glassware and lamps into garden totems and bird baths, gardening, repurposing upcycling, This one is mostly glass lamp shades and plates with an upside down salt shaker siliconed to the top piece for the bird bath

Recycled Glassware and Lamps Into Garden Totems and Bird Baths

I used silicone caulk to glue sections together to make it easier to take down if need be for the winter. I drove a 5' piece od 3/8" rebar about a foot into the ground and started stacking. I drilled holes in the plates using drill bits specifically for glass. Empress of Dirt - Melissa has the best tutorial for glass drilling.

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Repurposed Salt and Pepper Snowpeople Ornaments

Whenever I see those small glass salt and pepper sets at the thrift stores I always pick them up. They're usually 50 cents or $1 and they can be repurposed in so many ways.

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Upcycled Tic Tac Toe

With Summer on the horizon it was time to start thinking of things to do with the kids. Between my family and the neighbors kids they like board games and arts and crafts. So when I accepted THE “CENT-SATIONAL SALVAGE” CHALLENGE I knew I wanted to combine upcycling, board games and arts and crafts. In the challenge I was tasked with transforming a common item found at my local Habitat for Humanity Restore center into something "cent-sational." All this for no more than $15. April's featured building materials were kitchen utensils. Upcycling is a passion of mine and I had fun with this challenge. I was able to allow my creative juices to flow.
While out shopping my my Restore Center I found these gems for $3! Yea Baby! Who's down for a game of Upcycled Tic-Tac-Toe

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How to Up-cycle a Spagetti Box Into a Pencil Box

I love taking junk and turning it into something useful and pretty. Holding a spaghetti box in my hand one day, it came to me, "It looks like a pencil box!"

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Electronic Organizer Case For A Teen

Does it seem like electronic devices multiply during the night, or is it just me? It was definitely time to create some sort of organized area for my daughter to keep her phone, tablet, headphones and chargers in. I began with an old suitcase and a pair of denim jeans.