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I used to be quite the little athlete in elementary school and middle school and racked up my fair share of dance, tennis and softball trophies. I’m sentimental, so they’re probably socked away in a closet somewhere, but after seeing these clever projects made from trophy parts on Pinterest, I’m amped to revamp them. Take a look at these ideas and get ready to take first place in the World’s Thriftiest Crafter competition!

Make a coat rack from vintage trophy parts. See how on HGTV Design Happens Blog...

Hang those letterman jackets up on this vintage trophy coat rack from Design*Sponge. The trophy figures really glow against the wooden base, don’t they? Head over to the site to get the full DIY details.

Make wine stoppers from vintage trophy parts. See how on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

Wine-drinking may not be a competitive sport (yet), but you can add some flair to your open bottles with these vintage trophy wine stoppers I spotted on Country Living. One of these vintage figures and a nice vintage wine would be a perfect hostess gift.

Make a jar craft with vintage trophy parts. See how on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

Trophies can be pretty, but they’re hardly practical. This DIY cycling trophy jar from Hello Lidy changes that, keeping the cool form but adding the function of storage and organization. Get more info on Lidy’s site.

Make cake stands from vintage trophy parts. See how on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

This vintage trophy craft really takes the cake…the cupcake, that is! Cathe of Just Something I Made mixed trophy parts with pie tins and silver cake platters to make the sweetest cupcake stands ever. See how she did it on her blog.

Spray paint a vintage trophy! See how on HGTV Design Happens Blog...
If you’d rather not fool around with taking the trophies apart, you can still jazz them up with a paint job, as Jennifer Rizzo did here. These repainted trophies are adorable accents for kids’ rooms or could even be eye-catching centerpieces.

Which trophy craft do you think is a real winner? And are there any common household items you’d like to see featured in this column? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!


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20 Responses

  1. Kimberly W. says:

    The painted trophies are the coolest thing ever.

  2. Tammy says:

    Great blog today.

  3. Hanna/BrownsvilleTX says:

    Awesome ideas.

  4. Cathe Holden says:

    Thanks for the mention! Great post, love them all.

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  6. @hellolidy says:

    Thanks for the feature! I am loving these DIYs – feeling inspired again :)

  7. Susan says:

    I'm looking for vintage trophies next time I go thrift shopping. Love these ideas.

  8. Ski Trophy says:

    I made the wine stoppers for stocking stuffers this past X-mas, big hit! wish i had some metal ones to make the hooks.

  9. Thank you so much for including my project!!!!!

Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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