If you’ve ever assembled favor bags for a child’s birthday party or festival, you might be familiar with those little plastic figurines shaped like dinosaurs, tigers and other zoo animals. Many of the smaller ones come in packs of 10 or more for that very purpose — mass dispersal of plastic animal fun. If this all sounds familiar, you may have also thrown away your fair share. Here are some exciting ways to keep that growing army of toy animals at bay — or at least add some childlike whimsy to your design life.
These golden book ends, while still full of charming whimsy, add a regal touch to bookshelves, mantelpieces, or wherever your books find a home.
Add some serious character to these simple boxes with minimal effort and supplies. They can be great for gift-giving, or to keep yourself as some adorable organizers.
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Pinecones: they last forever, they’re interesting to look at and they signal the season where evergreens reign supreme. Throw a couple of pinecones on a coffee table or mantle and you could call it wintertime decorating success. Orrrrr you could always take things further with these ideas…
Construct this wreath with rolled up book pages and an assortment of pinecones for a result that gives off a wintery welcoming vibe without the usual pine needle shedding.
Wintertime is garland time, right? Make your own with pinecones laying about outside and whatever spray paint and string you like.
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We’ve talked about elevating old magazines before, but where’s the love for old newspapers? If you still have a hard-copy subscription to the local newspaper, then you likely have even more raw material on hand. Here are some ways to use up that looming stash that don’t involve papier mache or packing ceramics.
Personalized, green, and cheap, this handmade gift bag serves as the perfect vessel for an equally clever gift. Hand over those presents with pride!
You can show off these wordy nail designs everywhere. In case your stack of old newspapers is dwindling, they require little actual newspaper. Just use rubbing alcohol to transfer the newsprint to your nails, then seal it on with a shiny top coat. A light gray base coat will make the print pop.
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If your recycling bin is so full of aluminum cans you find yourself crushing them to save space, here are some ways to make that chronic soda habit work for you! Lightweight aluminum is easy to work with for a variety of cute, kitschy projects.
Have any ceramic tile squares lying around from a recent home improvement project? Turn them into eye-catching coasters with soda can prints — perfect for entertaining.
These earrings, while stylish, aren’t shy about their soda can origins. This pair came straight from soda can bar codes. The Crafty Soccer Mom’s ideas call for minimum crafting skills, allowing the can designs to shine through. Check out her other ideas and safety tips.
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Did anyone else collect pop tabs when they were younger? Lately it seems like all the little ones in my life have been filling sandwich bags with the things for some elementary school projects. They could be making chainmail, jewelry, or bags like the ones you’ll find quickly if you’re at all familiar with Pinterest. Those tabs are lightweight yet durable, giving them all sorts of upcycling potential.
Here are 5 innovative pop tab crafts, listed in order from least to most tabs needed.
For this picture-hanging hack, there’s no need to dig deep into your pop tab stash. Follow this guide to turning a single tab into a sturdy hook for your wall art.
Combine your crochet skills with a handful of recycled pop tabs to create these flowers from Escama Studio. They’re like daintier versions of those camp-time popsicle stick yarn crafts, and would make great gifts on their own to use as coasters, brooches, or strung together quilt-style.
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Halloween is only three days away, and you know what that means. Soon, your little trick-or-treaters will scatter dozens of candy wrappers around your once-beautiful home. But this Halloween, you’ll know that those wrappers are more than just colorful candy clothes, because I’ve got some sweet craft ideas that will have you wishing your kids would hurry up and finish all those holiday goodies.
Do you decoupage? These colorful buckets would be great to store kids’ art supplies or other knickknacks. And if you act now, they could even make great last-minute candy buckets for Halloween!
Remember Allie’s inspiring ideas for crafting with old magazines? Well, I hope you haven’t thrown your extras away (and if you’re anything like me, I’m sure you haven’t). This time, let’s add a few candy wrappers into the mix for an unexpected design. Visit Saved by Love Creations to learn how to make this impressive vase.
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Are all you MacGyvers as excited as I am about fall decorating? I’ve already decked out my porch with hay bales, pumpkins and mums. Now I’m ready to finish my indoor decorating. Since last week’s post, I definitely have all my pumpkin crafts down. So, what’s next? Acorns! They’re free, easy to collect and oh-so cute in their little acorn caps. Now start your gathering, and let’s get to crafting!
Think frames are only for pictures? Think again! This 3D acorn display looks amazing and only costs a couple of bucks to make – that’s my kind of art project! Visit Delia at Delia Creates for the full tutorial.
This gorgeous display from BHG takes us back to nature with a fresh autumn feel. It’s true that sometimes the simplest decor has the biggest impact. Add citrus to your vase to hold the branches in place and add a bright punch of color to the look.
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Last week’s Mason jar lid pumpkin was so cute that I was inspired to find even more fun pumpkin crafts for fall. Every year in October, my friends and I get together for a fall craft night. Everyone brings their own materials and ideas, and this year I am beyond prepared. In fact, I have so many craft ideas, I’ll probably need your help narrowing it down! So take a look over my selection, and let me know which pumpkin craft is your favorite pick.
It always hurts to destroy an old book, but if the end result will be as fantastic as this book page pumpkin, I think I might be able to do it…maybe. Head on over to Creations by Kara for her full tutorial.
Leave it to Martha Stewart to come up with a paper pumpkin idea that looks like a million bucks. I mean, seriously, how does she do it? I love the mix of green and orange, and a family of paper pumpkins would look downright adorable at the foot of my mantel.
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We’ve covered Mason jars. Really. We’ve got chandeliers, vases, planters and more. What we have not covered is the covers themselves. These poor neglected Mason jar lids have a lot to give, too. I was blown away by the craft ideas people have come up with, so I picked my top five faves to share with you. Happy reading, MacGyvers!
Maybe it’s because I’m so excited that fall is finally here, but this Mason jar lid pumpkin is the most delightful craft I’ve seen in a while. Just look at that cute cinnamon stick stem! And Kristin at Yellow Bliss Road says it took less than two minutes to complete, so I envision covering the whole house with these cuties.
Though this sweet “Be Mine” Mason jar lid garland was created for Valentine’s Day, the look would be great year round. Maybe a “Trick or Treat” garland for Halloween? I think yes. Visit Ginger at Ginger Snap Crafts for her simple instructions.
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Remember Briana’s whimsical empty frame ideas? Well, last month, my roommate brought home three pretty frames, and I was inspired to share a few new ways to update old frames. Now, the pictures in the frames I mentioned are not so pretty: three images of single roses, all with some sort of French-looking scribble around them. I couldn’t imagine they were to my roommate’s taste, but last night my fears were officially subsided. She mentioned she had no idea what to do with them and was thinking of giving them away. At those words, my inner MacGyver came out, and we came up with some pretty fun ideas. Thanks, roomie!
Got chicken wire? If not, it’s super easy to find and makes creating this adorable project a cinch. And if you liked Briana’s jewelry holder, you’ll love this colorful message board. Christy from Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer even made cute clothespins to match. Check out her blog for the full tutorial.
Chalkboard paint is still all the rage, but instead of just painting the glass and hanging your board on the wall, why not get a little more creative? Head on over to DIY network to see how you can make this handy serving tray.
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