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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I am a major clothes hoarder. When confronted about this illness, I tend to blame the fact that everything still fits. Plus, you never know what might come back in style. While both of these excuses may be true, neither covers the fact that some of my MANY pairs of jeans have irreparable damage. Deep down I know it doesn’t make sense to keep them, and I decided I would feel a lot better about permanently retiring them if I could make something crafty out of them. So, I found six projects that might just inspire me (and hopefully you, too!) to get those old jeans out of the closet and into the craft room.
Thanks to Designer MacGyver, I’ve found several cool homemade wreath options (remember the cute men’s tie wreath?), but I think this denim wreath may be my favorite. The end result looks a little intimidating, but the project instructions could not be easier.
According to Kara at Creations by Kara, this headband only costs $1 to make. Count me in! I just love the look, especially because it’s so customizable. Not a fan of the denim rosettes? Leave it plain or put your own funky spin on it. The options are endless. Even Blair Waldorf herself would be proud of this headband masterpiece!
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My dog Boone is a very playful guy. He loves chasing squirrels, jumping all over his humans and most of all, playing never-ending games of fetch. His medium of choice is a yellow Penn tennis ball. At any given time, after hearing the phrase, “Where’s your ball?” he will set off at a run until he pulls one of the many tennis balls lying around out of its mysterious hiding place (too often it can be found in my basket of once-clean laundry…thanks, Boone). But when the ball goes flat, it seems a waste to just throw it away. That’s when these tennis ball crafts (and a lot of soap and hot water) really come in handy.
These multipurpose wall helpers are so cute! They can hold anything from jackets to mail, and they are incredibly easy to make. Just cut a line across one half of the tennis ball. Next, add two thumb tacks for eyes. Now all you have to do is attach it to the wall. I told you it was easy!
My favorite of all the tennis ball ideas has to be this clever swing from Apartment Therapy. It’ll take about 50 balls to complete the look, so start collecting now – and maybe ask your tennis-playing friends to donate to the cause (just promise them a turn!).
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If there is one thing I hate, it’s wasting valuable crafting resources. And now, thanks to another brilliant reader suggestion, I’ve realized that for years now, I’ve been tossing some pretty valuable supplies aside. But in my defense, who knew that used dryer sheets could make so many useful things? Although, I guess I should have suspected it. I mean, after you’ve seen mind-blowing art made from prescription bottles, you start to get the feeling that anything can be repurposed into something amazing (this is how I will become a hoarder!).
I have on occasion saved a fresh-scented dryer sheet and stuffed it in with my folded clothes, but this adorable dryer sheet sachet puts my crumbled up dryer sheet idea to shame. It’s filled with lavender and shaped like an oversized tea bag. Could it get any cuter? Head on over to Sew Many Ways for the full tutorial.
Don’t you just love it when people take something mundane and turn it into something beautiful? I do. That’s why I’m so crazy about these tea-stained dryer sheet roses. The light stain gives them a cool antique look, and I would never have guessed they were made from used dryer sheets (or that they were even homemade). They’re simply beautiful! Visit Katies Rose Cottage Designs, and learn how to make your own dryer sheet roses.
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When our reader, Linda, suggested doing a Designer MacGyver post all about new uses for prescription bottles, I was a little skeptical of what I would find. Of course, I knew they were great for storing all kinds of baubles, from nails and screws to buttons and bobby pins. What I did not know was how creative people have been on the quest to reuse these commonplace items. And let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised at the creations I found.
When I stumbled across this vase made of repurposed prescription bottles, I could hardly believe my eyes. If someone had simply told me about it, I doubt I would have taken it seriously. But this simple vase looks so lovely with the light shining through and just a sprig of bamboo. Check out Mich L. in L.A. for the full tutorial.
And who ever thought of using an old prescription bottle to hide a spare house key or other valuable object? Just glue the lid to a stone and insert the bottle into the ground. It’s such a simple idea but one I’m sure I would never have thought of.
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Summer is finally winding down, and most schools are back in session. It reminds me of how much I used to love buying new school supplies and diving into new subjects. It almost makes me miss the hustle and bustle of a new school year (almost). But if I can’t go back to school, I can at least craft with a classic school-day essential: the milk crate. This particular item is more useful than you might think. They stack easily and are made to support heavy loads. The best part? Milk crates are usually easy to come by and are often inexpensive or even free!
These outdoor stools take thrifty crafting to a whole new level. Christy Pitre of Working Class Magazine found her milk crates for free and painted one yellow for a cheery effect. The scrap wood on top was another frugal find which was pieced together to make a simple seat. Visit Working Class Magazine to learn how to make your own inexpensive outdoor seating.
I found this cool record table on Apartment Therapy and fell in love. It’s such a great piece, and the vintage milk crates are a smart addition. They give the table a retro industrial feel, while also adding storage for records, books or whatever else. I’m thinking this might also make a great TV stand with ample movie storage. Visit A Beautiful Mess for the full tutorial.
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Have you ever found yourself with a collection of clothing or knickknacks that you can’t throw away but have absolutely no use for? For me, that collection (one of many, actually) is a colorful assortment of men’s ties given to me by my grandfather. I couldn’t stand to see them go, but since you can only dress up as Avril Lavigne (circa 2002) for so many Halloweens, I was desperate to find a new use for them. Thanks to a brilliant reader suggestion, I began searching for new ways to use old ties. And man, did I find some goodies!
Most of my finds dealt with repurposing ties for jewelry or other accessories, but this imaginative tie wreath from Good Housekeeping would be the perfect craft for anyone (and any season!).
This useful tie clutch would be an ideal project for someone with a few extra ties and some skill with the sewing machine. What a great way to add a masculine print to a feminine look!
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After Lili posted this Daily Delight about these gold log tables, I’ve been on the lookout for a tree stump. Recently, I found a perfect little trunk (!) washed ashore at my family’s lake house. As a MacGyver, I wanted to check out all my DIY options before I started working on my new prized possession. I was blown away by all the crafty ways people have used tree stumps (glow-in-the-dark stool, anyone?). Check out a few of my favorite finds:
This rustic log slice table would add natural charm to any room. And doesn’t it look lovely adorned with a vase of fresh flowers? Head on over to Seakettle for Jessica’s tutorial.
Talk about crafting in style! Andrea’s rustic pencil holder would be the perfect addition to any craft room. I’m all for storage that’s easy on the eyes.
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Last Wednesday, I spent all day moving everything I own into my new apartment. Although I loathe moving (my muscles still ache), there’s an air of excitement that comes with knowing you have a fresh, barren space to decorate however you please. As I looked around the blank walls in my new room, I decided I was definitely going to need some new artwork to spice things up. My inner MacGyver knew that with a little Pinterest research and a lot of patience, I could make my own wall art and save some serious moolah. Take a look at my favorite finds:
I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely still a fan of the ombré trend when it’s done this beautifully. This quirky sign would make a bold statement on an otherwise boring wall, and Sarah of Sarah Hearts says it only took 15 minutes to make.
This DIY Gold Leaf Monogram is perfect because it’s just enough bling – it’s not overwhelmingly gaudy but it has enough pizzazz to make an impact. Check out Brittany’s quick and easy tutorial.
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Let me start by saying I’m aware bicycles aren’t exactly everyday crafting materials. Not many people have bicycle parts lying around the same way they do scrapbook paper. But with that said — an old bicycle isn’t too difficult to come by. If you don’t have one sitting in your garage patiently waiting to be re-loved, try a thrift store, garage sale — or maybe your granny’s garage.
If you’re looking to add charm to your garden area, consider creating a bicycle planter to display your prettiest posies. Simply paint an old bike the color of your choice, and attach a basket to hold your flowers. With a display this pretty, you may find sudden inspiration to garden all day, every day.
This unique clock is made from an old bicycle wheel and a vintage yardstick – talk about industrial charm! I also love how Karianne placed her clock on a chalkboard wall. Check out the full tutorial on East Coast Creative.
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