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!
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My favorite thrift store and flea market scores are vintage scarves. The colors are fun, the patterns are graphic and they never cost too much. Sometimes I’ll come home with a scarf that doesn’t quite fit into my wardrobe, but that I just had to have nonetheless. Luckily, scarves are also great for adding flair to the home! Check out these easy DIY projects and see how you can dress up your decor.
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I’ve long been a fan of people adorning themselves with spoon rings and bracelets, but you can adorn your home with old spoons as well. Take a look at these inventive spoon arts & crafts and get inspired to raid the silverware drawer for supplies.
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It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I’ve got love on the brain, big time. (Planning a wedding will do that to you, I guess?) If you’ve also got love on the brain and some mason jars on your hands, put the two together! A handmade craft is a perfect way to show that special someone you care. Check out this mason jar craft roundup and pick a project to surprise your honey. Bonus: If you’ve got little cherubs who like to get creative, most of these ideas are so easy that they can pitch in, too.
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Sisal rope was always one of those things we had in the garage when I was growing up, though I was never quite sure what to do with it. (Or why we had it in the first place, for that matter. Camping? Fishing?) After discovering all of these cheap-and-chic sisal rope crafts, I sure wish I could travel back in time and steal a length of it. Check out this rope craft roundup and lasso an idea or two for yourself.
My drawing skills are pretty average, but you’ll never find me without a Sharpie marker or two. (My mother will attest to the fact that my love of the markers goes back to my childhood, as I once ruined her living room end table with a black Sharpie and my imagination. Oops.) Fortunately, you don’t have to be an artist to do supercool projects with permanent markers. Take a look at these jaw-dropping decor ideas and let the ink fly!
I don’t have any kids yet (sorry, Mom!), so all I can do is envy those of you in that stage where you have a little bundle of joy and tons of baby food jars in your recycling bin. Because if my Pinterest observations are correct, those tiny containers are so darn handy and a very popular craft material! Take a look at some of these clever crafts made from empty baby food jars and get ready to do some MacGyvering. Just as soon as your tot finishes those strained peas, that is.
Via: Oh Happy Day/Photo: Kate Mathis
Did you catch the new season premiere of Downton Abbey last night? If you’re as obsessed as we are here, indulge your Anglophile tendencies with some adorable and appropriate vintage teacup crafts. These darling ideas are perfect for flea market finds and/or old teacups with minor chips and nicks in them. Finger sandwiches and tea cakes optional…though highly encouraged.
Happy 2013, MacGyvers! Have you made a new year’s resolution yet? Getting fit is admirable, but a little cliche, no? How about getting your home in shape? According to my Internet sleuthing, all it takes is some ordinary clothespins and a little imagination. Take a look at these five clothespin crafts to get organized and spiff up your humble abode this year.
Photo: Country Living
Merry Christmas, MacGyvers! If you were wrapping or unwrapping presents today or tomorrow, this column is for you! Most people throw wrapping paper scraps away or save them for the next holiday, but what if you could recycle Christmas wrapping paper into something altogether more elegant? Take a look at these recycled Christmas wrapping paper crafts and get ideas to turn your paper scraps into something more than closet clutter or garbage bag filler.
Jen of I Heart Organizing has a smart, year-round idea for leftover wrapping paper: Pretty, graphic drawer liners! As she points out, they’re a nice surprise when you’re rummaging for your clothes. Take a peek at her suggestions here.