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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.

Newspaper gift bag

Personalized, green, and cheap, this handmade gift bag serves as the perfect vessel for an equally clever gift. Hand over those presents with pride!

Newspaper Nails

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.

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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.

Soda Can Barcode Earrings

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.

Pop tab recycled as photo hanger

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.

Pop tab crochet flowers

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.

candy wrapper buckets

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!

candy wrapper vase

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!

framed acorns

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.

acorn centerpiece

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.

book pumpkin

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.

paper pumpkins

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!

canning lid pumpkin

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.

canning jar lid garland

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!

chicken wire frame

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.

frame serving tray

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.

denim wreath

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.

denim headband

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.

wall hooks

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!

tennis ball swing

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!).

dryer sheet sachet

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.

dryer sheet roses

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.

prescription bottle vase
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.

prescription bottle hiding place
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!

milk crate furniture
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.

milk crate record table
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!

tie wreath

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!).

tie clutch

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:

Log Slice Table
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.

Wooden Pencil Holder
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:

DIY Ombré Wall Art
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.

DIY Gold Leaf Monogram
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.

Bicycle Garden Planter
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.

Bicycle Wheel Clock

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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I know what you’re thinking: “How could you possibly make plumbing materials into something lovely?” Well, I’m here to tell you it’s possible. Although PVC pipe may seem like a strange choice of crafting material, it fits key criteria for avid MacGyvers — it’s lightweight, easy to work with and relatively cheap.  Whether you’re looking to make inexpensive decor updates or searching for a new summer activity for your mini MacGyvers, we’ve got you covered.

DIY PVC Pipe Vases

These PVC vases seem so simple to create, yet they would add an instant punch of pizzazz to any room. Pick up some vibrant spray paint and get to crafting, MacGyvers!

PVC Pipe Camping Stools

These mini camping stools are so adorable, and Elizabeth from Simple Simon & Company swears they’re incredibly easy to make. The best part? They can be made for $6 each.

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Nothing quite counters the way I feel when I open my mailbox to find a brand-new magazine, hot off the press. A magazine’s arrival may occasionally cause me to neglect my entire to-do list. I’ve even been known to *accidentally* collect a pile of magazines in my shopping cart when stuck in a grocery store line. Sound familiar? (Or is it just my journalistic roots?)

Needless to say, I’ve stacked up quite a pile of magazines over the years. While a magazine remains glamorous for a few weeks — and in some cases, months — after a few years, it generally loses its charm. Although recycling is always a noble option for outdated magazines, why not consider upcycling? After some thorough Pinterest research, I’ve rounded up my favorite crafts for your old magazines. (Just promise me you’ll spare HGTV Magazine this time!)

DIY Paper Flowers

These handmade paper flowers are adorable, and they’re inexpensive to make. They would serve as a beautiful centerpiece or even desk accessory — either way, I’m all for flowers that never die! Check out RockNRoll Bride for all the DIY details.

Magazine Page Bowl

This bowl is the only acceptable reason to use the word ‘nifty.’ It’s not only functional (a perfect place for your kitchen counter strays) — it’s a piece of art. Stroll on over to Do It and How to see how it’s made.
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Nothing quite counters the way I feel when I open my mailbox to find a brand-new magazine, hot off the press. A magazine’s arrival may occasionally cause me to neglect my entire to-do list. I’ve even been known to *accidentally* collect a pile of magazines in my shopping cart when stuck in a grocery store line. Sound familiar? (Or is it just my journalistic roots?)

Needless to say, I’ve stacked up quite a pile of magazines over the years. While a magazine remains glamorous for a few weeks — and in some cases, months — after a few years, it generally loses its charm. Although recycling is always a noble option for outdated magazines, why not consider upcycling? After some thorough Pinterest research, I’ve rounded up my favorite crafts for your old magazines. (Just promise me you’ll spare HGTV Magazine this time!)

DIY Paper Flowers

These handmade paper flowers are adorable, and they’re inexpensive to make. They would serve as a beautiful centerpiece or even desk accessory — either way, I’m all for flowers that never die! Check out RockNRoll Bride for all the DIY details.

Magazine Page Bowl

This bowl is the only acceptable reason to use the word ‘nifty.’ It’s not only functional (a perfect place for your kitchen counter strays) — it’s a piece of art. Stroll on over to Do It and How to see how it’s made.
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