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Did you celebrate Father’s Day yesterday? I’m thinking there are probably a lot of special guys out there who got a shiny new toolbox as a gift, and if so, the old one may be hanging around, collecting dust. Before you ditch it, take a look at these clever ideas for repurposing old toolboxes. (Now who’s the handy one around the house?)

5 Handy Ideas for Old Toolboxes: Grooming Kit

Old Toolbox —> New Grooming Kit
An old metal toolbox looks right at home in a teen boy’s bathroom as a grooming/toiletry kit. It adds just the right rugged edge to the space and keeps products neatly tucked away from prying eyes. Want to complete the look? Check out Laurie March’s gallery on DIYNetwork.com.

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I think the old saying that “when one door closes, another opens” is absolutely true. For example, when you’ve finished using a door as an entry or exit, a whole new world of decorating possibilities opens up before you! Check out our fave upcycled furniture ideas for old doors and get ready to fancy up your home with these former barriers.

Decorating With Old Doors: Old Door Headboard Furniture Idea

If you liked the rustic appeal of the shutter headboards I featured last week, I’m thinking you’ll love this old door headboard from Dreamy Whites. Weathered wood + a chandelier = a bedroom combo with great high/low contrast.

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With less than a week left till Christmas, I’m betting that you —  like me – are spending a fair amount of time wrapping gifts. Which, to be honest, I don’t mind. Wrapping gifts is one of my favorite things about the holidays; I like to come up with new ways to package them each year.

Here are a few of my gift wrap ideas from 2012 with links to instructions below:
Wrapped Holiday Gift Ideas
* Left and bottom right: Easy doily gift wrap plus how to make a yarn pom-pom
and upper right: Menswear-inspired ribbon rose plus how to make a chalkboard gift tag

This year, I decided to shake things up a bit and use fabric trim instead of traditional ribbon for smaller gifts: Fabric Trim Instead of Ribbon as Christmas Gift Wrap

And cover reusible containers, like this mailing tube, in fabric for pretty packages that can be reused by the recipient as year-round decorative storage:
Easy Fabric Gift Wrap*The fabric is HGTV Home’s “Ring Around Peacock” in turquoise – available at your local JoAnn store.

Here’s another view, I just added a wired bow to one of the mailing tube’s plastic caps to finish off the wrap:
Easy Fabric Gift Wrap

Ready to make your own no-sew fabric gift wrap? It’s easy and your friends and family will thank you for the cute container they can use again and again. Get crafting with all my tips and complete step-by-step instructions>>

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So, as you’ve probably heard by now, we’re throwing a holiday party — and not just any holiday party — a crafty holiday party where we’ll make the decorations, drinks and nibbles then show you guys how we pulled it off.

Our event space has a massive stone fireplace flanked by shelves so I decided to finally tackle a project I’d been planning for a while and cover a few of my coffee table books in leather. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m *all* about antiques and naturally wanted my leather books to look like they’d been around for a few decades so I originally planned on covering them in leather from an old bomber jacket. After unsuccessfully scouring thrift stores for the perfect piece of vintage leather, I decided to just purchase new leather then age it myself using the same tricks I use for distressing furniture.

And, voila, they turned out great — and the process was actually easier than I thought it would be. So easy, in fact, that I may have to make a few of these expensive-looking antique tomes to hand out as handmade holiday gifts: Leather-Wrapped Books

Want to make your own antique look-alike leather books to add a timeworn touch to your home or as a cool handmade gift? Get crafting with all my tips and complete step-by-step instructions>>


We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s
Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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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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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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My recent downsize has forced me to forfeit a home office area. Plus, I’m more of a laptop-on-the-sofa kind of person anyway, so it’s OK. But sometimes, I can’t help but daydream of a beautiful desk with an antique pharmacy lamp in the corner where I can read, write … or just stare blissfully. I first came across this vintage sewing machine table turned into a simple desk. Swoon! Apparently, you can make a desk out of just about anything, like …

Sewing Machine Tables

Upcycled Sewing Machine Deskvia Emmas DesignBlogg

Industrial Letters

Upcycled Letter Deskvia midbec wallpapers

Creative Upcycling Ideas

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A few weeks ago, I found a lone horseshoe in my parents’ barn. It was incredibly dirty and rusty and definitely old. My parents don’t even have horses, so I know it’s old (though the looks alone were enough to tell me that). I almost left it to lie there for another 25 years or so, but I decided to pick it up. I had no concrete plans, but as an avid upcycler, I’m always thinking of new uses for old things.

horseshoe before
Weeks later, I remembered a cool piece of weathered barn wood I had been saving for a special project. And now, after some extensive cleaning, sanding, painting and nailing, I finally have a unique piece of art that I can be proud of.

horseshoe after

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My design style is in constant metamorphosis, but for now, I would have to describe it as glamorous industrial farmhouse (Don’t fence me in!). With such a mishmash set of inspiration, you can imagine my excitement when I found a piece at a local antique store that encompassed two of these designs.

original typeset drawer
When I saw this incredible typeset drawer hiding behind a bunch of old building materials posing for antiques, I knew I couldn’t leave the store without it. It was industrial, obviously, but the adjustable wooden dividers gave it a farmhouse flair that put me in a shopper’s paradise (Did I mention green is my favorite color?).

original typeset drawer
So, with everything it had going for it, I couldn’t help but notice the two things it was missing: glamour and function – both problems easily solved. It seemed like a no-brainer to me. This vintage typeset drawer was meant to be my new earring holder. Some meticulous measuring and a small box of nails turned my little slice of history into a practical piece of art.

remade typeset drawerremade typeset drawer

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