Scrap Wood Playhouse

Hi rescuers!

I apologize for being MIA these past few days.   Unfortunately I am exposed to LOTS of germs working in the ER, and this year, they all seem to be sticking to me, so I had to “call in sick” for a few.

Anywhoo…let’s talk about scrap wood.  Most of my very favorite projects have been fashioned from scrap wood;  I love the possibilities it presents, and the price.

Sheri, from Confessions of a Refashionista, is a girl after my own heart.

AND she has an enviable pile of scrap wood.



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Broken Zipper Jewelry

Sheri blogs at Awesome Sauce & Asshattery.  Recently, she purchased a vintage sequin blouse that was not in the pristine condition she’d been led to believe.  She was able to carefully repair it by removing this broken zipper.

Awesome Sauce zipper before

Most people would have tossed that zipper, but not Sheri!  Instead, she carefully took it apart and turned it into three fun jewelry pieces.  The zipper teeth were turned into pretty flowers to embellish necklaces.  The zipper pull was glued to an earring back.  Cute!

Awesome Sauce zipper after

You can see how Sheri made these jewelry pieces at Awesome Sauce & Asshattery.

Baby Clothes from a Sweater

Over at Awesome Sauce & Asshattery, Sheri has some great ideas for upcycling old adult clothing into kids’ clothing.  For instance, she used a single sweater to make four funky new clothing items for her little one.

Sheri went at this chunky cable knit sweater with scissors, cutting it into pieces.  What emerged were toddler sized versions of leggings, a tunic, a hat, and another matching hat for mom!  These are one-of-a-kind pieces, and it’s great to see how many more uses Sheri is going to be able to get from that sweater.

Check out Sheri’s instructions for making these clothing items at Awesome Sauce & Asshattery.

Tie Camera Strap

The only thing Sheri from Awesome Sauce & Asshattery found lacking about the new camera she got for her birthday was the boring strap that accompanied it. Luckily, Sheri had a quick fix that required only an old tie and ten minutes of her time.

tie to camera strap

All Sheri had to do was snip her tie to the length of her strap and then feed the strap through. A quick stitch to secure the ends, and Sheri’s camera is now way stylish. I bet the silky tie material feels quite nice around your neck too!

tie camera strap

The tutorial can be found at Awesome Sauce & Asshattery.

Caricature Wall Art

After years of creating personalized caricature art for friends, Sheri from Awesome Sauce & Asshattery decided it was time to add a bit of fun to her own living room wall. All she needed were recyclables and a bit of imagination!

recycled caricatures

Each face begins as a cardboard box and then starts of the process of being molded into a human likeness using newspaper paper mache pulp. Things really heat up when the faces are baked in the oven and painted to look like their subjects. Sheri says her baby girl cracks up whenever she sees their little family on the wall. I love that!

caricature wall art

See how to make your own 3D caricatures at Awesome Sauce & Asshattery.

Kids Play Teepee

Sheri from Awesome Sauce & Asshattery had a full skirted maxi dress in the back of her closet that rarely saw the light of day. Shari says, “It fits me like a tent anyway so why not just let it become one.” Literally!

dress to teepee

Sheri turned her barely worn dress into a quick and simple tot teepee in less than thirty minutes. Sheri happened to have some bamboo poles that were in the discard pile, but any sticks or poles would also do the trick. Looks like a fun little hideout to me!

kids teepee from dress

Go to Awesome Sauce & Asshattery for the tutorial.

Mini Book Pendant Necklaces

Sheri from Awesome Sauce & Asshattery got this patchwork leather purse from the “take-it-or-it-goes-in-the-rubbish box” at her local charity shop. It was exactly what Sheri had been needing to make some necklaces.

leather purse to necklace

Necklaces? From a leather purse? Yessiree! Sheri deconstructed and washed scraps of material from the purse to make these mini leather-bound book pendants. All alone or in a stack, these little books make for a one-of-a-kind necklace. Plus, they could also second as reading material for your daughter’s Barbies {giggle}.

mini leather bound book pendants

Find Sheri’s tutorial at Awesome Sauce and Asshattery.