Upcycled Drink Pouch Hair Bows

Do your kids like to sip drinks from pouches?  If you have a few pouches on hand, you’ll have to try this nifty upcycling craft created by Ginger of Gingersnap Crafts.

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To make the bows, Ginger cut apart her kids saved drink pouches and washed them with soapy water.  She used a couple of shapes specifically for creating bows with her die cut machine to cut the appropriate shapes out of her drink pouches.  Ginger attached the two pieces together with brads to make adorable silver bows.  She glued each bow onto an alligator clip.  “For each clippie you will need two pouches.” Ginger notes.


Visit Gingersnap Crafts to view the full tutorial for these fun hair clips.

Chair of Pi

When one of her neighbors had a yard sale this summer, Paula spotted this chair.  She didn’t want to pay what they were asking, so she was thrilled when this chair ended up on the curb after the sale was over.  Paula shares the makeover she gave this chair at Sweet Pea.


Although her initial instinct was to paint the chair, after taking a good look at the wood Paula decided to sand off the old finish and let the beautiful wood show with a new coat of stain.  She plumped up the seat cushion with another layer of foam.  To personalize the chair, Paula stitched the sign for Pi onto the new upholstery.  She explains, “Since I have taught math, am the daughter of a math teacher, and have an engineer for a husband, Pi is my number of choice.”  How fun!


Click over to Sweet Pea to get all the details on how Paula gave this chair a new look.

Agate Art

Corinna blogs at For My Love Of.  There, she shares an idea for creating art from nature.  In Corinna’s case, she had some beautiful agate slices leftover from another craft project.

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Turning the colorful geode slices into art was fairly simple.  Corinna glued the agates onto pieces of poster board.  The poster board was already measured and cut to fit in some dollar store shadow box frames.  She slipped the boards back into the frames and they were ready to display!  Aren’t those colors gorgeous?


Go to For My Love Of to learn more about this agate art.

DIY Serving Tray

Over at Create.Craft.Love., Jill claims her dad’s basement is a real treasure trove of saved and forgotten items.  “I swear the man has never thrown anything away.  As a DIY fanatic, it’s like going to the thrift store every time I visit!” she laughs.  On a recent visit, Jill came away from her dad’s with some old kitchen cabinet doors.


Jill decided that she would turn one of those old cabinet doors into a pretty serving tray for her coffee table.  To do so, she first layered cream and blue chalk paint over it.  She waxed the door and lightly sanded it to give it the distressed look that she loves.  Next, Jill added some pretty silver drawer pulls to the edges of the former door to serve as handles, effectively turning it into a tray.  Beautiful!


Learn more about the specific paint colors Jill used by clicking over to Create. Craft. Love. 

Easy Pallet Project for Garage Organization

Jenn from Clean & Scentsible came up with a way to keep her garage a little more organized without spending much time or money.  Her material of choice?  She repurposed a pallet.


Needing a place to store sports equipment, it dawned on Jenn that a pallet was just the right size and shape.  “I used an old pallet that came with a shipment of paint that we had delivered and all of the rest of the supplies we had on hand,” she explained, which kept her costs really low.  She sanded down the pallet to get rid of the slivers and rough spots.  A coat of stain gave it a more polished look, and for a bit of whimsy, Jenn added some sporty words with stencils.  It’s the perfect way to corral the bats, sticks, and skis!


Find out more about this easy pallet project at Clean & Scentsible.

Vanity Comes to the Front Door

“Back when I was in high school my parents bought me a vanity,” says Shonee at Hawthrone and Main.  “I really loved using it.  I would sit in front of it every day when I would get ready in the mornings.”  While Shonee no longer uses the vanity, she decided that she still wanted it in her home.  Recently, she gave it a makeover.


Deciding to repurpose the vanity as a table in her entryway, Shonee gave it a fresh new look.  She painted the table with chalk paint, painting the tabletop green and the rest of the table white.  Some light distressing added character.  Shonee is still looking for the perfect knob to replace the original drawer hardware.  Any ideas?


Visit Hawthorne and Main to find out the paint colors Shonee used for this makeover.

Nail and String Cross Art

Kristi blogs at My Weekly Habit.  Years agao, her gandpap made this huge tower of drawers for storage in his garage workshop.  When he died, the drawers were passed along to Kristi’s husband.  They were full of all kinds of nails, washers, nuts, and bolts.  For this project, Kristi tried to incorporate as many of her grandpap’s old nails as she could.

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The project Kristi came up with was nail and string art in the shape of a cross.  She had a piece of wood ready to use as a canvas.  After creating the shape she desired, Kristi used a piece of paper with the cross shape drawn on it in tiny dots to show herself where to place the nails.  She used three shades of blue string, layering the colors as she wove them from nail to nail.  To finish the art, she painted the word “faith” across the bottom of her board canvas.  Lovely!

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Visit My Weekly Habit to learn more about this nail and string art project.

Painting a Lamp to Suit

Laura from The Turquoise Home bought this classic lamp on clearance at Target months ago.  She’s been using it in her home ever since, but the wood tone was just a little off when placed alongside the rest of her decor.  She decided it was time to change things up a bit.


The makeover was a snap.  She painted the lamp a glossy white, a nice complement to the white and yellow lampshade Laura was already using.  It’s a fresh, new look for a classic lamp.


Visit The Turquoise Home to learn more about the glossy enamel paint Laura used for this makeover.

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