Over at Organized 31, Susan collects wooden game blocks. (Think Jenga.) She had plenty of her own, but she also accepts donations of more and hunts them down in thrift stores. she's found that they can be repurposed in many ways to create fun decor projects.
Julie at Redhead Can Decorate saw a simple pallet Christmas tree last year that got her gears turning. When fate delivered a pallet to her house last summer, she hung on to it and is now the proud owner of a gorgeous silver and gold pallet tree!
"Gingerbread houses are fun, but all too often are temporary because they are made from actual gingerbread, icing and candies. I wanted a Christmas village made up of gingerbread houses, but one I could bring out each year," Amanda explains on her blog, Crafts by Amanda. Her solution for keeping her gingerbread village fresh was to skip the cookies and go straight for the milk--she started saving milk and juice cartons!
Isn't it awesome when brand-new decorations materialize out of thin air? Courtney tells us, "The best part about this craft, was that I already had all the materials I needed." Over at Crafts by Courtney, she's showing us how she used a few supplies she already had on hand--washi tape, thread spools, and mason jars--to create some kicky new Christmas decor!
Over at The Salvaged Boutique, one of Kathy's friends passed along several boxes of vintage items to her. She was delighted to find one of them full of these glass insulators. Insulators were originally used with telegraph lines, back in the 1800's. Kathy challenged herself to turn one of them into Christmas decor, using only items that she had on hand.
When Nicole spotted a pile of trimmings at the Christmas tree lot, she figured it wouldn't hurt to ask the guy running the lot if she could have a few. He said, "Go ahead, help yourself," so Nicole took home plenty of greenery and blogged about what she did with it at Design It Vintage.
Inspired by some of the Christmas trees she'd seen made out of driftwood over the years, Amanda wanted to make a tree of her own from fallen branches. She tells all about the project at Crafts By Amanda.
Wreaths are fun to hang on the door any time of year, but they are especially meaningful during the Christmas season. This week at Roadkill Rescue, we'll be celebrating the season with festive wreath projects that honor the spirit of Roadkill Rescue: they are made out of free, found, or upcycled materials. Stay tuned for Wreath Week!
Krista of The Happy Housie came up with an adorable paint stick project this holiday season: rustic stars! It's definitely something that could be incorporated year-round into her decor, and the hardware store was nice enough to give her the paint sticks for free!
"A little while back, my neighbor was throwing out this old window screen," tells Shanna at Restoration Redoux, "and I told my husband that I knew I would someday find a use for it. He of course told me I never would. I love it when I’m right."
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