“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!
Sometimes you just have to be crafty. Here’s a cute little upcycling project for one of those times. It would be a terrific rainy day project for kids, too. Sherri from About Family Crafts issued a challenge to her friends to upcycle a plastic food container, and this is how she participated in that challenge. Her container of choice once held margarine.
“A friend of mine dropped by one day with a pile of these cigar boxes that she picked up for me,” Susan tells us at Organized 31. The friend was confident that Susan could do something with them, and she loved the way they opened. Susan’s friend also confessed that the tray inside meant to hold cigars was perfect for storing beads.
At Refunk My Junk, Alli wasn’t so sure about the heavy-duty dresser with an wheat motif…..but it’s hard to turn down free stuff! It sat in her garage for a few months until some inspiration came in the way of Don Draper and Company.
When Kathy of The Salvaged Boutique inherited a box full of wood dowels, she wasn’t quite sure what to think, but she did love their backstory. “These wooden rods came from a friend of his who works for a vacuum company that was discarding the rods because they were defective. My Uncle says these rods are used to create the part that spins at the bottom of a vacuum,” Kathy explains.
At The Cwafty Blog, RaChel decided to turn a simple glass bottle into a pretty vase using a few craft supplies she had on hand. Her bottle of choice? A Starbucks frappucino bottle.
What’s a girl to do when she spots adorable (but pricey) coasters in the Anthropologie catalog? Well, if you are a DIYer like Abby of Just a Girl and Her Blog, you check your garage for leftover plywood and get to work making your own!