“This lampshade originally came with a vintage lamp I picked up at the Goodwill,” explains Carrie at Lovely Etc. “The lamp got a quick makeover and a new, updated shade…and the shade got torn apart. ” She ended up saving the wire frame of the shade. Recently, she realized that it could be repurposed into a basket.
Over at The Little Moments, Amy Jo rescued this badly-made frame from the dumpster at her local ReStore. “Honestly, I don’t blame them,” she laughs. “They are in the business of architectural salvage, not ‘crafts gone wrong’ salvage.”
When Sabine from Mom in Music City found this mirror on the side of the road, it didn’t have a frame. Using some other found materials, she dressed up the mirror to reflect her own unique style.
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.
Cheryl blogs at The Creative Me and My McG. When the cushions of her garden swing seat became too damaged to use, Cheryl noticed that some patio chairs she’d saved from a neighbor’s garbage matched the swing frame and fit inside the seat area. She joked to her husband that it was too bad they couldn’t use the chairs as seats for the swing, and he took it as a challenge!
Over at her blog, Flimsy Pi, Karen explains that a friend gifted her with several old windows. “When we picked them up from her house my husband thanked her for ‘feeding my habit’,” Karen laughs. She decided to use the first window as a display for some handmade doilies, a gift from another friend.
Taking a different route home from her daughter’s gymnastics class one day, Allison of The Golden Sycamore spotted this empty frame sticking out of a trash pile. Even though she wasn’t exactly sure how she was going to use it, she threw it in the back of her car and brought it home.