Upcycled Tshirt Scarf for Kids

Last week I shared some tshirt refashions and upcycles over at Infarrantly Creative.  I’ve got plenty of material for these, since between the two of us, my husband and I have a stack of almost 75 old tees!  Here’s one I made with my daughter, Kayla.


Kayla and I turned an old white tshirt into a scarf that was just her size.  We cut a long rectangle of solid-colored fabric from the shirt.  We jazzed it up a bit by stamping designs on it with fabric paint.  We chose x’s, o’s, and hearts for Valentine’s Day, but you could really do anything with stamps of your choice.  Kayla loves her new scarf, and we had a lot of fun making it together.


Check out the video tutorial of this project at Infarrantly Creative.

Dropcloth Coasters

At Frugal Ain’t Cheap, Daniela says she has a lot of canvas dropcloth sitting around in her house.  Dropcloth is great for protecting surfaces while you’re painting, but there’s no need to throw it out when the paint project is complete.  Daniela used some of her dropcloth to make these coasters.

Daniela has some great information for how to make your dropcloth more supple and absorbent than it is straight from the package–which will really help if you are using it for coasters like these, instead of paint protection.  The number stamp Daniela used to give these a little more personality is really cute, and gives me a lot of ideas for other ways to personalize these.  This would make a great gift idea, don’t you think?

Learn more about how to make these coasters at Frugal Ain’t Cheap.

Alice in Wonderland Dresser

Amy from Plucking Daisies had this dresser sitting her basement for years. It had been left behind by a former roommate and then again abandoned when Amy never finished painting it. This time around, Amy devoted a full nine months to painting and altering the dresser until it was complete.

painted dresser before

If you are wondering what possibly could have taken nine months, Amy recreated the story of Alice in Wonderland using a variety of tools and techniques for a truly unique dresser. I am blown away by all the thought and detail Amy put into this work of art. When you open the bottom drawers, painted with the “Off With Their Heads” scene, the heads appear to actually come off. How crazy creative!


Check out all the details and close-ups of each drawer at Plucking Daisies.

Cabinet with Numbered Drawers

Mary of Urban Farmgirl found this cabinet while out perusing old industrial plants for trash. It was outside a building that had been a printing company for almost 100 years. So you could say it has a little history {wink, wink}.

numbered cabinet before

Mary used her own personal technique to retain the character of the finish. There is so much I love about this piece… the inset knobs, the numbered drawers, the aged finish… Mary totally knocked this one out and brought out all the original beauty of the piece.

numbered cabinet after

Find Mary’s tutorial at Urban Farmgirl.