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October
7

Add Fearful Flair with Spooky Spider Vases

Why not transform Goodwill vases into “BOO-tiful” pieces to scare up some Halloween fun! With black spray paint, white puffy fabric paint, and seasonal accessories, you can easily create frightening spider web vases. Age Level:  Older kids, teens, and adults Items needed: Glass or ceramic vases Black spray paint White puffy fabric paint Fake spiders and other Halloween […]

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September
30

DIY Rustic Industrial Home Décor for Fall

Rustic industrial home décor looks amazing all year. But once the air turns crisp in Autumn, I especially like to pair interesting rusty items with dried flowers and mini pumpkins to bring a little bit of fall flair into my home. You can spend a lot of money on high-end rustic industrial home décor. Or […]

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September
30

Scare (and delight!) Trick-or-Treaters with a Spooky Eyeball Bowl

Give your Halloween night visitors a thrill by transforming a snack bowl into a scary candy dish!   Age Level:   Teens and adults Items Needed: Large ceramic snack bowl Black spray paint Red puffy paint Fake eyeball decorations (2) Glue gun & glue sticks Time Requirement:   1 hour (not including paint drying time) Cost: […]

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September
23

Old Silver Trays Serve Up New Purpose as Chalkboards

Silver serving trays have become a thing of the past as many of us prefer to entertain less formally these days. However, these classic pieces now have a new role: one-of-a-kind chalkboards! Dust off that old heirloom and give it new life. These whimsical chalkboards are a welcoming, friendly way to greet visitors, leave messages […]

Old Silver Trays Serve Up New Purpose as Chalk Boards
September
16

Create Beautiful Waves by Pouring on Paint

By using this easy and unusual technique, you can transform surfaces and create masterpieces just by pouring on paint.  Think of this project as finger painting for adults! See how much fun it can be to give old furniture a fresh and beautiful look that resembles waves, the sky or even one of Monet’s famous […]

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September
9

The World is Your Oyster: Use Maps to Refresh Old Items

When thinking about upcycling items, take the road to success by using maps.  Turn blank slates into eye-catching spaces by decoupaging lampshades and canvases with these traveling tools featuring your favorite place or hometown. Ability level:  Moderate Age Level:  Teens and adults Items needed: Lampshades Canvases Maps Modge Podge Paintbrush Scissors Pen or marker Spray paint (optional) […]

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September
2

Using Upcycled Accessories for Your Themed Space

Transformed items to add personality and pizazz to your place for just a few dollars.  For just around $150, an apartment went from bland to beautiful with items given a second chance in this exciting DIY project. Ability level:  Easy to moderate Age Level:  Kids of all ages with some painting, decoupaging supervision Items needed: Lamps Artwork […]

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September
2

A Little Round Table for Many Decorating Styles

When I found this little round table with the curvy legs at my local Goodwill store recently, I smiled. It’s the third little round table I have purchased at Goodwill in the past few months. These tables seem to be a popular item for people to donate. Maybe that’s because they seem old-fashioned looking and […]

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August
26

Bike Wheel Memo Board: A New Spin on a Bulletin Board

Transform a bike wheel into a unique memo board that will ride circles around those traditional bulletin boards.  Bikes are universal and are fun for kids of all ages so using an upcycled bike tire in this way makes a great gift for back to school or any special occasion for anyone on your list. […]

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August
19

Family Fun: Upcycle Frames to Capture Vacation Memories

Make lasting memories by upcycling old picture frames with items collected from your vacations and holidays. Create a wonderful keepsake from your special times away with mementos gathered from your trip.  And consider this as an activity to do with friends and family so you create another special moment in the process. (I must really […]

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