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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
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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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
12

Transform Butcher Blocks into Desk Organizers

Get ready to get back-to-school cool by turning a butcher block into a desk organization station! This craft is ideal for your student, home office space, or your kid’s arts and crafts supplies. These also make great gifts, especially when you pick a theme that matches the recipient’s favorite hues or school colors. Ability level:  Moderate […]

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July
29

3 Ways to Revamp a Lampshade Using Upcycled Clothing

See the light by giving an old lampshade a new look with a scarf or blouse.  So many great ways to transform it…here are three ideas resulting in totally different looks. Ability level:  Moderate to advanced Age Level:  Older teens and adults  Items needed: A lamp with shade A scarf or blouse 1 can of […]

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July
29

Light Up Your Outdoor Space with Style

My patio furniture is comfy and functional, but it is also a little “blah.” I found the perfect item at Goodwill to light up my outdoor space with style. With a little imagination and some solar lights, you can easily add a personal touch to your outdoor space too. My DIY Solar Light was easy […]

1. DIY Solar Light
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