DIY Furniture Projects For The Thrifty Homeowner

Don’t you just love browsing at the thrift store? There are always so many interesting–and often unusual– things to find there. It can almost be like a treasure hunt, especially when you dig through all the rows of items in order to uncover that one amazing hidden gem. I don’t know about you, but my favorite thing to hunt for at thrift shops are old tables, chairs, and dressers I can give a DIY furniture makeover.

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DIY Thrift Store Furniture redo's

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The great news is, if you go into thrift store with a little creativity in mind, nearly any item has the potential for a DIY furniture makeover! Need some inspiration before you go hunting? We’ve collected some of the best DIY furniture ideas from across the web. Learn how to paint an old table or upcycle a chair for your living room!

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DIY Furniture Ideas

1. Beautiful decoupage motivational vanity table from A Little Craft in Your Day
2. Coordinating his and hers personalized rocking chairs from FaveCrafts.
3. Rescued and restored scarlet red bench makeover from Me and My Inklings
4. Inexpensive Polka dot card table set up cycled with spray paint and a shower curtain from FaveCrafts
5. Old buffet table made over into amazing new television console @ Cutesy Crafts
6. Retro motel luggage rack makeover from Picklee
7. Boring dresser given aged and weathered look from DecoArt
8. Industrial look dresser re-do with DIY pulls and carbon paper lettering from West Furniture Revival
9. Lovely homage to Piero Fornasetti table makeover from Mark Montano
10. Old bookcase made modern with trendy chevron stripes from FaveCrafts.
11. Hutch and cabinet turned into country style farm house cupboard with chalky paint from DecoArt
12. Gorgeous gold Leaf Desk Chair from Centsational Girl
13. Distressing a painted buffet with stain technique from I Should be Mopping the Floor
14. Tufted fabric ottoman from an old table from Make It Love It
15. Subway tiled table makeover from Tatertots and Jello
16. Luxurious DIY silver leaf vanity from Live Love DIY
17. From thrift store cabinet to chicken wire buffet from The Lovely Residence
18. Make over upholstery with pain from Kim Six Fix

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Leave us a comment and tell us which DIY furniture makeover is your favorite!

DIY Centerpiece Ideas for Spring That Will Brighten Your Home

Nothing says spring like fresh, vibrant decorations around the home. The ultimate spring centerpiece brings together the best and brightest elements of the season in a creative way and places itself proudly in the center of the home.

Whether you have time for complicated centerpiece creations or want a simple yet classic statement piece for dinner parties, brunches, and celebrations, there are plenty of ideas for unique pieces of seasonal crafty goodness.

Traditional Floral Centerpieces

At the top of most crafters’ lists for centerpieces is a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Not just any old flowers will do for springtime, though. Make sure to source the freshest, best varieties for the season to create the most appropriate centerpiece with real wow factor. Which flowers are best for springtime, you ask? Here are a few firm favorites:

Daffodils

These practically scream springtime and look and smell fantastic. For an extra punch of color, throw in some other varietal narcissi in white and pale yellow.

Tulips

Also indicative of spring, tulips can be dressed up or down to create whimsical or formal centerpieces. Mix colors together for an even brighter statement.

Muscari

Also known as Grape Hyacinth, this sometimes overlooked flower is often planted with daffodils and tulips and packs a punch of purple.

Iris

This bright purple flower has a whimsical, almost animal-like face that wows in any bouquet.

When arranging your flowers, try to think outside the box for a better visual effect. Blunt cut bunches of tulips and tie with twine, or get creative with pots, Mason jars, milk jugs, planter boxes, and other unconventional vases. Want something even more eye catching? Add citrus fruit to a glass vase or bowl and arrange your flowers on top.

Non-traditional Floral (Living) Centerpieces

If you’re wanting something slightly less typical for your floral bouquet, don’t forget varieties such as pussy willows (a personal family favorite), poseys, sweet peas, or flowering lavender. Kick it up a notch by adding tall grass or wheat grass to a rectangular planter or terracotta pots and mixing and matching colors and textures of plants.

 

Craft Centerpieces

Sometimes a bouquet of flowers just won’t cut it when it comes to a stunning and creative centerpiece. If you’re looking to take the creative road less traveled and to make your own showstopper, try one of these innovative pieces.

Bird nest

A DIY bird nest (not a real bird nest, obviously) comes together with very little effort, using only twigs, a hot glue gun, and some bobby pins, according to Kate’s Creative Space.

Crepe paper flowers

If you want the floral look without worrying about watering and wilting, try making your own everlasting floral bouquet with a bunch of flowers like these from Oh My! Handmade:

Candle arrangements

Sure to light up your dinner parties in more ways than one, spring themed candle arrangements give a meal a soft, romantic feel. Who doesn’t love dining by candlelight? Use a giant statement three wick candle on a glass platter or wrap smaller votives with lavender.

Still looking for more inspiration for the perfect spring centerpiece? Head outside and let nature be your guide. Focus on colorful, fresh, and seasonal flowers and pair with quirky accessories, or take even more time to craft your own handmade piece and your guests will be sure to appreciate your creative flair.

Which centerpiece idea is your favorite?


 

By Kaitlin Krull. For more design ideas and inspiration, head to Modernize.com.

16 Plastic Spoon Crafts for the Thrifty Crafter

Have you ever considered plastic spoons as a staple craft supply? If you haven’t, you need to see all of the amazing things you can make with them! I personally love plastic spoons because of how inexpensive they are and the never ending variety of colors that they come in. Plastic spoons can be found anywhere; I like to pick them up at the dollar store. They usually have a very large selection and you can get a lot of spoons for just one dollar. You can create amazing wreaths, kid crafts, decor, and more with plastic spoons. We have rounded up some of our favorite Plastic Spoon Crafts from talented craft bloggers for you today.

There are many fun techniques for crafting with plastic spoons. One of my personal favorites is cutting them up and spray painting them. You’re able to customize them to any color you like. I really like trying out the ombre effect. You can also melt the spoons and create plastic spoon roses. If you would like to learn more about that special technique, check out #14- Plastic Spoon Roses.

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1. Plastic Spoon Puppets from Creative Jewish Mom
2. Maracas from Plastic Spoons from Dana Made It
3. Plastic Spoon Flowers from A Cross The Blvd
4. Chocolate Spoon Gift idea from Red Ted Art
5. Pineapple Lamp from Craft Foxes
6. Plastic Spoon Wall Decor from Jeanetics
7. Bug Craft with Plastic Spoons from Perfect Playgroup
8. Plastic Spoon Laurel Wreaths from A Subtle Revelry
9. Plastic Spoon Lamp from Handimania
10. Plastic Spoon Christmas Tree from One Project Closer
11. Plastic Spoon Fall Pumpkin DIY from Club Chica Circle
12. Pottery Barn Inspired Hurricane with Plastic Spoons from The Happier Homemaker
13. Plastic Spoon Snowmen in Clay Pots from Crafts By Amanda
14. Plastic Spoon Roses from Favecrafts
15. Spring Flower Garland with Plastic Spoons from Club Chica Circle
16. DIY Spoon Mirror from Crafters Anonymous

 

These plastic spoon crafts are so much fun! All the ideas for creating with plastic spoons is really fascinating. Kids will love all the fun and easy ideas that they can create with plastic spoons.

Leave us a comment telling us what Plastic Spoon Craft you’re going to try first!


 

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Papercrafting Your Summer Bucket List Memories

This post is brought to you from Martha Bonneau from MugsyBoo.


Even though I have had a Pinterest board of summer bucket list ideas for the past few years, this is the first year that I have actually put a list of activities together for our family to try and complete this summer.  Initially the task of completing our bucket list seemed daunting, but I am happy to report we have crossed more than half the items off our list!

Paper Crafting Your Summer Bucket List

As a papercrafter, I have been looking for ideas on how to best preserve these memories.  Do I scrapbook each event, do I create a mini book, or do I create a pocket page style album?  The most ambitious way to document your summer would be to create a layout for each item on your list, but if time is at a premium, you could create a mini or pocket page album.  From making s’mores to going to see fireworks, we have rounded up lots of inspiration to get you motivated!

 Summer Bucket List Album Ideas

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4th of July by Cassie

Sidewalk Chalk by Amy

Ooey Gooey Goodness S’mores by Lisa

Sweet Days of Summer by Martha

Picnic by Anabelle

Snow Cones by Jacinda

Road Trip by Jennifer

Bucket List by Shanna Noel

Summer Bucket Book

I love the idea of compiling your bucket list on a single layout like Jennifer did. Mini albums are a creative way to preserve your summer memories. These papercrafters show us how to create a pre-made summer bucket list album that can be filled with pictures at the end of summer…or fall or winter if time slips away from you!

Mini Accordian Album

Summer Bucket List Mini Album by Ashley

Mini Accordian Album by Gail

More Summer Bucket List Ideas

Scrapbook albums with pocket-style pages have become a popular way to document your memories.  These albums come in a variety of sizes like this 4×4 example by Lisa and this traditional 12×12 by Michelle. Your Bucket List doesn’t even have to be documented in an album; these papercrafters have thought outside the album when it came to creating their lists.

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Summer Bucket List Planning by Angela

Summer Bucket List Garland by Stephanie

Summer Bucket List Wall Décor by Becca

 

Do you have a summer bucket list? If so, what is on it?

 

Dog Days of Summer: Dog Themed Papercrafting Inspiration

This post is brought to you by Martha Bonneau from Panda Eight.

July 3rd through August 11th brings us what is known as the “Dog Days of Summer”.  We see the warmest temperatures of the year as Sirius, the Dog Star, rises and sets with the sun each day. When you say “Dog Days of Summer,” I think of heat, heat and more heat!  The air conditioning is running constantly and I am looking for ways to cool down.  What better way to beat the heat than to stay in and do a little papercrafting inspired by the namesake of the Dog Days, man’s (and woman’s!) best friend: your family dog.

Dog Themed Papercrafting Inspiration

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Dog Scraps

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If you are like me, your pet is a part of your family and you want to include them in your memory keeping.  Here are ideas on how to incorporate them into your scrapbook layouts and pocket page projects.

Layouts by Melissa

Rosie Layout

A Day in the Life of a Dog Projects

Pocket Page Inspiration

Pocket Page Printable

Card Making Ideas for the Dogs

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Every dog has its day and its card, so find handcrafted card inspiration for ruff days and happy ones too.  These cards are perfect for your pet-loving friends and family.

Preppy Pups

Feeling Ruff

Happy Day

Happy Puppies

Hot Dog

DIY Doggie Décor

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Make room over your mantel because with these easy-to-follow papercrafting tutorials, you will be able to create home décor projects that are individualized with your pet’s portrait.

Pop Art Pet Portrait

Dog Silhouette

A Pack of Printables

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Check out these free printable straw tags and cupcake toppers for the party animals! Wrapping paper, note cards, and wall art as well as paper crafting projects featuring several breeds are included in the links below.  Homemade papercrafting has never been easier!

Let’s Paw-ty Straw Toppers

Doggie Party

Lunch Box Love Notes

Dog Park Note Cards

Wrapping Paper

Set of 4 Dog Prints

For The Love of Dogs Print Set

Must Love Dogs Printable Art & Labels

Tramp The Dog Paper Toy

 

Are you a cat or a dog person?

 

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Paper Crafts

This post is brought to you by Martha Bonneau from Panda Eight.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! When you mention July of course Independence Day comes to mind, but did you know that July is also National Ice Cream Month? To celebrate this sweet summer treat, we are sharing some of our favorite paper crafting projects featuring ice cream. Whether it’s cards, printables, or scrapbooking projects, we have something to share in your favorite flavor!

National Ice Cream Month Paper Crafts

 

Cool Ice Cream Cards & Tags

Ice Cream Card

Ice cream is a perfect theme for summer cards, tags and party invites. There are as many card making ideas as there are flavors of ice cream! Say thank you to a friend, teacher or family member with Lisa’s Popsicle Gift Card Holder or get your summer party started with No Melt Ice Cream Invitations.

Popsicle Gift Card Holder by Lisa

Wanna’ Chill Card by Corri

Ice Cream Gift Tag DIY

No Melt Ice Cream Invitations

 

Yummy Free Ice Cream Printables

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Get a jump on your handmade summer crafting projects with this assortment of free ice cream themed printables. Print these out and then invite everyone over for ice cream with Amy’s Let’s Do Ice Cream Printable Card. Once your guests arrive, serve up cones embellished with cute Ice Cream Cone Wrappers.

Let’s Do Ice Cream Printable Card by Amy

Ice Cream Cone Download

Ice Cream Cone Wrappers

A Double Scoop of Printable Ice Cream Tags

Adorable Ice Cream Gift Tags

Ice Cream Party Favor Printable

 

Ice Cream Scrapbooking in Every Flavor

Ice Cream Paper Crafting

Preserve those sweet summer ice cream memories with handcrafted mini albums and scrapbook layouts. These paper craft projects range from a Sweet Ice Cream Album to creative paper crafting ideas like Becki’s Ice Cream themed scrapbook page.

Ice Cream Book Tutorial

Sweet Ice Cream Album

Celebrating with Ice Cream by Becki

Ice Cream Love by Stacia

Triple Scoop Ice Cream Album

 

 

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

 

 

 

 

Make Peeps Place Cards For Your Easter Brunch

This tutorial is brought to you by Maria Del Pinto.

Brighten up your Easter brunch with a delicious addition to your table – edible Peeps Placecards! The bright colors (and yummy taste) will make the day even more memorable.

Materials:

  • Peeps Marshmallow Bunnies
  • Peepsters Creamy Milk Chocolates
  • Wilton Candy Melts
  • Wilton Confetti Sprinkles
  • Box of Rice Krispies Treats
  • Asst Candy Sprinkles
  • Mini Robin Eggs
  • Toothpick
  • Place Card

 

Instructions:

Take three Rice Krispies Treats out of their packaging and put them on a piece of parchment. Place them in the microwave for five to eight seconds (depending on the microwave).  While warm, combine two of them and form into a nest or circle.  Take the Wilton Sprinkles and add them to the warm treats.

Take the third, split it in half and roll to form log.  Cut into three 1-1/2” pieces and put aside.

Heat some water and place in glass measuring cup.  Place a small amount of the candy melts into the plastic baggy and seal tight.  Place in the hot (but not boiling) water until it melts.

Cut the tip off the plastic baggy and use it as a piping bag by squeezing it to drizzle the candy melts onto the nest to attach the Peeps Marshmallow Bunny, the Peepsters chocolates and the Robin Eggs.

Use one of the Krispie Treats logs to secure the bunny by attaching it with the Candy Melts behind the Peeps Marshmallow Bunny.  Allow to harden.

Finish by adding your place card and attaching it with the tooth pick.

Surf’s Up! Take Your PEEPS To the Beach

This tutorial is brought to you by Maria Del Pinto.

Create a fun edible Easter craft by adding some PEEPS to your favorite pudding dish.

Materials:

  • Peeps Marshmallow Bunnies
  • Wilton’s Candy Melts
  • Keebler Vienna Fingers Cookies
  • White pudding (store bought or homemade)
  • Blue Food Coloring

 

Prepare your favorite pudding recipe (or store bought pudding) and add blue food coloring and stir until you get a nice shade of blue.  Place aside.

Crush 3 Vienna Fingers and place at the bottom of glass cup or bowl.  Then top with the pudding.

Place a few candy melts in a microwave safe bowl and heat for about 30 seconds to 45 seconds (amount of time may vary).  Take two of the Peeps Bunnies and use the candy melt to adhere a third to the top of the two.  Allow candy to harden.

Use a Vienna Finger cookie for a surfboard.  Reheat the left over candy melts to put some onto the Vienna Finger cookie and adhere the stack of bunnies to it. Allow candy to harden.

Place the Surfing Bunnies onto the top of the blue pudding to create a fun dessert.

 

Note:

  • An alternate ideas is to decorate the bunnies with Candy Melts in different colors to create swimsuits and place them directly into the pudding to look like they are sitting in a Jacuzzi.

Your New Favorite Sewing Projects For Spring

This post is brought to you by Mary Egan from CraftFoxes.

Believe it or not, spring is here (and summer is on its way)! Now is the time to start looking for some sewing projects that you can wear when the warm weather arrives. Although sewing and knitting are often associated with colder weather, there are plenty of warm-weather wearables you can create with fabric and thread. There’s a chance that cool weather might stick around a little longer, so consider this time to work on some new DIY fashion for the spring months.

Ruffle Neck Romper

When it’s warm outside, the perfect outfit for your little one might just be a romper. This romper is easy to make and you can choose whichever pattern of fabric you’d like. The pattern is adapted from an older pattern to make it more modern in appearance, with a shirred waist and ruffle neck. This pattern is simple and the tutorial, found on CraftFoxes, will lead you step-by-step through the creation of this romper. Choose a fresh, spring-colored floral fabric and create an adorable wardrobe item for your little one.

Get the Ruffle-Neck Romper sewing pattern.

 

Easy Tote Bag

If you travel to the park, library, or work, you’ll probably need a bag to carry your belongings. This bag is screen-printed with different airport codes to create a travel-friendly theme. First, you need to sew the bag and its handle, then screen-print the letters on using a freezer paper method. For this project, you’ll need fabric, freezer paper, fabric ink, sponges, and some other crafting supplies. You don’t have to use airport codes for your decoration – use your own imagination for letting or images.

Visit CraftFoxes for this tote bag pattern.

 

Get Ready for Swimsuit Season

Springtime sewing means that summer is not far around the corner! Now is the perfect time to beef up your summer wardrobe. Did you know you can sew a bikini? It’s true! This tutorial on CraftFoxes will teach you how to make your own bikini, saving you time and helping you create an item that’s fitted especially for your body. If you’re learning to sew with new and different materials, this project would be a great introduction to sewing with Lycra, which is the material best suited for swimsuit patterns. For this project you’ll need enough Lycra to create a bikini for your body type and well as the lining, elastic, plastic “sew-in” boning, ribbon, and a clasp closure. You’ll need specialized materials your own bikini and it might be a bit more difficult than other projects, but this CraftFoxes post offers a pattern to download and a clear tutorial.

Check out this bikini pattern.

 

Shirt Patterns

Everyone needs some flowing, comfortable shirts for the warmer months. This post at CraftFoxes offers several different ways to create your own spring shirts as well as ways to adapt some of your old shirts for new uses. You can make a festival top from a men’s shirt that you have lying around the house or add a dip-dye ombre effect to any old shirt. There are projects in this post that allow you to add crochet side panels, a Peter Pan collar or add ruffles to any shirt. If you’re looking to update some old pieces and recycle them in the process, be sure to check these projects out!

Find some free shirt patterns for women.

 

What projects do you want to sew up for spring?

Eat, Craft, Repeat – Celebrate Easter With PEEPS

This tutorial is brought to you by Maria del Pinto.

Here is a super quick and easy portable Easter treat for your celebrations.

Materials:

  • Peeps Dark Chocolate Dipped Chicks
  • Cake Sprinkles
  • White Icing (store-bought or homemade)
  • Cake Mix (plus water, eggs, and vegetable oil)
  • Flat-Bottomed Ice Cream Cones
  • Cupcake Pan

Preheat your oven. Take the cones and place them standing up in each slot on the cupcake pan. Then using mix together the cake mix ingredients. Pour the batter into each of the cones until the cones are around 3/4 full.  Bake the batter and cones as you would cupcakes.  Once they are baked, allow them to cool.

Take each cone and frost it with white frosting.  Place the Dark Chocolate Dipped Peeps in the top center of the cone.  To finish, decorate around the Peeps Chick with the Wilton Sprinkles.