How-to Guide on making a sofa tables on a low budget by repurposing an old oak valet stand, and by recycling wood from solid teak French doors to make a second one to the same design.
This article is a big round up of coaster tutorials. It includes coaster tutorials for fabric, tile, and more. There are links and photos for all of these tutorials with additional resources for some of them.
Turn any gift box and lid into a festive holiday floral arrangement and a special Christmas tree decoration with just a few supplies, some creativity, and some holiday spirit!
With a few supplies, you can turn an old rubber boot that was headed for the dumpster into a cute and practical flower planter. Add a little whimsy to your garden with this recycled boot flower pot.
Each year, 58 billion disposable coffee cup sleeves are tossed out. Learn how to save your fingers and the environment by taking the time to make your own reusable coffee sleeve. Easy to make and customize, a reusable coffee sleeve also makes a great homemade gift.
An easy and inexpensive way to display your favorite photos. Turn your smartphone art into versatile and stylish decor with this helpful tutorial.
Make a beautiful keepsake bouquet using upcycled items found at home. It's easy with these instructions and step by step photos. This is a special gift that anyone will cherish.
You can turn garden accessories like small fences and trellises into charming wall decorations to use in your office, bedroom, or dorm room. All you need is a few materials and some imagination!
This wine cork birdhouse can be used indoors or outdoors. This birdhouse adds decoration on an apartment balcony or in a tree at your cottage. Easy wine cork craft, your kids can have fun building.
Get organized with this easy DIY! These step-by-step instructions will show you how to make a magazine holder out of a cereal box.
Upcycling worn t-shirts into beautiful rugs satisfies my penny-pinching nature. You'll find the instructions to make "yarn" from tees and how to crochet a throw rug similar to the braided rugs grandma used to make.
Turn that pile of sentimental t-shirts saved from trips, school, family, clubs ect that are stashed in your bottom drawer into keepsake T-Shirt Pillows and put them on display for all to enjoy.
Crafts, for kids and adults, using paper towel and toilet paper rolls. Ideas for wall decor, seasonal and holiday items or adults. Easy and inexpensive projects for kids.
Repurpose glass jars with metal lids into fabulous coin banks, tip jars, and donation jars. In this tutorial you will learn how to punch a rectangle slot into a metal lid using basic hand tools. No power tools required!
Tired of your yarn becoming tangled? Three ideas for homemade yarn holders that will work in a pinch.
Do you ever have problems getting a fire started in the fireplace or wood stove? Why not try making pinecone fire starters? You can use them for yourself or make wonderful handmade gifts with them.
Learn how to custom paint leather shoes, boots or sandals successfully with acrylic paint and then how to trim and embellish them with rhinestones, faux gems, sequins and other fashion accents
Scarecrows are awesome decorations, and they make a fun project for the whole family. You can easily make a scarecrow out of scraps to scare up some fun in your own front yard.
Every time I threw out a tea bag, I felt guilty. So I started saving the used ones in a bowl. I noticed the tea stain on a raspberry zinger herbal tea bag one day. It was pink, pretty and reminded me of a rose petal. It was the first of many tea bag art ideas.
A great way to use old newspapers is to craft with them. In this article, you'll find ideas, pictures and links to great tutorials. There are some easy and fun crafts for kids too.
Add glamour to an old pair of shoes and save them from the landfill: apply micro-glitter and not only rescue but upcycle your shoes. It's easy AND fun! Use this procedure for many different crafts!
A step-by-step guide on how to decorate your headphone case to create a marble design using nail polish. The instructions are easy to follow, but this craft takes a while to perfect. Practice makes progress!
Making a book sculpture is a fun, easy process, and you probably already have almost everything you need sitting around your house!
Check out these light bulb craft ideas for adults, including vases, terrariums, painted bulbs, and holiday crafts to make and sell. Light bulb craft ideas for kids and preschoolers are included, too!
A free template, tips, and techniques are freely shared in this Wet Felting Tutorial. Recycled Crivit Beach shoes are used in the place of shoe lasts and recycled Soles are attached on completion.
Recycled thick Woolen Jumpers are used to create hanging basket liners. Follow these simple steps to create a hanging garden of your own. Fill it with herbs or flowers to create a riot of color.
Make your own hand-painted horseshoes. They're cheap, fun, and make a brilliant good luck charm to hang above the door. Personalized horseshoes also make excellent presents for weddings, anniversaries, Christmas, and birthdays!
I had a great time making these pumps and I've gotten tons of compliments and positive feedback wearing them. I'll detail my experience and methods in this Hub for anyone who may want to make a pair.
Have you ever wondered how to make a cute bottle cap pendant? Not only are they adorable, but they are also very easy to make. Let's get started!
Don't throw away all those brightly colored plastic bags you get. Recycle them and embellish a straw bag to give it a little bit of a retro look. This easy to follow tutorial will show you how.
This adorable snowman wreath will welcome your guests and compliment your holiday decor! It's simple to create, using items you already have on hand.
Upcycling, or giving old items new life, is becoming increasingly popular as a way to keep items out of landfills. Learn how to turn crop jeans into a tote to get started!
Learn how to use wine corks for craft, home decor, or garden projects! There is something here for everyone.
DIY tutorial on how to take a glass bottle and make it into a stained glass creative keepsake. Beautiful way to upcycle used bottles to create lovely gifts, add color to your decor, and easy to make!
Design a handbag for holidays or everyday! Customize your purse with these directions and photos using basic sewing skills by repurposing a denim skirt.
Even chocolate inspires creative people. What do you think of a phone cover made of chocolate packaging and Duck Tape?
Those poor leftover and lonely socks without a purpose after the dryer eats its mate! Here are 5 genius life hacks and ideas that actually work to give purpose to those socks!
Problems of cutting hard cheeses and illustrated step-by-step how-to upcycle guide to make a cheese cutter from repurposing a hacksaw blade and making a cheeseboard to match from recycled wood.
Wreaths create a warm welcome for any holiday or season. To make a unique decoration, try tying strips of fabric around a wire frame and then add a bow, ornament, or some flowers for a pop of color.
You can make or repurpose a birdhouse into a beautiful planter or flower vase for your home or garden. With a few charming details, these birdhouses can add a decorative touch to any yard or home.
Paint and restore a dresser for your baby's room! You can use these principles to update many furniture pieces you have around your home.
Only wine bottle crafts which include tutorials for making the craft are included in this article. There are simple, fun and easy projects, and also unique and elegant ideas great for decor or gifts.
Use antique ceiling tin to make an attractive wall hanging. Using salvaged material is a sustainable practice and can add a unique decorative touch to your home. This simple project is easy to do.
Simple how-to guide on restoring an old pair of scales, with illustrations, and multi-purposing them as a functional fruit bowl when not used to weigh objects.
Learn how to make a fancy 3D chandelier from a frozen pizza box. Three dimensional chandeliers are a popular choice for party decorations. In fact, we are using several of them for my daughters high school graduation party this year. I have made...
Make 50+ creative projects using old CDs! Even though you may not listen to the music on them anymore, the CDs can still be used for something practical and beautiful that you will enjoy.
Piñatas are a fun way to celebrate festivities, and graduations are one of the milestones that should be celebrated to honor a student's hard work. Follow these steps to make a DIY graduation-themed piñata!
Did you use to do a lot of baking but all you have left is a cache of old, rusty, and crusty baking pans? Here are some ideas that you can try to upcycle them and give them a new purpose!
Tie-dyeing is a fun way to become a fabric designer! Choose colors from subtle pastels to shouting vivids. Experiment with different typing combinations and colors! Learn how to do it on a budget!
DIY garden plant container makes a great spice garden for your kitchen or used in a child’s room to grow a sweet potatoe vine. The uses for this cork DIY plant container are endless. Fun, easy craft!
The next time your garden hose wears out, don't throw it away! Instead recycle or repurpose it into something useful or decorative. From sprinklers to vases to wreaths, the possibilities are endless.
If you love making things and experimenting with different materials, this article provides some basic tips for working with old DVDs and will give you some ideas on craft items to make or decorate.
Learn how saltwater, crayons, electricity, a hair dryer, and a bit of creativity can be used to etch a candy tin with the step-by-step text instructions and photos in this craft tutorial.
Can't find a throw pillow to your liking? Make one yourself! It is so easy to do, and I've provided two options below.
If you're a crafter, don't throw out tissue boxes. I never throw something out without wondering how I might be able to reuse or repurpose it. This is exactly what happened when I went to throw a tissue box in the recycling bin.
Quick and easy ideas for reusing and repurposing your Christmas decorations around your home all year round. Stop packing away your favorite holiday ornaments and use them everyday!
If you have kids, you probably end up with lots of crayon bits that are messy and too small to be useful. Don't throw them out! There are tons of fun and beautiful crafts you can make with them.
Check out all these craft ideas, including map crafts and map craft ideas for kids, preschoolers, and kindergarten; crafts using maps for adults; DIY map projects for use by teachers and homeschool teachers; and easy-to-make crafts using old maps.
There are so many creative projects that can be made with mason jars. Here are three fun and easy ways to use old jars to make decorations.
Tea bag embroidery is simple and fun. It is another way to repurpose a tea bag into a beautiful art project. The possible stain colors and embroidery designs are endless. This craft is suitable for any skill level.
Barbie's closet may be extensive, but her clothes are way too expensive! Give your favorite doll a new wardrobe for next to nothing by utilizing out-of-date wallpaper books. I've included patterns for a circle skirt and basic strapless top.
Here's a quick and easy weekend crafting project: turn a used hardcover notebook into a scratch pad of recycled office paper.
Many great ideas for making crafts using milk jugs. Included are pictures and the site names to the tutorials. Crafts for kids and crafts for every holiday.
Upcycle your oatmeal box by incorporating it into fun craft ideas! They make great craft supplies for kids and teenagers and adults.
For years we have looked at a clock on our wall and time has stood still. The clock was broken. Today, I purchased a clock kit and cut a photo for the face... Here's how I went about it.
Discover an easy way to upcycle old t-shirts by making t-shirt yarn for knitting, crocheting, and crafting projects.
These portfolios are very easy to make with brown paper bags, staples, and duct tape. Get creative and have your kids decorate them! I use them in the classroom to keep art organized and to give the children to take their art home in at the end of the quarter.
Here's my illustrated step-by-step guide to restoring an old cane. I used a lathe to make a new purpleheart wood handle and fitted a motif coin on top of the handle.
Do you have a few playing cards missing from the deck, or is it just time to get rid of them? Don't throw them away! Here are 10 ways you can reuse cards.
Need a little fun in your garden? This unique Mat Hatter inspired flower pot will be sure to start some conversations!
Reuse and upcycle lightbulbs to make beautiful projects. These ideas will make you think twice before you throw anything away!
Are you ready to work your way through your stash of unused craft supplies? Here's the first project in my attempt to use up all my art supplies before I buy more materials: ladybug fridge magnets.
This wreath has a special folded ribbon detail that makes this decoration eye-catching and unique. This design is easy and you can use any combination of ribbons to match your décor or the season.
Don't throw out those old jeans and fabric scraps. Repurpose them into this cute and festive table runner. The entire project only takes a few hours. Easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photos are included.
Have you got a box of old cassette tapes from years ago? Here are some ways to upcycle old audio and VHS tapes.
Repurposed old windows make a unique collage picture frame for wedding photos, family snapshots, kid school pictures, and much more.
Crafting gum wrappers to make folded chains has been around since the 1960s. They're still fun to put together, so learn how to do so with these easy step-by-step instructions.
Love beaded curtains and want to make your own? Here are some fun ways to make your own beaded curtains from things you may have laying around the house. You won't believe what some of these things are.
Learn how to hand sew a simple zipped bra bag. Save money with this very easy upcycling sewing project idea - great for beginners! The bra bag is durable and is upcycled from an old pillowcase.
Learn to make an oil lamp from an orange (or other citrus) in 7 easy steps. Includes step-by-step images, tips, and video. Fun for kids and the whole family.
Make this upcycled patriotic wreath by repurposing a pool noodle, a blouse, old jeans, some buttons, and a plastic bowl. Beautiful on any door, it's easy to do with this step-by-step tutorial.
Learn how to make this super cute bling-covered contact lens case with this easy, step-by-step tutorial. I have also included some clever ideas for alternate uses for your new sparkly case.
Add a touch of homespun whimsy to your holidays with these recycled denim ornaments. They are easy to make using this tutorial that includes step by step instructions and photos.
An introduction to the unusual and rewarding hobby of painting rocks. Make the most of freely available stones and pebbles to create fascinating 3-D paintings.
Making crafts out of aluminum cans is a great way to recycle so they don't end up in landfills. This is a round-up of several easy aluminum can craft ideas and tutorials.
Do you want to try bringing new life to old calendar pages? Find over 30 fun craft ideas below that are great for kids and adults alike. Make bows, stars, gift bags, ornaments, and more!
Many home winemakers soak and scrub wine labels off to reuse the bottles. But here's a way you can save and reuse the beautiful labels as well.
New ways to look at the everyday items in our lives are all around us. Art can be made out of virtually anything. My avocado seed ladybug brooches are just one example!
Ripped up jeans may be in style, but too much tearing can make them unwearable. These five recycling ideas are easy enough for anyone to do and keep the material from going to waste.
This article is about ways to reuse empty pill bottles. It includes basic ways to reuse and recycle them as well as craft projects with pill bottles. There are lots of photos, links, and other resources.
Celebrate Earth Day with kids by making unique upcycled crafts that make their imaginations run wild. Learn how to make a pair of toilet paper roll binoculars for your kid's toys! It's a fun activity that you can use as a teaching lesson as well.
Soda, pop, coke or cola cans, they are all aluminum cans that can be used to make crafts. Can art and craft projects for kids and adults. 30+ things to do with aluminum cans: flowers, jewelry, angels
Since I was very little I loved to upcycle random objects. As an adult, I find that recycling brings out my creativity. Upcycling and creating art with used tea bags has been incredibly satisfying. Tea bag roses are organically beautiful and so easy to make.
Do you have old t-shirts lying around at home? Recycle them into clothing and accessories with these craft projects and ideas.
This cute snowman and Santa figure are fun to make for the holidays. Using recycled salt and pepper shakers for the bodies, their costumes can be created from whatever materials you have on hand.
I've seen pictures in random shapes since I was a very little girl. It was fun to look at the clouds and find a bunny or a butterfly. I think we've all played this game. Recently I noticed shapes that a wet tea bag left on paper. I've traced the shapes and made amazing pictures out of them.
Duct tape art is a creative form that uses tape to put different items together. It is practical at home and requires a few basic skills. Tape art is fun, unique, and easy to execute!
After all your day trips to the beach there seems to be a collection of shells lying around. These 10 easy shell crafts will turn your beach treasures into works of art!
Unless you do your own canning, you probably don't have mason jars lying around. This is a semi-quick way to add rustic elegance to jars you already own.
What do you do with dried corn husks? There are a variety of easy arts and crafts ideas to make, including corn husk dolls.
Repurpose your favorite old sweaters by turning them into cute Christmas tree ornaments! This is a great way to recycle your clothing into unique holiday decorations for your Christmas tree and home.
These four tin cans were plain metal cans in a former life. I've given them a makeover to reuse them as "caddies" for all sorts of household and craft items. Learn how to do the same below!
Use up old calendar pages by making butterfly crafts! It's a fun and easy craft idea for kids and adults.
Whether you're looking to stretch your holiday dollars, want to do something good for the planet, or need some ideas for handmade gifts and decor, this list will get you started!
40+ coffee filter crafts for kids and adults, including ideas for making flowers, butterflies, wreaths, roses, and snowflakes, as well as crafts for Christmas, Halloween, and fall. Many of these coffee filter art projects use other inexpensive supplies like food coloring and markers.
How to upcycle and repurpose an old wooden tool chest to a sewing box; adding wheels and seat, for easier storage under a table when not in use and to be multi-functional by doubling up as a stool.
Try this cheap, easy, fun craft for kids. You'll be all set with step-by-step instructions and photos to help!
Outstanding ideas for making bandana crafts. No-sew and sew bandana crafts ideas include headbands, bibs, napkin holders, bags, wreaths, table runners, more
When searching for new craft supplies, look at your unused picture frames for inspiration! Learn how to use picture frames and some other basic materials to create this festive fall door decoration!
I design hats for performance art and events. I've illustrated a how-to guide to help you make a Mad Hatter top hat. It's like in the story, but it uses upcycled materials found around the house.
Reduce waste to make a large wall mural using upcycled material on plyboard. It's the best way to save resources and be creative! I created a beautiful nature scene and show you how to do it too.
Dust off those photos of family and friends. Put those selfies, vacation photos, and cute pictures of your pets to good use. Create personalized gift wrap for a special occasion, embellish a journal, or decorate a keepsake box. It's easy!
Learn how to create a mosaic design from ceramic tiles for a table, how to make a mosaic table top with ceramic tiles for outdoors in your garden, the best mosaic techniques for beginners, and how to grout a mosaic. Ceramic tile mosaics make awesome garden tables.
These wine cork projects are easy. Really, really easy. Not only do they require little skill, but also very few materials— other than wine corks. Even I can do them!
Best Out of Waste craft idea for all: Follow these steps to turn materials that you would otherwise recycle or throw out into a beautiful wall hanging.
Jazz up your sofa and save an old pair of jeans from the landfill by making this adorable denim throw pillow cover. Easy step by step instructions and photos are provided.
Feel good about supporting the Earth by re-using glass jars in these fun, simple, and creative ways!
I'm a fan of making things from recycled materials. This article includes many crafty DIY ideas for recycling, up cycling, and reusing old clothes to make something new!
It's cheap to make matching file storage boxes using patterned paper and some old cereal boxes. I used wallpaper, but gift wrap can work as well!
Turn a thrift-store find into a jewelry case using some paint, stencils, scrapbook paper, and vintage postcards! This tutorial is simple to follow and easy to customize to fit your style!
DIY wood pallet craft project ideas. Craft ideas for repurposing old wood pallets: wine rack, coffee table, wall art, bed, couch, signs, and more.
Here are a few step-by-step instructions turn tank tops, t-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, and hoodies into cute upcycled bags.
Learn how to make easy tin can crafts, use tin cans to organize and lots more with this tin can craft and decor round-up with 20 different tin can craft and decor tutorials.
Do you enjoy crafting with recycled materials or are looking for ways to use some of your bottle cap stash? Check out this collection of projects and ideas for beer and plastic bottle caps.
Want to feel like you're at the beach everyday? Make this bright and cheerful beach themed welcome sign for your home! This project is easy and uses a basic frame, some wood pieces, paint, and ribbon.
Recycle plastic grocery bags to make useful and interesting crocheted tote bags in varying sizes. Basic step-by-step instructions with photographs are included. Learn how to cut continuous strips of "yarn" from the bags and try this easy crochet pattern. Make something from nothing!
Sock snowmen are fun and easy to make for Christmas and the winter season. This tutorial includes directions for making three different sock snowmen projects, with their cozy clothes and accessories.