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  • 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.

    Create a Wall Hanging With Antique Ceiling Tin

    Create a Wall Hanging With Antique Ceiling Tin

    by Dolores Monet3

  • 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.

    Crafty Handmade Beaded Curtain Ideas

    Crafty Handmade Beaded Curtain Ideas

    by Rosana Modugno10

  • Making a book sculpture is a fun, easy process, and you probably already have almost everything you need sitting around your house!

    How to Make a Book Sculpture

    How to Make a Book Sculpture

    by Rachel0

  • 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.

    Cheap Rustic "Mason" Jars

    Cheap Rustic "Mason" Jars

    by Amber Courtney0

  • 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.

    Wine Cork Birdhouse Tutorial

    Wine Cork Birdhouse Tutorial

    by Susan Britton14

  • 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!

    36 Genius Ideas to Upcycle Old Calendar Pages

    36 Genius Ideas to Upcycle Old Calendar Pages

    by Loraine Brummer18

  • 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.

    DIY Blinged-Out Contact Lens Case

    DIY Blinged-Out Contact Lens Case

    by Jamie Brock38

  • 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.

    Upcycle Old Crayons: 4 DIY Project Ideas

    Upcycle Old Crayons: 4 DIY Project Ideas

    by Christy Kirwan9

  • DIY wood pallet craft project ideas. Craft ideas for repurposing old wood pallets: wine rack, coffee table, wall art, bed, couch, signs, and more.

    45 DIY Wood Pallet Crafts

    45 DIY Wood Pallet Crafts

    by Loraine Brummer4

  • These four tin cans were plain metal cans in a former life. I've given them a tin can makeover in order to reuse them as "caddies" for all sorts of household and craft items. I can use them here at home or even give some as inexpensive Christmas...

    Best Tin Can Recycling Craft

    Best Tin Can Recycling Craft

    by puzzlerpaige57

  • 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!

    How to Turn a Thrifted Box Into a Jewelry Case

    How to Turn a Thrifted Box Into a Jewelry Case

    by Donna Herron8

  • 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!

    Super Simple DIY Seashell Crafts

    Super Simple DIY Seashell Crafts

    by Alyssa S.10

  • 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.

    How to Make a Reusable Coffee Cup Sleeve Cozy with Sewing Pattern

    How to Make a Reusable Coffee Cup Sleeve Cozy with Sewing Pattern

    by Natasha37

  • 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!

    5 Genius Ideas for Leftover and Lost Socks

    5 Genius Ideas for Leftover and Lost Socks

    by Coach Kevin0

  • 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.

    How to Make a Flower Pot out of a Recycled Rubber Boot

    How to Make a Flower Pot out of a Recycled Rubber Boot

    by Glimmer Twin Fan71

  • The old books that you have hidden away somewhere, forgotten and unloved, could be a source of cash as some, particularly old children's books, might be collectables. Here's how you should treat them.

    How to Make Pocket Money by Selling Your Old Books

    How to Make Pocket Money by Selling Your Old Books

    by GlenR22

  • 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.

    Make a Patriotic Wreath Using Upcycled Items

    Make a Patriotic Wreath Using Upcycled Items

    by Glimmer Twin Fan62

  • 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.

    Tips and Ideas for Crafting With Recycled DVDs

    Tips and Ideas for Crafting With Recycled DVDs

    by Heidi Smulders3

  • 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!

    How to Make a Bottle Cap Pendant

    How to Make a Bottle Cap Pendant

    by Jamie Brock26

  • 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.

    Upcycling Solid Oak Valet Stand to Sofa Table

    Upcycling Solid Oak Valet Stand to Sofa Table

    by Arthur Russ0

  • 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.

    How to Make a Ladybug Fridge Magnet

    How to Make a Ladybug Fridge Magnet

    by Sadie Holloway0

  • 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!

    Wine Cork Plant Container

    Wine Cork Plant Container

    by Susan Britton17

  • Mason jar crafts are becoming increasingly popular. There are so many things you can do with these simple glass jars. Here's a collection of my favorite Mason jar crafts.

    Easy Mason Jar Craft Project Ideas

    Easy Mason Jar Craft Project Ideas

    by alisharenee19

  • 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!

    Make your Own Homemade Bag From Old Clothes

    Make your Own Homemade Bag From Old Clothes

    by Hearty Cindy Penaranda10

  • 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!

    Jewelry Made From Avocado Seeds: Brooches

    Jewelry Made From Avocado Seeds: Brooches

    by thoughtfulgirl28

  • 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.

    Upcycled Crafts for Kids — Keepsake Bouquet

    Upcycled Crafts for Kids — Keepsake Bouquet

    by Glimmer Twin Fan61

  • 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...

    How to Make a 3D Chandelier from a Frozen Pizza Box

    How to Make a 3D Chandelier from a Frozen Pizza Box

    by Jamie Brock50

  • 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.

    Upcycling Old Wooden Tool Chest to Sewing Box

    Upcycling Old Wooden Tool Chest to Sewing Box

    by Arthur Russ0

  • 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!

    How to Make Matching File Storage Boxes

    How to Make Matching File Storage Boxes

    by Diana Grant14

  • 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

    37 Awesome Aluminum Can Crafts to Make

    37 Awesome Aluminum Can Crafts to Make

    by Loraine Brummer20

  • 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.

    How to Make Wet Felted Boots for Children

    How to Make Wet Felted Boots for Children

    by Sally Gulbrandsen18

  • 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.

    How to Make Ornaments out of Recycled Jeans

    How to Make Ornaments out of Recycled Jeans

    by Glimmer Twin Fan114

  • 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!

    Recycled Christmas Crafts

    Recycled Christmas Crafts

    by Lisa Vollrath12

  • An easy an inexpensive way to display your favorite instagram photos. Turn your smartphone art into versatile and stylish decor with this helpful tutorial.

    DIY Instagram Wedding Collage

    DIY Instagram Wedding Collage

    by Heather Rode17

  • 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.

    59 Amazing Crafts Using Newspaper

    59 Amazing Crafts Using Newspaper

    by Loraine Brummer118

  • 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!

    Crochet Fun Beach Bags from Recycled Plastic Bags

    Crochet Fun Beach Bags from Recycled Plastic Bags

    by Stephanie Henkel36

  • 40+ coffee filter crafts for kids and adults. Ideas for making: flowers, butterflies, wreaths, roses, snowflakes, Christmas, Halloween, fall. Coffee filter art projects using food coloring, markers

    46 Unique Coffee Filter Craft Ideas

    46 Unique Coffee Filter Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer30

  • 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.

    How to Recycle or Reuse an Old Garden Hose

    How to Recycle or Reuse an Old Garden Hose

    by Rose Clearfield24

  • 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!

    Really, really easy wine cork crafts

    Really, really easy wine cork crafts

    by Jill Spencer29

  • Design a handbag for holidays or everyday! Customize your purse with these directions and photos using basic sewing skills by repurposing a denim skirt.

    Denim Skirt Handbag: Project #2

    Denim Skirt Handbag: Project #2

    by RTalloni42

  • 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.

    36 DIY Super Creative Wine Bottle Craft Ideas

    36 DIY Super Creative Wine Bottle Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer3

  • 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

    How to Embellish and Paint Leather Shoes

    How to Embellish and Paint Leather Shoes

    by Margaret Schindel268

  • A step-by-step guide on how to decorate your headphone case to create a marble design using nail polish. Though the instructions are easy to follow, this craft takes a while to perfect!

    DIY Decorative Headphone Case

    DIY Decorative Headphone Case

    by Monique K-G1

  • 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.

    Geek Crafts: DIY Comic Book Heels

    Geek Crafts: DIY Comic Book Heels

    by Christy Kirwan24

  • 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.

    How to Crochet a T-Shirt Rug

    How to Crochet a T-Shirt Rug

    by Stephanie Henkel171

  • Here are a few step-by-step instructions on how to turn tank tops, t-shirts, long sleeved shirts, sweaters, and hoodies into cute upcycled bags.

    How to Make a Bag from an Old T-shirt

    How to Make a Bag from an Old T-shirt

    by Samantha Harris7

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