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February 24

7 Fabulous Ways To Repurpose Tin Cans

Posted by on February 24, 2015 at 8:00 PM

 7 Fabulous Ways To Repurpose Tin Cans

Almost everyone has a tin can or three around the house. Many foods such as soup, beans, tuna, tomatoes, coffee and even maple syrup are more economical to purchase in a can. While I am not a huge fan of purchasing green vegetables in a can, I do always seem to have multiple cans go into my recycling bin every week. Some of the chic ideas below have changed my mind about saving those humble cans. Here are some amazing ideas that you can use to ditch the recycling bin and repurpose those cans to decorate  your home on the cheap.

Homemade Tin Can Clock

 7 Fabulous Ways To Repurpose Tin Cans

I love the pop of colour on this homemade tin can clock. Use these simple instructions from Easy DIY Toys to give your clock a new chic look. Wouldn’t this clock also be amazing in a matte gold for an antique look? Maybe I will take apart my old Ikea clock to make this project for my house. Expect a clock in a fun design and colour to cost you $20-$50 if you were to buy a similar clock at the store.

Tin Can Pedestal Stand

 7 Fabulous Ways To Repurpose Tin Cans

Need a pedestal stand in a snap to display cupcakes or other food for a party? This tin can pedestal stand from Sweet Paul will be super chic for your table. Use any decorative plate on top, some matching paint and some strong epoxy to create this fun look. I could see this project working for a wide variety of parties. This stand would look great at a chic brunch, or coordinate the design to match the decorations for your kid’s birthday party. A super basic cake stand will normally cost you between $25-$60 depending on the size and style of the stand if you were to buy a stand at the store.

Tin Man Family Marionettes

 7 Fabulous Ways To Repurpose Tin Cans

These marionettes are precious from Adventures at Home. Use several tin cans, empty leftover tea light metal wrappers, string and your craft supply stash to create this sweet little family of Tin Man Marionettes. This is a great project to pair with a Wizard of Oz movie night, or even read the classic book with a cup of tea. This is a great project for the whole family, or a super little gift to a child if crafted by an adult.

Tin Can Pendant Light

 7 Fabulous Ways To Repurpose Tin Cans

Need to shed some more light in your home? Shelterness featured these funky tin can pendant lights that will do the trick. This project could either use a bigger coffee can or several smaller cans for a multiple light fixture. Decorate using paint, drawing a bohemian designs with a sharpie, or using Mod Podge to decoupage a decorative paper onto the outside of the can. Ikea, Lowe’s and Home Depot should all have inexpensive pendant light hardware to complete your project. If you are replacing an existing light fixture that is wired into the ceiling, you may want to read over these tips from Do It Yourself first. Pendant lights normally start at around $50 and go up to well over $200 depending on the style.

Cork Covered Tin Can Pencil Cup

 7 Fabulous Ways To Repurpose Tin Cans

You can cover a tin can with almost any fabric, pretty paper or paint and turn it into a pencil cup. For a twist on this idea, I like the modern design of this cork covered pencil cup from The 3 R’s Blog. Using some contact paper and a printer, they were able to create stencils to paint a silhouette onto the cork. I could easily see these same decorative cups selling for $20-$30 in a boutique or gift shop.

Wall-Mounted Tea Light Holders

 7 Fabulous Ways To Repurpose Tin Cans

These chic tea light holders from Practically Functional are made using the smaller cans from wet cat food or tuna. Clean the cans well, then spray paint them with a metallic colored paint for extra shine. Wrap the outside in some pretty scrapbook paper or wallpaper and then mount on the wall. I would make at least three or four and group them together on the wall for effect. While a basic table tea light holder for a tabletop tends to be inexpensive, most wall mounted tealight holders generally ranged from $10-$40 depending on how many candles it holds.

Mosaic Multi-Purpose Decorative Cans

 7 Fabulous Ways To Repurpose Tin Cans

Wow, these decorative mosaic jars are impressive. Check out this Instructable by Creativeman as he turns tin cans and colourful craft foam into decorative mosaic pieces. This idea is so much simpler than cutting glass bits with tile cutters to make glass mosaic pieces. This is also a safer way to lets kids join in with the project, with an impressive end result. Use these cans to hold your kitchen spoons, art supplies, hairbrushes in the bathroom or just to hold miscellaneous items on your dresser.

Bargainmoosers, what would you make out of the humble tin can?

(Image Credit: Geofy Sowrey)

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February 14

Ikea Hacks – 6 Ways To Repurpose A Lack Table

Posted by on February 14, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Ikea Hacks   6 Ways To Repurpose A Lack Table

Ikea is well known for having affordable furniture and storage solutions. I love walking through their showrooms and seeing how the designers having taken a cramped apartment and folded it away like an origami swan. While Ikea has many great home solutions on the cheap, sometimes you want your furniture pieces to look and function a little differently. If you are even a little handy, you can use IKEA furniture to create some fabulous pieces for your home.

I am so excited to show you some of the amazing uses of the infamous Lack Side Table. The Lack Side table retails for around $13 and sometimes goes on sale for even less. This basic side table comes in a whole host of colours from brown black, to white, birch, green, red and more. The super low price makes it a perfect piece of furniture to experiment with for a larger DIY project. With a little time, you can transform that $13 table into a whole host of amazing things for your home. Check out a few of the ideas below.

Upholstered Ottoman

Ikea Hacks   6 Ways To Repurpose A Lack Table

Check out the fantastic upholstered ottoman created at Infarrantly Creative. Most small ottomans start at around $70 and only go up in price from there. Give your living room a pop of colour for much less with this fun project. Ikea has a whole host of fabric you can choose from at inexpensive prices right in the store. This project only calls for a yard and a half of fabric among a few other supplies such as foam for the cushion. I recommend finding a fun pattern while you are already at Ikea or shopping the remnants section at the fabric store to find a small piece of fabric on the cheap.

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Ikea Hacks   6 Ways To Repurpose A Lack Table

This chic little coffee table made of reclaimed wood and two Lack tables will surely have your friends buzzing. Check out the great tutorial from Treasures and Travels for the full details of this amazing table. This great feature even has full video instructions included. I love the look of the wood on top of the table. No one will guess there is a Lack table hiding under there. A reclaimed wood table will cost you $200 and up for a basic coffee table.

Lego Table

Ikea Hacks   6 Ways To Repurpose A Lack Table

Over at Kojo Designs they have Lego storage figured out. A Lego table will easily run you $100+ on sale. Pick up a Lack table instead and you will have a place for those bricks. Adhere several Lego plates to the table using epoxy, gorilla glue or some other type of strong glue that works with plastic. Once dry the basic part of the table is now finished. I love how Kojo Designs attached a magnetic strip to the side. Then they attached various larger storage containers to the end of the table. Maybe that will mean one less Lego my foot finds as I try to walk across the living room floor.

Cat Tree

Ikea Hacks   6 Ways To Repurpose A Lack Table

Kitty lovers, I am talking to you! Check out this amazing Cat Tree at Ikea Hackers, one of the ultimate Ikea hack resources. For this project, you need four Ikea Lack tables, some metal brackets, some twine for kitty to scratch and a bath mat or two. This full size cat tree has two shelves, but if you only have one kitty you could consider building it a little smaller with one less shelf. If you have priced out a kitty condo anytime in the last few years, you know they easily start at $80 for a tiny version. Larger cat trees range to around $200. In addition, they are a huge carpeted eyesore in your living room. This amazing Lack hack will blend in to your living space easier, making life for both you and your kitty a bit brighter.

Mod Planter Table

Ikea Hacks   6 Ways To Repurpose A Lack Table

This crazy easy Instructable teaches you how to install a planter into the centre of your Lack table. Plant a herb garden or your favourite flowers right in the center for a mod looking piece. The creator of this hack quickly discovered the centre of the table can be filled with all sorts of decorative fun. A few ideas they used to fill this table include shells, a small bubbling water fountain, pebbles with candles and more. I love all the different ways this hacker changed one inexpensive table to create multiple different looks throughout the year.

Brass Corners Side Table

Ikea Hacks   6 Ways To Repurpose A Lack Table

You can make your Lack table look like a much more expensive piece of furniture than it is with this hack from Our Chocolate Shavings. Pick up some brass corners at any hardware store for roughly $5-$8. Glue or nail the corners on to the edges of the table to give your table a chic look for very little time or effort.

Bargainmoosers, what would you create with a Lack table?

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January 30

4 DIY Gifts That Everyone Will Love

Posted by on January 30, 2015 at 8:00 PM

4 DIY Gifts That Everyone Will Love

Every year my good girlfriends and I make Do It Yourself Christmas gifts for each other.  It sure beats spending $20 each on a present.  You can’t get very much with $20 these days except for a gift card.  Each year we are surprised at the creativity and ingenuity at the gifts we create for each other.

These Do It Yourself gifts are great for all year round, not just Christmas, so I thought it would be nice to share more DIY gifts that are surprisingly easy.

Hidden Book to Store your Valuables

4 DIY Gifts That Everyone Will Love

These are very expensive when you buy them at craft stores.  They usually sell for $20 to $25.  I bought one online a few years ago for the same price and it was a bit less “discrete” than this Do It Yourself one.  It was obviously not a “real” book because it did not have a title on the spine of the book.

This was made by going to Value Village and Salvation Army to buy some used books.  Look for pretty colours or catchy titles  and also look depending on the size of the book- the wider the spine, the more things you can put in the book (but also more work to cut the pages too!)

You will need:

  • A book
  • X-acto knife
  • Modge Podge glue
  • Lots of time (about 1 hour per book)

Cut the pages of the book with the X-acto knife (this requires quite a bit of effort because you can’t just cut the entire book in one go, it takes a few pages at a time).

Then seal it with Modge Podge glue and let it dry.

Cost:

Depending on whether you already have Modge Podge and an X-acto knife handy, it may only cost you $1-3 to make this great gift!

All Natural All Purpose Citrus Cleaner 

4 DIY Gifts That Everyone Will Love

Homemade cleaner is super easy to make and is natural without added harsh ingredients and unpronounceable toxic ingredients.  Not to mention it is super economical to make and a great way to recycle your orange peels.

You will need:

  • Vinegar
  • Orange rind
  • A spray bottle
  • A small wipe (you can get these at the dollar store)

Dry your orange peels and soak them in vinegar.

The only downside is that there can be a strong vinegar odour when you use it but it disappears quickly once you clean.  You could try adding a few drops of essential oil to decrease the smell.

Cost to make:

Under $4 (even cheaper if you have vinegar and a spray bottle handy)

Picture Frame Jewelry Holder

4 DIY Gifts That Everyone Will Love

This was surprisingly easy to make and it was an instant hit.  A lot of friends were saying they always wanted one but were too lazy to make one.  Although the downside is that this one is a bit more expensive than the others, especially if you don’t have the supplies handy.

You will need:

  • A picture frame (can be bought at Value Village or Salvation Army for $5 or less)
  • Spray paint (with primer preferably) $10 a can
  • Burlap ($10 for a meter at Fabric store)
  • A staple gun ($15 for a cheap one at Michael’s)

All you need to do is take out the picture and glass from the picture frame.  Sand it down if you can.  Then spray the frame with spray paint.  Staple the burlap with the staple gun.  I found some wire at a dollar store and stapled that as well, it’s handy to put bracelets or necklaces that otherwise wouldn’t be able to hang properly on the picture frame.

Cost:

It cost about under $8 for each picture frame jewelry holder to be made, which included having to buy a staple gun and spray paint.

Ring Holder

4 DIY Gifts That Everyone Will Love

This ring holder involves using a mason jar and clay and some paint.  It is a variation of the clay jewelry dish holder instructions here by Hello Natural.

You will need:

  • A mason jar to shape up the clay
  • Clay
  • Paints

Cost:

The most expensive supplies are the clay and the paints, however this still cost less than $10 to make, the more you gift, the cheaper each jewelry holder will be!

Bargainmoosers, do you have any fun DIY ideas that are easy to make and a great gift to give or receive?

Photo credit: Debbie R

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January 15

6 Clever DIY To Make Out Of Cardboard

Posted by on January 15, 2015 at 8:00 PM

6 Clever DIY To Make Out Of Cardboard

Now that the holidays are winding down you may find yourself with a little extra cardboard lying around the house. Why let all of it head into the recycling bin? Create some amazing DIY projects with cardboard instead. Here are 6 clever things you can make out of cardboard.

1. Winter Wonderland Playset

6 Clever DIY To Make Out Of Cardboard

This little Winter Wonderland Playset from Mr. Printables is made from only cardboard, wood peg cloth pins, paint and a few scraps of fabric and string. Make dolls, a polar bear, a moose, huskies, trees and sled for only pennies. Print out the free printable to trace and then slide the cardboard pieces together to decorate. I really like how simple the details are on this set. It gives the pieces a modern look and I think I could easily recreate them without lots of additional effort. This is an adorable playset!

2. Yarn Wrapped Monogram Letter Wall Decoration

6 Clever DIY To Make Out Of Cardboard

This thrifty little yarn wrapped monogram letter from Catch My Party is a great way to give a little pop of color to your wall. The directions seem easy enough and help you to create an ombre monogram letter. Trace a large letter on to a piece of cardboard. Wrap yarn symmetrically around the cardboard letter while you affix glue to the back to hold the yarn. Since the yarn will be on the back you could probably even use a strong tape and no one would know. I would also suggest trying twine for a rustic but homey look. Embellish with fake flowers, rhinestones or anything else that inspires you and matches your home décor.

This project looks much more expensive than it really is depending on the embellishments and colour pallet you choose. I could see a simple word looking nice hanging on the wall in this style such as “Joy” or “Love.” You could also do a child’s name and decorate it to match the theme of the room.

3. Homemade Skeeball

6 Clever DIY To Make Out Of Cardboard

Grab an extra-long box and consider making this full size Skeeball from My Beau Baby. This game looks simple enough to put together using tape, cardboard and a few balls. You can add blown up water balloons to look like midway lights along the edges for effect.  The blogger notes to make sure you spend extra time on making the bump large enough so the balls will bounce correctly into the various point containers. This particular skeeball was created for a kid’s party. I can see this game also being a great addition any evening of fun. Now can someone construct a ball return out of cardboard?

4. Cardboard and Fabric Bed Headboard

6 Clever DIY To Make Out Of Cardboard

Shhh! No one will know that this bed headboard from the blog Stars For Street Lights is made of cardboard. Check out this quick tutorial as they create an inexpensive headboard using cardboard, 2 yards of fabric, 2 yards of quilt batting, staples and tape.  While perhaps plywood would be more durable, cardboard can be used if you have it handy. I can see this headboard mounted straight on the wall rather than attached to the bed. Best of all if you get sick of your bedroom’s look and it is a cheap fix to change things up.

5. Cute Storage Boxes Covered in Fabric

6 Clever DIY To Make Out Of Cardboard

I know I hope to organize my junk be more organized in my home in the New Year. That usually means spending a pretty penny at the store buying cute bins and totes to help keep my house looking smart. Those of us who can cut and glue can cover old cardboard boxes with fabric using this tutorial from Namely Original. I really like the cute fabrics used in the tutorial. The great news is you could possibly save even more on the fabric by looking at old t-shirts and other clothes to repurpose. Those boxes could be cute with some jean trim and the linings could be old t-shirts. I would also check my local thrift store for clothes, blankets or sheets with fun patterns that can be snipped apart and utilized. This is a great project to do some upcycling. These boxes are easy to create in many sizes.

6. Shirt Folding Board

6 Clever DIY To Make Out Of Cardboard

I like my shirts lined up in a nice neat in a row, but I can never seem to get the same kind of stack they get in the retail stores. Maybe it is because when I cannot fit the last shirt in correctly, I still manage to fit it in the drawer. Use some cardboard and create your own shirt folding board per Instructables. Your shirts will have a nice clean wrinkle free fold every time and slide smoothly into the drawer. I see this coming in handy if you have many dress shirts that you want to be neat. On the other hand, you can just pretend you are Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory with your t-shirts.

So what are you waiting for? Dig that cardboard out of the recycling bin and get your duct tape. Mama needs a new shirt folding board.

Photo credit: Arbyreed

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December 22

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

Posted by on December 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

Four of my closest friends and I started a holiday tradition a few years ago, where instead of spending $25 to $40 per person for gifts, we make “Do It Yourself” gifts.  We go away for a girl’s weekend trip and talk about our resolutions for next year and exchange our home made presents.  We have all agreed that making the Do It Yourself gifts has been a great idea and I am always excited to see what my friends come up with because we are all creative people, in our unique ways.

This year, my friends of course didn’t fail to impress me.  I love all of my Christmas gifts and having something that is home made from my good friends is priceless.  It means more to me than any gift card can!

Also, instead of spending upwards of $150 on gifts for four girlfriends, I only spent $40 this year.  $10 of that went to getting needle nose pliers which I can use for future jewellery making sessions.

So, if you are worried about some last minute gift giving or want to start making your own Do It Yourself Gift, here are five ideas that can get you started.  They are very easy to make and are very easy on the holiday budget.  Even though these gifts are frugal, they are far from scrooge-like!

Gold Hex-Nut Earrings

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

I made these and my friends were impressed.  They are very easy to make and involve a trip to your local hardware store and Michael’s (or other craft store).  I got the idea from a previous post of DIY gifts and had the chance to make them this year.  All you need is:

  • E-6000 jewellery glue ($8 for a pack of five small glue tubes)
  • Hex Nuts (Brass) (about $0.17 for each nut)
  • Jump clasps ($4 for a ton)
  • Earring hooks (about $3.50 for a pack of 3 sets)
  • Needle nose pliers to open and close the clasps

I made variations and different styles for each friend, depending on their personal style.  I made a bracelet too which looked nice as well.

Infinity Scarf

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

This beautiful scarf took my friend one evening of knitting to make.  An infinity scarf is basically a big circle, it doesn’t have ends and it makes for a beautiful elegant look to keep you cozy all winter.  I don’t think I would ever be able to make this because I can’t even knit a regular rectangle shaped scarf, but if you have the knack for knitting, this is an easy DIY gift.  Here are instructions from instructables on how to knit an Infiniti scarf, as known as winter’s hot new accessory.  It’s so hot that it’ll make you want to dive into an infinity pool! 5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

Home Made Granola

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

This granola tastes absolutely delicious, especially with thick and creamy vanilla yogurt!  It is a perfect start to the day.  Tis particular granola recipe is from the 100 Days of Real Food blog.

Sharpie Mug

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

My friend made personalized mugs for each of us with a blank white mug (it’s such a wonderful size, it’s big enough for soup!) and a sharpie pen.  She baked the mug to make the sharpie permanently absorb into the ceramic.  She added special flair by making white chocolate park and putting it in the cup too.  Here are some instructions on how to make a DIY sharpie mug from the blog Savvy Sugar.  I haven’t tried putting it in the dish washer yet, and I have heard that they might not be dish washer safe/ might bleed, but it sure looks cute anyways.

Citrus-Bergamot Body Butter

5 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts that are Surprisingly Easy

This smells absolutely amazing and invigorating.  Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make this body butter using different essential oils from the blog, She Wears Many Hats.  I personally love the smell of citrus fruit and bergamot (the same smell in Earl Grey tea).  The texture of this is quite solid, but it melts very quickly in your hands.

It’s pretty remarkable that although we each had no idea what the other friend was making, we all made something very unique, practical, and special to our hearts!  Something to appeal to each of our senses, taste, touch, smell, and sight (because jewellery is really eye catching, of course).

Readers, have you made these before?  Any other last minute DIY gift ideas?

Photo credit: Kasla

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December 13

DIY Frozen Christmas Ornaments!

Posted by on December 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM

DIY Frozen Christmas Ornaments!

I’m a fan of Pinterest; the site that can make you both horribly excited about crafting and feel horribly inadequate at the same time when your projects FAIL. As I write this blog post, I’ve got some cakes in the oven in an attempt to make a rainbow cake, which has been splattered all over Pinterest for the last while.

While searching for some Christmas crafts, I spotted these DIY Frozen ornaments made by Nancy over on TwoSistersCrafting. She was on a mission to find some Frozen baubles at the store, but couldn’t find any. Nancy made her own from various empty baubles and craft supplies. They look really fabulous, as you can see in the pictures above and below.

Frozen is all the rage at the moment, it’s so popular! Just in case you missed it yesterday, I posted about this Disney Frozen MagiClip Flip ‘N Switch Castle and Anna Doll for $16 on Amazon.ca. The toy is still available, if you want to wrap it and put it under your Christmas Tree which is decorated in home-made Frozen baubles!

DIY Frozen Christmas Ornaments!

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October 23

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

Posted by on October 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

Halloween is one of my favourite holidays to celebrate, partly because it is a lot of fun to decorate my house inside and out.  I seem to buy new decorations every single year and my husband has finally put his foot down this year and gave me a budget.  Being the crafty, savings-type person I am, I decided instead of buying new things this year, I am going to make the decorations myself.  Not only will this save us money, but my kids can join in the fun and make some scary and spooky decorations as well.

I hit up some great websites to see if I could find some DIY decorations and was shocked at how many awesome ideas are out there.  Here are a few of the great inexpensive Halloween decoration I found online, that you can make yourself. Some of them are creepy, some of them are kid friendly but all of them are perfect for this holiday.

1. Mummy Doors

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

This idea from Keeping It Simple is such a fun idea for the whole family to do.  Instead of buying the supplies like they suggest, I suggest you use toilet paper and make your own mummy eyes out of cardboard.

2. Milk Jug Ghosts

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

I have a family of four so we go through a lot of milk jugs and usually just recycle them.  This is a great way to recycle them in a different way. The easy directions are on Eighteen25 so you can make your own.

3. Cardboard Cutouts

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

This is definitely a creepy decoration but I love it!  Just make some cardboard cutouts in the shape of people, paint them black and cut out the eyes. I found this at Brastwurst Tumblr and it would be perfect for a party.

4. Spider

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

With this DIY craft, you can use some items around the house to create a huge spider for the inside or the outside of your house. You can make it fun or scary.  All of the directions for this spider are posted on Listotic.

5. Glowing Eyes

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

This has to be the cheapest and easiest craft idea.  I can’t believe I have never thought of this before. Just take a toilet paper roll and cut out different eyes and stick a dollar store glow stick in it to hang outside. These perfect decorations are from Her Campus.

6. Frankenstein Cans

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

This is another fun craft to do with your recycling at home. Paint some cans green and black and add some wine corks and googly eyes and you will have your very own Frankensteins for Halloween. You can find this idea at Brew My Tea.

What homemade Halloween decorations have you made in the past Moosers?

Happy Halloween!

Photo credit: Liz West

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October 2

6 Inexpensive Storage Ideas for Toys

Posted by on October 2, 2014 at 8:00 PM

6 Inexpensive Storage Ideas for Toys

I have two kids so we have about a million toys laying around the house.  I can’t tell you how many times I have tripped over toys, or asked my kids to pick up the toys in their room.  It seems we never have the space for all of these toys (or the storage).  I went searching for some cool storage ideas for kids toys and came across some pretty unique ideas that I would have never thought of myself.  Here are six of them that I thought I would share with your that are not only unique, but they are inexpensive as well to do.

1.Reuse Containers

6 Inexpensive Storage Ideas for Toys

This idea is absolutely free and great for storing small toys.  Just take an old container, whether it be a cat litter box or a peanut butter jar and wash it out, and decorate it.  This idea from Top Inspired is so easy, your kids can actually do it as a craft themselves.

2. Rolling Drawers

6 Inexpensive Storage Ideas for Toys

This idea from Storage Geek is good for any kids toys, but they feature Lego storage specifically. I like the idea of having small toys like Lego in one big container out of the way under my boys beds. You can just use an old drawer and add some wheels to it to make it easy for the kids to roll under the bed. The complete instructions are posted and easy to follow.

3. Animal Swing

6 Inexpensive Storage Ideas for Toys

If you are crafty, you can make your kids this stuffed animal swing to hang on their wall and get their stuffies off the floor. The directions can be found on It’s Always Autumn but it looks fairly simple and inexpensive to make.

4. Hanging Baskets

6 Inexpensive Storage Ideas for Toys

I love the idea of taking an old fruit basket that you don’t use anymore and hanging it in the bathroom for bath toy storage. I found the idea on Indulgy.

5. Hanging Shoe Organizer

6 Inexpensive Storage Ideas for Toys

This idea from Organize Your Stuff Now doesn’t require you to do anything except use an old shoe organizer.  You can hang it on the back of their closet or bedroom door for figurine storage or barbie doll storage.  The clear ones would be the best so you can see what is in each compartment but any will work.

6. Wooden Cage

6 Inexpensive Storage Ideas for Toys

This last idea from Lumber Jocks is one for someone who know how to work with wood.  All you need is some wood, nails and some bungee cords to make this awesome wooden zoo cage for your kids room.

What are some things you have created to store your children’s toys at home?

Photo credit: Chris Devers

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September 25

6 Imaginative DIY Drawer Ideas

Posted by on September 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM

6 Imaginative DIY Drawer Ideas

If you ask anyone that has kids what the one thing you need in your home is, I bet they would say storage.  I know I would.  There are tons of stores that sell great products for storage but it can get quite pricey.  I have a bunch of old dresser drawers in the garage so I decided to look online at some ideas on how to change them into something for storage and I found some great ideas. Not only are these ideas practically free because I already have the drawers, they will get junk out of my garage as well!

1. Jewelry Holder

6 Imaginative DIY Drawer Ideas

I found this idea from Living Home and just fell in love with it.  Add some extra knobs onto a drawer and make it into a hanging jewelry holder. This is so simple to do and is practically free.

2. Ottoman

6 Imaginative DIY Drawer Ideas

Now this idea is a bit different because it is not storage.  It will save you a lot of money though.  Add some batting and some paint and some fabric and you will have an inexpensive ottoman for your living room.  The instructions can be found at Beyond The Picket Fence.

3. Shadow Box Storage

6 Imaginative DIY Drawer Ideas

I would have never though to hang the drawers on my wall and use them as shadow boxes!  This would work best if you had a few of them.  You can either paint them or add wallpaper to freshen up the look like they did on This Old House.

4. Toy Chest

6 Imaginative DIY Drawer Ideas

This idea from Home Talk is pretty cute for any child’s bedroom. Just add some legs to a large drawer and you have an instant toy chest!  They can store stuffed animals, figurines, Lego and many more items.  It looks great and keeps the toys off the floor.

5. Plant Stand

6 Imaginative DIY Drawer Ideas

This is such a cute idea from My Love 2 Create for some outside storage. The directions on how to do it are posted on the blog for you to follow.

6.Rolling Storage

6 Imaginative DIY Drawer Ideas

What a fabulous idea to just add some wheels to your drawers and use them for storage under beds.  You could put toys, books, clothing, bedding and anything you want in them. I found this idea at The Pink Porch.

What have you done with your old dresser drawers Moosers?

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September 18

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

Posted by on September 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

I have already started going through my fall and winter clothing with the cooler weather fast approaching and I have noticed something.  I have way too many sweaters that I never wear or are outdated or don’t fit anymore.  Sometimes I donate old clothing, sometimes I give it away to friends and family, but this time I wanted to see if I could tap into my creative side and do something with these sweaters.  I could not believe the fun ideas I came across for old sweaters.

I actually came across hundreds of ideas as to what to do with old sweaters so I picked out the top six that I found the most useful and the easiest to do.  Not everyone is the craftiest person and these six ideas are something anyone and everyone can do.

1. Make Mittens

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

This idea is most likely the easiest one I have found.  All you have to do is trace your hands onto your sweater and cut out the mitten shapes then sew it together. How simple is that!  This idea can be found at PinLaVie.

2. Make Leg Warmers

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

This legwarmer (or faux leg warmer) can be found over at Listotic.  You can make either a full legwarmer or just a faux one to go under a cute pair of boots.  These leg warmers tend to cost a lot in stores so making one yourself is a great option.

3. Make Christmas Stockings

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

I am a huge Christmas nut so this crafty idea is right up my alley.  You can take any old sweater and make it into a beautiful stocking to hang on the chimney. This idea can be found on Extraordinary Day.

4. Make a Quilt

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

This is one of the harder re-purpose ideas to do but not impossible for the non crafty person.  With this idea, you can take a few different sweaters and make a giant quilt.  You can use your kids baby sweaters for a personal touch and more of a memory quilt which is a great idea as well. Check out Newly Mynted for the design.

5. Make a Pillow

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

Making a pillow is much the same idea as the quilt but a lot easier and less sweaters.  This particular style of pillow can be found displayed on Infarrantly Creative but there are a ton of different designs if you want to check out Pinterest.

6. Make a Purse or a Bag

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

What woman doesn’t love purses and bags, especially when they are free!  This is such a great idea to take an old sweater and fashion it into a great bag.  One design you can use can be found on the blog Duwop Designs.

What do you do with your old sweaters Moosers?

(Main image credit to TheUglySweaterShop)

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September 4

6 Ways to Repurpose Doors

Posted by on September 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM

6 Ways to Repurpose Doors

I love the idea of taking something that is old or broken and making it into something beautiful and useful again.  Something that a lot of people have replaced on their homes are doors.  Inside doors, outside doors, small and large doors and you never know what to do their the old junkie ones.  Instead of taking them to the dump (and actually paying to get rid of them) you can turn them into something awesome and useful.  We have six different ways you can take an old door and make it very useful again.  All of these ideas are inexpensive and fairly easy for the DIY Moosers.

1. Headboard

6 Ways to Repurpose Doors

This awesome idea is from Thepaperblog.com and you can find the instructions there.  This picture features two old doors side by side but you can also put on door horizontally as well.

2. Table

6 Ways to Repurpose Doors

The picture above is of a coffee table but you could really make any type of table with a door. I love the idea of a kitchen table made from an old farm house door personally.  These table ideas can be found on Adoreyourplace.com.

3. Front Porch Swing

6 Ways to Repurpose Doors

I love this idea found on Huckleberryfurnitureblogspot.com. All you would need is some extra wood, some chains from your local hardware store and you could paint it anyhow you would like to match your house.  It also looks like they just used an old seat cushion from an outdoor recliner which is perfect!

4. Mudroom Picture Display

6 Ways to Repurpose Doors

I absolutely love this idea.  You don’t have to display your picture only in the mudroom or hallway like this but I do like the idea of adding hooks for some organization and storage.  This idea can be found on Adoreyourplace.com.

5. Bookshelf

6 Ways to Repurpose Doors

This is a great idea from Dishfunctionaldesigns@blogspot.ca. You can cut our the squares on the door and add some wood to it to make bookshelves.  It is very rustic and a great way to reuse an old door.

6.Garden Archway

6 Ways to Repurpose Doors

This idea from Hometalk.com is a pretty simple way of reusing a couple of old doors.  Throw some paint on them, add some trim and you have a beautiful garden archway. You could also use it for an outdoor wedding and then put it in your garden afterwards.

Have any of you Moosers tried some of these ideas?  Do you have any others you would like to share with us?

(Top image credit to Darko Kec)

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August 21

6 Ways To Repurpose Your Old Bookshelves

Posted by on August 21, 2014 at 8:00 PM

6 Ways To Repurpose Your Old Bookshelves

When we first moved into our house, we bought a bunch of book shelves for one of the walls in our basement for storage because it was all we could afford at the time.  Now that we have lived here a few years and have decorated the way we want, we are left with these book shelves that I just don’t need anymore.  I though about selling them second hand but to be honest, they were pretty cheap to begin with and I wouldn’t really get anything for them.  I am a crafty person so I decided I would use them in other ways around the house.

I was searching online for inexpensive ways to up-cycle these bookshelves and came across some really inventive and fun ways to turn them into something more useful.

1. Child’s Sandbox

6 Ways To Repurpose Your Old Bookshelves

This idea came from the blog TheHomesIHaveMade.com. I have a 3 year old and a four year old, so this idea was perfect for us.  All you have to do is turn it on it’s back, give it a quick coat of bright paint and fill it with sand.  You may want to weather coat it so that it last longer and last in the rain, snow and other outside conditions.  I love this idea!

2. Planter Garden

6 Ways To Repurpose Your Old Bookshelves

I was looking on Helpfulgardener.com and found this idea. This idea I have already done myself and it turned out great!  It made perfectly lined rows for my herb garden.  Just like the sandbox idea, you will want to weather proof this garden bed to make sure it lasts through watering and rain. I have gotten so many compliments already.  I also did this with an old filing cabinet, as well the exact same way.

3. Desk

6 Ways To Repurpose Your Old Bookshelves

Over at AtThePicketFence.com, they had a great idea for a bookshelf to be turned into an office desk. They have all of the instructions to carry out this simple up-cycle project for your office or even for your kids bedroom.

4. Bench

6 Ways To Repurpose Your Old Bookshelves

If you have a tall skinny bookshelf, you will want to think about this refurbished project.  Flip it on it’s side and add some paint, fabric and some stuffing to the top of it for an awesome bench! You can find this idea over at RefurbishedIdeas.com.

5. Mud Room Organization

6 Ways To Repurpose Your Old Bookshelves

I love the idea of taking an old book shelf, and making it into an organizer for a mudroom or hallway.  This is perfect if you have a cluttered entryway or you don’t have storage space.This idea came from LivingMSN.com and I bet is very popular.

6. Mini bar

6 Ways To Repurpose Your Old Bookshelves

How can you not just fall in love with this idea!  Turn a smaller bookshelf into a great mini bar for entertaining.  It is so simple and easy and all of the details for it are posted up on the website IdeasAndSolutions.com for you to follow.

Do you have some other repurposed uses for an old bookshelf?

(Image credit to Sharon Drummond)

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August 15

Upcycle Your Cans 6 Different Ways

Posted by on August 15, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Upcycle Your Cans 6 Different Ways

I have a family of four and we seem to go through a lot of canned items.  We have soup cans, pasta sauce cans, paint cans, bean and chickpea cans and many more cans that I just don’t know what to do with. Yes, you can recycle them, but when I was washing them to recycle them one day, I realized they don’t look half bad once the label is off and they are clean. They are the perfect size for many things around the house. I headed to my go-to place for DIY ideas and found some great uses for all of my empty cans on Pinterest.

1. DIY Keepsake Can

Upcycle Your Cans 6 Different Ways

I love this idea that deliciously organized had for adding your family pictures to the soup cans and using them as a type of keepsake can. They look beautiful and you could do this with any size of can depending on the items you would like to add.  You could even do it for your kids with a picture of their favourite cartoon character or super hero.

2. DIY Lanterns

Upcycle Your Cans 6 Different Ways

You will see a step by step layout of how to make these awesome lanterns from any type of can you may have laying around at home on the blog Grow Creative. My sister used this idea and had these for her wedding to light the gardens and pathways at night. It was beautiful. Afterward, she used them outside at her house and gave a bunch of them away as well.  They were free and pretty decorations for her wedding.

3. DIY Flower Vases

Upcycle Your Cans 6 Different Ways

This is such a simple and easy craft to do to upcycle your cans.  Take any can, and take either ribbon or rope and just hot glue it wrapped around. You can add a plastic insert or bag if you want to use real flowers and don’t want the can to rust inside from the water. This idea from ordinary things made extraordinary can be used in any home. I think they look very pretty and you can change up the idea according to your personal taste.

4. DIY Bird Feeder

Upcycle Your Cans 6 Different Ways

I can’t wait to do this craft from plum adorable with my kids next week. All it requires is some paint, ribbon and a wooden stick.  Just have your kids paint a soup can, glue gun some ribbon around it and add a stick on the inside for the birds to stand on.  You can hang them from your fence in the back yard or a tree and put some seeds in it.  This is such a pretty and easy craft to do with kids for the back yard.

5. DIY Cookie Cutters or Cake Pans

Upcycle Your Cans 6 Different Ways

This DIY idea from Thekitchenpaper.com is a little harder than the others mentioned but still fairly easy. They give you a step by step plan on how to take any can and turn it into a cookie cutter or baking pan template.  This would be great to use for birthday parties!

6. DIY Makeup Containers

Upcycle Your Cans 6 Different Ways

I found this idea on Pinterest that someone must have posted themselves, because there is no link to a website.  It looks very simple to do though.  Much like the keepsake can, you can decorate any can how you would like and use it to hold your makeup brushes and supplies. I like this idea because it will keep the quality of the brush intact, instead of laying them down.

Do you have some other great uses for cans around your house?  Which ones do you want to try out?

(banner photo credit to Darlus Norvllas)

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October 28

How to Make Your Own Cold Weather Clothing for Cheap

Posted by on October 28, 2013 at 8:00 PM

How to Make Your Own Cold Weather Clothing for Cheap

Since the temperature has dropped exponentially in the past week here in Toronto, and I’m a born Vancouverite not used to things like wind chill or snow, scarves, mittens, and every other type of clothing that can keep me warm has been all I can think of! Since I don’t own that much winter gear, and I don’t really want to spend hundreds of dollars on anything since I’m not sure how long I’ll be living here, I’ve decided to look into ways I can make my own cold weather clothing. Since I also have no clue how to knit and can hardly sew to save my life, I’ve done a bit of digging to find a number of DIY ideas that are easy to make and won’t cost more than a $10 old sweater from the Salvation Army. Here are some of the pieces of clothing I’m hoping to make myself to keep warm this fall and winter.

Handmade Scarf

Luckily you don’t need to know how to knit to make your very own, one-of-a-kind scarf. Caitlin of The Coletterie shows you step-by-step how to make a winter warmer cowl that will keep you warm and add a bit of chic to your wardrobe. All you need is a bit of fabric, some pins, a needle and thread, and a pair of scissors to make your own version at home. If you’re more of a casual scarf kind of person, then this easy-to-make jersey scarf tutorial found on Craft Loving’s blog might be more up your alley.

How to Make Your Own Cold Weather Clothing for Cheap

Handmade Mittens

Do you have a box of old sweaters or sweatshirts taking up room in your attic? Why not upcycle them into a pair of mittens to keep you warm outside? A Beautiful Mess shows you exactly how to convert your old sweater into a pair of almost-new mittens, and A Song of Sixpence explains how your old sweatshirt can easily turn into some cozy hand warmers.

How to Make Your Own Cold Weather Clothing for Cheap

Handmade Poncho

You know when it’s so cold outside you just want to wrap yourself in a good blanket? Well, Say Yes to Hoboken can help by showing you how to turn your wool blanket into a fashion-forward poncho. If you can’t bear the thought of cutting up one of your favourite blankets, just grab some fleece fabric and a pair of scissors to DIY your own fleece poncho as demonstrated by Mackenzie on We Heart This’ blog.

How to Make Your Own Cold Weather Clothing for Cheap

Handmade Leg Warmers

Going back to upcycling your old sweaters and sweatshirts, Fireflies and Jellybeans shows you how to transform a sweater into a pair of enviable leg warmers. Ashley over at The City Birds Nest similarly goes into detail describing how you can turn your old sweatshirt into a pair of leg warmers to add a pop of colour and warmth to your boots.

How to Make Your Own Cold Weather Clothing for Cheap

Handmade Earmuffs

Earmuffs aren’t as easy to DIY as a poncho or scarf, however on Squeezing It All In’s blog, Heather shows you how you can take an old pair of earmuffs from the thrift store and update them for $3 in only 30 minutes. Otherwise, you can follow Delia of Delia Creates’ instructions on how to make some fashionable ear warmers.

How to Make Your Own Cold Weather Clothing for Cheap

Bargainmoosers, what article of cold weather clothing can you not live without? Have you ever made your own fall or winter gear before?

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September 23

How to Make Canvas Wall Art from Old T-Shirts

Posted by on September 23, 2013 at 8:00 PM

How to Make Canvas Wall Art from Old T Shirts

If you’re anything like me, you’ll have a stack of clothes in your wardrobe that are just a little bit too snug. Most specifically, I have a LOT of old t-shirts which are just a bit tight in the belly, having been purchased and worn before I gestated two children. Now, I don’t like to throw these tees out or donate them, because I still really like the designs – that’s why I bought them in the first place.

Most of my tees are from Threadless, they’re colourful, interesting and fun. Instead of getting rid of them, I decided to make them into wall art, to decorate some of the areas of my home that were lacking in colour. I mounted the tees on canvasses, using nothing more than a simple pair of scissors and a staplegun. Some of the finished result is in the image above – and I am really pleased with them. It’s a unique display that no-one else in the world has, they’re all images I love, and it really brightens up the room.

In the following text, I will give you a rough tutorial on how to mount your old t-shirts on to canvas, to display on your walls.

What you will need:

  • Old tees
  • Canvasses
  • Staplegun
  • Sharp scissors
  • Iron (optional)

The canvas size you choose depends on what size of clothing you’re mounting, I went for 30cm x 30cm which suited my needs perfectly. If you’re making a display of multiple tees on the wall, it also looks fantastic to intersperse it with a few rectangular canvasses too.

I’d recommend washing your old t-shirts before you start this canvas making process – don’t use stinky sweaty ones!

Step 1: Cut the tee

How to Make Canvas Wall Art from Old T Shirts

When I put the scissors to the first tee, I was a bit nervous! I had only googled for a basic guide and I knew that a lot would be learned by trial and error as I made the canvasses. I chose a t-shirt I didn’t care too much about, in case I made mistakes.

What you need to do – using your sharp scissors, cut up the side seams of your chosen t-shirt, so that you’ve just got the front panel to work with. There’s less material and it makes things easier to manage.

Step 2: Iron the t-shirt

How to Make Canvas Wall Art from Old T Shirts

This is an optional step, but I’d recommend ironing the t-shirt before you make your canvasses. It will take out all the creases and give a better finished product. If the decal on your t-shirt is heat sensitive, make sure you only iron the back side of the material.

Step 3: Place your canvas

How to Make Canvas Wall Art from Old T Shirts

With the t-shirt face down, place your blank canvas over the area you’d like to show on the front of the piece of wall art. Use the neck line to try and center the canvas, if you like.

Fold over the bottom edge of the fabric along the bottom of the canvas. You can then pivot the canvas on its top edge and lift it up to check the placement of the decal. Remember, this isn’t an exact science… you can get out the ruler and chalk if you wish, but I just did my measurements by eye.

Step 4: Start stapling the edges

How to Make Canvas Wall Art from Old T Shirts

When you’re happy with the placement, put a few staples across the bottom edge of the canvas, securing the fabric in place. Pulling the fabric quite tight at the top edge, staple that down too.  Tip: don’t pull the material too tight, as it could cause striations and an uneven pattern on the front of the wall art.

Step 5: Trim and staple the corners

How to Make Canvas Wall Art from Old T Shirts

At this stage (after having down two sides), I found it beneficial to staple the 4 corners. It’s good to trim off any excess material that is getting in the way, and then carry on with the stapling. There can be quite a bunch of material at the corners as you try and get it neat and tidy, so I found that trimming helped a lot. Fold it as neatly as you can, then staple. I found it similar to gift wrapping, in the way that I had to bend and fold the material.

Step 6: Staple the final sides

How to Make Canvas Wall Art from Old T Shirts

You’re left with the last 2 sides now… just fold the material, tuck it in and staple to your heart’s content. Remember, you can unpick your staples at any time if you’re not happy with the t-shirt placement. Just re-align and re-staple!

Step 7: Tidy the back

How to Make Canvas Wall Art from Old T Shirts

Lastly, trim off any excess material you don’t need. I didn’t do anything special on the back of my canvasses as they’re not going to be seen. I was able to tuck some of the loose edges in behind the canvas frame, but not all frames might allow you to do this. You could also finish off your mounted wall art by stapling a piece of thick card over the back, to hide the untidy trimmings, but I was happy enough with mine as they were.

Below, you can see the final image of the canvas in the above tutorial.

Final cost

How to Make Canvas Wall Art from Old T Shirts

All the t-shirts in the image above were bought in various sales over the years at Threadless, each costing only $10 or thereabouts. I purchased a job lot of blank canvasses on eBay so it worked out that the canvasses were about $4.50 each, including shipping. Therefore, each piece of unique wall art cost me less than $15. For you, you could also take a look for canvasses in dollar stores or at yard sales. Even if they’ve already got a print on them, you’ve covering them up – you really only need the basic shape and frame to work with.

Of course, if you don’t have a staplegun, you’ll have to invest in one of those. I wouldn’t take that into account on the above costings, as that’s something you’d buy and have for use on future projects.

What do you think?

Well, what do you think of the idea of wall mounting your old t-shirts and making it into art pieces for your walls? If you give it a try yourself, please take a picture and show us in the comments below!

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