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May 14

6 Genius Ways To Upcycle Old Belts

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

6 Genius Ways To Upcycle Old Belts

I would never have thought to use old belts in a DIY project. I was wasting time on Pinterest searching for inspiration to frame a picture for my husband. I have several pictures of our family at the lake last summer that should be hanging on our wall. Along the way, I discovered some of the amazing projects you can make out of belts! There is something about a belt as a decoration that makes your project look and feel expensive and yet still a little rugged.

Some of these bloggers used belts they had around the house. Others ordered belts online or collected old belts from family or friends. Belts are an item I personally tend to keep until they fall apart. If you do not have enough extra belts around the house, I would recommend hitting up a thrift store for belts at a fraction of the cost. Check carefully for wear and tear, but chances are good with a trip or two you will have enough belts for your project.

Belt Hanging Shelves

6 Genius Ways To Upcycle Old Belts

These hanging shelves created by blue i style are an easy upgrade to your basic shelf. She used these shelves in a little boy’s room to give it a little extra style. I also think this project would look especially fantastic in any room that has hardwood floors.  I noticed they used a special tool to make holes in the belt for the screws. If you are ok with the holes not looking manufactured, you could also create a hole with a nail and hammer.

Chair With Woven Belt Seat

6 Genius Ways To Upcycle Old Belts

With spring comes garage-sale season. There always seems to be extra furniture that finds a way to the curb. Why not salvage a chair for next to your front door and create this cool belt seat as featured over at Saved By Love Creations? This project would require multiple belts but would be well worth searching them out for this cool effect. The best part about this project is it looks even cooler if the belts are all different styles. I would probably recommend using this as an occasional chair for decoration, extra seating or setting items on. I would question the long-term durability using this technique on my dining room chairs.

Leather Picture Frame

6 Genius Ways To Upcycle Old Belts

This project inspired this post! I had no idea it was so easy to slice a leather belt and add it to a picture frame. This would surely turn a cheap dollar store frame into a frame that looks much more expensive. I found a couple of great examples, but I love this version from Design Sponge using an old western belt. You can use any belt. Your belt does not need to have a decorative pattern. At she knows, the blogger used a wood burning tool to customize the frame.

Leather Belt Curtain Ties

6 Genius Ways To Upcycle Old Belts

Over at Earnest Home Co., they took a simple leather belt and upcycled it into curtain ties. This project looks like it would not take very much time at all to create. I would use this technique in my bathroom, as I think it would pair nicely with my white linen curtains. This is one of those hacks that looks much more expensive than it really is.

Leather Belt Cuff Bracelet

6 Genius Ways To Upcycle Old Belts

I have seen this leather cuff bracelets at festivals starting at $20 and going for as high as $50 or $60 depending on how intricate it is. They are usually being sold by a vendor who specializes in leather, and has all sorts of intricate products such as belts and fringed bags. Over at The SITS Girls, they are making leather cuff bracelets out of old belts. The snaps and the gadget to attach the snaps (which should come with your snaps) are the only items you would have to purchase to make these cute cuffs. I would make a few for myself or gifts for friends. I love this rustic style. I would wear mine to the Calgary Stampede given the chance to go!

Leather Belt Wrapped Clock

6 Genius Ways To Upcycle Old Belts

Here is another super simple way to give your home a little bit of style. Wrap a belt around a clock, attach and you have an instant conversation piece. Check out the design on Remodelista.  I would use a clock that is sleek looking to contrast with the leather belt. This project looks like it would not take very long to do, which is my kind of project!

Bargainmoosers, how would you upcycle old belts?

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May 12

8 Upcycled Garden Planters To Make On The Cheap

Posted by on May 12, 2015 at 8:00 PM

8 Upcycled Garden Planters To Make On The Cheap

I was talking to Margarita the other day and she was asking me a few gardening questions. One of the things that came up was how much to pay for a planter. She has a cherry tomato plant she needs to re-pot and was expecting to spend about $20 on a planter. While I normally would pick up a few inexpensive planters at the dollar store, those beautiful decorative planters in the hardware and garden shops are quite lovely. The problem is I do not care for the $20 to $50 price tag per planter that often goes along with a decorative or larger planter. Multiply that price for several plants and you can easily spend $60 to $100 and upward for cute plant holders.

Below I rounded up some planters you can make easily on the cheap and will give your garden some personality. Most of these items may already be in your home or in your recycling bin. Thrift stores like Value Village can also be a great source of items to upcycle for cheap, and garage sales are another easy place to pick up some of these items on the cheap. Add a little bit of fun to your backyard, patio or balcony for summer.

Cat Plastic Bottle Planters

8 Upcycled Garden Planters To Make On The Cheap

With springtime parties in full swing, you may find you have a few extra plastic bottles around. Why not make these darling cat planters featured over at Brudiy. A little paint and a permanent marker will quickly make as many of these darling planters as your garden or living room can hold. This blog is in both Spanish and English.

Toy Truck Planter

8 Upcycled Garden Planters To Make On The Cheap

This is the perfect project for a forgotten toy truck. Check out this great tutorial on House of Hawthornes. If you do not already have a truck in mind, check garage sales for this type of treasure on the cheap.

Chair Planter

8 Upcycled Garden Planters To Make On The Cheap

This chair planter makes a great accent to your front door or in your garden. Check out the tutorial from Sew Caroline. I find these instructions are super easy using a basic hanging planter. You can make this same project using multiple chairs for a little cheaper if you use chicken wire and coconut liners like they did at Love Where You Live.

Tire Planters

8 Upcycled Garden Planters To Make On The Cheap

Next time you buy new tires, take the old ones home. This colourful tire planter is begging to be in your backyard. Check out the tutorial over at Lemon, Bean and Things. I would myself start with only one or two tires, but this stacked planter is a super cute backyard feature.

Denim Jeans Planter

8 Upcycled Garden Planters To Make On The Cheap

I am dying of laughter while I write up this one. Check out these hilarious denim jean planters over at Upcycled Garden Style. Place a plastic bag in each leg, then fill with dirt and add your plants. I may have to try one of these for each member of our family. Toddler jeans would be hilarious for this project also!

Colander Planter

8 Upcycled Garden Planters To Make On The Cheap

Here is a classic idea, turn a colander into a planter. Colanders make great planters as they already have holes for air. Stop by Mommy’s Kitchen to see her great tutorial on how to make a hanging basket version. You could just as easily set this on the ground on your patio or backyard.

Cartoon Plastic Container Planters

8 Upcycled Garden Planters To Make On The Cheap

Make some hilarious planters thanks to The Creative Chameleon. These funny planters will have you raiding your recycling bin for laundry soap bottles, dish soap bottles, and other plastic containers. Make sure to wash any residue from the inside of the bottle really well before your plant.

Wagon Planter

8 Upcycled Garden Planters To Make On The Cheap

Drill a few drainage holes in the bottom, and you can turn any wagon into an easy planter. Check out the photos over on Cre8tive Designs Inc. I have seen wooden wagons that are not functional sell for over $100. this would also be a really cute place to focus your herb garden.

For more garden projects, check out Eva’s past post 7 Re-Purposed Ideas to Make Your Garden Funky.

Bargainmoosers, what creative planters have you made?

(Image Credit: Chiot’s Run)

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May 7

8 Hacks To Refashion Your Clothes For Spring

Posted by on May 7, 2015 at 8:00 PM

8 Hacks To Refashion Your Clothes  For Spring

I always get a little intimidated when it comes to pulling out my sewing machine for a DIY project. I know the basics and can wield a needle and thread, but when it comes to making things from scratch out of fabric, I feel like I am all thumbs.

Do not let that sewing machine stop you from changing up your clothes! You can refashion some of those extra clothes in the back of your closet, or ramp up the style on a clearance rack find without spending hours at the sewing machine. Check out these amazing hacks, most of which only require a few stitches with a needle if any sewing at all. I think some of these may end up in my outfit rotation for next week.

Quick Skirt

8 Hacks To Refashion Your Clothes  For Spring

Bargainmoosers, I have to say I was a bit skeptical of this idea from Our Life Is Beautiful. The pictures looked too easy. There was no way my shirt will look ok as a skirt. I ran up to my closet, grabbed a few long sleeve shirts and started tying. You do need a shirt with a wider neckline and this will not work with every shirt. After my third shirt try (the first two just were not stretchy enough), I found a plain green long sleeve shirt that had a little more weight to the fabric. I was shocked at how well it looked as a skirt. Try this hack with your closet. You may be pleasantly surprised too.

Lace T-Shirt

8 Hacks To Refashion Your Clothes  For Spring

Here is a quick and easy fix for a plain t-shirt that needs a little lift. Check out this easy lace refashion from Sweet Charli. Buy a small piece of lace and lay it over the top in the pattern of your choice. With a few quick hand stitches from the back and across the top and bottom, your shirt will almost instantly look more expensive. Make sure to match the thread colour carefully either to the shirt or the lace so they virtually disappear!

Silk Scarf Shirt

8 Hacks To Refashion Your Clothes  For Spring

I love the look of a breezy shirt for spring that looks great styled casually or dressy. Take a minute and head over to Stars for Streetlights to ogle the beautiful shirt she made out of two silk scarves. I am loving the patterns and colours she picked, and the stitching is minimal. For a completely different look, Talk 2 The Trees did a similar hack that is equally awesome and has some additional notes in her tutorial.

Open Back Sweater

8 Hacks To Refashion Your Clothes  For Spring

Here is a great hack for that boxy cardigan you have been hesitant to throw out. Over at In Honor Of Design, she created an open back sweater that is cute and functional. This is a great way to lighten up your look a little for spring. I could also see a cute cardigan such as this thrown over a sweet spring dress. Give this hack a try, this one requires no sewing.

Lattice and Stud T-Shirt

8 Hacks To Refashion Your Clothes  For Spring

Over at Wobisobi, they took a simple t-shirt and refashioned it for summer with a few studs and cuts. This is a no-sew refashion that will look so cute next to the pool this summer. I might try this with one of my old t-shirts for over my swimsuit. The studs take this project from cut-up shirt to chic.

Lace Insert Shirt

8 Hacks To Refashion Your Clothes  For Spring

Like the lace look and want more? Check out this cool moon and lace refashion on the back of the shirt from Mr. Kate. You will need an iron and some Stitch Witchery, which is a fabric glue in a tape form that will attach your lace to the shirt with heat. Alternatively, since the lace is attached on the inside  of the shirt you could use Aleene’s OK To Wash-It or another type of fabric glue. Both of these items are found at most sewing stores. If you do know how to sew, your piece will be more durable if you use a few simple stitches instead of the glue.

Cutout Button Down Shirt

8 Hacks To Refashion Your Clothes  For Spring

I love this slick refashion over at Plan B by Anna Evers. I have one or two button down shirts that would look fantastic with this hack! Best of all you can either sew the hem around the cutout part for a more durable piece or use fabric glue on the inside if you cannot sew. For a look that is a little less edgy, you could add a piece of lace on this piece in the cutout also!

Bleach T-shirt

8 Hacks To Refashion Your Clothes  For Spring

Here is another cute design that can make a plain t-shirt go from boring to interesting. Check out this cute little owl from Practically Functional. While this technique looks simple, you will want to follow the directions carefully on this blog for the best results. Bleach can be powerful stuff!

Bargainmoosers, how have you refashioned your clothes?

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May 5

7 Ways To Upcycle Pallets For Your Backyard

Posted by on May 5, 2015 at 8:00 PM

7 Ways To Upcycle Pallets For Your Backyard

Pallets are a waste product at many factories, construction sites, and stores. If you are unfamiliar, a pallet is a flat support for moving a larger amount of products and makes shipping everything from electronics to food much easier. Most pallets are made of wood, but there are some made of plastic as well. Wood pallets make a great base for a whole host of upcycled projects on the cheap. They easily transform with a few cuts and a little hard work.

Depending on the project you choose, I would consider sanding the pallet well to avoid splinters. Then I would add a coat of paint or stain to your pallet to give yourself a fresh base to start with. You can often find pallets that are being thrown away and take them home free. Please do be careful about the source of your pallets. According to a study by the National Consumer League quoted on Wikipedia, 10% off wood pallets used to transport food were found to have Listeria or E.coli bacteria. There are other places you can get pallets such as furniture stores and newspaper companies to avoid this contamination issues. Check out this article from 1001 Pallets for more ideas of places to find safe pallets free. Once you have your freebies, you can get to work creating some of these amazing projects for your backyard.

Easy Outside Pallet Sofa

7 Ways To Upcycle Pallets For Your Backyard

I have seen many various pallets turned into outdoor seating. I am with Lazy Mom’s Blog. I want to keep my project simple. I like that this sofa project can be taken apart for wintertime storage. Your efforts should easily last for many summer seasons.

Pallet Patio Coffee Table

7 Ways To Upcycle Pallets For Your Backyard

Turn your space into the perfect backyard BBQ. I never seem to have enough table space outside when I am entertaining, but I am not in a hurry to buy a second patio table. Joy Ever After has created the perfect durable outside coffee table to give you plenty of room for your drinks and party platters.

Pallet Balcony Shelf

7 Ways To Upcycle Pallets For Your Backyard

Before I moved into a townhouse style place, the only green space I had was a tiny balcony. I wish I had discovered this perfect pallet shelf from DIY Passion. This blogger only spent $15 for her little garden. Create the perfect shelf to hold all your planters for your container garden full of vegetables or flowers.

Pallet Garden Walkway

7 Ways To Upcycle Pallets For Your Backyard

I have one area of my backyard that quite frequently gets muddy. I could use this little pallet board walkway to keep my shoes from being constantly caked in mud. Check out the instructions on how to make your own from Funky Junk Interiors. Cute and simple, this walkway is like a cheater boardwalk.

Pallet Swing

7 Ways To Upcycle Pallets For Your Backyard

This is the perfect lazy day swing for with a tall glass of lemonade. Practice your knot tying skills, and soon you will have your own version of this fun swing over at Red Agape Style and Design. Throw on a cushion and you are ready to catch the breeze, or just enjoy a good book.

Pallet Fence

7 Ways To Upcycle Pallets For Your Backyard

Building a fence around your yard can cost you hundreds of dollars. Generally, a fence is on the list right next to many other expensive home renovation projects. Check out this super quick and inexpensive pallet fence from Fairy Wings and Dinosaurs. While I do not expect this fence will hold a large dog, it is an awesome project to consider if you are doing renovations on a budget. I would probably think of this as a short-term solution, as the wood used to make pallets is not the same quality that is usually used to make fences.

Pallet Workbench

7 Ways To Upcycle Pallets For Your Backyard

No matter what you create, every artisan needs a workbench. Over at Beyond The Picket Fence, they have created a workbench intended for gardening. I think this bench can be used as a perfect place to create all of your DIY projects, or would even make a nice little table next to your grill.

Are you looking for more inspiration? I loved the idea of turning a pallet into a raised garden bed that was featured in the past post 4 Cool Gardening Ideas To Fit Any Frugal Budget. I have a fresh pallet sitting in my backyard ready for paint for this project.

Bargainmoosers, what have you made out of pallets?

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April 30

7 Ways To Update Your Home With Spray Paint

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

7 Ways To Update Your Home With Spray Paint

I love looking at all the beautiful DIY projects various blogs have put together. Even more, I enjoy working on my own projects for my home. Sometimes you just want a project to be quick, simple and effective without a 25 picture tutorial. Included below are all items you can spray paint to make a big impact in your home both for outside and inside your home. These projects should not take tons of technique to complete, just a little elbow grease and time.

The average can of spray paint at Lowe’s Canada costs between $6 and $15, making these projects super cheap to upgrade. If you are new to spray painting, you may want to check out the basics at Live Love DIY  or read more tips over at In My Own Style before you get started on your project.

Patio Chair Cushions

7 Ways To Update Your Home With Spray Paint

This weekend it was so nice, we broke out the patio set. I was so vigilant about our outside cushions last year that they spent half the summer in the closet. I managed to get my set of four cushions on sale and I still spent $100 in new cushions. If you were less crazy restrictive and have stains, mildew or fading you can update the cushions with spray paint. Check out this post from The Frugal Homemaker as she details how she did it. The cushions look fab!

Patio Furniture

7 Ways To Update Your Home With Spray Paint

As you are clearing out your spring items, you may find your patio set may also need a spring makeover. Spray paint can take care of all of that weather damage and make your patio set look fresh and new.  Over at H2O Bungalow, they spray painted a pretty outside cafe table and it now looks picture perfect. Need more inspiration? Check out the metal set at Bright Bold Beautifulwhich cleaned these chairs up fast. Honey of California remade her wood patio set in a beautiful distressed red.

Patio Umbrella

7 Ways To Update Your Home With Spray Paint

The fabric on patio umbrellas fades even more so than the patio cushions do. Last year I had a hard time finding a decent umbrella for under $50, and that does not include the stand to keep the umbrella from falling over. I am not willing to repurchase another umbrella just because the sun faded it. Upgrade yours with spray paint using the inspiration at Creatively Living. You can do these in any colour you like, but a red patio set sure pops against the green grass.

Giant Planters

7 Ways To Update Your Home With Spray Paint

Over at The Spotted Lamb, I spotted a great spray paint project for your garden or the front of your house. This blogger took inexpensive plastic garbage cans and spray painted them to make awesome looking planters for the front of her house. Most larger and taller planters cost around $50 to $150 such as this one @ Lowe’s Canada. Make a set at a fraction of the cost following this tutorial.

Doorknobs

7 Ways To Update Your Home With Spray Paint

Doorknobs typically run between $10 and $40 for an inside door.  I know we have at least eight inside doors in our house and that cost can add up quick. One way to update your doorknobs on the cheap is to pick up a can of high-quality spray paint and get to work. Over at Handle The Heat they have updated their doorknobs with a dark oil based bronze paint that would instantly give the look of your house a lift for about $10, the cost of one door knob.

Custom Curtain Rods

7 Ways To Update Your Home With Spray Paint

If you have large windows to cover, or just want to cut your cost of purchasing curtain rods you will want to see this next post. Check out this great DIY hack from Our Vintage Home LoveShe used PVC pipe and spray paint to create these super cheap yet effective curtain rods.

Light Fixture

7 Ways To Update Your Home With Spray Paint

Light fixtures are also not a cheap item to replace. If you have been putting off updating, upgrading or changing your light fixtures you may want to consider updating them with spray paint. Check out how The Country Chic Cottage took an older gold fixture and updated it with an antique brass colour.

Bargainmoosers, what would you update with spray paint?

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April 23

8 Marvelous Uses For Baking Soda

Posted by on April 23, 2015 at 8:00 PM

8 Marvelous Uses For Baking Soda

Have you ever tried to use this wonder product? Our grandparents sure knew about the power and versatility of baking soda, but somewhere between the cleaning and the grocery aisle I think we sometimes forget this powerful and frugal cleaner these days.

You can often find baking soda for a dollar or less per box, making it a very economical product to use. From cleaning to beauty, baking soda is versatile and gentle with no extra chemicals. Here are eight great ways you can use baking soda at home.

Teeth Whitener

8 Marvelous Uses For Baking Soda

Are you a teeth whitening strip addict? Those kits start at $40 bucks a pop! Slash that budget by using a mixture of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and peppermint oil instead. Get the full details over at One Good Thing By Jillee. If you are hesitant to use peroxide, though most commercial whiteners have many worse ingredients, brushing regularly with baking soda alone can help whiten your teeth also. You can use baking soda alone more frequently than a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide combination.

Removing Sticker Residue

8 Marvelous Uses For Baking Soda

There is a product called Goo Gone that is fantastic for removing sticker residue leftover from labels, price tags or tape. The problem with Goo Gone is it smells disgusting! Make your own version using baking soda and an oil such as coconut oil or vegetable oil. Check out the recipe on Mom 4 Real and make this residue remover with items probably already in your pantry.

Clean Coffee & Tea Mug Stains

8 Marvelous Uses For Baking Soda

This hack changed my life. Before this idea, my coffee mugs always had residue from my favourite hot beverages. Now when I start to notice stains, I sprinkle in a little baking soda. With a few drops of water and a quick wipe, my cups are now snow white again. The Kitchn has a quick explanation that will have both your mugs and carafes clean in no time.

Deep Clean Your Mattress

8 Marvelous Uses For Baking Soda

Throw open the windows for some fresh air, spring-cleaning is here. When was the last time you cleaned your mattress if ever? It might be time to freshen it up. Pour several cups all over your mattress and let it set for an hour, then vacuum. For the full process, check out this article from Pop Sugar. If you really want some motivation to clean check out the post at The LoopYour Mattress Is Disgusting And Here’s Why.” The dust mites in this post give me the creeps. I need to go clean my mattress now.

Homemade Fabric Refresher

8 Marvelous Uses For Baking Soda

While you are freshening up fabrics, you can freshen up your couch, chairs and any other fabric surfaces in your house. Create this homemade “Febreze” recipe using baking soda and fabric softener for about fifteen cents per bottle. Febreze runs you $3 bucks per bottle, this hack is worth it! Check out the recipe over at DIY Confessions.

Dishwasher Cleaning Bombs

8 Marvelous Uses For Baking Soda

You could scrub away at your dishwasher with chemicals, or even baking soda and a toothbrush. To be honest how often are you going to complete that routine without pulling out your hair? Make these awesome baking soda dishwasher bombs instead featured at Our Carlson Life. Place two cups of vinegar in a bowl on the top rack, and a dishwasher bomb on the bottom rack. One clean cycle later, your dishwasher will sparkle.

Foot Soak

8 Marvelous Uses For Baking Soda

I think I am going to skip the spa this time and try this DIY treatment over at eHow.com. With baking soda, milk and a few other items you probably have around the house you can give your tootsies the treatment they deserve. My toes are not ready for summer yet. They are almost too embarrassingly dry and cracked to take into a pedicure shop. Winter can be rough on your feet. This baking soda treatment will help me get my toes ready for summer sandals.

Shoe Deodorizer

8 Marvelous Uses For Baking Soda

Spring can mean wet and stinky shoes. Cut down on those odors by making your own deodorizing shoe inserts. Check out the tutorial over at Small Good Things. I have been putting loose baking soda in my shoes for years, but it never occurred to me to put it in old tights for an insert with less mess. These satchels last about three months, which should get you through most of summer.

If you are looking for more cleaning ideas on the cheap, check out Brooke’s post 8 Fabulous Frugal Uses for Vinegar.

Bargainmoosers, what do you use baking soda for?

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April 12

9 LEGO Hacks For Your Home You Need To Try

Posted by on April 12, 2015 at 8:00 PM

9 LEGO Hacks For Your Home You Need To Try

If you have a LEGO fan at all in your house, you may find you have a few extra LEGO bricks around. LEGO bricks and accessories can be used for endless fun kid projects, but you can also use them to make functional items for your home. These hacks are just the right amount of fun and function to give your space a twist on the cheap. Try some of these hacks and soon everything in your home will be awesome.

LEGO Minifigure Cord Holders

9 LEGO Hacks For Your Home You Need To Try

I just learned that the hand of a Minifigure is the perfect size to hold many different electronic cords including the Apple lightning cord. I got this idea from the blog Modernistic Design. Use a Minifigure to organize your cords and easily find your cell phone cord. It is so fun having those little guys waiting for you when you go to charge your phone. In addition, if you have more than one person’s cord into the same charger you can assign each person his or her own fun Minifigure and keep the cords organized.

LEGO Ping Pong Table

9 LEGO Hacks For Your Home You Need To Try

This is an awesome way to turn an old kitchen table or card table into a quick ping-pong table, as demonstrated over on Mod Frugal. Build your net using LEGO and there will be no question which side of the table the ball hit on. Whether you build this project for inside or outside, this will be the centre of your next casual party.  This hack is much cheaper than purchasing most ping pong sets. Buying a real ping pong table costs around $200 bucks and up, while a portable kit can cost anywhere from $25 to $50.  Two paddles and a few ping-pong balls should run you less than $15.

LEGO Key Holder

9 LEGO Hacks For Your Home You Need To Try

If you are always losing your keys, this is the hack for you from Man Made. With only a few simple LEGO pieces you can quickly create a key holder that will help you keep everyone’s keys in the house organized. I have seen several LEGO key holders around the web, but I like this one the best because the LEGO pieces you attach to your key ring are slim and does not weigh down your keys. Use this to keep other keys in check also such as your mail key or bicycle lock.

LEGO Lamp

9 LEGO Hacks For Your Home You Need To Try

This is a neat lamp from Recyclart that looks simple enough to make. This post does not have instructions but the pictures should give you plenty of inspiration. The shade is a simple box shape with some intentional holes to let light through. The most difficult part will be cutting a hole in the baseplate. I recommend using two smaller baseplates and cutting a half circle out of each of them using a hot wire. Once your hole is cut, you can glue the two plates together. Cutting the hole in two pieces should be simpler than attempting to cut a round hole out of the plastic baseplate.

LEGO Clock

9 LEGO Hacks For Your Home You Need To Try

Give your clock a makeover with this fun and inexpensive LEGO clock. This one is perfect from Our Nerd Home. You can easily change out the minifigures or LEGO bricks to match your mood. This project should be a quick to make, and will surely catch your eye. Clock kits run around $10 to $15, or you could try to use the parts from a thrifted clock for much less.

LEGO Bird Feeder

9 LEGO Hacks For Your Home You Need To Try

Over at Fun Craft Kids I love this awesome LEGO bird feeder. Build your own version and welcome all the migratory birds back. What a great way to connect a LEGO loving kid with nature. This project can be as simple or elaborate as you want, so start stacking those bricks.

LEGO Napkin Holder

9 LEGO Hacks For Your Home You Need To Try

Over on I Dig Pinterest they created a really neat napkin holder. This napkin holder was originally designed for a kids’ birthday party, but would look equally cool holding your napkins in your kitchen. Make it a race and see who in your family can build a napkin holder the fastest.

LEGO Hand Soap

9 LEGO Hacks For Your Home You Need To Try

Stop paying extra for hand soap in your bathroom or kitchen the looks fun and check out this LEGO hand soap from Rockin Boys. Grab a cheap bottle of clear soap at the dollar store and add LEGO for a bottle of soap that looks like you spent three times as much. Plus once the soap is gone, the LEGO could still be played with in this quick and easy hack.

LEGO Kitchen Counter

9 LEGO Hacks For Your Home You Need To Try

Over on the blog Geeky Gadgets there is an amazing IKEA counter featured that is covered from top to bottom with LEGO. This amazing design hack may not save you any money, unless you have a true LEGO fanatic in your house and have over 20.000 lego pieces laying around. This IKEA covered kitchen counter was just too cool not to include. Perhaps if you have a lot of LEGO, you could cover your end table with this same concept for a cheap but fun look.

Bargainmoosers, what would you make out of LEGO for your home?

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April 4

Moose Tutorial: Upcycling Furniture with Comic Books!

Posted by on April 4, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Moose Tutorial: Upcycling Furniture with Comic Books!

I love a bit of DIY and since I bought my first home a few years ago, I’ve been trying my hand at various tasks and activities round the house. Last week, I attempted to upcycle some furniture – namely my daughter’s beside cabinet. It was a plain and boring piece of furniture, as you can see from the below “before” image. I cannot even remember where we got this – maybe it used to belong to my mother, but I cannot even recall.

Moose Tutorial: Upcycling Furniture with Comic Books!

I decided to upcycle the cabinet to a comic-book styled piece, using paint and decoupage together to create an interesting finish. Here’s how to decoupage your furniture!

1. Plan your colour scheme and decoupage areas – before you start working on your piece, plan out what you are going to do. In my example, I didn’t want the whole cabinet covered in the comic book decoupage, just select surfaces. I think that completely covering it in the comic would have been too much, so I offset the colourful comics with some other plain surfaces of white and baby blue.

2. Take off all handles and hinges – before you start working on your item of furniture, remove all the accessories that you can, such as handles and hinges. Make sure you keep and store them in a safe place, somewhere that little screws cannot get lost. I actually stored mine in a Ziploc bag for safekeeping.

3. Clean and prepare your surfaces – give your furniture a good clean before you start, to make sure that you’d not getting dust mixed in with your painted areas. Depending on what type of surface you’re working on, you may want to sand some areas to help the decoupage adhere better to the furniture.

Moose Tutorial: Upcycling Furniture with Comic Books!

4. Paint the areas you want – on the faces you wish to show your paint, get painting! If you plan on using a light coloured paint and your furniture is of a dark finish, consider using a base primer coat of paint. When you’re working on the areas adjacent to the surfaces you want to decoupage, also consider painting on to the edge of these. For example, I used my white paint and painted the edge of the surfaces that were due to be decoupaged, about a centimetre around their edges. This way, when decoupaging on top, you don’t have to be as careful about making sure the paper goes right to the very edge, you have a few millimetres that you can work with.

For this project, I actually used some paints that were in my garage. The baby blue was a tester post from a few years back, and I also used a tin of white gloss which I already had. I had done 3 coats of the white gloss, but noticed that a little corner had easily chipped… so whatever type of paint you use will affect the final look on this project.

5. Cut and prepare your comics – when I started the gluing, because I was so excited to get started, I was cutting out a piece then gluing it on right away, without really planning ahead. However, as I went on, I found it much better to cut out the pieces and plan the whole face before starting to paste it on.

6. Get gluing – you can use whatever glue product you happen to have at home, be it modge-podge or PVC glue. You’re going to want to paste the back of each comic, and then paste more over the top once the paper is stuck to the surface.

Moose Tutorial: Upcycling Furniture with Comic Books!

7. Smooth out the creases – as the paper is drying, you may want to try and smooth out some of the creases and air bubbles which appear. I did this with an old Ikea card that I had lying round. The larger the original pieces of material that you are gluing, the harder it is to push out those creases. Keep this is mind when you are choosing what to stick on, and how large to make the pieces.

8. Add more decourapage layers – if you’re going to add more and more decoupage rather than just one layer, make sure you let each layer dry before adding more. I’d recommend 24 hours between layers. Here’s my little girl studying the comic during the construction process! Moose Tutorial: Upcycling Furniture with Comic Books!

Moose Tutorial: Upcycling Furniture with Comic Books!

9. Add more glue/varnish layers – once your piece is dried, you may want to consider adding a few more coats of glue, leaving drying time in between each one. For me, I added a couple of coats of clear varnish on the top, to really try and give this furniture a longer lifespan from all the kicks and knocks of life in a young child’s bedroom.

There we have it! What do you think of my finished product in the image at the top of this post? I was very pleased with myself. Moose Tutorial: Upcycling Furniture with Comic Books! And my daughter LOVES it.

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April 2

9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

Posted by on April 2, 2015 at 8:00 PM

9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

Red or white? No matter what you choose, you may find yourself left with a few extra corks laying around. No need to throw those corks in the recycling bin, there are many fabulous things you can make out of them. An added bonus, if you craft with the winery label showing you will have also have a record of all of your favourite wine brands. Here are nine amazing projects you can make at home out of wine corks.

Bunny Decoration

9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

Adventures in DIY created this super easy bunny rabbit. Throw your own together just in time for Easter with some hot glue and patience. You could also pick any shape and easily do the same concept.

Cork Drawer Knobs

9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

Dollar Store Crafts had the bright idea to replace drawer handles with champagne corks. You could also use regular wine corks, though I do like the shape the champagne corks give. If I was making this out of regular wine corks, I would turn them so they were longest left and right instead of drilling into the end.

Cork Board

9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

One of the projects most often made of wine corks is a cork board. Check out the version on A Beautiful Mess for a modern, chic and easy to make design. I love the pops of colour she added.

Wine Cork Boat

9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

Mama Pappa Bubba turned wine corks into both science and art with these wine cork boats. These would be fun to play with in the bathtub. I bet my daughter’s Fisher Price little people could stand on these boats. Save rubber bands from fresh produce like broccoli and this project is practically free.

Bath Mat

9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

This bath mat from Crafty Nest is lovely and so Zen. I picture this in a bathroom with white towels, lots of natural light and an extremely leafy green plant. Maybe I will light a candle, sink into the tub and have a glass of wine in this bathroom.

Garden Markers

9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

Shine Your Light will teach you how to make these super simple garden markers. This project is super fast so you can spend more time prepping your plants. I like her curly cursive handwriting.

Unique Bar Table Top

9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

You would have to drink a lot of wine for this project, but I think I am up to the challenge. Take a look at Decorating Obsessed and their fab new bar from an upcycled dresser and wine corks. Can you believe this whole project only cost her $20? Liquor prices not included.

Fridge Magnets

9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

These cute fridge magnets from Miss Mel and Miss Heather will add some instant character to your fridge. This idea looks really quick to make also. These could make a lovely hostess gift paired with a bottle of wine.

Snake Toy

9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks

Here is some cute inspiration from Domestic Candy. This sweet snake could be a toy or decoration. Though this link does not have directions, it looks simple enough to make.

Bargainmoosers, what would you make out of leftover wine corks?

Image Credit: Jeric Santiago

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March 26

7 Clever Ways To Repurpose Magazine Holders

Posted by on March 26, 2015 at 8:00 PM

7 Clever Ways To Repurpose Magazine Holders

Spring cleaning has started at my house already. While I like to be organized, I could spend a small fortune in small bins and containers. Magazine holders are a storage container that can be made of cardboard, metal, plastic or sometimes even wood. These inexpensive containers usually cost only a few dollars at the dollar store. You can spend an extra buck or two more and find many stylish options at IKEA. Depending on the project, you can also make your own magazine holders out of cereal boxes following this tutorial from Crafty Journal after you raid the recycling bin. Make your containers even cuter by covering them with fabric, pretty paper or comics.

Create A Mail Storage System

7 Clever Ways To Repurpose Magazine Holders

Check out this mail rack on Lifehacker from user kazmataz. Using only a simple shelf, a few wooden IKEA KNUFF mail organizers and some wood stain, she created an awesome fixture to stash mail and other small items by the door.

Store Your Potatoes and Onions

7 Clever Ways To Repurpose Magazine Holders

I used to have a special wood box that kept my potatoes and onions organized, but it broke. I think I spent $40 on that box. Check out this idea from Mimi’s Crafty World to store your produce in metal mesh magazine holders. With a see thru container, you are less likely to end up with wrinkly potatoes you forgot about.

Hide Your Eyesore Modem

7 Clever Ways To Repurpose Magazine Holders

Your modem is a necessity, but they sure can be ugly on a shelf. Use a magazine holder to hide the eyesore just like they did at Design O.C.D. with very little effort. The box is open on one side and it should allow airflow to keep your router cool while looking chic.

Store Your Craft Supplies

7 Clever Ways To Repurpose Magazine Holders

If you like to DIY, it is very likely you have some spare craft supplies around. Storage containers geared at crafters can be pricey. I love this storage idea for yarn from Laughing Purple Goldfish using magazine holders. Even better, this could work for paper or scraps of fabric.

Organize Canned Goods In Your Pantry

7 Clever Ways To Repurpose Magazine Holders

If you are like me, you dig through the pantry looking for tomatoes and end up with a can of beans instead. Check out this perfect storage idea from PB&J Stories. Use magazine holders to organize your canned goods so you can locate them quickly and effortlessly. You can match your kitchen’s personality by recovering the outside in a pretty pattern.

Store Tea In A Corner Shelf

7 Clever Ways To Repurpose Magazine Holders

This tea and herb shelf using the Ikea wooden KNUF is a great idea. Check it out on Ikea Hackers. You could use this corner shelf idea for K-cups, spices, or any other small item storage.

Storage Inside A Cabinet

7 Clever Ways To Repurpose Magazine Holders

The Simple Life and Home mounted these containers on the inside of their cabinets to store long boxes such as aluminum foil and plastic wrap. You could use screws or even use command hooks for a removable option. This would work equally as well mounted in your bathroom cabinet to hold your curling iron or flat iron.

Bargainmoosers, what else besides magazines would you store in a magazine holder?

(Image Credit: The Shopping Sherpa)

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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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