Creative Outdoor Upcycle Ideas

Hi! It’s Allison from A Glimpse Inside back once again to share with you our last post on upcycling ideas for this month. If you have missed the other posts you can find them here: Tip 1, Tip 2, and Tip 3.
 
 Today, I am sharing some awesome and creative outdoor upcycle ideas! With spring around the corner, it’s a great time to start planning out your outdoor space projects. 
 
 
By using your imagination and some creativity, you can use something and give it a whole new life to add it to your outdoor space. There are so many unique ideas out there for repurposing furniture, household items, pallets and much more to make your patio or garden much more interesting.  
 
 
Furniture Ideas
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Take old chairs and turn them into swings from Worth Trying DIY Projects

 Make an old sewing table into a beverage station from Ambient Wares

 

 
 
 

 

 
Garden and Patio Accessories 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 There are so many fun and unique ideas out there for your outdoor space. 
Have you upcycled something for your garden or patio? 
We would love for you to share it with us! 
 
Stay tuned for a whole new topic next month!   


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Creative Upcycled Craft Room Ideas

Hello friends! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! Kara from Mine for the Making here this week to share Creative Upcycled Craft Room Ideas with you. I love a good upcycle or repurposed project and I love a pretty, organized craft room. Let’s check out these unique solutions.

Upcycled Furniture

I love taking something ‘old’ and making it new and fresh again. Especially furniture! Just add some elbow grease and lots of love, and you can turn any dingy piece of furniture into a focal point of your room. Here are a few of my favorite furniture transformations that are perfect for the craft room. Some are used for storage and others are used for work spaces. 

Upcycled hutch  to craft storage

Upcycled hutch to craft storage and work space

Upcycled filing cabinet craft storage

Upcycled sewing table to desk

Upcycled Projects for Organization and Decoration

You would be surprised what you can use for organization and decoration. An old baby crib, a vintage crate, tin cans… So many options if you open your creative mind on alternative ways to use ordinary things. Let’s check out some of my favorite up cycled projects for organizing and decorating your craft room.

Upcycled baby crib to craft storage

Repurposed frame to chic pincushion 

Upcycled Crates to craft shelves

Upcycled tray to magnetic board

Upcycled bed spring to craft storage

Repurposed tins to pencil holder

Repurposed frame to thread holder

 

Such great ideas! Most times that I upcycle or repurpose something, I save money doing so and I love it so much more because of the effort put into it. Do you have any upcycled projects or pieces in your craft room?

Join us next week for more tips on using upcycled ideas in your homes! 

 

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Creative Upcycled DIY Home Decor Projects

Hello and welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! This month we’re all about recycling and renovation projects – fun ways to give new life to vintage or worn out things. This week I’m sharing some fun tips for upcycling in Home Decor – with ideas for furniture, wall decor, pillows and more!

Furniture

Turn a Headboard into a Bench!

DIY Furniture Hacks | Bed Turned Into Bench | Cool Ideas for Creative Do It Yourself Furniture | Cheap Home Decor Ideas for Bedroom, Bathroom, Living Room, Kitchen - http://diyjoy.com/diy-furniture-hacks:

Ladder turned Shelving

Vintage Floral Mod Podged Ladder Shelving:

Upcycled Suitcase into a Bookshelf

How Eduardo the Antique Trunk Became a Bookshelf: A Makeover Story:

Turn an Old Door into a Bookshelf

Old door turned into a shelf:

Bathroom Cabinet from an Old Window

DIY antique window cabinet- See how to make this super easy antique window cabinet. Great for bathroom storage or any room in your home!:

Wall Decor

Life is an Adventure Pallet Art

Upcycle Shutters to Wall Decor

Above kitchen dining window?? Dishfunctional Designs: Upcycled: New Ways With Old Window Shutters:
Make a Creative Frame Display with a Vintage Hanger

Paint Ceiling Medallions for Fun Wall Art

Display Vintage Plates in a Colorful Grouping

Pillows, Lamps and More

Globe Lamps

Great idea for your children's room #upcycled #world #globe:

Turn old jeans into a Fun Hexagon Pillow

A great DIY for old jeans! More:

How to Recover a Lampshade – take an old worn out one to new and fun!

Turn Old Sweaters into Cozy New Pillows!

Cozy up your home with re-purposed sweater pillows - plus the key to avoiding wavy seams when sewing with knitted fabric.

Turn mismatched china into a cool lamp!

Aren’t they great! I’m all inspired to head out to the thrift stores and antique shops!

Make sure you check back next week – we are going to be sharing some fabulous upcycled ideas for your Craft Room!

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Repurposed Ideas for the Kitchen

Hello, friends! It’s a new month so it’s time for a new topic for our Craft Tips series! 
For February, we are focusing on upcycle/repurposing projects. Each week we will take a look at these types of projects in different areas of the home.

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
This week I am focusing on some really fun upcycle and repurposing projects for the KITCHEN! Some of these are actual kitchen items used in interesting ways, but I also found a few items that have nothing to do with the kitchen and people found a way to find a use for them and incorporate them into their space.

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Vintage Cheese Grater Organizer from Homeroad

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Antique Dresser Kitchen Island from Heir and Space

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Foot Board Tea Cup Holder from Capitulo Dos

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Teacup Pendant Lamp Shades from Flamingo Toes

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Shutter Island from Beyond the Picket Fence

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Enamel Mug Organizer from Homeroad

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Rolling Pin Towel Holder at Hometalk

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Silverware Handles from Notes from the Nest

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Old Rake Utensil Holder from The Gracious Wife

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Globe Stand Paper Towel Holder from Lovely Etc.

Repurpose and/or upcycle items to use in the kitchen!
Silverware Starburst Mirror from Flamingo Toes

 

Aren’t these ideas so fun and unique? I wish I had an eye for these types of upcycled projects!

Stay tuned for more upcycle/repurpose ideas next week!

 

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14 Creative Valentine Boxes

Hello everyone! 
Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips and More! I am Allison, from A Glimpse Inside, back again to share with you one last tip for Valentine’s Day. 
 
I remember being a kid and getting so excited about the Valentine’s Day party at school. I love making my own little box to take to allow everyone to drop their valentine cards into. When I was young though, a basic shoe box covered in construction paper and stickers was as creative I ever got but now a days, Valentine boxes are works of art! 

 I’ve rounded up 14 creative Valentine boxes that you can create with your kiddo to take to school that they will absolutely love!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What type of Valentine boxes have you created in the past? 
 
 
Stay tuned next month when we begin a whole new topic of must have posts! 
 
 


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Felt Succulent Wreath

Hello makers! I’m looking to freshen up my front door for the new year. What better way to do that than with a new Felt Succulent Wreath?! Here’s my first blogged about craft of the new year… finally!

Isn’t my wreath so pretty? I don’t know about you, but I have a huge love for succulents. I’m not the greatest gardener, though I try, so I thought I’d figure out a way to create a succulent project without having to plant anything at all. 

For this craft you will need:

I used my Spellbinders Platinum 6 and the succulent dies to cut the succulents out of felt.

(Scroll to the end of the post for a video tutorial!)

Look how clean the Platinum 6 cut through felt!! Now stack them up…

Then glue them together with hot glue. Make sure you pinch them at the bottom!

And finally, I hot glued the felt succulents all over the heart shaped wreath. 

And viola!

My wreath is complete and ready to hang on our front door! But it would look great on a mantel or window or mirror. Where would you put it?

Didn’t the felt succulents turn out so pretty? I love the look of the 3 greens together. All in all this craft took about 30 minutes to complete, start to finish, thanks to my Platinum 6 for cleanly and easily cutting out my felt. Not too shabby if you ask me! Watch the video for a visual tutorial of the entire craft!

 

What’s hanging on your front door right now?

I received the Platinum 6 and dies from Spellbinders to review and share on my blog. All opinions are 100% my own and I only share products and companies that I truly love and think you will too.

 

Buffalo Plaid Wooden Sign

Hello there makers! We are quickly approaching Christmas…are you ready?! Today I thought I’d share another Christmas decor craft with y’all, and since I’m on that buffalo plaid kick… it’s bound to have some in there! If you’ve followed me for a bit, then you know I run a handmade wooden sign shop and have for almost 7 years. One of my favorite things to make is wooden signs! Check out my Buffalo Plaid Wooden Sign!

I really love how it turned out! I placed it right in the entry way so that our visitors see it right when they walk in. Want to make your own? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • cut and sanded piece of (ply) wood (mine was 11×13)
  • paint/brush
  • stain/brush
  • cut and sanded furring strip (enough to frame your sign)
  • buffalo plaid welcome (from Michael’s)
  • buffalo plaid deer (from Target)
  • E3600 heavy duty glue
  • nail gun/nails 

First you want to get your sign ready. Cut and sand all wood needed for the project. *If you don’t have power tools on hand, you can ask your local Home Depot or Lowe’s to cut the wood for your for a small cost. 

Next, paint your sign and stain your frame. Allow dry time and lightly sand with a sanding block when dry. Coat the frame in sealer (this can be wax or a clear coat of spray paint). 

Then, using your nail gun, attach the furring strips to the outside of your sign to frame it all in.

The tough parts are done! Use your heavy duty glue to adhere the Welcome and deer to the wood.

Almost done…

Tada! You can attach a hook to the back if you want to hang it up on a wall. Otherwise, it sits nicely on flat surfaces like tables, shelves, mantles, etc. 

If you liked this project, you would love the Buffalo Plaid Glitter Deer Head I just made and my new winter wreath

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great rest of your weekend. 

Buffalo Plaid Glitter Deer Head

Hello makers! If you haven’t noticed I’m on a buffalo plaid kick this Christmas and I’m excited to show you what I’ve crafted up with it this time. How fun is this Buffalo Plaid Glitter Deer Head?! I’m not bit on the real deer heads up in my home for decor, but I’ll take a glittery paper machete one any day!

This cute guy was inexpensive and pretty simple to make. You just need a few things to make one for yourself…

I had the Mod Podge, black paint, gold glitter, scissors and paint brushes on hand, but you can find them at any craft supply store. I bought the paper machete deer head and the buffalo plaid paper at Hobby Lobby. 

First you want to carefully separate the deer head from the plaque. Then paint the outside and edges with black paint and allow it to dry.

Next you want to paint the deer head with Mod Podge and sprinkle with glitter and also allow time to dry.

After your black paint is dry, trace the plaque one the buffalo plaid paper. Cut it out a little smaller than the tracing so it can fit inside the lip. Then you are going to either glue or Mod Podge the paper to the center of the plaque and allow dry time.

Now all you have to do is glue the deer head back onto the center of the plaque and you’re done! Isn’t he so pretty?! I just love him.

Are you into the buffalo plaid trend? If so, you’ll also love my wreath and this post on popular Christmas decorating trends

I hope y’all have a great weekend!! See you next week with more Christmas fun. 

DIY Emoji Plushies

Hello there makers! I hope y’all had a fantastic Halloween with your friends and family. If you follow Mine for the Making on Instagram or Facebook, then you saw all of the fun we had! But now that Halloween is over, we are busy getting ready for the next holidays. We love to make a lot of the gifts we give for Christmas and right now my daughter and her friends are super into emojis. And to be honest with you, so am I! LOL! So today we are going to (finally) share our DIY Emoji Plushies with you.

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My daughter (8) loves to craft and create, so she came up with the idea of turning her favorite emojis into plushies! These would make great Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, and even party favors. 

Our plushies are about 5 inches but you can make them as big or as small as you want. Also, because this is a kids’ craft, there’s no sewing involved, however you are welcome to adjust the tutorial to your liking and skill level. 

You will need:

  • felt (yellow, red, black, etc.)
  • puff paint (white, black, red, blue, etc.)
  • cotton/stuffing
  • scissors
  • Sharpie or marker
  • circle to trace
  • pictures of emojis
  • hot glue gun + glue

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First you want to trace out 2 circles per emoji on yellow felt. I used a bowl to trace and my sharp scissors to cut them out. 

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Using your marker, carefully draw an emoji face on one of the two circles. Then trace over it with puff paint OR you can cut pieces out of felt and hot glue them onto the yellow circle.

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Next you are going to hot glue the two circles together, but be sure to put the face of the emoji against the other yellow circle so that you don’t see it. You will be gluing the emoji face inside out. Also be sure that you leave a small opening without glue so that once your glue dries, you can flip it right side out.

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Once you have flipped your emoji plush right side out, stuff cotton or stuffing into the opening. Put as much as you want inside…the fluffier the better! Then carefully close up the opening with more hot glue.

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And that’s it! Super fun craft that I’m sure all kids would love! We made 5 of our favorite emojis so far…

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Are you or your kids crazy about emojis too? Which are your favorites?

Let us know if you make your own DIY Emoji Plushies! We’d love to see pictures of them!

Tips for Preserving Pumpkins

Welcome to another segment of Must Have Craft Tips and More!

Must Have Craft Tips and More
It’s October, a new month for the series, but Bev, Kara, Allison, and I are stilling bringing you fall-themed tips. You can’t have too many of those right?

Must Have Craft Tips: The BEST Tips for Preserving Pumpkins all fall long
I’ve rounded up some of the best tips from around the web for preserving your pumpkins, whether carved or not, to make them last as long as possible. I don’t know about you, but I’m a complete sucker for decorating with pumpkins in the fall! I love the natural look in my decor.

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We have a wonderful local pumpkin patch that grows all sorts of pumpkins and gourds and allows you to go picking in the patch. This poor wagon from last year didn’t know what hit it after I went hunting for pumpkins! You can see I went a little crazy. I did say I love my pumpkins! And, of course, I want to make them last as long as possible through the season.

I also love to bring some of my pumpkins indoors. I have the Pioneer Woman Cake Stand that I love to dress up for the holidays because, let’s be honest, it’s NOT always full of cake, much to the chagrin of my little boys. But placing live pumpkins and moss under a sealed dome can lead to problems. Moisture builds up and mold sets in. But one of the tricks I’m sharing with you today will keep that moisture away and keep everything under the dome nice and dry!

I give you a brief description of each pumpkin preservation tip, but be sure to click the links on each one to read the tips in full.

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365ish Days of Pinterest
This blogger swears by soaking pumpkins in a bleach bath then giving them a good wipe down with Vaseline to extend their lives.

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Graceful Little Honeybee
A warm bath and a good towel off is what this blogger recommends to stretch pumpkins out for months of decorative use.

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A Real-Life Housewife
There are some great tips here to extend the life of a carved pumpkin, including spraying the inside with a bleach mixture to keep bacteria at bay.

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It’s Great to be Home
Floor cleaner can not only give your gourds a pretty shine, but it can create a layer to keep moisture out of them.

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Creative Cain Cabin
This blogger says after giving your pumpkins a good wash and dry to spray them with a clear spray paint to keep moisture from getting in.

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Family Food Garden
If you grow your own pumpkins, these are some great tips for harvesting, curing, and storing them until you are ready to use them.

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Embracing Homemaking
This is a pretty powerful photo. And, as stated, this blogger tried 7 different methods to preserve her pumpkins and 1 worked like a charm.

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My Science Project
This blogger did all the work for you on testing methods to find out how best to preserve a carved pumpkin by trying 5 different methods, including a white school glue method I had never heard of. Do you think you know which method was best?

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The V Spot
This tip is the one I was hinting at earlier. It is one of my favorite tips for keeping moisture out of my pumpkin displays. But I do recommend keeping the silica in the packets. It will work just as well.

Must Have Craft Tips & More!
Join us next week for another must have craft tip for the fall season!

 

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