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!


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 -

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!

Must Have Craft Tips & More!

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Reclaimed Wood Candy Corn

It’s been quite a few days since I’ve posted on the blog! I have missed it so. We had such a busy week last week with soccer starting, homeschool activities, sign orders, and preparing for MFTM Craft Class I just really had NO time left. But I’m back and ready to share so many cute Halloween projects with you! My *first* Halloween project this year is Reclaimed Wood Candy Corn!



Um…HELLO little cuties! Come sit on my entry table please! We made this in MFTM Craft Class and the girls all loved them too. My 5 year old wants to make one, so I see many more in our future. Want to make some for yourself?


You will need:

2×6 piece of reclaimed wood

table or circular saw 


protective eye wear

tape measure/ruler


paint (white, orange, yellow)

sponge brushes

How To:

First you want to use your pencil and ruler to draw triangles on your 2×6. You want a 4 inch tall triangle, 5 inch tall triangle, and a 6 inch tall triangle. 

Use your saw to cut out the triangles.

Sand the triangles with your sander.

Use your pencil to draw lines around the triangles to separate the 3 colors.

Using your sponge brush, paint your triangles, starting with white at the top, orange in the middle section, and yellow at the base of the triangles. 

Allow time to dry.

*Optional: distress with a sanding block and distressing ink



I just LOVE them these reclaimed wood candy corn. Have you worked with reclaimed wood? I love it because it’s reusing something rather than letting it go to waste and I also LOVE the look of reclaimed wood.  My husband does lots of home renovations/business renovations and whenever there is wood being tossed, he knows to bring it on home. Between the two of us, it will get used. I have also been know to pull over and throw wood it my trunk from off the side of the road (furniture too). One man’s trash is this girl’s treasure.

Here’s a look at my Halloween entry way…



Almost everything was made by me or was purchased at Dollar Tree, Target’s dollar spot, or at a craft store on clearance after the holidays. The themes for my entry way is a witch’s lair. Check out some of these Halloween projects below…

Thanks so much for being patient with my absence for the last several days. I promise not to make it a habit! I hope you loved the Reclaimed Wood Candy Corn! I’m excited to share my other Halloween projects with you this week, so stick around!




Dress to Skirt Refashion 2

Hey there! How’s everyone’s week so far?
Just a heads up… my friend Kimberly is having a week of great giveaways going on right now for her big WordPress move…and I’m sponsoring one of the giveaways! Click HERE to enter, and don’t forget to check out the other 6 giveaways at A Night Owl Blog.

If you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen a few sneak peeks of my most recent refashion. I wore this dress once (for the 4th of July about 5 years ago) and it’s hung in my closet ever since. I wanted to make the dress into something I’d feel more comfortable wearing on a more regular basis…rather than every 5 or so years *winks*

I love the prints on the dress (I heart polka dots and stripes) and I have pretty much NO red in my wardrobe. I used the same method as the first dress I upcycled into a skirt. You can check that out HERE.
This time I decided to make a skirt and then use the straps of the dress to make a matching headband. Here’s how it turned out…
I wore this outfit to church this past Sunday and got quite a few compliments on it. I think my favorite part of this refashion is the headband. 
So…what do you think?
Successful refashion?
Have you refashioned anything lately? I’d love for you to share it with us at our next fashion party…DIY Diva Thursdays! We love the share all things FASHION related…join us!

Simple Pillows {upcycle project}

I decided to start finding ways I can make my front porch look a little more cheery. 
It all started with the bench makeover… now I am on to accessorizing the front porch.
First up? Pillows of course.
If you’ve ever bought throw pillows or decorative pillows, you know they are not cheap. Personally, I don’t want to spend a ton of money on outdoor pillows. So I opted to make my own. 
That’s right. I used kitchen towels that I found on clearance at Target a couple months back to make my new outdoor pillows.
I did a double take when I saw these chevron kitchen towels at Target. Then I proceeded to toss 4 of them into my cart when I noticed the clearance tag. In case you can’t read teeny tiny print… They were marked down to $2.99. But wait! It gets better… when I was checking out the towel rang up at $1.99 each! The Target cashier informed me they had been marked down again. SCORE!
It took me a bit to decide what I wanted to used these towels for. They were the perfect fabric to make pillows, aprons, a skirt for my daughter… It was really difficult to decide, but once I did I got right to work.
Since the edges of the towels were already hemmed, I just pinned the edges together and sewed! I left a small section open so that I could stuff them with fluff, then sewed them shut.
Once I finished stuffing and sewing the pillows, I felt like the black chevron pillows needed a little something.
So I bused out my fabric and button stash and got to work again. The fabric flowers turned out so cute I almost kept them as hair fascinators : )
My bench looks so happy now. 
I so happy with the way this upcycle project worked out!
Total cost: Less than $15 for 4 outdoor pillows
What do you think of my new pillows?
Have you upcycled anything lately?
Have a fantastic week friends!
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Washi Tape Checkbook Cover

Okay so… have you jumped on the Washi Tape train?
Are you washi-ing everything in sight?

I finally picked up a couple of packs from Target and I must say it’s quite an addicting embellishment.
Today I want to share my first ever Washi Tape project…
So cute, right?
Let’s check out the “before”…

You know the ugly, plastic case that comes with  your checkbook refills? 
Not ugly any more…
Thanks to good ol’ Washi Tape!
Like it? 

What have you Washi-ed lately?
{I purchased my Washi Tape from Target in the office supplies section!}

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Dress to Skirt Refashion

Have you ever bought something that looked GREAT on the hanger and then you get home to try it on and it looks… not as great as it did on the hanger? Yeah…me too. 
But one dress in particular I got for such a good deal, it was almost pointless to take it back for a refund. So I decided to do what any smart woman would do… I put it  back on the hanger and stuck it back into my closet. And it has stayed there, untouched, for almost a year.
Until yesterday…

Dress to Skirt Refashion

{simple tutorial}

-sewing machine (and necessities such as thread, etc.)
-elastic (optional depending on the dress…I will explain)
-measuring tape
-iron (optional…I rarely use it)

-Decide where you want to cut your dress…I put mine on for this and used a pin to mark how high up or how low on the dress I was going to cut.

-Take the dress off (and preferably put new clothes on…naked sewing can be dangerous…I’ve heard…) and cut off the top portion of the dress. I cut mine along a seam, so it was easy to cut it straight without having to draw a line all the way around. It will depend on your dress, just be sure you cut straight all the way around.

(pardon the horrible lighting)

-My refashion was super easy because of the dress I chose. There was already elastic threading around where I would have had to put elastic in for the waistband of the skirt, so I skipped adding it. Here are a ton of ways to add an elastic waistband in case you need to for your refashion. All I had to do was fold down my fabric and pin, creating the illusion of an elastic waistband.

-Sew! Don’t forget to back stitch at the beginning and end.

-Try on your new skirt!

So much better, right?
Now I have a cute-n-comfy skirt to wear after about 15-20 minutes of “work.” 
Now, just to clarify…I am not a pro sew-er. I look up tutorials and watch YouTube videos so that I can figure out how to use my machine. Each time I bust it out for a project, I get better and better. So those of you out there afraid of your sewing machine…just TRY it. The worst that can happen is that you mess up…but that’s what a seam ripper is for, so no worries! I’m double dog daring you to TRY it! Start small and work your way to bigger projects.

Let’s check out the before and after one more time…

Like it? 

What do you think of my new skirt?
Do you have any dresses you can refashion into a cute Spring or Summer skirt?
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