Guest Post, Jessi Snow
If you’re into crafts or DIY and haven’t yet heard of Pinterest, you might want to clear your schedule. The newest member of the social sharing craze is taking the world by storm and people like me are rejoicing. I’ve always been interested in reducing my garbage by putting old items to good use, but with Pinterest things are getting a whole lot more creative. You see, the site gives people the ability to store, share and showcase their favorite crafts, DIY projects, quotes and more, not just with a link, but with a picture! I know Stacie is on board with the fun – check out her pins here.
Motherhood on a Dime is a great resource for finding cool project ideas you can create on your own, like this neat magnetic menu board, so I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite repurposing or upcycling projects that I’ve recently found on Pinterest. Some of them will make great gifts, others are just really useful, but I think they would all look awesome around the home!
Mason jar candles:
There are so many things you can do with empty mason jars, from canning to creating snow globes. I come across a new idea almost daily, but this one sticks out in my mind as one of the sweetest. While I haven’t taken this time to create one just yet, it’s high up there on my to-do list. Everything from the heart to the twine just makes me smile. I found a helpful tutorial over at ilovethisandthat for anyone who feels like they need some extra direction.
Baking Tin Magnet Board:
Like Stacie, I’m always looking for ways to get and stay organized and one of the things that works for me is keeping my to-do lists visible. I do use traditional cork boards, but I also love this cute upcycle of an unused baking sheet into a magnet board (and I already have those cute magnets on top!). All you need is an old baking sheet and some self-adhesive paper with a cool design – I recently found some at the dollar store for less than $2 and there’s enough for many projects. This would also be a great space to display your magnetic menu, like the one I mentioned earlier.
Wine Cork Herb Markers:
We’re a pretty big fan of wine in our house so there are often a lot of lonely corks lying around. Putting them to good use as herb or flower labels is a very functional idea, and would make an awesome gift for the gardeners in your life. If your penmanship tends to be a little shaky, try using stamps instead of writing the names out yourself.
Drawer Hangers and Hooks:
Not only is this a great example of repurposing, I love the way it looks. If you have an old dresser that’s not being used, or are able to pick one up second hand from a thrift shop or yard sale, I would definitely recommend giving these drawer hangers and hooks a try. It’s a little bit more difficult than the others, but the end result is totally worth it.
As you’ll notice in the pictures, these drawers are mounted on a piece of wood just slightly larger than the piece itself. This is a good idea to give the hooks a little extra space off the wall. With a quick change of the hardware, a coat of paint and an application of the leftover self-adhesive paper from the magnet board, you should be good to go!
Sleepover pillow mattress:
Even though I don’t have kids I was still blown away by this idea. I remember slumber parties as a kid where I’d end up on couch cushions awkwardly slid together beside my friend’s bed. Why no one ever thought of sewing some old pillows together is beyond me, because clearly this is genius. With some kid-friendly fabric and a sewing machine, these adorable mattresses should probably come together in less than an hour.
Jessica Snow is a Pinterest-addict, internet-lover, dog-owner and writer from Eastern Canada. As a Community Coordinator at this place, she spends her days trying to encourage homeowners to tackle household repairs on their own and promising that DIY is not as scary as it sounds! If you’d like, you can find out what she’s pinning here.