Category Archives: repurpose

Succulent Planter

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At our new home the previous owners left a non working fountain.

I kept it thinking I could re-purpose it. So while I started working on my garden I decided to remove the cord and use this fountain for as a succulent planter.

I may still paint it, but I did add my outdoor Owl to the top of the fountain since it had no new home yet.

I think this will look really nice once the succulents grow together. I love using random items as planters in my garden.

Happy Spring!

Wreath Making

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I love how easy it is to make a wreath for any occasion.

I needed an everyday wreath. So when I saw the monograms you could order from wood on sale I ordered our last name.

I found a large naked straw wreath at my favorite thrift store and thought it would be perfect to decorate.

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I had some left over burlap from previous projects.

I also had some gold outdoor spray paint.

I put them all together with ribbon and hot glue and made the everyday wreath I wanted.

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I love how uniform this turned out. I can add little decorations to it for different seasons and Holidays as the year progresses. As for now, this is perfect for the summer and exactly what I needed for my front door.

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Chalk Board Menu

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I wanted to make a chalkboard menu for the times we entertain. These little details are really cute for any party.  I had this old multi picture frame that I was never going to use. So I decided I would re-purpose the frame into the menu.

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I traced the glass rectangle from the frame on press board then tossed the glass out.  Next I sanded down the wood frame. I wanted to make it vintage looking. So after wiping the sanded frame down, I spray painted the wood gold. After that dried I spray painted the next layer white. While the frame was drying over night my husband cut the press wood. I painted about 4 layers of chalk board paint on the press wood. I let them both dry over night.

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The next morning I used light grit sand paper and sanded the frame as to how I wanted it to look. I wanted to see some gold through it just enough for some sparkle.

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After everything was dry I put the boarded frame together.

One tip that I learned long ago was to color the whole board with white chalk first. This way you avoid any ghost writing from the 1st time you write on it. Wipe the chalk board down with dry cloth and you’re ready to write.

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The menu board turned out great. We were able to use it right away for a Teacher’s luncheon we put on at my Daughter’s school. A fast fun and reusable detail to any party. Enjoy.

Trains Vs. Legos

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We’ve had a train table for years and the kids have loved it. But now that they are getting older they have really started getting into building with Legos. Our train table couldn’t really be changed into a Lego table.  I noticed another Mother swapping out her train table since the top was warped so we grabbed it to transform it.

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My husband had a piece of particle board cut for the top of the table then glued down Lego bases with the help from the kids.

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This was a great table to transform since it has drawers to put extra Legos in. I love how the Legos can be secure on the bases with less chance of losing the small pieces.

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Now it’s time to build and be creative!

Expired Car Seat’s New Life

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So what did you do with your child’s expired car seat?

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My husband has had plans for his and their seat for a while now.

One way to make sure it wouldn’t be used unsafely in a car again was to bolt it down to pieces of wood. Then add a steering wheel and gas peddles. Lastly plop it down in front of a computer screen.

Now my kids and their Daddy can play race car video games just like in an arcade.

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Yes, they are in heaven.

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Thank you Daddy.

Kindergarten Project – Family Mobile

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This school project was not my idea but it is so cute I just had to share it.  My daughter started Kindergarten 2 weeks ago! I cannot believe it yet. But they just jump right in with a full day of school, home work and projects. I guess they can’t wait for us 1st time kinder parents to wrap our minds around it all.  Might take a while but I’m getting there!

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This family mobile project made me think of how cute a mobile could be made by older siblings or close cousins for a new baby’s nursery or decorating a baby shower. The Teacher sent these instructions home.

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The student’s picture is on one side of the hanger that’s covered in construction paper and their name on the opposite side.  Then the family members are hanging from the hanger and decorated. Lastly she added her bling of flowers and gems.

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This is how ours turned out. And my daughter actually did a lot of this project so I’m very proud of her.

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Hope everyone is having a wonderful time back to school!