1. Beer Bottle Vases
Sure, you could toss those beer bottles from last weekend’s bash into the recycling bin. But why let a perfect opportunity for crafting go to waste?
Dreamed up by Brit + Co. creative director Anjelika Paranjpe, this fun and simple DIY project will help you transform your bottle stash into funky bud vases that you’ll be proud to show off.
All you’ll need is some nontoxic spray paint, painter’s tape and about 15 minutes to give your bottles a makeover. Check out Paranjpe’s simple tutorial at Brit + Co to help you do it right.
Tip: Since this project takes mere minutes to complete, you may find yourself going a bit crazy with the vase-making. For extra vases you don’t need in your own home, Paranjpe will show you how to dress them up in upcycled six-pack carriers for hostess and housewarming gifts. How clever!
2. Hanging Garden Tins
For many of us, this year’s planting season has passed. But if you’re lucky enough to live in a mild climate, setting up outdoor herb containers is a great way to continue growing your own food well into the fall months.
Dreamed up by Stuff Steph Does blogger Steph Hayward, these cute tin can planters are a unique way to put your herb garden on display. And they only take about 30 minutes to make!
So, gather up a few cans (Hayward used coffee cans to give her plants more root space), and check out this simple photo tutorial to get your garden going in no time.
Tip: If you live in a cooler state and just can’t wait to start your mini garden, you can also set up these planters indoors. But be sure to keep them over a hard, easy-to-clean surface. Like most potted plants with drainage holes, water may leak out occasionally.
Even if you live in a mild climate, play it safe and opt for herbs that thrive in slightly cooler conditions, such as thyme, oregano and sage.
3. Book Business Card Holder
Have a few damaged or unreadable books in your bookshelf? Don’t toss them into the recycling bin just yet!
Use this clever tutorial from Morning Creativity blogger Erlend Johansen to transform them into inventive business card holders for the office. As an added bonus, this project is so quick and easy, you can even complete it on your lunch break!
Head to Johansen’s tutorial at Morning Creative to see how he did it, and start giving those old reads new life.
Tip: Don’t restrict yourself to business cards for this fun upcycled holder. Display artwork, photos, love notes or whatever your crafty heart desires.
4. Embellished Vases
Design, Dining + Diapers blogger Taryn Whiteaker admittedly has a tough time tossing glass food jars into the recycling bin, saying that sometimes “being a DIYer quickly turns you into a level-three hoarder.”
So, when she decided to plan a shabby chic celebration for her daughter’s first birthday, she immediately began setting her jars aside for a bit of reuse crafting. And after seeing the results, you may never toss another jar into the blue bin again!
After adding some scraps of ribbon, burlap and lace left over from other projects, Whiteaker transformed her jar stash into a set of stunning vases and votive candle holders that made perfect accents for her little girl’s soiree.
For tips, detailed instructions and step-by-step photos, check out Whiteaker’s tutorial at Design, Dining + Diapers.
Tip: Use this handy tutorial from Instructables to remove stubborn labels from your glass jars without using loads of water (or elbow grease).
5. Terrarium Necklace
On her blog, Happy Hour Projects, DIY-enthusiast Adrianne Surian posts super-simple crafts that can be completed in an hour or less.
For this project, the busy mom channeled inspiration from her love of nature and assembled these adorable mini terrariums that you can wear as necklaces. And the whole thing took her less than 20 minutes!
Head to her photo tutorial at Happy Hour Projects to see how she did it and use that half hour of lull-time to create a chic and sustainable fashion statement.
Tip: Opt for hearty moss to make your terrariums easier to maintain. Surian opted for Spanish moss and preserved reindeer moss, but you can use whatever bits of green you can get your hands on.
6. Geometric Table Linens
Opting for cloth napkins is a great way to reduce paper waste around the house, but printed napkins can cost $20 or more at those pricey home decor retailers.
Add some spunk to your tablescape without breaking the bank with this clever DIY project from Sugar & Cloth blogger Ashley Rose.
In this guest-post tutorial at Grey Likes Nesting, she’ll show you how to transform plain white linens into funky geometric focal points in 20 minutes flat.
Tip: Since you’ll be decorating your linens anyway, this is the perfect opportunity to get your thrift on. Rather than buying brand new napkins, head to the thrift store for some new-to-you picks that will work just as well.
If your picks look a bit off-color, simply soak them overnight in a solution of hot water and vinegar to brighten things up.
7. Polka-Dot Cork Board
On a recent trip to the thrift store, The 36th Avenue blogger Desirée Campbell uncovered what she called “the saddest cork board you have ever seen.”
Her hard-earned $3 bought her a pinboard with an ugly permanent marker stain and a bland beige color that was far from pretty enough for her elegant crafting room.
To solve the dime-store dilemma, the crafty mother of four broke out the paint and stencils to create a fun polka dot pattern and give her cork board a brand new look in less than 15 minutes.
Check out her fun photo tutorial at The 36th Avenue to see how she did it, and start revealing potential in even your most beat-up thrift store finds.
8. No-Sew Pillow Covers
Give those old throw pillows new life with these simple no-sew pillow covers made from cloth napkins.
Dreamed up by Centsational Girl blogger Kate Riley, this fun 30-minute project will help you make use of those rarely-used cloth napkins while adding some color to your living space on the cheap.
Check out her tutorial at Centsational Girl for tips, photos and step-by-step instructions to guide you along the way.
Tip: One of the best things about these fun pillow covers is that they’re completely removable. So, if you have a bit of extra time on your hands, make a few sets in different colors and change them up when the mood strikes.
9. Wine Cork Key Chains
Have 10 minutes to spare? Then you can probably make three of these fun wine cork key chains.
So, gather up your cork stash and head to Cleverly Inspired for this easy-as-pie tutorial from crafty blogger Tracie Stoll.
If you still have a few extra wine corks in your stash, check out this fun photo tutorial from ElizaKPrints blogger Eliza Stewart – which will help you turn them into conversation-starting coasters for your family room.
Tip: If you don’t have enough wine corks on hand to make your DIY dreams a reality, ask a local bar or winery if they can give you a few for crafting. Most will be happy to oblige.
10. Glitter Champagne Glasses
If you find yourself favoring your colored glassware while the plain ol’ clear glasses sit forgotten in the back of your cupboard, this is the project for you.
With a few careful coats of craft paint and this fun photo tutorial from Something Turquoise blogger Jen, you can turn any piece of plain glassware into a blinged-out focal point for the dining room.
In the interest of full disclosure, you will need to add at least an hour of drying time to this project. But you won’t spend much more than 20 minutes with the paint brush (we promise).
Tip: Don’t have any glitter craft paint handy? Combine some Mod Podge and glitter in a small bowl, and complete the rest of the project according to the tutorial instructions for a touch of shimmer without the trip to the crafts store.