15 Crafting Materials You've Never Tried
Be a Designer Macgyver: Transform everyday materials and ready-for-the-trash items into clever home decor projects.
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Before you recycle, why not upcycle? Rescue vegetable cans and coffee tins and repurpose them as colorful utensil storage bins. Dress them up with paint and washi tape, then use a "S" hook to attach to a kitchen towel bar. Find more creative ways to repurpose tin cans.
Like milk crates, these sturdy boxes are surprisingly simple to transform and have a certain rustic flair. Turn the vessel for your bulk wine purchases into mobile toy boxes like Brian Patrick Flynn did here, or try more of our wine crate craft ideas. (Don't forget to use the wine bottles and wine corks!)
Bring your green thumb indoors by repurposing old garden tools as home decor. Have a leaky watering can? Turn it into a planter. Garden tools with broken handles can be repurposed, too, like this rake-turned-jewelry rack. Find more creative garden tool craft ideas.
Old silk neckties are a thrift-store staple. Give retro ties new life by using them to tie back curtains like designer Brian Patrick Flynn did here. Or, learn 5 more clever ways to repurpose neckties.
This common thrift store find isn’t just for retro fashionistas – you can also transform it into home decor. Pick a brilliant pattern and let it stand on its own as art like designer Hilari Younger did here, or transform it into a pillow, table runner and more. Get more crafty ideas for vintage scarves.
Bibliophiles, stay with me: Book crafts aren't for your rare or treasured tomes, but there are plenty of ways to repurpose damaged or unwanted volumes. Turn a book into an unexpected succulent planter, or read about more fun book projects.
Snip up some old license plates and put them to work on your fridge as magnets, like Brian Patrick Flynn did here. Just be sure to use steel plates (not aluminum) so the magnets stick! Find more fun license plate craft ideas.
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Decoupage Map Kids' Chairs
Plain wooden chairs for little explorers are a lot more appealing after a decoupage map makeover! Follow Brian Patrick Flynn’s tutorial and jazz up your kids’ bedrooms or playrooms on the cheap. See more wordly map craft ideas.
They're not just a stylish accessory: Leather belts can be used for everything from curtain tiebacks to woven benches to rustic drawer pulls. See more leather belt craft ideas.
These time-worn treasures can hold more than socks and underwear — try fitting the bottom half of a suitcase with a custom cushion to create a comfortable, stylish bed for Fido. See more suitcase craft ideas.
Okay, you've probably heard of duct tape crafts. But take a cue from Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte and think outside the, ahem, roll — she used it to create a chevron border, bed skirt and more. More duct tape crafts you must see to believe.