10 Best Crafty Reused Items for 2016

It’s always fun in my book when I can get crafty and re-use an item for something new. While I’m hoping that we can get a lot more done on the house itself in 2017. Here are the top 10 favorite crafty reused items from this year.   


10 Best Crafty reused items 2016 | Stowandtellu.comReused items for outdoor decor.

10 Best Crafty Reused Items - Diy Solar Lantern | StowandTellU.comUsed lanterns transformed into outdoor diy solar lanterns.

10 Best Crafty reused items - weathervane cupola garden table | StownadTellU.com

An old wooden cupola was turned into an outdoor garden table.

10 Best crafty reused items - American flag solar lamps | StowandTellU.comSeveral old lamps were de-wired for diy solar use with a patriotic flare.

10 Best Crafty Reused Items - Faux painted moss garden gnomes - stowandtellu.comThese garden gnomes got a new look with a faux moss technique that can be used outdoor for a variety of outdated garden statues and chachkis.

Reusing old picture frames.

10 Best diy reused items - floating glass framed moss shamrock | StowandTellU.com

This old picture was missing the backing. I re-used it to give this mossy shamrock a floating frame look.

I loved the look so much, I reused another frame to make a twig name plate for my nephew. Which is currently hanging proudly in his little-boy bedroom.

The next time you come across an older frame with the back portion missing or broken, remember that it’s not garbage quite yet.  There’s a world of craft and nature items that can be glued to the glass and highlighted in a floating frame style. For cheap!

Reusing glass bottles.

10 Best Crafty Reuses for bottles - faux nautical fishing buoys | StowandTellU.com

Used bottles, paint and E6000 glue became these coastal inspired faux nautical buoys. This project, by the way was my favorite of the year crafty idea of this year 😉

Hot glue, chalk paint and old wine bottles were used to make a similar but shabby chic rendition of the same thing.

After trying both types of glue as a way to create writing under paint, I’d would choose the E6000 glue for any future projects.

Upcycled apron.

10 Best repurposing ideas 2016 - apron vertical storage | Stowandtellu.com

I’ve collected several vintage work aprons.  They’re cool enough on their own indeed.  Displaying them as art alone is a fine way to put them to use.  I like the idea of turning them into hanging storage, you can see the details, here.

But I also liked the idea of trying them out as vertical planters, too. These old work aprons are a bit hard to come by, but what about vintage aprons of any kind.  How cute would an old flowery apron to hold utensils in the kitchen. Or garden tools in the potting shed?

Repurposed wooden dish rack.

Best Crafty reused items 2016 - Dish rack to lost missing sock holder | StowandTellU.com

They don’t make things like they used to.  Wooden dish racks included!  Ours broke after like one year but I couldn’t bring myself to toss it out. I added a piece of pallet wood and some clothes pins.  Voila, a hanging missing sock holder. Variations of this idea could be for hanging snacks up off the counter to save space.  A Christmas card display. What else?

I hope that you all are finding a way to wrap up your year and tie it in a bow. If only, right?

Thank you for stopping by and Happy New Year to you!!   XO~ Amy

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5 Responses to 10 Best Crafty Reused Items for 2016

  1. chris aka monkey December 27, 2016 at 11:37 am #

    my favorite was the cupola turned into a table, i just love the look, happy new year xx

  2. Anne December 27, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

    Great ideas Amy! You had such a good year!!!

  3. Sharleen December 28, 2016 at 9:25 pm #

    You are so creative and original. Great ideas Amy. All the best for the new year. xx

  4. Maureen January 1, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

    What great ideas! My favourite is the buoys, what a fun idea for a coastal cottage look!

    • Amy January 2, 2017 at 10:15 pm #

      Thanks so much, Maureen 🙂

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