Upcycled Curio Boxes DIY

Upcycled Curio Boxes by Wise Craft Handmade
I have a weakness for dollhouse furniture and have collected pieces over the years. The funny thing about that is, I don’t have a dollhouse to put them in! The DIY seed for this upcycled project planted while flipping through the newest Martha Stewart Living. Her version had a cluster of boxes hung together on the wall, used to store and display all kinds of things. My version uses mismatched boxes and shelving pieces from the thrift store. A little wood stain to unify them, a little decorative paper to mimic wallpaper, glued inside the backs, and now I have a place to store not only my dollhouse trinkets, but some other favorite things that had no real place before. These would be great to display things like those favorite Lego builds or bedside books. 

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Fabric Scrap DIY Heart Valentines

Scrappy Heart Valentine
I’m having fun dreaming up projects to utilize scraps lately. I like the unexpected results it can bring, and lord knows I have enough fabric. Although this DIY fabric scrap project is just in time for Valentine’s Day, the basic method to make these hearts, which is called foundation piecing, can be used for all kinds of patchwork projects.READ MORE

Valentine DIY: Embroidered Boxer Shorts

Valentine underwear

I like Valentine’s day to be a little unexpected , a little fun. A simple reminder of how much I love my favorite people. And, well, I think that a pair of embroidered boxer shorts will put a smile on any Valentine’s face. I gave an embroidered pair of white boxers to my husband Peter many years ago and it’s one of the few Valentine gifts we actually still remember.
These are a cinch to make, so no need to panic, there’s plenty of time to make these before February 14!

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DIY Acorn Christmas Ornaments

DIY Christmas Ornaments

Making Christmas ornaments is one of my absolute favorite holiday crafts. Because of it, we have way too many, there is rarely room on the tree for all of them. But I can’t stop myself! I made these as a quick, small little acorn ornaments to sell at some holiday fairs and I wanted to share them here. I am really inspired by nature these days… sketching it or altering bits of it here and there. These little stuffed acorns can be used as ornaments, garland, and package toppers. You can get all your supplies together and make a batch of them relatively quick.

 

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Thrift Store Plate Paintings

thrift store plate paintings
 
If you, like me, decided not to host the big Thanksgiving dinner this year, you may change your mind after making these. A mismatched set secondhand plates get a completely new look with ceramic paint. No need mad artistic skills, just have fun. It’s a great project to do with friends, so grab your besties, put on a movie, and start painting!READ MORE

DIY Decayed Halloween Flowers

Decayed Halloween Flowers

 

These forgotten and decayed, web-covered Halloween flowers are made from loving cup trophies. The ones that end up at the thrift store are usually metallic painted plastic and are easy to repaint (they are practically begging to be used). Easy to repaint and do all sorts of DIY’s with, like these Halloween arrangements. The large one is nice all on its own for to spook up your décor, and the smaller ones make great place card holders or party favors. See another way I’ve used trophies for Halloween décor here.

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How to Make a Portable Design Wall

Portable Design Wall how-to
 
 
No doubt, a quilt maker needs a big space to lay out the quilt top, configure the design of it. Or at least big enough that we need to be able to step back and away from the piece to get a feel for the whole design. Trying to do this on a horizontal surface (dining room table, bed, floor) can work, but soon enough it gets old. In comes the portable design wall to the rescue!READ MORE