Upcycling DIYs That'll Inspire You To Give Secondhand A Chance

Diply 19 Sep 2018

If you're new to the world of crafting, one of the first things you should know is that thrift stores are going to become your new best friend. Basically, once you familiarize yourself with upcycling, you won't be able to resist diving head-first into projects of your own!

For a collection of ideas that'll inspire you to give secondhand a chance, look no further than the list of impressive DIYs below.

1. DIY Craft Room Organizer

Sadie Seasongoods | Sadie Seasongoods

Sadie Seasongoods is the perfect blog to visit if you're a rookie in the upcycling game. This crafty DIYer is able to take the most obscure thrift store item and turn it into something amazing!

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For example, you may see an outdated spice tower, but Sadie saw the perfect storage unit for all of her craft supplies.

Sadie Seasongoods | Sadie Seasongoods

And all it took was some spray paint and chalkboard paint in order to make her vision a reality.

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2. DIY Holiday Card Holder

Design Improvised | Design Improvised

Because most of us now purchase music online or use streaming services, CDs (and everything associated with them) have slowly made their way to the donation bin of many secondhand stores.

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But if you're a thrifty crafter, you can use this trend to your advantage.

Design Improvised | Design Improvised

Haeley of Design Improvised decided to add a fresh coat of spray paint to an old CD rack and use it to display all of her holiday cards, which I think is genius!

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3. DIY Faux Metal Card Catalog

Sadie Seasongoods | Sadie Seasongoods

If you're a fan of vintage-inspired decor, you're going to love this faux card catalog Sadie Seasongoods created out of an old VHS storage unit.

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Isn't it amazing what a few additions and adjustments can make?

Sadie Seasongoods | Sadie Seasongoods

And don't even get me started on those hairpin legs! This piece is something I would love to have in my home.

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4. DIY Bistro Sign

Hometalk | Marie Heiderscheit

By connecting two cabinet doors together with a couple of hinges, Hometalker Marie Heiderscheit was able to turn them into the cutest bistro sign imaginable.

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To complete her upcycle, she simply covered the inner panel with a few coats of chalkboard paint and added some pretty embellishments.

Hometalk | Marie Heiderscheit

And if she wants, Marie can paint the panel on the other side of the sign, which would give her a multi-purpose piece.

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5. DIY Retro-Inspired Party Dishes

Design Improvised | Design Improvised

One thing that thrift stores are never short on are vintage dishes. And if your local shop has a nice selection, remember to pick up a few during your next visit.

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Haeley of Design Improvised covered the bottom of some of her plates with pretty metallic paint, which really amped up their vintage look. 

Design Improvised | Design Improvised

I think dishes like this would be perfect for a variety of special events, like showers, weddings, and birthday parties!

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6. DIY Thrift Store Art

Vintage Revivals | Vintage Revivals

All of that outdated art you consistently walk by can very easily be given a fresh, new look, and you don't have to be a seasoned artist to make it happen, either.

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Mandi, the creative mind behind Vintage Revivals, used paint and a glazing medium to completely transform a heavily textured oil painting she picked up at a local secondhand store. 

Vintage Revivals | Vintage Revivals

And because of her creativity, she now has a one-of-a-kind work of art on display in her home!

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7. DIY Calendar Envelopes

eHow | Susie Delaney

Have you ever come to the end of a calendar and felt a little pain in your heart at the thought of tossing it in the recycle bin?

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I know I have! Which is why I love this fun way of upcycling old calendar pages.

eHow | Susie Delaney

eHow's Susie Delaney used a standard paper envelope as a template for this project, which means anyone can turn their favorite calendars into personalized stationary without much fuss.

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8. DIY Painted Globe

Home Made Lovely | Home Made Lovely

I'm a fan of old globes, and the last thing I'd ever do to the one in my home is paint it, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate what other crafters decide to do with theirs!

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Shannon of Home Made Lovely used vinyl letters and black paint to turn one of her thrifted globes into the perfect piece of inspirational decor. 

Home Made Lovely | Home Made Lovely

Even if you don't like the quote she chose to work with, a project like this is totally customizable, so the sky's the limit when it comes to all of the wonderful things your globe can say.

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9. DIY Thrift Store Rooster Makeover

Our Southern Home | Our Southern Home

In most thrift stores, scattered amongst the endless supply of old paintings, delicate china, and indestructible Tupperware sets, are some of the most random glass and ceramic figurines you'll ever come across.

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But rather than thinking to yourself, "Who would ever want these in their house?" look at them from an upcycler's point of view!

Our Southern Home | Our Southern Home

That's exactly what Christy of Our Southern Home did, and the only material she needed to get the ball rolling was some glossy white spray paint.

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10. DIY Reimagined Thrift Store Statue

Hearts And Sharts | Hearts And Sharts

If covering a secondhand figurine with a bit of spray paint isn't adventurous enough for you, perhaps this amazing idea, courtesy of Dena from Hearts And Sharts (which is probably the best name for a blog I've ever come across, by the way), will get the creative wheels turning in your head.

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Dena used Sculpey clay and scrap wire to create a simple balloon, which she then attached to the arm of her thrifted bull rider.

Hearts And Sharts | Hearts And Sharts

After a few coats of white and yellow paint, her amazingly reimagined find was complete!

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11. DIY Book Clutch

The Surznick Common Room | The Surznick Common Room

As someone who collects old books, I'm not usually a fan of destroying them for crafting purposes. However, every once in a while, an idea comes along that's too good to ignore.

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I think it's safe to say that any book lover would enjoy carrying around one of these beautiful clutches.

The Surznick Common Room | The Surznick Common Room

So, if you or someone you know is one of those people, head over to The Surznick Common Room to check out the full set of how-to instructions.

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12. DIY Pot Lid Clock

Maker Mama | Maker Mama

Pretty much anything can be turned into a clock if you put your mind to it! But one of the best items to use for a DIY like that is a thrifted pot lid.

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You shouldn't have any trouble getting your hands on one, and you can easily take the mechanism from a dollar store clock and use it in your upcycled version.

Maker Mama | Maker Mama

Doesn't it look great?! It would definitely fit perfectly into the design plans of a retro-inspired office space or kitchen.

For all of this upcycle's crafty details, look no further than the easy-to-follow tutorial over on Maker Mama.

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