Crafts: Upcycling and Crafting Thrift Store Finds DIY Tutorials

It’s time to get crafty! Scour your basement, junk room, your mother’s, and your favorite thrift shop for odds and ends that when painted and combined with other upcycled items become works of art or useful items! Some of these crafting tutorials are very easy. Others, like the lamp to mirror are much more involved and will take several days and special equipment to complete.

Here are the best DIY tutorials for crafting thrift store finds, dollar store goodies, and upcycling discarded items.  I’ll be trying out soon!

DIY Glass Candy Jar Tutorial Tutorial: DIY Outside Candle Hurricane Lanterns from Thrift Store Glass, Candle Holder and Hurricane
Combine thrift store candle holders and glass bowls and you have DIY candy dishes! Easy tutorial with supply list. Make a bunch for your next candy bar or buffet filled with dips, sides, and more. By Bargain Bound What does a tuna can, dowel, paint, and thrift store glass hurricane, drinking glass, and vase have in common? They all become fabulous outdoor lighting with this easy tutorial. Add a ribbon for a wedding or Christmas decoration. By In My Own Style
 DIY Distressed Metal, Aged Pewter, and Mercury Glass Tutorial  Dollar art DIY Tutorial
Turn your glass pieces into the hottest style around – Distressed Metal,  Aged Pewter, and Mercury Glass. This DIY tutorial breaks the steps down and shows lots of examples of what you can upcycle into fabulous art pieces. By One Creative Couple Take a $1 Goodwill item, add spray paint and you have art! That’s what Life Absorbed has done above. Or make it practical and display trinkets, hang it in the bathroom to store makeup and brushes, etc.
 Ugly Hanging Lamp to Amazing Wall Mirror Re-do  Ugly Hanging Lamp Turned Into Contemporary Light Fixture
I have to say this is about the cleverest redo I’ve seen! These ugly lamps are everywhere (just check Craigslist) that Sarah M Dorsey Designs has turned it into an amazing mirror!  So what did Sarah M Dorsey Designs do with the chandelier fixture inside that ugly lamp? Why she turned it into a modern drum shade ceiling fixture of course!
 Old Sweater and Shoe Box Becomes Fun Storage  Upcycled Sweater to Dog Toy DIY Tutorial
The picture doesn’t do it justice! This crafter took and old sweater and a shoe box and turned it into the coziest storage box! This up-cycled storage was created by DIY Passion. An few old, washable sweaters and a little sewing knowledge, and you can create some fabulous dog toys. These would make great gifts for new dog owners. By Erica Kern for Tails Magazine

Author: Connie Ott

A mom and wife, Connie blogs about entertainment, travel, living green, products, technology, DIY home remodeling and decor, and more. She's a vegetarian and animal lover and lives in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle, WA. Find out more about Connie and all the bloggers here at Baby to Boomer Lifestyle on our About Us page.

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  1. My daughter loves to fix up old items or things that she can find at garage sales or thrift shops. Every now and then we will go to a thrift store, you never know what fun item you can find!

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