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Welcome to the Create and Craft Club

Welcome to the Create and Craft Club

9 Fun Upcycling Crafts that Reuse Bits Around the Home

As fun as it is to buy new goodies for your stash, sometimes the best crafts just use a few bits from around the home – plus a handful of pretty embellishments! We’ve put together a list of nine fun projects that will show you how to upgrade everyday items, many of which you’ll already have in your home. Take a peek and see what appeals to you!

9 Fun Upcycling Crafts that Reuse Bits Around the Home

1. Tin Can Candle Holders

Once you’ve turned lights down low and stuck a few small candles in these tin cans, the punctured hole designs will glow gorgeously. Why not have a go yourself? Before you begin, make sure to plan your design carefully, either by drawing straight onto the can or by sticking a printed picture onto the side.

[image credit: auntannie.com/PartyDecorations/TinCanCandleHolders]

2. Knife Block Craft Caddy

An old knife block makes a surprisingly good place to store craft supplies. All you need to do to transform this common kitchen accessory is to widen the holes to store coloured pens and pencils, as well as scissors and rulers. You can also add small pieces of wire or hooks for storing spools of thread. Plus, thanks to the simple shape, it’s easy to decorate with paper, paint or colourful washi tape.

[image credit: goodhousekeeping.com/home/craft-ideas/how-to/g139/genius-upcycling-ideas]

3. CD Rack Fabric Storage

A love of sewing inevitably comes with a lot of fabric, so it’s handy to have somewhere special to keep all of your stitchy supplies. If you don't already have an old CD tower, they can often be found in charity or secondhand furniture shops. Simply give it a fresh coat of paint or decoupage a pretty design, and you’re sorted!

[image credit: homemakermagazine.co.uk/projects/turn-an-old-cd-rack-into-fabric-storage]

4. Bottle Plant Pots

Fizzy drink bottles are a crafter’s dream. They can be cut into all kinds of shapes and styles to make these adorable animal plant pots. Once you’ve decided on your shape, cover the whole pot in thick paint, such as A-Color Matt Acrylic Paint (479057), and then add some fun features. Alternatively, skip the paint altogether and fill the pot with layers of stones that’ll be visible through the sides.

[image credit: owensboroparent.com/diy-soda-bottle-cat-planter]

5. Scrap Fabric Scent Sachets

Scent sachets are a great way to use up any pretty scraps of fabric that you can’t bear to part with, all while giving your home a lovely fragrant boost. Why not treat yourself to a vibrant new fabric bundle for a project that you’ve got your eye on, such as the Spring Day Fat Quarters (544576), and then use the offcuts for these little sachets?

[image credit: marthastewart.com/341942/scented-sachets]

6. Placemat Purses

Thanks to their sturdiness, placemats make surprisingly good purses and clutches – just make sure that you have enough spare for dinnertime! All you need to do is fold the mat over, stitch it in place and decorate with your choice of embellishments. Why not use Hobby House’s Rose Twist Pearl Set (508249) on the clasp and edges for effortless glamour?

[image credit: craftboxgirls.com/blogs/articles/diy-placemat-purse]

7. Tea Towel Tote Bags

If you have a pretty tea towel that's just too nice to be cleaning up dirty dishes, why not give it a new lease on life as a tote bag? Simply stitch together the sides, add a lining if desired, attach the handles and step out in style. Take your design up a notch by adding pretty embroidery or quilting effects.

[image credit: diycandy.com/diy-tote-from-a-tea-towel]

8. Jeans Pocket Organisers

Not only will these hanging pockets be a charming and rustic accessory for your home, but they’re also super helpful for storing craft and office supplies. Plus, it’s a great way to repurpose an old pair of jeans! Kelly Ann Jordan has put together a handy tutorial on how to embroider a lovely rose onto the pocket here that would make a great addition.

[image credit: homemademodernblog.com/2015/03/denim-pocket-organizers-trend-alert.html]

9. DVD Art Kit

DVD cases are the perfect size to store coloured pencils and paper, making them a great option for travel-sized kits for artists, little ones, and those who want to practise some mindful colouring while they’re out and about. Add a pocket inside to keep your pencils safe, and then go wild decorating the outside of the case. Top tip: if you’re printing your own colouring pages, make sure they’ll fit in the standard DVD case size of 13.5cm x 19cm.

[image credit: andreadekker.com/diy-travel-art-kit]