In case you didn’t know, this last Saturday was March 2, or in other words, “National Old Stuff Day.” Here at Porters we specialize in creating new, fun, and exciting crafts; but we also specialize in helping you make old things look classy and new. As the old saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” however, in this case we are going to help turn your trash into your very own treasure.
Here are some Porter’s Ideas on how to take your trash (old things) and make them treasure (new and functional):
Old Frame – Message Center
You can take some old frames and use spray paint to make them look slick and shiny and new. You can also create your very own message center by replacing the mats of the frames with tile, metal, cork, and chalk board. (See example below.)
Old Art Canvas – Art Supply Wall Pocket
Take those old canvases, flip them around and turn them into some fun and great looking supply pockets. Simply turn the frame so the back is now the front and wrap the bottom section of the canvas in burlap and staple on the back (what used to be the front), this creates your pocket. After you have created the pocket you can decorate with beads, cords, buttons, hooks and other embellishments.
Old Glass Bottles and Jars – New Flower Vases
Take those old glass jars and bottles, fill them with colored water, beads, sand, or gems and use them as your new and improved flower vases.
Continuing with our “old to new” and “trash to treasure” theme, here is a video by Christy Tomlinson on how to create a Mixed Media Collage out of old things you probably have around the house. This video shows you how to use rolled up paper to create a really unique look on the cover of a book or notebook.