Ever since I found the children’s room decorating books for the grand kids to look at before moving into their new home, they like to pick out decorating books to look at at my place when we go to the library.
I took a bit of time last night when I couldn’t sleep to go through a couple, bad idea it got my mind working on lots of new ideas. Here are a few of my favorite ideas as a result.
I have read through plenty of “green” and “eco” books with ideas to reuse old things. But here’s something from a “regular” decorating book. Don’t know what to do with that old umbrella that just doesn’t work right? Try making an awning.
What about all those pots you need to store now that you aren’t starting seedlings for the garden. Why not use them to decorate a table for the holidays.
Now this one caught my eye. I’m not much into chandeliers, but this one is more to my liking. I have no electrical boxes in my ceilings, and this would have to be scaled down to work in an apartment, but my thought is to use a large embroidery hoop (painted maybe black or silver) and blue Christmas ball ornaments. I’d have the look of a light fixture…
People do a lot of things with egg shells. I usually put mine in the compost, but I wonder if I could use real egg shells to make a candle. This is just too cute.
These gloves are sold everywhere. I have a couple pairs myself for those cold days but not freezing where I need the real thing. With a little ribbon and a couple holiday bells from the craft store or an old decoration that is too worn to use any more you could design the perfect stocking stuffer for a little one. Of course in place of the bells you could use a charm, or even just use the ribbon alone.
I have a new lamp, which has a shade that I don’t hate, but needs something. I realized I could go to the thrift shop and find beaded jewelry, maybe wood beads, and string them. I have a collection of feathers dropped by the many birds who fly over the apartment that the kids and I have been saving. I could string the feathers among the beads for a really unique way to upgrade the lamp shade.
My dil has a collection of old keys. She has been asking me for a while now what she could do with them. I’ve given her a few ideas, but so far, none that she liked. I just told her about seeing this and she’s now excited to try this.
Of course who doesn’t have old shoes they don’t know what to do with. I recently spotted one shoe outside a Tim Horton’s that laid there over a week before I finally became disgusted enough to toss it away for them.
I like this picture because the red pops so. You could easily paint a shoe to get this look.
Want to dress up your pots before you use them. Here’s an idea I spotted. Using a little bit of rubber cement to hold the leaves in place the pot was spray painted. Of course think about the things you could use besides leaves. There’s always my feathers, lace doilies, and so much more.
Have you collected lots of bottles? I have jam jars, and even a bottle from a store-bought frappachino my sister brought with her one day and was going to toss. I use them for the cut flowers from the fields during the summer months. I also give them away to people when I need a gift filled with, again, found flowers. Try painting them to personalize them. Who knows you could have a yard sale and make some money off them when others would only toss them away. What about all those plastic bottles people toss away? I don’t buy plastic bottles, but here’s another idea for them.
Here’s another idea for found bottles. Using a little metallic paint you could get a look that would cost you plenty if bought in a store.
Well there are my inspirations for today, and yes I finally got to sleep, eventually. What have you seen that inspired you lately? I’d love to see your before and afters. Better yet, have something you don’t know what to do with? Let’s brainstorm and find ways to re-use everything.