I bought this LACK table from Ikea for $10. $10!! It was a great deal but after a while I got tired of looking at it. It’s just so plain. So I decided to give this table a little revamp. At first I thought about painting it a different color and adding a design or picture to the top. But after a few weeks of contemplating I decided to go in a different, more elaborate, direction.
I bought some free/blue tile off Amazon for about $40 ($10 per square foot), along with some tile glue and some grout.
Its pretty self explanatory from here. Cut the tile to size and glue them onto the top of the table and let dry. After this spread the tile grout over the entire surface and make sure to get in all the cracks. Wipe off the access while the grout is still wet. Leave this overnight to dry. Then take a wet sponge and start scrubbing the surface of the tile. Final result below! It really adds a pop of color to something that otherwise would be boring to look at.
This next project was very very cheap because half the materials were free. That’s right free! Go to any hardware store and you can pick up paint chip samples in every color for FREE. Its the best thing ever. It feels like stealing but don’t worry it’s not. I don’t think…either way they have literally the entire color spectrum. I had done something like this years ago with buttons and it also worked pretty well.
The project is cheap however, its pretty tedious having to trace and cut 100+ circles from these paint chips but I think it was worth it. All you do is get canvas (I bought the board canvas from Michael’s in a 5 pack for less than $10)
Painted them all black and then went to work on the paint chips. I traced and cut out 5 different sizes circles from every color I wanted.
From there you decide how you want your design to look and start laying out the circles on the canvas. I used mog podge to glue them onto the canvas. After you’re satisfied with your design you can paint on a coat of mog podge to secure them if you like.
Interested in using paint chips to make your own art? check out this link with lots of other ideas.
Very very easy project. I wanted to make this for my girlfriend who loves elephants.
Things you need:
Scrapbook paper of different patterns or newspaper print
three frame picture with Matte
Photo of the animal you want (I chose elephants)
First, trace the animal onto three different color paper and cut out.
Frame up the matte with the scrapbook paper to make sure it will covered the whole area of the picture, then cut out.
Tape or glue the animal cut outs to the scrapbook paper and then tape the three photos to the back of the matte and place back into frame.
And walla! Easy as pie!
So I’ve had a huge bag of clothes pins sitting in my room for months. My old place did not have a dryer so I thought these would be a good idea. I didn’t end up using them so they have just been sitting here. I found this idea from Flea Market Magazine and now I can free up the clutter these pins produce.
This is a very cheap project and it makes for cool wall art. I had the clothes pins and bought 3 embroidery rings from Michael’s (Found out there is one in Manhattan on 100th and Columbus!) I clipped the pins around each embroidery ring. Its your choice on how close together or far apart you want the pins. I put them on with about a half an inch in between each. Then spray painted the front and back of them silver.
I have not put these up yet. But they will go in my kitchen. I’ll post a picture when I get them hung. I’m excited to finally put these pins to good use.
I finished this last night. This is not really a recycled project but I still wanted to share. I had been thinking about this idea for a while and have started compiling my favorite Bible verses to display in my room. This was very cheap to make. I just bought a 5 pack of flat canvas and some stencils. It took some time deciding the size of the fonts and working out the spacing but overall this can be finished in a couple of hours.