Friday, December 7, 2018

15 Upcycled Christmas Decorations For Your Home

Walking through any Antique Mall you'll find a wide array of interesting pieces perfect for upcycling.  Here's a variety of great Christmas Decorating ideas using easily found items.

1.  This adorable Christmas Tree made from old pieces of hardware.  I've seen them also made from rolled papers, buttons, jewelry pieces and the like.  

2.  I love using old books for decorating purposes.  The Reader's Digest Series from the 50's that can be found in quantity and are difficult to even give away are perfect for book projects.

3.  Ball jars are also plentiful.  So many ways to decorate them for the Holidays.

4.  These are cute.  Wine bottles could also be decorated up for adorable holiday décor.

5.  One of our dealers had some of these for sale.  Still kicking myself for not grabbing them.  So cute.  A walk around any antique mall will reveal a variety of tart tins as well as such cute doughnut tins.  So many cute projects.... so little time.

6.  Do you have a collection of oil cans?  What a cute way to jazz them up for the holidays.

7.  We have one of these at the shop.... I might just have to buy it.  These are adorable.  (Couldn't find a link back to give credit.)

8.  I have a dump truck in typical yellow, purchased to use for holiday décor.  Its still sitting in my closet.  What a cute idea.  Follow the link for a great blog full of cute holiday decorating ideas.

9.  Antique Malls are full of a variety of wood boxes, perfect for decorating.  Check out the olive bucket in the back left corner.  Gorgeous!

10.  Shutters are a staple at many antique malls.  How cute is that?

11.  Don't have a fireplace mantle!  What a great alternative and it can be used in a bathroom or kitchen as a towel rack throughout the year.

12.  I have some old lampshades I've collected over the years for a variety of projects....  This is wonderful.  Follow the link and she's got one all decorated up.  

13.  Another great idea for glass jars.  Love the "peep-show" idea.  

14.  Another great tin idea.  The possibilities are endless.  Couldn't find a link but there is a watermark in the bottom left corner.  (I can't clearly make it out.... can you?)

15.  Adorable.  I have a couple different ways I display Christmas cards, this is perfect for just a few of your favorites.

For more great ideas for Holiday décor check out our Pinterest Board DIY Christmas Decorations.
Then, come on in and grab some supplies.   From everyone here at thechirpingfrog Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Paper.... who'd a thunk!

Found a piece of furniture with great bones but in desperate need of some TLC?   Why not add a pop of pizzazz with paper.  Comic books, maps, wrapping paper, napkins, all are great for decoupage and will add a unique and personal touch to any piece of furniture in your home.  

A Refreshing Change


From Apartment Therapy
From Crazy Wonderful
Next time grab that package of napkins, don't pass on that adorable wrapping paper.... come on in to The Chirping Frog and find you a piece of furniture that needs some love, possibilities abound.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

14 Of My Favorite Button Projects

Walk into any thrift shop or antique mall and you're bound to find more buttons than you can possibly count.  Take a peek at some of my favorite button projects from Pinterest.

Whose grandma doesn't have a tin or box full of buttons just waiting for a cool repurpose idea?
Not sure how this button bowl would hold up to actual usage but isn't it cute.  Makes me wonder, how about a light fixture shade?  That would cast some great shadows.
Wow, I really love this.
letter perfect designs on Etsy
So many great ways to monogram with buttons.

fashion ornaments
These are just too cute.  Think of the many possibilities to design a custom piece.  Cute, cute cute!

amanda davie wholesale on Etsy
Another great, easy usage.  Love the resin charms on the bottom.
Outstanding!  This site has quite a few really amazing mosaics with buttons.  Wow!

the princess and her cowboys
So cute!

sisters suitcase
Love these.  Making journals at the moment and these would be great additions.  I've also seen them add buttons to bobby pins as well.

just imagine
Now that's just cute, saw combinations with wine corks and bottle caps as well.  So creative.

bonkers about buttons
Just adorable.  Mom and I used to attend the quilt show in Padukah, KY and one time there was a chair, all decked out with buttons in one of the shop areas.  It was great!  What about a backsplash, tabletop, etc.  So many ideas, I need lots and lots of buttons.
sweet pennies from heaven

rock candy
Doubt I'll ever do this but it is kind of cute.  You could also do a more traditional planter.

custom-color-bridal-button-bouquet on Etsy
Fabulous, there's examples of boutonniere's as well.  So creative.

Do you see why I love buttons yet?  Take a gander through Pinterest with a search of button crafts (or art or diy or usage or simply buttons) and you'll see many more great ways to use them.  Go ahead, get your thrift on, you'll find so many adorable jars full of buttons to start your own stash and begin the creative process.  Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

15 Fabulous Shutter Re-Purpose Ideas For Your Home

I've got a couple pairs of shutters that I've been hanging onto for a while now, waiting for the perfect application.  I still don't know what I'm going to do with them but my mind-wheels are turning and inspiration is everywhere.

Take a look as some of the great re-purpose ideas I found on Pinterest:

Saturday, September 2, 2017

12 Repurpose Ideas for Common Sewing Items

Go into any antique mall or thrift shop and you're bound to find a variety of sewing notions ready for repurposing.  Here's just a few quick projects to get you inspired and thinking outside the box.  

I don't have the heart to cut an old sewing machine in half but I really love this idea.  So cute!

What a great idea.  You'll find jars and jars full of spools here at #TheFrog.
Thimbles are one of my favorite finds.  So many jewelry options with them.  

Measuring tapes also have so many applications.  Cute as a bracelet, shorter lengths for charms or pendants.   
From thehappyhomester

Never would of thought to use flower frogs to store scissors.  How cute is that?  

Sewing baskets always have a variety of bobbins perfect for jewelry making.

I tend to gravitate towards jewelry applications.... obviously.  These are just adorable!

Such a cute idea for a teapot... pin cushion in the lid and storage for supplies and notions in the pot.  Love it!

People are so creative.  I never would of thought to use a butter dish for a sewing kit.  How cute is that?  Might have to make me one of these, you know, for all the sewing I do.

Another great pin cushion idea using a jar.  What a great idea.
Found on pinterest

Great travel sewing kit from an eyeglass case.  I've got quite a few of these.  Great repurpose idea.

One more creative pincushion idea.  So many beautiful teacups that'd make gorgeous pincushions.  Recently found more Pinterest posts using jello molds and the like.  Such cute ideas.

Have you done anything fun with sewing items?  Would love to see your creativity.  Inspire us!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

10 Mosaic Projects Using a Variety of Ordinary Everyday Items

I'm a big fan of mosaic tile work and am always on the lookout for furniture pieces that will work for my purposes.  A quick Pinterest search revealed many more applications.  Take a look at ten fabulous projects I found that use a variety of base materials.

1.  Wood furniture pieces are ideal and top my list of things to look for.  You could mosaic the top, drawer fronts or go for the gusto and cover the whole piece.  A great way to update a piece of furniture and give it new life.
12 Creative Crafts that Take Broken China from Trash to Treasure

2.  I love beautiful metal trays and have bought quite a few over the years but never thought to mosaic them.  What a cute project. 
From Reclaimed Designs on Etsy

3.  Chairs make wonderful mosaic projects.  I've seen them covered in marbles, buttons, paper mosaic and the like.  All are fabulous.  
  Check out her site, lots of great glass mosaic project ideas.
4.  Wood is a wonderful base.  Look for trays, boxes, lengths of any kind.  Love how they added hooks to these.  
Found on Pinterst
5.  I can't help but love these.  Always plenty of tools lying around, we break a multitude of shovels with all the projects we take on... glue them babies back together and give them a mosaic treatment. 

Don't mind me, I'm just raiding the shed for broken shovels!
from Pinterest
6.  Never would of thought to do this but I love the end result.  Such a cute piece.
Adorable Mosaic Teapot found on  Pinterest
7.  This is fabulous.  Take a wood or metal box, drawer, trough... whatever and give it a mosaic treatment with teacups added for extra storage.  What a cute idea!
 From Pinterest
8.  Doors and windows make great mediums for mosaic.  You can get as creative as you'd like and personalize a piece in a variety of ways.  Just beautiful.

9.  I bought a guitar (a couple years ago mind you... it's a sickness) for this purpose and have yet to get started.  It's on my "someday" list.  Right next to about 100 other things that I may or may not get to "someday". 

Isn't that adorable?
From with a tutorial

10.  Lots of glass bottles and jars are just waiting to become unique works of art... what are you waiting for? 

Mosaic is an easy project anyone can do that'll transform simple, everyday items into unique, creative art pieces for your home.  With a quick "how to" search using google or Pinterest you'll find everything you ever wanted to know, and then some, about mosaic work.

 I've got plans for a variety of projects here at the shop.... "someday"!  Here's a peek at a couple of the things I'd like to do here at #TheFrog:

I bought a wicker couch and chair at Goodwill years ago that I would like to turn into concrete sculpture.  Big plans, now I just need the time to work on a new project.
I'm hoping to work on the landscaping out front this fall and am planning to add a little personality and funk with the yard art.   

Have you done any mosaic work?  I have dabbled a bit and love it.  Would love to see some of your work, feel free to share.

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