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10 More Things to Look For on Your Next Trip to Goodwill (30+ projects inside!)

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Hello, my pretty little readers!

The follow-up to my first 10 Things to Look For on Your Next Trip to Goodwill post is finally here! Be sure to look at that post for more upcycling ideas, and have fun poring over this one too.

The items are listed as headings, followed by a couple of ideas that can be made with that item.

Happy thrifting/upcycling!

1. T-Shirts

There are tons of no-sew projects that can be made from T-Shirts! Here are just a few:

Idea: T-Shirt Potholders – Mommypotamus

 

Idea: No-Sew T-Shirt Tote Bag – Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

 

These no-sew reconstruction/upcycle ideas are not only cool, they’re also easy! There are tons more ideas out there, too!

Idea: Summer Tank Upcycle – Some Dreaming Tree

 

Idea: No-Sew Crisscross-Back T-Shirt Upcycle – WobiSobi

 

2. Neckties

Using neckties for projects generally involves more sewing than I can manage, but if you’ve got the skills, these projects look like a lot of fun.

Idea: Wine Tote – The Girl Creative

 

Idea: Upcylced Necktie Necklace – Aletha Israels

 

This one is a little tricky but the end product is so cool!

Idea: Necktie Baskets and Hats – ToolGirl

 

3. Popcorn Tins

Those big tins are great for upcycling projects!

Idea: Sisal-Wrapped Storage Bin – Homemade in the Heartland

 

Fido’s food container can be stylish, too:

Idea: Dog Food Tin Makeover – Frazzled Joy

 

Use the bottom as a lampshade, and the lid as a memo board! Two projects from one tin!

Idea: Popcorn Tin Lampshade – Bright Green Door

 

Idea: Memo Board – Crafting a Green World

 

4. Wooden Trays

I feel like I never see any wooden trays when I’m out thrifting, but I hope I find some soon because I have found some amazing ideas for them!

Idea: Jewelry Organizer – A Time for Everything

 

A little paint and some tile can go a long way!

Idea: Mosaic Tray – Reality Daydream

 

Add little legs and you’ve got yourself a bed tray! (This tutorial also shows how you can make your own tray, but you could obviously use one that’s already made, too.)

Idea: Wooden Tray Bed Table – Scavenger Chic

 

5. Glass Jars

It seems glass jars are never in short supply at thrift stores and yard sales, and now I have some pretty compelling reasons to hang onto some of my own!

Idea: Storage Jars with Knobs – Torie Jayne

 

If you have a jar without a lid and a vivid imagination, this next craft may be for you:

Idea: Mushroom Fairy House – DIY & Crafts

 

There’s always the age-old “snowglob from a glass jar,” but what about a pretty butterfly oasis?

Idea: Butterfly Oasis – Danee’s Delights

 

6. Cribs

This may seem like an odd item to look for, especially if you don’t have kids, but trust me, some of these ideas might have you searching for a crib of your own. These projects usually require a bit more in the way of resources, however. You might need power tools and special hardware.

Idea: Porch Swing – Lolly Jane

 

Idea: Magazine Rack/Shelf Unit – Eve of Reduction

 

This project uses just the siderails of a crib, but it’s so clever I had to share!

Idea: Craft Room Storage – May Arts

 

7. Belts

So many belt ideas didn’t have tutorials with them. 🙁 You would be amazed at the ways people upcycle them, though!

Idea: Hanging Shelves – Blue i Style

 

These next two ideas involve a few more tools/hardware than most projects on this list, but they look so cool:

Idea: Drawer /Furniture Pulls – Visual Heart

 

Idea: Bracelets from Belts – Linda Peterson Designs

 

8. Lamps

Even old, tired lamps can be spruced up to look amazing! Sometimes a coat of paint can go a long way, or sometimes something like rope can be used to cover the base:

Idea: Rope Lamp – Martha Stewart

 

Use the bases and some dishes for cute birdbaths!

Idea: Birdbath – SheKnows

 

You can even make a side table out of a lamp and a plate:

Idea: Side Table – The Shabby Creek Cottage

 

9. Cutting Boards

Who knew cutting boards were so versatile? Not me!

Idea: Wall Art – anderson + grant

 

Idea: Organizer – Organized Clutter

 

This chalkboard is too cute, not to mention super simple!

Idea: Chalkboard – Decorchick

 

10. Handkerchiefs

Handkerchiefs have such pretty patterns on them, and can be made into some really lovely things.

Idea: Anthropologie-Style Bracelets – Sadie Seasongoods

 

Here’s a super easy wreath idea! No sewing required!

Idea: Handkerchief Wreath – Bumblebee Linens

 

Try pressing and framing them for some lovely wall art!

Idea: Handkerchief Wall Art – Cleverly Simple

 

Final Thoughts:

Hopefully this list inspires you to look at things a different way, even things that you already have! Upcycling for the win!

As always, be sure to connect and share on social media. See you in one week!

 

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