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How I turned a mannequin into a curiosity shelf

This bronze dude was donated to me years ago by friends opening a retail store, who found a dozen or so vintage mannequins in the attic space. But after a few moves, he wasn’t as handsome as he used to be, but I was reluctant to toss him. In a last ditch effort to revive him for one more life, I decided to cut off his imperfections and make him into a shelf.

Upcycle jars from your recycling bin with scrapbook paper

Just look at these adorable jars! Can you believe that before they were the perfect way Offbeat Homie Léah organized her craft supplies, these jars were trash?

Easy DIY coffee table from wine crates

Remember when I introduced you to using wine crates as shelves? Well here’s my even-more-favorite way to re-use wine crates: as a freaking coffee table! The best part about a wine crate coffee table…

Use an old bike wheel as a message board

Offbeat Homie Michelle uploaded this awesome photo of her repurposed bike wheel-turned-message board to our Flickr pool. How pretty is this!?

Repurpose a fancy tea box as DIY tie holders

I received a gift of a fancy assortment of green teas in a lovely wooden box, and I was just itching to figure out a great way to repurpose it. I loved that it already had dividers inside, making it a great little organizer. My hubby’s tie collection was a mess, so I decided to give it a whirl.

Use applesauce cups to start seedlings

Start seedlings in freshly-washed and lightly-bleached applesauce cups. Simply punch some holes in the bottom for drainage. They do not use much soil and can be reused.

Hand-made, up-cycled, tree branch guitar rack

My hubby, Bryan, and I are both musicians, and artists — he did that guitar painting of me that you see hanging up there. He’s also a carpenter who made that entire tree branch guitar rack! It was totally all his idea and his craftiness. The whole thing only took him about a day to complete — he’s got skills. Here’s how he pulled it off…

Upcycle old lotion bottle caps as helpful bathroom storage

Homies, we have yet another great idea that comes from my organizational ninja mother.