Our new energy has inspired us to look for crafty ways to update our home environment using free or inexpensive raw materials. Upcycling (or recycling and repurposing) is a great way to give new life to old items and keep useful materials out of landfills. Last year we elected to remove a portion of privacy fencing and this spring another two sections of our 6 foot fence collapsed due to rot. Rather than haul all the weathered boards to the dump we have found an array of uses for the material.
Recently, I was invited to share one of those projects, a hand painted headboard, with the readers of the blog I'm Feeling Crafty. Head over there to read my step-by-step account of constructing, painting, and installing the headboard. While you are there take a look around. Louise has some really creative and do-able ideas for personalizing gifts, home decor, and party crafts. I may borrow some of the ideas from this Woodsy themed Baptism for my sister's baby shower next month.
Hand Painted Headboard (above)
After putting together the instructions for the headboard I decided the other projects deserved their own moment in the spotlight. All of these projects were pretty straight forward. Some required a bit of additional material but in general "upcycling" the boards allowed us to add some really great new items to our home and garden at very little expense.
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