Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Toys to home decor

Have you ever repurposed toys as home decor? 
As I was cleaning the children's toys, 
I found a few wooden toys that I thought I could use for something totally different.
Here is what I started with...
I have been using the tower to hold my jute rope...
(I use this for packing some of my Etsy creations).
For the "wheels", I got out a non toxic paint remover. 
The paint on these wheels was way too thick, and even my electric sander was not making much of a dent during the sanding process.
After the paint was removed, I painted them again.
I know, it makes sense.
This time I painted them white and added them to this mix,
to create a Fall centerpiece.
So...
Total spent $0

This is what repurposing, reusing and making the most of what you have is all about.

Stay Frugal,

23 comments:

Cranberry Morning said...

You're more ambitious than I! But this turned out really nice - good job.

Amy of While Wearing Heels said...

Honestly, this just blew my mind. The way your mind words is amazing. I love that you are using the stand to hold your twine. Brilliant.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...



very creative and well done, Daniela.

Kelly said...

Great idea! I love how you used the spool for your twine.

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

That is cool! I'll never look at that toy the same again! And next time I see one at Goodwill I know what I'm doing with it!

Lauren Davison said...

So glad that I subscribed to your blog! This is awesome!

monkey said...

reusing and repurposing also means using imagination and you have a great one xx

livingsimplyfree said...

I've repurposed a lot of things over the years but never saw potential in that particular toy. It turned out fantastic!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Very cool!!

Suzan Sweatman said...

LOVE!!!
You did it again !!!
XOX

NanaDiana said...

I love how your mind works, Dani. You see things in a whole different light than most people do- xo Diana

chateau chic said...

You're brilliant! What a great repurposing idea.
Mary Alice

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Oh I love this! I'll be looking at kids toys totally different from now on!! :o)

Tania

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Daniela,
It is late and I'm tired but THIS post made me smile! You did this so clever! Genial idea and I love the white rings.
Guess what we ate tonight? Your yummyHomemade Boscaiola Pasta Sauce with Tofurky Italian sausage from Whole Foods and fresh peas and mushrooms from Trader Joe's. I had a very happy husband at the table and enough left overs for freezing. I love to cook larger batches!
Thanks for your sharing.
Hugs,
Mariette

Danni Baird said...

How lovely! Thanks for giving me a new "shopping place"....the toy box! Brilliant!

Revi said...

This is one I'd never have imagined!
-Revi

Kate Mossy said...

Great idea!

anangloinquebec said...

Oh this is just soooooo smart! I love it. I would never have thought of that and that is so practical for the twine!

Tanya Runkle said...

Love your ideas Dani, this is SO creative, you are one thrifty lady :) Love the twine holder- xo

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What cute ideas. I hope no one looks for that toy! Have a fun weekend!

Cristina Garay said...

Brilliant! Pretty creative and it all looks great ;)

Khammany @ Sweet Inspired Home said...

Hi Daniela! I love following bloggers from all over the world and you're the first Italian one! I read that you were born and raised in Northern Italy, are you still living there? I would love to go to Northern Italy someday soon, especially the Piedmont wine region. So excited to have found you!
Your toys turned home decor is so clever, by the way.
Take care! -Khammany

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