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Amazing Repurposed Bird Baths: Get Inspired!

Well it’s that time of year again to get creative in the yard, so as curator of the Hometalk DIY Bird Bath Board, I’m happy to report there are a number of new insanely cool additions this spring and 37 continues to grows.

If you don’t have a lot of experience with DIY projects; bird baths are great projects to start with so take a look, get inspired and give it a try. It only took me 5 minute to make the Purple Vase and Plate Bird Bath and it turned out to be my favorite project ever! If you’ve made a bird bath (or anything else for that matter) don’t forget to share your projects with the friendly and welcoming Hometalk community and learn more about what other members are up to. Visit me there!


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I had an amazing response to my blog DIY Bird Bath made from a reused vase and plate so for those of you Bird Bath enthusiasts here is a collection of some additional DIY Bird Baths that might catch your eye and inspire you. If you do make a Bird Bath, be sure to share it with the Hometalk community, a site where you can post your projects, make boards of your favorites, comment and share!  Click on the graphics below and visit the Hometalk Board where you can learn more about each of these wonderful Bird Bath projects and the creative people that made them.


DIY Smurf – Lets Party!

By Starr Durrant

Everyone loves a good party! Not that long ago my girlfriend had asked me to refurbish her old doll house for her son so I converted it into a hunting and fishing lodge. Then……. a wonderful surprise! She announced they had a little girl on the way. I thought it might be nice to make her something special since the doll house was now a mini man cave. This project, like all my projects, was made with recycled finds from the Edmonton Reuse Centre ,thrift stores and garage sales as well as a few re-purposed elements.

I was inspired by the Smurf I purchased in a bag of miscellaneous from a garage sale and that’s where the project began. Instantly it reminded me of my own daughter back in the day who loved to put on parties for her dolls and I decided that given the Smurf is holding a gift, this might be the way to go. So, how do you create a Smurf playroom and doll party? Recycle a few great finds, blend them with some creative repurposed and handmade elements and party on!

These display boxes are available at a number of craft and department stores, I bought this one at Target. You could also use a box or build one from foam board.

This doll house is an old Christmas wooden ornament. I had this kicking around but I’ve seen ones similar at the dollar store during Christmas season. I didn’t have to do anything more than glue it down, can it get any easier? The tiny dolls are worry dolls, my favorite element. What are worry dolls? Well, they are teeny tiny dolls that come in a little basket that you stick under your pillow; before you go to sleep, you pass on your worries to the dolls and let them work it out while you snooze peacefully, or that’s what they claim. Again, something I’ve had in my box of “This or That” waiting to be reused. These may not be so easy to find but if you wanted to make your own, use two tiny pieces of a tooth pick and glue together like a little stick man, wrap in some fabric for clothes and add a bead to the top for a head.

The cabinet is made from cardboard, a box lid and decorated in fabric, paper and ribbon. I filled the shelves with some tiny dolls I found in a package at the Edmonton Reuse Centre, they are colorful and adorable. The purple doll is sitting on a miniature chair that I bought years ago. It was brown metal so I painted it pink and am thrilled it finally has a home!  Another great addition to the shelves is the little doll house also from the  Edmonton Reuse Centre that I painted pink as well. The bear is cut out from a card that I glued to a decorated hair spray lid.

The table is the lid to a box, it was already pink with stripes so a perfect find! I added some doweling for legs and a bit of ribbon for trim and it’s good to go. The chairs where a bit more challenging. I used stiff cardboard covered in pink DUCK tape and bent into shape. I then used toothpicks for the legs. The issue here was with stability when I tried to glue the toothpicks to the underside of the chair so I glued one end of each chair leg into a bead and then I had a bigger surface to glue to the chair. I added some plastic balloons that I was fortunate enough to find in the same bag of miscellaneous that the Smurf was in and that added to the party ambiance.

No party is complete without presents! I had one present that was a find at the Edmonton Reuse Centre and worked perfect. These could be made easily with a Cricut. In addition I wrapped candy and dice up, added ribbon and we’re ready for gift opening!

I hope this inspire you find new purposes for old things. Party On!

Smurf Party

Smurf Party Diorama

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How To: DIY Barbie Brunch Hollywood Style

By Starr Durrant

From gift bags turned wallpaper to coasters turned art, this project offer some great ideas on how to create your own Barbie dining experience. 80% of the project was made with things I found at The City of Edmonton Reuse Centre, which is one of my favorite places to both donate and purchase items that can be re-used and kept out of the land-fills and the remaining elements are re-purposed garage sale finds or from my “this could be something” box full of bits and pieces of this and that.

Like with all my Barbie projects I hope to inspire Barbie enthusiasts both young and old to create their own accessories by re-purposing every day things and turning something old into something new.

Series 2-4 Fancy BrunchPicMonkey Collage 2


To construct a room display you have lots of choices – you can cut and glue foam board together, bend the outside of a binder into 45 degree angle or use an office file box and cut out one front and one side panel.

I used a deconstructed gift bag, cut and pasted it to foam board and then added a bit of silver trim. The sparkling swirls add a bit of bling and the  scalloped edge and stripes make a perfect wainscot. You could also use wrapping paper or scrap-book paper.

This faux marble drawer liner was yet another find at the The City of Edmonton Reuse Centre,. It’s comes in a small roll like wrapping paper but has a sticky back and is primarily used for lining drawers or shelves. It’s available in most dollar stores and kitchen departments. I simply applied it to a piece of foam board and  without any fuss or muss – I had a marble floor worthy of even the most discerning Barbie.

4) ART
The art on the wall are re-purposed coasters that work perfect to add a bit of color and mood to the dining scene and easy, easy, easy! I found these at the The City of Edmonton Re-Use Centre, but I’ve also seen these at the Dollar Tree Stores.

The black metal table base was a great find. I’m not sure what it originally was but I think it may have been a flower pot holder??? Whatever it was, I knew it would make a great table base. The table top is a textured piece of silver scrap book paper pasted on to a stronger piece of cardboard and trimmed with small silver cord embellishment. The table-cloth is salvaged fabric that matches the chairs and trimmed with a sparkling string of tiny black sequence glued to it. Other than the goblets, all elements came from The City of Edmonton Reuse Centre including glue and paint.

The vase is a highlighter pen lid that is covered in sparkles and the flowers were salvaged from an old Easter ornament. I found the silver goblets  in one of those garage sale bags full of miscellaneous and I’ve had them around for a while, just waiting for the right project and this was it!  The plates are foam cut outs and the cupcake platter came as is, pink polka-a-dots with glitter edging from reuse scrap-booking bin at The City of Edmonton Reuse Centre,. Finally,  the cupcakes are beads with white glue mixed with dark pink paint for glaze.

These dining room chairs are a great starter project and are really quite easy to make. Measure a strip of cardboard (approximately 17″ long and 2.5″ wide) and measure two pieces of fabric that are a little longer and wider than the cardboard and sew or glue  together on both sides and one end.  Make sure the good side of the fabric is facing inwards when you’re doing this.  Once  you’ve turned it inside right,  slide the cardboard in and then fold the remain fabric up inside and stitch closed or glue. Now, bend it to shape, glue back pieces together for structure, add a ribbon and some stick on jewels from the dollar store and your Barbie is ready for her Hollywood brunch ! For support I added a square strip of cardboard covered in black fabric under the center of the length of the chair but could have used black foam board or stiff cardboard as well.  I warned you I was a fan! If you don’t have fabric you could always decorate the cardboard by covering it in wrapping paper.  Of course the majority of these elements were  from…….. yes; you guessed it, The City of Edmonton Reuse Centre.

I hope this project gives you some ideas and inspires you to give some DIY Barbie furniture or accessories a try,  if not, consider donating unused items like fabric, glue, ribbons and whatever else they accept at your local Reuse Centre so someone else can reuse or re-purpose it.  Making something new from something old is  a great way to spend some time with your little one and kids have a lot of great ideas once you get them started, so save your extra pieces of this and that and get creative!!

PicMonkey Collage 2

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