Simple Creative Upcycled Gift Ideas

by Karianne WoodAugust 29, 2016

Silverware, dishes, and mason jars are a dime a dozen when you are a thrifter or someone who shops at frequent yard sales. They are fun to collect, display in hutches or kitchen counters, decorate with or use for extra place settings during the holidays. But have you ever thought about upcycling them? Create inexpensive, one-of-a-kind gifts with them? It’s as easy as combining function and imagination and thinking outside the box. Here’s a few upcycled gift ideas to get you started.

Leather-covered mason jars

Looking for an easy project to upcycle a mason jar? Why not add a little leather and create your own mug holder. All you need is a mason jar, leather cord, a leather punch, rivets, and scissors. Simply cut out a piece of leather the circumference of the mason jar. Using the leather punch, add holes to each side of the leather. Thread the holes, pull tight to create the sleeve for the jar. You can also add a handle with a thin strip of leather and rivets.

Wood Slice Cutting Board with Spoon Handles

Perfect for a gift or a whimsical addition to a kitchen, this wood slice cutting board is a fun and easy project. To make this project, you will need a wood slice (you will want to treat it prior to the project), two silver plate spoons, a silver stamping kit, four screws and a rubber mallet. Start by flattening the heads of the spoons with the rubber mallet. Next, bend the spoons to create the handles and attach with screws to the wood slice. You can also stamp the spoons with letters to add a fun message to the cutting board.

Hanging Mason Jar Holder

Nothing says hello like fresh flowers. Add a bouquet to your front porch steps or create the hanging mason jar as a fun gift for someone special. To make the project, you will need a mason jar, a mason jar hanger, a hook and a piece of scrap wood. Cut the piece of scrap wood to the desired length. Attach the hook to the scrap wood. Hang to a wall or fence post. Next, attach the mason jar hanger to the mason jar, add flowers and hang.

Wooden Box with Spoon Closure

Looking for the perfect gift for a writer? This decorative wooden box with a personalized spoon closure can be filled with pens and notes and cards as a gift. To make this project you will need a wooden box, a silver plate spoon, a silver stamping kit, a screw and a rubber mallet. Start by flattening the head of the spoon with the rubber mallet and bend the spoon at an angle to fit the box. You can decorate the box with a marker or stamps and then fill with notes, pens and cards.

When you are thinking gifts, think upcycling. Go green. Whether its silver plate spoons, mason jars or even personalized simple white dishes, an upcycled find is the perfect one-of-a-kind way to let someone know how special they are. is the place to dream and discover your ideal home! Are you starting to get the itch to look for your first or next home, but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! Browse our real estate and lifestyle blog for home buying tips, mortgage guides, DIY ideas, interior design, lifestyle topics, general home inspiration, or just some homes fun. We are sure you can scratch that itch and find all the information and tools you need to help in your home search. Want to start looking at available real estate right now? Head to our home page and check out homes for sale or rent listings all over the country.

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About The Author
Karianne Wood
KariAnne writes the lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farm, from the back porch of her turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky. Thistlewood Farm was awarded Country Living Decorating blog of the year as well as named one of the top 10 decorating blogs by Better Homes and Gardens. KariAnne loves to paint mismatched chairs, listen to the crickets singing in the back pasture, walk hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining armor as the sun sets over the river and drink sweet tea with lime during a thunderstorm. And she has never met a decorating project she didn't like.

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