nylon pumpkins

Up-cycled Nylon Pumpkins [DIY]

I just started to dig into my Fall decor…don’t you just love this time of year? I can never get enough of the crisp air, warm apple cider, pumpkin pie, the list goes on!  So as I was going through last year’s Fall decor, I figured it might be fun to make something different and up-cycled this year.  The question was, what could I create for Fall using materials that I already had at home?   My mind went straight to pumpkins…and the material?  Nylon Stockings.  The end result were these (super fun to make) funky little Nylon Pumpkins!

Up-Cycled Nylon Pumpkins [DIY]

Gather up a spool of thread and a couple pairs of old nylon stockings, various colors work great (I used tan and purple).

Cut the nylon into pieces, each approx. 6″ in length.

Leaving one end sticking up, pull up the opposite end,creating somewhat of a cup.  Think of it as an upside-down mushroom.

Using pillow stuffing (or really any type of filling), stuff around the inside of the cup you created with the nylon stocking.  Be sure to keep the end you pulled through sticking up.

Using your thread, tie up the top of the filling stocking.  Leave approx. 1/4-1/2″, this will become the pumpkins stem!

Next, spin the thread up and around the stem of the pumpkin, just to get the top into that stem like shape.  Then bring the thread back down the stem and wrap it once around the body of the pumpkin.  Spin the thread around the stem again, then wrap it around the body of the pumpkin again in a different spot.  Continue wrapping the thread around the body of the pumpkin a few more times (pulling tight) so that you create the groves in the pumpkin.

Once you’ve finished wrapping the thread around the pumpkin, tie up the thread back around the stem.

At the point, you can finish off the stem however you would like.  One option is coloring the stem in with brown marker to give it a natural look….

Or, you could wrap and glue a piece of bright colored ribbon around it…

This tuned out to be such a fun project, and I’m more than pleased with the way my nylon pumpkins turned out!


ribbon wrapped chain bracelet

Ribbon Wrapped Chain Bracelet {diy}

I love the understated glam vibe of the woven chain link bracelets that are so big right now.  I’ve purchased a few of these bracelets in simple black and gold in the past, and every time I looked at them I couldn’t help but think, “I bet I make something JUST like this”.  Not the first time I’ve had that thought ;)… So while at the craft store one day, I decided to pick up a strand of gold chain link.  I knew I already had the perfect coral colored ribbon to use with it at home.  If you haven’t noticed, coral is one of my absolute favorite colors right now (that, along with mint!).  I got home and went to work on my ribbon wrapped chain bracelet, check out the end result…

Here’s how to make it…

Ribbon Wrapped Chain Bracelet {diy}



gold finish chain link strand with clasp (mine was approx. 18″ long so that it could be wrapped twice)

thin fabric ribbon (color of your choice)


Secure the ribbon tightly to one end of the bracelet.  You can put a tab of glue on the knot to keep it in place too.  Trim the extra fabric off the end of the knot.

Roll out the ribbon and cut it according to the length of your chain.  Make sure to add extra length since you will be weaving it through the chain (I added an extra 10″ to my ribbon length to be safe). Use a piece of tape to roll the end of the ribbon into a point.  This will make it easier to weave in and out of the chain link.

Start weaving the ribbon in and out of the chain link.  Be sure to keep the ribbon to only one side of the chain.

When you arrive at the end of the chain, tie off the ribbon the same way you did from the start.  Again,you can use a dab of glue to make sure it’s nice and secure.  Trim the excess ribbon.

Enjoy your thrifty & fabulous new ribbon wrapped chain bracelet!

**Update!  I couldn’t get enough of this bracelet, so I made a bunch more in various colors!  Here’s one wrapped with a minty green/blue ribbon, the possibilities are endless!

Simple step by step instructional!

diy ribbon chain bracelet


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Recycled Neck Tie Bracelets {DIY}

Some of you might remember a “your picks” feature about a shop in Newport, RI that makes bracelets out of recycled neck ties.  This always struck me as an amazing way to up-cycle such a common item.  I knew I wanted to attempt to make some of these myself at some point.  I found the perfect opportunity when I came across a bunch of my grandfather’s old neckties in a recent cleaning of his “beach house”.  Looking at his old ties brought back some wonderful memories, so it only seemed natural that I use them to make something beautiful.  I selected a couple bright, fun prints to use for the bracelets; I figured the more fun I could make the bracelets, the better!  I got home and started experimenting with the process, and it actually turned out pretty simple. Here’s my DIY for Recycled Neck Tie Bracelets

Recycled Neck Tie Bracelet {DIY}


one old neck tie

one button

needle & thread


Cut the end of the tie to size, incorporating the skinny pointed end of the tie.  Measure your wrist, then add approx. 1 1/2″ to make room for the button closure. Fold over the end and stitch it up so that it’s a clean end.

Using a needle and thread, attach your button to the newly stitched up end of your tie.

Cut a small vertical slice on the pointed end of the tie bracelet, just large enough for your button to slip through.  I used a larger button, so my cut was approx. 3/4″.  Be careful not to cut the slit too close to the tip of the tie, this will cause it to break!

Using the needle and thread, stitch around the outer edge of the slit so that you have a nice, clean edge.  This will stop the cut from coming lose at any points.

Your neck tie bracelet is now complete!

string earrings

String Wrapped Earrings {DIY}

Up-cycling old jewelry is so much fun!  I’m constantly finding fun pieces that inspire me, but rather than splurge on a trend that I’ll be sick of in a month, I’d much rather look through my old jewelry for something I can transform & up-cycle.  You might remember some of my up-cycled creations from the past like the beach bubble ring and necklace; same idea this time, just a different piece of old jewelry!  You all remember those outdated hoop earrings we wore a few years back?  Yea. Those.  I had about 15 pairs in various colors and sizes so it was about time I find a use for them!  This was one of the easiest jewelry projects I’ve done in a long time…here they are, the String Wrapped Earrings

String Wrapped Earrings {DIY}


one old pair of hoop earrings

two spools of thread (pick two of your favorite contrasting colors)

clear drying glue (any light paste glue will work)


Remember these?  Grab an old pair, any size will work:

Select two colors of thread (one main color, and one accent color) and any type of paste-like glue, I used Mod Podge, but anything light will work. 

Apply a very light layer of glue to the earring, just to keep the string in place.

Wrap your main thread color around the entire earring, make sure to fill in all open spaces!  Once you’ve covered the earring with the thread, apply another very light layer of glue.  Wrap your accent thread color around two or three spots on the earring. 

You’re done!

Double pallet settee

The “Pallet-rondack” Settee {your pick}

Good morning,  I hope your Thursday’s off to a good start!  It’s a beautiful day here in little RI and I know just what I’ll be doing tonight, watching the lovely sunset from my deck with a Skinny Watermelon Smash in hand…ahhh the simple things :)  Or maybe I’ll create a new, fun skinny cocktail to share with you all, that sounds even better; stay tuned ;)

Any who, I’m always talking about “up-cycling”, you know this.  One of my favorite things to up-cycle are shipping pallets.  There are so many amazing ways to use old shipping pallets, which bring us to today’s “Your Pick”.  David, from Florida, has sent in his incredible creation using disassembled old shipping pallets.  He explains that his wife wanted a double adirondack seat,  so he set out to create one for her!  GO, DAVID!!  Here’s David’s “pallet-rondack” settee, made out of our favorite up-cycled friend; shipping pallets!

David shares the story of his pallet Adirondack creation:

“A while back my wife asked if I could make a coffee table for her. I suggested using recycled pallets and she agreed. Fast forward through one coffee table, one deck table, a patio bench, two Adirondack-styled chairs…

I have scoured the Internet looking for free plans (money is T-I-G-H-T!) and combined one that the chair design with one that featured a table connecting two chairs. The table, built with a lower shelf also serves as an umbrella holder. I successfully made one for a friend of mine and I just completed a second one for sale (Yay!).

I believe it took wood from about 4 standard sized pallets to make the settee and a combined time of maybe 17-20 hours to deconstruct the pallets, cut the pieces, sand everything and assemble. My friends finished it with a cedar-colored stain and found a great umbrella at a resale shop.”

 Great job, David!

Share your thoughts and rate David’s creation below!

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Wine Cork Trivet {DIY}

Keeping in line with my recent wine cork obsession, I came across some inspiration on Design Sponge and decided to make yet another piece from wine corks.  This creation required far less wine corks than other projects like the Wine Cork Bathmat, so if you have less corks to work with, this may be the project for you ;).  Here it is, the Wine Cork Trivet DIY

Up-Cycled Wine Cork Trivet {DIY}

Gather up:

5-6 wine bottle corks
-a sharp knife (careful!)
– sewing needle

How To:

1. Cut each cork into slices approx. 1/4″ thick (should give you 6-8 slices per cork).  This process can be tough since you need to use a sharp knife, but I found that a retractable utility knife worked best.  Be EXTRA careful here, corks can be slippery!  Also, be sure to cut on top of a scrap wood surface, this process will nick up whatever surface you are cutting on!

2. Use the needle and thread to attach each cork with two stitches.  I used orange thread to give it a fun look.

3. Arrange your stitched cork pieces together into a your desired pattern.  I sewed my cork slices into groups of four making a diamond shape, then stitched them all together with a few light stitches. Keep the stitches loose to make sure the trivet stays somewhat flexible.

This project takes a little bit of time, but it’s a great reward when you’re done-and you can do the happy dance because you UP-CYCLED!

crown molding shoe rack

Crown Molding Shoe Rack {DIY}

I’m sure I’m not alone on my CONSTANT search for more closet space…every single available square inch counts in a woman’s closet–right??  So of course, whenever I find space saving solutions (for shoes or clothing) you better believe I’m all over it. Over the recent months, I’ve seen many variations on these crown molding shoe racks, and they always look very fabulous and simple!  So this simple shoe organizing solution has been on my never ending list of “things to make” for quite some time.  This past weekend, I finally got around to making my own crown molding shoe rack and I absolutely love the way it looks (and it was ridiculously easy to make too).  First, here’s a couple of the crown molding shoe racks that inspired me…

 (via apartment therapy)

(via indulgy)

Now, here’s my take on the Crown Molding Shoe Rack

Crown Molding Shoe Rack {DIY}

Select the crown molding of your choice at your local hardware store.  Decide on the length of your shoe racks and use a chop saw to cut (or have the nice staff at the hardware store cut  the molding into lengths for you;))

Paint the moldings to the color of your choice.  I chose a pale yellow. Simply mount the strips of molding to the wall using anchors and long screws.  That’s it, simple as can be!  Just think about all the space cleared up for new shoes now ;)



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Reclaimed Wine Glass Rack {DIY}

One of my favorite things about dining out (aside from filling my belly with lots of yummy things ;)) is taking in the ambiance and collecting tons and tons of design inspiration.  Great restaurants shell out the big bucks for top interior designers, so you better believe I’m taking some serious mental notes while I dine!  I’ve seen some truly beautiful things…but since my budget doesn’t allow me to spend anywhere near what these places spend, my mind is always swirling with ideas on how I can recreate them for a fraction of the cost…So, I’ve had wine on my mind lately, as you may have observed from my posts on How to Cut a Wine Bottle and Up-cycled Wine Bottle Inspiration, which brings me to my latest creation…I’ve had this piece of wood for a while now (it’s an old drawer front I found on the beach), that I’d been looking for the perfect use for–so, feeling inspired by a recent visit to a favorite restaurant, I decided to turn the piece of wood into a hanging wine glass shelf for my dining room.  Since pre made wine glass racks are too wide, I was forced to make one.  The process turned out to be VERY simple, here’s the finished product-the Reclaimed Wine Glass Rack {DIY}

 Reclaimed Wine Glass Rack {DIY}

Cut 4 small strips of wood for each holder.  Two of the strips of wood should be thicker (approx. 1/4″, thick enough for the base of a wine glass) and two thinner strips of wood to mount on the thicker piece (approx. 1/8″)  The number of holders you will have depends on how long your shelf is. Also, the length of the strips depends on how deep your shelf is, my shelf was thin so the strips were only 5″ long (enough to hang one glass on each in most cases)

Using a staple wood glue first, then a staple gun, attach the strips of wood (the thinner piece overlapping the thicker piece) onto your shelf.  Use a wine glass to make sure that you space the hangers appropriately.  * Make sure to leave a space for mounting your shelf brackets, I chose to mount my brackets on the far outside ends of my shelf so I left approx. 4″ on both sides.

Repeat the same process across the bottom of your shelf until you reach the desired number of hangers…

 Mount your shelf brackets in the space you originally allotted for them.  I choose to use basic, industrial shelf brackets (purchased at Home Depot), I spray painted them hammered nickle to give them a more rustic, industrial look.

Mount your shelf to the wall and enjoy your Reclaimed Wine Glass Rack!





looped metal bracelet

Looped Metal Bracelet {DIY}

Anthropologie is just plain awesome. I find myself checking in constantly for updates on the latest jewelrey trends. They have such beautifully simple pieces, in fact some of my favorite pieces of jewelry, like the Beach Bubble Necklace, we modeled after things found at Anthropologie.  Well, while purusing the Anothropologie site the other night, I came across another fabulous piece, the Looped Light Bracelet…here it is…

Of course, after seeing this bracelet my first thoughts were- I CAN MAKE THIS!  So I made a few modifications to better suit my taste and ended up with my Looped Metal Bracelet…

The Looped Metal Bracelet {DIY}

Gather up come copper wire (I used 16 gauge) and some leather cord.

Cut a piece of copper wire approx.4 inches long.  Use a small hammer to flatten the piece of wire and give it that “hammered” metal look.  Be sure to put it on top of a surface you don’t mind denting before you hammer!  The metal will make an indent in whatever it’s on top of!

 After the metal has been hammered, use jewelry pliers to shape it into a loop.  Close off the ends together by squeezing them together tightly.

Attach a piece of the leather cord to the loop.  Measure the cord to a bit over two times your wrist size so that you can wrap it twice around your wrist.  Loop the cord onto that metal piece tightly so it’s secure.

You can stop at this point and simply lie the other end of the cord to the loop to secure it to your wrist.  Or you can hammer another piece of the wire into a stright piece and tie it to the opposit end, make a toggle style clasp-this is the method I chose.

vintage cage light diy

Vintage Cage Light {DIY}

Vintage cage lights.  I’m so in love with this trend right now.  The pure rustic, industrial chic look should remind us of a day when things were much more simple.  Fixtures were created more for functionality…to serve a purpose.  THIS, in my opinion, is the definition of good design.  We are in the final stages of finishing our basement right now…here’s Brett laying down the last piece of flooring, he’s so proud =)

So we came to picking out the lighting for the stairway landing, and we both knew we wanted something simple.  I really feel in love with this cage light from Ruby Lane…

…but at $145, I did not buy this.  Come on, this is Picklee!  You know I HAD to figure out how to make this myself.  I grabbed some extra wire we had laying around from the installation of our drop ceiling (12 gauge hanger wire) and some wire cutters, then began bending and twisting away…this project was so simple and I’m MORE than happy with the way my DIY Vintage Cage Light turned out…

Vintage Cage Light {DIY} 

Start with some wire cutters and a roll of wire.  I used some extra 12 gauge hanger wire we had left from installing our basement drop ceiling (only 6.97 for a roll of 300 ft. at Home Depot)

Twist the wire into a circle the size of the light base you will attach it to, my circle was approx. 6″ in diameter.

Next, cut a piece of wire in the length that you will want your light to be, the length of my light was approx. 9″.  Attach the wire to the circle.  Cut a second piece of wire the same length and twist it together with the first wire.  Continue this around the circle, spacing each wire extension about an inch apart.

Once all of your wire legs have been attached, connect them by twisting another wire circle around the bottom.  This circle should be a bit wider in diameter than the base circle, but the size will vary depending on the size of your light.

Twist the ends of the wire legs around the circle bottom to secure it.  Cut any loose wire.

Enjoy your new Vintage Cage Light!