My Easy Upcycled DIY Advent Calendar Wreath

‘Tis definitely the season for creative upcycling and as I wanted to do something a wee bit more special than store-bought for the kiddo’s advent calendar this year, I sorted through my hoarded cardboard stash, raided the recycling bin and created this fantastically re-usable bit of awesomeness:

DIY upcycled toilet roll advent calendar wreath tutorial

Here’s how to whip up your own countdown to Christmas before December 1st:

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My upcycled paper plate buttons

I discovered a couple of polka dot paper plates hidden at the bottom of my kiddo’s crafty stash box and inspiration whacked me over the head, hard!

diy upcycled paper plate buttons

How adorable are those giant buttons?

Create the perfect sewing studio wall decor in minutes with my upcycled paper plate buttons:

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My upcycled toilet roll photo holder

Upcycled toilet roll photo holders

Create a few totally fabulous photo holders from bits you already have around the house!

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My DIY Upcycled Vintage Bedroom

Ahhh, the bedroom, a haven to cozy up in at the end of long day and read a good book before drifting off to dreamland:

upcycled vintage diy bedroom before & after

Pffffft! Just check out that before picture! This tiny, oddly slanted room required quite a bit of work and creative furniture positioning before it became my comfy slumbering space.

upcycled vintage diy bedroom before & after

That terrifyingly filthy, cat hair-filled carpet was replaced with light laminate flooring and the walls were painted a brilliant white – with only one tiny window those bright white walls really help to make up for a lack of natural light.

Take a peek at the rest of my bedroom + get all of tutes below:

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The Upcycled DIY Bird Feeder

As the weather cools down a few birds have decided to take up residence in our tall hedge and the munchkin thought it would be fabulous to create a restaurant for them to dine at when they can’t find any worms or snails, so I put on my refashionista thinking cap and raided the recycling bin!

Upcycled DIY Bird Feeder tutorial

Rinse out an empty bottle, grab your kiddo and create your own with the upcycled bird feeder tutorial!

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Continue your passion for upcycling and refashion with my all new Confessions of a Refashionista ebook series for less than a (pumpkin spice) latte!

– disclaimer: I’ve never had or even seen a pumpkin spice latte in real life –

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My Upcycled Boot Top Baskets

Remember my fab cowboy boot refashion?

I finally had a DIY diva brainstorm and came up with a quick & quirky project for the chopped boot tops:

upcycled boot top planters diy

here’s how to create your own upcycled boot top baskets:

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My thrifty DIY munchkin room

When we moved in the kiddo’s room was in desperate need of an overhaul:

Thrifty Upcycled Kids Room before after

That awful dark red & brown paint job and the moldy walls were soon taken care of with professional products and (about) a million coats of brilliant white.

Thrifty Upcycled Kids Room before after

The clean white walls really give an illusion of space!

Get the scoop & tutorials behind the kiddo’s happy hideaway at home…

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my DIY upcycled ladder climbing frame + trapeze

I am totally on a roll with my DIY outdoor munchkin toy challenges and have already successfully created an awesome playhouse and superb sandbox by upcycling wooden bits I had stored in attic.

The kiddo was desperate for a climbing frame so I headed up to the attic to see what my imagination could put together:

DIY scrap wood climbing frame + trapeze

Another triumph!

Here’s what I did:

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My upcycled diy bathroom

Do you remember the total blech that was the upstairs bathroom when we moved in?

bathroom before & after

Loads better now, but what about the other end of that narrow, awkwardly shaped room?

bathroom before & after

A massive improvement!

(the outside of that toilet was disturbing but what lurked inside was absolutely terrifying!)

Here’s the breakdown of the thrifty furnishings and DIYs:

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My Thrifty Spruced Up Stairway & Landing

My humble home tour continues with a peek at my thrifty spruced up stairway and landing:

Stairway before & after

Let’s head upstairs…

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