Do the Dutch still wear wooden shoes? Not really, although you might see them on muddy days in the countryside and, of course, around tourists. In Amsterdam, I’ve seen them being worn ‘seriously’ only once: a woman in bright red wooden clogs, doing her grocery shopping at an outdoor market. Generally speaking, however, they’re mostly used for home decorating and national pride. Either way, they’re charming.
A while back, we had a post on ways to upcycle mason jars. However, our list was far from complete as Tanita and Devon from The Country Barrel have proven. After browsing through their shop, you might begin to wonder what you can’t make with a mason jar.
“When you see what can be done with recycled items, and how it can better both parties, it is truly something exciting.” – Tanita & Devon
1. Salt & pepper shakers
Vintage slips and modern summer dresses don’t differ much. In fact, with a few alterations, vintage slips can become remarkably classy dresses, suitable even for a wedding.
1. Layered with a matching belt
via Whimsy Time
Jason and Andie’s philosophy at Andie’s Specialty Sweets is as charming as their cake decorations: ‘Give Treats unto others as we would want them to give Treats unto us.’ Their culinary masterpieces are high in quality, creativity, and downright fun.
1. Scrabble tiles – vanilla & chocolate
A visit from the Tooth Fairy is like a spontaneous holiday, with its own ritual and exchange of gifts. Having a special tooth pillow is one way to make the tradition even more memorable.
1. Tooth fairy houses
via New Mom Designs
Vintage suitcases are perhaps not as convenient as modern suitcases for traveling, but their simple structure and charming exterior make them perfect for upcycling.
1. Suitcase pet bed
via Atomic Attic
February is on the brink, which means shops should be (already) displaying excessively feminine decorations and reminding friends & partners to buy stuffed animals & chocolate assortments, etc.
Here’s a better idea. Write this quote on a piece of paper: “A hundred hearts would be too few / to carry all my love for you.”
- Then, for ‘tangible evidence of sincerity’, pin it onto a heart-formed gift. Cookies and origami are cool, but a necklace is a notch higher. Here are some great options:
1. Attached to a love letter.
If you really want a unique wedding gown, choose a dress made from recycled materials. It’s one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly, and simply brilliant.
1. Silk & organic cotton
via Leanne Marshall
Showing gratitude, especially after a big event, is easier when you make a strategy beforehand. It’s important to choose a ‘thank you’ that matches your style, whatever form that might take.
1. Subtly, with Scrabble tiles.
via Golden Section
The best garlands are worth keeping even after the party is over. They’re creative, festive, and perfect above fireplaces or across empty walls, giving a courteous nod to every unbirthday of the year.
1. Upcycled book pages.