Reader Carrie McFann created this flower pot display using an old wood pallet.
Carrie McFann: "I created this pallet patio furniture using 7 pallets. I painted them, used 2 twin size foam that I covered with waterproof cover. Decorated with pillows. I made this because I have a large patio and always lacked seating, so this sits along side the house. Perfect for gatherings and laying under the stars."
Tara Tupling: "This re-purposed coat rack was once part of a white picket fence around my father-in-laws country home. I LOVE the rustic look it adds to my mud room! With antique coat hooks added, it's the perfect place to toss your coat and scarf!"
Tara Tupling: "This project originally started as a Junk Pile find, I knew it when I saw it- what it would become! The rusty old stove-pipe caught my eye as I gathered it and my husband laughed and encouraged me to put it back, I told him I already had the project done in my head!!! With a little paint, some handy zip ties and an old fish bowl, this cute caterpillar was created and fits perfectly in my flower beds!!! I LOVE to dive in junk piles and make beautiful creations out of what most call junk!"
Patti Bratton: "Wanted some extra storage in my dining area, shopped locally but never found the right thing. Saw some ideas on Pinterest and thought I would try it myself. Purchased this unfinished piece locally and sanded/painted/stenciled it in one day. This was the finished product."
Vicky Cibicki: "I’ve been making re-purposed tote bags as gifts and fundraiser donations for years. I use fabric obtained from old clothes, coats, drapes, sheets, pants, tablecloths, etc. I try to salvage as much useable fabric as possible, reversing stained fabric, cutting around holes, removing frayed hems. Thread is from remnant spools, obtained at thrift stores, friends or yard sales. The bags go full cycle…smallest scraps of thread and cloth are composted, eventually becoming soil for my garden. Zippers and buttons are used in different projects. Empty spools are saved for playing with my grandson; we have a very tall tower to knock down! I tie my tomato and chili plants with the long, thin strips of remnants. The bags are ideal for grocery shopping, visits to the Farmer’s Market or mushroom forays. The bags featured here contain my two favorite edible mushrooms, morels and boletes, honoring the fungus…the best recyclers!"
Jeanette Cavadini: "Storage shed was so plain, so painted it and took old chicken coop window, painted it, and screw to shed, and then cut 3 holes in a shelf for flower pots to hang and attach under window sill to make it look like a window box! Made the table by stacking 2-5 gallon buckets upside down and cut a wooden circle for the top, painting everything white."
Jeanette Cavadini: "Took all of the family ragged jeans and made a 'rag denim quilt' for a graduation gift for a granddaughter. Also made 'memory quilts' for the grandchildren by repurposing their sport T-shirts."