Remember when businesses used to hand out promotional products you could actually use? Among the useful items were rulers and yardsticks. Chances are there are a few buried in a closet or in the attic. But, if you don’t want to go digging, one can usually find these pretty cheap at a local thrift storeContinue reading
Are you a do-it-yourselfer? We find the coolest and most unique retro and vintage projects to share with you. Whether you’re looking for a craft project for the kids, or want to turn vintage teacups into a functioning clock, you’ll find tons of instructions right here—and most of these projects can be completed within a weekend.
Sunburst mirrors add a great splash of retro design to living rooms, entryways and bedrooms. The Brilliant Wall Mirror is a highly-rated piece of retro decor, but for those of you wanting something homemade, look no further than Janell Beals’ do-it-yourself project, using painted craft branches. Supplies and tools are quite simple – she usedContinue reading
Upcycling is a great way to introduce vintage wares into modern designs. Whether working with broken pieces, or simply displaying grandma’s collection differently, this method of recycling items is quite popular. At Manolo for the Home, you’ll find ways to repurpose old teacups. Our favorite is this teacup clock, but there’s some other great designs,Continue reading
If you have some old cans lying around – especially from the ’30s to ’60s, Under the Table and Dreaming by Stephanie Lynn has found some great ideas for turning them into something spectacular. From creating great lighting effects to retro-decorative storage, her blog features 50 crafts for repurposing old product packaging. Among our favoriteContinue reading
From Creative Breathing comes this adorable craft project using wool felt. It’s Elizabeth’s Cuckoo Clock and she explains how she made it in an afternoon. Elizabeth creates and uses patterns that are but simple pieces, then ties them altogether to create something quite detailed. So, if this adorable guy doesn’t tickle your fancy, she’s gotContinue reading
Some used a coffee can with a wire handle hooked into drilled holes. Some used an old pillow case. Some wore an apron with pockets. And many used a bag specifically designed for storing clothespins. These vintage bags were often styled after a woman’s blouse and apron or a little girl’s dress, and featured aContinue reading