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September 29, 2014

'ello, Repurposeful Monday.  (My pretend Cockney accent is back.)

It's 'ard to believe that 'alloween is only a month away, ducks.
Wot say we start the week with some 'oliday repurposin'.

Kids Kubby
These luminaries are great decorations to make with young children.

Construction paper eyes and mouths were taped to small glass
shades that were set on white string lights.  Adorable.

These glass shades were set over votives
and used as table decorations.

To make these:

All you need are these:

Home Talk
Don't ever pass up the opportunity to buy a used Scrabble game
at a yard sale, thrift store or flea market.  The tiles are so versatile.

This little pumpkin was created from crimped and
folded book pages.  What a novel idea.

Thrift shops are usually loaded with inexpensive doilies:
Clip out sections of the outer row, dip in glue, spread out on a sheet
of wax paper and sprinkle with silver glitter.  Voile - a fancy spider web!

This idea is one of my all time favorites:

Maybe this year you want a sweet pumpkin instead of a scary one:
 1) Wash, dry and paint the pumpkin in a diluted mixture of 2/3's white acrylic paint, 1/3 milk.  Let dry and paint again; 2) add one white ear; 3) at the Dollar Tree pick up a witch hat and large black marker; 4) color in eyes

Paint in a nose and add pipe cleaner whiskers.  'ello, Kitty!

After Halloween, simply remove the whiskers, hat and ear and
wash.  The pumpkin is ready to re-use for Thanksgiving.

Here's a cute use for pallet wood:

Large thrift store dolls were dressed up like little goblins.
Your tricker-treaters will definitely do a double take. 

Click here for the step-by-step tutorial on how
to make these candy corn luminaries.


A pair of thrift store boots were covered in paper mache,
painted black and embellished with a little orange trim.  Witchy!

This horse shoe pumpkin might be the heaviest in the patch!
Unfortunately, most of us don't have a welding torch. 

Organized Clutter
Old gears and sprockets can come in handy
at the most unexpected times.

Kimberly Barnes
Keep an eye out for single chairs for sale at thrift shops.
They're usually quite reasonable and so much fun to paint.

I 'ope you enjoyed today's repurposed ideas.  It's 'ard to believe that 'alloween is just a month away so we'd better get started on some of these projects.  (The Geico gecko called and wants his accent back.)


  1. Funny projects ! I would love having something like that here where I live in ... your halloween is cool !
    Hugs from Brazil ;)

  2. Lots of inspiration...I have asked a friend to get me some #10 cans so I can do the punched treat or treat luminaries. Thanks for sharing all these fun ideas, Jan.

  3. Super fun stuff. Halloween is my favorite season. We celebrate it from August to the beginning of November and I love it, love it, love it.

    Love the chair. I can see myself painting one up with a fun cartoon. Great post.

    Cheers and boogie boogie.