10 Creative Reuse Ideas for Halloween

Creative Reuse Halloween

This is Amy from Maker Mama back with 10 awesome creative reuse ideas for Halloween. Halloween is one of the best times of the year to get crafty, and I know you don’t want to have the same costume or decor as your neighbor, right? Check out these original ideas for inspiration.

Top 10 Ways to Reuse Your Stuff this Earth Day

Hiya, this is Amy from Maker Mama. Earth Day is here, and today I’m sharing my favorite ideas for reducing waste and getting your make on. Here are my Top 10 Ways to to Reuse Your Stuff this Earth Day:

Manipulate a cardboard box into a unique wall lamp with this fun video tutorial.

Use the rest of your box for some upcycled wall clocks by Pysselbolaget.

Save old duct tape rolls to make embroidered bangles.

  Turn your brown bag stash into a set of notebooks in just five minutes.

Plastic liter bottles make for super cute kitty planters.

 Dress up large tin cans and boxes in to upcycled utensil holders for the kitchen (or your desk).

Give those holey jeans new life as a knitted throw pillow.

Ditch the plastic and make your own produce bags using colorful T-shirts instead.

Or make a crocheted T-shirt rug.

And my favorite creative reuse idea? Turn any plastic bags you do have into plarn–perfect for any knit, crochet, or weaving project you can dream up!

Thanks for having me Mary, and I hope you’re all inspired to get creative this Earth Day!

Guest Post: Amy and Mary Go Thrifting (Again)

Amy and Mary Go Thrifting

Hey, it’s Amy from Maker Mama again. Mary and I had so much fun and we got such a great response from our last thrifting trip, that we decided to go again! This time it was Mary’s turn to show me around a couple of her favorite thrift shops in town.

Jefferson Thrift Shop

 Our first stop was the Jefferson Thrift Shop, a small charity thrift store that supports the elderly. It’s not one of the mega-thrift stores we went to last time, but it definitely did not disappoint.



I had my youngest daughter Amelia in tow with me this time, but I came well armed with my umbrella stroller, baby dolls, water bottle, and a snack (which of course ran out sooner than I’d thought), oh yeah, and my phone as a last resort distraction.


Jefferson Thrift Shop

Walking into the store, we entered a long hallway with rooms on either side packed full of an amazing assortment of stuff just waiting to be picked. Each room is dedicated to a different section (clothes, household goods, etc.). I was very impressed with their craft section, drooled through the linens, and was very tempted to buy some vinyl for our thrifted record player at home. The store is actually in an old nursery school (it’s located next to a church), and you can still see some of the signs and chalkboards on the walls.



Checking out, we got to chat with the lovely ladies running the store. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve completely forgotten their names (I’m terrible with names), but they were very warm and welcoming and made me feel more personally connected to the store–not something you usually feel at larger thrift stores.

If you’re thrifting in San Antonio, be sure to stop by and pay a visit. You can also find The Jefferson Thrift Store on Facebook, where you’ll find more info about their annual fashion show later this month.


Thrift Store

After loading my finds (which I’ll share in a minute) and buckling Amelia back into her car seat, our next visit was to St. PJ’s Thrift Store, another charity shop run by St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home. This one is a gold mine for book lovers. The sign at the front of the store advertised their fill-a-bag sale for clothes (also a good deal), but we soon found out we could fill a bag (or box) of books for only $5, too.

I stopped dead in my tracks and my jaw dropped when I saw that book sale sign. And then I rummaged like a mad-woman through the shelves. Mary was an awesome help holding my mile-high pile of books while I hunted the shelves and kept Amelia busy at the same time. I usually concentrate on craft and children’s books, but they were plentiful enough to make me break out into a sweat looking through them!



We browsed through the rest of the store–they had tons of baskets and board games (two more of my favorite thrift store finds), and I just had to grab the $3 push cart for Amelia’s baby doll (it would have been cruel not to).

All in all, St. PJ’s was another great store and I’ll definitely be returning for their next book sale!

So are you ready to see what I brought home? Thought so!



I just grabbed a few things at the Jefferson Thrift Shop: a Mary Cassatt puzzle (she’s one of my favorite painters), a vintage children’s music book (couldn’t resist the illustrations), a garden-themed valance, and a couple of extra ice cube trays (not pictured but our ice machine is broken and we go through a lot of ice with a family of six).



And as for St. PJ’s, here’s my box full of books I got for $5. Pure joy. 12 books here and…



…another two here (plus a tape player Mary spotted for me)…



 …and another 12 books here. That’s 26 books for $5! I can’t tell you how happy that box of books makes me; I’m such a thrift-store junkie! My oldest son is already devouring the near-complete set of Lemony Snicket books and I just know I’m gonna regret getting that Star Wars Party Book (because the boys are undoubtedly going to ask for Star Wars birthday parties for the next 10 years).

As you visit more thrift stores in your area, you’ll get a feel for which stores are good for particular items. And from what I’ve seen at these two independent shops, you’re more likely to get cheaper prices (and better sales) than at a bigger chain thrift store.

And if you’re thrifting with kids, be sure to bring plenty of snacks! Stay tuned for our next trip and stop by to see what else I’ve been up to over at Maker Mama. Thanks for thrifting with me Mary!