DIY Craft Ideas with vintage found treasures

Do you love to go treasure hunting? Pick up a few things you have no idea what you will do with them, but you just have to have them or maybe you see the perfect DIY solution. Finding that special hidden gem is a win itself, but when you can transform them into works of art you can show off in your home, give as a gift or maybe even sell at your local vintage market.

repurpose old book

No matter what your craft and creative style, you can always find a vintage treasure to work with from books and old frames to metal pieces and old furniture. You can decide how big a project you are up for and let the creativity begin. If you have not ventured into your local flea market, vintage market or even shopped garage sales lately, you might want to grab a few girlfriends and go on the hunt.

Bentonville Arkansas
How to repurpose an old widow for farmhouse decor
Choose an old window, bike wheel, book, bulb tray, suitcase or go a little smaller and pick up a few trinkets and treasures to add to a mixed media art piece. Old Window created by Marie Nicole.

We challenged our crew to share with us a few of their vintage find creations:

Salt Cellar and Flea Market finds

Crew Member Karolina Osuchowska shares with us this amazing pin cushion that is a work of art that does what it must do, hold pins. No more hiding the old red tomato pin cushion, this beauty should be out for all to see.

How To Make This Pin Cushion:
I used an old salt cellar, which I brought with me from Poland. I’ve never used it as a salt cellar. So finally I decided to give the salt cellar a new life.To make the pin cushion I gathered a few 7gypsies items – Gypsy Mixed Media Pad, lace, Distress Ink – Tom Holtz, Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angels and embellishments. Tools Used:Scissors and hot glue.  To see all the details visit Karolina’s Blog.

How to make a vintage pin cushion
The most unusual items can make the most beautiful, functional creations.
old clock with 7gypsies architextures and vintage clock

Transforming something unexpected into a home decor pieces is part of the fun when repurposing your find. How about a clock that is filled with treasures, art and your favorite things. This is perfect to display in your home or give a the most special handmade gift.

How to make a repurposed wall clock:

I found usual wall clock in local flea market and it was waiting for inspiration to hit me on how I wanted to transform it . The 7gypsies Architextures collection was sure to help me to make unique rusty warehouse look. I used traditional vintage style scrapbooking papers, Junque packs, Findings and Treasures from this collection create a one of a kind vintage clock. Then I add some texturing paste and paints to give it a rusted look and I love how it turned out.  Architextures by 7gypsies are miniature versions of found objects that are fantastic embellishments for vintage crafts. Stop by and visit my blog for more details – Vintage Clock Post – Viktoriya Porechnaya

Materials Used: 7gypsies Architextures Mixed Media Pad; Junque Pack – Warehouse; Junque Pack – Garage; Treasures – Dress Form Model 1954;
Findings – Found Glass Bottles Collection; Tattered Angels paint
Rust paste; Patina

crafts with curtain hooks

How about a basket of old curtain rings? Might not seem like there is much you can do with them, but hang up some old curtains, but not so. Sharron Quinn shows us how to take a bit of this and some of that to create tiny vintage frames that could be great gifts, hang as a banner or add some holiday colors and make Christmas ornaments.

I am a regular visitor to car boots, table top sales, flea market and vintage stores. I adore rummaging through the odds and ends seeing what old items I can find to alter. I’m all about repurposing, the idea of good things lying about, not being used, literally horrifies me. Every Sunday off I go to find my ‘ treasure ‘, I get so excited about every single time. A few weeks back I came across 12 curtain pole rings made of wood, I was so excited…little photo frames, how cool. I picked them all up for so cheap!! So, here we have 5 of the rings made into a rusty wire Gypsy Moments bunting frame ring. I love all of the 7gypsies range, but felt the gypsy photos from the Gyspy Moments Collection would look fantastic in their little frames. I embellished with more of my car boot treasure and some elements out of the 7gypsies collection. 
I love each one as an individual, but I hope you will agree they are pretty cool altogether in a bunting. Materials Used:Wooden curtain rings; Broken jewelry; Rusty wire; Gypsy Moments 8×8 pad ; Glue; Guilding wax; Lace. Tools Used: Wire cutters; Scissors ; Pliers; Hot glue gun To see more about how Sharon created these little beauties visit her blog.

Here are a few more great crafty projects using found objects that we are sure will inspire you.

how to make a repurposed lamp
Make lamps out of a wide range of different objects – see how Lena created this fun lamp.
flea market finds crafts and DIY - vintage craft trends
While some items are functional and others decorative, some are just works of art that are amazing to place around – for details click over to Lena’s blog.

We hope these fun projects will inspire you to dig around in the garage, shop at a local market or vintage store and gather a few treasures that will inspire you to make something so creative.

Thank you to our crew for inspiring us yet again, off to do a little shopping.

Happy Creating.


Canvas Corp Brands is the home of Tattered Angels, 7Gypsies and Canvas Corp (Canvas Home Basics). We are a manufacturer of surfaces, paint and vintage reproductions coming to you from Springdale, Arkansas.

'DIY Craft Ideas with vintage found treasures' have 2 comments

  1. February 20, 2019 @ 2:39 pm NICOLE MARTEL

    Fabulous projects!


  2. February 23, 2019 @ 6:17 pm Rosann Barnes

    These ideas are amazing ! I’ve often thought of things to do with those curtain rings; I bought some from a thrift store but had not done any thing with them yet !


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