For our first-ever Life Storage Best Awards, we’re taking the time to acknowledge fellow bloggers for the innovative ways they’ve inspired us with simple DIY crafts.

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Welcome to first-ever Life Storage Best Awards! We’re all about creating new, interesting things. This week, we’re taking the time to acknowledge fellow bloggers for the innovative ways they’ve transformed the simplest, everyday items into head-turning creations.

Here are our 10 favorite simple DIY crafts from the blogosphere.

1. Best Use of a Wine Glass:
DIY Cake Stand by Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess

simple diy craft: best use of wine glass

via A Beautiful Mess

Why we love it:

The way sisters Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman used a plastic wine glass to create a chic temporary cake stand for their party is absolutely adorable. Not only is this an easy project, but it can be customized to match any theme. They posted the idea on A Beautiful Mess–a lifestyle blog for women focused on decor projects, recipes and, of course, crafts.

What they used:
  • Plastic wine glass
  • Plastic serving plate
  • Hot glue gun
  • Spray paint
How they did it:

The best part of this project is the simplicity. The sisters simply spray painted a plastic wine glass and serving plate to match their decor. Then, they hot glued the platter to the bottom of the glass–creating a base with the rim of the wine glass. Once dry, it was topped with desserts.

2. Best Use of a Vase:
Reed Diffuser by Ashley Rose from Sugar & Cloth

simple diy craft: best use of a vase

via Sugar & Cloth

Why we love it:

This project has simple DIY crafts written all over it. Not only will the reed diffuser make your room smell lovely, but it’ll add a pop of decor to a plain office, bathroom or bedroom. Ashley Rose featured this project on her blog, Sugar & Cloth, which highlights a variety of trendy DIY crafts. The best part of this craft? It only takes five minutes to complete.

What she used:
  • Vase
  • Baby oil
  • Essential oil
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Ribbon
  • Washi Tape
How she did it:

To start, Ashley filled the vase with peppermint oil and topped the rest off with baby oil. Then, she placed washi tape around the top of each skewer, cutting the edges to make triangle-shaped flags. Once the skewers were ready, she added them to the vase and tied a ribbon around the neck.

3. Best Use of a Wine Bottle:
Citronella Candle by Ashley Poskin from Hello Glow

simple diy craft: best use of a wine bottle

via Hello Glow

Why we love it:

No outdoor get together should be ruined by pesky mosquitos (or unattractive, weathered tiki torches), which is why Ashley Poskin from Hello Glow–a site dedicated to natural beauty, style and wellness ideas–created this decorative citronella candle. It’s perfect for patio parties!

What she used:
  • Wine bottles
  • Torch wicks
  • Copper coupling
  • Copper tube cap
  • Teflon tape
  • Marbles
  • Tiki fuel
How she did it:

Ashley began by placing a few marbles at the bottom of her wine bottle. Then, she wrapped teflon tape around the wider end of the coupling, which allowed it to fit snugly in the bottle neck (then set it aside). Next, she carefully used a funnel to add tiki fuel to the bottle. After that, she slipped the wick through the wine bottle, leaving about a half inch peaking through the top. To keep it safe and dry, she covered the wick with a copper cap.

4. Best Use of a Mason Jar:
Tissue Holder by Sandee from Landeelu

simple diy crafts: best use of mason jars

via Landeelu

Why we love it:

Mason jars may be a hot topic lately, but we were still blown away by the way Sandee used out-of-the-box (literally) thinking to create these tissue holders. Plus, we love that they can be tailored to match any room. She showed them off on Landeelu, a blog dedicated to making life more fun with DIY projects.

What she used:
  • Mason jar
  • Scrapbook paper
  • X-Acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Tissues
How she did it:

Using the jar lid as a guide, Ashley traced a circle with scrapbook paper and cut it out. She then cut an X in the center of the paper using an X-Acto knife and set it aside. To add the tissues, she folded them in half and slid them in the jar. Next, she fed a tissue through the X in the scrapbook paper and screwed on the lid ring to keep everything in place. To find different ways to decorate the jars, be sure to check out her blog.

5. Best Use of a Tin Can:
Copper Planters by Amy from Homey Oh My!

simple diy crafts: best use of tin cans

via Homey Oh My!

Why we love it:

All cooking lovers know the importance of keeping fresh herbs readily available in their kitchens–but Amy took it one step further by turning her ingredients into a statement piece. Featured on her blog, Homey Oh My!, this Copper Can Planter inspired us to rethink our kitchen decor.

What she used:
  • Tin cans
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Balsa wood
  • X-Acto knife
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Twine
How she did it:

Amy began by giving her tins three coats of copper metallic spray paint. To create the chalkboard tags, she used and X-acto knife to cut 3-inch-wide pieces of balsa wood with small holes in the top. She then covered these labels with four layers of chalkboard paint, allowing them to dry in between. To complete the planter, she used chalk to label each can and used twine to tie it around the can. All she had to do then was fill it with her favorite herbs.

6. Best Use of a Cardboard Box:
Homework Caddy by Amanda from Aunt Peaches

simple diy crafts: best use of cereal boxes

via Aunt Peaches

Why we love it:

Children’s school supplies can be pretty overwhelming. That’s why we’re obsessed with the effective (yet decorative) homework caddy Amanda showcased on Aunt Peaches, her professional craft blog.

What she used:
  • Five empty cardboard boxes
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard toilet paper tubes
How she did it:

Amanda began by trimming the tops of three cereal boxes to her desired heights. She then placed them next to one another, taping the bottoms together. Once the boxes were securely fastened, she continued to wrap tape around the surface and inside the rim, using a credit card to make sure tape got in every corner. To turn the shortest box into a marker holder, she added cardboard toilet paper rolls to hold the tools upright.

7. Best Use of a Cup:
Marble Dipped Mug by Kyla from House of Hipsters

simple diy crafts: best use of a cup

via House of Hipsters

Why we love it:

This marble-dipped mug looks like a professional watercolor job–that can be created using items you already have at home. The tutorial, which was featured on House of Hipsters, can be used for more than just your morning cup of coffee. The design adds a fun pop to any atmosphere, and its shape is perfect to hold pens, flowers or even jewelry.

What she used:
  • Porcelain mug
  • Nail polish
  • Plastic container
  • Toothpick
  • Paper towel
How she did it:

To begin, Kyla filled a plastic container with warm water. She then poured in a few drops of a vibrant nail polish, mixing it with a toothpick. Next, she dipped her mug in the water and swirled, allowing the paint to transfer onto its surface. To let it dry, she simply placed it on a paper towel.

8. Best Use of Rope:
No-Sew Coil Basket by Sara Albers from Alice and Lois

simple diy crafts: best use of rope

via Alice and Lois

Why we love it:

This decorative rope basket, created by Sara Alber, is perfect for discreetly holding all the less-than-beautiful objects in our rooms (think magazines, remotes and bathroom products). The DIY tutorial was found on Alice and Lois, a blog created by twin sisters who are addicted to DIY.

What she used:
  • Rope
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Bucket
  • Leather hole punch
  • leather straps
  • Rivet set
  • Hammer

9. Best Use of a Drawer:
Fabric Bulletin Board by Adrienne from Chic California

simple diy crafts: best use of a drawer

via Chic California

Why we love it:

We were completely inspired by the way Adrienne from Chic California (which is all about taking vintage items and giving them new life) transformed a thrift shop dresser drawer into a hanging bulletin board. Not only can you use it to hang photos and memos in your kitchen or office, but the inside and top of the drawer act as a shelf to hold flowers and other decor on your wall.

What she used:
  • An old drawer
  • Corkboard
  • Fabric
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • D-ring hooks
How she did it:

Adrianne’s drawer was originally brown, so she painted it white to match her decor. Once it was dry, she created a stencil for the inside of the drawer by taping pieces of scrap paper together. Using that template, she traced and cut her corkboard so it could fit inside. She then covered the cork with decorative fabric, securing it tightly with hot glue. Using the hot glue again, she attached the fabric board to the inside of the drawer. She could then hang it from her walls using D-ring hooks.

10. Best Use of Felt:
DIY Peonies by Jen from Something Turquoise

simple diy crafts: best use of felt

via Something Turquoise

Why we love it:

We were thoroughly impressed with all of the DIY wedding crafts on Jen’s website, but this tutorial for felt peonies stuck out to us. We love that these flowers can be a lively addition to any party, home or office–and that they’ll last forever!

What she used:
  • Wool felt
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
How she did it:

She began by cutting one round piece of pink felt, which she slipped onto the green floral wire, pinched together and secured with hot glue. She then individually added pink felt petals (which she highlights how to cut in her tutorial), adhering each piece with hot glue. When she achieved her perfect peony, she slipped two round pieces of green felt through the bottom of the wire, creating leaves. This was repeated for multiple flowers that were all placed in a vase.

We hope these simple DIY crafts encourage you to make something new. Congratulations to all of our winners!

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Lauren Thomann

Lauren Thomann is a contributing writer covering home, moving and storage topics for the Life Storage blog.

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