Tutorials | the ReFab Diaries


Click on the pictures to see the complete tutorials (created by me or awesome guests!). 

Everything we make involves repurposing, upcycling, making over and refabbing. Most recent project at the top:

Turn fallen branches into a fabulous jewelry organizer. 

Upcycle book pages with just a little whimsy. 

Use old book pages to make custom treat bags for your love.

Make a custom gift bag from old book pages.

Turn two badly fitting tops into one that works!

Turn a special cork into a fab fridge magnet. 

Give a tired old souvenir clock a new lease on life.

Repair, mend, resize and refashion - it's worth it. 

What to do when your kid outgrows her sweat pants? Keep the puppy warm!

Refashion two trashed tops into one new one!

Use pallet wood and vintage hangers to make a coat rack

Zero-waste deodorant that actually works

Turn a pile of t-shirts into dresses

Some of the many things to make with books bound for the landfill

Plastic packaging light fixture

A list of tutorials for ALL the projects mentioned or pictured

Make a clock using an old book

Use vintage sheeting to make a bed cover

With very little work, a pallet makes a great craft organizer

A simple refab of beautiful old chairs

Made with an old belt, branches and plastic bottles

And old drawer front becomes a shelf

Vintage hangers are a great way to hang art

Bookish vase - one of my favorite things!

Vintage sheets make one-of-a-kind shower curtains

Plastic lids become a mobile

Upcycle a small plastic bottle with paint and wire and give a mason jar a new life.

Simple tree ornaments using twigs, wire and copper beads.

Fold your own hanging book sculpture or ornament

DIY lighting using toilet roll tubes and gift packaging 

DIY a Dreamcatcher clock using upcycled and found materials

DIY lampshade using packaging 

Makeover old (or thrifted) frames with silver leaf

Full dresser makeover including how to use an old purse strap for drawer pulls

Vintage mirror repair and repaint 

Turn an old plant stand into a new bookshelf

Turn an old reference book into a vase/planter/flower pot

Geometric fun with soda cans 

Honeycomb-inspired jewelry from aluminum cans

Make four statement pieces from a couple of aluminum cans

Use old book pages to make gift bows that work all year round!

Turn a little book into a little clutch purse

Make your own vinyl clocks

My old shirt + her too-short onesie = new toddler dress

New long-sleeved t-shirt from summer clothes

A single drinking straw = a new pair of earrings! 

Three pages or sheets of paper, a little jewelry wire and some patience = paper bottle centerpiece

A beer bottle and a catalog page = simple centerpiece

Old gift cards into jewelry

Negative necklace

Negative earrings

12-step dresser refab!

Reusable shopping bag smock/apron

Old long-sleeved onesie = new short-sleeved swing top

Anthro-morphed earrings

Make a steampunk-inspired pendant

Book-page bird mobile

Postage stamp earrings

Guitar string flowers

Book paper beads

Button storage / art

Book folding / book art

DIY holiday/christmas crackers

Upcycling onesies with applique

Turn an old kid's book into wall decor