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Decor Items–Transformed

Posted: September 16th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions |

Household item: napkin ring

Ah Ha Use: decorative pin/hair tie/hook/drape pull back, etc.?

So I found these cute, little flower napkin rings at Pottery Barn for $1.50 each. (Originally 6.50 for one napkin ring? Crazy).


I automatically thought to use them as tie backs for a curtain, but then I got to thinking if I cut the wires off and added a safety pin…


An embellishment for a purse!


Or even attach it to my ponytail holder, or pin it on a shirt or  jacket, even make it into a lightweight hook? - can you think of other ideas? I’m keeping one of them still for pull back for a curtain though. Don’t have the curtain yet, but if I do - I’ll be sure to show you!

Household item: Christmas Tree Topper

Ah Ha Use: decorative center to a wreath


So the base of my little star tree topper had come untwisted but I loved the look of the star. Ironically,  I had a wreath given to be by my mother-in-law that I felt needed just a little something in the center. I was thinking of a letter like Nesters but then I would have to find a way to mount it and that was just too much for me. 


Now, how lucky I got with this topper that I just wrapped the wire around the center and actually used the extra to use as the hook to attach to the nail on the front door.


Could it really be that easy?! But I still thought it needed a little something so I added a dark rust spray, cut it up and stuck it in. No hot glue, no nothing. I love how if I don’t like it, or what to change it out, all I have to do is remove it. 




What is your favorite transformed item?

♥ Katie


{Transformation Thursday @ Shabby Chic Cottage}

{DIY Day @ A Soft Place to Land}



10 Comments on “Decor Items–Transformed”

  1. 1 Tamara said at 6:43 pm on September 16th, 2009:

    Look at you… you could sooo work for Real Simple!

  2. 2 Sarah @ Thriftydecorchick said at 7:00 pm on September 16th, 2009:

    LOVE both of these!! Especially the star!

  3. 3 shannon said at 3:43 am on September 17th, 2009:

    Great idea with the star! It looks so good with the wreath. Those flowers are cute, what a fun way to get multiple use.

  4. 4 rebecca said at 5:24 am on September 17th, 2009:

    I can’t pick a favorite! I would’ve NEVER thought of repurposing that star. Brilliant!

  5. 5 Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said at 10:10 am on September 17th, 2009:

    That is SERIOUSLY clever! Love it!

  6. 6 Andrea said at 11:35 am on September 17th, 2009:

    Oh my goodness. Love it! Especially the napkin ring thing. I’ve seen some cute ones but we’d never use them. Now I can start buying them and repurposing them!!

  7. 7 Lindsey O. said at 1:59 pm on September 17th, 2009:

    Cute cute ideas! Yeah sometimes napkin rings are too cute to leave in a drawer waiting to be used one day! I love to use decorative jars and bowls that are supposed to be for jam or sugar or creamer or something…to store things in in the bathroom. And old or antique glass ash trays are for catching stray jewelry by sinks and bedsides around here! (Cleaned of course!) Does that count?

  8. 8 Cheri Peoples said at 2:55 pm on September 20th, 2009:

    Be sure to come by tonight around 9pm (Eastern time) for the announcement so you don’t miss out. I promise-it good-really really good.
    Its So Very Cheri

  9. 9 Clean and Classic Interiors » Blog Archive » More Aha Uses! said at 12:31 pm on September 28th, 2009:

    [...] might become a monthly thing because after my decor items - transformed post — I found myself noticing MANY things in my house to be used for one thing, but I was using [...]

  10. 10 Michelle said at 8:53 am on October 1st, 2009:

    I should be doing laundry, but I just found your website and can’t stop reading. I love the star in the center. It did need something and that fit perfectly. I love it when things like that come together without any effort. Beautiful site.

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