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Pretend Play Grill from Upcycled Bread Box

I am definitely a kid a heart and love creating for kids. So, of course, when I first spied this stainless steel bread box at the thrift store I had an instant vision. Do you ever do that? I couldn’t get past that it needed to become a pretend play grill. Let’s have some DIY fun!

Thrifted Bread Box Before Upcycle by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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In the picture below, this was what I saw at the thrift store. I first thought that it actually was a pretend play grill set based on the fact that it was sitting on that cart. Because of that I actually walked past it thinking we didn’t need one of those. However, I came back around to Read more

Wooden Toys ~ It’s Time to Play!

Why does it seem that your children grow right before your very eyes? I mean, precious are the days we have with them. One day their toddling, then the next they’re driving away. sniff, sniff. In order to preserve some of that time, I tend to live vicariously through my children by creating all sorts of toys, especially dolls and wooden toys.

So, for this Trash to Treasure Tuesday (where my blogger friends and I share our thrifty makeovers the second Tuesday of each month) I am showing you how I made some special gifts for my littlest girl.

Trash to Treasure Tuedays - Thrifted Makeover Fun | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This is my pile of junky goodness of crib spindles and scrap wood that I’ll be turning into some wooden toys.

Scrap Crib Parts and Salvaged Wood Turned Toys by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

First, I’d like to show you a few of the things I’ve made in the past…(mind you I do go overboard, but I don’t care!) hee hee hee Read more

Upcycled Desk into Nightstands ~ DIY Fun

Ooh…do I have a fun makeover for you today. This one is not your typical dress-up-a-piece project, but really a complete metamorphosis. I’m a sucker for the worn down and beaten, and this beauty below is no exception. Hang with me as I turn this upcycled desk into nightstands. {{enter in dramatic music}} (giveaway alert too!)

Antique Desk Before Being Made into Nightstands | prodigalpieces.com

A few weeks ago, I told you the story about a lady named Donna, who had recently passed. Her daughters were working through finding homes for her estate items, and I purchased Read more

Kid’s Storage Bench Upcycle ~ DIY Fun

It’s Furniture Fixer Uppers time! This is the day each month my gal friends and I set aside to create furniture projects to inspire you. You’ll see what they created in a bit. Me…well, I am on an 80’s “heart” journey to show you how these pieces that are plentiful at thrift stores and garage sales can be made new. One of these below is about to become a kid’s storage bench.

Vintage Thrift Store Heart Cut-Out Wooden Bins | prodigalpieces.com

While you may think I’m a bit nuts for seeing potential in these hum-drum pieces (or maybe you secretly have a stash of your own as you hold onto the past…haha!), bear with me. You can see Read more

Kids Play Table Made Modern Farmhouse

It’s that time of the month where my Furniture Fixer Upper friends and I are all eager to share our latest furniture projects. You’ll see what they have for you in a bit. Today, my project is this thrifted kids play table that has seen better days.

Winne the Pooh Kids Play Table Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

When I first passed it at the thrift store I was like…oh…cute. But then two seconds later, I was like OOOH….cute…POTENTIAL! haha. I love when that happens. Read more

Upcycled Bookcase Farmers Market

The times that I find most exhilarating is when I have an idea and can’t wait to get it complete. Do you ever do that? I mean, in this instance, I was inspired on first glance of this little cutie at a thrift store. What it would become for sure didn’t hit until I got it home, but there was no doubt in my mind that it would become something new. Yes, I’m quirky, but you’ll understand when you see what I do with my upcycled bookcase. Let the fun begin!

Thrifted Bookcase Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

You may be wondering what I see in this thing, but really, it’s all about function. I adore pieces that can go in most any room. In spite of the wear, this one is made solid enough, but just needs Read more

Child’s Tea Cart from Repurposed End Table

There’s only one thing better than doing what you love, and that’s when you get to do it with other like-minded folks. Today is Furniture Fixer Uppers day and my blogger friends and I have quite the assortment of makeovers for you. My project begins with this thrifted side table and ends with a child’s tea cart. Let the fun begin!

Vintage Side Table Before | prodigalpieces.com

This cutie-patootie table came home with me and it sat for a bit because I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. I had many ideas, but I couldn’t pick one that jumped out at me. I had done one like it before as seen in this table post. Sometimes when I need to decide I will bring the piece in question into my home and just let it Read more

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Handmade Holidays Gift Ideas & Resources #4 ~ Fun with Felt

Only a few more days until we get to “officially” celebrate the birth of Christ, but why wait?   I love to pray over the people I’ll be gifting to, and, of course, for those I know and love who need a prayer.

Next to wood, my favorite sewing/stitching/crafting medium is felt, particularly wool felt. It’s so scrumptiously soft and is very forgiving.  My focus is mainly for children today (why not, I have 6 of them), with some simple ideas for the young at heart.

Ready for the last week of Handmade Holidays?  Let’s go! (You can find the links to the previous 3 weeks below)

Handmade Holidays: Fun with Felt, Gift Ideas for Kids & Adults by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
One of my all-time favorite craft blogs is Ikatbag. Lorraine is a witty, creative, crafting, sewing nut much like myself. I have used her tutorials over the years to create, but her work has also stimulated me to come up with creations of my own.

Need a cake to celebrate Christ’s birth?  How about a felt one?!

Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Triple Layer Cake Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Triple-decker with a 6-slice chocolate layer and a 8-slice strawberry layer….yum!
Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Triple Layer Cake Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Dainty candles that make the celebration special.
Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Triple Layer Cake Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Triple Layer Cake Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Need to change the occasion?  Just take off the frosting and embellish to suit the holiday.Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Triple Layer Cake Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces For a healthier treat, how about a garden?
Handmade Holidays: Plantable Garden Vegetables & Fruits Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 You can use any veggie you like or flowers if you prefer.  We have cabbage, carrots, beets, beans, and strawberries…
Handmade Holidays: Plantable Garden Vegetables & Fruits Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Plantable Garden Vegetables & Fruits Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Plantable Garden Vegetables & Fruits Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces …perfect for picking!
Handmade Holidays: Plantable Garden Vegetables & Fruits Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Plantable Garden Vegetables & Fruits Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Thanks to ikatbag, she’s got a tutorial all ready for you to create your own garden, including produce.  I just took it up a notch and made it bigger because we have several children who’d love to have a row of their own.
I used two cushions my mother had bought to reupholster her bench, but changed her mind and passed them on to me.  Some hot glue between the 2′ x 2′ square cushions, cut with a hacksaw, glue fabric on to the “rows” and cinch the ends with needle and thread.  I covered my cardboard with fabric, but you could leave it as is.
Once you get your produce, you need a stand to sell it at right?  Again, thank you Lier, for the inspiration.
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
This vegetable stand used to be a Craisins display at my local supermarket. They were more than happy to give it to me, so don’t be shy and ask!
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Plenty of choices to be had, including some homemade pasta.
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
For the side shelf units, I took boxes that held spinach from Aldi, and wrapped them in wrapping paper. The shelves are cardboard hot-glued to the sides, and the pull-out drawers are the cardboard flats that canned beans come in (also from Aldi) wrapped in white contact paper.  I couldn’t believe they fit in the spinach boxes perfectly!!
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Seriously, I thrifted most of the cups and plasticware. The stand is made of cardboard covered in thrifted sheets, so outside of purchasing some wool felt off of Etsy, along with the synthetic felt – the cost was so minimal. All you need is a hot-glue gun and a utility knife. Money set is a Melissa & Doug Play Money Set that we use in our home school frequently.
What better than a sweet shoppe located right next to a produce stand?
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Don’t they look delish?  I wish I had a set like this as a kid.
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 After a day out shopping, who wouldn’t want to relax by a warm fire?
Handmade Holidays: Felt Campfire with Marshmallows Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Wooden dowel covered in a textured paint with a felt marshmallow roasting over a felt fire.  Perfect!
Handmade Holidays: Felt Campfire with Marshmallows Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 No pattern for this one, just created my own, but I do believe there are patterns on Pinterest and Etsy.
Handmade Holidays: Felt Campfire with Marshmallows Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 For my little guy, this fun slingshot set made from scrap wood, rubber bands, a piece of an old leather purse.  More details on this set from this post here.
Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Balls with Wooden Toy Slingshot Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 I have done oodles of other felt projects, but the last I’ll mention are for the older (younger at heart) group.
My smartphone covers are perfect for most anyone – I wrote about them in this post.
Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Handmade Embroidered Cell Phone Cases by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Everyone could use a journal or notebook, and what could be better than one made from a felted wool sweater found at a thrift store?
Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Handmade Repurposed Sweater Embroidered Journal Cover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 The pattern for this journal is found in Warm Fuzzies – cute and easy wool projects.
Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Handmade Repurposed Sweater Embroidered Journal Cover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Using the same sweater I used on the journal, I made the beaded cupcakes shown above in the sweet shoppe.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Handmade Holidays series and are able to make some wondeful creations! Please feel free to email me with questions. 
Merry Christmas!!!
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources, Dolls by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
More Handmade Holidays for you!
Get your Christmas DIY on with these fun wooden gift ideas from the Handmade Holidays gift ideas by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesCreate your own Handmade Holidays with these easy and natural Bath & Body gift ideas by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesGet your Christmas gifts done DIY style with these Handmade Holidays gift ideas using felt by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 

Handmade Holidays Gift Ideas & Resources #3 – Wooden Gifts

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and I hope you find time to really focus and be thankful for all of your blessings.  Each year has ups and downs and the fact I’m still here should count for something!

Celebrating Christmas comes once a year (although we should celebrate the birth of our Savior all year long), and I love to try to make it so absolutely special for my family.

Because we make our gifts, it’s always fun to get my husband & kids involved, and work on projects together.  Our favorite medium by far is WOOD.

Last week I shared Natural Bath & Body Gifts with recipes.

Ready for some woody fun?

Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

My gang loves to give each other gifts, and instead of buying things for them to give each other, we encourage them to make the gifts they give.  This usually entails working with them to create the gift, and that’s perfect for us to get to spend some quality time together.

My oldest son amazed me at the gifts he made for his siblings:

A Peg Bead Counter – just some dowel, beads, and a block of wood. Most all of the supplies can be found at your local craft store.

Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
This was given to his younger brother who was two at the time, but all of us have had fun not only stacking the beads, but making creative games with it too.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
A Spool Stacker – using a simple wooden box, dowel, balsa wood, and spools with matching scrapbook paper.  Again, these can all be found at your local crafts supply. (Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and even JoAnn)
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
This is my favorite that he made.  It’s so stinking cute and educational.  My four year old girl just loves it.
The only added piece was a routed pine block that we also drilled to hold the dowels while the game was in use.  The top was drawn on with a brown sharpie marker after using a transfer method I discuss here.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Travel Tic Tac Toe & Tricky Triangle – wooden wheel pegs and a block of wood all kept in a basic drawstring canvas bag.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
*this post does contain affiliate links so you can find the products I love too!
Travel games are great for anyone in the family and these will encourage brain stimulation more than any smartphone could do.
I had a blast making these clothespin dolls with canvas backgrounds mounted on dowels using yet another wood box and added woodden accessorices. Amazon sells a kit online.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
A simple felt lining to keep the pieces from rattling around inside and create a customized look.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 The dresses were made using a small amount of scrap fabric from my stash.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 You can find a tutorial on how to make those dolls from Going Sew Crazy and more ideas on my Pinterest board.
Need somewhere to store all good stuff after the present rush is over?  You can build your own under-bed storage or use an unwanted drawer and just add casters.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 These drawers are under my boys bed and we did them in a horizontal design, but under our 3 girls bed we flipped the layout to a vertical design to fit all 3.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Just add a drawer pull and embellish as you wish using paint or a wood-burning tool.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Thankfully, we were able to salvage a large stack of chipboard from my husband’s workplace dump pile to line the bottom and create dividers that can slide out if needed.  I’m seriously making some extra storage for myself under our own bed.  We never get the fun stuff.  hmpf.
Now onto some bigger projects…
A dreamy tree house with handmade bendy dolls, woodland creatures and accessories – using pine plywood, rocks and some imagination.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 This water well was made by making a sawdust clay and then adding stones.  I love it.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Isn’t that owl adorable?  I cut all the animals with a jigsaw because we didn’t have our scroll saw at the time, then hand-painted with acrylics.Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 When I made this (all by myself – woot!) it was hard to stop from adding more and more.  Can you tell I would have loved to have one as a kid?  I live vicariously through my children.  wink. wink.
This set is over 4 yrs. old and has been loved on to no end.  It really was an easy project, even with making the dolls, furniture, and the forest creatures compared to the large-scale dollhouses we made for our daughters.
A must-have tool for this project is a Dremel – can I just say I LOVE MY DREMEL!!  I’ve got a more advanced style, but you can find a basic set on Amazon.
Although I could keep showing you some other projects we’ve worked on, none surpasses the kitchen in our wood category.
We never really use patterns, and this project was no different.  Just some basic supplies, hinges, dowel, wood knobs, a steel bowl and creativity.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 We used a 3/4″ birch ply from Home Depot, and most everything else came from a salvaged items, like a broken closet rod dowel, leftover bead board, and wood scraps.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 I’ll show you how to stock your kitchen next time will all sorts of glorious felt food.  I bought those tins in the clearance aisle at JoAnn, so this was really made for pennies compare to buying retail.
That’s it for now and I hope you’ve become inspired to give wooden gifts a try. They last forever and are so versatile.
Many blessings to you and your family this holiday season!
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
More Handmade Holidays for you!
Get your Christmas DIY on with these fun doll gift ideas from the Handmade Holidays gift ideas by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesCreate your own Handmade Holidays with these easy and natural Bath & Body gift ideas by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesGet your Christmas gifts done DIY style with these Handmade Holidays gift ideas using felt by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 

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