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Kids Learning and Creating DIY Projects

When I was a child I knew I wanted to be a mom. I had no idea what lay in store for me, but let me tell you it is the BEST thing that ever happened to me next to marrying my husband, and foremost becoming a Christian. My gaggle of 6 have taught me things that I never knew. Like how to let go, giving my everything, and joy beyond belief. Even better is that I get to share with them what I know in about life in general, while also teaching them homeschool studies, and my trade. Today I want to touch on how kids learning and creating their own DIY projects benefits all.

It’s not a new topic to most of you that they all love to join me in my trade. We work as a team every day to make this blog possible, and the business what it is. If it wasn’t for my family, I couldn’t do what I do. This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned how important it is to pass on trade skills or take time to teach. You can read about all of their work in these posts.

My youngest son, Mr. O., is no newbie to the game either. He’s found pieces on the curb and tackled big projects for a little guy his age. I’ve shown what he can do before with his Clock Face Table and a French Stand. He rules the DIY!

Today is no different. I found this primitive chair at the thrift store and knew it would be a perfect mama-son project. He is ever asking for something to create or work on and this is it. Why is this a good piece? Because (1) it’s small (2) it doesn’t need much work (3) it has resale potential – since he’s trying to build a savings.

Primitive Chair Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

When I told him this would a great project piece for him, he lit up. My kids Read more

Repurposed Christmas Trees from Salad Bowls

My heart always races at this time of the month because it’s Trash to Treasure time! Bonus is that Christmas is just around the corner and celebrating our Savior’s birth can’t be beat. My choice for today’s Trashure makeover has a crazy story. Follow along as I show you how I took a set of thrifted salad bowls and made repurposed Christmas trees. So fun!

Set of Thrifted Wooden Salad Bowls Before Repurposing | prodigalpieces.com

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So, the story goes I spied this set in the thrift store – big surprise, I know. Pretty much anything wooden always makes me go oooh… I picked them up to see if there was any damage and mulled them over. I already had plenty of project pieces at home and didn’t have an ah-ha moment when I first saw them, so I Read more

Beanie Baby Shelf Repurposed Twice Over

It’s a new day and a new project on the way! When you’re at the thrift store to you ever spy something that seems to sit there for months and then you start to feel sorry for it? Sometimes I cave and buy it hoping to give it new life. That’s what happened when I kept seeing this beanie baby shelf.

Thrifted Beanie Baby Shelf Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Now, I will be honest…I can’t stand the beanie baby craze, so I apologize to all of you who love them. They are cute, but I could never fathom having dozens of them. I call them dust catchers. Okay, so there’s that. hahaha.

This is a well made shelf, but no one wanted it for obvious reasons. I decided to have fun with this and recreate it all together. Consider yourself warned that I tend Read more

Heat Gun Wood Burning ~ Nordic Wooden Trees DIY

Though many think Christmas is the time to go all out, I say, why wait?  I mean, if you love to decorate, do it all the time. However, I don’t mean having a Christmas tree up all year (unless that floats your boat). What I do mean is decor can look awesome any time. I prefer to use elements that can be tweaked for any season or for any event. Today I’m sharing a new technique with heat gun wood burning. To give you an example, I’ve created this super easy craft for you to make. These Nordic wooden trees that are perfect for Christmas and all year long. All you need is one pine board. Woot!

Basic Pine Board Plank for Nordic Wooden Trees DIY by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You read it right, one pine board and a few extras to make these wonderful, whimsical trees. I’m so excited to show you a technique that I used to get the look of these trees using one of my favorite tools to create heat gun wood burning.

Nordic Wooden Tree Display with Wood Burned Trees. DIY tutorial at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com Read more

Upholstered Bench Updated and Refrehsed

You spy this upholstered bench up for sale…what do you do? Me…grab it and get my DIY on! It’s Furniture Fixer Uppers day today and my blogger friends and I have some thrifty makeovers to inspire you. Now, this bench is in great structural shape, but looks like someone tried to pep it up at some point.

Upholstered Bench Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The legs had been painted in a glossy black that wasn’t too bad. However, brush strokes and a few drips were evident. The top had been reupholstered in this fabric that is…meh.

Upholstered Bench Top Before | prodigalpieces.com

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I debated on stripping the paint, but decided to check my fabric supply and work with what I had on hand. That led me to Read more

Antique Side Table with Refreshed New Look

There is no doubt in my mind that when I see side tables in need of some lovin’, that I have a soft spot. Any and all sizes, shapes, and degree of dilapidated states are my weakness. Can you blame me when I spied this antique side table that I got weak in the knees? I know I’m not alone, c’mon now. tsk. (giveaway alert!!)

Antique Side Table Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comYou may not remember, but a couple of years ago I found an almost identical table and gave it a new look too. It has been one of my popular posts you can see Read more

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Decor ~ DIY Style

Have you ever been stuck in the position of having guests over for the holidays and you didn’t know they were coming until the last minute? {{raises hand}} Nothing like a quick panic to set you squirming not only to get your home clean, but looking good too. I’m here to help! Grab that dusty old picture sitting in the garage and give it a whole new purpose. This project is all about budget-savvy fun for everyone. Let me show you how to create some last-minute Thanksgiving decor (or any day decor) using this thrifted wall art below.

Thrifted Wall Art Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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This project is super simple and will make a lovely part of your holiday decor. The best part is that it can be used for Read more

DIY Butcher Block Cart

Where do you find your inspiration? I get asked many times how I know something should look. Honestly, I don’t have a book of rules I follow, but most often I try to stick to era and function. However, there are times it’s fun to think outside the box. Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday and I’m going to show you how this $1 yard sale find gets turned into a DIY butcher block cart. Stay tuned to see what my blogger friends have for you too.

Scrap Handmade Butcher Block Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I’ve often mentioned I have many who lookout for potential projects for me and my parents are one of my best bargain hunters. My mom spied this chunk o’ goodness at a yard sale for $1 and thought I could do something with it. Sweet, huh?!

It looked as though someone Read more

DIY Charging Station from Thrifted Box

Call me quirky, but I find it a thousand times more fun to make my own decor rather than to go out and buy it. Two reasons (1) it’s kinda like therapy (2) ain’t nobody gonna have one like it – tee hee. When I spied this little box at the thrift store, I saw the potential had to became a DIY charging station. Stay with me now.

Thrifted Wood Box Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

It’s nothing more than a pine box, but there is potential right there. The features that I like: the size, the drawer, and the overall design with open top. The box was missing Read more

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