Thursday, April 17, 2014

{15 Upcycled Projects Just in Time for Earth Day}

Earth Day is next Tues. April 22.  I :LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to upcyle projects and I'm sharing 15 Upcycled projects I've done here on Second Chance to Dream.

Second Chance to Dream: 15 Upcycled Projects  #earthday  #upcycled

What is the definition of upcycle?  

  1. 1.
    reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.
    "the opportunity to upcycle trash, or turn it into new products, was vast"

This project was created from an old window I bought at a garage sale for $5.00.  I love looking at it in my garden.

I grabbed a free palette I found laying along side the road and made this herb garden.

This is another window project from a garage sale.

  Here is another view of this Flag.

I picked up this tin at Goodwill for $1.00.

These flowers were made from glass dishes found at Goodwill.

This old door has been in my home for 11 years. It is used every single day. I found a door at a garage sale for $1.00.  

This was made from a candy dish found at Goodwill.

And this one was made from an old book.

Find some pop cans and create some garden art.

A china tea cup + a succulent make a great gift.

This project uses a gawdy old lamp and a veggie tray and you get a bird bath/feeder.

We used old fence posts to create this trellis.

I snagged a headboard at Salvation Army for half price and created this bench.

Can't find a big door? Grab a cupboard door and create some organization.

With wood shims you can create these colorful plant markers.

I've given you lots of ideas.  I'd like to challenge you to upcycle a project before April 22..  That's my goal!  I can't wait to show you.  Oh and if you do create something email me { and show me.  I'd LOVE to see your creations.  

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DIY Spring Mantel

 So excited to share with you my newest project.  My DIY Spring Mantel.

Second Chance to Dream:  DIY Spring Mantel

I actually started this project before Drew's accident so I'm excited to finish it and share it with you today. In January we did a living room redo.  I will be sharing that with you soo I just have a few finishing touches to finish up.  One of the significant changes was painting my red wall, grey.  I'm going with a yellow and grey color scheme so I needed something significant on my mantel.  I LOVE my old window frame because it's so versatile.  I shared with you my Upcycled Window Pane Flag last summer and I loved it but I like to recycle my decor so I removed the flag and added a wreath.

I had an old wreath that was wrapped with grey yarn and had felt flowers on it.  I loved the wreath, but again, I like to change and recycle my decor so I took off the flowers and decided to wrap it with this cool yellow ribbon.

I found these fun flowers at Michael's on sale as well as the grey chevron ribbon.  I hot glued the flowers to the wreath.

I used a push pin to attach it to the window frame.

I found these fun vases at Target on clearance for really cheap and added flowers.

I'm lovin' my new mantel.  

I'm pretty sure you'll see the window pane again with different decor sometime this summer so stay tuned.

Need some more spring decor ideas?  Check these out:

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Monday, April 14, 2014

18 Ideas for a Christ Centered Easter

Easter is much more than chocolate bunnies and egg hunts although those are fun but I never want that to be Easters focus. It's so much more!  To help share the real reason for Easter I've gathered 18 Christ centered Easter ideas for families.  I hope you can find some ideas to bring Christ into your Easter celebration.

Second Chance to Dream: 18 Ideas for a Christ Centered Easter

  • Make your own Thank You Jesus Easter tree.  We want to teach our children thankfulness all year round so I created this project for my family that we have used at Easter. We have a LOT to be thankful for this year.

Second Chance to Dream

  • Abby has done a GREAT job creating a Countdown to Easter activity to help your kids understand the Easter story.  She has it all in printable form so you can take advantage of her hard work.

Easter Activity for Kids

Just a Girl and her Blog

  • Tricia shares a week of devotions focusing on Easter for the family.  I need to share something real quick. As moms we want to do it all and we want to do it perfectly.  Your life might not allow for a full week of devotions. Don't throw out the whole week, just choose one and do it. Don't let perfectionism rob you!

Easter week family devotional free printable

Adventures in Mommydom

  • Allison shares 6 hands on activities to teach the meaning of Easter. 

  • Carrie shares an idea to help your Easter basket reflect Christ.

Simply Home

  • Rebekah shares 10 Easter basket ideas that focus on the meaning of Easter.

10 Religious Easter Basket Ideas

  • Reinforce your lessons with this Easter memory game.  Just download, print and play.

  • Rachel shared a free printable Bingo game that focuses on Easter.

easter bingo graphic

  • Here is an Easter trivia game for all you trivia buffs.  Attention Camp family study up on your Easter story, we'll be having a challenge!

Printable Easter Story Trivia Game

  • Here's a great craft for your kids to reenact the Easter story.

  • Teach the story of the Resurrection with Easter Eggs

Educating Laytons

  •  Mandi shares how to make your own DIY Resurrection Eggs..

DIY Resurrection Eggs & Easter Story Book Printables at

Life Your Way

  • Make a Resurrection Garden/  A great visual for the family.

easter traditions for kids

  • Here is another fun craft to make.  The empty tomb and it's edible.

Catholic Icing

  • Here is a free printable to make a Resurrection Eggs necklace to bring a hands on lesson for your kids.

Resurrection Eggs necklace

Adventures in Mommydom

  • These tie dye crosses would be a great craft for kids.

Mom to Posh Lil' Divas

  • Here is a whole pack of FREE Easter printables for preschoolers.

easter blessings ad

  • Here are some books that teach about Christ's death and resurrection that would make great gifts for Easter baskets. 
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Remember you don't have to do everything, pick and choose what works for you and your family!

Thank you Jesus for your gift of  everlasting life!

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