2015 In Review: A Year's Worth of Craft Tutorials

Looking back over a full year of craft tutorials.

Can you believe 2015 is almost over? I can't. 2015 was my first year of regular craft project blogging on this site.  With the new year of projects approaching, I would like to take a moment to highlight some of the tutorial projects I brought to you in 2015.  So sit back, grab a cup of coffee and dive in.

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1. Got baskets? 19+ Uses for Empty Baskets via Hometalk.

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2. DIY Upcycle: Book Page Flower Wreath Wall Hanging Tutorial
A freebie craft project with serious impact!

Freebie Craft Project Tutorial: Recycling book pages into a wall hanging wreath

This was a super popular post and for good reason.  Super easy and uses everyday materials for a huge impact.
How to upcycle a pickle jar into a French Coffee storage container.

I found this basket for a few bucks at a thrift store and challenged myself to give it a makeover using only supplies I already had at home.  It's sitting on my buffet now and I still receive compliments on it.
How to upcycle a thrift store serving basket.

5. DIY: How to Upcycle Real Egg Shells Into Decorative Book Page Eggs I added my own decorative spin to a craft project I did with my mom as a child.

How to create beautiful book page easter eggs using real shells.

6. DIY: Transforming Plain Glass Containers Into Embellished "Mercury" Glass
I challenged myself with this diy to match a pricier decorative piece on hand.  Warning: once you learn this paint trick you may become addicted.

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7. DIY Upcycle: Transform Cast Off Glass Containers & Vases Into A "Tuscan" Treasure
Inspired by Pottery Barn's "Tuscan Urns" I re-imagined my friend's cast offs and inexpensive dollar store glass.

How to paint pottery barn inspired tuscan urns.

One year of crafts. How to paint Pottery Barn Inspired Tuscan Urns

8. DIY Decorative Flag Banner & The Mystery Supply Challenge
I received a "mystery" supply box in the mail that contained markers, a t-shirt, buttons and etc.  I turned it into a decorative name banner.
One year of crafts 2015: How to make a decorative fabric name banner.

9. The Borei Design Chair at SK
I was so humbled and AMAZED when a fellow blogger SK on Elderberry breathed new life into an old chair after being inspired by my website graphics! It took my breath away!

How to refinish an old chair in an amazing way.

10.The Great Tin Can Gathering: A Gazillion & One Amazing Upcycle Projects
This was a a feature I did in conjunction with Hometalk and it includes more than 21 ways to upcycle cans in unique new ways.

One year of crafts: how to upcycle recycle cans craft projects diy
11. Chalkboard Creations and Makeovers
I completely revamped and an old chalkboard and created a new one as well.

Dozen Year Old Chalkboard Update & Lettering Tutorial

one year of crafts project 2015; refinishing an old chalk board and transferring letters from a template

One year of crafts tutorials. How to make a chalkboard including free template for lettering transfer.

12. Quick Scrappy Can Upcycle, Fabric Yo Yo and Chalkboard Tag Tutorial
This new "change" can has worked wonders and combating loose change being left around my home.

One year of craft tutorials how to recycle can for storage diy project

13. Life on A Southern Porch Part 1: Going "Haint Blue" & "Charleston Green"
I painted a front door with a color steeped in history for major impact.

One year of tutorials. Painting a front door Haint Blue, Charleston style for a huge impact.

I breathed new life to a porch by remaking garage sale castoff wicker with paint and outdoor pillows made from inexpensive picnic style tablecloths.
One year of craft tutorials.Painting old wicker furniture using Charleston Green and how to make outdoor pillows using cheap tablecloths

15. Upcycling Plastic Ice Cream Buckets Into New Storage Containers for Craft Projects, Laundry Detergent and More!
I showed you how to remove old and add new graphics to plastic ice cream buckets to create organizational storage totes.
How to remove graphics from plastic buckets and recylcing upcycling plastic ice cream buckets into storage containers.

I showed you how to use an old trick-or-treat bucket as a mold for a chic new pumpkin vase or container and it was featured on lots of sites and magazines!

Borei Design One Year Craft Tutorials Review How to make a paper mache pumpkin vase container using a plastic bucket mold

Inspired by Anthropolgie's Plains Traveler Bust Elephant for my daughter's room and shared the pattern.
How to make your own plains bust traveler elephant from Anthropologie One year of craft project tutorials. How to make your own Plains Bust Elephant from Anthropologie

18. I SERIOUSLY got my "Swede" on in honor of my husband's family ....

One Year Craft of How to make Swedish Advent star ornament hangings from book pages.

Borei Design One Year Craft Tutorials Review How to make a book page dala horse with free pattern.

19. Easy Peasy DIY Reusable Coffee Sleeves and Little House on the Prairie® Andover Fabrics
I created and shared a free pattern with instructions on how to create your own reusable coffee sleeves.
One Year of Craft Tutorials How to make or sew free reusable coffee sleeves with free pattern.

20. I brought DIY wrapping hacks.

How To Make A Gazillion and One Gift Bags For a Buck!
One Year of Craft Tutorials How to make or diy your own gift bags

Easy Recycled Vintage Book Page Gift Tags

One Year Craft Tutorials How to make easy book page gift tags

21.How To Make Your Own Paper Clay
When I figured out this one, it was a total game changer that opened up a world of possibilities.

One Year of Craft Tutorials How to make air dry paper mache clay at home using toilet tissue and joint compound

22.Creating A Rustic Paper Mache Owl Sculpture
He was so cute! The pics did not do him justice.  He is now nesting on a shelf at my Mother-in-law's.

One year of crafts. How to make your own paper mache owl diy craft tutorial

23. Easy DIY Paper Mache Monogram Wine Cork Holder
Last but not least, I gave you a reason to save all those wine corks in the coming year and display them in a unique new way.
One year of crafts. How to make a diy monogram wine cork holder display using paper mache

Now that I am closing this post, I'm finding myself surprisingly sentimental.  I have really enjoyed my crafting adventures over this past year and I hope you have as well.  I want to thank my readers, fellow bloggers and Hometalk.com from the bottom of my heart for joining and supporting me.  I hope you will return and join me for new adventures in 2016.


H.R. Borei

What to see even more? This is part of the Southern Hospitality Top Projects of 2015  and the You're Gonna Love It Tuesday Blog Hops. Through these links you can check out the projects of many other great bloggers!


A Year's Worth of DIY Craft Tutorials and Home Decor