Cyndee Kromminga

Cyndee Kromminga

Based in the Midwest, Cyndee Kromminga has been writing craft and interior design articles for 15 years. Her articles and craft designs have appeared in Crafting Traditions Magazine, Easy Holiday Crafting Series-House of White Birches Newsletter and Country Woman Christmas Books. Ms. Kromminga's education is in interior design and she has experience operating a craft and design business for over 20 years.
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  • Restyle an Old Table with Scrap Wood
    Transform an old end table with wood from your scrap pile. I used a square patio table that once held a square flower pot in the center.
  • Make Balloon Weights for Your Graduation Party
    For the graduation of my youngest child, I decided to make balloon weights using old 4 x 4 scraps and stencils cut on my Cricut Expression. They are festive, quick to make and allow me to display the balloons where I want them.
  • Rustic Western Cooler
    Restyle a wooden cooler case into a rustic western accent. This paint technique is the perfect addition to a patio decorated in a ranch theme, or since the case looks like a trunk, it can be used as decorative storage inside your country home.
  • Rustic Ruler Stars
    Stars aren't just for Christmas. In a rustic country home, stars seem to be present in the decor of many rooms. I decided to transform my over abundance of wooden rulers into rustic stars for home decor.
  • Hanging Shutter Display
    Apartments with non-descriptive front doors or homes without fireplace mantels can make decorating a little tricky. Create your own wall space vignette with a shutter display board.
  • Canning Jar Cracker Canister
    Recycle a canning jar into a stylish canister to keep your crackers fresh. Actually, you could use the canister for anything, but I decided a jar was the perfect solution for preventing open boxes of crackers from going stale in my cupboards.
  • Restyle a Wooden Desk into Americana Decor
    Transform an ordinary wooden desk into an Americana accent for your home. Painting furniture cast-offs has always been an inexpensive way to add style accents when decorating a room. An afternoon and leftover wall paint makes this an easy project.
  • Turn Kitschy Art into a Chalkboard
    Turn vintage kitschy art into a charming shabby chic chalkboard. I snagged this "art" and oval frame from the free box at a local yard sale. I didn't care for the painting, but the back gave me the perfect surface for a chalkboard.
  • Custom Bed Skirt from Linen Tablecloths
    Make a custom bed skirt using vintage linen tablecloths you have thrifted from local auctions or your own linen closet. This tutorial is for a bed that has a floor-standing foot board with no opening at the bottom of the foot board.
  • Old World Finish on a Yard Sale Cabinet
    Turn a yard sale cabinet into shabby decor with an old world finish. I picked up this cabinet super cheap at a local yard sale. These inexpensive cabinets are mass produced and sold at discount dollar stores.
  • Scrappy Flag Tags
    Add a bit of patriotic charm to a gift or home decor accent. Layer scraps of burlap, lace and fabric together to create a scrappy flag tag. This is a great fabric scrap-busting project, and it can be accomplished by even the most inexperienced sewer.
  • Porch Table from Castoffs
    Combine your accumulation of castoffs to create a one-of-a-kind table for your porch or patio. I used a bar stool and wooden game boards to build a bistro-style table, and I didn't spend any money in the process.
  • Make a Fabric Scrap Bowl
    Put all of your small fabric scraps to good use by forming them into the shape of bowls. Fabric stiffener is often used to stiffen bows or cloth embellishments on decor projects, but by molding it in layers, the finished product becomes quite hard.
  • Lampshade Recovered with Recycled Fabric
    What do you do with a lampshade that no longer looks fresh and appealing? You give it a makeover. I recovered two obnoxiously, ugly lampshades using strips of fabric. The fabrics were thrifted linens that I had purchased for crafting.
  • Craft a Jean Seam Wreath
    When I craft I hate to throw away even the tiniest scrap, just in case there may be a use for it. That means I have quite a supply of bits and pieces to spark my creativity. This jean seam wreath made quite a dent in my saved jean scraps.
  • Vintage Quilt Camera Strap
    Did you get a new camera for Christmas? Give it a customized-to-you look with a vintage quilt strap cover. The quilt will provide a cushioned strap, and combined with rick rack and old buttons, it will warm up your camera with vintage charm.
  • Crochet Hook Pouch Using Burlap Webbing
    Are you looking for a stylish and practical way to store your crochet hooks? A burlap webbing pouch may be just the ticket. The width of the webbing I used was 3 1/2 inches wide, providing more than enough room to tuck my hooks away.
  • Jute Webbing Heart Pocket
    Using craft and diy supplies in a new way is one of the things that makes designing projects so exciting to me. That's the way I felt when I found jute upholstery webbing in my craft stash. The red-stripe webbing was perfect for a homespun heart pocket.
  • Primitive Upholstery Fabric Bird Ornies
    I love scrap-buster projects, especially quick ones. This primitive upholstery fabric bird ornie uses those upholstery fabric scraps that are not big enough for a furniture redo, thread of any color from almost empty spools, and mismatched buttons from yo
  • Country Easter Egg Ornies
    Plastic Easter eggs are an inexpensive container for small Easter surprises, but if you enjoy decorating with less "plastic", then you probably thought you had no use for them. Wrong! Use the form of a plastic egg to create country Easter egg ornies.
  • Make a Ribbon Wrapped Skewer Star
    I'm sure you remember the pentagram star your teachers scribbled at the top of exceptional papers when you were in grade school. Five lines. That's all it takes to form a star. Using the lines of the pentagram as a guide, craft a star decoration.
  • Make Bird Nests Using Christmas Ornaments
    Transform Christmas tree ornaments into bird nest decor for spring. These nests were made using miniature vine wreaths that I purchased from a clearance table after the holidays.
  • Transform a Dollar Store Birdcage into a Shabby Chic Accessory
    Birdcages are popular decorating accessories that can be found at both low and high end retail stores. My budget tends to lean toward the cheaper shopping choices, so I picked up a cage at the dollar store to restyle into a shabby chic home accessory.
  • Crochet Lacy Wrist Warmers
    While hands still get cold, modern technology has made the wearing of gloves cumbersome and clumsy. Crochet these lacy wrist warmers and send your text messages with ease. No more fumbling with the tiny buttons.
  • New Year's Eve Door Hanger
    When preparing for your New Year's Eve celebration, allow a few of your Christmas decorations to give you double-duty decor options. Greet your party guests at the door with a glittery New Year's Eve door hanger made from a table-top Christmas tree.
  • Recycle a Throw Pillow into a Tote Bag
    What do you do with a throw pillow that no longer fits your decor, or the stuffing insert has become flattened from use? I really didn't want to discard them, so I decided to transform one of the pillows into a tote bag.
  • New Year's Eve Wine Glass Charms
    Toast to the new year with wine glasses decked out in vintage bling. Recycle old watches into wine glass charms.
  • Chair Back Snowman Family
    I decided to transform the chairs into Christmas decorations. I used the chair backs to create snow family displays. I think they will look adorable by the door or placed on the hearth of a fireplace. Best of all, they only took me an afternoon to make.
  • Restyle an Old Rocking Horse into a Polka Dot Pony
    Wooden rocking horses can usually be restyled quite quickly, and they sell really well at craft sales. This rocking horse was quickly transformed into a pearled polka dot pony in just a few hours.
  • Paint a "Let it Snow" Sign Ornament
    This blue and white "Let it snow" sign ornament provides just the right contrast. It's a happy little sign that can be used as a Christmas tree ornament during the holidays, while adding a little upbeat decor during the winter season.
  • Stitch a Stuffed Yo-Yo Wreath Ornament
    Yo-yos are fabric circles stitched around the edges, gathered and flattened. A finished yo-yo looks similar to a round flower or button. This stuffed yo-yo wreath ornament takes the yo-yo construction a step further by adding stuffing to each one.
  • Sew a Stuffed Country Angel Ornament
    When crafting for Christmas I like to come up with ideas that use all the symbols and novelties of the season.This stuffed country angel uses very little fabric, and can be made up quite quickly when crafted in assembly line style.
  • Craft a Country Straw Hat Santa Decoration
    While digging through my craft supplies I noticed I had quite a few straw hats left from my summer craft projects. Not wanting to wait a whole year to use them again, a straw hat Santa decoration came to mind.
  • Make a Christmas Tree from a Paperback Book
    This pile became my new craft supply stash. I decided to make paperback book Christmas trees for the upcoming holidays.
  • Paint a Snowman Ice Cream Sign
    With the winter months looming, I decided to turn one door into a snowman ice cream recipe sign. The recipe is real, but even if I never use it, I love the sign for the novelty of it.
  • Blinged Out Glitter Light Bulb Ornaments
    I've used regular light bulbs for quite a few crafts, so recycling Christmas light bulbs wasn't such a crazy idea. Keeping in mind their vintage shape and appeal, I decided some old fashioned glitter would be just the ticket to create blinged out bulbs.
  • Make Christmas Stockings from Old Sweaters
    These sweaters are a cheap craft resource for holiday crafts. In my opinion, this Christmas stocking design looks much more upscale than the original sweater it came from. Can't you just see a bunch of these hanging over a cabin fireplace?
  • Proclaim Your Love of Angels with a Primitive Shingle Sign
    With the Christmas season coming and so many people collecting angels, I decided a sign proclaiming the owner a lover of angels was just the thing to add to my craft show merchandise.
  • Craft a Necktie Angel
    My latest score of neckties inspired this necktie angel. It worked up so quickly, I'm intending to make up a whole host of heavenly angels for the Christmas season.
  • Roly-Poly Chenille Bedspread Angel
    Craft vintage family heirlooms this Christmas season using old linens. The body of this roly-poly angel is made from a chenille bedspread, while the wings are formed from a small lace doily.
  • Craft a Ball Snowman Doll Using a Chenille Bedspread
    Restyle an old chenille bedspread into a whimsical ball snowman decoration for the holidays. This little guy does not require a sewing machine, although a small amount of hand sewing will be needed.
  • Make a Snowman Domino Ornament
    Use an old domino game to craft snowman domino ornaments for your Christmas tree. I used white, plastic dominoes, but the old, black, wooden dominoes could also be transformed into frosty friends.
  • Craft a Santa Domino Ornament
    Transform an old domino into that jolly old elf for Christmas. Make Santa domino ornaments for your Christmas tree. This is a quick craft that is made for next to nothing.
  • Craft a Reindeer Domino Ornament
    Missing tiles from your favorite domino game? Don't toss them out. Turn them into reindeer domino ornaments for your Christmas tree this year.
  • Paint a Reindeer Treat Can
    Make reindeer treat cans to use as candy dishes in your home, as favor holders for your child's school Christmas party or as a gift container for something small and shiny.
  • Craft a Snowman Cookie Container Using a Coffee Can
    I like the gift holder to not only hold my special treats, but to also become a reusable extension of the gift. Several of these snowman cookie containers will be traveling to the homes of those on my Christmas list this year.
  • Paint a Primitive Snowman Shutter
    Add a little color to your home by painting a primitive snowman shutter for the winter season. I have a pile of shutters in the garage that are just begging me to bring their personality out. This recycled shutter was definitely saying it was a snowman.
  • Craft a Bed Spring Reindeer
    This reindeer decoration not only recycles a bed spring, but a chenille bedspread and baling wire as well. Whip up a few of these fellas to give as gifts or to sell at your next Christmas craft show.
  • Cricut Expression Penguin Ornament
    The penguin die cuts from the Jolly Holidays cartridge were the perfect jumping off points for this penguin Christmas ornament.
  • Recycle a Light Bulb into a Gingerbread Man Ornie
    When something disposable no longer works, give it one more chance. Recycle those old burned out light bulbs into adorable gingerbread men ornaments for your Christmas tree.
  • Craft a Button and Spool Candy Cane Ornament
    Prepare for snow days by gathering the supplies you need to make Christmas ornaments. This candy cane ornament is made using mini wooden spools and buttons, and can easily be crafted by your school-age children.
  • Chenille Bedspread Candy Cane Bowl Filler
    I especially love chenille bedspreads. I use them quite a bit in my craft designs, but I am often left with small scraps that I just can't bring myself to toss. This candy cane bowl filler is the perfect solution for putting those scraps to good use.
  • Sew Christmas Chick Softie Ornament
    Even though chickens aren't normally thought of as a Christmas decoration, I thought making stuffed chick ornaments using Christmas fabric would add charm to my Christmas tree.
  • Craft a Sheet Music Hexagon Ornament
    Decorate your Christmas tree with vintage ephemera this year. Craft paper hexagon tree ornaments using old sheet music. I found a whole box of sheet music at an auction and decided this was the perfect way to show it off.
  • Sew a Santa Star Pillow
    Sew a jolly Santa star pillow for the holidays using vintage bedspreads. The points of the star naturally form the hat, arms and legs of Santa, while the red and white bedspread fabric create his clothes.
  • Stocking Cap Ornament Made from a Recycled Tube
    Recycling trash is a wonderful way to make beautiful treasures for your Christmas tree. Make a stocking cap ornament using an empty toilet paper tube and yarn. No one will see the tube, and best yet, there is no crocheting or knitting involved.
  • Cinnamon Stick Christmas Tree
    Cinnamon is one of the distinct smells and ingredients of the holiday season, but cinnamon can also be used for Christmas decorations. Using jumbo cinnamon sticks, craft Christmas trees to hang on your...well, your Christmas tree.
  • Organize Your Plastic Food Containers
    Plastic food containers cause a lot of friction in my household, mostly because we have so many containers of differing sizes and a jumbled way of storing them. The main problem is the shelf we store them on. It's not big enough.
  • Granny Stitch Stocking Ornament
    My knowledge has expanded somewhat from what it was in the beginning, but I have always loved the look of the granny clusters. I used those clusters to crochet a granny stitch stocking ornament for the Christmas tree.
  • Preparing Wood Furniture for Restyling
    You don't have to throw furniture out when it becomes, broken, wobbly or scarred. Restyle it instead. Give it a new life, even if the finished project doesn't resemble what it started out as.
  • Crocheted Wreath Pin or Ornament
    Thankfully this crocheted wreath can be created in your down time, and can be used as a gift, Christmas decoration, or a personal goodie for yourself.
  • Restyle a Birdbath Pedestal
    I am constantly seeing orphaned birdbath pedestals at the curbs on trash day. Never one to let a potential restyling project pass me by, I decided to turn one into an indoor pedestal catchall for my bathroom.
  • Make Primitive Fabric and Block Christmas Trees
    Create a primitive Christmas tablescape to your holiday decor with handcrafted fabric and block trees. This project uses scrap wood and a small amount of fabric. Make multiples of this tree to produce a primitive forest for your home.
  • Paint a Snowman Hurricane Shade
    Add a warm, whimsical glow to your dining table with a snowman hurricane shade. This snowman started out as a clear glass hurricane shade I picked up at a yard sale. The shade was classic for everyday use, but I wanted something a little more festive.
  • Pet Food Bag Stocking
    Does Santa visit cats and dogs? Sew special Christmas stockings using your empty pet food bags. It's a great way to recycle, and the label provides the novelty for a custom stocking.
  • Making Your Own Padded Envelopes
    A lot of my merchandise is mailed in padded envelopes, so I decided to make my own using a wallpaper sample book and bubble wrap that was being tossed out at my husband's work.
  • Masculine Desk Organizer Set Using Recyclables
    I used an empty drink container that held tall, skinny packets of powdered drink mix, and an empty tuna can for this project. Paired with masculine blue jeans, the finished desk organizer set will be a welcome addition to a man's desk.
  • Sew Sachet Sets as Gifts
    Sometimes when a gift-giving occasion arises, something small is all that is needed. It may be the need to say thank you or you may not know the recipient well. A set of handmade sachets may fit the bill perfectly.
  • Stitch Felt Pumpkin Patch Pins for Fall
    I designed this felt pumpkin patch pin for friends and co-workers, but dozens could quickly be made as favors for school Halloween or harvest parties.
  • Make a Fall Leaf Rake Wreath for Your Front Door
    While reaching for a new rake in our garage, my eyes stopped on the old ones. The handles were broken, making them unusable, but I still hadn't tossed them out. They became leaf rake door wreaths, perfect for ushering in the season.
  • Nature Inspired Christmas Wreath
    Nature inspires a number of inexpensive craft projects for Christmas if you are willing to do a little hunting and gathering. Craft a natural Christmas wreath for your front door using sticks and pine cones from your backyard.
  • Make Your Own Craft Paint and Glue Mediums
    The following recipes and/or techniques are what I have come up with for making artificial snow paint, crackle paint and decoupage glue mediums. The retail price of anyone of these products is very expensive for a very small bottle or jar.
  • Decorate Your Front Porch with a Ladder for Fall
    I couldn't bring myself to throw out a perfectly good ladder so I decided to give it a make-over for fall decorating. Since this project will be used for decorative purposes only, a ladder with mechanical problems could also be used.
  • Use Scrap Wood to Craft Black Cats and Crows for Primitive Fall Decor
    Primitive country crafts allow for easy and basic interpretations of tried and true designs. While cleaning up a pile of scrap wood I decided black cats and crows made from the old weathered wood would be a perfect addition to my craft booth.
  • Sew Fabric Tube Pumpkins for Fall
    Are you ready for a craft show best-seller? These pumpkins practically flew out of my last craft show booth. Even if craft shows aren't your thing, several of these fabric tube pumpkins will add that touch of fall to your home that you have been wanting.
  • Crackle Paint a Pumpkin Gourd for Fall Decor
    Who says pumpkins have to be perfectly round? Certainly not me. I seem to find a pumpkin in a variety of shapes, including shapes from the same nature family. Paint pumpkins for fall using large gourds.
  • Fall Hubcap Wreath
    I love using unusual items for decorating. When I found several old hubcaps in my garage, I knew they would be perfect for fall wreaths. Since I was preparing for a craft show at a car show, I figured the idea was a winner.
  • Turn Measuring Spoons into Snowman Christmas Ornaments
    I couldn't pass up a basket of metal measuring spoons at a recent yard sale. My mom used to have some, but mine have always been plastic. I didn't plan on using them for their intended use. I decided they would be adorable painted as snowmen.
  • Turn Measuring Spoons into Santa Christmas Ornaments
    When I found a box of red paper mache spoons in my crafting supplies my creative light bulb turned on in my head. Since the spoons were already painted red, I knew they just had to be transformed into measuring spoon Santa ornaments.
  • Recycled Fall Block Candle Holder
    My yard sale finds often spark inspiration for new craft designs. These wooden block candle holders were no exception. I decided to warm them up by transforming them into fall candle holders.
  • Paint a Snow Shovel Snowman for Christmas Decor
    Stop! Don't throw out that old snow shovel. Recycle it into a whimsical Christmas or winter decoration for your front porch. While cleaning out my own garage, I discovered several snow shovels that either needed to go, or needed a new purpose.
  • Paint a Halloween Suitcase to Greet Your Fall Guests
    Old objects have a lot of potential for craft projects. Vintage suitcases are just one of those items that can be transformed into a new purpose. Paint a primitive Halloween suitcase to be placed on your porch or by your front door to greet friends.
  • Hot Cocoa Cup Tree Ornaments
    When I found a box full of clear glass party cups at a yard sale, I wondered what they could be transformed into. That's when I decided the cups could be restyled into hot cocoa cup ornaments for the Christmas tree.
  • Felt Pumpkin Garland for Fall
    With a chill in the mornings and evenings, my thoughts start turning to fall. To welcome the beginning of the new season, I made a felt pumpkin garland to hang between drawer knobs on my buffet.
  • Make License Plate Ornaments
    My first craft show of the season is in conjunction with a large car show. The stack of old license plates I found after my weekend of cleaning the garage inspired these license plate ornaments.
  • Craft a Horse Ornament Using Peg Clothespins
    Childhood images play a big part in Christmas decor. You may not think of horses when you envision an ornament for your tree, but add a little red or green paint, and you can craft a sweet little peg clothespin horse ornament for your branches.
  • Sew a Christmas Quilt Using Fabric Holiday Napkins
    The color-shades of many old Christmas linens are perfect for retro decorating. Sew a quilt using fabric Christmas napkins from the same set or blend an assortment of several sets.
  • Craft a Santa Ornament Using a Dried Milk Pod
    I love using natural elements for crafts and decorating. Shapes can often be manipulated into one-of-a-kind craft projects. This Santa ornament made from a milk pod is just one of the many items I have collected from my pasture.
  • Dried Okra Snowman Ornament
    Oops, I did it again. I let the garden get away from me and all my okra grew too big and woody to eat. After a few alterations with paint and bits of craft supplies, they became snowmen Christmas ornaments.
  • Make a Tobacco Can Snowman Ornament
    Chewing tobacco cans are often made of heavy cardboard or plastic. While they are not the first thing people think of recycling when crafting, they have potential. Make a snowman ornament using an empty tobacco can to form the inside of the head.
  • Tobacco Can Reindeer Christmas Ornament
    Recently I acquired a bag of empty chewing tobacco cans. The size and shape of the cans inspired a reindeer ornament for the Christmas tree.
  • Gingerbread Man Ornament Made from a Recycled Tobacco Can
    Use your frugal crafting skills to make a gingerbread man Christmas ornament by recycling empty chewing tobacco cans. The size and shape of these cans are perfect for transforming into a decoration that will last for years.
  • Transform an Old Shovel into a Pumpkin Decoration
    While cleaning out the garage I came across a couple of shovels that had broken or missing handles. Not one to toss out opportunity, I decided they would make adorable primitive pumpkin decorations for fall.
  • Make a Snowman from Landscape Timbers
    As the days start to get cooler, the leftovers from warm weather gardening get discarded or put away. When I came across scraps of landscape timbers, I couldn't resist transforming them into a winter snowman decoration.
  • Snowman Bucket Made from a Tuna Can
    I love recycling trash into cute craft projects. This little snowman bucket was made using an empty tuna can. A cat food can could also be used. Start saving cans and make buckets to hold favors for school parties, or as candy holders for co-workers.
  • Snowman Painted Vintage Suitcase
    Greet your holiday guests at the door with a snowman painted vintage suitcase. Its whimsical message will have all those who enter your house grinning with Christmas spirit.
  • Primitive Pumpkin Painted Shutter
    I love turning things that end up on the curb into fun and whimsical seasonal decorations. Paint an old window shutter into a primitive pumpkin shutter for fall and Halloween decor.
  • Fabric Yo-Yo Candy Corn Ornament
    Halloween is a time for candy, and nothing says candy like candy corn. Craft cute little yo-yo candy corn ornies to hang on a Halloween tree or peg hooks. Simple and easily assembled, these yummy ornies will be quick sellers at fall craft shows.
  • Fall Pumpkin Table Runner
    When decorating for fall I like decor that will work for both Halloween and Thanksgiving. This pumpkin table runner does just that. Made with colors and shapes of the season, this runner can be displayed throughout the season.
  • Spider Web Mug Rug
    As the weather gets chillier, the cocoa starts coming out of the cupboard. In keeping with the season, make a spider web mug rug to add to the seasonal atmosphere. Make a set for your home, or give them as gifts to family and friends.
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