Hobby Farms Editors
August 31, 2012

The last days of summer are just around the corner, and Labor Day means one last hurrah before the autumn harvesting begins and winter quickly ushers us inside. After spending quality time with family and friends at a farewell-to-summer barbecue, use the remainder of your holiday to break into the craft box and create a new homespun accent for your farmhouse.

The great thing about these five crafts is that you don’t need to buy new supplies—they can be made with scrap items found around your home and yard. Have mismatched dishes made it into your donate pile? Turn them into an eclectic tiered serving tray for your next farmstead gathering or a quaint bird feeder for the garden. Is the pile of scrap fabric from past projects getting too high? Get to work on patchwork placemats to brighten up the kitchen. What about those limbs and sticks from the recent round of shrub pruning? Put them to work in a customized jewelry tree. They are easy to make (some taking only a matter of minutes!) and can be modified to suit your home décor and farmhouse personality.

Clicke on the photos of each project below for more detailed craft instructions. When you finish your project, upload photos of the final product to the Hobby Farms Forums.

Tiered Serving Tray Tiered Serving Tray 
Transform unwanted plates, cups and candlesticks into a funky, one-of-a-kind serving tray to showcase your homemade cookies, scones, muffins and biscuits.
Teacup Bird Feeder Teacup Bird Feeder
Chipped or vintage teacups and saucers can find new life in your garden as a bird feeder.
Patchwork Placemats Patchwork Placemats 
Utilize fabric remnants from past sewing projects or even material from old dresses and shirts in this quilt-as-you-go placemat pattern.
Wine Barrel Planter Wine Barrel Planter
Create a rustic-looking planter for flowers or edibles using an upcycled wine or whiskey barrel.
Jewelry Tree

Jewelry Tree 
Hang your necklaces in farm-inspired style with a jewelry tree made from backyard gleanings.


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