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From cheese grater to jewelry holder; D.I.Y. Trash to Treasure.

From cheese grater to jewelry holder; D.I.Y. Trash to Treasure.

One of the great things about being a free-spirited person, is that it also gives you the ability to see things.., as they are not, to see things with an open mind and to use that creativeness inside of you to visualize somethings ability to become something other than what it was originally intended for.

Over the past week as I have been packing for an upcoming move, I have realized how tangled my jewelry has become in my dresser drawer- a serious disaster!     I always loose my earrings, well I really usually loose 1 out of a set-and we all know I’d look plenty silly walking around with mismatched earrings, (or then again, maybe you wouldn’t even notice 😉  ), and those small studs -I loose at least one every couple of weeks, which then sends me back to the store to buy another pair, that I know I will loose again in no time.

Today I decided it was time for some organization!    I found an old cheese grater that was just going to be tossed away by someone else.    I paired it with a can of lime green spray paint, and just like that a new jewelry holder had been born.

Here are the supplies you will need to create your own upcycled cheese grater earring holder:


  • Cheese Grater (I bet you can find one for free, or under $5.00 at a thrift store)

  • Can of spray paint (be creative, pick a fun color!)
  • Earrings/Jewelry of course!


  • Wash your cheese grater with soap and water, rinse and let dry.
  • In a well ventilated place, preferably outside, place your grater on a piece of cardboard and spray nice, gentle and even strokes of spray paint , making sure you cover all sides, top handle and bottom lip.   Wait until completely dry, and repeat this step one more time for best coverage.   At this point you can spray as much of the inside of the grater that you can reach.
  • Let dry and fill your upcycled cheese grater with your favorite earrings and jewelry, using all sides to fit different sizes of jewelry.
  • The best step, sit back and look at a cool project that YOU just created!  Great job!

Don’t feel like making your own?   Great news- you can order a custom cheese grater earring holder, for just $25.00, just contact Kelly at thepinkhammerblog @ to order!

I hope you enjoyed this fun upcycle project!    Check back next week for some great snack ideas to take along on camping trips with kids!

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Thanks for reading,




Vintage map window-shelf | DIY upcycle project .

I have a major case of wanderlust.   [ Wanderlust = a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world] .

Except my desire to explore doesn’t pull me to explore the entire world, just the back roads of my favorite states like, Wyoming, Colorado & Montana.

Montana won my heart years ago when I was a little girl.  I remember traveling there numerous times, camping, exploring, and soaking in the beauty.  I specifically remember one time when I was about 16 when I re-fell in love with Montana again, and I told my dad , ” Dad, I want to go to college here & live here..” and he replied , “Oh Kelly, you could live anywhere..”     I’m a simple soul to please, and for as long as I can remember on all of our family road trips growing up, I said many times, in many places & in many states, ‘Dad I could live here.’      But -Montana stole my heart.   You know when you are in love & being with that person feels like a breath of fresh air to your soul?!  The mountains in Montana give me that feeling- it fills my heart up!   & just makes me breathe easy, think freely, & feel completely fulfilled.

This quote explains it all ;  “I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.”~ John Steinbeck.

Last year I picked up several Montana maps, knowing how much I admire the state, I figured I would do something with them someday.     Now that I have my own home office , I want to fill it with things that inspire me and items that I love.

Today I woke up with no plans to create a project, when I was looking for something else in our attic and I came across a Montana map.    Then my little project creating wheels started turning.  I went out to the barn, grabbed an old window, and started creating my own vintage window map.   Read below to see how I created it & how you can too!

Project Supplies:

*Old Window (or picture frame) *Map  *Coffee (if you desire to age your map)* Paint  *Screws *Drill *Old board *Screwdriver *Wood glue

Project Time: Several hours (including time for paint & map to dry).

Project Level: Easy!

Project directions:
1.)  Gather your supplies, find an old window (or a picture frame will do, if using a picture frame you can skip to painting step).
You can get maps at travel centers, or by requesting one from online visitor sites for different states.

2.) Clean your window! Wipe free from all dirt , debris and peeling paint.

3.) Paint window your desired color.   I painted the first coat in a soft blue and topped it with a bright yellow.

A behind the scenes look at what happens when I start a painting project in my house 🙂

4.) Age your map. (If desired). Wrinkle it up, allow a few tears along the seams.   Make up a cup of instant coffee & brush it onto your map, do this several times until your map reaches the look you like.  You can also sprinkle some of the instant coffee grounds onto your map and brush with warm water.  It is okay to let it pool up in some areas , this will create darker spots in those areas.  There are several ways to age maps, this is just a way that I found worked good for me.

5.)  Wait  for your map and window to dry.

6.) Age your window (again, if you desire) I scuffed the window in a few places to reveal some of the underlying blue paint.

7.) Attach your map to your window.  There are several ways to do this -I used the easy way-  good ol’ tape.

The following steps apply if you’d like to add a little shelf onto your window map to place some of your treasures from your favorite state!

8.)  Purchase, find, or dig out of the hay pile in the barn (like I did) a board that will fit your window.  I didn’t measure, but found a board I liked, and brought it in and liked the way it looked hanging over the edge of the window-sometimes you just need to go with what you like and set the perfectionism aside & it all works out  ! 🙂

9.)   Drill 4-5 holes into the back of your window & shelf.  (In the exact same places on window/shelf) Next screw 4-5 screws into the back of your window & into your board in the holes your just drilled.  If it is a longer shelf, apply more screws.  You may also want to throw some wood glue between your board & window for extra hold.

10.)  Hang up your new window map shelf & enjoy!

You could even draw your favorite routes, circle your favorite towns, or plan out your next trip on your window with a dry erase marker…

…Have fun with it!  After all – the best creations are both beautiful and functional!
After all of this writing about wanderlust, maps and Montana.. I think it is time to plan my next big trip for 2013!

Thanks for reading & happy traveling!