Upcycled Trinket Shelf.

Happy New Year! It’s that time when we’re all focused on making resolutions, one of which is often getting more organized at home. I know my kids love their tiny toys–you know the ones that don’t always fit in with the other labeled bins, but they can’t bear to part with. I’ve had the idea for this upcycled trinket shelf for a while now, and thought this was the perfect time to share it! And don’t be fooled–there’s no fancy cardboard cutting here! upcycled-trinket-shelf If you’ve ever bought light bulbs in bulk packs then you’re probably familiar with the divider packaging they have inside. Just pop that little guy out, grab a hammer and nails, and we’re ready to hang your trinket shelf!

To hang your shelf, hold it up on the wall where want it and use a pencil to mark where your nails will go. When you hammer your nails, make sure to leave them sticking out a bit so that they can support the cardboard. Then all you need to do is hang it up!

You can hang it like a diamond and use it for your pretty craft supplies,

hang it in your girl’s room,


or add a few boy toys.

How easy was that? What would you put in your little upcycled trinket shelf?

Sweater Baubles From Aimee at Twigg Studios.

Please welcome Aimee, from twiggstudios, to The Southern Institute today!  I’m so very excited to share the blog with Aimee today.  She is a faithful Creative Me linker-upper and always does such a beautiful job with her projects.  Today she is sharing a really fun project with us.  I was just in Target today and saw ornaments JUST LIKE THIS for several dollars a piece and found myself thinking, “What a genious that Aimee is!”  So here you go… time to learn how to make your own Sweater Baubles!

Hi, I’m Aimee from over at twiggstudios and I’m super excited to be guest posting here today!  Ready to learn how you can make your own sweater baubles?

I took an old sweater that I didn’t wear and cut a piece of it off.  Next, I took the top off the bauble and wrapped the sweater piece around it tightly, and then secured it with a white elastic band.  I trimmed the excess off as much as I could and tied another band around really tightly, then I poked the top part back on and glued it in place.  Lastly, I got some lace ribbon and glued it around the top to hide the elastic band and cut sweater… and that’s all it took!


Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Aimee!   I know that more than a few of us are going to try this at home, and our trees will be prettier for it!  Please make sure to stop by twiggstudios, say hello to Aimee, and follow along with her blog!  Have a great day!


Jazz Up Leggings from Andrea at The Train To Crazy.

Oh, you all are in luck this week!  Another wonderful guest here at The Southern Institute!  I’m so happy to welcome Andrea from The Train to Crazy (I’ve ridden that train a time or two… or 50).  I found Andrea’s blog a long time ago (I think it was through MADE?) and I was instantly inspired by all of the creativity.  This woman has more of it in her little pinky that I’ll ever have, and that is why I’m so excited to have her here today.


Hello! I’m Andrea from The Train To Crazy and Go To Patterns. I’m so excited to be here today to show you a simple way to jazz up some plain leggings for Fall.

Whether you use a pair of preexisting leggings or from a pattern, these are as easy as it gets!



  • Leggings (new or from a pattern)
  • Adult knee high socks

Sock leggings-


  1. Cut the foot off the socks. The top of the socks will become the bottom of the leggings. How much you cut off the sock depends on how long you want the sock part of the legging to be.
  2. For a legging pattern, lay legging open, right side up. The outside leg seam (if there is one) should be sewn already. Cut the sock up the middle about 4 inches so you can lay the new top open, right side together with legging.
  3. Use a zig zag stitch (or a serger) to sew sock and legging together. Slightly stretch sock if necessary.
  4. Sew up the inseam of the legging.
For a preexisting legging, cut off just below the knee. Turn wrong side out. Turn sock right side out and slide inside legging so the right sides are together. Use a zig zag stitch to sew together.


Thanks for having me!

Thank you, Andrea!  Please everyone, if you have not visited Andrea’s blog, go over and poke around a bit.  Then go visit her pattern shop, Go To Patterns.  Have a great day!