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The Most Buzzworthy BrightNest Posts of 2012

As we say sayonara to 2012 and look forward to all that 2013 will bring (as long as we survive until Saturday!), we decided to take a walk down memory lane. You accomplished a lot this year, from finally tackling your messy closet to cleaning your dishwasher for (possibly) the very first time. But, when you’re looking back, it’s always nice to check out the pretty stuff, too. Here are 7 of our most popular (and beautiful) posts from 2012. More coming next year!

1. Five of Our Favorite Bicycle Hacks. Give your old Huffy or Schwinn new life with these unexpected upcycling ideas.


Photos: JustJennHomeArts | Etsy / alwaysmaybevintage | Etsy

2. Mad About Mason Jars. These aren’t your Grandma’s canning projects! Turn old jars into barware, bake a few pies or light up a room. Mason jars are an endless well of creativity!


Photos: chateaugerard | Etsy / TooShai | Etsy

3. Five Ways to Recycle Pallets for Home Projects. Pallets were meant for shipping stuff, but with a few nails and a little imagination, they can be turned into beautiful wall art, bookshelves and even bed frames!


Photos: RedeemedRoots | Etsy / WeatheredWays | Etsy

4. Four Ways to Reuse Old Maps. Dust off your old atlas and cover your walls, drawers and fridge with beautiful maps.


Photos: Bookity / ThePulparazzi | Etsy

5. Learn How to Make A Wine Cork Bathmat. Love wine? Hold on to your corks! With a little glue and a lot of corks, you’ll have a statement piece on your bathroom floor in no time.

Photo: Crafty Nest

6. After the Party: 5 Ways to Upcycle with Wine Bottles. If you’re saving corks, go ahead and keep track of those bottles, too. They’re beautiful, can be inexpensive (looking at you, Yellow Tail) and are easy to upcycle!


Photos: GreatBottlesofFire | Etsy / ClassyGarbage | Etsy

7. Off The Wall: Chalkboard Paint Ideas. If DIY projects had royalty, chalkboard paint would be the king, but like a really powerful one. If you haven’t tried chalkboard paint yet, you missed out on the biggest décor trend of 2012. Get to it!


Photos: SierraMetalDesigns | Etsy

Still feeling nostalgic? Check out some more DIY and upcycling ideas:

Photo: pixelthis | Etsy

Photo: JustJennHomeArts | Etsy

Photo: meggancolleen | Etsy

Photo: quotesandnotes | Etsy

Photo: Michele | Etsy

Photo: NamelyOriginal | Etsy

Photo: 4ArcherStreet | Etsy

Photo: ThePineNuts | Etsy

Photo: PortmanWorkshop | Etsy

Photo: Julie Kay Design Studio | Etsy

Photo: LunaCabCo | Etsy

Photo: The Country Barrel

Photo: BootsNGus | Etsy

ReformedWood | Etsy

Photo: MattRivera | Etsy

Photo: DermaByDanielle | Etsy

Photo: RusticWoodOriginals | Etsy

Photo: RusticWoodDesigns | Etsy

Photo: RusticWoodDesigns | Etsy

Photo: offthewallpainting | Etsy

Photo: awildtonic | Etsy

Photo: prilbot | Etsy

Photo: Dombot | Etsy

Photo: 5ftinf | Etsy

SignalMountain | Etsy

Photo: GrannyPantyDesigns | Etsy

Photo: HullStreetGreen | Etsy

Photo: repurposedantiques | Etsy

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