Creative Ways to Upcycle Dishes with Lead Paint for DIY Home Decor

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Believe it or not, decorative dishware produced as late as 2004 has been found to contain lead paint. While no longer deemed safe for eating, you don’t have to toss your favorite vintage dishes. Instead try one of these creative ways to upcycle dishes with lead paint to create unique, DIY home decor!

Creative Ways to Upcycle Dishes with Decorative Lead Paint for DIY Home Decor on a Budget. Don't toss your vintage dishes with decorative lead paint. Try one of these creative ways to upcycle dishes instead to create unique, DIY home decor and garden art! While no longer deemed safe for eating, you don't have to toss your favorite vintage dishes. Instead try one of these creative ways to upcycle dishes with lead paint to create unique, DIY home decor!

Your Dishes May Not Be Food Safe!

I think most families have some Corelle dishes in their cupboards. They are a popular plate and dish brand thanks to their durability and trendy designs. Today, people covet the old styles, scouring flea markets and thrift stores to complete their collections.

I bought two sets of Corelle dishes years ago because I was sick of chipped or broken plates. Corelle plates are virtually indestructible, so they last for many, many years.

A word of warning though, if they do break, they shatter! You’ll be finding glass shards on the floor and in the next room for weeks.

Your beloved Corelle dishes may bring back fond memories of sitting around the dinner table with family and friends, but they may also be slowly deteriorating your body due to lead paint exposure.

Tamara Rubin, Lead Safe Mama, recently tested several vintage Corelle pieces and found lead paint in the decorative designs.

They are vintage, so it doesn’t apply to you, right? No, for these purposes vintage is anything before 2005. That’s only 15 years ago. Considering the durability of the plates and bowls, it’s definitely possible that your dishes are older than 2005.

In her article, Tamara shows screenshots of conversations with Corelle. Corelle states that lead paint was common in glazes and decorative designs before the 1990s. Corelle has not used lead paint for decorative designs since the “mid 2000s”. They recommend using any pieces made before 2005 to be used as decoration only.

Plain white plates are testing okay. The lead is found in the paint that was used for the design on plates. 

Creative Ways to Upcycle Dishes with Decorative Lead Paint for DIY Home Decor on a Budget. Don't toss your vintage dishes with decorative lead paint. Try one of these creative ways to upcycle dishes instead to create unique, DIY home decor and garden art! While no longer deemed safe for eating, you don't have to toss your favorite vintage dishes. Instead try one of these creative ways to upcycle dishes with lead paint to create unique, DIY home decor!

Creative Ways to Upcycle Dishes With Lead Paint

No one wants to just throw away their plates, but you can’t use them to eat off of. So what can you do with them?

There are a lot of ways to upcycle dishes and plates. You can use them in a number of ways to decorate your home both inside and outside. Following are some creative ways to upcycle dishes with lead paint.

Unique upcycled wall art ideas. The Elephant wall art decor from Sabotage900 illustrates a unique ways to upcycle vintage plates with decorative lead paint into whimsical DIY home decor.

Painted Elephant Wall Art via Sabotage900

Creative Way to Upcycle Dishes for Wall Decor

Hang Them on The Wall

If your plates have a decorative design, you can hang them on the wall. Many people hang them in their dining room or kitchen because, well, that’s where plates are used most often.

Don’t be limited to just food related rooms. Use a grouping of plates above the bed for a whimsical and fun grouping that won’t cost you anything.

Paint Plates for Unique DIY Art

If you don’t like the design of your plates, paint them! Painting plates is easy to do. Since you won’t be washing them, you can use acrylic paint or enamel and not have to worry about the paint being food safe or washable. You could even prime them and spray paint them if you want to completely change the color and design.

You can use a stencil or paint them freehand. This is a great way to get custom decor that matches the colors in your home.

Upcycling ideas for mismatched plates or vintage plates with decorative lead paint. This wall art idea from Sabotage900 on Etsy features an illustrated deer for fun & quirky, unique home decor using repurposed dishes.

This wall art idea from Sabotage900 features an illustrated deer for fun & quirky, unique home decor using repurposed dishes.

Upcycled wall decor ideas using thrift store finds. Creative ways to upcycle dishes with lead paint. Paint your vintage dishes for unique DIY wall decor like this octopus wall art from Homebody UA on Etsy.

I also really love this idea for Painted Plate Octopus Wall Art from Homebody UA for using groupings of painted plates to create unique, painted plate wall art for your home.

decorative hand painted plates with patterns

Or, you can paint a decorative pattern or a mandala design on your vintage plates as another way to upcycle your dishes.

Decorative plate with evergreen sprigs and berries for home decor

Decorate Without Painting

If you’re not artistic or don’t want to paint them, you can change the look of old plates with some greenery or flowers. Simply use hot glue to attach sprigs of flowers or greens and maybe a bow or some other decoration and hang the plate on the wall.

Decoupage Plates

If you don’t want to paint, decoupage your plates. Use patterned scrapbook paper to die cut or hand cut cute shapes. Animals and flowers are always popular.

You can also use fabric to decoupage plates. Either cut a shape or cover the entire plate with fabric like you would with the scrapbook paper.

Use Mod Podge to glue the paper to the plate. You can also use Mod Podge as a sealer to easier cleaning.

Chalkboard Sign

If your plate has a decorative edge, it might make cute chalkboard sign. Use chalk paint to paint the center and leave the pretty edge. Then hang on the wall or use a plate stand to display. You can change the sign easily for different holidays or use it for inspirational quotes.

This chalkboard style plate from Ranch Life Gifts illustrates a creative way to use chalk paint to upcycles your dishes with lead plate that are no longer food safe. Plus discover more creative ways to upcycle dishes with lead paint that are no longer food safe.

This chalkboard style plate from Ranch Life Gifts illustrates a cute way to use chalk paint to upcycle your dishes with lead plate that are no longer food safe. You can also use this same concept to create an upcycled plate, chalkboard countdown calendar for Christmas.

Creative ways to decorate your home with vintage dishes with decorative lead paint that are no longer food safe.

Upcycle Dishes to Use As a Backdrop

For more creative ways to upcycle dishes, use plates to decorate your mantel or on a desk or buffet table. Set a larger plate on a stand and then add candlesticks, vases, and other items in the same color scheme.

This is an easy and inexpensive way to decorate. Shop your own home for objects that would look cute grouped together.

Make Creative Centerpieces with Upcycled Dishes

Larger dinner plates or serving trays with lead paint can’t be used for food, but they can still be used as centerpiece. Add potpourri or flowers to make a cute centerpiece.

Change your centerpiece with the seasons by using pine cones, Easter eggs, or dried berries for Christmas.

Make Unique DIY Garden & Yard Art You can use plates, bowls, and cups in your yard, flower beds, or on your patio. For bowls, paint them red and add some white polka dots to create a cute mushroom for the yard like this example of vintage dish mushroom from Blue Cottage Creation.

Make Unique DIY Garden & Yard Art

You can use plates, bowls, and cups in your yard, flower beds, or on your patio. For bowls, paint them red and add some white polka dots to create a cute mushroom for the yard like this example of vintage dish mushrooms from Blue Cottage Creation.

You can also attach a coffee cup to the center of a dinner plate to make a flower. Attach to a stake and place in your yard or flower beds for whimsical flowers.

This upcycled plate flower from Tambrey the Repurposer is a great example of one of the many ways to upcycle dishes for garden art.

This upcycled plate flower from Tambrey the Repurposer is a great example of one of the many ways to upcycle dishes for garden art.

Upcycled bird bath from vintage dishes from Mscenna on Etsy

You can even make an upcycled vintage dish bird bath, like this example from MsCenna.

Upcycled vintage teacup bird feeder idea from GoGoGarden

Or craft a fun teacup bird feeder, similar to this upcycled teacup bird feeder from GoGo Garden, for another cute way to upcycle vintage dishes.

Craft a Tiered Stand for Organizing or Decor

If you have three plates that match or coordinate in varying sizes, you can create a tiered stand. Use the biggest plate on the bottom and add an upside down wine glass or even a piece of wood or a glass shot glass or short vase as a spacer. Then add the middle sized plate and another spacer and then the smallest plate.

E6000 is the best glue to use for glass. Don’t use this tiered stand for candy, but you can use it for flowers or other decorations and knick knacks.

Cute Way to Upcycle Dishes Into Planters

Upcycle bowls, tea cups or mugs as planters. I’m hesitant to plant in something that I know has lead paint, so I’d use a liner to hold the dirt and plant and set that inside the cup or bowl.

mosaic upcycled, teacup succulent wall planter from Peace by Piece Co.

For more way to upcycle dishes as planters, I really like this idea for a mosaic upcycled, teacup succulent wall planter from Peace by Piece Co. As well as this upcycled teacup, mosaic herb planter by Charming Deco Boutique.

Upcycle Dishes for Unique Home Lighting

While repurposed teacup candles are one of the more popular ways to upcycle dishes, this use is unfortunately not recommended other than for decorative purposes. As teacups aren’t designed to be reheated over and over again, like mason jars are, they can potentially explode while burning. 

However, you can upcycle your dishes to use as lamp bases and pendant lighting!

Upcycled teacup lamp from DAUSnGLO on etsy

I just love this idea for an upcycled teacup lamp from DAUSnGLO.

Creative Ways to Upcycle Dishes with Decorative Lead Paint for DIY Home Decor on a Budget. Don't toss your vintage dishes with decorative lead paint. Try one of these creative ways to upcycle dishes instead to create unique, DIY home decor and garden art! While no longer deemed safe for eating, you don't have to toss your favorite vintage dishes. Instead try one of these creative ways to upcycle dishes with lead paint to create unique, DIY home decor!

What are some of your favorite ways to upcycle dishes? I’d love to hear how you’ve repurposed your vintage dishes to create your own unique DIY home decor. So be sure to share your thoughts in the comments! And don’t forget to pin this post with creative ways to upcycle dishes for later reference.

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DIY Upcycled Washi Tape Planter

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DIY Easy Upcycled Planter - Made with Washi Tape and an Empty Vinegar ContainerI use so many gallon sized containers of vinegar every month – for everything from a homemade after shower spray to a natural and inexpensive laundry softener – that I wanted to  figure out something I could actually use these plastic containers for rather than just tossing them into the recycling bin. One of the quickest and easiest ways I thought of to upcycle these containers is to re-use them as pots for plants.

To make these pots, simply cut off the top of the container with sharp scissors – I used a knife to get started – wash thoroughly, then wrap with strips of your favorite washi tape. You can also make a small drain hole in the bottom if needed. Leave some of the plastic on your new pot exposed and you’ll be able to tell by how dark the soil is, whether or not it’s time to water.

I put one of my pepper plants in my pot while it’s waiting to be transplanted into the garden. However, these would be perfect for using container succulent gardens and for planting your favorite flowers and annual herbs.

Once I have three more of these vinegar containers emptied and ready for upcycing, I’m planning to use them with a dowel and eye hooks to create some new wall storage in my office.

Looking for more ways to re-use everyday containers? Be sure to check out my DIY Storage Box Organizer as well as my post on Creative Ways to Recycle Everyday Things. You can also follow me on Pinterest!

How do you recycle and upcycle everyday plastic containers?

Creative DIY Storage Solutions & Organization Ideas for the Home Made from Recycled, Upcycled and Repurposed Items

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Looking for ideas to better organize your space? Here are a few of my favorite frugal & creative DIY storage solutions and organizing ideas for the home that take the ordinary and turn them into the extraordinary – without having to spend a lot of money.

Creative DIY Storage Solutions & Organization Ideas for the Home

Take advantage of everyday items and repurpose, upcycle, and recycle them into something new and useful with these great organization ideas for the home from around the web!

Creative DIY Storage Solutions & Organization Ideas for the Home and Office Made from Recycled, Upcycled and Repurposed Items! Looking for ideas to better organize your space? Here are a few of my favorite frugal & creative DIY storage solutions and organizing ideas for the home that take the ordinary and turn them into the extraordinary - without having to spend a lot of money.

Organization Ideas for the Home

1. DIY Recycled Cereal Box Drawer Dividers via I Heart Organizing

2. Hanging Storage Bins Made From Recycled Plastic Disinfecting Wipes Containers via Make It & Love It

3. Repurposed Pill Box for Embellishment Storage via Better Homes & Gardens

4. Use a Shower Caddy for Organizing Notepads and Tools via Better Homes & Gardens

Creative DIY Storage Solutions & Organization Ideas for the Home and Office Made from Recycled, Upcycled and Repurposed Items! Looking for ideas to better organize your space? Here are a few of my favorite frugal & creative DIY storage solutions and organizing ideas for the home that take the ordinary and turn them into the extraordinary - without having to spend a lot of money.

Brilliant Repurposed Storage & Organizing Ideas

1. DIY Organizer from an Old Window via My So Called Crafty Life

2. DIY Washi Tape Holder via Julie Ann Art

3. Repurpose Tea Cups and Saucers into Drawer Organizers via Martha Stewart

4. Use Empty Tic Tac Containers to Create Ribbon Dispensers via Craft and Creativity

5. Repurpose French Drains into Craft Storage Space for Holding Skeins of Yarn, Mason Jars, Spray Paints and More via Sew Many Ways

Creative DIY Storage Solutions & Organization Ideas for the Home and Office Made from Recycled, Upcycled and Repurposed Items! Looking for ideas to better organize your space? Here are a few of my favorite frugal & creative DIY storage solutions and organizing ideas for the home that take the ordinary and turn them into the extraordinary - without having to spend a lot of money.

Creative DIY Storage Solutions

1. Use a Peg Board to Maximize Kitchen (or Craft Room) Storage Space via Real Living

2. Create a Mail Station and Additional Shelf Space with Repurposed Magazine Files via Real Living

3. Stack Wooden Boxes and Hold Them Together With Binder Clips via Livet Hemma

4. Recycle an Old Book and Canned Food Tins into Pencil Cups with Style via The 3 R’s Blog

5. Decorate and Reuse Glass Jars for Craft Storage via House to Home

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Everyday Homemaking Tips

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I had such a great response to my homemaking tips last week – Helpful Tips for Everyday Success and Household Tips for Organizing and Living – that I decide to put together another collection of everyday homemaking tips for busy moms and homemakers. (Also be sure to check out my January 2013 post for the New Year – Frugal Tips for Saving Money!)

12 Everyday Homemaking Tips for Busy Moms and Homemakers! #tips #lifetips #lifehack #lifehacks #diy #diytips #lifestyle #homemaking

Everyday Homemaking Tips

1.) Use Coffee Filters for More Than Just Coffee. Coffee filters are multi-purpose. Grab them when in need of a substitute for something you don’t have. They’re great for cleaning glass and computer monitors. Detox your stinky shoes by filling a filter with baking soda, tying off with a rubber band and placing in your sneakers. Or you can even use it as a dryer sheet by placing a few drops of fabric softener on the filter, rubbing together, than folding in half.

2.) Sheet Storage. Store your sheet sets together in a pillow case. Not only does this keep the entire set together, but it makes for neater and more compact storage.

3.) DIY Watering Can. Take an old laundry detergent container and drill holes in the lid for an instant watering can that not only allows you to recycle a disposable container, but is sturdy enough to hold up to continued use. Plus there are no worries about water sloshing out!

4.) Keep Brown Sugar Soft. Use a marshmallow in your brown sugar to keep it soft.

5.) Ketchup Bottle as Pancake Batter Dispenser. Repurpose an empty ketchup bottle into a pancake batter dispenser and pour the right amount every time! It’s also less messy and it makes it easier for making smiley face pancakes for the kids!

6.) Organize Upright. Create more room for your flatware by storing it upright rather than laying it down. I am constantly running out of room for my knives, forks and spoons and they often spill over into the next one’s cubby. This solves that problem and allows you add more silverware to your collection for those holiday get togethers.

Create a DIY Kitchen Command Center. Keep all of your scheduling and menu planning in one place with a well organized kitchen command center. Your command center should feature a menu planning board, dry erase note board, magnet boards, and chore charts.

7.) Create a Kitchen Command Center. Keep all of your scheduling and menu planning in one place with a well organized kitchen command center. Your command center should feature a menu planning board, dry erase note board, magnet boards, and chore charts.

8.) Doggy Drawer. The dog doesn’t live in the garage, so why store his food there? Instead use a deep drawer for keeping your pup’s kibble along with a handy scoop for when it’s time to dish out dinner.

Nix Stains with Pantry Staples. Treat a variety of common clothing stains with products you have in your pantry. Egg yolk and luke warm water will remove a coffee stain. Just allow to set for a minute or two, then rinse. Get rid of blood stains, but immersing the fabric in very cold water, then sprinkling heavily with salt. Scrub with soap and rinse.

9.) Nix Stains with Pantry Staples. Treat a variety of common clothing stains with products you have in your pantry. Egg yolk and luke warm water will remove a coffee stain. Just allow to set for a minute or two, then rinse. Get rid of blood stains, but immersing the fabric in very cold water, then sprinkling heavily with salt. Scrub with soap and rinse. Plus more!

10.) Lemon as Cutting Board Cleaner. Use a fresh cut lemon to clean your wood and plastic cutting boards. Squeeze the lemon juice on your board and allow to sit for 20 minutes before rinsing. Voila!

11.) Use Baking Soda for Everything. Baking soda is the perfect household staple as it’s great for everything from cleaning to deodorizing to hygiene. Use it in the fridge to keep odors away, as a mouthwash rinse, to clean grills, and even as part of your laundry routine.

12.) Revive Old Paint Brushes. You can revive old paint brushes by soaking them in hot vinegar then washing with regular old soap and water. This removes old paint and softens the bristles.

I hope you enjoyed my collection of everyday homemaking tips. If you’re also looking for unique ways to organize your office, then be sure to also check out my post, Home Office Organizing Tips and DIY Projects.

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Eco-friendly alternatives to everyday conveniences.

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In our effort to save the earth, many of use have turned to recycling and eco-friendly alternatives to everyday products that fit into our lifestyle. Cloth napkins replacing paper towels, handmade laundry soap versus chemical laden detergents, and reusable grocery sacks in lieu of plastic grocery bags. However, there’s one thing our busy lifestyles are loathe to let go, and that is the convenience of many throw away products.

Eco-Friendly Alternatives

Swiffer Sweepers and Wet Jets are in nearly every household I’ve ever been in. Even my mom, who is a hard core recycler, owns a Wet Jet. The pads, however, are anything but earth friendly. Fortunately, there are eco-friendly alternatives that let you keep your cleaning tools and kick the guilt.

Canadian Crafter has come up with a very simple knit Swiffer cover for the Swiffer Sweeper. Even if you can’t knit, you can complete this project as the majority of the work is done on a loom. Use it once, then throw it in with your wash for the next time you clean. View the full instructions here.

In our effort to save the earth, many of use have turned to recycling and eco-friendly alternatives to everyday products that fit into our lifestyle. Explore some of these eco-friendly products that are not only earth friendly, but make your life easier as well!

Instructables even has a solution for your Swiffer Wet Jet made from old t-shirts and a wool blanket. Like the Sweeper pad, this alternative can also be washed and reused. The details are here. (Or buy handmade swiffer covers online.)

You can also refill the Wet Jet Solution container with your own eco-friendly mix. Just check out this how to on removing the cap on the container. Then try mixing up 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar and 2 tsp liquid Castile soap to add to your freshly emptied bottle. You can scent it as desired with a small amount of essential oil if you like.

More useful eco-friendly alternatives.

Here are a few other handmade alternatives to everyday necessities.

In our effort to save the earth, many of use have turned to recycling and eco-friendly alternatives to everyday products that fit into our lifestyle. Explore some of these eco-friendly products that are not only earth friendly, but make your life easier as well!

1. Instead of zipper bags, enclose your child’s lunch goodies in a Reusable Velcro Seal Snack Bag.

2. Skip the plastic straws, and opt for Bended Reusable Glass Straws made from the same material as Pyrex. (From Straws by Carli.)

3. Paper napkins just get thrown away. Not only are these Linen Napkins pretty, but they can be used over and over. (From Celina Mancurti.)

4. Don’t add more plastic to the landfills. Instead take these Reusable Produce Bags to the grocery with you when you shop. (From Love for Earth.)

5. Don’t waste paper pinning notes to the fridge. Keep track of chores and appointments with this Repurposed Eco-friendly Chalkboard. (From Half Pint Salvage.)

6. Need a catchall for everyday items? This Eco-friendly Repurposed Wool Sweater and Cotton Fabric Bucket is perfect for stashing baby’s toys. (From Loop Loft.)

Looking for more affordable, convenient and natural ways to clean your home? Then you must check out Grove Collaborative! I recently became a member and have been super impressed with their service, natural products selections, prices and shipping times. Plus their products help to make it easier for families to make the switch to healthy, non-toxic home and personal care products

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If you’re looking for other affordable, convenient and natural ways to clean your home, then you must check out Grove Collaborative! As a member of Grove Collaborative I have been super impressed with their service, natural products, prices and shipping times. Plus their eco-friendly products help to make it easier for families to make the switch to healthy, non-toxic home and personal care products.

Sign up for Grove Collaborative now and receive a free Mrs. Meyer’s Trio + Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges! You’ll be thrilled discover some of the cleanest and greenest cleaning sets dedicated to making your home healthy and beautiful! I promise you will absolutely LOVE them! Learn more here.

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