Top 10 Most Popular Projects from 2021

Top 10 Projects from 2021

When the end of the year comes, I love to look back at all the projects to see what the Top 10 were according to Color Me Thrifty readers.

So, I went into my google analytics to check which projects received the most visits in 2021, and this year, once again, the Top 10 were a mix of indoor and outdoor projects.

Creating these projects was so much fun, and I hope you see some of your favorites.

Easy DIY paper roses bouquet in vintage mason jar with burlap ribbon trim

10. DIY Rolled Paper Roses

I used plain old cardstock paper to make these easy roses, and I repurposed something that might surprise you as the stems.

Repurposing things in unusual ways is one of my favorite things to do, and sometimes it’s the things you don’t even really notice that play a crucial part of a project.

spray painted garden junk flower in garden

9. Garden Art Flower from Thrift Store Finds

This super easy flower was created from some repurposed thrift store finds, and looked great beside the yellow ligularia in my front garden.

This project came out of a challenge that I gave myself at a local thrift store to find 3 things during that shopping visit that I could make into a repurposed garden art flower.

Create an easy DIY reversible rag heart wreath for your Valentine's Day home decor

8. Easy DIY Heart Rag Wreath

I love to make wreaths all year round, but this heart wreath for Valentine’s Day was especially satisfying. It takes bit of time, but it’s super easy, and it’s well worth it.

decoupaged peanut butter jars with fabric selvages

7. Decoupaged Peanut Butter Jars

This project was part of a quest of mine to make storage out of everyday things. Things that would normally end up in the garbage, or in my recycle bin.

I love crunchy peanut butter, and now I love repurposing the jars almost as much.

Almost. lol.

DIY repurposed beer cap flowers

6. Repurposed Beer Cap Flowers & 10 Ways to Use Them

I’m not a beer drinker, so I give my hubby John a big assist with this project.

I saved them up for quite a while not knowing what I was going to do with them, and then one day I was playing around with them in my craft studio and… voila… beer cap flowers.

Repurposed garden hose Christmas tree with mini lights and light reflector tree topper

5. Repurposed Garden Hose Christmas Tree

This project just shows that you really can make a tree out of so many repurposed things, like an expandable garden hose that sprang a couple of leaks.

I just couldn’t bring myself to throw it away because I loved the color and texture.

Repurposed wooden spoons wind chime with wooden rolling pin

4. Repurposed Wooden Spoons Wind Chime

I love to make wind chimes, and this project was inspired by wooden spoons that I found at the dollar store.

With some spray paint and pretty beading, it really makes a statement… and it sounds like those bamboo chimes of old.

Wooden bread box makeover using spray paint and lace

3. Wooden Bread Box Makeover With Lace

In my world there’s nothing that can transform most anything as quickly and easily as spray paint.

Throw some lace into the mix and the creative possibilities are pretty endless.

How to DIY Scrapbook paper stairs makeover

2. Decoupaged Scrapbook Paper Stairs Makeover

I am a girl who loves color, and I love mixing patterns in the colors that I love.

So, the fact that my scrapbook stairs makeover came so high in the Top 10 makes my year. I’m obviously not afraid of color, and I want to inspire others to use it more freely because it really can make your home smile.

And the number one project of 2021?

Even though this project was just posted in December it took off and somehow became the most visited of the entire year.

So I guess gnomes really are a thing! lol.

DIY Christmas gnomes from repurposed air freshener container and knee sock

1. DIY Gnomes from Repurposed Air Fresheners

Even though I grew up with gnomes and elves around me during the Christmas season, this was my first DIY gnomes project ever.

You can repurpose used air freshener containers, or you can also use new containers and enjoy the scent while your enjoying your gnomes.

And that’s it! The most popular posts of 2021.

See you in 2022!

It would be greatly appreciated if you would pin this project to your favorite Pinterest board, and also share it with your friends.


Thanks so much for reading and until next time,

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. You always have such great ideas for repurposing things, Tuula. Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us in 2022. Happy New Year!

  2. Great projects Tuula! My favs are the garden art flowers and the breadbox makeover! 🙂


    1. Thanks Tania! Flowers are always my favorite, whether outside or inside. 🙂

  3. Rebecca Payne says:

    Thank you for ALL of your posts in 2021. Happy New Year

  4. Debra Hubbs says:

    Was trying to pick my favorite of these but it’s a tie between the gnomes and those windchimes. I think the most ingenious are the bottle cap flowers. Both my husband and sons drink beer so I could sure make a garden out of those lol. Also love those roses and that wreath is so cute. Wishing you a very happy, healthy, safe and productive new year. Looking forward to your new posts.