DIY Family Junk Projects

Do you and your family love hunting for hidden treasures at garage sales, antique shops and consignment stores? Well, those one-of-a-kind pieces that you’re searching for are actually right under your nose: in your own home! With a little work, you and your loved ones can easily turn your knick knacks and dust collectors into something new and beautiful.

Whether you’re looking to revamp furniture, create some new accessories or make one-of-a-kind accent pieces for your home, we’ve got plenty of ideas! Here are three fun, unique and creative DIY projects that you can do together as a family:

Wooden shelf display


Are you looking for more shelving in your den, bathroom or study? This DIY project is the perfect solution for added storage in your home, and it will also allow you to show off your family photos, keepsakes or favorite mementos.

Materials needed:

  • Wood box or wooden chest
  • Spare pieces of wood for shelving (if needed)
  • Spray paint
  • Frame


Step 1: Remove the back of an old wooden box or the top of a wooden chest.

Step 2: Separate the pieces of wood you removed and place them inside to make shelves that fit inside the box.

Step 3: For extra charm, fasten a frame from an old piece of art onto the front of the unit.

Step 4: Paint the box or, for a more authentic look, leave the box as-is.

Message center chalkboard



This project will allow you to transform a vintage mirror into a sophisticated message center that you and your entire family can enjoy. Not only is this a great décor piece for your kitchen or office, but it’s also useful! Feel free to leave messages for one another, hang photos, or attach important notes by using the board’s magnetic power.

Materials needed:

  • Painters tape
  • Antique mirror
  • Magnetic spray paint
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Paint


Step 1: Cover the frame of the mirror by using painters tape.

Step 2: Spray a coat of magnetic spray paint onto the mirror. Let dry. Apply as many coats as necessary, until magnets successfully stick to the board.

Step 3: Apply a layer of chalkboard paint and let dry.

Step 4: Hand paint the frame.

Mason jar glitter globe

DIY_mason jar

Are you constantly wondering what to do with the empty mason jars in your garage or cupboards? Quirky and fun, this project is perfect for kids and they are bound to get a kick out of it!

Materials needed:

  • Mason jar
  • Blue food coloring
  • Glitter
  • Water
  • Glue gun
  • Small plastic toy

Step 1: Twist off the lid of the mason jar and remove the circular plastic piece inside the lid.

Step 2: Use a hot glue gun and adhere the plastic toy to the mason jar lid. Let it dry.

Step 3: Fill the mason jar with water, and then add a drop of blue food coloring and glitter.

Step 4: Replace lid tightly and shake gently.

Step 5: Turn the jar upside down and watch the glitter fall.

Which of these DIY projects are you most excited about? Tell us why!

Sam Landa is Content Manager and social media manager at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Sustainability, and in her spare time, she enjoys playing live music and writing. Connect with Sam on  or LinkedIn.

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