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Do-it-yourselfers give new life to old dinnerware

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The vintage-plate-decorating project upcycled with modern letter print described on the lifestyle blog "angel in the north" is shown in its completed form. The blog is run by Anna Nicholson of West Yorkshire, England.

Anna Nicholson/Angel in the North

Two plates displaying original monster characters created by crafting blogger, Christine Dinsmore, who describes her plate-decorating project on the blog "The Plumed Nest," in Portland, Ore.

The Plumed Nest

A vintage plate is upcycled with a modern letter "E," filled in with a Sharpie, to complete a plate-decorating project.

Anna Nicholson/Angel in the North

A vintage plate upcycled with a modern letter cutout traced by pen is seen for a project described on the lifestyle blog "angel in the north."

Anna Nicholson/Angel in the North

This kit is sold at the Etsy store by "Tea Times Creations," run by Marceli Botticelli of Franklin, Mass. Kits include fittings, drill bits and instructions and some include teacups that are filled with soy candle wax and saucers.

Marceli Botticelli/Tea Times Creations

Tea Times Creations shows the final product of an upcycled-vintage-china project.

Marceli Botticelli/Tea Times Creations

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LilBlueBoo.com shows the final result of a project making a key chain made out of broken china.

Ashley Hackshaw/LilBlueBoo.com

Ashley Hackshaw, a blogger who writes Lil Blue Boo in Palm Desert, Calif., uses a rotary tool to make a hole in a broken piece of china to create the key chain.

Ashley Hackshaw/LilBlueBoo.com

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Outdated table settings, such as a stack of your grandmother's old plates or a bundle of used mugs you scooped up at Salvation Army, can find fresh life with a little TLC. All it takes is a marker or a drill and a basic plan.
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    • The vintage-plate-decorating project upcycled with modern letter print described on the lifestyle blog “angel in the north” is shown in its completed form. The blog is run by Anna Nicholson of West Yorkshire, England.
    • Two plates displaying original monster characters created by crafting blogger, Christine Dinsmore, who describes her plate-decorating project on the blog “The Plumed Nest,” in Portland, Ore.
    • A vintage plate is upcycled with a modern letter “E,” filled in with a Sharpie, to complete a plate-decorating project.
    • A vintage plate upcycled with a modern letter cutout traced by pen is seen for a project described on the lifestyle blog “angel in the north.”
    • This kit is sold at the Etsy store by “Tea Times Creations,” run by Marceli Botticelli of Franklin, Mass. Kits include fittings, drill bits and instructions and some include teacups that are filled with soy candle wax and saucers.
    • Tea Times Creations shows the final product of an upcycled-vintage-china project.
    • LilBlueBoo.com shows the final result of a project making a key chain made out of broken china.
    • Ashley Hackshaw, a blogger who writes Lil Blue Boo in Palm Desert, Calif., uses a rotary tool to make a hole in a broken piece of china to create the key chain.
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