Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

Unleash Your Creativity with DIY Crafts and Art Projects

Calling all DIY-ers! Are you struggling to find inspiration for your next project, even after hours of online searching? Don’t worry “”  Goodwill has you covered!

As a DIY paradise, Ohio Valley Goodwill is filled with literally hundreds of materials and supplies for just about any craft or art project under the sun. If you feel like you’re running out of ideas, here are three easy examples to help revive your creativity:  

DIY Jewelry Tray

Nothing’s more frustrating than realizing your necklaces are tangled in knots, or your favorite pair of earrings has gone missing. To keep your jewelry organized, untangled, and within reach, try designating a special tray for the pieces you wear most often.

Wooden tray from Ohio Valley Goodwill

Wooden Tray from Goodwill

Ohio Valley Goodwill has an array of wood, glass, metal, or plastic serving trays that can be reused for exactly this purpose! Once you find a tray in the size and shape you’re looking for, you can even customize it to match your home décor. One idea is to tape off certain sections before painting to give your tray a geometric design. For another fun look, use stick-on wallpaper to line the inside of the tray. Now you can display your jewelry with pride!

Bracelets from Goodwill

Bracelets from Goodwill

P.S. While you’re shopping at Goodwill, take a minute to browse our selection of necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, brooches, and more. We bet you’ll find some awesome accessories to fill your new jewelry tray!

Creative Clothing Crafts

If you prefer DIY projects that are wearable, Goodwill is the place for you! Shop at Goodwill to find an endless assortment of clothing for experimenting with tie-dyeing, bleach-dyeing, or dip-dyeing in different colors.

Navy Baseball Tee from Goodwill with "Toledo 72" graphic

Baseball Tee from Goodwill

Blue tshirt from Goodwill with basketball player

T-shirt from Goodwill

Aside from dyeing clothes, you could also reimagine fabric pieces in totally new ways. How about a super soft quilt or pillow made from t-shirts of all your favorite sports teams or musical artists? A comfy flannel could also be repurposed into a stylish headband, a mug sleeve for your morning coffee, or even a cozy scarf. Fall is coming soon, so be sure to check your local Goodwill store for supplies you can use for spooky crafts and Halloween costume ideas for the entire family!

Picture Perfect Gallery Wall

Do you have a blank wall in your home that you can’t figure out how to fill? Create a DIY gallery wall!

A gallery wall is a perfect solution when you’re feeling indecisive because you don’t have to settle on just one or two pieces of art to hang up. The whole point is to fill the wall with as many pieces as you like! However, finding all the frames and artwork to create your gallery wall can quickly become expensive. To save money (and time), shop at Goodwill to find a selection of photo frames, canvases, posters, and creative wall art. You’re guaranteed to snag a ton of great, inexpensive options for your wall!

Frames from Goodwill outlet store

Frames from Goodwill

Photo frames on display on a shelf

Frames from Goodwill

To give your gallery wall a cohesive look, try painting the frames in coordinating colors. Or, go the elegant route with all gold frames. A little spray paint will go a long way!


In addition to repurposed paintings, posters, and artwork from Goodwill, you can also pull together your favorite photos, sentimental souvenirs, and postcards and display them in the frames. When deciding on a layout, a good tip is to tape sheets of paper in the same sizes as your frames to your wall so you can get the look you’re after. This way, when it’s time to hang everything up, you won’t have to move nails or make any rearrangements!

Ready to Start Your Next Project?

No matter what exciting DIY craft projects you have planned, Ohio Valley Goodwill is the place to find all the supplies you need to try any one of these crafts, all at budget-friendly prices. Who knows, your next Goodwill shopping trip may even spark inspiration for an original project that’s all your own!

To get started today, find an Ohio Valley Goodwill retail store near you. We have 19 retail stores in and around Greater Cincinnati to make it easy! Happy crafting!