DIY Wood Crate Tractor Toy Box Instructions - DIY Wood Crate Furniture Ideas Projects, but instead of a tractor do a yellow and black backhoe and make the scoop a bean bag chair to give it a duel purpose!
If you don't have a fireplace, but still want to hang stockings and decorate a mantel, you can craft one out of cardboard! Using cardboard display boards (ones students use for science projects), you can build a realistic (and lightweight) fireplace.
PVC pipes can be a great organization and storage solution on a budget. Here youc an create a darling craft caddy for storing markers, paint brushes, or other crafting supplies just with some PVC pipes and a lazy susan!