Thursday, October 27, 2016

DIY Wood Turkey Place Card Holder

Who loves to make crafts with wood?  Me of course so what's more appropriate for Thanksgiving than a wood turkey place card holder?  I shared this bright and cheery craft project over at Lolly Jane.

It's a super easy wood craft that the kids can get involved in by painting the feathers.  See all the details here.

Looking for more Thanksgiving decor ideas and project inspiration?

How about these GOOBLE wood place mats?

Or a whole round up of Thanksgiving decor projects here:

Friday, October 21, 2016

DIY Moon Doll Bassinet

It's Friday friends and that means another gift build for the Handbuilt Holiday series.  Today Ana White and I are revealing the diy moon doll bassinet with free plans to build your own.

diy moon doll bassinet

As promised we share a new plan every Friday through Christmas for a project you can build in time for the holidays.  This is the 4th year of this series and we truly enjoy coming up with new builds every year.

handbuilt holiday series

diy moon doll bassinet

This moon doll bassinet was inspired by the baby doll bassinet at Pottery Barn Kids.  Their version retails for $99 plus shipping, I made my version from scrap wood.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

DIY Framed Pinboard

diy framed pinboard

Make your own pinboard any size to fit your space using homasote.  I'm over at Pretty Handy Girl today sharing how to make a diy framed pinboard.  Get all the details on this easy project that looks super fancy here.

diy framed pinboard

Friday, October 14, 2016

Toddler Size Scooter Ride On

Week 2 of the Handbuilt Holiday series and we have the cutest little diy scooter ride on made from scrap wood!

diy toddler size scooter ride on toy

For those of you just joining us Ana White and I are sharing a new gift plan every Friday until Christmas in our annual Handbuilt Holiday series.  You can see the past three years worth of gift builds here and get your Christmas list started!

handbuilt holiday series 2016

Today we are sharing a project that was on the list for last year but never made it to publish.  Thankfully Ana now has the free plans for you to build this super fun scooter ride on toy!  

diy toddler size scooter ride on toy

How cute is my little model?  And yes she is sitting backwards on the scooter but that's okay, she's 14 months old.

Friday, October 7, 2016

DIY Pretend Play Market

It's a big day as we share the first gift build in the Handbuilt Holiday series for 2016 and we're starting with this DIY pretend play market. 

diy pretend play market

Thank you for joining Ana White and myself for another year of Handbuilt Holiday gift builds.  Each year we come up with 12 gift projects you can build and give for the holidays and we have free plans for all of them!

handbuilt holiday series 2016

We always begin in October with the bigger, more complicated builds so you have time to complete them before the holidays roll around.  Ana has the plans for this pretend play market today, isn't it the cutest idea and so versatile too!

diy pretend play market

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

How to Make a Sugar Skull Wreath

 Make this super easy sugar skull wreath using dollar store faux flowers and a pool noodle.

diy sugar skull wreath

Halloween is just around the corner and although we had our Day of the Dead party back in September now is the perfect time to display this wreath.  Plus it's colorful and fresh and not too scary.

diy sugar skull wreath

I actually borrowed this idea from Rebecca at The Crafted Sparrow who shared a beautiful version with felt flowers here.  I swapped out the felt flowers for faux silk flowers and used fabric in place of ribbon.  I'll show you how down below.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Handbuilt Holiday 2016 Giveaway

Friends I can hardly believe I am writing this but I am honored to announce I have partnered up with Ana White again for our annual Handbuilt Holiday series!  

handbuilt holiday 2016

Can you believe this is the 4th year of this series?!!!  What?!  Just for kicks I found the original email from August 2013 when I proposed this crazy idea:

Funny how a possibility becomes a reality and so much has happened since that email.  Every year Ana and I work really hard to scour the internet for handbuilt project ideas that are new, different, useful, fun and mostly great for gift giving because this series is all about making holiday gifts.

We will begin the 2016 series on Friday, October 7th and post one new gift plan every Friday until Christmas.

A little peek at past builds to get your project list started.

2015 was dynamite:
handbuilt holiday 2015

2014 had some steller ideas:

handbuilt holiday 2014

And 2013, our first year, had some cute builds too:

handbuilt holiday 2013

To celebrate and kickoff this year's series we have partnered with a few of our favorite brands to offer an awesome giveaway bundle of tools worth almost $500.  This giveaway includes a Kreg K5 pocket hole jig, the Ryobi Tools Ulitmate Combo kit and a $50 gift card to The Home Depot.  What a great holiday gift that would make for some lucky DIYer!!

handbuilt holiday 2016 giveaway

Enter the giveaway below.  This giveaway is open to entrants 18 years and older who reside in the U.S.  One winner will be selected at random on Friday, October 7th, 2016.

Good luck!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Build an Outdoor Cabana Lounge

One of the awesome things about DIY means you can dream up wild and crazy projects like this outdoor cabana lounge build.  I've always wanted a lazy lounge space in our backyard and with the help of my friend Ana White my dreams have come true.

diy outdoor cabana lounge

I first spotted this idea in my buildy friend Liz from Smart Girls DIY Instagram feed:

Smart Girls DIY palapa inspiration

Clearly this palapa structure is from a vacation destination spot and of course I want my backyard to feel like a vacation!  But looking at that frame and considering the support and angles I knew I needed Ana to step in and sketch up plans.  Lucky for us she has the free plans available here!

kids outdoor cabana

Of course my goal was to complete this project over the summer but time has a way of slipping and now summer has turned to Fall.  That's okay we can still make use of the outdoor cabana lounge and boy is it ever cozy!

Monday, September 26, 2016

DIY Painted Farmyard Wall Mural in Kids Bathroom

I spent this past summer in the bathrooms at my kids school painting wall murals so I thought it was only fair to write a blog post about the process.  Today I'm sharing the farmyard wall mural in the girl's bathroom.

diy painted farmyard wall mural

Truth be told I have never painted an entire wall mural before and I was shocked at how long it actually took to complete the project!  But I was loving the process so no complaints and my apologies for the lighting in these photos.  Below is the main wall completed:

diy painted farmyard wall mural

I started with this boring, plain white wall with an awful toothpaste colored stripe running in the middle:

diy painted farmyard wall mural

And the AFTER:

diy painted farmyard wall mural

There seems to be some debate about mirrors which I'm not involved in although I think they are only appropriate and necessary.  At any rate that's the reason it looks a little bare over the sinks.

diy painted farmyard wall mural

I used almost all Benjamin Moore latex paints in Eggshell finish, sample pots are great for getting lots of colors.

diy painted farmyard wall mural

I'm not sure what propelled me to place the tire swing around the paper towel dispenser but I did and it works.  All the little details were so much fun to paint, I kept wanting to add more and more but knowing I had another bathroom to complete I stopped short of going overboard.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

DIY Framed Pumpkins

Bring on Fall and all the pumpkins please.  What's a girl to do with scrap wood in Fall? make pumpkins and framed them of course!

diy framed pumpkins

Today I'm over at Brittany's blog Pretty Handy Girl sharing exactly how I made this framed pumpkin decor.  Simple and low cost with a huge impact, click here for instructions.

diy framed pumpkins

And if you're curious about the open shelving in my kitchen that is a DIY project too.  All the details including before pictures are here:

diy open wood shelving

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

How to Paint a Sugar Skull Backdrop

If you like no rules and funky designs then painting a sugar skull backdrop should be on your project list.  This sugar skull backdrop is a great statement piece for any Halloween party.

how to paint a sugar skull backdrop

Below I'll share how I painted this large sugar skull backdrop for our recent back to school party.

diy sugar skull backdrop

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  • 1/2" plywood (30" x 40" or desired size)
  • matte white & black paint
  • paint brushes (various sizes)
  • pencil
  • multiple colors acrylic paint (I recommend DecoArt Americana Gloss Enamels)

how to paint a sugar skull backdrop

Step 1: Cut plywood to desired size and sand edges.  Paint the basic skull shape using matte white, two coats will be necessary.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

DIY Painted Stripe Runner

Getting fancy in the laundry room with a painted stripe runner on the steps.  It's colorful, easy and inexpensive.

diy painted stripe runner

You may recall when I painted our basement staircase runner at our old house with the stars?  This time around I only have three short steps into the laundry room and I went with a more crisp, striped runner using red, white and blue:

diy painted stripe runner

It's super easy and fast with a little patience for drying time.  Let's look at the before:

laundry room wooden steps before

Pretty boring.  Dirty and scuffed up from use.  (Nevermind the hardware pieces sitting there sorry.)

Monday, September 12, 2016

Tabletop Rustic Wheelbarrow

Decorating for Fall after a long hot summer is the most fun and today I'm so excited to share my tabletop rustic wheelbarrow along with 24 other amazingly creative wheelbarrows in a virtual party!

diy tabletop rustic wheelbarrow

I choose to make my wheelbarrow tabletop size and it's just about the cutest thing you ever did see!  I used a small size crate and modified the plans for a reduced size, I'll show you how down below. 

Now you have a place to put those bazillion apples from the orchard because I know you'll come home with way more than you expected!

Or how about mini pumpkins?  Yes please!

diy tabletop rustic wheelbarrow mini pumpkins

As part of the virtual party I asked four of my DIY blogging friends to make their own version of the rustic wheelbarrow.  Wowzers they knock it out of the park with beautifully customized wheelbarrows that truly fit their styles:

Rustic wheelbarrow virtual party

Be sure to visit their blogs for more details on how they created their custom rustic wheelbarrows.

And if you're wanting to learn how to make a rustic wheelbarrow consider signing up for The Home Depot DIH Workshop:

Friday, September 9, 2016

Sugar Skull Halloween Party

We're celebrating two Fall birthdays with a sugar skull or Day of the Dead Halloween party and I thought I would share all the fun details.

Sugar skull or Day of the Dead Halloween Party

This is not your typical dark and scary Halloween party but completely the opposite.  If you're looking for a bright and colorful Halloween party theme then I highly suggest sugar skulls.  

I had so much fun pulling together all the party decor with a few purchased items and a few DIY handmade items which helps keep costs down and you can customize to your liking.

Sugar skull or Day of the Dead Halloween Party treat table

I decorated two rooms for this party, the treat table in the living room and the dining room for crafts:

Sugar skull or Day of the Dead Halloween Party decorations

For the treat table I painted the giant sugar skull backdrop on a piece of 1/2" plywood.  It's perfect for behind the table and makes a huge impact.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Do-It-Herself Rustic Wheelbarrow Workshop

September is here which means commence Fall decorating and what could be more fun than a wooden rustic wheelbarrow?  Even better you can learn to make a rustic wheelbarrow at the upcoming Do-It-Herself free workshop at The Home Depot!
DIH Workshop rustic wheelbarrow

To sign up for this workshop click here and enter your zip code for the nearest The Home Depot store location offering the rustic wheelbarrow workshop. 

DIH Workshop rustic wheelbarrow

The Home Depot offers worshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels: Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids.  Learn how to build decor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions.  Visit to learn more.

As a partner on the DIY Workshop team I've asked 4 of my blogging friends to join in on a virtual party whereby we will all be posting our custom versions of the rustic wheelbarrow along with 20+ other diy bloggers next Monday.  The creativity will be through the roof and I cannot wait to see all the rustic wheelbarrows!

rustic wheelbarrow virtual party

In the meanwhile don't forget to sign up for the in store DIH Workshop and be sure to follow me on social media for project sneak peeks!

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