Thursday, March 26, 2015

"F" is for Fresh Cut Wood Banners

diy fabric banners


Wood lovers this one's for you.  Today I'm sharing a quirky little fabric banner: I (heart) fresh cut wood.  Because I know there are definitely some of you readers out there who love fresh cut wood just as much as me.  It smells like heaven! 


I recently had the opportunity to try the new custom fabric offered at Zazzle.  The options are endless when it comes to customizing, you truly can make just about any design but I choose a lettered print.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

"E" is for Egg Centerpiece

diy plastic egg centerpiece


An very simple Easter craft using items you probably already have on hand: plastic Easter eggs and bamboo skewers.


This plastic egg centerpiece adds so much color and a touch of whimsy and it's definitely a project the kids can do (with adult supervision).

Monday, March 23, 2015

"L" is for Loft Bed with Lego Storage & Work Space

diy loft bed with lego storage and work space


A giant build to share with you today thank you to my fellow buildy blogger Jen at House of Wood, she put together the plans for this awesome loft bed with lego storage and work space!


My son was begging for a loft bed and I wanted to make the most use of the space below by designing the bed to fit 2 Ikea Trofast storage towers underneath for legos.  Plus a lego workspace where he can leave out his incomplete projects without cluttering up our Family Room.


The work space is very generous (the table here measures 32"w x 48"l),  Jen's plans make use of the whole width under the bed.  Our table is slightly narrower because I used a scrap piece of plywood and also it does leave a bit of space on the ladder side for feet to poke through.

I put felt on the bottom of the table legs so it easily slides out into the room for more maneuverability.

Friday, March 20, 2015

"W" is for Willy Wonka Party

diy Wonka birthday party

If you follow me on Instagram then you know I was busy last week preparing for my daughter's 9th birthday party Wonka style.  Today I'm sharing all the details, sources and how to on everything I made for this diy wonka birthday party.

Let's start with the invites: wonka bars.  If you search the internet there are multiple wonka graphics out there, find one you like and then use picmonkey to make the candy bar wrappers.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

"E" is for Egg Place Cards

diy egg place cards


Spring is here friends and that means Easter is around the corner.  Today I'm over at Pretty Handy Girl with fellow diyer Brittany sharing these egg placecards.

Click on over to see how easy it is to make eggs on a stick for your Spring table.


Friday, March 13, 2015

"G" is for Gumball Machine

diy gumball machine


Time to raid the scrap wood pile again to make this simple gumball machine.  Now technically it's not a machine but more of a candy jar however it does make an easy craft for a kids birthday party and that is my goal here.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

"O" is for Outdoor Build Projects

5 diy outdoor build projects
As we are on the verge of Spring and thinking about all things outdoors I rounded up a few outdoor build projects from last summer.


Get some good use out of your outdoor patio and build this giant trestle style dining table that comfortably seats 10.  Free plans here.

Friday, March 6, 2015

"D" is for Decorator Letters

diy knock off decorator letters


Grab your jigsaw and some plywood because you can definitely DIY these decorator letters.  They make a huge statement for very minimal cost (and a fun birthday gift for my daughter's friend too!).





Their letters cost $79 each, that's crazy talk too me!  (To do the math 4 letters would be $316 - are you kidding?)  I used 1/2" plywood scraps to make my version but all you need for one letter is a 1/2" plywood handy panel (2' x 4') which runs about $15.  You might even be able to fit two letters on one panel if you're lucky.  Also you could use 1/2" MDF which is cheaper and makes those curvy cuts super smooth.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

"S" is for Swap It: Repurposed Trivet

DIY marker holder made from a wood trivet.


Hello to everyone coming from Queen of Everything and welcome to Flea Market Swap!  Charlotte at Ciburbanity organized 33 bloggers for this massive swap and I'm so happy to partake.


Today is the third posting day for the Flea Market Swap series and me along with Cassie at Primitive & Proper, Heather at Queen of Everything, Danielle at Finding Silver Pennies, Jen at Migonis Home and Bee at Windgate Lane are here to share our flea market makeovers.

 Heather from Queen of Everything sent me the following items:


What a great collection she sent!  The little copper pan is beautiful.  The task was to repurpose the items so I took the wood trivet and made it into a marker holder:

Monday, March 2, 2015

"T" is for Turf Projects

4 diy turf projects


Since a majority of us still have snow on the ground and it doesn't look like Spring will be here anytime soon I thought it would be a good time to share some diy astroturf projects.  If we can't even see the real grass then we might as well bring out the fake stuff!

Astroturf is relatively inexpensive - one large 6' x 8' piece is under $20 and you can get a lot of projects from that one piece.  I've also seen smaller 3' x 5' rug sizes and even the little 4" square samples could be used to make coasters.

Friday, February 27, 2015

"C" is for Caddy Gift

diy gift caddy with free plans


Make this easy caddy from scrap wood and you have a perfect last minute birthday gift!  And I have the free plans for you down below too.


It's so versatile.
I loaded this caddy with art supplies but wouldn't it be great for hair supplies or make up for the older girls?



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"S" is for Spilling the Beans: Q & A

Something out of the ordinary today - I was asked by Porch to do a question and answer style post.  And since I rarely talk personal here's your chance to get to know a little more about me!  


If you haven't heard of Porch yet they are an online network where you can find the right professionals with referrals for all your home projects.  It's a grand home improvement network for those projects that are beyond DIY, Porch helps you find reputable peeps.

For this Q & A I'll be answering a few questions here and then you'll want to click over to the Porch Advice Blog to read the other juicy half.

What's your DIY weapon of choice?

Sliding compound miter circular saw


My real weapon of choice is my hands, they're invaluable to me so don't drill through your pointer finger ever!  It really hurts and the nerve took 2 months to come back.

Words of wisdom for someone remodeling on a budget?

Use what you have first and foremost.  I always shop my house first including my basement which is full of cast offs and wood scraps.  Lots of things can be transformed into something else with a little imagination, maybe rebuild it or add some paint.  I like to pretend there is a zero budget, collect everything I have and can use for the remodel and then make the purchases that I really want.

What's the weirdest thing you've collected?

Railing spindles.


No project plans yet but I'm holding on to them because they're so skinny, twisty and spindly.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

"P" is for Privacy Curtain

diy simple privacy curtain


The loft space was all refreshed and my kids were happily making use of it when they declared "Mom wouldn't be great if we had a curtain for privacy?".  I obliged and made this simple privacy curtain using supplies I already had on hand: copper pipe, a white sheet and book rings.


And now the loft space is private!

Friday, February 20, 2015

"C" is for Candy Button Zipper Pouches

diy candy button zipper pouches


This just might be the most outrageous diy project I have conjured up in my lifetime but when my daughter decided she wanted a Willy Wonka birthday party all things normal went out the window.  So today I am sharing how to make candy button zipper pouches using real candy buttons which will be the favors at her birthday party.


It's official since I already sent out this cute little save the date graphic I made up.


The candy buttons ARE NOT EDIBLE anymore because they have been sealed with clear gloss polyurethane which is the only way I could figure out how to keep the buttons adhered to the paper and protect the sugar and paper from moisture (humidity, moist fingers, liquids in general).