Wednesday, December 30, 2015

DIY Shoe Storage Bench

diy shoe storage bench free plans

Hello friends.  Who's thinking about clearing out all that clutter now that the holidays are over?  I'm right there with you, it's overwhelming and chaotic and you just want to clear the decks and start fresh.  

Today I'm sharing a diy shoe storage bench with free plans made specifically to fit four large crates.  These crates corral and contain all the shoes, hats, gloves and mudroom accessories plus the bench provides a nice spot to sit while putting on those shoes.

diy shoe storage bench free plans

I've team up with Crates & Pallet to bring you this shoe storage bench plan.  We will use four of the large crates for this build but Crates & Pallet makes all types of crates, various sizes and shapes, you'll want to check out all the options.

To get you started on clearing the clutter Crates & Pallet is offering a giveaway to one lucky reader for a Home Depot $50 gift card!  If the holiday mess isn't motivation enough to clear the clutter than perhaps this giveaway will get you going.

clear the clutter Home Depot gift card giveaway

Monday, December 28, 2015

DIY Tic Tac Toe Game

diy tic tac toe game free plans

I hope everyone is enjoying their gifts, especially all those handbuilt gifts!  Today I'm sharing this tic tac toe game that's great for gift giving all year long.  Inspired by my fellow blogger Amy at Her Tool Belt who built an oversized tic tac toe game with free plans here:

diy tic tac toe game free plans

Amy's version uses 4x4's for the blocks and I love the chunky size and Christmas motif!  I made this smaller version using a 1 3/4" square dowel for the blocks:

diy tic tac toe game free plans

My plans for this smaller version are down below.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

DIY Fabric & Wood Coasters

diy fabric and wood coasters gift idea

Need a super last minute gift idea?  These fabric and wood coasters are a cinch to make and the look is super cozy.

diy fabric and wood coasters gift idea

I'm over at Pretty Handy Girl with my friend Brittany sharing how to make these fabric covered wood coasters.  Get all the details and step by step instructions here.

diy fabric and wood coasters gift idea

Friday, December 18, 2015

DIY Fishing Game

diy fishing game with storage

Today is the last gift plan for this year's Handbuilt Holiday series with Ana White and we have a super simple and easy to make diy fishing game for you.  I hope you've enjoyed seeing all the gift ideas over the past 12 weeks, it's been a joy to build each and every one and today's plan is no exception.

handbuilt holiday gift ideas

We still have 6 good building days left and I guarantee this fishing game will only take a few hours to complete.  Make a long box and cut out a few fish then you're good to go!

diy wood fishing game

The box stores all the pieces because we know toys work best when everything is contained and stored together.  (How many times have your kids received a toy with a bazillion pieces and no storage container?!  Makes you want to pull your hair out.)  I also made a lid for the box using 1/4" plywood and applied adhesive backed velcro to keep the lid in place.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Deck the Halls Mantel: DIY Spindle Candle Holders

repurposed spindles, simple Christmas mantel decor

How I repurposed old spindles into candle holders and went beserks on the mantel for Christmas 2015.  My buildy friend Jen at The House of Wood is hosting Deck the Halls DIY Style and today is my day to share.  

Jen hosted a similar series last December when we shared our DIY tables, there are some beautiful ideas there, but this year the focus is mantels or vignettes and I choose to repurpose some twisty old spindles into candle holders and flood my mantel with candles.

old railing spindles before

I've had these spindles for at least 5 years with no project in mind.  The twisted shape attracted me long ago and I've just held on to them, in all there were about 30 spindles.  Reluctantly I cut them into shorter pieces trusting my project would work out.

repurposed railing spindles Christmas mantel

And now they fill our Living Room mantel with a sea of glossy, red, twisted wood spindly goodness!

repurposed railing spindles Christmas mantel

Down below I'll show you how I repurposed the spindles and made them into candle holders.

Monday, December 14, 2015

DIY Coloring Gift Tags

coloring gift tags

Create your own gift tags by coloring inside the lines! I made small, simple holiday themed lined drawings and used colored pencils to bring them to life. Adults love Christmas crafts just as much as kids and what better way to sit down and relax than coloring gift tags.

coloring gift tags with colored pencils

Use any blank tags, gift cards or cardstock for your coloring surface.  Then doodle away with Prismacolor Premier colored pencils and markers.  I purchased these pencils at Michael's, there are a ton of colors to pick from or you can buy a whole set!  The consistency and quality of their colored pencils is exquisite, there's no crumbly bits and the workability is unmatched.

Friday, December 11, 2015

DIY Truck Shelf

diy truck shelf with books

Friends there's still time (14 days to be exact!) to make gifts and today we're sharing a super fun truck shelf.  It's a bookshelf with truck features ready to hang on the wall or sits on its own.  

Today is build #11 of this year's Handbuilt Holiday series with Ana White and myself.  We have done 11 gift plans these past 11 weeks, hopefully you found a plan just right for that special someone and are hard at work building away! 

In case you missed any of the previous plans links to each one are here.  But today is an extremely cute and functional truck shelf and I'm in love!

(PS - it's not just for kids!  I couldn't help myself and threw some trees in the back you might have seen it over on Instagram!)

diy truck shelf for books or holiday decor

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Easy DIY Frame & Minted Photo Art Giveaway

Sharing a super easy and fast diy frame today along with an awesome custom photo art giveaway that would be the perfect gift for anyone on your list.

Minted photo art giveaway

I've partnered with the nice folks at to bring you this photo art giveaway.  No doubt you have lots of photos collected over the year, possibly even a few outtakes from your holiday card session?  Or if you're like me then your phone is full of candid family shots and your computer has tons of photos loaded just waiting to be printed.

Now's your chance to make a treasured keepsake with your favorite memories!  The giveaway is for one framed photo art gift worth $158.  Minted's framed photo gifts are the perfect addition to your home as well as make thoughtful holiday presents.  

I took a family vacation picture and made it into this fun photo art:
Minted photo art with family

(I sure hope Grandma & Grandpa aren't reading this post - gift spoiler alert!)  

Take your photos and turn them into display-worthy works of art.  Use just one photo or make a collage with multiple photos:

Monday, December 7, 2015

DIY Glossy Three Drawer Dresser

Shiny, glossy and almost lacquer-like this painted three drawer dresser is complete!  Would you believe this high gloss finish was achieved using a water based brush-on paint?   It's true folks.

I used this beautiful Caribbean Sea blue color for the drawer fronts and White China on the dresser body.

To achieve this amazing finish first select a piece of furniture.  I built this three drawer dresser from scratch (and will share the plans soon!) so my wood was unfinished.

Friday, December 4, 2015

DIY Beauty Organizer

diy beauty organizer

Happy Friday friends!  As we are nearing ever closer to the big day (who's ready? yikes!!) I continue to share gift build projects as part of the Handbuilt Holiday series with Ana White.  Today we are bringing you this beautiful and extremely functional organizer:

diy beauty organizer

It's a beauty organizer, a desk organizer, a desktop vanity, makeup organizer - you decide but either way it can be made entirely from scrap wood and takes no time to build.

diy gifts to build

Ana White and I have shared 9 gift builds so far this series.  As we near the last few weeks the builds will become smaller and more simple because we know you're tight on time but that doesn't mean you can't make an amazing gift from wood!  

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

DIY Craft Stick Tree Jar Topper

diy mason jar topper for gift giving

Time to start wrapping up all those presents and today I'm so happy to be part of the Pretty Package Party hosted by Brooklyn Limestone.

pretty packages wrapping series

My pretty package is actually a jar topper craft project you can make using craft sticks.  Fill the jar with any gift and you have a fun, creative and pretty package.

diy mason jar topper for gift giving

A few other bloggy friends shared their Pretty Package ideas too.  Check out Jen from The House of Wood and her wood burned gift tags!  I know we have a wood burning tool on our gift list this year so I'm eager to give this a try.  Love the traditional red and green mixed with craft paper and the wood tag - gorgeous!

diy mason jar topper

Another beautiful idea using silver and white is Jen from Migonis Home and her pretty packages.  The glittered ornaments (from the Dollar Store of all places!) make the perfect embellishment and add just that bit of sparkle!