Wednesday, July 19, 2017

DIY Mini Extension Cord Ornament

Another miniature tool ornament tutorial and today it's the mini extension cord.

If you're just joining in we are celebrating Christmas in July with all the tutorials for the mini tool tree ornaments.

I hope to share the how-to for each of the mini tools below:

Below are the step by step instructions to make the mini extension cord ornaments.

Monday, July 17, 2017

DIY Mini Paint Brush Ornament

mini paint brush ornaments

Continuing on with the Christmas in July series today I'm sharing the mini paint brush ornaments.

Christmas in July graphic

If you're just tuning in welcome to Christmas in July and all the tutorials for my mini tool tree ornaments.  I hope to share the step-by-step instructions for all of the mini tools so you can make your own.

miniature tool tree ornaments

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The paint brush ornament is a miniature replica of a chip brush:

miniature paint brushes versus actual size

Below are the steps to making a mini paint brush ornament.  Be sure to read through entirely before beginning.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mosaic Wall Art with DecoArt Americana Premium & Giveaway

* This post is sponsored by DecoArt.

Want to make a statement with some wall art but aren't exactly a fine painter?  If you can color in the lines then I promise you can make a beautiful piece for your wall.

diy mosaic wall art

This mosaic wall art is simply 1" squares painted in a fun pattern.

mosaic wall art decoart americana premium

I used DecoArt's new Americana premium acrylic paint for this project.  It's available in 47 colors and I think you're going to love the visocity which almost guarantees more control.  No drippy paint running away from you, it's medium thickness moves with ease only where you want it to go.

Bonus I am giving one lucky reader 10 tubes of Americana premium and 2 brushes to get you started!
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decoart americana premium acrylic paint giveaway

mosaic wall art in dining room

For all the details on how to make this mosaic wall art click over to the DecoArt blog here.
And if you're curious about the navy blue console table get the free plans here.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

DIY Mini Saw Blade Ornament

diy mini saw blade ornaments

It's Christmas in July friends and I'm sharing all the tutorials for my mini tool tree project from last Christmas.  First up are these mini clay saw blade ornaments that look just like the real thing only smaller and cuter!

diy mini tool tree with ornaments

I actually dreamt up all this mini tool tree idea last summer and started making all the ornaments then so when December rolled around I was able to send a little tool tree to all of my buildy blogger friends.

The mini tool tree has all the basic tools: foam brush, screwdriver, extension cord, tape measure, spray paint, bucket, toolbox, paint brush, paint can, saw blade and paint roller.  I will be sharing the tutorials for each ornament in the next coming weeks so stay tuned.

Christmas in July graphic

It's officially Christmas in July and if you get started now on all your handmade gifts you will be in good shape once the holidays roll around.

clay mini saw blade ornaments

The detailed step by step process on how to make these mini saw blade ornaments is down below.

Once I had all the ornaments made I found these inexpensive orange compartment boxes at the dollar store.  They proved to be the perfect way to ship and wrap the tool tree ornaments and bonus storage box too!

Monday, July 10, 2017

DIY Mini Marquee Sign using Dremel 4300 Rotary Tool

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diy mini marquee sign using dremel 4300

Have you ever wanted a tool that can do all the little things?  Like make small holes, cut metal, sand crevices, grind and sharpen blades plus so much more?  The Dremel 4300 Rotary Tool is the ultimate in multi-capable applications all with the ease of a quick change three-jaw chuck and a light that pivots where you want it.

Today I'm sharing how I made this mini marquee sign using the Dremel 4300 with step by step instructions down below.

 dremel rotary tool with pivot light

I used the cutting bit to make holes into little wood letters.  You can see the pivot light provides precise placement on your work surface.

And can we talk about the storage case?  Every amazing tool comes with a well planned out storage system and carrying case and this Dremel rotary tool is no exception.  A place for everything and everything in its place.

dremel 4300 rotray tool carrying case


Step 1: To make the mini marquee sign use precut mini wood letters and determine your word.  Paint the letters first and then glue onto 1/4" plywood rectangular shape to fit your word.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Speciality Tools to Consider

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I used to be basic tool girl.  Give me a saw, drill and sander and I'm good to go.

But recently I had the opportunity to try a few new tools and I have definitely changed my basic tool mindset.  Today I'm sharing 4 speciality tools worth considering and if you're thinking like I did - that you only need the basics - I'm about to change your mind.

speciality tools worth considering

These four tools: Ryobi belt sander, Dremel multi-max, Husky socket wrench and Ryobi hammer drill quickly found themselves useful in my everyday projects.  Let me show you a bit about each tool and where I used them recently.

ryobi belt sander in action

First the Ryobi cordless, brushless belt sander where have you been all my life!!!  Fast, powerful and extremely effective - the results speak for themself.

This outdoor coffee table was built from older pressure treated boards used in a previous project.  In hopes of giving this table a fresh finish I wanted to sand off the layer of weathered muck, dirt and wear before applying stain.