DIY Lump of Coal

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With Christmas just 4 months away it’s time to start thinking about gift ideas.

We all know someone who deserves this one 😉

These little fake pieces of coal are fun and easy to make.

Cover a piece of paper with craft glue, scrunch it up and let it dry.

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If you’re planning on turning it into a necklace or earrings poke a hole through it using a darning needle then feed your head pin through the hole.  You can do this before or after it’s dry.

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*NOTE* I included links to a few helpful youtube videos below for making jewelry and a cute little gift box.

After the glue is dry, paint it black.  When that dries brush on some gold or silver metallic paint.   Wipe it off while the paint is still wet so you get just a slight sparkle.

If you add too much just go over it again with black paint.  You can also add some glitter if you want more sparkle.

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Snazz it up and wrap it up!!!

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make your own gift box  ➸  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czNH7kyt7ng

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how to tie an adjustable knot for a necklace  ➸  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnft-ewGbqQ

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how to make earrings  ➸  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hl3Y8SkafEc

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Anyway 😉

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Hobbits, Fairies & Mice

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Hobbits are described as members of an imaginary race similar to humans, of small size, with hairy feet.  Fairies are generally described as human in appearance with magical powers and mice are small mammals with pointed snouts and little rounded ears.    Who wouldn’t want any one of these little critters living in their garden!?

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With a few pieces of scrap wood, a scroll saw and some paint you can have hobbits, fairies or mice living in your garden.

cut out a small door – 6″ high x 4 1/2″ wide

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cut 2 half circles out of wood for the bridge

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cut 2 1/2″ pieces of wood trim, glue and nail them on the half circles to make the bridge

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cut more 2 1/2″ pieces of trim to use for stairs

I painted some wood grain and a door frame on the door  and painted my hinges black with outdoor deco art patio paint

I used a little wooden bead for the door knob, painted it black and screwed it on.

I glued the wooden heart on the door with outdoor wood glue, then put 2 small drill holes through the heart and inserted fishing line so I could tie the door to a tree trunk.

I added a bit of brown paint to the stairs and bridge to make it look like wood grain then varnished all pieces with water based outdoor varnish.

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I gotta say it looks pretty darn cute at night with the garden lights on.  A little magic door for tiny little critters.

If you don’t feel like making your own but would love one in your garden they can be custom ordered in my etsy shop.

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DIY Step ‘n Wash

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I’m not a professional woodworker but I do have fun with a few small tools.

I was able to make this stool for 1/4 of  the  price it would cost to buy one and it was pretty easy to make so I thought I would share.

Using a jigsaw cut 2 pieces out of your choice of wood into an “L” shape.  I used 2 pieces of pine shelving – 16″ x 36″ each

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Drill holes big enough to get your jigsaw blade through to cut out the handles.

Use the extra pieces from the sides for the steps. The 1st step is 7 1/2″ high and the top step is 15″ high.

Measure and drill 4 pilot holes for the screws on each step side and drill a bigger hole to countersink the screws and add wooden plugs to cover the screws.

how to countersink a wood screw here

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Sand all the edges and handles, then paint it or stain it.

To personalize it trace your pattern onto tracing paper then transfer it onto the stool using white or black graphite paper.

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Once the 1st side was painted I retraced it onto tracing paper and flipped it to do the other side.

I kept a picture on my phone and my computer to refer to while I painted the second side.

You could do your personalizing before you put it together which would make it easier to maneuver while you’re painting

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Lay the stool down on a piece of mdf , trace it and cut out for a back piece. Glue and nail it on.  I measured and added 2 front pieces under each step for extra support (optional).

I finished it off with a coat of outdoor water based varnish that will protect it from all the water splashes from little people climbing up to wash their hands, brush their teeth or help with the dishes etc 🙂

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❤❤❤ little miss independent ❤❤❤

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Upcycled for Easter

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So you may have noticed that I haven’t blogged since October.  I’ve changed my mind about blogging about every little I make.   I’ve decided (for now) that I will probably only blog when I feel I have something good and crafty to share with you which is why I am here today.

This Easter Basket took me 30 minutes to make.  It’s pretty darn cute and it’s recycling plastic. Cans will work too.  All you need is a glue gun, some quilt batting (optional) and some material and the possibilities are endless.  You can use ice cream, margarine, yogurt, salad containers, coffee cans etc!!!

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add a big bow on the front or two little bows on the handles and you have yourself a cute little basket!

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anyway 😉

DIY Styrofoam Yard Displays

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Start by sketching on a piece of paper whatever you want to cut out of your styrofoam.

Once you get your pattern done you can either freehand it lightly  or project it onto the styrofoam.

As long as you don’t press too hard while sketching you can cover up any mistakes with a light sanding and paint.

When you’re happy with your pattern cut it out with an exacto knife.  This is easy but messy. After you have it cut out you’ll need to sand the edges with sandpaper to remove all the little loose pieces,  just when you thought it couldn’t get messier 😉

If you’re sweeping, rather than vacuuming it helps to spray a little water on the broom and the floor to help sweep up the all the staticy little pieces of styrofoam.

Now for the fun part… painting!!!  Styrofoam is one of my favourite surfaces to paint on. It’s so easy to blend and float paint on.  I used regular Deco Art paints for mine and they’ve been fine outdoors in wind, rain & snow.

After you’re done painting, glue a piece of wood to the back with an all weather glue, screw a smaller piece of wood to the bottom with a hole drilled in it so you can stake your display in the ground.

You can also add a small screw to the wood near the top.   Then you can tie fishing line to the screw so you can tie the display to a fence or railing for added security from the wind.

Hopefully it’s awhile yet before we see this white stuff!!!

Chalkboard Door Sign Tutorial

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1) cut your wood to the size you want your sign to be.  home depot and lowes will cut wood for you if you don’t have your own saw.

2) tape the edges using painters tape. paint inside the tape with 2 or 3 coats of chalkboard paint. sand lightly between coats with fine sandpaper.

3) remove the tape and paint the border with any colour and or pattern you like. I used deco art americana paint.

4) I used word art on my computer for the letters and transferred them onto the wood using graphite paper available here and at most craft stores.

5) paint the letters and use the same method as above to add any pictures you want on your sign.

6) you can either use eyelet screws or drill holes through the wood to add wire, rope, chain or ribbon to hang the sign.  I drilled holes and used wire for this sign and added beads to the wire.  I also painted and glued on a little piece of wood trim to hold the chalk.   I used PL premium glue.  It’s tough stuff.

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Stools That Spin Are More Fun!!!

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Turn a Plain Stool into a Swivel Stool

1)   unscrew stool top from the legs

2)   get yourself a richelieu swivel plate from any hardware store. cut a 1” plywood base a little smaller than the top of the stool

3)   paint and decorate stool top, legs and plywood base

4)   the swivel plate has small screw holes on one side and bigger screw holes on the other side.  centre the swivel plate on the plywood base with the small screw holes down – screw in place

5)   drill one hole only right through the plywood using one of the bigger screw holes as a guide

6)   centre plywood base on stool top with the wrong sides together.  looking through the drill hole, line it up with the swivel plate screw holes and add screws in all 4 holes

7)   centre legs on plywood bottom, screw in place and voila your plain old stool is now a fun swivel stool

I painted the above stool with deco art patio paint so it can be used outside and the stool below was swivelled and painted with deco art acrylics about 5 years ago. I painted a set of 3 for my breakfast bar.  They have had a lot of use and abuse and are still in great shape.  

There is so many things that would be so much better if we could spin ’em 🙂

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