Although we have had an unusually cold winter, I am growing more and more excite that spring is on the way! I am so looking forward to warmer weather and working in the garden! So, I thought I would share some spring diy projects from around the web to help get us all ready for springtime fun. Here are a few of my favorites:
Aren’t they all so lovely! I want to make them all! Be sure to check out these amazing projects and blogs! You’ll love them! You can also find more spring inspiration in my pinterest diy board Here. I’ll be back next month with a fun Easter craft round up. Until then…
Today I am going to share how to make a custom wood box with a slide lid with you. This is something I have wanted to make for a while now, but I couldn’t decide what I wanted to put inside to store. A few weeks ago, I bought a set of mini greeting cards from Printstagram, and I instantly knew that they were the perfect item to make the little wooden box for. This project, although not totally advanced, does require some major power tools. So, it has the potential to be quite dangerous when working with items like a table saw. If you don’t know what you are doing, or are not very careful, you can easily lose a finger. This is why I had a LOT of help from my hubby on this project, since he is an experienced craftsman. There are probably other ways to make one of these boxes, since everyone has a prefered method of woodworking. This is how we made our box…
Here’s What You Need:
*3/8″ Birch Plywood
*1/8″ Birch Plywood
*Ruler and Pencil
*Table Saw & Push Block
*Drill Press or Drill with a 3/4″ forstner bit
*Pin Nailer &23 gage pins
*Dremmel Tool and a Carving bit
*Image Transfer or Decorative Paper to decoupage top of box
*Clear Lacquer Spray to seal the image on the lid
The first thing you need to do is measure your items that are going to go in your box. My cards are 4×4, but my envelopes are a little less than 4.5×6″, and the stack of everything compressed is around 2-2.5″. I want my box to be a little larger to fit everything nicely. So, I want the inside bottom to be 5.25×6.75 which is the padded measurement of the envelope plus the width of the wood for each side because the sides are going to sit on top of the bottom. The sides will be the length of the bottom and a height of over 2 inches, so sides are 6.75×2.5″. The front and back pieces will be a bit different since the front will be shorter for the top to slide into the grooves you will cut. The back will be the width of the bottom and the same height as the sides, so 4.5×2.5″. Cut the front a quarter-inch shorter in height, so it would be 4.5×2.25″
Measure and mark your wood. Set up your table saw to cut your lengthwise strips. Cut your length pieces first. We cut the 6.75 strip first. And then a 4.5″ strip.
Then cut your cross cuts. So out of the 6.75 piece, cut one at a 5.25 for the bottom, and then two pieces at 2.5 for the sides. Then cut the 4.5 strip for the front and back pieces at 2.5″ for the back and 2.25 for the front.
To make the groove for the wood to sit in you need to cut a dado 1/8″ in from the top of the side and back pieces. Set your table saw to 1/8″ from the blade. Now, using extreme caution since you can lose a finger, carefully push the side piece through the blade of the saw from the front until you see the blade breaching the back end, but don’t let it go all the way through. Stop it short. Do the same thing with the other side making sure the groove is being cut on the correct side of the wood. For the back you can cut your dado all the way through from one side to the other since it will be sandwiched in between the sides and therefore the sides of the wood won’t be seen.
Take your front piece and mark the halfway point on the top front. Load your drill or drill press with a 3/4″ forstner bit, and drill halfway onto the top edge making a half moon notch in the top of the wood.
Next, load a small carving bit onto your dremmel. Take your side pieces and carve out the rest of the dado in the side piece, stopping just a tiny bit short of the back ends. You should now be able to fit the side and back pieces together and see a continuous groove all around the sides and the back.
Now, run a small amount of glue down the bottom of one of the side pieces. Smooth out the glue so it is a thin layer. Glue it to the bottom piece. Now shoot a few pin nails through the bottom into the side you just glued. Glue and nail the other side. Then run some glue onto the bottom and sides of the back piece. Sandwich it in between the sides in the back. Nail it in place from the bottom and add a few nails in the sides. Then glue and nail in the front piece.
To make the top of the box, measure the inside dimensions of the top inside of the groove plus a tiny bit of wiggle room. My top needed to be 4.75×6.5″
Measure and cut your top piece from the 1/8″ plywood using your table saw.
Fit the top into the box. If it is a bit tight you can shave it down by sanding the edges.
You will need to sand the entire box lightly with some 220 grit sandpaper to smooth off any rough spots.
*You can leave your box natural or you can add an image to the top like I did. The top of my box was a little of a craft fail. I originally tried to use a lazertran transfer and burn the image into the wood with the real turpentine method. This did not work for me at all. I’m entirely positive if my turpentine is the real deal, especially since I followed the directions on the transfer paper to a t. What I ended up using was another transfer that I let dry and then glued it on with a layer of decoupage medium. I then sealed it with a clear lacquer spray. I was not very happy with this one either. You can’t see it in the photos, but the transfer bubbled a bit when I sprayed the lacquer on it. I am planning on making another top sometime and just decoupaging a thin paper image on the top since I think that will have a better turn out. *
I LOVE my stationary box! I LOVE my Printstagram mini cards too! This box is a great piece for a coffee table or a side table. You can make one to fit your photos, craft supplies, beauty projects, anything you like. If this is a little more work than you’d like to take on, sometimes you can find an old cigar box with a slide top and decorate the top. I will be back next week with a fun and easy bunting to share with you guys. Until then…
Hey everyone! The other day Daryl and I reinforced the chicken coup with extra chicken wire. We ended up having a few scrap pieces left over and I thought I would save them for a project. I have used chicken wire on organizers before, but I thought it would be fun to use some in an accent with a matted frame. This project is really easy and super fast to whip up!
Here’s What You Need:
*8×10 Frame ( I bought mine at Target)
*Chipboard (Like a cereal or cracker box)
*Double Stick Tape
*Regular Acid Free Tape
*Ruler and Pencil
*Box Cutter or X-Acto Knife
*Photo or art print (the photo I used was a 4×5)
The first thing you need to do is measure and cut your chipboard. Cut the outside dimensions to an 8×10 size. Cut the inside opening to a 5×7 size. Mark out the 5×7 to be centered in the middle. Cut out the shape with your knife.
Next cut your burlap to be about an inch larger than your mat. Center your chipboard mat onto your piece of burlap. Run your double stick tape along the right and left sides at the outside edge. Fold the excess burlap to the back and tape down. Next, fold over the top and bottom and tape down to the backside.
Now, cut an “x” in the mat opening with the knife. Then cut the flaps down to about a half inch from the chipboard. Apply double stick tape to the burlap and fold back and tape down to the backside of the mat opening. Now you should have a burlap covered mat.
Next, cut a piece of chicken wire with your snippers to be a little smaller than 8×10″. Flatten the wire out the best you can and tape the chicken wire down to the back side of your mat.
Lay your photo face down on the table and then lay your mat face down over the photo. Center the mat over the photo so it is centered in the mat opening. Tape the photo to the chicken wire in the middle. To finish off, add white paper to the backside, slide your matted picture in the frame and close up the back.
I love this frame! It is a great way to display one of my favorite photos of my Hannah Banana. This project was super easy! It took me all of fifteen minutes or so to make, and it was fun! I love using fun mats in my frames! IT is one of the easiest home decor diys that can really make an impact in a space! I used burlap, but it would be fun to use a cute fabric or paper to cover your mat with as well. I hope some of you guys will give this one a try! You’ll have a blast! I’ll be back next week with another fun project! Until then…
Happy Friday everyone! I think I may have mentioned before that I am planning on creating several mini e-courses this year. Well, I am very happy to announce that my first e-course, Upcycled Sweater Mini E-course, is now up in my shop. This fun and simple course features four eclectic sweater DIYs. Each project features step by step instructions with photos to help guide you. It’s a great way to breathe new life into those old sweaters lurking in the back of your closet. You can find the Upcycled Sweater Mini E-course in my shop Here for only $4.99. I hope some of you will give this little course a try. It’s fun and easy!
Hey guys! Have you seen Reloved Magazine? It is a fairly new magazine from the UK that is all about upcycling! Reloved not only has cool articles about cool artists that are making fantastic upcycled goods, but it is also chocked full of fantastic projects you can make. It is one of my absolute favorite magazines! I have not missed an issue since the debut issue last summer. I am over the moon to announce that I have two projects featured in Reloved’s March issue! You can find my vintage suitcase table and my vintage slide lampshade in the issue! The print version of the mag you can usually find at the bookstore and craft stores. Here in the states, our issues are about a month behind, so this issue will be here sometime next month probably. You can also buy digital issues as well as subscribe through the Reloved app that you can get through itunes or the android store. Be sure to check out the Reloved website for even more inspiring ideas and articles. You can visit the website Here, and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Definitely check out their latest issue next time you are at the bookstore. It is a beautifully designed and printed magazine!
My sister Hannah’s birthday was this past weekend. She is a hard gal to shop for, mostly because she is always saving up and buying big-ticket items, which makes it a little hard to get a store-bought gift for her that I feel she’ll get excited about. Hannah was lucky enough to get brains from dad, and the artsy fartsy gene from mom, so she’s smart and talented. One of Hannah’s main loves is music, and biggest spending weakness is musical instruments, specifically guitars. She is nineteen years old and has already acquired six guitars, two violins, and a ukulele. I always make Hannah gifts since she truly loves and appreciates handmade one of a kind items. This year I wanted to make her a guitar strap for her new guitar. She loved the camera strap I made for my mom for Christmas, so I knew she’d love a vintage flour sack patchwork strap. I had a great time picking out the fabric scraps and making it fit her style!
Here’s What You Need:
*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread
*Self Healing Mat
*Iron and Ironing Board
The first thing you need to do is measure your strap and decide how many fabric pieces you need. Adjust the strap to its longest position and measure the width and the length. Mine was 2″ wide and 46″ long. I decided to make my strips 2.5×3″ and so I divided the 46″ length by 3″ which gave me 15.333, so I cut 16 pieces.
Lay out your self-healing mat and grab a fabric scrap. Mark it at 3″ and cut the strip to 3″, then turn it and cut the width to 2.5 inches. Repeat until you have 16 strips. Lay out your fabric pieces and decide which order you want them to be in. Stack them in order from the top to the end.
Set up your sewing machine. Take the top two fabric pieces and lay them right sides together where the top of the second piece lines up with the bottom of the first piece. You want your directional patterns to be going all in the same direction in your patchwork strip. Stitch across the bottom with a quarter-inch seam allowance.
Now take the third fabric piece and lay it on top of the second where the top of the third piece lines up with the bottom of the second piece and the right sides of both pieces are facing. Stitch across the bottom.
Continue stitching the fabric pieces together until you have sewn all 16 pieces and have a long row of patchwork.
Lay your patchwork strip face down on your ironing board and heat up your iron. Press open all of the seam allowances. Next, starting at one end, fold over the side by a half an inch towards the center back of the fabric patchwork strip. Iron the raw edge under all the way down one side and then back up the other.
Next, lay your guitar strap face up and lay out your patchwork strip matching the top of the strap to the top of the strip. Lay the patchwork strip face up where the seam allowances you pressed under are nicely concealed to the face of the strap. Turn under the raw edges at the top and bottom. Pin the patchwork strip to the guitar strap.
Now you are ready to stitch the fabric strip to your guitar strap. Topstitch down one long side of the strap close to the edge of the fabric. When you get to the end, keep your needle down in the fabric, lift up your presser foot and pivot. Put the foot back down and stitch across the bottom. Then pivot again and stitch up the other side. Pivot and Stitch across the other end. Make sure you back-stitch at the beginning and end. Snip excess threads. Now you are ready to rock!
Isn’t it fun! I think I may have to make another one with some more masculine fabric for my hubby this year. This was a super easy project. You can make it in under an hour too! What I love so much is how customizable it is. I am a nut for repurposing and I LOVE to use vintage fabric, but you could use any kind of fabric scraps you have lurking in your scrap stash. Have fun with it! I hope some of you guys will give this DIY a go, you’ll love it! It makes a great gift for your favorite musically gifted gal! I’ll be back next week with more fun! Until then…
Hi guys! I hope you are all having a fabulous week! We are getting hit pretty hard with a winter storm here. So we are hunkering down and praying the power doesn’t go out. I thought I would share a last minute valentine with you all today. I picked up these little wooden hearts at JoAnns a few weeks ago to make Valentine pins with for my family. I loved the valentines I had in my round up last week with the mason jars and thought I would draw one for my little pins to fasten to. I think it turned out pretty cute…
Here’s What You Need:
*Small Wooden Hearts
*Martha Stewart Adhesive Stencils
*Paint Brush or Foam Pouncer
*Micron Pen (optional)
The first thing you need to do is paint the base layer of your hearts. Paint a few layers on the front and sides. Let dry completely.
Peel the stencil off of the backing and lay it on the heart where you like it. Smooth it down so it’s nice and stuck to the heart and paint can’t seep in.
Now grab a little paint on your paint brush and dab it all over the stencil area. Peel off the stencil and let the stenciled heart dry. Repeat with your other hearts.
Once your hearts are dry, lay them face down and glue the pin backs to the backside of your hearts. Let the glue dry completely.
Print out the printable and cut out the jars. Push the pin into the paper and back through. Close up the pin and you are ready to gift your valentines.
Aren’t they fun! I love any excuse to use my Martha Stewart stencils. I just adore them! These little pins are fun to make and really easy. You can totally customize them too with your colors and stencils that you use. If you are looking for even more design options, I saw these little heart pins at See Kate Sew this week. She leaves some of the wood exposed which is a really cool look too. I hope you guys enjoy the free printable! Have fun making your valentines! I’ll be back again next week with more fun DIY’s. Until then…
I am an avid tea drinker! Ice tea is my favorite, but on cold days like today I like a strong cup of hot tea! Usually I just pop a cup in the microwave for a couple of minutes, but sometimes I like to make a kettle if I plan on having more than a cup or if I have company. A few weeks ago I picked up a cute plain white teapot at Kirklands. I really loved the shape, but it was a little plain, so I thought it would be fun to decorate it for Valentine’s day.
Here’s What You Need:
*Ceramic Tea Pot (I bought mine at Kirklands)
*Lazertran Image Transfer Paper for Inkjet Printers
*Sharpie Paint Markers
*Food Grade Shellac or other food safe lacquer
The first thing you need to do is clean your teapot with rubbing alcohol. Go ahead and print out the printable. Resize the image if you need to. Set aside the paper print to dry for at least a half an hour.
Decorate your teapot with your sharpie paint markers. I used a pink marker on mine at first, but I thought the pink was a bit too bright so I toned it down with some red.
Cut out your image.Trim the corners little by little until you have a shape that fits. If you want to be more precise with the image fit, you can trace the teapot middle on paper and then measure in the width of the outer lip all the way around and mark. Cut out the inner oval and then use that as a template to trace on the image transfers.
Fill a bowl with lukewarm water. Drop your transfer in the water. It will curl up. Once it starts to uncurl it is ready to take out of the water. Carefully pull the backing off of the transfer and lay it on the teapot centering it and smoothing out any bubbles. Let the transfer dry completely.
To finish off the teapot, spray the image with a food grade shellac such as bullseye. Let dry thoroughly and make sure to wash the teapot before you use it.
Isn’t it cute! My hands are always a little shaky, so I’m not the best with detailed lines, so my sharpie lines aren’t the prettiest. Overall though I think it is a cute teapot that we can use for Valentine’s Day breakfast. I hope some of you guys will give this one a try! You can use the printable I included above, or you can use one of your own photos or scans. I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun Valentine for you all. See you soon…
Valentine’s Day is less than ten days away and I am so excited to start my valentine crafting! There are so many amazing valentine and love themed diy projects out there on the web. Pinterest is a never ending source and inspiration. You can find a bunch of projects on my Pinterest board, Be My Valentine, Here. I thought I would share a few of my favorite lovey-dovey DIY’s with you all this week. Check em’ out:
One of my favorite things in the whole wide world is vintage flour sack fabric! These little cotton prints are amazing! I have a ton of scrap flour sack fabrics and I love to use them for all kinds of projects. I was looking for a sweet small gift to send my sister for Valentine’s day, and I was toying around with the idea of a dainty spool necklace. I decided to try using my little scraps and boy am I glad I did! These tiny fabric covered spool necklaces are super easy to make and perfect for your favorite gals!
Here’s What You Need:
*Tiny Wooden Spools (I bought mine at AC Moore)
*Fabric Scraps ( small prints work best)
*Decoupage Medium Matte Finish
*Tiny Ball Chain
First thing you need to do is paint your spools if you are going to paint them. Set them aside and let them dry.
Cut strips of your fabric scraps to be the same width as the inside of your spools. You can measure the spool and cut the fabric accordingly or you can eyeball it. I cut my strips to be a little over a quarter inch.
Take your fabric strip and wrap it around the spool. Allow for a little overlap and then snip off the excess fabric.
Paint a layer of decoupage medium on the inside area of your spool and also on the backside of your fabric strip.
Lay the fabric strip centered in the middle of the spool, and wrap it around the spool, smoothing it down as you go and overlapping it on the back.
Paint a layer of decoupage medium over the top of the fabric, paying extra attention to the end of the fabric making sure everything is nice and flattened. Set them aside to let them dry.
Once the spools are dry, you can string your spools on your tiny ball chain. Then they are ready to wear!
Don’t you just love them! I think they are adorable! You can wear a single spool on your chain for a sweet and dainty look, or you can pile a few on for a little more pattern and funky style! I love the flour sack prints, but you can use any small print fabric or paper you like. It’s a very versatile project. I know my Hannah banana is going to love hers! I can’t wait to give it to her! I hope some of you guys will give this one a try, you’ll have a blast! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…
Hi! I'm Ashlee, and I love to create all kinds of lovely things! I spend my days creating and thrifting with my amazing hubby, three crazy cats, one very spoiled dog, and eight adorable chickens. Follow along with me for a heap of DIY projects, everything I just adore, and a healthy dose of vintage goodness.