You’re Never Too Old to Make a Flower Press

Make this DIY flower press from wood and bolts

I received my first flower press when I turned nine years old – maybe eight? The point is it was forever ago. I got it as a birthday gift from my best friend. The flower press came with a small instructional booklet on how to collect and preserve colorful wildflowers. On the front of the press was an illustration of Anne of Green Gables, happily picking florals and putting them into a giant basket. I still have that flower press, all these years later, with flowers wedged between the pages that are as old as the press itself. Continue Reading

Make This: Minimal Magnetic Towel Bar

Make this minimal magnetic towel bar

Currently I’m living in a place with a kitchen that must hold some sort of record for tininess. There are four drawers, a couple of cabinets, and exactly one countertop. Said countertop is about 2.5 square feet, and that’s literally my entire cooking workspace. Suffice it to say, I need to be wise about kitchen organization if I want to keep from going crazy. Knowing there’s absolutely no room to store things horizontally, I recently went vertical with this magnetic paper towel holder.     Continue Reading

Ribbon Wreath

I heart wreaths on doors. Combine wreaths and ribbons and
you’ve made my day. So thanks clever folks at The Long Thread for this
bit O’ lovely:

created on: 11/27/08

it is in black, cause this one was made as a Halloween decoration, but
you can make it in the colours of your choice. Candy-striped
cheerfulness maybe or swish red and silver, or maybe even
multi-coloured with random bits from your monstrous and ever growing
ribbon collection. Here’s what you’ll need,

  • 12″ foam wreath form
  • 24 yards 1 1/4″ black grosgrain ribbon (or less if using a wider ribbon)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape

It’s creator says that it’s probably best to buy the ribbon in bulk
online rather than at craft stores as you’ll need rather a lot. Continue Reading

Make Teacup Candles

Teacups with saucers make the world more ladylike and dainty and thus
brilliant. If you combine teacups and saucers and candles you get
either a tea party waiting for a place to happen or these:created on: 11/20/08
Candles! Guest blogger Kate over at Design*Sponge made these lovely
little fellows.  So cute, and I think they might be what
ModHomeEcTeacher was talking about in her post about repurposing thrift
store stuff
to make gifts.

Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

  • teacups (saucers optional) – Kate got hers from thrift stores
  • wax – she used microwaveable soy wax
  • candle wicks (at least 1″ taller than your cup)
  • candle scent or dye (optional)
  • microwaveable container
  • hot glue gun
  • thermometer

They look dead simple to make, head over here for the rest of the
. Continue Reading

Origami Lights

I heart paper lanterns. They make everything prettier and
shinier and awesomely better. So I decided to make some in the simplest
way possible.

created on: 07/14/08

Origami Waterbombs are SUPER EASY to do and can be whistled up in
huge numbers while you’re say, catching up on season 3 of Battlestar

These pictures are of the finished lanterns, as I took
a whole series of 35 step-by-step Origami ‘how to’ photos then
discovered a nice simple instructable on the subject. Continue Reading

The $20 (Temporary) Bathroom Makeover

created on: 07/08/08
I’m going to come right out and say it. I HATE our bathroom with a
fiery passion. After living with it for a year-and-a-bit I decided that
something had to be done.  Now my first choice would have been to rip
it out, burn the pieces and salt the earth, cursing all the while.
Trouble is this is a rental, and the agency might have a problem with

Here’s the before and after shots:

created on: 07/08/08 created on: 07/08/08

Note the ill advised blue paint on the 70’s medicine cabinet doors and the 40 million miles of impossible-to-clean floor grout. Continue Reading

More Easy Wall Art (in CD frames!)

Alttext's post on creating easy wall art out of simple, cheap materials generated a lot of interest. Here's another method that produces some pretty spectacular results:

DIY Jewel Case Frames: Wonderful Wall Art Faster than you can say Polar Bears!

CD Jewelcase Wall Art Display

“We found a clever project that uses CD jewel cases to make rearrangeable, refillable, photo frames for those empty walls of yours. Watch our first ever Photojojo video tutorial and see how you can get your photographs off-line and on your walls in about half an hour!” Continue Reading