A few weeks ago I took a woodworking class to familiarize myself with some new power tools. The class involved making a simple wood cutting board, much like this one. I was so excited with how mine turned out, and with how quick it was to make! Since it's the holidays and everyone could use a little help coming up with gift ideas, I'm sharing this DIY wood cutting board tutorial with you today. Continue Reading
I thoroughly enjoy woodworking, and I know that I'm not alone. There are tons of women out there that enjoy the craft! Spoil your mother or the lady in your life with one (or all!) of these cool tools!
1. The coolest pencil out there for marking cut lines! $10 from Amazon.
I am a huge fan of simple, clean shapes, and triangle are my all time favorite. This little alternative Christmas tree was inspired by a tree I saw in a shop window in Sweden a couple years ago.
I’m loving this little graphic tree in my bedroom. Most of the rooms in our house have a touch of Christmas here and there, but our room had nothing.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- a small piece of 1/4″ plywood (about 30″x20″)
- a jigsaw, table saw, or hand saw
- painter’s tape
- pencil, ruler, and straight edge
- small paint brush
- black craft paint
- sand paper
Start by drawing out your tree shape.
Are you in the mood to make some DIY gifts this holiday season? Then you’ll want to peruse and pin our DIY gift guide. In it, we highlight 75 tutorials that cover just about everyone on your gift-giving list; mom, dad, girls, guys, tweens, kids, babies, fur-babies (that’s cats and dogs to the uninitiated), hostess gifts and even teacher gifts. We’ve got it all covered. Take a look!
DIY Christmas Gifts For Mom
Although it's hard to believe, it's almost that time of year when holiday parties start occupying most weekends. Most people's go-to gift for these kinds of events is usually a bottle of wine, but sometimes it's nice to surprise your hostess with something different. Here are 60 fantastic DIY hostess gifts that you can start thinking about ahead of time to avoid excessive holiday stress.
When To Bring A Hostess Gift
Any time you are invited to a formal gathering of any kind, you should consider bringing a hostess gift. Continue Reading
It’s advent calendar time! As I write this post, the Midwest is being walloped by a snow storm. Nothing inspires holiday decorating like many inches of snow, and to stave off decking all the halls, I created a little diy advent calendar village for our children. Read on for the full tutorial.
Using blocks of wood and test tubes, I assembled a village full of tiny treasures to help our family celebrate the season. Continue Reading
Whenever falls rolls around, I like to experiment with unique decorations that stray a bit from the traditional orange pumpkins and red leaves. This year I made a unique triangular shaped wall hanging with a decidedly bohemian vibe… and today I'm sharing the tutorial with you guys. Keep reading to check out the full tutorial!
- 3/8″ square dowel rod, 16″ long
- Leather (or vegan leather) cord, 36″ long
- Dried wheat, about 15 pieces
- Seeded eucalyptus (can be dried, artificial or fresh)
- White artificial anemone flowers
- Hot glue gun
- 2 small nails for mounting
Begin by gluing the ends of the leather cord to the ends of the wooden dowel on the back side. Continue Reading
Have you ever tried to shop for a decorative bathroom mirror? The process can be frustrating… it's tough to find something that works well with your decor, while also staying within your budget. That was my experience when I tried to find the perfect bathroom mirror. So, of course, I made one! Keep reading to find out how to make this DIY vanity mirror using wooden dowel rods.
- 8 square wooden dowel rods, 3/8 inch thick and 26 inches long
- 14 inch diameter beveled edge mirror
- Stain + Poly in Espresso
- 4 inch long wooden 2×4
- Measuring tape
- Trash bag
- 8 inch long piece of wire
- Wire cutters
- (2) 1 inch wood screws
- Wood glue
- E6000 glue (not pictured)
- Disposable paint brush
- Picture hanger for mounting
- Electric drill or screwdriver
- Rubber gloves (not pictured)
How to Make a DIY Vanity Mirror
Begin by staining your dowel rods using the instructions on the can. Continue Reading
Maybe it's my childhood spent catching garter snakes, but I've never been afraid of snakes. I know I'm in the minority in thinking that some of them are even downright cute, so I won't be surprised to hear that this snake wreath might evoke slithery nightmares for many. If plastic snakes don't creep you out too much, you can whip up this DIY Halloween wreath in no time.
- Grapevine wreath (we used one similar to this one from Amazon)
- Plastic snakes (available at Amazon)
- Hot glue gun
- 1 can of black spray paint (we used this paint in flat black)
How to make your DIY Halloween Wreath
Lay your plastic snakes out on the wreath, then glue them in place with hot glue. Continue Reading
The Rigid MEGAMax is a hulking monster-tool. It's the Optimus Prime of home improvement. If they ever make a movie about power tools coming to life and taking over the world, forcing us DIYers to labor at the thankless tasks they've plied for so long, well, then this tool will be their leader.
The MEGAMax is a really powerful interchangeable tool system just introduced by RIGID. The Powerbase includes an 18V brushless motor and can automatically identify which tool head you've attached (and adjust battery/motor output accordingly). Continue Reading