Monday, December 29, 2014

"B" is for Best Builds of 2014

best diy builds of 2014

We've reached the end of 2014 and I'm looking back and rounding up the best builds of 2014.

Monday, December 22, 2014

"C" is for Christmas Table

diy kids christmas table

It's Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas Tablescapes hosted by my buildy friend Jen Woodhouse at House of Wood and I'm so honored to take part in sharing my kids Christmas table.

You definitely want to check out all of the previous Christmas Tablescapes because each one is so different and completely unique.  

These bloggers are the real deal, building, painting and diying their way to personalized tables that are true reflections of themselves:

Friday, December 19, 2014

"B" is for Baby Gym

Ana White and I are finishing up the Handmade Holiday series with a gift to build for the littlest ones.  You still have plenty of time to construct this diy baby gym so no excuses.

handbuilt holiday series: gifts to build

Ana has the plans for this modern and sleek baby gym and I did the build in less than one hour.  One 3/4" handy panel (2' x 4') and 4 screws are all the supplies you need to make this gift:

diy modern baby gym

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"P" is for Paper Bag Ornaments

diy paper bag ornament

Save all those shopping bags and pretty paper gift bags to make these easy paper bag ornaments.

I'm over at Pretty Handy Girl today sharing the tutorial for these super simple ornaments.

Scrap plywood, mod podge and printed retail shopping bags is all it takes to make these paper bag ornaments.  See all the details here.

Friday, December 12, 2014

"A" is for Animal Wall Hooks

diy animal wall hooks

Happy Friday friends!  We're in the final stretch of the Handmade Holiday series with the big day less than two weeks away.  Ana White and I have been working together to provide plans for gifts you can build. 

So far we have 10 plans this year:

And don't forget last week's cutest ever diy dollhouse shelf:

Today we have another kid friendly diy gift build: animal wall hooks.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

"S" is for Stocking Holder

Build: diy stocking holder

Hello readers and especially those who just came over from Karah's place The Space Between (she has a great idea for greeting cards).  Today I'm sharing these easy last minute stocking holders using cedar wood scraps made to hold the weight of a filled stocking.

My stocking holders are part of a group blog hop featuring 15 last minute holiday ideas.  Start at Decor Adventures where Jessica will have all of the ideas shared over the week.

Monday, December 8, 2014

"S" is for Swiss Cross Stockings

Sew: diy swiss cross stockings

I've been seeing the swiss cross trend everywhere so I thought I'd jump on board and make a new set of stockings for our family this season.   In true diy fashion I even went so far as to paint the red swiss cross pattern onto white cotton fabric in order to get the size, repeat and scale I wanted.

I choose to quilt the front portion sewing through the crosses.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

"C" is for Copper & Wood Candle Holders

Build: diy copper & wood candle holders

Holiday decorating is in full swing.  Looking for an easy and inexpensive lighting idea for your table?  Using scrap wood and a copper coupling I made these candle holders, the full tutorial is at Remodelaholic.

I'm linking up to:

Sand and Sisal
The 36th Avenue
Creative Collection @ Lolly Jane

Nifty Thrity Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Inspiration Exchange @ City Farmhouse
SAS @ Funky Junk
That DIY Party @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming

Friday, December 5, 2014

"D" is for Dollhouse Shelf

Build: diy dollhouse shelf

It's Friday and that means another Handmade Holiday gift build from Ana White and me!  Today we are sharing the most perfect dollhouse shelf that any little one is guaranteed to love.

Hang on the wall or make it portable, any which way this dollhouse shelf will be a favorite gift.
Ana's got the plans here but first see all the details below.

Ana and I have been busy these past few weeks making handmade holiday gifts.  There's still plenty of time to build any of these awesome gifts below:

I filled up the dollhouse shelves with playmobile people but any doll figurines would fit:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

"B" is Bob Vila Best of 2014

Friends I need your votes again!

Last Spring the fun folks at Bob Vila held their first ever DIY Competition and my pipe and wood slats bed took first place in the pipe category!  Thank you to everyone who voted continuously back then AND I need your votes again for the Favorite Bob Thumbs Up Project from 2014.

Click on the logo to vote:

This time around it's the best of the best.  The 6 winners from each DIY category are now up against each other for the chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card.  

Please head on over to and vote for your favorite pipe project - my bed would be an excellent choice of course :) .

And don't forget you can vote once per day through December 17th.
Thank you for your support!

Monday, December 1, 2014

"S" is for ScentSicles Giveaway

Have you tried ScentSicles?

You definitely should.

It was a big weekend for getting out those Christmas decorations and with nearly 55 million homes with artificial trees in the United States I'm guessing a lot of trees are up and decked BUT those artificial trees lack a real tree scent.

Here's your solution:

Friday, November 28, 2014

"W" is for Wheelie Cars

Build: diy wood wheelie cars

Happy Friday friends!  Let's get building.  Today Ana White and I are sharing a fun toy build: wood wheelie cars made entirely from wood scraps.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

"M" is for Mantel Artwork

Paint: diy mantel artwork

Happy Thanksgiving friends!  I thought it would be appropriate to share this mantel artwork today on Thanksgiving as we gather together to ask the Lord's blessing.  I made this piece for the priests' dining room at the church rectory and hung it above the mantel.

Monday, November 24, 2014

"S" is Scrap Wood Projects: Teacher Gifts

Save your wood scraps!  I've got 5 diy scrap wood projects you can make for teachers this holiday season.

Friday, November 21, 2014

"W" is for Wall Bins

Build: diy wall bins

Back at it again today Ana White and I are sharing another handmade holiday gift build that's great for any age.  Ana has the plans for these perfect sized wall bins sure to be a much appreciated gift for anyone.

We're building our way towards the big day less than 5 weeks away!  Get started now on all your diy gift builds and your friends and family will be thanking you. 

Who needs cute storage?  Everyone!  I built these wall bins using Ana's plans here for two tween nieces but the finish options are endless and they would be great for boys, girls, adults or even in a nursery.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"S" is for Snowglobe Ornament

DIY snowglobe ornament

Crafty friends this one is for you, today I'm sharing how to make snowglobe ornaments over at Pretty Handy Girl.

This version allows uses a clear plastic ornament and a wood base which gives you a surface to attach all the interior pieces as a scene but still keep the round snowglobe shape.  Definitely worth a visit to Brittany's diy blog to see just how you can make your own snowglobe ornaments.

Monday, November 17, 2014

"D" is for Deck The Halls DIY Style

Deck The Halls DIY Style

Sharing my diy decorated tree today complete with ornaments you can make yourself including a fast and easy tree stand cedar wood cover.

Of course I started with the tree and this one is a beauty.  Tree Classics sent me this lovely 7 foot pre-lit slim Christmas tree and I am smitten!  It arrives in 3 pieces, I set it up in minutes, plugged it in and magic.  But the best part here is the size - it's perfectly slender and fits this corner with room to spare (and plenty of space for gifts underneath!).  

While the tree stand is functional and unobtrusive I wanted a DIY finishing touch and built this tree stand box cover from cedar boards.  The box is actually upside-down from what I originally planned because I failed to measure properly but now I'm liking how the inward taper makes the tree look taller - bonus!  

Here's how to build the tree stand cover: