Sunday, February 28, 2016

DIY 2x4 Play Food

how to make wood play food and treats

A special treat for you today, I've joined up with lots of other diy bloggers in the 2x4 challenge to create these fun play food treats!  Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage was kind enough to host this challenge, be sure to stop by her place for links to lots more 2x4 projects.

diy wood play food and treats

You know I love working with scrap wood so when Gina proposed this 2x4 challenge I went straight to my scrap bin looking for 2x4 pieces.  Then I cut up my scraps into even smaller pieces and made all these cakes, ice creams and treats for some seriously cute play food! 

diy wood cake slices

The cakes are simply pieces of 2x4 cut on a 20 degree miter.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

DIY Marquee Sign with Lights

how to make a marquee sign with lights

Hello friends, I'm back to share the tutorial on how I made this marquee sign with lights.  It's completely customizable to fit your lettering.  I made this for a friend's 40th birthday party which we ended up not being able to go due to a snowstorm but I will get it to him eventually.  I figured it's fun for the party and then even more fun for the whole family to hang in the kids playroom.

marquee sign with lights behind

I used outdoor globe lights, their round shape lends perfectly to the marquee nature of this sign.

marquee sign with lights on

Friday, February 19, 2016

DIY Kids Bookends

diy kids bookends

Need an easy gift idea for kids that you can make from one 1x6x6 board?  How about a pair of bookends with a rainbow or a pencil?  Super cute, simple and easy to make.  I'll show you how down below.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

DIY Plywood Frame with Glass

diy plywood frame any size with glass
So excited to share this simple plywood frame solution with you today!  I'm over at Pretty Handy Girl with all the details.

Pretty Handy Girl contributor

It took me 3 years to figure this out and all it takes is a simple inexpensive piece of hardware from the electrical aisle.  Be sure to check out the details at Brittany's place here.

diy plywood frame tutorial

diy plywood frame with plexiglass

Sunday, February 14, 2016

DIY Jumbo Crayon Holder

diy jumbo crayon holder free plans

To follow up from last week's Basic Builds 101 post I'm sharing this ever so simple jumbo crayon holder.  A super easy gift to make and even more fun to give!

diy jumbo crayon holder free plans

Plans for this jumbo crayon holder are down below.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

DIY Basic Builds 101

diy basic build projects

If you're looking to just get your feet wet in woodworking then I highly recommend starting with a basic build.  I'm sharing a few DIY basic builds that are simple and easy and don't require a lot of lumber.  These projects provide a tiny glimpse into working with wood and building things yourself.

Before you know it you'll be ready to tackle something bigger but for now scroll through and start with the basics.  I divided this post into two parts: 1) totes / caddies / trugs and 2) boxes / trays. 


diy mason jar tote free plans

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

DIY Flip Top Bench Free Plans

DIY flip top bench with pull out bins and free plans

Yes for friends who think alike and love to build furniture to fit their space and needs!  Today I'm so, so happy to provide plans for my friend Charlotte over at Ciburbanity for her flip top mudroom bench.  

Let's start with the fact that Charlotte has 5 little ones and she still finds time to pull off this build - amazing.  You absolutely must see the finished flip top bench over at her place and then come back for the plan details here.

DIY flip top bench with pull out bins and free plans

Charlotte designed the bench to flip up which creates shallow storage in the seat for gloves, hats, scarves, etc.  And below she added pull-out bins for shoes, one for each of her kids.

All the finish details and hardware information are posted over at Charlotte's place and below I have the step by step instructions for building your own flip top bench.  Always follow all safety guidelines when operating power tools.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

DIY Lego Minifigures Shelf with Free Plans

diy lego minifig shelf

I definitely didn't invent the wheel here but I did make free plans so you can build your own Lego minifigures shelf.  There are lots of minifigure shelf ideas out there, some are quite sophisticated with little ledges for each minifig but I went simple.  In fact I didn't even add the baseplates which would be a great option if you like complete uniformity.

diy lego minifig shelf

This version of the minifigure display shelf allows you the freedom to place as many figurines as you choose on each ledge.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Foyer Makeover in Antique Farmhouse

foyer makeover with simply white

Every now and then in between building projects I try to focus on spaces in our home and today I'm sharing the front foyer makeover.  We all know the power of paint and this space is further proof that one small change of color can make a huge difference.

foyer before and after

This is technically the front door of our 1740 farmhouse and I can imagine way back in the day how many people passed in and out (probably not this actual door but rather a more crude version).  We don't actually use this door on a regular basis except for the occassional stranger ringing the bell.

Monday, February 1, 2016

DIY Wine Carrier Free Plans

diy wine carrier with free plans

Handmade gifts are the best and I'm a huge fan of making something rather than buying so today I'm sharing this DIY wine carrier project plan.  It's nothing new or really that creative but it's a simple project that nearly anyone can complete in under an hour.

wine carrier for 2 bottles

This wine carrier holds two bottles just perfectly.  A 1x4 board just happens to be the exact width you need to fit a bottle of wine!