Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Truss Beam Side Table Free Plans

Fall is practically knocking on our door so I wanted to get these plans up before the outdoor season ends.  For you year round warm weather folks timing isn't such an issue and yes I'm very jealous that you get that extended outdoor season.  I shared the truss beam coffee table awhile back and today I have the truss beam side table to complete the set.

diy truss beam side table

To be totally honest I only built this side table because my kids were asking for another surface to put drinks and things on and I had the wood scraps on hand.  

But it turned out to be so handy and cute so I thought I'd share.

truss beam side table

I drew up the plans with detailed step by step instructions down below.  It's a very simple and fast build and if you don't like the chunky 4x4 legs you could easily swap out for 2x4s.

truss beam side table free plans

Monday, September 18, 2017

DIY Harvest Yard Sign Virtual Party

It's a virtual party today with ten diy bloggers sharing their custom versions of the harvest yard sign.  We have teamed up with The Home Depot for their DIH Workshops program to make our own harvest yard signs.  You don't want to miss all the amazing creative ideas to get your yard ready for the Fall season! 

diy halloween yard sign

My harvest yard sign went the way of Halloween with a bug theme.  It's fun and creepy and actually a little bit true because Fall always seems to be high spider season in our house.

harvest yard sign DIH Workshop at The Home Depot

You can learn to make the harvest yard sign at your local Home Depot location as part of the DIH Workshops program.  Click here and type in your zip code to register for this workshop.


Also if you have previously attended any workshop at The Home Depot and would like to provide feedback please use this form here.  Your experience and response helps The Home Depot make improvements.

specimen collector yard sign


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

DIY Mini Tool Tree Ornaments

What's not to love about tools?  Everyone loves tools so I thought it would be fun to make miniature tool ornaments for holiday gifts and I'm sharing the tutorials down below.  All of the mini tool tree ornaments are here in one succinct post with tutorials for each ornament.  

diy mini tool tree ornaments


mini paint brush
mini paint brush
mini extension cord
mini extension cord
mini tape measure
mini tape measure

mini paint can
mini paint can
mini toolbox
mini toolbox
mini saw blade
mini saw blade

mini spray paint
mini spray paint
mini homer bucket
mini homer bucket
mini paint roller
mini paint roller

It's quite a collection when they are altogether but I ended up giving them as holiday gifts last Christmas to all my DIY blogging friends.

Monday, September 11, 2017

DIH Workshop: Harvest Yard Sign

This Monday bears a heavy weight on many with the anniversary of 9/11 and the recent hurricanes plowing through our precious lands.  To be honest it makes focusing on the little things seem irrevelvant but we must carry on because the human spirit thrives on normalcy so with that I invite you to join us for a Do-It Herself Workshop where you can learn to make this harvest yard sign:

DIH Workshop harvest yard sign

Be sure to register for this DIH Workshop at The Home Depot here.


The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels.  There are three types of Workshops offered – Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids.

You can learn how to build d├ęcor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions.

Visit http://workshops.homedepot.com to learn more.

DIH Workshops at The Home Depot

My fellow bloggers and myself will be making our own custom versions of this harvest yard sign and sharing our projects next Monday, be sure to check back for lots of inspiration and ideas!
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And if you want to follow along as I build my harvest yard I'll be sharing sneak peeks over on Instagram here.
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Lastly if you have previously attended any Workshop at The Home Depot and would like to provide Feedback please feel free to use this form here.  Your experience and response helps The Home Depot make improvements and changes.

Workshops Feedback Form

* I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this Workshops Program.  As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot.  All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.  My post complies with the WOMMA Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

DIY Halloween Vase & Giveaway

 *This post is sponsored by DecoArt.

Fall is unofficially here and with that comes decorating for Halloween.  I made this not so spooky Halloween urn style vase from plastic containers and scrap wood and I'm sharing all the details so you can make it too.

diy Halloween urn style vase

The complete tutorial is over at the DecoArt blog here but before you click away be sure to enter the giveaway down below.

The nice folks at DecoArt are giving one lucky reader 6 pots of Americana Decor Outdoor Living exterior / interior paint.  This is the same paint I used on the Halloween vase, it's great for plastic, wood, metal, concrete, masonry, terra cotta and more.  Plus no need to prime or sand before using.

decoart paint giveaway

Be sure to stop by the DecoArt blog for lots of project inspiration and ideas using Outdoor Living paint.  It leaves a beautiful eggshell finish great for both interior and exterior projects:

black Halloween vases

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

DIY Outdoor Toy Storage Bin

*This post is sponsored by Simpson Strong-Tie and includes affiliate links.

Please tell me I'm not the only one with a messy yard full of toys strewn about?  Well that's about to change because I just built this outdoor toy storage bin with plenty of space for all the toys.  No more excuses now all the toys have a home and it's easy access for play.

diy outdoor toy storage bin

I partnered with Simpson Strong-Tie to make this outdoor toy storage bin a cinch to construct.  By using their workbench and shelving kit I was able to build the frame portion with no extra hardware or connectors.

I put together plans for this project and they are posted over on the DIY Done Right site here.

outdoor toy storage bin frame

Start with a 2x4 frame, add cleats and hardware cloth, then a base and bit of interior trim to finish it off.  Do you have toys that need to be corraled?  Perhaps this outdoor toy storage bin might just be the answer.

outdoor toy storage bin frame free plans

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Backyard Tools Making Work Easy

*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot and includes affiliate links.

backyard tools making chores easy


Fall is nearly upon us and it's time to once again tackle those backyard chores before the weather turns.  Today I'm sharing three backyard tools that make those outdoor chores easy.  I would consider these tools 'must haves' in your tool arsenol, if you don't have them already be sure to add them to your list.

Backyard Chore #1: Trimming dead branches

trimming dead branches with reciprocating saw

For this task I used a Makita cordless reciprocating saw with a 9" Diablo pruning blade.  Look at the results in the after shot above!