Monthly Archives: July 2014

DIY Message Board

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This is a great little project to add a little color to a room, or to add a coordinating place to hang photos, cards, concert tickets, or any piece of memorabilia.

You can use fabric that has already been used in a room or you can use an accent color.

The board I created is hanging in my sons room, but this could also work well in a kitchen or in a mud room to hold upcoming notes about family events or shopping lists.

Trith be told, this is a project I started years ago, but never been entirely completed.  I had to partially take it apart to show you how it went together.  So, here we go…

I started with a cork board that I picked up at AC Moore, some fabric, and a thin piece of quilt lining.

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Thd fabric is cut three inches wider than thd cork board all the way around and the quilt lining is half inch smaller than the fabric.  Simply wrap the fabfic around thd edge of the cork board and secure with a staple gun.

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I folded the edge of the fabric under before I stapled it so no raw edges show.

After you secure all of the sides, you can add eye hooks to each side and attach picture hanging wire.

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Once you flip it over, it should look like this. ..

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Of course you can leave it like this and use push pins, but I am adding ribbon to hold whatever is put on the board.  This way you don’t have worry about dropping pins, or running out of them.

I used two spools of ribbon.

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I started by measuring to the center of the board to create my first line.

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Next, I measured four inches and placed my next ribbon, and so on.

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After they were all measured, I secured them with push pins.

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Now, flip your board over so you can secure the ribbon.

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I attached the ribbon with a staple gun.

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When that is complete, you are done!

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Now hang it on the wall and let your little one save what’s important to him or her…

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On a side note, I replaced these push pins with bronze thumb tacks which are less noticeable and more decorative.

Category: Create

DIY Vacation Jar

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As a family, we have the amazing opportunity of taking a vacation every summer.  My boys and I have always enjoyed walking on the beach and finding shells together.  We end up collectiong them in a bucket and then they sit in little collections in the garage and I buy new sand buckets.  This is the perfect way to keep collections together and to display them in an interesting and decorative way.

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I picked up these jars in various shapes and sizes at Home Goods. They ranged in price from 10 to 20 dollars.  I simply labeled the jars with our vacation spot and filled them up with our treasures. You can also add the dates of your vacation.

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This was a beach vacation, so it is filled with shells, but we have been on other vacations where we collected interesting rocks and large pinecones, the possibilities are endless.

Now you have a great souvenir of your vacation…

Category: Create

DIY Carriage Doors

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This is basically a before and after from my project this weekend.  I have been wanting to get carriage doors for our house for a while, but at $1200 a piece, they are not currently  in the budget.  So this is a DIY Carriage Door kit.

I was shoppping at Home Depot the other day with my husband when I wandered off and came across these carriage door kits:

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The kits come in several different styles and are about $19 each.

This is what my garage doors looked like before the kit:

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And, after some careful measuring and drilling, they look like this!

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The whole project should take less than an hour.  (My doors had some weird handles that I had to remove and then cover the holes, so it took a little longer than that.)  Definately dresses up plain garage doors for a fraction of the price!

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DIY Cut Bottle Lanterns

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This project serves two purposes for me.  I have watched youtube videos for cutting wine bottles for a while and have wanted to try it, and I hate when candles blow out on breezy nights.  Hence, my DIY Cut Bottle Lanterns.

I have seen cut bottles used in many different ways, this is just one idea.

As I have said, I have watched a lot of “how to” videos on cutting glass bottles, but this video by Dan Rojas won me over.  I will give you an abridged version of what he said.  Dan used a wine bottle jig that he bought online.  I used things I had around to get an even cut with the glass cutter.

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I attached a piece of a 2×4 to the edge of my work bench to line up the end of the bottle.  I used a clamp to hold the cutter in place.  Then I turned the bottle until it was etched all the way around.

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Then, I followed Dan’s instructions.  I found that the hotter the water is and the slower you poor it, the better it works.  (He does say that.)

Once I had my cut bottles, I used a fine sanding block so that the edges are not sharp.

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To get the labels off of the bottles, i soaked them in warm soapy water for a few hours.  Then, I scraped the labels with a plastic scraper.  Some labels come off better than others.  There is some residue left in the photo above which I removed with some nail polish remover and a cotton ball.

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Add some tea   lights or pillar candles and you are done!

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