Monday, August 3, 2015

Back to School: 5 DIY Projects


Back to school is rapidly approaching around the country and I for one couldn't be more excited!  This is my most favorite time of year (even more so than Christmas to be honest) and I rounded up some of my favorite past projects that are perfect for Fall and back to school. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Simple Mirror Frame


If you follow me on Instagram then you know I've been slaving away in the bathroom recently working on a little makeover.  Today I'm sharing how to make this super simple mirror frame out of wood that will go in the bathroom.

Yesterday I shared a sneak peek of the newly framed mirror hung in place:

Monday, July 27, 2015

Open Media Shelf


Truth be told I previously shared this open media shelf way back when.  This was before I figured out how to make proper plans so today I'm reposting this build with step by step instructions including detailed plans and cut lists.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Build It: Back to School


Hooray for back to school!  I'm a huge fan and while we still have 6 weeks of summer left here in New York I know some folks are nearing that first school day very soon.  Today I'm sharing some wood projects you can build for back to school, things to keep you organized and a few fun builds that all kids are sure to enjoy.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mason Jar Tote



I know you all have mason jars looking for a home so today I'm sharing how to build your own diy mason jar tote.  We actually built these totes during the Make & Take class I taught with Jen from House of Wood at the Haven Conference last Friday so I thought I would share the plans with everyone.

Here we are with all the completed totes:


A huge thank you to everyone who attended our class.  You were so enthusiastic and quick too!


This tote is sized for three regular mason jars.  Of course you could fill the mason jars with almost anything and you have a great gift all packaged up!

The step by step plans including materials and cut lists are down below:

Friday, July 17, 2015

One Board Challenge: Bench



It's a great day to share a ton of one board challenge projects!  My buildy friend Jen at House of Wood organized this Build It Blog Hop challenge whereby DIY bloggers take one board and build anything.  No rules except it can only be a 1x8x8 board.


Please be sure to stop by all these awesome DIY bloggers to see exactly how creative everyone can be with one board:
Below is my one board challenge project including the plans to build your own!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

House Shape Door Decor


On a quest for door decor that's different from the typical wreath?  I'm always on the lookout for unusual or unexpected door decor so today I'm sharing this house shape door decor.  All the details including step by step instructions, materials and cut lists are over at Brittany's blog Pretty Handy Girl.

And yes it does look a bit like an arrow so if you're looking to build an arrow shape you could use the same plans!  For my purposes it's a house shape and I added the red hearts just to keep it fun.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Locker Cubbies & Giveaway



Who's thinking about back to school?  Yes please I can't wait!  As much fun as summer is don't get me wrong I secretly long for those structured school days.

The folks at Crates and Pallet challenged a few bloggers to come up with a back to school themed organization project using the large and small crates.  Today I'm sharing my locker cubbies made from 6 large crates and 6 small crates.  Together they make a super functional and organized spot for school supplies and homework essentials.

And the nice people at Crates and Pallet have offered to giveaway 2 large and 2 small crates plus a $50 gift card for The Home Depot to one lucky reader!


A great way to get started on your own back to school organizational area.  The giveaway entry and link are down below but first all the details on my locker cubbies:

Friday, July 10, 2015

DIY Bookshelf



Happy Friday friends.  I'm over at Remodelaholic today sharing this DIY bookshelf with adjustable shelves.


I'd consider this a furniture staple in most homes and it's definitely a project you can do yourself and customize to fit your space.  Click on the link here for the free plans to make your own bookshelf.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Mail Sorter


Nothing fancy today folks, just a simple mail sorter I built for my neighbor.  I thought I'd share the plans because it's a build with purpose that might be useful to some readers.


My neighbor has three kids so she wanted a mail slot for each one.  The boxes are 12" wide x 7" deep so plenty of space for papers and notes, especially once school starts up again!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Camp Care Package


It's summer and that means summer camp.  I truly love everything about summer camp and have tons of fond memories as a kid away at summer camp.  But perhaps one of the best parts about summer camp is receiving care packages!

This summer my girls and their cousin will be going to sleepaway summer camp for two weeks and they are over the moon excited.  Naturally I had to prepare a camp care package and I'm sharing my list of ideas with you.  I will ship the package ahead of their departure because I know after a few days of settling in at camp they will be eagerly awaiting a care package.


First up, the small things.  Think of small sized items that would be useful at camp like a travel tissue pack, hair binders and a flashlight and pack it all in a small container.  Of course they will have packed a flashlight and hair binders already but it can't hurt to have a back up (ever leave your flashlight on all night?) and girls are notorious for loosing hair binders.  I had to throw in some candy but individually wrapped pieces means hopefully they are more likely to share with bunk mates.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

DIY Star Napkins



Who's ready for a little holiday?  July 4th is days away and I have a fairly simple table decor project: diy star napkins.

Use premade white cotton napkins or hem up cotton fabric then paint a simple red star at the center.  I'll show you how down below.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Deck the Walls



Easy and inexpensive wall decor that you can make from wood and fabric scraps.  I'm sharing how to make this simple wood bunting over at Remodelaholic today, click here to see the full tutorial.

And I promise there's no sewing involved!

If you have wall decor projects you'd like to share be sure to link up at the Deck the Walls party here. Features will be chosen and posted this Friday.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Field Day Station Signs


While summer is now in full swing and most field day events are long over I still thought I would share how I made the field day station signs for our school and you can pin for later.


These station signs are completely portable, self standing and the game names are interchangeable which makes them reusable from year to year.

To make 8 station signs I used the follow supplies:

8 - 2x3x8 studs
2 - 2x8x12 boards
1 sheet - 1/2" plywood
16 hooks and eyes
2 1/2" & 1 5/8" exterior wood screws
2" finish nails

Follow the step by step instructions below to build your own field day station signs:

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mailbox Debate: Post or Wall


Secretly I really love a big mailbox on a post at the end of the driveway.  Perhaps because that's how I grew up, running to the end of the driveway to see what that big black box would deliver.  However, in our current neighborhood all the mailboxes are right at the house (which I must say makes it so easy especially in bad weather thank you US Postal!) but let me show you the before:


Yes there's the beautiful copper mailbox on a post right by the back door.  As convenient as it may be it was also an eye sore and a problem for a few reasons.


1. The garbage men need access to that gate right behind the mailbox and it was sort of blocking the pathway.
2. The door on the mailbox was ripped and hard to close.
3. Size - it's super big.  We're a family of five and never ever did we come close to filling that mailbox.  Granted it is good space for small packages but those can be left just inside the storm door.


So I removed the mailbox cutting down the post and hung a wall mounted version.  It's streamlined now and I can guarantee I won't have any of the garbage men telling me they cut themselves on the ripped metal of the old mailbox.


I placed my diy planter in the corner with a fern and I'm loving the new look already.  I'm still a little bit sad about not having a mailbox on a post but this back door refresh is working just swell. 



I'm linking up to:
TDC Before and After