Friday, November 27, 2015

DIY Bucket Shelving

Hello buildy friends!  Things are getting serious now that we're past Thanksgiving and the countdown is really on.  Ana White and I have teamed up to bring you gift plans every Friday until Christmas as part of our Handbuilt Holiday series and today we have a fabulous bucket shelving system.

So far for this year's series we've shared 8 awesome gift builds with free plans and today is another gift idea that's sure to please.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DIY Modern Tree with Ornaments

The holiday decorating is in full swing friends and today I'm over at Classy Clutter sharing this modern tree with ornaments.  All month long Mallory and Savannah have been posting amazing decorating ideas as part of A Handmade Holiday series, be sure to check out all the tutorials!

This modern tree is a basic build that does involve some beveled cuts so you will need a miter saw.  As always be careful with power tools and follow all safety precautions.

Below you will find the step by step instructions including cut lists.  Be sure to stop over at Classy Clutter for more finished product photos and lots more project ideas.

Friday, November 20, 2015

DIY Tree Shelf

We're back with another diy gift plan for the Handbuilt Holiday series and today it's a beautiful tree shaped shelf that anyone would want!  Ana White and I have the most fun deciding just which project to build each week, like kids in a candy store!  We tend to focus on gifts for kids but this week our build is more geared towards the adults.

Ana has the plans for this decorative tree shelf that's sure to be a wonderful addition to anyone's Christmas decor:

Thursday, November 19, 2015

DIY Wood Gobble Placemats

One week from today and we will be feasting away!  That means you still have plenty of time to get your Thanksgiving table in order and today I'm sharing this fun wood gobble placemat project.

I used one 2' x 4' 1/4" plywood handy panel which costs about $7 to make four placemats.

The wood placemats are a great alternative to traditional fabric placemats, layered on top of a tablecloth they add a touch of quirky fun to the table.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

DIY Door Stop with Handle

Today I'm over at Pretty Handy Girl with Brittany sharing how to make this super simple wood door stop.  Just a 4x4 wood scrap and a leather belt scrap for a handle.

To get the details and step by step instructions click here.

Monday, November 16, 2015

DIY Christmas Wreath Trio: Ho Ho Ho

The season is upon us and what better way to decorate than with wreaths!  And not just one wreath but how about a trio?  Today I'll show you how I made this Christmas wreath trio with giant cut-out ornaments that say ho, ho, ho.  You could easily change out the lettering to J-O-Y, merry & bright or even a monogram too!  

Above is my custom version of the Christmas wreath trio we will be making next Saturday at The Home Depot DIY Workshop:

I'll be at The Home Depot in Vauxhall, NJ making this Christmas wreath trio and you can join me!  Saturday, November 21st at 10am we start, no worries if you aren't in New Jersey, click the registration link and enter your zip code to find the nearest Home Depot offering this workshop.

The Home Depot offers free workshops for DIYers of all ages and experience levels on Saturdays and Sundays every month.  These DIY Workshops cover a range of projects from how-to tile, gardening, deck staining and more.  They are great for anyone who wants to learn how to take on more of their home projects and upgrades.

My version is horizontal and makes the perfect backdrop behind our sectional.

Friday, November 13, 2015

DIY Modern Bookshelf

Welcome back to Handbuilt Holiday!  This is week 7 of the series and today we are sharing a modern bookshelf.  Ana White and I strive to provide a good mix of new gift plans every week that include toys as well as functional and fun furniture pieces.

Today is one of those functional gifts and since most kids have a collection of books this modern bookshelf makes the perfect storage solution with just the right amount of quirky kid fun built in.  Ana designed this bookshelf with tons of storage space but also great ledges and nooks for all kinds of toys and play.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Built-Ins Makeover: Using a Paint Sprayer

Who wants to paint a ton of built-ins with a roller and brush?  It's doable but definitely not the smartest, fastest or most professional looking approach.

The last few months I've been making over our upstairs walk-in closet and the most drastic change is painting the built-ins.  I used the Homeright Finish Max sprayer and the results are amazing! 

To be perfectly honest I've never painted with a sprayer before.  The thought of cleaning all the parts was enough to turn me off UNTIL I realized how much square footage there was to paint in all these built-ins.  (There are actually 3 portions of built-ins, the above picture only shows one wall and a small portion of another on the left.)

The smarter person in me decided it was time to give the sprayer a try.  

Friday, November 6, 2015

DIY Schoolhouse Chair

Who's ready to go old school with this diy schoolhouse chair with desk?  Super functional and a very easy build.  Ana White designed this chair with easy plans for you to follow as part of our Handbuilt Holiday series.

Folks we are 7 weeks away from Christmas - time to get cracking!   Ana's plans for this chair should only take you about 2 hours to build so no excuses. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Easy Personalized Holiday Cards

Who is sending holiday cards this year?  It's a tradition I have loved ever since I got married and if you share that tradition then let's make personalized holiday cards today!

TIP #1: Start now and you'll have more time for gift making later!

I'm working with Minted to create this year's holiday card.  Minted is a design marketplace of independent artists from around the globe and they offer a bazillion design options!  It feels great knowing I'm supporting the independent artist community.

Let's start:

Step One: Sign in to to create an account.  You'll want an account to save all your options and keep your uploaded photos for easy access.  Once signed in then select the category for your card  - I've selected Holiday: Christmas Cards.

Monday, November 2, 2015

DIY Workshop: Christmas Wreath Trio

It's holiday decorating time!  Save the date and join us at The Home Depot on Saturday, November 21st at 10am for a fun and decorative DIY Workshop where we'll be making a Christmas Wreath Trio.

I'll be at the Vauxhall, NJ location making the Christmas wreath trio and you can register here to attend the free workshop.  Or click on the register button and enter your zip code to find the nearest location offering the workshop.

The Home Depot offers free workshops for DIYers of all ages and experience levels on Saturdays and Sundays every month.  These DIY Workshops cover a range of projects from how-to tile, gardening, deck staining and more.  They are great for anyone who wants to learn how to take on more of their home projects and upgrades.

Please register here for this free workshop Saturday, November 21st at 10am!

 Disclaimer: The Home Depot partners with bloggers such as me for DIY Workshop program.  As part of this program, I received compensation for my time.  They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about any product mentioned in these posts.  The Home Depot believes that consumers and bloggers are to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

Friday, October 30, 2015

DIY Modular Dollhouse & Furniture

Happy Friday friends, only 7 more Fridays until the big day!  That gives you plenty of time to build our latest Handbuilt Holiday gift plan: the modular dollhouse.  Ana White has the plans for this extremely versatile and amazingly simple dollhouse we're sharing today.

If you are new here welcome to week 5 of this year's Handbuilt Holiday series, you can see the previous 4 builds here plus 24 more from the past 2 years.

But today is all about this truly awesome dollhouse:

Modular to the max!  Above are 3 combinations I put together using all the same pieces and when my girls came home from school they rearranged it again into something I never thought of.

Honestly this dollhouse will provoke those kids imaginations like you never thought before.

Monday, October 26, 2015

DIY Cleaning Storage Tower

Looking for a convenient, sturdy and user-friendly way to store cleaning supplies and other essentials?  I built this cleaning storage tower to house all the necessities in one spot and create easily accessible storage for bulky items and I'm sharing the plans down below so you can build it too!

Friday, October 23, 2015

DIY Gas Pump Bookshelf

It's week 4 of the Handbuilt Holiday series and it just keeps getting better!  Ana White and I work super hard to bring you new gift plans that are fun and purposeful and today is no exception.  We are sharing this gas pump bookshelf with tons of storage both inside and out! 

The gas pump bookshelf is super functional, sturdy and provides vertical storage sized just right for kids:

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

DIY Sliding Mirror

Friends I'm over at Pretty Handy Girl sharing how to build and install a sliding mirror.

This mirror solves my problem with NO wall space and NO back of the door option in a small walk in closet so the solution is a sliding mirror!  Check out all the details on Brittany's blog here.