Project: Wooden Salt Cellar By Mark Frauenfelder A couple of years ago I whittled a wooden spoon as a thank-you gift for our family friend Valerie, who was my daughter’s elementary school art teacher. Valerie appreciated it so much that my wife asked me to make another wooden gift for Valerie’s upcoming birthday. I thought about it for a while and decided that a salt cellar would not tax my meager skills. For a PDF of this project, visit the build page on Make: Projects. Materials & Tools Wooden branch, about 3″ in diameter Workbench Saw Drill with bits Dremel tool Sandpaper Snap-blade utility knife Beeswax Directions Step 1: I started out with a branch that had fallen off a tree in our backyard. Step 2: I sawed off a 3″ section of the branch, using a miter box. Here’s the piece I used for the salt cellar. Step 3: I put the biggest drill bit I had into my drill press and started drilling a bunch of holes into the wood. Step 5: The above steps took fewer than 20 minutes to complete. About the Author: Related
Closet Sewing Space A couple of organization tools really helped me with this space. A small desk The peg board !! (big time) Plastic see through bins Door hanging basket system. Small Desk I lucked out, saw the desk first and it fit (we'll call it a good eye, and not mention the luck to my husband).... Peg board I had never put up any peg board before, so that was an adventure, but it wasn't so hard. peg board 1x2 wood. ( 1 x 2 actually measures about 3/4" x 1 1/2") Wood screws long enough to go through the 3/4" wood, and in to your studs behind the wall. Door Rack I got one of those "elfa" door rack systems you can get at the container store.
82 Clever and Creative Fred & Friends Products I'm sure you've come across Fred & Friend products before at your local indie store and might not have even known it. Last weekend I was cruising around town and stopped at an indie store only to find one whole corner of the place dedicated to Fred & Friend products. It was heavenly. I stood there for probably more than a half hour laughing and checking out all their cool stuff. A lot of creativity goes into the making of these products, and I think part of that cleverness is shown in the name of the product and the slogan. Which one's your favorite? Disclaimer: the images you're about to view may not be suitable for all audiences. the OH! conversational paperclips the hot buttered desk accessory! there’s no esc for flies! bigger, better, louder, cooler who says dusting can’t be fun? we ALL need a foot in the door rude, chewed refrigerator magnets street style for your home race you home they really make an entrance< another bright idea from Mr. matryoshkas made to measure a handy little spatula
flax & twine: Day 3: Sparkle Headbands - a diy headband tutorial Theses headbands I want to keep for myself. Really, I can’t decide which I like better the beads or the rhinestones. I know Allie won’t want to take them off. Who doesn’t love the idea of diamonds glittering in your hair? The technique for the floss wrapping I used in the wands in my costume course on Craftsy. But, I just adore the added bling. Really you can do this technique with most trimmed beads. I fell in love with the idea of the rhinestones after seeing Green Eyed Monster’s Rhinstone bangles - love these. Material: Plastic headband DMC Pearl Cotton Embroidery Thread Approx. 18″ of beaded trim with attachments in between each stone or bead (rhinestones, crystal beads, etc) Craft glue or hot glue gun Time: 1 hour Attach beginning of floss to inside of headband with craft glue or hot glue gun. Wrap floss around headband beginning at one end. You can wrap a number of times (5-7) quickly and then push strands together snugly, careful not to overlap the strands. Let it dry. Finis!
Baby Monsters - Amigurumi Patterns.net * UPDATE to this pattern! See below! * Time for another tutorial! I made this lineup of baby monsters for my Basic Amigurumi class at The Knitting Nest. I think they're a pretty good beginner project because it teaches how to start crochet in the round, how to single crochet, how to increase, and basic construction and customization of amigurumi. Baby Monster's Guide to Basic Amigurumi You'll need the following stuff: Small amount of worsted weight yarnSize E Crochet hook (or your favorite)Plastic safety eyes (I used 6 mm, but you can use whatever makes your monster happy!) Head/Body: Begin by making a ring with your yarn as shown. Insert the hook into the front of the ring and hook your working yarn (the yarn coming from the the ball) with the hook. Wrap the working yarn around the hook from behind and pull through the loop on your hook. You will now single crochet six stitches into the ring. To make the circle grow, you will increase by crocheting two times into each stitch. Base:
My Own Landscape Dreams: "Casinha para o meu celular" Eu gosto de pensar que cada objeto tem a sua “casa”. Acho que tudo fica muito mais fácil quando conseguimos guardar cada objeto em seu próprio cantinho. Para isso, nada melhor do que caixinhas, potinhos ou vidrinhos! E para quem adora um projeto craft, o céu é o limite e todo o trabalho acaba se tornando uma grande diversão, não é verdade?! Mesmo com todo o esforço em colocar cada objeto em seu respectivo lar, meu celular nunca teve um espacinho que ele pudesse chamar de seu, rs! As três coisas que mais me chamaram atenção para esse projeto foram o fato de ser uma ideia totalmente reciclável, ter custo zero, e ver finalmente o meu celular em um lugarzinho só dele! Nós vamos precisar de: → um pote vazio de plástico (pode ser shampoo, sabonete líquido, condicionador, etc); → tesoura; → lixa de unha; → estilete. Opcionais: → cola para tecido; → viés (tecido, renda, botões, etc) O primeiro passo é observarmos o tamanho do nosso celular. Em seguida nós vamos cortar a parte de cima do pote. Pronto!
Anthro-Inspired Book Stack Necklace - JEWELRY AND TRINKETS One of my favorite bloggers posted about this necklace available on Anthropologie's website a few months back. It was retailing for something like $165. I figured it would be pretty easy to diy. First, I looked around my house for leather-like items to cut up for the covers. I remembered an old red purse I had that would be perfect. I found an old green purse for a few dollars. I set out molding the pages out of white fimo that I had laying around. I sandwiched them between the cut leather and mashed things around a bit. Time for round two. I did some reading about the Anthro necklace, and found a similar one on Etsy. So I started cutting up books. I cut and I cut and I cut! I love it.
sewing 101: fabric boxes It seems no matter what I do, I can never get a handle on all the tiny odds and ends that accumulate around my house. From craft materials to hair ties, the bits and bobs are constantly trying to take over, so in the never-ending quest to corral them, these little fabric bins were born. You can make one of these soft boxes in almost no time, and in almost any size, so you can customize them to perfectly fit whatever you need to hold. Top each one off with a label holder (also customizable in any shade of the rainbow, thanks to nail polish), and you’ll have a leg up on clutter . . . for a little while, at least. — Brett Bara Read the full how-to after the jump . . . Materials a sturdy fabric, such as canvasthread to matchsewing machine, iron and basic sewing supplieslabel holdersnail polish (optional) 1. I couldn’t find label holders in a color I liked, so I decided to customize my own by painting them with neon pink nail polish. 2. Begin with any size square or rectangle fabric you like.
ipad cover tutorial We recently bought a new iPad 2 for work and I was floored at the prices of covers…..I just couldn’t bring myself to spend that much. My husband’s friend Walker jokes that his composition notebook is his “low-tech iPad” because it is exactly the same size…..so it gave me an idea. I would make a cover for our new iPad out of one of the old composition notebooks I had sitting around. Turns out it was pretty easy using the box my iPad came in, some hair elastics and a notebook with the pages removed. Here is how I made an easy, inexpensive iPad cover: Photo 1 & 2: I took a razor blade and cut out the pages…..this composition book was on its last leg so they basically fell out.Photo 3 & 4: I removed the plastic insert from the box that the iPad came in and marked the height of the notebook for reference on the side. Photo 13, 14, 15 & 16: I took 2 black elastic hair bands and sewed each onto one corner at two points using needle and thread. An iPad cover for $2.99.
Drink Can Tinwork Tinwork Embossed tinwork is sometimes used to decorate rustic style photo or mirror frames, or just to make decorative items such as Christmas tree decorations. The metal used is usually thicker (tinplate) and is normally worked with hammered tools - I wanted to try to get a similar effect, but with a bit less effort. The Most Popular ArticleOn Atomic Shrimp No, really! I created this page towards the end of October 2008. More Metalwork If this project interested you, you might also like Lost Wax Casting Safety This project makes use of very thin sheet metal that is likely to have sharp, jagged edges and is prone to springing back. Great care should be taken to avoid injury. This project probably isn't suitable for children - and certainly not without supervision. Updated Autumn 2010 - now with Video Goodness! Soft drink cans are easily recyclable as scrap metal, but I fancied trying something a little more direct - a simplified form of tinwork. Materials Finished And Better... And Better Still
sewing 101: reverse applique place mats Reverse applique may sound fancy, but it’s actually a crazy-easy sewing technique that allows you to add tons of color, texture and pattern to your projects with very little effort. In this technique, two or more fabrics are layered and stitched together, then sections of the fabric are strategically cut away to reveal the color(s) beneath, essentially creating an original textile. In this post, we’re experimenting with reverse applique to make simple place mats, but once you get the hang of this technique, you’ll see that it can be used to create your own patterns on just about anything, from throw pillows to curtains and more. Read the full how-to after the jump . . . Materials fabric in at least two different colors; cotton-linen blends are great for place mats, or any cotton is a good choicethread in contrasting colorssewing machine, iron and basic sewing supplies 1. 2. Layer at least two pieces of fabric with their right sides facing up. Time to sew! 3. Now for the fun part! 4.
DIY Washi Tape Laptop Keyboard | her new leaf Look whose little old MacBook got a facelift this weekend! I spotted this idea from minifanfan on Making It Lovely last week and just had to give it my own spin. I purchased my Japanese washi tape from Le Box Boutique on Etsy. There are hundreds of washi tape sellers but I chose Le Box because they allow you to purchase tape by the foot rather than having to purchase the entire roll. I chose these ten patterns but only ended up using eight of them on my keyboard. I first thoroughly cleaned my keyboard with rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt or oil that might keep the tape from sticking. I originally wanted to do all the keys, including the small keys in the top row, but the tape seemed to have a harder time sticking to the small keys. This project was a bit tedious but simple – perfect for a few hours in front of the tv. What do you think? Tagged as: craft, diy, tutorial