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The Anthro bookcase

The Anthro bookcase
Have you ever seen something in a catalog, gawked at the price tag, and thought ‘I could totally make that?‘ That was my reaction to this bookcase in the Anthro catalog. Cool vintage books, beautiful bookcase, but why the heck does it cost $1400? So I set off to make my own. At first, I thought I could just buy a big piece of birch plywood and get the guys at Home Depot to chop it down to the many individual pieces. I had my dad cut several pieces of wood at these heights (below). To determine how many pieces I needed at each height, I measured the spine of the cookbooks we had at home. I sanded all the pieces with super fine sandpaper. Then it came down to gluing and staining the case. The wood was actually kind of tough to glue together, because all the interior segments are different heights. So the steps were: glue, wait 24 hours, then stain. I haven’t had a lot of experience with wood glue or stain, but I learned that I should be more careful with the glue. This post was featured on Related:  DIY Projects

sculptural braided extension cords I’m constantly getting into silly arguments with my partner about my DIY projects. Whenever I turn to him for advice, ever the left-brainer, he gives me the practical answer, which I hate. Shouldn’t you be able to carry it this way? I’m realizing that on the art/design spectrum, I fall much closer to the former than I thought. I’ve prefaced this particular project with the above disclaimer because I want everyone to know that this project is not practical. Is this project practical? Read the full how-to after the jump! Materials 3 extension cords (all the same length, 6′ or longer is better)scissorsmasking tape3 skeins of thick/bulky weight yarn3 plastic cord tubes (these can be found at IKEA or most hardware stores in the electrical section) Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. You’re done!

DIY Craft Table or Kitchen Island I've been holding on to this bad boy for a while. I'm really not sure why? It all started a few months ago when one of my bookshelves literally snapped in half. It was *extremely* frustrating, and dangerous. I was alone when it happened and the bookshelf was entirely full... (1) Disassemble it. (2) Size it. (3) Attach it. I have to say, this was one easy, cheap and satisfying project. TERMS OF USE (Modified from ISLY) This project is free for personal use is not to be distributed/republished without my consent. The ugly side of creativity...and an Anthro knockoff Good Day everyone! I hope you had a great week. I promised myself minimal blogging this weekend as we celebrate the Family Day long weekend here in Ontario. Even though I truly believe that family should be celebrated and enjoyed every single day, this weekend is for the kiddies so it's a quick post today... (a peek into my sketch book) Art is my passion and in it I find release and happiness. But I also find calmness and peace in a clean and organized space which clashes with my creative mind because... But in my defense (honey), I don't have a crafting space to call my own. A few weeks ago, I shared some inspiration pictures on my FB page of linen closets converted into craft areas and I hope to accomplish that in the weeks to come. Enter my Antrho knockoff.... That's suppose to say 'yarn', but you get the idea... You will need: Yarn white and other colour of choice Hot glue gun Tin cans or pot Cotton rope - Wrap white yard around rope and secure with hot glue Here they are side by side.

How to Make a Chandelier | Freshly Picked We started with this thrifted lamp shade. I had Chris add an extra row of wire. Using Brenna's tutorial, we made + cut wax paper circles. Here is our before light. Then, Chris installed these hooks to the ceiling. He then hung the chandelier. Here it is with the light on, wayyy better right? And with the light off, so very pretty. More Detailed Instructions A video to show you my sewing technique. Follow up to this post here. Next → ← Previous 25 Responses Leave a Reply DIY: Magazine Bowl I made this bowl a couple of years ago while Daniel and I were visiting his parents in Michigan. It is made from magazine pages that I picked specifically for their bright colors. I've seen this project on various blogs here and there, but I think Cindy brought it to my attention way back when. We had quite a few lovely crafting days at her house. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. When my bowl was finished and the glue was dry, I sprayed it with shellac to make it shiny. Great for storing hair thingies in the bathroom.

Turn A Bar of Soap Into Liquid Hand Soap I have a confession to make: I hate bar soap. It gets dirty, is annoying to handle, and takes too long to use up. Despite this, people like to give me bar soap as a gift, which I feel guilty not using. So I’ve been buying liquid hand soap at $3 a bottle and putting the bar soap in a box with the intention of finding a use for it. Then it occurred to me that I might be able to convert the bar soap into liquid hand soap. So I tried it and was thrilled to find that it works great! Glycerin is made from plant oils and is commonly used in soaps, shampoos, and moisturizers. Ingredients: 1 c soap flakes 10 c water 1 Tbs glycerin Equipment: Cheese grater A large pot Measuring cup and spoons A spatula for stirring A soap container with a hand pump A container to hold excess soap Funnel Directions: First, grate the soap. One bar of soap yielded a little over 1.5 cups of flakes. In a large pot, combine 1 cup soap flakes, 10 cups water, and 1 Tbs glycerin. You can also use this soap as body wash.

Tutorial: Lace Lampshade by: inkodye This project is shockingly simple, yet produces really beautiful and unique results. We were able to transfer the pattern of lace onto our lampshade by using the photographic property of Inkodye. It’s like magic! The lamp we used was found at Ikea for $15, but any cotton or linen lampshade will work perfectly. Total tutorial time: 20 minutes Used in this project: Inkodye Red Orange Materials. Prep. Mix. Paint. Pin. Snip. Develop. Unravel. Scrub. Illuminate. Typography nails: 13 ways to get the look! | Font Crafts I’m not a nail art fanatic, but I appreciate a good manicure when I see one! I thought it would be fun to find some examples of nail art using fonts! I think I found some pretty stellar examples that you’ll fall in love with and get a kick out of too! The ultimate in typographic nails has to be this Helvetica set by the Daily Nail . I’m assuming the Comic Sans version on her other hand didn’t turn out as well. LOL. These nails from Tornado Calli are anything but comical! This set is letter heavy! Harry Potter fans will love casting spells with these fun nails via the Daily Glean! This chalkboard set from Concrete and Nail Polish gets an A+ in my gradebook! Show some love for your favorite social media sites with these nails by Nailasaurus. If you’re a Glee fan, you’ll love this set from Victoria C7 . These script nails by Sally Hansen are so elegant. Go old school and make notebook nails like All Laquered Up did!

DIY Home Improvement Projects – Do It Yourself Home Repair Guides - Family Handyman ENHANCING THE COMMON CEILING FAN--A TUTORIAL AND GIVEAWAY!! I'm linking this tutorial with DIY DAY over at A Soft Place to Land and Today's Creative Blog's weekly edition of Get Your Craft On! Be sure not to miss the Giveaway at the bottom of this tutorial--it ends on October 31! If your home is filled with ceiling fans as is ours, and you are a crafty person, you might enjoy making a few FANDANGLES. They are a simple, quick, fun way to embellish the pull chain portion of your fans. Here are photos of 2 that I added to our utility room fan (note the energy efficient bulbs!): SUPPLIES NEEDED:An item to use as a focal piece--possibilities: old earrings, ornaments, charms Various beads and/or crystals Needle-nosed pliers and wire cutters Beading wire, crimp beads, and ball chain This great little device: ball chain coupling and ball chain connectors. STEP 1:Choose your focal piece for your Fandangle.For this demonstration, I decided I wanted to use the lovely emerald green charm from the bracelet pictured previously. I ordered mine from

Handmade Zipper Pouch Tutorial Hello :D I really want to share with you my method of making a zipper pouch. It is not very different from many others tutorials but has a few more added tipbits to help you make the perfect pouch. I hope you find it easy to follow, this is a guide on how to make a zipper pouch. Supplies or What You Will Need ♥ Exterior Fabric ♥ Lining Fabric ♥ Interfacing ♥ Zip/Zipper ♥ Sewing Machine ♥ Zipper Foot ♥ Thread ♥ Wonderweb or similar ♥ Pouch Pattern (with seam allowance) 1. 2. 3. Tip: always make sure your zipper works and that it is long enough that the zipper pull will not get in the way of your zipper foot when sewing. Then place your lining fabric on top of the zipper. 4. 5. 6. 7. Before you pin everything together make sure that your zipper teeth point toward the lining fabric. With your edges of the fabric and zipper lined up with each other pin through the zipper and fabric layers, then pin each end of the zipper together so they stay flat when sewing. 8. Sew up the gap in the lining fabric. 9.

DIY Moss Bath Mat Moss Bath Mat How awesomely fun is this! You can create you own Moss Bath Mat that gets water from the steam in your bathroom as well as from you when you dry off! Make sure to place the mat directly outside of your tub or shower like you would any other mat. Supplies:Plastazote Foam Roll Scissors X-ACTO Knife Stencil Hot Glue Gun Assorted moss plugs Directions: 1. 2. 3. 4.. 5. 6. 7. Chantal's Stained Glass Patterns ::: Two Cats E-mail Webmaster Thank you for visiting Chantal's Stained Glass Patterns. New stained glass patterns added weekly.