Category: For the Home

How to Make Your Own Rustic ‘Joy’ Plaque

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Spreading joy isn’t just for the holidays! If you have an older piece of wood, dress it up with this welcoming plaque that you can add to the side of your house, garage, or barn. Try some letters other than “Joy” if you’d like – your last name, another saying – anything!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Wood letter J
Wood letter O
Wood letter Y
Acrylic paint
Foam brush
E6000 glue
Sandpaper or a scraping tool to distress the painted letters

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Things to do:
1. Place the letters on your wood to decide on placement and size of the plaque.
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2. Paint your first letter.
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3. Continue painting the remaining letters. Allow them to dry, then distress them with sandpaper or a scraper.
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4. Glue into place with the E6000. Make sure to do this outside or in a well-ventilated area. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
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DIY Chicken Wire Frame Display

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This shabby-chic display can be used in a variety of ways, from showcasing your jewelry to housing your favorite Christmas cards. This simple DIY project will show you how to create an artistic approach to organizing your odds and ends.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Metal ring
Chicken wire
Wire cutters
Wire
Boxwood picks

Things to do:
1. Flatten out your roll of chicken wire and lay the metal ring on top of it.
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2. Cut a circle of chicken wire out, using your metal ring as a guide for size.
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3. Next, we’re going to attach the chicken wire to the metal ring. Cut a 2-inch piece of wire and slide it through the chicken wire, wrapping it around the metal ring to hold them together. Repeat this step several times at different points around the ring, until the chicken wire is secure.
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4. Use wire cutters to trim any chicken wire that pokes out beyond the metal ring.
5. Create mini bunches of boxwood and use wire to attach them to your metal ring.
6. Cut a 5-inch piece of wire and secure both ends to the top of your metal ring, creating a hanger.
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Dandelion Nail Wall Art Tutorial

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Who knew wood and nails could be so beautiful! This DIY takes minimum materials and maximum creativity-You’ll love the way your rustic piece of home decor turns out!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Large log slice
Nails
Embroidery floss
Scissors
Hammer
Pencil

Things to do:
1. The first step is planning how you want your art to turn out. Use a pencil to mark your wood in places you want the nails to be. For this project, I’m creating a dandelion!
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2. Hammer your nails in place, following the pencil markings you sketched. Be sure to hammer them in pretty far to make sure they are secure and can’t be pulled or bent.
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3. When the nails are in place, it’s time to start adding some color! Knot the end of your embroidery floss around a nail and begin wrapping it around your design. This is the time to get creative and have fun!
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4. When you’ve finished wrapping your design, knot the end of the embroidery floss securely and admire your handiwork!
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DIY Road Monogram Wall Art

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Perfect for a little (or big!) boy’s room! Paint this in any color you’d like. You can also add other types of traffic lines, parking lots, small buildings… you’re only limited by your imagination!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1-2 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Miniature cars
Wood letter
Acrylic paint
Nylon paint brush
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Sawtooth hanger

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Things to do:
1. Paint your letter in any color you’d like.
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2. Allow it to dry.
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3. Paint traffic lines on your letter and allow to dry. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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4. Hot glue the cars to the letter and add your sawtooth hanger to the back.
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DIY Simplistic Modern Weave Wall Hanging

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This bohemian DIY is great to do with kids on a rainy day. The steps are simple and easy to follow, giving your tiny tots an easy introductory to weaving.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Large metal ring
Small metal ring
Cotton twine
Scissors
Wire cutters
Gold jewelry wire

Things to do:
1. The first step is attaching your metal rings. Cut a 2-inch piece of gold jewelry wire and wrap it tightly around the top of both rings. Cut any excess.
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2. Cut 20 pieces of string that measure 20 inches long.
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3. Next, it’s time to start connecting the string to the metal rings. Fold a piece of string in half and slide the center under the bottom hoop. Pull the ends up through the loop of string and back down through the other side, creating a knot.
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4. Repeat step 3 until all 20 pieces are secured to the largest metal ring.
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5. Next, cut ten 5-inch pieces of string.
6. Knot them onto the top ring, just like you knotted the longer strings onto the bottom ring.
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7. Display your work of art on a nail or tack and enjoy!
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DIY Boxwood Monogram Letter

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This DIY combines two of our favorite things – Greenery and monograms! Grab some boxwood and your hot glue gun, and let’s get started!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 12 and up
Time to complete: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache letter
Craft knife
Wire cutters
Boxwood picks
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is removing the top layer of your letter. Use your knife to cut along the edge of the cardboard.
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2. When the edges are cut off, remove the top layer and pull over the extra cardboard pieces inside.
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3. Cut a 1-inch bunch of boxwood.
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4. Use hot glue to attach the boxwood to the center of the letter. Continue this step until the entire letter is filled with greenery.
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5. Use the plastic hooks on the back to hang your letter and enjoy!

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How to Make a Memo Corkboard

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Create this colorful button corkboard and hang it in your office, on a door, or in a locker with a magnet instead of a sawtooth hanger. You can decorate this in many ways, including adding eye hooks to hang small objects!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Cork coaster
Wooden plaque
Acrylic paint
Sawtooth hanger
Paint brush
Buttons
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Paint your plaque the desired color and allow to dry.
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2. You may choose to add a second coat if you’d like. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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3. Hot glue the cork square in place at the top of the plaque.
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4. Glue buttons to the bottom.
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5. Secure the sawtooth hanger to the back of the plaque. Hang, and enjoy!
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How to Make a Wooden Clothespin Trivet

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This amazing project can work as a clothespin trivet for your pots and pans, or you can create this as fun and chic wall art. Either way, you’ll have fun creating the, because they’re so enjoyable to watch “form” as you continue gluing.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 12 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
30-40 wooden clothespins
Paint
Paint brush
E6000 glue
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Things to do:
1. Take apart your clothespins as shown.
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2. Remove the wire and use for another project. You’re left with the two parts of the clothespin for this project.
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3. Glue two clothespin parts together as shown with the e6000 glue. Use this glue in a well-ventilated area.
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4. Continue with the remaining clothespins.
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5. After all the clothespins are dry, begin gluing them in the arrangement shown.
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6. Continue until you make a complete circle.
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7. Paint the trivet.
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8. Set it aside to dry.
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DIY Bohemian Paper Towel Holder

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This bohemian paper towel rack will clear up some counter space without compromising style! It’s super easy to make and will instantly update the way you stay organized.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Paper towels
Dowel
Leather cord
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Wooden beads

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating a rack for your paper towels. Apply a drop of hot glue to the end of your dowel and attach a 4-foot piece of leather cord. Wrap the cord around the dowel several times, using hot glue to secure it in place.
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2. Next, it’s time to decorate! Slide approximately one foot of beads onto your leather cord. For my project, I used wooden beads that come in different sizes and colors. I created a pattern, varying the styles as I went.
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3. Slide your paper towel roll onto the dowel.
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4. Tie the end of the leather cord to the other side of the dowel, securing the roll of paper towels in place.
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5. Slide half of your beads over to the other side.
6. Hang your holder and enjoy!
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Simple Homemade Bird Feeder Tutorial

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Feed your outdoor bird friends with this simple suet and seed feeder. Make a large batch and hang the feeders from the trees around your yard – then wait for the fun of watching the birds visit!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 2 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Jute twine
Scissors
Paper cup
Bird seed
Suet (from your local butcher or grocery store)
Saucepan, spoon, stove top.
Mixing bowl

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Things to do:
1. Pour some seed in a mixing bowl.
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2. Put the suet in a saucepan and turn the stove onto medium-low. The suet will start to melt.
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3. Once the suet is melted, pour the seed into the saucepan.
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4. Cut a piece of jute and place it into your paper cup.
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5. Carefully pour the suet and seed mixture into the cup and place in the refrigerator to allow it to solidify.
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6. This is what the suet looks like when dry.
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7. Cut the paper cup away to produce the well-formed suet block.
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