Monday, April 27, 2015

Industrial Chic Jewelry Hanger

I have seen these jewelry holders around Pintrest in copper and since I really like the Industrial look I decided to make one myself.
I will walk you through it step by step. 
I used 1/2 inch Galvanized Steel pipe parts but you could use copper.  You can also make it any height you want.  This one is big - 18 inches tall. 

To replicate it as I have above you will need the following:
1 piece of wood for the base - I used a 1x4 pine board and stained it
Stain of you color choice for your base or paint of your color for the base
4 screws
2 'T' joints for 1/2 inch galvanized steel pipe
3 end caps for 1/2 inch galvanized steep pipe
1 length of pipe 12 inches long of 1/2 inch galvanized steel pipe
4 lengths of pipe 6 inches long each of 1/2 inch galvanized steel pipe
1 galvanized steel base that will fit 1/2 inch pipe

Now lets put it together!
Step 1 - start at the bottom with the base - into that screw one of you 6 inch long pipes.

Step 2 - screw in one of you 'T' joints

Step 3 - on the horizontal opening screw in another one of your 6 inch pieces of pipe
Step 4 - Place one of your end caps on the end of this piece

Step 5 - Now screw your 12 inch piece of pipe into the other end of the 'T' joint
Step 6 - Take your final 'T' joint and screw it into place at the top
Step 7 - You should have 2 pieces of 6 inch long pipe left, screw each one into the open ends of the 'T' joint
Step 8 - Add you last 2 end caps
Step 9 - Cut your 1x4 piece of pine wood to whatever length you want.  I made mine a bit longer so I could put a dish underneath to hold rings or ear rings. 
Step 10 - Stain your 1x4 piece of wood to whatever color you want.  You could even forgo the stain and paint the wood! 
Step 11 - Secure your jewelry hanger to your piece of wood using screws through the base.
Super cute and a great gift. 
Let me know if you make one, I'd love to see others and how they all turn out.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Coaster Craft

Do you want and easy and inexpensive gift for someone but want it to look like you spent time and money on it? Well if you answered YES then have I got the craft for you!

Cute coasters!
You will need:

A set of tiles.  I used Travertine 4x4 tiles that I got in a pack at Home Depot for $3.78
A stamp of your choice (I had mine on hand)
A waterproof stamp pad - color of your choice (I used black)
1 can of spray sealer $3.00
A length of twine
Felt pads for the bottom of each coaster - I bought a pack of 24 for $1.00 at the dollar store

Ok are you ready!?
Step 1 - If your tiles are in a pack like mine, remove them from the plastic.
Step 2 - I wiped mine off, you don't have to but I did as mine felt sandy
Step 3 - Open your stamp pad
Step 4 - Take your stamp, push it onto the stamp pad then stamp it onto your tile. 
I placed mine in a random pattern; you could try it out on a piece of paper first to see where you like it or just go for it!  You can use more than one stamp per piece of tile - let your imagination fly!  Don't worry about being precise or getting the ink even - I really like the worn look. 
Step 5 - Stamp all of your tiles and sit them out to dry, a minute or two is good enough.
Step 6  - Spray each tile with the sealer.  Now you don't have to do this step; the waterproof ink from the stamp pad should be good.  I sprayed mine because Travertine is absorbent.  I then let the spray dry.
Step 7 - Put a felt pad on the bottom corner of each tile (you'll use 4 for each tile)

I tied mine with a piece of jute twine as they are going to be a gift. 
So for less than $10.00 I made these and now that I've got all the items I just need to buy more tile to make more for an even cheaper price.
Options I have thought of since I made these:
- Using wood  
- Using porcelain tile
- Using porcelain tile and painting them with chalkboard paint

What do you think? 

Here is a teaser for next week... wait till you see what I made out of this!
And NO, it isn't a live action Clue game! 

Until next week,
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Monday, April 6, 2015

Picket Fence Shelf

I made several of these picket fences a few years ago after seeing one at a craft fair for $50.00.  It is actually a shelf!
I forgot how cute it was until I found it in the attic right before Easter. 
It was easy to make and sure looks good on my mantle!
To make this cute shelf you'll need the following:

1.  Wood - I used  several 1 x 4 pine boards for the pickets.  You could use particle board or heck you could use picket fencing! 
2.  I bought a 2 x 4 for the bottom shelf part and 2 - 1 1/2 X 1 1/2's for the small shelves. 
3.  Paint.  I originally painted my piece green, I was into green last year.  As you can see I painted it white this year.  A drop cloth if you are messy like me and a large paint brush. 
3.  Nails - You'll need 1 - I put it on the top shelf and the wreath is hanging off it.
4.  Screws.  I wanted this piece to be durable and sturdy so I used screws to hold it all together. 
5.  Wire or a picture hanging kit to hang the piece.  I used screws and wire. 

The tools you'll need are - a pencil, a saw (my husband used a miter saw), electric drill and electric sander, a level, right angle tool, ruler and finally a hammer. 

Lets get started!

Measure out your piece.  You need to decide how tall you want your piece and how many pickets you want it to have.  Mine is 24 inches tall.  I then cut each piece of 1 X 4 wood 24 inches from the bottom and sanded the rough edges.
Now you want to measure how wide you want your pickets.  To make mine easier I used the width of my boards so mine are each 4 inches wide.  I made mine 4 across but you can use as many pickets as you want. (NOTE - they are still square at this point).
Next I decided I wanted the 'dog ear' look so using a ruler and a right angle I drew an angle off the top of each piece and cut that out using a miter saw.  I sanded all these 'pickets' down with an electric sander.

Now to make the shelves! 
I laid the pickets down on a flat surface and spaced them using another piece of 1/4 wood.  You can make them however close or far apart you want them.  I made one of these for my Mother-In Law and put them closer together so I used a nail as my guide.
Next I measured my total width of my piece; mine is 17 1/8 inches wide now including the spaces.  I cut my 2x4 that length and sanded it down so there are no rough edges.  Then I cut both of the 1 1/2's the same length, sanded and set aside. 

Putting it all together. 
Using an electric drill and the screws I then screwed everything together starting at the bottom.  I put 2 screws in each picket and secured the bottom of each picket into the large 2 x4 on the 2 inch side (you are making a flat shelf).  Make sure you are flush at the bottom!  REMEMBER YOU ARE WORKING BACK TO FRONT. 
For more stability I then screwed one of the 1 1/2's using the same method to the middle of the pickets using 1 screw for each picket.  I checked my level using a leveler at this and the next step.  Finally I screwed the last 1 1/2 a third of the way down from the top of the picket again using 1 screw in each picket. 

Turn your piece over at this point and amaze yourself! 
Now I added a small nail to the top mini shelf right in the middle.  You can do this or you don't have to.  I used this to hang my DIY boxwood wreath. 

OPTIONS - you can make it look like a real picket fence and not do the 'shelves' on it and instead use boards to make an X across the piece.  This could be pretty cute and decorative on a wall if you went big with it.  You could also make each shelf as wide as I made the bottom one.  Be creative!  Whatever you think you can do you can! 

Painting is next.  Originally I painted mine green.  I was really into green at the time.  I decided to paint it white and sand some of the white off to show green and clean wood underneath. 

My final step was to be able to hang it.  Using my picture hanging screws and wire I created a loop to hang the piece when done. 

SOOO cute! 
I will tell you that it does take a bit of time to complete this craft.  It took my husband and myself about 2-3 hours with sanding, painting etc. 

If you have any questions PLEASE email me and I'll try to answer them as best I can.  Unfortunately I don't have fancy design software to show you each piece in a blueprint style. 

Thanks for stopping by.  I really appreciate you reading this and for your support. 
I'll be back next week with a coaster craft that is super easy to do and will look so cute on your patio this summer! 
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