It was a sad day indeed when the phrase “Hold the door!” became part of our culture. Never has there been a more beloved character than Hodor, the very large man with a very large heart who can only utter one word. This little doorstop is in honor of that great man. The graphic was drawn by our daughter Jennifer.
Hold the Door Doorstop Supplies
- Wood wedge aprox 4″ long and 1.5″ at high point
- 4″x6″ piece of 1/4″ wood. We used thin Lauan Plywood (Lowes has small sheets for $4.00)
- Free printables below
- Spray paint of choice. We used gold and silver.
- Thumb tacks silver or brass
- Wire cutters
- Wood or other strong glue
- Mod Podge
- Spray Adhesive (Used to apply the printables
- Clear Sealer (Optional. Helps prevent smearing when Mod Podging over printables)
Cut your wood. Wedges are super easy to cut. Any thin wood can be used for the 4×6 piece.
Sand your wood pieces.
Carefully cut out your graphic of choice.
Paint your wood and wedge.
We used spray adhesive to attach our printables. Spray them evenly or else they will bubble when you Mod Podge over them.
Attach your printables.
Thumbtacks with the ends clipped off make great embellishments. (You might recall we used them for our Recycle CDs Wall Pouches. )
The thumbtacks will have a small bit of the stem on them which can be pushed into softer wood. Otherwise you can glue them on.
You can also tap them in with a hammer.
Before using the Mod Podge make sure your ink is dry. It’s also helpful to spray a clear coat of sealer over the ink. This helps prevent smudging.
With long gentle strokes cover brush Mod Podge over the front of your doorstop.
Glue the wedge on with strong glue.
Keep things organized and at your fingertips by making a simple living room handy box remote holder. We used a $4.00 box from the local craft store. It not only holds remotes when not in use but other items you might want handy. We’ll show you what we put in ours but everyone’s will be unique!
This is another idea that came from a personal need. We had redone our living room and the old cigar type box I was using just didn’t look too good anymore so I set about creating something a little less “tacky” for my purpose. You can make these out of anything of course including small baskets! If you’d like more ideas on classy organizing, check out our Organize Your Office Supplies in Style post!
Remote Holder Supplies
Unfinished wood box in the size you need
Paint of choice
Instructions and Ideas
This is what we had been using to hold our remotes and other items.
This box was a bit unique in that the wood top was bendable.
We spray painted the box silver inside and out to match our living room.
These are the items we keep in our box. FYI that iPhone charger is awesome and comes in a variety of colors. If my phone is low it charges it up in a matter of minutes. I also love the round tin you see holding jelly beans. You can use them for all kinds of things!
This simple DIY Steampunk dry erase board is perfect for keeping track of upcoming events or reminders. All you need is foil, foam board and metal parts! Credit for this basic idea goes to our son Adam who mentioned he had seen foil used as a wipe off board. Ends up it works great! Though we chose steampunk as our theme you could obviously create a variety of looks and styles! If you like the metallic look check out our DIY Dragon Egg or our Upcycled Celtic Box.
DIY Steampunk Supplies
- Foam board
- Heavy duty foil
- Spray adhesive (optional but it helps)
- Metal stuff. Bolts, washers, springs, cogs, old keys, old metal buttons etc.
- Gold & silver spray paint
- Dry erase marker
- Large black pom pom (optional for eraser)
My dad has a workshop that he let me raid. I found the most awesome stuff!
Gather your supplies. TIP: Use heavy duty foil.
Cut your foam so that the foil will cover it easily and fold over onto the back.
For a better hold coat your board with spray adhesive before applying the foil. Fold it around the back and secure with glue or tape.
If needed, spray paint your metal pieces. I used a mixture of gold and silver.
Layout our pieces on the edges of your board then glue into place using any firm glue.
I had a spring that was perfect for using as the dry erase marker holder.
Dry Erase Marker: I spray painted the bottom portion of the marker and glued on a large black pom pom to use as a quick eraser.
I wrapped some wire around my marker to keep it in place in the spring holder.
If you’ve had trouble finding a decent sized mouse pad or one that matches your decor our DIY mouse pad does both! All it takes is foam board, material and spray adhesive! You can make it any size you want and cover it with any fabric! It’s inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions and detailed photos.
DIY Mouse Pad Supplies
- 1 sheet of foam board (typically $1)
- Material to cover your mouse pad. (We suggest using a heavier type.)
- Spray adhesive
- Craft knife, ruler, marker
- Scotch Gard (optional but will help keep your fabric clean)
- Mounting strips (optional but helpful to hold mouse pad in place)
Because of how my desk is laid out I needed an extra wide mouse pad. There are few of those available and they are very expensive and not in the colors I wanted so I decided to make my own.
Measure the width and depth you want your mouse pad to be.
Buy an inexpensive sheet of foam board, white or black works, and chose some heavier fabric in the color of your choice. This fabric will get a lot of wear so keep that in mind. Darker fabric will show the dirt less.
Measure and mark your foam board and cut it carefully with a craft knife.
Cut your fabric to fit your foam board.
You only want a small overhang on the back. About 1/2″ or so. I didn’t finish the edge of my fabric as I felt it wasn’t necessary.
Use some spray adhesive to mount your fabric on your board. You could probably use other glue but this is the easiest.
Spray a light coat on your board.
Quickly and carefully place your fabric on your board while smoothing to avoid wrinkles.
Turn your board over and mask off the center area with paper. This allows you to use the spray adhesive on the edges to hold them down.
Fold the edges over.
The finished edges.
Because this is not made of the typical spongy and flexible mouse pad material it might need some help staying in place. I used some Command brand poster Strips to hold the corners down. Whatever you use make sure it won’t damage your desk. Command Strips come off clean and easily.
Your material is going to get dirty from the oils in your hands. Lighter material will show dirt more. Using Scotch Gard on your finished mouse pad will help protect it.
Make this classy Lord of the Rings art wood rack with some simple tools and supplies (and of course our free pattern.) You do NOT have to be an artist to do it! Its easy and would make a wonderful gift! Use it for necklaces, belts, scarves, or any other lightweight items you can hang. We’ve got a regular pdf version of the artwork plus a Silhouette file version for those who have that machine. One thing’s for certain… if I can make it, anyone can make it!
Supplies for Lord of the Rings Art Wood Rack
- 1″x6″ piece of wood. *cut to 18″ long)
- One 1/4″ round dowel cut into seven 2″ sections.
- Wood glue
- 7 wood plug buttons approx. 3/8″ (optional)
- Saw to cut wood (a hand saw works great!)
- Sawtooth no-nail hangers (optional)
- X-acto knife (or Silhouette machine)
- Paper or cardstock for the part members. (You can use black and trace the pattern onto it or white and print the pdf as is onto it and then cut it out.)
- Drill. For 1/4″ dowel pieces we used a 1/4″ bit which made a nice snug fit.
- Mod Podge or other clear gloss.
- Our free pattern downloaded
Silhouette File Version (zip)
Notes: You can use different sizes of wood and dowels if desired, adjusting things as needed. You can also purchase your own hooks to insert it rather than use dowels.
You can either cut a larger piece of wood down or buy a typical 1×6 board and cut it to the length you need, which is what we did. The wood plugs are optional but they are inexpensive and really make it look extra nice.
Print out your background pattern. Cut it out and tape it together then trace it onto your wood however you like. You can even just press hard with a pencil and it leaves a light indent on the wood that you can use as your painting guide.
No Nail Sawtooth Hangers
I added these after the hanger was completed. These are my favorite type of hangers. They just hammer right into the wood.
There are three ways you can cut out the Lord of the Rings art and us it. 1. You can print it out onto white paper or cardstock on high quality. Then you have to take an X-acto knife and carefully cut around it. (Yes, this will take a while and some patience.) Carefully tape it together. 2. You can print it out on normal paper then lay it over black paper or cardstock and carefully cut it out using the top piece as a pattern. Again, tape it together carefully. 3. For those of you who own a Silhouette cutting machine you can use the files for that and the machine does all the work for you.
Use your paints of choice and paint the areas as shown. No artistic skill required!
Don’t forget the edges!
Glue your party graphic onto the wood using Mod Podge or another method, making sure to align it carefully.
Top it with your choice of gloss or semi gloss coating.
You will now drill the holes to place your 2″ peg hooks into. We used a 1/4″ drill bit. You want your pegs to fit into the hole snug. We choose 7 hooks and drilled the holes as follows: 1/2″ up from the bottom of the board. We started 1 1/2″ in from each end. Each hole was 2 1/2″ apart. Please measure your own board to make sure this spacing works for you.
Getting Peg Hooks Ready
You can do this two ways. After cutting your dowels 2″ long you can glue your wood button ends onto them before inserting them. We did this by taping them upright to a board and then gluing the buttons on and letting them dry. We then inserted them into the board and painted them. In retrospect we suggest you insert the wood dowels into the board and then glue on the wood buttons and let them dry and then paint them as its simpler.
Place a small amount of wood glue on the ends of your dowels before placing them into the holes. You may need to use a hammer to tap them into place.
Wipe off any glue overflow.
After they dry, paint the pegs.
Make sure to give them a coat of gloss after the paint dries.
Completed Lord of the Rings Art Rack! Attach a hanger on the back and hang it up.
Have you ever looked at your Nerf basketball set and thought “That thing sure is drab…” Well… we’ve got the answer! With a little paper, some glue and scissors you can revamp it into something less boring and it’s super easy to do.
You can use anything for your backdrop from a colorful design with shapes to a character like we used. Coloring books can many times have very simple images that would work great as ideas and patterns. This Nerf basketball makeover comes courtesy of our daughter Amy who chose Patrick from SpongeBob for her design.
- Nerf Basketball Set (or something similar) The one we did is the standard 16″ x 11.5″ but any size will work.
- Construction paper, scrapbook paper or cardstock. The large square 12×12 size scrapbook paper is best for the larger set as it covers the most space. We still had to cut it into pieces to cover the back.
- Mod Podge
Gather your supplies.
The fastest way to make your solid background pattern is to trace your backboard onto a piece of newspaper. Decide what you want to put on it. You could find a simple image that you want to trace and use. Patrick from SpongeBob was our choice. He was super simple to make! Plus he covered the seam up the middle nicely.
After you cut out your pieces, glue them onto the background. Mod Podge works great for this. You can also give the whole thing a coat of it. If you think you want to change it out later don’t do that though.
Everyone hates tangled earbuds! Here’s a quick wonderful way to make earbud holders using two clothespins. Customize them in any color you like with matching Washi tape. These make great little gifts and are simple enough even kids can make them.
DIY Earbuds Supplies
Glue clothespins together as shown.
Paint your clothespins.
Add a strip of Washi tape on each side.
VIEW OUR IPHONE STAND ALSO MADE WITH CLOTHESPINS!
This is one of those plastic frames that sit on a table or shelf. You can typically find them anywhere including the Dollar Store which is where I got mine.With a minimal of work I turned it into a pretty post-it note holder. These are so easy to customize to any color you want. As usual I used items I already had on hand. I made two of them, one of which I added a ready made pencil holder things just because I had one lying around. For the other one I made my own pencil holder with paper which is super simple to do. Use any scrapbook or wrapping paper inserted where the photo would go. You can mix and match pen colors and post-it notes.
We also have a Nuts & Bolts version on our Father’s Day Gift Ideas post.
- 1 Plastic 6 x 4 stand up frame, horizontal.
- Pencil or pen.
- Post-it Pad 3″x3″ (not the popup kind)
- Colorful paper for background.
- Coordinating paper for pencil holder. (Or store bought one.)
- Glue gun
Cut your background paper to fit the inside of the frame. You can also print a paper with any design you want.
Make your pencil holder by rolling a pencil in paper and gluing as per illustrated.
Glue pencil holder on top of frame as shown.
The post-it notes will stick on the frame but to help keep them in place I added a small bit of hot glue.
Decorate as desired. You can use photos or even glue on items on the front of the frame next to the notes.
I had a pencil holder I used for one of them. I made a pencil holder for the other one.
To make a quick pencil holder roll up a pencil in paper, glue together then glue onto frame.