Evidently we make a lot more garbage than normal people because our kitchen trash can is always overflowing. I’ve tried my hardest to find a supersize rectangular trash can but to no avail. I’ve even tried using things like hampers but I can never find just the right one to fit the spot I need or else the bags won’t fit them. So, and here’s another minor embarrassing admission, I finally ended up using a large box. Now, before I hear those snide remarks of “taaaacky”, I did cover it with contact paper. But it was so large it needed those leaf bags to line it, which are black. That was tacky. The good part was we didn’t have to take the garbage out 5 times a day. (The older I get the more I’m amazed how many times utility wins out over aesthetics.)
Anyway, I used the same cardboard box for probably 4 years. In our current house we had moved our fridge and were able to put it in between the stove and our armoire pantry. Yes, you hear right and can read about that in our simple DIY pantry). But when we put in our new pantry the fridge had to go back where it initially was and we were left with no place to put our box trash can with the leaf bag. So we build a new one. It was super simple and filled the thin space between the stove and fridge. I also went on a search and found clear large leaf bags to fit it! Watch how we did it below. You might also enjoy the earlier part of our outdated kitchen transformation which this is part of.
Kitchen Trash Can Supplies
- 1/4″ thick Luan Plywood
- 1″x2″ cut in half for bracing pieces
- Table or Jig Saw
- Stapler that also does Brads (We own this manual one and its great!)
- Wood Glue
- Swivel Caster Wheels (ours took the 2″ size)
- Handle Any type you like. We used an old one we had.
- Clear Bags 100 33 gallons (or whatever fits your trash container)
This is my “box” trash bag covered in contact paper. I carried this through three houses, believe it or not. The black bag doesn’t help much.
When we redid our kitchen the fridge was moved back where it belonged to allow for our new pantry so we only had a small skinny place for the trash can. Roy measured it up and set out to design a trash can to fit that area.
The bracing pieces were glued on then a brad stapler was used.
Cutting the side pieces.
More gluing and stapling of brads into the container.
It went together fairly quickly once the pieces were cut.
The last side piece was placed on and then the bottom. The trash can was painted.
I had some old handles which and I painted one of them silver, as you can see, to use for the front of the trash can.
We used a 2″ set of swivel wheels.
Wheels were screwed into the bottom corners.
The handle was attached to the front.
Slide it into your space!
I’m not one to waste space, especially in a small home. After getting my simple diy pantry built in as part of our outdated kitchen transformation, the back of that pantry door was just staring at me all empty-like. So I asked Roy if he could pleeeeease make me a pantry door organizer. Being a sucker for my puppy dog eyes, he said yes. I just wanted it to hold some basic things like plastic bags, teas, jellos and other smaller items. He measured it up and before I knew it, my panty door was empty no more! Roy is not a professional carpenter and only recently started dabbling in building things. He claims anyone can build these things with a few basic tools. So don’t let the idea of wood work overwhelm you!
Pantry Door Organizer Supplies & Tools
- 1″x4″ for sides and shelves all cut to 2.5″ wide
- 1/4″ slats cut from left over pieces for cross pieces
- Luan 1/4″ plywood, 2″x4″ piece
- Wood Glue
- Saber Saw for Cutting Notch in Back for Door Knob
- Table Saw was used for everything else
I added some colorful contact paper to the back of some of the shelves. You can never have too much storage!
I’m kind of embarrassed to admit this but we were using a stand up clothes armoire as a simple DIY pantry in our kitchen because we didn’t have enough space to hold all our food stuffs. Hey, you do what you need to do. And I needed more space for my canned goods. Roy, who’s not a carpenter, finally decided he was going to make us a pantry as part of our outdated kitchen transformation. It would be small and in the corner, but it would be floor to ceiling. So he designed it using Googles free program SketchUp. Then he bought the materials and started building! I’m amazed at how much this small pantry holds. I was able to empty the “armoire” pantry and a couple of cupboards. You can watch him make it start to finish below. If you enjoy these do it yourself wood projects, you might also like our DIY Bed Canopy.
This is the corner it was going in to. Not very big is it? (FYI it has been painted)
This is what we were using for a pantry along with a couple of the kitchen cupboards.
Roy LOVES messing around Google SketchUp and he designed the new pantry.
The start of the framing now begins!
The outlet was on the wall which would now be “inside’ the pantry so Roy had to move it. Fairly easy job.
After the frame was up, the sheet rock was cut and put up.
Then wood strips were added for the shelves.
The sheet rock was mudded and sanded by our son Adam.
Roy began painting the inside.
Shelves were cut.
More sanding by Adam.
Shelves inserted and painted. The final step. The door!
The door and frame were painted.
Though this will be part of the decorating post you get a sneak peek. We added a label to the door.
Perfect! You’ll see more later!
Actually there was one more step. Roy added some shelving on the side so we could get rid of a bakers rack that held a variety of appliances. Now came the fun part. Filling the new pantry!
I can’t believe how much stuff we could fit into that small pantry. We opened up so much cupboard space in addition to getting rid of the old armoire.
I purchased a special container on wheels for Oliver’s dog food. We can now store paper towels inside rather than in the garage.
Items that are not used as much go on the upper shelf.
I don’t get all fancy with my organizing in here as there is such a turnaround. I just keep it neat.
These festive little wooden reindeer are a mixture of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they’re complete! The best part is you can make them any size. And I mean any size. We made small 5″ ones but you could even make them from logs if you were so inclined! If you enjoy doing this, you might also like our unique little stand up Christmas Countdown from Wood Slices.
Wooden Reindeer Supplies
NOTES ON GLUE: For the tiny reindeer, I used hot glue in the essence of time. This is actually not a good idea if your branches have bark on them as mine did because the sticks will pull the bark off easily. Either use sticks without bark or use larger branches and drill holes to place your sticks into for a firm hold. For larger reindeer I’d suggest a drill and wood glue.
- Small Branches
- Carpentry Hand Saw OR Table Saw We have this table saw. It’s fairly inexpensive as far as saws go.
- Hot Glue Gun (Read notes as this does not hold well)
- Wood glue for larger reindeer
- Drill (for long term holding)
- White paint
- Gold paint
- Brown Twine
Our reference sheet can be helpful when cutting your wood if your making a small reindeer. It’s in pdf format.
Grab some branches. Or do like I did and call your dad up and have him cut you a few.
Decide on the length of the deer parts. We’ve included a basic sheet of sizes but you can adjust as desired.
If you are gluing, make sure to cut certain parts that go against the body at an angle.
I just cut up a bunch of pieces to pick from.
If some have rough edges, rub them on a piece of sandpaper.
Glue on your pieces. Remember, I learned that these don’t stick well with bark on the branches. Best to drill holes in that case.
You can see why we angled the leg pieces a bit.
Now to add on the little tail.
To make the antlers attach better I did drill a hole in the head piece which had the bark removed.
Make sure the antler pieces fit in and then remove them for painting. If you drill your legs in the same manner they will hold firmly.
Paint the antler pieces gold.
Paint your deer white. Paint the tips of his feet and tail gold.
Grab some twine and bells.
Put his antlers in and tie the twine around his neck and glue on a bell.
Build a large surface home office desk from inexpensive 3/4″ MDF wood. Using items you might already have, no legs are needed. The project is easier than you think and we’ll show you the steps of how we made ours. The cost was approximately $65 and the desk runs the full length of the room plus the corner.
This was part of a complete office makeover and you’ll get +some other tips and ideas at the bottom of this post.
Home Office Desk Supplies
- 3/4″ MDF Wood 4’x8′ sheets. Two was used for this project.
- Two 2×4 for bracing
- Two 1/2″ Quarter Round molding
- Water-Base Poleurethane 1 quart did two coats on the desk and 2 coats on our kitchen cupboards.
- Cable Wire Grommets (to run wires down through the desk)
- Saw, drill, hammer etc.
This is the room before we started any type of makeover. The desk will be going on the left wall.
Roy measured the length, depth and height we wanted including measuring the corner piece and the angle. He then sketched it up. The height took into consideration two small wood file cabinets we were going to use as support.
The desk was made in two pieces.
2×4 boards were measured, cut and attached as bracing.
The corner also needed bracing as the shelf was too short. (That top line is not wood but where we removed the shelf.)
One piece of the wood was put up temporarily to see how it fit.
We had two wood filing cabinets for years and they were the perfect height to support the desktop. It also gave handy drawers. Roy sanded them first.
He then applied three coats of paint, allowing it to dry overnight in between.
The shelf was then painted.
Because it would be high use we put two coats of water base polyurethane. It needs to be water based.
Quarter Round molding was added.
Holes were drilled for cords to go down through.
A set of desk grommets were placed in the holes for a nice finish.
This shows another stand we had that was the exact height needed. We used this for the other brace.
More Home Office Makeover Tips!
A whiteboard calendar can be a wonderful asset for a business or family scheduling. I had purchased a wipe off calendar but it looked pretty plain hanging on my office wall so Roy grabbed some wood strips and made me a quick rough frame that I nailed on around the calendar. Then I added four inexpensive plastic wall clocks from Walmart and set one to each time zone. You could also create an extended family time zone wall as we did in the past and set each clocks time to where each family member lives.
We’ve got free printables you can use to make your own plaques and also Silhouette versions if you happen to own that machine. We also have a free mini time zone chart to keep handy. I keep mine near my desk along with my Daylight Saving Time Reminder that you can print.
Wall Time Zone & Whiteboard Calendar Supplies
NOTE: You can purchase a variety of styles of calendars. They come by year or month and some allow you to write in your own numbers. Some use dry erase markers and some use wet erase. For my needs I chose a full year wall calendar. It is wet erase. I link to it below.
- Wall Calendar (I purchased this exact one for 2016. It’s a wet erase type of board and I purchased these markers to use with it.
- Plastic wall clocks I purchased mine at Walmart for $4 each.
- Wood Strips for frame and time zone plaques. We used 1.5″ pieces cut to fit the calendar. 8″ pieces were cut for the time zone plaques.
- Tiny nails to hold frame on the wall.
- Command Strips tape if desired to hold the time zone plaques on.
- Time zone labels, free download below
Download Labels & Free Time Zone Chart
Silhouette File Labels Only (zip)
The scheduling calendar right out of the box.
Roy made a simple rough wood frame for it by measuring 1.5″ slats and cutting them to fit the border of the calendar.
The slats were held together with a bracing strip on the front right and left of each side.
The frame was painted black.
We hung the frame over the calendar, holding it on with 4 tiny nails.
Four plastic clocks were used for the time zones. Using the same wood as for the frame, we cut 1.5″x8″ wood strips for the labels.
I used my Silhouette cutter to cut the labels out of vinyl and placed them onto the slats. There is also a free pdf you can cut and Mod Podge on.
Command Strips were used to hold the time zone plaques in place.
Get verbal on your walls with unique wood slice DIY room decor. This wall art costs virtually nothing and is simple to make. It can be used for names, positive thinking reminders, holidays etc. And what a wonderful gift! Its possible you have access to a nice sized branch you can use. It’s a wonderful way to inspire and remind. If you would like more ideas, check out Frugal DIY Bedroom Decorating Ideas.
DIY Room Decor Supplies
- Wood discs (we used 2 to 3 inch size which we cut ourselves)
- Mod Podge (optional but suggested)
NOTE: If your buy the discs online many are listed in metric sizes. Our Helpful Metric Chart might be of service.
In case you need some inspiration.
You can purchase wood discs or make your own from a branch.
Drill a hole in your discs for hanging.
Thread your string of choice into the discs and lay them out to determine where to tie them off so they are level with each other.
Trace on your letters in any way you choose.
Paint your letters on.
Thread on any beads or decor you prefer.
Hang your letter discs on a branch.
It’s a good idea to coat them with Mod Podge or another sealer. Your DIY room decor is complete!
Make these small eye catching wood no soliciting signs that easily hang on windows or doors. They’re small but noticeable and effective. All that’s needed is small wood slats you can buy ready made or cut yourself, our free printables below and some metal screw eye rings (like we used for our DIY Necklace) and suction cups. If you have a metal door you can glue magnets on the back! Paint them any color. They make great housewarming gifts!
If you liked this you also might like our Gandalf You Shall Not Pass Door Hanger.
No Soliciting Signs Supplies
- 1 1/2″ wood slats
- Spray gloss or other fixing agent
- Mod Podge (Optional but gives it a nice coating.)
- Metal screw eyes (for hanging with suction cups on windows)
- Tiny suction cups
- Strong magnets (For hanging on metal doors) OR Command Strips
Four Styles No Soliciting Printables (pdf)
I found a pair of 12″ x 1.5″ slats at the local craft store.
Cut out your graphic of choice staying just inside the light grey lines.
Measure the paper on your slat.
Cut off the excess.
Sand the end.
Hand or spray paint your wood.
For inserting eyelets measure approximately 1″ on each end and mark.
Drilling a tiny hole is optional but helps the insertion of the metal screw eyes.
Coat your board with Mod Podge.
Apply your graphic.
Attach the metal screw eye rings.
IMPORTANT: You must apply some sort of spray fixative such as clear spray paint to keep the ink letters from smearing when you use Mod Podge.
After the clear spray dries, apply a coat of Mod Podge.
If you will be hanging the sign on a metal door you can glue on strong magnets. Command strips will also hold it in place on any type of door.
Attach your tiny suction cups to hang your sign facing outward on windows.
This is a magnetic sign on our metal front door.
Add some whimsy to your home with this simple picket fence fireplace cover. It’s made from wood slats that you can make yourself or buy already cut into pickets. Add some hinges and paint and you can decorate it in a variety of ways for any season. You can buy one ready made but this one only cost us $16 to make. For a full fireplace makeover we also repainted our mantle to match. Want more fireplace makeover ideas? Check out our post on How to Paint a Fireplace. It’s amazing!
Fireplace Cover Supplies
You can purchase pre-cut picket fence pieces but they are a bit thick so we split 1″x3″s and shaped them ourselves.
- Pre-shaped wood slats (or 1″x3″ split in the middle and shaped)
- 2 Sets Hinges
This is our fireplace and hearth before the makeover.
Measure the width and height you want your fence. Make sure to allow for the hinged part that folds on each end.
You can buy the picket fence slats ready made and then cut them down to size or you can split your own which is what we did.
We created a pattern for the ends, cut one slat then used it as a pattern for the rest.
Cutting the pointed ends.
Piecing together to get ready for the back braces.
Cutting the back bracing pieces.
We decided to use wood glue on the braces before nailing them on. Keep the glue very thin so it does not seep through the slat which ours did in places. In retrospect we should have also placed our slats a little farther apart.
We had a stapler that worked to insert brads to hold the bracing pieces in place.
The hinges for the end pieces.
Coat of white paint.
We hung a wire decor item on the front. As you can tell we also painted our mantle!
Everyone can use a little more positive energy! You may or may not be familiar with New York Time’s best seller Dr. Masaru Emoto’s work surrounding water. His books, full of photos that you must see to believe, prove the power of words. If it works on water we figured why not food! (Goodness knows our American diet needs all the help it can get.) You can paint or wood burn them. (If you paint them you need to cover them with a food safe sealant or polyurethane. Read details below. )
And even if you’re not into the whole “words are energy” thing they still make a beautiful gift! (Hand wash only.)
From Dr. Masaru Emoto Experiments. Water after Words Place On the Container
Positive Energy Wooden Spoons Supplies
- Wooden spoons
- Wood patterns (optional)
- Carbon or graphite paper for tracing
- Wood burner OR Sharpie Markers
- Polyurethane (If you use markers. Read below.)
*IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT MARKERS & SEALANTS
If you decide to use markers you need to coat the spoons with sealant before drawing on them to help prevent bleeding. You also need to use a sealant afterwards so the markers do not get into your food. I did some research on this topic and what I was told by several people was that using a polyurethane coating to either dip or spray your spoons would work and would not be any more harmful than plastic food storage bags. Do your own research and if its still a concern do the word burning instead!
Hand wash Only
Positive Energy Wooden Spoons Instruction
You can trace the patterns we provide onto your spoons or outline your own words. Go over the words with a wood burner. If using markers coat your spoons with a food safe sealant first to help the markers to not bleed as much. Trace your words with markers then coat 2 or 3 times with the sealant allowing to dry in between.
I’ve had this package for probably 20 years. Pretty sure I still owned a typewriter. But I date myself… anyway it seems it’s called graphite paper now and can be found in craft areas if you need it for tracing.
Cut out the patterns.
Layer your carbon or graphite paper under the pattern.
Trace the words and any part of the design you wish onto the spoon.
Using a wood burner or markers to go on the spoon. Make sure to use a sealant of your choice to seal your spoons if you use the markers.
These memory photo ornaments from wood slices are a wonderful way to personalize your holiday! Give them as gifts to grandparents or family. Make one for each new baby. Fill your tree with photos through the years! No matter how you use them, they will be another way to make your holiday memorable. P.S. Small ones also make great magnets!
- Wood discs about 1/2″ thick cut from tree branch. (approx 3 to 4″ in diameter) The cheapest way is of course to grab a branch and slice it up with a saw. If you don’t have that option you can buy the slices at any craft store or on Amazon. Just make sure to get the size you need. The smaller sizes allow you to use 4″x6″ photos.
- Mod Podge
- String for hanging
- Cord trim
- Extras. Ribbon, bells, artificial foliage etc. We used a cut out graphic of a holly image.
Photo Ornaments Instructions
Gather the few supplies you need.
Drill a small hole in the top of your slice to hang string from.
Trace your wood slice over the photo for a rough estimate of where you will cut. You’ll be cutting INSIDE the line.
Cut out your photo inside your traced line anywhere from 1/4″ to 1/2″ so there will be some of the wood slice showing around the edge.
Mod Podge your image into the wood slice.
Add any trim you want. I put some cording around my image for a nice edge. You can glue ribbon etc. onto the top of the slice. I used a small piece of clipart for mine.
Yep… that’s me. Ü
Need some quick DIY Fall decorations? If you have wood slices lying around, in a matter of minutes you can make these cute little rustic pumpkins. They could be made any size, though these ones use 3″ wood slices. They make a very unique fall decoration or a lovely little gift.
DIY Fall Decorations Pumpkins Supplies
- Wood discs. About 1/2″ thick cut from a tree branch. (approx 3 to 4″ in diameter) If you don’t have a way to cut your own you can find them on eBay and Etsy.
- Hot Glue Gun
- Sticks for stem
- String, raffia or ribbon
- Paint wash, if desired
Put two discs side by side. Hot glue on the back and lay a third disc over them. Glue on a 2″ stem. That’s it! These look great as is or you can make a paint wash putting in a few drops of acrylic paint into about 1/4 cup of water and brush it on your pumpkins. Add a bow of string, raffia or ribbon. I liked the green string for one of them as it made me think of leaves.
This one has the light orange paint wash on it.
Paint washed version and unpainted version.
Do you need some cheap bedroom wall ideas? We’ve got a few things to get your creative juices flowing! This is part of our Budget Bedroom Makeover Series and we show you that lovely decor does not have to be expensive! As I used many things I had already the total cost for my four wall hangings was under $10.
Supplies Used for Bedroom Wall Ideas
Note: Part of the info below is very general in order to spark your own ideas. It shows how I used what I had to create wall hangings very inexpensively. Please take these ideas and adapt them to whatever works for you!
- Wood (We glued slats together for ours but any regular piece of raw wood slightly sanded will work. Use whatever size you wish. I’ll give the sizes of ours below.)
- Paints (for bird art)
- Silhouette cutting machine (we used this for our quote and have silhouette files you can download below. You could also paint on a quote.)
- Paper for cone wreath, colors of choice
- Foam board or cardboard for backing
- Round mirror for cone wreath aprox 6″
- Hot glue gun
FOAM BOARD GLUE DESIGN
- Tacky Glue
- Foam board
- X-acto type knife (for letter version)
- Fine sandpaper (for letter version)
- Frame for the picture version
- Silver spray paint (or any metallic color)
My Final Cost
I already had the wood lying around.
- Black and grey paper: $5.00
- Mirror for center of cone wreath: $1.00
- Foam board $1.00
- Tacky Glue: $4.50
TOTAL COST: $11.50
We have high quality pdf versions of the quote for those who can’t do the same type we did. This can be printed and cut to fit an 8×10. If it was framed using a mat it would make a wonderful wall hanging.
If you do have a Silhouette cutting machine you can download the those files below. These fit our own wood sign but you can adjust them as needed.
I love quotes and I had saved this one knowing I wanted to use it in my bedroom when I got around to redoing it as it fits Roy and I perfectly. Our life has indeed been an adventure! We made our sign using wood slats that Roy cut and glued together. However, a solid piece of raw wood would look nice too. Cut it to whatever size you wish, lightly sand it if desired, stain it and place an applicable quote on it. You can find ready to stick quotes that you can purchase at craft stores and other places.
I created one of these and made Roy and my initials with the provable plus sign meaning love. It turned out OK but was not the quality I really wanted for the bedroom. It would be great for a kids room or a more casual setting. I decided to use the same method and make a wall hanging which fit the room better.
Trace letters onto foam board and cut out with an X-acto type knife. You can lightly sand the edges with sandpaper to help smooth them out. Trace on designs. As I’m no artist I drew some very basic teardrop shapes all over it. Using glue carefully trace the designs. Allow to dry overnight. Spray paint with metallic paint. GLUE: I used regular white glue for the letters. It flattened out a bit more than I liked. Tacky glue works much better.
The letters turned out OK but were not quite what I wanted in the room. I decided to use the same method and create a framed piece of art. I had an old frame that I used to cut my foam board to fit. I spray painted it black to match the room. On my foam board I made very simple designs then I used Tacky Glue, which held its shape much better, to outline them. After it dried I spray painted the board with metallic paint and placed it in the frame.
The instructions for making cone wreaths are all over the web. I’ll just show you the basics here. I needed a large focal point above my bed and always loved the look of these so I created one. For the center I used a round mirror which I purchased at the dollar store. The video shows the very basics of how to roll the cones.
I had one wall left that needed something on it. As I was looking for ideas I saw a lot of birds on a wire artwork. I especially liked the “love birds” art which was very applicable to the room. I wanted a wide piece of art to fit the space but we didn’t have wood that was wide enough. Rather than purchase some Roy made three smaller plaques and painted on those. He did a light white wash coat on the boards and then roughed up the paint in spots with sandpaper. He lightly sketched on a branch and then the birds. As the design is so simple anyone could make this. Then he painted them solid black but dabbed on some dark green leaves. Then of course he signed up.
Have you ever dreamed of having a canopy in your bedroom? Well now you can and its cheaper and easier than you think! In my goal to makeover my bedroom as inexpensively as possible I knew I had to have a canopy of some type. Roy came up with a wonderful way that allowed me to do that and we’ll show you how to make your own inexpensive DIY bed canopy. This is part of our Bedroom Makeover on a Budget Series.
Supplies Needed For Inexpensive DIY Bed Canopy
For our QUEEN sized bed we used the following:
- 3 ea. 8ft boards (1”x2”s)
- 3 ea. 8ft pieces of PVC pipe (1/2”)
- 4 ea. 45 degree PVC connectors
- 8 ea. Mounting hooks (J Hooks) These need to be just large enough to hold your PVC pipe. Ours were 1” wide on the hook itself and approx. 3 ½” long from the bottom of the hook to the tip of the thread. Measure them to your PVC pipe to make sure they fit.
- Toggle Bolts OPTIONAL but if you can’t hit studs in the ceiling where you’d like to you can use these instead. Keeping in mind this is to hold very light sheers.
- 4 Sheers
For our queen bed, which will be different than yours, we used the following:
- Wood: Side pieces cut 6’10” End piece cut: 5’2”
- The PVC was approximately the same. MEASURE YOURS WELL! The corner diagonal pieces on the PVC were approximately 3 3/4”.
- Sheers. Make sure the rod pocket is large enough for your PVC pipe to go through! We used 4 sheers, one per corner. Using double that amount will make for a fuller canopy.
- Optional Toggle Bolts. These can be used to mount your frame to the ceiling if you can’t hit studs as described.
- Pipe, hooks and 1”x2” wood strips. Total Cost: $12.
- Four Sheer White Panels $4.91 each at Walmart
TOTAL SPENT: $17.00
NOTE: I decided to add two additional sheers onto the bottom corners. It looked fine with just one but I wanted it a bit fuller. So that added another $5 in the end.
Printable General Instructions
After the canopy had been up for a few days I decided I wanted an extra sheer on the bottom corners. It looked beautiful as it was (which all the photos above show) but I wanted more fullness. As you can see in the picture directly above the end corners have just one sheer that wraps around. We had to use some fishing line to brace the corners up as they were sagging a tiny bit so we pulled it through the one sheer using a big needle and then tacked it to the top wood frame using a thumbtack. Once we added the extra sheer we had one on each side that met in the middle of the corner. This made it easier to use our fishing line brace. Though if you have the two sheers you could also add a normal brace on the corners if desired.
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.
Pegboards are a clever and inexpensive way to organize your stuff. Ends up they are fairly easy to do with just a few tools. You can make them any size and put them just about any place! A quick coat of paint and they are pretty stylish! I used a variety of pegboard hooks but also made my own containers from stuff I had! Read or download our free directions for all the pointers.
- Pegboard. Many times you can find pieces the size you want at hardware stores. You can also saw them with a good type of hand saw.
- Wood strips for framing. For larger boards you can use 1″x2″ long strips. For small boards you don’t want them more than about 3/4″ square. Otherwise they will cover more of the holes and you’ll have less hanging space.
- Nails or screws, hammer or screwdriver.
- Good hand saw. Or any electric saw.
- Paint (optional)
- Peg board hooks
How To Hang Pegboard Anywhere
- Decide where you want your pegboard. Any spot with a flat surface you can place a few nails or screws into will work.
- Measure the length and width.
- Cut wood strips for the sides, top and bottom area of where you will be mounting the board.
- Nail or screw on your strips around the area.
- Cut the peg board to fit the area you choose.
- If you want to paint it first now is the time!
- Set the pegboard in place, nailing or screwing it INTO the WOOD STRIPS you previously attached. You want to mount your frame so that at least some of the nails or screws hit a stud or hard surface.
- You’re ready to start hanging!
Make Your Own Hanging Bins
You can easy attach baskets or plastic bins to your peg board as long as you can drill a hole for them to fit over the hooks. This means there is an endless supply of things you can hang to hold stuff! I used dollar store drawer organizers I had and then some plastic cups!
Here’s a fun way to make a countdown from wood slices to some special event that’s coming up! Maybe a holiday, or someone coming to visit. Maybe its a long awaited vacation or days till you buy that special something you’ve been saving for. And of course the kids always count the days until school is out. Whatever the occasion this little countdown is a fun way to keep track of the time until it happens! It’s a lovely small piece that can sit anywhere to remind you of the wonderful things in your future.
- Wood slice discs. About 1/2″ thick cut from tree branch. (approx 3 to 4″ in diameter) If you don’t have a way to cut any you can find them on eBay and Etsy.
- Chalk paint
- Hot glue gun
- Silk flowers etc.
Make a Countdown For All Occasions!
Decorate your countdown however you like to match the occasion. I made a general one for any occasion and then one for the Christmas holidays. Make sure to put on TWO coats of chalkboard paint, allowing it to dry in between. It’s best to let the last coat dry overnight before use.
I had a little wooden lady bug that seemed to fit perfectly on this one.
Supplies used for a Christmas countdown.
Of course you can make a standard Christmas Countdown. We’ve also got more Christmas Countdown Ideas here.
Another fun style.
It’s an organizer and a craft! BONUS! I used a left over wood plaque from my Bell Jar project but you can get these plaques at craft stores super cheap. I’ve seen them at dollar stores too. I spray painted clothespins silver then glued on some jewels I’d saved from a broken bracelet. Then you attach a picture hanger on the back to mount it on the wall. You can use longer pieces of wood if you want it to hold more. Just cut it the length you want, paint and add clothespins! (You’ll notice it’s holding some of my clothespin spring necklaces!)
- Wood Plaque
- Hot Glue
- Paint and gems etc.
Paint your plaque whatever color you like. Paint your clothespins a contrasting color. Glue them onto the board. Add decor items if desired. Add a picture hanger onto the back of the board so you can hang it on the wall.
Whether you believe in fairies or not these little doors are lovely little accents to any room! They are so simple to make using popsicle sticks and wood bases that you can get at any craft store. Decorate them with whatever you have around the house, which is what I did. Then place them in an out of the way spot to be discovered. Best of all you don’t have to attach them to anything!
- Popsicle sticks: 10 for regular doors. 11 for curved doors.
- Hot glue gun
- Poster board or cereal box cardboard.
- Wood base* of any type aprox. 5.25″x 3″
- Wood mushroom buttons for doorknobs. (Not sure what those are called) Other doorknob ideas: Small cork, small round ball, round bead etc.
- Various additions: moss, artificial flowers, leaves, small wood shapes, old jewelry etc,
*NOTE: You could also use a heavy piece of cardboard for the base.
I used things that I already had to make these so they cost me nothing. Even if you have to purchase the wood bases and sticks you’re looking at a very inexpensive craft.
Small wood blocks also work to hold the door up.
You might remember our black cat set we made from 2×4’s for Halloween. These are some other color kitty cats that you can display year round! A Siamese, a Tabby and Calico, though you can of course paint any breeds you wish. This is another craft designed by our very creative daughter Jennifer.
It was an appropriate craft for her to help with as she’s been a cat lover since she was very young. She and her husband and son, all animal lovers, currently have four cats and two dogs. She works at a pet rescue.
I made this set from 1x4s but 2x4s work great too! You can make them pretty much any height you wish but I’ve included a pdf pattern you can download for the sizes shown.
And a special thank you to my 83 year old dad who cuts all my wood patterns for me!
Download Free PDF Pattern
The ball of yarn was made from a wood ball painted and wrapped with brown string hot glued in place.
Need a unique valentines gift? These charming little photo holders are super easy to make. You could create a whole set of them for yourself or to give as a gift. They also double as a note holder for a more practical use! There’s also a free pdf sheet with the love notes that you see and a couple extras!
- Wood discs. About 1/2″ thick, cut from tree branch. (approx 3 to 4″ in diameter) If you don’t have a way to cut any you can find them on eBay and Etsy.
- Needle nose pliers
- 18 gauge wire
- Chalkboard paint
- Ribbon if desired.
- Small drill bit or nail to make hole.
- Free download sheet for love notes.
PDF With Some Printable Notes
I’ve found that 14 to 18 gauge wire is the best. Just choose one that is firm but still bends easily.
I really wanted to be able to use my laptop on my treadmill. I searched online for treadmill desks but was not impressed. They were also expensive. So I told Roy that I’d love to have some sort of platform made so I could sit my laptop on it while I walked. Unbeknownst to me he took measurements and headed over to my dad’s workshop. I had no idea he would bring me back a desk. I was so excited! It’s lightweight and sits perfectly on the treadmill. Its large enough to hold my 17″ laptop with plenty of room for the mouse.
It was unfinished so I could make it look how I wanted. I did a quick light sand and spray paint job on it then covered the top with some contact paper I had. This made it nice and smooth for my optical mouse. Below are the basic instructions for how he measured and put it together. (As each treadmill will be different these are just general instructions with no exact measurements.)
- Thin Plywood
- Tape Measure
- Contact paper for top if desired.
You need to decide how your desk will sit on your treadmill. Most have a natural place to put them. Then you need to take 3 measurements, again making sure it fits on correctly.
1. The width of your desk.
2. The depth of your desk.
3. The height of your desk allowing for the legs to sit down on the bar.
(Assuming your treadmill is similar to mine.)
Cutting & Assembly
Cut plywood pieces as shown. Your measurements will be decided by your personal treadmill. Make sure the legs have a cut out circular area to set well on your cross bar. The two small pieces are for bracing. Nail the pieces together.
Finished Treadmill Desk
Once it’s assembled you need to sand, paint and cover top if desired with contact paper. I sanded mine lightly as I liked the texture. The desk sits on the top ledge and the legs fit over the bottom bar. No attaching anything anywhere. It comes off and on quick and easy. Bear in mind it can make it difficult to get to the settings and buttons. But if your just walking at a steady pace it should not be a huge issue.
For various reasons I didn’t want a large tree this year. I mulled it over and came up with a few ideas, some of which were not actual trees at all. But Roy really wanted it to be some form of a regular tree. I’d always loved the idea of doing a “Charlie Brown” type tree so that’s what I settled on.
I wanted to do this project without spending any money as not everyone can afford to buy a big tree each year. This idea was perfect for that. My tree wasn’t quite as sparse as Charlie’s was but still needed some help. Roy designed a stand for it and I made a star to go on top as it was too small to hold up a normal tree topper.
Ends up Linus was right… all any tree needs is a little love.
As we live in a more rural town we had access to some “free” foliage we could use for our tree. Roy found a sapling that was only about 3′ tall. It was perfect for my project. Just make sure when you find whatever you will use for your tree that you are allowed to do so! Don’t take it off of land that belongs to someone else without their permission. Ü
The tree had a 1″ diameter base so it was way too small for a normal tree stand. Roy came up with a quick wood one that he put together in about 15 minutes. It was a 16″ 1×4 and a 16″ 2×4 cut as shown. A square 2×4 piece was nailed on top with a 1″ hole drilled into the center which was the diameter our tree base. The hole needs to be a snug fit or the tree won’t stand up.
- A 16″ 2×4
- A 16″ 1×4
- 3.5″ x 3.5″ 2×4
- Hand saw
- Drill- make hole the size of tree stem base
Free Tree Stand Downloadable Instructions
Our tiny sapling in its stand.
The tree was so small that the top was not strong enough to hold up the regular tree star that I had. So I made my own star. Supplies
- Free pattern download
- Cereal Box
- Glitter if desired
- String for tying to tree
- Bone folder or Butter knife or anything to make creases with.
Free Star Pattern Download pdf
Our little tree all done up with decorations I already had and my homemade star.
I bought a Christmas Fairy a couple years back to hide in our tree. She fit perfect on this small one.
This trio of kitties are adorable and you can throw them together in minutes once you have your wood. I used 2 x 4 scraps but 1 x 4 wood also works great. You can cut the ear part with a good hand saw if that’s all you have. Paint them and add some ribbon and googly wiggle eyes. Set them in your window and see if you don’t get compliments on ’em! There’s a downloadable pattern if needed but mine are basically 6″, 5″ and 4″ tall with a triangle cut out to form the ears. A super easy Halloween craft!
- 2×4 or 1×4 wood scraps.
- Saw to cut ears.
- Black paint.
- Wiggle eyes
- Hot Glue
- Charm for collar (optional)
For Tiny Spider
- Black chenille stem/pipe cleaner
- Black pony bead
- White paint for eyes
- Black paint or marker for eye iris.
Download Size PDF Pattern
Wood Cat Halloween Craft Instructions
Cut your wood. This shows both 2 x 4s and 1x4s. The completed cats in the examples are 2×4 size.
Paint your wood black. You can use spray paint or any acrylic paint.
Grab some ribbon and any other doodads you’d like to use on your cats.
Hot glue your ribbon for the collars. I added a bow on all mine.
I had some jewelry charms and thought this little moon was perfect so I added that to one of their collars.
I added a tiny spiders to the ear of one cat. Super easy to make.
- Cut three 1.5″ pieces from a black pipe cleaner.
- Feed through the black pony bead.
- Spread legs out. Bend the legs down a bit.
- Add paint dots for eyes or use a fine point magic marker.