DIY Hanging Boxwood Pendant

December 19, 2012

Since my plywood Christmas tree project earlier this month, I’ve been on a bit of wood kick. Here is my latest contribution for Project Wedding; hanging modern pendants filled with fresh boxwood and a few sprigs of cheerful flowers. A grouping of these in varying sizes over a table setting would look cool, mixing minimalism with botanica.


Last-Minute DIY Gifts for Kids

December 19, 2012

Wish I could say I was completely done with Christmas preparations, but in my rush to check things off, I always find there is a teacher aide, or neighbor, or school bus driver that I had almost overlooked. And photobooks for family — whoops, late start on that. Procrastination is like a familiar friend.

Ryan and I barely finished rounding up a few presents and stocking stuffers for the kids (Lego Hero Factory sets and a rock tumbler will be dropped off by “Santa”) and I will be working on a couple of homemade presents with the boys to gift to one another. Just in case you’d like a couple of easy projects, I shared a shrink film charm DIY over at HelloBee and wrote up a step-by-step process on making your own crayons at SheKnows.

DIY Plywood Holiday Card Holder

December 4, 2012

Just like that, December is already here! Have you received any holiday cards in the mail yet? My latest project is this card display made with just a few basic materials. 
You will need:
Masking tape
Corse grit sandpaper
Plywood (purchased a large birch square from the woodworking section of the home improvement store)
Suede cord
Metal tacks or nails

Step 1: Along one edge of the plywood board, make a small pencil mark at 20 inches. This will be the bottom of the tree.

Step 2: Along the opposite edge (top of the tree) make a pencil mark at 10 inches.

Step 3: With masking tape, you will now prep the plywood to minimize splintering while sawing. Lay down a long piece of masking tape at a diagonal, starting at the top pencil mark and ending at the bottom mark. Lay down another long piece of masking tape, starting at the top pencil mark and ending at the bottom left corner of the plywood, forming a triangle. Over the masking tape, draw a line connecting the top pencil mark to the bottom mark and bottom left corner. This is your guide for sawing.

Step 4: Brace the plywood on a sawhorse with clamps, and saw along your pencil lines, starting from the bottom of the tree.

Step 5: After the triangle is cut out, smooth rough edges with corse grit sandpaper.

Step 6: Starting at bottom right corner, nail in or tack the end of the leather cord. Use a hammer to drive in the nail/tack.

Step 7: Pull the leather cord taut over to the left side of the tree. Make sure the leather is pulled tight and flat against the plywood. About 6 inches from the bottom, nail or tack in the leather cord. Before hammering in the nail/tack in deeper into the plywood, pull the cord tight over to the right side of the tree. Repeat this process, zigzagging the leather cord all the way to the top, taking care to keep the leather tight and flat.

Gift Tag Printable and Wood Star Charm DIY

November 28, 2012

Thanksgiving week was a doozy in that I came down with the vilest, most tenacious flu of my life. As if running a 102° temperature for days wasn’t enough to contend with, my husband was gone — GONE! — for work. So it was just me, my little cocoon of feverish misery, and three kids to take care of. It was awful with a capital, bolded, underlined A, especially since poor Mara also had the flu and needed to be held and cuddled for most of her waking hours. Fortunately, her case was mild and she bounced back after a matter of days. +1 for nursing! I, however, am STILL recovering and have been on bedrest for much of the week. I think I’ve been operating on too little sleep and too much stress for so long, my body just threw in the towel at the slightest whiff of illness and said “Done! Quitting temporarily!”

With that said, I came on just to quickly share my latest project I worked on for Dotcoms for Moms (which I had finished before I came down with the plague of 2012). Click over to download printable gift tags and for super easy instructions on adding wooden star charms to your gift wrap. And lastly, forgive me for getting all stranger-bossypants on you, but avoid needless suffering and get your flu shot!

DIY Modern Geometric Backdrop

November 13, 2012

Hi! Some news — I’m so happy to announce that I’m a new DIY contributor to Project Wedding! My first project is a modern backdrop constructed out of plain white poster board. While it’s a lot simpler than it looks, cutting out the pieces can take some time! It’s the kind of project you may want to enlist friends or family members to help with if you’re planning for a wedding and/or you’re wanting to do a much larger version. Visit Project Wedding for complete instructions.

I didn’t have the heart to disassemble and stow away the backdrop (and probably lose it among boxes of old craft projects), so now it fills a once-lonely void behind my workspace.