Monday, November 24, 2014

"S" is Scrap Wood Projects: Teacher Gifts

Save your wood scraps!  I've got 5 diy scrap wood projects you can make for teachers this holiday season.

Make this pencil shaped pencil holder from 1x4 scraps.  Add a few holes for pencils and some personalization and you have a great gift for a teacher (and one the students can use too!).  All the details, dimensions and steps are here.

A little piece of plywood and some 1x2 is about all it takes to make this ipad stand.  What teacher wouldn't appreciate and handmade gift like this?  See the build tutorial here.

One of my all time favorites this apple shaped paperweight is just a scrap piece of 4x4 with a dowel stem.  Every teacher needs an apple on their desk and why not make one from wood scraps?  I'll show you how here.

Another cute teacher gift you can make with just a piece of plywood - a teacher notes board.  Attach a mini notepad and a pencil holder and you're ready to give.  Details here.

And because we always associate teachers with chalkboards why not make a few chalkboard ornaments?  See how I to make my version here or you can purchase ready made chalkboard ornaments, add the red trim and polka dots then personalize.

For more scrap wood project gift ideas:

Friday, November 21, 2014

"W" is for Wall Bins

Build: diy wall bins

Back at it again today Ana White and I are sharing another handmade holiday gift build that's great for any age.  Ana has the plans for these perfect sized wall bins sure to be a much appreciated gift for anyone.

We're building our way towards the big day less than 5 weeks away!  Get started now on all your diy gift builds and your friends and family will be thanking you. 

Who needs cute storage?  Everyone!  I built these wall bins using Ana's plans here for two tween nieces but the finish options are endless and they would be great for boys, girls, adults or even in a nursery.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"S" is for Snowglobe Ornament

DIY snowglobe ornament

Crafty friends this one is for you, today I'm sharing how to make snowglobe ornaments over at Pretty Handy Girl.

This version allows uses a clear plastic ornament and a wood base which gives you a surface to attach all the interior pieces as a scene but still keep the round snowglobe shape.  Definitely worth a visit to Brittany's diy blog to see just how you can make your own snowglobe ornaments.

Monday, November 17, 2014

"D" is for Deck The Halls DIY Style

Deck The Halls DIY Style

Sharing my diy decorated tree today complete with ornaments you can make yourself including a fast and easy tree stand cedar wood cover.

Of course I started with the tree and this one is a beauty.  Tree Classics sent me this lovely 7 foot pre-lit slim Christmas tree and I am smitten!  It arrives in 3 pieces, I set it up in minutes, plugged it in and magic.  But the best part here is the size - it's perfectly slender and fits this corner with room to spare (and plenty of space for gifts underneath!).  

While the tree stand is functional and unobtrusive I wanted a DIY finishing touch and built this tree stand box cover from cedar boards.  The box is actually upside-down from what I originally planned because I failed to measure properly but now I'm liking how the inward taper makes the tree look taller - bonus!  

Here's how to build the tree stand cover:

Friday, November 14, 2014

"W" is for Wagon

Build: diy wagon

It's Friday and time for another Handmade Holiday gift build from Ana White and me!  Today we are sharing the plans for this wagon.  Multiple readers requested wagon plans during last year's Handmade Holiday series and we aim to please!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

"T" is for Tree Advent Countdown Calendar

Build: diy wood tree shaped advent calendar

Build a tree shaped advent calendar using wood scraps and little bins to fill with fun gifts.

Monday, November 10, 2014

"B" is for Bulletin Board

Build: giant framed bulletin board for less than $50

I'm sharing how to build this giant pinboard out of homasote with a pretty wood frame today over at Remodelaholic.

If you're looking for a big corkboard space and want a finished look check all the details on how to build this bulletin board here.

Friday, November 7, 2014

"S" is for Storage Hutch

Build: diy storage hutch with metal accents

Happy Friday friends.  Ana White and I are back with this week's handmade holiday gift build, it is the most functional and practical of all the builds but still has great style points too.

A storage hutch with magnetic metal strips and hardware cloth backing makes a great gift or the perfect place to set up advent countdown gifts!

Ana made the plans for this storage hutch very straightforward, no miter cuts, no fancy jigsaw work, just measure and assemble.  It's built almost entirely from 1x10s which gives lots of depth.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

"W" is for Wood Stars

DIY wood stars

Make your own wood stars wall decor just in time for the holiday season, I'll show you how down below.

First let's start with the inspiration.  I know you saw these milled log stars over at Pottery Barn and you love them too!  But you don't want to pay $129 for the pair?

Friday, October 31, 2014

"D" is for Doll Pram

Build: diy doll pram

Happy Halloween friends!  Ana and I are back to share another handmade holiday gift build that any little person is sure to love - a doll pram.

Ana designed this little push pram perfectly.  The plans feature a fairly simple build that is sure to see lots of playtime.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"W" is for Wedge Jig

How to build a wedge jig

If you saw the recent Pottery Barn catalog chances are you love these wood stars as much as me:

And you quickly think 'I can DIY that surely!'.  However after much trial and error I consulted fellow buildy blogger Jamison at Rogue Engineer who quickly informed me I needed a 54 degree angle.


Monday, October 27, 2014

"G" is for Giant Wishbone

Diy giant gold wishbone

The wishbone trend is still going strong so why not make a giant wishbone this Fall?

Friday, October 24, 2014

"A" is for Art Center

Build: diy art center

It's Friday and that means another new gift build for the Handmade Holiday series from Ana White and me!

Today it's an art center.  And this build is awesome.
** Updated 11/10 link to stool plans here. **

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"H" is for House Ornaments

DIY mini house ornaments from wood scraps:

Make these miniature house ornaments from wood scraps for all your friends and family this holiday season.

I used mostly 1x2 scraps and the like to make these cute little houses.