Wednesday, July 19, 2017

DIY Mini Extension Cord Ornament

Another miniature tool ornament tutorial and today it's the mini extension cord.

If you're just joining in we are celebrating Christmas in July with all the tutorials for the mini tool tree ornaments.

I hope to share the how-to for each of the mini tools below:

Below are the step by step instructions to make the mini extension cord ornaments.

Monday, July 17, 2017

DIY Mini Paint Brush Ornament

mini paint brush ornaments

Continuing on with the Christmas in July series today I'm sharing the mini paint brush ornaments.

Christmas in July graphic

If you're just tuning in welcome to Christmas in July and all the tutorials for my mini tool tree ornaments.  I hope to share the step-by-step instructions for all of the mini tools so you can make your own.

miniature tool tree ornaments

*This post contains affiliate links below.

The paint brush ornament is a miniature replica of a chip brush:

miniature paint brushes versus actual size

Below are the steps to making a mini paint brush ornament.  Be sure to read through entirely before beginning.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mosaic Wall Art with DecoArt Americana Premium & Giveaway

* This post is sponsored by DecoArt.

Want to make a statement with some wall art but aren't exactly a fine painter?  If you can color in the lines then I promise you can make a beautiful piece for your wall.

diy mosaic wall art

This mosaic wall art is simply 1" squares painted in a fun pattern.

mosaic wall art decoart americana premium

I used DecoArt's new Americana premium acrylic paint for this project.  It's available in 47 colors and I think you're going to love the visocity which almost guarantees more control.  No drippy paint running away from you, it's medium thickness moves with ease only where you want it to go.

Bonus I am giving one lucky reader 10 tubes of Americana premium and 2 brushes to get you started!
Scroll down below to enter this giveaway.

decoart americana premium acrylic paint giveaway

mosaic wall art in dining room

For all the details on how to make this mosaic wall art click over to the DecoArt blog here.
And if you're curious about the navy blue console table get the free plans here.

Enter the giveaway down below:

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

DIY Mini Saw Blade Ornament

diy mini saw blade ornaments

It's Christmas in July friends and I'm sharing all the tutorials for my mini tool tree project from last Christmas.  First up are these mini clay saw blade ornaments that look just like the real thing only smaller and cuter!

diy mini tool tree with ornaments

I actually dreamt up all this mini tool tree idea last summer and started making all the ornaments then so when December rolled around I was able to send a little tool tree to all of my buildy blogger friends.

The mini tool tree has all the basic tools: foam brush, screwdriver, extension cord, tape measure, spray paint, bucket, toolbox, paint brush, paint can, saw blade and paint roller.  I will be sharing the tutorials for each ornament in the next coming weeks so stay tuned.

Christmas in July graphic

It's officially Christmas in July and if you get started now on all your handmade gifts you will be in good shape once the holidays roll around.

clay mini saw blade ornaments

The detailed step by step process on how to make these mini saw blade ornaments is down below.

Once I had all the ornaments made I found these inexpensive orange compartment boxes at the dollar store.  They proved to be the perfect way to ship and wrap the tool tree ornaments and bonus storage box too!

Monday, July 10, 2017

DIY Mini Marquee Sign using Dremel 4300 Rotary Tool

* This post is sponsored by The Home Depot and includes affiliate links.

diy mini marquee sign using dremel 4300

Have you ever wanted a tool that can do all the little things?  Like make small holes, cut metal, sand crevices, grind and sharpen blades plus so much more?  The Dremel 4300 Rotary Tool is the ultimate in multi-capable applications all with the ease of a quick change three-jaw chuck and a light that pivots where you want it.

Today I'm sharing how I made this mini marquee sign using the Dremel 4300 with step by step instructions down below.

 dremel rotary tool with pivot light

I used the cutting bit to make holes into little wood letters.  You can see the pivot light provides precise placement on your work surface.

And can we talk about the storage case?  Every amazing tool comes with a well planned out storage system and carrying case and this Dremel rotary tool is no exception.  A place for everything and everything in its place.

dremel 4300 rotray tool carrying case


Step 1: To make the mini marquee sign use precut mini wood letters and determine your word.  Paint the letters first and then glue onto 1/4" plywood rectangular shape to fit your word.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Speciality Tools to Consider

*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot and includes affiliate links.

I used to be basic tool girl.  Give me a saw, drill and sander and I'm good to go.

But recently I had the opportunity to try a few new tools and I have definitely changed my basic tool mindset.  Today I'm sharing 4 speciality tools worth considering and if you're thinking like I did - that you only need the basics - I'm about to change your mind.

speciality tools worth considering

These four tools: Ryobi belt sander, Dremel multi-max, Husky socket wrench and Ryobi hammer drill quickly found themselves useful in my everyday projects.  Let me show you a bit about each tool and where I used them recently.

ryobi belt sander in action

First the Ryobi cordless, brushless belt sander where have you been all my life!!!  Fast, powerful and extremely effective - the results speak for themself.

This outdoor coffee table was built from older pressure treated boards used in a previous project.  In hopes of giving this table a fresh finish I wanted to sand off the layer of weathered muck, dirt and wear before applying stain.

Monday, June 26, 2017

DIY Truss Beam Coffee Table Free Plans

diy truss beam coffee table

Our backyard patio space got a makeover this Spring and that included building this truss beam coffee table.  It's solid and even better I built it reusing lumber from the previous large dining table we had there before.

truss beam coffee table

I based this coffee table plan off of Ana White's truss beam dining table.  And I will say this coffee table version is even easier to build than the dining table.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

DIY Tape Dispenser using a Ryobi Trim Router

*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.
diy tape dispenser

Forever trying to organize my work space and wanting to use the new Ryobi One+ Trim Router I made this tape dispenser and I'm sharing the free plans with you.  This is just one project idea you can make using the Ryobi Trim Router, this little tool packs quite a punch!

Ryobi trim router

I first got my hands on the trim router at The Home Depot Tool ProSpective event back in April:

Friday, June 9, 2017

DIY Lemonade Stand

Build a classic lemonade stand.

diy lemonade stand

It's hard to believe but of all the pieces I have built never have I done an official lemonade stand.  So when a friend asked me to build one for an event I said sure!  She requested a stand similar to Kristyn's at Lil' Luna here and I got to building.

diy kids lemonade stand

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Father's Day Giveaway (not just for dads!)

father's day giveaway

Everyone loves tools and what better gift for dad than more tools!  I've got a Father's Day giveaway and of course it's not just for dads.

Anyone who appreciates tools is welcome to enter.

ryobi tools drill and driver

If you've been reading my blog for awhile you know I'm a huge fan of Ryobi Tools.  I use them consistently on almost every project, above I used them to build the deck platform on an outdoor cabana.  Ryobi Tools are perfect the average home DIYer doing big and small projects.

DIY Wood Stars

DIY wood stars from scrap wood.

diy wood stars

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

pottery barn milled log stars

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?

Monday, June 5, 2017

DIY Bottle Opener Game

diy bottle opener game with lights

Let's make a fun bottle opener game just in time for Father's Day and backyard get togethers!  I'm sharing my version of the bottle opener game complete with lights down below.

You can learn to make this bottle opener game at The Home Depot DIY Workshop event next Satuday, June 10th at 10am.

bottle opener game DIY Workshop

The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels.  There are three types of Workshops offered – Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids.

Summer 2017 Outdoor Home Tour

A special hello to you readers coming from Cassie's home at Cassie Bustamante.  Her home is always filled with fun surprises and Summer is no exception!  If you haven't visited her please check it out, I'll be right here waiting.

As part of the Seasonal Simplicity home tour series hosted by April at House by Hoff and Krista at The Happy Housie I'm here today to share with you our Summer outdoor space.  This week 25 diy and home bloggers will give you a beautiful glimpse into their summer homes with tons of inspiration and different styles, a feast for your eyes.

outdoor summer patio lounge furniture

seasonal simplicity summer blogger series

Naturally summer brings us outdoors so I'm focusing on the back patio space.  I recently completed a makeover where I swapped out the giant trestle dining table for a more casual and comfortable lounge area.

Friday, June 2, 2017

DIY Road Trip Lap Desk & Giveaway

Summer is upon us and that means time to hit the open road!  Today I'm sharing this diy road trip lap desk you'll want to make for all of your travelers.

diy portable lap desk

I teamed up with my friends at Ryobi Nation to bring you free plans for this lap desk and they have generously offered a tool giveaway for one lucky reader!

ryobi power tools giveaway

Head on over to Ryobi Nation for the complete step by step tutorial to make a portable lap desk.  While you're there be sure to browse through all the road trip project ideas, you might just find something perfect for your summer adventures.

Keep reading to enter the giveaway down below.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

DIY Outdoor Planter

How to build wood planter from a scrap fence piece.

diy outdoor planter

DIY Wedding Cake Ornament Favors

*This post is sponsored by DecoArt.

diy wedding cake ornament favors

Wedding season is upon us and today I have an easy wedding cake ornament favor project to share.  If you're looking for an inexpensive, handmade favor idea that's simple and beautiful then stay tuned for all the details below.  

diy wedding cake ornament favors

Monday, May 29, 2017

Bottle Opener Game DIY Workshop at The Home Depot

* This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

Looking for a fun Father's Day gift idea you can make yourself?  Join us for a DIY Workshop at The Home Depot and learn to make this bottle opener game:

DIY Workshop bottle opener game

Dads and kids will enjoy using this bottle opener game to see who collects the most points.  Gather the whole family together for this Do-It Yourself Workshop at The Home Depot.  The DIY Workshop will teach you how to make this bottle opener game.

Bottle Opener Game DIY Workshop
@ your local The Home Depot store
Saturday, June 10th, 2017
10 - 11:30 am

DIY Workshops at The Home Depot register button

Did you know The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels.  There are three types of Workshops offered – Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids.

Customers can learn how to build d├ęcor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions.

Visit to learn more.

My fellow diy bloggers and myself will be making our own custom versions of this bottle opener game and sharing our projects next Monday, be sure to check back for lots of inspiration and ideas!
And if you want to follow along as I build my bottle opener game I'll be sharing sneak peeks over on Instagram here.
Lastly if you have previously attended any Workshop at The Home Depot and would like to provide Feedback please feel free to use this form here.  Your experience and response helps The Home Depot make improvements and changes.

Workshops Feedback Form

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

DIY Tabletop Herb Garden & DecoArt Giveaway

diy tabletop herb garden

All the fairies are welcome in my tabletop herb garden fairy house.  I partnered with DecoArt using their Patio Paint line of weather resistant acrylic paints to create this bright and cheery tabletop herb garden.  I made this tabletop garden by modifying an unfinished wood birdhouse then painted it using fun DecoArt Patio Paint colors.

tabletop garden using patio paint

For the complete step by step tutorial go to DecoArt's blog here and you will find all the instructions on how to create this tabletop herb garden from a birdhouse.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

DIY Mini Putt Course & Ryobi Tool Giveaway

Let the outdoor games begin!  The weather has turned and we can now make the most of our outdoor spaces.  I recently added this diy mini putt course outdoor game to our backyard space and I'm sharing the free plans with you.

diy mini putt course

All the details including cut lists and step by step instructions are over at Ryobi Nation along with many more outdoor games you'll want to consider adding to your outdoor space.  BONUS! I have a Ryobi tools giveaway down below!

Ryobi Nation diy projects

You can build two mini putt course tracks from one sheet of plywood and one artificial grass rug and then players can compete!

diy mini putt course dimensions

Monday, May 1, 2017

DIY Wall Bins

diy wall bins

DIY wall bins for storage and organization.  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.

handbuilt holiday

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. 

diy wall bins for storage

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.

DIY Moving Announcements

diy moving annoucements

 Make your own unique sewn moving announcements with drop cloth pockets and manila shipping tags:

diy moving annoucements drop cloth pouch