Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mason jar lid Frames

Using the rim of the Mason jar lid as a pattern, trace your photo of choice and cut where marked.

Wedge the photo in between the rim of the lid and its metal top, and dab a few drops of glue on the back of the metal top to affix the picture to its newly fashioned frame.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Make It Picture Perfect

Use a piece of scrapbook paper as a creative mat to show off your picture. Embellish the frame using small buttons.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Decorative Dresser

Use leftover wallpaper to make over an old dresser. Select a wallpaper design that can be turned horizontally to avoid seams if the drawer width is greater than the paper width. Paint the dresser a colour that coordinates with the wallpaper. Following the paper manufacturer's directions, adhere wallpaper to each drawer front and let dry. Trim off excess paper. Add new knobs to the drawer fronts.

Personalized Letters

Here's an easy project for you:
Embellish wood letters with your scraps. 
Cut photos to fit the shape of the letter, then embellish using paper and ribbon and whatever else you please. The Sky's the limit.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Gift Wrapped

Create artwork to "ooh" and "aah" by covering inexpensive 12x12-inch artist canvases with attractive paper patterns. Wrap the canvas like a present with a 1- to 2-inch overhang. Attach the paper to the front with double-stick tape and secure the excess paper to the frame's back with electrical tape. If using multiple paper patterns, hide seams with decorative ribbon.

Exotic Oriental papers transform the neutral furnishings and blue walls of this apartment from bland to beautiful.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Emotional Baggage

Are you sabotaging your relationships with your emotional baggage? Need to Vent? Want to help? 
Check out: The Emotional Bag Check
After all, it all comes down to trust. Want to leave all that baggage behind? 
Allow yourself to trust again.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Patchwork Perfect

Patchwork Statement
A few partial rolls paired with sections cut from a wallpaper book destined for the trash bin were the liftoff points for this amazing patchwork wall.
Paste large wallpaper sections on one wall, adjoining the edges; let dry. Next, paste smaller blocks over the base design, overlapping for a patchwork effect. Continue positioning blocks until you're satisfied with the look.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Framing with Patterns

Use patterned paper to create photo matting. 
Cut paper to fill the frames. 
Center photo or artwork on top of the patterned paper and you're done. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Display Your Papers

Show off your favorite line of papers by decoupaging them to a canvas to create do-it-yourself art. Paint the edges of the canvas to complete the look.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Scrapbook Wall Art

Enlarge Your Favorite Page
As the foundation, use a painted backside of a 4-x-4-foot sheet of fiberboard found at your local hardware store to mimic textured card stock. Create a patterned background with squares of patterned paper. Mount your photo (printed in sections) onto a stretched canvas. Use big and bigger chipboard letters to create a headline. To make the flowers shown, use pin-on button centers and ribbon stems.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Bold Service Cart

A basic glass-front bookcase becomes a stellar service cart with just a roll of wallpaper. After removing the legs and doors, prime and paint the bookcase. When dry, wallpaper the outside surfaces and install casters to the bottom. Reattach doors.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

DIY Kettle Bell

-1 bag of pre-mixed concrete mix
-1 cheap rubber ball (under $5)
-26" of 3/4" or 1" PVC (sch40)
-Small quantity of sand
-Duct tape

-1 Hacksaw or Jig Saw
-1 Heat Gun or Oven
-1 Bucket (for mixing)
-1 Small Garden Spade or similar tool (for mixing and transferring concrete to the ball)
-1 Pair of Scissors

The handle used for these Kettlebells is made from PVC pipe which has been heated and bent to form.
3/4" PVC is sufficient for smaller weights (10 - 20 lbs.), but use 1" PVC for larger weights.  To save costs on these builds you can use PVC Conduit (for electrical installations). 

For sizes & weights, a mini basketball will end up around 13 lbs. or so, while a full sized basketball will be just under 30 lbs.  You can also adjust the weight of the Kettlebell by adding in less/more dense items (ie. lead or steel shot or washers, etc to increase the weight, or packing peanuts or similar to decrease the weight).

Use the hacksaw to cut the PVC to a 26" length.  Depending on your preferences you may want a bigger or smaller handle, but I've found that 26" makes a comfortable sized handle.

Use Duct tape to cover the opening of one end of the PVC. Fill the PVC pipe with sand. Once packed full, use Duct Tape to seal the other opening of the PVC. The sand is used to keep the PVC from losing its roundness when being heated up and shaped.

Once the PVC has been filled with sand and sealed with Duct tape, it is ready to be heated and formed.

There are two options that I've tried and both have worked well.  The first is to use a heat gun to heat the PVC until it is pliable enough to bend and form the handle shape.  The other is to use an oven.  With the oven method, I would wrap the PVC with tin-foil, place it on a baking sheet and heat it at 350F for 10min.  After that, the entire length of PVC is soft and ready to be bent.

Whichever method you use to heat the PVC up, you would then either bend it by hand (using oven mitts for protection) or use a template to wrap the PVC around to create the shape you want.  Ultimately you want the PVC to be shaped like a triangle with nicely rounded corners.

Once the PVC has been bent, you need to keep it in this shape until the PVC cools again.  Dipping the pipe in cool water will help speed this process up. Once cooled, you have yourself a handle.

NOTE: if you are not happy with the shape of the handle, simply use a heat gun to re-heat the area of concern and re-shape it again. With the handle complete, it's time to move on to the ball.

You need to cut the ball open so that the handle can sit half-way inside.  The ball is being used as a form for the concrete as well as a nice rubber coating for the finished Kettlebell.

Cut a slit in the ball long enough to sink the handle to a suitable depth inside the ball.  Be sure to insert the handle as a test to ensure the length of the slit is correct.  Once the slit is complete, cut two (2) circles at both ends of the slit.  The PVC pipe will sit within these circles.  The slit will then be used as an opening to fill the ball with concrete and will allow the flaps on both sides to cover up the concrete on the finished product.

Pour enough Quikrete into your bucket to roughly fill the ball.  Don't worry about being too exact, if you have a little too much, oh well.  If you don't have enough, just mix some more.

Add just enough water (a little at a time) to the bucket and mix until the concrete mixture is a thick paste.  Make sure it isn't too runny.  If it is, just add more Quikrete to balance things out again.

Once your concrete is mixed to the correct consistency, use a small garden spade or similar tool to spoon it into the ball. While you're filling, press down on the ball to create a slight dent in the bottom of the ball, this will keep the finished Kettlebell flat on the floor and will keep it from rolling around when you set it down. Once the ball is mostly filled, insert your handle and set it to a comfortable depth.

Continue adding concrete until the ball is full.  Make sure to shake the ball and lightly tap it on the ground to get the concrete settled to the bottom. Once the ball is filled, check that your handle is still at your desired depth and is also nice and straight.

Once everything checks out, give the ball a quick wipe with a damp cloth to remove the excess concrete and let the concrete set for at least 24hrs.

After the 24hr set, wipe your Kettlebell down once more and you're ready to start swinging.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

DIY - Smart Art

Get inspired with custom artwork. Start by wrapping a canvas with wallpaper and stapling it in place on the back. Print a favorite quote or phrase onto inkjet waterslide decal paper. Cut out words, soak in water for about one minute, peel off backing, and place decal onto canvas. Add a shelf for a lightweight vase by screwing a small piece of wood into the bottom wooden stretcher.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

DIY - Wall Cabinet Makeover

A discarded display cabinet gained new life with powder-pink paint and sections of punchy damask paper inside and out. You can keep your jewelry organized by attaching clothes hooks and cup hooks to a wall-hung cabinet.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Easy-to-Make Clock

What you'll need:

Scrapbook paper
Foam-core board
Spray adhesive
Chipboard numbers, paint, and glue (optional)
  1. Decide on your clock's shape. 
  2. Adhere paper to foam-core board using spray adhesive. 
  3. Cut out the desired shape using a crafts knife. 
  4. If desired, paint chipboard numbers in a coordinating color; let dry. 
  5. Attach to the clock face with glue.
  6. Mark the location for the clockworks. 
  7. Using a 5/16-inch-diameter dowel sharpened to a point (or a round pencil or awl), puncture a 5/16-inch hole.
  8. Carefully trim excess paper from the hole with a crafts knife.
  9. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to attach the clockworks.

Computer Creations

Create personalized artwork on your computer. Type a favorite saying or song lyrics, then play around with font style, size, and color until you find the perfect fit for your room design. After printing it out, mount it on patterned paper and put it inside an inexpensive frame. This is the perfect way to make a fun piece of attention-grabbing art that fits the style and mood of your room.