Monday, April 30, 2012

Make a Display Strip

Making this display strip is as easy as A, B, C. We simply used metal strips, available at The Home Depot, painted them to match the room's trim and attached it to the wall at a height low enough for a child to access.


  1. Using a hacksaw,
  2. Drill 5/32" mounting holes vertically centred
  3. Prime and paint
  4. Using a level
  5. Using a 3/16" drill bit
  1. Screw the strip to the wall

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Striped Painted Flowerpots

    Add a cheerful face to plain terra-cotta flowerpots by dressing them in bold stripes. Terra-cotta flowerpots are a staple of container gardening. But their plain face keeps them in the background most of the time. If you'd like to turn them into works worthy of a pedestal, try this simple paint motif. The broad strips and bright contrast are reminiscent of awnings and garden parties.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Alphabet Art

Raid your scraps stash to create an inexpensive custom work of art.
Paint a canvas and paint chipboard letters.
Cover the canvas with patterned-paper blocks, the painted chipboard letters, embellishments, photos, artwork, and paper-pieced accents that correspond with the letters.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

DIY - Button Hairclips

Button, button, who's got the button? Your little girl will be a style star this Spring when you make these hairclips with pretty buttons. Open the clips before attaching fabric or stacked buttons with hot glue; allow to dry overnight

Friday, April 20, 2012

Budget-Friendly Bench

Build a clever concrete block bench for only $30. Scrap fabric covers the pillows and the plank that top off this truly brilliant seating area.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

DIY: Book Clock

Turn an old children’s book into a clock. 
Make a classic come to life by drilling through both the front and back covers. 
Prop on a shelf, or add a picture hanger to the back with superglue.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Napkin Notes

Some paper napkins are so pretty, it seems a shame to use them for wiping your hands; instead, recycle a few into one-of-a-kind notecards. First, gently pull apart the napkin's layers (you want only the top, printed one) and smooth out creases with an iron on medium heat. 
Using a blank sheet of paper as a work surface, lay the napkin printed-side down and spritz the plain side with Spray Mount Adhesive. 

Place a blank folded notecard facedown on the napkin, pressing evenly with your hands. Turn the card over, fix any wrinkles with your fingers, and trim overhang with scissors.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Fabric-Wrapped Eggs

Turn faux eggs into centerpiece-worthy stars. 
Trim fabric into strips and glue to the egg shapes

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Felted Easter Egg Ornaments

Soft as a baby chick, these felted wool egg ornaments make fetching embellishments for a centerpiece or Easter tree fashioned from a cherry blossom branch. 
Pictured: hand-crafted felt eggs from Jill Cline Fiber Arts.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Elegant Eggs

After coloring the egg, attach fabric scrapbooking flowers with tiny dots of glue. 
Lightly press each flower with your finger, then release.