Friday, July 13, 2018

Scrap Wood Chandelier DIY

A few weeks ago I made upholstered stools from thrift store chairs and instead of just tossing the backs (made from beautiful spindles) I saved them to create this colorful, scrap wood chandelier.  It's been hanging from a tree in my back yard and I absolutely love it....It's magical!  It took some time, but was absolutely worth it.  Grab a solar light and stick it right in the middle and you're good to go.  Figure out ways to use all the scraps and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
 Garden gorgeous!

Watch how to make it here!
Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint
Thrift Store Chairs
Small Cup Hooks
Wire and Wire Cutters
Jigsaw, Sander and Drill
Wire Plant Basket
1. & 2. Cut the spindles off the back of the chair and then cut them into 6" to 10" long pieces
3.  Sand the pieces on both ends
4. & 5.  Paint the pieces in different colors of Americana Decor Chalky Finish
*While you're at it you can paint the wire basket with Chalky Finish, too!
6. Dry brush the spindles with contrasting colors so that each piece has 2 different colors
7.  Drill a small hole in the top of each piece
8.  Add a small cup hook to each piece
9. Hang the pieces from the bottom two rows of the basket
10. & 11.  Create S-hooks from wire to attach the top row of pieces
12.  Hook 2 pieces together to create your center hanging piece

Add a solar light in the middle and you're done!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Build a Weaving Loom!

It started with paper plate weaving in a circle and then I advanced to a sturdy shoe box.  It was finally time to see if I could build a little loom for my weaving addiction....and here it is.   You do need some basic power tools, but it's well worth it since you can weave until you're heart's content and then start all over again!  I've given two versions here, one with nails and one with grooves.  Both are just as effective and take about the same amount of time.  Jump in and make something that challenges you this summer and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
 Weaving magic!
I love the way these look on my table!
I used every color in the basket!
Watch how to make a loom here!
32" of 3/4" x 1 1/4" wood trim
32" of 1/2" x 1 1/4" wood trim
32" of 3/8" wood dowel
3/8" Drill bit
Hammer and 1" nails
Large blunt needle
Various colors and textures of yarn
Masking tape

1. & 2.  Cut and sand two 16" long pieces of the 3/4" thick wood trim and the 1/2" thick wood trim
3.  Mark 1" in on the 3/4" wood trim on both ends of one 16" piece
4.  Make sure your drill bit is the same size or a bit bigger than the diameter of your dowel
5.  Drill through the 1'' marks on the ends of one piece of the 3/4" thick wood trim
6. & 7. Tape the other piece of 3/4" thick trim to the drilled piece and drill 1/2 way through the 2nd piece of trim
*This hole will be the "resting" place for your wood dowel when the loom is put together
8.  Match the holes, tape the drilled pieces together and mark every 3/8" along the sides (from hole to hole) across the two pieces of trim
9.  Using a rotary tool, create 1/4" deep grooves on each 3/8" line across both pieces of trim
10.  OPTIONAL:  Instead of the rotary grooves, you can also use 1" nails every 3/8" along the edge of the trim as shown
*The nails would be hammered along the edge of the 1 1/4" side, not the 3/4" side like the grooves
11.  Square and glue the grooved pieces to the 1/2" by 1 1/4" wide wood trim as shown
12.  Measure and cut the dowels so that they are about 16" in length and make sure they slide easily in and through the drilled holes
13. & 14  Thread the grooved loom or nailed loom (with yarn) from top to bottom keeping the yarn taught as you move along
15. & 16  Tie a long piece of yarn on the dowel, thread the blunt needle 
and start weaving from side to side
*Slide out the dowels and clip the yarn at the top and bottom when you're done then tie knots or use fabric glue to secure the ends
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Chic Marbled Trays DIY

Gorgeous marble is showing up everywhere in home decor and it can be expensive if you want the real thing.  Marble floors, kitchen countertops and bathroom walls are covered in it in every color! Fortunately you don't have to break the bank to get these gorgeous pieces and they might be just what you need to get a taste of this trend. I started off with some Walnut Hollow wood plaques and added a little paint magic.  It's so easy that in a weekend you could have all of your holiday gifts done!  Remember you don't have to go all-out when a trend hits...A little hint of it might be all you need.  Have a terrific day and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
I love the lapis look of this tray!
 This green is right out of the 80s......and the 80s are BACK!

Watch how to make them here!
Walnut Hollow Basswood Plaques
*I used the French Corner Plaque and the Oval Plaque
Brass Handles
Plastic Cups
1.  Pick your marble colors and fill the plastic cups with about 1 oz. of paint
2. & 3.  Pour 1 oz. of the pouring medium in each color and stir together
4.  Paint the edges of the plaque with the main color you want for your tray
5. Pour the pouring medium/paint mixture on the tray and move the mixture around on the tray to cover most of it
6.  Lightly splatter the other colors
7. & 8.  Move the tray around to get your beautiful marbled patterns
9.  Paint the edges and pour the main color mixture on another plaque
10.  Add splatters of the other colors
11.  Tilt and tap the tray to create the marbled design
12.  When the trays are dry, edge them with a gold paint pen
13.  Spray the trays with protective acrylic finish and let dry
14. & 15.  Measure, drill and screw in the brass handles on the sides of each tray
16.  Spice up your decor!
Tray magnifique!
Go chic or go home!