This Post Might Make My Husband Cringe|The Ultimate Do-It-Yourself Library

We have been a do-it-yourself family for as long as I can remember.

Initially, it started because we couldn’t afford to pay anyone else to do it. We’ve ripped up tile and countertops, painted and peeled off wallpaper, built our own decks and dog houses. We’ve cut and created, hot-glued curtains and given gifts we crafted.

Somewhere along the way, we even began to enjoy doing it ourselves.

My husband has said “I can make that,”one too many times and now I hold him to it. We’ve made pallet headboards and light fixtures, chalkboard tables and a whole lotta art.

I’ve read a lot of E-books, but I’m really excited to get some great ideas from this huge DIY bundle.

I’m not so sure about my husband.

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Let’s Get Craftsy (Free Mini Classes)

I have a long history with my glue gun.

I’ve always loved arts and crafts and DIY projects. If you’ve been a long time reader, you know The Love. And all those years ago as I modgepodged my way thru nap time and crafted my way around the house, I had no idea I’d get to use my hobby to empower women around the globe.

On that first trip to Kenya more than four years ago, we taught young moms a few crafty projects and they are still filling up this shop with their creations.  When my niece taught me to loom knit over Christmas break last year, I had no idea a month later, I’d share what I learned with new refugee friends.

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And now we are calling that global DIY party Fair Trade Friday.

I don’t have as much time to craft as I used to, but I do every chance I get. Plus, I’m always looking for new ideas to share with different artisan groups. I’ve learned a lot from Pinterest tutorials and online projects, but I wanted tell y’all about a fun site. I mentioned it several years ago, but it now has some FREE and fun options (I’ve included affiliate links below):

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Craftsy is a self-paced learning environment that hosts online classes to help you bring creativity to life by offering education, supplies and kits. We’ve found several crochet projects for our Friday Refugee classes and now Craftsy is offering 35 FREE mini Classes for you to attend! They are absolutely free and the variety is amazing. Here are a few:

        • Beautiful wirework jewelry
        • Amazing Crochet Textures
        • Professional Family Portraits
        • Perfect Pizza at Home
        • Sewing: Bag-Making Basics
        • Complete Knife Skills

Craftsy: Free Cake Decorating Classes

Here’s the full list of Craftsy free mini classes to choose from

Fun, huh? So, go check out the free mini classes.

Plus, Craftsy has their regular classes on sale at 50% off for a limited time. Check them out here!

You seriously have no idea where your hobby can lead you! Ask me.

WFMW: DIY Inspiring String Art

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[Beginning next week, I will be featuring your yes stories every Wednesday. Please continue to link up helpful links that work for you. I hope it’s a yes or two.]

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Put a yes in your mess.

And create something new and beautiful.

 

#yesinmymess #rhinestoneJesus #releasestomorrow #!!!!!

DIY Pallet Farmhouse Light Fixture

Also known as the Christmas present my husband made me.

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Who knew my love language was a bunch of repurposed old stuff?

We saw something similar at an antique store several months ago. Only it cost around $700. Yikes.

{source} This light fixture would look awesome over a salvaged farmhouse table.

So, instead, my husband found an old pallet behind a store (we just asked if we could have it) and pulled the weathered wood off. I looked for some old egg gathering baskets (this took awhile) and ended up getting two on eBay for $25. He bought rope, replica antique bulbs and two small light socket kits from the wiring department at home depot.

Supplies:

Pallet wood

Baskets (I saw replica ones at TJ Maxx for $9.99 over the holidays)

Two light sockets kits

10 ft electrical wire

Rope

Light fixture thread tube (to hang light to pallet)

Bulbs

We love the results for around $75.

I love the warm ambiance it offers our kitchen.

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Check out our other pallet projects:

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Missions Statement Art

DIY: Pallet Headboard

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She saw a pallet headboard at a flea market and had to have it.

I saw the price tag and said keep walking.

But my 13 year old daughter didn’t forget the bed and she showed a picture to her Dad and batted her long lashes for months. She didn’t know if he could make it, but she knew he would try.

Because he’s that kind of a Dad.

Supplies for our $50 Pallet Headboard:

2-3 weathered pallets

2 2×4’s

light kit (optional)

Old barn wood would have worked well, but we couldn’t find any. So my husband asked a local store for a couple of pallets and got them for free (score!) Prying off the pieces of weathered wood was the hardest part of this project. But Terrell had plenty of helpers.

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Once the wood was off the pallet, it was nailed to the 2×4’s.

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My hubby found a cool vintage-looking lamp kit at Home Depot and cut a hole to attach it. It plugs into the wall.

We lightly white-washed the wood for a funky feel and moved it upstairs to my daughter’s room.

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She is thrilled with it! And she’s pretty impressed with her Dad. “Mom, I’m going to marry someone just like him someday. A man who can do anything!”

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I think she likes it.

And I like him even more.

WFMW: DIY Chalkboard Paint

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I’ve been wanting to paint my piano for years. It was given to us by a kind older couple and my son loves playing it. He’s always pecking out tunes.

But I’ve always been afraid to paint it. Because it’s A PIANO.

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I’ve been hearing a lot about chalkboard paint and not just for creating chalkboards. I learned that it adheres really well to slick wood, but it’s kind of expensive.

I discovered you can add plaster of paris to the paint (1 part powder to 3 parts paint, stir very well) and make your own chalkboard paint for a lot less. So, that’s what I did a few weeks ago.

I used a self-priming paint from Home Depot and without sanding or priming, I simply painted two coats on the piano.

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I like an aged look, so next, I dry brushed stain glaze and wiped it off with a damp sponge.

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It took about 3-4 hours for the entire project and I love:

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DIY Chalkboard paint works for me!

DIY Easter {String Art} Cross

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During (our long and sickly) Spring Break, we perked up to do a special (and easy) DIY project that we will stay out long after our Easter baskets are put away.

Easter {String Art} Cross Plaque

Supplies:

  • Piece of unfinished wood (Hobby Lobby $2.50)
  • Paint
  • Embroidery string
  • Small panel nails
  • Hammer

We painted our wood first:
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After the paint dried, we tapped 12 nails in the shape of a cross into the wood. We did two at the top, four in the middle, two on either sides and two at the bottom.

[Kitty can’t resist The String]

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And we just started wrapping it around the nails going with the shape of the cross. It works best to loop the string around the nails multiples times to get it started. Keep string taunt and wrap away!

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This was a super easy project for my kids and they really got into it.

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And a simple reminder that He is Risen!

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*Pallet Family Mission Statement

DIY Mini Resurrection Garden

I stopped in my tracks on Pinterest when I saw this photo the other day:

(I researched it and I believe it originated on the creator’s Facebook page and ended up on Pinterest. Thank you, Melissa Holt for the beautiful idea!)

I knew it would be on our list for Spring Break this week. Easter is still three weeks away, but as Christians we celebrate it every day, right?

Since I have three do-it-yourselfers at home and I’m a very wise mom, I knew that one Resurrection Garden would lead to sin (also known as sibling rivalry). So we created three mini Resurrection Gardens.

It was easy to make, everyone got to add their own touches and it cost pretty much the same as making one large one like the picture above.

Supplies Needed: We found all of ours at WalMart and averaged about $7.50 per mini garden.

  • Terra cotta mini pot (tomb)
  • Terra cotta small tray
  • Small pebbles from Floral dept(one bag was plenty for three)
  • Grass seed (we have enough left over for the bare patch in our yard)
  • One small bag of potting soil
  • Small twigs and Large rock (smaller than a child’s fist) from the yard
  • Glue gun
  • Spray water bottle

1. Place mini pot on the tray and add potting soil around it.

2. Pack soil in and on top of the mini pot, forming a small hill.

3. Add pebbles coming from the opening of the “tomb”

4. Place larger rock half covering the tomb

5. Sprinkle grass seed on the soil

6. Glue small twigs to form three crosses (hot glue works best)

7. Stick each cross into the “hill” behind the tomb

8. Spray soil lightly every day with water bottle

9. Watch and wait for new life (grass) to spring forth!

It’s a beautiful reminder that He is Risen!

Indeed.