Monday, July 25, 2016

Summer break

Hello DIYer,

A quick note to let you now that next weeks will be quiet on the blog. I'm taking a few days off. The post publication will be back on normal Monday 15. Meanwhile, I made you a small selection of tutorial if you want to keep crafting during summer time. A first round-up of DIY to improve your backyard if you want tinkering outside. And a second selection of tutorial to prepare the back to school, if your vacations are about to finish, or if it's rainy and you can't be in your backyard! 
Enjoy your time and don't hesitate to leave a comment.





1- Turn a simple grill into an outdoor kitchen
2- How to built a modern birdhouse
3- How to make an industrial look tiki torch
4- Build yourself a simple outdoor bench
5- DIY wind chimes
6- How to make an outdoor planter 



1- DIY plywood memo board
2- How to make a solid wooden desk organizer
3- How to sew kids lunch bag
4- The easiest tote bag tutorial
5- Sew a pouch in 30 minutes (it also works for a pencil case)
6- DIY mountain pencil holder

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Friday, July 22, 2016

How to make a paper lampshade


Well it's been months that the office need a makeover, but I'm to lazy to move and organize all the crafts supplies. No kidding it's gonna take forever! I had built a desk with my dad years ago, and I painted it orange. By the time I thought it was a good idea....wrong!!! I will have to start working on it after the vacation, I can't hold this orange anymore!! So I start with something easy, a new lampshade!






This is the current lampshade, orange off course, to match the desk!! So time for a change!



I used my super cheap recycled hanging system. To make it you will need 4 dowels, threat and a plastic bottle neck. All the details and instructions are HERE.


To make the lampshade, I cut a large piece of thin cardboard (about 57 x 12 inches). The cardboard I used has one side white and the other brown. The white is perfect for the inside of the lampshade and I painted the brown side in black. I just use acyclic paint and a brush.


Once the paint is dry, I draw half circles on the all surface, using a bottle cap as a shape. I try to align them with each others, but I didn't take any measure.


Then, I cut all the half circles using a utility knife. It's not difficult but it takes a little patience


I fold the cardboard and glue the ends together. Then I attach it with the dowel structure using push pins. More details on how to mount the lampshade HERE.


And ready to hang!! Don't forget to ALWAYS use energy saving bulbs, they don't heat!





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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

How to make a tiki torch


To be more time in the backyard and enjoy the night outside without ending up in the dark, nothing better than to put a few tiki torches around. I make, for Bob Vila, a very simple tutorial to put together industrial looking tiki torches. The best part is that if you fill them with the DIY citronella oil you will keep the mosquitoes away too! Have a look on Bob Vila for more pics and details.




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