Friday, September 30, 2016

How to make a skull stamp


 A life true: stamps are one of the coolest things in the world! I should stamp more, it makes me happy! It's kind of silly, let's just say it's my childish side that speaks! Long ago I make some stamps for my daughter birthday's party, I just used the same technique again to create this skull one. As Halloween is just around the corner, it's the perfect timing.


You will need a piece of wood, some foam sheet, a cutter, glue and some scissors.


On the foam draw the skull shape. Start with a circle and draw a square below to make the jaw. Cut it out using the cutter or scissors.


Cut out two circles for the eyes, little triangles for the nasal cavity and tree vertical rectangles for the teeth.


Foam sheets comes in various thicknesses, if you used one of 5 mm you can skip this step. If  your sheet is thinner, it's better to make a second skull. That way your skull shape will have a little more thick and it will work better to stamp.


Glue the shape(s) on the wood piece.


Apply the paint on the stamp and start having fun. I tried different way, and what works better, it's applied the paint with a brush on the stamp. That way you don't put too much paint and is well spread out.


I just stamped on a sheet to make a Halloween wall art. But It will be fun to stamp on fabric to make a skull scarf or a tea towel!!! Do you have any other ideas how to use your skull stamp?





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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

How to make a fall wreath with scrap paper


 As fall officially begun, let's make a nice wreath using some paper scraps. It's a very easy craft to achieve and you don't need a lot of material. You can hang it to decor your front door, or place it indoor, maybe above the fire place....what do you thing? You will find the step by step tutorial on Dream a Little Bigger. Don't hesitate to have a look at the others post, Allison has some stunning decor ideas for Halloween!



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Monday, September 26, 2016

DIY to try # Clothing rack


We all agree that an organized home makes life easier. Today we have a few clever ideas to build your own clothes rack. It can be useful if you have a too small closet and need some extra space to hang your clothes. It can also be a good option if you want to keep the entryway or the mudroom organized. You can hang your jackets and coats on the rail, and leave your shoes on the bottom board.
I hope you will feel inspired! Have a nice week.

DIY planter closet // Katleen Roggeman via Cocolapinedesign

DIY copper clothing rack // Minimal craft

DIY pipe clothing rack //  Black oak studio



DIY ladder wardrobe // A pair and a spare


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Friday, September 23, 2016

How to make a rope shelf for your bathroom


A little bathroom update today! There is still a lot of work to do in this room. As you can see we don't have mirrors and some nice sconces are required! I also need to build some more shelving under the sinks. But we already have a practical towels holder and clever toothbrush holders! So I continue with an other simple project: a small bathroom shelf! I didn't have many space between the wall and the light switch for a big shelf, but you can easily adapt the measurement at your own space if your need to.


To build a rope bathroom shelf, you will need 1x2 lumber (2 pieces of 9 in. and one piece of 14 in.), 2 yards of rope, 14 wooden beads, 2 hangers (I used those Ikea ones), some glue, sanding paper, varnish and a drill.


Let starts drilling holes to pass the rope at each end of every wood piece. Try to center them on the wood width.


I generally tend to skip the varnishing process, but as the shelf is gonna be the a wet room, I applied 2 coats of varnish this time.


Fold the rope in the middle, pass two beads and then one of the small wood piece.


Continues to thread the beads and wood until your shelf is mounted.


Using you drill, and eventually dowels, fix both hangers in the wall. They have to be on top of each other at a distance of 30 inches. It will also works with some simple screws or hooks...but it look nicer with hangers.


Pass the bottom loop of the rope around the lower hanger and make a knot on above the upper hanger. Tie the rope and don't worry is the shelf planks are awry. Once the rope is attached and well tense put the planks horizontal and at the same distance from each others.


Fix the beads under the each shelf with a little glue.


Cut the extra rope lenght and glue a bead at each end. And done! Enjoy your new storage. The bathroom items are quite smalls, but if I will have to build it again, I will use 3 inches width plank instead of the 2 inches.


And a pic of the mess before....much better now! What do you think?




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