Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

Mosaic Tile Window Box Planter

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Hey there, hope you had a great weekend!  We did some organizing and gardening and had a big birthday party for both the kids at the local park – it was a lot of fun and also relaxing too!  I can feel summer coming with the warmer weather and everything in bloom, and we’re loving spending more time outdoors in the sunshine, aren’t you?

Last week I mentioned I came up with a few creative ideas for container gardening for a Home Depot workshop, the first was the wood shim planter, the second was this mosaic tile window planter box seen below.  I’ve got a third project to share with you later this month, but before I do, here’s an example of how you can use mosaic tile to dress up an ordinary redwood planter.

mosaic tile window box planter before and after

Any small scale mosaic tile you find will do and there are so many available to choose from.  This project can be done without the use of a tile cutting saw if you stick to the mesh grid square mosaics like the one seen above instead of an offset or brick pattern tile.  I chose white because the planter was destined to be part of a raffle at the Home Depot presentation and because basic white would be at home in any backyard.

If you’ve never tiled anything before, this is a good place to start!  It’s a small enough project for you to get your feet wet with a tiling, and you’ll be so excited you did it!   To recreate your own mosaic tile planter, here are the basic supplies: wood planter box, thin set mortar, mosaic tile of choice, grout, stain or outdoor latex paint (optional), polyurethane (if staining), sponge brush, large sponge, grout float or spackle/putty knife, and painter’s tape.

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DIY: Makeup Brush Holder

Monday, April 9th, 2012

My oldest daughter is away at college and it’s her birthday this week so I wanted to send her something special for the occasion (and something easy to ship too!)  She mentioned she didn’t have any decent makeup brushes so I made a trip to Sephora to splurge on a new set for her.  While I was there I thought about something to hold them all and wanted to give her a little handmade gift to go with the new brushes.  I thought a cute fabric pouch would be perfect so I stitched up a makeup brush holder with some leftover fabric remnants from my stash.

This was one of those projects that I made up as I went along but I tell you this, if you can sew a straight line, you can make your own too!  Here’s how I made this fabric makeup brush holder for my college girl in about an hour.

fabric makeup brush holder cg

 

First grab yourself some fabric, for this I used two remnants, one a blue medallion cotton fabric, the other a cotton duck lining.

Here are the measurements of fabric used:

fabric holder measurements

 

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DIY Pet Bowl Stand

Monday, March 19th, 2012

As I mentioned several weeks ago, as a birthday present for my daughter we adopted a sweet gray tabby kitten and we named her Coco-Nut.  She’s quickly become a beloved member of the family, the first thing the kids ask me when I pick them up from school is “What did Coco do today?”  Like all kittens, she gets into a lot of mischief and a few things have been tipped over and broken as a result of her exploration into every crevice of our home.  Despite the broken tchotchkes, the kids and I adore her and her sweet personality.

I bought her two little bowls for food and water and they used to sit at the base of a cabinet in the kitchen, but over time we all kept kicking them, spilling the contents, and it was driving me crazy.  So I decided it was time to build a little stand for the food bowls in the hopes it would prevent future spillage, and also to add a little color and personality to the kitchen.  This past weekend I designed and built this elevated pet bowl stand for our little feline for under $15.

diy elevated pet bowl stand cg

 

Here’s the step by step so you build one for your pet too!  Of course you can modify the height to accommodate medium to large dogs.  Supplies: Two ¾” x 8” x 2’ wood boards; 1” flat head screws; jig saw, Kreg jig or “L” brackets, wood stain + polyurethane, or primer + paint, pet food bowls.  All supplies found at Lowes, pet bowls from Petco.

First, you need to design the template for the feet.  Since the top board adds height, subtract its height from the total height of your stand’s feet. I wanted ours to be 5” high for a full grown cat so I designed the feet to be 4 ¼” high since the ¾” board would sit on top.

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