Tuesday, December 1, 2015

DIY Craft Stick Tree Jar Topper

Time to start wrapping up all those presents and today I'm so happy to be part of the Pretty Package Party hosted by Stefanie at Brooklyn Limestone.

My pretty package is actually a jar topper craft project you can make using craft sticks.  Fill the jar with any gift and you have a fun, creative and pretty package.

A few other bloggy friends shared their Pretty Package ideas too.  Check out Jen from The House of Wood and her wood burned gift tags!  I know we have a wood burning tool on our gift list this year so I'm eager to give this a try.  Love the traditional red and green mixed with craft paper and the wood tag - gorgeous!

Another beautiful idea using silver and white is Jen from Migonis Home and her pretty packages.  The glittered ornaments (from the Dollar Store of all places!) make the perfect embellishment and add just that bit of sparkle!

Kelly from Eclectically Vintage made these super fluffy and cute pom pom package toppers.  I could even get my girls in on this idea!

Back to the craft stick tree jar toppers.  Below I'll show you how in my (first ever!) video tutorial.

  • jar with lid
  • 3" machine screw with nut
  • drill & drill bits
  • saw (hand saw, coping saw or scroll saw will work)
  • measuring tape
  • craft sticks (one tree takes about 18 sticks)
  • E6000 glue
  • toothpicks
  • mini pom poms
Step 1: Predrill a hole in the center of the lid.  Insert screw then tighten with nut on top side of lid.

Step 2: Cut craft sticks in varying lengths.  I started with 6 @ 1 1/2", 6 @ 1 3/8", 6 @ 1 1/4", 6 @ 1 1/8", 6 @ 7/8", 6 @ 3/4".  I used about 36 pieces for each tree.  Predrill a hole at the cut end of each stick. 

Watch the video below to see just how I made the craft stick trees.

And then I ran out of space on my phone to complete the tree tutorial!  Clearly I'm a video beginner.

After you've added all the sticks apply a small dab of E6000 on the end of the craft stick then place the pom poms.

Be sure to stop by Brookyln Limestone to see all the Pretty Packages for some beautiful and inspiring packing and wrapping ideas!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Big Stocking Stuffer Tool Giveaway

A few of my favorite things all wrapped up for you to win!  I'm giving away 5 stocking stuffer packages, a crate full of goodies that any DIY'er will love.

Some of the best tools are the little ones so I put together 5 crates full of my favorites:

These are tools I use nearly every day and can't live without.  And because I love my readers so much I even made a lid for the crate!

To enter the giveaway click on the link below.

Entry is easy and simple but limited to US residents 18 and older only.

I hope you know someone who would appreciate this stocking stuffer giveaway crate!  Good luck.

If you missed it earlier today I shared my 10 Holiday gift ideas for the DIY'er here:

Disclaimer: I was supplied product from Ryobi Tools and Crates & Pallet for this giveaway however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for The DIY'er

Here it is, my ultimate holiday gift guide for the DIY'er.  If you have a DIY'er on your gift list I guarantee any one of these tools will be greatly appreciated.  These are my top 10 must have tools, I have every single one of them (except the heated jacket (wink, wink)) and I use them on a regular basis.


Gorilla wood glue works like a charm and fits in a stocking too!  And The Home Depot travel mug, almost everyone needs coffee and most importantly this mug has a lid!  Any DIY'er will tell you drinking coffee with a thin layer of sawdust is not fun.

This candle!!!!  Technically I don't use this candle in my workshop but I do use it at my desk and the smell is amazing.  I highly recommend this candle and be sure to check out everything in their shop!

Back to the tools because this is what my workspace usually looks like (instagram summer 2015).  One of my most important tools is that orange Ridgid tri-tap extension cord you see in the right bottom corner above.

I guarantee any DIY'er needs to plug in more than one power tool at a time and this extension cord does the job.

As for power tools I highly recommend this Ryobi Tools starter combo kit.  With a drill and circular saw you can get going on almost any project.

Another tool I find extremely useful is the Epson LabelWorks cable and wiring kit.  My hardware is organized and neatly labeled making my projects go that much smoother.

The LabelWorks kit has 14 fonts and 10 font styles plus tons of symbols and frames to keep everything organized!

Still going strong and a tool I use on a majority of build projects the Kreg Jig K-4 is my favorite.  Easy to use and adjustable settings plus it's portable which makes this jig a must have for the workshop.

I use my Kreg Jig K-4 on almost all my building projects, above is part of the built-in closet shelving.

I also used the Homeright Finish Max paint sprayer on the closet built-ins and I promise if you're looking to paint with a professional, smooth finish this is the tool you want to use.

Another must have DIY'er tool is the Rockwell Sonicrafter multi-tool.  I've used this everywhere: pocket hole plugs, kitchen cabinet bumpers, mailbox post, and on and on.  It's power and sturdiness is beyond comparison.

And lastly the one item on my gift guide that I don't have:

This Milwaukee Tools heated jacket just might be under the tree for me this year - fingers crossed.  Most of my workshop is outdoors and I live in the Northeast so when the temperature falls I tend to halt production but this jacket could be a game changer.

Be sure to click below for a great stocking stuffer giveaway.  Five lucky readers will win a crate full of my favorite tools!

Disclaimer:  I was provided product and/or compensation from Epson for this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, November 27, 2015

DIY Bucket Shelving

Hello buildy friends!  Things are getting serious now that we're past Thanksgiving and the countdown is really on.  Ana White and I have teamed up to bring you gift plans every Friday until Christmas as part of our Handbuilt Holiday series and today we have a fabulous bucket shelving system.

So far for this year's series we've shared 8 awesome gift builds with free plans and today is another gift idea that's sure to please.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DIY Modern Tree with Ornaments

The holiday decorating is in full swing friends and today I'm over at Classy Clutter sharing this modern tree with ornaments.  All month long Mallory and Savannah have been posting amazing decorating ideas as part of A Handmade Holiday series, be sure to check out all the tutorials!

This modern tree is a basic build that does involve some beveled cuts so you will need a miter saw.  As always be careful with power tools and follow all safety precautions.

Below you will find the step by step instructions including cut lists.  Be sure to stop over at Classy Clutter for more finished product photos and lots more project ideas.

Friday, November 20, 2015

DIY Tree Shelf

We're back with another diy gift plan for the Handbuilt Holiday series and today it's a beautiful tree shaped shelf that anyone would want!  Ana White and I have the most fun deciding just which project to build each week, like kids in a candy store!  We tend to focus on gifts for kids but this week our build is more geared towards the adults.

Ana has the plans for this decorative tree shelf that's sure to be a wonderful addition to anyone's Christmas decor:

Thursday, November 19, 2015

DIY Wood Gobble Placemats

One week from today and we will be feasting away!  That means you still have plenty of time to get your Thanksgiving table in order and today I'm sharing this fun wood gobble placemat project.

I used one 2' x 4' 1/4" plywood handy panel which costs about $7 to make four placemats.

The wood placemats are a great alternative to traditional fabric placemats, layered on top of a tablecloth they add a touch of quirky fun to the table.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

DIY Door Stop with Handle

Today I'm over at Pretty Handy Girl with Brittany sharing how to make this super simple wood door stop.  Just a 4x4 wood scrap and a leather belt scrap for a handle.

To get the details and step by step instructions click here.

Monday, November 16, 2015

DIY Christmas Wreath Trio: Ho Ho Ho

The season is upon us and what better way to decorate than with wreaths!  And not just one wreath but how about a trio?  Today I'll show you how I made this Christmas wreath trio with giant cut-out ornaments that say ho, ho, ho.  You could easily change out the lettering to J-O-Y, merry & bright or even a monogram too!  

Above is my custom version of the Christmas wreath trio we will be making next Saturday at The Home Depot DIY Workshop:

I'll be at The Home Depot in Vauxhall, NJ making this Christmas wreath trio and you can join me!  Saturday, November 21st at 10am we start, no worries if you aren't in New Jersey, click the registration link and enter your zip code to find the nearest Home Depot offering this workshop.

The Home Depot offers free workshops for DIYers of all ages and experience levels on Saturdays and Sundays every month.  These DIY Workshops cover a range of projects from how-to tile, gardening, deck staining and more.  They are great for anyone who wants to learn how to take on more of their home projects and upgrades.

My version is horizontal and makes the perfect backdrop behind our sectional.

Friday, November 13, 2015

DIY Modern Bookshelf

Welcome back to Handbuilt Holiday!  This is week 7 of the series and today we are sharing a modern bookshelf.  Ana White and I strive to provide a good mix of new gift plans every week that include toys as well as functional and fun furniture pieces.

Today is one of those functional gifts and since most kids have a collection of books this modern bookshelf makes the perfect storage solution with just the right amount of quirky kid fun built in.  Ana designed this bookshelf with tons of storage space but also great ledges and nooks for all kinds of toys and play.