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DIY Moon Tray

Materials

  • Black plastic tray
  • Light gray spray paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Chip brush
  • Spray acrylic sealant (high gloss)
  • Scouring pad or 320 grit sandpaper
  • Photo of full moon
DIY Moon Tray - Home & Family

Instructions:

1. First use your scouring pad or sandpaper and rough up the surface of the plastic tray by gently buffing it in a circular motion.

2. Spray paint your tray light gray, the more imperfect your paint job the better! The spotty patches automatically help the tray resemble the moon.

3. After your spray paint has dried completely, use your chip brush to stipple white acrylic paint onto the tray while looking at a photo of the moon for reference.
*Don’t stress about being too accurate, this abstract paint technique ends up resembling the moon regardless! *

4. Once the paint is completely dry apply a generous amount of spray on clear acrylic sealant.

5. While the sealer is still wet sprinkle salt and mica powder on.

6. Allow that to sink in for about 5-10 minutes then apply another coat of the sealant.

7. After that apply as many coats of sealant necessary to solidify the loose powder following the directions of your particular sealant.

8. Let your tray dry completely and enjoy!

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Orly’s Wine Tote

MATERIALS:

  • Ribbon with wire
  • Wine Bottle
  • Jump ring (size is roughly equal to the size of your bottle’s neck)

OPTIONAL:

  • Contrasting colored ribbon


DIRECTIONS:

1. Measure your ribbon to fit up both sides, lengthwise of your bottle (much like you would wrap a gift. Ours was about 36 inches long) then add a couple of inches. Do this twice.

2. Criss cross the two ribbons from the bottom of the bottle to the top.

3. Feed the ribbons through the jump ring and fit it over the neck of the bottle. It should fit snuggly onto the bottle. (Ours was a 1.5 inch ring).

4. (Optional) If you don’t want to use a jump ring, you can use a contrasting ribbon to tie around the base of the bottle’s neck.

5. Fluff up the ribbons at the top of the wine bottle and present to your loved ones!

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At Home With Our Family - Cameron’s Backyard Glamping Date
At Home With Our Family - Cameron’s Backyard Glamping Date - Home & Family

Cameron and Vanessa show how to make date night special with a little bit of romance in your own backyard.

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Luke Barr - DIY Bath Tray

MATERIALS:

  • ¾” Plywood
  • 1” x 2” wood
  • Craft basswood in two widths
  • Handle x2
  • Wood glue
  • Stain in various colors and rags
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Nail gun

OPTIONAL:

  • Handsaw
  • Miter-saw
  • Silicone caulking

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. You can have everything cut for you or cut it yourself but determine the measurements of the tray based on your tub and cut the wood to size. You don’t want it to be wider than the outside edges of the tub. You will also need two “runners”, small pieces of 1” x 2” cut to about 5” long that brace the tray in the tub from underneath so it won’t slide in.

PRO TIP: If you want to have this cut for you at the hardware store, the corners of the tray will have to be butt joints, not 45-degree miter joints.

2. Frame the plywood with the 1” x 2” pieces. Add some wood glue to the sides of the plywood then use a nail gun on the corners to secure in place.

3. Now it’s time to add the runners to keep the tray secure. Measure the width of the interior of your tub, from the center of your tray, this is how far apart your runners should be from the outside edge of each piece. Screw them in place from the top of the tray through the bottom and into each runner in two spots.

NOTE: If you put the runners on the outside of the interior measurement, they will just sit on top of the sides of the tub.

4. Cut the craft basswood down to size for the tray. This can be done with a handsaw or very tediously with an X-Acto knife if necessary.

5. If you want to create the staggered pattern, cut each piece of basswood in one place then stain the pieces in a variety of colors. Stain the rest of the tray if desired. Allow the stain to dry completely.

NOTE: Each piece you cut into two will have to be laid next to each other, so use alternating colors of stain on each set.

6. Add the decorative basswood to the tray, apply a generous amount of wood glue all over the top of the tray and place the pieces. Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours before use.

7. Attach a handle to each end and enjoy!

PRO TIP: Add silicone caulking in the edges if you’re worried about water damage seeping into the corners.

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DIY Dresser Wine Rack

Materials

  • 1x2 wood planks (length is equal to the depth of the dresser shelf)
  • 1x3 wood planks (length is equal to the length of the dresser shelf)
  • (*Multiply the previous by how many shelves you want)
  • Wooden boards cut to the size of your existing shelf
  • Drill & Screws
  • 2 - ¾ in. end trim pieces
DIY Dresser Wine Rack - Home & Family

Directions

1. Remove doors from dresser
2. Add 1x2’s to the outer sides of the cabinets above and below current shelf to create 2 additional shelves
3. Using existing shelf as a template, cut two new shelves out of the wooden boards
4. Cut 1x3’s to length of shelf, two per shelf
5. Measure and cut small scallops on the front 1x3, roughly the size of your wine bottle necks
6. Measure and cut wider scallops on the back 1x3, roughly the size of the base of your bottles
7. Paint wine holders and shelves the same color
8. Attach small scallops to front of shelves with screws
9. Attach wide scallops to back of shelves with screws
10. Insert shelves into cabinet
11. Add ¾ in. trim to front edges of cabinet to cover old hinges

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DIY Spring Tulip Wreath Three Ways

Materials for Rain Boots

  • Rain boots
  • Tulips - fresh or faux
  • Wire
  • Ribbon
  • If using fresh tulips: Plastic cup and water

Materials for Watering Can

  • Watering can
  • Ribbon
  • Tulips - fresh or faux

Materials for Carrot

  • Orange faux tulips
  • Piece of craft wood apron 3” x 18”
  • Faux carrot greenery (fern)
  • Ribbon
  • Staple gun
  • Wire

Directions for Rain Boots

1. Arrange the rain boots and run wire through their loops
a) If rain boots don’t have a loop to put wire through: use 2 pieces of wood, wrap ends of wire around each piece of wood, and place them at the bottom of the boots.
2. Insert tulips
3. Run ribbon through loops and tie a bow to cover hanging loop.
4. Hang on door
a. If using real tulips: fill plastic cup with water and place inside boots
TIP: Be sure to trim stems of fresh tulips every couple of days.

Directions for Watering Can

1. Add fresh or faux tulips
2. Add water to watering can if using fresh tulips
3. Use bow/ribbon to hang on door

Directions for Carrot
1. Start by attaching one tulip to the end of the board using staple gun on the stem
2. Layer two more over stem of first, covering staples and attach them.
3. Layer several more over those and so on and so on, creating a carrot shape.
4. Staple greens to the top.
5. Cover where greens and tulips meet with ribbon.

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At Home With Our Family - Cameron Mathison's DIY Fountain Garden

MATERIALS:

  • Fountain
  • Succulents
  • Cactus Mix Soil
  • Pea gravel or any other gravel that the store recommends Cactus Mix Soil
  • Landscape Fabric
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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Drill holes 6-8” apart in bottom of fountain for drainage. The holes drilled should be between ¼ to ½’ large.

2. Fill the fountain with 2-3” of gravel.

3. Cover gravel with landscape fabric so the soil won’t go through to the gravel.

4. Pour about half of the succulent soil on top of the landscape fabric, and then add water to pat down soil a little.

5. Pour more soil to almost top of fountain edge.

6. Arrange succulents in fountain still in their pots to see how plants will look visually; arranging so that there is a nice combination of color, shape and texture of plants side by side.

7. Remove succulents from pots and plant in soil.

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DIY Light Fixture Chandelier

Materials

  • 1 - 6 bulb vanity light
  • 1 - 39 inch piece of 1x8 wood
  • 6 wide mouth mason jars
  • E6000 glue
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Spray paint
  • 4 wrought iron garden hooks
  • Chandelier chain
  • A lamp cord
DIY Light Fixture Chandelier - Home & Family

Directions

1. Drill a hole in the board large enough for the wires to pass through, where it will be concealed by the fixture

2. Remove the cover of your light fixture

3. Screw the base of the fixture to the board

4. Feed the wire through the hold in the 1x8

5. Paint the top of the fixture and let it dry

6. Glue the lids of the mason jars onto the fixture (TIP: Make sure the mason jars are large enough to cover your light bulbs)

7. Reattach the cover

8. Attach the garden hooks to the back of the wood

9. String Chandelier chain through the hooks

10. Hang the fixture

11. Screw in light bulbs

12. Screw on mason jars

13. Enjoy!

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Pet Mats

MATERIALS:

  • A rectangle coco coir door mat with rubber bottom
  • Heavy duty scissors
  • Fabric paint
  • Pencil
  • Chalk
  • Stencil paintbrush or paintbrush
  • Painter’s tape

OPTIONAL:

  • Stencils
  • Rope for edging the mat

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. To make these extra special for your pets, cut them into cute shapes. Trace the desired shape onto the backside of the mat with chalk.

2. Once you have the design you like, cut the mat to shape inside the line using heavy-duty scissors. These mats are thick! Discard the excess mat.

PRO TIP: If you want to add a border to the mat, use hot glue to attach rope around the edges.

3. Now trace out or lay out the stencils of the phrase you want to put on the mat. Draw with a pencil.

PRO TIP: If using a stencil, it is easier to lay out the stencil and mark it with a pencil or marker, then remove the stencil and simply paint inside the lines. Since the coir moves around a bit, you want to be very deliberate with your painting. Make sure to blot or dab the paint instead of painting brush strokes.

4. Because the coir is absorbent, you will need to use more paint that you usually would on a nonabsorbent surface. Keep applying paint until the area is fully saturated and you are happy with the design.

5. Set aside to dry.

6. Put under your pet’s food bowls and enjoy!

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Vintage Wreath

Materials

  • Macramé hoop or embroidery hoop
  • Foam core
  • X-acto knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Bottle brush trees
  • Vintage toy truck
  • Floral wire
  • Wire snips
  • Mod podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Ribbon

Instructions:

1. On your cutting mat use a x-acto knife to create a base for your vintage winter scene. The base should have a flat back with an organic edge for the front. Cut two slits into the foam core that are wide enough to slide onto the hoop where you want the scene to sit on the bottom of the wreath.

2. Place the base on the hoop, cut a piece of floral wire, feed it through the backside of the base and wrap it around the hoop to secure the base and keep it from teetering. Use hot glue to secure the base in place on the hoop.

3. Hot glue the bottle brush trees in place.

4. Make a mixture of mod podge and water with a 2:1 ratio and paint it onto the base.

5. While the mod podge is still wet, sprinkle faux snow into the mod podge all over the base.

6. Paint some of the mod podge mixture onto the truck and add snow.

7. Glue the truck in place and add more mod podge and snow where necessary.

8. Tie a bow at the top, hang as desired and enjoy!

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Bolos and Bandanas

MATERIALS

    TO CREATE THE BANDANA:

    • Printed cotton sheeting
    • Rolled hem foot for sewing machine
    • Fabric scissors
    • Ruler or quilting square
    • Fabric marker
    • Sewing machine

    TO CREATE THE BOLO TIE:

    • Braided leather cording
    • Pendant piece like a silver piece, turquoise or bottle cap
    • Locking sliding bolo tie clasp
    • Bolo tips
    • E6000
    • Scissors

    OPTIONAL:

    • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    TO CREATE THE BANDANA

    1. Cut a square of fabric to size. For children 16”-17” is a good size. For an average size adult 20” x 20” and if need looser fit 22” x 22”. Add a ½” seam allowance to each edge.

    2. Put the rolled hem foot onto your machine.

    3. Feed the edge of the fabric into the foot so it rolls and hems for you as you sew!

    4. Sew all four edges, trim the threads and enjoy!

    TO CREATE THE BOLO TIE

    1. Cut the leather cording to about 36”, if you’re taller than average add a few inches.

    2. Use e6000 to glue the bolo clasp to the pendant piece. Allow the glue to set.

    PRO TIP: Use hot glue if the pendant is valuable, as long as the material is metal or stone you should be able to remove it if you want later.

    3. Feed the leather cording through the clasp.

    4. Glue the bolo tips on, allow the glue to set and enjoy!

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    Love Letter Blanket

    MATERIALS:

    • Gel bleach pen
    • Denim fabric, the darker the better
    • Backing fabric for blanket like faux fur or plush fleece
    • Sewing machine and thread
    • Chalk
    • Yardstick or another large ruler
    • Fabric scissors
    • Blow dryer
    • Needle and thread

    OPTIONAL:

    • White paint pen
    • Quilting square
    DIY Love Letter Blanket - Home & Family

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. Cut each of the fabrics down to the desired size for your blanket with a minimum of ½” seam allowance accounted for.

    2. Draw out the guidelines on the face of your denim in chalk using a ruler.

    If you want keep the lines so that it looks like ruled paper, go over the chalk lines with a paint pen now or the bleach pen later.

    PRO TIP: A quilting square can make this process faster and more accurate!

    3. Write out your message in chalk.

    4. Go over the message with the gel bleach pen and the guidelines now if desired.

    5. Use a blow dryer to dry the gel.

    PRO TIP: Not only does this prevent the gel from bleeding, it helps accelerate the process ensuring maximum color change.

    6. Once the bleach is completely dry, scrape off all the hardened gel.

    7. Wash the fabric with the message to remove the bleach.

    8. Pin the fabric with the message and the backing fabric face to face.

    9. Sew all around the edges except about a 10” opening.

    10. Flip the blanket right side out and use an invisible or ladder stitch to close up the opening with a needle and thread.

    11. Enjoy!

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    At Home With Our Family - Shirley's Tips on Growing Herbs and Vegetables in Small Spaces

    MATERIALS:

    • Seeds
    • Seed starting mix or potting soil
    • Repurposed egg crate or food grade container like yogurt cup
    • Plastic baggy
    At Home With Our Family - Shirley’s Tips for Growing Herbs & Veggies - Home & Family

    These are the basics for starting an herb and vegetable garden using containers in a very small space such as a patio or balcony. 

    1. SUNLIGHT: Assess how much direct sunlight your site gets as this will dictate WHAT you can grow. The larger the crop, (large, beefy tomatoes, watermelon, pumpkins), the more direct sunlight you will need.

    • Up to 6 hours direct sunlight- You can grow most any herb and vegetable.

    • Between 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight- You can grow larger crops.

    2. BUY SEEDS OR HERB AND VEGETABLE PLANTS?

    Starting herbs and vegetables from seed is more economical and there are more varieties to choose from, but they take longer to grow versus a container plant. When you use container grown plants, you will be able to harvest your first crop 6 weeks earlier than if you had planted from seed.

    If you live in a cold climate area, you can still enjoy the benefits of using seeds if you start your seeds indoors at least 6 weeks before the last expected frost date. When warm weather arrives, plant your indoor-grown herbs and vegetables in a larger container and place outdoors.

    HERB GROWING TIP: Some herbs are “slow growers” while others are “fast growers.” As a beginner, I suggest buying slow growing herbs in plant form so you can enjoy immediate gratification! 

    Plant “fast” growing herbs from seed. You can actually plant seeds every few weeks throughout the growing season for a continuous supply of herbs!

    Example of slow growing herbs to buy as plants:

    • Oregano, mints, thyme, sage

    Example of fast-growing herbs to plant from seed:

    • Basil, chamomile, cilantro, parsley

    3. HOW TO START HERBS FROM SEED

    Fill your container with seed starting mix, or potting soil and spray with water to slightly moisten.

    Plant 2 seeds at depth indicated on the seed packet in each container, or egg carton cell

    Cover with plastic baggy to keep soil humid but not soaking wet!

    Place your container on a warm surface out of direct sunlight until the seeds sprout.
    When the seeds have two sets of leaves, remove baggie and place in bright sunlight and continue growing.

    Water when the soil starts to feel just a little dry.

    Replant in a larger container as needed

    4. VEGETABLE PLANTS - SEEDS OR PLANTS?

    Vegetable plants also have fast and slow growers. If it is late in the season- Mid April and beyond, buy vegetable plants for slow growers such as tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and cucumbers.

    Fast growing vegetables that you can plant from seeds include; beets, carrots, lettuce, radishes. As a matter of fact, you can sow seeds for these crops every few weeks for a continuous supply throughout the growing season.

    5. WHAT TYPES OF CONTAINERS AND SOIL SHOULD I USE?

    Herbs and vegetables grow well in terra cotta, plastic pots, or wood. The most important factor when growing food in a small space is to use containers that are taller than they are wide. Make use of vertical space, rather than filling up your patio floor with wall to wall containers. The exception to this is if you are planting a few different herbs or crops together.

    Get creative with your small space! Place potted plants at different heights using old stools, tables, benches, you can even use bricks!

    Use potting soil for both herbs and vegetables!

    DIY a vertical garden structure like Shirley’s that you see in the video using a tomato trellis as a support cage to hang wire baskets filled with herbs and greens!

    Look for “rail planters” that are designed to straddle and sit on block walls and railings! 

    You can do it! I’m here to help you.

    For more from Shirley, visit her blog at FoodieGardener.com

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    DIY Elastic Bookmarks

    Materials

    • Various fabrics
    • Accoutrements for details
    • Cardstock
    • Elastic
    • Fabri-Tac
    • Fray Check
    • Tacky spray
    • Fabric scissors
    • Paper scissors

    Instructions:

    1. Use your paper scissors to cut shapes out of cardstock.

    2. Spray some tacky spray onto the front of your shape and place them face-down onto the back side of desired fabric.

    3. Take your fabric scissors and trim around the edge of your cardstock shapes, leaving a ¼”- ½” of fabric seam allowance to wrap around the back of your cardstock.

    4. Once your shape is cut out, lift the cardstock shape and secure to fabric with Fabri-Tac.

    5. Wrap the edges of your fabric to the backside of your cardstock shape and secure with Fabri-Tac. *Cut slits where necessary for good fit. *

    6. Use Fabri-Tac to add any detail elements you want.

    7. Allow to dry.

    8. Cut a length of elastic.

    9. Glue each end of the elastic to the back side of your bookmark shape.

    10. Allow the glue to set and enjoy!

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    DIY Kitchen Cleaner

    INGREDIENTS:

    • White distilled vinegar
    • Water
    • Essential oils
    • Spray bottle

    DIRECTIONS:

    1. Fill spray bottle half-way with vinegar

    2. Fill remainder with water

    3. Add drops of essential oils

    4. Shake

    5. Spray on desired kitchen surface

    6. Wipe down with towel or rag

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    At Home With Our Family - Ken's DIY Recycled Toy Lamp

    MATERIALS:

    • Table Lamp with base
    • Assorted plastic or metal toys
    • Spray Paint
    • Glue Gun
    • Masking or painter’s tape
    At Home With Our Family - Ken Wingard DIY Recycled Toy Lamp - Home & Family

    DIRECTIONS:

    • Remove lampshade and bulb

    • Use masking tape to cover socket shell and cord

    • Assemble toys around base of lamp using largest toys first

    • Secure each toy with hot glue

    • Let dry

    • Spray paint entire lamp with toys glued in place in well ventilated area

    • Let dry and reassemble lamp shade and bulb

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    Lazy Susan

    MATERIALS

      ½” Plywood cut to :

      • 24” diameter circle x1
      • 36” diameter circle x1

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      • Reclaimed wood planks
      • Wood glue
      • 6” or 12” lazy Susan hardware
      • Jigsaw
      • Nail gun
      • Aluminum flat bar x2
      • #8 ¾” self-tapping sheet metal screws
      • ½” wood screws
      • Power drill
      • 1” drill bit
      • Pencil

      OPTIONAL:

      • Beam compass
      • Two pairs of pliers
      • Bit extender

      INSTRUCTIONS:

      1. Draw the 36” and 24” circles onto your plywood using the beam compass.

      2. Cut out the circles using a jigsaw.

      3. Arrange the pieces of reclaimed wood on the 36” plywood circle to your liking then apply wood glue underneath each piece then place back down.

      4. Use a nail gun to secure the reclaimed wood to the surface of the 36” plywood circle. Set aside to for the glue to set for bit.

      5. Mold each piece of flat bar by grabbing it on both ends and working it around the edge of the small plywood circle. Do this with both pieces.

      PRO TIP: The ends may not round easily, use a couple of pliers to grip and round the ends.

      6. To remove the excess reclaimed wood, flip the large circle with the reclaimed wood bottom up and use a jigsaw to cut to the edge of the large plywood circle.

      7. Screw the aluminum flat bar into the sides of the large circle using the self-tapping screws.

      8. Attach the lazy Susan hardware to the center of the 24” circle.

      PRO TIP: The larger the lazy Susan hardware the less teetering you will get when it turns. The 6” is the largest you can get in a hardware store usually 12” can be ordered online.

      9. To be able to attach the lazy Susan hardware to the top circle, move the top plate of the hardware so it is offset from the bottom plate and mark through one of the holes. Use the 1” drill bit to drill a hole through the 24” circle where you’ve marked.

      10. With the 36” circle face down, place the 24” circle in the center face down. Drill through the hole to secure the top plate to the bottom of the top of your lazy Susan.

      11. Flip upside right, place and enjoy!

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      DIY Embellished Paper Clip

      MATERIALS:

      • Paper clips (medium or large size)
      • Washi tape- choose favorite colors, widths, and patterns
      • Scissors
      • Hot glue gun/ glue
      • Embellishments
      • Pom Poms
      • Ribbon/Pre-made bows
      • Gemstones
      • Tassels
      • Paper or silk flowers
      • Dimensional embellishments removed from your favorite Hallmark Signature cards
      DIY Embellished Paper Clips - Home & Family

      Materials can be found at local office supply and craft stores.

      INSTRUCTIONS:

      1. Cut a 2” piece of your favorite washi tape and thread through the top or side of paper clip. Fold in half so stick sides face each other and stick together (end of paper clip will be sandwiched in the middle of tape)

      2. Cut a decorative end on the tape

      3. To embellish further- take pom poms, ribbons, bows, tassels, gemstones, embellishments from cards or paper/silk flowers and hot glue to top of washi tape base.

      4. Cut away excess washi tape to hide where materials are attached.

      5. Use embellished paper clips to accessories and organize to-do lists, agendas, calendars & more!

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      DIY Floor Pillows

      MATERIALS:

      • Upholstery fabric
      • Circular pillow inserts at least 32” in diameter
      • A string, pencil and paper or beam compass for creating circle pattern
      • Sewing machine and thread
      • Needle and thread
      • Fabric scissors
      • Paper scissors
      • Straight pins
      • Iron
      • Material for handles like faux leather or twill

      OPTIONAL:

      • Extra pillow stuffing
      • Leather punch

      INSTRUCTIONS:

      1. First, you’re going to create a half circle pattern to the measurement of half the diameter of your pillow insert.

      If you don’t have a beam compass to make large circles, just tie some string to a pencil and from the center of the edge of the paper, measure the appropriate length. With one hand, hold the string in place and the other, draw the half circle.

      PRO TIP: Don’t add seam allowance to the measurement or the cover will be too loose.

      2. Cut the pattern out.

      3. Double layer your fabric, fold it in half and lay the straight edge of your pattern on the half. Pin the pattern in place and cut out your fabric pieces.

      4. With the right sides of the fabric facing each other, pin them together.

      PRO TIP: Place the pins close together, fabric slides more easily when sewing on a curve.

      5. Sew the pillow cover together leaving a decent sized opening to fit the pillow insert through.

      6. Turn the cover right-side out and use an iron to press the seams flat.

      7. Use fabric scissors to cut slits in the seam allowance around the entire edge just outside the seam.

      PRO TIP: Both pressing the seams and cutting the seam allowance prevent the edges from buckling and looking wavy.

      8. Flip the pillow cover right-side out. Stuff in the pillow insert. You can flesh out the pillow even more with extra stuffing if desired.

      9. Use your needle and thread to sew up the opening with an invisible stitch also known as a ladder stitch.

      10. Cut a length of material for the handle, sew it on and enjoy!

      PRO TIP: If you are using a heavy, thick material you can use the leather punch to create two holes on each end of the handle and sew through those to attach.

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      DIY Coffee Cellulite Scrub

      MATERIALS:

      • Coconut Oil
      • Body Wash
      • Coffee Grinds

      DIRECTIONS:

      • In a medium bowl, mix coffee grinds, body wash, and coconut oil.

      • *For a smoother consistency use more coconut oil and body wash.

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      At Home With Our Family - Paige's DIY Dreamcatcher

      MATERIALS:

      • Leather lacing or thick thread for internal weaving
      • Fabric, yarn, ribbon, lace, thread, or any fabric/ribbon items you would like use to hang from the dream catcher
      • Feathers (color and size is up to you)
      • Beads (assorted)
      • Fabric scissors

      CRESCENT MOON DREAMCATCHER:

      • Wire clothes hanger
      • Wire cutter

      FULL CIRCLE DREAMCATCHER:

      • Wooden or wire embroidery hoop
      At Home With Our Family - Paige Hemmis DIY Dreamcatcher - Home & Family

      Dream catchers are a beautiful addition to your home for décor, and the meaning behind them is even more beautiful. Native Americans have viewed this symbol as a protection for people (usually children) while they sleep, from bad dreams and nightmares. Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams, both good and bad. When hung above the bed in a place where the morning sunlight can hit it, the dream catcher attracts and catches all sorts of dreams and thoughts into its webs. Good dreams pass through and gently slide down the feathers to comfort the sleeper below. Bad dreams, however, are caught up in its protective net and destroyed, burned up in the light of day.

      So especially during these times of uncertainty, many of us could use a beautiful symbol to help us sleep soundly through the night! I wish you all wonderful dreams!

      I’m showing you how to do two types of dream catchers – one full circle and one crescent moon. They are mostly the same process, but there are just a couple different materials that you will need.

      INSTRUCTIONS:

      1. If you are using a wire hanger, cut off the top hanging part with wire cutters and shape into a crescent moon…a large “C” shape. If you are using a wooden embroidery hoop, just take the inside ring and discard the outer ring with the screw mechanism.

      2. OPTIONAL: You can wrap the wire hanger or the wooden embroidery hoop with fabric or ribbon.

      3. For the internal lacing middle pattern, I will be using leather lacing, but you can use yarn, ribbon, thread, etc.

      4. Cut a large amount of lacing to create the middle pattern, about 3 feet.

      5. Tie a knot to begin the inner weave. Make sure it is a tight, secure knot. Double not if you need to.

      6. Measure about two inches across on the ring. Since you will need both hands for this, you might want to consider using a finger as a measuring stick! Whatever finger you choose can be your guide for the rest of your design.

      7. Now this part is a little tricky to explain in writing, but easy when you watch it being done so my advice…give it a watch! And please go easy on the roughness of my quarantined fingernails! But I’ll try to explain it here.

      8. Wrap the lacing underneath and then loop it through, pulling it tight and secure. Using your finger as a guide to keep it equal, continue this process. Go all the way around the circle, or to the edge of the crescent moon.

      9. For the second layer of the middle weave, wrap the lacing underneath the MIDDLE of the first layer.

      10. Continue this same method for the third layer, fourth layer and all the layers you need or want to create. If you want to leave some space in the middle to hang something, make sure you leave enough room and tie it off. If you want to go all the way to the middle, continue this weave until it meets in the middle.

      11. Now it’s time to add the fun hanging elements. First, grab the fabric and pieces you would like to use. These will hang down from the bottom of the dreamcatcher.

      12. Decide how long you would like your elements to hang. Measure your piece to hang down to your liking, and double it. Weave it through the center and tie it off at the hoop. Mix and match patterns and fabrics here. It will add to the uniqueness and beauty of the project.

      13. Now, grab beads that you would like to hang from the dreamcatcher. You can use beads on their own by tying them off all the way down the ribbon, or use the beads to hold the feathers.

      14. Grab a few feathers and hold them tightly together. Put the bead on the ribbon and push the cluster of feathers into the bead. This should hold on it’s own. If it is loose, add more feathers. If the feathers stick up too much over the bead, you can use the ribbon to wrap around the top and cover them up.

      15. Continue this process until you are happy with your creation!

      16. Take a bit of the leather lacing to make a top knot. Wrap it through like you did for the hanging parts…except do this on the top.

      17. Hang and enjoy!

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      Motivation Station

      MATERIALS:

      • ¾” Plywood board
      • Wall baskets to fit your needs
      • White paint
      • Paintbrush
      • Hooks or nails
      • Hammer
      • Wall hanging baskets
      • French cleat
      • Level

      OPTIONAL:

      • Chalkboard
      • Chalk
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      INSTRUCTIONS:

      1. Plywood sheets come 48” x 48”, but if you don’t have the space for that, you can have it cut down to size to your needs at the hardware store.

      2. Paint a white drybrush onto the board. Set aside to dry.

      3. If you want to put a motivational mantra on a chalkboard to attach to the board, do so now!

      4. Once your board is dry, lay it down and arrange your stuff! Place your baskets, mark where you want to put hooks or nails to hang things off of and your sign. Mark with pencil.

      5. Attach hooks, baskets and sign.

      6. Hang the board on the wall according to the French cleat instructions.

      7. Place your workout equipment and enjoy!

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      DIY Milk Carton Bird Feeders

      Materials

      • Juice or Milk Cartons
      • Paint & Paint brushes
      • Hot Glue
      • Foam Sheets
      • Scissors
      • Dowel
      • Wire Hanger
      • Wire Cutters
      • Pliers
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      Directions

      1. Completely clean out your cartons and let them dry. If your carton has a spout, you may need to cut it off.
      2. Paint the entire carton. This is a fun time to get your kids involved. Let them have fun with the design! This will probably need a couple of coats to cover it completely. Start with a couple base coats then let them add their designs.
      3. Cut foam sheets to create a roof on the top of your carton. You can get extra creative with this part. Either use an entire sheet to cover or cut out multiple sheets to create little shingles.
      4. Cut a hole or square about halfway down the carton (big enough for a bird to enter). Make another on the opposite facing side. Decorate them with more foam sheets if you want a fancier design.
      5. Cut a much smaller hole on both sides of the carton, the size of your dowel. Poke the dowel all the way through both sides to give your birds a perch.
      6. Cut open your hanger and poke the end of it through the roof. Use pliers to twist it back into your desired shape.
      7. Fill the bird feeder with seed and hang up outside!

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