Do you want a Build a Snowman? I do! It’s time for another exciting chapter in The Home Depot Monthly Gift Challenge. In the past, we’ve shared How To Build A Wine Bottle Bird Feeder, 10 Minute Rope Curtain Ties, 2×4 Artwork, a Pegboard Luminary, Wood Box Caddy, and an Industrial Book Rack. Here’s how the challenge works: a different item is chosen from The Home Depot by one of our group members and then we each make a gift to be given to a different recipient each month. October’s item was a furniture leg or bun foot and the lucky recipient is my in-laws. Today, I am sharing a cute project you can make just in time for the holiday season.
This challenge is in no way associated with The Home Depot. We just love their stuff!
– 3 Lids, plates, or other items in various circular sizes to use as patterns for the head, middle and bottom of the snowman
– X-ACTO knife
– White yarn
– Craft Glue
– Hot Glue Gun and glue sticks
– Furniture leg – you may need additional tools to shape it the way you would like. I used a miter saw, sander, hammer, and a chisel.
First, I traced three different sized circular lids onto a piece of white foam board. The smallest circle is for the head, the middle sized for the body, and largest for the bottom of the snowman.
Next, the three circles were cut from the foam board using a X-ACTO knife and scissors.
Then starting from the center working my way to the edges, I wrapped all three foam circles with some of the softest yarn I could find, Bernat Baby in white. I wanted him to be extra fluffy looking. Using craft glue every so often, I secure the yarn in place.
This part took a little longer than I thought it would, but the end result makes the extra time put into it totally worth it.
After that came the challenging part: the furniture leg.
It took a few tools to turn this bad boy into a snowman’s carrot nose. I cut the leg with the miter saw, split one half of the leg with a hammer and chisel, shaped a piece of the wood with a sander, and painted it carrot orange with acrylic paint and a brush.
Then, it was time to bring out the hot glue gun. Two buttons for eyes, eight baby buttons for the grin, and one re-sized and re-shaped piece of a furniture leg were all glued to the smallest yarn covered foam board to make the adorable face.
I also hot glued three black buttons to the middle section.
Finally, I attached the three snowball pieces together with more hot glue and added the arms to the back as a final touch.
The sticks don’t have to be the same length. They just have to appear the same length from the front.
Isn’t he cute?
I love him! I gave him to my mother-in-law last weekend and she really likes him. Yay!
Please hop around and check out all of the other amazing projects for this month’s challenge.
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Welcome to 5 Minute Friday. This is a weekly post where we share quick tips, projects, and recipes that can all be completed in 5 minutes or less! The topic this week is Printable Thanksgiving Leftover Bags.
It’s mid-November and we are quickly approaching my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. Turkey, corn, mashed-potatoes, cranberry salad and pumpkin pie! Yum! With all of that delicious food there is bound to be mounds of leftovers. Now, only if you had cute bags to send some of that food home with your holiday guests…Oh wait you can! Just follow this super easy tutorial and you will be all set.
– Paper Bags- the plain old brown lunch ones work great
– Printer- I have an inkjet and these bags turned out awesome! Results may vary with a laser printer.
Ready! Here we go!
Place your brown paper bag against a plain piece of computer paper in your printer so the ink prints on the same side as the flap. There is a seam down the non-flap side of the bag that makes printing difficult if you try using it.
Print one at a time. The plain computer paper will feed through with your bag. And that’s it!
Super easy, right?
Click the image below for the free PDF link. Please download the file and open with Adobe Reader to ensure proper print sizing. When printing, make sure that Page Scaling is set to “None.”
For more freebies, check out our Printables gallery.
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Prepare to get your socks knocked off! Today, we have another wonderful guest post from our friend Jeannette, the very talented blogger from Snazzy Little Things.
The first time I visited Elizabeth Joan Design…I was mesmerized by the talent of these two wonderful ladies. Their photography and tutorials are so beautiful and easy to read, and I absolutely love their style. So when Emily and Erin asked me to be their guest blogger, I jumped at the chance. In this post, I will talk about how to achieve a driftwood paint finish (as found in Restoration Hardware) using only two stains from your local hardware store.
Achieve a driftwood finish in 2 easy steps!
I prefer a no-fuss, authentically aged look on my wood finishes. If I see a paint finish with too many layers…my honest opinion is that it’s similar to the effect you get when applying too much makeup. It tends to feel forced or overdone. The more you apply, the greater the chance for a “gummy” finish or chipping as well. After all, truly “weathered” wood occurs when layers of paint are removed…not applied. Right?
Three years ago, my house was a blank canvas with virtually no furniture. As I painted and repurposed my way to a furnished home, I admit that I waffled a bit as I attempted to determine my style. I also made my own fair share of design and finishing mistakes. My husband and I finally settled on the fact that we love a mostly “curated and collected” look in our home. We love antiques and Old World finishes. We determined that I still love my neutrals (maybe a little too much), we prefer minimalism, and we confess that Restoration Hardware is what our makes our hearts go aflutter. This summer he created a woodshop in our garage. So now his passion for woodworking + my obsession with Restoration Hardware–well, they got married :)
Needless to say, I have a plethora of gorgeous new furniture to play with! In particular, I was crushing on this table from RH.
My inspiration: Restoration Hardware Monastery Coffee Table
Step 1: Darken Your Wood
If you are starting with plain pine, I suggest darkening the wood. Doing so makes the wood appear older, and the water based stain soaks into the wood and dries very quickly. I love that it doesn’t feel tacky when it’s dry, which is what you sometimes get when you apply an oil based stain. Below is a glimpse of my husband’s new “upcycled” woodshop and our own “knocked-off” Restoration Hardware Monastery Coffee Table. At this point, the wood was sanded and ready for the next step.
Above: Our version of the Restoration Hardware Monastery Coffee Table (knocked off, before staining)
You can choose any dark stain, but my personal favorite is Varathane Dark Walnut, a water based stain. In this case, we brushed it on heavily with a nylon brush and let sit for about 5 minutes. Then we rubbed it into the wood by hand, removing excess and ensuring that the wood was completely covered. Let dry overnight (AND BE SURE TO WEAR RUBBER GLOVES).
My favorite stain
Step 2: Apply the Driftwood Effect
Next, apply a thick layer of Sunbleached stain with a synthetic brush, and let soak into the wood for not more than 5 minutes. Then, use a dry cloth to evenly and lightly wipe Sunbleached stain into the wood (by hand…again, gloves!) and remove the excess. The goal is not to rub hard — you want to use the cloth (in place of the brush) to give it an even finish overtop of the walnut stain.
My new, favorite stain
SPECIAL EFFECT TIP!
After Step 2 is complete, if you want more brush strokes, you can “dry brush” the Sunbleached finish in a cross-hatch application (in quick “X” patterns) using a barely-wet synthetic brush. Make sure the brush is MOSTLY dry. My method: I would cross hatch followed by dabbing with my wet cloth. This is the effect that you get — a beautiful driftwood finish.
See how you can see a nice combination of light and dark wood tones showing through? And just a few “dabs” and “cross-hatch” effects are visible, too.
Important: Topcoat Treatment
Congratulations! You’ve finally achieved the perfect driftwood look in two easy steps, the hard part is over–but I actually lied to you. There is just ONE more–but very, very important (and simple) last step. Apply a clear water-based, matte polyurethane. This particular brand has a milky white finish at first. BUT DON’T PANIC!! It dries clear. I chose matte to keep it looking as close to natural driftwood as possible.
Do you notice a theme with my choice of finishes? They are ALL water based. My reason? Water-based stains dry much faster than oil based, and they have a reduced chance of yellowing over time. I am not paid by Rust-o-leum…I simply love their products since they are so easy to work with (and who doesn’t love fast-drying finishes?)
So now, we have this:
Free building plans and printables are available for subscribers to my blog.
Once again, I’d like to thank Emily and Erin for inviting me to post on their gorgeous blog. I’m very happy to have the chance to spend time with all of you. This is just one of the many, many projects we have going on over here at Snazzy Little Things. My husband and I are always making sawdust, testing out new tools…and dreaming up our next project.
Thanks so much Jeannette for sharing your amazing work with us! Please head on over to her blog and check out all of her amazing projects!
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There are some days I go out looking for treasures discarded on the side of the road. Then, there are other days where I am driving somewhere with a purpose and decide I am going to have to be late to that destination so I can pick up a gem. (My dentist will understand, right?) The latter is exactly what was happening when I stopped to claim a bright yellow dresser. It was perfect for my youngest son’s room, except it was yellow (not the look we were going for.) After sitting in my basement for several months, it’s time this curbside dresser gets a new look.
The first step to this makeover was to give the bright yellow exterior a good coat of primer.
Next, the dresser received two coats of gray paint. I had the hardware store color match the paint to Restoration Hardware’s paint color, Charcoal. It’s mostly grey with a hint of blue. I love this color! You may recognize this color from our
Then, using a bowl as my guide, I painted a large circle white. This spot will mimic a race cars numbering.
After that, it was time to give this baby a few details to go with my son’s vintage car themed bedroom. Using painters tape, I sectioned off racing stripes that I painted white and red.
I love the look of the number 5, so I printed the digit out on regular ol’ computer paper. Then, I traced it onto freezer paper to make a stencil. I used the exact technique Erin did on her Halloween Trick or Treat Bags.
This method worked perfectly! I taped my homemade stencil to the dresser and used a spouncer and a little red paint add the numeral.
Finally, I exchanged the cheap plastic hardware for these beautiful antique bronze ones.
My son LOVES his new to him dresser! This dresser has come a long way from it’s golden days.
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