Archives for October 2014

DIY Upcycle Lighted Santa Bottles

DIY Santa Light Bottle Upcycle Project @savedbyloves

 

This handmade Santa light-up bottle adds a warm and cozy feeling to any space for the Christmas season. This project requires a recycled bottle and drilling a hole in the lower backside of the bottle. Also required is a fun search for a Santa image. The choices are endless, ranging from recycled Christmas cards, magazines, printed images, and the imagination goes on. Most importantly don’t forget a strand of Christmas lights. Now let’s get started and enjoy the fun.

 

Materials for drilling a hole in glass

  • Drill
  • Drill Bit
  • Safety Glasses
    • Facemask
  • Spray Bottle With Water

 

image 1 Drilling Materials

 

 

Directions

  1. Drill a hole in the bottle. Through my research I found that using a 1/2 inch hole saw diamond grit drill bit works best for drilling a hole in a bottle. You can find this type of drill bit in most hardware stores and online.

 

  1. Safety first: Wear safety glasses and a facemask to prevent eye injury and inhaling glass dust.
  2. Starting on the backside and lower end of the bottle place the drill bit at an angle. This will allow you to start a groove in the bottle. Once you have the groove started you will begin to slowly bring the drill to an upright position. Apply pressure but not too much as this will cause the bottle to break. Periodically stop drilling and spray the drill bit and bottle where you are drilling the hole to keep the drill bit and bottle cooled off. This also keeps the glass dust level down while you are drilling.

image 2 drill at angle

image 3 b groove started

image 2b Drill Perpendicular

image 3c spritz with Water

image 3d Hole Drilled

 

Tip: I have also seen websites online where you can purchase predrilled bottles from suppliers.

 

 

Materials for Santa bottle

 

 

  • Empty Bottle (most types of bottles will work for this project)
  • Cork (optional)
  • Strand of Christmas Lights (20-30 bulb strand with a one-ended plug)
  • Santa Image (of your choice)
  • Raffia
  • Christmas Bells (two)
  • Glue
  • Water
  • Paintbrush

Santa Bottle DIY

 

  1. Removing labels from the bottle. Soak bottle in warm soapy water until the label is saturated with water. Use a putty scraper or a scraper with a razor blade on the end. Once the bottle is clean allow it to dry.

Tip: If the inside of the bottle has any residue from the drilling process you can tear off a small piece of a cleaning cloth and swish it around with the water in the bottle and that will help to rid of it.

 

  1. Apply the Santa image. I prefer to make a mixture of Elmers glue and ¼ water. If the image is on thick paper this mixture will work well. If the image is on a thinner paper use a thicker consistency of glue (less water). Note: Other types of glue or Mod Podge products will work. Check your local craft stores to see what products they carry.

 

Measure the Santa image up to the bottle to insure the placement of the image will be where you want it. Using your paintbrush brush glue on the area where the image will be placed. Starting from the center of the image place your image on the bottle and gently glide your fingers from the center to outer edges of the image. Once you have the image glued down brush some more glue over the top of the image. Start this from the center working your way out as well. If any bubbles occur on the image you can smooth them out with your fingers from center to outer edges. Allow image to dry. Note: Once dry you can add glitter or a coat of crafting varnish on the Santa image.

 

Santa Bottle DIY 2Santa Bottle DIY 3

 

  1. Wrap raffia around neck of the bottle. Two or three strands of raffia will cover the neck of this size bottle. More strands may be required if your bottle is taller. Start by tying one end of the raffia around the neck of the bottle leaving a little excess on one end to tie off in the end of the wrapping process. Begin wrapping it fairly tight around the neck of the bottle. If your strand starts to run out tie the next strand to the one you started with and keep going until you have covered the neck of the bottle. Now tie off with the excess. Note: Twine, yarn, or ribbon can be used in place of the raffia.


Wrap Raffia around bottleWrap Raffia around bottle 2 

  1. Tying on the Christmas bells. Using another strand of raffia, tie the raffia around the top of the bottles neck, leaving a generous amount on both ends so that you can tie one bell on each end.Tying on Bells

 Tying on Bells 2

  1. Place a cork in the top of the bottle. (Optional)Place Cork
  2. Inserting the strand of Christmas lights. Turn the bottle upside down to insert lights (this helps the light strand to flow more evenly throughout the bottle). Starting from the bulb end of the light strand insert each bulb individually into the bottle. Once you have your strand of lights in it is time to plug in and enjoy.Insert Lights

Insert Lights 2

50 Plus Awesome Sharpie Projects to Make

50 Plus Awesome DIY Sharpie Crafts and DIY Projects to makeIt amazes me that I have yet to curate my favorite Sharpie projects!  With all of the 50+ round-ups I have brought to you, seems like I would have covered this by now. You will be blown away at the beautiful DIY home decor projects you can make with these popular markers, and there are loads of handmade gift ideas just in time for the holidays.


DIY Wood Pallet Hanging Planters

Wood Pallet ProjectKreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System

I love decorating with mums in the fall, and it is well know that I am a wood pallet upcycling kind of DIY blogger. Today’s project combines the two for some easy, inexpensive wood pallet hanging planters. This is a great way to use up your scrap wood, and is a perfect project for those new to woodworking since it doesn’t require any fancy techniques. The metal chain and hardware with the wood give these planters a rustic, industrial feel that I adore.  Let’s get started!

Cut List

4 – 2×2 pieces 6 inches long for the side posts

8 – 1×3 pieces 8 inches long for the side panels

1 – 1×6 piece 1o inches long for the bottom (this doesn’t have to be exact – you can use whatever scrap wood you have on hand to make the bottom)

Materials

Metal chain and eye screws

Kreg screws 1 inch and 1.25 inches

Wood Glue

Kreg jig

Instructions

I made my planter to fit the plants I had on hand.  You can adjust the size to fit your plant.

Make Wood Pallet Home Decor

*I always use wood glue!

Begin by assembling the side panels with two pocket holes (I show you how to use the Kreg Jig here).  Set the depth of the jig to match with thickness of your pallet wood.  My pieces were 1×3 (which is really .75 inches thick) so I set the depth to 0.75 inches.  Use 2 – 1.25 inch screws to connect the sides.  Drill pocket holes one both sides of each side panel for attaching to 2×2 posts later.

Wood Planter Free Woodworking Plan

Next, attach the four posts to 2 of the side panels as shown.  I made the posts by cutting 2×4 to 6 inch pieces, then ripping those in half, all with my mitre saw.

Attach the bottom piece to the remaining 2 side panels with 2 pocket holes in each end.  Knowing what size kreg screw to use can be a process of elimination, but a general way to gauge pretty closely is to add the widths of the two pieces you are attaching and subtracting 0.25 from that to get your screw length.  So in this case 0.75 for the bottom piece + 0.75 for the side panel thickness – 0.25 equals 1.25 inch screws.

Free Woodworking Plans Hanging Planter

Finish the planter using the side panel pocket holes you drilled for the side post to attach the three pieces you assembled.

DIY Wood Pallet Hanging Planters @savedbyloves

Add eye screws into the 4 posts for chain and enjoy!

Halloween Treats Best Pumpkin Cupcake Recipie

The Best Pumpkin Cupcake Recipe @savedbyloves

As soon as 16 year old Brianna told me her passion was baking, I started working on her to share a recipe here on SBLC.  She whipped up these to-die-for pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Today I am happy to let you in on how she did it!  I know she will be a success and you will understand how I know that once you get a taste of these.

PUMPKIN CUPCAKES

Makes 2 dozen cookies with 25 minutes cook time.

Ingredients

1/2 tsp salt

2 1/4 cups flour

1 tbsp baking soda

3/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 cup softened butter

1 1/3 cup sugar

2 eggs beaten until frothy

1 cup pumpkin puree

3/4 cup milk

Halloween Recipes

Directions

1.  Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg into medium sized mixing bowl.

2.  Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

3.  Beat in eggs one at a time, then blend in pumpkin.

4.  Stir in the sifted dry ingredients with milk, blending until batter is smooth.

5.  Spoon batter into lined muffin pan, filling each 2/3 full.

6.  Bake at 375° for 25 minutes.

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Ingredients

4 tbsp softened butter

8 oz softened cream cheese

4 cups confectioner’s sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

1.  In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until well blended.

2.  On low, beat in powdered sugar a little at a time until well blended.

3.  Beat on high until smooth and creamy.

 

Thanks for sharing with us, Brianna!

Gelli Printing DIY Fall Art

DIY Gelli Printed Fall Art @savedbyloves

A creative friend introduced me to gelli printing, and I am hooked. I think you will be too! Today I will show you how to use leaves from your yard and die cut leaves to create beautiful one of a kind fall art prints. Use gelli printing for your art journal and mixed media backgrounds, for handmade greeting cards or frame them for instant art!

DIY Fall Art

MATERIALS

DecoArt Mixed Media

Gelli Printing Plate; I purchase this 8×10 inch plate (*this is my Amazon affiliate link)

Brayer

Acrylic Paints in fall reds, oranges and yellows; I used DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

White Card Stock 8.5 x 11 inches

Rubber Stamps, bubble wrap or other texture materials

Leaves from outside

Die cut leaves

TUTORIAL

Gelli Printing Tutorial

Drip paint in yellow, orange and red as shown.  It doesn’t take much paint to cover the gelli plate.

Mixed Media Background Technique

Use the brayer to spread the paint over the gelli plate.

Use Bubble Wrap to Create Texture

Create texture in the wet paint with bubble wrap, stamps, combs, etc.

Crafting with leaves

Place the real leaves or die cut leaves over the texture you just made. Now you are ready to lift your first print!

How to Gelli Print

Place the white card stock over the gelli plate and smooth out with hands, ensuring contact all over the card stock.

Gelli Print Ideas

After lifting the first print, and removing the leaves, you are left with this, which creates a cool second print.

How to Create Mixed Media Backgrounds

The left is the first print and the right is the second print after removing the leaves.

Mixed Media Techniques

Here I followed the above steps, but used leaves I die cut from cardstock with the Sizzix Tattered Leaves Die instead of real leaves.

DIY Leaf Art

I love this technique, and the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics are great to use for it.  I tried a few other paints, but got blurred lines with the leaf outlines.  I am excited to do more gelli prints!

Have you tried gelli printing?

DIY Easy Jack O Lantern Tshirt

How to Make a Pumpkin Halloween DIY Tshirt with @savedbyloves

I had the chance to review the Silhouette Portrait, and am excited to share with you this pumpkin face shirt I made for Halloween.  This project was super easy with the Silhouette Heat Transfer Material and a design I downloaded from Silhouette Studio.

Silhouette Heat Transfer Material

I love that I didn’t have to use a mat with the heat transfer material!  The same is true for the vinyl.  When I used a mat with Cricut and vinyl, I had issues with the backing of the vinyl sticking to the mat, plus that is one less use of the mat, which is not cheap to replace!

I also love that the Silhouette Studio software tells me what setting the blade should be on based on the material I am cutting!  The process was very user friendly.  I watched the short instructional video that came with the machine, and was wearing my new shirt within 30 minutes!

Silhouette Cutting Machine Project

The image download was $0.75, which was covered by the $10 credit that came with the machine.  Most images are $0.99.  It is nice that you can pick individual images that you want to use, as opposed to buying a cartridge for one image and paying for tons that you will never use.

Keep in mind when using the transfer material, you will cut out the image in reverse since you will flip it over to iron it onto the receiving surface.  It didn’t make a difference for the jack-o-lantern face I used, but if you use text, it will matter!

DIY Halloween Tshirt with Silhouette @savedbyloves

After cutting out the image and removing the negative space material, I just placed a rag over the transfer and ironed it onto the shirt for 60 seconds, removed the backing and presto!

I love this machine!  I picked up the markers that can be used in place of the blade and will be sharing more projects very soon.

*Dislclaimer: I received product for this review.  All opinions are honest and mine!

DIY Wood Pallet Coat Rack

How to Make a Wood Pallet Coat Rack @savedbyloves

 

My sweet friend Jordan came over to learn how to build, and we started with this simple DIY Coat Rack from Shanty 2 Chic. I love when people have an interest in learning how to work with power tools, especially women.  It is so much easier than most would think, and there is not much more fulfilling than creating your own beautiful pieces from a pile of wood.  We followed Ashley’s steps, substituting pallet wood everywhere except for the 4×4 and the furniture foot on top of the coat rack.  That made this project super cheap, and Jordan mastered the Kreg Jig, compound mitre saw, drill and air nailer! I think she is addicted, just like I was after My First Woodworking Build.

Wood Pallet Ideas

Here are the pallet wood legs that attach perpendicular to the bottom of the 4×4.

DIY Wood Pallet Furniture Plans

I was so glad the Shanty  2 Chic instructions suggested to make a line around the bottom of the 4×4 using the width of 1×3 scraps attached to the underside of the legs. This made attaching the legs to the 4×4 super simple.  Jordan used the Ryobi Air Strike cordless nailer to attach the pallet scrap “feet” to the underside of the legs. This tool makes building way faster and easier!

Wood Pallet Project Idea

Jordan attached the legs to the 4×4 using pocket holes she created with the Kreg jig, just like Ashley did in the Shanty 2 Chic tutorial.  To attach the angled supports, she used the Ryobi Nailer again.

DIY Furniture Woodworking Pallet Plans

To finish up, I cut a square from pallet wood and drilled a hole in the middle of it, using a bit just smaller than the diameter of the rebar on the furniture foot I picked up at Lowes.  (Jordan had to take off for an appointment, so I finished up the project that took just a couple of hours start to finish).

Mineral Green Stain

I applied Minwax Wood Conditioner, followed by Rustoleum Wood Stain in Mineral Green. Since I used wood that was different to start (the purchased, unfinished 4×4 and the weathered pallet wood), the stain took differently.  To unify the piece, I went over the stain in aging wax by Plaid.

Wood Pallet Furniture

Once that dried, I placed the furniture foot in place on top, and added 4 hooks purchased from Lowes.

DIY Wood Pallet Furniture

The piece stayed at my home for a few days before I took it to Jordan.  I got attached.  That is why I am no building my own!  It is a perk of creating with others… this isn’t a piece I would have thought of for my space, and now I must have it.  Thanks Jordan!

Over 50 of the Best Pumpkin Recipes

50 Plus Best Pumplin Recipes @savedbylovesSweaters, pumpkins, orange, leaves, hay rides, these things make me happy. That is why fall is my favorite time of year. I couldn’t resist the urge to search out and share over 50 of the best pumpkin recipes out there. If you have a favorite fall pumpkin recipe that I missed, leave a link in the comments after this post and I will add it to the collection. Enjoy!


DIY Graphic Centerpiece from Reclaimed Wood

How to Make a Reclaimed Wood Crate Centerpiece

 

Make a Reclaimed Wood Chicken Wire Crate

Now that I have your attention with a seriously adorable puppy and his one blue eye, I would like to show you how to make this chicken wire reclaimed wood graphic centerpiece! This piece definitely evolved as it was being made.  My friend came over to see if we could come up with a centerpiece for her square kitchen table, and we started at my wood pile.  We ripped some chippy painted trim, and added it to some pallet wood and wire.  We thought we were finished there,  but had the idea to visit The Graphics Fairy where we found the perfect vintage spoon and fork images to transfer onto the pallet wood sides.  The result is just what she had in mind, and now I want to make one for myself!

SUPPLIES:

Scrap wood (we used wood pallets and old trim)

Chicken Wire

 Ryobi Air Nailer

1 inch brad nails

Kreg jig

1 inch Kreg Screws

Wood Glue

White Tissue Paper

Mod Podge Matte

Printer (laser jet or ink jet printer are fine)

Card stock

Painter’s Tape

Mitre Saw

Drill

Metal Snips

TUTORIAL:

DIY How to Make a Reclaimed Wood Crate Centerpiece

We knew we wanted a square crate.  Starting with the bottom, we used two 5.5 inch wide pieces of pallet wood that we cut to 11 inches long with the mitre saw.

We attached the pieces together with the Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System and 1 inch screws (I showed you how to use that here: How to Use a Kreg Jig).  The blue circles show the Kreg pocket holes.

We cut two pallet wood sides to 11 inches and attached them with pocket holes and .75 inch screws since the pallet wood sides were to thin for 1 inch screws.

Next we lined up the trim pieces we had ripped and marked them, cutting them with the mitre saw to the appropriate length.

How to build a crate

Next we cut the chicken wire with aviation snips to fit the sides of the crate.  We attached the chippy painted trim piece over the chicken wire to hold it in place.

DIY Centerpiece idea and beagle puppy

We thought we were finished, but then Victoria had the great idea of adding the chippy trim to the pallet wood sides where the arrows are in the photo.

DIY Reclaimed Wood Decor

We cut the trim to fit and nailed it into place with the Ryobi nailer.  This is what we were left with at that point.  I decided the wood area at the arrow and the side opposite it were perfect for graphics.  We chose the vintage spoon and fork graphics linked in the first paragraph and used the tissue paper image transfer technique I showed you here: DIY Image Transfer Recycled Glass Bottles.

DIY Fall Centerpiece

Not bad for a couple of hours and $0 spent!

How to Make a Reclaimed Wood Chicken Wire Crate

For more inspiration, visit our  50+ Image Transfer Techniques!

DIY Reclaimed Wood Craft Paint Storage Shelves

DIY Craft Paint Storage from Reclaimed Wood @savedbyloves

Paint storage is an issue in my new craft space.  Bookshelves are not a great solution since they are so deep and tall.  I like to be able to see my paints for inspiration, and to get to the colors I need easily.  I decided to make my own shelves that are shallow and closely spaced so that I could fit as many as possible in the allotted area.  This was a quick and easy project, made with reclaimed wood I had on hand, so I spent zero dollars.

SUPPLIES:

Reclaimed wood cut to length and width you want your shelves

Shims cut from 2x wood, the same length as the shelves (mine are 24 inches), 1/4 inch thick

2 1/2 inch Kreg Screws Kreg Jig

Ryobi Air Nailer

Wood Glue

Leveler

Stud Finder

Pencil

Tape Measurer

Straight Edge

TUTORIAL:

How to build wood pallet shelves

Cut shelves to 24 inches.  I used tongue and groove boards that I had on hand and ripped to 3.5 inches to fit my 3.25 inch paint jars.  I cut the groove edge off when I ripped them, so that the tongue edge would create a lip for the wood shims to sit on as the front of the shelf in a later step.

Drill Pocket Holes with Kreg Jig

Find studs and mark shelf boards in 2 spots where you will create pocket holes with Kreg Jig.  Create pocket holes like I showed you here:  How to use a Kreg Jig.  I decided to stagger my shelves, so I created pocket holes four inches from each end on half of my shelves and on the other half, 1 inch from one end and 7 inches from the other end.

Use Kreg Screws to attach shelf to studs

Use tape measurer and straight edge to draw lines on the wall where your shelves will go.  I spaced my shelves 5.75 inches apart.  Use 2.5 inch Kreg Screws to attache shelves into studs on your marked lines.  After placing the first screw, use leveler to level shelf, then place second screw in the other stud.

Attach Shelf Lip with Wood Glue and Air Nailer

Add wood glue to the tongue lip and place wood shim, creating front of shelf.  Nail shim into place with 1 inch brads in air nailer.

Craft Storage Ideas

Attach all shelves and place paint!


DIY Craft Paint Storage from Reclaimed Wood @savedbyloves

So easy, and free, this paint storage solution is tops!

What do you think?  How do you stay organized in your creative space?

DIY Craft Storage from Reclaimed Wood @savedbyloves