Sunday, September 14, 2014

DIY Nightstand

I am working on building myself a new bedroom set. This nightstand was very easy and fast to build. Most of the supplies I used for this project were left over from other projects. However, if you need to buy all the wood, you could do it for under $40. Here are the instructions on how to build your own.

This night stand was inspired by a couple different nightstands. The first one was Restoration Hardware's 30" Heirloom Silver-Chest Open Nightstand. I liked the simple look, but not the $950 price. I also did not really care for the hardware on it. I also liked the look of Pottery Barn Kid's Catalina Nightstand. I liked the open front and it was not as chunky looking. It was also $199. So, I merged the two and drew up my own plan.

Needed Materials:
1 - 1" x 2" at 8 feet long
1 - 1" x 4" at 8 feet long
1 - 1" x 4" at 2 feet long
1 - 1/4" x 2' x 4' plywood 
1 - 1/2" x 2' x 8' plywood
1 - 3/4" x 2' x 4' plywood 
1 1/4" pocket hole screws
1" pocket hole screws
1 1/4" finishing nails
wood glue

Most of my materials were already at my house. You may choose to use one 3/4" x 4' x 4' plywood instead of the 3/4" x 2' x 4' plywood and 1/2" x 2' x 8' plywood, just be sure to adjust your measurements.

Step 1: Make your wood cuts.
Wood Cuts:
2 - 1/2" plywood cut at 16" x 26" (sides)
3 - 3/4" plywood cut at 16" x 20"  (shelves)
2 - 1" x 2" at 26" (front trim)
3 - 1" x 2" at 18 1/4" (front trim)
1 - 1/4" plywood cut at 21" x 26" (back)
5 - 1" x 4" at 22" (top)

I used my new favorite tool, the Kreg Rip-Cut, to make my plywood cuts. It is amazing! I makes cutting plywood so fast and easy!

Step 2: Drill your pocket holes. Using a Kreg Jig set at the 1/2" setting, drill the pocket holes on the top, middle, and bottom shelf. 

Step 3: Attach the top shelf to the sides. Using 1" pocket hole screws and the pre-drilled pocket holes, attach the top shelf to the sides. If you are using 3/4" plywood for the sides, use the 3/4" Kreg Jig setting and 1 1/4" screws.

Step 4: Attach the bottom shelf to the sides. Follow the same process that you followed for the top shelf.

Step 5: Attach the middle shelf to the sides. Follow the same process that you followed for the top shelf. You can place it where ever you want. I put mine about 9" below the top shelf.

Step 6: Using wood glue and 1 1/4" finishing nails, attach the trim. I used a nailer, but you could also use normal finishing nails.

Step 7: Using wood glue and finishing nails, attach the 1/4" plywood back.

I had originally planned on putting an 18" x 22" piece of plywood on top, but to give it a little more character, I decided to put 5 - 1" x 4" boards on top. 

Step 8: Using wood glue and 1 1/4" finishing nails, attach the 1" x 4" boards to the top.

Step 9: Fill any holes with wood filler and sand it.

Step 10: Stain or paint the night stand. I used Rustoleum Painter's Touch in Kona Brown.

Step 11: Enjoy your new nightstand!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

DIY Large Wooden Dog Bed

I am working on building myself a new bedroom set. My dog can no longer make it up on my bed due to arthritis, so I built him his own bed. I bought the wood for this for less than $25! Similar pet beds can be found on Etsy for close to $200. You can build your own and save a ton of money!

This is a very large bed, so if you have a smaller dog, you may want to change the size. 

Needed Materials:
1 - 1" x 2" at 4 feet long
2 - 1" x 3" at 8 feet long
1 - 1" x 4" at 4 feet long
1 - 1" x 12" at 4 feet long
1 - 1" x 12" at 6 feet long
3 - 2" x 6" at 8 feet long
1 1/4" pocket hole screws
2 1/2" pocket hole screws
1 1/4" finishing nails
wood glue
paint or stain

Step 1: Make your wood cuts.
Wood Cuts:
6 - 2" x 6" at 45" (base)
2 - 1" x 12" at 33" (sides)
1 - 1" x 12" at 46 1/2" (back)
1 - 1" x 4" at 45" (front)
2 - 1" x 2" at 11 1/4" (front trim)
4 - 1" x 3" at 11 1/4" (side trim)
4 - 1" x 3" at 29 3/4" (side trim)

Step 2: Build the base. Using a Kreg Jig set at the 1 1/2" setting and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws, make a base out of the 2"x6" boards.

I went a little overboard on the number of screws, but I wanted to make sure it was stable. Here is what the bottom of my base looked like.

And here is the top. The pocket holes will be on the bottom of the dog bed. But before you flip your base over to the top, drill the pocket holes for the sides, front, and back.

Step 3: Using the Kreg jig set at the 3/4" setting and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws, attach the sides of the bed.

Step 4: Using the Kreg jig set at the 3/4" setting and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws, attach the back and the front of the bed.

Step 5: Using wood glue and 1 1/4" finishing nails, attach the trim. I used a nailer, but you can also just use finishing nails.

I first attached the 1"x2" front trim. The trim covers the ends of the 1"x12" sides and overlaps the front 1"x4".

Then I attached the vertical 1"x3" side trim. The front overlaps the 1"x2" trim and the side 1"x12". The back trim covers the ends of the 1"x12" back and overlaps the side 1"x12" side.

Finally, I attached the horizontal 1"x3" side trim. 

Step 6: Fill any holes with wood filler and sand it.

Step 7: Stain or paint the dog bed. I primed and then painted this dog bed. I used Rustoleum Painter's Touch in Kona Brown.

I had to bribe Gibson to try out his new bed, but now he approves! And I'm happy that I will no longer have to trip over the pile of blankets on the floor at the foot of the bed for him.

Additional helpful hint: 

When working with stud grade wood, you may notice that the wood is stamped with the wood's grade. Sometimes, you can just put the stamped side to an area that will will not be visible. If you are priming and painting or are using a dark color, you probably will not have to worry about it, because it will be covered. However if you need to remove it, you can simply sand the stamps.

Before sanding

After sanding

Sunday, September 7, 2014

DIY Bracelet Display Stand

My oldest niece loves doing crafts. This past Christmas, she received a Rainbow Loom. Since then, she has been addicted to making rubber band bracelets, charms, belts, hair ties, pretty much anything you can imagine that could be made out of rubber bands.

She has an entire tackle box filled of her creations. She has made many for her friends, but she has also started selling some. She needed an easy way to display the bracelets. I attended my State Fair last week and I saw the perfect solution. A 4-H member had made a stand out of a paper towel roll, a dowel, and a wood block. My niece and I made this stand with materials that I had around the house.

Here are the directions so you can make a cute and easy way to display and organize your bracelets.

Needed Supplies:
PVC Pipe or Empty Paper Towel Roll
Block of Wood
Fabric (Optional)
Wood Glue
Hot Glue Gun and Glue (If you add fabric)
Saw (If you need to cut your wood block, dowel, or PVC to size.)
Paint or Stain (If you want to paint or stain the base and/or dowel.)

Step 1. Gather your supplies

Initially, we planned on using an empty paper towel roll. But, we noticed that I had a piece of PVC pipe that I had leftover from a dog bed that I had made. The PVC pipe is obviously much stronger, so we decided to use that.

Step 2. Cut the PVC pipe, dowel, and wood block down to your desired size. We did not measure anything for this part. She just estimated the lengths and we made the cuts using a miter saw.

Step 3. Using a spade bit, drill a hole into the block of wood to fit the size of your dowel. Don't drill all the way through the board, just enough to hold the dowel.

Step 4. Drill a hole in the PVC pipe or cut a hole in the paper towel roll if you are using that. Again, we did not do any measuring, she just pointed at where she wanted to drill and we drilled there.

Step 5. Insert your dowel into the PVC pipe. At this point, it is just to make sure it fits. Do not glue it in place. 

Be sure to get a good look to make sure it fits!

Step 6. Put a small amount of wood glue into the drilled hole in the base. Insert the dowel and PVC into the wood block. 

Step 7. If you want to add fabric to your display, take the PVC Pipe off the stand and wrap it in the fabric of your choice. Glue the fabric in place with hot glue. You probably want to add fabric if you are using a paper towel roll. My niece did not want to add fabric to her display.

Step 8. Insert the dowel into the wrapped pipe and glue it in place.

Step 9. Put your bracelets on your new Bracelet Display Stand and enjoy!

If you want to learn how to make some Rainbow Loom bracelets, be sure to check out my niece's You Tube videos at The Crafty Kid.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

How to Make a Safari-Themed Nursery Mobile

Last week, I made my nephew a safari-themed mobile. My brother had looked at a few on Etsy that he liked, but they were quite costly. He asked if I would be able to make one. It was super easy and it turned out pretty cute. The entire mobile costs less than $5 to make! Each animal costs less than $1 to make!

The past five days, I have showed you how to make a felt elephantliongiraffemonkey, and snake to hang from the mobile. Be sure to click on the links for the tutorials of each animal if you missed them. Today, I will show you how to make the actual mobile.

Needed Materials:
String, Ribbon, or Yarn
Dark Green Felt
Light Green Felt
Embroidery Hoop
Washi Tape or Ribbon
Small Washer

Step 1. The embroidery hoop comes with two hoops. Take the inside loop out and use that. I used a 12 inch hoop. If you want yours to be bigger or smaller, just adjust accordingly.

Step 2. Take your washi tape or ribbon and put it on your the inside of the embroidery hoop. I used washi tape because it was quick and easy. You also could glue a ribbon around it or even wrap yarn around the hoop. Being that it is on the inside, you really do not have to decorate it, but I think it looks nicer.

Step 3. Attach the main hanging string. Cut 3 lengths of yarn or string at about 8 inches (or the length that you desire). Tie these three strings to the washer and then to the hoop. Try to evenly space them around the hoop. I then put a small piece of washi tape over it to hold it in place. Cut a long length of yarn and tie it to the washer. The length of this piece depends on what you are hanging it from and at what height. 

Step 4. Make the felt leaves. I did not make a template to make these. I just cut them at random.

Step 5. Cut a length of yarn about 2 feet long. Starting from the bottom of the felt animal, pull the yarn though the animal. Depending on the weight of the felt animals, you may need to play with the placement. If your animal is too heavy on one side, it can cause the animal to lean to the side. If the animal is top heavy, it can fall forward or backward, so you may have to experiment. 

Step 6. Put a knot at the very end of the yarn. Pull the yarn through the animal until you get to the knot. The knot at the bottom of the animal will hold it. You may want to put a small dab of glue on the knot just to ensure it stays.

Step 7. Thread the yarn through the leaves. Again, you will want to place a knot at the bottom of each to hold them up. Put as many or as few leaves as you want. Do this process for all the animals.

Step 8. Tie the animals to the hoop at your ideal length. You may need to move the animals around or change the lengths of the yarn because you need to create a balance. Ideally, you should place similar weight items across from each other.

Step 9. Once you are sure of your placement of the animals. Put a small piece of tape or glue on the place where you tied it to the hoop. This will ensure that they don't slide around the hoop and become unbalanced.

Step 10. Place the washi tape or ribbon on the outside of the embroidery hoop.

Step 11. If you want an animal in the middle of the mobile, tie that animal to the washer.

Step 12. Hang the mobile and enjoy!

If you don't want to use a hoop, you can usually find an old mobile at the local thrift stores. You can follow the same process of hanging the animals, just hang them to the mobile holder instead of the hoop. Here is a picture of the felt animals that I made hanging from an old mobile hanger.

Another option is to take a couple dowels, glue them together to form a "t" and hang the animals from the dowels. This method does require more work to get the animals to balance. I did not try this method, but it would work if you have dowels on hand.

This would make a great personalized gift for any baby shower. Simply change the animals to fit any nursery theme. It is quick, easy, and inexpensive to make!