Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ten Fantastic DIY Gifts for Kids

1. DIY Play Kitchen

Make it:
I've seen lots of these made out of recycled/upcycled entertainment centers online and been trying to find the time to make one of my own, and I must say, this one from thehaasmachine.com is everything I would want in my own play kitchen!  Maybe they will make me one!

or Buy it:

2. Doll Baby Carrier

Here's a fantastic tutorial from sunscholars.com

Make it:

or Buy it:

3. Mr. Potato Head Quiet Book

The folks at Jocelyn and Jason have been generous enough to share this project via Dropbox with the world, you can grab all of the templates here.
Make it:

or Buy it:

4. Mix and Match Wooden Blocks

This one is kind of a make it/buy it one, and well worth the $5!  The folks at Olliblocks have created these wonderful printables to put onto blocks, so for the busy crafty mom, or someone who really wants to make a handmade gift but lacks certain creative skills, this one is for YOU!

5. Lace Princess Crown

Okay, this one is FANTASTIC, a DIY beautiful crown that you can make in the MICROWAVE!  Rook No. 17 offers a full tutorial and I'm going to make one today!
Make it:

or Buy it:

*of course if I figure out how to make these and they look fantastic I'll be selling some of them!

6. Dragon Hooded Towel

A fantastic tutorial is available for this one from the folks at craftylittleprojects
Make it:

or Buy it:

7. Art Caddy

LOVE this one from the folks at iheartorganizing going to have to add this to my list.  What a fantastic creative gift for the creative kid in your life!

Make it:

or Buy it:

8.  DIY Dollhouse

There are fantastic ideas out there everywhere, here's a great dollhouse project with ideas and tutorials from thebusybudgetingmama
Make it:

Or Buy it:

9.  DIY Chalkboard Globe

Being something of a globetrotter myself, I was pretty excited to find this fantastic idea from designsponge.  It's kind of presented as a DIY gift for men, but I can't wait to adapt it for my kid!
Make it:

or Buy it:
Surprisingly, you can actually buy a globe that is all chalkboard!

10. DIY Train Table that can STORE UNDER THE BED!

Love this one, and there's a full tutorial available from Diary of a Preppy Mom
Make It:

or Buy it:

Friday, November 8, 2013

10 Super Creative Christmas Trees

Oh boy do I love Christmas!  I think, beyond the "reason for the season", much of this has to do with the acceptance of going way over the top if you want to on decorations.  Recent years have seen more folks doing the DIY thing (perhaps due to sites like Pinterest) and the images and ideas that are readily available.  I've gathered together some of my favorite trees for this year.

  1. Wonderful idea from freshome.com (except I guess you might have to mar a wall to do it).  I do LOVE this idea, would probably look cute on some cut wood too.
  2. Here's one from homedit.com, another super creative idea, especially for a book lover, a book store, or a bookshelf display...

3. Here's one that's not exactly DIY but it sure is beautiful, a tree made from Murano glass (which, I've noticed, bears a striking resemblance to PVC) in Italy.

4. Here's a wonderful tree filled with color and fun, a creative collaboration with Anna Spiro of Absolutely Beautiful Things and another Australian artist. 

5. I've been eyeballing this one for a little while now, from notmartha.org, this one is a great idea and you can find directions for it on their site!

6. Here's what I call a "guy's DIY", a frosted tree made from copper tubing with freon running through it, of course when I first saw it I thought it was made out of PVC!  Mono focused I guess ;)  Hop on over here to see how they made it happen!

7. And on to a simpler look that looks like a fun and easy DIY, a framed "tree" made from ornaments.

8. How about a tree made out of Nescafe containers?

9. Here's another non DIY one, fantastic Pac-Man tree!

10. And can't go down without some food in the mix, check out this fantastic tree made out of strawberries!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

I've Gone Owl Crazy!

So I was at the Green Market/Bazaar in Royal Palm Beach this past weekend, and I was, admittedly, a bit scattered so I attracted the people who want me to make random stuff since I had everything and anything there...the woman in the booth across from me actually suggested that I make some owls, since "everyone's crazy about owls right now".  She was a seasoned professional (or whatever you call one with decades of being out in the sun under a booth selling their wares) so I was open to her advice.

Now, I had made owls before, with Vivian...out of some heavy duty cardboard rolls left over from making tutu's, and they were fantastic...but I wanted more!

I just finished a big project for Coca-Cola during which I figured out how to (safely) heat mold PVC and it has felt like the final step in my PVC evolution.  I remembered making the owls out of cardboard and thought...hmm...I can heat mold the tops, and make REALLY STURDY owls!

More is on the way, but I'm absolutely tickled with the results, will post more information on how to make these soon!