LittleStuff.me: Grizzly Bear Magazine Strip Wall Art

Magazine Strip Silhouette Art

Here’s another Pinterest inspired wall art! I created a silhouette of a grizzly bear. Due to it’s size it had to be printed on two sheets of paper and tiled. If you want to duplicate this project, you can download the grizzly bear silhouette here. After tracing it on a sheet of corrugated cardboard I cut it out with a utility knife. Next I created narrow strips of coloured magazine pages. I tried to include as much typography as possible and a wide...

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LittleStuff.me: Chevron Map Wall Art

Chevron Map Wall Art

Tell me, where did ideas come from before Pinterest? I saw a pin for this project and said to myself, my wall must have these! It was surprisingly quick and easy to put together, and I just happened to have everything needed to make it happen: a map, some mod podge, a small piece of plywood, a jigsaw, and some hooks. First I created templates for three nesting chevrons, a smaller set for the map portion, and a slightly larger set for the...

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DIY Wood Pallet Clock

DIY Wood Pallet Clock

I have often admired those giant pallet clocks you find in home décor shops for their rustic chic, but the price tags were always so off-putting. Thanks to some DIY posts I stumbled across on Pinterest, I decided that maybe I could throw one together myself. Here are some of the yard sale finds that helped get my project under way. I took all this home for $20. Oh, and there’s my good buddy, Buttons, in the corner. He has to be...

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DIY Window Frame Key Hanger & Message Board

Window Frame Makeover: Key Hanger & Message Board

A country yard sale is the perfect place to pick up old weathered relics perfect for a do-it-yourselfer’s imagination. I picked this dirty, soot-covered window frame for $5 from among a stack of a half-dozen or so similar items. I knew it had potential to become a shabby chic key holder and message board to keep by the front door. I was very pleased to find that they window panes cleaned up nicely. I removed unnecessary hardware, but kept the rusty hinges in...

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Window Frame Headboard Makeover: www.littlestuff.me

Window Frame Headboard Makeover

I have never had a headboard for our current bed so when I saw these slightly scruffy window frames being given away for free at a yard sale I knew they had to come home with me. Here are some shots from the clean up & transformation process: This grooved trowel worked well to distress the wood. A little brown shoe polish worked into some of the exposed wood helped with the aging process. The outside edges of the windows were particle board that...

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Stitched Twine Picture

10 Fabulous Baker’s Twine DIY Projects

Baker’s twine has long been a quintessential embellishment for crafts of all kinds — card making, scrapbooking, and gift wrapping, just to name a few. But did you know that there are many other creative uses in crafting and DIY, which utilize this fun and fabulous material as a focal point rather than just an added feature? I didn’t. Until I picked up a copy of the latest edition of Make It Yourself magazine and read the article, Baker’s Dozen, highlighting 13...

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DIY Colored Patio Lights

DIY Colored Patio Lights

Here’s a great project for anyone who, like me, enjoys the cheer of brightly colored patio lanterns but doesn’t want to pay a lot for them. With a few dollar store items, a string of white outdoor Christmas lights, and your neighbor’s drill, you’re all set for a fun and useful DIY project. Required Materials for Plastic Shot Glass Patio Lights Required Materials: string of white outdoor Christmas lights plastic shot glasses — one for each bulb plus a few spares acrylic craft paint in several...

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Paper Bird Cage Project

Free: Pretty Little Paper Bird Cages

Though I’m not a fan of locking innocent birds in small spaces, I’ve always been attracted to those decorative wired bird cages. I spent a whole summer looking for one once. And I never did find one. Enter this handy little do-it-yourself paper craft project! These cheery yellow and gray bird cages in fabulous geometric prints are easy to make and require very few materials: Printable templates (free download at end of post) A color printer Card stock Scissors Glue stick String A big needle Required Materials They’re great as general...

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