Lucite Square Tray

A lucite tray can spruce up any room. Plus lucite accents are great to use in small spaces. The see-through material creates an illusion and appears to take up less space.

Just to be up front, this lucite tray wasn’t exactly cheap to make. However it was cheaper than buying it in store. The entire project cost about $50.

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Here’s what you need:

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Measure, mark and drill holes into the plastic sheets. Attach the handles to the sheets. You may have to adjust the screw length depending on the thickness of the sheet. My handles came with break-away screws.

The whole project takes about 30 minutes. Add decorative accents and enjoy!

Felt Message Board

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I’m really excited about this project. You have probably noticed these guys popping up pretty much everywhere. My older sister is using one for my nephew’s first day of school picture (you know the one where mom’s are finding something that the kid wears or holds in every photo, every year, for like ever).

Anyway, here’s what you need:

  • 9″ X 11″ frame- you’ll need a picture frame with a bit of depth to fit all the stuff inside
  • 36″ x 12″ piece of black felt
  • Quantity 36 -3/16 inch thick SQUARE wood dowels 12″ long.
  • 1″ White plastic letters (I ordered mine on Amazon- here)
  • Pencil?
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue gun
  • Craft knife

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Cut the wood dowels- Let the frame backing be your guide for shape and cuts.

  • Quantity 2: 10-15/16″
  • Quantity 34: 8-15/16

 

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Check and make sure the dowels are long enough to work in your frame.

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Next build a simple rectangle (the two longer dowels as the long side). Lay out the shorter dowels onto the longer dowel frame- try to get them spaced 1/8″ apart. Continue to check spacing throughout all the steps. If the spaces aren’t right the letters will not fit or alternatively, not sit.

Once you have the spacing down, you can start gluing the shorter dowels to the dowel frame. Keep the picture frame backing and your dowel frame separate. Don’t glue together.

 

Now start tucking the felt between the bars. Begin at one end of the frame. Use a ruler to tuck the fabric into the slats. Hold down the slats as you go so the felt doesn’t pull out as you move.

Test your letters and make sure they hold. If the spacing is good, flip the frame over and trim the access fabric and add hot glue to the dowels and felt.

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You’re almost to the finish line- put your felt frame into the picture frame and add the frame backing. Swivel as many of the clips as will fit into place (it’s okay if it’s only the top and bottom swivels). If the two side clips don’t fit you can bend them back and forth until they break off.

Add a message and go crazy!

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Leafy Art

Winters coming. But that doesn’t mean the inside of your house has to match the dreary weather. Framing leaves is a quick easy way to add clean, modern art to your space. As an added bonus this project takes a total of five minutes.

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For this project I used a fake large monstera leaf. Another option is to steal a leaf from one of your house plants. Here is a link to a site that shows you how to do it with real leaves.

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Here’s what you need:

 

 

Let’s get started! You may have to cut your leaf to fit your frame. Open up your frame and lay the leaf down in the frame. Add a dot of glue in a few places and put the backing on.

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Here is the finished product:

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Hang it up and Voila! Bright, fresh and it took no time at all.

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Bling for your house plants

These gold geometric objects are great for table or window decor. Below are the directions for a super basic triangle shape but feel free to put your own spin on it.

Here’s what you need:

  • Malleable Wire
  • Any type of straws (reusable plastic, paper, regular plastic)
  • Metallic Spray Paint
  • Scissors

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Let’s get started. Lay out your straws and give them a good coat of paint.

*you can also wait to spray the entire object at the end

 

Now take three of those straws and thread wire through all three. Then bend the wire so that you end up with a triangle.

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Tie of the end.

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Take that triangle and add three more straws. Make sure each straw has enough extra wire on each side to tie it all together.

Notice below that I added glue where the ends meet. I suggest  not adding glue. I think the triangles looked better without.

ANYWAY-Give it another coat of paint.

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Stick a house plant inside and enjoy!

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Lucite Bath Tray

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This lucite bath caddy follows the same simple process as the lucite square tray on the blog with one extra step! Follow along for the instructions.

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Here’s what you need:

Measure, mark and drill holes into the plastic sheets. Attach the handles to the sheets. You may have to adjust the screw length depending on the thickness of the sheet. My handles came with break-away screws.

Some DIY projects added window moulding to line the outside of the tray. I ordered the WRONG moulding so instead I had to improvise. I took apart an old cheap Walmart plastic poster frame that I had lying around.

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I sprayed the frame pieces, cut to size and then used gorilla glue to adhere the plastic frame to the tray.

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My friend came to visit and I set mine up in my spare bathroom with sample toiletries for her.

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Rope Basket

I have noticed how great a simple rope basket is for laundry, magazines, or the crap you want to hide when your guests come over. Target has a bunch of options if you are not looking to make one but I was looking for a navy combo that I couldn’t find anywhere.

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So I thought give a DIY rope basket a go. During the planning phase, I considered doing a no sew basket that required pretty much rope and hot glue. The results look great but I’m not convinced the basket holds together.

This is my version a little bit of glue combined with some sewing.

Here is what you need:

  • Natural Cotton Piping- 25 yards
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Basket or bin to use as mold
  • Needle and thread in desired color

Let’s start with the base. Coil the rope in your desired shape, gluing along the way.

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After you have that part put together add some stitches throughout.

Then begin coiling the rest of the basket. Again, gluing along the way. Stop every so often to sew reinforcements so you don’t have to awkwardly reach in and poke around once the basket is basically done.

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For the last two or three layers do not glue or sew the sides. Leave a gap. These will be your handles.

Finish the top layer with a generous amount of glue.

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Congrats-now you have a beautiful decorative basket!

The Nitty Gritty for the Industrial Rack

Supplies of the Industrial Rack project:

  • 2 Steel conduit pipe (60 X 3/4 inch)
    • Threaded on both ends
  • 1 Steel conduit pipe (36 X 3/4 inch)
    • Again threaded on both ends
  • 6 floor flanges (3/4 inch)
  • 2 elbow joints (3/4 inch)
  • 4 nipples (3/4 inch & threaded on both sides)
  • 4 caps (3/4 inch)
  • Flat black protective spray paint
  • 24 wood screws
  • wood base (I found a wood base at lower that was a bit longer than my horizontal pole- that gave me a wood lip and a stronger base).

Once you have all the pieces, assembly is super easy. Spray paint first. Once all your pipes and joints have dried go for the base. Screw/drill the four flanges to the bottom of the wood base (a drill is not necessary but makes the project fly by). After you assemble the base, drill/screw the two left over flanges to the top of the base and insert pipes. Voila!

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Total price: $120 (Got all supplies from Lowe’s)

*A vendor in KC sells a similar rack for $218-not counting shipping.

Industrial Rack

My boyfriend has a TINY closet. After doing some research, I decided the best solution for looks and storage would be an industrial rack. But buying one is expensive so I decided I would try to make it instead. Below is the finished project.

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Honestly, the DIY industrial rack was super simple. I did it over the weekend and finished in time to catch-up on homework, TV shows and family.

Stay tuned this week and I will update the blog with step-by-step instructions on how you can copy it.