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DIY Projects

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Lena Hoff

on 7 June 2012

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Sharpie bag DIY front back Doodled re-usable lunch bags sharpies & bags Airplane pillows sailor's knot doorstop materials: 1. 12 feet of 5/8″ thick sisal rope (available at hardware stores for 60 cents per foot)
2. scissors (sharp, heavy duty ones are best)
3. old tennis ball (or a zip lock bag will also work. also have tape handy if you use a zip lock bag)
4. rice, sand, or small pebbles (about 1 cup worth)
5. scrap rope or shoe-lace (this is optional – it helps with knot practice) instructions: 3. for the doorstop, take a tennis ball and cut a 2″ long slit in it with a knife or your scissors. pinch the slit open and fill with sand, rice, or small pebbles. this will be your weight.
4. pull open the knot on the side to shove the tennis ball (or bag) inside.
5. tighten the knot around the ball (or bag) by pulling on the rope and tighten each loop one after the other. you will probably have to do one or two rounds of tightening, pulling one loop taut at a time, then pulling the next loop, then the next, etc. you should end with one end about 12″ long, and another end about 14″ – 16″ long.
6. to create the doorstop loop, cut the short (12″) end down so there’s just enough rope left to tuck the end under the nearest set of three loops. use your scissors to jam the loose end underneath the loops, and tighten around it. for the 14″ end, create a loose “u” shape and tuck the loose end into the closest seam between the loops. use your scissors to jam the loose end underneath the loops. you can put a dab of hot glue on it prior to jamming it in, but if you get it under at least two loops, you should have no trouble with it falling out.
7. for the paperweight, just cut both ends jut long enough to tuck the ends underneath the closest set of three loops. use your scissors to jam the loose end underneath. you may have to loosen the knot a bit to stuff it underneath, then re-tighten. skip to 1:52 DIY PROJECTS Alchemy Book Ends materials: 1. rocks of all different shapes and sizes (make sure to get several that are flat on two sides)
2. metallic gold spray paint
3. hot glue sticks
4. industrial strength glue such as liquid nails #3 or E6000
5. gold leaf adhesive and gold leaf
6. weighted cardboard box (You can fill the box with books!)
7. hot glue gun
8. toothpicks
9. old paint brush
10. soft brush
11. soap and dirty toothbrush instructions: 1. Gather rocks and scrub with soap and brush. Let dry completely.
2. Spray paint rocks gold. Make sure to get all sides and angles nice and covered. Let dry according to spray paint instructions.
3. Pick out rocks that are flat on the bottom and one side. Look around until you find three that can serve as your starting point. Use hot glue to quickly tack them together. Place them next to your heavy box and keep building! This project is like a 3D puzzle that can have slight imperfections. After you have a good start, stop and reinforce the rocks with your industrial-strength glue. Hot glue alone will not hold these gems together forever!
4. Use your box as a guide to make the flat side of the bookend that will hold up your books. Keep building by hot-gluing and then reinforcing until you have a nice shape that you are happy with. Coffee Can Lanterns materials: 1. Coffee Cans
2. Ball-peen hammer
3. 2 x 4 (one foot length)
4. 1 x 4 (two foot length)
5. Clamps
6. Nails, screwdrivers (variety)
7. Votives instructions: 1. Prepare your workspace by attaching the 1×4 to the 2×4 as shown using wood screws or nails. Make sure the 1×4 extends the 2×4 on one end by the depth of your can and is attached with the 1inch edge upwards. This thin work area helps to prevent denting to your lantern when punching the design. Use the clamps to secure the 2×4 to a sturdy table.
2. Print out the design of your choice and tape it around your can.
3. Place the end of the 1×4 inside your can. Using a small nail, punch the corner dots in the design you choose. Turn the can as you go to make sure that the area you are punching is supported by the wood.
4. Remove the paper. Using your other tools finish punching the rest of the design following your guide holes. Experiment with a variety of nails and screwdrivers to create different shape and size punches.
5. For hanging, use the wire to create a simple hook by threading a length of wire through two holes on opposite sides of the can and secure.
6. To finish add 2-3 votives, light and enjoy! Templates:
http://blog.maggiemakes.com/files/coffee_can_lanterns_template.pdf You will need:
All can be found at a craft or haberdashery store.
*A jar of your choice (with a lid)
*Figurines or jewellery
*Anti-rust sealant for metal pieces
*Clear-drying epoxy
*Distilled water
*Dash of glycerin
*Large silver or white glitter (smaller versions will float at the top)

1. Use clear-drying epoxy to adhere your piece to the inside of the lid. Let dry per instructions.
2. After the epoxy dries completely, fill your jar with distilled or boiled water (at room temperature, of course).
3. Add just a dash of glycerin so the "snow" falls slowly.
4. Add as much glitter as you like. If you don't like the look of glitter, you can usually find faux snow at craft and haberdashery stores.
5. Screw your lid on tightly and enjoy your snow globe! Luxe
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