Materials and cost breakdown
Piece of worn wood – 5″ x 12″ apx.
1. Get yourself some wood. The size you use will dictate how many eggs it will hold. I just used scrap wood I found around the house.
I cut my wood to 5″ x 12″. This size will hold 7 eggs.
2. Mark where you want to drill your holes. I marked exact 1 ½” circles in a staggered pattern.
3. Cut your holes with your hole saw or spade drill bit. If you bought a cheap hole saw by hole #5 you’ll be cursing it and its dull teeth. Then you will have a snack to feel better and calm down before starting to drill again.
4. Attach the cupboard handles to the bottom of the board. This will require you drill a hole through the top of the board so you can insert the screws. If you don’t want to see the screws from the top of your board, use a countersinking bit to countersink the screws. Then fill the holes with a mix of sawdust from your drilling and Carpenter’s Glue. Proportions don’t matter. Just mix a whack of it all together until it forms a paste and shove it in the holes.
Once the fill has dried, lightly sand it to smooth it out and if you’re using a painted wood board, repaint the top to further camouflage your holes. Wow. ”To further camouflage your holes” That sounded very formal and official didn’t it? I talk good.
If you want a sort of farmy, rustic chic look use sleek metal handles with barnboard like I did in the first photo. If you want a more contemporary, clean look use straight cut wood. A slice of a spruce 1 x 6 will do the trick.
And you could go nuts with the painting. Doesn’t have to be white you know. Pink, orange, blue, black and white polkadot. Whatever.
I swear to you, the fun doesn’t end there. Since making these wood doohickeys I’ve realized they’re the most versatile, weird little things I’ve ever made. I use them for EVERYTHING.
Case in point … those extra Christmas balls you have that you’re completely sick of putting in bowls around the house?
Need a cute little way to serve appetizers or snacks?
These sized holes also are the perfect fit for … tea lights.
No picture. You’re just gonna have to trust me on this one.
So. It’s true. If you run out and make one of these things to keep or give away for Christmas you’ll be giving the gift of a Rustic/Modern eggholder/ornament displayer/snack server/tealight holder. Uh huh.
All for the low, low price of between $2.50 and $10.
It is a lovely distressed planter box that is made out of some old wood that we had that was just waiting to be used! We used some of this wood on our Baby Food Jar Wood Vase & Candleholder, and we had just enough left to make this planter box. The wood was already old and distressed, so I was lucky that we didn’t have to do anything extra to it.
If you don’t have any old wood lying around, don’t be discouraged, you can still make this! You can use new wood, and it will look great as is. You can distress it by sanding, or adding some stain or brown paint over the top of some watered down white paint. There are many tutorials out there to distress wood that you could follow.
The great thing about using old, distressed wood, is that your measurements don’t have to be too exact or perfect. The imperfections of the wood make this project very forgiving!
Screw in the L brackets to hold the wood together with your drill. We used 14 brackets for this planter box, but ours is very long (about 2 feet long), so you may not need that many.
The craft stores overflowing with autumn decorations can be intimidating, but there are ways to turn those faux autumn leaves into something beautiful and functional. Below are instructions for your very own autumn leaf bowl, perfect for holding your favorite scented potpourri or tasty Halloween treats.
Craft store leaf garland, Mod Podge (matte finish), Foam Brush, Balloon, Scissors, Mixing bowl
*Tip: try to find thin, paper-like leaves for your garland. The thinner the leaves, the better they will mold to the shape of your balloon. Also, avoid any plastic-coated leaves.
1. Begin by snipping the leaves off the strand of garland. Leave about 1/8″ at the base.
2. Carefully rip the entire plastic stem (and all the veins!) off of the faux leaves (See image above). This will help the leaves mold to the shape of the balloon.
3. Fill up your balloon to size. We stuck ours inside a mixing bowl to keep it in place.
4. With your mod podge in a cup near by, gently apply a thin layer on top of your balloon, starting in the middle and working your way out.
5. Lay a leaf on top of the wet mod podge and smooth with your fingers or foam brush. Once it’s stuck in place, apply another thin layer of mod podge on top of that leaf. See image below.
6. Repeat, covering any empty spaces with smaller leaves.
7. When you reach about a quarter of the way down the balloon, add one or two leaves to the bottom of the bowl for extra weight and support. Allow to dry at least an hour.
8. When the mod podge is dry, carefully pop your balloon with a pin at the tied end, slowly letting the air out. Don’t be alarmed if the leaves shrink down when the balloon deflates, it will return to its original shape after a minute or so. You may find that some of the mod podge will stick to the edges of your leaves, but you can just pick or cut it off.
9. Use your bowl to hold potpourri or little wrapped halloween candies. We love easy ways to liven up your home decor and this colorful DIY does the job well.
**Attention readers! Having trouble getting your leaves to stick? We’re here to help. Be sure you remove the plastic “stems” from the faux leaves before trying to adhere them to your balloon. After you apply a layer of Mod Podge to your balloon, wait about 30 seconds or until the paste feels sticky, then gently press on your first leaves. If they start to bend upward, hold the leaves down at the tips with your finger. Keep a moist towel nearby to wipe any glue off your hands. This will help the leaves from sticking to your fingers. Feel free to comment below and ask questions – we’ll email you as soon as possible!**
I love little cactus plants! They’re so adorable. I’ve had some before but I wanted a more fun way of displaying them. I thought it would be fun to create a simple cactus terrarium garden with some tall glass vases.
- small cactus
- glass vase
- dirt, rocks, moss or filler
1. Start by creating a base: make a thin layer of moss at the bottom of the glass vase.
2. Adding substance: Layer a middle layer of soil. Sometimes the soil from the potted cactus is already enough.
3. Carefully slide the cactus out of it’s current container. Loosen the soil to fit the new shape of the vase and gently slide in. Use chopsticks to help maneuver and center the plant.
4. Finish it off your cactus terrarium by adding some sand or rocks.
Really quite simple! Ta da! Here are are my 3 little cacti with in their new glass homes.
(June 14, 2014 Update)
Here I’ve also done it with an orchid. Just add some rocks at the bottom, a little moss and transplant your orchid to its shiny new home.
We think you’ll agree that with these chic (and super easy) DIY Chalkboard Note Tablets, you’ll put your paper to-do list to shame.
Step 1.) Mark off the sides of your wooden slab off with painters tape.
Step 2.) Paint your chalkboard with a coat or two. Let dry.
Step 3.) Write your messages with your pencil. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Claire here! And today I’m bringing you a DIY project that’s sosimple, I’m wondering why I didn’t attempt it sooner. I don’t know if you have ever seen this beautiful piece by Lightly, but my friend showed it to me and I fell in love — the clean lines, unfinished materials, and simple design make it a gorgeous addition to any space. So I was determined to make my own simplified version of the piece, and threw in a touch of gold to make it my own. Follow the simple steps below to see how it’s done!
*to install: Mark where your two straps will hang on the wall, keeping in mind their distance in from the edges of the board. Follow the drywall anchor instructions but use the brass screws holding the leather loops instead of the screws provided. Drill in the screws and set the wood board through the loops.