Easy DIY Christmas Blocks Gift

‘Twas the week before Christmas and I was a tiny bit miffed

Trying to come up with a last minute gift!

Does this describe you?  Here’s a fun DIY that is simple and quick.

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I love my little Christmas blocks.  I have some for during the rest of the year too that I can tuck on ledges or shelves with a few inspirational words to catch my eye during the day.

These are tiny blocks — like the kind you would find in a Jenga game.  But grouped together, they make a great hostess gift or stocking stuffer.

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This is a great craft for kids to make for their teachers or grandparents!

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Here’s how to make these adorable Christmas blocks in no time at all.

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Yes, these blocks are the size of Jenga blocks, but I wouldn’t recommend buying an official Jenga game, or you will have “Jenga” carved into your pieces.

Instead, you can buy a cheaper no-name brand of the same game here or here.  And if you shop with Amazon Prime, these can be on your door step in only two days!

With about 48 blocks in each game, you can make dozens of these gifts from one set.

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Now paint your blocks.  This step is so relaxing!  Get the kids involved and start painting.  I just use Apple Barrel paints which cost about 50 cents each at Walmart.  Or if you’re in a pinch, you can get them here at a higher cost.

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If you have some stamping supplies lying around, now’s the time to put them to good use.  Have you ever stamped or embossed on wood?  Why not?  It works just like it would on paper.

Use an embossing stamp pad to stamp your word onto the wood block.

Immediately cover the wet stamped mark with embossing powder.  Dump the excess powder off your wood block.

Using a heat tool, carefully set the embossing powder.

You’re done!  Wasn’t that easy?

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This is a cost effective gift and one that you can make assembly-line-style to save time.

Even if you have to buy all the supplies for this project, each three-block set will only cost you about $3.22!  The price just goes down from there if you own any of the supplies already.

Happy crafting!  Check out my Pinterest DIY Gift Idea board for more projects.

 

 

 

furniture up cycle: TV cabinet into armoire

For many years we used a pine armoire to house our TV.

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When we upgraded to a larger flat screen TV that no longer fit in our armoire, I wanted to find a use for this piece of furniture.  I hate to throw things away if I don’t have to.

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Well, it was a good thing we held on to this armoire.  The room we decided to use for a bedroom for our daughter has no closets.  Enter the up cycled armoire.

furniture up cycle TV cabinet to armoire @4onemore.com

We loved it in raw pine back in the day, but it was due for a facelift.  So, painted in white and distressed, it matches her thrifted Jenny Lind bed frame.

furniture up cycle TV cabinet to armoire @4onemore.com

 

All it took to convert this piece into a useable closet for our daughter’s room was a clothing rod.  Hubby attached it with a block of scrap wood on each side of the rod for further durability.

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Since little girl’s dresses are so short, it is working just fine right now with extra room at the bottom for baskets of linens and such.

So if you’re looking for extra clothing storage (or crafting storage, toy storage, game storage, kitchen storage!), look no further than your local thrift store or yard sale and pick up one of these “old” armoires.  Sure, you might not put a TV in them anymore, but you might be able to pick one up for cheap and give it a new life.

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Great on the budget.  Super cute.  Love to prevent needless waste.  And create a personal piece that works for you.

What is your favorite TV cabinet up-cycle?

Nevermore Fall Raven Wreath Tutorial

Nevermore Fall Raven Wreath Tutorial @ 4onemore.com
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
            Only this and nothing more.”
The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
Nevermore Fall Raven Wreath Tutuorial @4onemore.com
This fall raven wreath is simple to make and it uses mainly up cycled or found pieces.
Nevermore Fall Raven Wreath Tutuorial @4onemore.com
 What you’ll need:
Round frame without the glass
Orange spray paint
Branch
Glue gun
Fabric scrap for hanging
Raven (I found mine at the Dollarama) –> I did cut off its legs, so you might want a wire cutter for this part
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Simply spray your frame, glue on the branch, glue on the raven, attach the fabric scrap and you’re done!  See, it’s so easy.
Nevermore Fall Raven Wreath Tutuorial @4onemore.com

I have had several of these in my shop, and they always sell fast!

One satisfied customer wrote:

“This is by far my absolute favorite fall home decoration; it is displayed prominently in our family room. I love the modern, yet vintage feel it has… I get compliments on this all the time — I *love* it. Thank you!!”

Nevermore Fall Raven Wreath Tutuorial @4onemore.com
Nevermore Fall Raven Wreath Tutuorial @4onemore.com
 Nevermore Fall Raven Wreath Tutorial @ 4onemore.com
Nevermore Fall Raven Wreath Tutorial @ 4onemore.com
Have you ever made a wreath out of an up cycled frame?  What is your favorite fall door decoration?
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Upcycle Baby Clothes into a Memory Blanket

Our daughter came home to us from Ethiopia wearing 12 month sized clothes even though she was 19 months old.  But once she settled in and learned to trust us and try new foods, she quickly filled out.  Many beautiful outfits have only fit her for a one-time-wear because of how fast she’s put on weight!

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What to do with all these memories — the outfit she came home in, the ruffly top she wore around the house the first week, the “cutest little sister” shirt that she wore in Ethiopia when she left the orphanage.

I am happy to be passing along many things from her stash of clothes, but a few of my favorite pieces will find their way into a Memory Blanket.

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Memory Blankets combine the best of everything — preserving sentimental pieces in a useful way.  Isn’t upcycling fun?

I made Memory Blankets for my boys.  I made them rather small — only a 3 x 3 blanket, which measure nearly 24 inches square.  But you can make this as big or as small as you’d like.

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I wrote a note for each boy and set it and the Memory Blanket in their Memory Bin.  Hopefully they will enjoy unpacking it again when they’re parents.

Here’s how do make this blanket.  Adjust the measurements to fit your preference.

Step One:  Figure out how many squares you need for your blanket and what the dimensions will be.  Cut a template out of a cereal box.

Step Two:  With your stack of outgrown baby clothes in front of you, use your template to cut the best parts from each outfit.  Include pockets and buttons for added fun.

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Step Three:  Sew your squares together in rows with a simple straight stitch.  Sew your rows together until your blanket front is complete.

Step Four:  Add a backing to your blanket.  Mine use simple white minky fabric.  Pin right sides together and sew all the way around, leaving a few inches to turn your blanket right side out.  Finish off with a stitch close to the edge of your finished piece.

That’s it!  Will you be making this?  This would make a great gift for a mom-to-be.  Just gift her a certificate for a lovingly handmade Memory Blanket.

DIY Map Art: Upcycle a Puzzle

This project combines a lot of things I love — maps, upcycling, paint, chevron, burlap, and bold color.

I turned a 50 cent yard sale puzzle from this…

map-puzzle-before

…into this!

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And you can do it too!  Yard sale season is here, and you’re bound to find some sorry little puzzles that just need a good upcycle.

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Gather your supplies.  Here’s what you will need:

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Step 1:  Paint over your entire puzzle with spray paint with primer for excellent coverage.  It took 3-4 thin coats for the black words on my puzzle to get covered completely.  I used a spray paint with built-in primer.

map puzzle step 1

map puzzle 2

map puzzle 3

Step 2:  Prep your backing.  I used a $2 frame from a flea market.  It had backing, but no glass.  You could also use scrap wood, or the hard cardboard insert from a cast-off frame.  Anything will do, as long as it’s large enough for your puzzle.  You can always “pretty it up” a bit.
If your background piece needs some added charm, you can paint a simple design on it with acrylic paint, as I did.  First, I used spray adhesive to attach my burlap to the frame backing.  Once it was dry, I used this free template to make my own chevron stencil.
DIY map puzzle @4onemore.com
DIY map puzzle @4onemore.com
Step 3:  Paint your frame (if you’re using one).  I also used primer & spray paint for this.  It was an easy, quick way to add a great pop of color to the piece.  Consider coordinating or contrasting your frame color & puzzle color.
map puzzle 6
Step 4:  Adhere the puzzle pieces to your backing.
map puzzle 7
Set your puzzle pieces out on the backing to line them up the way you want them.  Start gluing with the center piece to keep your whole map lined up correctly.
map puzzle 8
And you’re done!  This has been a great piece to add some fun color to my house.
DIY map art @4onemore.com
DIY map art @4onemore.com
DIY map art @4onemore.com
My Price Breakdown:
{Total Cost:  less than $10}
Frame $2.00
Wooden puzzle $.50
Spray paint, preferably with primer $3.47
Burlap (optional) $2.98/yard
Acrylic Paint  $.56
And you’ve probably noticed that I still have the empty puzzle board left.
map puzzle 12
You can actually make a second DIY art piece out of that!  What would you do?
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wicker pedestal plate DIY

Check out my summer DIY over at STC.  Cheap supplies, easy steps — anyone can make these!  But if you’d rather not get your hands dirty, pop on over to my etsy shop and buy them.  Every dollar goes to purchase our plane tickets to bring little miss home… hopefully this year!

DIY Yo Yo Wreath

Several months ago I was thrilled to find a big bag of vintage yo-yo’s at a thrift store!  I didn’t really know what I would do with them, but I scooped them up anyway.  
Their vintage character can never be fully reproduced.  Lovely.
I could have made a pillow top or small blanket.  Maybe that will come, but it sounded like too much work at the moment.   For easy vintage charm that just required a few simple steps, I made Yo-Yo Wreaths!  And you can too!  Even if you don’t find vintage yo-yo’s at your thrift store, they’re easy to make.  Keep reading…
But before I show you how I made these simple wreaths, take a look at the finished product to get your inspiration flowing.
Super simple steps:Make your yo-yo’s
Prepare your wreath base
Glue yo-yo’s to wreath base
Add buttons (optional)
Hang & enjoy!
No vintage yo-yo’s?  No problem.  Follow this great tutorial to make your own.  Best of all, you can up cycle fabric and clothing just like our great-grandma’s would have to make these original yo-yo’s.  No sense in spending money on this project if you don’t have to!  No sewing machine required, either.  Yo-yo’s are hand-stitched, and easy enough for your kids to try this summer while fighting boredom 🙂  I also like to take projects like this to work on during long car trips.
Wreath bases can be whatever you want.  For one, I used a regular grapevine wreath.  For another, I used a cheap frame from the thrift store that I painted first.  This gray wreath was simply spray painted.  Then, I wrapped some fabric and lace scraps on one section to add interest and to give the yo-yo’s a flatter base to be glued onto.
Finally, I raided my button stash and added some right in the center of the yo-yo.  They look a little more like flowers now.
Will you be trying your hand at making some yo-yo’s?
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