DIY Donut Coasters

Now be honest – there’s a good chance you saw these donuts and thought “Yum, I would eat those,” before realizing that they were made out of wood. Don’t be embarrassed! I had the same reaction when I saw these DIY Donut Coasters. They truly look good enough to eat!

DIY Donut Coasters

This easy DIY project will help bring a little bit of color and a whole lot of cute to your home. These wooden coasters can be decorated to look like your favorite flavor of donut, and they can be customized to match with your already existing kitchen decorations. These easy DIY wood crafts also make perfect gifts! Just imagine giving these adorable homemade creations to a friend who appreciates the sweeter things in life just as much as you do. She’ll love that you took the time to hand-make a gift for her, and she won’t be able to get over how cute they are!

Love it yet? Find Instructions at The Sassy Life!

Let us know—what DIY home decor projects do you want to make?

18 Wood Pallet Projects: What to Make With Wood Pallets

Wood pallet projects are something that should be on the bucket lists of every crafter out there. Not only are wood pallets incredibly easy to work with, but they are also very cheap and easy to find. Add the fact that anything made of pallets looks extremely stunning, and you have the perfect craft. These pallet ideas can add a nice country charm to any home. If the rustic life is not your style, however, have no fear! Wood pallets are one of the most versatile materials to craft with, so you can tweak these wood pallet ideas however you want to get your desired style.

18 Wood Pallet Projects- What to Make With Wood Pallets

DIY Pallet Furniture

If you love the look of wooden pallets in your home decor, then why not try incorporating wood pallets into your furniture? These wood pallet furniture ideas will leave your home looking rustic and charming. You won’t believe how easy these DIY furniture ideas are, not to mention thrifty—for most of these projects, all you need are some old wood pallets and nails. You can’t beat that!

Pallet Swing Bed1.  Pallet Swing Bed
2.  DIY Wood Pallet Coffee Table
3.  DIY Toy Storage
4.  American Flag DIY Pallet Coffee Table
5.  DIY Strawberry Planter
6.  Rolling Pallet Planter
7.  Stackable Pallet Compost Bin
8.  DIY Storage Crate
9.  Charming Stepped Planter

Decorative Pallet Projects

If you’re not ready to incorporate wood pallets into your large pieces of furniture just yet, then it might be a good idea to start smaller. Try making some wood pallet decorations, and I promise you’ll get hooked. These wood pallet projects are perfect for any part of your home, from the kitchen to the garden.

Rustic Pallet Board World Map10. Rustic Pallet Board World Map
11. How to Make a Pallet Garden
12. Love Life Pallet
13. Vertical Pallet Garden
14. Rustic Pallet Wood Sign
15. DIY Hanging Pallet Wood Shelf
16. Pallet DIY Garden Projects
17. DIY Pallet Shelf
18. DIY Pallet Wine Rack

How have you incorporated wood pallets in your home?

Popsicle Stick Crafts For Kids and Adults

Remember those Lincoln Logs? Are they even still around anymore (I must be showing my age)? You can stack them as high. I loved building things with my hands. That’s why I became so crafty as an adult. Although, I was never prepared to give up my popsicle stick crafts. They were very much like the Lincoln Logs, only they wouldn’t fall if my sister knocked them down. They always came in a variety of colors, or I got to color them and pattern them how I want to. These days, I use classroom popsicle stick ideas all the time. I have a decorated mason jar activity craft where the sticks have stuff for the kids to do so I don’t hear the, “I’m boooooored.” And like any teacher, I have a jar of their names so random selection is actually random. For a Father’s Day Craft, I would have the children build a house or some kind of building frame, with tool stickers saying “You build me up.” If you want to be the best adult to a child ever, with stick crafts, let them eat a whole box of popsicles to get the sticks themselves. (I suggest you have backups because they get full really quick.)

 

Popsicle Stick Crafts for Kids and Adults

Popsicle Stick Crafts

Popsicle sticks are a very underrated craft, and that makes me very sad because you can do so much with popsicle stick projects! There are people who make small scale castles and houses with them with clay plaster for a roof. I can’t even make a successful coil pot. The great part about popsicle sticks is that they can be used for home decor or outdoor crafts. I promise you aren’t confined to mere kids’ crafts with these. I did list them, because these are a fun way to help with their motor skills with the glue bottle, but there are some fun cheap decor ideas that you can utilize with this easy craft material for your house and home.

Kids

Cool Popsicle Stick Hand Fan

Rainbow Wind Spiral

Superhero Bookmark

Toy Soldier Ornament

Popsicle Stick Angel Fish

Rainbow Leprechaun Trap

Crayon Explosion Lantern

 

Adults

Popsicle Stick Chandelier from Bored and Crafty

DIY Clock from Hip House Girl

DIY Popsicle Stick Starburst Mirror from The Happier Homemaker

X-Treme Bird Feeders from Tonya Staab

Bending Popsicle Stick Vase from The Cheese Thief

Beach Sign

Cottage Slate Picture Frame

Wooden American Flags

 

BONUS! Speaking of crafts for adults, check out our gorgeous collection: 44 Easy Craft Projects For Adults

44 Easy Craft Projects For Adults

 

We want to know: did you buy the popsicle sticks or get a box of popsicles first?

How To: White Wash Wood Decor or Furniture

If you want to achieve a vintage look without spending the money on old relics from the antique store, distressing or whitewashing the items yourself is a good way to do it. White washing gives a wood piece, frame or furniture that beach-esque, vintage feel without looking like a piece from your grandmother’s living room. Not that there’s anything wrong with Grandma’s furniture!

Here’s a few quick steps to achieving the white wash look for a wood frame or piece of furniture:

Materials:

  • Whitewash or pickling stain from craft store
  • Sand Paper
  • Cloth or Rag
  • Brush
  • Wood frame or other wood piece

Steps:

  1. Before you start, try the white wash on a smaller piece of wood or furniture to be sure that the result is desirable on your larger project.
  2. Remove any paint on the surface of your item by rubbing it with sand paper. Make sure you use even pressure and sand it until the surface is smooth.
  3. Using a damp cloth or rag, wipe away any excess dust before beginning the white wash process.
  4. With another rag or a brush, apply the stain to your piece. Don’t be shy, lather it on!
  5. Allow the stain to sink into the piece of wood, and then wipe away any excess stain with a dry cloth.
  6. Let dry for 3-4 hours. After that, if the piece needs an additional coat, apply another one.
  7. After the last coat of stain is applied, let the piece dry for 24 hours before using it.

Here’s an example of what a white wash treatment can do with a blue tinted stain:

If you like this project, check out more Wood Crafts.

Wood: To Burn or Carve?

Call me old-fashioned, but I tend to like the look of wood over more “modern” materials such as steel or plastic. Can you really snuggle up in a steel chair? For me, decorative wood accents with burned or carved designs give the feel of a cozy country home, complete with fire crackling and big dogs lounging about. Maybe that’s just me. We have quite a few new projects, using both woodburning techniques and woodcarving techniques. I can’t decide which I like better.

I just love the look of this Carved Heart and Flowers Box. The design is pretty and delicate, but not old-timey. I can imagine storing my modest jewelry collection in this box.

Then again, I’ve never seen quite such a unique woodburned design as this Quilt Pattern Woodburned Box. The box is colored with “oil pencils” which sound like great fun.

What do you think? Is woodburning or woodcarving the more attractive craft?

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Beeeautiful Outdoors

It’s here! It’s here! Today is finally a nice day! Although it’s supposed to rain for the next few days or so, at least you can get some outdoor work done in between. The rain is taking care of your lawn, turning it green and making sure it’s fed just enough to look great this season. Now it’s your turn to make sure it looks perfect. Add some decorations to your lawn and make it yours. The bee garden stake is a great craft for the outdoors. It adds just a little bit of jewels and bling to make your lawn or garden sparkle. Make your grass the talk of the town with your homemade crafts!

beegardenstake

Another cute craft you can add is the terra cotta garden turtle.

terra-cotta-turtle

This turtle can be made in eight steps and it might help run off the other animal you don’t want in your yard. It’s a cute craft that I would love to have in my yard! What kind of decorations do you have in yours? Now is the time to start your summer garden.

Decorative Child’s Room

Spring and summer are the perfect times to redecorate your house or even your child’s room. Kids can often get bored easily and want to change the look of their room. What a great way to decorate then to make a colorful dragonfly for the walls? You can make multiple dragonflies in different shades and colors if you’d like. It’s done in six easy steps and your kids can help make it. There are so many other ways you can decorate your child’s room.

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There are cute frames you can hang such as the dot frame trio. It’s triple the fun and memories. This craft is done in three steps and there’s no doubt your kids can help out with this one. They may need some supervision with the painting….just so they don’t paint the walls instead! Have fun this spring and redecorate!

Hand Print for Daddy

Father’s Day is coming up, which means many people are looking for gifts for that special guy in their lives. Little kids look up to their dad because he is their hero. Wives look at their husbands because they are the most amazing men in their lives. And men look at their dads because that’s the person who taught him how to be a man. The most precious gift a child can give a parent is hand print.

keyhook

Although you might not know what to do with it for the time being, you can always look back at it and realize how fast your child is growing. It’ll make you remember the good times you had with your child and how much they’ve learned throughout the years. The key hook for dad is a great craft. Not only does it have your child’s hand-print on it, but you can also put your keys on it. Many people lose their keys, so this is a good way to stay organized. Find that special gift and make it one to remember. Happy Father’s Day!

DIY Clocks- Great for Father’s Day!

Walnut Hollow sent us two projects for decorative clocks that I am very excited about. I’ve never thought about making my own clock, but Walnut Hollow makes it easy. These clock crafts seem like perfect Father’s Day gifts too, especially the first one, which has more of a rustic-feel.

I love the gear hands on this Cottage Clock Project and the way washers of various sizes stand in for the numbers. The metal wire makes it industrial-chic.

This Big Circles Clock project uses scrapbook paper on the clock face. The look is elegant but fun.