Category Archives: diy

diy leather handled cutting board

April 16, 2014

diy leather handled cutting board | almost makes perfect now that we’ve started using my stepdads tools for projects, all i want to do is wood projects. so sorry for them not being the simplest if you don’t have a saw, but don’t worry because next weeks project is BEYOND easy. to make your own cutting board, you essentially just need some wood and mineral oil. they say that certain types of wood are better for food, and others are more prone to bacteria — and i’m no expert, but i say just cover the thing in food safe mineral oil and you’re probably fine. but i live life on the edge clearly.

diy cutting board

materials
a piece of wood
sand paper
* jigsaw
food safe mineral oil
coffee grounds for staining (optional)
leather
awl or leather punch
2 brass screws & 2 brass washers
drill

* if you don’t have access to a saw, you can always make the board without the inwards cut and just do a rectangular board with a leather strap too!

01. measure and mark how you want to cut your board. using your saw, cut your board. duh.

02. sand like a maniac without rounding the edges. clean off all dust.

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03. if you want to darken or richen the color of your wood, mix together some coffee grounds and water and apply with a cloth or paper towel. it works surprisingly well and you can do a couple of coats, but i actually wish i hadn’t stained mine because i now prefer the original color. but i’m also cray.

04. apply your mineral oil liberally and let dry. i believe you’re supposed to do another coat the next day to make it extra food safe.

05. to make your leather strap, cut a piece of leather to the size you’d like. once you have it centered in place, poke small holes through the leather into the wood to mark them. drill pilot holes into the wood. get your screws all the way into the holes to ensure your leather won’t spin around a ton.

06. put your leather strap in place, beneath the washers and screws.

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diy ombre leather coasters

April 8, 2014

diy ombre leather coasters

can you tell i’m not sick of hexagons yet?! also not sick of this white faux leather i have. ok i’m lying. i’m so so sick of it, but i accidentally bought a ton more than i thought i did (this is what happens when i buy supplies online) so i’m trying to use it all up. remember when i used it here? oh and how about here?

rachel of the crafted life has been “barely” spray painting glass to create this gorgeous ombre effect, so inspired by her – i half spray painted these!

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materials

leather or faux leather
printable template for stenciling
rotary cutter
pen
spray paint in the color of your choice

diy ombre leather coasters

directions

01. print out your hexagon. if you know what size you want and use photoshop, make yourself a template. if you want to use mine, click below to download. (these measure about 4″) cut it out.

02. if you have faux leather like mine, the back might have a soft backside which is easily draw-on-able. if you’re using real leather or a leather without a backing, decide which side is prettier and trace on the other one around your hexagons.

03. over a cutting surface, using your rotary cutter and a ruler, cut out your hexagons.

04. once you have them all cut, take them outside and place on a piece of cardboard. spray paint them by spray painting your cardboard surface and slowly work your way from side to side to cover some of your coaster. in retrospect, i may have liked them with less spray paint than these have. try the less is more approach, and add more after taking a step back. let dry.

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diy dip dyed candlesticks

April 1, 2014

diy dip dyed candlesticks | almost makes perfect

i’ve got wedding on the brain so i’ve been brainstorming easy little projects that could work for it. i definitely want to incorporate a bunch of wood and watercolor elements — so here we are. it takes about 15 mins hands on to make these, and you’ll be happy you did — they add so much to the table. passover and easter are coming up soon, you’re welcome!

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materials

whittling kit (available at any craft store)
drill & drill paddle bit in whatever size you’d like. we tried a few but i liked the snug fit of the 3/4″
dye (i used a combo of teal & royal blue)
bucket

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01. measure the center of your wood blocks and drill about an inch and a half down. we clamped ours to the door. sand the edges.

02. fill a non-food pan or bucket with warm water and your dye, and stir. i heavily saturated mine because i didn’t want to wait for very long. you can also add way less dye and have them marinade longer. i also decided i wanted the tallest block to have a higher dye, so i poured the remainder of dye into an empty tea can and dyed the tall one for about 7 more minutes. if you plan to do this too, think ahead unlike me and don’t dye it twice. i wasn’t planning on the dark ombre line.

03. take them out when you’re happy with them, let dry for a day.

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and that’s it. these would also be super fun in an array of colors, which if i do them for the wedding — i will most likely try some peaches and greys too.

diy dip dyed candlesticks

diy printable easter treat bags

March 26, 2014

diy printable easter treat bags | almost makes perfect

easter is still a little ways away – but wanted to share an easy way to present candy for the kids or candy loving adults in your life. as i’ve said before on here, i don’t celebrate easter, yknow – being jewish and all. but i do love eggs. and any holiday that has anything to do with eggs – i’m in. well ok… just for the egg part.

anyway! here are some super simple and pastel (easter = pastel, right?) bag toppers!

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materials

8.5 x 11″ cardstock
scissors or xacto
double sided tape or stapler
5.75 x 5″ cellophane bags
lots of candy, lots of fake grass

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directions

print out the toppers (link below) and carefully cut along the edges. fold in half.

fill your bag with treats, and cut down in height if you’d like. i did.

staple or apply your double sided tape and attach.

write your very lucky recipients name on the back.

free printable easter treat bag toppers | almost makes perfect

diy printable easter bags | almost makes perfect