DIY Patio Table With Built-In Beer/Wine Coolers

Ohhh Honey…where are the power tools? It’s time to break them out! I found an amazing DIY and not just pictures from Domesticated Engineer. They included a list of materials, measurements, tools, and the honest upfront cost of $226. I am so happy! This table has the option of a built in cooler and that is so much better that a cooler all the time. Sometimes you just need more room for goodies that drinks.

Be sure to give yourself sometime for this table and have fun with it. I don’t think you should do it the day before the family BBQ or you all might be sitting on the grass. Most stains take at least a day to dry and oils another after that. Some people have suggested galvanized planters instead of plastic and that might be something to consider to save the hassle of replacing them as often. Brilliant! If you’re looking for more more patio idea you should check out the ones here.

Here’s the link to Domesticated Engineer’s tutorial: Domesticated Engineer: DIY Patio Table With Built-In Beer/Wine Coolers

Ton Matton’s Chicken Cabinet Produces Fresh Eggs Right In Your Backyard

This chicken cabinet, designed by Ton Matton, is just one example of his amazing ‘free range furniture.’ How clever! DIY chicken coops are a dime-a-dozen but this one stands out from the masses. The cabinet design makes it easy to collect eggs, clean up after the birds, and feed and water them. It’s not an eyesore either!

The space in this cabinet/coop is tiny and the chickens will need a safe place to roam when not in their little house. This would be fun for the city chicken farmer. Yup, that’s a really popular thing right now. It’s just the right size if you want your own eggs but don’t have a lot of space. No one said coops have to be big and ugly. Plus I’ve heard these birds make nice pets.

I love to repurpose and this is a brilliant way to repurpose a china or hoosier cabinet. I am in love with these other furniture repurposing ideas from House Beautiful as well.

See the full article and plans at Inhabitat here…

Inhabitat: Ton Matton’s Chicken Cabinet Produces Fresh Eggs Right In Your Backyard

3 Ways To DIY Dough Ornaments

DIY and Christmas. Are there any two things that go better together? Well, maybe apple cider and sugar cookies but making homemade ornaments like these must be a close second. I used to make dough crafts when I was little and they are so easy and fun! They are the perfect holiday craft. (Especially for the little ones in your life.) Materials are dirt cheap and the dough is non-toxic kid-friendly.

I have found 3 different dough recipes and they all sound wonderful! You should try them this holiday season. I grew up making salt dough but I’m willing to try one of these others. I’ve heard of the cornstarch and baking soda recipe but have never tried it. I really like that it calls for cinnamon and different smelling spices. The cinnamon and applesauce recipe sounds really interesting. I’m curious to see which of these 3 works best.

If you’re looking for more ‘dough’ crafts, you need to see what First Palette has come up with! Find them here

Here’s the link to the full article from Make…

Make: 3 Ways To DIY Dough Ornaments

easy christmas crafts

Everyone seems to be rushing around during the holidays. I don’t know about you, but there isn’t a lot of ‘peace on earth’ over in my neck of the woods. It’s more like chaos personified! Shopping, wrapping, baking, cutting down the tree, decorating the tree…Things calm down towards the end of the month but with all that craziness it is hard to find time for DIYs. That’s why I’m always looking for quick projects that still look amazing! This roundup from Architecture Art Designs has everything I could ever want for quick and affordable decorations.

The baby candy cane wreath would look adorable in my family room. Too bad the canes are covered in glue or it would be fun to eat after the holiday. I’ve always wanted to do a burlap garland; this might be the year. It has such a rustic look! And sometimes simple really is best. All of these DIYs are simple and that’s one of the reason that I love them!

Decorating doesn’t have to be difficult, time consuming, or expensive. You just have to be creative and do your homework. I’m excited about turning my home into a ‘winter wonderland’ and I hope these ideas have excited you too! Martha Stewart has some more easy Christmas Crafts to check out if you need more inspiration.

Here’s the link to Architecture Art Designs’ full article…

Architecture Art Designs:
21 Fascinating DIY Christmas Decoration Ideas

Platform Bed

Dog lovers rejoice. I have found a DIY to make you and Fido happy. It is a platform bed that has a trundle just for your furry best friend. It’s perfect for small spaces too. The bed can be tucked away during the day when not being used. Big dogs don’t always fit in bed comfortably and this is a nice solution. (A dog bed in the closet might be another possibility to think about.)

I am a big fan of beds with storage and drawers underneath. There never seems to be enough room in my closets! This is a nice twist on those other storage beds. A platform bed like this is going to raise your mattress up, FYI.

If you’re not willing to hop up or get a step stool you might have to say goodbye to the boxspring. My bed is really high and I opted for jumping up. Also, don’t miss these other great DIY bed ideas by Bob Vila… find them here

Here’s the link to House Bella’s full article…

House Bella: Platform Bed

1. First step to building the ultimate man cave… you need an empty or unused room.

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What is a man cave? A sacred sanctuary full of manly ‘stuff’ that a woman does not want around the house. Usually these rooms are constructed with modern high tech toys and dons a big screen television. Of course, that would cost a lot of money.

One guy found a way to use discarded materials to keep his cost down. He built a very charming rustic cabin room. I prefer to have a portable DVD player in my solitary space.

Let’s go through the steps on how he constructed his cabin of solitude for only $107!

2. For that rustic look you will need to use a rustic hand draw knife.

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3. Keep cost down by finding free wood thrown out by a local company.

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4. Careful to cut the wood the right size for the floor and wall panels.

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5. Find free stones off the side of the road to construct a fake fireplace for ambiance.

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6. Next step is to get the walls up.

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7. Then the floors.

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8. Finally, time to add a door.

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9. For that Wild Wild West decor you need rifles – Duh!

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10. Can’t call it rustic without a mounted deer head.

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11. Black kettle on the fire just like in Little House on the Prairie.

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12. Time to furnish the man cave. First a dining table and chairs.

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13. Add a few antique tools and a flannel jacket.

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14. Place a few old photos on the wall along with skulls and horns.

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15. Finishing touch, your personal chair. Now that’s a manly man cave!

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(SlipTalk)

moss graffiti tutorial

The latest craze in urban street art? It’s moss graffiti! Go Green! Save the planet from toxic paint spray chemicals. Use this environmentally friendly medium for artistic expression. I was skeptical at first; but when I saw the creative designs, I was floored!

Unique art brushed with moss on concrete walls, rocks, or brick. Even if you don’t have an artistic bone in your body; you can start with geometric designs, patterns or words. Then let your creative flow take over and design anything you want. Is it illegal?

If it’s in a public place, go at your own risk – that’s our disclaimer.

1. Collect or buy 3 cups of moss. Rinse, rinse, rinse out the dirt and dry.

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2. Break moss into small pieces by using an old blender (preferably not the blender you use to mix Margaritas).

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3. Add 2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups of plain yogurt.

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4. Add 2 cups of water or 2 cups of beer.

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5. Add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and blend until the mixture is completely smooth and slightly thick like paint.

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6. Add a little corn syrup, a bit at a time if the mixture is too thin. Mix until it’s no longer runny.

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7. Pour mixture into a bucket and get a paint brush.

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8. Paint your design on a wall (and look out for cops just in case).

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9. Moisten your eco-friendly graffiti regularly with a spray bottle filled with water to make sure the moss grows.

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10. Revitalize an entire wall.

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11. Or let your imagination just go…

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12. And go…

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13. And go!

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(source: SlipTalk)

dee's tiny home

Get rid of the clutter and simplify your life. How often have you heard that phrase and ignored it? Ten years ago a woman named Dee Williams decided she was going to downsize. However, that choice came after she discovered she did not have long to live.

Dee got rid of her clutter and now owns only 305 possessions. I think that’s how much I have in my closet! She built a tiny home on wheels. No mortgage. No water bill. No electric bill. Sounds awesome! Enjoy these photos showing a look into Dee’s journey to enjoy the rest of her life… (BoredOrNot)

She calls her home “The Big Tiny.” From this point of view it looks like “The Tiniest Tiny.”

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Stuart Isett for The New York Times

To give you an idea how much (or how little) 84 square feet is; take a look at the frame.

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Stuart Isett for The New York Times

You first thought, “Is there running water?” Not exactly.

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Stuart Isett for The New York Times

There is a spot for toiletries.

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Stuart Isett for The New York Times

Your second thought, “What about electricity?” Thank God for modern solar power panels for this pioneer styled home.

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Stuart Isett for The New York Times

Go organic. She plants and grows her own food.

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Stuart Isett for The New York Times

She sleeps in the loft or is this the attic?

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Stuart Isett for The New York Times

Able to cook on a single electric hot plate. If she were a man, you know there would be a huge microwave. Just saying…

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Stuart Isett for The New York Times

Guest are welcomed, but only one at a time, please.

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Stuart Isett for The New York Times

Here’s the full view of the interior. Don’t blink, you might miss it.

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Stuart Isett for The New York Times

Light Up Your Party With LED Balloons

This is a splendid idea for my next party. I found it over at Brit+Co and I’m going to bookmark it for a rainy day. I’ve heard of using glow-sticks in balloons but never LEDs. I opt for the store bought LEDs over the DIYs because, let’s face it, party planning is hard work! But there is an awesome ‘how-to’ if you feel like making them yourself. Store bought or homemade, I love that these balloons give 24-48 hours of glowing fun! How great is that?!

Here’s the link to Brit+Co’s full article: Brit+Co: Light Up Your Party With LED Balloons

LED Lights inside balloons are an excellent replacement for the traditional candle. They make your party much more special, and aren’t that difficult to make yourself. Read through this guide and you will find out how to make fun LED Lighted balloons.

To Make LED Lighted Balloons you will need:

– LED Lights or LED Keychain
– 5V Watch Battery (if using LED lights)
– Tape (if using LED lights)
– Balloon

Step 1- Getting an LED

The first thing that you will need to do is get yourself an LED which is suitable for putting inside a balloon. You can do this by buying plain LED’s off the Internet, or from an electrical store and powering these with a battery. Alternatively you can normally find keychain lights in dollar stores.

Whether you choose to use an LED or a keychain light is up to you. The advantage of using a keychain is that you already have all the batteries and everything you need for the project. Some of these also have electronic circuits which can make the LED lights pulse and change color. If you do decide to use a keychain light for the project make sure that it uses an LED and not a small light bulb as this will heat up.

Step 2 – Preparing the LED

If you have chosen to use LED’s for the project then take them out of the packet. They are quite a small device which are very simple. There are two metal legs, one of which will be shorter than the other. The short leg is the negative side, and the longer leg the positive side. Push the battery in between the legs of the LED so that it is held in place. It should light straight away, but if it doesn’t then the battery is probably in the wrong way. Take it out and turn it around the other way.

Once the LED is lit, it’s a good idea to put a small piece of plastic with a strip in between the leg and the battery. This will cause the light to go off and operate as a temporary switch. When this is in place wrap the legs and battery in tape to keep everything together. This is basically an LED throwie, and what many people attach magnets to and throw onto metal surfaces. However, you will probably be using it to put into a balloon.

Step 3 – Using a Keychain LED

If you wanted to use a keychain LED then this will be an easier option in most cases. If the key chain is small enough to fit inside the balloon easily then you don’t need to do anything else. However, if it’s too large then you will need to dismantle it and make it as small as possible.

Step 4 – Assembly

Just before you are ready to assemble the LED balloons pull out the tab of plastic and discard it. This will cause the light to illuminate and it will start using the battery. Once you have done this pop the LED into the balloon being careful not to dislodge anything. If you are using an LED key chain then simply turn this on and put it into the balloon.

Then it’s just a case of inflating the balloon normally. Whether you are using helium or just air is up to you. Then get ready to show them off to your friends and family at the party.

Additional Resources: Looking for more party decor ideas?
Don’t miss this article by babble and also this one from Celebrations.

30 Inventive DIY Hacks To Better Your Home

I’m livin’ the good life and that’s in part because of roundups like this one. These hacks are so random but completely clever and useful! I’m rockin #7 but in my laundry room with cleaning supplies instead of snacks. (I think we all know that snacks would be way more fun!) I wish I’d known about #20 sooner! I bought something at the store that is supposed to store the bags under the sink but it doesn’t work at all. I’m going to have to give this a try instead. That and a bunch of others!

Here’s the link to all 30 and Diply’s full article: Diply: 30 Inventive DIY Hacks To Better Your Home

Owning a home is difficult at the best of times, but there are some simple things you can do to make life that bit easier. This guide will look at some inventive DIY hacks for your home. Not only do these make life easier but they can also save you some money.

DIY Hacks we will Cover:

– Cheap Polka Dot Stencil
– Clever Thermostat cover
– Attractive Whiteboards
– Storing Plastic Bags
– Rug Grippers
– Nail Holder

Cheap Polka Dot Stencil

If you want to paint a polka dot effect onto a wall then there are plenty of stencils you can buy for the job. However, you can do the same for much cheaper. Find an old laundry basket which has holes in it. Carefully cut along the ends and unfold the basket. This can then be secured to the wall using low tack tape and painted through. The stencil can then be moved along to complete a whole wall, just make sure the stencil is lined up properly.

Clever Thermostat Cover

Thermostats are very useful devices which can regulate the temperature of your home, even so they aren’t the nicest things to look at. It’s not possible to cover them permanently. A neat solution is to hang a painting which covers them. An even better idea is to put the picture on hinges instead of using picture hooks. This allows you to open up the picture like a door and gain access to the thermostat.

Attractive Whiteboards

A whiteboard is a great way to make notes and leave messages for other family members. However, a whiteboard isn’t very attractive and will look out of place in most homes. Instead you can use a piece of glass with a color behind to contrast with the black ink. Any picture frame will do the job, and so this makes it easy to customize it to suit the decor of your home.

Storing Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are useful and should be reused rather than being thrown away. However, they can be difficult and messy to store. Why not keep them in a tissue box so that you can pull them out one by one. The tissue box can even be attached to the inside of a door to keep them out of sight.

Rug Grippers

Rugs will slip on hard floors which can be awkward and dangerous. To add extra grip to your rug use acrylic latex caulk on the underside. Leave this to dry completely and then put it down on your floor. The caulk is spongy and will add extra resistance to keep the rug in place. It won’t cause any damage to your flooring as long as you wait until it has dried before putting it down.

Nail Holder

Trying to hold multiple nails while driving another one into a piece of wood can be very difficult. Putting the nails down would be one option, but they are so small it’s easy to lose them. Instead, why not glue a small magnet onto the bottom of your hammer. Then you can use it to store several nails and keep them exactly where you know they are. This could even be used to try to retrieve the nails that you’ve already dropped.

Additional Resources: Looking for more household hacks?
Don’t miss this article by mixer2mower and also this one from Likes.