As this point in the DIY movement evolution, no one is surprised to learn that the strength and construction toy-like versatility of plumbing pipe makes it awesome fodder for building all sorts of projects. You've probably even seen it applied to lighting and lamp projects before. But, there's still room to improve on a classic, and we think this piece by Alyssa does exactly that.
Making a bandsaw box is a great starter project for learning how to expand your talents in the shop. Just a few steps transforms a block into a great desktop or nightstand box. I had a used block sitting around from another project, and this just seemed like a natural way to make it into something useful.
This holiday season, I wanted to come up with rustic, outdoor-themed ornaments. I love combining real, organic materials with modern tools and technology, and this project marries those perfectly: a natural wood slice ornament is printed with a photograph that's been digitally edited and enhanced for just the right look. To pull it off, I teamed up with Adobe to use their new Photoshop Elements 12 application to process the image and get it ready to live in the physical world. It's super easy to use, but still full of all kinds of features that are perfect for doing art and craft projects.
Last summer, in the midst of the August showers, a neighboring building lost a beautiful maple tree in a major thunderstorm. It was quickly disassembled by the electric company, presumably so it wouldn't fall onto the power lines. And there it sat. For weeks.
Then, a month or so later, I heard a loud grind out of my open windows (horray for open window weather!), and spied a big truck with a wood chipper in their yard.
"Surely," I thought, "they're just gonna grind up the small stuff and use the trunk for something." But, they just kept throwing in big, beautiful chunks of pure hardwood, turning it into mulch. I immediately rushed out and asked if I could have what hadn't been chopped.
The guy was very hesitant (apparently no one had ever proposed such a crazy thing), but allowed me to escape with an armful straight limbs and branches (sadly, no trunk segments) as long as I promised not to tell anyone. So, don't repeat that.
My branches have been seasoning and drying all fall and winter, and are now ready to be turned into all kinds of fun "bring the outdoors in" projects. First up, these playful tree branch magnets which cost a mere $1.00 and some glue to make, and can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes.
Sometimes, the best DIY projects are also the simplest. This rustic cheese board takes less than an hour to whip up, and costs less than $10.00 in materials. Plus, it's easy to create even if you don't have access to a huge forest or wood pile, and doesn't require a chainsaw or any fancy power tools.
Let's make one!
A rustic storage box is frankly good for just about anything. Storing tools, carrying picnic supplies, or even piling up in a corner for decoration, you can do just about anything with them. And if you build them with enough quality and intention you can always sell them if they're in your way (honestly, I once saw legitimately janky old crates being sold in Brooklyn for $45 apiece).
This is a guest post from Mike at The Crafty Gentleman blog – a site dedicated to original DIY and craft projects.
Yeah, we're living in the digital age, but I still enjoy a magazine or newspaper with my morning coffee. To keep them tidy and at hand, I designed this minimalist magazine holder, which would fit neatly alongside any table or sofa. The raw wood and denim look gives it a rustic, rugged feel – but you could easily paint the wood or use different fabric, to customize it perfectly for your space.
Summer markets are still buzzing with fresh produce and local goodies - but what's gonna happen when they're gone? Well, maybe you can score a few wooden crates to use as planters.
You've no doubt familiar with that one aisle in the home center with the track shelving: the tracks and brackets that can be assembled in a variety of sizes. Which are great, except the finished product looks like a bunch of stuff from that one aisle in the home center with all the track shelving.
Molly from Almost Makes Perfect figured out a cool way to update these easy-to-find affordable materials and give them a warm, rustic industrial look you'd actually be happy to have in your home.
Weekend project? On a Thursday? Yep, and for two reasons: one, I'll be out of town tomorrow, doing a weekend intensive course and dive program to get my SCUBA certification. But two, and most importantly, this storage headboard project is exactly the sort of thing you could put together in a weekend.
Chevron wall hangings and artwork are apparently gaining in popularity in the current interior design scene, although I find myself drawn to pieces like this for their ability to appear either traditionally masculine or feminine depending on the surrounding decor.
If you're looking for a project to keep your hands busy while watching "Elf" on repeat and stuffing your face with candy canes, check out this DIY paper [rein]deer head. It's a cruelty free way to get that modern rustic cabin vibe to bring some seasonal cheer, or just to add some visual interest to any masculine space.
Tired of the boring lights hanging from your shop ceiling? Why not take the time to make something that reflects your personality a bit more. Here are three inspirational designs that will give you a new outlook on shop lighting.
Here's a simple and awesome looking idea for a family calendar that will actually look good on the wall in our house. Made from reclaimed shop wood and painted with a clear chalkboard paint, this simple weekend project will have plenty of use for years to come.
Even as an avid DIYer, stonework has always been something I thought was completely unattainable. Thinking it required a mess of tools and well-studied skill, the art of carving and shaping rock for my own DIY projects found itself at the bottom of my to-do until I saw this great project from the Samurai Carpenter.
Have a little cement and metal left over after a project? Turn them into something much more interesting than a pile of clutter in the corner of the garage.
I studied in London for a semester while I was in college, and a friend of mine stayed with a family who lived in a house that was once convent smack dab in the middle of London. I remember walking though the house with an odd feeling since the house was at once extremely home-y and chill, but at the same time carrying a sense of excitement that only comes from getting unrestricted access to a public place.
I've always been a sucker for rustic decor, and the tasteful ambiance provided by lanterns are solidly in that category. However, if you opt for a lantern in your interior (or exterior) design, it really ought to be functional (and therefore probably electric) but still keeping the charm of the flickering, homey light. Enter this design from "dtt900653" that meets all the criteria.
Here's a simple way to add some functionality to a log from the the firewood pile or a score of driftwood you snagged by the local river. It's a easy project, but a sharp way to add a little outdoor texture and warmth to your computer desk or work area.