Category: DIY & Crafts

How to Make a Hydrangea Door Basket | Spectacular Summer Blog Hop #25

DIY Hydrangea Door Basket

It’s the second-to-last post in the Spectacular Summer Blog Hop series, and Sue from A Purdy Little House has a lovely idea for a DIY door decoration for this in-between season. It isn’t quite summer and it isn’t quite fall, is it? Her beautiful faux hydrangea door basket would dress up your front door with style – and if you know someone who is in a new home, it would make a great housewarming gift!

DIY Hydrangea Door Basket

I’m a sucker for blue, so I’m so glad she used gorgeous blue silk hydrangeas for her basket! It has so much country charm to it. Be sure to stop by her blog for the easy-to-follow tutorial and materials list. 

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Easy Embroidered Pillow | Ikea Hack | There for the Making

There for the Making Challenge | The No-Spend DIY Challenge | August 2017 | 4 Creative No-Spend DIY Projects

I always admired my grandmother’s beautiful embroidery skills, and wondered how she turned that bag of coloured thread into intricate, charming designs. I’ve attempted a few little quasi-embroidery projects in the past (a few little felt Christmas ornaments and some extraordinarily bad embroidered names on stockings don’t really count for much), so when the August edition of There for the Making rolled around, I thought I’d channel my grandmother and try my hand at some simple embroidery. I had an Ikea pillow cover kicking around, so I thought I would add some flair to it with an embroidered design for fall. Everyone loves a good Ikea hack, right?! Well, here’s how I made my easy (single-stitch!) embroidered maple leaf pillow. 

Easy Embroidered Pillow (with a single stitch!) | Ikea Hack! | Maple Leaf Pillow | There for the Making Challenge

In case you are new to There for the Making, this is a NO-SPEND, zero-dollar DIY challenge. That’s right: the bloggers who participate need to raid their craft and project stashes in order to repurpose, re-use, or recycle materials into something new. Without spending a cent! I love this project because it really forces us to be frugal, creative, and clever. AND it goes to show that you can do a lot without spending any money! 

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How to Make a DIY Box Kite! | Spectacular Summer Blog Hop #23

Today’s Spectacular Summer Blog Hop post from Just Measuring Up is SO COOL! I always loved trying (sometimes successfully and sometimes less so) to fly a kite when I was a kid, and my dad and I tried out a bunch of different designs. Where was this one?? I will be pinning it for use in a couple of year’s with our little girl!

This box kite tutorial from Just Measuring Up sounds like the perfect end-of-summer project to make as a family!

I’m a huge fan of upcycling, so I think this would be a really neat activity for around the time of Earth Day (in April) if you could repurpose any leftover materials! Of course kites are perfect for summer outings, so if you have a labour day gathering coming up, maybe you could make a few for the kiddos (and big kiddos) to enjoy. I also love that this project lets me use our power tools… so fun!

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