Saturday, May 27, 2023

DIY Wooden Patio Lantern

Welcome to this month's "Do It Over" Designers! In case you didn't know, the "Do It Over Designers" is a group of talented bloggers who love to recycle/upcycle/ DIY, hosted by Anne @The Apple Street Cottage. It happens the 4th Saturday of every other month and it's all about taking something old and/or unused and 'doing it over' into something new. Anything from fabric, old dishes, and decor, to dressers and hutches. Items found in closets, cabinets, barns, garages, yard sales, thrift stores, you name it! 

Usually there is no theme and we're on our own to choose whatever we want to "do over!" But this month Anne decided to switch it up and wanted us to do over anything wood! Oh boy! You don't know how I agonized about doing over something wood. My resolution for 2023 was to use items already in my stash for projects! I rarely use wood. And if I did, it was something very simple!  I don't have any carpentry skills and I don't have space or tools to take on a woodworking project, either. So please forgive me for picking something you've probably seen lots of on Pinterest, YouTube, and online! I decided to make a patio lantern! But I think you'll be surprise at how I "do over" something to make it work for this wood theme! So let's get started with what I did!

Materials Used:
  • Harvest wood picture frames (2 - DT 5.75"x5.75")
  • Square dowels (2 - 1/2"x36")
  • Screw driver (flat head) or staple remover
  • Acrylic or chalk paint/brush
  • Ruler
  • Hand saw
  • Sanding block
  • RapidFuse All Purpose Adhesive
  • Craft wood square (5.5"x5.5")
  • Wood hoop (5")
  • Wood stain and sealer (all in one)
  • LED candle

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For this project, I'm taking two harvest decorative picture wood frames that I got from the Dollar Tree last fall and two square wood dowels that I found in my garage to "do over" into a lantern for my patio. 

But first, the decorative wood beads on top need to be removed using a flat head screw driver.
Then use a sanding block to smooth out the holes from the staples.
Next, paint over the wording on both pieces using acrylic paint or chalk paint and let dry. I had to do several coats of acrylic paint to cover up the wording. I was out of white chalk paint.

While the paint is drying, cut two 15" pieces from each of the 36" long square dowels using a hand saw, for a total of four, 15" square dowels. I didn't want to cut the dowels in half, which would have made the lantern over eighteen inches tall. I thought that would have made the lantern too tall for the LED candle I planned to use. Use a sanding block to smooth the cut edges. Sorry, I didn't take pictures of this - I was too involved with cutting straight lines on the dowel, lol! 

To attach the dowels to the frame, add RapidFuse adhesive in one corner bottom and corner sides of the wood frame and .  .  . 
insert the square dowel in the corner, pressing down and making sure the dowel is touching the corner sides of the frame and is straight. Hold in place until the adhesive sets - which is thirty seconds (according to the label). I love how the glue sets in no time!

Repeat previous process for the remaining three dowels.
Once all four dowels are set in place .  .  .

add adhesive to the top of the dowels and in the corners of the frame, as before, and place the other frame on top. Hold in place until the adhesive sets. 
Next, take the flat wood square piece and add adhesive along the edges and in the center  and .  .  .
place down in the center of the top frame - making sure it's centered on the frame.

For a decorative look, take a 5" wood hoop and cut about an inch of it out to open it. Add adhesive along the left center side and on top of the frame edge. Then set one end of the hoop on top of the frame on the left, placing additional adhesive on the side.
Gently stretch the hoop across the wood to the opposite side .  .  .
 adding adhesive first and then to the side of the hoop, as before.

Make sure the hoop is centered and straight on top. Let adhesive dry.
Once dry, I actually lifted the lantern up by the wood hoop.
Gee, I'm really loving the simple lines of this lantern!
Now, it's time to stain the lantern. Staining should be done in a well ventilated area so I took the lantern outside. But shortly after I started staining the lantern, the wind picked up and then it started raining. 
So I had to finish staining the lantern indoors. 
Looking at this now, would you believe it all started with two picture frames and square dowels?
Just perfect for the patio!

Be sure to visit all of this month's creative wood projects by the 
"Do It Over Designers" listed below:

Thursday, May 18, 2023

DIY Coiled Rope Shoulder Bag

Welcome It's that time again for our Creative Craft Hop hosted by Sara @Birdz of a Feather! If you're coming over from Jenna @ The Painted Apron, WELCOME! Wasn't Jenna's pedestal serving tray gorgeous! Jenna never fails to have the most amazing creations!  Summer is almost here and if you're like me, I'm looking at my summer clothes and deciding what to keep, what to get rid of and what I need or want to wear! If you want a great addition to your wardrobe that offers both style and function that's the perfect statement piece for warm and summer months then you might want to make your own coiled rope shoulder bag! I love the casual look of a summer bag - one you just grab and go! And this type of bag fits the need!  

You will need:
  • Manila Rope - 3/8" 50ft. roll
  • 9" template (plate)
  • Parchment paper
  • Marker
  • Hot glue gun/glue sticks
  • Self adhesive felt
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Twine
  • Swivel bag hooks
  • Clamps
  • Large eye needle
  • Wood ball

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Let's begin by drawing a 9" round template on parchment paper.

Leave the rope on the roll and begin by hot gluing the rope end onto itself and begin coiling the rope. 
Continue adding hot glue on the side of the rope as you coil .  .  .
round and round until reaching the drawn circle edge.  Cut the end of the rope at an angle using scissors and .  .  .
hot glue the end in place.
Repeat making another rope circle the same size.
Next cut out a section of self adhesive felt and lay the rope circle on top, pressing down to seal the rope all over. Trim the excess felt fabric around the rope edges so you have a lined circle on one side and coiled rope on the other side. 

The attached self adhesive felt will be the lining of the bag.

Next, measure around the coiled rope to determine how much self adhesive felt to cut for the middle side. (17")

Then cut out a piece 17"x3.5" long and wide. Because the manila rope is so stiff, I will use twine to cover the self adhesive felt for the middle side of the bag.

Lay the twine down in the middle of the felt and begin wrapping the twine around the felt.

Once the twine reaches the end of the felt, make extended loops around the ends to attach the shoulder straps.
I wrapped the loops four times on each end to make them sturdy.

Then attach the middle of the bag to the edge of the rope circles using hot glue. First one side and .  .  .
 then the other side.

To make the shoulder strap, I cut off nine 60" lengths of twine to braid.
Then wrapped each end around the bar on the swivel hooks (which I removed from an old bag)and wrapped the ends with twine and sealed with hot glue.
Use a heavy duty wide eye needle and twine to .  .  .

attach the ball closure.

Then braid a three strand twine strip into a loop to .  .  .
attach to the back of the bag.
And there you have it! 

A beautiful boho type bag for summer! 

Up next is Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction sharing her beautiful birdie for the garden! Be sure to stop by each and everyone in our creative group listed below to check out their exciting and inspiring project! And don't forget to pin, too!

DIY Patriotic Star Door Hanger | Terri | Decorate and More with Tip

Seaside Serenity: Crafting Your Own Coastal Farmhouse Lantern! | Niki | Life As a Leo Wife

Dollar Tree Stencil Craft on Canvas | Allyson | Southern Sunflowers


Pedestal Serving Tray | Jenna | The Painted Apron

DIY Coiled Rope Shoulder Bag | Gail | Purple Hues and Me

Blah to Blue-tiful Birdie Upcycle for the Garden | Cecilia | My Thrift Store Addiction

How to Make a DIY Patriotic Pillow | Carol | Bluesky at Home

Homemade Gift for Dad | Sara | Birdz of a Feather

Easy Painted Rocks | Ann | The Apple Street Cottage

Re-cycled Patriotic Sign | Tammy | Patina and Paint