Category Archives: Wood

License Plate Key Hanger


Here is the last of our license plate stash!  I showed you how to use license plates to create a wine rack, but a motorcycle plate is a little too small for something like that.  Since moving in, we have been throwing our keys in a basket by the door.  This works, but when you’re in a hurry, it is kind of a pain to have to dig through the basket to find the right keys.  That’s how I came up with this idea for a key hanger by the door!  Husband achieved a lifelong dream last spring when he purchased his first Harley, so he is thrilled to have this motorcycle plate displayed in our home.

I apologize for the less-than-stellar photos of the license plate.  It is hard to get a picture of something that reflective!

Materials needed:

  • License plate (any size will work)
  • Thin piece of wood the size of the plate (Must be thick enough to handle the screws, but not too thick that it sticks out from the wall too far)
  • 2 screws
  • Screw in hooks (as many as you want)
  • Power drill
  • Permanent marker
  • Ruler
  • Hanging kit
  • Metal snips (optional)

Instruction:

  1. Just like with the wine rack, you need to clean that filthy license plate!
  2. Use the screws to mount the plate to the wood using the two holes that already exist in the top of the plate. 
  3. Use the ruler and marker to draw small dots along the bottom edge of the plate equal distance from each other.
  4. Drill a hole an appropriate size for your hooks through each of the dots.  This is mostly just to get through the metal.  Be careful not to drill too far into the wood because the thread pattern on the hooks probably doesn’t match the thread pattern of the drill and you want your hooks to get a good grip in there!
  5. Screw the hooks into the holes.
  6. We chose to clip the ends off of the hooks to fit our key rings better, but this is entirely up to you.
  7. Attach the hanging kit as per the manufacturers instructions and hang it up!

Just for fun, here is a picture of our pooch enjoying the new (1975) bike!

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Another fun frame!

I already mentioned the fact that I have a bunch of beat up picture frames.  I’ve already showed you how to paint and stencil a frame.  Well, here’s another one!  This one is covered in a fun blue fabric to suit this adorable picture of my nephew and his dog!  This picture was taken by Mr. B’s Photo Shoot, who also took the pictures in my About Me page.

Materials needed:

  • Picture frame
  • Fun fabric a few inches larger than the frame
  • Mod Podge

Instructions:

  1. Cover the top surface of the frame with Mod Podge.
  2. Lay the frame face down on the wrong side of the fabric.  Be sure to center the frame on the piece of fabric.
  3. Turn the frame and the fabric over and smooth the fabric into place.
  4. Use scissors of a rotary knife to cut the fabric out of the center of the frame.  Leave enough fabric to cover the inside lip of the frame.
  5. Clip the inside fabric diagonally to the corners of the frame.
  6. Apply Mod Podge to the inside lip of the frame and smooth the fabric over it.
  7. Apply Mod Podge to the outside edges of the frame and smooth fabric over it.
  8. Trim the excess fabric at the frame’s corners as close as you can.
  9. Apply Mod Podge to the back of the frame and smooth the loose fabric over it.
  10. Apply two layers of Mod Podge over the entire piece of fabric.  Always wait until each layer has dried before reapplying.
  11. Once the Mod Podge is dry, you can add a picture and your frame is complete!

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Fun Heart Frame

I started collecting picture frames in college.  None of them match (but I have already told you about my eclectic tastes in decorating).  Since college I have moved about 6 times.  Needless to say, many of my frames have seen better days.  This particular frame had several chips across the front detracting from the overall appearance (I forgot to take a before picture).  Rather than trash the frame, I decided to give it new life.  Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I picked a heart theme.  Not exactly a genius concept, but I like it!  Husband isn’t thrilled to be featured in a pink frame, but he can deal 😛  Sorry about Husband’s tongue in the picture…I have very few pictures of him without a goofy face.

On another note, I edited my instructions for the Easy Refurbished Dog Collar to include interfacing inside the collar.  This will make the collar stronger and last longer!

Now, back to the picture frame…

Materials needed:

  • Picture frame
  • Different colors of acrylic paint (I chose white and three shades of pink)
  • Stencil with different size hearts
  • Sponge brushes
  • Mod Podge

Instructions:

  1. Wipe down your picture frame to remove any dirt or dust.  Paint your base color on the frame.  You may need to use several layers to achieve full coverage.  Wait for each layer to dry completely before starting the next layer.
  2. Pick several different sizes of heart stencils to add variation to the frame.  Start with the largest size and position it on the frame.  It is ok if the heart runs off the edge a bit as long as you position it so that it still looks like a heart.  Use the sponge brush to lightly apply a layer of a contrasting paint color through the stencil and onto the frame.  Repeat this process with different colors on different sections of the frame.  Be creative about their placements!  If some of the edges of the hearts don’t come out clean you can touch them up later or paint another heart over the rough spot.
  3. Wait for the paint to dry and repeat step 2 with a slightly smaller size heart.  You can begin overlapping some hearts using different colors of paint.
  4. Repeat this process for any other size hearts you wish to use.  I used two smaller heart stencils.
  5. Wait for the paint to dry and use the base color to touch-up any misshapen hearts or stray spots of paint.
  6. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to seal your frame.
  7. Once the frame is completely dry, you can add the picture of your Valentine!  Voila!  Super easy and really customizable.

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String Art – Wall decoration

How do you draw a circle using only straight lines?  Tangent lines!  Ok, so math dork humor aside, string art looks pretty cool, is easy to create, and is a very forgiving medium.

Materials needed:

  • A wood base (you can use scrap wood or purchase a wood plaque at your local craft store)
  • Paint (optional)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • 1 inch nails (you will need quite a few of these depending on the size of your project)
  • Hammer
  • Embroidery floss in various colors
  • Hanging kit

Instructions:

  1. If you want to paint the wood base, start with this step.  If not, move onto the next.  Natural wood can be just as beautiful as painted wood, so this is your judgment call.  If you choose to paint the wood, allow it to dry fully before moving on to the next step.
  2. Decide what sort of pattern you want to create.  Basic string art begins with circles or straight lines.  You can run an internet search for string art to see all of the different options out there.  I will show how to create the string art shown at the top of this page, which is made up entirely of straight lines.  This picture shows a circle base.
  3. Draw your desired pattern on the wood.  You may choose to trace a bowl or plate for the circle or use a ruler for the straight lines.
  4. Hammer nails into the wood along the lines.  I positioned the nails about 1/2 inch apart (my project is roughly 16 x 12 inches).  You may choose to space them farther apart for a larger project or closer together for a smaller project.  Do not hammer the nails all the way into the wood.  You need to leave enough nail sticking out to tie string around.
  5. Tie the embroidery floss on your starter nail with a square knot and start weaving the string around the nails.  When you are finished with one string, tie it to a nail, but do not cut the string.  The fantastic thing about string art is that you can take off the string at any point and start over if you do not like the direction you are headed.
  6. Continue adding different colors of thread until you are pleased with the results.  Trim the excess thread.
  7. Install the hanging kit as per the manufacturer’s instructions and proudly display your art!(Note: the last string art was completed by a friend of mine)

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