Industrial Remote Control Holder

Now that the mancave is nearing completion, Hubs has been enjoying his new TV in total bliss. What isn’t blissful is the myriad of remotes he needs to operate everything; they are an eyesore when they’re laying around on the couch or scattered around the room.

When I looked on Pinterest for some awe inspiring ideas, I couldn’t find a single one. As a matter of fact, every remote control holder was downright ugly and utilitarian.

Hubs has built a few items for his new digs out of black iron gas pipe so what better way to tie it all together than to make him a remote control holder out of the same material?

We found a great source for 1/8″ pipe and fittings; as a matter of fact we bought out the company’s entire supply just so we could play with a few other ideas too!

I started playing with the configuration, size and scale of the holder. Once I had a configuration I was happy with, I scrounged around my craft studio for something to support the remotes in the centre. For that I found two different widths of horsehair braid (the type that’s used to trim the inside of a hat).

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I applied the narrow braid on top of the wider one, which acted as a backing, and secured them both to one side of the pipe. Then I measured my remotes to determine how big the opening needed to be for each one. I left slack in the top piece to accommodate each remote and fastened it to the backing it with a pin so I ended up with ‘loops’. I fastened the braid to the other side of the pipe, again using a pin.

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I slid the braid off of the pipes, then I used a very specialized piece of equipment to permanently secure it where I placed my pins – a stapler! It not only does the trick, but it works well with the industrial look I was going for.

The tricky part was getting the remotes to rest properly on the bottom of the pipe since it is curved. I had an epiphany that solved my dilemma – magnetic hooks! Magnets stick to iron and I remembered I had some in my stash.

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Luckily I had two packs, because I needed four of them! By positioning the magnets on the back of the pipe along the bottom, and tilting it toward the back, it gave me the perfect angle to rest the remotes on.

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Here’s how it looks from the back:

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Here’s a sneak peak of the mancave and the remote control holder – you’ll see more of the mancave on the video! I’ll have the full Mancave reveal on my sister blog, Birdz of a Feather Home, next week.

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For anyone who isn’t crafty but is interested in purchasing a remote ready made, I’m now selling these in my brand new Etsy Shop at this link. I’ll be making these to order, but only black-on-black – not the black/white combo shown here.

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Duct Tape Pop Art Portrait

Watch the video of me making a duct tape portrait to reveal whose portrait I’m making.

All you need is duct tape in about 9 different colours (the more, the merrier), scissors, a piece of foam core or plastic for the backing and a paper cutter (the paper cutter is optional).

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Dental Floss Sewing Kit Hack

Who hasn’t had a button pop at an inopportune time? Over the weekend when my own button popped I then had to search for the scissors, thread and sewing needle which were scattered around my studio. That night, I finished off a container of dental floss and had an epiphany: what if I made a portable sewing kit using the empty container? It already had a built in ‘thread’ cutter and I could store thread and a needle all in one convenient spot!

Here’s a video of the process, followed by a full tutorial:

First I peeled off the lable from the face of the container.

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I reused the little tube that the dental floss was originally on by gluing a grommet to either end so I could wind some thread on it.

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Only add small dots of glue to hold it on temporarily. If you add too much glue, it will be difficult to pry off later.

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Once the grommet was glued, I wound on some black thread. The grommet keeps the thread from falling off the edges as it’s being wound.

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After the thread is on the spindle, the grommet can be removed; it will interfere with the closing mechanism of the container if it’s left on.

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The next step is to add a sewing needle to store with the thread; after all, it’s not a kit without the needle. I cut a small piece of elastic – although you could also use a piece or ribbon or something similar. I added a dot of hot glue to one side of the container, turned the end of the elastic under and glued it into place.

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I then brought the elastic over to the other side, once again turning under the end, and secured it with another dot of glue.

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Now I had something to attach the needle to so it wouldn’t jiggle around the inside of the kit when it was stored – or fall out when it was opened!

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After removing the grommet from both ends, I put the ‘bobbin’ on the spindle with the thread running counter clock-wise.

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I lined up the thread with the hole in the top of the container and snapped it shut.

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All you have to do is pull and cut the tread the same way you would dental floss whenever you need it.

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When you’re done sewing, just return the needle to the container and snap it shut again.

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I printed out a lable to add to the front so you can’t mistake its use!

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Now the next time a button pops, or a hem falters, I have a readily accessible kit ready to go! You could make a few kits up with different colour threads (at least black and white), or merely save the tubes and wind on different colour threads so they are interchangeable in the one kit.

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Once the kit was complete, I swapped out the lable for some Letraset letters. They were actually too large for the container so I cut and sculpted them around the lid by applying some Mod Podge to seal them on. I love how the red coordinates with the container. Now you really can’t miss it!

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A kit like this would be great to carry in a purse for minor sewing repairs on the fly. It would also make a great travel item. Airports don’t allow scissors on board a plane, but I don’t see why this little kit wouldn’t be acceptable for air travel. However if you get stopped at airport security, you’ll have to let me know!

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Indoor Gardening: Filing Cabinet Makeover

You can’t have too many indoor plants during the winter time! They remind us of the new life and growth about to burst forth in the spring and give us something to look forward to! I was inspired to do an indoor garden after seeing some shots on Pinterest of plants spilling out of card catalogue drawers. I have a card catalogue and would have loved to do that, but it’s much too useful right now as an organizer in my craft studio!

To compensate, I thought of another similar idea using another piece that we already had! When my brother-in-law moved from his old house, there was on old retro filing cabinet in the basement left by previous owners that he wanted to get rid of. Hubs decided to bring it home and find a new use for it.

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At the time, the mancave wasn’t built yet so it languished in the garage for months before hubs could turn his attention to it. More about the mancave reno in an upcoming post!

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Hubs got his colour cue from the Ikea Forsa lamp I gave him to christen his new space. I think it’s a gorgeous retro grey-green!

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Hubs colour matched the paint and gave the filing cabinet a few coats after he sanded it down and primed it. He also cleaned up all the hardware and reinstalled it. Then he added some felt on the bottom of the cabinet to protect the floor from the sharp edges of the metal.

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Here it is all set up with some plants! If it wasn’t winter right now, I’d buy plants specifically for this piece, but I think you’ll get the idea of what you can do with a piece like this! You can layer different plants in each of the drawers and use more than the two drawers I used here.

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For more ideas of how to bring the outdoors in, have a look at my most recent innovations. You’ll find videos and full tutorials on how to do them both:

Indoor floating water feature:
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Blue jean plant stand:

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Paint Stick Pallet

Valentines Day is coming up and I wanted to make a little something for my sweety. Since we’ve done so much DIY renos together, I was inspired by a pallet. In keeping with our mission to lead a more sustainable life, and keep things from landfill, I repurposed paint sticks and 1″x2″ lumber to make a miniature version of the pallet that hubs could easily display in his office.

I started by designing an 8 1/2″ x  11″ picture using the charicature we had done for our wedding. I superimposed it into a ‘puzzle piece heart’ I drew with the words ‘you complete me’ – the perfect sentiment for any soul mate!

I determined how many paint sticks I would need. Ten was the perfect number for an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper. I printed it out on my colour printer using regular paper.

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I could have gone for a more straight-laced picture from our wedding like the one below, but given the choice between serious and humour, I’ll choose humour every time!

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I took packing tape and applied three strips across the back of the paint sticks to keep them all together and flipped it over.

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Then I mixed up a ratio of 50:50 glue to water. I had some leftover glue from the hardwood we recently installed in my craft studio, so I just used that (glue only has a shelf life of about one year).

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I used a foam brush to lay down a thin layer of the glue mixture on the paint sticks. The trick to keeping paper from bubbling when you decoupage is to keep the application of glue thin and let it dry a bit until tacky. Then you can lay down the paper and smooth it out.

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To disguise the white boarder of the paper, I outlined around the edges with a marker in a coordinating colour after the glue was dry.

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I applied a coat of water based varnish, let it dry overnight and then applied a second coat to seal and protect it.

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Once the varnish was dry, I cut around the edges of the picture on my bandsaw. I removed the packing tape on the back of the paint sticks, then I cut each individual piece apart.

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I assembled my paint sticks and added in spacers in between (using another paint stick on it’s side) so I could measure for the length of the 1″x2’s”.

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I cut three pieces of 1″ x 2″ and turned them on their sides. I glued the paint sticks on top leaving a gap in between until they were all glued onto the lumber.

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I added some scrap paint sticks on top and weighed the whole thing down with my vintage irons as the glue dried.

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Once it had time to dry, I measured and cut 4 more paint sticks to apply underneath the ‘skid’  with finishing nails. I was going to add the finishing nails onto the face of the skid too, but I couldn’t bear to detract from the picture. As an option, if you want the look of nails on the surface of the boards, you could take a silver sharpie and add two little dots to each one to mimick the nail heads.

On the back, I added some picture hanging wire between two screw eyes to hang it up. I can’t wait for Valentines day to arrive so I can give it to hubs; I hope he likes it!

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With the paint stick pallet complete, I guess I’ve got a real ‘paint’ theme going on at Birdz of a Feather craft! Most recently, I just completed this paint bucket water feature:

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And remember this paint chip portrait I did of hubs?

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For another fun craft idea that isn’t paint-related, check out my blue jean planter 🙂

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Paint Bucket Water Feature

My husband always wanted to create one of those floating water features where the tap is magically suspended above a watering can. He bought some of the supplies, but that’s as far as he got. A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled on his stash and decided to order a pump so I could make it for him.

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Unbeknownst to him though, I wasn’t going to make just any water feature! Painting is a big part of his job so I decided to substitute the watering can he had planned to use for a paint bucket instead and take it from there.

To start, I gathered all my materials:

  • Rigid plastic tubing
  • Recycled 1 gallon plastic paint bucket with lid
  • Brass water spout
  • Pump (we use a small one; 30 GPH)
  • Clear dollar store gems
  • Chalk pencil
  • Paint brush
  • 2″ desk grommet
  • High gloss acrylic paint (be sure to get high gloss because if you want it to still look like it’s wet even once it dries!)
  • Diamond tip engraver
  • Fine hack saw or jig saw
  • 1/8″ drill bit
  • Black marker

About the Tubing

The tubing has to be rigid so it will hold the weight of the brass spout. We bought a few different sizes to test out. The first one we tried was 1/2″ interior with a 3/4″ outside diameter. It worked just fine but we thought the smaller tube we ended up using looked more realistic in terms of water flow. We used 1/4″ interior with a 3/8″ outside diameter. Keep in mind that the interior dimension of your tubing has to fit over the outlet of your pump, so take that into consideration. As an option, if you can’t find tubing with an interior diameter that fits over the pump outlet, you can always look for fittings for the pump itself to adapt it to fit the tubing.

We cut a piece of the tubing about 14 1/4″ long. The length you cut will depend on the height of your container (along with the pump once it’s attached) so cut the length of the tube to the proportion that looks good with your particular container.

We put some masking tape around the top so we could evenly mark our holes with a marker. Using a 1/8″ drill bit, hubs drilled 2 rows of holes around the edge of the plastic tube. He drilled 4 on each row for 8 holes in total – about 3/8″ down from the edge. He staggered the positioning of the holes on the second row.

Below you can see we have one row drilled and have the second row marked with the holes offset. We initially started with a larger tube, but as I mentioned, ended up using a small diameter (3/8″ instead of 3/4″).

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Once the holes were drilled, we tested the tube on the pump to gauge the flow of the water and see how it would work. I told hubs that I was only using the paint bucket for the trial run, so we brought the tube, pump, faucet and paint bucket to our laundry room sink to give it a go. The pictures from this point forward show the 3/8″ tubing we settled on.

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After some adjustment with the flow, we ended up putting the pump flow on a medium setting. We found that worked best for us, but you will need to do your own experimenting to see what works for you. So far so good!

Once we were happy with the mechanics of the water works, I turned my attention to the paint bucket and hubs went on his merry way – oblivious to the fact of what I was really making for him!

I took apart the grommet and used the larger side to trace a circle with the chalk pencil on the back of the can about an inch or so down from the top. Don’t put it too low because it needs to be above the final waterline which will cover the pump mechanism and you don’t want the water leaking out! I used a diamond tip engraver to trace around the circle so I’d have an outline to follow with my cutting tool.

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I used a fine hacksaw to cut the circle out (you could also use a jigsaw with a fine blade) and  installed the larger side of the grommet into the hole to test it out. You could use some clear caulk around the edges before you permanently install the grommet to seal it. Snap the second piece of the grommet on; it provides a good strain relief for the cord and the black blends in with the bucket!

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Moving onto the decorative steps, I first cut a piece of the sheet protector and placed it under the paint can to catch the intentional spills. It’s probably a good idea to glue it onto the bottom at this point because it’s going to be there permanently, as you’ll see later.

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I used a glossy paint for this project because when it dries, it will still look like it’s wet and I love that look for this project. I took the paintbrush and dipped it into the paint, then painted the interior of the paint can lid. Set both the lid and the paint brush aside to dry.

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I wanted ‘controlled’ drips around the rim and edges of the paint can so I used an eyedropper that I saved from some vitamin drops to place several paint runs around the top. You could probably just do this step with the paint brush too.

At the bottom of the can, on top of the sheet protector, I added more paint to mimic the flow of the paint spill. Once I was satisfied with the amount of paint, I set the can aside to dry.

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I used some water proof mastic to seal the end of the tube to the faucet and also at the connection to the pump.

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I cut a small piece of the mastic and kneaded it according to the directions.

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I added a blob to the top of the tube, making sure that I didn’t obstruct the holes that hubs had drilled (I ended up taking some away). As you insert the tube into the faucet, take care that it doesn’t squish into the holes. Hold the two pieces together to let it set up a few minutes before you let go of it.

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You should also connected the bottom of the tube to the pump in the same way by rolling out another piece of mastic and winding it around the connection to seal it together. I did this final step much later in the process so I could twist and position the faucet in the can once the pump was inside. Let the mastic dry for at least half an hour or the time suggested in the directions.

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In the meantime, I slid the can onto a board and cut around the paint spill on the plastic sheet so I could removed the excess.

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I carefully transferred the can onto a lazy suzan for my final display.

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The bottom of the pump I purchased has suction cups on the bottom so I inserted it into the can and pressed it down against the bottom. Now you can pull the cord of the pump through the back and pop on the other half of the grommet as you saw earlier. There’s no need to seal this part; in case you ever need to remove the pump you’ll be able to get the cord out again.

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The top of the tube will be top-heavy due to the weight of the faucet, so I added clear dollar store gems around the pump to steady it and keep it from tipping. I only purchased two bags, but could easily have doubled it! Make sure that the pump is being held securely by whatever you choose to weigh it down; you don’t want it to tip and spew water everywhere when you’re not in the room!

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Pour enough water into the bucket to make sure the pump is fully submerged, but not so high that it will leak out of the hole you cut for the cord!

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When it was time to pull the whole look together, I set it up in my office so I could try it out. I fed the cord down through the counter top and left it dangling until I was ready to plug it in.

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I positioned the paint lid beside the paint bucket, then leaned the paint brush on top of the lid.

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When I plugged it in, I was amazed at how realistic it looked. It looked like real flowing water from a magically floating tap and the paint was so shiny I thought it was still wet (but it wasn’t!).

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I couldn’t wait to surprise hub so I moved the whole shebang upstairs!

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Hubs grinned from ear to ear when he walked into the room and saw it; I love getting surprises, but I love giving them even more! I hope he has room for this at his office; I think his co-workers would get a kick out of it – and I’ll undoubtedly need the space for my next craft project 🙂

UPDATE: Hubs loved it so much he refused to move it to the office; I’ll just have to make him another one!

Maintenance

As you run the pump, some of the water will eventually evaporate. Make sure the pump is fully covered with water; you don’t want to burn out the motor. It’s also a good idea to use distilled water instead of tap water; it will be a lot easier on the pump motor.

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Other Water Features We’ve Done

Here are two pond projects we did outside:

Back yard pond:

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Front yard pond:

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If you’re interested in home and renovation projects (both indoors and out), be sure to check out our sister site, Birdz of a Feather Home.

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Blue Jean Planter

Now that the holidays are over, our bay window area is looking a little sparse. I’m starting to crave spring and while we’re still a long way off, a little more greenery indoors can’t hurt in the meantime!

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Today I’m demonstrating an adorable plant stand that literally stands and is easy to make if you follow my step-by-step tutorial. All it takes is a pair of blue jeans, scrap wood and few other things from your local second hand shop. You can probably upcycle things you already own for free!

This project was inspired by my husband who made the first one out of his jeans and boots after he left the construction industry (which you’ll see at the end of this post). I thought the planter was so much fun that I’ve been making them occasionally as gifts ever since. Although the one I’m demonstrating for this tutorial is just a small tyke, you can make this planter in any size you desire! I got my clothing at my local Value Village; it’s a great resource if you want to start small and don’t have young kids that have outgrown their stuff.

This YouTube video gives you a quick overview.

To start, you’ll need (in no particular order):

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  • blue jeans (I got my supplies at Value Village)
  • a pair of shoes (high top sneakers or short boots are best)
  • oval container (it can be plastic or metal; the shape is more important)
  • 2×3’s or 2×4’s used for wood studs
  • scrap piece of 1/4″ – 5/8″ plywood
  • Wood countersink head screws (at least 1 1/2″ long for this project and longer if you use taller jeans)
  • two plastic veggie bags (recycled from the grocery store)
  • panty hose (a great opportunity to upcycle the ones with runs in them)
  • pool noodle (you can substitute soft foam or batting)
  • quick set cement (I used the kind for setting posts that sets in 10 minutes)
  • paint stick (for mixing)
  • tape (painters and/or packing tape)
  • belt (optional)
  • recycled plastic container (to mix the cement)
  • cotton batting

Measure the jeans from the hem to just above the crotch area and add some additional height for the shoes (my measurement was 14 1/2″). Cut two 2×3’s to the length you measured.

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Drill through the centre of one end using a drill bit that’s big enough to accommodate the width of the wood screw.

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Draw an oval shape on the piece of board and cut it out with a jigsaw or band saw. Since this project is small and the planter won’t be too heavy, I’ve used 1/4″ plywood but you’ll want a heavier piece for bigger projects that are going to be loaded up with plants.

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Place the wood studs into each shoe and set the oval on top to determine the spacing of the legs. Drill two holes into the oval platform (mine were 3 3/4″ apart).

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Attach the oval platform to the wood studs. Countersink the screws slightly into the platform so they won’t stick out and interfere with the planter once it’s sitting on top.

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Next, cut a pool noodle in half. I used it because I had it, but soft foam or batting will also work for this next step too.

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Tape one half  of the noodle to the flat end of each stud (this will be the front).

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As I mentioned, you can substitute soft foam or even cut some pieces of batting from an old duvet to wrap the legs. If you’re using softer material, I usually staple it on and also cover it in a nylon stocking to keep it all in place. In this instance I could have added some more packing tape; I didn’t really need the stocking but I wanted to demonstrate it as an option to keep things from shifting.

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Now you’re ready to put it all together, but before you do, unlace the top of the shoes to expose the interior and insert two plastic bags; the kind used to hold your veggies at the grocery store. Sometimes I don’t add the plastic if the shoe or boot is made of heavy duty leather, but since I’m working with a relatively porous fabric the plastic will prevent the water in the cement mix from soaking through.

The cement stabilizes and weighs down the planter to keep it from tipping over. Pour some water into a recycled plastic container, add the cement and mix thoroughly with an old paint stick.

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To prop up the legs in the shoes before I poured, I temporarily added in a scrap piece of wood and a small screwdriver at the heel; just be sure to remove your items before you pour the cement! Pour cement into each shoe.

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Tamp the mixture down with the paint stick to make sure it’s evenly distributed all around the posts.

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Once the shoes are full and before the cement is dry, lift up the tongues, lace the shoes up and tie them up so the cement can finish setting.  You can also cut back the plastic bags that extends above the top of the shoes.

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Once the cement is fully set, remove the oval piece of wood temporarily.

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Add the pants onto the legs, then reattach the wooden oval platform.

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As I was screwing the right leg back on, I decided to swing the foot out a little to strike a more casual pose. Pull the pants up and insert the planter so it sits on top of the wood platform. If this pair of jeans didn’t already have a snug waste band, I would typically add a belt at this point to tighten the jeans around the planter so it doesn’t shift. You could glue the planter to the platform if you wanted it to be permanent, but I like the option of being able to remove it if I want to switch out the plant materials in it.

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The back end will look a little saggy so I filled it out by stuffing some cotton batting into the area between the planter and the seat of the pants.

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Here it is from the front before I added the plant:

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It’s all done after you add the plant material! All the garden stores in our immediate area are closed so I picked up an arrangement at our local flower shop for the reveal. The container was bigger than I would have liked, but it does the trick!

Here she is all decked out with her greenery!

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I think the small ones are SO adorable but my favourite has got to be the pair of bride and groom planters I made for our wedding to adorn either side of the aisle at our venue!

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Here’s another an example of a full sized planter we’ve done in the past as a birthday gift for our niece:

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And here’s a final reveal showing a few different sizes of plant stands gathered together. We’re growing some basil in the middle one!

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With the larger ones, it’s fun to add accessories like this bottle opener/key chain and belt:

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The only thing that would improve on this project would be if it could walk itself to the sink to get a drink of water, but that may be a little beyond our skillset 🙂

If you liked this post, please pin and share! This is my first official full craft post in my new craft studio (which I kicked off last year half way through this dog bone gift basket) and there’s plenty more ahead in 2017!

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My next craft post will be a fun indoor water feature with step-by-step instructions that you won’t want to miss! Follow us right here on Birdz of a Feather (link in footer or on homepage) or Bloglovin (link below) and you’ll get an e-mail next time I post a new craft project.

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Organize a Craft Room

Today marks the launch of my new craft site Birdz of a Feather Craft! I’ll still post our home reno projects at Birdz of a Feather Home so if  you’re interested in renos, be sure to follow me there too!

Since finishing off my craft studio at the end of last year, I’m spending more time on craft projects. To kick off my new focus for 2017, (and celebrate my new craft studio) I thought I would dedicate this first post to craft room organization.

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Hubs built an entire wall of storage cabinets for me using Ikea Pax units. Although they’re meant to be used in the bedroom as a wardrobe, the interior options are ideal for a craft studio. I’ve used the interior organizers to full advantage. Here, we’ve installed a pull-out shelf to store one of my sewing machines:

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I put a few felt dividers into one of the drawers to corral small items such as my pressing hams:

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There’s a ton of room to store both my hanging and tissue patterns, my glass grinder, my tools and even my thread (although I changed my mind about the tread as you’ll see further on).

The clear glass drawer fronts allow me to see everything I have in an instant!

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There’s a flat storage space for my self-healing cutting mats and all of my tools are stored on pull out shelves so they are readily accessible. It’s impossible to loose anything when you can simply pull out a drawer to see what you have! The only trick to keeping it organized is making sure to return everything back to where I got it; so far it’s worked like a charm.

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I even have a few pullouts to store some closed storage bins:

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Instead of hiding my cone threads and yarns in the cabinet, I decided to relocate them to display them in all their glorious colour. The vintage glass oak display cabinet keeps the dust off everything.

The 6-drawer card catalogue resting on top of the cabinet adds additional closed storage. I organized things like tape and fasteners in the drawers.

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To organize my collection of vintage irons and other cast iron objects, I’ve displayed them on an Ikea Lack shelf. I love being reminded of how far technology has come in the last century.

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I couldn’t believe it when we found the shabby chic highboy shown below on the side of the road. It was missing its drawers, but it turned out to be perfect to tuck away larger project components so I can clear my work table when I have things in progress and need to move on to another step. It’s so easy to store and grab things from the open shelf space.

My grandmother bought me the industrial pattern table to christen my first studio. Hubs added a shelf onto the bottom of it so I could store some closed bins that are holding my fabrics. My grandmother (and Mom) taught me most of what I know about crafting and I always think of her when I’m looking for some inspiration for my next project!

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My favourite piece (if I had to pick just one) is the kitchen drawer units we repurposed from our kitchen renovation. We faced the front of each drawer with MDF to get a clean slate. I blew up a picture of a VW beetle that hubs restored and attached it to the MDF for a unique storage piece.

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There are six large and deep storage drawers as well as a vertical pullout (similar to the pull-out cabinet we built for our new kitchen). I store most of my finished projects in the drawers that are still waiting for their final place in our home (or someone else’s home!).

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In one half of the pull-out cabinet I’m storing mostly liquid items such as paint, caulk and glue. The shelves are adjustable so that my storage options are totally flexible and I can switch things around whenever I want to:

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On the other side of the divide, we installed a perforated metal backer. I can hang some items on the metal,  either peg-board style or by magnets. I haven’t organized this spot yet, but will likely store my rulers here.

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My work area will one day hold a laptop or desktop computer so I can design and execute in the same space.

Above the floating desk, we installed additional wall cabinets to maximize storage space.

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I’ve got inspirational magazines stored in one of the cabinets, as shown below, and a collection of craft books in the other units:

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Lastly, I’ve organized all my smaller items in a vintage card catalogue. Everything is labeled alphabetically so I can easily find it:

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Now that everything is coming together organization-wise, I can fully concentrate on the fun aspects of my new craft studio: creating and making things!

Here is a sneak peak of my very first craft project in 2017. I’ll be showing you how to make your very own blue jean planter. Isn’t it adorable? I’ll have a full tutorial, and hopefully a video for you, very soon!

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