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DIY Upgrading an Interior Door

Is your home looking old and tired? Does it need an upgrade? One of the biggest impacts you can make in a house (after paint and flooring) is your doors. But they can be expensive to replace. So why not upgrade them instead? Evan and Katelyn show you how they took their plain slab door and turned it into a custom piece that looks very high end on a very reasonable budget. The price of lumber is higher now than when they made the video, but it is still much more cost effective than replacing your doors.

Video via EvanAndKatelyn

If you try your hand at upgrading your doors, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation! We would love to see it!

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DIY Outdoor Solar Chandelier

I love a beautiful outdoor space, don’t you? My only problem is being able to enjoy it at night without spending a fortune to make sure I can see it while still having it look good. That’s when Do-It-Yourself videos come in handy! A few things from the dollar store, a can of spray paint and a couple of hours of work, and you can have a pretty chandelier so you can enjoy your backyard after the sun goes down!

Video via Rachel’s Unique Crafts
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Get Crafty – Flip Flop Wreath

Summer is just around the corner and everyone is getting their backyards in order, from cleaning up the garden to decorating the patio. And what better way to cheer up your backyard than with this fun, colourful wreath made with just some Dollar Store flip flops, a pool noodle and some hot glue? This tutorial from Princess Pinky Girl will have you making this cute summer decoration in less than an hour!

Materials

  • Pool noodle (you can use a wreath frame instead if you like)
  • Duct tape
  • Glue gun
  • Flip flops – I used about 12 pairs (you can add more if you want a “fuller” look)
    • 5 printed pairs in the largest size available
    • 5 plain pairs in a smaller size
    • 2 toddler-sized pairs

Instructions

  • Duck tape the pool noodle in a circle and cut it in half or if you have an already circular base, even better! You can skip this step!
  • Arrange and lay out the flip flops on top of the pool noodle
  • Glue gun the flip flops to the noodle
    • Start by gluing the largest sizes as the bottom/outer layer
    • Glue the smaller size on top of the bottom/outer layer. For the best/fullest look, arrange the flip flops to cover the gaps between the largest flip flops
    • Glue the toddler-sized pairs in the centre.
  • Let dry completely
  • Create a hook for hanging by twisting a metal wire around the circular frame (pool noodle or whatever you are using) or find a brightly coloured ribbon to loop around the top of the wreath.
  • Hang up, stand back, and admire your craftiness.
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Get Crafty – Cuddly Pillow Quilt

Quilts are always so beautiful and make a wonderful heirloom gift. But they always take so long to make, and if you aren’t 100% accurate with your cuts and sewing your seams, the whole thing can go wrong quickly. The beauty of this quilt – besides the way it looks! – is that it is fast and if you make a mistake, it just adds to the charm! This video features a quilt made in a minky fabric, but you can also use flannel (or flannelette) or any fray-resistant fabric you have.

Video via Missouri Star Quilt Company
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Coffee Filter Flowers

Flowers are always so beautiful to have on display around the house. But real ones wilt and die. Fake ones are expensive – plus we cannot get them right now under the Stay-at-Home order. So what can you do that looks pretty, can get easily, and won’t break the bank? Make your own! Using coffee filters and food colouring, you can easily make these pretty roses and hydrangeas for just pennies using items you can still buy at the store. Just follow Suzy’s great directions and you will have a beautiful bouquet in no time!

Video via suzy rebelo
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DIY Outdoor Sofa with Hidden Storage

It’s the second Tuesday of the month, which means it’s time to highlight a woodworking project! With everyone getting their outdoor spaces ready for summer, I thought this would be a great project for a woodcraft enthusiast to tackle. Outdoor furniture is so expensive. If you have the time and skills (and a few tools!) you can save yourself a LOT of money by making your own outdoor sofa. And what is a custom build without a little extra oomph? Storage space is always at a premium, so why not build it in?

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2 Homemade Bath Soaks

Mother’s Day is coming up, so it’s the perfect time to make these amazing bath soaks for the moms in your life (or yourself)! Claire shows you how to make a soothing Oatmeal Lavender soak and a moisturizing Coconut Rose bath salt. Add these to your bath to help you relax and moisturize your skin while you decompress after a long day.

Video via TheKitchyKitchen

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How to Sew Your Own Butterfly Top

This beautiful, flowing top is great to make for summer. Made in light-weight linen or cotton, the natural fibres are very breathable, perfect for those hot summer days when a tank top just won’t do. Using just a couple of measurement taken on the body, it is very easy to adapt for any size. And, since it only uses a yard or so of fabric, plus scraps of interfacing, it’s a project that is easy on the budget too. Look great and feel accomplished, all without breaking the bank? Yes, please!

Video via Thoughtful Creativity – CRAFT, SEW, DIY

If you try your hand at making your own Butterfly Top, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation!

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DIY Jewelry Trays – Imprinting Air Dry Clay

Today’s craft tutorial shows us how to make our own jewelry trays out of air-dry clay and imprint them with leaves you can find out and about now that spring is here. I love this craft, as it is not only easy to make, but you can also customize it. Pick colours that match your home. Don’t care for the leaf designs? You can use flowers or anything with an interesting texture to truly make this project your own!

Video via Jana Kunnert

If you try your hand at making your own jewelry tray like this, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation!

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DIY Raised Planter Box

It’s April and that means that, while we can’t plant our gardens just yet, we can get everything prepped and ready to go. I love gardening, but I hate how my back and legs hurt after a morning crawling around on the ground. I’m no spring chicken anymore! That’s why I love today’s DIY project – making your own Raised Planter Box! All the joy of gardening, all the satisfaction of growing your own food, the sense of accomplishment from making something, and none of the aching muscles!

Video via Wicked Makers

If you try your hand at making your own Raised Planter Box, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation!

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DIY Faux Stone or Ceramic Vases

Have you liked the look of stone vases but not the weight (or the price) of them? Then we have the perfect solution – create your own! Follow Caro’s tutorial to take any old vase or jar from the back of your cupboard and give it new life by painting it to look like the stone vases that are so popular now, and at a fraction of the cost!

Video via Caro Rostran

If you try your hand at making your own DIY stone or ceramic vase, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation!

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How to Make a Two Seam Tote Bag

I love sewing and I always fall in love with fabrics and usually buy more than I should (which is something I picked up after not having bought enough for a project before!). This Tote Bag Tutorial is a great way to use you that extra fabric up. If you like the look of this Tote Bag, but not the size, you can also adjust it to suit your needs. This bag is so easy to make and is cute too! I love the little pop of interest the contrast top gives the bag!

If you try your hand at making a Two Seam Tote Bag, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation!

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Easy DIY Spring Wreath

Follow Jennifer of Jennifer Decorates as she shows you how to make this beautiful spring wreath. Hang it on your front door to help welcome spring to your neighbourhood or hang it on a wall inside your home where you can see it more!

Video via Jennifer Decorates

If you try your hand at this project or any other crafts we have posted, share a picture with us! We would love to see what you have created!

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5 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

I have always looked at St. Patrick’s Day as a time to start looking for spring. Winter is almost over and you know the crocuses and tulips will start peeking up soon. And what better way to prepare for St. Patrick’s Day than with a little decoration? Debbi walks you through making 5 different crafts with items found at the local dollar store. Make just one, or all five. Use them all together like she does or scatter the holiday around your home!

Video via Make It Mama
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DIY Mason Jar Vases

Almost everyone has mason jars hanging around in their house somewhere. If you are like me, there is a collection in the back of your kitchen cupboard. Maybe it’s time to pull them out and give them a new purpose. Follow this great tutorial to learn how to paint and distress them to turn them into beautiful, inexpensive vases.

Video via The Creative Glow

If you try your hand at making these mason jar vases, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation. We would love to see them!

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Couple on a Snowy Night – Painting with Aluminum

There is just something special about a soft snow falling at night. This painting has a calm, peaceful, romantic feel to it. And because it uses basic techniques and easy to find tools (including aluminum foil balls!), this is something you can accomplish at home too!

Video via Jay Lee Painting

If you try your hand at this painting, send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation!

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Adorable & Easy Dollar Tree Valentine Girl Gnome DIY!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Why not make an adorable gnome to decorate your home? These super-cute gnomes are quick and easy to make and because everything is from the dollar store, they are budget friendly too! If you try your hand at making a Valentine’s gnome – or even a whole gnome family – send us an email at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com with pictures of your creation!

Video via Crafty Sher Cupcake