Do It Yourself

Do It Yourself Winter 2014

Packed with step-by-step projects, Do It Yourself is the go-to guide to personalizing your home. Find inspiration and instructions for simple room renovations, home decor projects, budget-savvy style, flea market makeovers, outdoor living ideas, and more. From power tool reviews to pillow projects, we cover the DIY spectrum and empower the reader to tackle new techniques and ideas.

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4 min.
on our radar

Freshen up Bid bye-bye to winter blues when you construct this pretty paper wreath. Curl precut succulent shapes, attach to the provided wreath form, and hang. No green thumb necessary! $23; 1. Panel play Take on woodworking projects without buying and hauling giant slabs of plywood. PureBond project panels are available in easy-tohandle sizes (2×2, 2×4, 2×8, and 4×4 feet), three thicknesses, and 12 veneer-bonded wood species. $5–$60; 2. Handy sand Sand spaces large and small with 3M SandBlaster tools. The large sander is ideal for flat surfaces, while the detail version glides into corners. Rotating ergonomic handles make work less grueling. $8 for a detail sander, $10 for a large sander; for retailers 3. Dually noted Digitize handwritten lists in a snap. Jot on a Post-it note, snap a photo through the free…

4 min.
sticky tricks

Barnwood wall If the look of barnwood appeals to you, but not the labor of sourcing and planing the boards and nailing to studs, sheathe an accent wall in 3⁄16-inch-thick reclaimed-wood planks from Stikwood (, above. These planks rely on a strong peel-and-stick tape to fasten to painted drywall. TIP: Avoid peeks of bare wall appearing through cracks, gaps, or knotholes in the planks by first painting walls in a color that matches the wood. HOW TO APPLY TAPE TO A WALL WHAT YOU’LL NEED •50 mmwashi tape (We used Pale Wisteria.) •15 mmwashitape (We usedSilver Grid.) •Tape measure •Level •Plumb line •Crafts knife •Straightedge step 1 Find the center of your wall, marking that point where the wall meets the ceiling. From the center point, make marks at 15-inch increments to the left and to the right. Using the plumb…

4 min.
holiday by hand

Angular danglers Patterned-paper straws are festive, fun, and inexpensive to buy in bulk. Turn them into custom creations to trim your tree or a pretty branch or to give as gifts. Play with shapes and scale to make the most of this geometric project. (See instructions, page 40.) HOW TO MAKE DRINKING-STRAW ORNAMENTS WHAT YOU’LL NEED (A): •Patternedpaper straws •Crafts knife •Cutting mat •Embroideryfloss •Embroideryneedle step 1 To make a diamond shape, cut straws into twelve 2-inch pieces using a crafts knife. Cut a 36-inch length of embroidery floss and use the needle to string on four straw pieces, leaving a long tail at the end. Pull straws tight, shape into a diamond, and knot floss (b). step 2 String two straw pieces onto the knotted floss (c), pushing them to the bottom of your diamond. Loop the floss around…

1 min.
handmade & happy

We all have challenging giftees on our holiday list. There’s the person who either seems to have everything or wants nothing. Or there’s the one you procrastinate buying for until the last second, then wind up with a sweater you hope fits the recipient (hello, gift receipt!) or a gift card that seems impersonal. We’re here for you. I’m confident this issue of Do It Yourself will help you avoid crowded mall parking lots and long checkout lines, and instead immerse you in a season of crafting gifts and other seasonal pretties for your loved ones and your home. Start with our gift guide on page 46. Find goods (some under $15) perfect for everyone on your list—seriously, everyone. Does your baker pal already have every cupcake liner ever created? I bet…

4 min.
not too shabby

What she did ... LEFT: Wendy Hyde’s glamorous media center—once an ugly brown 1970s dresser— is just one example of the busy mother and blogger’s eye for style. After painting the dresser cream, Wendy had mirrors cut to fit the drawer fronts and attached them with mirror mastic. A gallery of family photos showcased in white frames and mats makes the television less of a focal point. BELOW: A diamond drill bit is the secret to drilling holes for knobs in the mirrored drawer fronts. OPPOSITE: In the entryway, a striking gray console table (designed by Wendy and built by her father) is a modern departure from Wendy’s eclectic-cottage style. To create the pattern on the wall, Wendy traced a medallion shape with a metallic paint pen. OPPOSITE TOP: Wendy blogs…

6 min.
creative gift-giving

UNDER fifteen DOLLARS IN BLOOM Fashion your own garden of flowers from felt, fabric, and embellishments. Fabric Blooms by Megan Hunt has 42 quick-assembly project ideas, including an embroidered bouquet, floral headband, and velvet succulent wreath. $12; PETITE PLANTERS This teensy planter by Wind and Willow (less than 3 inches wide) is perfect for succulents, cacti, and seedlings. Each tiny wood pot is hand-dipped in a no-slip rubber coating in one of several colors. $8; foragemodern LITTLE LIGHT Enjoy luxury scent on a budget when you buy one of these mini American-made candles. The 41⁄2-ounce jars pack a punch—the combination of citrus, tropical, and mountain greens-scented wax will burn for up to 25 hours. $12; CLEVER CLUTCH Stow pens, beauty products, or stray cords in these wise and witty pouches. Crafted…