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Simple Snowman Wooden Block Ornaments

Guess what everyone? It snowed this weekend! Now, as someone who hasn't lived somewhere that gets snow in about a decade, I was pretty excited. Not only because of the snow, but because for the first time in ages, it actually felt like Christmas. I can't be the only one whose childhood programmed them to only feel Christmas-y when it's cold and snowing outside, right?

Now, full disclosure, it's actually mid-November. Not exactly Christmas, yet. But I wasn't about to let the Christmas spirit totally pass me by, so I spent the day making these super cute snowman ornaments.

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These snowmen are super cute and easy, and are made mostly with supplies DIY-ers already had around the house. I picked up some wooden blocks from Home Depot, but that was it!

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Snowman Block Ornaments
Materials

- Wooden Blocks- I got a set of eight from Home Depot for around 3 dollars. I'm sure you could find them at most craft stores (as well as Amazon!)

- Sandpaper- I used 120 grit and 220 grit sandpaper, but combo of a medium and fine grit sandpaper would probably be fine.

- White Paint- I used acrylic craft paint since I had it around the house, but honestly, latex or spray paint would probably be fine too.

- Small Paint Brush

- Black and Orange Sharpie (or acrylic paint)- I used a sharpie to draw the face on, because I thought I'd have better control with a pen than I would with paint, but either would probably work.

- Ribbon (for bow)

- Twine or String (for hanging)

- Screw Eyes- I have these tiny ones left over from another project. They were perfect for this, but if you only have larger ones, they'd probably be fine too.

- Hot Glue and Gun

- Drill and 1/16" Drill Bit- For drilling a pilot hole for the eyelet screw. 

Step 1: Paint the Blocks

I painted all of the blocks with two coats of white acrylic paint. The paint dries super fast, so with actually went pretty quickly.

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Step 2: Sand the Blocks

I wanted to have a little bit of contrast around the face of the snowmen, so I sanded all the edges on all the blocks with 120 grit sandpaper. This was definitely the most time consuming step, and honestly, probably doesn't make that big of a difference in the final product, so you could probably skip it if you're short on time.

I also sanded the faces of the blocks with 220 grit sandpaper, since they felt a bit bumpy. I would recommend doing this- it goes fast, and makes the blocks seem much nicer.

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 Do you see how wood is visible at the edges of the blocks? That's from my sanding!

Step 3: Draw/Paint the Faces

I had both black and orange acrylic paint and Sharpies. I ultimately decided to use the Sharpies, because I thought I'd have better control over it, however I think the paint is definitely an option if you have small brushes and are somewhat skilled at painting.

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Step 4: Add Screw Eyes

I started by drilling a single, tiny pilot hole in the top of each snowman. I just eyeballed the center- no need to measure.

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Then I screwed (by hand) the screw eyes into each of the holes.

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Step 5: Add Twine or String

Thread a 8-10 inch piece (I eyeballed this too...) into the screw eye and tie a knot. I wanted the knot to stay at the screw eye, so I secured it there with some hot glue. 

Step 6: Make and Add Bow

If you're thinking "oh no, I'm terrible at making bows," it's okay, me too. Every time I go to make a bow, it turns out crazy. But for these, I followed this handy 4-step process by Better Home and Gardens, and they turned out at least semi-cute.

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To add the bow, I simply secured it to screw eye with hot glue.

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While I haven't put up my tree yet, I am now super excited to do so! The snowmen will look so cute! I plan to put a couple on my tree, and give the rest away as Christmas gifts. While I don't have any kids of my own, as a former teacher, I think these would be an awesome holiday teacher gift for those of you looking for ideas! If you make them, let me know what you do with them in the comments!

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How To: Super Easy Box Cushion

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I knew from the moment I started making my recycling bin/bench combo that I was going to want a burgundy cushion to sit on the bench portion. I figured I would have to make it- I doubted I would be lucky enough for burgundy cushions to just happen to come in the exact random bench size I needed.

So, when it came time to make the cushion, I made my over to Joann's in search of a cushion-like object to act as the filling. I thought it would be white. I thought it would have some sort of a fabric exterior, and would magically be the size I needed. Turns out, such an object does not exist, and I left Joann's ten minutes later with the realization I was going to have to do a bit more research if I wanted a functional cushion.

Clearly, I had no idea how to make a cushion at the beginning of this project. I also have barely mediocre sewing skills. Like, I can thread the machine, but then I'm pretty much running on luck. So if you have any sewing skill whatsoever, you can probably manage this project. It's that easy.

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Part 1: Making the Cushion

​To Make the Cushion, You'll Need:

  • 3 Inch Foam
  • Batting- There were lots of different types of batting in the store. I just picked one that seemed large enough. It happens to be "low-loft," or "2," which I'm sure means something related to the poofy-ness, but I'm not sure exactly what. I don't think it really matters.
  • Fabric adhesive- I used Fabri-Tac because it was on sale at Joann's, but I wouldn't recommend it. It was difficult to get out of the container, and was not terribly spread-able. Other people have recommended the Super 77 Adhesive Spray (which on Amazon, is almost as inexpensive, if you're willing to wait for shipping), but I haven't personally tried it. If you try it, will you let me know how it goes in the comments?
  • Scissors
  • Something to cut the foam with- An electric knife is the proper and recommended tool, but I certainly don't have one of those, and had no plans to purchase one. So I just used a bread knife and sawed at the foam. It wasn't the smoothest cut, but it got the job done. Other options include a rotary cutter (which was more precise, but slow going; I tried it) or a box cutter (not tried.)
  • Pins
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This is what I used to make my cushion. Not necessarily the best choices, but definitely the most inexpensive ones!

Step 1: Cut your foam. The length of my foam was cut for me at Joann's, so I only had to do one cut to make my foam the dimension I wanted (24 1/2" by 15"). Which was good, since cutting the foam with a bread knife is definitely not ideal. Regardless, I measured my line, then sawed back and forth with the knife. 

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You'll notice in the photo above, this led to a very uneven cut. I wasn't too worried though; the purpose of batting is to even out things like this, so I was pretty confident that this wouldn't be seen or felt in the end product.

Step 2: Attach your first layer of batting. I figured out the best way to do this is to act like you're foam is a present that you're wrapping with wrapping paper. Really. Cut the batting as if it were wrapping paper, and then wrap the foam as if it were a gift. Then pin the batting into place, noting where you're putting pins so that you don't accidentally leave any pins in your foam!

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I didn't wrap my first layer like a present... see how ugly it looks??

Once you like the way you've arranged the batting, glue down the batting, removing the pins as you go. 

Step 3: Attach your second layer of batting. Basically, repeat step 2. 

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Look how pretty my second layer looks! Present-wrapping method, for the win!

Step 4: Set your cushion aside. No, really. You're done with the cushion, and now you can move on to making the cushion cover!

Part 2: Making the Cushion Cover

To Make The Cushion Cover, You'll Need:

  • Fabric- Enough of it to cover your cushion, and maybe a little extra to make you feel better about life. I purchased one yard for my 25 1/2" by 15" cushion. The fabric I used in my cushion was Joann Fabric's Signature Suade in Wine.
  • Velcro- You'll need a strip almost the entire length of your cushion for opening/closing the cover. I used some Industrial Strength Velcro I had sitting around the house, but the adhesive backing kept sticking to the needle on my sewing machine and causing problems. When you purchase your velcro, make sure it specifies that it's for sewing purposes. 
  • Matching Thread- If you choose to use a thicker fabric, make sure you pick thread that is strong enough to handle it.
  • Sewing Materials- Sewing Machine, pins, scissors/rotary cutter, etc.

Plan: We're going to have two main pieces of fabric here: the top "plate" that covers the top and sides of the cushion, and the bottom "plate" that covers the bottom of the cushion. Ultimately, we'll sew those two things together to create our cover.

Step 1: Cut out your bottom plate. It will be wider than your finished cushion to account for the overlap of the velcro. Because the velcro does not the affect the length, the length will be your finished cushion size. You can use the following formula to find your width:

​(Ideal Cushion Width) + (Width of Velcro) + 1 inch = Width of bottom plate piece

So, as an example, I wanted my width to be 15". My velcro was 1" wide. So therefore I should cut my piece to have a width of 17".

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I actually messed up when I laid my fabric on the cutting board, and cut the piece to be 16" instead of 17"... To make up for it, I cut my velcro in half so it was only 1/2" wide.

Step 2: Cut your plate into two pieces. This is so that they can attach with velcro and the cover can be removed for cleaning. However, you won't be cutting the piece directly in half. Instead, one of the pieces needs to be the width of the velcro longer than the other. So, since my piece was 16" wide, with a 1/2" piece of velcro, instead of cutting each piece to be 8", I cut so one piece was 8 1/2" and the other was 7 1/2".

​Step 3: Hem one length of each piece with a 1/2" seam allowance. Right now, you have two pieces of fabric, both with rough sides. Three of those sides on each piece will be hidden because they'll sew into the top plate, but the side with the velcro will be exposed, so therefore we need to hem it. Remember in Step 1, when we added in an extra inch? That was so we could have a half inch hem along each length. 

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Step 4: Sew on your Velcro. You'll be sewing the velcro onto the length that you just hemmed. Your ultimate goal is for the two pieces to attach like this: 

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​Therefore, the rougher piece of velcro will attach to the right side of the smaller piece of fabric. The softer piece of velcro will attach to the wrong side of the larger piece of fabric. One you've pinned the velcro in place and are satisfied with how it matches up, sew.

Step 5: Cut Out The Top Fabric- I used the dimensions I wanted my cushion to be (25 1/2" by 15") to draw an outline of the cushion on the wrong side of my fabric. Then I outlined that drawing by 3", the height of my sides. ​

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It's a little hard to see my pen marks, but on the right you can see how I drew the inner outline and the corners.

From there, I cut out my outline using my cutting mat and rotary cutter. But I wasn't done! I then cut out the corner squares, since they would not be necessary in the forming of my cover's corners. See picture below.

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Step 6: Sew the corners with a 3/8" seam allowance- I pinned the corners together, right sides together, so that after all four corners were done, the cover looked like this:

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Note that your cushion is still inside out, because you pinned the right sides together!

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Close up of the corner.

Once you are happy with how you've pinned your corner, sew!

Step 7: Sew the Bottom Plate to the Top Plate- Once again, this will be with a 3/8" seam allowance, and right sides together. Pin everything in place first, doing your best to align corners. The velcro of the bottom plate should be velcro-ed while you do this. Once you're done pinning, you should have an almost-cover-like-thing:

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The cover is still inside out!

Sew. When you reach each corner, raise your presser foot while keeping the needle embedded in fabric to turn your fabric 90 degrees.

When you've finished sewing, you have a cushion cover! Turn inside out, and insert your cushion.

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Bench without cushion. I'm honestly not in love with it yet.

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Bench with cushion! It think it looks so much better!

Cost Considerations

I didn't do a DIY cushion to save money, but instead because I needed a size that wasn't easily purchasable. Regardless, I'm always curious to see if I actually did save any money by making the cushion myself. Here was the cost breakdown:

Foam for Cushion......$17.00
Batting.........................$12.74
Fabri-Tac......................$3.56  
Fabric...........................$11.21

Total Cost: $44.51

Everything I purchased was either on sale or purchased with a coupon. Additionally, I have teacher's discount that gets me an extra 15% off my entire purchase (which was included above.. I teach math.) An Amazon search of full length bench cushions shows that they tend to run between $20 and $80, so from a cost prospective, it probably only makes sense to make your own if you require a certain size or pattern. 

One last thought: I notice that my biggest expense was the cushion foam. You could save a ton by recycling an old cushion around the house you no longer need- taking off the old cover and cutting the foam to the size you want. Alternatively, you might be able to find a cushion at thrift store that could serve your purpose for a fraction of the cost as well.

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Easy and Foolproof DIY Twine Flowers

Earlier this week, I'm brainstorming all the different ways I can finish off the ends of my doormat project when I have a great idea: Flowers! Being a Pinterest junkie, I immediately searched to see what other people have done. There are some really nice tutorials out there involving making a cardboard loom, like this one and this one.

So, I went about making a nice little cardboard loom, and then attempting to make a flower. About halfway through wrapping the twine around my loom, I got a little concerned. But I know that sometimes things look bad in the middle of a project, so I kept going.

And completely and utterly failed.

It looked like a picture straight out of a #nailedit pinterest-fail post. I had some hypotheses about why it didn't work (like my lines weren't all going through the center of the circle, and my cheapo sisal twine was a little to wild for this project, and I wasn't really sure I was weaving the twine correctly at the end) but I didn't really have a lot of confidence that trying again would produce a better result.

So I came up with my own method. In my opinion, it's a lot simpler, as evidenced by the fact I needed a lot of flowers, so I outsourced a bunch of the grunt work to my 16 year old TA (thanks, Carmen!) and she did all right. And I think they turned out pretty nice!

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Materials Needed:
- Twine
- Hot Glue Gun + Sticks
- Wood Glue
- Scissors
- Parchment Paper

Step 1: Prepare Your Materials
Plug in your hot glue gun to start heating it up (mine takes forever!) and lay out a piece of parchment paper on your work space. Hot glue and wood glue do not stick to parchment paper, so you can glue your flowers together on the paper without worrying about a) making a mess, or b) getting parchment paper stuck to your flowers.

Step 2) Make your petals
Each flower consists of 5-7 petals (most of mine had 6). So, for each flower, you will need 6-ish pieces of twine that are about 3.5" long. 3.5 inches is the length of twine I cut for my petals, but feel free to make your petals bigger or smaller depending on the size petal you want.

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Twine cuts to make one flower.

To make the petal, shape the pieces of twine into a petal shape, and glue the ends together with hot glue. I chose hot glue for this project despite its lack of longevity due to the speed it sets. The hot glue will be dry enough to let go of in about 30 seconds (faster if you're impatient like me, and start shaping it with your fingers) and be fully cured by the time you're done with the next petal. 

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Shaped petal with hot glue. Note that a little glue goes a long way here; you don't need to put very much.

As you'll see in the picture, I only put a little hot glue on the ends. This is enough to keep the twine together without being bulky, which both makes the glue dry faster, and makes it easier to assemble your flower in the last step.

Step 3: Make the Center
This is, by far, the trickiest part of process. Your goal is to make something that looks like this:

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Center of the Flower

However, if you're using Sisal Twine, like I was, it's pretty firm, and not inclined to go into a swirly shape. Additionally, the ends have a tendency to unravel as soon as you start swirling. So I started by putting a bit of hot glue on the end of the twine to keep it together.

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After placing a bit of glue on the tip, I typically smushed (officially word, here) it with my fingers to wrap it around the tip of the twine.

Then I started swirling the twine, hot gluing the back side as I went along. I stopped and added glue ever rotation to keep the twine in place. At the end I cut the twine, and glued the last bit of twine to the circle.

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See how in each picture the circle got bigger and I added glue as I went along. I flattened the glue with my fingers to ensure it was not bulky. All the glue stayed on one side of the circle, to ensure the other side was pretty and glue-free.

Step 4: Assemble the Flower
Lay out your petals in a flower shape. We're about to glue the petals together, so if you're picky about which petals go where, now is the time to arrange them to your liking.

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I've laid the petals out the way I think they'll look in my final flower.

All the gluing we're about to do will be with wood glue now, not hot glue. Wood glue on wood-like surfaces is a lot stronger than hot glue. By using wood glue now, we reinforce the petals, center, and structure of the flower. I love Gorilla Wood Glue. It's inexpensive for a large amount, the nozzle is easy to open and clean, and it's super strong.

I put all of my glue on the back of the center of the circle (where I put the hot glue when making the center), like this:

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Note that the wood glue goes on the ugly side of your center, where the hot glue already is. Don't ruin the pretty side!

Then flip your center over, placing the glue side right in the middle of your six petals. It should look like this:

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Give the petal a few hours to dry, and you're all done! 

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Did you make the twine flowers? What did you use them for? I used them on my Rustic Doormat, but they're super versatile decorations, and I'd love to hear what you did with them!

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