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DIYS Inspired by Anthropologie – DIY Knife Block

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6 Amazing DIYS inspired by Anthro

Yay! It’s that time again when I team up with Upcycled Treasures, Brave New Home, The Gathered Home, Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body and Delineate your Dwelling to provide you with AMAZING tutorials each month inspired by our favorite stores. Hence the title. If you missed out on our projects from last year, don’t worry! I’ll link them up in the bottom of this post. So, you can see from the image that we have amazing projects this month. This month was DIYs inspired by Anthropologie. I chose to make a DIY Knife Block with bamboo skewers. I love it and know you will as well!

Anthropologie Inspired DIY Tutorial for a Knife Block

Want to see my inspiration?

Knife Block Inspiration

via Anthropologie 

I saw those last year and just fell in love with them. I needed/wanted the larger size, which rang in at close to $70. I can be frugal and knew that I could make one for much less than that… $50 less. I didn’t keep the exact tally, but I think my wood project boards came to about $12 and I used about 10 packages of skewer sticks (which were .97 a piece). I came in at just over $20. #stealofadeal

I know your curious about the process, so I’ll give you a step-by-step.

1. Decide on your size (based on knife sizes). I knew that I wanted mine to be about 12 inches tall by 12 long. Buy boards. I bought project craft wood pieces (found in the lumber aisle) that were 3/8″ x 4″ x 36″. You will need enough pieces (my pieces were 12 inches) for all sides (8 total).

DIY Knife Block Tutorial

Mark your wood at 12 inches and use a saw to cut.

2. Repeat on all pieces. You will end up with 8 pieces total.

DIY Knife Block Tutorial

3. Take three pieces and wood glue and then clamp together. Repeat with another three pieces so that you have (2) sets of three pieces glued together. Let dry.

DIY Knife Block Tutorial

*Marvel at my uneven cuts. Ha. It turned out alright.

4. Attach one 12 inch board (the bottom piece) to an end 12 inch board using a brad gun.

DIYS Inspired by Anthropologie  DIY Knife Block Tutorial

Then attach 1 of the glued 3-piece boards to the bottom and to the end board.

DIYS Inspired by Anthropologie  DIY Knife Block Tutorial

DIYS Inspired by Anthropologie  DIY Knife Block Tutorial

5. Repeat until you have attached all pieces.

DIYS Inspired by Anthropologie  DIY Knife Block Tutorial

6. If you have uneven wood at the top, then go crazy with the orbital sander.

Knife Block Tutorial By Bigger Than The Three Of Us

7. Use wood filler in all the brad holes. Let dry and lightly sand.

Knife Block Tutorial By Bigger Than The Three Of Us

Knife Block Tutorial By Bigger Than The Three Of Us

8. Stain. Let Dry. Fill with Bamboo Skewers.

Knife Block Tutorial By Bigger Than The Three Of Us

Knife Block Tutorial By Bigger Than The Three Of Us

I wondered how well the knifes would stick in place and they haven’t budged. It’s really perfect for them.

Knife Block Tutorial By Bigger Than The Three Of Us

Knife Block Tutorial By Bigger Than The Three Of Us

Overall, I’m thrilled with this little project. The only downside is that I don’t have a cute/finished kitchen for my block to set out in. =)

Anthropologie Inspired DIY Tutorial for a Knife Block

If you loved this project, then I know you will love the other five projects in this series!

6 Amazing DIYS inspired by Anthro

Stop by: Upcycled Treasures, The Gathered Home, Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body, Brave New Home and Delineate Your Dwelling to see more!

Want even more inspiration? Check out last year’s Anthropologie Inspired Projects.

DIY Projects inspired by Anthro



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Tools for Travel – CLEAR

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Thank you to CLEAR for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try their service!

CLEAR

Do you have certain things that you do every time you travel? I’m one of those crazy-prepared travelers. I can’t help it. I get a thrill looking up awesome tapa bars and restaurants prior to our trip. I love reading reviews and browsing Pinterest related travel boards. I would definitely say that pre-planning is definitely one of my tools for traveling, but I’m excited to tell you about another one. Have you heard of CLEAR? Seriously, I’m so excited to tell you about it and share a code for 2 months of free membership for all my readers!

CLEAR is a membership-based service that allows travelers to get through airport security faster. A CLEAR membership costs $179 annually, or about $15 a month. You can add a spouse to your account for $50 and kids under 18 are free if they are traveling with a CLEAR member.

Do you know what this means when you are traveling with young kiddos? It means less lines and less potential meltdowns! I don’t know how many times we have had to get to the airport super early just to make sure we get through all the lines in time to make our flight. That extra time with a kid can be so annoying! Well, this service saves the day.

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CLEAR is now open in 11 major airports with more opening very soon. Our current airports with CLEAR lanes are San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC), Las Vegas (LAS), Denver (DEN), Houston (IAH & HOU), San Antonio (SAT), Dallas (DFW), Orlando (MCO), Baltimore (BWI), Westchester (HPN), and Miami (MIA) coming soon.

CLEAR is now also expanding into select Major League Baseball parks around the country. Starting at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CLEAR members and their families can now get into the game faster (with an expedited security screening process) with just a tap of their finger.

To enroll in CLEAR, you must present either an US Passport or US issued Permanent Resident/Alien Registration Card PLUS an approved secondary ID (State Issued ID, Drivers License, Military ID, or Foreign Passport). All IDs must be valid, unamended, and unexpired. You must be at least 18 years old.

So, are you ready to try CLEAR? I hope so, because guess what! You all get two free months to try it!! All you have to do is go to the CLEAR website and enter CLEAR2M4. 

I set up my account and it took less than one minute. We are headed to Hawaii next month and I can’t wait to try using CLEAR. Saving time at the airport with a toddler is a HUGE win in my book!

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Guest Bedroom Makeover – One Room Challenge Week 5

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Wow, I’ve made it to week 5 of the Guest Bedroom Refresh for the One Room Challenge hosted by
Calling It Home! If you’re new here or not sure what the One Room Challenge is, it is a challenge that brings together lots of bloggers to try to overhaul one room in 6 weeks! Crazy, right?


One Room Challenge

In case you’ve missed the first three weeks and want to see more:

Thursday, April 2nd (week 1) - Introduce your space, and tell us your plan.

Find week 1 here.

Thursday, April 9th (week 2) - Show us your progress. What have you accomplished?

Find week 2 here.

Thursday, April 16th (week 3) - Have you encountered any setbacks? Any happy accidents?

Find week 3 here.

Thursday, April 23rd (week 4) - How’s it going? Week 4 is the hardest!

Find week 4 here.

So, this is the final week. Yikes! I’m really hoping we can pull this off, but fair warning… there may be a reveal next week without the bed. It’s coming along, but rather slowly.

One Room Challenge DIY Bed

I’ve gotten a few emails about how we find time to do projects with our little guy and, when we do find time, where we do them. This is the first project that has really been a problem with finding the time. The garage is directly under our little man’s room and he goes to bed around 7pm. So, no work after 7. The guest bedroom is right next to his room, so same thing… no work after 7. That’s been the main problem, but we are making progress as you can see above.

My main DIY project for the room was the DIY Mid Century Plant Hanger that I shared yesterday.

DIY Mid Century Plant Hanger for One Room Challenge

I’m so in love with how it turned out. It’s a total bang for your buck type project and not time-consuming. Love those types of projects!

As far as decor goes, I have a few things that may make it in the room, but I haven’t completely decided. I shared a sneak peek of artwork on IG yesterday that I think will make it onto the nightstand. The vision is coming together but it desperately needs the bed. Tick tock, tick tock.

Have a great weekend! See you on Monday.

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Mid-Century Inspired DIY Plant Hanger

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You guys know I love Mid-Century and if you don’t know it… now you do! I also love working with my jigsaw and today, I’m combining the two.  I’m thrilled to be able to share with you this Mid-Century Inspired DIY Plant Hanger!

DIY Mid Century Inspired Plant Hanger

It’s pretty simple and especially so because I’ve broken the steps down. Want to make one? Follow along with the tutorial.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Screws (2-3 inches)

Hardwood – I used a project panel from the Hardware store

Rope

Stain

Tools needed: Jigsaw, clamps, and sanding pad

Step 2: Print and Size your teardrop

The first thing I did was to do a Google Search for “Teardrop” and picked my shape. From there, I knew that I wanted a pretty large teardrop so I scaled the size up and had it printed as an engineer print at Staples. I got it home and realized that it was a bit too large. Using the print as a guide, I made small dots about an inch in from my line and connected the dots. That allowed me to have a smaller teardrop shape.

DIY Mid-Century Modern Plant Hanger

Step 3: Trace your Form

Once I had the smaller form on my paper, I came in another 2 inches and drew more dots. I connected the dots on the inside to make the inside edge of the drop.

Without cutting the inside out (to maintain stability), I traced the outside form on my wood.

How To Make a Wooden Plant Hanger

DIY Mid Century Plant Hanger Tutorial

 

Step 4: Cut out your shape

Clamp your project panel piece to another piece of wood. Using a jigsaw, slowly cut your form out.

Step 5: Repeat Step 3 and 4 for the inside of the teardrop

Now that you have the outside of the teardrop cut out, you need to repeat the tracing and cutting for the inside of the teardrop. First, you need to use scissors to cut the middle of the teardrop out. Then tape the paper template to the wood, and trace the middle of the teardrop onto the cut teardrop piece. Lastly, clamp your teardrop down and use the jigsaw on the inside line of the teardrop. *Use a drill with a decently large head to start your hold on the inside.

Step 6: Make a Plant Base

Using the leftover inside piece of your teardrop, make a circular base. For my teardrop, the top of our dutch oven was perfect. Trace the top and then cut it out with the jigsaw.

DIY Wooden Plant Hanger Tutorial

Step 7: Make a Wedge for the Plant Base

When I went to attach the plant circle base, I realized that it would be much sturdier if it touched on all sides to the teardrop. So, I used my cut teardrop form (pictures below will help show this) to make a wedge that would fit in between my teardrop and my plant base.

Make your wedge using your teardrop as a template and then cut it out with your jigsaw.

DIY Tutorial for a Wood Plant Hanger

Step 8: Attach your Wedge to your hanging Planter

Vintage Inspired Plant Hanger

Vintage Inspired Plant Hanger

I used four wood screws that were long enough to go through the wedge and planter.

Vintage Inspired Plant Hanger

Since it’s a bit of an awkward shape, I used clamps to clamp the wedge to the planter and then screwed the screws in.

Vintage Inspired Plant Hanger

Vintage Inspired Plant Hanger

Step 9: Attach the circle Base

Vintage Inspired Plant Hanger

Lay your circle on your wedge and then screw in from the top. You don’t need to worry about the screws being visible, because you are going to put a plant on top.

Step 10: Sand and Stain

Use a sanding block, sand ’till smooth. I spent about three minutes on this part. Apply stain. I used a walnut stain and just rubbed some on with a towel. I wiped off the excess and let dry.

Step 11: Attach Rope and Hang

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This project could be free if you had some scrap lumber. If you had to buy everything (like me) it costs less than $20! Crazy, right?

DIY Mid Century Inspired Plant Hanger

 

 So, are you convinced to try your hand at making one? I’d love to know if you do!

 

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Affordable Art Prints

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It’s Monday! Whew, this weekend was crazy. So, for once, I’m happy to say it’s Monday! lol. My sister got married this past weekend so we had wedding festivities all weekend. Fun stuff, but I’m tired! Anyways, so today I thought I would do a round-up of affordable art prints for you!

I’m getting more and more into art. A few years ago for our anniversary, Luke and I bought a piece from Caroline Wright. That piece (which was a reproduction) sparked more and more interest. Luke used to paint and draw, so I would say he’s always had an eye for it. Me, on the other hand, I can’t paint or draw to save my life. Seriously, our little man who is 5 does a better job than I do. Anyways, we can’t always (or ever) afford original art. An easy way to have art in your home (but not spend a fortune) is to invest in some affordable art prints that you love. It’s been quite some time since I’ve rounded up my favorites, so I thought I would do that today.

Round-up of Affordable Art Prints

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bottom: left, middle, right

I would totally put the sunbather girl and the top left abstract together. How cute would they be? I’ve been forever crushing on state maps and the coloring on that one is just spot-on.

Round-up of Affordable Art Prints

top: left, middle, right

bottom: left, middle, right

The bottom left art piece has shown up on another of my round-up’s which means that I totally love it.

Another watercolor block print art? Why yes, they are two different shades of blue. Ha. Love them both!

Round-up of Affordable Art Prints

Without going back to look, I’m pretty sure that none of these pieces came in at over $50 (for the smaller sizes). Great deal, right?

I might have indulged myself using some birthday money and bought one of the pieces in the round-up. I’m hoping it gets here for the One Room Challenge, because I think it’s going to be perfect in the guest bedroom!

Any pieces that you have to have?

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