How cute is this wood block snowmen family? I made them yesterday on a whim, and the best part is that I already had everything on hand. I got my idea from Crafty chic mommy, then gave it my own special touch.
How great would these be for gifts?
2x4s or 2x6s
paint stick or thin wood
white and orange paint, brown ink or paint
glue- I used my handy dandy hot glue gun
ribbon for scarf
wood or something for hat
To make these is pretty self explanatory. Cut wood, sand, paint white. I then inked the edges brown for a more rustic look. Glue body together.
Then glue on your cutie accessories. The nose is a cut up paint stick.
For the hats I used baseball bat end discards that I got from the Louisville Slugger Museum for FREE. But not everyone lives in good ol' Louisville. So you could use the end part of your paint-stick (where it is curved), smaller pieces of wood, or fabric to make your hat or go with out.
Alrightly folks here is a tutorial on how to build your own washer and dryer stand for way less than those store bought ones. Plus I think this is even better because of the storage underneath and on the side.
Here is what you are building:
Wood- Have store cut plywood for you :)
1 top- plywood- 30 x 60 inches
2 sides- plywood- 18 x 30 inches
1 back- plywood- 18 x 60 inches
10 2x4's cut to 18 inches
about 140 inches of trim (we did not trim the side against the wall, adjust yours accordingly)
box of screws- 2 1/2 inches
2 L brackets
wood glue (optional)
small nails with no head for trim
miter saw to cut 2x4's and trim
drill with lots of battery power :)
Ok Have all your 2x 4's and plywood cut to size? Then time to screw your 2x4's into your plywood back. 3 pieces evenly spaced flat along the back- leaving about 3/4 inch, or thickness of plywood, on both ends. (look closely at picture) We did 2 screws on bottom, 2 on top and you can use wood glue if you want.- *Unlike the picture go ahead and screw another 2x4 into the center back 2x4 making it double wide*. :)
Make 2 Sides- only put 2 2x4's flat along the sides leaving one end with out a 2 x4.
Connect sides to back. The "open" side of side piece then goes at a 90* angle to back piece in the 3/4 inch space you left. See picture.
4. Screw top into place- into the 2x4's. Ohh it's beginning to come together.
Should look like this... except your center back piece should be double wide. :)
5. Using the last 2 pieces, screw and glue them together, then screw them into top, then using your 2 L brackets secure them on the back side to the top.
6. Time to start the trim. Measure twice cut once. Use your nails to hold in place, optional wood glue.
7. Should look like this. Time to plaster/ putty those gaps with your spackle. Can spackle any plywood pieces that might be a little course as well. But honestly most of it will be covered by the washer and dryer. Let dry.
8. Sand and smooth
9. Prime and prime again, and Paint!
Wah lah you have yourself a beautiful fully functional washer and dryer stand!!!
Here's my before: Love all that crap on the top, and the big basket of shoes peeking in the corner?
And After: Ahh Bliss. Clean, organized and funcional. Yay!
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