On Friday I was shopping in downtown Ottawa with my daughter at Urban Outfitters and as I do every time I go in there , I look at the cool use of plywood around the store. They have built all the fitting rooms using this inexpensive versatile product, there are walls, seating,doors all made from this full grained building material. I decided this time to show you the joy of plywood and it's many uses! I have been thinking of using it as a counter top or an art piece. In our basement we did make a craft table using a slab and some table legs from IKEA. Tell me what you think,have you used it in an interesting and creative way?
Last week I picked up a coil of rope and I did a quick DIY project with it to share with you today. Quick and easy, taking inexpensive glass vases from Value Village for only 99 cents, made over with a $5 rope. I used my handy dandy glue gun and slowly wound the rope around. Making sure each section was glued on close together covering the glass. One vase I completely covered and the second I just added a rope base to. I like the final results especially with the touch of Spring tulips in them. There is only so much snow and winter even a Canadian can stand!
MY ROPE VASE - SIMPLE STEPS. . . . . .
Quick cute candle holder
Great sailors knot ornament or doorstop
Rope wrapped lightshade on glass lamp - rough with the smooth
Great stacked rope shelf diy
Cluster of coiled rope bowls. Useful and interesting
Stay tuned. . . . . . Be Inspired
One of the best places for diy and craft inspiration is believe it or not the hardware store! A favourite of mine is an institution in "Little Italy" here in Ottawa called "Preston Hardware" Yesterday I was out with my kids at a local coffee spot called "Simply Biscotti" for awesome dessert. Kids by the way are 17 and 20 not really kids but you know once a parent always a parent! I dragged them along to the hardware mecca on the hunt for some rope for a crafty project. Anything you want or need for renovations, repairs, gardening and so on you can find there with the knowledgeable, experienced staff. I saw a few great things that made the creative juices start flowing. Expect future projects to be shared!
Take a quick look at what I found and some ideas for how to use them.
Copper piping make perfect hooks- hang it up in style.
Chain reaction- Comes in all colours and sizes.
Rope creations - pick a colour, any colour?
Favourite pick yellow cage industrial work light.
Finally how about your very own hard hat to renovate or diy in style and colour!
Yesterday on lunch reading my latest magazine acquisition "Domino" The Color Issue, I noticed beautiful flowers popping off the pages. The colours gave me hope here in cold snowy Canada that Spring is around the corner! Maybe?! I realized I NEED more flowers in my life! I go through phases where I buy some and I love hunting for something new to put them in. I have traditional vases but I love using other items from around the house. For instance one of my favourites are mason jars. A single jar or a group of them together. Maybe an antique tea cup? Maybe a coloured glass bottle or a wine glass?
. Next time you get a bunch of flowers why not think outside the vase! Check out these interesting ways used by others I found. , , , , , , , , , , ,
Love this old light bulb placed carefully on top of a vintage napkin ring. Holding one delicate pink flower. ( Dahlia?) Any flower experts out there?
Here's something creative and unexpected. Galvanized pipes for colourful and fragrant flowers.
A simple brown paper bag can transform into a cute vase for bright blooms.
Combine textures with rustic barn board and an old mason jar with some delicate baby's breath.
Why not try an empty perfume bottle. Don't throw it out re-use and re-cycle.