DIY Dining Table

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On Thanksgiving husband offered to host Christmas for his family. Think 30 some people all wanting to eat at once. The most we’d accommodated in this house was 15 before and husband was adamant that folding tables were not an option. Since our table only seats 10 he decided we needed 2 more tables we could use for any future family events. We can build our own he declared when I told him we didn’t have the budget to buy more furniture. My skeptical look did nothing to deter him.

I soon found myself at the hardware store buying various bits, pocket hole drilling apparatuses, screws and an assortment of lumber in different shapes and sizes. The total came to a little under $300. I sighed and prepared for the project to go nowhere fast.

For several weeks the lumber sat on my dining room table while we mudded windows…

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DIY: Orb Ornaments

Crafted in Carhartt

DIY Orb Onament / Crafted in Carhartt
DIY Orb Onament / Crafted in Carhartt
DIY Orb Onament / Crafted in Carhartt
DIY Orb Onament / Crafted in Carhartt
DIY Orb Onament / Crafted in Carhartt

Repurposed materials give an ordinary craft a bit of depth. My favorite place to think outside of the box is at the hardware store. It’s always a fun challenge to grab an item and try to come up with a project utilizing the original purpose it fulfills in a whole new way.

Hose Clamps have a great industrial look to them. Add in their expanding and contracting nature and you have a very useful item in the DIY world. Fit 4 hose clamps together and the result is a very strong, structural sculpture. Around this time of year, they make for great ornaments. You could even add a little ribbon and hang them on the tree.

What’s really great about this craft is that it easily translates into home décor at all times of the year. Let’s face it; we’ve all been guilty of leaving up Christmas decorations far after…

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