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Reclaimed Wood Cow Art



I've been searching for the perfect piece art to display above our living room fireplace since we moved in a year ago. After spending the past year staring at the blank wall, I finally decided to try and create my own art. 

I decided to use some the wood from our wood pile in the back yard. The wood came with the property when we bought it (I believe it used to be an old shed that was torn down) so it didn't cost a dime! I found a few nice pieces and cut them into 4 foot lengths. 




Since this wood was going to be inside our home I wanted to make sure it was really clean. I sprayed it using the jet setting on our hose then used soapy water and a scrub brush to remove any remaining dirt. After rinsing off the soapy water, I gave them a second scrubbing with bleach water then left them in a sunny spot to dry. 




After sanding the boards, I attached two boards across the back to hold everything together.


I found this adorable image on Free Stock Photos and did a little photoshoping to remove the tag that was in his ear in the original photo. Then I used the program that came with my printer to enlarge the image and printed it onto regular paper to make sure it was the correct size. This ended up being a pain in the butt and used up a lot of ink!! Since the image printed out on multiple pages I had to tape them together to get a visual of the size. The first image was way to small. The second image was still a little too small. I finally got it right on the third image. 


Once I was happy with the size I reprinted the image onto wax paper. To do this, I cut a piece of wax paper and taped it to a piece of regular paper. I then placed it in my printer so that the image would be printed onto the side with the wax paper. 



The ink does not stick to the wax paper like it does with normal paper so I had to be very careful not to touch the image or it will smear. I placed the image upside down on the wood and used a thick piece of plastic (a credit card would work too) to rub the back of the image and transfer it to the wood. 
Sorry I don't have more pictures but once the image was printed, the ink started drying and was harder to transfer so I didn't have a lot of time to stop and take photos. Basically I started by printing the ear of the cow and transferred it to the wood. Then I printed the next page, lined it up with the image that was already transferred, pressed it down transferring that image to the wood, and so on, and so on, until I had the entire cow image transferred to the wood.




And here is the final project! Don't you just love that sweet little face! I'm a sucker for calves and seeing this guy every time I walk into the room just makes me smile.

This thing is supper heavy and we have not decided how we want to hang it yet. We'll probably end up using some sort of french cleat. But for now, I'm fine with it just sitting on top of the mantel.  


Learn from my mistakes. Want to make your own wood art? Here are a few things I wish I would have done differently.

  1. Attempted this when my husband was home. While the image looks good from a distance, up close you can see lines and gaps from where I didn't get the pages lined up perfectly. Trying to keep the paper from touching the wood till it was lined up proved to be a huge challenge. It would have been nice to have a second pair of hands to help out.
  2. Use wood with little or no detail. I originally thought all the lines and knots in the wood would look really neat but it only made it harder to see the image. Also, once I finished sanding the wood, that large knot really stood out. I wasn't too crazy about it but decided to leave it and just place it in the corner away from where the image would be. I currently have some decorative vases siting on the mantel that do a really good job at covering up the ugly knot, but I wish I would have just used a different piece of wood to begin with. 
  3. Used lighter wood. While I was excited to use reclaimed wood and save money, this thing is so heavy!! I am really worried about hanging it on the wall and it may just sit on top of the mantel forever.

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Winner of the Black + Decker Giveaway!!


Thank you all so much for participating!! My daughter and i really enjoyed working with Black + Decker and I was so excited for the chance to give away some tools to one of my lucky readers!!

The winner is... (***drum roll***) 

Erin Ellis

Congrats Erin! I will be sending you an e-mail shortly. You have 72 hours to reply (by 5pm central time on Monday, July 11th) or I will be choosing another winner. 



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Kid Friendly Birdhouse Tutorial


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My kids tend to be involved in most of my diy projects. Even if it means standing there with a handful of nails giving them to me as needed, they are always excited to help out. Lately my oldest, J, has been showing a lot of interest in being more involved in my projects as well as creating some projects of her own. A couple weeks ago, during one of my projects, she asked if she could try using the drill. After showing her how it worked, followed by a quick safety discussion, I handed the drill over to her. Unfortunately it was too heavy and awkward for her to hold correctly so I ended up holding the drill while she just pushed the trigger. Although she had fun using the drill, I could tell that she was disappointed that she wasn't able to do it on her own.

Amazingly enough, a couple days later I was asked to review a new drill from BLACK+DECKER. BLACK+DECKER recently came out with two new products: The 20V MAX* 1 Speed Cordless Drill and the 20V Max* 2 Speed Cordless Drill. Both drills offer the same speed as previous products, but in a more compact and lightweight size.


When my 20V MAX* Lithium 2-Speed Drill/Driver arrived in the mail I couldn't wait to open it up and test it out. I love how lightweight and compact this drill is. For someone who is 5'2" with small hands, this drill is a perfect fit.


J was also ecstatic and I had the perfect project in mind for the two of us. 

Please not that, while I let my daughter use the drill, this drill is not a toy and was not intended for children. It was designed for adults and should only be operated by a child using proper safety measures, under adult supervision.


I started with a single 1 x 6 board that I bought from our local hardware store. Here are the pieces I used. 
  • 10 x 6 with top cut at a 45* angle and a hole drilled in one piece (cut 2) - front and back
  • 10 x 6 (cut 2) - bottom and one side of the roof
  • 7 x 6 (cut 2) - sides
  • 10 x 5 (cut 1) - hinged side of the roof

To prevent the wood from splitting (and also to make it easier for my daughter to drill the screws in) I pre-drilled all of the holes. I also used a larger drill bit and drilled down slightly over each hole so that the heads of the screws would be flush with the wood.


J started by attaching the sides of the birdhouse to the front and back pieces. She loved how lightweight the drill was and she was actually able to hold it up by herself.


She then attached the base and one side of the roof. 

We used hinges to attach the other side of the roof. This allows us access to the inside in case we ever need to clean it out. J was so proud of her birdhouse and couldn't wait to paint it!

I love how the battery of the drill stayed charged and the speed was consistent throughout the entire project. With its compact size, this is the perfect drill for getting into tight spaces. It would also make a great gift! It may be too late for Fathers Day but Christmas is only 6 months away;) 


With the 4th of July around the corner, the girls decided to paint it similar to the american flag.


We added a couple hooks and a chain to the roof to hang it. It's hanging in a tree outside the girls window so they can keep a close eye on it. I love the fact that J is so proud of this project! It was definitely one of my favorites as well.

Now for the best part. DIYHSH has teamed up with BLACK+DECKER to provide you with a chance to win your own amazing tools. The winner will receive both a 20V MAX* 2 Speed Cordless Drill and 20V MAX* Circular Saw. 

TO ENTER: 
  • Visit BLACK+DECKER's page 
  • Watch the video below
  • Then come back here and leave a comment telling me what project you would tackle if you win. 
  • Be sure to leave your email address in the comment so that I can contact you if you win!
RULES:
  • Giveaway is open to US residents only. 
  • You must be 18 years old at time of entry. 
  • Giveaway will end July 4th 2016 at 11:59 pm. 
  • Winner will be announced the following Friday July 8th. 
  • Winner will be contacted through email provided in the comments and will have 72 hours to contact me back. 
  • If I do not hear back from the winner within 72 hours you will forfeit your winnings and another winner will be chosen.


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Paper Crafts For Kids

Sometimes you just need a quick craft to keep the kids entertained. These fun paper crafts are very inexpensive and simple to prepare. Give the kids some markers, crayons, or paint and let them get creative with their creations.



Paper Chain Garland Animal



Paper Giraffes



Animal Finger Puppets



Pterodactyl Puppets



Woven Fish



Birdhouse Template



Peacock



Hand Puppets



Snake Finger Puppets 



Fruit Fans

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11 of the Cutest Stinking Diy Projects.

These projects are so cute you can't help but love them.


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Cat Planters {via Maceta Gatuna}




Fleece Boot Liners {via Sewing}




Pet Cloud {via Little Gatherer}




String Organizers {via Little White Whale}




Dog Collar Bow Tie {via Stuff Steph Does}




Notebook Tea Cloths {via Say Yes}




Strawberry Brooch {via The Crafted Life}




Cress Cups with a Face {via By Wilma}




Fruit Coasters {via Design is Yay}




Pineapple Bag {via Make It & Love It}




Bunny T-Shirt {via Pastill}



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