Make a floor cushion with a tire

Make a floor cushion with a tire

A floor cushion is handy in the living room, the kids sit on it in their room. And a cushion on the floor takes up less space than a Chair. Found on Pinterest, learn how to make a floor cushion with the recycling spirit.

How to make a floor cushion by yourself

floor cushion tire

A tire will be a perfect support to serve as basis for your cushion. It is round, 5-8″ tall, which is perfect to turn it into a floor cushion. And to get a tire is easy like going to a junkyard or  your dealership, or simply to recycle your own when changing those of your car.
This being done, you need a big spool of rope that you find in a store and a glue gun and a small pot of clear lacquer.
Before starting the manufacture of your cushion, measure the diameter of the tire, deduct 1 ” and then cut out or cut in the carpentry Department two round in the plywood from 1/6″ to the measures that you have obtained.

Strengthen the base of the floor cushion

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To give a solid foundation for the ground cushion, screw a disk of plywood above/below the tire with one screw wood every 2″ away from the circumference. Make sure the wood is well centered to the side of the tire.

Decorate the cushion with rope

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The objective is to stick the rope as if you’re a roll of licorice. Hand glue gun first set in the center of the future cushion a few centimeters of rope forming a spiral. Continue in the same way up to cover the height of the pad and cut the rope on the last lap. The glue being immediate, return the tire and cover the surface with the same method.

Paint pad

Why painting the rope? To give a more sophisticated look and harden the cups. According to the used varnishes, apply one or two coats with enough drying time.
Deco Tip: If you don’t have a glue gun, use a tube of glue style trim, the result will be the same.

Voila, you have done a great floor cushion with almost nothing and the pleasure of doing it by yourself !

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How To Make A Pinata

How To Make A Pinata?

The pinata, this old tradition of North America is nowadays a star birthdays Games activity. Kids love playing this game which is raining on them with candies, confetti and knick-knacks. The pinata is a colorful figure that we garnishes with sweets . If you do not want to buy, it is quite possible to make yourself pretty pinatas… And we immediately shows you how!

 

How To Make A Pinata

What do you need to make your own piñata

Don’t worry, make a piñata at home is not difficult. However, you need a discreet place to hide your masterpiece for a few days, the time it dries. A place away from the small snoops so that at the D-day , you will make them a very nice surprise.

To make a piñata, you need:

  • An inflatable balloon: choose one that is very solid and extensible. Indeed, your balloon should not break or deflate during frequent handling.
  • Old newspapers: you can also choose layers of tissue paper.
  • Glue for wallpaper: you can buy. Alternatively, you can make it yourself. To do this, you need water and flour that you whip well .
  • Paint
  • Paper colored crepe
  • Ribbons
  • Tape, a stapler, a needle
  • Scissors
  • Candies and small toys
  • A headband
  • One stick

Materials to make a pinata

 

Manufacturing Steps

It is a rather messy work, then it is better to work on a vinyl tablecloth that will be easy to clean. Also wear a washable apron.

Start by inflating the balloon. Knot the end and then hang it between two chairs with a string.

 

pinata balloon inflated

Then, prepare your glue. For this, take a pot, and put in a cup of water and a cup of flour. Put the pan over a low heat and mix the contents. When the glue has taken, remove the pan from the heat and let it cool down.

Now take the newspapers. Cut strips with which you cover your balloon. But first, dip in glue. When you cover the balloon, let a big enough space around the node. This will be the opening of the piñata by which you are going to fill it. When it’s done, let dry the piñata for at least 24 hours in a well-lit place. You can also use a hairdryer.

The next day, you will have a hard pinata. Take the needle or the pair of scissors to drill the balloon. After remove it. If you want to retrieve your balloon, deflate it just by loosening the cord.

 

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Now, you can work on the decoration of your masterpiece. To do this, tape it on a bowl, head upwards so that you can more easily manipulate. You can paint your pinata with different colors, or decorate it with different coloured crepe papers. Use a stapler to staple the Ribbon. Another idea is also to affix on your piñata animals stickers, Comic characters… This will make a nice effect. You can choose what may appeal to your child.

When the  décor step is made, fill your pinata with candies and small toys: action figures, rings, earrings, chocolates… and presto, your piñata is ready, there is more to suspend it!

 

pinata fill up

A piñata made with cardboard !

If you have earlier used the balloon to make a pinata, you can also do it with cardboard. And there, the opportunities are very wide. You can make a boat pinata for your boy, a beautiful castle pinata for a little girl, a pinata in the shape of giant star, Crown-shaped, of ice-cream… Everything is possible, your imagination is your only limit.

We will show you how to make a lovely pinata Silver Star shaped with cardboard. To do this, you will need:

    • Two sheets of cardboard
    • Silver crepe paper
    • White glue
    • A pair of scissors
    • A pencil brush

Start by drawing a star on the first sheet of cardboard. Cut it. Reproduce this form the same way on the other sheet by routing the shape with the pencil. Then, cuts several bands about 3 In thick with the rest of the cardboard. Attach them around the first star with tape. Take the other Star and glue it on the strips. Before completely closing your pinata, insert candies, small toys and confectionery. Now, this is the step of the decoration. Take the crepe paper and cut in section of about 2 in . Make the fringe. Then glue them on the star cardboard. First the bottom, then gradually go up. Continue this way on the other side and finish with the sides. And voila!, your Silver Star is ready!

 

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DIY candle chandelier

chandelier of candles | by jm 3 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jm3/4685744/) via creative commoms

 

Have you noticed the current trend of placing candle chandelier in the room to give it a rustic look? It does look lovely and charming when placed over the dining table. If you are not comfortable placing real candles on the plank, then consider placing electric ones. In this blog post, we are going to show you the trick of making your very own chandelier in a few easy steps.

What you need:

  • Wooden plank
  • Regular hooks
  • Versa Hooks- Cobra anchors
  • Spray paint
  • Electric or real candles of various heights

How to do it:

  1. Grab a piece of plank from the local hardware store to use it as the base of the chandelier. Make sure the breadth and the length of the plank complements the room’s dimension. If you plan to keep it over your dining table then choose a size that suits the table’s size.
  2. Spray the wooden plank to a color that matches the rest of the room’s décor.
  3. Now pull out your hammer screwdrivers set and attach the four hooks on each side of the freshly painted plank in order to attach the four chains to it.
  4. Now firmly put the Versa hooks in the ceiling that will hold and hang this candle chandelier by the chains.
  5. Finally, place real candles or electric candles of various heights on top of the plank to give it one final touch.

How do you like this diy project? Do you plan to take it up soon?


Paper mache crafts for kids

paper mache pig by bacondog (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bacondog/404586213/) via Creative Commons

How to keep your kids entertained this summer?  It is a major challenge for parents when their kids are home all day and you don’t get to send them off after breakfast.  Now you actually have to entertain them all day.  How do those elementary school teachers do it?

Well, if your children like to craft, that is certainly an option.  If they don’t like to craft – get them into crafting so that you can get them busy making paper mache crafts this summer and hang on to a tad bit of your sanity.

When it comes to paper mache, the possibilities seem to be just about endless.  There are so many creative things you can do with it.  Here is a little paper mache craft that I learned about recently, one that your kids are sure to find entertaining.

Making a paper flower vase.

Materials needed:

  • Paper mache
  • Empty juice jar
  • Paint (or markers)
  • Plain white paper

I suggest working on projects like these, which can get a little bit messy, on a surface that you don’t mind getting stained – maybe an old shoe bench or something.

Step 1

The first thing you have to do is paper mache the jar of juice to cover it with three pieces of plain white paper – that is, of course, after you have your kids drink all the juice.  Allow it to dry.

Step 2

Use any paints or markers that you want to color your paper mache vase a fun color.  If you know what kind of flowers you will put in your vase, you can paint it so that they will match.

This not only a craft but also a great way of killing two birds with one stone – giving your kids an outlet for their energy and imagination on a warm summer day and decorating your home.

Create A Planter With A Wooden Pallet

diy wooden pallet planter

Create your own gardener at lower cost, thanks to a wooden pallet. It will have its effect on a balcony as a terrace. we show you how to, in pictures…

Create furniture with recycled wooden pallets also applies to the garden. On his blog, we  unveil a tutorial easy and not expensive to transform an old palette in practical and decorative planter for the balcony. Follow the guide

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 Necessary equipment:

– a wooden pallet

– a bag of compost

– strawberry plants

– a hammer stripper nails

– a jig saw

–  screwdriver

– a cutter

– a wall stapler

 

1) Take a muscled honey to undo the palette and retrieve boards using the stripper nails and a sledge hammer hammer. Remove nails using the hammer and pliers.

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2) Cut the boards you need. We did cut 6 boards of 25 inches in length and 6 boards of 15 inches. In order to make feet for my gardener , we have recovered four plots of the palette. Add 3 boards of 25 inches in length to the bottom.

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3) Start making the bottom by screwing two feet under a Board then two other feet under another Board. The third will hold with a furring Strip below

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4) Little by little you can mount the rest of the crates with cleats to secure the sides with the bottom (see photos). Again, there are vertical furring to the four corners of the case to secure the sides together.

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5) Cover the bottom of the crate with a tarp or a garbage bag. Let it back up to half of the flower container so that you don’t flood your deck at the time of watering your Strawberry!

6) For the second half, cover with a so-called tarp geotextile and found a little everywhere in garden centers. Everything has been fixed with a wall stapler.

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7) And finally… the part that we prefer: planting! we mixed half of the soil with normal dirt in order to get the richest possible soil. We tried to add enough space between the plants, hoping to soon see them grow! Excited to be in a month so we can see the first strawberries.

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