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Guy DIY: Cork Wallboard

I recently came across this cork U.S.A. wallboard on a home décor website. They were asking nearly $50 for this particular piece, but I knew I could achieve a similar look for a fraction of the price. Below is my Guy DIY take on the corkboard map.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

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Step 1: Choose Your Shape

Find the perfect shape for your corkboard creation.

TIP: If you need to print an oversized image to use as your guide, you can always go to your local office supply store. Ask for an engineering print. It’s an inexpensive way to make large prints, and perfect for a project like this.

Step 2: Cut Foam Board

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Cut out your foam board shape with an X-ACTO® knife.

NOTE: I’ve seen similar designs without the foam board, but foam gives you the extra thickness you need to ensure your pushpins will stay in your map.

Step 3: Cut Your Cork

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You will want to cut out your cork shape a little smaller than your foam board in order to achieve a layered effect. I used the outside of my pattern (black line) for the foam board shape and the inside (black line) for my cork shape.

TIP: Cork tears easily, so you may want to cut it one section at a time.

Step 4: Spray Adhesive, Let Dry.

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Glue your newly cut foam board and cork shapes together with spray adhesive.

TIP: Make sure to lay your project flat when drying. You may even want to weigh it down with some books to ensure that it lays flat. If you don’t your project may curl up.

Step 5: Decorate Your Board

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Pin places you plan to visit, memories of places you’ve been and everything in between. Fill your board as much or as little as you want. It’s entirely up to you!

Happy Pinning!

Stephen

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Top 5 Father’s Day Projects

Father’s Day is just around the corner! Still searching for inspiration for the perfect handmade gift? Make the fathers in your life feel extra special with a personalized  present just for him. Get the kids involved and create a memorable Father’s Day gift this year.  Dad’s will love these heartfelt, unique, and useable treasures.

1. ”Instagram” FrameInstagram Frame

Dad will love this frame to display his favorite phone snaps of the family in this Insta-inspired project.

2. Hands-On Create-a-Canvas

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Get the kids to decorate this this frame with their unique artwork.

3. Football Etched Pilsner GlassEtched Pilsner Glass

This etched Pilsner glass projects is for the dads who can’t wait for football season.

4. Father’s Day Framed ArtYou Are Awesome Framed Art

Remind Dad of his awesomeness with this framed piece of papercut art.

5. Hipster Glasses and Mustache PaperweightHipster Glasses & Mustache Paperweight

Use wood and clay to make Dad a “fan-stache-tic” hipster paper weight.

Pick your favorite project (or two!) and make Dad’s day extra special.  Which Father’s Day gift is your favorite? What are some of you favorite gifts you’ve given your Dad in years past? We would love to hear!

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Guy DIY: Easy Cement Planters

I’ve always liked the modern cement planters that you see on Pinterest and Etsy, so I thought it might be fun to take this on as a Guy DIY project.

Cement is an ideal material for making your own modern design projects. It’s very easy and inexpensive to work with, and it fits well with nearly any style of décor.

I used Michaels ArtMinds™ Stepping Stone Cement Mix for my planter, but you can use any kind of quick dry cement you’d like. You can also personalize your planter by using containers with unusual shapes and textures, and adding paint.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

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Step 1: Find Containers

I made my planter with recycled cardboard milk cartons, but take-out and plastic storage containers work great for this project too.

TIP: Check your recycling bin or local thrift store. You might just find something cheap and unique.

Step 2: Mix Cement

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Pour the cement mix into your bucket. Add water and stir until your mixture is the consistency of sour cream.

NOTE: The thicker your mix the rougher the surface, and the wetter the mix the smoother your surface.

Step 3: Pour into Mold

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Fill your base mold about half way up with cement. Next, insert your smaller mold, and backfill with the mix until you have reached the top. You may want to fill the center container with sand, or tape it down to secure it.

TIP: If you first coat your mold with cooking spray, it should make it easier to remove once your project is dry.

Step 4: Let Dry

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Let your newly formed planter set for at least 24 hours. Once dry, use a pair of scissors or a knife to cut the molds away.

Step 5: Sand Rough Edges

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Use Sandpaper to clean up your planter and get it exactly how you want it. You may also want to consider drilling a hole in the bottom for drainage.

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Happy Planting!

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Guy DIY: Paracord Dog Collar

During World War II, paracord was first used to connect paratroopers to their parachutes. Nowadays, it’s used to do things like secure tents, make tourniquets and hoist food into the trees for safe keeping. The inner strands of paracord can be used as sewing thread, fishing line and even dental floss.

In addition to its more practical uses, paracord is also great for arts and crafts.

Today I’m going to show you how to make a simple cobra knot dog collar using paracord.

Here’s how you get started:

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Step 1: Measure Neck

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Measure your dog’s neck. Plan on one foot of paracord for every inch of collar.

If you decide to do a two-tone collar, you’ll need half the amount of each color. So, if you were to do a 16 inch collar, you would need 8 feet of each color. Then, you must fuse the two together with a lighter.

Step 2: Add Buckle

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Slide the two ends of cord through the buckle and pull through the loop at the end of your cord.

Step 3: Measure Collar

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Now, slide both ends through the other half of your buckle and adjust the length of your collar. It is from this end that you will begin your pattern sequence.

Step 4: Cross Pattern Sequence

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Follow the alternating steps (pictured above), and repeat until you’ve almost reach the end of your collar.

TIP: You may want to secure your project with tape while working on it.

Step 5: Work in D-ring

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Place the D-ring in between your two inner threads of cord, and continue with your cross pattern sequence.

Once you’ve come to the end of your collar, trim the ends and fuse together with a lighter.

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It’s that doggone easy!

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Guy DIY: Frosted Glass Effect

I’ve seen some really great etched glass projects on Pinterest like this and this, so I decided to try my hand at it too. But instead of etching a straight up logo, I wanted to reverse the process and give the entire glass a frosted look.

Today I’m going to show you how to stencil a football onto a pilsner glass using Martha Stewart Crafts® Frost Etching Effect.

Oh, and guys don’t let the name “Martha” name intimidate you … she actually helps makes this whole process a lot easier.

Here’s how you get started:

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Step 1: Create a lip around the top of your glass with tape.

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When working on drinkware, be sure to tape off a lip line approximately 2 cm from the top of the glass.

TIP: The tape may also help you to align the stencil on your glass.

Step 2: Apply your stencil to the glass.

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Make sure there are no gaps or bubbles between your stencil and glass.

NOTE: I created my football pattern with a Cricut® machine and vinyl stencil, so it would stick to the glass. It can also be done with an X-ACTO® knife and spray on adhesive.

Step 3: Cover your glass with frost etching cream.

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Dab on the cream with a sponge, and make sure to cover all of the exposed glass.

Step 4: Remove your stencil.

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Once you have an even coat of etching cream on your glass, carefully pull off your stencil with a pin and let the glass dry for at least an hour.

Step 5: Bake in oven to set.

Securely place your glass in a cool oven, adjust to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes.

TIP: Be sure and let your glasses heat up gradually to avoid cracking.

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Cheers! The perfect complement to your big game party.

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Guy DIY: Easy Photo Transfer on Wood

Creating a photo transfer on wood is simple. In fact, if you’ve ever used Silly Putty to lift an image from the Sunday comics, then you understand the basic idea behind this easy technique. Instead of using Silly Putty to pull the image from our paper, we use gel medium.

Here’s how you get started:

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First, find an image you like and print it on a laser printer. If your picture has words, you may want to flip it horizontally (think mirror image) before you print it.

Next, find the perfect piece of wood. I used a Basswood Country Round® from our Wood Crafting Section, but you can pick up wood at any home improvement store. You may even find that perfect piece of wood at home in your garage.

Cut out your image to match the size and shape of the wood, and you’re ready to get started.

Step 1: Add gel medium to wood.

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Spread the gel medium on in a thick, even coat. I used Artists Loft™ Acrylic Gel Medium, but you can use any gel medium you like.

Step 2: Apply your picture.

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Make sure the image is face down. Then, smooth it out with a brayer or your fingers. Some bubbles and creases are okay – they add character to your artwork.

Note: Try not to get gel medium on the backside of your paper. It will only make it harder to pull your paper off once it dries.

Step 3: Let it dry.

A few hours should do the trick, but you may want to leave it overnight.

Step 4: Rub off paper with a damp cloth.

The next day…Use a damp washcloth to rub the paper away, but be sure not to rub your image too hard. You don’t want to take your picture away with the paper.

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There will be some paper residue left behind, so continue to work with your image until you get it exactly how you like it.

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You may also paint, stain, or sand your project to give it a more personalized look. You can even add another layer of gel medium to create a clear coat, or add brackets to hang on the wall.

Have fun with it!