Category: Craftiness

DIY silhouette art

DIY silhouette art {Heather's Handmade Life}

I’m always guffawing at the prices of simple silhouette art in home decor stores. A solid-coloured canvas with a solid-coloured silhouette in the middle — a crown, a dog, a purse, a hamburger (OK I haven’t seen a burger painting but I’d sure like that…

DIY glitter name from foam core

DIY glitter name from foam core {Heather's Handmade Life}

On Monday I shared the fun (and budget-friendly) gallery wall I did for a client’s daughter, and today I thought I’d share the steps behind the oversized glitter-covered “Addy” that’s part of the arrangement. You’ll need:  A sheet of foam core (mine was a…

Budget-friendly kids’ gallery wall

DIY silhouette art {Heather's Handmade Life}

The thing about decorating kids’ rooms is a parent’s instinct is often to (a) add bright colours and (b) let the kids pick out things they like. Neither of those things are wrong, but they can both lead to decorating roadblocks. I was recently…

Turn mismatched lamps into matching lamps

Turn mismatched lamps into matching lamps ... and turn one table into two nightstands! {Heather's Handmade Life}

When it comes to decorating around a bed, I know three things to be true … If you have different nightstands, they should at least be the same height. If you have different bedside lamps, they should be the same height and have the…

My DIY dreamcatchers were a nightmare

It all started, as most DIY disasters do, with the prettiest Pinterest image. Whimsical DIY dreamcatchers with gold beads, rustic twine, and pastel-coloured feathers. Surely I could make that! DIY dreamcatchers would be an easy project and look great in our daughter’s bedroom. I…

Shadow box your treasures so you can actually appreciate them

How creating a simple shadow box can make you feel happier I admit to being sentimental when it comes to “stuff,” but it gets complicated because I also hate clutter and our house has limited storage space. It’s a vicious cycle, where I lovingly…

DIY rolling craft table with hidden storage

DIY rolling craft table with hidden storage {Heather's Handmade Life}

How to build the craft table of your dreams Do you know one of my very favourite things to buy at a building supply store? Not wood or paint — although they’re top contenders — but huge sheets of smooth, shiny, white melamine. They…

What I’ve been making in pottery class

I dropped it in the bucket of chemicals and needed to go fishing around for it with my hands, and then pulled it out to reveal a soppy mess, and THEN accidentally wiped the glaze off in sections because it was too thick.

The girl in the clay-coloured apron

I started off thinking I’d make a mug, but then it got away from me and now I think it’s a bowl. Likely for potato chips. 

DIY chair pockets for classrooms

These sttretchy easy-to-sew chair pockets are perfect for Primary classrooms.

Feeling the sun

I had a lightness to my step as I walked back down the sidewalk, crossed the driveway and looked for where I’d parked the van. I felt happy. Tingly with excitement. 

Refreshing a $1 lamp with chalk paint

One of my Secondhand Secrets of Success (wouldn’t that be a cool book?) is that a LAMP is one of the most awesome finds at a yard sale or flea market. Yup, lamps. Old ones, in particular. (But not antiques because $$$) They’re strong…