Category: Craftiness

Supersized Lite-Brite wall art

DIY Lite Brite wall art {Heather's Handmade Life}

It was at some point after Christmas that I found an extra two boxes of LED tree lights in our basement. They’d never been opened and I didn’t know why we had them, but I certainly didn’t feel like going outside to get the…

Why your child needs a knitting loom

Our six-year-old son had tried knitting in the past. We’d bought him knitting needles and the turquoise yarn* he wanted. I’d YouTubed how to ‘cast on’ and vaguely remembered my grandmother’s instructions from a long, long time ago. I think the plan was to…

The 90-minute (totally free) bedroom makeover

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen sneak peeks of what we’ve been working on in C’s room. Her room hadn’t really been changed since before she was born (with the exception of the rainbow bed and the amazing nightstands) so it was…

Easy DIY gift: woodburn a quote

Now that Christmas is behind us, I can start showing some of the handmade gifts I gave this year. Fun! I found this cute phrase on Pinterest and decided it was perfect for my sister’s tea-loving Brit boyfriend. I even loved the font, so…

DIY stage backdrop for our little performer

Now, a good blogger would refrain from posting photos until AFTER Christmas so they could stage it nicely with their child.  But (I’m impatient) I couldn’t wait to show you this easy-to-build DIY stage backdrop, in case you’re still thinking about making a handmade…

DIY charging station

We lost power twice this week, and both times my phone was nearing the end of its battery life … and I was on deadline. Without my phone to provide an emergency hotspot internet connection for the (also-dying) laptop, well, you can imagine how…

No-sew Canadiana fabric art

The crushing U.S. election results — and the angst that’s continued ever since — have me feeling pretty grateful to be a Canadian these days. So I thought I’d experiment with making some true patriot love fabric art for our son’s bedroom. I’d seen…

DIY quilt made from old jeans

DIY jean quilt {Heather's Handmade Life}

This is one of those projects I’d been meaning to do for YEARS and when I finally did it, I wondered what had taken me so long. My mother-in-law had been talking for years about a jean quilt once gifted to my nephew. I…

DIY key rack, wood-burned keychains

This project started when I picked up a small wooden shelf for $2 at my favourite local thrift store (New To You, for Truro readers). It was probably designed to hold tchotchkes (which make me shudder), but I knew it would be the perfect…

Give a new mirror a farmhouse finish

  I’m deep in the middle of a basement bathroom makeover, and one of my discarded items was a mahogany (well, faux mahogany) mirror from above the sink. The mirror came with the house and it was completely inoffensive and in perfect condition. Ten…

DIY cookie stamp

I’m still undecided if this project was a fail or not, but it certainly didn’t wow me. (Nothing could be worse than those devil bunny rolls. Nothing.) I actually did this back before Christmas, thinking of the adorable custom sugar cookies I’d be able…

DIY adjustable pet bed

We’re expecting a fuzzy bundle of puppy love later this month, so of course we’ve all been excitedly preparing for her arrival. The kids and I decided to make a pet bed rather than buy one. We wanted an adjustable bed that would grow…