Category: My Handmade Home

Disappearing farmhouse benches

DIY farmhouse benches for below a coffee table {Heather's Handmade Life}

Every fall and spring, there’s a special week when you can score free furniture. Sure, it’s from the curb, but sometimes you can get great pieces from people who don’t want to bother trying to sell it. I’ve mentioned before how we went years…

Building a huge L-shaped desk

When you’re buried in surface clutter, sometimes one desk is better than two. My office used to have a small kidney-shaped desk ($60 from the office supply store) and an art desk in the corner for crafting and sewing. It seemed like the perfect…

Make a giant paper mâché letter

DIY giant paper mache letter {Heather's Handmade Life}

Here’s something you should know about me: my projects don’t always turn out like I’d planned — sometimes they totally bomb — but I’m just stubborn enough to keep working on them until they turn into something decent. This, my friends, was one of…

DIY Lego play table with storage

DIY Lego table {Heather's Handmade Life}

There’s no pain quite like stepping on a Lego, is there? Although they’re sharp underfoot, I think I’m probably more bothered by the appearance of a bunch of tiny toys littering the floors. My kids have inherited my love of miniatures, so we have…

Two ways to letter a wooden sign

Two ways to letter a wooden sign {Heather's Handmade Life}

Want to hear a secret from a highly-effective crafter? Pursue projects you can make in front of the TV, after you’ve put the kids to bed. I’ve gotten to the point where it actually feels strange to sit on the couch without a pile…

Childhood dollhouse turned shadowbox

Childhood dollhouse turned shadowbox {Heather's Handmade Life}

When I was a little girl, my parents made me a beautiful blue and white dollhouse. They wallpapered the tiny walls, varnished the floors, and built a tiny staircase. Even my grandparents from Scotland contributed — making miniature furniture and oil paintings. Over the…