My Handmade Home

“My Handmade Home” is my DIY column that appears on Saturdays in The Chronicle Herald Weekend edition (Herald Homes section).

I love writing it, because it gives me a great reason to shop for fabric and craft supplies. My husband loves that I write it, because he gets to buy the occasional tool in order to help me finish a project!

Here’s a run-down of what I’ve covered so far …

Wall art

Board games as wall art

The gold and white cleaning wall
DIY province art (or DIY state art)
Make a chrysanthemum plastic spoon mirror
DIY paint chip art

Three ways to letter quote canvases
DIY wooden marquee letter
DIY photo canvases
How to preserve baby shoes
DIY quote art
Make a giant paper mache letter

DIY pedestal photo frames from old candlesticks
Easy chalkboard paint projects
Turn your childhood dollhouse into a shadowbox
Letter your own wooden signs
DIY “Cougar Town” EAT letters
Framing out a cheap mirror that’s already on the wall
Holiday decor
Easy DIY mesh wreath tutorial
Easy stencilled holiday sign
How to make a holiday banner

How to recycle burnt-out bulbs
Make a snowy township candle holder
Autumn decor
Glittery Halloween centrepiece
Rustic autumn decor jars

Household storage & organization

Rain gutter bookshelves
Turn a coat closet into a mudroom
DIY family command centre
DIY produce stand
DIY dry-erase calendar
Gallery walls
Creating a little girl’s gallery wall
Step-by-step gallery wall tutorial
Kids’ artwork gallery
Creating a boy’s bedroom gallery wall


DIY chevron walls — the easy way
Easy trick: Transfer lettings WITHOUT stencilling
Why Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter lives up to the hype


DIY upholstered headboard
DIY canopy bed with rainbow curtains + cloud ceiling

Modern console makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint
Turn your crib into a bench

Modern rocking chair makeover

Farmhouse benches for under a coffee table

Build your own L-shaped desk
Brass table makeover with Looking Glass spray paint
Night-stand makeover
Turn one end table into two nightstands
How to paint and distress furniture

Painting Windsor chairs
Recover a chair with fabric and Mod Podge


Pelmet box tutorial + frosting window glass
Quick and easy no-sew curtains

Kid’s stuff

DIY wooden seesaw

Spraypainted magnetic letters
DIY dollhouse from wooden shelves
DIY wooden growth chart ruler

Make your own hair accessory storage display

Plastic spray paint desk makeover

DIY LEGO table

Turn your kitchen cabinets into open shelving

Upgrading a plain peninsula with beadboard
DIY kitchen stools finished with milk paint + wax
DIY wooden shopping list

Custom recipe cutting board
Build your own slide-out pantry

Dishwashing kitchen caddy
How to fix yellowing kitchen cabinets

Outdoor projects

Modern picnic table makeover
Spray paint your outdoor lights
The two-toned deck disaster
Plastic playhouse makeover
Add a slide (and a clubhouse) to your back deck
How to re-cover patio furniture cushions
Painting Little Tikes furniture

 Sewing projects

Sew your own pet pillows
Sew a nap mat

Pottery Barn inspired pouf

Beginner’s chevron quilt

Stitch your own embroidered artwork

Turn T-shirts into pillows

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