This week on MakeKind, I’m sharing a DIY pencil holder that doubles as a mini office organizer. Made from cork trivets, this project is easy to create and super functional – bonus!
MATERIALS // 6 cork trivets, power drill, 3/8″ drill bit, glue
STEPS // 01 GLUE TRIVETS Using the glue, adhere two trivets together by stacking one directly on top of the other.
02 // STACK TRIVETS Continue gluing each trivet to one another, making a complete stack when all six trivets are used. Press firmly when finished. (helpful hint: place a heavy item, like a book, on top of the stack when finished and allow to dry overnight)
03 // MEASURE FOR DRILLING Measure about 2/3 down the stack of trivets and note the measurement. (Mine was 1.5″). On your drill bit, make a mark (I wrapped tape around the drill bit) of the same measurement, so you will know how far to drill into your stack.
04 // DRILL THE HOLES Using the power drill and 3/8″ drill bit, make several holes in the cork. I put one in the middle and six surrounding the middle, for a total of seven holes. You can certainly choose to make more or less holes depending on your preferences.
Fill each hole with a writing utensil and there you have it!
The added bonus? Because the pencil holder is made from cork, it doubles as a memo board! Enjoy!
Quick Photo Frames
Turn pretty place mats into supereasy photo frames. Simply glue or tape a photo to the center of each place mat, then use removable adhesive squares to hang the finished pieces. For a hip retro look, use classic vinyl records for frames.
DIY String Heart
• piece of wood – the bigger the more dramatic!
• string – we used the pink neon thin rope you can find at Home Depot, but you could use any yarn or string
• box of nails (if want a nail with a decent head so the string won’t pop off)
• spray paint to paint the wood
• white paper to draw the heart on
Step 1: Spray paint the wood the background color you picked. We used dark gray, so the pink would really pop
Step 2: Once the paint is dry, tape the wood with the white paper and draw the heart shape on the paper
Step 3: Time to get the hammer out! Nail around the entire outline of the heart – we spaced our nails about an inch apart.
Step 4: Once all your nails are in. Remove the white paper and throw it away.
Step 5: Now the fun part. Get your string and tie a knot around the head of one of the nails. Keep stringing the string around nails. There isn’t a right or wrong way – just keep going until you like the pattern you created. I also then outlined the entire heart to make the outline pop a bit more also.
Total cost for this project – $35 (the most expensive part is the wood!) and it can be done in a few hours.
Make an Entrance
Transform a simple doorway into a pretty passage. Hang curtains in a standard doorway to add a soft, decorative touch to a room. For a sophisticated finish, top the curtains with a classic valance made from an architectural pediment. Paint the pediment and add wooden rope trim, if desired, for a traditional accent. Then screw hooks into the back of the valance to hang a tension rod for the panels, and screw the valance to the doorway molding.
Easter Egg Garland
First, got some string, I used embroidery floss. You could also use pearl cotton thread or crochet thread.
Next make a stiffener mixture. I used 1 cup of liquid starch mixed with a half cup of flour. You could double or triple this recipe if you’d like.
Then you stick your string in a bowl of starch goo, but don’t just plop it in there. Your string will get into a knot. So don’t do it. Instead coil your string into the mixture and gently press it into the goo, I didn’t get one knot doing it this way.
For a little egg, blow up a water balloon and wrap the gooey string around the balloon. Make sure you wipe off the excess goo and let it fall back into the bowl, it doesn’t need to be drippy.
One skein of embroidery floss was just enough for one water balloon sized egg.
It’ll take several hours for it to dry. Once it dries, pop the balloon. You might have crusty stuff in-between the string, I scraped that out with a straight pin.
Then to make a garland, I decided to thread the eggs onto some more embroidery floss. You’ll need a fairly big needle to do this. I threaded it at about 1/4th of the way down from the top of the egg.
To keep them in place, I hot glued the eggs to the string.
Pretty Wall Panels
Finding artwork to make an impact on a large, empty wall can cost a fortune. Instead, make your own for a custom look and fit. Choose sheer curtain panels to coordinate with your room’s decor. Paint large stripes on the wall slightly wider than the panels. Mount short curtain rods at the ceiling to hang the curtain panels in front of the stripes.