How to Make a Wall Hook Organizer with Scrap Plywood

The folks at Purebond Plywood posted a picture of a wall hook organizer made with scrap plywood on their Facebook page. They asked if anyone wanted to create instructions on how to make it and I jumped at the chance – probably jumped a little too high… I’m a Purebond stalker, what can I say?

I have tons and tons of Purebond plywood scraps laying around. Yes, I’ve been compared to a “hoarder” but only in the creative sense. I’m always saying I might need that small scrap of wood! Anyhoo, Purebond is the best plywood with its gorgeous grain and the best part being that it is formaldehyde free! The plywood is available in a wide variety of species at your local Home Depot. Yay!

Scrap Wood Wall Organizer
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Today, I’ll share the steps I used to create this awesome wall organizer!


Scraps of plywood –

  • One for the base (mine measures 17-1/4″ square)
  • Three squares for the hooks (mine measure 5-1/2″ square and are actually scraps of pine 1×6)
  • Assorted species of plywood (I used Birch, Oak, and Walnut)
  • Three metal hooks

Secure the hook base pieces to the plywood base using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails. Sand the entire base assembly (especially the edges). I used 60 grit sandpaper, then 100 grit, then 220 grit in order to make everything as smooth as possible.


Cut the strips to fit above the hook bases. I got lucky and was able to cut my pieces to length without having to rip them on the tablesaw. Once I was happy with the arrangement, I numbered the bottom of each piece so I could put them back in order!

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Stain the entire base assembly and let dry. (I used Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Kona.)


Position the strips using glue to secure, then place a board over the top and clamp them down. This will make sure the strips make contact with the surface so the glue can dry.


Once the glue was dry, I sealed everything with three coats of polyurethane then attached the hooks. I did not stain the strips – I liked the “natural” look!

Beautiful!! I think this would look fabulous in the bathroom holding towels… Or maybe by the door for backpacks and coats… Or maybe…?

Power Tool Challenge: Frightful Edition!

DIY Textured Wood Gravestone Signs

For this month’s awesome Power Tool Challenge, my fellow bloggers and I are making something “frightful”. Halloween is my absolute favorite day of the year and I decided to make DIY Textured Wood Gravestone Signs using a scrap board, a jigsaw (or a bandsaw), and spray paint. The design is created by using a reverse stencil technique where a vinyl design is positioned over the base coat of paint before the final coat of paint is applied. Plus, the design glows in the dark! These gravestones are so super simple, you can turn your yard into a cemetery in no time!

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  • 1×10 board at 4′
  • White paint
  • Glow in the Dark Paint
  • Textured metallic spray paint
  • Sawtooth hanger or soda can tab with a screw and a washer

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Cut the board into 18″ lengths. Draw an arc on the top, then cut with a jigsaw. I used a circle cutting jig on my bandsaw and cut the arc.

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Paint the front of the board with the white paint. The white paint is necessary to create a base for the glow in the dark paint and also so that the design will be visible. Once the white paint is dry, apply the glow in the dark paint. I used three coats but only because my paint was fairly old.

Once the glow in the dark paint is dry, apply the vinyl design. I cut the designs using my vinyl and paper cutter. If you do not have one of these machines, skip this step and keep reading for an alternative!

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Spray the boards with the textured metallic paint. The textured paint adds dimension so that the boards feel more like gravestones. I used three light coats. While the final coat is still wet, remove the vinyl pieces, then let the paint fully dry.

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Now, if you do not have a machine that cuts vinyl designs, I have an easy alternative… Paint the boards with the textured metallic paint and let it dry. Then stencil (or freehand) any design desired using white paint first and finishing with a few coats of glow in the dark paint. Super-easy, right?

Add the hanger to the back. Expose the gravestone to bright light in order to activate the glow paint. I tried to photograph this step but it couldn’t pick it up – it really does work!

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Here are the inspiring projects from my fellow bloggers:

The DIY Textured Wood Gravestone Signs can also be placed in a flower bed or along a walkway making it extra frightful for visitors! Have any questions? Leave a comment below!

An Awesome Wall Frame with a Vintage Look

Decorative Window Frame to Build

When I saw this plan by Amy from Her Tool Belt on the Remodelaholic site, I was in love!  I frequently stalk other blogs and always find something I want to make, build, or do. This decorative window frame is easy to build and I made one modification by adding narrow trim around the front.

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The plans can be found here and include the material list, cut list, and all of the instructions to build the frame. I made the frame using scrap wood. The plans call for ripping narrow strips (1/4″ and 1/2″) of a 2×4 or 1×3 to use as the stops and dividers. If you are not comfortable ripping narrow pieces on a table saw, craft boards (carried by most major home improvement retailers) come in 1/2″ and 1/4″ thicknesses and can be easily substituted in this plan.

When I cut the horizontal pieces for the dividers, I cut them too short (the story of my life!). This left a small gap where the horizontal dividers meet the vertical dividers.

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Since I really wasn’t too interested in filling the gaps with wood filler or Dry-Dex, I used narrow trim to cover the dividers and also used it around the opening on the outer frame. I mitered the corners on the outer trim and just used regular straight cuts for the pieces on the dividers.

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I really wanted to give this frame an old, paint layered look. As I was painting, I didn’t bother to wipe off any drips or thick spots, which I think adds to the vintage charm.

Instead of adding a handle to the lower part of the frame, I drilled three holes for knobs in a coral color – my new favorite!

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I cut pieces of Plexiglas for the openings and used pieces from an old Marilyn Monroe calendar I’ve been hoarding (for several years!) in the openings. I added corrugated board to the back side of the calendar sheets, and used picture framing tabs to hold everything in place.

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This decorative window frame to build is so easy and you can truly make it your own by adding trim (like I did) or by adding special photos in each pane.

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I’m looking forward to building another – this time, the horizontal dividers will be long enough!

Make an Industrial Chic Candleholder

Use Black Pipe to Create an Industrial Chic Decor Candleholder

Have you ever stopped to think about all of the cool accent pieces and furniture that can be constructed out of plain black pipe? This piece is the epitome of industrial chic decor – a candleholder well suited for an industrialized space! While it isn’t exactly a cheap project, it is ultra cool! Plus, the metal can also be painted to suit your decorating tastes.

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  • 4 – 3/8″ floor flanges
  • 4 – 3-1/2″ long 3/8″ pipe nipples
  • 6 – 3″ long 3/8″ pipe nipples
  • 2 – 2-1/2″ long 3/8″ pipe nipples
  • 2 – 1-1/2″ long 3/8″ pipe nipples
  • 8 – 3/8″ 3-way couplers
  • 4 – 3/8″ 90 degree elbows
  • 2 – 3/8″ plugs

Step One

Start by connecting the four of the three-way connectors to the 3-1/2″ pipe nipples. Connect the floor flanges to the other end of these pieces.

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Step Two

Use a  3″ pipe nipples to connect two of the assemblies to each other, then insert a plug into one end of the three-way connector. You will have two sets.

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Step Three

Insert a 1-1/2″ pipe nipple into each end of a three-way connector, then connect the two assemblies.

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Step Four

Connect both of the 2-1/2″ pipe nipples to a three-way connector. Add a 3″ pipe nipple to the top of the connector.

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Step Five

Connect the two assemblies together, making one perpendicular to the other.

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Step Six

Add a three-way connector to the end of each 2-1/2″ pipe nipple.

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Step Seven

Add a 3″ pipe nipple to each end of the three-way connectors. These will make the legs of the candleholder…

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Step Eight

Add a 90 degree elbow to the end of each 3″ pipe nipple. These will create the feet…

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Step Nine

The pipe can be spray painted or left as is. It is a good idea to wipe the entire candleholder down with mineral spirits to remove the oil from the pipe or your hands will look like mine!

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 Add the candles and display as desired!


Who would have thought that plain old back pipe from the hardware store could create an industrial chic candleholder? It may not be the cheapest project but it is certainly cool! Other sizes of pipe (1/2″, 3/4″ or even 1″) can be used to create a larger scale candleholder.

Stay tuned because I have more ideas for other hardware store projects!


How to Build Decorative Wood Pedestals

I saw these pedestals online and instantly fell in love with them… They could be made so quickly and easily, plus be customized to match any decor. The best part is that I could tap into my constantly-growing scrap pile and they cost me basically nothing but a little time!



  • Scrap pieces of 2x4s or 3×3 posts
  • Scrap pieces of 1x4s or 1x6s
  • Router with a fancy bit
  • Scrapbooking paper and/or paint


For the body of the pedestals, I used pieces of posts I’d made from 2x4s (they actually measure 3″ x 3″). See my post on How to Build Table Legs or Posts from 2x4s for instructions on this method. Otherwise, a regular 3×3 post can be used. 


Determine the finished height of the pedestals and subtract 1-1/2″ for the top and bottom. Cut the post to this length. 


The top and bottom pieces will be 1″ larger on all sides than the post measurement. I used a 3″ x 3″ scrap piece (actually measuring 3″ x 3″) so I cut my top and bottom pieces at 4″ square. I found that the easiest way to rout the decorative edge was to use a board at least 18″ long and rout the edge all the way around. Then, I cut the pieces into 4″ squares and routed the remaining edges. This kept me from having to rout all four sides of four 4″ squares (ha!). I only had to rout one edge on two of the squares and two edges on the remaining two!


Sand each piece thoroughly before assembly. To me, this makes things so much easier! Attach the top and bottom to the posts using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails, then fill any holes.

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They can be finished however  you desire – I chose to paint the top and bottom of mine then wrap the center with scrapbooking paper. 


What do you think?

Share your fabulous work with me… Send photos to cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com or designsbystudioc {at} gmail {dot} com. I would love to feature your work on DbSC!

Until next time,

Happy Creating!

How to Make Tic-Tac-Toe Pieces for the UO Inspired Organizer

Last week, I posted plans for the Urban Outfitters Inspired Wall Organizer. Matt commented that it would be really cool to use it for tic-tac-toe…

Of course that got the wheels turning and I created the game pieces for the organizer. These would be cute with pictures of the kiddos in place of X and O, or even used as a “memory” game. Or why not mount family photos to each piece for display?



  • Scrap pieces of plywood (I used Purebond plywood)
  • Scrap piece of a 1×3 or 1×4
  • Brad nails or screws
  • Mod Podge
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Assorted pictures or stencils and craft paint

Cut List:

  • 10 – 4-1/2″ x 5″ pieces of plywood
  • 5 – 1×3 or 1×4 pieces at 5″ cut into two triangles


1. Cut the pieces of plywood and the triangles. Thoroughly sand the edges of the plywood so they are smooth.


2. Attach a triangle to one of the plywood pieces using brad nails through the front of the plywood into the triangle. Make sure the bottom of the triangle is flush with the bottom of the plywood piece.


3. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the front of the plywood and position the scrapbooking paper. When dry, trim the excess paper away using a craft knife.

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I cut the X and O from vinyl and applied it to the front of the plywood piece over the scrapbooking paper. If you are using a stencil and paint, position the stencil and apply the paint using a paint dauber. 


Enjoy your new game!


Until next time,

Happy Creating!

2×4 Candle Holder

How to Make a Candle Holder Using a 2×4

I found the prettiest glass votive candle holders at the dollar store. I bought five of them and was instantly inspired to make a holder from a scrap piece of a 2×4 to hold each of these little beauties. The holes were super-simple to drill and the most time-consuming part (if you want to call it that) was the finish. I was going for a “rustic and old look”! This would be a fantastically cheap and easy gift for any occasion or a super-quick decoration for the holidays! Let me show you how to make a candle holder using a 2×4…

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  • Scrap piece of 2×4 lumber
  • 1-7/8″ Forstner bit
  • Drill
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain & sealer

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I started by cutting a 2×4 to 15″. I marked the horizontal center of the board and drew a line, then marked the vertical center. I drew lines for the candle holders at 2-1/2″ on center.

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Using the drill and the 1-7/8″  Forstner bit, I drilled a hole at each mark  approximately 3/8″ deep to hold the votive in place.

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I thoroughly sanded all of the edges and applied a coat of Rust-Oleum’s American Walnut stain.

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I let the piece sit for a bit, then added a coat of Rust-Oleum’s Sunbleached stain.

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I let it dry thoroughly then applied another coat of Sunbleached stain. I then finished it off with three coats of polyurethane.

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The glass votives fit perfectly and will look great on my table!

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These candle holders make great gifts! They are very easy to make and thought the Forstner bit is pricey, in my opinion, it is well worth the expense! Have any questions about how to make a candle holder using a 2×4? Leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

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Make a Fabulous Candy Dish for Halloween!

How to Make a Cute Ghost Candy Dish

While planning for our Halloween shindig, I realized I did not have any dishes for serving candy corn (my favorite!) and various other small treats.

The inspiration for this cute ghost candy dish came from the Dessert Stands I made last month with glass plates and candle holders. This time, instead of plates, I used cup candle holders. So here we have another cheap, easy, and quick project that can be completed in a day. Let me show you how to make a cute ghost candy dish that would be equally cute as a snowman!

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  • Glass candle holders – one for taper candles and one for other candles
  • Adhesive for glass (such as Stik ‘n Seal)
  • Spray paint
  • Craft paint and brushes
  • Ribbon

I like to have a border at the top of the “dish” so I taped off the top part of the larger candle holder. I spray painted it with white satin spray paint.

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I spray painted the taper candle holders with gloss black spray paint.

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I drew the eyes and mouth on the larger candle holder for the ghost, then filled them in with black paint. Once the black paint was dry, I added detail to the eyes with white and a little more black.

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I applied a bead of adhesive to the taper candle holder and positioned it on the bottom of the larger candle holder. Then I added a small bow with my “Trick or Treat” ribbon…

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I filled the larger candle holders with candy… So cute! Hey, Frankenstein photo bombed my picture!!

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Various bowls can be used in place of the larger candle holders. They can be used for salsa, guacamole, or other dips. A few painted like snowmen or Santa would be great for the holidays! Have any questions or other ideas on how to make a cute ghost candy dish? Leave a comment below!

Make Beautiful Wall Hooks with Glass Door Knobs

How to Make Glass Knob Wall Hooks

Here is another accessory I saw at the local craft store. The price on these cute hooks wasn’t bad ($9.99) but I wanted to make them instead as I already had the glass knobs at home!

I bought the frames at the dollar store – I used 3-1/2″ x 5″ frames. I think these would make fantastic gifts for some of The Han’s friends… Unless I decide to keep them for myself!! Let me show you how to make glass knob wall hooks…

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  • Drill
  • Forstner bit & brad-point bit
  • Glass knob
  • 1″ long bolt to fit into knob
  • Picture frame
  • Plywood cut to fit into the frame opening ( I used scraps of Purebond plywood)
  • Spray paint
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Liquid Nails
  • Soda can tab (for hanger)

Remove the glass and back from the frame. Cut a piece of wood to fit into the frame opening. I used a 5/8″ Forstner bit to create a hole for the bolt. Do not drill all of the way through the board. Use the bolt itself to check the depth of the hole. The top of the bolt head should fit flush with the back of the board.

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I used a 1/4″ brad-point bit to drill the hole completely through the board for the bolt.

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Paint the edges with spray paint (I used Rust-Oleum in Lagoon, Eden, and Aubergine, as well as Valspar in Frosty Berry) then paint the frame the same color.

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After the paint dries, apply a coat of Mod Podge to the top of the board and apply the scrapbooking paper.

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Apply a few dabs of Liquid Nails to the opening of the frame and insert the board with the paper showing through the front.

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Add the soda can tab (or sawtooth hanger) to the back.  Insert the bolt, and attach the knob. Tighten the set screw on the knob to keep it secure.

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I made four of them in various colors!

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Such a cheap and easy project, and the wall hooks would make great gifts! Any questions about how to make glass knob wall hooks? Leave a comment below!

Cheap and Easy Wall Art

How to Make a Mirrored Sunburst Wall Art Piece

In my quest to update The Han’s room from tween to teen, I created this wall art piece especially for her! It adds a pop of color and a touch of sparkle that she loves so much! Let me show you how to make a mirrored sunburst wall art piece…

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This is one of the most inexpensive pieces to create – a few mirrors, spray paint, and bamboo skewers! That’s it!


  • 4″ mirror
  • Assorted smaller mirrors
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Spray paint
  • Soda can tab
  • Hot glue gun and glue stick

The easiest way to paint the skewers is to stick them in a piece of floral foam so that they stand up. Use two coats of spray paint to make sure each of them are thoroughly painted!

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Draw lines as a guide on the back of the mirror. Start by finding the center and drawing “wedges”. My mirror had sixteen wedges.


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Use the glue gun and put a bead of glue on a line. Add the skewer with the unpainted point in the center. Continue all the way around.

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Now add more skewers in between each line.


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Take the soda can tab and slightly bend with a pair of pliers. Be careful doing this as the edges are sharp… Don’t ask me how I found this out! Glue to soda tab on the back of the art piece.

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Turn the art piece over and glue mirrors at the outside edge of each skewer as well as randomly scattered through the center.

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Clean the mirrors and hang the art piece! Awesome! Have any questions about how to make a mirrored sunburst wall art piece? Leave a comment below!