A Great Use for an Old Screen Door

How to Make a Cork Board Using an Old Screen Door

When my son graduated from high school, he wanted a large cork board with tons of photos displayed at the party. I saw this in a magazine (it was framing a mirror) but there were no detailed how-to instructions. I’ve created my own and will share with you how to make a cork board using an old screen door! I love it and it can be configured so many ways!

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Materials:

  • Old screen door
  • Spray primer & paint of your choice
  • 1/2″ plywood
  • Cork, sheet metal, dry erase board, chalkboard panel, and/or perforated (peg) board
  • Turn buttons or mirror clips to secure plywood to door

 

Step One

Start by removing any glass and screen from the screen door. Wear gloves and safety glasses and use the proper precautions when handling the glass. I did not take any photos of this process but I think you’ll get the idea! Also remove any hardware or handles and clean the door, if necessary.

 

Step Two

Prime the door using the primer of your choice… I used Rust-Oleum’s Rusty Metal primer. It is my favorite for anything metal, rusty or not! I then painted the door using Valspar spray paint in Tropical Oasis.

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Step Three

Cut the plywood to fit into the openings. My door has two separate openings so I cut the plywood to fit each of them. Since the only cork I could get was 24″ wide (and the openings of the door are 27″ wide), I painted and stenciled a “frame” on the plywood so that it would look decorative. Another option would be to piece the cork to cover the plywood completely.

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Step Four

Once the paint was dry, I secured the cork to the plywood using spray adhesive and upholstery nails.

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Step Five

I primed and painted the handle, using only the front piece and not the back. Then glued it on the front using outdoor adhesive (it is a little stronger!).

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I cut the panels just right so I was able to wedge them in the opening and not have to secure them at all. Mirror clips or turn buttons fastened to the frame will hold the panels in perfectly!

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Other options instead of cork are:

  • Dry erase panels – Also available at HD in 2′ x 4′ sheets.
  • Sheet metal – Either covered with fabric or painted and used as magnet boards!
  • Perforated (peg) board – These are the panels with the little holes in them where hooks are used. How cool would this be to organize spools of thread or ribbon in a craft room?? Or for paint brush and paint can key storage??

Hmmmm… Maybe I need to purchase another old screen door. I have a few more ideas!!

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Build a Dog Bed From a Drawer

Build a Dog Bed From a Drawer

We have a new member of the Designs by Studio C household… His name is Pokey. He’s only a couple of months old but is the sweetest friend ever! He likes sticks, his “baby”, and his blanket. He’s currently learning that he has to conduct his business outside (not on my rug) and is definitely making progress. He is my son’s new roomie and I figured he would need a properly awesome bed!

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I have some drawer boxes I built in error. They were for the file cabinet plans I posted awhile back but I built them too wide. Yes, I know the “measure twice, cut once” rule but I managed to have a brain fade after I measured the opening. It happens. They were gathering sawdust under the carport until I decided to use one for Pokey’s new bed. (The others will be used for another project to be posted at a later date!)

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I started by cutting a piece of Dacron upholstery batting and fabric to cover the outside of the drawer. I secured the fabric and batting to the side with a few staples. I wrapped the fabric around the sides and secured it with a couple of upholstery tacks.

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Then I folded the fabric and batting over the top and bottom, and secured it on the inside with staples.

 

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I covered a scrap piece of foam with Dacron, then made a fabric cover for it. I put a velcro strip on the side so that the cover could be removed to be laundered.

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I inserted the foam “bed” into the drawer and let Pokey take a look…

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He seems happy with it! Ok, not really but I know a couple of cats who will love it!!

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Until next time,

Happy Creating!

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How to Recycle a T-Shirt into Yarn

How to Recycle a T-shirt Into Yarn

My son cleans out his dresser on a regular basis. He’s one of those neat-freaks (a trait he obviously did not inherit from me) and keeps his room super-organized! He had a pile of perfectly good t-shirts. I usually cut the shirts into pieces to use as rags for painting or staining but decided to go another route this time.

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I figured I would make “yarn” from the shirts and today, I’ll show you how to recycle a t-shirt into yarn!

 

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I started by cutting the hem off of the shirts.

 

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Then, I started cutting a narrow strip and continuing in a circle up the shirt to the sleeves.

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If you give knitted fabric a tug, it will naturally curl up on itself.

 

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I rolled it into a ball and cast 15 stitches on size 17 needles.

 

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I used a stockinette stitch to create a square which can now be used as a hot pad, a dish cloth, or a bath scrubbie! Just think of the possibilities… The wheels are turning already!! Any question on how to recycle a t-shirt into yarn? Leave a comment below!

 




A Cheap and Easy Way to Make Outdoor Cushions

How to Make Outdoor Cushions Using Recycled Plastic Bags

Cushions for outdoor furniture are expensive!! I’m not even going to mention how much I paid for the cushions I bought for the furniture I built… Let’s just say they cost way more than the lumber to build the furniture!

Making your own outdoor cushions can sometimes be almost as expensive as buying them. The outdoor fabric can be very costly (there is no way around that) but there is no need to pay big bucks for the special outdoor foam for the cushion itself when the cushions can be stuffed with plastic grocery bags! Today, I’ll share how to make outdoor cushions using recycled plastic bags!

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Today, I’ll share my method of making outdoor cushions for a fraction of the cost of store-bought cushions that are just as attractive and comfortable!

Materials:

  • Outdoor fabric (the yardage depends on the size of the cushions)
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine & thread

Determine the size of the cushions – The chair I’m making the cushion for measures 22″ x 22″. I cut two squares of fabric at 23″ x 23″ which allows for a 1/2″ seam.

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Place the fabric wrong sides together and pin around three sides of the square leaving an approximate 2″ opening at the center of the sides. The openings are “vents” to allow air to escape when the cushion is sat upon. It will also allow for adding or removing of the plastic bags to adjust the “comfort”.

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Turn the fabric right side out and top-stitch around the vents on the side.

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Stuff the cushions with the plastic bags, as desired.

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At the open seam, fold the fabric over approximately 1/2″ and stitch closed.

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How’s that for recycling?? Now my only dilemma is what color to paint my chair… Any ideas?

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The plans for the chair can be found here. The tutorial on how to make outdoor cushions using recycled plastic bags is very easy, really cheap, and the cushions are actually very comfortable. The biggest problem I’ve had with them is that when the dogs “discover” them, I find plastic bags all over the yard ~ I guess the dogs like the cushions, too! Have any questions? Let me know at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot com!




A Recycled Container Makes Great Storage!

Recycle an Ice Cream Container and Make it Pretty

Awhile back, I bought some ice cream that came in a pretty nifty plastic container (it was good, too!). I saved it because I thought I might be able to use it for something. I use sponge brushes all the time and buy them in bulk. I have a ton of them but have no real place to store them. I figured I’d use the ice cream container but “dress it up” a little to match my decor. Today, I’ll share how to recycle a container and make it pretty and useful!

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Materials:

  • Plastic ice cream container
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Pencil
  • Mod Podge & brush
  • Scissors & craft knife

Throughly wash and dry the container. Mine is oval-shaped with a lid which can be useful for all sorts of things! (The ice cream was good, too!)

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This particular container has a lip around the top edge so I used blue painter’s tape to secure the paper to the container, then used the craft knife to cut around the edge.

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I laid the piece I just cut on the remaining scrapbooking paper in order to cut a second piece. I cut the second piece slightly shorter so that the paper stopped at the sides of the container.

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I covered the container with Mod Podge in Matte and positioned the longer first piece on the container, then I smoothed out any wrinkles or bubbles. I applied Mod Podge on the rest of the container and positioned the second piece of paper.

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I wanted to cover the center of the lid, also. The leftover piece of paper just happened to be wide enough for the lid. In order to cut the oval, I positioned the paper on the lid and used my fingernail to score the arc. I folded the paper in half and cut the other arc.

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I coated the lid with Mod Podge and adhered the paper.  Once everything was dry, I coated the entire container with Mod Podge to seal the paper.

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Voila! Pretty storage for my brushes!

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I have hoarded saved several containers that I plan on updating. Any questions on how to recycle a container and make it pretty? Leave a comment below!

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Make a Recycled Gift Bag Using a Food Box

How to Make a Recycled Gift Bag

My boyfriend, Matt, just graduated from college. I am so proud of him… Not only did he serve our country (he’s retired military) but he graduated Magna Cum Laude, with honors and the whole deal! He has worked so hard and deserves all of the accolades he’s received. From now on, I’ll refer to him as “Mr. Awesome”! I bought a gift for Mr. Awesome – a pair of Mike Holmes safety glasses! Being big fans of “Holmes on Holmes” and “Holmes Inspection” these glasses were necessary to help Make It Right! I needed a really cool gift bag to put them in and since I generally like to reuse things I already have on hand, I’ll show you how  to make a recycled gift bag from an empty food box.

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Materials:

  • Empty food box
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors & hole punch
  • Ribbon & trim

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Start by cutting the flaps off of the box and securely tape the bottom.

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Cut the scrap booking paper and wrap the box like a present. Since the paper is usually 12″ wide, two pieces will have to be cut – One to wrap around with the edges at the back (as shown) and another cut at the width of the box to cover everything completely. Make sure the paper is long enough to cover the bottom of the box.

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Coat the bottom of the box with the glue stick and wrap the bottom like a present adding more glue as needed.

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Punch holes in the top  approximately 1″ in from the sides.

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Cut the ribbon or trim to length. Thread through the holes and knot on the inside.

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There you have it – how to make a recycled gift bag! So quick and easy, plus it is truly inexpensive!

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Congratulations, Mr. Awesome. Nice safety glasses…

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