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Hedgehog Pencil Holder with DIY Build Tutorial

Ready to get your tool groove on? It’s Power Tool Challenge time! Today, I am working with a fantastic group of DIY bloggers and we are going to show you how to make use of a basic tool – the jigsaw. My project: a super-cute hedgehog pencil holder.

Power Tool Challenge Team Back to School

If you missed the last challenge using only a common drill, you’ll want to stop by to see how to build this rack (with endless possibilities for variation). No cutting needed, just a few simple materials and a DIY attitude.

One Power Tool Challenge Using a Drill to Build a Coat / Towel Rack by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Today, I have a back-to-school project that is fun and functional. Meet my sweet little hedgehog pencil holder…

You can build this whimsical pencil holder for back-to-school, homeschool, or fun using this step-by-step tutorial. You can even take the shape and make your own character too! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

She’s a cutie patootie, but also versatile too. With this basic shape, you could create a rainbow, a bear face, a car, a bumble bee….endless possibilities for this shape!

You can build this adorable hedgehog pencil holder for back-to-school, homeschool, or for fun with this step-by-step tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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30+ Cotton Crafts & Storage Ideas

Ever since my DIY tutorial for cotton branches went crazy, I’ve been on the lookout for cotton crafts and projects wherever I go. Since one of my regular places to hang is Hometalk, I decided to curate a board all about cotton.

30+ Cotton Crafts & Storage Ideas on Hometalk by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

 

Just look at all that cottony goodness!  You’ve got 40 fantastic DIY projects all in one place.  Here are some examples, a gorgeous farmhouse wreath…

30+ Cotton Crafts & Storage Ideas on Hometalk by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Courtesy of Cottage in the Oaks

…functional bathroom storage…

Courtesy of Liz Marie Blog

…and whimsical decor.

30+ Cotton Crafts & Storage Ideas on Hometalk by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Courtesy of Lana Jane Fox

Don’t forget yours truly has a video tutorial for you to make your own cotton branches.

DIY Farmhouse Cotton Branches by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Come on over and check out all the projects my board has to offer.  See you there!

Repurposed Sewing Fabric Storage

Not long ago, I shared a picture on Facebook that really went crazy.  It wasn’t of a furniture piece I had thrifted and refinished, or of a DIY room remodel. Nope. It was a picture of my sewing fabric storage.

Repurposed Industrial Style Sewing Storage by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

My sewing space has been an evolving process and is always being tweaked to suit me better.  Rarely these days do I get much of a chance to sit in my hallowed nook, but on occasion  I make time to do what I love.  SEW!

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DIY Bowling Ball Pumpkin

Ever have a perfectly useless bowling ball sitting around and have no idea what to do with it except to leave it for the garbage truck? They’re heavy and roll, so there isn’t a whole lot you can do with them, right?

Check out this fun project…a bowling ball pumpkin!

DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.comMy oldest son knows how much I love to treasure hunt during our city spring clean up each year, and instead of being able to go with him this year, I had to be in the NICU with our 6 week early baby.  So, he thought he’d give it a go on his own, and found a bowling ball.  He was so excited to send me a picture of it, but I have to admit I thought to myself, “What are we going to do with that?”.

I’d seen them be used for yard art, but it wasn’t until this fall rolled around that the idea struck me….a PUMPKIN!

Want to make one too?  Just grab a bowling ball, some paint, and let’s roll! (get it?  bowling ball…roll…ha!)

Starting off, we wanted the ball to stay put on any surface, so we took a 6.5″ x 6″ piece of old barn wood (any wood will do), and drilled a hole using a 2″ hole saw bit on our drill.  You don’t have to have wood, you could use a dish, candlestick, etc. to hold it in place – our ball even stayed when placed on the finger holes, but I wanted to be sure my little ones didn’t knock it over.

DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.comNext, since you want the paint to stick to the slick surface of the ball, grab some sandpaper and rough up the surface a bit.

DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Fun part! We mixed up our own base coat of pumpkinish colored paint. To add dimension, my son figured out to drag the paintbrush in strokes going around the bsall from top to bottom to give the ball a ridged effect. That’s my boy!
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Since the ball is so..well…round, we wanted to create even more dimension and used Martha Stewart’s textured finish to glop on some pumpkin-type bumps all over.  You could use a thick flour and water mixture, hot glue, whatever you’d like to get the same effect.
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
After the texture is applied we did our last coat with Plaid Folk Art acrylic paint in the color pumpkin (or course!).
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
When you look at a pumpkin you don’t just see orange, but also some browns and greens, right? We dabbed on a bit of brown, darker green and highlighted with light green to get a homegrown look.
Using that same brown, my guy went around the ball drawing the striations (lines) down the pumpkin at about 3″ intervals starting from the center going to the opposing center. Then, on those striations, we glued on twine to take away from the perfect round shape.
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
With a few scrap pieces of green and brown burlap, he cut 3 leaves (you can do as many as you like), then painted veins on them with that brown we used earlier.  You could also use crinkly brown packing paper, fabric, fake or real leaves, etc.
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
We glued on a real dried up pumpkin stem (you could use a bent tree branch if you don’t have one) and added some curly twine as vines.
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Cute factor:  We could have made up the bowling ball with a screaming ghostly face using the finger holes as eyes and mouth (see photo above), but since we don’t celebrate Halloween, we wanted to keep this project on the harvest side of the season and added a little friend.  Meet Felipe!
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
I used a tiny amount of Sculpey to create a mouse head that would peek out of his home at “143 Charger” – isn’t that stinkin’ cute?!
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
My son did a fantastic job, and I am happy we found a use for a pretty useless hunk of trash.  Win-win!
Now let’s party!
The Best of DIY Linky Party with 27 DIY Bloggers via Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
I am wonderfully blessed to be able to collaborate with this fabulous group of bloggers with a flair for DIY.  Meet the ladies:
The Best of DIY Linky Party with 27 DIY Bloggers via Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

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Be sure to stop by these blogs and check out all the goodies they have to offer. We’ve created a Pinterest board, The Best of DIY, with oodles of projects. AND if you want to find us on other social media like Facebook, Twitter, Goggle+, Hometalk or Instagram, just use the hashtag: #bestofDIY.  Easy peasy.

When you link up to this party you’re not only linking up here. Your project will also be linking up with the 26 other bloggers as well.  You can’t get more bang for your link.
 
Link up to 3 of your projects, just make sure they’re DIY in nature – you can include how you created decor by adding a special touch or a craft, furniture redo…you get the idea, right?

Now it’s time to show us your DIY stuff!

DIY Stenciled Burlap Canvas Art Tutorial

Spring is in the air, which means it’s time to create some spring-like decor for the home. What better way than to use a rutic burlap canvas?

DIY Stenciled Burlap Canvas Art by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesI adore burlap because it is such a versatile medium.  Instead of the tree stencil that is featured in the project, I went with a Martha Stewart stencil that included birds, branches, butterflies, and flowers.  (Spring can not come fast enough for me!)

Here’s what you’ll need to do this project:

Michaels & Hometalk Pinterest Party: DIY Stenciled Burlap Canvas Art Tutorial via Prodigal Pieces
  1. 12″ x 12″ Stretched Burlap Canvas (you could make your own)
  2. Acrylic Paint – I used Folk Art Wrought Iron Acrylic Craft Paint
  3. Foam Pouncer
  4. Paint Tray or a plastic lid
  5. Painters or Masking Tape (optional)
  6. Small Artists Brush (optional)
  7. Stencil of choice
  8. Glue Gun
  9. Embellishments (have fun dressing it up!)
  10. Cotton Ball or Swab
  11. Brown Ink Pad
  12. Scrapbook Paper or Decorative Tags
  13. Coordinating marker, stamps, or computer print out of text, “Spring Song”

Before I started, I cut out a 12″ x 12″ piece of paper and “played” with the stencil to see how I wanted to lay out my design – a sort of dry run at it.  You can skip this step, but it helps to be able to visualize your finished product.

Once you’re happy with the layout, use the tape to help hold the stencil in place (a buggy stencil can really drive you crazy!).

Michaels & Hometalk Pinterest Party: DIY Stenciled Burlap Canvas Art Tutorial via Prodigal Pieces
Place a small amount of the paint in your paint tray.  Grab your pouncer and load it up, but not too much.  I like to load it and then stomp on a scrap piece of paper or cardboard to even out the paint.
Start pouncing (pressing the pouncer into the stencil), and don’t feel that you have to completely fill it the stencil because leaving it lighter gives it an aged, worn effect.  Be sure not to accidentally pounce in more than one open spot at a time.
TIP: I used a hairdryer to dry the place I just painted before moving on to the next stenciling so that my stencil wouldn’t pick up the wet paint and transfer it to places I didn’t want it.  That’s no fun.
Once you’re happy with the layout of your stenciling, it’s time to grab your embellishments and take it to the next level adding texture and dimension.
Being that I am a vintage lover, I just had to add some vintage items to my project, which included antique lace “flower” (just a small running stitch on one side to gather the center) and some vintage pearl buttons.  Hot glue them on!
I was going for a dogwood effect.  Do you see it?
Michaels & Hometalk Pinterest Party: DIY Stenciled Burlap Canvas Art Tutorial via Prodigal Pieces
Michaels & Hometalk Pinterest Party: DIY Stenciled Burlap Canvas Art Tutorial via Prodigal Pieces
Michaels & Hometalk Pinterest Party: DIY Stenciled Burlap Canvas Art Tutorial via Prodigal Pieces
Next, I used some vintage music sheet paper that I printed at home using all the wonderful free images on Pinterest, and cut out some wings for the birds. (again, creating the dimension and texture while tying in the lace)  Taking a cotton ball, pounce lightly on a brown ink pad and then distress the edges of the wings.
In the next step, I added some scrapbook papers in layers with a top label reading, “Spring Song”.  Seriously, I just went into Word, added some word art in different fonts in the size I wanted and then printed onto a scrap of a manila folder.  I didn’t even cut it out, just tore it to give it a tattered effect.  Pounce the edges with the cotton ball like you did the wings.
Michaels & Hometalk Pinterest Party: DIY Stenciled Burlap Canvas Art Tutorial via Prodigal Pieces
Last, I wanted to add a rustic feel with some upholstery nails around the outside edge.  You can find these at most hardware stores and some craft stores.  The frame is perfect for the nails because they tend to be long and the frame is nice and thick.
Michaels & Hometalk Pinterest Party: DIY Stenciled Burlap Canvas Art Tutorial via Prodigal Pieces
Done!
Michaels & Hometalk Pinterest Party: DIY Stenciled Burlap Canvas Art Tutorial via Prodigal Pieces
Michaels & Hometalk Pinterest Party: DIY Stenciled Burlap Canvas Art Tutorial via Prodigal Pieces
Now you have a hand-crafted, rustic piece of art to display in your springtime decor.
Have questions?  Feel free to ask.

Handmade Holidays Gift Ideas & Resources #3 – Wooden Gifts

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and I hope you find time to really focus and be thankful for all of your blessings.  Each year has ups and downs and the fact I’m still here should count for something!

Celebrating Christmas comes once a year (although we should celebrate the birth of our Savior all year long), and I love to try to make it so absolutely special for my family.

Because we make our gifts, it’s always fun to get my husband & kids involved, and work on projects together.  Our favorite medium by far is WOOD.

Last week I shared Natural Bath & Body Gifts with recipes.

Ready for some woody fun?

Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

My gang loves to give each other gifts, and instead of buying things for them to give each other, we encourage them to make the gifts they give.  This usually entails working with them to create the gift, and that’s perfect for us to get to spend some quality time together.

My oldest son amazed me at the gifts he made for his siblings:

A Peg Bead Counter – just some dowel, beads, and a block of wood. Most all of the supplies can be found at your local craft store.

Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
This was given to his younger brother who was two at the time, but all of us have had fun not only stacking the beads, but making creative games with it too.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
A Spool Stacker – using a simple wooden box, dowel, balsa wood, and spools with matching scrapbook paper.  Again, these can all be found at your local crafts supply. (Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and even JoAnn)
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
This is my favorite that he made.  It’s so stinking cute and educational.  My four year old girl just loves it.
The only added piece was a routed pine block that we also drilled to hold the dowels while the game was in use.  The top was drawn on with a brown sharpie marker after using a transfer method I discuss here.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Travel Tic Tac Toe & Tricky Triangle – wooden wheel pegs and a block of wood all kept in a basic drawstring canvas bag.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
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Travel games are great for anyone in the family and these will encourage brain stimulation more than any smartphone could do.
I had a blast making these clothespin dolls with canvas backgrounds mounted on dowels using yet another wood box and added woodden accessorices. Amazon sells a kit online.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
A simple felt lining to keep the pieces from rattling around inside and create a customized look.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 The dresses were made using a small amount of scrap fabric from my stash.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 You can find a tutorial on how to make those dolls from Going Sew Crazy and more ideas on my Pinterest board.
Need somewhere to store all good stuff after the present rush is over?  You can build your own under-bed storage or use an unwanted drawer and just add casters.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 These drawers are under my boys bed and we did them in a horizontal design, but under our 3 girls bed we flipped the layout to a vertical design to fit all 3.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Just add a drawer pull and embellish as you wish using paint or a wood-burning tool.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Thankfully, we were able to salvage a large stack of chipboard from my husband’s workplace dump pile to line the bottom and create dividers that can slide out if needed.  I’m seriously making some extra storage for myself under our own bed.  We never get the fun stuff.  hmpf.
Now onto some bigger projects…
A dreamy tree house with handmade bendy dolls, woodland creatures and accessories – using pine plywood, rocks and some imagination.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 This water well was made by making a sawdust clay and then adding stones.  I love it.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Isn’t that owl adorable?  I cut all the animals with a jigsaw because we didn’t have our scroll saw at the time, then hand-painted with acrylics.Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 When I made this (all by myself – woot!) it was hard to stop from adding more and more.  Can you tell I would have loved to have one as a kid?  I live vicariously through my children.  wink. wink.
This set is over 4 yrs. old and has been loved on to no end.  It really was an easy project, even with making the dolls, furniture, and the forest creatures compared to the large-scale dollhouses we made for our daughters.
A must-have tool for this project is a Dremel – can I just say I LOVE MY DREMEL!!  I’ve got a more advanced style, but you can find a basic set on Amazon.
Although I could keep showing you some other projects we’ve worked on, none surpasses the kitchen in our wood category.
We never really use patterns, and this project was no different.  Just some basic supplies, hinges, dowel, wood knobs, a steel bowl and creativity.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 We used a 3/4″ birch ply from Home Depot, and most everything else came from a salvaged items, like a broken closet rod dowel, leftover bead board, and wood scraps.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 I’ll show you how to stock your kitchen next time will all sorts of glorious felt food.  I bought those tins in the clearance aisle at JoAnn, so this was really made for pennies compare to buying retail.
That’s it for now and I hope you’ve become inspired to give wooden gifts a try. They last forever and are so versatile.
Many blessings to you and your family this holiday season!
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More Handmade Holidays for you!
Get your Christmas DIY on with these fun doll gift ideas from the Handmade Holidays gift ideas by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesCreate your own Handmade Holidays with these easy and natural Bath & Body gift ideas by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesGet your Christmas gifts done DIY style with these Handmade Holidays gift ideas using felt by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 

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