Wednesday Night Upholstery: Before and After

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Wednesday Night Upholstery: Before and After

Classes are filling and expanding. I wish everyone could come to my home studio (basement) and learn fast and easy techniques to transform your Goodwill trashy furniture into upcycled beauties.  The new class started last night and each one brought a simple piece and a difficult piece. We got started on the easy ones first to get the feel of the tools, staple gun, and to fully understand why upholsterers charge the prices they do. Here's a perfect example of Beginner's Instant Gratification.

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Clothes Pin Lamp

by Lilybee

Over a Readymade they have instructions for this interesting lamp. It might be equally at home over at weebabystuff as it's creator was inspired by the idea of diapers hanging out to dry. He says that it casts baby-soothing shadows in his little girl's nursery.

created on: 09/28/08

To make it you'll need:

  • Medium-size wire tomato cage
  • Small roll of 16-gauge wire
  • Ceramic socket
  • Hose clamp
  • 3 3/4” zinc plated D-rings
  • Electrical cord (preferably clear) with...

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How To: Dye Pasta For Crafting.

by Chris Gardner

First, there was just plain old semolina yellow. Then, they got fancy (tacky?) and developed the tri-color by using spinach and tomato products to tint you rotini. Now, embrace the rainbow by coloring your pasta ANY shade you may choose with vibrant, punchy results. This is a great medium for kids, or for some tongue-in-cheek nostalgia...perhaps some macaroni macrame?

How To: Dye Pasta For Crafting.

Materials

  • food colouring
  • dried pasta of any shape
  • rubbing alcohol
  • ...

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Softie Book Ends

by Lilybee

This weekend in Toronto was genuinely rubbish, wet and windy and yuck. The sort of weather that kicks good intentions in the pants. I had meant to Clear, Organize and generally Improve my closet spaces this weekend. (18 months is more than enough time to acquire a bunch of stuff). Instead I curled up reading, which lead me to make these fellows.

created on: 08/11/08

They are Harald and Alec, Heraldic Lions and book ends for my baby's room.

Here's what I...

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DIY Bubbles and Giant Bubble Wand.

by Chris Gardner

DIY Bubbles and Giant Bubble Wand.
Welcome summer (it starts on Friday) with this easy and inexpensive bubble wand from Instructable member Egadsman. The materials only amount to $3, but I bet you could make them from ingredients you have about the house. The bubble potential promises diameters of two meters.

Materials:

  • Two dowel rods
  • Spool of non-absorbent string
  • Tap

Click here for full instructions, including a recipe for bubble solution.

Via and photo.

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