Friday, July 10, 2020

DIY Beach Inspired Windchime

A Beach Inspired Windchime for those of us that LOVE the beach.
Here is a simple project to make that you can hang on the back porch to remind you of trips to the ocean.  It's a great way to use some of those shells you collected.


Materials Used:  

  • Beach Seashells
  • Driftwood Stick or Stick from your yard
  • Wood Beads
  • Twine and Scissors
  • Acrylic Paint:  White, Light Blue, Aqua
  • Paint Brush
  • Fine Grit Sandpaper
  • Removable Painter’s Tape
  • DAP Rapid Fuse Adhesive 
Featured Storage:

Gather Your Supplies…
The Deflecto Caddy Storage Tray is so handy to use. It’s perfect for sorting the various sizes of wood beads used to make the windchime. And it fits perfectly into the large container of the Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer.  You can use the Deflecto Interlocking Marker Organizer in the caddy to hold paintbrushes.  You can put all your supplies in the caddy and take it outside and dream of being on the beach.
Faux Driftwood…
If you don't have an actual driftwood stick from the beach.  You can use a stick found in the yard and break it down to size.
  • Scrape the bark off the stick.  
  • Paint the stick with white acrylic paint and a couple of stripes of pale blue and aqua.
  • Give the stick a light sanding with fine-grit sandpaper to rough it up and make it look more natural.

  • Cut five pieces of twine approximately 24″ long.
  • Tie a knot on one end of the twine.
  • Wrap a small piece of blue removable painters tape on the other end of the twine to keep the twine from fraying.
  • String Wood Beads onto the twine.

  • Use a super-fast grab adhesive to glue the shells onto the end of the knots.

  • Tie beaded twine to the painted stick.
  • On the center of the stick, I glued a medium-sized Starfish purchased at a Beach Gift Shop.
  • Add a couple of beads to a piece of twine. Tie twine to each end of the stick to use as a hanger.
  • Stick the loose ends of the twine through the beads to hide.

The Beach Inspired Windchime was created by Design Team Member Sue Eldred,
for more fun projects from Sue you can visit Sue's Blog Here.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Easy Embroidery Project Ideas for Beginners

A couple of Easy Embroidery Ideas from Beth.

Before Deflecto, Design Team Member Beth Watson used to store all her embroidery supplies in plastic bags. Beth says, "Now that I have all my Embroidery Supplies neatly arranged in the Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer, I can take my stitching with me where ever I go, like from my studio to my couch."

Materials Needed:

  • Embroidery Hoops – I prefer wooden ones
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Pearle Cotton Spools
  • Pearle Cotton Skeins
  • Embroidery Needles
  • Needle Threader – this one is a must!
  • Scissors  
  • Cotton Fabric Fat Quarters – pick a fun print
  • Muslin Fabric  
  • Kunin Felt Craft Cuts
  • Stamps and Stamping Ink
Featured Storage:  Stackable Caddy Organizer

Project One:  A Stitched Sampler

The stitch sampler is my recommendation on the best way to begin your embroidery journey. It will give you hands-on experience with basic stitches as well as be a reference guide for future projects. 

Project Two:  Stitched Felt Ornaments

Felt is an easy and forgiving medium that is sturdy and won’t fray. Cut these bright colors of Kunin Felt into basic shapes, then layer, and then join together with a variety of fun and quirky stitches. Perfection is not a goal with this project, but rather let the rustic nature of the felt and embroidery shine through. Stephanie Ackerman has a great tutorial for Stitching with Felt and using what you have over on her blog Homegrown Hospitality.

For more embroidery ideas and how Beth organized her supplies, visit Beth's blog here.

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Simple Backyard Garden Harvesting

Now that we've all planted and the backyard gardens have been growing for a bit. 

It's time to start thinking about harvesting and turning that Deflecto Garden Caddy into a Garden Harvest Caddy.

Sneaking a peek into Design Team Member Erin Reed's garden. 

Erin uses the Deflecto Caddy Organizer to help gather her fruits and veggies. She pulled the lids off the top of each section to make it easier to pick her fruits and vegetables. They go right back on when she's finished harvesting.

Erin said..."The Deflecto Caddy Organizer made it easy to pick my fruits, veggies, and herbs and keep everything separate since it has four sections."

The Deflecto Stackable Caddy goes from Craft Room to Workroom to Garden and now Harvest.  The Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer is one hard-working Caddy.  So much, you might want to have more than one.

For more great ideas from Erin, you can visit her blog here.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Making Pet Rocks

Are you looking for projects to keep the kids busy this Summer?

Making Pet Rocks is a fun and creative Summer project for kids of various ages.  
There's not a lot of expensive materials needed.
And, it's a great way to allow them to show their imagination.

Materials Needed:
  • Smooth Rocks in a Variety of Sizes 
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Small Paintbrushes
  • Mod Podge Outdoor Sealer
  • Optional:  Googly Eyes

The Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer makes the perfect Pet Rock Station.

How to Make a Pet Rock:
  1. Gather up rocks from around the house.  Lots of different sizes, but not too big.  Take notice of marks and bumps that can be used for a mouth or nose.   
  2. Wash or wipe the rock to clean away any dust or dirt.
  3. Pick your paint colors and decide on your design.
  4. Get creative with faces and patterns.
  5.  If the rocks will be living outside, seal the rocks with a coat of Mod Podge Outdoor Sealer. 

The Pet Rock Station was created by Design Team Member Nadine Carlier.  
For more fun projects visit Nadine's blog here.

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