Craft Ideas for Autumn – Fall Craft DIYs

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It’s always with a heavy sigh that we transition away from creating outside to coming up with craft ideas for Autumn! Pretty soon, we’ll be winterizing our backyard pond diy and our small water feature in the front! But not before we take a moment to breath in the crisp Fall air and feel the sunshine on our face as we enjoy the Fall foliage. The changing of the leaves is always a spectacle to behold here in Canada (as is the changing colours of the acorns which you can craft for Fall further ahead)!

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Wooden Wall Art DIY – Pallet Clock

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Our wooden wall art DIY is a great way to upcycle pallet wood and a discarded old wall clock into a functional pallet clock. But there’s another function to this pallet upcycle: take this DIY pallet upcycle idea one step further and turn it into a pallet planter! Continue reading

How to Hang Sliding Pegboard – Upcycled Tool Storage

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Every once in a while we come up with a novel idea, but how to hang sliding pegboard is more than that! Hidden behind cabinet doors, our upcycled sliding pegboard tool storage solves two very real issues: too much clutter and how to install sliding pegboard where there’s a lack of wall space! Continue reading

DIY Jewelry Display in a Few Easy Steps!

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This DIY jewelry display will organize the clutter if you have a lot of costume jewelry. But the best part about making this particular jewelry display (other than upcycling a scrap of pegboard)? It will keep all your necklaces and earrings together in one spot! Making this free standing display ensures no more searching for the matching earrings stored separately! Continue reading

String Art Dog – Leash & Bag Holder

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Just like a real dog, this string art dog tugs at the heart strings! Today we’re showing you the ultimate guide to string art for beginners using an upcycled scrap of wood. I’ll show you how to make a custom string art piece using a picture of your own dog. But this particular piece isn’t only artwork, it’s functional too: this string art dog is also a leash/bag holder. Continue reading

Drink Station (Upcycled Sewing Table)

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A drink station is just the upcycle we need right now to welcome friends and family once again and usher in the re-opening of the Province! With its maple leaf design, this upcycle will work indoors or out year round!

It will even work as a potting table if you choose to use it that way. Or I could even see this sporting Mums in the Fall right on the porch! As soon as Mums are available, I’ll update this page with some pictures of that for Fall inspiration!

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Basketball Planter (Indoor/Outdoor)

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You might say we’re ‘on the ball’ with this basketball planter (or rather – in the ball)! You might even say this project’s a ‘slam dunk’. No matter what you call it, there’s no denying that this is the easiest upcycled planter idea we’ve created to date. And we do have a number of upcycled planter ideas for all skill levels to choose from! Continue reading

Stone Patio Installation – a DIY Achievement

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A stone patio installation is likely the most backbreaking work you will ever attempt. But it’s also the most rewarding DIY! That’s because the money you save on labour can be put right back into high end finishes and accessories. In our case, that high end finish is real Travertine. We fully intended to splurge on this stone but as luck would have it, the company was moving locations and it was on clearance! Better to sell cheap than to shlep it to the new location!

Installing real stone is as easy as pavers and looks so elegant when it’s done! So it’s nothing to be intimidated by! Continue reading

Air Plant Pods – Green your Decor!

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These air plant holders, aka air plant pods, are great for displaying your air plants anywhere you’d like to hang them, like in a window or even on the fridge. I love thinking up new and different ways to display air plants (like this cement planter and air plant holder DIY.

I think they’d be a great gift for mother’s day, so if you’re interested in joining a live crochet-along, see the sign up form at the end of this post! They’re easy to flatten and send along in the mail as a gift (without the air plant, of course)!

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Needle Felted VW Beetle – Sweater Upcycle

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This needle felted VW Beetle convertible has a secret DIY cheat! I love the shape and form of a VW beetle and was sad when Volkwagen discontinued them. They certainly had the cool factor going for them. So I’m going to show you how to sculpt your own out of wool!

After taking a beginner course in needle felting at my local stained glass studio just over a year ago, I quickly became enamoured with sculpting wool – and ‘breaking the rules’. When you’re new to a craft, it’s easy to get creative with your own techniques because you don’t know what you don’t know!

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Crochet Pillow Cover – Crochet for a Cure

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Spring brings new life and with it fresh possibilities. I think that’s what the Kayla crochet pillow cover embraces!

This past month has been an emotional roller coaster for us because both our moms passed away from Alzheimer’s. While my mom was in palliative care, delving into learning Tunisian crochet helped focus my sadness into positive energy. Working away on the design of the Kayla pillow, I would sit by mom and crochet while keeping her company.

Kayla Pillow – Crochet for a Cure

Mom taught me how to crochet when I was six. She instilled in me a love of everything DIY and craft. So it’s come full circle: we’re donating 100% of all pattern sales to benefit Alzheimers in memory of our moms!

Watch this brief intro to see what our passion project is all about:

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Blue Jean Planter – Upcycle Your Jeans!

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Our Blue Jean Planter was a conversation starter when it was first posted on Facebook. It all started with a pool noodle and ended with a video that went viral with over 11 million Facebook views! Most people had a chuckle, but a few were startled. Either way, we love that people have such strong opinions about it 😉.

This is where our journey to making planters started, like these 10 Outside the Box Planter Ideas.

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How to Remove Sticky Label from Glass

When I grabbed a recycled bottle to store a new recipe for homemade ketchup coming up on The Unknown Chef, I realized I’ve never shown you how to remove a sticky label from glass! This is our first official cleaning hack on Birdz of a Feather and, of course, we’re showing you non-toxic options.

Although this particular jar is being used to store food, this little trick has so many applications for home decor too. Who doesn’t love a great jar upcycle?! Continue reading

How to Paint Using a Spray Gun

Hubs is a professional paint sprayer so you better believe he has all the tips and tricks on how to paint using a spray gun! In this post, he shows us some cool paint jigs and even teaches me how to use a paint gun. So whether you’re a beginner or have a few spray gun painting techniques under your belt, there’s something for everyone! Continue reading

Loose Lay Vinyl Plank Flooring Installation

Today we’ve got the ultimate guide on our loose lay vinyl plank flooring installation. Because it’s waterproof, durable and can be easily removed and reinstalled if you ever have a flood, loose lay luxury vinyl plank is a no-brainer for a basement. And, let’s face it, most basements will experience water damage at some point (you can read about how we recovered from our first leak here).  Continue reading