DIY Feather Art

DIY Feather Art | Pretty Handy Girl

I’ve been collecting bird feathers for a couple of years now. When I find one, I bring it home, wash it and store it in a little drawer. I wasn’t sure what I was going to make with these feathers until I needed an extra piece of art for our living room gallery wall. And that’s how this DIY Feather Art came to be.

Materials:

DIY Feather Art | Pretty Handy Girl

  • Rustic 1×4″ boards (I used pallet wood)
  • Wood yardstick or lattice boards
  • Watered down white paint
  • Paint brush
  • Clamp
  • Scissors
  • Kreg Jig
  • Pocket hole screws (1.25″)
  • Nylon line
  • Small drill bit
  • Drill
  • Staple gun
  • 1″ finish nails
  • Hammer or nailgun
  • Wood glue
  • Feathers
  • Pencil
  • D-ring picture hangers

Instructions:

Cut your 1×4″ boards to size (or select one board the size you want for your art background.) To connect the two boards, mark the location to drill pocket holes.

DIY Feather Art | Pretty Handy Girl

Use the Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes into the back of both boards.

DIY Feather Art | Pretty Handy Girl

Clamp the boards together and join them with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Feather Art | Pretty Handy Girl

Flip the board over and paint it with watered down white paint for a white-washed look.

DIY Feather Art | Pretty Handy Girl

Mark the width of the white-washed board onto the yardstick. Cut two pieces the same length. [Continue reading…]

Sunburn Relief Spray

2 Ingredient Sunburn Relief Spray + Essential Oil Giveaway | Pretty Handy Girl

I’ve mentioned a few times that I love using doTERRA essential oils. I have to admit I was a big fat skeptic when I went to a local Introduction to Essential Oils class two years ago. But, when the instructor passed around a sample of doTERRA Deep Blue and I rubbed it onto my sore hip and felt immediate pain relief, I was no longer a skeptic. I started by ordering the Family Physician’s Kit. Over time I used every oil in that kit to my satisfaction, and began ordering more oils as time went on.

This week I was outside weeding and lost track of time. Of course, I hadn’t used sunscreen on my shoulders and ended up with a nasty sunburn.

2 Ingredient Sunburn Relief Spray + Essential Oil Giveaway | Pretty Handy Girl

I immediately reached for my Modern Essentials guide to essential oils book and found this easy 2 ingredient recipe for Sunburn Relief Spray.

2 Ingredient Sunburn Relief Spray + Essential Oil Giveaway | Pretty Handy Girl

This summer, it’s a good idea to keep this bottle handy. Hopefully you won’t need it, but its cooling mist is soothing on sunburned skin.

2 Ingredient Sunburn Relief Spray

Ingredients:

2 Ingredient Sunburn Relief Spray + Essential Oil Giveaway | Pretty Handy Girl

Instructions:

Pour 4 ounces of water into a spray bottle. Dispense 10 drops of Lavender oil into the spray bottle.

2 Ingredient Sunburn Relief Spray + Essential Oil Giveaway | Pretty Handy Girl

Swirl the ingredients to mix. Spray onto your sunburned skin.

2 Ingredient Sunburn Relief Spray + Essential Oil Giveaway | Pretty Handy Girl

We just used this spray on my son and my niece while at the beach and they both reported instant relief from their sunburn symptoms. Hooray!

I wanted to let you know that although I love doTERRA oils, this will not become an “oil” blog. I’ll share my favorite recipes from time to time. But, the DIY tutorials will be my main focus. Happy Summer!

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How to Make an Ottoman Table

How to Make an Ottoman Table

Design inspiration can often come in the least-expected places. It can happen when you are in an airport or at the farmers market or just plain window shopping in your home town. Last year when I was at the Haven blog conference, I fell in love with this table I saw in the hotel restaurant.

How to Make an Ottoman Table

But want is it called? An ottoman tray, a side table, a bridge? Turns out it is all those things. Today I’m going to teach you how to make one. This simple piece of furniture is not only easy to make, but very functional too. It can fit perfectly over an ottoman in your home and give you a steady place for a book or your favorite drink. Or if you don’t have an ottoman, it makes a nice side table too.

Materials:

  • MDF board – These come in many sizes at the home improvement store. For this project I used a piece that was 1 x 10 x 72″.
  • L-brackets
  • Wood screws
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Circular saw (optional)

Instructions:

First, measure the size of the ottoman you want to slide the ottoman table over. Make sure you have enough clearance for it to fit the width and the height of the ottoman. You will have three boards total. Two that will serve as the “legs” and one that will be the top.

Transfer your measurements to the board. Using a circular saw, cut the board in two places according to your measurements, giving you three boards.

You can have the board cut for you at the home improvement store and save yourself a step. (This works for me a lot since I have a small car, then it easily fits inside on the way home.)

Wipe of any sawdust with a rag.

How to Make an Ottoman Table

Prime and paint the boards. It’s a good idea to use a “gripping” primer so that your table will be stand up to frequent use. There are also enamel paints that are meant for furniture that you can use as the color. If you have paint on hand, use what you got! Or, sample cans are only around $4 and should cover your entire piece, depending on the size.

After the boards are dry, you can assemble the table. Take the top piece and turn it upside down on a soft surface. Place a “leg” board perpendicular next to it and mark where to place the L-bracket. [Continue reading…]

12 Tips to Create a Perfect Gallery Wall

12 Tips to Create the Perfect Gallery Wall | Pretty Handy Girl

When you Don’t Love It, a room in your home can become a place to avoid. Last week I hung our TV on the wall in our living room, but was cringing because that big fat TV was screaming “Look at me! Look at me!” It was killing the cozy vibe I wanted to create in our […]

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Summer Spectacular Spray Dyed Shirts over at Beneath My Heart

Hello from the hot, humid and sweltering temperatures of North Carolina! Are you tearing your hair out yet because the kids are home for the summer and driving you nuts? Today I’m chillin’ over at Beneath My Heart with a fun and colorful activity you can do with the kids. Head over and learn how to […]

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Natural Accents & New Ceramic Surface Design – Book Reviews

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It’s time to make room on your bookshelf for two more beautiful books. The first is Natural Accents by Stacy Risenmay. Stacy is a good friend and fellow DIY blogger. She’s also a power tool rock star. Stacy recently released this colorful book filled with lots of ways to decorate and furnish your home with natural elements. This […]

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Death to Ugly Toys – DIY Tutorials for Quality Toys and Games

Die Ugly Toys Die

This summer, parents are busy trying to keep their children busy with quality games and toys. Any seasoned parent knows that those electronic noise-maker toys have no place in a sane household. With this in mind, my friend Stefanie from Brooklyn Limestone has started a summer long series called “Die Ugly Toys Die.” Every Thursday […]

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DIY Produce Rack

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Hey everyone!  It’s Katie from Addicted 2 DIY again!  I’ve got a great project to share with you all to store your summer bounty.  I’ve been looking for a way to store fresh produce for a while.  It was driving me crazy storing everything on my kitchen counter or having it get lost in the pantry. […]

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Wall Mounted TV with Hidden Wires Tutorial

Installing a Wall Mount Flat Screen TV + Hiding Cords | PrettyHandyGirl

Do you have a flat screen TV? Do you have children? Wish you could mount your TV on the wall for space and safety? Or have you already mounted your TV, but the wires are visible and hang below your screen? GASP—not the dreaded visible wires syndrome! Today I have a tutorial to show you How to […]

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DIY Cupcake Tray Carrier

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Jaime here from That’s My Letter today sharing a DIY cupcake tray carrier.  It’s summer and that means lots of friends getting together for BBQ’s and outdoor parties.  You can’t show up empty-handed to party, so why not take along this cupcake carrier?  It makes the perfect display tray and portable carrier all-in-one, plus a very […]

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Lowe’s Spring Makeover Tour

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Have you been following all the Lowe’s Spring Makeovers? There were 10 in all, and each one is truly a miraculous transformation. If you remember, there were 10 bloggers who were sent to 10 different areas that were hardest hit by this past winter. We all combed through hundreds of applications to select 10 homeowners who […]

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20 Boredom Buster DIY Projects for Kids

Sunprints | Pretty Handy Girl

The end of the school year has come and the quest to keep the kids entertained has started. With that in mind, I have 20 Boredom Buster DIY summer craft projects for you and your kids that will keep you busy this summer. Summer Calendar & Bucket List   Kids’ Thumbprint Envelope Pillows   Melted Heart Crayons   Sunprints […]

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Little Playhouse for Ollie {Mystery Thrift Off}

Little Playhouse | Pretty Handy Girl

I love giving my boys creative freedom on projects. Frequently I let them have access to my scrap pile. Inevitably they build little houses for their stuffed animals. This little house was designed and painted by my 8 year old for Ollie (his little stuffed octopus.) I helped him build it. If you want to […]

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Housewarming Gift Caddy {Mystery Thrift Off}

Housewarming Gift Crate | Pretty Handy Girl

Do you have a new neighbor or know someone who just moved? It’s time to celebrate with them by giving them a housewarming gift caddy! This is an easy gift tote that you can customize to any size you like. Plus, the recipient can use the caddy for storage or display after the gift has been […]

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Chalkboard Arrow Sign {Mystery Thrift Off}

Chalkboard Arrow Sign (Mystery Thrift Off) | Pretty Handy Girl

Are you having a yard sale, a lemonade stand or an open house? This Chalkboard Arrow Sign is an easy DIY project that will bring more attention to your event. But, let me back up to explain exactly how this Chalkboard Arrow Sign came to be. Have you been following #TheMysteryThriftOff challenge? This is the […]

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12 Father’s Day Gift Ideas – Way Cooler than a Tie

12 Father's Day Gifts - Way Cooler than a Tie | Pretty Handy Girl

Father’s Day is coming up next week. The conundrum of what to get your Dad or your spouse is waging war in your mind. I scouted far and wide on the interwebs to come up with 12 Father’s Day Gift Ideas that are Way Cooler than a Tie! (contains some affiliate links)  For the Music […]

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Make Your Own Monster Dolls

Monster Dolls Designed and Made by Your Kids | Pretty Handy Girl

Aren’t they cute?! Okay, they may have a few imperfections, but I don’t want to hear about it because my boys made them! That’s right my 4 and 7 year old boys made their own Monster Dolls. With a little help from me. It was a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon together. My 7 year old […]

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Scrap Wood Planter Box

Scrap Wood Planter Box

Hi, it’s Jessica from Decor Adventures, back this month with an outdoor project that’s perfect for summer. You know how your garage is filled with scrap pieces of wood from other projects you’ve done? Today you get to put those scraps to good use and make a planter box for plants or herbs. It’s very […]

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Lowe’s Spring Makeover Reveal

Lowe's Spring Makeover Reveal | Pretty Handy Girl

**This project and post has been sponsored by Lowe’s Home Improvement. They are a company that works hard to give back to the community. I am honored to have been given the opportunity to make a difference in one family’s life. Thank you, Lowe’s!** You guys, there is one thing I love more than a beautiful makeover. That […]

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Lowe’s Spring Makeover – The Heroes Who Made it Happen

Lowe's Spring Makeover Work Day | Pretty Handy Girl

**This project and post has been sponsored by Lowe’s Home Improvement. They are a company that works hard to give back to the community. I am honored to have been given the opportunity to make a difference in one family’s life. Thank you, Lowe’s!** Working in Massachusetts to give a deserving family a Spring Makeover was […]

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