Wood Cut Out Tray

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Happy Wednesday Pretty Handy readers.  Jaime here from That’s My Letter to share a DIY project that makes a great anytime gift or (an even better idea) for Mother’s Day.  I’ll show you how to make this wood cut out tray which you can personalize with any name or shape.

The wood cut out makes for an unexpected design element.  I painted bright blue behind the cut out, but any contrasting color will look great.

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Plexiglass installed over the wood cut out provides a solid flat surface.  The plexiglass also adds a bit of shine and fancy!

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Below are the step-by-step instructions to make this tray.


cut out tray supplies

  • 1/2″ plywood 18″ x 12″
  • 1/4″ plywood 18″ x 12″
  • 1 sheet plexiglass (18″ x 24″ –  makes 2 trays)
  • 1 – 1″ x 2″ x 6′ pine board (cut 2 @ 18″ length and 2 @ 13 1/2″ length)
  • white paint
  • blue paint
  • stain
  • 2 handles
  • 1/2″ wood screws
  • 1/2″ lath screws
  • plexi/glass cutter
  • jig saw
  • sandpaper
  • ballpoint pen
  • measuring tape & pencil
  • drill, bits & 1/2″ spade bit


cut out tray step 1

Step 1: Print out your name or word.  (I used Sign Painter – housescript font at 475 point.  Any font will do as long as it’s thick enough to cut out.)

cut out tray step 2

Step 2: Center the printout on the 1/2″ plywood and trace around letters with a ballpoint pen.  Use heavy pressure to create an indent in the wood. [Read more…]

Announcing Pretty Handy Girl Shirts & Gifts – How to Set Up a Zazzle Store

Pretty Handy Girl DIY Gifts & Apparel

Happy Friday everyone! I’m so excited to be launching my own line of graphic t-shirts, clothing and gifts. I’ve dreamed of having a line of DIY themed shirts and clothing that would allow those of us Handy Girls and Handy Guys to show off our DIY muscle. One of the main obstacles was my lack of desire to purchase shirts in bulk and hope that I wouldn’t be stuck with leftover inventory. Plus, I used to run a baby carrier business and knew how time consuming it was to ship out multiple packages every day. I vowed to never run a shipping type busines again.

A few months ago, Zazzle contacted me about working with them to launch my own product line. They were the answer to my hesitations! It was so easy to create my own designs and set up the shop in an afternoon. (Granted, I spent several more days enjoying the creative process of designing new graphics and products for the store.) Zazzle takes care of all the details. You can upload your own graphics, photos, and designs. Or you can create your own custom graphic text designs with their “customize it” tools. Then they print and ship the orders! You don’t have to lift a finger. Plus, you earn a commission on each item purchased from your shop! AND, to sweeten the deal, you can sign up to become an associate and earn more.

If you think you don’t have the time to figure out how to set up products, you are in luck. I took a bunch of screenshots to show you EXACTLY how to list your products step-by-step.

But before I get to the tutorial, I want to share some of my favorite products from my Zazzle store! I ordered two shirts and this one gets the most comments:

I Saw Enough funny DIY shirt | Pretty Handy Girl

“I Saw Enough” Shirt

I Saw Too Much funny DIY shirt | Pretty Handy Girl

“I Saw Too Much” You have to giggle at the double meanings. This shirt is the perfect shirt for any gal or guy who likes to build and use the power tools.

Power tools are for chicks shirt | Pretty Handy Girl

In my house my husband knows he’s not allowed to touch my power tools. This “Power Tools are for Chicks” is a funny reminder that power tools aren’t just for the boys!

Here’s the coolest part (in my opinion) about the Zazzle shop. If you see a design you like, but would prefer a different color or a completely different shirt style, you can customize it on your choice of clothing or products!

Pretty Handy Girl Shirt Options on Zazzle | Pretty Handy Girl

Zazzle has more products than I can name! But, to give you a little taste: pillows, phone cases, office products, art prints, cards, accessories, t-shirts and much much more! You’ll have to peek for yourself!

Zazzle Customized Products You Design!

The last item I purchased for myself was a custom coffee mug. I thought an empowering message was a great way to start each day. This famous quote is printed on a blackboard texture background and imprinted on a stylish mug that has a variety of interior colors you can choose from. [Read more…]

Creative Block {a Mother’s Day Gift Idea using ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape}


Mother’s Day is this weekend! Have you decided how to show her your appreciation and love?! I did! My mother is a professional artist. She creates amazing paintings that inspire others and brighten their homes. For Mother’s Day I wanted to brighten her studio with these art utensil holders. I call them “Creative Blocks.” (Or maybe they should be Creative Unblocks. LOL.)

They were easy and fun to make and certainly a project that you can customize to meet your needs. And best of all, the kiddies can help with the painting step! [Read more…]

A Tribute to My Mom

My Mom and Me Last Weekend

I think it is about time that you got to meet the woman that raised me and made me who I am today. She is one special woman that is like no other person I have ever met.

She is my mom:

and she is one phenomenal woman!

She’s strong and fearless.

Mom stepping into a frigid Canadian lake

She birthed five children naturally without any meds or epidurals. She was my role model when I gave birth to my two boys.

She still views the world through a child’s eyes. Which makes her a fabulous grandmother.

Pointing out sea gulls to her grandson.

She always puts others before herself. When we visit her she feeds us like Kings and she always gives up her bed for us. (We used to protest, but finally gave up years ago.)

Mom reading my son Family Handyman and rocking him to sleep so I could get a nap.

She is resourceful and creative. When I was growing up, my Mom didn’t go to the store to buy our Halloween costumes. She made them herself and she never told us, “I can’t make that. Pick another costume.” It became a challenge each year to see if we could stump her creativity. But, we never could.

Can you tell which one is me? I'll give you a hint: Oooga, grunt, grunt.

She has serious snow skills (from growing up in Upstate New York.) We thought our Mom was the coolest because she not only knew how to make snowmen, she also knew how to make snow horses that we could ride on! Giddy-up.

Me and my sister on our snow horse.

She is relaxed and laid back. Our Mom never seemed to sweat the messes we made, in fact it seemed that she encouraged them in the name of good dirty clean fun.

Baking pies in our kitchen.

My Mom has a great sense of humor. She taught us how to laugh at own mistakes and shrug it off. She taught us that laughter really is the best medicine.

Christmas cracker crowns


My Mom is also über talented! These are just a few of my favorite paintings that she has painted:

Sacred Ohana by Shari MacFarlane

Blue Ridge by Shari MacFarlane

Oh Pears by Shari MacFarlane

See what I mean? Isn’t she talented! You can view more of her paintings and shop her online store HERE.

I am so lucky to have the best mother in the entire world. I’m so proud of her and I hope she has a fantastic Mother’s Day!

My beautiful mother.


Happy Mother’s Day to the rest of you moms out there. I leave you with this very funny (and sadly true) music video:

You can thank my Mom for posting that video on her Facebook wall. Yup, she uses Facebook, I told you she was amazing!