Friday, December 2, 2016

DIY Play Tea Cart

Friends if only my kids were little again!  We have the absolute sweetest diy play tea cart for this week's Handbuilt Holiday gift plan:

diy kids play tea cart

Run and gather the minimal supplies to make this right now!  As promised Ana White and I share one new gift build plan every Friday through Christmas and today does not disappoint.  To see all the previous weeks projects click here.

handbuilt holiday gift build plans

I mean seriously how can you not want or need one of these adorable tea carts?  I'm thinking we might just need an adult size too.

diy kids play tea cart

diy kids play tea cart

I used inexpensive railing spindles for the legs and I made the scallop trim from 1/4" plywood.  There are various ready made decorative trims available at the craft stores that would work too.

diy kids play tea cart

Ana made these simple plans here so you can embellish to fit your needs.

diy kids play tea cart

I found an $8 plastic tea set at Homegoods and all the wood treats and cupcakes are DIY projects.

Follow Ana's plans here for materials, cut list and step by step instructions.

diy kids play tea cart build

diy kids play tea cart casters

To add the casters predrill a 3/8" hole in the bottom of the spindles, hammer the collar into the hole and then snap the caster post in place.

diy kids play tea cart

We hope you enjoyed this play tea cart and please come back next Friday for another gift build project plan.

diy kids play tea cart


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Entryway Bench Free Plans & Ryobi Tools Giveaway

Looking to get your entryway ready for the holidays?  What's more useful and practical than a simple  bench?  Today I'm sharing free plans for this diy entryway bench sure to come in handy with all those holiday guests.

diy entryway bench

Before I get into the bench details I want to let you know about this amazing giveaway from Ryobi Power Tools.  One lucky winner will receive $300 worth of power tools!

 ryobi power tools giveaway

To enter the giveaway scroll down just a bit.

Back to the entryway bench, you may have seen me post a peek over on Instagram (definitely follow me there for up to date projects).

diy entryway bench build

I made the plans for this bench super simple with clean lines and off the shelf lumber.  All the details including supplies, cut list and step by step instructions are posted at Ryobi Nation here.  While you're there browse through tons of free plans for all kinds of furniture pieces.

diy entryway bench

The entryway bench fits perfectly in our mudroom back entry area.  You could easily customize the size to fit your space.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway below, one lucky winner will receive a great holiday gift!

diy entryway bench free plans

Disclaimer:  I have partnered with Ryobi Power Tools to bring you this post.  I have been compensated and / or received product in exchange for my idea and project however all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Friday, November 25, 2016

DIY Stacking Burger

diy stacking burger play food

After yesterday the last thing you want is more food but I promise this won't make your pants tight!  It's a diy stacking burger made from scrap wood for today's Handbuilt Holiday gift plan.

handbuilt holiday gift plan series

As promised Ana White and I will post a new gift build every Friday through Christmas as part of the Handbuilt Holiday series.  We are on week 8 and still have 4 more fun gift build plans to share.

diy stacking burger play food

This stacking burger was so fun to make and even more fun to play with.  Search through your scrap wood pile for pieces of differing thicknesses and then go crazy making all the toppings!

Friday, November 18, 2016

DIY Portable Tabletop Play Kitchen

Happy Friday friends, welcome to another Handbuilt Holiday gift plan and today is a portable tabletop play kitchen.  Seriously why didn't I have this for my kids when they were little?????

diy portable tabletop play kitchen

It's Week 7 of this series which means we only have 5 weeks left to get building but don't worry that's still plenty of time.  Every Friday Ana White and I present a new holiday gift build project with free plans, to see all the previous weeks (and years) click here:

handbuilt holiday gifts to build free plans

Being the genius that she is Ana designed this tabletop kitchen to be portable by making the hutch portion removable!  Of course you could always build it to be stationary but having a toy that packs in on itself is just to much fun, it's part of the play.

We used dowels inserted into the cook base and hutch which keep the pieces stable and secure:

portable tabletop play kitchen

I used this kitchen set here (affiliate link) and all the pieces fit inside the hutch, including the dowels:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Give Thanks Pie Coloring Free Printable

Yes you can have all the pies just as your like!

I'm over at Pretty Handy Girl today sharing this free printable.  Click here to download the printable PDF file and be ready for Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 14, 2016

DIY Stocking Post

It's a virtual party today with 25+ bloggers sharing their diy holiday stocking posts!  Come see all the inspiration and you'll want to make a stocking post for yourself.

My version of the stocking post is a classic wood post with peg knobs and a chalkboard sign up top for my kids.  All the details on how to make my version are down below but first please be sure to stop by these blogger friends of mine to see their beautiful stocking posts!

Amazing how each blogger can make one project so different and unique!

If you want to learn how to build the basic stocking post don't forget to sign up for The Home Depot DIY Workshop next Saturday, November 19th at 10am.  Click here to find the store nearest to you offering the workshop.

Friday, November 11, 2016

DIY Kids Street Vendor Cart

Let's building something fun and versatile for the kids this week, how about a kids street vendor cart?  

It's Friday and week 6 of the Handbuilt Holiday series with Ana White and myself.  Which means we only have 6 weeks left to build all the fun gifts for Christmas!!  Hooray!

Today we are sharing plans for a street vendor cart that truly could be anything: a lemonade stand, a bookmobile, an ice cream stand, or even a farmers market.

I went with the holiday goodies theme and used the street vendor cart for sweet treats and hot cocoa.

This cart is built almost completely from 1x3 boards which are very easy to handle, cut and assemble.  

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Build an Indoor Log Holder

Getting prepared for the winter season today and I’m sharing an indoor log holder constructed using Simpson Strong-Tie® connectors.  This indoor log holder is only one of many projects featured over at DIY Done Right, a site all about using Simpson Strong-Tie® products to make projects for your home.

diy indoor log holder

I’m a sucker for functionality and ease so I designed this indoor log holder with those two priorities in mind.

The simple construction allows for easy access to the logs, in addition you can modify the size to fit your needs.  Once the boards are cut the building process is very straight forward.

diy indoor log holder

We are essentially building a box frame here.  I used all Simpson Strong-Tie® RTU2 connectors for this indoor log holder.

Monday, November 7, 2016

DIY Workshop: Stocking Post

The holidays are fast approaching, are you ready?  Looking for a place to hanging those stockings? Consider learning to make a stocking post at the upcoming DIY free workshop at The Home Depot!
diy workshop stocking post

The stocking post workshop will be held on Saturday, November 19th at 10am.  To sign up for this workshop click here and enter your zip code for the nearest The Home Depot store location offering the stocking post workshop. 

diy workshop stocking post

The Home Depot offers worshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels: Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids.  Learn how to build decor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions.  Visit to learn more.

As a partner on the DIY Workshop team I've asked 4 of my blogging friends to join in on a virtual party whereby we will all be posting our custom versions of the stocking post along with 20+ other diy bloggers next Monday.  I'm on pins and needles anxiously waiting to see all the creative ideas and inspiration!

diy workshop stocking post virtual party

In the meanwhile don't forget to sign up for the in store DIY Workshop and be sure to follow me on social media for project sneak peeks!

Disclaimer: The Home Depot partners with bloggers such as me for DIH Workshop program.  As part of this program, I received compensation for my time.  The Home Depot believes that consumers and bloggers are to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

Friday, November 4, 2016

DIY Folding Doll Trunk

A folding doll trunk for all the doll lovers who need a place to store their doll and all her things.  Today, as part of the Handbuilt Holiday series with Ana White, we are bringing you free plans for this folding doll trunk:

diy folding doll trunk

We are in Week 5 of this 12 week series and it just keeps getting better!  Be sure to see all the previous weeks gift build projects here (and the last three years too!).

handbuilt holiday gift plans

So far this year we have shared free plans for the pretend play market, toddler size scooter, moon doll bassinet and crib mattress sectional:

handbuilt holiday gift plans

And now we are adding this diy folding doll trunk:

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

DIY Dining Room Sideboard

Gearing up for the holidays and I needed a small sideboard for my dining room so I designed and built this console to fit my space.

diy dining room sideboard with 3 drawers

In a land of behemoth size retail furniture it's hard to find a small scale sideboard so why not build it yourself?  I promise there is no drawer glide hardware involved almost all straight cuts so I would consider this to be a beginner project.  (I tapered the base of the legs but that's optional.)

diy dining room sideboard with 3 drawers

I put together free plans for everyone available at, they are step by step instructions including a supply list and cut list.  If you aren't familiar with BuildSomething it is Kreg's new DIY project plan site with hundreds of free plans to build all kinds of furniture.  Kreg makes the awesome Kreg Jig pocket hole jig which is a must have tool for anyone building DIY furniture.

diy dining room sideboard with 3 drawers

Friday, October 28, 2016

DIY Crib Mattress Sectional Sofa

Hooray it's Friday and we have another gift build plan to share with you!  Today it's a crib mattress sectional sofa perfect for the playroom:

diy crib mattress sectional sofa

This gift build is for the whole family, the kids will enjoy their new comfy digs and the parents will enjoy not having to listen to those endless laugh tracks on the kids shows!  

Save that crib mattress once your kids have outgrown the actual crib and repurpose it into a sofa.  Ana White made some easy modifications to her ever popular outdoor sofa and she now has plans for the crib mattress size.

handbuilt holiday gift plans

Ana and I have been busy bringing you new gift plans every Friday, this is week 4 of the 12 week series and by far the biggest bang for your buck.  Two crib mattresses and about 16 studs is all you need to make this beauty, that's less than $50 in lumber and I know a lot of you have a crib mattress on hand.

diy crib mattress sectional sofa

My kids came home from school and proceeded to jump on the new sofa and lounge about making good models so you can see the proportions and sizing, it's generous.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

DIY Wood Turkey Place Card Holder

Who loves to make crafts with wood?  Me of course so what's more appropriate for Thanksgiving than a wood turkey place card holder?  I shared this bright and cheery craft project over at Lolly Jane.

It's a super easy wood craft that the kids can get involved in by painting the feathers.  See all the details here.

Looking for more Thanksgiving decor ideas and project inspiration?

How about these GOOBLE wood place mats?

Or a whole round up of Thanksgiving decor projects here:

Friday, October 21, 2016

DIY Moon Doll Bassinet

It's Friday friends and that means another gift build for the Handbuilt Holiday series.  Today Ana White and I are revealing the diy moon doll bassinet with free plans to build your own.

diy moon doll bassinet

As promised we share a new plan every Friday through Christmas for a project you can build in time for the holidays.  This is the 4th year of this series and we truly enjoy coming up with new builds every year.

handbuilt holiday series

diy moon doll bassinet

This moon doll bassinet was inspired by the baby doll bassinet at Pottery Barn Kids.  Their version retails for $99 plus shipping, I made my version from scrap wood.