Inject some unexpected persona into your kitchen with these entertaining do-it-yourself cutting boards, canisters, and even more?they are assured to place a smile in your face, each day.
1-Hand-Stamped Cutting Board
An alphabet’s worth of metal hot stamps transforms a wood-burning pen right into a label maker for cutting boards (stamp set, $19.99, and wood-burning pen, $9.99. Cutting boards, $12.96 each and every; 12″L x 8″W x 1″H; hardwood-lumber.com).
Very first, measure and mark, in pencil, the center level of one lengthy side of your cutting board. On a flat surface, arrange the stamps to spell out your word. Measure the word’s length, and divide that measure in half. Measure that distance to your left of your board’s center stage and mark the spot. The left side of your word’s 1st letter must align with this mark. Load the first letter stamp onto the pen and press it onto the wood; continue with all the other letters to spell out your word. Finally, erase any pencil marks and get chopping!
2-Embroidered Table Runner
Butcher illustrations in an 1897 cookbook inspired librarian Jessica Pigza to generate this topper, featured in BiblioCraft ($27.50; STC Craft). To stick to her lead, you will need two 12″W x 73″L pieces of beige linen and two sets of your cow, sheep, and pig templates from countryliving.com/animalrunner.
Phase one: Wash, dry, and iron both pieces of linen; set one aside. Spot the other piece on a flat surface, proper side down. Beginning eight inches in the left end and working towards the center, place one particular set of cow, sheep, and pig templates proper side down, atop the linen, spacing them 2? inches apart. Safe the templates with double-sided tape. Build the mirror image within the opposite end together with the remaining templates. Then, flip the linen piece ideal side up.
Stage two: Use masking tape to temporarily affix the linen piece, templates side down, towards a sunny window?the light shining through will illuminate the patterns. Trace just about every style and design onto the front side of your linen applying an erasable material marker (Marvy Uchida, $3.49; joann.com). When finished, detach through the window; take out all templates and tape.
Step three: Applying an embroidery hoop and blue embroidery floss, back stitch along the sound lines on the designs, and use a operating stitch for the dotted lines (see instructions at countryliving.com/embroiderytutorial). Erase any stray marks.
Stage 4: Place the linen pieces together, right sides facing, and pin all around all 4 edges. Machine-stitch along the edges, leaving a ?-inch seam allowance and an eight-inch opening in the center in the bottom seam. Trim the corners. Flip the runner proper side out, and hand-stitch the opening closed. Location the runner facedown and iron the seams flat.
Phase five: With red embroidery thread, hand-sew a line of running stitches ? inch from all 4 edges on the runner.
3-Trompe L’oeil Teapot
This witty set begins with plain ceramic dishes (for equal cup and saucer set, $4.99, and teapot, $9.89; english
teastore.com). To get the show over the road, freehand the tea bag, tag, and spoon patterns, using our picture as a manual, with Pebeo’s Porcelaine fine-point marker ($4.82; dickblick.com). Will not be concerned if you produce a error?the ink may be washed away for as much as 72 hours. Permit no less than 24 hours’ drying time, then bake the goods for 35 minutes in a 300?F oven. Let great completely, and wash (the ink’s dishwasher safe!) just before brewing up a spot of Earl Grey.
4-Bent-Spoon Recipe Box
Flip a $5 box right into a fabulous recipe organizer. A flea-market spoon may be the secret ingredient to punching up an unfinished box (six 9/16″W x four 5/8″H; michaels.com for stores).
Stage one: Using a foam brush, stain the box, inside and out, with Minwax wood finish in Traditional Gray ($8.97 per quart; homedepot.com). Allow dry overnight.
Phase 2: Making use of your hands, bend a teaspoon at a 90-degree angle. Lightly sand the widest point on the handle’s back side.
Step three: Apply Glass, Metal & Additional glue along the sanded area ($4.88 for 2 oz.; stuff4crafts.com). Center the spoon atop the box, press and hold for 1
5-Cutting-Board Tablet Stand
Here’s an ingenious way to provide a little kitchen tech support, from Jane Edwards of
6-Cutting-Edge Knife Block
All it took for us to elevate a basic knife block ($25.95; cutleryandmore.com)? A pencil and some paint. Begin by spray-painting the block with two coats of Rustoleum’s white semigloss ($4.19 for 12 ounces; amazon.com). Allow two hrs of drying time between coats; then allow them dry overnight. Next, lay the block faceup. Working with the knives you plan to keep in the block, lay 1 utensil atop the block in the spot that reflects the blade’s placement when stored; carefully trace the shape using a pencil. Repeat together with the other three knives. Fill the inside of just about every shape with another paint color?we used Benjamin Moore’s Clearspring Green ($6.49 for sixteen ounces; benjaminmoore.com). Allow dry for two hrs, add a second coat, then let dry again before inserting the cutlery.
7-“Embroidered” Kitchen Canisters
Cross-stitch makes the leap from material to glassware with help from a free font and transparent sticker sheets ($13.99 for ten 8 1/2″W x 11″L sheets; amazon.com).
Go to myfonts.com and download the Home Sweet Home font. Use it to type out the names of pantry staples, adding a decorative flourish if you like, inside a Microsoft Word document, then adjust the type size and alignment to fit your canisters (from $3.99 for one particular quart; containerstore.com). Following package directions for the decal sheets, print your document(s). Once the ink has dried, lightly coat each and every sheet that has a thin layer of hair spray, to prevent smearing; allow dry. Cut out and trim every single label, then affix towards the canisters. Note: The labels won’t be entirely waterproof, so when necessary, carefully wash your canisters by hand.
Instead of letting vintage brooches gather dust in your jewelry box, flip them into refrigerator magnets: Use a pair of needle-nose pliers to take out the pin hardware in the back of every single brooch (most fittings will come off easily); then affix a superstrong magnet using a small bead of glue?we used Gorilla Super Glue. Let dry overnight. Your grocery list has never looked more glam!
9-Stenciled Animal Mugs
Look no further than the nearest pasture for inspiration to dress up plain dishware. To duplicate these mugs, print and cut out the animal shapes. Use these templates for Cow, Sheep, and Pig shapes. Location just about every shape atop a small piece of contact paper and outline it in pencil. Cut out that has a craft knife; then discard the paper inside the outline. Peel away the backing and affix the stencil to a clean, dry mug, making sure to center the image. Following the package directions, use a soft brush to fill in the outline with dishwasher-safe PermEnamel paint ($3.49 for two ounces, joann.com); allow set for a few minutes. Carefully take out the contact paper, clean up any edges using a damp cotton swab, and let the paint to cure for 10 days.
10-Dart Fridge Magnets
Get suitable for the point with photorealistic magnets. The key to crafting these sharp fridge accessories? Adhesive magnet paper ($7.29 for 12″W x 24″L sheet; promagproducts.com). Simply download our dart and pushpin photos and print them out on computer paper. Next, pull the magnet sheet’s paper layer away to reveal the magnet’s adhesive side, and spot your printed images atop the adhesive. Smooth out any bubbles before cutting out each and every image with sharp scissors, functioning close on the images. Then, take aim on the fridge to see your handiwork hold tight.
11-Crocheted Tea Towels
Ready-made edgings and borders, available by the yard at material merchants or adapted from flea-market finds, make it easy to transform even the simplest home textiles into vintage-style home accessories. You can machine- or hand-stitch the filigree embellishments to almost any material surface?dish towels, bath towels, bedding, or attire?in an afternoon.