Hardware Store {week 8}

Hey Everybody!

I’m in good ole Laramie Wyoming right now getting set to leave for Lincoln Nebraska.  I’m making the big move from Salt Lake Utah to St. Paul Minnesota this week. It’s a long drive…especially with a moving van that struggles to get up to 55mph. And to top it off, our laptop crashed – again (the second time in 2 weeks – might be time for an upgrade) so this post is coming from my cell phone.  I hope everything looks ok.

I’ll have to get a recap of last week up later when I have access to a real computer, but for now, here is this weeks challenge – Hardware Store.  They had to use supplies found at the hardware store for this one.  It’s some awesome stuff!

Craft #1 – Turquoise Ruffle Printed Flock Totes by Kate @ See Kate Sew

You may be thinking “You made those from hardware store materials?” The hardware store is a crafters dream but I really wanted to sew something. So I found the only “fabric” in the store: A painters drop cloth in one color, natural canvas. I also used: spray paint, sample wall paint, masking tape and contact paper. I spray painted some of the fabric turquoise and left some natural.

Then I screenprinted the fronts of the bags using my other materials and sewed them all up into cute totes for summer, with a crushed ruffle effect on the front. Lots of steps, but the result is…well ruffly, summery and so unique. This is some heavy duty sewing. Not for the faint of heart. And this bag is made to last, it’s so sturdy!

The crushed ruffles look sorta like beachy waves, so I printed a flock of birds on each tote, for the perfect summery tote. And take a look inside. It’s fully lined! Plus there’s a little cell phone/sunscreen/snow cone cash pocket!

To make each one unique, I printed a mini flock of birds in different formations on the back corner of each one. Birds, turquoise, bags, what could be better? One drop cloth yields THREE fully lined crushed ruffle totes + a little painters cloth to spare!

Craft #2 – Just My Size Child’s Table by Jill @ Made it on Monday

I built a table. That’s right: power saw, nail gun, electric sander built a table. And it was fun! But I’m not
sure if the fun had making it can come anywhere near the fun that will be had playing with it.

These beautiful legs were the inspiration for this project. I just couldn’t resist using them.

Throw in some plywood, decorative trim and a basic board and you have the perfect little child’s craft

I love the way red and yellow look together, so a checker board top was a natural choice for dressing
this piece of furniture up. Isn’t it funny how we dress up a piece of furniture just to then rough it up? I
love the way some distressing allowed yellow to show through the red checkers.

Two little terracotta pots make the perfect supply containers, and a little green paint around the top
adds a touch of fun.

I can now add “furniture” to the list of things I make, and you can too!

Craft #3 – Indoor Tree House by Tone @ Bless by Tone

Shopping at a hard wear store, I got wood, paint, chains, a rope and
a rope ladder – and I made an indoor tree-house for kids. It will hold at
least four kids.
I used the rest of the paint to paint a scenery – where the sky is always
blue. The rope ladder is “fastened” to the branch.
The perfect place to chill and tell each other secrets.
And with all the pillows from the house and a blanket on top – no one will
know their secrets.
Lot’s of fun for
hours, no matter what the weather is like.

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  1. Sara says

    So all three were awesome but I love the creativity in the first one. I never would have come up with the idea of making a tote bag all from things found at a hardware store.