Merry Christmas, from our little zoo to yours. Hope your day is merry and bright and full of love!
Every year at work (I work at a community college) the offices each make a basket to raffle off as a fundraiser for our Student Emergency Fund. This year, our office wanted to “think outside the basket” and one of my coworkers came up with the awesome idea to make a Dress Up Closet.
I built the closet from scratching using these plans from Ana White as a general guideline, then my coworkers went hunting for great gear to load it up with once the after-Halloween sales kicked in.
The build on this was fairly simple, and I had several cuts made at Home Depot to make things easier when I got home.
I bought (2) 1×6’s and had them cut in half at the store to serve as two sides, the back, and the bottom…. they’re too wide to fit in a miter saw and I didn’t have a circular saw at the time (but I just got one! woo hoo!). When I got home I angled up the tops of the sides to add a little more style and interest.
- To attach all the sides I used pocket holes, made with a Kreg Jig Jr., about 5-6 pocket screws for each joining.
- For the front 1×4 and 1×2’s I counter sunk Spax brand wood screws then used wood filler to cover them prior to staining. Don’t forget to make pilot holes before drilling in screws so the wood doesn’t split!
- The dowel was a real work of love. I used a spade bit slightly larger then the width of the dowel to notch out a hole on each side, then Gorilla construction adhesive to tuck it in extra tight.
- Sand it all down nice and smooth, then use a damp cloth to wipe away any excess sawdust.
You could totally just add another 1×6 to the front, but I thought the crate look was cute and it allows you to see what’s being stored in there a bit easier.
I had an old mirror lying around so I glued that on with E6000, then hot glued a little rope around it for some detail. I also hot glued rope at either end of the dowel to hide some of the mess I made with the construction adhesive.
Three coats of Minwax stain (in Riverstone) went on the outside and 1 coat of primer with 2 coats of pure white paint went on the inside, then I sealed the whole thing up with three coats of Minwax polycrylic (and 5 coats of poly on the dowel since it’ll get a lot of use).
I love that this is super cute for a kid, but not a total eyesore to have out in your house.
This wasn’t exactly cheap, maybe $70-80 in total due to the quality of the wood, but is such a cute idea and it can be customized a million different ways.
*This giveaway is now closed*
Back in April I posted about some new prescription glasses I got from an overseas company called Firmoo. I am still loving them, and wearing them everyday, so I thought that what with the holidays I’d host a giveaway for a free pair for one of my readers!
Firmoo has a whole section of their site called the collection for bloggers and the winner can pick any one pair from the collection to get FOR FREE. Including the prescription lenses!!
Don’t panic that you won’t get to try them on either, because you can upload a picture of your face and try them on electronically. 🙂
I wear mine all day every day and they have held up super well. I was hesitant at first because I’m used to paying $300+ for designer prescription glasses but honestly, I will never ever do that again. This specs are the bomb dot com.
Guys. This is an awesome deal! To enter, all you have to do is hop over to the site (here) then comment below with what pair you are loving the most. That’s it!
This giveaway opens Monday December 7th and closes Monday December 14th at midnight. Winner will be chosen at random and emailed. Winner will receive one free pair of prescription glasses from Firmoo!
Disclosure: Weeva provided me with a photobook free of charge to review in this post. As always though, I only share products I love. Thanks for supporting Sandpaper and Glue.
Back in September two of my bestest friends got married (I posted some of my DIY wedding gifts for them here and here). This past weekend they took me and my husband out to dinner to thank us for helping with their wedding, and I surprised them with this amazing photo book from Weeva.
This is not your average photo book- it is interactive. I invited family and friends of the bride and groom to upload pictures, share stories, and add in best wishes for the couple and then Weeva arranged it all into this super fantastic memory book. I insisted that the front cover had faces and the back cover had butts. Because of course.
For this book, I included pictures from the wedding, copies of their vows and readings, and then pictures of them throughout the years. On the Weeva website, I set up categories for friends and family to hop in and add their two cents and pictures as well. It’s super cool- you can invite people through email, but there’s also an option to share a link with them through a Facebook message which I found way easier.
I asked people to share best wishes for the couple, a favorite memory they have with them, how they met each person, etc. It’s so nice to have so many stories all in one spot- and the website lets people not just upload a story, but a picture to go along with it too.
Once everything was uploaded I submitted the info through the website and their team organized it all in to a cohesive book. They are meticulous with this process- they emailed me back about pictures that were low resolution and might not look best, about people’s names to make sure all the spelling was right, and a full copy to review before it went to print.
This is SUCH a timesaving feature. When I made my wedding book two years ago I did it through a different photo service site and it took me freaking forever to arrange the pictures, embellishments, order of pages…. you don’t have to do any of that with this book and it is glorious.
The book came out gorgeous, and very high quality. It really was the perfect gift for our friends and I know they’ll love it forever. They were so touched and surprised. Watching them flip through this 40+ page book to see what we all wrote and included for them was really cool. There may have been some watery eyes. From both parties.
SO- I figured that with holidays coming up now would be the perfect time to share the book with you all. Even if you can’t get it done in time for Christmas, it’d be perfect for Valentine’s day or an anniversary as a memory book or engagement present. It makes an amazing baby book as well- imagine the whole family leaving notes and messages for baby in one cohesive book. There’s lots of possibilities! And the best part is it’s basically a fancy scrapbook that requires no artistic ability at all- so even a non DIY-er can get it together for one of these books!
What would you make a book about?