What I made
553
days ago

Stylish DIY utensil holder made from recycled stir sticks

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1) The all-purpose stir stick container…

Stir stick DIY utensil holder

2) …great for storing coffee…

Stir stick DIY utensil holder shown holding a mix of kitchen utensils

3) …even better for tidying your kitchen utensils!

This stylish DIY utensil holder is a triple whammy of coffee coolness – it’s coffee bean shaped, coffee stained, and made from coffee shop stir sticks (Starbucks)! It’s the last of 4 projects I made for Make: magazine, and I think one of the coolest.

As far as DIY utensil holders go, it fits the bill perfectly, but I’ve actually used mine as a container for a bag of ground coffee, but you could use it to store other things such as sweets (candy) or craft tools. The technique I’ve used is not dissimilar to the technique I used to make my rustic twig and wire bowl except I’ve used beads to create the spaces, and the sides do not slope.

I hope it gives you some ideas.

How to make your own stylish DIY utensil holder from stir sticks

Easy to follow hand drawn instructions for making a stylish DIY utensil holder

Download printables and instructions›

Includes:
1) Collectable instructions – they look great stuck on the fridge!
50 downloads so far, thanks everyone!

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I recently discovered Kevin McGuires Playful Plans website – it’s full of unique, downloadable plans for wooden playthings. I got instantly nostalgic, I grew up making things out of wood in my Dad’s workshop – unfortunately I now don’t have space for a workshop, but if I did, first on my list of things to make would be this retro little red wagon! Go check it out.

What I made
556
days ago

Battle Sledges! Fun snow activity for kids and adults

Joshua peeking out from behind his battle sledge! A fun snow activity for kids and adults

1) “Come closer!”

Joshua standing next a huge pile of snowballs stacked up against his Battle Sledge! A fun snow activity for kids and adults.

2) “I’m saving one of these for you…”

Dylan throwing a snowball while standing next to his Battle Sledge!  A fun snow activity for kids and adults

3) “…but first, brother annihilation time!”

Turn your sledge into a ‘Battle Sledge’ – part snowball stash, part barricade and part sledge (for fast getaways). Then let the snow wars begin, there can be only one winner!

This fun snow activity is great for when the kids get tired of pulling their sledges up hills. As you can see above, my boys enjoyed it so much they got a bit carried away making their snowball ammo!

How to play Battle Sledges! A fun snow activity for kids and adults.

It’s simple to play, but you need at least two sledges. Each sledge is stuck upright into the snow (facing each other and 20ft apart) and a battle line drawn down the middle. The kids must then stock their sledge barracades with as many snow balls as they can. Finally, on the count of 3, the battle can commence – each direct hit to the body scores a point! I’ve provided a fun overview below, enjoy!

Easy to follow hand drawn instructions for playing Battle Sledges!  A fun snow activity for kids and adults

Apologies to those living in hotter climes, I’ll be posting something you might find more interesting in a couple of weeks time.

What I made
591
days ago

Children’s gift wrapping idea that’s better than the present!

Cardboard mice carrying off a present - a very cool children's gift wrapping idea!

Translation: “Quick! Before Santa sees us!”

Closeup of two cardboard mouse carrying off a present - a very cool children's gift wrapping idea!

Translation: “I hope there’s cheese in here…”

Closeup of one cardboard mouse carrying off a present - a very cool children's gift wrapping idea!

Translation: “…yes, I don’t want another pair of socks!”

This creative children’s gift wrapping idea will definitely set the scene on Christmas morning – just imagine the smiles on the kids’ faces when they spot their Christmas presents being carted off by mischievous mouse thieves (I know that my boys loved them).

Of course, it’s perfect for any gift wrapping occasion, especially children’s birthdays. But why not get a little creative and surprise the grown-ups – after all, Mom and Dad shouldn’t miss out on the fun? So start planning, there’s plenty of opportunities, you’ve Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Wedding anniversaries and even Valentine’s day to choose from!

Learn how to make this cool children’s gift wrapping idea for yourself

As far as gift wrapping crafts go, this has to be one of the easiest to make. There’s printable artwork for the mice and a template for the ‘tricky’ stand, but if that’s still too much effort, go for the ‘easy peasy’ stand made from a squashed toilet roll! You’ll find the download button underneath the instructions.

Easy to follow hand drawn instructions for making mischievous mice thieves

An even quicker cheat courtesy of Julie: simply prop the present on a small block of wood, and stick the mice around the side of the present – perfect if you don’t want to reuse the mice and you can’t see under the present.

Download printables and instructions›

Includes:
1) Colour version of mice – just print and cut out.
2) Black and white mice – have fun colouring them in first.
3) Template for stand – print it out and trace around it.
4) Collectable instructions – stick them on the fridge!
382 downloads so far, thanks everyone!

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Here’s a few more cute children’s gift wrapping ideas – I especially like the one with the toys cars stuck on to the side!

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