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Folded Paper Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Folded paper christmas tree countdown calendar
Create little three dimensional paper trees out of paper or cardstock and fill them with treats for the most adorable DIY advent calendar.  A little paper forest christmas countdown that looks just as cute on the shelf as it is fun to open!
My kids love advent calendars. Every year they each get their own, and opening the little windows as a Christmas countdown is always fun for them.   This year the girls both wanted these TsumTsum calendars. (I don’t understand the TsumTsum addiction.. so I must be getting old.) 

Creativity Unleashed 199 : Oriental Trading Giveaway


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Welcome to the Creativity Unleashed Link party. I’ve joined Jessi from Practically Functional, Jacque from The DIY Village, Jocie from One Project Closer, Amy from Her Tool Belt, and Mindi from My Love 2 Create as hostesses for this party.

Now it's TIME TO PARTY! 


This week's party is generously sponsored by Oriental Trading.  Enter for your chance to win $100 below. 
**PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL BE TAKING NEXT WEEK OFF FOR THANKSGIVING BUT THE FEATURES WILL BE THE FOLLOWING WEEK (NOV 30)**

15 Holiday Woodworking Projects

Easy Christmas woodworking projects.  15 ideas that you can build out of wood for the holiday season. Easy woodworking projects all the way to more complex carpentry!
Easy Christmas woodworking projects.  15 ideas that you can build out of wood for the holiday season. Easy woodworking projects all the way to more complex carpentry!
The holidays can great inspiration for simple woodworking projects.  No matter if you have barely used a saw, or if your building skills are top notch, there is a Christmas inspired building project out there for you!  I’ve collected 15 of my favorites, from scrap wood projects to 2x4 and plywood builds, many of these would be great gift ideas.

So get into the workshop and build these holiday inspired projects!  (Not that you needed an excuse to grab the power tools!)


Love woodworking projects? Find more HERE!

Painted Thrift Store Ski Makeover

Repurposed Vintage Ski christmas decorI’m really excited to finally share this project with you guys!  I bought these skis way back in MARCH and they have been sitting in my garage the entire year, just waiting to be beautified!

Creativity Unleashed 198: Oriental Trading Giveaway


Creativity Unleashed Graphic
Welcome to the Creativity Unleashed Link party. I’ve joined Jessi from Practically Functional, Jacque from The DIY Village, Jocie from One Project Closer, Amy from Her Tool Belt, and Mindi from My Love 2 Create as hostesses for this party.

Easy DIY Rae Dunn Inspired Ornaments (Video Tutorial)

If you haven’t heard about the Rae Dunn Pottery Phenomenon yet, you clearly aren’t hanging around on Instagram.  Rae Dunn has a white rustic pottery line with distinctive lettering that has become the darling of the blogging world. Rae Dunn Ornaments
So of course, now that Christmas is almost here, it is time to jump on that trend to create Rae Dunn inspired ornaments that reflect that same style. DIY rae dunn ornaments
I used my Cricut to create these and I thought I would put together a quick video and list of supplies I used in case you want to try your own version!

Sarcastic Tote Bags with the Circut EasyPress


Funny Sarcastic Tote Bags, great gift ideas for crafters or moms!  "Ball Sack" "Why buy it for $8 when you can make it with $92 in craft supplies?" and "May Contain Wine" FREE downloadable SVG files.   Since you always need to have a little sense of humor!
If you don’t follow me on Facebook, you may not realize just how much of a sarcastic side I can have.  Especially in the world of blogging where everything always APPEARS to be rainbows and sunshine it is so fun to just laugh at the ridiculous things that happen in life.

I mean, Martha Stewart is making her MARSHMALLOWS FROM SCRATCH!  What?!  Why?!  She does know Stay-Puft sells those suckers in a bag right? And you won’t be cleaning up sticky sugar-covered posts in pans for the next two weeks!

But I digress..


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Creativity Unleashed Graphic
Welcome to the Creativity Unleashed Link party. I’ve joined Jessi from Practically Functional, Jacque from The DIY Village, Jocie from One Project Closer, Amy from Her Tool Belt, and Mindi from My Love 2 Create as hostesses for this party.

Easy Handmade Gift Ideas Anyone Can Make

With the holidays ahead many of us are getting our shopping lists ready, but this year instead of heading out to the mall, why not make something with your own two hands.  Not only are homemade gifts often less expensive and can help you avoid that headache filled trip to the busy store.. they also are often much more meaningful.
What keeps many people from making their own gifts is that they think it will be difficult or it will look bad and the recipient won't want it.. but that doesn't have to be the case at all!    I teamed up with members of the All Things Creative Team to bring you dozens of handmade gift ideas (from sewing and crafting, to mall woodworking projects and printables.)
** The DIY Village ** The Kim Six Fix ** One Project Closer **Practically Functional ** Blue i Style **Virginia Sweet Pea ** Pet Scribbles**Interior Frugalista**

No matter what your skill set, you will find something on this list that you can handle!

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Creativity Unleashed Graphic
Welcome to the Creativity Unleashed Link party. I’ve joined Jessi from Practically Functional, Jacque from The DIY Village, Jocie from One Project Closer, Amy from Her Tool Belt, and Mindi from My Love 2 Create as hostesses for this party.

20 Fabulous Fall (Not Specifically Thanksgiving or Halloween) Mantels

20 fall not thanksgiving or halloween mantels
20 Beautiful mantels for fall that are not thanksgiving or halloween


I love fun holiday mantels, but I know not everyone has time to change out their theme every few weeks.  In the early fall, you can put up an autumn inspired mantelscape and it can last all the way until Christmas as long as you don't focus on a Thanksgiving or Halloween theme.

So today I have 20 gorgeous mantel ideas that are GENERIC fall, and NOT a more specific holiday.  No turkeys, no spiderwebs no "Give Thanks" wording.    Just leaves and pumpkins and all around prettiness.
We'll kick it off with Adventure's in Decorating's fall mantel, that was so gorgeous, even Better Homes and Gardens had to feature it:

Plywood Candy Corn (Free Scroll or Jig Saw Pattern)


Make your own oversized candy corn out of plywood with either a scroll or jig saw. A super fast and easy project, and with so many uses!
It is always fun to get into the woodshop and create some super fast and easy seasonal projects.  For this upcoming halloween I was looking for a project idea that I could use in place of a regular old wreath on the front door. 

These oversized plywood candy corn cutouts are a great project since the cut lines are so simple and you can make a whole bunch in no time. 

LEGO Table from Two Tier End Table

Lego play center DIY table
A lego play center with brick and instruction book storage along with two levels of play areas.  A great way to transform a on end table!
I’m so excited about this project, not only because my kids love it, but also because it is part of this month’s power tool challenge.  The theme is REPURPOSEand this month is even more special because it is ALSO a reader challenge, where you have a chance to win one of two Ryobi Power Tool prizes.

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One random drawing and one voted Best Repurposed Project Overall.
Every entry counts towards a chance in a random drawing of either an 18 Volt One + jigsaw or an 18 Volt One + Drill.
The team and a Ryobi Power Tools team member will vote on best overall project. The team will pick their top 3 choices and list them in order.
Reader's are challenged to enter their favorite repurpose project. There is a maximum of four entries per person allowed.
(Scroll to the bottom of this post for entry details)

 My entry is this end table repurposed into a LEGO play center. The plastic bin which houses the legos pops out for easy clean up and the little drawer in the table is the perfect place to store building instructions.  Everything in arm’s reach for the best experience!
 Side Table Lego center
For more inspiration, the ladies of the Power Tool Challenge also have some awesome entries:
My Love 2 Create Repurposed Shutter Desk
My Repurposed Life DIY Doll/ Dog Bed

So how did my project come together?   Well, it started with this 10$ thrift store find.  
Ten dollar thrift store table
And turned into this all in one play center.
Lego play center DIY table
The lower level features a large 15x15 LEGO plate building area.
Lego Side TableWhile the user level has a smaller play area, perfect for holding mini figures or precious builds, along with a large pull out bin for loose legos. Built in lego storage on tableThe drawer is the perfect place to keep all the instruction booklet. Lego instructions storage drawer
Highly functional, self contained and compact.  My kind of end table!
Lego Table from Tiered Side TableTo transform it, I first removed the faux leather inserts.
Thrift store two level side table
Removing table top from end tableRemoving inset from end tableI replaced them with plywood (I used the pieces that came out as a template for perfect fit:)
Replacing leather inset in tableNext I sanded the entire thing down.
Replacing leather top on tableI used my Finish Max Ultra to paint this piece. IT was so fast and easy on all the curves. FinishMaxExtra with Behr paintPainting end table bluePainted two tier end tableWhen the paint was dry I used E6000 to glue the plates down.
Gluing lego plates to tableAnd here is the finished piece:Two level lego table with storage
Just add LEGOs and you won’t be able to pull your kids away! Two Level LEGO table


Reader Challenge Contest Rules:
To qualify, an item needs to be repurposed using at least one power tool of any kind in the process. Simple enough? Everyone can enter up to four DIY repurposed projects.
There will be two Ryobi Power Tool Prizes! One random drawing and one voted Best Repurposed Project Overall.
Every entry counts towards a chance in a random drawing and the winner gets to choose either an 18 Volt One + jigsaw or an 18 Volt One + Drill.
To pick the Best Overall Repurposed DIY project, the team and a Ryobi Power Tools team member will vote on their top choice.
How to enter: Enter your project in the linky below. The linky will be open for 2 weeks ( ending midnight November 2nd). Readers can submit their own projects directly, make a Facebook post and share that link. If any of you need help or want me to post your project for you just send me an email with your project photo to kim@thekimsixfix.com, be sure to include your name and your project title too!
Must be 18 or older to win, giveaway and contest is open to USA resident only.


20 Sarcastic Cross Stitch Patterns (PG, PG-13 and R Rated)

20 snarky cross stitch patterns

20 sarcastic cross stitch patterns. Rated PG through Rated R.. some of these are FREAKING HILARIOUS!!

I have been having great time sharing sarcastic and snarky crafts on my Facebook page and some of my favorites have been simple cross stitch patterns.  

In order to keep track of all that sarcasm, I put together a list of my favorites, along with links to wear you can buy the patterns.  (Some are not actually available for purchase.. but most are.)   I have sorted them by JUST HOW OFFENSIVE they probably are.  So if you don’t like swear words or other risqué topics, I wouldn’t scroll down!

However, if you have a smart ass sense of humor like I do, I bet you get at least ONE good chuckle from one of these!  Check them out!  

If you are looking for less offensive embroidery ideas, you may like these projects instead.

Easy Embroidery Floss Tassels

Easy diy tassels from embroidery floss
Easy Embroidery Floss Tassels.  A single skein of embroidery thread is all it takes to make these cute tassels. Perfect for keychains, zipper pulls, home decor or even cell phone dangers.  SUPER EASY TO MAKE

I have seen these cute tassel keychains and cell phone danglers popping up in local stores and online, so I wanted to show you just how easy it is to make your own. Embroidery Floss Tassels can be made in almost ANY color, since there are limitless types and colors of floss.  Plus with the metallics and reflective polyester fibers you can get some gorgeous tassels. 
For my version I used the Radiant Treasures floss, which is polyester and reflects the light beautifully.  But you could also use standard Embroidery Floss or even the Light Effects/Metallic type which looks like spun metal.
Easy diy tassels from embroidery floss I made my tassels directly on jewelry Rings with claw clasps so they could be used as a keychain or zipper pull, but you could put them on standard rings if you wanted to use them in other ways.
How to make your own DIY embroidery floss tassel keychain. So easy and fast to do!
 You could also hand these tassels off a backpack or on a purse, or even use them in decorating.  Make them in holiday colors and turn them into Christmas ornaments.  They really are just that versatile.
DIY tassel zipper pull
Plus they come together in about 2 minutes.  YES.. they are seriously that fast.  I put together a video to show you exactly how quick they come together.
For those of you who prefer the step by steps with photos, keep reading! 


SUPPLY LIST: 

Jewelry Rings (with claw clasps)
Super Glue
Scissors (I obsessed with the non-stick teflon kind)
Standard Embroidery Floss or
Radiant Treasures Embroidery Floss (as seen in tutorial) or
Light Effects/Metallic Embroidery Floss

TUTORIAL:

Step 1:
Pull out approximately 24 inches of floss from the skein and set aside.
Embroidery Floss metallic tassel
Step 2:
Slide the sleeve of the skein down to one end but don’t remove it completely. How to made embroidery floss tassel
Step 3:
Slide the ring over the sleeve on the skein.
Making tassel keychain from thread
Step 4:
Slide the ring off the sleeve and into the center of the skein. You can remove the sleeve at this point. Metallic embroidery floss tassels
Step 5:
Fold the skein in half on the ring. You want to make sure you have lined up both ends, since that is the bottom of your soon to be tassel. Using embroidery thread to make tasselsStep 6:
Take the extra 24 inches of floss and wrap it around the very top of the tassel, just below the ring. You want to make it as tight as you can. Easy DIY tassel keychain
Step 7:
Tie off with a square knot. Again, you would like this to be as tight as possible so the tassel doesn’t loosen up. DIY tassels how to makeStep 8:
Apply a tiny drop of super glue to the knot. This is to keep it from unwrapping, especially once you trim the ends.  Allow to dry completely. Tying tassels so they don t frayStep 9:
Trim the ends of the knot. You can use a needle to push the knot up and under the wrapped thread to hide it. Making your own tassels from threadStep 10:
Cut the loops apart, making sure you have them as even as possible.
DIY embroidery floss tasselsStep 11:
Hold the loose ends in a closed fist and cut them off even with a sharp scissors.Trimming ends of diy tassels
This will make a little bit of a mess. How to make your own tassels
Now you just need to fluff the tassel and separate the floss into it’s individual threads.  This gives it fullness and makes it look really expensive. Silver metallic embroidery floss tassel
This is such a fast and easy project, that looks a lot more complicated than it really is.   You could make a bunch of tassels in no time!
 
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