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LEGO Minifigure Printable Valentines

LEGO valentines It’s February again!  That means it is time to make another set of school valentines!

This year my 5 year old is OBSESSED with LEGOs and so that was the theme he wanted for his school Valentines.

This is what I came up with:
Everything is awesome lego valentine
A lego minfig on a card featuring the phrase “When you are my Valentine everything is awesome"
Cute right?  Especially cute when you make dozens of them: LEGO valentines
Every valentine has a different character (wouldn’t it be cute if you matched the mini-figs with the recipients? I wasn’t patient enough for that.. but you could!)

You Are On In A Melon - Watermelon Candy School Valentines

Valentine with watermelon candy
Valentine’s day is fast approaching and I’m putting together our annual school valentines.
One in a melon valentine

30 Free Printable Star Wars Valentines

Free Printable Star Wars School Valentines30 Free Printable Star Wars School Valentines. So many great ideas for boys and girls.. from the entire movie series!
Anyone who knows me knows I am sort of crazy about Star Wars.   Like CRAZY!! And my kids are the same way too.  So I have been looking up cute free printable school valentine ideas from other bloggers that are Star Wars themed.

Shockingly, I’ve never done one myself, but there are so many fantastic Star Wars school valentines already floating around on Pinterest that I figured I could just use one of them.   But deciding which was my favorite was nearly impossible.  So I have rounded up 25 of my favorites.

30 Star Wars Inspired School Valentines

How to Prevent Hoop Stains with an Embroidery Grime Guard


Keeping your fabric clean while working on a large embroidery or cross stitch project can be a challenge.  When your fabric is hooped up and you are working with it, setting it down or even just storing it in a tote bag, the edges of the work can come into contact with dirt and oils.

These marks, usually left in the shape of a circle due to the hoop are often permanent.

Marquee Lights Made From Keurig K-Cups

Heart marquee light from Kcups
I am SO EXCITED to share today’s project.

I actually finished it about two weeks ago, but never got around to taking photos and writing about it until now.  But I just LOVE IT!

I have been obsessing about all the great marquee lights I’ve been seeing all over the internet, but now they have gotten so affordable and accessible in stores that I never felt like it was worth my time to make one from scratch.

At least not in the traditional sense of making a marquee light.

But then inspiration struck when I was washing out a set of old K-cups (I always save them since they aren’t recyclable and I have had project ideas for them in the past). I was lining them up on the counter and I realized how cool they looked when I started creating shapes. 
Of course, with Valentine’s day around the corner, a heart shape was the first thing that came to mind.
Heart marquee lights
I thought about gluing them down and spray painting the whole thing so it was one color but three dimensional, and then I thought, “WHY NOT LIGHT THEM UP AGAIN?!”

And that is exactly what I did.   This time with pink mini-lights
KCup Heart LightThere aren’t many projects where with each step you finish, you get more and more excited about it.. but this project was one of them:
Love marquee light mantelSo how did it come together?

My Top 10 School Valentine Projects


Since I have three kids, over the years I have shared quite a few school Valentine ideas on the blog  So today I thought, instead of making you scroll back through the archives I would instead bring them all to you in one post, so you can find them all in one place.

 I took the 12 posts that were the most popular (based on the number of people who had viewed the post and/or clicked and downloaded the file, if one was available.

Chalkboard from Dollar Store Cutting Board

Plastic cutting board turned chalkboard
Holiday decor doesn't have to be expensive.

These simple little chalkboards were super quick and easy to make.  They started out as little plastic cutting boards.
Christmas chalkboard from cutting board

Gift Idea for Embroidery & Cross Stitch Lovers


Have a friend or family member that really loves fiber arts, or more specifically embroidery and cross stitch?  Well, today I have the ultimate gift guide for those people.

These are all products I use and recommend, in various price points.  Almost all these items are available on Amazon, which makes shopping a breeze.

25 Wood Slice Holiday Projects

25 holiday project ideas made from wood slices
If you like the warm natural beauty of wood disks, you are going to ADORE these next 25 projects.  I scoured the internet looking for beautiful examples of how you can use these rough wood slices (from tiny 1/2 inch ones all the way to giant tree trunk slices) in holiday and home decor.

I got the idea for this round up since I’ve done quite a few wood slice projects myself, and I have seen some gorgeous variations on the theme.  And yes, there are 500 different ways to made woodslice Christmas Tree ornaments, but I tried to feature different techniques or styles.   

25 Unique Wood Slice Holiday Projects


wood slice magnets

photo wood slice ornament
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wood slice santa ornaments

wood slice wreath


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wood slice wine charms
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buffalo check ornament

chalkboard wood slice banner
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placemat wood slice

wood slice coaster
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wood burned ornaments

wood slice snowman

monogrammed wood slice ornament

wood slice napkin rings

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Learn how to easily transfer any photo onto a slice of wood using Silhouette temporary tattoo paper.
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25 Wood Slice Christmas projects. I love the warm rustic natural beauty of wood slices during the holidays and these 25 ideas for using wood slices in christmas decorating are beautiful.  From ornaments, table settings, wall art, wreaths and more!



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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!

Farmhouse Christmas Decor for Under $20

Farmhouse Christmas Decor Ideas Under 20
Thanks to the Chip and Joanna Gaines, the Fixer Upper trend is hot hot hot and it looks like it may be here to stay, at least of a while.  And although farmhouse, rustic chic was ALWAYS a popular trend when it came to Christmas and holiday decor, it is easier than ever to find fabulous farmhouse inspired ideas all over the place.

So today I’ve rounded up some of my favorite, INEXPENSIVE decor ideas.  Some are DIY projects, and others are products you can get commercially.  All of these should put you in that ‘Christmas on the farm’ spirit, that so many people love!

DIY Scrap Wood Crate Christmas Tree Stand

Scrap Wood Box Christmas Tree Stand
For Christmas this year I built a wooden crate to hold one of my Christmas Trees.  You also could use it as a planter (I may add a boxwood or something to it after Christmas is over.)

If you aren't a builder but would rather BUY a wooden crate, scroll to the bottom of the post to see where you can find them commercially! 

Christmas tree on reclaimed wood boxRight now it is in the playroom with of my smaller trees, but for a while I had it set up outside on my front patio.  I actually want to make another one for my other trees!
Christmas trees without tree skirts
I also love the weathered driftwood finish.  This is the first time I attempted that and I know I will be using it more often, I love how it came out. Rustic x box christmas tree stand
So how did I build it and stay within the rules of the challenge (no new materials.. only use scraps you already have lying around)?
Well, needless to say, I had a ton of pieces of scrap lumber, since I never throw anything away. .
Random scraps of woodFor me the biggest problem is that they were all random sizes, widths, and even THICKNESSES.  I had 2x4s, 1x3s, 1x5s, old pieces of pallets, some fencing, 2x2s, trim boards and a ton of cull lumber that was in bad shape or warped.
After standing back and studying my stash I realized I had the most length in the left over pieces of tongue and groove boards I used to make my West Elm Inspired Mirror.  I used the “groove” side and cut off more than half the board with the tongue (the large pieces in the photo below).

I wanted to reuse those boards but I had to cut the tongue off and make them all a standard width.
Ripping down tongues off boards
Kreg RipCut instead of table sawOnce again I used my Kreg Rip-Cut.  and it worked great.   I was left with “nearly 2x4” boards.  (they were more like 2x3.5)    Because these boards are cut down by hand,  I’m not including measurements for this post.. since none of this is standard lumber. 
Scrap lumber cut down to build box
I didn’t have enough of my ‘2x4s’ to build the whole box, so I had to improvise with some 2x2s on one side.  Scrap lumber box
Next I had to make the inset boards for the flat areas of the box.  I didn’t have enough plywood but I did have LOTS of random boards in various widths.   Enter the pocket hole Jig (in this case the Kreg K4)
Kreg jig for pocket holes
I laid the boards flat on the ground and attached them side by side with pocket holes.  The key was keeping one side FLAT adjacent the floor.. Since the boards were all slightly different thickness the backside of the boards are not level, but that doesn’t matter since it is the inside of the box.  Once I had bunch of boards put together, I snapped a line for the correct total width and ripped it down with the Rip CutConnecting 1x4 boards with pocket holes
Next I had to insert the panels into the frames.  I used blocks to make sure the overhang of the frame was exactly the same for all the boards.  Since some of the boards were warped and different thicknesses, once again, it only mattered what they looked like from the outside.. Using blocks to level boards
So you can see the inside is kinda a mess of random boards. Ah yes.. the beauty of working with junky scrap lumber. Using pocket holes to build boxI assembled the final box and then it was time to trim it out.  (The box has no bottom or no top.. I may convert it to a planter later so I didn’t think it needed a bottom)Building a wooden crate as a christmas tree stand alternative
Since (per the challenge) I couldn’t buy trim for the outside, I used some old shims I had leftover from my valentine’s day heart I made last year.  They weren’t long enough to go end to end so I had to butt them up end to end and then cut the corners off with a box cutter.  Because they are shims they are tapered, so I always had the thick end in the center of the X and cut off the thinner end.  Cutting shims for cross bracing
I used glue and finishing staples to hold them on. Using shims to create x shape on box
And here is the finished box.  I didn’t want it to be raw wood so I used a sample of “Driftwood Weathering Finish” I received at a blog conference.   Wooden crate with cross braces
That stuff is really cool.   You just add the powder to water and then paint it on your piece.  It gives a different result depending on the wood type (you can see the one dark redwood boards on the left side of the box in this photo) I loved how it looked old and sunbleached.  Like this was really an old crate.
Rustic x box christmas tree stand
So.. how did I get the tree to stand up in the box?  Well.. I couldn’t use the stand that came with the tree.. I had to create a smaller one.  For that I used a small trick or treat bucket and a length of PVC pipe I had leftover from the DIY Soccer Goal.  I first taped the bottom of the pipe so no concrete would get inside.
Embedding PVC in bucketThen I mixed up some mortar mix and inserted the pipe into the center.
Mixing concreteLet it dry a few hours and cut the pipe down with a pipe cutter or hacksaw.
PVC pipe in concrete post stand
I put it in the center of the box (I had to prop it on top of a paint can to be high enough)
Concrete tree stand inside box
And I added my tree.
Vintage crate tree stand
You guys.. I just love this so much!  I may use it on my real full size tree next year.  (this is my space saving smaller tree that goes in the kids’ playroom) because it came out so much better than I thought it would.  I’m so glad Sandra challenged us to this! Burlap and berry rustic tree



Commercially Available Christmas Tree Boxes:

ETSY: Click on any image to go to the listing






Balsam Hill:



A cottage in the city: 








Now it is time to share your projects, or see the other bloggers who stepped up the sCrap wood challenge.

Here are the details for the sCrap Wood Challenge: Anyone who want to participate is welcome to join. If you blog, you can link up below.

 If you don’t blog, share your project on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and use #scrapwoodchallenge and tag @SawdustGirl so she can see what you made and maybe feature you!

Rules: No new lumber can be purchased, it must come from your scrap wood pile or some free wood you found on the side of the road.
You may use new fasteners, glue, paint, stain or whatever finish you want.
This is a building challenge, so no refinishing projects. Sorry.

This is a “Just for Fun” challenge to use up some of those scraps.  There is no judging and no prize other than your own satisfaction for a job well done! (And hopefully a smaller scrap pile.)

The link up will close next Monday (Nov 29th) so you don't have much time..

 
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