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Here are some Halloween door decorations which will literally throw you off of your hinges! All you need is a door, and some ideas. Oh wait, we’ve got that one covered for you. 😉

Use these terrifyingly brilliant ideas to decorate the outside of your home in order to prepare for visitors this Halloween – and let them know whether they’re in for a trick or a treat…

https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/diy-halloween-door-decoration/

We love the Tim Burton ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ spin on this design, an ultimate spooky classic! Do you recon your neighbours could handle it?

https://www.michaels.com/monster-door-d%C3%A3%C2%A9cor/B_82014.html

This monstrosity is sure to be bagging a few frights and giggles.

http://twindragonflydesigns.com/jack-skellington-door-free-printable/

This design only uses only one sheet of black paper, and is high on the scare scale, easy as pie!

https://alwaystheholidays.com/mummy-door-decorations/

Can you wrap your head around how this one was done? Don’t knock it till you try it.

http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/halloween-googly-eye-door

The key is to make sure that people think they are being watched…

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/10/13/welcome-trick-or-treaters-9-easy-diy-front-door-decorations-for-halloween_n_8285058.html

This creepy number is not exactly what we’d call a-door-able. Also this door is not a door since it’s slightly a-jar?

http://www.homejelly.com/how-to-make-a-halloween-paper-bag-door-monster/

Shut the front door! You mean, that’s not a real monster?

https://davelowe.blogspot.com/2014/10/countdown-to-halloween-day-28-zombie.html?spref=pi

If there’s a zombie apocalypse I wouldn’t trust this boarded up door. They’re practically dying to get to you through those gaps!

We hope that instead of shutting out the idea of decorating your door, your brain is wide open to the potentials of door decorations! If you wood catch my drift…

If you have a go yourself, please use the hashtag #ManoMaker we would love to see some of your ghouly transformations. 🙂

 

6 Easy Homemade Halloween Decorations

DIY Pumpkin Planter and How to Grow Your Own

 

Entertain the kids and practice your DIY skills at the same time with these creative giant garden games! You’re never too old to make (or play!) jenga, connect four, angry birds or kerplunk – so what are you waiting for?

Roll those sleeves up, start planning your wood cuts, and get DIY-ing with these walk through tutorials! (You can adapt the measurements for all of these giant garden games to make it the perfect size for you! Remember to let us know how your project came along on social media by searching for @manomano.co.uk).

Giant Garden Games

Giant Jenga (Easy)

thehandymano mano mano giant garden games DIY jenga

Tools and Materials

Instructions

*Remember that jenga towers are square if you look straight down at them!*

-Chop your wood into 54 equal pieces (we made our pieces an inch long)
-Start sanding! You need the wood to be very smooth otherwise it’ll impact the game! This will also help the stain go onto it easier
-Once they’re sanded, make sure to wipe all of the pieces down with a damp cloth to remove any excess sawdust
-You can choose to leave your blocks natural or you can stain them. If you do choose to stain them, we recommend staining 3 edges of a wooden block at once with a rag, then flipping the block and staining the final side. You’ll need to have a large space to lay them all out while they dry!
-This is one of the easier giant garden games to make but you can personalise it by making the blocks match the colour scheme of your garden.

 

Giant Angry Birds (Hard)

thehandymano mano mano giant garden games DIY angry birds

 

Tools and Materials

2 foot by 5 foot 1/2 inch thick plywood
2 – 8 foot 2 x 4s
1 – 8 foot 1 x 4
2 – hurricane straps
1 scrap piece of 1 x 6 for the toys
1 scrap piece of 1 x 2
Paint
Nuts, bolts and nails
Rubber tubing
Circular saw
Scroll saw (manual or electric)
Drill
Knife to cut tubing
Hammer

Instructions

-Build a base/big enough for people to stand on whilst pulling the tubing back (this is very important!)
-Build a slingshot by cutting one 2 x 4 about 32 inches. This is the long base pole of the slingshot. Cut two 1 foot pieces of 2 x 4. These will be the two arms of the slingshot. Cut two 22 inch pieces of 1 x 4. Attach the two 1×4 pieces to either side of the 32 inch long 2 x 4 at a 90 degree angle. Slide a 1 foot section of 2 x 4 on each side of the arm (between the 1 x 4s). Drill a 3/8 inch hole in the center of each arm about 3 inches from the top of each arm. This is where rubber tubing will be attached.
-Put it all together! Cut another 18 inch long piece of your 2 x F at 45 degree angels on either side – this will be the brace for your slingshot. Place a hurricane anchor metal bracket to the base of the platform and also on one side of the slingshot. Hold it up there to determine where to attach it! Drill two 1/4 inch holes through the base and the slingshot. Insert two 1/4″ bolts and tighten with lock washer and wing nuts. Drill a hole on either side of the 2 x 4 brace and attach one end to the bracket on the base and one end to the bracket on the slingshot. Fasten with 1/4 inch bolt and lock washers and wing nuts. Cut two 2 feet lengths of exercise tubing. Get a piece of leather about one foot long and 5 inches wide. Put a grommet at either end. Attach the tubing to the slingshot and leather pouch.

Giant Kerplunk (Easy)

thehandymano mano mano giant garden games DIY kerplunk

Tools and Materials

Instructions

-Start by screwing the 16-inch 2 x 4 boards together to form a square. Then, screw the 10-inch 4 x 4 boards to the four corners of the square to make legs. Give the wood platform a coat of spray paint, and then let the paint dry
-Make a tube out of the wire netting, and use the 18-gauge wire to hold it in place.
-Place the wire tube on top of the wooden platform and use the staple gun to secure the tube to the platform.
-Slide the bamboo plant supports through the openings in the wire tube. Make sure the stakes go all different directions and don’t leave any large gaps.
-Fill the top of the tube with the ball pit balls, and the game is ready to play!

Giant Connect 4 (Hard)

DIY Giant Connect 4 – Activities for Children

How did your giant garden games turn out? Make sure to let us know on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook! See you there 🙂

Feel like you need more garden DIY projects? Try out these other projects:

Easy Pallet Projects : DIY Outdoor Tool Storage

Types of Shrubs – Seasonal Guide

DIY Pergola Tutorial

 

It’s National Home Improvement Week and we’ve teamed up with different makers to bring you six projects to improve your home! These DIY projects are all suitable for beginners, and so everyone can get involved.

1. Rainbow Wall Painting

Bring the rainbow to any bedroom, children’s or not (no judgement here) with this painted rainbow by interior designer Melanie Lissack.

2. LED Volcano Light

Who doesn’t want a light that looks like a volcano?? Check out this creative project by Out Of The Woods!

3. Upcycled Plant Pot

With just a little twine or rope and a handy hot glue gun, MakeItSoph shows us how easy it is to upcycle a simple plant pot into something creative and unusual!

4. Cork Art Decor

Don’t throw away your corks – recycle them into an amazing wall art decal like Nino from Nin0craft. You can transform them into any shape you like!

national home improvement week month easy diy simple beginner projects cork map art decal wall

5. Sink Makeover

A simple thing like evaluating the size of objects in your house, and making sure each space is utilised in the best way, can be greatly beneficial in improving your home. KK Makes shows us with her sink makeover!
national home improvement week month easy diy simple beginner projects sink

 

5. Side Table With Built In Charger

Fed up of your chargers, wires and remote controls lying around everywhere? Well, Joe from Average Joe’s Joinery has come up with the perfect DIY side table – it has storage for your (one too many) remotes and an integrated power socket!

6. Lego Display Shelf

Who doesn’t love Lego?! What better way to display your favourite pieces than on this custom made Lego shelf. This is also fully adaptable as a display piece for other small items.
national home improvement week month easy diy simple beginner projects lego wall holder

Don’t forget…

Home Improvement doesn’t mean solely taking on huge projects. It can be the simple act of finding something you already own and embellishing it a little, or switching out one item that’s been getting on your nerves. This week, for National Home Improvement Week, why don’t you find a project to do around the house? If you do make or upcycle something, we’d love to see! Feel free to send us photos via our Facebook page, or the ‘Contact’ page on our site.

Dining Chair Makeover: DIY Upholstered Chairs

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Whether you’re looking for chalk paint furniture ideas, unusual ways to use chalk paint, or how to apply the paint and distress it, this article will cover all your chalk paint related questions. We also have a whole range of inspiration for you, from painting dressers to tiles – who knew chalk paint could be used in so many ways?

What is chalk paint

Chalk paint is a type of paint which creates a chalky appearance. It’s great for creating a rustic, aged look, and lends itself particularly well to being distressed. Chalk paint is also great if you’re feeling a little lazy, and you don’t fancy going through all the motions of stripping, sanding and prepping your surface. Chalk paint adheres very well to surfaces, so you can get a great finish without all the steps.

Chalk paint is great for beginners, as its very forgiving. If you do make any mistakes, it’s supposed to have a ‘distressed’ look, so these can easily be blagged away! Although chalk paint is popular on furniture, it can be used on a range of surfaces, inside and out. The thick quality of the paint means its great for stencils, as it doesn’t bleed out of the sides.

If you’re looking for ‘shabby chic’ or rustic, vintage style decor, chalk paint could be what you’re looking for!

How to use chalk paint

  1. Clean your furniture with a damp cloth, and wait for it to dry.
  2. Mix up your paint: if you’re using a pot of paint, shake before opening, then stir with a painting stick. Make sure it’s mixed thoroughly for the best finish. If you’re making your own using powder, mix according to the packaging.
  3. Paint your furniture, following the grain.
  4. Apply as many coats as necessary.
  5. Lastly, put on a clear coat of clear wax over your paint in a thin coat, wiping off the excess. Apply a second coat if desired. Alternatives to wax include water based top coats, and polyurethane.

Distressing chalk paint

We recommend distressing your piece as the final step, after you’ve completed all of the above. Given the nature of chalk paint, it’s best to distress it after waxing painted furniture, as the paint is very chalky and dusty otherwise.

Take a sheet of sandpaper over the areas you want to distress (usually it looks best to distress places that would naturally get wear and tear, such as the corners.)

Chalk paint furniture ideas

1. Dresser

You can give any dresser a completely new look with just few coats of chalk paint, and perhaps even swapping out the handles, if you’re feeling going the extra mile.

10 Chalk Paint Furniture Ideas and How to Use Chalk Paint make distressed distress shabby chic the handy mano manomano piano

2. Filing cabinet

10 Chalk Paint Furniture Ideas and How to Use Chalk Paint make distressed distress shabby chic the handy mano manomano

3. Tiles

Although painted tiles may sound difficult, it’s actually very simple to execute. Take your template, and tape it securely. Paint over with a few thin layers, and peel off the stencil before the second coat has fully dried.

10 Chalk Paint Furniture Ideas and How to Use Chalk Paint make distressed distress shabby chic the handy mano manomano tiles tile printing paint
image source: www.allthingsthrifty.com

4.  Dressing Table

10 Chalk Paint Furniture Ideas and How to Use Chalk Paint make distressed distress shabby chic the handy mano manomano

5. Storage boxes

10 Chalk Paint Furniture Ideas and How to Use Chalk Paint make distressed distress shabby chic the handy mano manomano

6. Wood stain

Adding water to a chalk paint can also act as a wood stain, and can be a little cheaper and easier than using a genuine wood stain. It means you can also adjust the colour of your stain. Brush it on, all the way from one way to another, and immediately wipe off.

10 Chalk Paint Furniture Ideas and How to Use Chalk Paint make distressed distress shabby chic the handy mano manomano

7. Fabric paint

This technique is great if you don’t have the time, resources or budget to reupholster a piece. It can give it a fresh lease of life, and is very easy to do. Simply mix your chalk paint with a little water, mark your area with painter’s tape, and paint on a layer. Seal once finished by tumble drying, or putting in the sun for a little while.

10 Chalk Paint Furniture Ideas and How to Use Chalk Paint make distressed distress shabby chic the handy mano manomano

10 Chalk Paint Furniture Ideas and How to Use Chalk Paint make distressed distress shabby chic the handy mano manomano

8. Piano

10 Chalk Paint Furniture Ideas and How to Use Chalk Paint make distressed distress shabby chic the handy mano manomano piano

9. Jars and pots

10 Chalk Paint Furniture Ideas and How to Use Chalk Paint make distressed distress shabby chic the handy mano manomano

10. Chairs

10 Chalk Paint Furniture Ideas and How to Use Chalk Paint make distressed distress shabby chic the handy mano manomano

 

We hope you found these chalk paint furniture ideas inspiring. If you try any of them out, we’d love to see! Send us your photos on our Contact page, or via our Facebook.

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It’s Mother’s Day on the 11th of March, and what better present is there than to make something for the woman who made you. String art is becoming increasingly popular, and is a fun way to make an art piece, whether you’re an artistic expert, or you just want to have a little creative fun. Using string, twine or yarn and nails, this is a little different from painting or drawing (and very forgiving). If you’re looking for Mother’s Day gift ideas that are fun, personalised and thoughtful, you’ve come to the right place.

Tools and materials

Cost, time and difficulty

This DIY can totally be done by beginners. It also lends itself to customisation depending on your level of DIY/how much time you can invest in the project (see the end for more details!) In terms of time, it should take a few hours, depending on how you decide to make your piece, as well as its size. In terms of cost, it should be around £30 (much less if you use pallet boards, and a little more perhaps if you use a sheet of wood).

Nail and string art, step by step

We’ll go through how to do this thread art DIY with wood, nails and a hammer, and go through the customisation afterwards!

1 – Prepare your wood

Firstly, prepare your wood. Decide how large you want your piece to be, and cut your wood to size. If you’re using pallets, you can line up the pieces and attach them with a few longer, perpendicular pieces at the back. Once you have the right size, sand down the edges to clean them up, and varnish or stain your wood (this is totally optional!)

2 – Get your stencil

Decide on what you want to go on your wood piece. You can either draw something to size or print out your design. If you have a projector, you could also use this to project your design onto your board, wrapping it first in paper, and tracing it with your pencil. When choosing your design, be sure it is something that will work in string. Smaller lettering for example, may be difficult to make clear using this technique. It’s best to go with a bold, clear stencil to get the best effect.

Once you have your shape drawn on, it’s a good idea to put points evenly around your design, where you want your nails to go. Figure out the distance you’ll want between each nail, and ensure this is even across the design.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas String Art Homemade Gifts nail and string art diy do it yourself the handy mano manomano

If you’re in need of inspiration, we’ve put together some ideas:

A single shape

This is probably the simplest to trace out and fill in – you can’t really go wrong!

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Words, quotes or letters

Although a little more complicated, this can have a lovely effect, and you can pick any word that could hold meaning for your mum.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas String Art Homemade Gifts nail and string art diy do it yourself the handy mano manomano

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas String Art Homemade Gifts nail and string art diy do it yourself the handy mano manomano

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas String Art Homemade Gifts nail and string art diy do it yourself the handy mano manomano

 

Simple images

These are all built up from only a few shapes, keeping the design and creation of the piece relatively simple. You could do something your mum likes (for example cats, or the city she grew up in), or hand prints of the family.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas String Art Homemade Gifts nail and string art diy do it yourself the handy mano manomano

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas String Art Homemade Gifts nail and string art diy do it yourself the handy mano manomano

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas String Art Homemade Gifts nail and string art diy do it yourself the handy mano manomano

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas String Art Homemade Gifts nail and string art diy do it yourself the handy mano manomano

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas String Art Homemade Gifts nail and string art diy do it yourself the handy mano manomano

3 – Hammer time

Hammer in a nail at each point along your design. Remove your stencil once finished.

4 – String it along

Take string, thread, twine or yarn and use this to build up your design. You can switch out the colours along the way, just make sure the end of each string is tied tightly around a nail. If you decide you don’t like any part of the string, remember you can just loosen it, and start it over.

You should have a finished piece of art!

Now, we promised to tell you some ways to make your life easier…

To save yourself some time hammering, you can use a thick piece of cork (or layer thinner cork boards) and simply push your nails into it. Use hanging strips or command hooks to attach this to the wall, and you’re finished! To make this even easier, you could use push pins instead of nails. Be aware this will mean the ‘nails’ become a much bigger part of the design, due to the area at the top of push pins.

We hope you give this a go, we’re sure it’ll make an amazing Mother’s Day gift. For more ideas, be sure not to miss out on these articles:

10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – Homemade Gifts

Wooden Bath Tray – DIY Pallet Project