If you’re into creative DIY and designer furniture, don’t miss this step by step guide. Thanks to this, you’ll learn how to make a piece of furniture that doubles as a sculpture, based on a design by Sebastián Errázuriz. Wow your friends with its dynamism and uniqueness. Are you up for the challenge?
Why take up so much of your time searching for you ideal dream wallpaper print when you could just make it yourself? This handy guide will give you all the tips and tricks to create your own design on a paint roller, to cover all the wallpaper you’ve ever dreamed of. You could even use a rolling pin or lint roller instead of a paint roller, so you’re guaranteed to already have most of the objects in your house!
The tools and materials you will need to make this DIY are as follows:
- Paint roller
- Cutting mat
- Tracing paper
- Craft foam
- Scalpel or craft knife
- Paint tray
- Wallpaper (plain)
- Lay out your plain wallpaper on a flat surface, making sure that the corners are secured to the floor to avoid any movement or creasing.
- Start off by deciding on the design you’d like to create, depending on your wildest wallpaper desires. We would recommend a template similar to the one below, but feel free to get as creative as you wish if you’re feeling fancy! This geometric one is great as it’s straightforward to design and cut out with a ruler, so that you can be sure to have straight lines and neat edges.
3. In order to prep your design for your paint roller, use your pencil and ruler to trace the outline of the design on the tracing paper.
4. Flip over the tracing paper and then transfer the design onto your craft foam by going over the outline once again.
5. Once you have your outline on the foam, lay out your cutting mat and scalpel or craft knife and begin to cut the shape out. Use your ruler as a guide to achieve the straightest lines possible.
6. Cut out as many shapes as you wish and play around with how you’d like them to be positioned on your paint roller. Cut yourself some slack, they don’t have to be perfect! You could do them in lines or place them randomly, wall-ever works for you!
7. Put some of your glue on the back of your cut outs and then stick them directly onto your roller of choice.
8. Once fully dry (don’t be tempted to skip this part or you’ll be heading for a wall of shame!), put some paint in your paint tray and use your newly designed paint roller in the tray, making sure to cover all your foam pieces.
Your roller is then ready to use! Paint your design on by rolling your paint roller vertically along your wallpaper. Make sure to pay extra attention when aligning your next line of paint to match up with the one before so that the patterns are symmetrical. Be sure to align your patterns with extra care!
Alternatively, other methods of creating a design include cutting your pattern directly onto the roller for a more intricate pattern similar to the one below. If you were to choose this method, make sure you use a rubber paint roller or a wooden rolling pin as they are easier to cut through.
You can also use other objects to create patterns. Covering it with materials such as bubble wrap, and even slightly bunched up cling film gives a great effect, just play around with it, you’ll soon be on a roll! One of our personal favourites is to place lots of rubber bands around your roller and then cover it in paint, leaving you with straight lines like this.
This decoration hack saves you lots of searching time and money and can be adapted really easily to whatever design works for you. If you give this a go do let us know so we can see your wonderful creations ourselves and don’t forget to use the hashtag #ManoMaker, happy DIY-ing!
Kids often mimic what you do and want to learn how to become a mini-you! So, if you’re a frequent DIY-er like us, your child is sure to have seen you around the house with a few tools in your hands here and there. This blog post is here to help them understand what you’re doing and to let them feel involved… as well as guaranteeing yourself your own little helper for your projects! We’re not kid-ding. 😉
Start off by introducing your toolkit and explaining what each tool is and what their functions are. Make sure they are aware of what’s sharp, what’s powerful, and how to properly hold each one. DIY can be dangerous, so it’s vital that they know which tools are which and that they must be used with care!
All kids love to paint. Whether you do a lick of paint to cover up a mark or completely repaint your living room, they’ll want to get involved! Giving them tips and tricks is really useful, like how to keep a streamlined up and down motion, and doing corners when there’s less paint on your brush or paint roller. Show them how you would paint on your surface of choice with your explanation and let them repeat after you. They’ll pay lots of attention in the hope of doing it exactly like you!
The one point to be made about sanding is that it’s crucial when working with wood and is easy to demonstrate. Sandpaper is really cheap and easy to use, let them play around and experiment with it. If you’re ever concerned about the risk of splinters, any form of protective glove could give you some peace of mind as well as keep looking like a professional. 😉
Hammer and nail
Using a heavy hammer to hammer sharp nails into in a block of wood could sound like a dangerous prospect, but with the right guidelines and materials you have nothing to worry about! Galvanised felt nails are ideal to use with a beginner as they’re short with wide heads. Additionally, instead of wood, rigid foam insulation is a great alternative, as it is much softer so the nails can go in more easily, so your kid is much more likely to – quite literally – nail it in one go!
Explaining the danger of a sharp saw is crucial. It is important to teach the child the best way to grip the handle of the saw so that they are as far away from the sharp edges as possible. Using a foam core is much more child friendly, and by fixing it to a workbench it won’t move around, and your child can focus more on how to saw in straight lines.
Screw into drywall
A drill is a very powerful tool! Using something less intense such as a powered screwdriver will lessen the impact and is easier to learn to coordinate. Wood you believe that screwing into drywall is much easier to drill into and you can always give your kid a wooden surface once you feel they are confident enough, and it can act as a reward!
We hope that you’ve learnt that teaching the basics of DIY doesn’t need to be complicated at all! It’s a great feeling to be able to pass on a life skill to your loved ones, not only giving them a sense of accomplishment but you feel good too! Happy DIY-ing! 😄
Learn how to build your own practical outdoor storage bench from pallets. With pallets, not only can you make almost any type of furniture, but you can also do so cheaply, while at the same time recycling some pallet wood.
Outdoor Storage Bench
Tools and materials
To make an outdoor storage bench like the one in this tutorial, you’ll need the following tools and materials:
- Reciprocating saw or crow bar
- Orbital sander and/or electric planer
- Mitre saw or handsaw
- Drill/ screwdriver
- Nail gun
- Pallets (read our article on where to get free pallets here)
- A plywood board measuring 860 x 340 x 5mm
- Wood filler
- Wood screws
- Masking tape
- 2 handles/ knobs
Cost, time and difficulty
The difficulty level of this project is rated as medium, given that you’ll need a certain level of skills when it comes to using the different tools, as well as furniture assembly.
The approximate price of materials is around £30. This price may vary depending on how many layers of varnish you use, and whether you buy the pallet or find one for free. You can purchase some of the tools and materials used via this sample shopping basket.
The condition of your pallet boards will impact the amount of time required to complete this bench, along with the decor you want to add. In our case, it took us a couple of days work to finish the project.
Outdoor Storage Bench Step by Step Tutorial
Step 1: Dismantle the pallet
First of all, you need to dismantle one or more pallets as you’ll need at least 20 pallet boards of a metre in length to make this chest. The pallets can be taken apart using either a crowbar or a reciprocating saw. The second option is much faster and won’t damage the boards as much.
It is also essential to use a saw blade that’s suitable for cutting both the wood and metal nails, to avoid breaking the blade.
Step 2: Sand or plane the pallet boards
Pallet wood generally features numerous imperfections, damp, splinters, etc. To remove these and achieve a more uniform surface, you’ll need to use an orbital sander.
However, if the pallets are in bad condition or highly repellent, we recommend tidying them up with a planer. This way you can smooth the surface down in less time and achieve a perfect finish.
Step 3: Fill the holes
The next step is to remove any nails and fills the holes with putty. To do this, it helps to use either a spatula or your fingers. Once filled, remove any excess with a damp cloth. Lastly, sand the surface when it is dry.
Step 4: Cut the parts
The next step will be to cut the boards with a mitre saw or handsaw. The parts you need are:
- 5 boards measuring 90cm long for the top of the chest, and 2 crosspieces measuring 30cm to join these.
- 10 boards measuring 45cm for the sides that make the legs.
- 4 measuring 31cm to join the top and centre of the sides, and 2 measuring 34cm for the bottom.
- 8 boards measuring 86cm for the front and back of the chest.
Step 5: Assemble the chest
Once you’ve cut all the parts needed, it’s time to assemble the outdoor storage bench. Do so in the following order:
- Join the boards that make up the lid and sides.
- Screw together the boards that form the front and back of the bench.
5.1.- Lid and sides
To make the chest lid, join 5 boards measuring 90cm by screwing them to a couple of crossbeams measuring 30cm long. Then, join 5 boards measuring 45cm in length by screwing on two 31cm boards and one 34cm board to the bottom. That’s the two sides done.
5.2.- Front and back of the chest
To join the two sides, screw together 4 boards measuring 86cm in length to the front and back of the chest. In the image below you can see the process in detail.
Step 6: Protect the wood
The next step is to protect and colour the wood with varnish. This type of finish allows the wood to breathe and helps to regulate interior moisture, making it ideal for outdoor furniture.
Step 7: Nail on the bottom
Once the varnish is dry, nail the plywood panel to the bottom of the chest. For this you can use a nail gun, a stapler, or a hammer and nails. Next, coat it using the same colour of varnish you chose for the rest of the chest.
Step 8: Decorate the lid
You can use different shades of varnish to decorate the lid of your outdoor storage bench. Using masking tape, mark out the sections for each different colour to create a geometric design.
Because varnish acts like a wood stain and shows off the grain of the wood, you can blend several colours together to achieve different shades.
Step 9: Screw on the hinges and handles
Lastly, attach the hinges and handles to the sides To do so, follow these steps:
- Screw the hinge to the back of the chest and to the lid. To avoid having to level down the wood, we used hinges without a hinge cup.
- Drill holes to attach a handle or knob at either side.
- Screw on the handle to allow you to easily move and relocate the chest.
There you have it! Your very own handmade outdoor storage bench!
If you enjoyed making your own outdoor storage bench, why not have a look at our other garden DIY tutorials?
Looking to upgrade your sofa but don’t have a big budget? Save money by making your own DIY Pallet Sofa with this handy tutorial! See for yourself how to turn old pallets into your own personalised and comfy sofa, a perfect match with your living room or garden!
DIY Pallet Sofa Tutorial
Tools and materials
The tools and materials that you’ll need to make this DIY pallet sofa are as follows:
- Reciprocating saw
- Circular saw
- Drill or screwdriver
- Orbital sander
- Electric planer
- Mitre saw
- 2 pallets (read where to find free pallets here)
- Sofa cushions measuring 120 x 80cm (seat), and 2 measuring 60 x 40cm (backrest) (These can be indoor or outdoor cushions depending on where you’ll put the sofa!)
- Coach screws
- Coloured varnish
- Paint roller
Cost, time and difficulty
This project is rated medium difficulty as it requires a certain level of skill when it comes to handling the electric tools. If you use manual tools to cut and dismantle the pallet, it will be easier.
The approximate price of the materials is around £100, if you already have the tools needed to make the sofa. This biggest expense is mainly for the cushioning for the sofa seat and backrest, meaning it will be reduced if you use something you already have! You can find the other tools in this suggested basket here.
On another note, to make this sofa from pallets as per the tutorial, you will need a couple of days work to complete everything, including assembly and varnishing. This time may even increase if you use manual tools, or pallets in a particularly bad condition. The more deteriorated these are, the longer it will take you to get them fit for purpose.
How to make a DIY Pallet Sofa
Step 1: Cut the pallet to the size of your cushions
This first step is important if the pallet you have found or bought doesn’t match the size of the seat and backrest cushions. You won’t need to do this if you’re using custom-made cushions.
In our specific case, the pallets measured 120 x 100cm, so we cut the one for the base to fit the size of our cushions. To do this, we followed these steps:
- Mark the size the pallet will be cut to.
- Cut the pallet slightly bigger using the reciprocating saw.
- With a circular saw, cut the pallet’s crossbeam to the desired size.
- Screw the extra boards that you cut in step 2 to the edges of the pallet, as well as to the front and back.
Step 2: Dismantle the pallet
The next step is to dismantle the pallet using the reciprocating saw or the crowbar or lever (the first option will be quicker than the second)
Step 3: Sand and plane the pallet and boards
Next, sand the pallet using an orbital sander. This type of sander is the most suitable when it comes to sanding pallets, as its rectangular shape is ideal for the boards that make up the pallet.
However, if the wood is very rough or has many imperfections, it will be a good idea to use a plane instead. This allows you to file down the boards, and after a couple of strokes with the plane, the wood will be completely smooth and flat.
It’s extremely important that before you use the plane, you remove all nails that may remain in the boards, to avoid damaging the plane’s blade.
Step 4: Cut boards for the legs, back and armrests
Once you have sanded all the boards, use the mitre saw to cut them as the legs, back and armrests. The sizes are as follows:
- Use cross beams from the pallet to make the legs as these are the sturdiest and strongest. You will need 4 measuring 50cm long.
- 2 pallet boards measuring 84cm will be joined to the top of the legs as armrests.
- 3 pallet boards measuring 75cm long will be screwed to the back of the pallet. You will use two more boards measuring 120cm long to complete the backrest.
Step 5: Varnish the parts
Before assembling the legs and backrest, varnish both the pallet and the loose boards. In this way you can more easily reach all the nooks and crannies, because once everything has been assembled, it will be a lot more complicated.
For this, you should use an oak stained varnish. Not only does this help to protect the wood but it also adds a nice touch of colour.
Step 6: Assemble the legs, backrest and armrests
Once the varnish has dried, assemble the various parts of the sofa.
- Legs: screw the cross beams using a couple of coach screws to the 4 edges of the pallet. To ensure all of the legs are the same length, and the sofa isn’t crooked, we used a block of wood as a guide.
- Backrest: screw the 3 boards measuring 75cm to the back of the pallet. The ones for the sides should be screwed to the legs too.
- Armrests: attach a board measuring 84cm long to each side, joining the top to the legs.
En la siguiente imagen se puede ver el resultado final una vez se hayan montado todas las piezas.
Step 7: Add the cushions
Fnally, add the cushions to finish the transformation of a pallet into you very own DIY pallet sofa! Note that the cushions we used for the backrest have ties at the rear to allow you to attach them to the wooden slats.
This article was written by: Bricoydeco and translated. Mari Luz authors the blog ‘Bricoydeco’, she is a DIY fanatic, lover of recycling and customising furniture. Her passion is giving a second chance to turn once forgotten things into unique pieces!
If you enjoyed making your own DIY pallet sofa, why not have a look at our other pallet DIY tutorials?