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World cup special: coasters from bottle tops

World Cup Special. How to make flag coasters from bottle tops. The world cup is starting soon, so I thought I'd treat the football fans with a special and made World Cup coasters from bottle tops. I made 12 examples and will show you step by step how to make your own coasters

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How to make flag coasters from bottle tops

The World Cup is starting soon, so I thought I’d treat the football fans with a special and made World Cup coasters from bottle tops.

There are 32 teams taking part, but making all of the flags would have taken too long…

Apologies to my Australian readers, your flag was a bit too difficult for the short time I had. Maybe I do one in the future.

So, the 12 national flags I chose are: Argentina, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain and Sweden.

I don’t have the time, patience nor the resources to wait until I got enough bottle tops in the right colours and I guess you don´t either. Therefore I show you here, how to paint them in the colours you need.

What you need:

– 12 bottle tops per coaster

They don’t need to be exactly the same width, but make sure they are the same height!

– Acrylic paint (white, plus any colour you’ll need),

– Paint brush (best a flat square) and a small round artist brush, if you need to add a design

– Scotch tape or painter’s tape,

– Hot glue gun and glue,

– Clear sealant spray (clear nail varnish might do as well, but it’s more work. I haven’t tried yet, so not sure how it will be with drinks…)

First lay out 3 rows of 4 bottle tops and make sure they are the same height.

Should you have tops with spikes underneath like those:

How to make flag coasters from bottle tops. The world cup is starting soon, so I thought I'd treat the football fans with a special and made World Cup coasters from bottle tops. I made 12 examples and will show you step by step how to make your own coasters

Get a nail clipper and cut them off underneath the bottom of the bottle top. That way they stand better and will not be as wobbly.

How to make flag coasters from bottle tops. The world cup is starting soon, so I thought I'd treat the football fans with a special and made World Cup coasters from bottle tops. I made 12 examples and will show you step by step how to make your own coasters

If you have dark and bright bottle tops that need to be the same colour, paint them white first! Otherwise they won’t look the same. I did with the Spanish flag to show you.

How to make flag coasters from bottle tops. The world cup is starting soon, so I thought I'd treat the football fans with a special and made World Cup coasters from bottle tops. I made 12 examples and will show you step by step how to make your own coasters

For bottle tops that have to be in 2 colours, I recommend you to tape them for the first colour.

How to make flag coasters from bottle tops. The world cup is starting soon, so I thought I'd treat the football fans with a special and made World Cup coasters from bottle tops. I made 12 examples and will show you step by step how to make your own coasters

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You will have to apply 2 to 4 coats, depending on the colour. To get it looking even, paint each coat in a different direction and give each coat enough time to dry. Paint the sides of the bottles as well or it will look odd.

Very important: carefully remove the tape after you applied the last coat! Don’t let it dry or you will rip part of the paint off as well!

Once you have painted all of your base colours (decorations of smaller parts come later), get out your hot glue gun. I recommend you to glue in rows of 3 tops (so going down) applying a bit of glue.

For the second row apply a drop of glue to the first top and after adding the top one, apply a bit to both tops you want to attach the next one to.

I really struggled with the first flags and wondered if my glue was too old… just to then realise that I only unplugged it the last time without switching it to the low heat ?‍♀️ That’s why on some of the flags on the photo you still can see a bit of glue.

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Right, back to explaining how you can do it properly…

After you glued all pieces together you might have to touch some of the tops up again with a bit of paint. The acrylic paint scratches off easily. Good thing if you have made a mistake and have to paint again…

They should look like this after gluing:

How to make flag coasters from bottle tops. The world cup is starting soon, so I thought I'd treat the football fans with a special and made World Cup coasters from bottle tops. I made 12 examples and will show you step by step how to make your own coasters

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If your flag has a design, add it now. Remember to give the paint enough time to dry, or you will get smears.

Last step is to apply the clear sealant. Spray according to the instructions using short strokes in different directions to cover all angles. Let dry and apply another coat. Once dry, you can enjoy your coasters!

How to make flag coasters from bottle tops. The world cup is starting soon, so I thought I'd treat the football fans with a special and made World Cup coasters from bottle tops. I made 12 examples and will show you step by step how to make your own coasters

I have tried one with a cup of coffee and it didn´t have an effect on the paint, so all drinks are fine. Just be careful cleaning them. Best to use a damp cloth and don´t put them with your regular washing up or into the dish washer.

My apologies to Japan. Out of the ones I painted after gluing, I didn’t think it was exactly this one which wouldn’t work out… I will re-do it and change the photos.

How to make flag coasters from bottle tops. The world cup is starting soon, so I thought I'd treat the football fans with a special and made World Cup coasters from bottle tops. I made 12 examples and will show you step by step how to make your own coasters. Great DIY idea as well if you like flags

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Father’s day present tutorial

Father´s day tutorial - How to turn an old shelf into a sign; step by step instructions

How to make a sign for father´s day

Originally I wanted to make this sign as father´s day present from pallet wood. But one day an old shelf suddenly appeared next to my pallets! My husband had brought it home for me from one of his jobs.

It was slightly bend, so not good enough anymore as shelf, but still perfect to make his father’s day present:)

What you need:

– a piece of wood (80 cm x 30 cm / ~ 31.5″ x 11.81″),

– 2 pieces of wood or bottom planks of a pallet (15 cm x 7 cm / ~ 5.9″ x 2.76″),

– sand paper,

– drill,

– screws,

– 2 hooks,

– small nails and a hammer,

– a candle or tea light,

– acrylic paint (my son chose red as the base and a dark green for the writing as they are his favourite colours at the moment),

– paint brush or roller and an artist brush.

– You might need a smaller artist brush for some corrections on the writing and a soft pencil and a rubber if you are not sure on the writing… Plus, if you do it like me, you might need a saw to cut the wood to the right length.

My first step was to grab a soft pencil and to roughly write out the words to see how long the board had to be.

Next, I cut it and as well 3 pieces of my half-used pallet. In the end I only used 2, but I still had my original idea in my head which would have needed 3…

This is, if you don´t have the wood in the right measurements. If you do, just follow the steps from here:

Place the 2 pieces on the back of the board centering them widthwise and at about 4 cm (~ 1.57″) from the edges.

Carefully drill two holes through them and a little bit into the board as well. Now you can screw them on. I use a normal screwdriver, but for the electrical fans under you: you can use an electrical screwdriver as well…

Place the hooks into their place and nail them on. My son wanted to do this, so I just hammered the nails in until he wouldn´t have to hold them. Seeing that he is only 7, I had to take the hammer off him a couple of times to straighten the nails back up. As you might see on the photo, I reacted too late on one nail, so we just flattened it…

Father´s day tutorial - How to turn an old shelf into a sign

Rub the wood down with sandpaper and clean it, ready for painting. To give the sign a used and old look, rub a candle or tea light along the edges and places which would be worn most likely. In the photo you see how I applied it on the bottom and the corners.

Father´s day tutorial - How to turn an old shelf into a sign; example of candle wax use on shelf

Now you can start painting your base colour. My son decided to use the roller instead of a paint brush and seeing that we didn´t have a tray, we applied the paint straight onto the roller and then he worked it in… this gave a slightly uneven coat of paint, which worked with the idea of making it look “old”.

Father´s day tutorial - How to turn an old shelf into a sign; base coat applied

If you are unsure with the writing, skip the next step and leave it until the end.

When the paint is dry, lightly rub the shelf down in the places you applied the wax.

Father´s day tutorial - How to turn an old shelf into a sign; second last step, rubbing off the wax

I would recommend you to do the next step free-handed. Trust in your abilities. If you are too unsure, use a soft pencil and very softly write the letters.

Write your message with the artist brush. When I finished writing, my son insisted, that I put both of our initials on the bottom to add our signature.

Let the paint dry and make little corrections with the small artist brush, if needed. Depending on your colours you might have to repeat this step a few times. I had closed one of the e´s, so had to “make a hole” in it again…

In case that you are not happy at all with your writing, just let the paint dry, paint all over it with the bottom colour and start again once dry.

If you have used the pencil, take a rubber to rub off any pencil marks that can still be seen.

Rub off the wax, if you haven´t in the step before the writing…

Your unique father´s day present is finished!

Father´s day tutorial - How to turn an old shelf into a sign; finished sign

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DVD-shelves from a pallet

 

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet

In this area of Spain storage is a problem and I needed to create more space. I asked my husband to bring home one of the pallets they would throw away otherwise to build us 2 DVD-shelves.

The pallet wasn’t in the best shape which was good for me. I don’t want to show you how it’s done with a good pallet and then you get a bad one and don’t know what to do…

The 2 shelves I made in different designs and I explain how to do both.

You need:

– a pallet,

– a tape measure,

– a claw hammer,

– a hand saw,

– a drill,

– screws and screwdriver,

– wood glue and wooden dowels (for one of them),

– wood filler,

– a putty spatula,

– sandpaper,

– wood varnish (I used 2 shades: pine and teak)

– white chalk paint for the other shelf,

– paint brushes,

– a clear sealant (I used a spray) for both shelves.

 

I have used not only 2 different painting techniques, but as well 2 different designs. Both of them will be explained starting with the

Wood-coloured shelf:

First step is to get your pallet and cut the three bottom planks exactly where the first top plank ends widthwise. You can use an electric saw, but I would recommend a hand-held one. It´s easier to control you cut straight and it doesn´t leave “burn marks” as some electric ones might.

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. First step for wood coloured shelf

Next you need to measure and mark 7 cm (~2.76″) on each of the 3 planks and cut these off.

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 2 for wood coloured shelf

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 2 for wood coloured shelf

Now comes the hardest part of it all: get one of the top planks off the pallet. I know there is a special tool for this, but nobody is gonna have it at home… (If you do, skip this part and use it!) Take the hammer and knock on the underside of the plank around all 3 places it is attached to the bottom plank. Do NOT hit too hard or you will split it! Once you got the nails together with the plank far enough out to take the nails out using the claw, lay the pallet back down. Carefully hammer the plank back down and take the nails out.

You might have to do this a few times as not all nails will have come out far enough the first time.

If you should have split the plank, don´t worry. That´s why we have the wood glue and the filler as well.

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Next we take out the drill and match the drill bit with our wooden dowels. Drill 2 holes, about half the length of your wooden dowel deep, into each piece of plank still attached to our front and 2 into one side of each piece we cut off. Remember that we have to get to a depth of around 14 cm (~5.51″) with both pieces together. I have laid the pieces on for you to see what it is going to look like after the next steps.

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 3 for wood coloured shelf

Apply glue to the sides you have drilled and to the dowels. Don´t apply too much or it will come out the sides.

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 4 for wood coloured shelf

Glue all pieces together and let it dry, best over night. If you have a split plank, glue it together as well.

Lay your loose plank over the middle of the joint pieces to form the bottom of the shelf. Using a small drill bit, drill through the plank and into the pieces, two holes at a time.

Use the same drill bit to open up the top holes a bit wider, so the screws will go in a bit further. To achieve this, just carefully move the drill bit in a circular motion. Screw the plank to the bottom of your shelf.

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 5 for wood coloured shelf

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 5 for wood coloured shelf

“Building” done, now to the little bits and the painting 🙂

Now we get to use the wood filler on the “ugly” parts of our shelf. Fill the screw holes and cracks using a spatula. Should you have a piece of wood missing like I had here, just apply some filler with your hand. The aim here is not to replace, but to smoothen it a bit. Let the filler dry according to the instructions and repeat filling the screw holes. Let dry again. You might have to repeat this a few more times…

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 6 for wood coloured shelf

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 6 for wood coloured shelf

When you are happy with the filling and it´s all dry, rub the whole shelf down with sandpaper and clean it after. Make sure all the dust is gone before you paint. First paint most of the shelf with the pine to keep some of the original wood colour and give it the first impression of a distressed look. Let the paint dry according to the instructions.

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 7 for wood coloured shelf

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 7 for wood coloured shelf

With the teak paint, just lightly feather over the shelf to give it some darker areas in the middle where paint wouldn´t wear off as much.

Once dry, apply the clear sealant.

Finished 🙂

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Finished wood coloured shelf

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Finished wood coloured shelf

 

Step by step tutorial on how to make DVD shelves from a pallet. I made 2 different designs and used two different paint styles and explain both!

Next to the

white shelf:

Not many photos here, because I put the filling ones I done on the white shelf above…

We start by leaving the first plank on the pallet and taking the second and third off as explained above.

Then we measure from the plank 14 cm (~5.51″) in and cut there.

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 1 for white shelf

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How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Step 1 for white shelf

Now attach one of the loose planks next to the other plank and one to the front in the way explained above.

Fill the screw holes and any “ugly” bits.

Then rub down and apply some candle wax to a few places, if you want to give it a distressed look. To do this, just take a candle or tea light and rub it on the wood in the places you want.

Apply at least 2 coats of the white chalk paint, waiting the time indicated between coats.

Rub down again where you applied the wax and apply the clear sealant. Done 🙂

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Finished white shelf

How to make DVD shelves from a pallet. Step by step tutorial on 2 different styles. Finished white shelf

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Step by step tutorial on how to make a mirror from a cereal box and tea light holders from tins. If you and your family love selfmade gifts, these are the perfect mother´s day presents.

Upcycled Mother´s day present ideas

I used to love making my mum a present for mother’s day and now, being a mum myself, I love receiving a self-made gift. What about you?

In this post I will explain how to make a nice tea candle holder from a tin and a mirror made from a cereal box and an old make-up mirror. For both projects, I recommend the help of an adult, so maybe dad can help or you are lucky like I was and have good neighbours who love to help…

I will start with the tea light holders I made from sweetcorn and pea tins. If you are more interested in the mirror, click here.

Tea light holder

You need:

  • a tin (or more)
  • flat pliers
  • marker
  • drill and drill bit for metal size to how big you want the holes (I used a 6mm)
  • heat-resistant spray paint (I used this one)

Remove the paper from the tin, then wash it properly with hot soapy water. The hot water will help you to remove the glue as well. If it shouldn´t get all the glue off, use a hair dryer. Use the pliers with some kitchen roll or tissue on the outside of the tin to bend down the sharp edges (if you have, you can use a Dremel instead).

Mark out the design you chose. I used a diamond shape for one, the word “love” with the O in heart shape for the second and a heart before the word “love” for the last.

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Once you are happy with the design, carefully drill the holes. Here I strongly recommend the help of an adult! If there is still marker left, wash it off and file off sharp edges if there are some.

Step by step tutorial on how to make a mirror from a cereal box and tea light holders from tins. If you and your family love selfmade gifts, these are the perfect mother´s day presents. Tin craft step 2

Now you can spray the can inside and outside, or just the outside according to the instructions applying 3 coats. On the one with the diamond shape I just painted the outside, first of all to try out the heat resistance of the paint. I like the difference in colour, so I left it without painting the inside…

Step by step tutorial on how to make a mirror from a cereal box and tea light holders from tins. If you and your family love selfmade gifts, these are the perfect mother´s day presents. Tin craft finished

I have got a child at home, so I tried first, if the can would get hot with a tea light inside and after 10 minutes it was pretty warm already… The next day I went into the paint-warehouse we use and explained that I needed a heat-resistant paint for metal. They recommended me the paint which gets used for car breaks. After spraying my first can, I tried again and even after 1 hour it only got to body temperature!

That´s why I recommend using exactly this product.

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Now, let’s get to the:

Mirror designed with a cereal box

You need:

– 1 cereal box

– 1 mirror (I got an old make-up mirror from a charity shop)

– paper-cutter or a ruler and carpet knife

– thicker cardboard (from a parcel); optional

– scissors

– glue gun and glue

– spray paint

First open the cereal box, so you can fold it flat. Cut off the top and bottom parts along the crease and cut the box open along one of the creases on the side to achieve one long piece of cardboard.

Cut stripes of 7 mm thickness using the smaller side. For this either use the cutter or measure and then cut along the ruler with a carpet knife.

You need to cut 18 stripes for the design in the photo.

Step by step tutorial on how to make a mirror from a cereal box and tea light holders from tins. If you and your family love selfmade gifts, these are the perfect mother´s day presents. Mirror step 1

If you are going to use a make-up mirror, take it apart and choose the side you want to use (normal or magnifying). Use it as a measure to cut out 2 cardboard circles.

Now bend the ends of the stripes you cut inwards to create the heart shape. Apply a drop of glue with the gun on the ends. Once you glued all the hearts, take one of the circles and lay out your design to see how many hearts you need. I used 6 for the first row. Keep in mind when laying them out that you will glue part of the hearts onto the circle later.

Step by step tutorial on how to make a mirror from a cereal box and tea light holders from tins. If you and your family love selfmade gifts, these are the perfect mother´s day presents. Mirror step 2

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Glue the first circle of hearts together, then add the hearts that go upside down into the gaps.

Step by step tutorial on how to make a mirror from a cereal box and tea light holders from tins. If you and your family love selfmade gifts, these are the perfect mother´s day presents. Mirror step 3

Add the final hearts to complete the “circle”.

Apply glue to the cardboard circles’ edge and place your hearts. Last step here using the glue gun is to attach the other circle to the top.

Step by step tutorial on how to make a mirror from a cereal box and tea light holders from tins. If you and your family love selfmade gifts, these are the perfect mother´s day presents. Mirror step 5

Let the glue dry a bit before starting to spray paint.

When spray painting the design, try to think that you are using a brush “feathering” instead. Apply short strokes in different angles. Do not keep your finger down for too long or you will get an uneven coat! First go over in one direction in a straight line, stop, then the next line and so on. Then change the angle and repeat. Remember: short strokes!

Let the paint dry according to the instructions and apply at least one more coat using the same method as above. I applied 3.

Step by step tutorial on how to make a mirror from a cereal box and tea light holders from tins. If you and your family love selfmade gifts, these are the perfect mother´s day presents. Mirror step 6

Before the next step make sure, you have given the paint enough time to dry properly.

Take the mirror and apply plenty of hot glue, then attach it to the front circle.

Step by step tutorial on how to make a mirror from a cereal box and tea light holders from tins. If you and your family love selfmade gifts, these are the perfect mother´s day presents. Mirror finished

If you have used harder cardboard, you can attach a hook to the back, otherwise put a hole in the back and strengthen it with glue on hole reinforcements (the ones you use for papers in a folder).

Ready to be hung up!

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Step by step tutorial on how to make a mirror from a cereal box and tea light holders from tins. If you and your family love selfmade gifts, these are the perfect mother´s day presents.

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