The Interior Frugalista: 2016

December 29, 2016

Top 10 Posts of 2016 | The Interior Frugalista

Hello friends, I hope you all had a joyous and memorable Christmas with those you hold near and dear. We spent ours close to the home front with our family. It was so much fun seeing Christmas through the eyes of our 21-month old grandson. But what made this Christmas extra special was that our son proposed to his girlfriend on Christmas Eve - another wedding in our future.

As our sights are on the brand new year ahead, it is time to reflect on the one about to come to a close. I want to thank each and every one of you who take the time out of your busy lives to pop in and visit me here at The Interior Frugalista. It gives me such joy when I learn that something I created and shared inspired or taught another. I feel so blessed by the connections and friendships made from this little corner of the blogosphere. I value your readership, support, encouragement, and feedback more than you know and I hope not to disappoint in 2017.

In the spirit of reflection, today I'm sharing the Top 10 Most Viewed Posts of 2016 here at The Interior Frugalista. Each year when I compile this list I am always surprised by which posts resonated the most with you all. What I've learned from this annual review is that you all enjoy most when I give a found an foraged piece a new purpose, which by the way are my favorite projects to work on. I plan on doing a lot more of those in 2017. So without further ado...



Top 10 Most Viewed Posts of 2016


10th Most Viewed Post - IKEA Moppe Apothecary Cabinet

For years I've been wanting something to organize our CD collection (we're old school like that). During a trip to IKEA, I was so disappointed to learn that they no longer sold Moppe cabinets because the drawers are the perfect size for holding CDs. The skies parted and the angels sang when I spotted one on my neighbor's driveway during their garage sale.

IKEA Hack Apothecary Cabinet
IKEA Moppe Apothecary Cabinet

9th Most Viewed Post - Outdoor Portable Beverage Bar Cart

We had nowhere on our deck to set up a bar when hosting Summer soirées and building a permanent structure was out of the question considering the small footprint of our deck. When we stumbled on a wooden lattice tiered table, I instantly knew it would make the perfect portable beverage cart.

Portable Beverage Bar Cart
Outdoor Portable Beverage Bar Cart

8th Most Viewed Post - DIY Computer Monitor Stand

The lack of work surface on my small home office desk was getting rather frustrating. By repurposing part of a footboard leftover from another project and two antique chair spindles, I built a stand to raise my computer monitor. It has a) provided room on my desk to keep my day timer and b) raised the monitor to eye level, eliminating neck strain I had been feeling.

DIY Computer Monitor Stand

7th Most Viewed Post - Antique Chair Back Bird Feeder

While sipping my morning java down in the workshop I glanced over at a bucket of antique chair parts. Taking a closer look at the chair back it reminded me of a butterfly and I wondered what I could possibly make with it. Just at that moment, I heard a bird chirping from the open window and a lightbulb went off in my head.

Antique Chair Back Bird Feeder
Antique Chair Back Bird Feeder

6th Most Viewed Post - Antique Chair Spindle Wooden Garden Caddy

That same bucket of antique chair parts mentioned above also inspired building wooden garden tool caddies and using chair spindles for the handles.

Wood Caddy with Spindle Handle
Wooden Garden Caddy with Antique Chair Spindle Handle

5th Most Viewed Post - Chalkboard Menu With Oyster Shell Patina 

Playing with layers of paint, I created an Oyster Shell Patina on a metal thrift store frame. Then I painted over the art with chalkboard paint to turn it into a fun chalkboard menu.

Oyster Shell Patina Chalkboard Menu
Chalkboard Menu With Oyster Shell Patina

4th Most Viewed Post - Bathroom Vanity Sliding Shelf

This old gal crawled under her bathroom vanity one too many times in search of toiletries. Deciding enough was enough I built a very handy sliding shelf with cubbies. Now even my OPI Friar Friar Pants On Fire nail polish has an easy to access home.

Sliding Bathroom Vanity Shelf
Bathroom Vanity Sliding Shelf

3rd Most Viewed Post - Farmhouse Side Table Makeover

This solid wood table had seen it's better days and I knew with some elbow grease that the character under all that brown paint could have farmhouse charm. A friend came over one afternoon shortly after finishing the makeover and swooped that table out the front door.

Farmhouse Side Table Makeover

2nd Most Viewed Post - Suspended Clothes Drying Rod

With all the wrinkle free fabrics available, some things just need to be hung to dry. How do you do that during the winter with subzero temperatures? We designed a fabulous indoor suspended clothes drying rod for our basement laundry room.

Suspended Clothes Drying Rod
Suspended Clothes Drying Rod

Top Viewed Post of 2016 - Thrift Store Jewelry Box Repurposed Into Remote Control Storage

This being my most viewed post completely surprised me. Obviously, I wasn't the only one in need of something display worthy for hiding all those pesky remote controls.

Jewelry Box Remote Control Storage


Favorite Post of 2016

Alzheimer's Busy Blanket: A Special Gift For Mom

This is a brand new post that I shared last week. I normally don't get personal here on the blog but this was a project that was near and dear to my heart and a special Christmas gift for my Mom who has been battling Alzheimer's for the last seven years. I'm happy to report that instantly her restless hands started playing with the multi-sensory elements on the blanket.

Alzheimers Busy Fidget Blanket
Alzheimer's Busy|Fidget Blanket
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Top 10 Posts of 2016

I'd love to hear which one was your favorite and why?

 Wood Slice Cocktail Coasters
Wood Slice Cocktail Coasters


Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy and Creative New Year

Cheers

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December 22, 2016

Alzheimer's Busy Blanket: A special gift for Mom

Hello friends, you may want to grab a beverage before reading this post. Today I'm sharing a special gift that is near and dear to my heart because I made it for my Mother who has been suffering from Alzheimer's for the last five years. As you probably gathered from the title of this post, I made her a Busy Blanket also known as a Multi-Sensory Fidget Blanket but before I share the details of what that is or how I made it, I'm going to get a little personal about her journey with this nasty disease.

Alzheimers Busy Blanket

Her symptoms of dementia started to become apparent in her late 60's, shortly after my Father's sudden passing in 2005. She managed to live independently for seven years in a seniors apartment within blocks of the home she and Dad raised their seven children (I am the eldest). For the last two of those years there was a noticeable decline and after a fall, which landed her in the hospital for two weeks, she was assessed and placed directly from the hospital into a designated assisted living facility (a small suite within a senior's retirement village where in-suite health care and daily meals were provided).

Her mother also battled this disease but Nana's decline was far worse. It dramatically changed both my Nana's and my Mom's physical appearance. Mom went from a size 16 to a 10 in a matter of months and she looks much older and far too frail for her 79 years.

Within two and half years of living in the assisted living environment, her dementia took another decline. She was often found wandering in the night and getting lost when navigating her way to and from the dining room. At this point, she was reassessed and sadly, she has spent the last two and half years in a secured dementia unit within that same facility. She stopped any interest in watching television or reading her beloved Catherine Cookson novels and spent her hours pacing up and down the halls with her walker.

Dementia Fidget Blanket

I firmly believe that had she received my gift back when she was first admitted, she would have faired much-better-having something to keep her fidgeting hands busy and mind focused away from all the chaos that surrounded her on a daily basis. Especially during the last 3-4 months when her knees could no longer support her tiny frail body and she became wheelchair bound, spending many restless idle hours in her chair.

In October Mom was moved to a long-term care facility, literally across the street from the senior's apartment she lived in after Dad's death. Talk about coming full circle! We were so worried that the move would cause another major decline. I am happy to report that within one month she gained four pounds, her smile has returned, she is looking up again and taking in her surroundings. Much to our surprise, she is saying some articulate words and sometimes small sentences (she has been non-verbal for the last two years). While she continues to talk mostly gibberish and doesn't know our names or whether we are her children, she does recognize our faces as someone she knows.

A few months ago a friend introduced me to the concept of a Busy/Fidget Blanket for those suffering from Alzheimer's or Dementia. It is a multi-sensory activity lap blanket that keeps their restless fingers busy while calming their fearful minds. As soon as I saw the photo, I knew I had to make one for my Mom (thank you, Lynn). While Mom has started enjoying watching television again, her hands remain very restless.

Her favorite color is green and I was thrilled when I found this mint green fringed fleece blanket at Wal-Mart as a warm base for Mom's wheelchair lap blanket. Now for adding the multi-sensory elements onto the blanket.

Alzheimers Busy Blanket Supplies

When my sister and I went through Mom's closet preparing to pack her belongings for the move, I took a few garments home that had permanent stains. Any of the clothing too big for her we donated to the unit for the ladies without families who rarely receive new clothing, if at all. I used the zippers, flaps, and pockets of Mom's garments along with a few things from my own closet and craft stash to create these multi-sensory elements.

Garments Used For Alzheimers Busy Blanket

Alzheimer's Multi-Sensory Busy Blanket or Fidget Blanket

Dementia Busy Fidget Blanket

Multi-Sensory Elements:

Before adding the multi-sensory elements I folded the fleece blanket in half and marked the center with pins. I did this for three reasons:
  1. Because this is a "wheelchair lap blanket" you don't want the blanket to be too long.
  2. You want all the elements to be within reach, therefore only sewing them to one-half of the blanket.
  3. When laundering the blanket, it can be folded in half so the elements are on the inside and secured by tieing the fleece ties together on the top and bottom corners.

Zipper and Buttons

I cut around the zipper of one garment using pinking shears and zig zag stitched it onto the blanket. With the buttons closed, I cut a portion of the front bodice of a felted sweater and zig zag stitched the left side of both the button and buttonhole fabric pieces onto the blanket. Next, I unbuttoned the fabric piece, opened the top flap and sewed the top, right and bottom sides of the lower button strip onto the blanket. This way she can unbutton the buttons and flip open the top flap.

I have to inject that making this blanket was very emotional but adding to the sentimentality of this handmade gift was that I used Mom's vintage stainless steel Singer Pinking Shears and Scissors to make it. I have many memories of Mom hunched over her sewing machine in the corner of her small bedroom spewing colorful words as she sewed with determination. When she got rid of her sewing machine I was lucky enough to inherit her scissor set. Every time I use them, it feels like Mom is right here with me. 

Zipper and buttons on Dementia Fidget Blanket

Pocket

I was in such a hurry to get this done I completely forgot to remove the lint from the pocket before taking the pictures - oops.

You can't see it in the photo below but I cut the pocket from a sweater with about an extra inch all around. I cut a piece the same size from the gray felted sweater. Placing the good sides together and the wrong sides facing toward me, I sewed the two side seams and bottom together (to prevent the knit pocket from unraveling). Next, I turned them right side out and sewed the pocket onto the blanket, ensuring the top of the pocket remained open.

Pocket on Alzheimers Busy Blanket

Cuffs

I crocheted this fuzzy scarf many many years ago and found it at the back of a closet. I thought the soft fuzzy wool would be a nice tactile element. Then I got the idea that I could turn the scarf into cuffs for her to put her hands in. All I did was fold the scarf in half and place it horizontally on the blanket and stitch each end to the blanket. Then I simply stitched a vertical line every six inches to form the cuffs.

Scarf Cuffs on Dementia Fidget Blanket

Bead Strand and Flap Pouch

You may remember these small wooden tiles from the banner I had hanging on the Wedding Card Wooden Caddy that I made for my daughter's wedding in August. The buttons were salvaged from the red sweater and the black beads are from a necklace I haven't worn in years. I slipped them through a narrow ribbon, leaving an extra inch on each side so Mom can turn and move them from side-to-side. I secured each end of the ribbon onto the blanket using both vertical and horizontal stitches.

The flap pouch doesn't have a pocket but I thought both the flap and the metal grommets would be a great tactile element. 

Bead strand on Alzheimers Busy Blanket

Circle Loop Scarf

I crocheted this circle loop scarf several years ago when they were all the rage. I haven't worn it in a few years but whenever my sister or I wear a scarf while visiting Mom, she always likes to play with it. The loopier the scarf, the more she likes to play.

I opened one of the loops and tied it securely onto a clear plastic roman blind curtain ring and then handstitched the ring onto the blanket. 

Ruffle scarf on Alzheimers Busy Blanket

Peek-a-Boo Photo Window Flap

This Peek-A-Boo Window Flap was a special element to add because this was a professional photo my parents had taken mere months before Dad's passing. I'm hoping the photo adds a comforting element to Mom's blanket.

To make it I cut the trim around the base of the gray felted sweater. Using my Inkjet printer, I color copied the photograph onto TAP (Transfer Artist Paper). I cut TAP paper around the photograph and placed it image side down onto a piece of 100% white cotton fabric. With the iron set on DRY heat at the highest setting, I ironed the image onto the cotton and removed the paper backing once I had a good transfer. 

Using a zig zag stitch, I sewed the cotton image transfer onto the blanket.

NOTE: I pinned the photo upside down onto the blanket so the image would be facing Mom while sitting in her wheelchair.

Next, I cut two pieces of gray felted sweater trim to size and pinned them in place over the photo. I attached them to each side of the photo using a zig zag stitch. 
PeekABoo Photo Window on Dementia Fidget Blanket

Ribbon

These are repurposed tie backs from an old red ticking stripe chair slipcover. I looped the ties through a clear plastic roman blind curtain ring that I had in my stash and stitched it just under the ring to secure it. Then I handstitched the ring onto the blanket. I'm not sure if Mom can tie a bow anymore but hopefully, she'll enjoy playing with the strands.

Slipcover Tieback used on Dementia Busy Blanket

Securing the blanket to a wheelchair

*affiliate link included so you can see what kind of straps I used to secure the busy blanket to Mom's wheelchair. 


Sorry but I completely forgot to take pictures of this step. Once all the elements are added to the blanket, fold the blanket in half and mark the fold with a pin on each side. Lay the blanket open again and just below the pin marking the center (on each side) and before the fleece ties, pin the 10-inch Tripp Lite velcro hook and loop ties in place (the fabric tab with the logo).

TIP: To secure firmly to the blanket, sew completely around the fabric tab followed by an X in the center.

The ties will wrap around the frame of the wheelchair to hold the blanket in place.

I am looking forward to visiting with Mom on Christmas Eve and watching her open her gift. I hope that it fills her idle hours and keeps her restless fingers very busy.

If you know someone who has a family member who suffers from Dementia, Alzheimer's or Autism and may benefit from seeing this post, please share my Alzheimer's Busy-Fidget Blanket with them and/or save it on Pinterest.
Multi-Sensory Alzheimers-Dementia Busy Fidget Blanket

 From Our House To Yours...

Christmas Tree with Sentimental Ornaments

May the Christmas season fill your home with joy, your heart with love and your life with laughter.

Merry Christmas

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December 15, 2016

Farmhouse Bench With Wood Slat Seat

Hello, friends I've been kind of quiet in here these days. That's because, like Santa, I've been busy in the workshop making handmade gifts for those on my Christmas List. I'll be sharing some of those projects in the coming weeks after the gifts have been opened.

In the meantime, I'm sharing another bench makeover that I refinished for the holiday market. This one is far different from the Queen Anne style I shared last week. It is of solid wood construction with a fabulous wood slat top and judging by the layers of shellac, it may have been used outdoors or in a spa. I saw it as the perfect bench to transform into a rustic Farmhouse Bench and so the makeover began.

Like the Queen Anne bench, I could have sold this ten times over at the market. I'm thrilled that the couple who bought it said it was a perfect match to their new farmhouse style furniture and that it would be going at the foot of their new bed.

Farmhouse Style Bench Makeover

This is what the wooden bench used to look like...

Wooden Bench before Farmhouse Style Makeover

I lost track of the number of hours spent removing the layers of peeling shellac. Judging by my aching right shoulder and sore feet, a lot.

I painstakingly worked in small areas at a time removing the shellac with paint stripper, a putty knife, and orbital sander. Days were spent in the workshop getting it down to the raw wood but determination is my middle name and eventually we got there.

White painted Farmhouse Bench

I have to thank Dixie Belle Paint Company for providing some of the products used for this makeover. They were sent to use on my Vintage Waterfall Dresser and Antique Scalloped Tea Table makeovers but I had enough leftover to complete this project.

I've included affiliate links within this post for your convenience so you can see the products I used. See my full disclosure policy.

Now for the fun part...

Farmhouse Bench Makeover With Inlaid Wood Slat Seat


After successfully removing the layers of shellac with EZ Furniture Stripper, the first thing I did was dry brush a coat of Dixie Belle Paint in the color Fluff (white with gray undertones) over the base not being fussy about full coverage because I wanted a distressed look. Once it was dry (mere minutes) I ran a piece of sandpaper over the edges to reveal more of the natural wooden underneath. I used Dixie Belle Best Darn Wax to seal the paint.

Then came that gorgeous wood slat top. I didn't use a pre-stain wood conditioner first before applying the dark walnut stain because I wanted a rustic look that showed the imperfections left from the spots where I couldn't remove the shellac completely.

Dark Walnut stained Farmhouse Bench Makeover

One coat of dark walnut stain is all it took to bring out the small inlaid wood slats that I love about this top. I protected the stained finish with Dixie Belle Gator Hide (waterproof polycrylic).

Here is a close up of the stained top...

Wood slat Farmhouse Bench Stained Dark Walnut

There is something about a white painted bench with a dark walnut top that makes my heart skip a beat. I think I did a happy dance across the workshop floor after this one.

Stained and chalk painted Farmhouse Bench

The wooden garden caddy on the bench was another DIY project where I repurposed an antique chair spindle for the handle.

I am so thrilled with the transformation from Spa Bench to gorgeous Rustic Farmhouse Bench. If you like it too, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

Farmhouse Bench Makeover Before and After
Next week I am sharing a special project that is very near and dear to my heart. Be sure to come back next Thursday to see that special gift.


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December 8, 2016

Queen Anne Coffee Table Turned Upholstered Bench

Friends, you may remember that back in early November I was a vendor at a local holiday market. One of the items I had for sale was this Queen Anne Coffee Table repurposed into a beautiful upholstered bench. I am happy to report that I could have sold it ten times over and thrilled that it went to a sweet young lady who bought it for a Christmas present to herself.

Queen Anne Ball and Claw Foot Bench

This is what it looked like before as a coffee table...

Queen Anne Coffee Table Before Makeover

Queen Anne Coffee Table Repurposed Into Upholstered Bench


I fell in love with the ball and claw foot feet - it's not often you find one with six legs. I don't know if it had a glass top originally but as you can see in the photo, a piece of unfinished plywood was being used.

I knew as soon as I set eyes on it that I would be repurposing it into an upholstered bench. What I didn't know is that I would find the perfect fabric to turn it into either a piano bench or seating in a music room.

Coffee table repurposed into musical upholstered bench

I painted the bench with Dixie Belle Chalk Paint in the color Fluff, which has gray undertones. It just made all those details pop.

I couldn't decide if I wanted a timeworn look using a glaze or a distressed look by sanding back some of the areas to reveal the dark wood underneath. The distressed look won...

Queen Anne table chalk painted white

To protect the finish I used Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax and it certainly lives up to its name.

Isn't this sheet music fabric just lovely? Maybe because I was in the Christmas spirit while preparing for the market, I couldn't resist. Unfortunately, I forgot to get the name and/or manufacturer but for those who may want to purchase it, I bought it at Fabricland (Canadian Retailer).

Queen Anne upholstered sheet music fabric bench

I am not going to share a tutorial on how I upholstered the bench but you can find one here at my 70's Coffee Table Turned Bench post.
My heart melts for furniture with curvy legs, especially ones with ball and claw feet. I would have kept this piece in a heartbeat if we had room for it in our house.

Queen Anne Upholstered Piano Bench

Here is a close-up of the left side...

Ball and Claw Foot Upholstered Bench

...and the right.

Ball and Claw Foot Bench Makeover

If you like my Queen Anne Coffee Table please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

Queen Anne Coffee Table to Upholstered Bench Before and After

What would you have done had this fallen into your hands - Bench or Coffee Table?
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December 1, 2016

Wooden Snowflake Made From Recycled Chair Spindles

December 1st...let the festivities begin. What a great way to kick start the month of Christmas by bringing you the Kris Kringle Edition of the Power Tool Challenge Team. The challenge this month is to build a holiday project using at least one power tool and gifting our Secret Santa creation to a designated friend on the team. We had so much fun with this challenge last year that our awesome team leader, Wendi from H20 Bungalow decided to bring it back again this year.

Those of you who have been following me are all too familiar with how I've been slowly going through a pile of antique chair parts and repurposing them in interesting and creative ways. Guess what I used to make my Kris Kringle Secret Santa Gift? A Wooden Snowflake made from recycled chair spindles.

Chair Spindle Snowflake Decoration

You might want to grab a beverage for this one because it's loaded with photos. These are most of the supplies I used to build the wooden snowflake. The only thing missing is the furniture knobs I placed in the center of the medallion.

Materials to make Wooden Snowflake

Before we get into the meat and potatoes of how I built the rustic snowflake, those of you who are not familiar with the Power Tool Challenge Team, we are a group of tool savvy, skill sharing blogging friends who encourage and empower our female readers to step out of their comfort zone and try simple projects they can make themselves using a power tool.

Kris Kringle Power Tool Challenge

Back to the snowflake...

DIY Rustic Wooden Snowflake

Materials List

*affiliate links are included so you can see the products I used or suggest to make this project. See my full disclosure policy.


Power Tools

  • Power Drill
  • Compound Miter Saw
  • Mouse Sander
  • 2 1/4-inch Hole Saw Cutter Bit
  • 5/16-inch Forstner Drill Bit
  • 1/16-inch Pilot Hole Drill Bit

Snowflake Decoration


How To Make A Rustic Wooden Snowflake Decoration From Chair Spindles


Cutting medallion for wooden snowflake

Step 1 - Making the center medallion

  • Clamp a piece of 3/4-inch plywood onto a work table.
  • Using a 2 1/4-inch hole saw cutter bit on a power drill, cut out the medallion.
  • Drill a hole in the center of the medallion the same diameter as the screw on the furniture. knobs you will be using (more about that step later).

Smoothing DIY medallion for wooden snowflake

Step 2 - Smooth the rough edges

  • Using a mouse sander, smooth the rough edges around the medallion.

Making template for center of  Wooden Snowflake

Marking points for wooden snowflake spindles

Step 3 - Template for marking spindle holes

  • Trace the medallion onto a piece of paper (as pictured above).
  • Cut out the circle.
  • Fold the circle in half four times (this gives you the eight points for each spindle).
  • Tape the template onto the medallion.
  • Mark the sides of the medallion at each fold (as pictured above). 
  • Remove the template and on each line mark the center with a dot (this is where the holes for each spindle will be drilled).

Pilot holes for dowels on Wooden Snowflake

Holes for spindles on DIY Wooden Snowflake

Step 4 - Drill holes for the spindles

  • Place the medallion into a vice to hold firmly in place.
  • Using a 1/16-inch Pilot Hole Bit, drill a small hole on each dot.
  • Using a 5/16-inch Forstner Bit, drill a hole the depth of the dowels on the spindles.

Removing extra dowel on Wooden Snowflake point

Removing extra dowel on Wooden Snowflake point

Step 5 - Cut dowels on opposite end of each spindle

  • Cut the dowels off the opposite end of each spindle (unless you prefer to keep them on) using a miter saw. If you want to get real fancy you could taper them into a point. 
  • Here is where I'm going to keep it real - I wish I would have cut more off the ends of each antique chair spindle so they would be noticeably shorter than the larger spindles. Keep this in mind when making yours.

Glue setting on DIY Wooden Snowflake Decoration

Step 6 - Attaching Spindles to Medallion

  • Add a generous amount of Gorilla Glue to each hole on the medallion and insert the chair spindles. 
  • To prevent the snowflake from warping while the glue sets, place a heavy object on top and let  it dry overnight.

Staining DIY Wooden Snowflake

Step 7 - Staining the Snowflake

  • The antique chair spindles are stained dark brown and to get the same dark brown base on the new spindles, apply one coat of Dark Walnut stain and wipe away excess.

Rustic Wooden Snowflake with faux snow

Step 8 - Painting the Snowflake

  • Once the dark stain is dry, dip just the tips of the brush into white chalk paint and with light pressure, apply long brush strokes over each spindle. You'll notice that more paint will land on the raised parts, which is a good thing.
  • Let it dry. 
  • The trick to achieving a timeworn look is to dry brush the paint in layers, letting each layer dry between coats. Mine took three before I achieved the look I wanted. My friend Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule has a great Layered Dry Brushed Technique tutorial.

Step 9 - Adding Faux Snow

  • Imagine if the snowflake were hanging outside, where would snow naturally accumulate?
  • Using an artist's palette knife (or your fingers) apply layers of Snow-Tex in those areas.
  • Before the Snow-Tex dries sprinkle white glitter over each mound.
  • Let dry overnight.

Wooden Snowflake with furniture knob center

Step 10 - Attaching the hardware

  • Insert the double ended thread screw into the center of the medallion (as mentioned in Step 1).
  • Attach a furniture knob on each side of the screw and thread until tight. 
  • Screw a small eye hook into the top of one of the long chair spindles.
  • Slip bakers twine through the eye hook and tie in a bow.
  • Now you're ready to hang your Snowflake Decoration. 

I hope the recipient of my Secret Santa gift likes what I made. If you like my Wooden Snowflake, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

Snowflake Decoration from chair spindles

Other projects I've made with my bucket of old chair parts is an
Antique Chair Back Bird Feeder, Wooden Garden Caddy, and Rustic Wedding Card Box. Last year my Kris Kringle Power Tool Challenge project was these fun Cocktail Hour Wood Slice Coasters.

I am excited to see what my friends from the Power Tool Challenge Team made for their Secret Santa gifts.


Press the links below to see how they made their sweet holiday projects...


Wooden Chair Spindle Snowflake by Interior Frugalista


DIY Cookbook Stand by Dogs Don't Eat Pizza

DIY Pallet Wood Shadow Box by Create And Babble



DIY Cheese and Crackers Serving Board by Virginia Sweet Pea  


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