This is Offbeat Home's archive of Do It Yourself posts.
How-tos, photos and topics of DIY discussion.
This bronze dude was donated to me years ago by friends opening a retail store, who found a dozen or so vintage mannequins in the attic space. But after a few moves, he wasn't as handsome as he used to be, but I was reluctant to toss him. In a last ditch effort to revive him for one more life, I decided to cut off his imperfections and make him into a shelf.
I made these bloody gothic pumpkins, and you can too! Use them for home decor, party decor, doorstops, or bookends. I used pumpkins, but there are also crafting apples, pears, flowers, and more that you can use this method on. These are so super easy to make I bet I barely need to explain. But here we go…
Halloween is always a big deal in our family, and we put a LOT of thought into our costumes and what we want to be. Last year we themed it — my husband was Han Solo, I was Princess Leia, and our son was Darth Vader. We weren't sure what we would this year until our four-year-old asked if he could be Sirius Black in his Animagus form, and we rapidly realized at least one of us was going all out for Harry Potter. Yes.
This is my first "cold season" in the Northern Hemisphere, and I'm excited and nervous about Halloween. As an Aussie in Canada my experience covers dressing up spooky, but not much else. I would love some advice about the practical things I can do to enjoy it with friends and any visiting kids.
I finally broke down last year and convinced my husband to get me a starter sewing machine for my birthday. I have made some things, pillows and an amazing Star Trek Fez for DragonCon this past August. But I find myself so intimidated by my sewing machine and the lingering ghost of my mother's seamstress talents, that I can't seem to get myself to try anything else. How do you get over sewing anxiety? And are there any good alternative/offbeat sewers and blogs out there that I can follow?