5 Must-Try Wooden Tray DIYS

5 Must-Try Wooden Tray DIYSEarlier this week I shared a DIY I did in collaboration with four other bloggers called #5WaystoDIY. In cased you missed it, I thought I’d round up all the projects here for you today! We each took a basic wooden tray and put our own crafty spin on it. If you’re looking for a weekend project, hopefully these projects will get those creative wheels turning!

1. Polka Dot Tray by Sarah Hearts

2. Triangle Patterned Tray by Oleander and Palm

3. Fabric Covered Tray by The Crafted Life

4. Wood Burned Tray by A Bubbly Life

5. White Washed Hand Drawn Tray by Pars Caeli

Have a great weekend everyone! And if aren’t already, be sure to follow me on Instagram to see my adventures at Craftcation and driving down the California Coast!

xo
Rachel

Meet the Maker: DeBrosse

Meet the Maker: DeBrosse(Hat for sale here)

I came across the lovely and ever so sweet Teresa on Instagram and was immediately taken with her work and her mission. If you’ve read the other Meet the Maker features, you are probably noticing a trend when it comes to finding shops via Instagram. It’s amazing. When it comes to doing business, this lady is doing it right. Here’s her story:

1. Tell us a little about yourself!

Hi! My name is Teresa, but I answer to all things T. I’m the maker behind the Etsy Shop, DeBrosse, which features a handcrafted collection of scarves and beanies that benefit orphaned children in Haiti. I work and play in New York, NY, and can attest to the fact that the city truly never sleeps.

Meet the Maker: DeBrosse

2. What made you decide to start selling your work?

Well, I first learned to crochet so that I could make blankets for children growing up in the orphanages of Haiti. With the help of family and friends, we were able to make and distribute over 150. One of the first blankets went to a went to a bright-eyed five-year old boy named Israel DeBrosse. He had such a huge personality coming out of such a tiny frame, and he really captured my heart.

I wanted to help Israel and his friends beyond blankets, and that became the heartbeat of my Etsy shop. I set aside 15% of the shop’s proceeds to purchase school supplies, clothes, and medicine for the little ones who call one of our two partner orphanages home. Now, we’re eagerly planning to pack suitcases to the brim for trips four and five.

Meet the Maker: DeBrosse

3. What would you say is the greatest challenge you face as a shop owner?

There are so many challenges…some exciting, some just…well, challenging. I think the one that trips me up the most is the idea that my work will never be finished. There’s always a newer idea, a brighter fabric, a softer yarn, a stronger photo. Striking the balance between innovation and contentment is a season I have not yet met, but I’m hopeful that with time, I’ll find it.

Meet the Maker: DeBrosse(Beanie for sale here)

4. And the greatest reward?

The thing that still gets me every time is when a piece of my work is invited into a memorable moment of a customer’s life. It’s when a soon-to-be bride requests a custom shawl for her Iceland wedding, or the birthday girl picks out a scarf for her epic London getaway, or the soon-to-be mom says she’s found the perfect beanie to wear in her baby announcement. I have to pinch myself in those moments!

Meet the Maker: DeBrosse(Blanket Scarf for sale here)

5. Who or what inspires you?

I have a newfound love with my Instagram community, both within my space and those far from it. Paper, chalk, wood, yarn, glitter…I just swoon over the way each of these makers breathes life into raw materials.

Meet the Maker: DeBrosse(Infinity Scarf for sale here)

6. Any advice for people looking to open their own shop?

Do it! And don’t be intimidated if your hand-dyed-paisley-coral-bird-mug is going to be one of 2,756 other hand-dyed-paisley-coral-bird-mugs. There’s this beautiful thing about Etsy where thoughtful work always wins.

7. What’s one fun fact about you that others may not know?

I’ve recently noticed that I get more done when I play rap music in the background. You may not know me, but take a moment to imagine a tiny blonde girl knitting at 6am to Biggie Smalls, and see if you don’t laugh a little.

**Be sure to check out DeBrosse on Etsy and Instagram!

 

 

 

DIY Wood Slab Table

Time: 12.5 hours (because of dry time)
Materials: wood slab*, hairpin legs*, wood screws, polyurethane sealer, sponge brush, drill + drill bits

DIY Wood Slab TableAnd the results are in! While I wish I could have made all of the choices I shared last week, I decided to make Emily Henderson’s wood slab table. The project is pretty straight forward, but I have a few tips and tricks!

You don't need to know how to build furniture to  make this wood slab table! Click through for full tutorial. In my previous post, I showed a bit of the behind the scenes and how I used my Intel Tablet to help plan this project. I was a bit nervous that the measurement feature would lead me astray, but I’m happy to report that everything turned out perfectly! It also helped to have the tablet nearby when I was prepping so that I could consult the original tutorial before beginning.

You don't need to know how to build furniture to  make this wood slab table! Click through for full tutorial. One of the main tips I can give is that you need to protect your wood, especially if this is a piece you want to keep in your house for a while. Wood cracks, and bugs like wood, so it could be problematic later on if left untreated. I used a polyurethane interior sealer, which is why this project takes so long (just dry time).

Apply one coat and let dry for 2 hours. Come back and then do 2-3 additional coats. When dry, you’ll also want to coat the other side as well as the sides.

You don't need to know how to build furniture to  make this wood slab table! Click through for full tutorial. Another thing that needs to be stressed is that while a self driving screw is handy, you need to pre-drill your holes beforehand. You do so with a drill bit that’s roughly the same side as your screw. If you don’t do this, your screw won’t really go anywhere and there’s a chance it will break.

You don't need to know how to build furniture to  make this wood slab table! Click through for full tutorial. Once your legs are screwed into place, your table is ready for use!

You don't need to know how to build furniture to  make this wood slab table! Click through for full tutorial. While the project wasn’t that difficult, it still feels like I accomplished something pretty amazing. What do you think? Would you ever take on a project like this?

You don't need to know how to build furniture to  make this wood slab table! Click through for full tutorial.

You don't need to know how to build furniture to  make this wood slab table! Click through for full tutorial.

You don't need to know how to build furniture to  make this wood slab table! Click through for full tutorial. *Resources: hairpin legs from here, and tree slab from here. Both shops highly recommended if you want to recreate this table for yourself!

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