Tag Archives: project

Wednesday, September 11 2013

DIY: Decor without borders


Framing fine photography or artwork yourself is sometimes a major pain in the tool set.

Picking the colour, texture and material of the frame, the amount of ‘white’ space and colour of the mat board, the thickness of the mat board, the thickness of the frame — for some, it can all be a bit much.

The good news is framing isn’t the only option, as seen with this project from Liz Fourez of lovegrowswild.com. Fourez came up with the clipboard idea trying to find a more affordable alternative for displaying her photography.

Using clips and wooden boards, prints can be displayed easily and inexpensively, yet still allow for creativity because the board can be stained or painted in any colour, at any time.

Another obvious bonus is artwork can be effortlessly switched out every season, theme party, or change in mood. Happy clipping!

Note: Do you love the photos featured in this project? You can buy them from Fourez’s online shop here.


  • one-inch boards
  • hinge clips
  • wood stain
  • finishing wax
  • saw (optional)
  • sandpaper or sander

How-to: photo clipboards

For full directions on how to make these hang-tastic clipboards for fine are and photography, head to Fourez’s website here.

Contact Julia with comments, questions, DIY attempts or submissions by email julia.dilworth[at]sunmedia.ca or find her on Twitter @JuliaDilworth.

Thursday, August 29 2013

Protect and serve with DIY Mason jar straw lids


Summer is all about taking that afternoon beverage al fresco. And in the warm sun, as you sit back and relax with your drink in hand, life is pretty fantastic — until the bugs arrive.

The age-old battle between pest and man commences almost immediately. Swipes and blows are exchanged over your drink as it sits defenceless against curious wasps and kamikaze fruit flies.

However, your glass can be outfitted with the necessary armour to protect itself, as demonstrated with this enterprising project from Cheryl Spangenberg of thatswhatchesaid.net.

By altering Mason jar lids and adding a funky straw, the liquid goods are safe and your outdoor glassware is now kind of adorable.

Score two points for the humans!


  • Mason jar with lid
  • 5/16-inch rubber grommets
  • power drill with 3/8-inch drill bit
  • fun straws
  • scrap piece of wood

How-to: Mason jar straw lids

For full directions on how to get these sweet Mason jar straw lids head to Spangenberg’s website: thatswhatchesaid.net.

Do you DIY?

Have you dabbled in DIY and taken photos? Email submissions and attempts to julia.dilworth[at]sunmedia.ca or tweet her @JuliaDilworth

Thursday, August 15 2013

DIY: Shorts gone wild

Screen Shot 2013-09-22 at 4.30.53 PM

When life hands you lemons, you make leopard spots

Not every pair of shorts is born beautiful. Sometimes they need a little bleaching or distressing to get them to where you want.

This particular pair of rouge short shorts from BCBGeneration was near perfect, but famed L.A. fashion blogger Geri Hirsch of Becauseimaddicted.net must have sensed there was something missing.

To create the perfect summer concert bottoms, Hirsch enlisted the services of one black fabric pen. And the beauty of this project, (besides its obvious beauty), is that this is something you can easily replicate yourself no matter how bad you were at art class.

Whether you’re transforming an old pair that’s past its Maximus Prime, or like Hirsch, you want to upcycle a fabulous pair so they are even more fabulous — the visual evidence is undeniable — leopard spots are the answer.


  • shorts
  • X-Acto knife
  • leopard print stencil
  • fabric pen
How-to: leopard shorts

Find full directions and more photos of how to recreate these wild shorts on Hirsch’s website here.

Thursday, July 18 2013

Bringing sexy seating back

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


To modify a chair’s aesthetics, typically one’s options are limited to upholstering (a bit tedious) or accessorizing with cushions (the go-to), but it is useful to know there is a third, fantastically simple alternative demonstrated for us here by Catherine Keller.

Wrapping the back mid-rails with fabric is an ingenious way to personalize the common chair and make it fit the style of your apartment.

Fabric is inexpensive and the dexterity required is on par with third-grade braiding techniques. The wrapped backs don’t even have to match (see mismatched fabric quilting squares), where the eclectic mix of familial patterns gives the chairs a more rustic, handmade vibe.


  • chairs
  • quilting squares, $4 each
  • needle and thread

How-to: fabric chair wrap

Note: This project will take some trial and error. Test your wrapping technique before trimming your fabric.

  1. Find quilting squares at any fabric shop. Most stores will cut up the ends of fabric rolls into 10×10-inch squares and sell them as quilting squares. (Keller prefers this over buying a huge swatch off the roll, because it means you can have different patterns on each chair).
  2. Cut squares into strips about two-inches wide. Sew the ends of the strips together until you have a longer strip measuring about five inches. (Optional: Iron down the edges of fabric strips so that frayed edges don’t show when wrapped.)
  3. Starting at one side of the chair back, hold the end and wrap the strip of fabric around on itself. This allows you to anchor the strip at one side without having to tie a knot. Make sure you wrap the end tightly so that it doesn’t come loose.
  4. Continue wrapping and adjusting as needed until the entire back is covered all the way across. Then similar to how you first started, wrap the strip of fabric around and then tuck it back under itself. Make sure it’s pulled taut and that the entire wrapping holds.
  5. Using a pair of scissors, you can trim the excess fabric and tuck the end back underneath. This may take a few tries to get it exactly right before you cut the extra fabric.