Pretend Play Puppet Theater / Storefront

Encourage pretend play with this versatile wood toy build!  Easily converting from a tabletop puppet theater to a storefront – children will love playing for hours.  It’s a simple DIY project made with just one 1×6 board and some 1×3 pieces.  You can customize and personalize it to make it even more special.

And when play is all done, it all snaps in place with built in storage and a handle – so it’s easy to transport and put away!

I teamed up with Jaime Costiglio to create this free project plan for you. 

Together we collaborate to bring you new gift plans every Friday in the weeks leading up to Christmas for our annual Handbuilt Holiday series – you can see all the plans we’ve shared over the years here.

I’m sharing the plans below, and Jaime Costiglio is sharing the build tutorial with lots more photos and build tips here.

Enjoy! Ana

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS AND BUILD TIPS AT JAIMECOSTIGLIO.com

 

 

 

 

 

Mudroom Bench with Easy Drawers

Maximize the functionality and storage in your mudroom with a new mudroom bench with drawers.  This easy to build drawer bench will add a ton of very accessible storage and provide a comfortable bench in your mudroom.  The free plans are below.

Nothing like falling snow to motivate you to tackle your mudroom organization system.

Especially when it looks like this. 

Especially when it’s below zero and there’s a few inches of snow on the ground.

Especially if you’ve got a down coat problem.  And two kids in ice hockey. And you live in Alaska.

I love drawers for any storage below the knee – otherwise, I end up on my hands and knees digging stuff out.  And since the space allows for a deep bench and I especially don’t want to be on my hands and knees digging something out two feet back, drawers are a must build for our space.

But drawers can be a little bit of a pain – and alot of wasted material.  So we did something a little different this time.  

We built these two frames out of 2x4s.  Just chop up 2x4s with a chop saw and screw them together.  

Then we screwed/nailed plywood to the sides.  

Then we installed some drawer slides inside the 2×4 frames.

Then we built drawer boxes out of 1x10s and added the other part (drawer member) of the slide to the drawer.

Drawer goes in the slide … Top goes on the top …

Instead of building a drawer face, we just built these frames …

And nailed them to the front of the drawer box. 

Two coats of paint (with a fine sanding in between) and we built this!

There’s lots of ways to build a bench with drawers, but this is how I’m doing it for now on.  This was the fastest easiest method I’ve ever done.

If you want to see us build this bench, we did a video on it as well –

And if you are ready to build, the free plans are below.

Please share if you build, it makes our day (and helps other diyers out too) when you share your projects!

 

 

 

Nick wants you to unleash your inner crafter– interview with LA Times

In an interview with the LA Times, Nick talks about the rewards of working with one’s hands, describing it as “a substantial way to say ‘I love you’.” Relaying his experience on the show Making It and giving his two cents on the crafts resurgence he talks about the ups and downs of woodworking and acting. His favorite woodworkers and a glimpse into our shop life are…

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Dress Up Wardrobe

Does your child love dress up and pretend play? But no where to put all those costumes and accessories?

BUILD THIS DIY DRESS UP WARDROBE WITH FREE PLANS DESIGNED BY ANA WHITE.  THIS DRESS UP WARDROBE HAS HOOKS, A CLOSET ROD, AND EXTRA STORAGE FOR ACCESSORES AND SHOES.

Each year, Jaime Costiglio and I team up to offer you Handbuilt Holiday – a series of build plans perfect for giving!

This dress up wardrobe would make a wonderful Christmas gift!  We also love that it is easy to build and will be sturdy and strong.

The free plans are below, but first, head on over to Jaime Costiglio Blog for lots more photos and build details.

 

 

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