Wood Star Features
- Easy to build design using 1x2s
- Angled cuts can be cut on any miter saw
- No special tools
- Perfect size as a party platter for coffee tables and serving areas
- Festive star shape is fun and different
- Solid wood accepts stain beautifully
More Photos and Details
This wood star was built for Handbuilt Holiday – our holiday series where Jaime Costiglio and I team up to get you a new, free gift plan every Friday in the 12 weeks leading up to Christmas.
For more photos and build steps, please visit Jaime Costiglio’s build post here.
Personalized stockings can be so expensive. And you have to special order – so adding another stocking or changing a name is a big expensive deal with lead time.
Why not make your own stocking name tags? I made a set for my family and it only took about 20 minutes and cost about $1 a tag
For about $5 I was able to personalize our family’s Christmas stockings, and the stocking name tags are so beautiful!
You can build the stocking stand too! The plans are coming out this Sunday, so look out for that! I will update with a link when the plans are live. Go enjoy your Thanksgiving!
Stocking Name Tags Tutorial
You can make your own stocking name tags for personalized Christmas stockings too! Here’s how –
Portable Workbench Features
- Sturdy workbench sized to accommodate small to medium sized projects. Can be paired with a second portable workbench to tackle almost any sized project.
- Easily folds down to a compact size
- Flips over for storage
- Portable – can be easily transported – and it carries all the tools!
- Fits on most standard 24″ garage shelving
- Fits under most standard height beds (less than 7″ tall)
- Just enough storage for all essential DIY project tools
- Quick and easy to build
- About $40 in materials
I’ve been wanting to build a “loaner” workbench with all the tools for a bit, and just hadn’t come up with the right design. We were putting the bean bag toss games away this fall and it hit me. Why not build a workbench like the bean bag toss game, with fold out legs? And what if we could use the space to hold and store the tools?
Folded flat, it is just big enough to hold all the essential tools for most DIY projects. It can be carried (although most likely a two person task) outside on a balcony, put in the car, or up or down stairs.
Its compact enough to fit under most beds –
Pull the tools out and flip it over, and it becomes a great workbench.
It is VERY sturdy and with the 2x legs, will hold up for a long time.
There are not hinges – the legs simply rotate on a bolt and hold in place at an angle.
This project is very quick and easy to build. We filmed the process so you can watch and see!
What Tools do I Need?
For this project, you only need a drill and a saw (and some hand tools like tape measure and safety glasses). You can build alot of projects with just these tools. But I wanted to give you the essential list, the basics that you can use to build almost any project out there.
- Cordless Drill
- Circular Saw (recommend the 5-1/2″ diameter blade size)
- 18 Gauge Brad Nailer
- Random Orbital Sander
- Tape Measure
- Speed Square
- Safety Glasses
- Speed Square
Do your kids LOVE to pretend play?
Here’s a project that looks beautiful, takes up little space, and converts to whatever your child can dream up.
We love it as a pretend play market – with a roll-out checkstand!
Because every market needs a check stand!
The checkstand also flips for storage, you can use it either way.
This pretend play market is suitable for smaller children, with the height of the checkstand at 21″ – but you could easily modify the plans for a taller checkstand for older children. I know my 9-year-old would love this pretend play market!
I’m sharing the free plans below, be sure to check them out (if this is the homepage, you’ll have to click READ MORE below).
For lots more photos and build details, visit That’s My Letter.
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Toy Makeup Set Features
Solid wood design is biodegradable and eco friendly
Easy to build with basic tools
Inexpensive and can be built with scrap wood
Features large storage compartment with plenty of room for accessories
Fold out palettes
Built in mirror
Carrying handle holds up the fold open top at just the right angle
Easy to customize – we’d love to see a monogram on the outside!
Make the Pretend Makeup Too!
You can make the pretend makeup using scrap wood too!
Lipstick, perfume, nail polish out of scrap wood? Of course! Jaime Costiglio has the details here.
This play vanity was built and photographed by Jaime Costiglio for Handbuilt Holiday 2019 – our annual holiday series where we give you a new gift plan every Friday in the 12 weeks leading up to Christmas.
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