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DIY Tin Envelope using Ryobi Shears

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“Put your sheet metal to use with the 18-Volt ONE+ Ryobi Shears and create some tin envelope decor”

This review is sponsored by the Home Depot as a part of The Home Depot’s Pro-Spective Campaign. 

The day I saw the Ryobi One+ 18-Volt 18 Gauge Offset Shears in action was the day I knew I wanted this tool. Lucky for me, I finally got them! (Thanks Home Depot) I already had a list a mile long of what I wanted to do with them, but this project wasn’t on the list.

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When I first got these babies I tried them out on a piece of leftover sheet metal I had and eventually I came up with this DIY envelope idea.

Tinenvelope1 1024x1024 - DIY Tin Envelope using Ryobi ShearsI’ve seen tin envelopes around like this cute one from target and thought this sheet metal tin envelope would make a cool rendition of my own. I look forward to making all different kinds of tin envelopes. Home Depot has all sorts of designs that I’m sure would look just as cool as this one does.

Materials Needed:

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I love fun projects you can do in less than an hour and this project was no different. If you’re more of a visual person luckily for you I video’d my process so check it out.

Step 1: The envelope design seems to work best with a square. First, I counted 20 lines on all four sides and then made markings on were to cut, after making markings I cut out the square with the Ryobi Shears.

Step 2: After I cut out the square from the aluminum sheet, I made markings for the four triangles on each side and cut them out.

Step 3: After cutting out the triangles, I cut off the tips on the top and bottom, folded the tin envelope and cut the remaining side tips.

USING THE SHEARS

I was really curious of how well I could handle these Ryobi Shears and to my surprise it was really easy to work with. My favorite feature on the shears is the variable speed trigger, it really helped with this particular project, especially with cutting out the corners.

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I also noticed the rotating head for versatile cutting. It is supposed to be capable of cutting over 1,000 ft. of sheet metal and I look forward to putting it to the test and as always its always good that the Ryobi Tools use the same ONE+ batteries.

I have done projects with sheet metal previously and used regular shear scissors and I will defintely take these battery powered Ryobi shears over the regular shear scissors any day!


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DIY Leather Woven Headboard

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“This DIY Leather Woven Headboard is giving me all the feels”

You can say that I’ve been bitten by the leather bug because I am all about these leather projects. This is my second leather project of the week and I am in love.

“This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.”

Leather Woven Headboard 2 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven HeadboardI don’t usually do headboards but I am so glad I decided to tackle this fun DIY because Im so satisfied with the way it came out. The best part was that this Leather Woven Headboard was only $80. Now you can’t beat that.

Leather Woven Headboard 4 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven HeadboardLast week I made a DIY Leather Woven Bench and it was the inspiration for this headboard and I’m not going to lie, I have a few other projects in mind with the same kind of technique. The measurements for this headboard are for a Queen Headboard, but you can add on or take away from the wooden frame to make it whatever size you’d like. Now let’s get into it.

Dimensions

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Materiels

– 4 – 2x2s @ 6ft

Green Vinyl Fabric (4 Yards)

Ryobi 70 Piece Impact Driving Kit

Craft Scissors

Corner Braces

Staple Gun

3/4″ staples

Kreg Jig

Drill

Pocket Hole Screws

Kreg Right Angle Clamp

Be sure to check out the how-to video before reading through the steps.

Step 1: Assemble The Bed Frame

The first step for the DIY Leather Woven Headboard was to first assemble the frame. I used four 2x2s to assemble the bed frame along with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.Screen Shot 2019 06 07 at 9.35.29 PM 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven HeadboardTo assist with the assembly, I used my Kreg Right Angle Clamp to get those pocket holes in. To make the headboard a little more sturdy, I decided to add corner braces to the four sides of the headboard.Screen Shot 2019 06 07 at 9.35.50 PM 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven HeadboardTo help me drill in the corner braces, I used a Philip head bit from my Ryobi 70 Piece Impact Driving Kit. It includes impact rated bits with hex shank for impact drivers and drills and includes a magnetic screw guide, nut drivers and socket adaptors.DIY Leather Woven Headboard 10 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven HeadboardI also like that the case is a tough modular case for easy removal and storage. When the assembled frame is finished it should look similar to this.DIY Leather Woven Headboard 9 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven Headboard

Step 2: Apply the Vinyl to the Headboard Frame

Screen Shot 2019 06 07 at 9.48.29 PM 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven HeadboardI first began marking the lines on my vinyl fabric by using a 2×2 and a fine point sharpie. If you want to make your leather strips bigger just make sure you mark them evenly.Screen Shot 2019 06 07 at 9.49.01 PM 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven HeadboardOnce the strips were marked, I began cutting the fabric strips using my craft scissors. Any good pair of scissors should work here. The vinyl fabric was really easy to cut through.

Screen Shot 2019 06 07 at 9.49.19 PM 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven HeadboardThen I begin attaching the leather strips, one by one, to one side of the bed frame. I attached the strips using my Staple Gun and used one of the corner braces as a way to measure the spacing between the leather strips.Screen Shot 2019 06 08 at 5.15.09 AM 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven HeadboardOnce one side is secured down, pull the leather strip to the other side with a good snug and secure it down into place with your Staple Gun. It should look like this when you’re done.Leather Woven Headboard 13 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven HeadboardOnce one full side was secured down, I began securing down the leather strips on the top of the headboard, using my staple gunScreen Shot 2019 06 07 at 9.49.40 PM 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven HeadboardOnce the top leather strips are secured down on the DIY leather headboard, you can begin weaving the leather strips through the secured strips, alternating each weave one by one. As you can see, this was the fun part because I was having way too much fun.

Leather Woven Headboard 12 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven HeadboardAfter weaving all the way down, you will need to secure the leather strips to the headboard with your staple gun and cut off any extra fabric to give it a nice clean look.DIY Leather Woven Headboard 15 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven HeadboardOnce you attach the strips, your DIY headboard is finished! and it looks pretty darn good.Leather Woven Headboard 14 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven HeadboardI can’t be any happier with how this DIY Leather Woven Headboard turned out. I am now questioning whether or not I need one for my bedroom and let’s not forget that this headboard was only $80. Now that takes the cake. Let’s take another look at how it came out.DIY Leather Woven Headboard 20 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven HeadboardI am so glad I opted to go with the green, instead of the regular brown color, it gives this space so much contrast, and the green looks lovely against that natural wood.DIY Leather Woven Headboard 16 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven HeadboardThe weave pattern is just out of this world. I hope you enjoyed this project and I can’t wait to see you try it out.Leather Woven Headboard 2 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven Headboard

Thanks for reading guys. XOXO, Ashley

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DIY Leather Woven Bench

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“Who knew a DIY Leather Bench could look so trendy”

I am seeing leather benches everywhere, so they must be the hot new thing right now, so I figured I’d jump on the bandwagon and create my own DIY Leather Bench.

“This post is sponsored by the Home Depot”DIY Leather Bench 6 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven BenchI wanted to take it a step further and give it a little pizzaz, so I decided to do a woven technique on the bench top, so now I have this cool DIY Leather Woven Bench and I’m so excited to finally share it with you guys.DIY Leather Bench 5 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven BenchThe best part is, I am bringing you the full tutorial and build video today so you can recreate your own. I mean this project is just too good to keep to myself. So let’s get to it!.

Dimensions

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Materiels/Tools

Bench

– 2x2s@ 6ft (Select Pine)

2 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws

Drill and Impact Driver

Kreg Jig

Miter Saw

Kreg Right Angle Clamp

Bench Cut List

4 – 2x2s @ 48 1/4″

12 – 2x2s @ 13 1/2″

Bench Top

1 – Project Panel (16×48)

PolyFoam ( 2x27x76)

3M Spray Adhesive

1 Yard – Black Fabric

3/4″ Staples

Staple Gun

2 Yards – “Leather” Fabric (I used vinyl-Spot Cinnamon Whisper)

Craft Scissors

With a project like this, I know it’s much easier to follow along with a video, so I made sure to catch this process on camera to help make it easier on you guys. Enjoy!

Step 1: Assemble the Base

I used my handy dandy Kreg jig to create all of the pocket holes, along with my RIDGID Drill Driver, Industry Leading with 1,300 in.-lbs. of Torque and it comes along with an Impact driver. The better part is when you by the Drill and Impact Driver Kit, you get two tools free, know who wouldn’t want that?

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To help assemble the base, I used my Kreg right angle clamp and Ridgid Drill and Impact Driver. The Kreg Right Angle clamp really comes in handy while building because it sort of serves as a second hand.

IMG 3776 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven BenchThe Ridgid Impact Driver is the industry’s leading with 2,400 in.-lbs. of torque; and it features three speeds and three specialty modes for versatility. These two tools made making this base a breeze.

DIY Leather Woven Benhc 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven BenchBegin assembling the base by attaching the (48 1/4″) 2x2s to the (13 1/2″) 2x2s using a Kreg Jig on a 1 1/2″ setting, with 2 1/2″ 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws to attach along with wood glue. Use your  Kreg Right Angle Clamp to assist.

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Attach the two middle (13 1/2″) 2×2 to the assembled side using a Kreg Jig on a 1 1/2″ setting, with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws to attach along with wood glue. and repeat both steps to create two bench base sides.  Use your  Kreg Right Angle Clamp to assist.

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Attach the two assembled base sides together with the four remaining (13 1/2″) 2x2s using a Kreg Jig on a 1 1/2″ setting, with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws to attach along with wood glue.  Use your  Kreg Right Angle Clamp to assist.

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The bench base should look something like this when you are complete.

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If you want a cleaner look, go back through and fill all of the visible pocket holes in the back. For help on how to easily fill pocket holes, check out my technique here.

Step 2: Create the Leather Woven Bench Top

Cut the polyfill down to the size of the project panel. You should cut about a 1/2″ around the project panel using craft scissors or tool of your choice.Screen Shot 2019 06 02 at 6.53.31 PM 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven BenchOnce the polyfill is cut, take your spray adhesive and spray the foam all over one side and attach it to the wooden project panel piece.Screen Shot 2019 06 02 at 6.55.44 PM 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven BenchCut your black fabric enough to where it slightly covers the bottom of the wooden project panel piece and secure it down with your staple gun.

DIY Woven Leather Bench 12 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven BenchBegin drawing lines on the back of your leather to create long strips. I used a 2×2 to make sure the lines were even and drew the lines with a sharpie.Screen Shot 2019 06 02 at 7.01.28 PM 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven BenchOnce your lines are all drawn, begin cutting the strips one by one using your craft scissors

IMG 3850 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven BenchCut out four little squares to add to the corners of the bench to ensure they get covered.Screen Shot 2019 06 02 at 7.06.20 PM 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven BenchOne by one, begin attaching each leather strap to the bench top. The straps should go directly beside each other. Do not overlap them because this may mess up the woven pattern, but get them as close as possible.Screen Shot 2019 06 02 at 7.07.52 PM 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven BenchRepeat the same exact thing for the other side so you have two sides that are secured down. Screen Shot 2019 06 02 at 7.09.39 PM 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven BenchFlip the bench over and begin weaving the side leather strips into the longer strips. Now this is the fun part, so have some fun with it. You will weave them all the way to the end.DIY Woven Leather Bench 11 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven BenchOnce you’re finished weaving, flip the bench over and start securing the loose straps down. When you’re securing the straps down, you’lle want to pull on the strip a little to make sure it’s nice and snug.

Screen Shot 2019 06 02 at 7.12.04 PM 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven BenchOnce all of the straps are secured down, remove any excess straps with your craft scissors. I then sat my bench top on my base to make sure it fit, and it definitely did.DIY Woven Leather Bench 10 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven BenchThere may be some people who are fine with their bench like this, with the natural wood, but I wanted my base to be black and WAAA-LAAAH! MY bench was complete and I am so excited with how it turned out.

DIY Leather Bench 4 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven BenchI definitely shocked myself with this Woven Leather, I think it looks straight out of a magazine, maybe I’m biased, but it looks darn good.DIY Leather Bench 5 b3a7a644 fe7e 44be 984a a7a675723863 1024x1024 - DIY Leather Woven BenchI can’t way for you guys to try it out yourselves.

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Thanks for reading guys. XOXO, Ashley

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DIY Hall Tree Bench

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A DIY Hall Tree that’s making all the mudrooms jealous

The entryway is usually the first thing that people see when they come into a house, so I figured why not create a fun DIY hall tree that could bring some style to the doorway.

“This post is sponsored by Build Something”

I know many people are always looking for fun storage ideas that aren’t just functional but stylish as well, so I have partnered up with my good friends at Kreg Tool to bring you the free plans for this beautiful DIY Hall Tree.

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But before you head over, be sure to check out my process below of how I built this DIY hall tree.

I love all things modern, so I figured I would choose a design that was a little different from traditional hall tree benches that I’ve seen.

DIY Hall Tree Bench 3 1024x1024 - DIY Hall Tree BenchI saw this design online and just had to re-enact it. It can serve as storage, a coat rack and much more. The options are endless to what you can do with this DIY Hall Tree.

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Also if you are looking for other great ideas for your entryway, be sure to check out some of my other plans posted up on the blog.Alexa Hart 19 1024x1024 - DIY Hall Tree BenchAll of my other entryway projects can be found here.

Dimensions

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Supplies

13 – 2×2 @ 6ft

2 – 1×12 @ 6ft

2 – Panel Boards – 17.5″ x 39″

2 – 1×8 @ 6ft

2 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws

1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws

1 1/2″ Brad Nails

Kreg Jig

Kreg Right Angle Clamp

Drill

Brad Nailer 

For this build, I made an attempt to try and document my process through video just in case you guys wanted to give this DIY Hall Tree a go. Check out the video above and then be sure to head over to Build Something for the free plans on how I created this DIY Hall Tree Bench.

Screen Shot 2019 05 28 at 6.12.42 PM 1024x1024 - DIY Hall Tree BenchOf course, throughout this build, I utilized my handy dandy Kreg Jig. I say this often, but my Kreg Jig is one of my top tools that I use on most, if not all, of my builds and it’s a tool I highly recommend. I personally use the K4 master system and it hasn’t disappointed me yet.

If you don’t use pocket holes often and you’re looking for a more simpler version of the Kreg Jig, the R3 Kreg model is a great alternative and a little cheaper.Screen Shot 2019 05 28 at 6.18.42 PM 1024x1024 - DIY Hall Tree BenchAnother handy tool I utilized was my Kreg clamp. I am always flying solo when it comes to building, so those clamps definitely come in handy. I would recommend this clamp if you utilize pocket holes often.

This hall tree was fairly easy to build; I completed it in one day. Although, it may take longer for some, it was a fairly easy project to tackle and I can’t wait to see you guys tackle it yourselves.

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If you’re wondering where I got this cool blue workbench from; I got it from Kreg. It is one of my favorite workbenches specifically because of the fact that I can roll it around in the shop and its just the right size to be able to build my projects on top of it, so I don’t always have to build from the ground. Kreg really has some great products that I’ve used plenty of times throughout my building journey and I always get excited when I get the chance to partner together with them.IMG 3521 1024x1024 - DIY Hall Tree BenchI opted to use Select Pine for this particular build because it makes it look really clean. It does drive up the price tag quite a bit, but in my opinion, it was well worth the extra money. I got it from my fav orange store, The Home Depot. Regular pine would work just fine for this build, but you may have to put in a little extra work to make it look as nice.

IMG 3585 1024x1024 - DIY Hall Tree BenchFor the finish, I decided to go with one of my favorite stains, Rustoleum’s Briarsmoke. I love this stain color because it gives my build a modern, rustic look. Before applying the stain, I did wipe down the hall tree with a stain pre-conditioner first. This prevents any blotching on the build.

IMG 3598 1024x1024 - DIY Hall Tree BenchBefore you head over for the free plans, let’s take one more look at this beauty. I’m really happy with how this DIY Hall Tree bench came out and I hope that you guys have fun building it as well.

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For the free plans, head on over to Build Something and enjoy!

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Thanks for reading guys and I can’t wait to see all of your great builds.

XOXO Ashley

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