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Faux Bois Peg Rack

Steps:4
Materials
  • 1-inch-thick branch, cut to a length of 4 inches
  • Mold-making kit (available at art-supply stores)
  • Scrap wood
  • Spray-on sealing agent
  • Plastic container
  • Utility knife
  • Wood putty
  • 1/4-inch drill bit
  • Five 2-inch-long, 1/4-inch-wide dowel screws
  • Adhesive, such as Liquid Nails
  • Metallic paint
  • Oak board, cut to 42 inches long, 3 inches wide (stained black)
  • 3/16-inch drill bit
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Hanging Bird Basin

Steps:3
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Cement Leaves

Steps:6
Other Ideas:
Decorating, Painting
Decorative cement leaves make a unique porchside statement for any time of year. The how-to comes from in-house crafter Jim "Figgy" Noonan.
Materials
  • Large plastic bin
  • Sand, sifted to eliminate debris
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Large leaf (such as Alocasia or Hosta)
  • Portland cement
  • Rubber gloves
  • Sandpaper and/or wire brush
  • Acrylic paint and paintbrush (optional)
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Weekend Country Garden

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Steps:5
Materials
  • Five pieces an outdoor-safe wood, such as cedar
  • Paintbrushes
  • Exterior primer
  • Exterior latex paint
  • Drill
  • One 6-foot piano hinge (with included screws)
  • Exterior-grade wood glue
  • 3 Ikea Ekby Valter shelf brackets (with the top nubs removed)
  • Three 10-inch piano hinges with an open width of 1 1/2 inches (with included screws)
  • Screw gun
  • 9 exterior screws (masonry and cinder block facades require appropriate screws and anchors)
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