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Fix a Hole in the Wall


Magnetic College-Campus Board

Help a college student start the year off right with this helpful -- and attractive -- magnetic board that your student can use to keep organized.
  • 24-by-18-inch sheet of galvanized metal
  • Campus map
  • Spray adhesive
  • Utility knife
  • Frame
  • Foam board
  • Glazier points
  • Magnets and decorations

Photo Cubes

  • Laser printer
  • 4- or 6-inch wooden cube
  • Scissors
  • Small craft brush
  • Acrylic craft paint in white
  • Small glass bowl
  • Soft-gel transfer medium
  • Freezer paper
  • 1-inch foam brush
  • Spatula or burnisher
  • Paper towel

Make a Plant Stand

Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY, Wood
This elegant, handcrafted stand is an excellent way to display your plants.
  • Arm/leg template
  • 3/4-inch medium-density fiberboard (MDF)
  • 3-foot piece of one-by-one wood (poplar or pine)
  • Double-sided tape or spray adhesive
  • Clamps
  • Worktable or sawhorse
  • Jigsaw
  • 7 8-inch round plaques
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Wood glue
  • Drill
  • Countersink drill bit
  • Box of 1 5/8-inch wood screws
  • Wood putty
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer and paint

Yarn Basket

This lovely yarn basket is a great portable storage unit for knitting supplies.
  • 1 yard of double-faced wool
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutter
  • Grid ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread
  • Two wooden yardsticks
  • Clamps
  • Piece of scrap wood
  • Hand saw
  • Drill with 5/16-inch bit
  • 5/16-inch bolt with washer and nut
  • Two 5/16-inch dowels
  • Wood glue

Bookcase Armoire

  • Paint (optional)
  • 2 bookcases with adjustable shelves
  • Rectangular piece of wood (for desk extension): the same thickness as a shelf, 1/2 inch shorter than the length of a shelf, no more than 14 inches wide
  • Rectangular piece of pegboard (the length of a shelf with a height equal to the space between the desk shelf and the shelf above)
  • Four 1-by-2-inch boards (for pegboard frame): 2 cut to the height of the pegboard and 2 cut to its length minus 3 inches
  • Hacksaw or jigsaw with a metal blade (to cut piano hinge)
  • 2 piano hinges (1 to attach bookcases and 1 to attach desk extension)
  • 5/8-inch screws (for hinges, if screws aren't included)
  • Electric drill
  • Screws that are 3/4 inch longer than the thickness of desk-side bookcase's back panel (to secure existing desk shelf and pegboard frame)
  • Lid stay or flap stay
  • Glass-bead or other molding (to secure Plexiglas), cut into strips: 5 pieces the length of a shelf, 8 pieces 2 1/2 inches long, and 2 pieces 8 1/2 inches long
  • Hand miter saw (to cut molding)
  • Hammer
  • 3-D 1-inch finish nails (to secure molding for Plexiglas)
  • 5 Plexiglas guards: 4 pieces cut 3 inches tall and to the length of a shelf and 1 piece cut 9 inches tall and to the length of a shelf
  • 3/4-inch screws (to attach pegboard to frame; for casters, if screws aren't included; and for L brackets, if using)
  • Draw-bolt latch or flush-mount lock (for armoire latch)
  • 8 casters (at least 1 inch)
  • Two 3-inch L brackets (to attach case to wall, optional)
  • Appropriate wall anchors and matching screws (for L brackets)

Picture-Frame Card with Melissa Neufeld