Tuesday November 21st, 2017

just diy | How to make a wooden magazine holder

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On 11/11 we had the Athens Classic Marathon. Some people ran, some did DIY. Guess what I did. Well, the project wooden magazine holder is rather simple and you can watch it in the video below, however I do have some written instructions below

You will need: 2 pieces of wood, a jig saw (or a hand saw that suits you) and a ruler.

Find the center of each wooden surface by measuring the middle of the height and length. Next you need to cut from the center to one side and remove a piece as big as the thickness of the piece you have. Finally, when both pieces are cut, you put them together like a 3D puzzle. And if I am not making any sense, I think the next photo will help. The wood I used are OSB and they are 45*35 cm each. Screen Shot 2017-11-20 at 23.27.05

Cheers!

Wednesday November 1st, 2017

3 things to spray paint today!

Last Sunday, the one thing I had in mind to do is tidy up my workshop. But, as I was going up the stairs I saw this old frame that I had left for quite some time to do something with, and it was like the frame whispered in my ear… “No Elektra, Don’t tidy up now, please do something with me!” So, what was I supposed to do? I listened to it. And then I had an inspiration to create a stop – motion video, about spray paint! I had lots of fun during the project, and even though the outcome is not perfect, it makes me very happy.

So guys, this is my video, I hope you enjoy!

Saturday October 28th, 2017

How to make a light bulb vase

For quite sometime now I was looking at pictures with pretty light bulbs with flowers or pebbles in them, so nice and cute! And I always admired those who do it because I thought it needed crafty work to get it done. Well, it actually is rather crafty!

You will need: ίA pretty bulb, pliers, screwdriver, a hammer and rope.

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Now let’s get this thing done!

FIRST OF ALL, WEAR PROTECTIVE GLASSES!!!! Tiny pieces of glass might come your way, so best be prepared.

So, you see this round metal thingy? This is the first that has to go. It’s rather easy, you could probably do it by hand. You could also try pliers.

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There, gone! Now, you see the black part? This is glass and you need to – very carefully – break it.

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Hold the bulb by it’s metal part and start hitting the black glass with the hammer. Every now and then, turn the bulb upside down so the broken glass falls.

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Now it’s time to get really crafty and try to pull all the rest out. In this case there was another piece of glass which I broke by pulling it to the metal side, applying pressure on the metal sides.

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I managed to pull the rest out, by using my pliers, slowly changing it’s form, breaking it little by little so finally it came out.

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Tie the rope round the metal part.

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Cha ching! Ready, empty and now it’s time to put some flowers in it.

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A twig from the pomegranate tree will do!

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Nice idea, huh?

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Wednesday October 18th, 2017

just diy | how to make a spooky halloween wreath

Dear friends, JUSTDIY’s favorite season is finally here! It’s almost  Halloween and the place will be filled with skeletons and spiders! This year, I took the whole Halloween thing a step further and I did some half skull make up for my video.

Today I am making a decorative Halloween wreath, just a bit scary, a bit ugly but definitely suitable for the occasion!

To make a similar one, you’ll need: 

  • green branches
  • small pieces of dry branches
  • rope
  • black spray paint
  • any other spooky decoration bits you might like
  • glue gun

How to make it  (full steps, although in Greek in the video above)

  • Weave the wreath as you would normally do.
  • Every once and a while use some rope to make sure it won’t tear.
  • Decorate with the dry branches
  • Spray paint the whole thing
  • After it’s dry, use the glue gun to glue spooky decoration.

Done!

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You can also hang spiders, or other stuff.

Happy Halloween! 🙂

Wednesday October 11th, 2017

just diy | make a cat friendly armrest-scratch post for your couch

This project is really very simple. The concept is to make the outside side of the armrest much taller so as to have space for a lot of rope for your cat to scratch on.

Before you start this project, you need to do is to measure your couch.

You’ll need: 

  • 3 pieces of plywood (actually you can use whatever you like, I prefer plywood because it’s easier to drill, cut etc)
  • Rope (prefer a thin one, it’s easier to wrap)
  • Wood glue
  • wood screws
  • Drill

The process: 

Glue the pieces of wood together. If you are alone, it’s best to let dry and then screw the screws. You don’t need to drill the wood before. The screw itself go into the wood just fine.

if on the other hand have someone to help, then you can screw right after you’ve glued the pieces. After you’re done with the main construction, you are ready to start wrapping. Glue first, then rope, glue again, the rope and so on and so forth.

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There’s also a video i made, but there’s a big chance you won’t understand a thing, because it’s in Greek. You can try though! 🙂