- Cardboard paper mache letters.
- Marble contact paper.
- Metallic finish gold paint. This is the exact one I use on most of my craft projects.
- Scissors and pencil.
- Optional: Craft knife.
In the last post on our office, we were still using a kitchen table and black desk. Someday I’ll have the finishing touches ready and I’ll share the rest, but *spoiler alert* we now have white desks.
I can’t tell you how much I love my desk, but the white surface did create an issue with my computer mouse. For weeks, I couldn’t figure out why my computer would turn on, but the mouse wouldn’t respond. Finally, I mentioned it to Brian, and in five minutes he diagnosed the issue – no mouse pad. He let me use his, which is covered with lovely photos of car parts and Motocraft products. But I wanted something a little more me.
I was inspired by the lovely marble mouse pads I found on Etsy for $20, and figured out how to create my own.
- A piece of craft foam.
- Marble contact paper. I love this stuff, you can use it for so many things!
- Copper contact paper. This stuff is addicting.
Step 2: Trace your craft foam onto your marble contact paper. We’re going to add a section of copper, so mark how far you want the marble to come. Then cut it out.
Step 3: Slowly, peel and stick the contact paper to your foam, smoothing out any bubbles.
And that’s really all there is too it!
- A tree stump that’s 6″ shorter than your sofa arm. Look on Craig’s List for free tree stumps! We found tons of options to choose from. I recommend pine; the bark comes very easily, and on some types of wood, like walnut, it can be really hard to remove.
- Wood stain (optional). I used Miniwax stain in “Natural.”
- Clear polyurethane gloss.
- An assortment of tools for removing the bark.
- A sander, or sandpaper blocks.
- Foam brushes.
- 6″ Hairpin metal legs. I bought these ones from Amazon for $30, and they were the perfect height and look I wanted.
- Wood shims, unless your log comes leveled already.
- A level, in case it doesn’t.
- Long screws. The screws that come with the legs may not be long enough.
- An impact driver.
The tricky part about this is making them level. Because we got an already cut stump, and we didn’t want to try to cut it again, because that would make it too short, we used wood shims to level out the bottom.
Hold the level from the end of each leg to the others to check the height, and add shims underneath as needed.
Then secure the legs with the rest of the screws.
Step 7: Carry it inside, and enjoy having a place to put your wings out of the reach of your toddler, and having your own spot on the couch back!
I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! Now, I’m tempted to switch favorite spots on the couch with Brian … if he’s willing to trade.
1. This Illume Balsam & Cedar candle. Brian and I both share a love for candles, especially holiday scented ones. He’s very particular about his peppermint scented candles, and I’m partial to a good fir tree scent. This candle is small but STRONG, to the point that I had to open some windows because the scent was overpowering in our office after several hours. So, don’t light it and leave it burning forever – a little goes a long way.
Probably my favorite thing about it is how pretty it is! So fancy. It would make a great hostess Christmas gift.
2. Book Club. I’m looking at the book we just started reading now, and looking forward to curling up with it later today. I started a book club at work with four other girls, meeting over lunch on Thursdays. We finished our first book, “Where’d You Go Bernadette,” and all of us greatly enjoyed it. Now I understand what “dramedy” means. It’s funny, sweet, and poignant, and the mystery really sucks you in. We’ve just started “All The Light We Cannot See,” and even though we’re not too far into it, it’s so beautifully written, I feel like I can already recommend it.
3. I know I talk about Chatbooks all the time, BUT did you see that now you can make a special Christmas Chatbook with Rifle Paper Co. Christmas illustrations? Get your first book free by clicking here.
4. I talked about this little sign in my last Friday Finds, but here’s a shop on Etsy that sells hand painted signs along a similar line. I love the dark wood backgrounds on some of these, as well as the Esther verse sign.
- Black t-shirt. The less text or designs on the shirt, the better, but you can make it work if it’s not a blank tee.
- Hogwarts crest. I used Gryffindor, but you can order all or any of them from Amazon!
- A snap
- Black thread
- Sewing machine
- Glue or adhesive. I used spray on adhesive which washes off, so I can reuse my Gryffindor crest if I want to on another project.
- A stick. Just a stick from the backyard.
3. Mark the sleeve shape, and down the side of the tee, where you’ll be sewing. We need to make the tee smaller, and we also need to create a bell shape. I drew a line from the bottom corner of the tee up to where my pencil is pointing here, and from there, down to the hem of the tee.
Do this on both sides of your tee, and pin it.
4.1 Try to sew along the lines you drew. Sewing machine breaks down.
4.2 Freak out, because trick or treating is TONIGHT.
4.3 Husband tells you it’s just a costume, it’s not a big deal.
4.4 FREAK OUT MORE, because he just doesn’t understand.
4.5 Husband fixes sewing machine. Calm down, and carry on, realizing he was actually right.
5. Trim off the extra fabric behind the new seams you’ve made, and turn inside out. Because my tee has the design on it, the shoulder seams will be on the outside. But isn’t that the perfect robe sleeve?
I used a stick from the backyard for Edison’s wand. The photos we took are a little blurry since it was getting dark, but they’re still awfully cute.
I’m wearing my Gryffindor tee, but I can’t find this exact one online anywhere. There’s a surprising variety of Harry Potter tees on Amazon, of all places.