January’s Book & DIY Project

January’s Book & DIY Project

By Something Social (430 words)
Posted in DIY Projects on January 29, 2013

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DIYIsn’t it a great & magical feeling when you sit down and write your New Year’s resolutions? There is so much hope in the air that you can almost feel it. Well I’ve decided that this is my year. Year for what you ask? To follow through with the things I plan to do.

One of the things I’m planning to do is read a new book each month. It doesn’t need to necessarily be a new book that just came out but a new book for me. I’m also going to make a different DIY craft project each month. The world of Pinterest has taken over most of our lives recently and with so many crafty ideas floating around in cyberspace, I’d like to grab hold of a new idea each month.

This month I’ve chosen the book Carry the One by Carol Anshaw. I happened to be wondering around the airport without any reading material and thought the front cover looked pretty. It doesn’t take much to make me happy. J The book follows the lives of three siblings and their friends through 25 years of their lives after a devastating night. It really makes you think about how just one event can completely rock and change your world forever. This is certainly not a beach read but definitely worth it!

I was particularly proud of my DIY project this month. I made a Fabric Tray that I had seen in a few different places. One of the places was a H&G Magazine a while back and the other was in Tori Spelling’s book CelebraTORI. She’s so crafty!

List of supplies:

  • Picture Frame (Home Goods)
  • White paint (Michaels)
  • Handles (Home Depot)
  • Fabric (Joanne's Fabric)
  • Drill
  • Screw driver
  • Ruler


How much did it cost? About $20 (not including drill, screw driver or ruler)

How did I make it?

Step 1: I decided I wanted a shabby chic feel to the frame so I lightly brushed the wood frame with white paint. Just one coat is all I used.

Step 2: Next I measured the sides of the frame so that I found the middle of each side.

Step 3: I drilled four total holes, two on each side

Step 4:. Place the handles over where you drilled the holes.

Step 5: Use a screwdriver to make sure the screws are tight & secure.

Step 6: I wrapped my fabric around the white frame cardboard that was inside the frame when I bought it and taped down the sides on the back.

Step 7: I secured the back on the frame and I was done!

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