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How to Personalize Your School Supplies

Summer is almost done and even though you don’t want to see summer go, at least you can console yourself by decorating your school supplies. Maybe it’s not the best consolation for the end of summer, but personalizing your school supplies a fun activity to gear up for your first day of classes.

Apple Stamp Book Covers:

If you have some your old textbooks around you have living proof of how beat up your books can get by the end of the year. With spilled drinks, or gum between the pages, all are part of what the books end up looking like. Book covers are a great way to keep your books tidy. And Apple stamping the construction paper you wrap them in guarantees you’re ready for the school year with very cool looking book covers.


-Construction paper big enough to wrap your book in







  1. First you need to stamp the paper. Cut your apple in half and dip it in a tray of paint, the color is up to you.
  2. Stamp your paper however you like and use any other decorations you might want to add. Painting the stem of the Apple, a study warm, a dinosaur or whatever you like and let it dry completely.
  3. When the papers dry, open your book on the underside of the paper meeting the non-painted side.
  4. Cut the paper so there’s about a 5-inch border around the book.
  5. Fold the paper on the covers corners and tape them down to the inside of the book.
  6. Cut the paper so it lays flush against the spine of the book. You cannot fold the paper to the cover here because of the pages.
  7. Tape any loose pieces of paper to the cover just to secure the entire thing.
  8. Feel free to put your book through whatever comes your way.


It’s also a good idea to mark where you left off in your book and bookmarks are simple and wonderful ways to do that. These bookmarks are perfect for your new school year.



-Decorative paper or colored pens

-Black-and-white paper



  1. Cut the corner of the envelope at a diagonal. You should have a diamond shape that will fit the corner of the page.
  2. Cut two triangles of your decorative paper to put on the diamond triangle shape. This will make the face and when you glue it, it should have a gap along the center of the diamond. You can also draw on the envelope diamond to make the face.
  3. Using the white paper, cut out eyes and jagged teeth. The eyes and the top triangle of the diamond and glue the teeth so they stick out from under the pocket of the envelope.
  4. Cut out black circles for the pupils of the eyes include those on. You can add any other decorations such as glitter or sequence.
  5. You have now made a book monster bookmark so you can mark your pages with it.

How to Make a Jewelry Holder

Has your jewelry ever been in such a tangle that you gave up trying to untie all the knots and just leave the mess for another time? Here are some jewelry holder designs for you to try.

These are two simple projects for a necklace holder and an earring holder to help you untangle the mess, plus it adds a homemade and artsy touch to your bedroom or bathroom. What’s even more as you get to display your jewelry even when you’re not wearing it.


Necklace holder:

You can use salvage doorknobs to easily organize your necklaces. You can find glass or metal doorknobs of all shapes and sizes at any thrift store or hardware stores.


Here’s what you will need:

-A flat piece of wood or something painted or driftwood from the beach.

-Doorknobs, as many as you need or will fit the piece of wood you want to use.

-A drill.

-Nails to attach the board to the wall.

What to do:

  1. Measure the size of the doorknob screws and drill the appropriate size hole for each knob and the piece of wood. If you are not used to using a drill this is the best time to learn or get an expert to help and supervise.
  2. Screw the doorknobs into the drill holes
  3. Attach the piece of wood to the wall where you wanted to hang and you can hang it with nails or another type of wall hanger.
  4. Get ready to untangle your massive necklaces and hang them up.


Earring holder:

Trying to keep earrings and their backs all-straight is even a bigger task than keeping necklaces untangled because they are so small. This is a lace earring holder and it’s perfect for organizing, displaying and maintaining your earrings, both studs and drops. When the lace is taut you can see the beautiful pattern and the soft fabric is gentle on the metal of your earrings.

What you need:

-An empty frame or an embroidery hoop

-A piece of lace

-Flat thumbtacks that are only used for the frame project.

What to do:

  1. If you want to paint or decorate your frame or embroidery hoop do it first and let it dry completely.
  2. Measure cut lace to fit the size and shape of your frame or embroidery hoop.
  3. If you using a frame: stretch the lace across the back of the frame and with the flat thumbtacks secure it to the frame.
  4. If you use an embroidery hoop, stretch the lace between the two hoops and clamp the hoops together.
  5. Arrange your airings in the lace and hang on the wall and enjoy.

DIY Projects: a Dreamcatcher

If you keep seeing nightmares or dreams where you arrive to school naked and fail to run away because everything becomes slow-motion a dreamcatcher is what you need.

Dreamcatchers – A Glimpse into the History

The dreamcatcher is a craft that was popular among the First Nations people of Canada. The tradition of making dreamcatchers is believed to be started by the Ojibway people who lived in the Lake Huron area. According to the legend good dreams enter a person’s mind through the center of the web while bad dreams get caught in the web and vanish at the sunrise.


  • Strong thread (traditionally sinew was used).
  • Suede lacing.
  • Metal ring of any size.
  • Medium size beads.
  • Feathers.

How to Make It

  1. Make a knot to secure one end of the suede lacing on the metal ring. It is important that you leave about five inches of lacing to hang the dreamcatcher, then wind the suede tightly around the ring until it is covered in suede completely.
  2.  Tie off the suede and make a loop by knotting the two remaining ends together. The loop is needed to hang the dreamcatcher on.
  3.  Get several feet of thread or sinew. Tie one end of it to the top of the ring.
  4.  Now the webbing represents a net of “half-hitch” knots. Then you need to make knots. At first loop the thread over the hoop towards the back, after that bring sinew to the front again. Just pull it up through the hole formed and make sure the thread pulled stays taut.
  5. Goon making such knots around the hoop, with the interval of seven or eight evenly spaced points.
  6. On returning to the top of the hoop, begin the next round of webbing. This time you should make knots on the loops of thread from the first round.
  7.  Thread a bead into the webbing where you want.
  8. Make sure there is a small hole left when you finish making the web. Then tie a double knot and cut the rest of the thread off.
  9. Finally you need to make the feather tassels hanging off the dreamcatcher. Cut several lengths of suede and tie them to the bottom of the dreamcatcher.
  10. Tuck a few beads onto each piece of suede and tie knots in the suede so they don’t move. Push the ends of the feathers through the beads and your dreamcatcher is ready!  

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How to Make a Folding Workbench

Folding WorkbenchThis solid workbench that folds up is a real must have for a handyman as he can easily fit a big work area into a small place. Plus it can be made in a day using simple hardware and just two sheets of plywood.

Any handyman needs a working table to spread things out while making repairs, working on a hobby or just to store tools. If you don’t have enough room to put a full-size permanent workbench but really need workspace this workbench is what you need. It provides large working area and is accessible from all sides. When opened it turns into a solid 4 x 7-ft. surface, when closed it fits into a small 4-ft. x 18-in. spot. Such compact folding workbench is ideal for the garage or basement.

Cut The PiecesStep1. Cut the Pieces

Take two sheets of 3/4-in.-thick birch plywood and cut all the pieces using a 40-tooth carbide blade or a 150- tooth plywood blade. After plywood pieces are cut, rip the 1/4-in. wide edge banding from 3/4-in. thick boards. Or consider purchasing it precut at a home center or lumberyard if you don’t have a table saw.

Assemble The PiecesStep 2. Assemble the Pieces

Apply carpenter’s glue and then nail the anti-rack shelf supports to the sides first, then align, glue and nail the top and bottom pieces to the sides. Use 6d finish nails. Make sure you let the assembly rest for an hour to let the glue dry before proceeding to the next step.

Attach The CastersStep 3. Attach the Casters

Turn the assembly upside down and align the caster bases with the outer edges of the bottom. Use 1-1/4 in. long lag screws on the outer edge and 1-1/4 in. carriage bolts with nuts and washers for the inner fasteners.

Nail the EdgingStep 4. Nail the Edging

Flip the bench onto the casters and begin gluing and nailing the 3/4-in. by 1/4- in. hardwood edging to the exposed plywood edges. Use 1-in. brads to attach the hardwood edging.

Step 5. Attach the Pipe Flanges

Attach the Pipe FlangesScrew the 3/4-in. pipe flanges onto 5-in. square reinforcing blocks that had been previously cut from scrap plywood. Apply glue and then screw the blocks to the underside of the front panels.

Step 6. Fasten the Piano Hinges

Fasten the Piano HingesFirst tip the bench onto its side and align each tip-up panel with the bench frame to make your 1-1/2 in. piano hinge fit. Align your screw holes perfectly with a center punch or a Vix bit.

Step 7. Close up of Center Punch

Step 8. Add the Cam Locks

Drill the holes for the cam locks into each panel for exact placement. The larger 1-1/8 in. dia. recess is only 1/4 in. deep and allows the lock to be hidden below the surface. The second 3/4-in. dia. hole goes through to the other side and supports the lock shaft.

Step 9. Open the Bench and Thread on the Legs

Twist the 3/4-in. threaded pipe onto the pipe flanges for a rock-solid kbench. Lock the casters in place when using the bench.

Step 10. Apply a Finish

Coat the wood with 3 coats of urethane varnish for more color and protection. To ensure a tough, attractive work surface you should first sand the whole bench with 150-grit sandpaper and use a power sander to knock down any high spots on the hardwood edging. Vacuum the dust, wipe the bench with a cloth and apply a finish. Wait a few days after the last coat of finish is applied before you start using the workbench.

For More Information: familyhandyman.com

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