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DIY of the Week – Keyboard Wrist Rest

Monday, February 25th, 2019

Ola! We’re back, and unfortunately with a little hint of carpal tunnel. The woes of working constantly with a laptop. But we’re not too worried, because this week’s DIY project is just what the doctor ordered! (Well, maybe not in so many words, but you get the point, right?)

Let’s get started so that we can do our next blog piece with a little bit more comfort.

 

What you need:

1. Cotton fabric of your choice

2. Needle and thread

3. Rice (approx 3 cups)

4. Dried lavender, basil, oregano (optional)

5. Scissors

 

What to do:

Step 1

Lay your cloth across the length of your laptop/keyboard and cut the cloth to that length, with approx 4 inches in width.

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Image source – LiveLaughLovePost.com

 

Step 2

Fold the cloth in half across the width, with the design side towards the inside of the fold, and stitch close one of the side edges and the full length of the cloth, creating a pocket.

Image source - Right Where I Left Off

Image source – Right Where I Left Off

 

Step 3

Turn the cloth inside out using the open edge of the pocket you have sown. Now fill it with rice. (If you are using the dried herbs, mix them into the rice before filling the pouch).

Image source - The Artisan Life

Image source – The Artisan Life

 

Step 4

Once the bag has the right amount of rice depending on firm or loose you want the wrist rest to be, sow the final open edge closed.

Image source - The Artisan Life

Image source – The Artisan Life

 

Step 5

Keep the finished pouch in the freezer for 24-48 hours to ensure that weavels or other bugs do not nest inside the pouch due to the rice. (Or you can add bay leaves to the rice)

 

And it’s all ready for use! And it makes a great gifting option for friends and family too.

 

PRO TIP:

You can make a matching wrist rest for your mouse too! The length of the cloth will be shorter, but the rest of the process is the same.

Image source - Updates from the Copper State

Image source – Updates from the Copper State

 

Happy crafting!

DIY of the Week – Mini Pallet Coasters

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

We love starting our week with a little creativity. Using our hands and putting our efforts towards making something to brighten up the spaces we live in, work in. Or even the thought of doing that for someone we care about (we love gifting our creations!).

This week, we make these cute coasters that not only ensure that you don’t leave glass or cup marks on your tables, but are super cute to look at too!

 

What you need:

1. One dozen (12) Popsicle sticks per coaster

2. Scissors

3. Glue gun

4. Ruler and pencil (optional, if you want to measure)

5. Tea or coffee liquid and bowl (optional, if you want to stain the wood)

 

Image source - Doodle & Stitch

Image source – Doodle & Stitch

 

What to do:

Step 1

Mark off all the rounded edges from the sticks so that all would be the same length once cut. You can use a ruler while marking to ensure that they are the same length.

Image source - wikiHow

Image source – wikiHow

 

Step 2

Cut off all the rounded edges.

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Image source – Shared.com

 

Step 3 (Optional)

If you would like to make stained wood pallet coasters, instead of using expensive wood stains, you can make your own DIY staining liquid. All you need to do is make a strong tea or coffee concoction and pour that hot liquid into a bowl, and then dump the sticks in it to soak the color. Place a spoon or fork across the sticks so that they remain submerged in the liquid. 5-10 minutes of soaking is sufficient. Once soaked, remove and allow to dry completely. (They need to be completely dry for the next set of steps.)

Image source - wikiHow

Image source – wikiHow

 

Step 4

Lay down two sticks parallel to each other, and using the glue gun, stick one stick upright on each edge, making a square, as shown in the picture below.

Image source - Shared.com

Image source – Shared.com

 

Step 5

Follow with laying another stick across the center.

Image source - DIY Projects

Image source – DIY Projects

 

Step 6

Now lay two new sticks flat across the edges, right above the first two you had placed.

Image source - Instructables

Image source – Instructables

 

Step 7

Laying a piece flat across the center with the help of the glue gun, proceed to lay more pieces between the center and edge pieces, leaving a bit of space between each stick to mimic the look of a pallet.

Image source - Make Magazine

Image source – Make Magazine

 

PRO TIP:

You can further personalize these by painting individual sticks different or alternating colors, or even use washi tape (but do this at step 3).

Image source - Pinterest

Image source – Pinterest

 

Happy crafting!