DIY boot socks in less than five minutes

I’m loving the cute boot socks and leg warmers all over Pinterest. However, when I looked at the price of some, I was all like, “Say whaaaaaa?”

So I resigned myself to being boot-sockless for another year … until I discovered (on Pinterest, where else?) that I could make my own in less than five minutes using an old sweater. Again, I was all like, “Say whaaaaaaa?”

Well, I tried it and it works like magic! So here’s how you, too, can DIY a pair for free in less than five minutes.

1. Start with an old sweater.

I had three that were bound for the thrift store.

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2. Cut out a “tube” from each sleeve.

I measured out about 15 inches (starting at the skinny end of the sleeve) because that’s the length I prefer. However, the orange sweater was short-sleeved, so I could only scrounge 10 inches out of that one and it still worked.

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I used pinking shears to help deter fraying. Or you could hem the raw edge if you’re feeling really ambitious. (Be sure to use elastic thread.)

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3. Stick your leg in the sleeve (skinny end first) and add boots. Voila!

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Sorry I didn’t get the best pictures. I’m taking photos of my own legs, people. ;)

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I should mention that if you’d prefer a looser feel, you may want to add a piece of trim (lace, perhaps?) to the wider end of your sleeve tubes to disguise the raw edge. Then you can wear each sock with the wider end toward the top of your calf. To see a great tutorial on how to do that, click here.

I’m hoping to get a post out Friday highlighting my favorite fall fashion pieces. I’ll be showcasing my DIY boot socks in a few of those outfits, so you can get a better look then.

From scrap wood to laundry room sign

After all the garage organization that’s been going on around here, I have been long overdue to take a break and get my craft on. The driftwood candle holder I built last week didn’t quite cure the itch, so I tackled another quick project I wanted to share with you today.

About two years ago (probably more), I bought an adhesive vinyl sign for our laundry room. It was just a few bucks on eBay. I never put it up because I didn’t like the idea of just slapping it on the wall. I wanted it framed by or mounted on something. But what?

Well last week, while puttering around the garage, I stumbled upon the perfect solution.

Reclaimed-wood

This board used to serve as a shelf on one side of the garage. But I have other plans for that wall (coming soon), so it was fair game for this project.

I feel about raw boards the same way a painter must feel about a blank canvas … so many amazing possibilities. ;)

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I started by positioning the vinyl sign on the wood to see where I would need to trim it. Luckily, the width was perfect. I only needed to cut a bit off of one end of the board, which I did using my miter saw.

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Next I went to town on the board with my orbital sander. I rounded the edges, too.

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I applied my driftwood recipe to the piece to bring out the grain and give it an aged look.

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To complete the driftwood finish, I added a coat of liming wax, buffing it to a soft sheen.

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After that dried, I basically just lined up the vinyl on the wood and carefully peeled off the backing.

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It turned out nearly perfect, which is extremely rare with any project I am involved in. ;)

I added two small screws and some wire to make it hang-able. Of course, you could go all fancy and use saw-tooth hangers or Command™ strips. I didn’t have either of those handy so …

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Here’s the final result:

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What do you think of my on-the-fly, DIY laundry room sign?

DIY driftwood candle holder (plus a giveaway winner)

I hope you are all enjoying this gorgeous fall so far. I love this season because it seems to invoke in me a feeling of renewed purpose and of seeing things afresh.

Speaking of looking at things in a new way, this week I rescued an old stump out of the woods in our backyard with the hopes of making it into an art piece.

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I started by power-washing the heck out of it to remove any dirt, bugs and loose pieces.

After it dried thoroughly, I brushed a coat of liming wax over the whole thing to create the driftwood finish that’s so popular right now.

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I tried really hard to get the wax into all the cracks and crevices. This is not a job for your best paintbrush, by the way. I would recommend using a throwaway craft brush because the bristles will be destroyed by the time you’re done.

I used a rag to buff the wood until all excess wax was removed.

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After that dried, I sealed the wood with a coat of Varathane® Triple Thick Polyurethane (gloss finish). One coat of this stuff is typically all you need, and it dries really fast.

Varathane-on-driftwoodI added the gloss poly because I felt it gave the piece more of a “high-end-art-gallery” look and less of a “found-in-the-woods” look. ;)

Then I drilled three holes in the wood to fit three glass votive candle holders. Ideally, you would want to drill all the holes before you wax and poly, but I had to wait for the hubs to get home with the 2-inch Forstner drill bit I needed. I’m not very good at waiting. ;)

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After that, I waxed and poly-ed the holes, let everything dry, and added flickering LED votive candles I had on hand (purchased at Target, I think).

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I’m sure regular votive candles would work well, too. Just be sure to place them in glass holders and keep the flame and hot wax away from the wood.

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I currently have this piece sitting on top of our TV console. I’m thinking I may use it for an upcoming fall tablescape centerpiece, though.

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What do you think of my thrifty, DIY driftwood candle holder?

Before I go, let me congratulate Alina, who is the winner of the HomeRight Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer! Thanks to all who entered the giveaway and to HomeRight for providing this awesome tool to Alina.