DIY Fold Down Drying Rack with Building Guide

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What would it take to make you enjoy doing laundry? I don’t think I can answer that question, but having a fold down drying rack will certainly make it a little easier for me.

I recently built a fold down drying rack for my laundry room refresh and I wanted to share a high level building guide with you. My guides are not in-depth, or detailed building plans, but they should provide you with the visual aid and supply list you need to build the drying rack on your own.

This drying rack is the most sturdy when folded down to a 90 degree angle. If you plan to use your rack at a 45 degree angle, I recommend installing the hinges towards the top.

Supplies

Tools:

To build this drying rack I recommend doing all of your cuts and drilling your holes first. Second, build 3 of the 4 sides of the inside fame. Next add a little glue to the ends of the dowels and then insert into the pre-drilled holes. After your dowels are secure, attach the fourth side and then secure the frame with screws (this part might require a bit of trial and error). Build the outside frame and then or stain all your pieces. Last, attach your hardware (according to the package directions) and mount to your wall.

Again, if you want your rack to lay down flat, attach the hinges towards the bottom. If you want your rack to open to a 45 degree angle attach your hinges towards the top.

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DIY Modern Dog House with Building Guide

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I never understood the special bond between a human and their pet until I got a dog. I’ve always loved animals but never had a dog of my own until I was 27 years old. Our dog is part of our family and I wanted him to have a special place in our home.

I first built this modern dog bed for our dog but I always wanted the opporutnity to build another one so that I could document and share my design with the DIY community. My sister recently mentioned she wanted to refresh her home decor and I knew that this dog house would be a perfect additon to her space.

In full transparecy, I’m not an architect or an engineer. I despise math, and I have a love/hate relationship with geometry. But despite all that, this is a SOLID and beautiful structure .

The information that I’m sharing with you should be used as a guide, not as a full tutorial. I am sharing all the lengths as well as a visual aid so that you can see how the pieces attach to make the dog house. You will probably need to take some liberty in how you assemble the structure.

This guide is created to fit the 20″ x 30″ Bedsure Home Orthopedic Foam Dog Bed in size Medium. This dog bed was gifted to me, however the reccomendation to use this product is solely my own. This is a perfect size for a small or medium size dog.

For this project you will need:

You have the liberty to use the best fastiners that you see fit for this project. My favorite screws are Spax wood screws with the star tip. For this project you will need 1-1/4″ screws and 2″ screws if you’re not using pocket holes.

If you plan to assemble using pocket holes, use the lengths your pocket hole jig reccomends for the wood thickness.

Christmas DIY – Felt Christmas Trees

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I’m typically team “Decorate after Thanksgiving” but this year seems to be a free for all when it comes to how we celebrate holidays and special occasions. I decided that I wanted to add a little Christmas cheer to our home and committed to doing a project that primarily used items we had leftover from other projects. The only thing I purchased was the felt.

The result were these super cute, minimal, and modern, felt Christmas trees! Although the tutorial for these trees will not be a full step by step guide, I wanted to provide you with the tools and some instruction to make 3 christmas trees. To see the entire step by step process, visit THIS LINK to watch in my instagram highlight.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TREE PATTERN

SUPPLY LIST

  • One – 3/4″x48″ Dowel
  • Scrap 1×3 common pine board (or wood) OR 3 Wooden Craft Circles (I have not personally used the craft circles but they might be a good alternative for those who do not have access to a jigsaw
  • 3 – 1 inch wood screws
  • 6-7 (9″x12″) sheets of felt

TOOLS:

  • Drill with drill bits
  • Jigsaw (optional if using wooden craft cirlces)
  • Glue gun and glue sticks

TO ASSEMBLE

  • Cut your dowel down to three dowels. The lengths should be 10.5″, 11.5″, and 13″.
  • Cut out the patterns and trace the patterns onto the sheets of felt. Cut out the felt pieces using sharp scissors (fabric scissors are best).
  • Using the glue gun, attach the ends of the felt so they come together to make the shape of a tree layer. Each tree should have 3 layers. If you’d like to add a fourth layer just cut out an additional middle layer and attach accordingly.
  • Slide each layer of each tree onto a dowel rod. Make sure you adust each layer until you like how your tree looks. Once you finalize your tree layers, attach the layers to the dowel using the glue gun.
  • To create the base of the tree, cut out a 2.5 inch circle from the 1″x3″ common board (or scrap wood). The easist way to do this is the clamp the wood to a work bench while cutting. If you are using wooden craft circles you can skip this step.
  • To attach the tree base to the dowel, drill a hole through the center of each wooden circle and then drill a screw through each hole. The screw should stick out the opposite end. Using a drill, drill a hole through the center of the bottom of each tree dowel. Screw the bottom of the tree dowel onto the screw in the wooden base.