2016 Round-up: Projects

I have almost been blogging for a whole year, and I am very proud of how far I have come! I still have trouble sticking to my schedule, but in the last 6 months I’ve improved drastically. I have a ton of ideas for projects for the blog, but don’t make time to create them. This year I want to dedicate more time to making – whether it be for the blog or just for myself.

I love learning new skills so I plan on making that my focus for 2017. My goal is to pick a new skill and own it as much as I can for one month. I think it would be fun to take you through the learning curve and seeing how much I can learn.

Here’s a look back at some of my favorite projects I shared in 2016 – and no surprise, they’re all gifts for friends and family:

 

Cribbage Board

I made this cribbage board for my parents as a Christmas present. This was only my second time working with a drill press and I thought I did a pretty good job at staying steady.

Bridal Hanger

I made this for my cousin for her bridal shower. This was my first time writing with wire, and boy was it hard! I’m really happy with how this turned out and I’ll definitely be making more for my friends and family when the time comes.

Painted Bags

I made these cute painted bag for my coworkers and filled them with candies. I hand painted the designs with acrylic paint. I wish I could have kept them all for myself because I really like how they all looked.

Beer Stein

My favorite part about this gift is that it took less than an hour, including going to the store to buy the mug. The glass etching pen is really cool, but I think etching cream would give a better finished look.

What’s one of your favorite DIY skills I should try this year? Let me know with a comment!

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