Look, growing up, I had no problem with puppets. It’s not like I was afraid of them. It’s just that they sort of kept me up at night if I saw one at any point past 6 p.m. Strange? Yes. But appropriate? Perhaps; considering I grew up in a neighborhood that had, at various points in the last decade, been home to creepy clowns, hunched over ice cream truck drivers and the like.
Needless to say, when we started taking care of our niece a lot, I didn’t want her to feel the same sort of weirdness around puppets that I had. And actually, it turns out she was a big fan of them to begin with. Her mom told us that when she goes to the pediatric dentist, she brings along a few homemade sock puppets to keep her entertained while the dentist does his work.
Not a bad idea.
Anyway, it goes without saying that there are plenty of times in life when you need a good sock puppet distraction. And because not all of us love the polished, coiffed look of a store-bought sock puppet, we have DIY alternatives to fill our days and memories.
After scavenging the world wide web from the comfort of our own home, here are a few DIY sock puppet projects that we thought looked interesting, somewhat creepy, or a combination of both.
We grew up in the ’80s, which means at some point our parents put ugly Christmas sweaters on us, took us to the mall and made us pose in front of a man who shouldn’t have been within 500 yards of children.
But those days are gone, and now Christmas sweaters are part of the over-the-top intentional irony that has come to plague much of modern life. Just kidding. Whether you’re attending an ugly Christmas party, or just want to embarrass your friends and family, here are a few ugly Christmas sweater ideas you can put to good use this holiday season.
Every year, we seem to have the same debate about Christmas ornaments. Do we make the tree look like it belongs in Macy’s, with expertly positioned ornaments and lights? Or do we give it some personality and make some funky ornaments that no one else will have?
Usually we end up somewhere in the middle. And no matter which side of the fence your family’s on when it comes to ornaments, you can use these simple DIY ideas to create your own Christmas ornaments.
Around this time every fall, we ask ourselves, “what kind of Christmas ornaments can we make this year?”
Inevitably it came down to this: candy cane ornaments. We shall make you.
For these simple ornaments, we used regular candy canes, jute, some hot glue and different ribbons and bells to add as “accent pieces,” if you want to put it that way.
What better way to prove to your friends, family and neighbors that you have “the most” Christmas spirit than by making your own outdoor decorations?
Anyone can go to Walmart, Target, Kmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby or Kohl’s to get their outdoor decor, but it takes a real Holiday Cheermeister to do it yourself.
Now is the time of year that it makes the most sense to have a fire pit, and even if it’s already starting to get cold in your neck of the woods, that doesn’t mean it’s too late.
A good headboard can make a bedroom seem more comfortable and relaxing. On the other hand, a bad headboard can make you want to stay up for days on end. Such is the importance of headboards.
Lick your finger and flip through any home store catalog and you’ll find plenty of fabric headboards, but they might also cost you an arm, a leg and perhaps a digit on the arm. Instead, consider making your own DIY fabric headboard – save time, have fun and make something customized and personal.
Because everything centers around the table at Thanksgiving, a good centerpiece is key to whether your Thanksgiving will be one for the ages, or a disaster. Just kidding.
But in reality, Thanksgiving centerpieces can make or break your holiday ensemble. The DIY Thanksgiving centerpieces below may spark some ideas that fit your home and table style.
Few things in life are as rewarding as growing and eating your own food. The last part of the process is just as rewarding, but no one wants to talk about that.
Anyway, many of us have limited gardening space, or we want something that’s going to look as nice as it is functional. Raised garden beds are great because of how versatile they are. You can get wild and crazy, or stay structured and clean-looking.
At MostCraft, we like to read. Which means we also like bookshelves, and we are of the school that believes 1) you can never have too many books, 2) you can never have too many bookshelves and 3) old ladders make great bookshelves.
Here are 21 examples of DIY ladder bookshelves that we found inspiring.
Using some or all of these approaches, you can create a custom ladder bookshelf that’s all your own.
Or if it just isn’t working out, here are a few other ladder bookshelves to choose from.