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Pinterest Inspired

Pinterest Inspired

By Karen Jennissen

IMG_52841We love to have campfires on our weekend camping excursions.
I am experimenting with making fire starters to help start those campfires.
These are supplies you will readily find in your home.

Empty toilet paper tubes

How to:
Remove the lint from the lint trap in a dryer.
Stuff the lint into the empty toilet paper tube.
Voila, you have a fire starter.
I have read some post where they melt candle wax and drip over and on the toilet paper tubes and lint. I have not tried this method yet.
I am excited to try out these fire starters on our upcoming camping trips.

I was looking for DIY gifts to make for my daughter and daughter-in-law.
My daughter had shared an idea she found on Pinterest. I was onboard.

Board (I used a 1”X4”, you can use wider)
Cabinet knobs
Cans of spray paint
Can of clearcoat
Sawtooth hanger
Hammer, screw driver
Drill, drill bit

How to:
Either cut your board to the length you want, or have the lumber yard do it for you.
Lightly sand the board to remove any rough areas.
Spray paint the board. I used antique white. Once the paint was dry, I then lightly spray painted ocean mist over the top of the antique white. Let this dry thoroughly, then spray with a clear coat.
Next, decide the placement for the knobs. You can space them however you want.
I just eyeballed them.
Make a small mark with a pencil for their placement. Drill a hole through the board for each knob placement. You may need to clean up around the holes with a touch of sand paper. Place hangers on the backside of the board. Now you are ready to place the cabinet knobs on the board. I used a variety of knobs to give it more character.
Ta-dah! Except for hanging on the wall, the project is complete.
The girls both had big smiles on their faces when they received them as gifts.
Will I make them again? Absolutely! I would like to try a wider board and use doorknobs. (I think the cabinet knobs I used are a bit small for scarves.) I am also planning on having these as a project at girls’ weekend this fall.

Karen Jennissen of Alexandria is a wife, mom and DIYer.

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