Macrame Air Conditioner Cover

We have an old air conditioner in our sun room that works great but isn’t very pretty to look at. I made this macrame cover for it. It hides the a/c unit and matches the boho style of the room.

Before – The Old ugly air conditioner in full view.

First I built a simple box that slides over the air conditioner. I then stapled a piece of cotton rope to the top of the cover and made a macrame screen with square knots. I couldn’t find any macrame cord locally so I used cotton clothesline I found at the hardware store.

Macrame Screen covers the ugly air conditioner

I am so happy with the way it turned out! It was such an easy project. Love how it covers up the air conditioner while still allowing the air to circulate.

If you make one for yourself I would love to see it! Tag me on instagram @handmadejoydesigns #handmadejoyblog

DIY Baby Footprint Ornaments – Made with Cricut

These baby footprint ornaments are my new favourite ornaments on our tree! I am going to show you how easy these were to make with my Cricut.

First step is to scan your footprints. (I had a good cry while looking through the baby books….how do they grow up so fast!) I then uploaded the image into Cricut Design Space. I selected simple image and removed the white space so only the footprint remained.

Save your image as a cut file and insert onto the canvas. I added each child’s name to the ornament as well. Cut out your vinyl and apply to your ornament!

A quick, easy keepsake ornament for your tree! Now go dig out those baby books, there is still time before Christmas to whip up these ornaments.

I would love to see yours if you make some! Tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns and use #handmadejoyblog

Mini Plant Stand Tutorial

I picked up some plants for the boys’ teachers and wanted to make mini plant stands for them. I’m so happy with how they turned out! I put together a little tutorial for you below if you’d like to make one too.

You will Need:

1 – 1/2 inch wood dowel

4 – 1/2 inch copper plumbing fittings

4 – 1/2 inch copper plumbing caps

Wood glue

1/4 inch wooden dowel pins

*I made these for a 5 inch plant pot. Remember to measure your pot and adjust accordingly. *

First you will need to cut your dowel.

8 – 4 inch pieces

1 – 5.5 inch piece

2 – 2.5 inch pieces

Next drill a hole through the center of the 5.5 inch dowel piece and glue the dowel pin in place. Drill holes in one end of each of the 2.5 inch dowel pieces. Put some wood glue into each drilled hole and insert dowel pin. Allow glue to dry completely.

Now you will assemble the legs of your plant stand. Insert 4 inch dowel pieces into top and bottom of the copper plumbing fittings and put copper caps on bottom of the legs.

Once your glue has completely dried you can assemble the plant stand. I just love how the wood and copper look together! I stained one stand and left the other unstained – I couldn’t decide which I liked better.

If you make one tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns and use #handmadejoyblog I would love to see your mini plant stands!