Category: /diy

How to Make a Wooden Door Hanger (Wreath)

Welcome back! Some of us love to show our holiday or seasonal spirit by decorating our homes to include our doors. Today we are going to take a few minutes to go over step-by-step directions on how to make a door hanger/wreath.

You will need the following:

Your first step would be to either to cut your wooden circle and sand it or make sure your puchased circle is smooth.

After your circle is ready, you can add paint. I have been using Plaid Enterprises products to include their FolkArt and Waverly paint.

While your paint is drying, you can cut your vinyl saying or picture. You can either apply the vinyl or use it as a stencil and paint on your design.

You should seal the design. I use mod podge.

After your seal has dried, you are ready for ribbon. I use about 6 stripes (about 9 inches) along with tulle or a thinner ribbon.

Using a heavy duty stapler, you need to make a loop and staple each ribbon strip into the shape of a bow.

You can also add some tails to your ribbon.

Once you have everything in place, you will need to add screw eye pins and twine so that you can hang your beautiful creation.

Your project is now complete. Go hang it on your door or give it away as a gift. If you want to see more ideas or leave the work to us visit our shop (

Make Your Own T-Shirt with a Cricut and Easy Press

Hello ProcrasCreators!! Now that you have joined the Cricut family (Welcome) let’s put that machine to use. One of the first ways you can use it is by making your own T-shirt. You can make them for your kids, friends, your business or yourself. It is a quick and simple project, so let’s get started.

Using Design Space

You can use the images in Design Space or you can upload an image into Design Space. That is what we are going to focus on today. If you would like to use an image in Design Space you can watch the Youtube Video at the end of this post to see how.

Upload a Photo to Design Space

upload image button

In Design Space select Upload in the lower left-hand corner, then select upload image.


On the next screen, you want to select Browse. Take note of the acceptable file extensions underneath the browse button.

find your file

Find your file and select open.

design space image naming

Name your file, add tags and hit save.


Your file has now been uploaded to Design Space (yay!).  You can upload it and others into your current project. When you select an uploaded file Design Space puts a green box around it and list it at the bottom of the page.  Once you have selected all of the files that you want, hit Insert Image.

Preparing Your Image


sizing design space

There are several ways to size your image.

1. Unlock this button and you are able to shrink it or make it wider.

2. These arrows allow you to resize while maintaining the ideal proportions of the image.

3.  Allows you to rotate the image.

You can also resize by using the toolbar option at the top of the screen, especially if you know the exact dimensions.


color choices

You can change the color of the image to give yourself an opportunity to see what it could look like with different colors and you can separate what you want to cut by color and it will place it on separate mats.

You can change the color by selecting the colored circle next to the image on the right-hand side and then select your desired color. Once you have the image the way you want select Make It.

Mat Preparation


Once you hit Make IT button, it will take you to the mat page. You can move your image around on the mat. You can also move an image to a different mat or hide the image by selecting the image you want and clicking the three dots on the upper left-hand side.

design space mirror option

If you are using an iron on design with words, you will need to mirror the image. I would suggest mirroring everything at one time so that you do not forget to do so and waste HTV vinyl.

Once you have made your mat adjustments, hit continue at the bottom of the page.

Connect, Material & Cut

iron on buttons

The software will automatically look for your Cricut (make sure you cut it on). Once it has made a connection you need to select your material type from the popular menu or you can select Browse All Materials.

all categories

After hitting Browse All Materials, you can either scroll down to your desired selection or hit the arrow next to All Categories and select the general material that you want.

category choices

It will then take you down to everything that falls under that overarching category. Select your material and hit done.

Cricut Machine

cricut buttons

The Cricut arrow button will then start flashing.

vinyl on mat

Determine how much vinyl you need and apply it to the mat. Note: Keep the plastic covering that comes with the mat so that you can reuse it and preserve your mat.

cricut guides

Place the mat under the guides and hold it there. While holding it there, hit the flashing arrow button. Once it makes it initial adjustments the Cricut button will flash. Select the Cricut button and the machine will cut the image. When it finishes the arrows will flash again. Hit the arrow button to release the mat.

vinyl mat removeable

When removing your vinyl from the mat, pull the mat away from the vinyl and not the other way around.

weed the design

Almost there. The next thing to do is to weed your vinyl. You are going to remove everything that you do not want to adhere to the shirt.


You can use the Cricut BrightPad to assist in the weeding process. It is more helpful with glitter vinyl than it is with regular vinyl.


weeder trash

While weeding, it is nice to have a bowl, bucket, or empty tissue box to have a place for the scraps.

Cricut Easy Press

press setting

The Cricut Easy Press comes with a quick guide for heat settings. You can also visit the Cricut website to figure out the settings. I set the temperature at 305 degrees for 20 seconds.


iron the shirt

While the Cricut Press was warming, I ran the press over the shirt to prepare the shirt for the vinyl.

transfer tape on shirt

Then I placed the vinyl on the shirt ensuring that it was centered and level. Once I had everything in place, I set the Cricut Easy Press on the design and started the timer.

disperse the heat

Once you pick up the Cricut Easy Press, you can shake out the shirt to disperse the heat.

remove transfer tape

Slowly pull the transfer tape away from your design.

craftingphd shirt

You did it!!!!! I’m so proud of you. Please leave comments and questions below. If you are a visual learner and need more help, watch the video below.

See you all the next time!!!

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Industrial Pipe Shelving

This project added a great look to my ProcrasCreation DIY space. I was actually using the pipe to add legs to my door desk and had some leftover pipes and decided I would use them to make shelving above my upcycled bookshelves (See that project here

 I needed the following items to complete this project. You can click on the relate links to buy these items from Amazon:

The first thing that I did was paint the shelves. I started with white chalk paint and then I decided I wanted them darker so I used gray. To give the board a distressed aged look, I sanded them and randomly added some of my wall color.Distressed Board

From there I started on the pipe and fittings. I had to scrape off all of the stickers and clean the pipes with the Goo Gone.

Scraping the Pipes

After all of the pipes were cleaned, I added white and green painted to each pipe and pipe fitting creating the aged look.


The pipes were then screwed into the wall, ensuring that we used studs because the 2×4 boards were heavy. And here is the finished look…Industrial Pipe Shelving

I love these shelves!!! If you do too and want to see the step by step process on video, click here

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Reupholstering an Antique Rocking Chair (Part 1)

My latest procrascreation started on a whim. I am in the process of having a house built and was going by to see the progress when I spotted a secondhand store.  While there, I found this chair.

Chair Missed opportunity

It was love at first sight, so I started texting people to see if anyone knew of someone who could reupholster it for me. I thought about it all night, watched some videos on reupholstering chairs and decided that I could do it myself.

Needless to say, I went back to the secondhand store the next morning and was over the moon when I saw it still sitting on the sales floor. My joy was quickly overshadowed by devastation when I realized it had a red sold tag on it. How could this be happening? After I got over my heartbreak I searched the store for more chairs and end up purchasing several chairs. While picking up my finds a wonderful couple was dropping off a one-hundred-year-old rocking chair. They offered to give it to me. Just like that, I was over the moon again. What does that say about me? I don’t want to think about it. I just want to share with you my new procrascreation project.

Rocking Chair Before

Yep! It’s dirty and old but once I get it in my head that I can do something, I do it. Sometimes I am successful, sometimes not so much.

The first thing I learned was that I needed several items. Your list may be shorter depending on what you already have at home. The links to Amazon are included.

 ·  Dropcloth

·  Air compressor


·  Fabric ·  Jute Webbing

·  Staple remover

·  Glue gun

·  Trim · Polyurethane stain


·  Staples ·  Glue Sticks

·  Dust cover

· Brushes


·  Mallet


·  Face mask ·  Tacks

·  Webbing Stretcher

· Hammer · Scissors · Staple gun (pneumatic)

The fabric was held onto the chair with tacks.

Before Chair Back

I started removing the back fabric panels and bottom dust cover with the stapler remover, exposing the jute webbing underneath.

Rocking chair dust cover


Rocking Chair Bottom Webbing

I completed the same process for the front of the chair

Rocking Chair Front

There was a hole in the middle of the seat due to springs that had started to poke through.

Rocking Chair Seat Before

I learned that chairs were stuffed with different types of materials including straw, excelsior, moss, horse hair and cotton. It was gross and interesting.

Rocking Chair Springs

The springs were tied down and the bottom was filled with debris from years of use. Initially, I decided to stop here and rebuild leaving the old springs intact.  As I watched a few more videos, I decided to give it a try and removed all of the springs (not pictured).You want the time to paint or stain at this juncture, so before removing the springs I added a coat of polyurethane to the chair.

Rocking Chair Poly

This completes the breakdown process of the chair. My next post will document the steps I took to bring this gem back to life. So excited!!! To see a quick video of this process, visit my YouTube channel 

See you soon!