Recreating Failed DIYs!

Sooo sometimes we DIY things that we aren’t that happy with but still end up in our videos. Today we are taking some of those old failed DIYs and making them again the way they were meant to be made! Let’s get started!

DIY ROCK SHOE MAT

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Rocks of various sizes

  • 1x2 inch cedar

  • Large piece of ¼ inch plywood

  • Plastic runner

 
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Start out by cutting your 1x2 cedar and your ¼ inch plywood into the following pieces. You can of course cut this to be whatever size you want, but these are just the measurements that we used.

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Next, we used some wood glue and a nail cut to attach the four 1x2 cedar pieces to the base. We used some tape to hold everything together while we nailed the pieces then let everything dry.

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Next, time to make this thing a bit more water proof. We picked up this plastic stair runner material to act as a plastic liner on the bottom of our base. We cut this to size and laid it on the bottom of the tray. Next, we used a silicone caulking along the edge of the plastic sheet to add an extra seal and to hold the plastic to the base.

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Time to fill the tray with rocks! Just go ahead and lay all of your rocks inside of the tray, no need to glue everything down!

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And you’re done!

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DIY TERRAZZO

WHAT YOU’LL NEED…

  • Coloured ceramic plates

  • Plaster of paris

  • Deep baking pan

  • Wax paper

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Start off by breaking up your ceramic plates of choice! Place your plates under a piece of thick fabric and use a hammer to break everything up. Set those pieces aside.

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Next, line your baking tray/mould with some wax paper. This will make sure the plaster of paris doesn’t stick to the bottom of the mould. Next grab your plate pieces and place them on top of the wax paper in your mould in the pattern of your choice.

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Next, mix up your plaster of paris. Follow your package directions, but typically plaster of paris is made with two parts plaster and one part cold water. Kelsey ended up deciding to mix the plaster up to be a little more watery than normal, just to make sure that it fills in all of the little cracks well! Mix everything up until smooth.

When pouring your plaster into your mould, try pouring dollops on top of each piece of ceramic rather than pouring all of the plaster all at once. This will prevent the pieces from moving around too much! Next, we used a combination of techniques like spreading everything out with a popsicle stick, tapping the pan, and using an electric sander at the bottom of the pan to push all of the air bubbles out of the plaster. Try and move fairly quickly, as plaster of paris dries quickly!

Once fully dry, go ahead and flip the piece out of the pan and pull the wax paper off of the top. When we removed the wax paper, we noticed that there were wrinkles from the paper on the plaster. To fill these in, we added another thin layer of plaster onto the top of the piece and let it dry.

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Time to look at the final product!

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HOLOGRAPHIC MIRROR

WHAT YOU’LL NEED…

  • Mirror

  • Iridescent window tint paper

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Start by placing your mirror on top of your iridescent paper and tracing out the shape of the mirror onto the paper. Go ahead and cut this out. Time to apply! Start by cleaning the mirror off really well using a glass cleaner. You want to make sure that the glass is completely free of dust. Next, in a spray bottle mix up water and dish soap. Set this aside.

Time to look at the window tint. This sheet has two sides, one side is a simple clear sheet to protect the tint from scratches, while the other side is sticky once peeled back. Go ahead and peel off the sticky side and spray that side with the soap and water mixture. Next, go ahead and spray the mirror with the soapy water as well. Place the paper (sticky side down) on top of the mirror.

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Next, go ahead and use anything with a straight edge and push the excess water out from under the paper. This will seal everything in place. Feel free to place a microfiber cloth over the straight edge object to protect the mirror from scratches. Once all of the bubbles are gone, let the mirror dry completely. Finish this mirror off by peeling off the clear protective film!

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And that’s it! Thanks for reading! Check out the video below!

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