Category: Projects and How-Tos (page 1 of 5)

A collection of our projects and tutorials.


One Easy Trick to Restore Rusty Chrome

One of our favorite things to do is scour junk stores for old stuff and restore them.  One thing we always look for are old Cosco kitchen carts and chairs.  Etsy buyers go nuts for them, especially if it’s got trendy colors.  Well, we found a couple the other weekend.  If you’ve been following our Instagram feed, you know that our current project is restoring this rusty piece of junk on the left:

One Easy Trick to Restore Rusty Chrome - this really works! Click on through to find out! One Easy Trick to Restore Rusty Chrome by Sprinkles and Sawdust!

Some finds are clearly in better shape than others, but the one on the left was $10 while the one on the right was $40.

That’s a post in itself, but we’re still working on it so we’re not ready for that yet.  But one thing we stumbled across (well, Leslie did, I just got schooled in the process) was how to restore those chrome legs.  See, you could prime and paint them chrome again, but you’d end up with a really uneven surface that would show pretty bad under shiny chrome paint.  That can cost you money in the end in a lost sale or reduced price.

Leslie showed me this trick and it seriously blew me away.  I honestly couldn’t believe it did what it did.

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Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies

Matt and I struggle with our weight. I know that probably doesn’t come as a surprise, especially since we’ve blogged heavily about sweet treats (like pecan piecake mix cookies, best-ever buttercream and chocolate chip skillet cookies to name a few.)

But we have 3 little kiddos and we would really like to get healthier so we can be more active with them. So we have embarked on a new(ish) journey. We have decided to go low carb.

I know what you’re thinking. “Low Carb?! Are you insane? You’re a baker!”

Worry not, my dear friends! Because I know lots of you who just love our baking recipes, as do I! So I’m going to make you two promises.

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Easy, Inexpensive Winter Decor Ideas

Hey Friends! We’re back! That last bit of 2016 was rough, wasn’t it?  We took a break over the holidays to just spend some time with our family – you can read about it some here – but with 2017 in full swing, we’re so happy to be back in gear with some great projects to share with you.  We’re going to kick off the new year with some easy, inexpensive winter decor ideas that anyone can do! Continue reading

31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Kid-Friendly Christmas Pizza

Pizza is always a favorite around our house, as it should be.


But you know what’s even better than pizza?

Christmas Pizza.

I know that probably wasn’t going to be your answer.  The obvious answer would be two pizzas, some breadsticks, and a big cold Dr. Pepper (any other drink is UNACCEPTABLE, y’all).

But no, it’s not those things.  It’s Christmas Pizza.  Look, I know what you’re thinking.  Christmas Pizza?  Really?  Like pine tree pizza or sugar cookie pizza?  No.  Though sugar cookie pizza is totally acceptable and awesome in its own right but that’s another post.  It’s just pizza, but made in awesome Christmas shapes.  You might not be impressed with this, but trust me – your kids are gonna love it.

Super fun and easy Christmas Tree Pizza - your kids are going to LOVE this! Check it out at Sprinkles and Sawdust!

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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark is synonymous with Christmastime. Almost every holiday party I attend has a plateful of Peppermint Bark, and it’s always gone by the end of the shindig.

The combination of milk chocolate, white chocolate, and peppermint is just perfect, and it’s something that anyone can make!

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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Mini Pecan Pies

Down here in Texas, we know how to do two things really well.

1.) Sweet Tea

2.) Pecan Pie

In case you don’t know, Pecan Pie (pronounced puh-kahn, y’all, and don’t try to tell us otherwise) is a sweet, delectable southern treat that is to die for.


And it is so easy to put together, you can be ready in less than one hour to give your mini pecan pie to your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, kids’ teachers…well, you get the picture.

Mini Pecan Pies - Quick and delicious recipe that makes a perfect Christmas Gift! 31 Days of Handmade Christmas | Sprinkles and Sawdust

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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Candy Cane Pallet Lantern


Note:  This is not a lantern made out of candy cane pallets.  Unfortunately, they do not make pallets out of candy canes.  But that’s probably a good thing, since you can’t really ship freight on a giant candy cane.  What if it gets wet?  Everything would stick to it, and don’t even get me started about the ants.  Wait, where was I going with this?

Oh, right.  This is actually a lantern made from pallet wood that has lights that make it look like a candy cane.  Or a barber pole.  But seriously guys, this is Christmastime, not Barbermastime, okay?  Get it straight.

...or is it both? (Thank you Flickr for providing the most appropriate stock image ever)

…or is it both?
(Thank you Flickr for providing the most appropriate stock image ever)

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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Ultimate Baker’s Gift Guide!

Leslie's Ultimate Baker's Gift Guide - 30 of the most awesome baking tools and gadgets that your favorite baker will LOVE! Brought to you by Sprinkles and Sawdust

I’m so excited to present to you guys my Ultimate Baker’s Gift Guide! I have had mucho fun putting this list together, and I have definitely found things to add to my wish list as well!

Although almost everything on this list is fun and colorful, most things are available in many colors, including neutrals.  So there’s something suited for everyone’s taste!

Gadgets and Utensils



KitchenAid Artisan Design Series with Glass Bowl – $249.00

I know we can’t all afford to get our fave baker a new KitchenAid, but if you can you definitely should! They come with three attachments (paddle, whisk, and dough hook) and this one comes with a glass bowl, so it’s even cooler!


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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Mini Skillet and Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

This gift is simple and quick to put together, and is guaranteed to be a favorite!  It’s a Mini Skillet with a Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, and we haven’t met a soul who doesn’t like it!

I mean, who doesn’t love a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie straight from the oven?  The only thing that could make it better is if it was topped with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.  And we can attest to how good this one is, because that picture you see up there?  Yeah, it’s gone now.  Like it took less than an evening.

Mini Skillet + Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix - Easy, Fun Gift Idea! 31 Days of Handmade Christmas | Sprinkles and Sawdust

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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Our Favorite Crafts To Do With Your Kids

Our Favorite Christmas Crafts To Do With Your Kids by Sprinkles and SawdustMost of what we do here, as you can probably tell if you’ve read through, are projects that really require an adult to do.  Some of Leslie’s baking can be done with your kiddos, but definitely all of my woodworking projects require cutty and stabby tools that aren’t for the little ones and honestly they shouldn’t be around at all until they’re a little older.

That being said, we do have 3 young children and we love doing crafts with them.  So I wanted to take some time during our 31 Days journey to take a look at some great classic craft ideas that your kids can do for Christmas.

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