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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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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: Hackberry Slice Coasters

I still have a lot of that hackberry tree I cut down the other day, ya’ll.  Like a bunch.  Making those candle holders didn’t hardly use any of it.  And honestly the more of it I can use in the shop, the less I have to haul off elsewhere.  So today I’m dragging you along with me on another Project To Make Out Of A Cut Down Hackberry Tree So Matt Doesn’t Have To Carry It Further Than The Workshop ™.

Hackberry Slice Coasters by Sprinkles and Sawdust - 31 Days of Handmade Christmas

Remember these?

Cutting thin slices of these would make great coasters, which make a great gift for any OCD person in your life.



As with most of the things we’ve made so far, these are super easy to make with the right tools.

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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: 2×4 Snowman

Frozen jokes.  Frozen jokes everywhere.


Wait, what?


Hold on, we need to, because that’s what this post is about –




Hey, let’s build a snowman!  This is another quick and easy winter/Christmas decoration that’s easy enough you can do it with your kids!

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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Hackberry Branch Candle Holders

You know what everybody loves at Christmastime?  Candles.  Hoo boy do they love candles.  Like to the point that both FEMA and the NFPA say that December is the peak time for fires caused by candles (it is not, in fact, your mix tape.)


But this is AMERICA, ladies and gentlemen, and we don’t let facts get in the way of enjoying Christmastime.


That’s right, EVERYONE GETS A CANDLE!  And today I’m going to make a tea light set out of some hackberry tree branches that I just had to cut down in the back yard, because recycling!

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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Rustic Manger Scene

I know I’ve already done two kinds of nativities for our 31 days project so far (the nativity lightbox and the wooden nativity cutouts), but I have one more that would be a great addition to your decor this year.  In our family, we have many Christmas philosophies – one of them being “You can never have too many Nativities”.   That’s right.  We love us some Baby Jesus, y’all.


To be serious for a second, the Nativity is such an important part of Christmas for us – the birth of our Savior means more to us than we could possibly fit in a single blog post, and it is important to us to keep that at the forefront of our Holiday season.  So we make sure we talk about it with our kids at every opportunity, that we serve our community in His name, and that we try our dangdest to make sure Jesus remains the focus of Christmas for us.  And we find that having approximately 20,000 adorable nativities throughout our home help. Continue reading

31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Wooden Nativity Cutouts

Nativity sets are one of those essential Christmas things, up there with the tree and the advent calendar and lights outside.  Lots of folks have good memories of the nativity set their families put out when they were kids, and just as many folks collect them and display them at Christmastime.

There’s a really great pattern for a very minimalistic and simple nativity over at a blog called Under My Umbrella (though it hasn’t been updated for a couple of years) that cuts great with the scroll saw.  I haven’t tried it with a jigsaw – it might get tricky because of the smaller shape of the pieces, but you probably can pull it off if you clamp the pieces right to the edge of your work table or something like that.

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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Handmade Serving Tray

So it’s 9 PM, your kiddos are asleep, and you’re an hour deep into a Netflix marathon when that old familiar rumble hits you – no, not the bathroom rumble, the stomach rumble.  THE MUNCHIES.

Handmade Serving Tray - 31 Days of Handmade Christmas by Sprinkles and Sawdust

You pause the TV (thank you technology!) and make for the kitchen, where you whip yourself up some tasty snacks (plural, because you don’t do things halfway) and a big drink, and get ready to head back into the living room.

But wait!  You are only a mortal human and only have two hands.  You can’t possibly carry it all!

Handmade Serving Tray - 31 Days of Handmade Christmas by Sprinkles and Sawdust

Fear not!  We have a solution for you, friend.

Handmade Serving Tray - 31 Days of Handmade Christmas by Sprinkles and Sawdust

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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Rustic Chalkboard

So far the things we’ve done for 31 Days of Handmade Christmas have fallen into two categories:  decor or gifts.  This one’s no different, but it can be used as either!

Chalkboards are so hot right now, guys.  They’re all over Pinterest and Etsy.  And they’re even better if you have a knack for lettering.

so hot right now.

Mugatu knows.

So today I’m throwing together a couple of easy, fast rustic chalkboards that make great gifts or decor on a shelf.  These come together in less than an hour and cost me about $10 because I used scrap wood.  Total cost might run to $20 or more if you buy new wood.

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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Nativity Lightbox

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”   Luke 2:10-12

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