Looking for a project to do this weekend? Something easy enough to get done on Saturday and Sunday, but impressive enough to show off to your friends on Monday. Whether you are a woodworker or a crafts person, you can carve out this upcoming weekend to put together a project that is useful and aesthetically pleasing.
Filing Cabinet Desk
Building a filing cabinet desk sounds like a major undertaking, but an experienced woodworker or carpentry aficionado can get it done in a weekend. The key to the speed with which you create this weekend project is that it rests atop filing cabinets. No need to build legs! As long as you can cut wooden boards and make grooves in them, you can add a filing cabinet desk to any support you want and instantly have a place for everything from bills to be made to reminders of your kid’s band performance next Wednesday night.
Broken Bottle Mosaic
Take a look in your garage or take a walk around the neighborhood. Anything you can do this weekend to find a collection of colored bottles. Now take the bottles home and safety smash them with a hammer. Outline a shape you would your mosaic artwork to be and then adhere the glass pieces into the wet mix, thus creating a colorful bit of artwork you can hang in a window. If you’ve got many windows, make many mosaics. If you’ve got big windows, turn this weekend project into the real deal by making oversized mosaics.
Candlelight Wall Sconce
If you enjoy the occasional romantic interlude with candles, make a permanent sconce for a candle so that you can instantly transform the room into a romantic oasis. The method of making a wall sconce is to attach the sides and back to the bottom shelving. Put a hole through the top of the backing and you can easily hang this sconce in any room where you expect romance to blossom.
Create a Small Water Garden
Don’t think you can afford a water garden in your backyard? Think again, Betty, because this weekend project can be done in a single day. By this time next week, your backyard can look like patio section at Wal-Mart. Buy an old whiskey barrel or an oversized terra-cotta jar and fill it with water plants that control the algae, floating plants to make it look really pretty and some goldfish to snack on your mosquito population. This weekend project, therefore, is not just aesthetic, but also utilitarian.
Those of us who enjoy the use of the bathroom as a private library will appreciate this weekend project. A very simple bathroom organizer can be made of wood to feature slots for magazines and books. The top of the organizer can be used to display collectibles or just as a haven for the reading material you are most likely to use when nature calls.