Now that we’ve all discovered that large home improvement stores cut wood pieces free of charge – if you purchase the wood from them – life in the crafting world is so much nicer. We can all do larger projects now without having to break out power tools which many of us don’t know how to use. With that in mind have a look at the dowel rod selection at a home improvement store. The wooden rods are available in many diameters and lengths which are perfect for creating all sorts of new things for your home.
Using any number of things you have around the house you can make décor pieces for the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and other areas. Choose small or large-diameter dowels, have them cut to one size, then group them together to make pedestals and stands. Use hot glue to glue dowels around a center one. Continue adding more and more dowels, around the previous layers, until the stand is as large in diameter as you want. The dowels can be painted in bright colors or even stained in wood tones to give them the look you want. For best results, paint them before grouping and gluing them.
With the above dowel design you can use set pictures, bowls, vases, photos and other items on it as it is. Or, make a topper for the stand. Glue on a circular wooden piece – or other shape – attach a frame-less mirror, or use glue dots to attach a piece of glass. Give the finished stand any number of accents, like using stencils to make a monogram or using rub-on appliques to create flowers or other images.
Group large-diameter dowels into a footstool arrangement then just lay a round, fluffy pillow on it. Since hot glue isn’t all that impressive when holding large wooden pieces, give them more strength while adding a cute accent by wrapping a belt around the bundle. These bundles make good footstools, night stands, a child’s table and chair set, or even plant stands.
Wrap dowels around empty potato chip cans, soup cans or even cardboard boxes to make anything from desk organizers to art supply holders. Even do the same design on a larger scale and wrap dowels around a paint can to make a single umbrella holder. Use large cans and dowels to make holders for rakes and shovels or mops and brooms. Things you can use to strengthen these objects include belts, wide, strong rubber bands, or even rope wraps.
There are many other décor items you can make with dowel rods. Attach them to a wall to make a cool headboard, glue them onto a scratched end table to give it a make-over or even make them into block letters to spell out a child’s name on a wall. Dowels are cheap, solid wood and work well to make lots of new decorations for your home.