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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Whale of a Sock Holder | DIY Projects | Craft Klatch | Woodworking How To





Do you ever lose a sock on laundry day?  No matter how hard and long you look for it, it is not to be found!  Then, it mysteriously reappears weeks later, only now you have thrown out the other sock.... or lost it?  Ahhh!  It's a vicious cycle and one lonely sock!

Now you can keep track of socks without mates, until they can be reunited, with this fun Whale Sock Holder!!!





You will need:

Poster board:  check out the dollar stores

Jigsaw (optional):  http://amzn.to/2l1rowQ
Rotary tool:  http://amzn.to/2kFGbkR
Engraver tip:  http://amzn.to/2mgaZVC
Plastic eye:  http://amzn.to/2mg8IK3
Acrylic paint:  choose to go with your decor
Sander (you can use sandpaper and sand by hand too):  http://amzn.to/2l1spVV
Bulldog clips: craft store
Saw tooth picture hangers:  http://amzn.to/2lAp3wa
2' x 4' sheet of 1/2 inch plywood:  home improvement store


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Draw a whale on poster board and cut it out.  That will serve as your template.
2.  Cut out the whale using a saw.  I used the handheld jigsaw to cut the wood down to a manageable size and finish off some details my saw was unable to reach.  Otherwise, most of it was done using the Bladerunner I have listed above.
3.  Once you have it cut out, sand it.  You want to make sure you get rid of all the sharp and rough edges.
4.  When you finish sanding, wipe off all the dust with a damp cloth.
5.  I used my Dremel too, with an engraving bit, to add details to the mouth, the water, the eye and the fin.
6.  Now start painting.  I used acrylic paints.  Here are the colors I used, in the order I used them:  white, mushroom, gray, aqua, ocean blue.
7.  Once they are all dry, take out your sander and start sanding.

8.  You want to sand the edges and the face of the whale.  The wood grain will start to show through and so will the different colors.  Sand until you have the colors you want showing through.  If you sand a little too much some where, you can always give it a watered down paint touch up.
9.  Glue on the eye.  I used a plastic eye that had a post on the back.  I snipped the post off and glued the eye onto the whale.
10.  The whale is fun to hang on the wall all by itself, so you don't have to go any further.  But if you want to add the bulldog clips, they can be used for socks, notes, or really anything, then use a screwdriver to add the screws and the clips.
11.  To hang it up, you can add a wire to the back with some screws.  You can drill small indents, so it can hang flush with the wall (just don't drill through!), or you can add the sawtooth hangers, like these here:  http://amzn.to/2lWn8lT, or you can also add some eyescrews to the top and run a rope between them!

That's it!  Now go hang up some socks!

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona

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