Monthly Archives: November 2016

Creating a Wood Bead Planter with Not Just A Housewife

Guest blogger Stacy Risenmay of Not JUST A Housewife is back with a creative and fun project. Follow her tutorial on how to create a wood bead planter.

I drew a sketch of this project months and months ago but it kept getting pushed back. When I partnered with Minwax® for several posts, I knew this could be one of the projects which gave me the opportunity to finally cross it off my list 🙂

Wood Bead Planter

I put it up in my dining room and I like it there but it really is for my future bedroom. Since I don’t know when that room will get done, It has a temporary home that works for now.

Close up of wood bead planter

Here is what you will need.


(3) 3/4″ square dowels

(8) 1″ wooden beads


wood glue

cotton rope ( I used clothes line)

foam brush

Minwax® Wood Finish™ stain

drill & drill bit the same size as hole in bead

Step 1: I cut six pieces 7.5 inches long and six more pieces 6 inches long.

Pieces for wood bead planter

Step 2: Two of the 7.5 inch pieces and two of the 6 inch pieces will be glued together to form a square.

Gluing pieces to create box for planter

You will end up with three squares.

Square pieces for planter

Step 3: Trace the inside of one of the squares into a thin piece of plywood and cut it out to act as the bottom of the planter. It should fit snugly inside one of the squares. After you sand all the pieces, you will glue along the inside seam of the bottom piece. Wipe away excess glue with a damp paper towel since even the “stainable” wood glues don’t stain as well as bare wood. The glue seams will be on the inside and won’t really be visible once the planter is hanging.

Sanding the planter boxes

Step 4: It is time to stain! I chose my old time favorite,  Minwax® Wood Finish™ in Dark Walnut. I like to use a foam brush to apply the stain.

*TIP* I used a paper clip that I straightened out a bit to dip the beads into the stain.

Dark Walnut Minwax Wood Finish and square piece

Step 5: Once the stain has dried, stack the squares up and using the bead as a guide, drill all the way through. Put a scrap piece of wood underneath to protect your work station.

Drilling stained square piece for rope

Step 6: Cut four pieces of rope to your desired length. Knot one end and add tape to the other end so it won’t fray and so it will thread more easily. Thread the rope through the holes of the bottom piece.

Rope threaded through box planter

Turn it over and start threading the beads and other squares.

Beads added on rope

Now it is ready for you to add a plant and hang it up!

Finished planter hanging

Here is a quick video recap of the process:

Stacy Risenmay is a DIY enthusiast. In her blog, Not Just a Housewife, she shares her adventures of fixing up her 1938 cottage. She believes that whether it’s big or small, everyone should love their space. Learn more about Stacy and visit: You can also follow Stacy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Refreshing a Forgotten Table

Several years ago I used this round end table to demonstrate two Minwax® products: Water Based Wood Stain in Classic Gray and Polycrylic® Protective Finish. For some unknown reason, when I returned home, the table was placed in storage, where it soon became dirty and started falling apart.

Feeling guilty, I put the table on my workbench and started by cleaning off the dirt, grime, and cobwebs using  Minwax® Wood Cabinet Cleaner, which I knew would not harm the stain or the finish I had applied.

I then turned over the top, for I knew from experience that most wobbly tables do not need to be clamped and reglued. Instead, they just need the screws underneath that hold the legs in place tightened.

While I had originally applied two coats of the brush-on version of Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish, I also knew that another light coat using the aerosol can would both give it more protection and bring the earlier finish back to life.

And as soon as it dried, I brought the little round table back into the house, where it will be far more appreciated than it had been in storage!

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!



Creating a Simple DIY Frame with Not Just a Housewife

Guest blogger Stacy Risenmay of Not JUST A Housewife uses Minwax® to create a simple frame.

I have a picture frame addiction. When Shane and I first were married, I would save my money and then pick out a new picture frame. As poor newly weds, a frame was a total splurge. Sometimes when I find a cute print or my kids draw me a picture, it will be an odd size and won’t fit into the standard size frame. That is when it is handy to know how to make your own frames!

There are many different ways to make a frame but I tried to think of a way to show you that used minimal tools for those of you who may not have a joiner or a router. I have partnered with Minwax® to bring you this simple DIY tutorial 🙂

Finished frame

I had a long skinny piece of 1/8″ plywood that got stuck in the back corner of my garage because I wasn’t sure what I would be able to do with a piece that size. When I was thinking of this frame, I knew it would be a good choice for this project. I cut two sets. One set was wider by about half an inch. I used my miter saw to cut the ends at 45 degree angles. You could also use a miter box.

frame pieces with dimensions

I sanded all the pieces with a fine grit sandpaper. Be careful not to round the edges.

sanded frame pieces

You will glue the skinny set to the wider set which creates a grove (that normally a router would make) for the glass to sit in.

gluing pieces together

After the glue dries, you can now glue the frame together at the corners.

gluing corner pieces

You can use corner clamps to hold them together or if you don’t have them, use heavy books pressed up against the edges to keep it together while it dries.

After it has dried, add some thin trim to the edges for added detail and to hide the edges of the two pieces of plywood.

glued frame and trim

Clamp or use the book method again to hold it together while it dries. If you need to putty any gaps, use a sandable, stainable putty.

frame with trim added

Choose a stain (or paint) you would like to use on your frame. I went with Minwax® Wood Finish™ in Early American this time. Apply it liberally and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes.

staining frame

After the 10 minutes are up, remove the excess stain with a paper towel.

wiping excess stain off frame

Once it has dried completely, add a sealer. I chose Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane. I applied it with a brush but for a small project like this, it might have been easier to use the spray polyurethane.

applying polyurethane

To hold the glass and photo in place, you need to add these little guys. I never knew the real name until I did a search on Amazon for them. They are called turn buttons. They are handy to have for when your other frames lose their little metal bendy tabs. Or am I the only one who accidentally breaks those off?

attaching drill buttons

See how the glass has a place to rest? Now you can customize not only the size of photo your frame holds but you can make your frame thicker than the 1/8″ plywood I used. The piece you add to the back (that is 1/2″ less in width) does need to be 1/8″ thick though. For example, you could use a 1×4 board to make the frame. A 1×4 board is 3.5″ wide so the 1/8″ plywood for the back would need to be cut to 3″wide.

close up of frame with turn buttons

Then your frame is ready to display your favorite print!

finished frame on shlef

I saw this quote by Mark Black last week and it really resonated with me. I have a very hard time relaxing. I feel like if I am relaxing then I am not being productive and being productive is really important to my personality type. But if I don’t force myself to relax, I get burned out. I thought having this in my office would be a great reminder. Relaxing is important 🙂

Make sure and check out the Made For Love campaign that Minwax® has going on right now. Remember that sweet video from my last post? I just love it!

Stacy Risenmay is a DIY enthusiast. In her blog, Not Just a Housewife, she shares her adventures of fixing up her 1938 cottage. She believes that whether it’s big or small, everyone should love their space. Learn more about Stacy and visit: You can also follow Stacy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram