Easy Upholstery Webbing Spring Banner

How to Make an Easy Upholstery Webbing Spring Banner - An Oregon Cottage

Are you ready to make a super easy spring banner (or garland – have any idea what the difference is?) from upholstery webbing and chipboard letters like I promised after sharing our spring mantel last week? Seriously, if I were to have a specialty here on the blog, it would be quick & painless crafts […]

How To Turn a Vintage Window Into a Mirror

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Last year I began the process of turning a multi-paned vintage window into a antiqued mirror that I could use on our mantel. It’s a fairly large window and any similarly sized mirror I found was beyond my budget (yeah- usually close to $100). This window had come from a building recycling business in our […]

How To Dry Plums

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Of all the fruits I preserve in some way – freezing, canning, or drying – dried plums are probably my family’s favorite. They are simply a wonderful chewy-tart snack that we eat almost as fast as I can dry them. And they are NOT prunes – they don’t have that off-putting texture or smell, nor […]

DIY Wood Tags Three Ways

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You might have realized by now that I’m always on the lookout for simple handmade gift ideas that I can recreate for a fraction of the cost. In fact, you can find a whole series on handmade gifts here. I think homemade gifts are fun to give (and get!) because there’s a little bit of you […]

Make A French-Style Bench From Old Chairs

French Styled Bench

As promised, here is a tutorial on how to make a French-style bench from old chairs in a classic French/European style. Our chairs were 50 or 60 year old knockoff Duncan-Phyfe style chairs (meaning, thin wood, cheaply made) that were falling apart. Though started awhile ago, we finally finished the bench enough to photograph for you […]