Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY’s

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's | Squirrelly MindsLast week I showed you how we made our suspended copper pipe paper towel holder. Suspended Copper Pipe Paper Towel Holder | Squirrelly Minds
I also promised that I would reveal our white and copper kitchen this week.
Sorry friends but this past weekend has been nutso.
I did post a pic on instagram ages ago (40 weeks!) when we first installed the copper countertops.
White and Copper Kitchen | Squirrelly Minds
Why has it taken me 40 weeks to feel comfortable enough to show you the kitchen? Because it’s not exactly what I want. We haven’t swapped out that nasty backsplash tile (and don’t have time now) and there are certainly imperfections all over the place. So I decided to stop delaying and show you already. Okay, so I’m delaying one more week. Stay tuned folks!

At any rate, I didn’t want to completely disappoint you, so I scoured the webs for my favourite copper DIY’s. Seriously, I might have to add some of these to our kitchen decor.
Here are my top 10 Copper Pipe DIY’s:

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by Almost Makes Perfect | Squirrelly Minds

Copper + Wood Paper Towel Holder from Almost Makes Perfect

If we weren’t looking to conserve counter space, we would have made this gorgeous copper and wood paper towel holder.

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by Zana | Squirrelly Minds

Magazine Rack from from Zana

Sadly copper doesn’t fit into our living room, otherwise I’d be making this in a heartbeat! I have asked the mister repeatedly if there is gold piping. Sadly no. Although spray paint is always an option…

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by Treasures and Travels | Squirrelly Minds

Copper and Wood Bookshelf from Treasures and Travels

I just love the simplicity of these shelves. Uh oh…I may have to delay our kitchen reveal – I just thought of the perfect place to put this!

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by Upcycled Treasures | Squirrelly Minds

Copper pipe drawer pulls from Upcycled Treasures

This is where we got the idea to add copper pipe drawer pulls to our cabinets, and I love them!

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by Our Humble Abode | Squirrelly Minds

Copper and Wood Plant Stand from Our Humble Abode

I love the simplicity of this plant holder and the combination of a light wood with the copper. It has a definite Scandinavian feel.

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by Lemon Thistle | Squirrelly Minds

Copper Pipe Curtain Rods from Lemon Thistle

I originally planned to do this for our kitchen window, but we decided we liked the light coming in too much and left it open. For now…

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by Brittany Makes | Squirrelly Minds

Himmeli Side Table from Brittany Makes

This table is just too cool and would look so great in any living room. Well except ours as copper and gold clash.

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by A Bubbly Life | Squirrelly Minds

iPad Holder from A Bubbly Life

I hate trying to cook a recipe from an ipad and have it lying in the middle of the counter among all the flour and other ingredients. This iPad holder is so perfect.

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by Camille Styles | Squirrelly Minds

Copper Pipe Wall Sconce from Camille Styles

I’m trying to figure out where I can make this work…

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by Fresh Crush | Squirrelly Minds

Copper Pipe Shoe Rack from Fresh Crush

Such a great idea for a shoe rack. It would work great in a closet, or it’s pretty enough to be out in the hallway.

Have you tried out any copper pipe diy’s?

      

The Friday Five | Canada Day

The Friday Five - Father's Day DIY's | Squirrelly Minds

Printables from A Little Pixel | Raspberry Cheesecake Popsicles from The Novice Chef | Button Art from Frugal Mom Eh | Strawberry Cheesecake Bites from Oh She Glows | Red Velvet Truffles from Dessert For Two


Canada Day is coming up in less than a week! I’ll be honest with you, with all the hecticness of the end of the school year, this holiday always kind of gets forgotten about. If I throw a party it’s often thrown last minute (yep, still don’t know what I’m doing Wednesday night), but for anyone who is more on the ball than I, the above ideas would be a great addition to your festivities. Especially those popsicles.

And don’t forget there’s also this free printable Sparkler and Candy Cone Printables I made for you last year!

How will you be spending Canada Day?

      

10 must-read posts to help you take better smartphone pictures

10 must-read posts to help you take better smartphone pictures | Squirrelly MindsEven if you aren’t a blogger, it’s a pretty safe bet you’re snapping photos on your phone pretty regularly. Take a few moments to learn tips and tricks to enhance those photos and make them look profesh (…yeah, I just shortened professional). From tips about lighting (which is crucial!), what apps to use, and how to capture the perfect selfie (something I need to work on), here are my 10 must-read pics to help you take better photos with your smartphone.

10 must-read posts to help you take better smartphone pictures - Photo by Wonderforest | Squirrelly Minds
Want that foggy/dreamy look? Wonderforest shows you how.


10 must-read posts to help you take better smartphone pictures - Photo by Little Inspiration | Squirrelly Minds
Little Inspiration gives some helpful tips on creating a perfect picture.


10 must-read posts to help you take better smartphone pictures - Photo by A Beautiful Mess | Squirrelly Minds
If you’re looking for bright and crisp photos then check out A Beautiful Mess.


10 must-read posts to help you take better smartphone pictures - Photo by Style Me Yesterday | Squirrelly Minds
Style Caster’s slideshow helps you take better photos specifically for instagram.


10 must-read posts to help you take better smartphone pictures - Photo by In Honor of Design | Squirrelly Minds
A list of the best photo editing apps for can be found at In Honor of Design.


10 must-read posts to help you take better smartphone pictures - Photo by Steph Strays | Squirrelly Minds
Steph Strays shows you how to achieve the perfect flat lay photo.


10 must-read posts to help you take better smartphone pictures - Photo by B is for Bonnie Design | Squirrelly Minds
Another ten tips on creating the perfect photo with B is for Bonnie Design.


10 must-read posts to help you take better smartphone pictures - Photo by Besotted | Squirrelly Minds
Besotted uses the app VSCOcam to get dark and dramatic photos.


10 must-read posts to help you take better smartphone pictures - Photo by Beth and Lilly Photography | Squirrelly Minds
Master the selfie with Clickin Moms.


10 must-read posts to help you take better smartphone pictures - Photo by Kirsten Rogers | Squirrelly Minds
Modern Parents Messy Kids shows us how to get the perfect photo with kids.

Like these tips? Check out my last two “10 must-read posts”:
10 must-read posts to make you a better blogger
10 must-read posts to help you rock at social media
And hey, are we following each other on instagram yet? Come say hello!

      

DIY | Suspended Copper Pipe Paper Towel Holder

DIY Suspended Copper Pipe Paper Towel Holder | Squirrelly Minds
We’ve slowly been redoing our pink bungalow, and the kitchen got a mini makeover months ago in white and copper (yes, I will finally reveal it to you all next week!). We had a lot of fun implementing copper pipe into our design, and knew a copper pipe paper towel holder would have to be included. With counter space being so precious however, I wanted one that was suspended off the cabinets. And so, the mister got brainstorming.
DIY Suspended Copper Pipe Paper Towel Holder | Squirrelly Minds
Off he went to the hardware store and came back with a plethora of goodies. It’s true, I can’t take credit for this DIY. It really was all the brainwork of the mister. But I will tell you this one thing – this DIY is simple enough for me or anyone to put together, so don’t let the materials scare you off. Though you may have to just show the list to a store clerk and let them shop for you. At least I would.

DIY Suspended Copper Pipe Paper Towel Holder | Squirrelly Minds

Materials

Be patient, now it’s IKEA assembly time.

DIY Suspended Copper Pipe Paper Towel Holder | Squirrelly Minds1 Using a pipe cutter or hacksaw, cut one length of pipe approximately 1 inch longer than your paper towels. Cut another approximately 4 inches – long enough that your paper towel has space to roll, but not so far down that it’s in your way. Remember that the mounting equipment will add 1-2 inches. Smooth the cut edges with steel wool.
DIY Suspended Copper Pipe Paper Towel Holder | Squirrelly MindsDIY Suspended Copper Pipe Paper Towel Holder | Squirrelly Minds2 Place a generous amount of crazy glue around the rim of your female to female elbow. Insert the shorter piece of copper tube, pressing firmly until it’s in place. Put crazy glue into your copper cap, then insert the narrower (male) end of your female to male elbow into the copper cap. Lastly, glue the wider (female) end of the elbow, and firmly insert the long copper pipe. You should now have a short piece of pipe with an open elbow, and a long piece of pipe with a capped elbow (as shown in the materials photo).
DIY Suspended Copper Pipe Paper Towel Holder | Squirrelly MindsDIY Suspended Copper Pipe Paper Towel Holder | Squirrelly Minds3 Place glue into the open elbow and firmly place the long pipe inside. Make sure to align the short pipe and long pipe (as shown in the picture) to keep it square.
DIY Suspended Copper Pipe Paper Towel Holder | Squirrelly Minds4 Glue the wide end of the reducer into the open end of the threaded adapter. Screw the flange onto the end of the adapter. Glue the free end of the short pipe into the open end of the reducer.

DIY Suspended Copper Pipe Paper Towel Holder | Squirrelly Minds

5 Screw the floor flange onto the bottom of your cupboard in the position you’d like. Place your paper towel roll on the pipe and you’re good to go!
DIY Suspended Copper Pipe Paper Towel Holder | Squirrelly Minds
Looking at all these steps you might be thinking “WTH TAN? You expect me to put this all together?”. It may look confusing on screen, but once you have all the pieces in front of you it really is quite simple to put together. Like I said above, even I could do it, and when it comes to handyman kind of stuff, that says a lot.
DIY Suspended Copper Pipe Paper Towel Holder | Squirrelly Minds

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