Fun Washer Crafts from Your Local Seattle Hardware Store!

Fun Washer Crafts from Your Local Seattle Hardware Store! Greenwood HardwareThe hardware store may seem an unlikely place to visit when you are on a mission to do some crafting, but think again! There are endless possibilities when you allow your creative muse to lead the way. It goes beyond the endless paint color combinations. One very inexpensive and versatile material you will find in the hardware store is a washer. The small metal discs are a blank canvas, ready for you to transform into something fun and exciting. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has some fun ideas that involve washers and a little creativity. The kids will love these crafts as well!

Snowflake Coasters

This is a great project for the upcoming holiday season. Grab some washers in a variety of sizes, but all the same thickness. Arrange them in a cool, snowflake style pattern on a piece of wax paper or cardboard. Brush the design with clear, craft glue and let dry. For a little extra glitz, spray the coasters with a glitter spray paint. You could also transform your coasters into actual ornaments to hang on an outdoor or indoor tree.

Washer Necklaces

These are fun to make as inspirational jewelry. You can use paint or nail polish to personalize each washer with a name, a statement or even a date. Use leather string to hang the washers from. You can also make bracelets. This is a fun gift to give to a parent, with each child’s name and birthday written on a washer and threaded on the string.

Wind Chimes

If you love the tinkling sound of metal blowing in the wind, a washer wind chime is a fun way to personalize your deck or patio. You can use a large metal ring or a cool piece of driftwood as the center for your chime. Tie some fishing line around a washer (painted or plain) and then tie another washer a few inches down. Create several strands filled with washers and attach to the driftwood or whatever you have chosen as your center. Hang the chimes and enjoy the sound of your creativity!

Flower Necklace or Wall Decor

Use washers in a variety of sizes to make a pretty flower to hang on your wall or around your neck. Arrange your washers and paint with a glitter paint or another pretty color that suits your style. Use craft glue brushed over the design to hold it together. Flip the design over and apply another layer of glue. Allow to dry thoroughly and mount on a wall or attach to a chain to wear.

There are plenty of awesome designs you can make with those inexpensive washers found at the hardware store. You could even spell out words with washers and mount on your wall or put inside a frame. Head into Greenwood Hardware today and pick up all the washers you need to create some spectacular designs. Stop on in, or contact us today!

Spooky Decor Made with Hardware Store Finds

Spooky Decor Made with Hardware Store Finds - Greenwood HardwareIt’s that time of year when we transition from bright and cheery flowers and décor to those of a much darker nature in time for the fall season. Halloween is around the corner and if you want to make your decorations stand apart from the rest, head to the hardware store. You’ll find some excellent materials and resources to make some unique decorations that will be unlike any other on the block. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has some fun ideas for you to try!

Grommet Decorated Pumpkins

Carving pumpkins isn’t always the most fun job around. Things tend to get messy and getting the perfect silhouette can be a huge issue. Try decorating your pumpkins with grommets and aluminum wire found at the hardware store. The grommets can be painted black, pink, purple or whatever color you love. Gently pound the grommets into the pumpkin to create a nice pattern or scattered about. Use wire shaped with wire cutters to make swirls or even spell a word.

Spray painted Glitter Pumpkins and Squash

Add some serious sparkle to your front porch with some glitter spray paint. You can go with silver, gold or whatever color works for you. Change it up and add an assortment of colors to your arrangement. Yellow squash, pumpkins, and gourds can all be given the spray paint treatment for a quick and easy festive arrangement.

Chains

If you enjoy setting a spectacular scene, you can make some “chains” out of foam pipe insulation. This circular tube of foam is black and easily cut with a pair of scissors. Cut one-inch lengths from the foam. Then use the gap in each piece to interlock each piece to create a chain. Hang the foam chain over your door a make a ghost with an old white sheet for the chains to hang off.

Foam Insulation Sheets

Make your own cutouts with foam insulation sheets. These tend to come in a variety of sizes. You can make several decorations from a single sheet. Grab some spray paint and paint your decorations to complete the look. Ghosts, witches, pumpkins, tombstones or whatever your pleasure can all be easily crafted from the sheets.

These are inexpensive, fun ways for you to create your own holiday décor to suit your personal style. You’ll ensure your decorations are unlike anyone else in the neighborhood and you will save a bundle. Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up the supplies you need to create your spooky décor. Stop on in, or contact us today!

Stretching Your Pacific Northwest Flower Garden into Fall

Stretching Your Pacific Northwest Flower Garden into Fall - Greenwood HardwareAs the leaves start to change colors, you may be preparing to say goodbye to your beautiful flower beds. You don’t have to go into fall and winter with a cold, stark landscape. There are several plants that will provide a pop of color on a dreary fall day. Our team at Greenwood Hardware can help you get everything you need to transform your landscaping into a thing of beauty for the fall season.

  1. Paper Bush is a gorgeous hardy shrub that will provide your landscaping with a stunning addition all year round. In the winter, the pretty white and silver flowers cling to the bare branches, creating a spectacular scene.
  2. Snow Drops are pretty white flowers that hover close to the ground. These plants will bloom in late winter and early spring. The bulbs need to be put into the ground in the early fall. It is best to keep them in a place where they can ride out the hot summer with plenty of shade.
  3. The Burning Bush is a very common addition to many Pacific Northwest gardens. The bright, red and orange foliage in the fall is beautiful. The bushes can grow quite large and fill a normally bleak spot in the landscaping.
  4. Beautyberry is a unique shrub that will leave you in awe. Once the leaves drop off in the early fall, you will be left with stunning clusters of bluish purple berries. This is a stark contrast from the reds and yellows that are sure to be filling your yard.
  5. Japanese Blood Grass adds a deep burgundy color to your flower beds. In the late summer, small white flowers appear as the fall transformation begins. The grass can reach about eighteen inches tall.

Don’t let the fall days steal the color from your landscaping. Check out some of these bulbs, shrubs, and plants and add them to your yard now. You will find all the tools you need for planting your fall garden at Greenwood Hardware. Stop on in, or contact us today!

Start Your Fall Preparations By Installing a Door Sweep

Start Your Fall Preparations By Installing a Door Sweep - Greenwood HardwareIt may seem like you were just getting into the swing of summer and now it is time to start preparing for fall. The chilly wind is just around the corner! You can save money on your electric bill this winter by installing a door sweep. In fact, the door sweep will come in handy all year round. It keeps the cold air out in the winter and the hot air out in the summer while keeping the air inside your home—in! Our team at Greenwood Hardware can help you find what you need to install your door sweep.

Installing a door sweep is fairly easy. You will need a few tools:

  • Screwdriver
  • Putty knife
  • Tin snips or hacksaw
  • Drill

You may need more tools depending on the type of door sweep you buy and whether you need to remove an old, damaged door sweep.

Measure the width of your door before you buy your sweep. You don’t want a door sweep that is too small. If it is too big, that is okay. You will be cutting it to size. If you already have your door sweep, measure the width of the bottom of the door and then use your tape measure to mark the distance on the sweep. Cut the sweep with the tin snips or saw.

Line the sweep up against the bottom of the door, so the nylon brushes or the rubber strip is barely touching the floor. If the sweep is too low, it will be difficult to open and close the door. If it is too high, it will be ineffective.

Use a drill to attach the sweep on the inside of your door. Open and close the door a few times to make sure it isn’t too low.

That is all you need to do! It is a very simple task that only takes a few moments, but can save you a great deal of energy all year round. Head into Greenwood Hardware today to pick up what you need to make your home a little more energy efficient before the winter weather sets in. Stop on in, or contact us today!