(Photography by Auxy Espinoza)
The Big-Ass Book of Crafts is packed with ideas for sprucing up your living space; concocting fabulous, all-natural body products; designing your own unique stationery; and creating countless other crafts that will convince your friends and loved ones that you're the secret love child of Martha Stewart (only much, much cooler). Forget crocheted doilies and itchy knit sweaters -- TLC's While You Were Out top designer Mark Montano has created stylish and imaginative projects that range from a Warhol-esque Ultrasuede iPod case to photo-adorned boxer shorts to African mask patio chairs to wooden night-light boxes. Divided into sections that include Outdoorsy (ideas to enhance your backyard), Dishing It Out (decorating plates using different techniques), You've Been Framed...© 2013 Mark Montano / Simon & Schuster · Reproduced with permission.
Lay 12 sticks down side by side to form a square.
Glue 2 sticks across from each other going the opposite direction to keep them all in place.
Start crisscrossing the sticks (using the width of your sticks as a guide) closer and closer to the center of the square each time until you have two sticks touching in the center and only room for one going across the top.
This will start to form a pyramid shape.
Make 5 of these structures.
Start a 6th square but stop when you have about 4 layers of sticks. This will be the center square where the medallion will be placed.
Time to attach your pieces together.
Place your 6 squares together to form the cross on top of a piece of newspaper and trace around it with a pencil.
Remove the squares and fill the cross that you just traced with sticks in a pattern that overlaps where each square touches.
Put glue on top of the sticks you placed on your tracing and then put your squares on top. This will keep your squares together.
Let dry overnight.
Put your wooden medallion in the center and youâ€™re done.