The Home Depot DIY Workshop: Grill Cart

Note: This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

It’s time for another Home Depot DIY Workshop, y’all! And this time I’ll be teaching you how to build a grill cart at The Home Depot in Jacksonville Beach, FL! How fun is that? Come hang out with me and learn to build a handy dandy grill cart for Dad! Or heck just bring your dad to the workshop to learn how to build the cart together. A one day early Father’s Day date? I think yes!

So, if you’re in the Jacksonville Beach, FL area, come hang with me on Saturday, June 20th! No worries if you are not, the free DIY Workshop will be happening at Home Depot’s across the country, click here to enter your zip code and find The Home Depot closest to you!

The Home Depot Workshops


The vertical planter workshop in April was a really fun! it was extra special for me because I got to be at my old neighborhood Home Depot in South Austin, and was greeted by one of my former students, who now happens to work at the Home Depot! Who would have thought?! If you missed it I’ve got the whole vertical planter tutorial up on the ol’ blog. My planter is going nuts with all of the rain we’ve had here in Austin. Check it out:

How to build a vertical planter

We are planning to build the grill cart out of cedar so that is can live permanently outside. We also want to try and make a little cubby in the cart to hold a cooler. We’ll see how that goes! Here’s the exact one I will be teaching you how to build at the Home Depot workshop:

The Home Depot DIY workshop

A few more fun tidbits:

If you live nearby one of these five cities, you can attend the grill cart DIY workshop with one of my fave blog peeps! Check it out:

  • Jaime – That’s My Letter  – Store #1286 – 4405 Milestrip Road, Buffalo, NY
  • Michelle – Decor and the Dog – Store #2104 – Southdale Shopping Center, Des Moines, IA
  • Katrina – Chic Little House – Store #1532 – 3870 Quebec Street, Denver, CO
  • Chris – Man Made DIY – Store #4706 – 11616 Aurora Avenue North, Seattle, WA
  • Jen- The House of Wood– Store #881 – 3670 Galleria Circle, Birmingham, AL

And if you are on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, join me and hashtag #DIYWorkshop to stay in the loop and join the DIY par-tay!

So, here are the workshop deets:

  • In-store workshops offer demonstrations with clear, step-by-step instructions for making easy home improvements to your home and yard. The workshop can give you the confidence boost you need to become an awesome DIY-er!
  • During this workshop, you can learn the skills that you need to create a grill cart, including how to safely and properly operate power tools, as well as how to calculate measurements, and follow a design plan. Y’all, sawing stuff is fun. Just sayin’.
  • DIY Workshops are held on Saturdays and Sundays throughout each month.
  • I will be in-store co-hosting this workshop on June 20th, so please let us know you’ll be attending and REGISTER HERE!

Get out the ol’ calendar, tell all of your friends, and mark down June 20th for a DIY workshop at The Home Depot!

Where: 3790 Third Street South, Jacksonville Beach, FL32250

When: Saturday, June 20th

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Cost: FREE!

High five to building things and meeting YOU in person!

*I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this Workshops Program. As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. This post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.


How to make string art with 100+ kids

The actual Art of Giving event happened on April 11th. It was a super fun event where kids (patients from the hospital and from the community) made collaborative art projects with local artists, and each piece of art was sponsored by a local business. Y’all, a business actually paid $10,000 for the piece of art that me and 100+ kids made together! Crazy freakin’ town. The money raised benefited the Child Life Art and Music Therapies Endowments at Dell Children’s Medical Center. How awesome is that?

The challenge was thinking up an art project that could be made with 100+ kids, and be worthy of hanging in a fancy office building! Here’s what we did (I say we because my mom and Andy helped a lot with the prep work!):

How to make string art with 100+ kids!

What you need to make string art:

  • 3/4 inch plywood (possibly a saw or ask Home Depot to cut your board down to size)
  • 4 boxes of Linoleum nails (Easy to find in the hardware section at Home Depot)
  • Drill with a 1/16th drill bit
  • Template (
  • Triple Thick Polyurethane
  • Hammer
  • Yard stick
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Sharpie
  • Paper plate or card stock (to make a string holder: only necessary if you are working with kids so that the floss doesn’t get so tangled)

String art is so fun and fairly simple to make. First, you need a board. We used a scrap piece of 3/4 inch plywood we had leftover from another project and cut it down to a 3 feet by 3 feet square. Andy sanded it to make it nice and smooth. Depending on the quality of your plywood, you may or may not need to sand it first. I used this awesome new Triple Thick Polyurethane Rustoleum product and painted a clear coat over the board. Literally one coat and it looked like 3 coats, thus the name, Triple Thick. Freakin’ greatness.

So, now that your board is prepped, you need to decide what you want to string. In my opinion, simple is better and easier.  We did “Q2” because that is name of the company that was sponsoring my art piece. Next, you have to make a template so that you know where to place the nails. is a free site that allows you to enlarge any image. Once all 8 pages were printed and taped together, I centered and taped them on the plywood board, like so:

How to make string art

Now, it’s time to put in the nails! I measured and made a dot every half of an inch. I decided on half an inch because I wanted to make sure the curve of the “Q” and “2” were well defined. If your are planning on stringing something less curvy, you can probably space the nails out more. While I was measuring, Andy used a 1/16th drill bit and pre drilled holes for the linoleum nails. Then, we used a hammer and nailed each nail into the pre drilled hole. We ran out of nails mid “2”, and…

How to make string art

… I left to go to Snap. It’s a blog conference for creatives that happens every year in Salt Lake City. My mom came to town to watch Max for the night and I was waking up super early to hop on a plane to go to Salt Lake City. Andy and Mom to the rescue! They finished up the nails on the outside border so that it would be ready to go when I got home late on Friday night. The kiddos were showing up to craft at the Art of Giving on Saturday morning at 10am! A note about the border of nails, I did what is called reverse string art. So the string is in the negative space, and the “Q2″ stays wood. I decided to do this so that there was more space for kids to string! Right before the kids starting pouring in, I decoded to string a strand of floss as an example.

String artAnother last minute detail that made a huge difference was making these little string organizers out of paper plates. I just cut a butterfly shape in a paper plate and wrapped an entire strand of embroidery floss around each one.  I did not want to deal with untangling floss all day. These little guys worked perfectly. These little organizers also helped with crowd control. I had 4 of these ready to go and set one up on each side of the board. So at any one time, I could have 4 kiddos working on string art.

How to make string art with kids

I mean how cute is spiderman working on string art? (All of the pictures below are from the Zachary Conley Photography!)

How to make string art


It was so interesting to see what kind of “stringer” a kid was. From my 8 hours of observation, there were 3 types 1) Orderly: Some kids liked to string a very orderly method, see the red diagonal lines above the “2” in the bottom right corner of the picture? 2) Crazy:  Some kids (me!) are spider webber’s, just zig the string every which way. 3) Borders: A few kids liked to loop the string around the border nails to make straight lines.

String art

And here is the finished product! I also really like how it ended up being color blocked, basically in rainbow order! The red starts in the upper right hand corner, and then blends to orange and yellow. And then Green is in the lower right hand corner, and blends to blue, indigo and violet in the upper left hand corner! That was not the plan at all, just a happy little accident! Oh and tomorrow, I actually get to go to Q2’s office and be a part of presenting the art piece to the entire company! (I’m sure I’ll share a pic or 2 via insta, if you are interested.)

String artHave you ever done a collaboartive art project? With Kids? Adults? I’m all about it! So fun :) I mean what an awesome idea for a fundraiser, right?! Oh and for tons more pics, check out the Dell Children’s Trust facebook page!