a manly d.i.y. gift

Even though he shares a birthday with my sis, we waited to give the brother-in-law his gift until he arrived.  I was trying to think of something that was useful, yet handsome and still “manly.”  My idea — a firewood carrier.  My parents keep one next to their fireplace and it got me thinking of how I could make my own.   One quick trip to Jo-Ann’s and I had the pieces in tow: 1/2 yard of canvas, 3 yards jute, (2) wooden dowels, (2) monogram stickers — yes stickers!  (I totally cheated!)  Add 2 hours of prep, labor, a snack break, and photos and you have the perfect brother-in-law hand-made gift.  (Can I still consider it manly even if it’s monogrammed?!)  See for yourself…

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