Easy Halloween DIY // Headless Horseman Costume

There is nothing I love more than a project that takes me so far out of my comfort zone that I literally stress for weeks, brainstorming and then scrapping most of my ideas. Probably sounds weird, but that process is often crucial for me to arrive at the magical spot that lives smack in the middle between awesome and simple. When my monthly challenge as a Michaels Maker rolled through with the ask being for us to create a costume, I seriously panicked because as many of you know - I don't do clothing... I can buy clothing with the best of them, but make or even embellish clothing - not my strong suit.

But I think I found that sweet spot because this costume is super easy to create and is equal parts spooky and adorable. It has the feel of the costumes from long ago without the complicated construction of those intricate paper maché masks. Yahoo for that.

DIY // Headless Horseman Costume

So let's get at it. Here is what you will need

MATERIALS // I recommend black clothing with this costume. You can choose either black pants and a shirt or if you want to get precise, a black pants with a formal suit jacket that has longer tails would be appropriate.

Half Craft Pumpkin

Craft Knife

Ribbon or Elastic Band

Copper Wire

Needle Nose Pliers or small jewelry pliers

Face Paint

Spooky Cloth

Horse Stick

DIY // Headless Horseman Costume

The half pumpkins come in a few sizes so you can choose the appropriate size for the person this costume is intended for. You are going to start by lightly drawing a face on your half pumpkin, then carefully carve it out using a sharp craft knife.

DIY // Headless Horseman Costume

Once your face is carved, you will create the strap with ribbon or elastic bands. I used elastic bands since I am making this for smaller kiddos. You will need to create a small hole about the size of a pea using your craft knife. Place it about 1/2 inch in from the sides and up near the top about even with the top of your eyes.

DIY // Headless Horseman Costume

Cut a 5 inch piece of copper wire and fold it into a figure 8. It helps if you start at what will be the middle and create a small loop, then the opposite loop and continue wrapping into a figure 8 shape until you have about 1/2 inch remaining. With that remaining section, wrap the center and using your needle nose pliers, crimp in the center so that the end is around the backside along with your starting end.

DIY // Headless Horseman Costume

Pull one end of your elastic band through the hole and slide your copper bow tie through the loop with the sharp edges against the pumpkin.

DIY // Headless Horseman Costume

If this costume is for a little one, you can probably use one band like you see here. If your kiddo is bigger, use two straps like you see two images up. Create your second strap hole if you haven't already and a second copper wire bow tie. Pull the other end of your band, or one end of your second band, through you hole. Use something to help you poke it through if need be.

DIY // Headless Horseman Costume

This is what it will look like when you have it finished if you are using one strap for a smaller kiddo. For a double strap, you can simply tie them together for your big kid or adult.

Easy Halloween DIY // Headless Horseman Costume

Super simple and super fast to whip this together. Now finish things off by using a bit of black face paint so it looks hollow inside and drape a bit of spooky cloth over their heads and around their shoulders. This isn't required of course, but certainly adds to the tattered clothing look. Wear black pants and a black top and grab your horse stick for a wild night of trick or treating. An orange pumpkin basket would be a good accessory for this too!


This project was created in partnership with Michaels as part of my ongoing series of projects as a Michaels Maker! All crazy and opinions are 100% my own.

Still haven’t decided what you’re going to be? Check out the other 49 DIY costumes from the Michaels Makers and you might just find the perfect one for you, your kiddos or your beloved pet this Halloween-- they’re to die for! Whether you’re into spooky sights, playful pumpkins or giggling ghouls, the Michaels.com Halloween project page has tons of ideas for DIY Halloween costumes and décor

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The Design Confidential DIY // Freestanding Copper Towel Rack

You guys!! I am in love with this project because it's pretty, but it also happens to solve a major problem in the setup of my master bathroom - which is that there are no towels racks within easy reach of the shower. Our shower is long and while there is a towel hook inside the shower area, it is too high for me to reach, and not long enough for me to try something fancy. This leaves a towel bar outside of the shower area, but it's outside the shower just enough that I have to fully get out to grab a towel and that is just not my fave.

So today I bring you my easy solution. If you need a similar solution or you need a place to hang blankets, this is a great project for you too! If this is your first time checking in on this series, you can catch up here and here, but essentially I will be bringing you a new project each month using one of the many fabulous Bernzomatic Torches! It is a whole new skill set for me, and maybe for you too so we will learn together along the way! Today our project brings a whole new type of metal joining in brazing which is similar to soldering, only it tends to form a stronger joint. This is important for us here since we don't have a typical joint with metal inside of metal but two independent pieces that we are joining.

The Design Confidential DIY // Freestanding Copper Towel Rack

Here is what you will need to make this project happen...

Safety is extremely important when you are playing with fire... so be sure to wear gloves, goggles and glasses to shield yourself from debris and burns. For this project in particular, it has tricky angles you will be working on so having a flame protector will let you work in an outdoor area without damaging your concrete or stone.


2 - Copper Pipe - 1/2" x 10 feet

2 - 1/2" Copper Pipe Caps

4 - 1/2" Copper Elbows

Pipe Cutter

Bernzomatic TS8000 Self Igniting Torch Head

Flame Protector

Sanding Cloth

Metal Files

Safety Glasses / Outdoor




Copper Brazing Rods

The Design Confidential DIY // Freestanding Copper Towel Rack

Cut your pipes to length and attach your pieces. You can cut your pieces to any length that works for your space or needs, just remember that whatever you use this for will probably need room to hang down a bit. My cut lengths are 4 feet for the tall legs and 3 1/2 feet for the shorter legs - you will need 2 of each of these. My mid sections are 20 inches and 19 inches.

Attach your elbows to the tops of both shorter legs and then attach your shorter mid section. It will make a U-Shape. Do the same for the taller section with your longer mid section.

The Design Confidential DIY // Freestanding Copper Towel Rack

Once you have both sections formed, you will want to find your best angle. By this I simply mean that whatever your lengths ended up being, they will have their own set of angles they will rest at, without being wobbly. To find my angles, I wrapped the legs together with some string placing the shorter legs on the inside and simply adjusted till they felt sturdy enough. They were roughly 22 inches (my taller leg) and 25 inches (my shorter leg) from where they met to the ground which means they were not making a perfect X-Shape and were instead more horizontal on the shorter leg.

Since this project precludes you from using clamps or a vice grip, you should mark both of you legs with lines that represent the angle of the other leg and then the actual dot point where they will connect. Mark them on the outsides of the legs so you can leave your markings intact when you clean your pieces. This will help you later when you need to re-position them since leaving them tied isn't an option either...

The Design Confidential DIY // Freestanding Copper Towel Rack

Once you know your angles, you are ready to clean your pipes - yep I said it. Use your sanding cloth and sand until it shines my friends, but try and avoid sanding off your marks. If you want to sand your entire piece now before you braze, go for it, just keep in mind you will have to re-sand a relatively large section afterward to remove the heat marks. At a minimum you will need to sand the area where your legs will meet and the entire area around your joint. This is to ensure a good connection and will help your brazing rods do their job.

The Design Confidential DIY // Freestanding Copper Towel Rack

Once you are ready to roll, lay out your flame protector and position your legs according to your marks. You don't have to leave your sections connected for this part, and in fact you would be doing yourself a favor by removing the elbows and mid sections for each unit while you braze these babies together.

// You will want to have a bucket of water nearby - just in case - or if you are outside, you can use your hose. If you are working near flammable materials - move them or move your work area - and if you have plants, trees, or mulch that might catch fire, you should give your surrounding area a good hosing before you get started.

The Design Confidential DIY // Freestanding Copper Towel Rack

You will want to flux the heck out of your pipes and you may even want to dip your brazing rod into the flux because heat and oxygen equal oxidation which is the enemy of brazing effectively. Trust. Brush it on and ready your torch because you won't want this to sit too long before you get to work. It makes a difference.

For a snippet about using your torch, follow the instructions on the package, and also read here - It took me a second to figure out the trigger (because duh, I didn't look at the diagram, and only read the directions...)

The Design Confidential DIY // Freestanding Copper Towel Rack

The main difference between our last project and this one is that brazing produces a stronger joint, but it also has a higher melting point so it will require more heat to melt your brazing rod. Just as we did with soldering, we will heat the joint and when it's hot enough, the joint will melt the rod. We won't heat the rod directly. So light this baby up and start to move your flame over the section of your pipes where you have your flux. You will want to heat your joint until you see it glow, which is far longer than necessary with solder and for me this part took a couple of minutes at least.

Once you see your pieces glow, move the heat to another part of your pipe so it continues to heat but isn't heating where you will be working. Then touch your brazing rod between the pipes and see if it is hot enough to flow. It took a few tries for me to get to this point where my pipes were hot enough to actually melt my brazing rod so if you see that it isn't happening, move your rod aside and heat a bit more, then try again.

If you notice that your pipes have oxidized before you manage to melt your rod, let them cool so you can clean them and flux them again then apply your heat in the same manner you previously did. This will help you get to where you need to be since the oxidation keeps the brazing rods from working their magic.

The Design Confidential DIY // Freestanding Copper Towel Rack

Once your joint has been created for both leg units and your pipes look thoroughly charred, let your pieces cool completely and use your files to remove any clumpy sections of your brazing material. If you don't have any clumpy or messy spots, then simply use your sanding cloth to remove your heat marks and you are ready to piece things back together!

The Design Confidential DIY // Freestanding Copper Towel Rack

If you want to spray your towel rack with a waterproofing sealer, go for it. The oxidation and patina of copper is quite beautiful, but I hardly thing you want rusty towels. Enjoy!


This awesome-sauce project was created in partnership with Bernzomatic and is part of an ongoing series between that fabulous company and The Design Confidential! Yahoo. All crazy talk and opinions are 100% my own... you know - as per the usual.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Over Sized Modern Rectangular Planter

I realize it has been a tad quiet on the western front around here... life has been chaotic and crazy for the last couple of months and I am struggling with the age old work / life balance issue - surprise, surprise... Especially now as the temps begin to drop and the seasons change, I am feeling the need to breath a little life into my home. If you are too, then this project should help! This over sized modern planter is perfect for adding a bit of greenery to your to your space. With such an easy build, this beauty is easy to adjust in size to suit your needs - no scary math, just increase or decrease and add soil!

As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. Don't forget... for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Over Sized Modern Rectangular Planter

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Over Sized Modern Rectangular Planter

2 - 1x12 at 8'

1 - 2x2 at 6'

1 - 2x4 at 8'

Cut List
  • 2 - 1x12 at 27" - Bottom
  • 2 - 1x12 at 28 1/2" - Box
  • 2 - 1x12 at 22 1/2" - Box
  • 2 - 2x4 at 24" - Frame
  • 3 - 2x4 at 12" - Frame

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Over Sized Modern Rectangular Planter

Cut your bottom boards to length and give them a good sanding. This would be a good time to seal each portion of your planter individually to protect your wood.

Step 2
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Over Sized Modern Rectangular Planter

Attach your frame to the bottom of the bottom boards. Attach as shown here and secure using wood glue and your 2" wood screws.

Step 3
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Over Sized Modern Rectangular Planter

Create your box. You can secure using pocket hole screws or simply a countersink bit and standard wood screws. If you choose to use pocket hole screws, create your pocket holes for 3/4" material and place pocket holes on the shorter sides. Secure with wood glue and your 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. If using wood screws, clamp your boards together and set with glue. Then pre-drill using your countersink bit, and secure using your 1 1/4" wood screws. Once your box is secured, seal and let dry.

Step 4
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Over Sized Modern Rectangular Planter

Attach your box to the bottom boards. You can do this by placing a scrap of your 2x4 so it sits under the edges to support the box. Then glue and pre-drill using your countersink bit. Secure with your 1 1/4" wood screws.

Step 5
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Over Sized Modern Rectangular Planter

Attach your supports in the corners. Use glue and 2" wood screws and secure to both sides in an alternating pattern from the inside and down the length of the support.

Step 6
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Over Sized Modern Rectangular Planter

Drill holes using a 3/8" or 1/2" drill bit on the bottom for drainage. Using a small brush or q-tip, seal the edges of your drainage holes. Once your sealer has fully cured, add soil and plants! Yahoo.

Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School


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