I did this project with Syd, but it can be done by anyone, big or small!
It just takes a few simple supplies:
- paper, pencil & scissors to make a pattern
- felt or other fabric and ribbon
- pins to hold things in place
- fabric glue, and/or hot glue (not for kiddos!)
- various sequins, jewels, etc. for embellishment
Then, just follow the simple steps pictured above.
Here are just a couple that we did on a rainy day. The pink one Sydney made to wear for Valentine’s Day!
Ever since Christmas, I have been working with Sydney to get rid of some old toys, and make room for the new ones. In doing so, I am also trying to make organizing her toys fun. She loves everything little, and has tons of tiny erasers, dolls, etc. So I took some old shoe boxes, paint, & markers, and made fun little homes for her favorite micro toys.
These cute little houses are fun & free to make, will help keep rooms clean, and can even be used to play! Doesn’t get better than that…
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Good Morning! Sydney and I are working on some fun DIYs to share with you this week, but in the meantime I am so excited and honored to be a part of the COM Top 25 this year. If you enjoy my blog, please take a quick 10 sec to vote. It really is that quick and easy, just click the link below, find me and click vote. That’s it!
The Sharpie mug DIYs have been done several times, and I always see them and love the idea, but don’t believe they actually hold up. So I put them to the test!
I picked up some inexpensive mugs & bowls, and some Sharpie permanent markers. I grabbed the typical black, a couple metallics, and a pack of silver & gold oil based markers.
I doodled away, popped them all in the oven at 350 for 30 min, let them cool fully, then soaped up a sponge and got to washing. Here are the results….
Typical black marker: Fail
Mix of typical black and metallic: No good
Oil based metallics: ding ding!
We have a winner!
One little tip, if you’re nervous to try this out because you might make a mistake… have no fear! Just put a little rubbing alcohol on a cloth and wipe away your booboos. As long as you fix it before baking, it’s all good! I found this to work for both the regular and oil based sharpies.
** I would never recommend using the markers on any surface that will come in contact with food or your mouth. I was sure to keep my designs away from the lip of my mugs, and I highly suggest you do the same!
** With washing I thoroughly scrubbed my mugs, but was sure to be more on the gentle side when washing over top of my designs.
Sydney and I are still working on a fun DIY today, something that will add a little sparkle to her wardrobe. While we finish that, I want to share these super easy and free personalized gift bags for giving bottles of wine, champagne, etc.
The only supplies you need are the brown bag the bottle came in, string or twine, and a sharpie. Feel free to doodle and get creative, perfect handwriting not required! But if you’d like a little help, you can always print something off and trace it!
Today I’m bringing back an old post from last spring. I originally posted this project on my old site Sunbutter & Jelly, and I wanted to get it back up on my blog to share with you! This is a super easy dollar store DIY. Using some spray paint and an x-acto, I turned these little plastic figures into photo / place card holders. I love the finished product, they add playfulness and humor to our decor!
Pick out the plastic animals of your choice.
Use an utility knife or x-acto to cut a slit in the top of the animal.
Be sure to cut deep enough to hold a card or pic, but don’t cut all the way through.
In a well ventilated and protected area, spray color of your choice.
Let dry, and then they’re ready to use!
You can even use them for place card holders. How cute would these be for a kids birthday party!?
I’m a little behind, but better late than never, so….Happy 2013! I must say it has been quite the year for me. To start things off, I put the finishing touches on our home, wiped tears from my eyes as I dropped Syd off for her first day at preschool, and then watched my blog go from a small side project to something I am proud to share with more people than I had ever imagined. I appreciate all of my followers, and send out a big thank you to all of you! I have a deep passion for design, and being able to share my ideas and inspire others makes me so happy! I am honored to start off the new year with a nomination for the COM Top 25 Creative Moms 2013.
I am getting ready for another year full of great projects, but first I wanted to take a moment and share some of my favorite projects from my first year of blogging and diy fun. Enjoy!
(see below for links to all tutorials)
Good Morning! The Holidays are fast approaching us, and I am finally going to take some time off. While I enjoy relaxing with family and friends, I have compiled my Christmas posts here to help you with some last minute ideas. Enjoy, and have a wonderful holiday!
I’ve had a busy month thus far, and am finally getting around to gift wrapping. Once I got started, the first thing I did was take a good look around the house for items I could reuse. I ended up with some leftover gift boxes and a few empty brie containers. With a little paint and a few embellishments, I completely transformed Continue reading →
Good morning! I am excited today is day one of the Coca-Cola Balanced Living Workshop! I’m looking forward to a day jam packed with healthy information! While I’m off learning with other Chicago moms, please enjoy some thank you gift cards I wrapped Continue reading →
Good Morning! For the last few days I have enjoyed being back on the West Coast. It’s been a rainy visit thus far, but a good one none the less. Great friends, great food, and an inspiring and peaceful visit to the Getty. Here’s a little glimpse of the weekend:
I recently started decorating our buffet, which acts as my mantel since we don’t have a fireplace, and I am excited to add my snowy scene apothecary jars to it! They have a pretty vintage feel, and are super easy and inexpensive to make. I picked up the trees and street lamps from the dollar store, and the fake snow was a couple bucks at the craft store. The apothecary jars are from Home Goods, and were a great deal.
I am in full force holiday decorating mode over here, and I’m excited to finally put up some garland I made awhile back when Syd and I were working on bowtie pasta hair bows, artwork, and father’s day cards. It’s a super easy project, and even fun for the kids!
You need bowtie pasta, white glue, paint brush, string, and glitter.
First, brush the pasta with glue, giving it a nice thick coat.
Cover the pasta with glitter. Allow to dry, and repeat on the backside.
After your glittered bows have dried completely, simply tie them onto string or yarn.
Repeat with as many bows as you’d like, making sure to secure each one with a double knot.
We also made a red version. These were done the same way, with just one added step. We first dyed the bows red using food coloring and rubbing alcohol. You can find the tutorial for coloring pasta here.
Have fun and get creative with your colors and string. We enjoyed using a red and white striped string, and even mixed the solid red and red glittered bows.
Good Afternoon! Today I finally got around to a project that has been on my list for some time now. Painting a couple of plain old cork coasters. Before they were boring and drab, and now they’re pretty and compliment our table nicely! Here’s how you can make your own: Continue reading →
Good morning, and happy Monday! After spending most of October focusing on Halloween projects and ideas, I have decided to take a break from the Holidays and focus on my usual diy, interior design, and kids craft posts. So today I bring you some clever and creative ideas for tackling those hallways that you just don’t know what to do with. There are some great ideas out there, and here are just a few.
To make a bold statement in our own hallway, I opted for a neutral paint color that really packed a punch. Charcoal walls create drama, and contrast nicely against the white woodwork. A collage of family photos adds a personal touch.
I found this amazing hallway on Savvy Home Blog. If you have the room, why not go for a hallway library. I love this look, and you could even put cabinet doors or bins on the bottom shelves for some extra storage space. Image via Coburn Architecture.
Sometimes more is more. And this hallway is the perfect example. If you have a long hallway and want to fill up those walls and create visual interest, tell a story with floor to ceiling, wall to wall collages. Image via Elle Decor.