Make Your Own Plate Hanger

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When my husband and I were living in Idaho, we lived in an apartment that had space above the cabinets. Of course I had to use this space for decoration. Decorative plates seemed to be pretty popular in kitchens, so I painted some of our old plastic plates and displayed them above our cabinets.

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Once we moved into our current home, the cabinets did not have room for any type of decor {or storage for that matter}. You can imagine my disappointment. Where was I suppose to put my cute decorative plates?! And then it hit me… The wall!! Of course. So many other people put their plates on the wall in the kitchen. But how? Unlike picture frames or other wall decor that already have wall hanging hardware attached on the back, how on earth was I suppose to hang a plate?!

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Here is an easy and simple solution to such a dilemma.

Paper clips and hot glue.

YES! It is literally that easy. Just take a paper clip and hot glue it to where you want it on the back of your plate. Let it dry and hang it on the wall!

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Now I have a place to display my fun and colorful plates!

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DIY $1 Mini Chalkboard

I’m obsessed with chalkboards. They are one of my favorite things to decorate my home with. Retail stores will charge an outrageous amount for cute chalkboards, so why not make your own for close to nothing?

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DIY $1 mini chalkboard

This project literally only cost me $1. I already had the supplies needed to create the chalkboard, so all I needed was a “board” to write chalk on. I went to my nearest Dollar Store and purchased this silver tray for only a buck.

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I spray painted the middle with chalkboard paint and used a fun bright blue acrylic paint for the edge. After the paint dried, I hot glued a burlap bow to the back to hang it on the wall in my kitchen. Now I have a fun new inexpensive decor item for my home!!

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Patio Bench Makeover

Our back patio has been needing a little TLC as of late, and since we are trying to selling the house for my mother I thought giving it an easy and inexpensive patio bench makeover would be just the thing for this sad looking patio.

We decided to build an easy brick fire-pit for the middle of the patio and repaint the bench to match the house color better. The fence behind the bench was rusting and I honestly cannot remember the last time someone painted that old thing. Isn’t it amazing what a little paint can do?! Here are the before and after pictures.

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Now that is a bench more appealing to sit on! Time to break out the smores and have a party!

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Bar Stool Re-Cover

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A few years ago (umm… maybe like 7), we bought some cheap- but- ok- looking counter height stools from Target (I think). They had a cushion covered in microfiber that I successfully kept clean for several years. Then 3 toddler boys happened. And mod podge. So, yeah,  fast forward to now, and they are filthy and un-cleanable.

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Instead of pulling the seat apart and re-upholstering the seat, which was a viable option, I chose to make a removable cover so that next time one of my darling, dear, stinkers wipes the rest of their dinner on the seat I can just throw it in the washer.

I had a ton of sturdy black fabric that used to be a futon cover, and I decided that fabric would work perfectly for this project- waste not, want not!

First I measured the diameter of the bar stools, added about 6 inches, and cut out one circle with the larger diameter for each stool.

Next, I serged around each circle and prepared to sew a casing by pinning the edge in at intervals around the whole circle. I learned of a better method afterward on On The Cutting Floor , that I would use if I had to do it again.Collages5

With the casing done, I threaded elastic through and sewed the ends together. The result looked a lot like a huge gothic shower cap. Haha. Until I put it on the barstool- much better, no?

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I think I will spray the covers with Scotch Guard or something similar to cut down on how often I have to wash the covers, but it’s so nice to have the option now!

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Ahh, much better, don’t you agree? And free isn’t a bad price for this “Make it do” project.

Baby TOMS Shoes Tutorial

One of my favorite things about being a mom is dressing my baby boy up in beyond adorable clothes. Lately I’ve been itching to get him some stylin’ shoes. I mean, what’s more fun than tiny baby shoes… correction–tiny baby TOMS!?! Yes, you read that right, baby TOMS. I saw them on Pinterest and about died from the overload of cuteness. I absolutely had to make them right away!

I found the original pattern and tutorial from Homemade Toast. She has got some amazing sewing talent!

1. Cut out the pattern

You can find it on the link above at Homemade Toast.

2. Cut out your fabric

I used minky fabric for my inner lining for extra comfort.

3. Sew the back part

With right sides together, sew 1/4″ seam allowance in a straight line.

4. Sew elastic in back part

Fold in half and press. Sew a little more than 1/4″ seam allowance in a straight line along the top. I used 1/4″ elastic to pull through. Be sure to leave a little extra elastic sticking out of the ends when you are done.

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Pull elastic from one side to tighten fabric to your desired stretchiness. Stitch in place to hold. I did a zigzag stitch along the side to make sure the elastic didn’t go anywhere.

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5. Sew the center part

Cut and fold the triangle shapes as shown by the pattern. Press folds well.

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Place right sides together and line triangle shapes up. Sew along the top with 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Turn it right side out and press.

Sew elastic by inserting along top of center strap and stitching with 1/4″ and 1/2″ seam allowances (the “V” shape design).

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Place center strap over toe piece. This part may get kind of confusing, but meet the bottom of the center strap with the middle fold of the toe piece. Stitch with 1/8″ seam allowance.

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6. Baste the toe piece

This part is tricky, but just follow the pattern as close as you can. Fold along the dotted lines to create a nice smooth curve around the toe. Pin and sew 1/4″ seam allowance. Don’t fret if you can’t get the pleats perfect. Personally, I don’t think it needs to be perfect.

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7. Sew front to the back

Sewing along the same two lines on the center strap, attach the front to the back.

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8. Attach the sole

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Before you start pinning, make sure the entire shoe is inside-out. Now pin the sole to the top and back. Pin like crazy. You can never have too many pins, in my opinion. The more you have the easier it will be to keep all the pleats and seams in place, especially since it is such a tiny shoe.

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Sew with 1/4″-1/2″ seam allowance.

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Now turn it right side out and admire your awesome work!!! The best part is putting them on your little baby’s feet! Enjoy the cuteness. :)

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DIY Front Door Flower Basket

This was truly a fast, easy, and cheap DIY. Start to finish, my flower basket took about 30 minutes. I planned on using hot glue to hold the flowers in place, but that proved to be unnecessary with the floral foam- more on that later. I actually had everything I needed to make this already in my stash, but I got the flowers from the dollar store in years past, the burlap ribbon 50% off at Hobby Lobby, and the metal basket was given to me probably 10 years ago and I just never knew what to use it for before now. So it was probably around $10 out of pocket for me. Here’s a quick tute:

Here are the materials you’ll need: 1) Dollar Store flowers, 2) Metal hanging basket (I’ve seen lots of wicker baskets too, check thrift stores. You can always spray paint it if needed), 3) Floral foam- I cut a small piece off a much larger piece I had leftover from this project with a serrated knife. I have seen this at the dollar store though, and 4) Burlap Ribbon- enough to make a nice looking bow and possibly wrap around the basket.

First, wedge the styrofoam into the basket tightly, so it won’t come out easily. Then, just poke the stems of the flowers into the foam, arranging whatever pattern you like as you go. You could secure each piece with hot glue, but it’s probably unnecessary. I have had my basket out for several weeks, and even with canyon winds blowing at night, it still looks exactly the same.

Attach the burlap ribbon to the basket either by tying or hot glue, make a bow, and hang. Optionally, you can glue some pieces of felt to the back of the basket to keep it from scratching the door if that is a concern.

I’m happy with how this project turned out.  Hopefully my next “porch beautification” project using live flowers this time goes as well! 😉

My Christmas Glitter Etravaganza- a little late :)

Yes, I know it’s March, but sometimes life happens and you take forever to write about Christmas. (It’s still winter-ish right? No. It’s spring. Oh well.)

So this Christmas I wanted to give gifts from the heart. I also didn’t want to spend $101,283,047,484.99 on Christmas gifts, because we’re newlyweds. And we have huge families. And sometimes Christmas is hard. So I did what any crafter would do and started looking around my craft room and on Pinterest.

I recently acquired a TON of different colors of glitter, and I’ve been accumulating blank canvases like a hoarder, thinking I’d remember how to paint some day. That still hasn’t happened, so I’ve had quite the display of white ‘art.’
Lately deer silhouettes have been really popular in home decor, and so awhile back I wanted to do something cute for my office (I’ve been there 6 months and I have nothing on the walls in my office still. People keep asking me if I’m planning on leaving. I’ll get on that ASAP- posts to follow. At least I have a window..).
So I found one of my tiny canvased, printed out and traced a little reindeer silhouette and then I found some Elmer’s glue and my gold glitter. 3 minutes later I had made this cute little bad boy that sits on the bookshelf in my office: (I recently added some twine to it so I can hang it on the wall, but I’ll post on that later too).
Then I forgot about it.
UNTIL Christmas was around the corner. I thought this would be a great Christmas to DIY my gifts, but I completely Pinterest-failed making an ornament wreath for my Mother in Law (it wasn’t terrible, but not Mother-in-Law-gift-worthy. More like hang outside where its mostly dark and nobody-will-look-at-it-closely-worthy). I really like to give Christmas-themed gifts, and then I remembered the glitter deer and a light bulb went off: RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER!!
I found an 8×10 canvas, so all I needed was a printed out version of the silhouette (I used a different reindeer silhouette with a more prominent nose so the red nose would pop), Elmer’s glue and Gold and Red glitter. I think I spent less than $4 and I think it turned out pretty cute! It was a big hit with my Mother-in-law, (and I made one for my parents and sister and a friend too!)
Previous to my reindeer epiphany, I had found the cutest little tiny canvases at Walmart and I really wanted to do something with them. I made ornaments for my husband’s siblings (and I forgot to take photos :(, but they are cute!) and I still had some left over. I thought they might be cute if I attached them to some twine in a banner, so I decided to make this one for Rochelle’s family:
And then I made this one for our youngest sister Anna:
At this point I was having a glitter-frenzy and I was on a roll. Our friend Lindsay got married right before Christmas as well, and we had no time to go buy a gift. I’ve seen cute monogram wedding gifts before, so to finish off my Christmas glitter extravaganza,  I took another canvas I had laying around and made this little number with their wedding date:
Suffice it to say, this Christmas definitely glittered. 

DIY Can Stilts

Warm, sunny days are becoming limited around here, so we decided to make the most of the good weather and make these stilts. This is a fun activity that I remember doing as a child, and my kids didn’t really even know what stilts were, so I though this would be fun to do with them.

I used #10 food storage cans that were going to be recycled anyway, but you could use any sturdy metal can (like a large soup can).  Just use your judgement on if it is strong enough/ big enough for your child.

My 4 year old loved being my helper and the look on his face when he tried the stilts for the first time was priceless.

Here’s how to make your own tin can stilts:

1. Gather your materials. You’ll need two metal cans that are the same size, some twine or strong cord, scissors to cut the cord, a thicker- sized nail, and a hammer.

2. Using the nail and hammer, make two holes- one each on opposite sides of the can, just under the rim of the sealed end of the can.

3. Cut a length of cord or twine and poke each of the ends through the holes you just made.  The length you should cut the twine depends on the height of your child.  When they are standing on the stilts, the twine should come high enough that they can grip it easily but have no slack in the string (slack makes it easier to fall off or trip).

4. Tie the ends of the twine together inside the can for a hidden knot- or, if you want easier adjusting, string it though the opposite way, with the knot at the top where the handhold is.

5. Repeat steps for the other can.

Photo credit goes to my 4 year old!

Test it- you know, quality control!  Remember that the strings need to be pulled very tight as you walk in order to keep the cans next to your feet to avoid tripping or falling. It may take a little practice!

My first grader wanted to get in on the fun when he got home from school and both boys spent about an hour tromping in and out of the garage and down the sidewalk.

Yay for homemade (recycled) toys!  Do you remember making stilts like this as you were growing up?