Monday, May 26, 2014

Patriotic Windstock for Memorial Day/4th of July

Patriotic windstocks are great decorations for holidays. It's simple, cheap and easy for children!

Items I used:
1) Blue plastic cups
2) Star stickers
3) Paper streamers
4) Tape
5) Yarn or string

Apply star stickers to plastic cups, cut paper steamers to your desired length. Poke a hole in the bottom of the cup. Cut a piece of yarn and poke both ends through the hole in the cup. Pull through and tie into a big knot. Tape the paper streamers into the inside of the cup and you're done!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Children's Art Gallery

Really cheap and easy!

I bought 2 yard sticks at Home Depot (roughly 68 cents each) and spray painted them black to match my son's bedroom furniture. I had clothes pins on hand (no idea how I acquired them lol) and spray painted them silver. I redid my son's dresser in black and silver so this matches perfectly.

I used Gorilla Glue to glue the clothes pins in place. I would recommend Super Glue instead since Gorilla Glue expands and I can actually see the glue on this. I'll be sure to use super glue when I make my daughter's.

Be sure to space your clothes pins appropriately. I just eyed it visually with a sheet of 8.5x11 paper.

Drill two small holes into each yard stick and then screw them into place using a leveler. Drilling small holes in advance prevents the wooden yard stick from splitting when screwed into the wall. Dab some matching acrylic paint over the screws and you'll never seem them!

Easy End Table Makeover

I don't have the budget to buy brand new furniture. If I can turn something outdated and cheap into something classy looking, I'll definitely do it!

I found my end table at a used furniture store a few years ago for $25. It's in great shape and worked just fine with my living room decor, until I repainted the room and changed the look completely. Now the end table seemed outdated and didn't really match. Easy fix!

Beach in a Jar!

I found this awesome idea on Pinterest courtesy of!

I have several mason jars sitting around waiting on something creative to happen to them. I also live minutes from the beach! My kids did not complain a bit when asked to find shells for this project lol. 

I spray painted the lid to the mason jar instead of gluing twine, as shown on the original post. I cut a piece of orange rope we had lying around and with the kids help, we hand picked the best shells and made our Beach in a Jar :)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

DIY Entertainment Center turned Mud Closet

I try my best to re-purpose furniture I no longer need. I enjoy creating something new out of something old :)

I had an old school entertainment center that I've owned since I was single (looooong time ago), I couldn't decide if I should just sell it or make something new. What would I make?? I saw so many cute entertainment centers turned into children's play kitchens, etc on Pinterest. My kids are really too big for that though.

I ran across tutorials about how to build your very own "mud closet". Hmmm...mud closet to finally have a place for all the book bags and shoes? And I have an entertainment center I'm not using? LIGHT BULB!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Terracotta Jewelry Tower/Stand

I originally saw this idea on Pinterest, however there was no link to find directions on how to create it. This is super easy and anyone can do it!

Two really neat things about this tower:
1) It has many different uses
2) You can create it so many different ways, just by choosing different sizes for your terracotta pots and saucers.

Items I used:
1) Terracotta pots
2) Terracotta saucers/pots
3) Glorilla Glue
4) Acrylic craft paint/paint brush
5) Sanding block (rough grit)/optional
6) Glossy spray on clear coat
7) Self-adhesive craft felt/optional

I purchased my terracotta on sale at Home Depot and bought a tube of craft paint at Michael's. I chose Gorilla Glue since it works on porous surfaces. Everything else I had on hand :)

First arrange your pots and saucers to decide how you'd like the finishing product to look. Follow the glue instructions and glue all the pots and saucers together. I've since read that some others who have made these, choose not to glue all their pieces together. Whatever you prefer, be creative!

Once glue is set, paint the entire piece with the craft paint you chose. I wanted my tower to appear "antique" so I sanded edges and surfaces with a rough grit sanding block to remove a little bit of paint and add character to my piece!

To protect your tower I would definitely spray a clear coat over the entire piece. I used glossy since I already had that on hand.

Lastly, if you choose, add some self-adhesive craft felt to the bottom to prevent the tower from scratching surfaces. I definitely didn't want to scratch the paint on my new-ish "mud closet" I had just made!

As you can see, I chose to use mine for all my husband's junk lol. I keep this right at the front door so he can deposit all his belongings ;)

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