24 Days of Christmas: Christmas Trees from Styrofoam Cones


I found some of these Styrofoam cones on clearance at Michael’s and I wondered what I could make with them.


I quickly started perusing Pinterest and I found a host of awesome ideas, like this one:


While I liked this idea, I decided to go with something I already had in my stash.


I used hot glue to secure the edges to the cone, and then I just wrapped it around. When I finished, this is what I had:


I put them in my daughter’s room. These sweater trees are so cute, and the pink is so perfect in my girls’ room.

What Christmas DIY have you done lately?

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24 Days of Christmas: Picture Frame Candle Lantern 

I don’t know about you, but I love lanterns. I have them all over the house! I love them because they are very versatile- you can use them to decorate for almost any season.

But did you know they are super easy to make?

First, I bought four super cheap frames from Dollar Tree. Then, I took the back and the paper out of them.

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Then, glue them together at the sides. Leave the glass right where it is.

Then, pop your favorite candle inside and light it.

The options for this one are endless. You can use more frames if you want. You can use three frames and make a triangular lantern. You can even make your lantern with different color frames. It’s completely and totally up to you.

Have a wonderful day! Tomorrow, we’ll be sharing popsicle stick ornaments.
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Make something Monday: 5 Easy Burlap Crafts

Let’s chat for just a minute about burlap and all the cool things you can do with it. Burlap is a nubby fabric with a lot of weight and texture. It fits right in with my farmhouse style home, which is a good thing, because there is burlap ALL over my house.

I thought I’d share five of my favorite burlap crafts with you today. Of course, these are in no particular order. They were also pretty cheap and easy to make.

 

  1. Cover old books with burlap

Covering old books with burlap is a great way to add some texture to your bookshelves or mantles. You can then use the fabric covered books as risers to add height to your decor. These old books were purchased from the thrift store and used as risers for this “plant.” You can read more about this project here.

2. Framed Burlap Art

Did you know you can print on fabric? You can, and you can even do this with a desktop printer. I downloaded a graphic from Wedding Chicks and printed it onto my burlap. Read about it here. 

3. Clip frames with burlap backgrounds

I also created some clip frames with burlap backgrounds to go with this. You can read more about how I created this project here. 

 

4. Burlap table runner (No sew)

I simply cut this burlap into a strip to create this table runner. No gluing or sewing was involved. In just a few minutes, I was able to get a cute table runner that goes with my farmhouse look.

5. Farmhouse inspired burlap and lace candles

Most recently, I’ve created these farmhouse candles. They were simple, cheap and easy to make, and I made them with materials I already own. You can read about how I did it here. 

I’m sure I’ll soon have more burlap projects to show you. Have a wonderful Monday!

 

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Make it Monday: Turn an ugly painting into a cute chalkboard 


It all started when I went into a local thrift shop last week.


I apologize if you like this sort of thing, but I do not. I did like the frame, though, and at barely $10, the price was right.

I took it home and started painting over the ugly painting with chalkboard paint.


I put on one coat


I let it dry, and then added a second one.


Then, I used chalk paint to paint the frame white. It took two coats.


Then, I rubbed chalk all over it to season it, and erased it. If you don’t do this, you can never erase your chalk board.


And then I hung it in my pantry, and I’m using it to help plan meals.

What thrift store makeovers have you done recently?

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Make it Mondays: Lined baskets from diaper baskets


As the mother of an almost two year old, I’ve got a ton of diaper boxes. They come in handy for a number of things: passing hand me downs to friends and even DIY storage.

You can cover them with fabric and make some super cute bins:


Did you know you can use them to make lined “baskets” as well?

All you need is jute twine, high temperature hot glue sticks and an old pillowcase.


First, cut the flaps off your diaper box.


Then, Start gluing your rope to the box. You’ll want to do the opposite of what I did and start from the bottom, though. #trialanderror


Repeat until your whole box is covered.


Keep going…


Almost there…


How far I got before running out of rope…and why you should start from the bottom.


Then go get your pillow case and slip it around your box. It won’t be an exact fit and that’s ok.

Not bad, huh?

I’m planning to make some more of these and use them in our new family room. But for now, it’s corralling some glass vases in my China hutch.


So, does anyone wanna send me some diaper boxes? Have a great day!

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Kids’ Valentine’s craft: fortune cookie crafts


Last weekend, the girls and I made these cute Valentines bookmarks.


This weekend, we took a different approach and made some super cute fortune cookie Valentines.


I got the idea from something I’d seen in this month’s Better Homes and Gardens.

First, get some pretty paper or foam sheets. We used foam.


Then, trace the bottom of a wine glass and cut out your circle.


Cut a pipe cleaner to the length of the circle and glue it in the middle.


Fold over your circle and crimp the pipe cleaner in the middle.


You can even tuck a cute little message in the “cookie.”


I hope you enjoy making these cute little Valentines.

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21-day challenge: craft supplies

We bought this armoire off Craigslist two years ago to store my craft supplies.


My craft cabinet really needed some help. It used to be my dirty little secret.
Then, I was able to utilize some removable shelves, well placed storage containers and hooks and get this:



I was able to straighten and clean out my cabinet and get rid of the supplies we didn’t need or use.

I am looking at what we can do to make this space more functional. What I really want to do is build a closet like this:


Hi, Sugarplum!
Or maybe even this:


DIY by Design
Those are nice , but due to spacing, I’ll probably do something more like this.


Everything Etsy
Or this:


A Girl and Her Blog
But in the meantime, this is what I’m interested in doing to our craft armoire.


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Or maybe this:


Design Mom
The possibilities are endless. I can’t wait to show you what I choose to do.

But until then, it’s nice not having a disorganized armoire.

Here’s what’s coming up next on the 21-day challenge:

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A craft room inspiration wall

Do you remember last week when I moved our command center from our office to our pantry?

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The old command center

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The new one

The absence of the command center left behind a big, empty wall. I decided to repurpose the big bulletin board and make this wall a place for inspiration.

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I added the cover of the current issue of Country Living to my inspiration board, as well as two of my favorite Bible verses. I also added a cross and a sign I found at Hobby Lobby, and three pictures of my blessings. After all, they are my biggest inspirations.

What inspires you?

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Craft supply storage

Ladies, want to make your husband nervous? Walk around the house with a tape measure.

The sight of me with either a hammer or a tape measure usually causes my husband to roll his eyes and nervously ask,” So what are you doing now?”


We had our craft supplies in an old dresser in our old house. This didn’t work because it was too hard to organize and I couldn’t find anything. If you know me, you know how much I hate looking for things! When we moved, I found a TV cabinet on Craigslist for $100. It was important to me that I maximize the space, but have everything be removable in case we ever wanted to use it as a TV cabinet again. I did that, but then it kind of got out of control.

My craft cabinet was a hot mess. I am the mother of a preschooler, a Sunday School teacher, a crafter and a serial DIY-er. To say craft supplies are plentiful at our house would be an understatement. In fact, we had so many craft supplies, we didn’t know how to store them!

I thought about cutting plywood shelves to put in the armoire, but they would not be removable. I had an old shoe organizer shelf in the armoire already, so I took the second shelf off of it so I could have a little more storage space. Then, I re-labeled all my boxes, stacked them differently, and went through everything in the cabinet. What needed to be discarded was thrown away, what needed to be stored someplace else was moved, and what needed to be kept was better organized.

The polka dot boxes are shoe boxes covered with fabric. The black 12×12 boxes and black photo boxes are from Hobby Lobby, and we’ve had them awhile. The white boxes are from Ikea. The mason jars and plastic containers came from Dollar Tree.
I also utilized some Oatmeal canisters and soup cans covered with scrapbook paper to corral my scissors, pipe cleaners and other crafting goodies.

The bottom cabinets hold Rubbermaid drawer systems for fabric remnants and sewing items, as well as scrapbooking items. We also store photography items and candles here, too.

Right now, I have Command hooks on the doors, which I have used to hang items. I want to get some Ikea Bekvam spice racks to hang items on the armoire doors as well, but we shall see.

I’m not completely satisfied yet with this project. The cabinet is nice and organized now and everything is accessible. It’s a little boring though- I think it needs some color. Maybe after I get my spice racks on the doors, I’ll feel better about it. 
Still, though. Let’s see that side-by-side: 
                                Before                                                                                               After

And the bottom of the cabinet, before, left and right, after:

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Craft supply storage

Ladies, want to make your husband nervous? Walk around the house with a tape measure.

The sight of me with either a hammer or a tape measure usually causes my husband to roll his eyes and nervously ask,” So what are you doing now?”


We had our craft supplies in an old dresser in our old house. This didn’t work because it was too hard to organize and I couldn’t find anything. If you know me, you know how much I hate looking for things! When we moved, I found a TV cabinet on Craigslist for $100. It was important to me that I maximize the space, but have everything be removable in case we ever wanted to use it as a TV cabinet again. I did that, but then it kind of got out of control.

My craft cabinet was a hot mess. I am the mother of a preschooler, a Sunday School teacher, a crafter and a serial DIY-er. To say craft supplies are plentiful at our house would be an understatement. In fact, we had so many craft supplies, we didn’t know how to store them!

I thought about cutting plywood shelves to put in the armoire, but they would not be removable. I had an old shoe organizer shelf in the armoire already, so I took the second shelf off of it so I could have a little more storage space. Then, I re-labeled all my boxes, stacked them differently, and went through everything in the cabinet. What needed to be discarded was thrown away, what needed to be stored someplace else was moved, and what needed to be kept was better organized.

The polka dot boxes are shoe boxes covered with fabric. The black 12×12 boxes and black photo boxes are from Hobby Lobby, and we’ve had them awhile. The white boxes are from Ikea. The mason jars and plastic containers came from Dollar Tree.
I also utilized some Oatmeal canisters and soup cans covered with scrapbook paper to corral my scissors, pipe cleaners and other crafting goodies.

The bottom cabinets hold Rubbermaid drawer systems for fabric remnants and sewing items, as well as scrapbooking items. We also store photography items and candles here, too.

Right now, I have Command hooks on the doors, which I have used to hang items. I want to get some Ikea Bekvam spice racks to hang items on the armoire doors as well, but we shall see.

I’m not completely satisfied yet with this project. The cabinet is nice and organized now and everything is accessible. It’s a little boring though- I think it needs some color. Maybe after I get my spice racks on the doors, I’ll feel better about it. 
Still, though. Let’s see that side-by-side: 
                                Before                                                                                               After

And the bottom of the cabinet, before, left and right, after:

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