Tuesday Tips and Tricks: DIY wall art

I like decorating that looks costly but I don’t want to pay a lot to get it. I’ve managed to find a few good ways to create artwork for my walls that don’t cost a lot. Some of my favorite DIY art methods are creating subway art, framing scrapbook paper, creating DIY canvases, and printable art from the internet.

watch I have used MS Word to create DIY subway art three times now, once for Emorie’s nursery, once for Emorie’s new room, and once for a Father’s Day gift. This is pretty simple- just select your margins, create some text boxes, change your fonts and colors, and go!

Michael’s Father’s Day gift. I made a similar one for my Daddy.

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Emorie’s nursery art. Love this!
I didn’t water mark this, because it isn’t original to me. Found it on Pinterest.

enter site Framing scrapbook paper also makes great DIY art. I’ve heard of people canvas-mounting it, but I’ve never tried this. I like to frame it. The trick is to cut the paper the same size as your mat. If I try to cut it to fit the mat opening, I usually end up coming up short or cutting it crooked.

This is some scrapbook paper that will soon be cut, matted, framed and hung over Emorie’s new bed in her new room.
I chose this paper, not only for its repetitive pattern, but for the fact that it looked sort of like vintage wallpaper. Antiqued frames completed the “old” look I was going for.

enter site I love canvas prints, but they can be costly. The one in the middle is actually a Faux-wrap canvas from Wal-Mart. The two baby pictures of Emorie were created using a tutorial I found on Pinterest. I used a 10×13 photo I already had. I painted the sides of the canvas black, Mod Podged the picture to the 9×12 canvas I ordered from Blick Art Supply, and hung them on the walls.  I’m actually in the process of making more.

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http://djadjanan.com/?p=ww2-homework-help Another great way to get cheap art for your home is to print it off the Internet. If you’re into botanical prints, you are in luck! The Graphics Fairy  and The Painted Hive are two of my favorite sites to use. You can find loads of these things on Pinterest, too.

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Got this from The Painted Fairy. It is on one of the bookshelves in my office.

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This is a botanical print of a chicory flower, and one of my favorite art pieces in my whole house.

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I love these vintage veggie prints in my kitchen, because they look like watercolor paintings. I printed them off the same website with an inkjet printer.

homework help on ancient egyptian Lastly, this picture hanging in my dining room was a complete DIY. I cut and measured a piece of foam posterboard, used a stencil and a white paint pen to evoke chalkwriting, and wrote a prayer on it. My mother-in-law took it to Hobby Lobby, where they built this rustic frame for me. I love, love, love this. And yes, I know some of the text is crooked. It was done on purpose.

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Make Something Monday: Chevron Letter

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I am a blogger by night, but a teacher all other hours. While my daughter has already gone back to school, my students do not arrive until the week of the 27th. 

probability homework I am busily setting up my classroom and getting it ready for a new crop of eighth graders. I wanted something cute to hang above my bulletin board. The previous occupant had a really cute Wreath hanging there. I liked that idea, but wanted to do something different.  

source link Since I have already spent a lot of money on my classroom, I decided to repurpose something I already had. I dug through my craft cabinet and found a letter I once used as a door hanger.

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I found some scrapbook paper that matched my room and I laid the letter on it, face down.

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This is so much easier if you trace and cut out your letter before gluing it to the paper. 

After tracing and cutting out the letter, I then used Modge Podge to affix the paper to the letter.


Then, I used a foam brush to spread a thin layer of Modge Podge over the paper. I also attached a ribbon to the back with a staple gun. 


This was super easy and fun! My daughter saw it and now she wants to make one. You can use anything you have to cover the letter: craft paint, chalk paint, scrapbook paper, adhesive drawer liner…you name it! 

And best of all, I used only materials I already had, so this cost me nothing!

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Farmhouse Friday: decorating with salvaged doors


I don’t know about you, but I love old house doors. My Pinterest boards are filled with repurposed door projects. I’m actually on the search for an old door right now so I can do this:

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And an old screen door for our pantry.


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I thought today I could show you some of my favorite old door ideas from around the web.

How awesome is this hall tree made from a salvaged door?


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And what about this photo display?


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I need this bookcase in my life.


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I love this garden arbor made from salvaged doors.


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And as a shower door in this bathroom? I want it!


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I hope you have enjoyed looking at these ideas as much as I have! Now, I’m gonna go cruise Craigslist and find some doors! 

Have a good weekend. 

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Make Something Monday: Closet Bins From Diaper Boxes

You may recall that my oldest daughter’s closet contains bins that I DIY’ed from diaper boxes. 

My youngest daughter is quickly nearing age two, but when she was born, her closet looked like this:

She’s getting older now and her needs are changing. I wanted her closet to accommodate that, so I made her some closet bins of her own. 

First, I spent a few weeks collecting diaper boxes. Then, I cut the flaps off the top.

Then, lay out your fabric, place the box on top and cut it to size. 

After you cut your fabric, spray your box with spray adhesive, and glue the fabric onto the box. It’s just like wrapping a present.

Then, use a colorful ribbon to hide the ugly edges. You can also use a pillowcase to line your bin.

I have not yet lined the boxes nor added my labels. My baby girl’s closet currently looks like this:

There are toy bins and a donate hamper (for outgrown clothes) to the right of the vertical shelf. A Rubbermaid tote stows her out of season clothes and her suitcase is to the left of the shelf.

Various other clothing items are stored high and out of reach on the top shelf. 

Our girl’s new closet reflects her changing needs as she grows. Have a wonderful week. 

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: New Uses for Old Cardboard



I tend to have lots of  cardboard at my house, due to the fact that we order a lot of our kitchen ingredients from the internet. 

We get tired of breaking them down and hauling them to the trash center, so after awhile we decided to get creative.

Sometimes I use whole boxes to make various things. I have made desk boxes,


“Baskets,”

And closet storage bins.


I’ve also made hampers for donations.

I’ve also used cut cardboard to make notebooks, scrapbooks and photo albums


I have never done this, but you can use cardboard as a weed barrier under your mulch.


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Make Something Monday: DIY notebooks and photo albums


I had some cardboard left over from online orders, and it was way too much to waste.


But what could I do with it? What could I make?

 I had an idea: why not get out some scrapbook paper and make some small notebooks and photo albums?

I cut the cardboard to the desired sizes and folded it over to make a flap.


Then I used Locktite spray adhesive to affix scrapbook paper to what would be the front cover.


Then, you cover the folded over edges on the inside with contrasting paper like this:


Then, cut your notebook paper to the desired size and punch holes where you want them to go.


Punch holes in the cardboard flap and back cover with scissors. Make sure your notebook paper holes line up with these holes!

Get some binding posts (Lowes Hardware sells them for $.88) and poke them through the holes. Put your notebook paper on the posts and secure the fold over the paper. Screw the screw head into the post. 


And when you’re finished, you’ll have a recycled notebook that is refillable!

I made two of this size to function as  photo books:


And one flip top notebook


A journal sized notebook, another flip top notebook and a matchbook style notebook:


This is a super fun activity to do with kids. I can’t wait to show you the scrapbook we’re making together. 

Have a wonderful week!

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Tips and Tricks Tuesdays: Where to buy bins and baskets


Organizing is a huge part of my life (and my income) but it can be expensive. I want to share some cost effective ways to get organized. 

1. Shop your home


You’d be surprised what bins and baskets you may have around the house. I have several that I am not currently using, so I always look through those before I buy anything new.


2. Target, HomeGoods, Dollar General, Big Lots

Those are just some of my favorite places to buy bins and baskets without breaking the bank.

Just look at Target’s current offerings:


Hobby Lobby has a nice selection, but they are pricy. They do have frequent sales and coupons, so if you’re a HL fan, you may want to watch for those. HomeGoods and Marshalls have lots of high end choices for a fraction of the price. 

I bought these cute metal baskets from Dollar General.


I’d steer clear of Dollar Tree baskets though. They’re not very big and they often don’t hold up well. They do make nice drawer organizers, though. 


3. Make Something

I have covered diaper boxes with fabric and also with twine and rope. I have covered shoe boxes with fabric and paper, and then embellished them with book plates. Get creative! You’d be surprised what you can upcycle. 

Organization is life-changing, but it doesn’t have to be a budget breaker. I hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of Tips and Tricks Tuesday. Have a great day.

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Make Something Monday: DIY tray

Our bathroom counter needed a little something. We have some bottles and containers that we use each day but just having them piled up or sitting around didn’t look nice. I wanted to find away to make them blend in, but still be accessible. 

I had seen an idea on Pinterest I wanted to try. I assembled the following supplies:

I grabbed my trusty chalk paint and things got a little greener. 

Two coats later, I had a green picture frame. I popped this scrapbook paper in it and replaced the glass.

Then, I attached the drawer pulls. 

Now all of our jars don’t look like we’ve just left them sitting out. 

What “Pin-spired” projects have you done lately?

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Upcycling old decor: the pedastal bowl


I have had this pedestal bowl for years.


While I love the shape of it, I just couldn’t seem to make it work with my current decorating themes.

I whipped out my trusty Waverly chalk paint and added a coat of farmhouse white.


Just like most projects, this one certainly has an ugly stage. 


But after the second coat, it looked a lot better.


I got out the sandpaper and roughed it up a little.


Then, I added some spring fillers in the form of moss balls and I put it on the sideboard in our office.


Just because something seems like it won’t work doesn’t mean you can’t make it work. 

Sometimes all it takes is a little paint.

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Repurposed: a child’s toy organizer becomes a Christmas card caddy


I love Christmas cards. I love sending them and I love finding the mailbox full of them. I also love holding onto them and looking at how much everyone has changed over the years.

Since sending Christmas cards can be stressful, I decided to make life easier by putting everything in one place. I was looking for a cutlery tray when I happened upon this wooden box in my kids’ playroom. We weren’t using it anymore, and it was once used to organize Melissa and Doug stamps.


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I lined that guy with scrapbook paper first. Then, I covered it with red duct tape and trimmed out the edges with washi tape.


It isn’t perfect. The washi tape is peeling up a bit. But everything I need is at my fingertips.


If you’re one of my more observant readers you noticed that I have not yet bought stamps 😊

Tune in tomorrow for some more talk about simplifying your Christmas card routine. Have a wonderful day!

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