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Tuesday
Apr012014

Easy Handprint Tile Coasters

A few weeks ago we were visiting my mother-in-law when I noticed she didn't have any coasters. I decided to whip her up a few using some craft paint, tile and the cutest little artists in town. 

To get started you will need:

four tiles (these were four inch by four inch tiles) these can be purchased VERY cheeply at your local hardware store

craft pain

sponge brush

mod podge

something to use as backing like moleskin, cork or furniture pads

I had Ry and Issie paint the tile with their sweet little hand and thumb prints. 

I then baked them in the oven for 30 minutes at 350. Let them cool completely before brushing them with Mod Podge to seel them shut. Then I added the backing. 

Then I wrapped them up with some lace and presented them to my mother-in-law. It was a big hit! 

These make a great inexpensive handmade Mother's Day gift that kids can make. 

What are some sweet DIY projects your kids have made? 

Also, today I am "hopping" at Romance on A Dime

 

Monday
Mar032014

DIY in 15 minutes: Make a docking station out of an old drawer

This is a project I have been wanting to work on for a while. I had this idea (I am sure I have seen it somewhere else) to use an old drawer as a "docking station" for things like my phone and ereader.

But I wanted to take it a step further, I wanted a place to put my keys, leave pens and a note pad and my to do list. 

I had searched for an old drawer by the side of the road. Yes, I realize that makes me sound like a redneck, but you do it too. Don't lie. 

When that didn't work I went to my local Habitat For Humanity ReStore. If you don't know what that is, it's a thrift store run by the HFH. They sell mostly hardware supplies that are either leftover from builds or have been donated. It's awesome. 

I had previously purchased a TV dinner tray there to make Ry a toddler lap desk. 

I stopped by on a whim a couple weeks ago and saw they were selling single drawers! So I picked on up for just $3. 

It was a really simple process. Only two (or three!) steps. 

Step 1: Drill a hole in the back of your drawer. If the hole isn't perfectly round and you want it to be use a rounding tool. 

Step 2: Run your serge strip through the hole. 

I put a clothes pin on the front of my drawer instead of a draw knob. That way I could clip my to do list to it so I wouldn't lose it. These days with my mom brain I have to make a list to remember anything... the caveat is, I lose those lists. 

I used a pipe cleaner to keep my cords from flopping everywhere. 

I also threw a cup in there to hold my pens and pencils and scissors, anything I just lose! And I put in a notebook to make my lists. 

Have you done any DIYing recently? And what are some things your doing to get more organized? 

 

Monday
Feb242014

DIY Button Hair Pins

So last week I talked about my mom hair. I do my best but I am just not a hair person. I don't enjoy fixing it and most of the time I don't even blow it dry. 

 

I often just pin my bangs back and go about my business. So I decided to make these cute button bobby pins. 

A few years ago when my grandmother died I was given her sewing machine and supplies. While I don't sew and chose to pass her machine to my mother, I did keep the MOUND of buttons. 

I whipped up a few of these button pins last week and it only took me about five minutes to make six of them.

What you'll need:

Bobby pins

Shank Buttons (buttons with a loop in the back)

Hot glue

Slide the button onto the bobby pin. Add a little bit on the button and then shove the button to the "top" of the pin. 

And that's it! Cute little hair pins. 

What DIY projects have you done recently? 

Tuesday
Dec172013

From Drab to Fab Upcycled Button Picture Frame  

I just keep having babies and I just keep taking their photos and frankly I have run out of places to put them. I don't mean wall space, I mean frames. 
But here is the issue:
1. Frames can get expensive. 
2. Frames that are all the same color and scheme bore me. 
So... I went to my local thrift store (LOVE the thrift store) and found quite a few frames for under a dollar. This one I paide a whopping $.25 for. Then I jazzed them up with paint and what not. So I thought I would share with all of you my favorite so far, the button frame. 
And this would make a great last minute Christmas gift that is super cheap (I mean frugal) for under $2!
What you'll need:
A frame.
Some acrylic paint
Buttons in the same color family. I used close 100 buttons of varying size. You can purchase buttons in bulk at places like Michaels, Walmart or Hobby Lobby. Mine were some that my grandmother had saved from various sewing projects
A hot glue gun
I used Aqua made by the Americana brand paint. I only used one coat of pain since most of it will be covered. 

Then I began gluing on the buttons of varying size. 

It was pretty theraputic. 

I chose the blue theme because I am putting this in Ry's room. 

I chose this photo (even thought it's not a perfect fit) because it is my favotie picture of Jason and Ryals. 

This is such a simple project and took no time to pull together. In fact, I did it while Issie sat on the floor and watched. 

What are some of your last minute gift ideas?
Tuesday
Dec172013

Free monogram printables perfect for framing 

 

Yesterday I shared with you the cute way I took photo frames from drab to fab. Well, if you're planning on a DIY Chrstimas and want to add a little something extra to your frames, why not a monogram?

So, I made you these cute monogram printables, free. Just print it out, resize it on the desktop program of your choosing and enjoy. 

Share the link to this with your friends and family, but make sure you use these for personal use only. 

Click the links below to download your desired letter!
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