Mia loves her bed. She sleeps in her toddler bed that was once her crib. Now that she’s almost four, we thought it was a good time to get her a new bed. After literally weeks of convincing her to get a new one, I had to make some room in her bedroom. I moved several downstairs to our family room and created a little area where I put a DIY Kitchen Playset.
This little repurposed kid’s play hutch was such a fun trash to treasure project and great thrift store find. I found the top shelf part at Goodwill for $10.00. It used to be red and white. I got the table for free from a friend. I pretty much winged this project but it worked out and has lasted and is in good condition still after almost a year. Since then I have added little hooks for her apron, oven mitts, and pot holders.
I upcycled this little play table almost three years ago. It used to be a pink Disney Princess table that was a little beat up. I got it for free from my best friend who was moving at the time. With a little paint and primer, I refurbished it. I also added cushions to the seat and a little monogrammed seat back all for about $20.00. Check out the before and after photos along with my step by step process at this Upcycled Play Table post.
I also moved a second-hand stove I got from Craigslist, and at Mia’s request moved her baby high chair and bassinette she got for her birthday last year. It turned out to be such a cute little play area for her and she will play there for hours and definitely gets more use now than it did in her room.
OK, so I know I’ve made these before! Recently I made a burlap St. Patrick’s Day bunting and I also made a Vintage Baby shower bunting. I had some left over fabric from this no sew kitchen towel and this no sew kitchen towel and I couldn’t resist. This time I made this Fabric and Lace Shabby Chic Bunting for my friend’s office makeover I was helping her with.
I also made her…
You only need a few things:
- Fabric scraps
- Lace ribbon
- Rotary Cutter
Here is the left over fabric I had. I intended on using the burlap too, but as I was making it, I decided it didn’t need it.
I used my rotary cutter and ruler which made this process so easy! The strips don’t have to be perfect.
My daughter helped sort them (kinda sorta)… or maybe messed them up. That’s what you do when your three!
I knotted them to some rope in a pattern.
I loved the way it turned out. I think it’ll go great with the other things I made for my friends office. She wanted it colorful, shabby chic, and Anthropologie-esque. I thought this would be a perfect touch. You can make these to fit almost any theme (as you can see I did!). They are great for parties or even as decoration in a nursery or kid’s room.
Be sure to check out the other things because they are soooo cute!!
This upcycled trash to treasure project may possibly be the quickest, easiest, and cutest makeover I’ve done in a while. When I went to the CHA Mega Show I had the privilege of viewing the new fabric Duck Tape line. I immediately wanted to try it out! We use an old IKEA shelf from when my husband was single to organize Mia’s room. Sure, the shelves are useful; however they are black and harsh for a little girl’s room. My solution is upcycled fabric Duck Tape shelves.
You only need two supplies:
- The Fabric Duck Tape of your choice and
- The Fiskars Amplify Craft Shears (because they cut Duck Tape perfectly!)
Here are the shelves BEFORE.
Sorry! I REALLY should have dusted them before I took the picture… whoops!!!
I simply added pink Fabric Duck Tape to the trim. It happened to be the perfect width. It was so quick and easy! The best part is is that if you are tired of it. You can take it off and try a different color or pattern. I used three rolls for this, but had plenty left over (I used three to have one continuous piece for each side).
Here are two AFTER shots.
Here is another BEFORE and AFTER.
It’s such a small thing, but it makes a huge difference in her room! Now I am obsessed and need to make a bunch of other things that match! Hmmmm… stay tuned!
In case you missed it, here are a few other Duck Tape projects I have done:
Thank you to Duck Tape for sponsoring this post!
My fellow Blogger and BFF gave me a four pack of small square cork boards. I knew I wanted to make something fun and give them back to her repurposed and reinvented. As I stared at them for a couple of days, I thought it’d be fun to make a stenciled cork organization board for her older daughter’s room. Here is how I made it.
- 8 square cork boards
- Acrylic craft paint
- Hot glue and glue gun
- Old food box
- Felt or fabric
I started off by stenciling four of the cork boards. The key to a perfect stencil is less is more.
I stenciled the letters in a direct up and down motion.
I also added a little flower stencil after each “O”.
While I was waiting for them to dry, I wanted to make a container to attach to the bottom of the organization board so I reused a granola bar box and cut it.
I covered it with felt and added a ribbon.
Once the paint was dry, I used ribbon to attach each board together using hot glue.
I also added a little pen holder with ribbon and a ribbon at the top to hang it.
I hot glued the container to the bottom of the organization board.
Lastly, glue the final four cork boards to the back of the organization board for a finished look. Here are a few after pictures.
I hope my friend’s daughter likes it and uses it. The little container is big enough and sturdy enough to hold paper and pens. In case you missed it, check out the organization board I made out of a frame and my daughter’s first baby blanket and the organization board I made for my craft room. Another fun project I did with these stencils are my burlap stenciled placemats.
This post, Kids Christmas Table Setting, is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts and DCWV for the PaperCrafted Christmas Campaign. All opinions are 100% my own.
Every year, my four best friends and I get together for a Christmas party. We have great memories each year of the kids making ornaments and decorating cookies. This year, I wanted to make a special table for the kids. With the help of Die Cuts With a View (DCWV), I was able to make a colorful and whimsical Kids Christmas Table Setting out of mostly paper!
Using sturdy decorative cardstock is perfect for a kids table setting because it’s thick enough to avoid rips, unbreakable, and easily disposable. DCWV has so many fun and festive winter and holiday supplies.
Here is a shopping list of supplies you may need for this table setting:
- DCWV The Holiday Cheer Stack
- DCWV Christmas & Winter Embellishments pack
- Double-sided tape
- Paper Cutter
- Circle Edge Punch
I started off by simply covering recycled Mason jars with coordinating paper.
For the napkin rings I picked two different colors and patterns and topped it off with a charm from the DCWV Christmas & Winter embellishment pack.
I also covered some red and green favor bags filled with candy for each guest.
For the placemats, I layered one 12X12 sheet of DCWV underneath a paper doily I made using a circle edge punch at 11” in diameter. Here is a tutorial for how to make a paper doily. I also made a paper doily for the center of the table.
I purchased the adorable gingerbread boy and girl plates and napkins from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores.
There you have it! I hope you enjoyed my version of a Paper Crafted Christmas! Here is a 50% coupon good until December 31st, 2013 for your next purchase at Jo-Ann’s! Enjoy!
So I realized that when I wrote the post Elf on a Shelf Ideas last week, I was making this whole thing WAY harder than it had to be. I guess because of Pinterest, and other fabulous and creative Bloggers, AND it was my daughter’s first year doing it, I felt pressure to find unique and different elf on a shelf ideas that no one has ever seen before. Fah-get about it! SOOOO, here are a few more EASY elf on a shelf ideas I came up with. I decided to make two dozen (this includes the seven elf on a shelf ideas I posted last week) more. Here we go!
I started in the kitchen. There were so many simple things you can do in there, from placing the elf in your refrigerator to hiding him or her in a pantry. Make sure it’s a place at eye level or close to it if you have a really little one like I do.
Next I looked at our Christmas decorations since we just put them up. I hid her in between the Santa collection and among candy jars. I even put her in our small tree and hiding in the “o” in our JOY wreath I made.
Then I walked around the rest of the house. All of which were very simple and easy and didn’t require much thought. I love the one with the elf hiding in a plant with a straw hat on her head… again…SUPER easy but still cute and creative.
So, my advice for those of you that love this tradition or hate this tradition and do it for the kids, don’t let it stress you out. Keep it simple, and make it fun for your whole family including YOU!
Update! Check out these new Elf on the Shelf Ideas I did!
Now that my daughter is three and a half, I decided to start the Elf on a Shelf tradition this year. I am so excited about it… I just think she’ll love it. Being the planner that I am, I decided try out a few ideas while she was at school the other day. Not sure I will do these, but I took pictures to share them all with you. Be forewarned! I may be posting one or two more posts about Elf on a Shelf Ideas soon! I would love to hear any ideas that you may have too, so feel free to make a comment below!
Here is what I came up with in the two free hours I had…
So, the first thing I thought of was to raid her toys. I found a little oven so, I placed it on our kitchen counter top with a little pie inside.
Then I found this little potty training toilet for her baby dolls…this one speaks for itself!
What elf doesn’t want to have a tea party???
For this one, I brought out one of her favorite books and set up the elf to read a bedtime story to her fairies.
I ventured into our garage and found this checkers board. So far it’s tied…
Then I went upstairs to the craft room. Our elf OF COURSE is very crafty!
For the last one, our elf sent her a little message on her chalkboard.
Do you have any ideas for me? I’m excited about the whole thing, but I need to think of about 2 dozen more! Help!
Update! Here’s 17 more EASY Elf on the Shelf Ideas I did.
Update #2! Check out these new Elf on the Shelf Ideas I did!
I can completely relate to my guest feature today, my friend Monika from Life with Lovebugs. Both of our daughters are super girly and love to twist and twirl in skirts and dresses. She made the most adorable skirt for her daughter made from bandanas she found for $1.00 each at Walmart. With some help of Joann Crafts for inspiration and a brochure for how to use wide knit elastic as a waist band, she started working.
Monika used four bandanas to make her daughter’s skirt. In four easy steps and a few supplies including four bandanas, elastic, and basic sewing supplies, she made this whimsical skirt.
She folded each bandana to make triangle shapes all around the skirt. Using a zigzag stitch, she sewed each end down on each side. In ten minutes and no hemming she was able to craft this very cute and simple skirt!
Thank you SO much Monika for letting me share this fun and colorful skirt that I think my daughter would love too! I’m not great at sewing but Monika’s tutorial looks easy to follow that even I may be able to do it!
For all the detailed step by step instructions and photo tutorial, visit Monika on her blog Life with Lovebugs! You can also purchase her amazing creations at her shop. You will find baby clothes, bibs, headbands, hair clips, and more. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Tell her DIY Inspired sent you!
My best friend Jenny had some old stools that she wanted me to makeover for my twin God Daughters. After recently upholstering a step stool for my daughter, I had so much fun with this project probably because I knew it would be special for them. I decided to go with pink and black because Jenny is hoping to one day decorate the twins room in those colors. So, here is how I upcycled these old step stools.
Here is a photo of the stools before.
The first thing I did was clean them and disassemble them so it would be easier to paint. I used my pretty blue screwdriver from my crafty toolbox.
Next I decided to prime the top because the original design was so dark in color. The paint on this was smooth, so I didn’t need to sand them if I was going to prime them.
I spray painted the legs black in a well-ventilated area on a drop cloth. I did not prime them first because I was making them a darker color. Here are some more tips for how and when to use primer.
One of the stools would not allow me to disassemble it (I think it was glued) so I decided to put the other stool together and hand paint the tops.
Once it was dry, I added some decorative adhesive decals for the trim around the edges and the top.
Next I sprayed the top and sides where the decals are with a permanent clear glaze.
Here is a close up photo.
Here is the before and after again.
Last year, my 2 year old daughter was messing around with my iPhone. She took several pictures of herself making goofy faces without even knowing it. These pictures turned out so cute that I ended up making a photo strip collage of them and using it as my Facebook profile picture. My husband thought this was the best picture ever and kept it as his computer desktop picture for months. He said it always makes him smile. With his birthday that just past in May, I decided to print the photo on canvas and give it to him as a birthday present. Since doing this, I thought I’d share how to make a photo strip collage.
I used a free website called iPiccy to make the collage. First, go to www.ipiccy.com and click “start editing”.
Next click “upload photo” and load all the photos you would like to use for your collage.
Once your files are uploaded, click “photo collage”.
Choose the basic nine panel collage on the left. You can play around with the roundness, color, spacing, and proportions. You can also center your photos. I used the auto-fill feature on the top menu. Finally, click “done” and save your file.
I asked one of my oldest and dearest friends and owner of (Custom Consepts, LLC) to print a 20X20 sized photo on canvas for me.
I had to order custom framing so I went over to Michael’s with my coupon and had it done! Here it is! My husband loved it.
Here are a couple photos of Mia (my little goofball) now…including a few of her many faces!
I had yet ANOTHER successful trip to the Goodwill! I found this old red and white play hutch that I thought was too cute to pass up for $9.99. I knew I needed to hunt for a second piece to complete this repurposed kids play kitchen hutch I had in my head. It just so happens that my best friend was storing an old wooden vanity table in my garage… and guess what? She said I could have it…FOR FREE!!! So, here’s what I ended up doing with these two fab pieces.
Materials I used:
- Old kids play hutch and kids table
- Electric sander
- Spray paint
- Drop cloth
- Spray adhesive
- Painter’s tape
- Wooden knobs (3)
Here is the hutch BEFORE. It had painted drawers and little flowers on it. It’s a little scratched and warped on the bottom but for ten bucks, I was OK with that!
Here is the vanity table BEFORE. This was caked with paint.
Both were pretty beat up so I had to break out the electric sander. The table had survived two previous makeovers.
I spray painted both of them white.
I measured and cut three pieces of fabric to fit the three bottom shelves. I had fabric left over from the little upholstered stool I made over.
I attached the fabric strips to the hutch with spray adhesive.
Next, I liked the fake drawers that the hutch had originally, so I taped off three drawers and painted them blue (of course).
I added little knobs that I had left from an old dresser I upcycled a while ago. Since the bottom of the hutch was hollow and the way the hutch and table aligned, I had to use an industrial strength E6000 glue to attach the two together.
Here are a few AFTER photos. I love that it matches the repurposed toy storage stuffed animal cage I made and the upcycled play table I painted.
I found this step stool for kids at Goodwill the other day. It was $7.00. Man, am I lucky with my thrift store finds lately! Just the day before I almost bought a kid’s step stool at a retail store for $20.00; and it was on sale. Thank goodness my cheapskate-ness (is that a word?) got the best of me! Naturally, this find resulted in a great trash to treasure project.
I decided that I wanted to pad it and add fabric since I had some left over padding from the $5 garage sale bench I made not long ago.
Here are the materials you need:
- Wooden step stool
- High density craft foam (it doesn’t have to be high density, but this is what I had so I used it)
- Spray adhesive
- Half yard of fabric
- Spray paint
- Drop cloth
- Sand block and sand paper
- Staple gun
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Here is the stool before.
Thrift store finds can often be questionable when it comes to cleanliness. After I cleaned the stool, I had to lightly sand and paint it because of the marks and scratches.
Once it was dry, I cut and pieced together the craft foam to fit the top of the stool.
I used a craft spray adhesive to attach it.
I bought a half a yard of outdoor fabric and cut it to size.
I turned the fabric upside down on my craft table. Placed the stool padded side down and centered and stapled the fabric to the rim of the stool, pulling the fabric taught as I stapled.
Next I trimmed the excess fabric.
I hot glued ribbon around the trim to give it a finished look. Here is an after photo! My daughter loves it. She props her little legs up on it when she looks at her books in her reading nook I made her. It’s adorable!
Happy Earth Day! In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to share a special recycled craft I did with my daughter. She may only be two, but crafting runs through my little one’s blood! I love it! We are always trying out different kid’s crafts. Most of the time, I look for things around the house to repurpose and reuse. Today I want to share a recycled kid’s craft my daughter and I did made out of cereal boxes and the covers of her coloring books.
- Cereal boxes or old board game boxes
- Coloring book covers or damaged soft book covers
- Straight edge
- Craft knife
- Cutting mat
- Glue sticks
Like most kids, my daughter has several coloring books. Oftentimes, we tear out the pages and color and we are left with an empty spine and cover. We decided to save these to make these puzzles.
Using a cutting mat, straight edge, and craft knife, we cut the coloring book covers to our desired puzzle size. Mainly, we cut off the titles and price tags.
Next I cut the fronts and backs of the cereal boxes.
Mia glued the covers to the cereal boxes with some kid-friendly glue sticks. The cereal cardboard makes the puzzles more durable.
After the glue dried, I trimmed around the sides and cut out the puzzle in different shapes. Cut larger shapes for younger children and smaller pieces for older children. If your kids are older, they can cut out the shapes themselves.
Mia loved them! I’m guessing it’s because she helped make them. She did them over and over again, clapping as she finished each one. This was such a great kid’s craft for us to do together, and the puzzles are sturdy enough to keep and use over and over again.