Upcycled Soccer Medal Holder DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Chalkboard Medal Holder DIY

One of my best friends asked me to make her son something to display his soccer medals on. I had a few ideas, but when I came across an unwanted (and inexpensive) sign in the Christmas clearance section at Jo-Ann’s, I knew exactly what I was going to do. Here is my Upcycled Soccer Medal Holder DIY.

Materials:

  • Wood, or Old Sign
  • Hook Screws
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Chalk and Stencils
  • Q-Tip

First, here are all his medals!  I just had to show you… he’s only 7 years old and I am a proud “Auntie”.

Upcycled Chalkboard Medal Holder

Here is the sign I found for next to nothing… super cute, but not my style. I grabbed because a) it was cheap, b) it already had a hanger on it, and c) it was black already, which makes it a really easy makeover.

Chalkboard Medal Holder

I ended up painting on four coats of chalkboard paint.  This photo below is after the 2nd coat.  I allowed it to dry 2 hours in between coats.

Upcycled Soccer Medal Holder DIY

I spaced and screwed in 9 hook screws, starting in the center and working my way out.

Soccer Medal Holder DIY

I stenciled on the word “conquered” onto the sign because my hand writing is horrible.  It’s messy here, but that’s where the Q-Tip comes in.  I simply wet a Q-tip and then cleaned off the edges.  After the fact I realized that I had liquid chalk that would have been perfect for this project, but oh well! Next time! By the way, it took me DAYS to figure out the right word. I liked “champion”, “focused”, “determination”, “perseverance”, but in the end, I chose “conquered” because that’s what he did to win these amazing medals. I figured since it’s chalkboard, we can erase it and write something different on it.

Chalkboard Soccer Medal Holder

Here are a couple photos. He loved it when I gave it to him and I even got a special thank you phone call that was so sweet.

Soccer Medal Holder

Chalkboard Medal Holder Trash to Treasure

Check some other trash to treasure “kid stuff” makeovers I have done:

New Years Eve Countdown Idea for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

New Year Countdown Party Idea

Ever since my friends and I had kids, we have been staying in on New Year’s Eve and celebrating with our families at my house. This year, I thought it’d be fun to do a little countdown activity for kids. It’s simple and easy and hopefully, will keep the kids entertained and awake until the New Year. Here is my New Years Eve countdown idea for kids.

Materials:

  • Small bags or envelopes
  • Felt Numbers
  • Cardstock
  • Tape or glue
  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Circle punch

I had these felt numbers collecting dust in my craft closet. You don’t have to use these; in fact, it’s easier to just write the numbers on an envelope!

New Year Countdown Idea

I cut out circles with a circle pinch and then put the time in the middle. I started at 6:30 and made a bag for every half hour until midnight.

New Years Eve Countdown Idea for Kids

Then I brainstormed fun, dares/activities/instructions, for all the kids to follow when they take turns opening the bag at the designated time. Some things I wrote are:

  • Go outside and hula hoop.
  • Sing “Jingle Bells” as loud as possible.
  • Play a game of hide and seek.
  • Give your parents a big hug and kiss.
  • Take one piece of candy from the candy jar.
  • Share a pack of candy with the other kids.
  • Do your favorite dance.

New Year Countdown Party Idea for Kids

You get the idea. We will have about seven kids at our party and I’ll let them take turns opening them and the older kids can help the younger kids read them.

New Years Eve Countdown Party Idea

I took down the decorations from Christmas on one of my trees and added the envelopes on the tree.

New Years Countdown Idea

This would be fun to do at any party as well, or for the adults to do dares. I hope the kids enjoy it!

 

DIY Whiteboard Drawing Table for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Whiteboard Drawing Table for Kids

The other day, my Aunt and Uncle dropped off an early Christmas gift for my four year old daughter. Mia. My Uncle made it himself, and Mia just LOVES it so I just had to share this DIY whiteboard drawing table for kids with you today.

Whiteboard Play Table

I suppose you could make it any height and size, depending on the board and age of your child. My uncle made this the perfect height for a 3-5 year old to stand and draw on it.

DIY Whiteboard Play Table

You can easily take the whiteboard on and off.

Whiteboard Play Table for kids

Whiteboard Activity Table

He drilled holes so that 12 dry erase colored markers fit on either side; one side for thick markers and the other side for the thin ones.

DIY Whiteboard Play Table for Kids

He also included an eraser and some magnets so that if she wants to draw on paper, the magnets will hold the paper down.

DIY Whiteboard Drawing Table for Kids

It’s really light weight, that my daughter can even move it herself from room to room.

Whiteboard Activity Play Table

She has played with it multiple times a day ever since she got it!

In case you missed it, here are some other before and after makeovers I have done for my daughter in the past:

 

Playhouse DIY Mini Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Playhouse DIY Mini Makeover

I am proud to be a 3M- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate products from 3M DIY. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.

My daughter has a large playhouse on the side of our home that needed a little TLC.  I didn’t want to spend too much time and money on this project, so I decided on giving it a mini makeover to make it a little more appealing and inviting. With a little imagination and some thrift store finds, I was able to complete this project over a weekend. First, here are the three key materials I used for this Playhouse DIY Mini Makeover. They were honestly lifesavers and helped make this project so quick and easy!

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Materials:

  • Hose, soap, and Water
  • Exterior Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Small Wooden Flower Boxes
  • Mailbox (reimagined)
    • Thrift store find
    • Wooden letters
    • Paint
    • Paintbrush
    • Metal ribbon
    • Scissors
    • Glue
  • ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape
  • ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Exterior Surfaces
  • Scotch® Extreme Mounting Tape

The first thing I did was power wash the house. I had to scrub it down with soap and water.  I cleaned it as best I could, however was unable to remove all the chalk paint that was an unfortunate mishap from a previous playdate!

Once the playhouse was dry, I taped off the windows and trim with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Exterior Surfaces.

I hand painted all the window and door trim with white exterior paint.

Scotch Blue Tape

For the flower boxes and mailbox, I used Scotch® Extreme Mounting Tape. This worked PERFECTLY! Let me tell you 3 main reasons why:

  1. It’s all weather and works for outdoor use.
  2. My flower boxes and mailbox are all light weight. For every two inches of tape, it holds one pound.
  3. The mounting tape allowed me to mount all of it without having to use nails through the very thin playhouse walls.

For the flower boxes, I found premade boxes at the craft store, which I painted white.

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Artificial flowers worked well inside because a) the don’t weigh down the boxes, and b) they are easy to rinse off and clean…oh! AND they are pretty too!

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For the mailbox, I found this for a few dollars at Goodwill.

Thirft store transformation

I painted part of it white, and added “MAIL” in wooden letters.

Playhouse Mailbox DIY (2)

I found metal ribbon trim, removed the old trim and replaced it with the new trim. I attached it with industrial strength glue and used ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape to hold it in place overnight.

Playhouse Mailbox DIY (3)

Once the glue was dry, I used Scotch® Extreme Mounting Tape.

Outdoor Mounting Strips 3M

It attached to the house with ease.

Playhouse Mailbox DIY (1)

Here are a few before and after photos! I loved the way it turned out!

 

Playhouse Before and After Photos (2)

Playhouse Before and After Photos (3)

Playhouse DIY Mini Makeover

Thank you to 3M DIY for sponsoring this post!

 

Many, Many, Many More DIY Inspired Ideas!

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids BLACK + DECKER

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I finally did it! Inspired by BLACK + DECKER’s “Your Big Finish” initiative, I completed a project I’ve been meaning to do for a while now. A few months ago, I found a little bench while thrift store shopping. It was only $9.99 and it even had a little drawer for storage. I bought it, took it home, and unloaded it into the garage.  Months later, which is highly unlike me, it has been sitting there collecting dust. Thanks to this initiative I did this upcycled thrift store bench for kids to complete a reading nook for my daughter!

Here is the little bench BEFORE. Cute, right? I’m unsure if there used to be another part to it or not.

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids

There is even a little drawer for toy or book storage.

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Materials:

  • Awesome thrift store find!
  • Sander
  • Patch and Primer
  • Putty Knife
  • High Density Foam
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • Clean Clothes

There were a lot of scratches, so I used an electric sander to sand down as much as I could. As you can see, there were also a lot of dents and blemishes. 

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I filled it with a primer plus patch. When doing this, I find it easiest to overfill it and then once it is dry, sand over it to make it smooth.

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids (3)

I cleaned and dusted off all the debris and then spray painted the bench and drawer with a glossy finish.

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I also cut some high density foam to size and then covered it with a colorful fabric to make a little seat cushion. I couldn’t decide on what color of fabric. I think that’s why it took me so long to do this project. So, I asked my Facebook friends and I listened to what they had to say! I mean come on, you need to be comfy while reading!

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It turned out so cute, and now my daughter’s reading nook in her bedroom is complete!

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids BLACK + DECKER

Here are a couple more photos!

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids Reading Knook

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids Your Big Finish

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DIY Playroom Wall Art

by Dinah Wulf

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Thank you to Pear Tree Greetings for sponsoring this post, DIY Playroom Wall Art. All opinions are 100% my own.

OK, so I don’t really have a playroom, however I CAN say that my daughter and some toys have officially taken over part of the family room.  I know a lot of fellow parents have issues with keeping toys organized and out of site. For me, I like to make them cohesive and pretty! I know I have posted my DIY Kitchen Play set before and just recently I made another kitchen play hutch from some thrift store finds. Today, in effort to make this play area even more beautiful, I am sharing some DIY playroom wall art ideas.

Doesn’t it look cute?

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Here are a few things I used:

  • Pear Tree Greetings Wall Decals
  • Wooden Photo Frames
  • Toy Wooden Spoon
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Craft Paint
  • Paint Brushes

The first thing I did was design and order my wall decals from Pear Tree Greetings. First of all, THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN! The interface is easy to use and the designs and color choices are vast and modern. There is plenty to fit all styles. I chose some photos of my daughter from when we went to a recent street fair.  I took pictures looking at herself on my iPhone, and I thought her reaction was just too cute.

Pear Tree Greetings Wall Art Decals

Next, I made a few other pieces to match my wall decals. I picked up some inexpensive wood frames and painted the edges pink and green.  I framed some left over fabric I had from making my kitchen play hutch and upcycled thrift store stool.

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I also painted some wooden wall plaques.

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DIY Playroom Wall Art

I glued on a toy wooden spoon, since these would be displayed in her play kitchen.

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Lastly, I hung them all up in her play kitchen.  Another thing that’s great about the decals is that if you don’t like your placement, you can easily remove it and stick it on again. Here are a few AFTER photos. They are really the perfect final touch for this play area.

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Thank you to Pear Tree Greetings for sponsoring this post! Be sure to check out their other wall art, invitations, DIY cards, and more!

In case you missed them, here are the tutorials to make everything you see here in Mia’s play kitchen:

Play Kitchen Hutch from Thrift Store Finds

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Play Kitchen Hutch From Thrift Store Makeover

I had made a little play kitchen hutch for my daughter before, as well as refurbished an old Disney princess table I got for free. Along with a Pottery Barn stove I got on Craigslist, my daughter plays with this little play kitchen almost every single day. This is why I couldn’t resist making another play kitchen hutch from thrift store finds I got the other day at Goodwill.

Materials:

Here is the little table and wood shelving I found.  I got both of them for $9.50 total. Great deal, right? There were a few nicks and scratches but nothing too bad.

Play Hutch From Thrift Store Finds

I spot sanded a few areas to smooth out some blemishes.

Play Hutch Thrift Store Makeover

After I cleaned it off from dust, I primed both pieces first and then painted it white. A two in one paint and primer is the quickest, but I used what I had, which was a spray primer and white Krylon spray paint.

DIY Play Kitchen From Thrift Store Finds

I bought the same fabric that I use to line Mia’s other play kitchen hutch I made. I used a rotary cutter to measure and cut the pieces. Next I sprayed them with a little spray starch and ironed them flat.  This makes it easier to insert later.

Play Hutch DIY

Next, once the paint was dry, I used a spray adhesive on both the shelf backing and the back of the fabric and smoothed it right into place.

Repurposed Play Hutch From Thrift Store Finds

Lastly, I used a maximum strength wood glue to attach the two pieces together.  I let it dry overnight and then I reinforced it with nails.

Upcycled Play Kitchen From Thrift Store Finds

Here are a few after photos.

Play Kitchen Hutch From Thrift Store Finds

Play Kitchen Hutch DIY

DIY Play Kitchen Hutch From Thrift Store Makeover

If you like this post, check out some of my other project transformations, Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for Your Kids!

Rapunzel Braided Hair Monogram

by Dinah Wulf

Rapunzel Monogram Sign How To

I first saw this Rapunzel Braided Hair Monogram on Honeybee Vintage and thought it was an absolutely adorable idea to do for my best friend’s daughter’s fourth birthday party coming up.  I had already made her Rapunzel invitations, Flynn Rider Wanted posters, and sun bunting, but thought this would be a great addition. Here is how I made it.

Materials:

  • Canvas
  • Purple Craft Paint
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Yellow Yarn
  • Ribbon
  • Artificial Flowers
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun

I started out by painting my canvas lavender.

Rapunzel Monogram Sign

While it was drying, I made two large braids with yarn. The braid for the top of the “T” is longer than the bottom of the “T”. Your length will depend on the size canvas you choose. I tied each end with ribbon. I played around with the positioning of the braid and each flower before I broke out my glue gun. I changed my mind SO many times.

Rapunzel Monogram Braided Hair

By the way, I purchased the flowers from the dollar store. They were hair accessories that I took the clip off of and the best deal I could find. The small flowers came in sets of two with extra bobby pins. Once I finally decided on where the braid and each flower and leaf went, I hot glued it all together.

Rapunzel Monogram with Flowers

Here are some photos. I hope Taylor likes it! She can even hang it in her room after the party.

Rapunzel Braided Hair Monogram

Rapunzel DIY Party Decorations

Thank you to Honeybee Vintage for the original inspiration! Be sure to stop by and see all of her other amazing creations!

Need some more Disney Themed Ideas? Check out these posts!

 

Dollar Bin DIY Halloween Headbands

by Dinah Wulf

Dollar Store DIY Halloween Headbands

My first Halloween post of the year…woo hoo! Anyway, I’m a sucker for a good deal and every time I see these adorable glittered headbands in the dollar bins at Jo-Ann’s I snag one…or two… or three! In the past I have made a party top hat for my daughter’s fourth birthday and I have made some colorful headbands for everyday wear.  This time, I thought I’d make some DIY Halloween Headbands.

Materials:

  • Dollar Bin Headbands! (or any thick headband)
  • Halloween Embellishments of Choice
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Needle and Thread
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Glue

I picked out some fun rubber snakes, glittered spiders, and “boo” embellishments at the dollar store and the craft store.

Dollar Bin DIY Halloween Headbands

I made a small purple felt flower (tutorial for DIY felt flowers).

Felt Flower DIY Halloween Headbands

I also cut out a little white ghost from felt as well.

Felt DIY Halloween Headbands

I used hot glue to glue the flower and spider as well as the felt ghost and “boo” embellishment. For the rubber snake, I originally used hot glue, but found that it came off easily once it was dry. So, instead I used some industrial strength glue (good for rubber) to make sure it stayed on.

Dollar Bin DIY Halloween Headbands for Kids

Here are a couple AFTER photos! Mia loved them. She put them on right away and asked me to make some for her friends.  Guess I need to go back to the dollar bins again… darn it ;)

Easy DIY Halloween Headbands

DIY Halloween Headbands

Here are some other SUPER easy hair accessories I have made in the past:

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for Your Kids

by Dinah Wulf

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I am no stranger to thrift store shopping. In fact, I have done so many thrift store makeovers that I have lost count. I noticed that I have made over several pieces, specifically for my daughter, so I thought I’d put together a round-up of thrift store finds to makeover for your kids. This entire round-up are all original projects done by yours truly. All the links led you to step by step tutorials of my project.

Old Wooden Toys

Let’s start with the obvious first… old toys. Usually when a toy ends up at a thrift store there is a little damage. If you think you can repair it go for. I particularly am on the lookout for wooden toys. I found this little doll bed for $6.00. I saw it and immediately grabbed it with no questions asked. I painted it and made a mattress and bedding for it. My little Chihuahua even sleeps on it sometimes!

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Wagons are hard to come by at a thrift store, but I thrifted this wooden framed wagon on Craigslist. I ended up painting it and adding a monogrammed plaque.

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This little toy shelf was a sweet find for $10.00. I attached it to a free table I got and made a little kitchen hutch for my daughter. I think she plays with it every day!

Thrift Store toys to Makeover for your Kids

So I didn’t buy this one, but it’s a great example of trash to treasure. This old wooden Radio Flyer horse just needed a little TLC. I upcycled this for one of my best friend’s daughters.

Thrift Store Wooden Toys to Makeover for your Kids

Kid Friendly Furniture

Small furniture accent pieces like shelves and tables are great for kid’s rooms. You can use them for added storage and organization, or completely transform and repurpose them into something new. This play table was a freebie. I painted it and upcycled the chairs for a brand new kid’s play table.  This is another piece that my daughter uses almost every day!

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I painted this old shelf a bright color to match my daughter’s room and use it as a book and toy shelf.

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Serving Trays

Serving trays are abundant at thrift stores. You can turn them into a portable kid’s activity table by adding legs. I made over this chalkboard activity table in less than an hour.

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Picture Frames

Several old wooden frames can be painted and made over into an interchangeable kid’s art display. Just add a clip with industrial strength glue and voila!

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Step Stools

I always see little step stools like these at thrift stores. We have them both upstairs and downstairs because my little lady isn’t quite tall enough to reach some cabinets and sinks. I made this upholstered step stool to match her play hutch and added a little fabric and padding so she can sit on it comfortably.

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I made upcycled these pink and rhinestone stools for my twin God Daughters.

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Baskets and Hanging Planters

Baskets are great for toy storage and even clothing storage. You can hang them as well. I turned this plant hanger into hanging toy storage.

Thrift Store Baskets to Makeover for your Kids

Chalkboard Activity Tray Thrift Store Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover

My daughter uses this plastic activity tray that has now officially been through the ringer.  Not only does she use it to color on or eat snacks on, she steps on it, leans on it, and sits on it. It’s now warped and slouchy in the middle. When I went on a hunt on my last thrift store shopping outing, needless to say I was so happy I found this durable wooden activity tray for $6.00. I thought there was a chalkboard on top, bought when I brought it home it didn’t work. So, I decided to give it a mini thrift store makeover.

Materials I used:

  • Light Pink craft paint
  • Pink iridescent pearl craft paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Painter’s tape
  • Chalkboard paint

Here is the tray BEFORE. As you can see it has the green chalkboard look, but when I tried two different type of chalk, it didn’t work.

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover (1)

I taped it off with painter’s tape, because I planned on hand painting it and let’s just say I do not have a steady hand.

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover (2)

When I asked Mia what color, of course she shouted “pink!” I used a light pink coat on the bottom (two coats).

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover (3)

Then I used one coat of Martha Stewart’s pink pearl craft paint on top, with an extra coat of touch up.

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Once the pink paint trim dried, I painted the top with chalkboard paint.  I ended up doing four coats… yes four, with one hour drying time in between.  On the final coat I waited 24 hours to allow it to cure before drawing on it.

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It turned out great and works well! My daughter loves it and now we can safely replace the plastic one!

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover

Here are some more DIY Trays I have made!

Kids Artwork Display Idea

by Dinah Wulf

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My daughter got a new loft bed in her room and we had to rearrange her furniture.  That also meant that I had to move her fabric Duck Brand tape shelves. The wall was blank and empty so my best friend from Simply Creative Ways gave me a Kids Artwork Display Idea. The two of us both have these frames left over from parties we have done; mine from my Tea Party by the Sea baby shower and hers from her Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party.  

There are so many great wood cut outs available in craft stores, and that just makes my life so easy! Here are the frames before.

Kids Artwork Display Idea

With a little craft paint, I painted them some vibrant colors that matched her room.

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I found these rustic metal clips at Michael’s for about $3.00 for four. I simply hot glued them on. Hot glue works really well and is sturdy.  I tested it out, and was able to change the artwork in the frame very easily.

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Here is the wall BEFORE. It’s blah!

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Here is the wall AFTER! Much better!

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Mia and I chose some of her favorite pieces of art that she has done in preschool and we hung them in her room.

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She told me she titled the dinosaur one, “Dinosaur with Ear Pickers”. They are supposed to be bones, by the way! She cracks me up!

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Here are a couple AFTER Photos. Now we can display her artwork over the years instead of piling up in my closet!

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Party Top Hat Headband DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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My daughter turns four at the end of this month and my husband and I are taking her two best friends and her to the circus for the first time (BTW, check out the circus party favors I made). I thought it’d be fun to dress her up a little for her special day so I wanted to share and easy repurposed Party Top Hat Headband DIY that I made out of a party cup and that you can make for a costume, party hat, or just for fun!

Materials:

  • Small Party Cup
  • Scissors
  • Circle Craft Punches
  • Cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • Craft Flowers or Felt
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Headband

I purchased these cups for .50 for the whole pack at an after Easter sale.  They were just too cute to pass up and I knew I would eventually use them for something.

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I used scissors to cut it down to the size hat I wanted.

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Next I cut out two circles with two craft punches. The sizes I used are 2” and 3.5”. The 2” just happen to fit the bottom of the cup perfectly.

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I glued the top, rim, and ribbon band onto the cup.

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Then, I had some extra felt craft flowers from my Dollar Bin Headband project I did not long ago and glued that to the hat.

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Lastly, I hot glued the mini hat onto a sparkly gold dollar bin headband. Isn’t it adorable??? I can’t stand it! I may even wear this myself to the circus or even make three of them for party favors for her two best friends!

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Thrift Store Doll Bed Makeover DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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I was perusing Goodwill last week and found this wooden doll bed for $7.  I snatched it up right away and posted it on Facebook and Instagram. I got to work almost immediately because I couldn’t contain my excitement for the great deal I just got.  Here is my Thrift Store Doll Bed Makeover DIY. The Bed Here is the bed I bought. Isn’t it adorable?

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It was a little beat up as you can see and when I put in the slats they didn’t stay in and kept falling out.

Refurbished Thrift Store Doll Bed

I disassembled the whole thing.

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I spot sanded a few areas where there were a lot of scratches.

Refurbished Thrift Store Doll Bed Upcycle

I asked my daughter what color she wanted and naturally she said, “PINK!”

Refurbished Thrift Store Doll Bed Makeover

After I painted it, I glued in the wooden mattress slats and let it dry.

Refurbished Thrift Store Doll Bed DIY

The Mattress As you can see there was no mattress. I actually had some high density foam left over from the garage sale bench makeover I did. I measured and cut it to fit the bed using my trusty Fiskars amplified scissors (P.S. They are awesome).

DIY Doll Bedding How-To

I bought some flannel fabric at Jo-Ann’s.  I intentionally bought flannel because I used hot glue to attach the fabric to the foam. I simply wrapped it like a present. It fit beautifully.

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The Bedding For the bedding I made it all reversible, so I made two pillows out of the fabric and a blanket, stuffing the pillows with polyester fiber fill.

DIY Doll Bedding Tutorial

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I also made a white pillow out of white felt.

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Here are some AFTER photos! My daughter was so excited and so far she’s played with it every day since I gave it to her!

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Monogram Wooden Wagon Plaque DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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I made some paper decorations for the Fourth of July parade coming up and I couldn’t resist but add a little extra pizazz to our wagon we bought on Craigslist, hence my Monogram Wooden Wagon Plaque DIY. I actually had everything stalked in my craft room (I know I have a problem), so I didn’t have to go buy anything new. I only needed a few things.

Materials:

  • Wood Plaque (I think I bought this one at Walmart)
  • Wooden letter
  • Paint
  • Foam Brushes
  • Newspaper
  • Wood Glue or Other Adhesive

Here is a photo of the wagon before I painted it.

Metal and Wood Wagon

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I painted the wooden sides with Krylon’s blue ocean breeze.

Fourth of July Parade Wagon

I had this wooden plaque and a wooden “w” for our last name which happen to fit perfectly on the back of the wagon.

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I painted the plaque white with red trim and the “w” black.

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Unfinished wood dries very quickly, so I was able to glue the letter on almost immediately.  I ended up using E6000 because it dries quickly and I find it works well. You can also use wood glue.

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I removed the wooden back of the wagon and glued on the plaque to the back.

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Here is the AFTER! I can’t wait to decorate it again for the Fourth of July parade.  In case you missed it, check out the easy paper decorations I made.

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You may also like these other fun upcycles I did for my daughter:

Easy Dollar Bin Headbands

by Dinah Wulf

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My daughter will be turning age four soon and I think she gets more girly and more girly every day.  Because she loves dressing up with skirts and dresses and shoes, it gets a little expensive.  I always try to find ways to save a little money here and there.  The other day, I went craft shopping and found some great deals to make inexpensive and easy dollar bin headbands for her.

You only need a few items.

Materials:

  • Headbands
  • Felt Craft Flowers
  • Felt Craft Bows
  • Hot glue and glue gun

With coupons in hand, I spent less than $6.00 for these three headbands I made and have left over embellishments for other projects. I found the plain glitter headbands for a dollar each at Joann Fabrics and Craft Stores and I found the felt embellishments in the dollar bins at Michael’s.

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I actually thought about making the felt flowers myself, but these were so cute I had to buy them!  Each pack was $1.50 and I had a 30% off coupon for all three. I couldn’t pass it up! I simply glued each piece to the headbands. My daughter LOVES them. She wears one every day. They are pretty sturdy as well.

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Here are a few pictures of Mia wearing them.

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Here are a few more SUPER easy hair clips and fabric flowers I have made in case you missed them!

DIY Kitchen Playset

by Dinah Wulf

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Shabby Chic Office Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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I have been a busy girl making some fun things for my friend’s shabby chic office makeover. As a recap, she wanted a colorful shabby chic and Anthropologie inspired office. These ideas and projects are also perfect for a home office or craft room!

I started off by making some pretty Inspirational Wooden Signs from cut outs I bought at the craft stores. Be sure to check out the full tutorial! Here is a picture of the four that I made.

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My friend had a sheet of BOLD laws that she follows. They are inspirational quotes that she tries to review daily. She wanted them displayed, rather than just a piece of paper with all of them written on it. I made her this Bird Cage display with some of the BOLD laws framed.

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I also rewrote them in different colors and fonts for her to display on the wall and put them on some pretty off-white patterned scrapbook paper.

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I added magnets to some clothespins for any notes or reminders she has to put on a metal magnetic board.

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I also got her a chalkboard and some chalkboard jars to help her stay organized. The colors were perfect!

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I also made her a matching lace and fabric scrap bunting for her to hang in her office.

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In case you missed them, here are the links to projects I have done for this makeover!

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