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.
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.
When I asked Mia what color, of course she shouted “pink!” I used a light pink coat on the bottom (two coats).
Then I used one coat of Martha Stewart’s pink pearl craft paint on top, with an extra coat of touch up.
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.
It turned out great and works well! My daughter loves it and now we can safely replace the plastic one!
Here are some more DIY Trays I have made!
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. 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!
- Small Party Cup
- Circle Craft Punches
- Craft Flowers or Felt
- Hot Glue and Glue Gun
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.
I used scissors to cut it down to the size hat I wanted.
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.
I glued the top, rim, and ribbon band onto the cup.
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.
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!
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?
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.
I disassembled the whole thing.
I spot sanded a few areas where there were a lot of scratches.
I asked my daughter what color she wanted and naturally she said, “PINK!”
After I painted it, I glued in the wooden mattress slats and let it dry.
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).
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.
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.
I also made a white pillow out of white felt.
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!
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.
- Wood Plaque (I think I bought this one at Walmart)
- Wooden letter
- Foam Brushes
- Wood Glue or Other Adhesive
Here is a photo of the wagon before I painted it.
I painted the wooden sides with Krylon’s blue ocean breeze.
I had this wooden plaque and a wooden “w” for our last name which happen to fit perfectly on the back of the wagon.
I painted the plaque white with red trim and the “w” black.
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.
I removed the wooden back of the wagon and glued on the plaque to the back.
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.
You may also like these other fun upcycles I did for my daughter:
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.
- 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.
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.
Here are a few pictures of Mia wearing them.
Here are a few more SUPER easy hair clips and fabric flowers I have made in case you missed them!
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!