15th Aug2013

How to Make a Bandana Skirt

by Dinah Wulf

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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.

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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!

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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 shopYou 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!

02nd Jul2013

Upcycled Step Stool Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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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.

Materials:

Here is a photo of the stools before.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Once it was dry, I added some decorative adhesive decals for the trim around the edges and the top.

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Next I sprayed the top and sides where the decals are with a permanent clear glaze.

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Here is a close up photo.

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Here is the before and after again.

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19th Jun2013

How to Make a Photo Strip Collage

by Dinah Wulf

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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”.

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Next click “upload photo” and load all the photos you would like to use for your collage.

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Once your files are uploaded, click “photo collage”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Here are a couple photos of Mia (my little goofball) now…including a few of her many faces!

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17th Jun2013

Repurposed Kids Play Kitchen Hutch

by Dinah Wulf

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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
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Spray adhesive
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint
  • Wooden knobs (3)
  • E6000

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!

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Here is the vanity table BEFORE.  This was caked with paint.

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Both were pretty beat up so I had to break out the electric sander.  The table had survived two previous makeovers.

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I spray painted both of them white.

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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.

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I attached the fabric strips to the hutch with spray adhesive.

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Next, I liked the fake drawers that the hutch had originally, so I taped off three drawers and painted them blue (of course).  

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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.

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07th Jun2013

How to Upcycle a Step Stool for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

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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
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Ribbon

Here is the stool before.

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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.

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Once it was dry, I cut and pieced together the craft foam to fit the top of the stool.

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I used a craft spray adhesive to attach it.

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I bought a half a yard of outdoor fabric and cut it to size.

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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.

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Next I trimmed the excess fabric.

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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!

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22nd Apr2013

Recycled Kid’s Craft: Cereal Box Puzzles

by Dinah Wulf

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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.

Materials:

  • Cereal boxes or old board game boxes
  • Coloring book covers or damaged soft book covers
  • Scissors
  • 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.

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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.

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Next I cut the fronts and backs of the cereal boxes.

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Mia glued the covers to the cereal boxes with some kid-friendly glue sticks.  The cereal cardboard makes the puzzles more durable.

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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.

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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.

18th Apr2013

Refurbished Radio Flyer Wooden Toy Horse

by Dinah Wulf

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One of my best friends has a Radio Flyer Wooden Toy Horse that all three of her kids played with.  Her youngest, Taylor, absolutely LOVES this horse and uses it practically every day.  Over the years, since kid #1, the horse has taken its toll.  It lives most of its life outside and the weather has taken a beating on it.  When I asked little Taylor what color she wanted Auntie to paint her horse she said pink and white. Happily, I took home her horse for a couple days to refurbish it for her.

Here are the materials I used:

  • WD-40
  • Sanding block and 150 grit sand paper
  • Clean cloth
  • White spray paint for metal and outdoor use
  • Pink paint
  • Paint brush
  • Screw driver
  • Wrench

I had difficulty taking off the old screws and nuts because of the rust, so I sprayed on WD-40 to loosen it.

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It worked perfectly.  I had to use the wrench to secure the nut and use the screwdriver to unscrew each one.

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Note: I soaked the screws and nuts in lime away and used an old toothbrush to scrub them clean of rust.  It worked great and I didn’t have to buy new ones!

Once the wood and metal were apart, I sanded the horse.

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I looked online to find replacement caps for the wheels because from experience, they usually get ruined once you try to pop them off.  I couldn’t find the right size so I decided to keep them on and cover the wheels in plastic to protect them from the spray paint.  I sprayed the metal base with spray paint.

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Meanwhile, I took off the rubber handles and painted the wooden horse pink. I also painted the rubber handles white with the spray paint.

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Once all the paint was dry, my friend Jenny highlighted the groves with a light purple paint and small paintbrush.  Here are some before and after photos.

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This project makes me want to look for more toys to refurbish the next time I go to an antique swap meet.  When I brought it back to Taylor she was so excited and rode it immediately.

 

15th Apr2013

Recycled Straw Necklace Craft for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

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Lucky for me, I get to spend at least two times a week with my best friends and their kids.  We try to schedule play dates every Tuesday and Thursday.  Our little ones have become so close they treat each other like sisters (AKA, an occasional hit or raised voice).  Often times we try to come up with a craft the girls can do together.  Most recently we made these cute recycled straw necklace craft.  I got this idea from Jamie over at hands on: as we grow.  She is one of my main resources for the activities I do with Mia.  This kid’s activity in particular is great for fine motor skills.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn
  • Straws
  • Scissors
  • Craft Punches
  • Paper scraps

We chose some of our favorite colored yarn. Cut different lengths for bracelets, anklets, or necklaces. We cut them extra-long for the younger kids.

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We also used various craft punches to create our own “beads” with circles and flowers from scrapbook paper scraps I had left over from other projects. Make sure the hole is large enough for little fingers to maneuver.

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You can pre-cut the straws, or if your child is old enough you can allow them to do it with safety scissors.

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Here are our little ones in action.  Please ignore the dirt on my daughter’s face and shirt… oh and the disheveled hair…they were playing outside I swear!  Ha!

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The girls (ages 2-5) had a great time and were happy to take and wear them home from our play date.

10th Apr2013

Cardboard Box Photo Booth

by Dinah Wulf

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I know Easter is officially over (hope you had a great one!), but I wanted to share this fantastic Cardboard Box Photo Booth idea from a friend of mine.  This is such a great upcycle and it’s perfect for any party, especially for kids.

My friend had a box from a large flat screen TV which was the perfect size for a photo booth for small children.  She saved it and realized that she could make a two sided photo booth for an upcoming spring party she was planning.  The larger the box, the better, of course!  She cut out one side, and covered the entire box in white paper.

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On one side, painted an Easter theme with a bunny, egg tree, grass, and Easter eggs and cut out holes for your head in the shape of a balloon and an Easter egg.  She painted more Easter eggs and glued them on to add dimension.

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On the other side, she cut out two sections and used two picture frames as a border.  She decorated it with bows and pinwheels from the dollar store.

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The party guests had a great time posing for pictures.

This Cardboard Box Photo Booth could go with any type of theme party, the possibilities are endless!  Consider draping it with material, covering it with patterned gift wrap, or painting it.  You can also place a box or basket of photo props like hats, boas, funny glasses, and masks.  I may have to steal this idea for my daughter’s birthday party this year!

 

28th Mar2013

SmartStrand: Getting Down To Play With Your Kids

by Dinah Wulf

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My daughter and I have been really enjoying our kid-friendly SmartStrand carpet rug.  Getting down To play with together is so important to our family.  Over the past several days we’ve had a tea party, did puzzles, played games, and watched movies.  Did I mention we also ate chicken, cookies, chocolate milk, juice, and more with no worries at all?  Enter to win one below {CLOSED}!  But first, check us out in action!

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It even survived a play date with Mia’s best friend, Becca and the twins!

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About SmartStrand

#1—SmartStrand has permanent stain and soil resistance that will never wear off. Most carpets have stain and soil treatments that are applied topically to the fiber.

Over time, in the face of foot traffic, and due to wear and tear, the topically applied stain and soil treatment wears off. This can leave ordinary carpets looking worn out and dirty sooner than you might expect for such a large purchase. With SmartStrand, you don’t have to worry about that. For as long as you have the carpet, it will have stain protection because it is built into the carpet fiber itself.

#2—SmartStrand is extremely easy to clean.

Say goodbye to carpet cleaners! You don’t have to use any harsh chemicals or carpet cleaners to remove stains from SmartStrand carpet. All you need is a dishrag, some warm water, and mild detergent, like dish soap. Even tough stains, like ketchup, mustard, red Kool-Aid, even red wine will clean easily out of SmartStrand carpet.

#3—SmartStrand is very durable.

So durable, in fact, Mohawk held a SmartStrand Zoo Challenge. Mohawk carpeted the rhino enclosure at a popular zoo in Birmingham, Alabama. Ricko the Rhino lived on this carpet for 2 weeks! When all was said and done, Mohawk removed the carpet from Ricko’s home, had it professionally cleaned using only hot water extraction… and the carpet looked good as new! The next year, they took it even further and had six African elephants at the Dallas Zoo live on SmartStrand carpet for two weeks…and the result was the same!

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Enter To Win! {CLOSED}

You can win your own 6’ X 9’ SmartStrand bound carpet rug. Go to the contest page to enter. SmartStrand carpet is rated #1 in consumer satisfaction… Experience it for yourself!

The contest is going on now and ends April 8th. Please see the registration page for legal rules.

A big THANK YOU to Mohawk Flooring for sponsoring this post!

18th Mar2013

Stuffed Animal Toy Storage

by Dinah Wulf

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Today I had to share my obsession with reuse and repurposing… either that or I’m a hoarder I haven’t quite figured that out yet or at least come to terms with “hoarding”.  I turned literal trash into a centerpiece and then into stuffed animal toy storage.  Yeah I know. I have issues.

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I originally found this plant hanger next to the trash by the side of our house when we first moved in last year.  I ended up cleaning it up, painting it, embellishing it, and using it as an outdoor chandelier for my daughter’s outdoor summer birthday party.  It was hung in the center of a tent with a nice adult seating area and turned out quite lovely.

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I didn’t want to throw it away so I ended up hanging it in my daughter’s room for stuffed animal toy storage.  It worked out perfectly because it matched the butterfly wall art, stenciled burlap butterfly wall art, I made and ceiling fan that I installed.  Since I used the pearls and beads sparingly when decorating the chandelier, small stuffed animals can easily be taken in and out.  My daughter loves it and calls it her hanging zoo (and sometimes her hanging jail, but zoo is much nicer).

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When I first saw that pile of unwanted trash, I would have never thought I’d be hanging it in my toddler’s room, but it worked out!  This old plant hanger, once dirty and trashy, is now a sweet treasure that I think my daughter will have for several years to come.

01st Mar2013

Kid’s Craft Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Thank goodness I enjoy crafting!  I say that because sometimes the trials and tribulations that come with raising a toddler seem less stressful when I can break out a craft activity for the two of us to do.  I have found some fun resources for kid’s craft ideas that I want to share with you today.

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Jamie is a mom of three boys and has art projects, crafts, and activities for kids from newborn to three years old.  From parenting tips to teaching phonics, Jamie’s website is full of amazing ideas for parent and child to do together.  Two of my favorites are a snowman wind chime made out of tin cans and a Dinosaur Fossil Excavation that is a hands on sensory experience.  You can follow Jaime on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest for more inspiration!

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Kid’s Activities Blog

Holly and Rachel are some quirky mommas who have collaborated with several creative moms to create a one stop resource for activities, crafts, and fun educational experiences for your kids.  You can find indoor and outdoor games, holiday crafts, and even jokes for kids of all ages from babies to middle school aged children.  A couple of my favorite posts are Homemade Toys from Your Recycle Bin and Word Family Tic-Tac-Toe reading game.  You can follow Holly on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest for more inspiration!

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Last but definitely not least, Heidi and Nicci’s parenting website, not only addresses important pregnancy and birthing information, they share fun topics such as starting family traditions and Toddler friendly healthy recipes.  Of course, their kid’s activities and craft and DIY section is my fave, including How to Make Shelves out of Cardboard Boxes and How to Sew a Toddler backpack.  Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Pinterest!

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Be sure to check out these lovely ladies and their fun and useful sites!  Do you have any kid’s activities you’d like to share?

 

28th Feb2013

Reading Nook for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

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I saw this fantastic idea using spice racks to hold books on Pinterest.  I love this reading nook idea because it takes little space, and adds charm and character while encouraging good reading habits to our little ones.  When I went to IKEA however, these wooden spice racks were nowhere to be found.  I decided to keep looking and stumbled upon some photo ledges that I thought would fit perfectly for a reading nook I had wanted to make for my daughter for her room.

Here is what her wall looked like before.  It was plain and sad with an off centered organization board I made last year. Blah and boring!

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I found a fun cherry blossom decal and added it to the plain walls along with two photo ledges at a height that would make it easy for my toddler to reach. I hung them off set from one another.

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Here is a close up.

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I purchased and painted some wooden letters to spell out “books” and “read” with acrylic craft paint.  I didn’t originally plan on it saying “read books” but I found an old curb side pick-up frame that I thought would look cute around the words.

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Here another photo.  It turned out quite nice.

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My daughter actually picks up and reads her books more often now because they are displayed.  No longer hidden in her organization cubes, her books are now easily accessible and a constant reminder that she has them!

11th Feb2013

8 DIY Girls Room Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

My daughter and I were playing in her bedroom the other day.  She wanted me to lie down on the floor and tuck me in, just like Mommy and Daddy does.  She brought me her pillow, her blanket, and two of her dolls.  As I laid there I looked around at her room and realized that I have made a lot of the things in her room so I thought I put together a roundup of 8 DIY Girls Room Ideas and tutorials that I have done.

DIY Girls Room Ideas

  1. Stenciled Butterfly Wall Art – I made this out of an old (ugly) painting, burlap, stencils and craft butterflies.
  2. Plant Hanger Chandelier- Every girl, especially tween girls who walk into Mia’s room LOVE this chandelier and thinks it’s so cool.  To think I made it out of a plant hanger I found in a trash pile on the side of the house when we first moved in!
  3. Butterfly Wall Art-  I made these one day literally out of boredom from left overs in my craft closet.
  4. Lampshade Update – OK, so I didn’t technically make the lamp shade but I did dress it up a bit with ribbon and a butterfly J
  5. Ribbon Organization Board – Another recycled project, I made this out of an old painting and my daughter’s first baby blanket.
  6. Refurbished Play Table – This was an old Disney princess table that was about to be thrown away.  I picked it up and re-painted it and added cushions and fabric to the seats.
  7. Updated Storage Bins- Thought I’d give these otherwise boring bins an inexpensive facelift.
  8. Updated Sconces – Just add the desired paint to some thrift store sconces and voila!

There you have it!  I made most of these from unwanted items and turned trash into treasure…well, at least for my daughter!

 

30th Jan2013

Storage Ideas for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

The older my daughter gets, the more toys and books she has.  I’m always looking for inventive and fun storage ideas for kids.  There are so many inspiring ideas out there that I thought I’d put together a round-up of my favorites.

This clever book sling from Etsy made from a double curtain rob is great.  I would have never thought to do that.  I love the fabric as well.

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I love this!  It looks like stacked tables with drawers for added storage… and it’s purdy too!

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This is one of my favorites!  Being an organization freak, I thought these personalized file crates are a brilliant way to organize art projects, report cards, certificates, and more for each child in the house.

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This is great for older kids.  Using clear glass jars for storage adds color and style while making it easy to see what’s inside.  You can print out these labels here from BHG.

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Another fantastic and ingenious idea from BHG are repurposing plant hangers as wall toy storage.

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A clever way of saving space, this is perfect for nursery with limited space.

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This is from one of my favorite sites, Apartment Therapy.  This DIY project uses pillow cases and embroidery hoops!  I love this!

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Argh! Why didn’t I think of this!  These are wooden spice racks turned book shelves.  You can find these at IKEA for about $4.00 apiece.

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A brilliant trash to treasure idea, this old dresser turned wardrobe storage or dress up station is adorable!

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This is a great way to reuse baby wipe containers and a great way to stay organized!

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Hope you enjoyed my round-up of Storage Ideas for Kids!

 

28th Jan2013

DIY Candy Valentines with a Free Printable

by Dinah Wulf

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Even though my daughter is not yet old enough to be in school, I thought it would still be fun to come up with some DIY Candy Valentines with a Free Printable for my DIY Inspired readers.  I figured my daughter and I could pass the ones I made for this post out to friends and loved ones.  I have done a candy sayings post in the past to help cheer up my husband when he hurt his foot last year, so if you need more inspiration or want to use different candies check out that post.  If you like these, please help yourself to this free printable!

DIY Candy Valentines with a Free Printable

Here are the sayings that I used this time.  I tried to be creative and funny.  Let me know what you think!  If you have other ideas, I’d love to see your sayings in the comments below.

  • Fruit Snacks – “Orange you berry happy I’m your Valentine?”
  • Blow Pop- “Life without you would blow.”
  • Almond Joy- “You bring me so much joy it’s nuts!”
  • Chiclets- “You’re a sweet chick.  Will you be my Valentine?”
  • Pop Rocks- “You Rock, Valentine!”
  • Whoppers- “You’re a Whopper of a Valentine.”

I used favor bags, scrapbook paper, and ribbon to embellish them.  Double sided tape makes it easy to assemble.  Here are a couple more photos.  I had a lot of fun making them.

Valentine Candy Free Printable (3)

 

Valentine Candy Free Printable (2)

I hope you print them out! Enjoy and don’t forget to leave your candy sayings!

***Bonus alert! I am so excited to share two more bonus Valentine’s Day crafts from my friends, Loren from Pandora’s Craft Box and Barbara from Chase the Star!***

Here is Barbara’s adorable Valentine’s Day Banner!

Vday Banner Cover

And here is Loren’s cute Cupid Felt Valentine’s Snow Globe!

valentinesnowglobes

Happy Crafting!

 

 

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