Upcycled Fabric Duck Tape Shelves

by Dinah Wulf

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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:

  1. The Fabric Duck Tape of your choice and
  2. The Fiskars Amplify Craft Shears (because they cut Duck Tape perfectly!)

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Here are the shelves BEFORE.

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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).

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Here are two AFTER shots.

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Here is another BEFORE and AFTER.

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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!

Stenciled Cork Organization Board DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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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.

Materials:

  • 8 square cork boards
  • Stencils
  • Spouncer
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Old food box
  • Scissors
  • Felt or fabric

I started off by stenciling four of the cork boards.  The key to a perfect stencil is less is more.

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I stenciled the letters in a direct up and down motion.

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I also added a little flower stencil after each “O”.

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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.

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I covered it with felt and added a ribbon.

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Once the paint was dry, I used ribbon to attach each board together using hot glue.

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I also added a little pen holder with ribbon and a ribbon at the top to hang it.

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I hot glued the container to the bottom of the organization board.

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Lastly, glue the final four cork boards to the back of the organization board for a finished look. Here are a few after pictures.

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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.

Kids Christmas Table Setting #PaperCraftedChristmas

by Dinah Wulf

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.

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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.

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Here is a shopping list of supplies you may need for this table setting:

  • DCWV The Holiday Cheer Stack
  • DCWV Christmas & Winter Embellishments pack
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Paper Cutter
  • Circle Edge Punch
  • Ruler

I started off by simply covering recycled Mason jars with coordinating paper. 

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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.

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I also covered some red and green favor bags filled with candy for each guest.

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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.

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I purchased the adorable gingerbread boy and girl plates and napkins from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores. 

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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!

Two Dozen Easy Elf on a Shelf Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Elf on a Shelf Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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.

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Then I found this little potty training toilet for her baby dolls…this one speaks for itself!

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What elf doesn’t want to have a tea party???

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For this one, I brought out one of her favorite books and set up the elf to read a bedtime story to her fairies.

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I ventured into our garage and found this checkers board. So far it’s tied… ;)

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Then I went upstairs to the craft room. Our elf OF COURSE is very crafty!

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For the last one, our elf sent her a little message on her chalkboard.

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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!

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!

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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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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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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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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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.

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.

 

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.

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!

 

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!

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.

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