9.20.2018

DIY Your Own Doormat With These 11 Free Printables

When you invite somebody over to your house the first thing they usually see is your doormat. It’s the welcoming sign to anyone dropping off packages or the neighbor who stops by to borrow some sugar. That’s why I’ll never understand why so many doormats are, well, boring! 

Stores sell the same old doormats so it’s hard to find one that truly reflects your personality. Lucky for you, it’s not difficult to make one yourself! It’s a great opportunity to show off your personality and reflect your personal style. 

DIY your own Doormat using these 11 FREE Printable Stencils

Wondering where to begin? This tutorial from Simply Self Storage is a step-by-step guide to making your own doormat. It includes detailed instructions with visuals, as well as my favorite part: 11 printables to use as stencils. There are so many options to choose from, from the basic “Live Laugh Love,” to the more playful “The Password is Guacamole.” 

Once you choose your stencil and gather all of your materials you will need to cut out the stencil. Now, this can be tricky. Those not experienced with an exacto knife might want to pick the larger, blockier designs first. 

When cutting, you’ll want to cut through the stencil AND the tape, but avoid cutting through your mat. This isn’t too difficult but does take some finesse. The straight lines will be easier to cut out than cursive designs, so plan accordingly. 

Below, I’ve included a list of materials and basic instructions for making your own DIY doormat. Follow these steps and soon you’ll your very own custom piece of outdoor art. Happy creating! 

DIY your own Doormat using these 11 FREE Printable Stencils

Materials You Will Need: 
Blank coir mat (standard outdoor mat) 
Outdoor acrylic paint 
Foam paint brushes 
Exacto knife 
Cardstock 
Painter’s Tape 
Pins 
Printer 
And a downloaded stencil! 

1. Choose Your Design and Print it Out

DIY your own Doormat using these 11 FREE Printable Stencils

2. Tape Your Mat Securely

DIY your own Doormat using these 11 FREE Printable Stencils

3. Arrange the Stencil on Your Mat

DIY your own Doormat using these 11 FREE Printable Stencils

4. CAREFULLY Cut Out Your Design

DIY your own Doormat using these 11 FREE Printable Stencils

5. Paint Several Coats

DIY your own Doormat using these 11 FREE Printable Stencils

DIY your own Doormat using these 11 FREE Printable Stencils

6. Let Dry and Reveal Your Design

DIY your own Doormat using these 11 FREE Printable Stencils

7. Enjoy Your Doormat!

DIY your own Doormat using these 11 FREE Printable Stencils

9.16.2018

Back to School: Printables for the Morning Commute

Now that summer has come to a close, we feel a little sad to say goodbye to the season of travel — that is until the Holidays, which are much closer than we might realize. If you and your family had a chance to take a road trip this summer, you might know how important preparation is for a successful drive. Even those with the most enthusiastic little travelers know that an extensive time spent on the open road can wear on one’s patience. Which is why we love printables for those times when there’s no service or your kids simply need to take a break from the screens.

Back to School: Printables for the Morning Commute


In fact, printable activities aren’t just for the family road trip when there’s hundreds of miles ahead of you. They’re especially great for the morning commute to school or an evening traffic jam. It’s true that you can never have too many tricks up your sleeve when it comes to keeping your kids entertained on the road.

Add this list of free road trip printables to your kids in the car activities, so whether you’re making the morning commute to school or planning for your next family road trip, all you’ll need to do is print them out!

9.05.2018

How-To Fix Cooking Mistakes

Food is really the center of the home! We spend so much time in the kitchen to create the perfect meals for our families and share special moments, laughs and stories around the dinner table. Picking the right recipes and getting everything just right can be tough, but it’s always worth it in the end to have a full family and another special meal together. 

However, kitchen time doesn’t always turn out exactly as planned! Sometimes we forget to set timers, add a little too much salt or completely overcook a dish because we misread the recipe. Although these setbacks are inevitable every once in a while in a busy household, these little cooking mistakes are never enough to set back a delicious dinner! Instead of starting from scratch or aimlessly searching for mistakes, you can check out this handy visual from Shari’s Berries to learn about all of the tips and tricks for fixing common cooking and baking mistakes. For example, did you know that you can add a sweetener to a dish that’s too spicy to tame the flavor? Take a look at all of their tips to see what you can do to fix any dish! 

How-To Fix Baking Mistakes


How-To Fix Cooking Mistakes

8.30.2018

30 Printable Road Trip Games for Your Kids

Road trips in the summer are one of the great American pastimes. The kids are out of school and there’s no more snow on the road. Millions of American families take advantage of this and pack up and head to a national park, local campsite, or a fun city for some sightseeing.

30 Printable Road Trip Games for Kids - FREE

But the drive to your destination is not always the most entertaining part. In fact, sometimes it can be downright boring. Hundreds of miles of straight, flat roads will test anyone’s attention span, especially a kid’s. With no internet they will surely start to get antsy and you’ll wish you had thought ahead about how to keep them entertained. Luckily, I have just the thing! Thanks to The Zebra, I’m able to share with you a set of 30 road trip printable games that are sure to keep the whole family entertained.

From classics like “I Spy” and the license plate game to road trip fill-in-the-blanks and a word search, your kids will have plenty to do! The printables also come with a safety checklist, emergency contact list, packing checklist, and car preparation checklist. After filling these checklists out, you’ll be more than prepped for a great road trip! You can download all the printables here.

You can also see some of my favorites below. Just look at how cute those cows are!

My Cows game
30 Printable Road Trip Games for Kids - FREE

Car preparation checklist
30 Printable Road Trip Games for Kids - FREE

8.20.2018

Organized Sewing

If you know me, I LOVE organizing...bits, bobbles, clothes, shoes, pantry items, toys, washi tape, etc. There are certain areas that get pushed aside until I just can't take it anymore. Sewing is a newer hobby of mine but I should really preface that with, I sew PAPER, not clothing. This bag of stuff slowly accumulated and I needed a better solution, so off to the store I went.

Organized Sewing - LeroyLime

You can find this ArtBin Sew-lutions box pretty much anywhere sewing supplies are sold, I think I picked mine up from Michael's, isn't the name catchy? Sew-lutions. Genius!

Organized Sewing - LeroyLime

I color coordinated my bobbins and added all the little bits to the clear lidded box and now my sewing stuff is much easier to untangle. My large spools of thread are still in their zip lock baggie, until I find a new solution but at least my bobbins are enjoying their color coordinated home.

Organized Sewing - LeroyLime

Link your sewing organizational tips and posts in the comments below, I'd love to check them out!

Organized Sewing - LeroyLime

8.17.2018

DIY Marbled Paper

Marbled paper has been everywhere lately. From wedding decor to home accents, this trendy and stylish look is one that’s not going away anytime soon. If you’re looking for a fun project you can occupy the kids with that will double as decor or gifts, look no farther. Marbling paper is a fun way to recreate this trendy look at home.

how to marble paper : DIY with LeroyLime

To help you get started, FTD walks you through how to marble paper in 7 super simple steps. An added bonus? You probably already have most of the materials at home. This is a fun craft to get creative with. You can transform simple white piece of cardstock into a work of art by exploring different color schemes and trying new patterns.

So what are you waiting for? Let the marbling begin!

how to marble paper materials : LeroyLime

Materials: Baking sheet Shaving cream (must be foam not gel) Watercolors and acrylic paint Cardstock Paintbrush Dropper Scraper (paint scraper, ruler or any flat edge) Step 1: Fill the baking sheet with shaving cream.

how to marble paper step 1 : DIY with LeroyLime
 
 Step 2: Smooth out the surface of the shaving cream.

how to marble paper step 2 : DIY with LeroyLime
 
 Step 3: Add in two to three colors with a dropper.

how to marble paper step 3 : DIY with LeroyLime
 
 Step 4: Swirl the colors in a figure 8 pattern.

how to marble paper step 4 : DIY with LeroyLime
 
 Step 5: Lightly press the cardstock into the shaving cream.

how to marble paper step 5 : DIY with LeroyLime
 
 Step 6: Remove and scrape off the extra shaving cream.

how to marble paper step 6 : DIY with LeroyLime
 
Step 7: Let dry and put on display!

how to marble paper inspiration : DIY with LeroyLime