2.25.2015

DIY Wrapping Station

DIY Wrapping Station

Who else is a total sucker for the $1 a roll wrapping 
paper at Target? I am! A place to store my rolls without
all the bent ends which was easily accessible was on my
to-do list and this wall needed a bit of color...

Found this open frame at an antique shop, although it's
not antique, it was perfect and snatched up for a great
price. A box of cup hooks, some mini metal rods
and a finished usable piece that isn't too shabby
to look at when coming down the stairs to the basement.

We already had the bar, hooks and buckets, so hung
a few for washi tape, stickers, etc. I moved the markers 
and scissors onto a high shelf in a closet, since we
still have littles and that would just be a catastrophe
waiting to happen!

A few jars for ribbon scraps and bakers twine. 
The green locker, which will be getting a paint face 
lift hopefully this summer, holds tissue paper, 
small boxes, bubble wrap and other packaging items.

DIY Wrapping Station

The metal rods have a small hole in each end and are 
easily removable when you need to change out the
rolls of paper. A small piece of washi tape is also
a great way to keep the paper from unrolling.

2.13.2015

DIY Frame and Valentine Mantle Decor


DIY Frame & Valentine Mantle Decor

I asked my dear hubby to whip up another project
that's been floating around in my head. We needed 
something larger for our mantle that could be used 
to decorate with. After looking for frames at Michael's 
and a few other stores but not wanting to swallow 
the $100 or more price tag for the size we needed. 
Two pieces of fence boards from Home Depot were
snatched up instead and this is what the hubs made 
that I painted with Americana Decor Chalk Paint.

DIY Frame & Valentine Mantle Decor

 Just a simple square but it adds a bit of height
and will be so fun to switch up for all the different 
holidays this year, can't wait to continue
the crafting projects!! 

DIY Frame & Valentine Mantle Decor

Here's our mantle this year for Valentine's Day.
Share the love and link your Valentine projects
or decor below in the comments!

2.12.2015

Coffee Filter Flowers

Coffee Filter Flowers Valentine Decor

With the leftover coffee filters from my 3-D Heart
I whipped up these super simple and fun coffee filter flowers.
I used the same technique as before, essentially folding each
filter in half and then pinching to make a stem in the center. 
I stuck the first flower inside the top of a paper straw and then
added two more filters for a fuller floral look.

Coffee Filter Flowers Valentine Decor

Careful with that hot glue gun on this project,
it just might bite a little!
A scrap of ribbon glued on the bottom of the flower
 helps to hide any odd layers as well.

Coffee Filter Flowers Valentine Decor

These would make a fun gift for your Valentine!

3-D Coffee Filter Heart

3-D Coffee Filter Heart Valentine Decor

 I needed to make something large for an open frame 
the hubs built for me and decided to try my hand at
tackling coffee filters. I  used only one stack from my 
coffee filter bag for this project with a few filters left over. 

A bottle of red reinker dye (that I have for my stamp pads)
was used along the edges. I wanted the color to flow down 
the filters so pulled out a glass of water and a straw.
I soaked the entire stack of filters until I was happy
with the color saturation and then let the stack dry overnight.
Make sure you do this on a plate, paper works fine
and you can toss in the trash when you are done.

3-D Coffee Filter Heart Valentine Decor

I was going to cut out a large cardboard heart but
saw this stiff felt one at Michael's and it was 1/2 off
so I used it as my base. Once the coffee filters were 
completely dry, I started forming them into flower 
shapes. Just fold in half and then twist the bottom 
into a little stem. You can fluff the tops if needed.

3-D Coffee Filter Heart Valentine Decor

 Once you get some flowers made up, whip out your
hot glue gun and work with one flower at a time
gluing them onto your form. Make sure you squish
each flower down a bit (without crushing) till the
glue can catch or harden. 

3-D Coffee Filter Heart Valentine Decor

After covering my heart, I went back and filled in
the spots that I thought needed a bit more fluff.
Hope you'll try your hand at a coffee filter project
the possibilities are endless!

2.09.2015

DIY Valentine Decorations on a Stick


DIY Valentine Decorations on a Stick


Looking for some easy and fun Valentine Decorations?
If you  have any tulle or yarn lying around, wrap it around 
two or three fingers, tie the center (really tightly) with another
piece of thread or ribbon and then cut the loops until 
they poof into a nice little pom pom (you can give them
a little haircut if you aren't happy with the shape). 
I hot glued mine to paper straws to add a little height 
to my Valentine mantle display this year.

DIY Valentine Decorations on a Stick

If you don't have any yarn, ribbon or tulle, a bit of
cardstock will work as well. I die cut these hearts and 
glued them onto fun brightly striped paper straws.
More Valentine fun to display around the house!

DIY Valentine Decorations on a Stick




2.03.2015

Magic Shoelaces by Laceez

Have you ever read the book "Magic Shoelaces" by Audrey Wood?
It was one of my favorites growing up and I still have a copy which
has been passed down to my kiddos. 

After stumbling upon Laceez on Instagram and seeing that 
no-tying was involved, the Magic Shoelaces book came to mind.

The laces arrived in cute drawstring bags and mini boxes
with a drawing on the backs to show how to lace them,
so you too can have magic shoes!

Laceez Magic Shoelaces Review

My daughter snatched up the blue and purple pairs quickly
and promptly threw away her old nasty laces. The XL were 
a bit too long for her shoes, so she looped them through again
and they fit perfectly. The best part, Laceez makes 
for a much faster out the door routine in the mornings for school.
The purple ones made her high tops slip on shoes, perfect
for a trendy girl on the go!

Laceez Magic Shoelaces Review

I can't wait for my four year old to grow out of his
velcro shoes so I can buy him a big boy pair with laces
and give him a pair of magic shoelaces from Laceez as well.

If you want to make your family shuffle out the door
with a bit more ease, I'd definitely stock up on some Laceez!

Laceez Magic Shoelaces Review

Disclosure: Thank you Laceez for sponsoring this post.
All opinions are my own.