Does your family like dried fruit as easy go-to snacks? Preserving foods by drying is a great way to ensure foods don't go bad for long trips or during warm weather. Many people dehydrate food as a hobby rather than a necessity, but dried apple slices and apricots make delicious healthy snacks. You can make your own snacks using an electric dehydrator or even in the oven to remove moisture and create stable, nutritious snacks for your whole family.
My kids are forever wanting to dress up and wear their sparky shoes and fluffy tutus to the playground and bounce house. I love having girls who love dress up but it also means their fancy clothing and shoes quickly become well loved. My 2-year-old often wears a dress for 3 days in a row, refusing to take it of even for bedtime. Childhood, right? Little kids don't sweat much and my girls never get truly filthy, so I don't mind if she wants to live in her favorite dress. These kitty shoes have been beloved by both my girls, which required me to give them a little makeover. These sparkly pink shoes were secondhand to begin with, and after a year of my daughter frolicking through the grass in our yard, these cute flats needed some TLC. I'm excited to share how I found some matching paint, pink glitter nail polish, and fixed these little kitty shoes right up!
Do you love duck tape? I'm sure you have at least heard about prom dresses and suits being made out of Duct Tape, ever since this popular and universal adhesive became a mainstream fix-it solution. Students are using Duct Tape to transform their school fashion trends with beautiful and talented Prom fashions designed entirely from Duct Tape! As a mom who loves creativity and fashion, I think these finished Duct Taped fashion statements are so cool!
My little girls have always loved tutus and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy they are to make! DIY tutus are fast and simple to make out of tulle and these fun sparkly skirts are perfect for dress up, Valentine's Day, just for fun, and toddler or baby milestone photo shoots. You can easily make a no-sew tutu for your own baby or toddler even if you don't have any sewing skills or sewing equipment. All you need is a few colors of tulle, a length of elastic, and scissors!
I was inspired to create a planter out of a pumpkin one day, after buying flowers and realizing they would die if I planted them outside in the cold weather. This DIY pumpkin flower pot project turned out to be a beautifully creative fall decoration, perfect to accent a buffet table or holiday party. The only downside is the pumpkin planter doesn't last long indoors, once cut and left out in warm air. I enjoyed my pumpkin planter for a few days and then planted my flowers in an actual flower pot, to add a cheerful pop of color to my kitchen counter. See our easy steps for making your own pumpkin flower pot + other gorgeous fall decorating ideas!
I'm excited to show off my DIY wood wall art! At the end of last year I welcomed my first baby boy, inspiring some boy-themed nursery decor. After two rounds of baby girls, I had a lot of tutus and glitter. I wanted my little guy's nursery to be whimsical; my wood wall art isn't anything fancy, just simple and made with love. I took words from Proverbs and painted three slabs of wood with the message "Grow in Wisdom, Grace, Strength and Courage."
Can you believe the summer is almost over? We are already gearing up for back to school with some awesome ideas for moms to use in your office or kitchen work space! We are also stoked to bring you a huge Back to School Giveaway that could help you buy some of your school supplies! Spruce up your work space with a fun and creative pencil holder, custom fabric covered notebook, or washi tape keyboard that you can design to match your own style. Whether you are a teacher, homeschool mom, or just revitalizing your office, many of these projects will make starting a new fall schedule a little more fun. After all, fun "school supplies" aren't just for kids! Don't miss entering our Back to School Giveaway below too!
Do you have a little princess in your home? These DIY lace crowns made out of stiffened lace are SO fun to design and pretty easy to make! I made these glittery lace crowns for a birthday party and as a fun photography accessory. I expected them to be more challenging, but all you need are the right materials and a warm, sunny afternoon to air dry your homemade crowns. DIY lace crowns are beautifully intricate and delicate looking, and they are completely customizable! You can use wide or thin lace, vintage or modern lace designs, and pointed or rounded lace. I've seen lace crowns with roses around the bottom and other silk flower embellishments. Take your crowns a step further with rhinestone and feather detailing. For my project, I make simple glittery lace crowns with a touch of color and glamour.
When we moved into our new home last year along with the house we inherited a stack of old tires. We found out it actually costs money to have them properly disposed of or recycled and so they ended up sitting there as an unsightly stack in our backyard. Recently I got inspired to find some creative uses for old tires and it turns out there are all kinds of way you can re-purpose old tires! Here are some of my favorite creative uses for tires. Check out these fun ways to use tires and maybe you'll find your next summer project!
Sometimes you just need a custom made sign. My darling Happy Heart wood wall art started out as an old cabinet door, transformed into a beautiful focal point on my wall. I have a lot of ideas for DIY wooden signs but I had to come up with a way to easily make them. I tossed around the idea of buying a vinyl cutter to make custom stencils but the start-up cost for the plotting machine and the vinyl adhesive material is pretty high. ...Someday, maybe. Anyway, I did find a pretty easy solution to make DIY die-cut stencils for painted wood signs using printer paper, spray adhesive, and contact paper. I'm sure there are lots of ways to accomplish making homemade stencils for painting; this is just the route I went.
One of my favorite things about having daughters are the many opportunities for spontaneous dress up and accessorizing. My girls couldn't be more girly. They love all things glittery, pink, scented, and furry. Even my 18-month-old has shown a specific delight in shoes. I love accessorizing my girls, while remembering to remind them to value their inner beauty. Nevertheless, dress up is always lots of fun, even for moms! The other day my daughter wanted to make a crown out of roses. She helped cut them from our rather out of control front rose bush and watched with anticipation as I crafted her rose crown. This DIY homemade rose crown was surprisingly easy to make! We designed this crown of real roses just for fun, but this would be stunningly beautiful for accessorizing a flower girl or birthday girl on her special day. Of course, my daughter was over the moon to be able to wear "real roses" on her head!
These rhinestone embellished headbands are super easy to make and cost almost nothing. Glitz up your hairdo for Summer with one of these fun, custom accessories!
For Christmas one year I designed Superhero Capes for my nieces and nephews! They were a big hit and actually pretty easy to make. The pattern I came up with was essentially a square with a hole in one corner. Each cape featured each little hero's initial, which was a fun personal touch!
I love taking something that was discarded and turning it into something beautiful. I found this chandelier at a local ReStore and if I was perfectly honest, my first thought was how ugly it was. True, I was seeing it out of context and it probably looked beautiful in its original Victorian style home; but at the recycling center surrounded by a variety of mismatched light fixtures, it just looked scrappy. I also balked at the price, $100, but after the second loop around the store I was inspired. A coat of spray paint could make this light fixture the focal point of a modern home.
This weekend I was inspired to make some homemade paper roses. We have a Valentine's Day party coming up and I was also putting together a few gifts for some friends this week. I saw some paper roses at a local craft store for a whopping $4 each and thought, I could make those! It turns out they are harder to make then you'd think, but I came up with a pretty good system. See my full paper rose tutorial below!
Baby boy bow ties are very easy to make with a scrap of ribbon and a hot glue gun! I whipped up four colorful ties this weekend to dress up my little guy for his belated baby shower. Our baby boy recently joined our family of girls and after three years of hair bows and tutus, I found myself regularly wondering how I could accessorize him. These bow ties are so cute and I was very excited to discover how simple they are to design in just minutes.
Homemade party pennants are super easy to make and coordinate to match any party theme! I made this cute flag banner in under an hour with just a few supplies; ribbon, cardstock, and patterned scrapbook paper. Once the party is over, you can hang your decorations in a child's room or in the playroom to brighten up an everyday space.
Decorating for fall doesn't have to break the bank, and if you buy decorations off-season, you can create a little stash of decor to use every year. My pile of decorations took up the whole kitchen island, and I know I didn't spend much on them in past years; shopping clearance racks and using coupons. If you are buying for this year, keep an eye on holiday sales at craft stores and use coupons that apply to your entire purchase. I always check the mobile app for Jo-Ann's or Michael's for coupons I can use, BEFORE I check out.
This doll hair de-tangling tip is ideal for when your little girl decides to adopt a disheveled doll, or for any doll that's had its share of love (and corresponding wear). My daughter came home from a garage sale one weekend with a beautiful Rapunzel doll that unfortunately had very matted hair. We gave her new Barbie and another old doll I had from childhood a hair makeover and we were very happy with the results!
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Customizing a furniture piece to fit your space is simple with a little tender loving care and elbow grease. I love finding the perfect furniture piece to fit a space, and then giving it a facelift to match my style. When we moved into a new house, I discovered it was a surprisingly difficult task to functionally fill all the space, especially on a budget. My kitchen area needed a buffet table, so I went to the local ReStore to see what I could find. Sometimes it's hard to see a beat up, discarded piece and envision it beautifully accenting a room, but I felt like this piece had potential.
After seeing these on Pinterest, I was dying to try to make them! They were actually pretty simple once I figured out a system. Chocolate Balloon Bowls will take your party to the next level AND they are so customizable! You can make any range of sizes and fill them with all sorts of gourmet treats; fruit, chocolate mousse, pudding, ice cream and more!