Window Frame DIY

FullSizeRender (4)I don’t know if it’s my obsession with Fixer Upper or Pinterest, but I’m all about modern farmhouse dĂ©cor these days. Unfortunately this obsession began about 8 years too late because my house is already decorated and not “farm housie” at all.

A couple weeks ago when I was taking a walk around the block with the kids I hit the mother load. Someone was getting rid of 2 old 6-pane windows! I was so excited. I tried to think of ways I could balance them on the stroller and finish our walk because I was afraid if I didn’t take them right away, some other DIY-er would snatch ’em up. I obviously couldn’t pull that off because they’re pretty big and heavy, so I called my dad (who was on his way over anyway) and asked him to scoop them up for me. He’s good like that.

Initially I thought I’d put 6 different photos in each space but I changed my mind. I decided to pick just one photo from our wedding and then we could hang it above our bed since our room is seriously lacking in the decoration department.

So here’s what I did…

  1. Measure the length and width of the glass portion of the window. Mine was 24″x32″.
  2. Order your poster print- since they don’t make photos in that particular size, I just ordered one that was 24″x36″ and figured it’d be easy to cut off the extra width. I ordered from Vistaprint and it was surprisingly cheap- $13. Not too shabby!
  3. Clean the window- since I’m going for a rustic look I really didn’t have to do much other than wipe the frame clean and Windex the glass. FullSizeRender (2)
  4. Lay the photo up against the glass and measure and trim off the excess.IMG_5780
  5. Next, I took a piece of thick scrapbook paper I happened to have and cut it to fit inside one window pane. This became my tracer that I would use to cut my poster into 6 sections.IMG_5781
  6. Lay the poster face down on a flat surface and use your tracer to cut the correct size.
  7. I wanted to account for the wooden strips going across the window so the photo would look seamless. Each strip was about 1.5 cm wide, so I measure 1.5 cm on my poster and cut the strip out.
  8. Continue using the tracer to measure and cut the next 5 pieces, making sure to account for the wooden strips as you go.
  9. Next, I wanted to add cardboard to the back of each window pane to ensure the photo would lay flat. I happened to have a big cardboard box, so I used my tracer and an x-acto knife to cut out 6 pieces. If you don’t have an x-acto knife, I’m sure a good pair of scissors would work just as well. IMG_6221
  10. Put the photos and cardboard in each section. Tape it to the wood to hold in place. Preferably with a thick, heavy duty tape. FullSizeRender (3)
  11. Now obviously since this was an old window and not a picture frame there are no hooks. That’s when you call your handy man, or in my case- my dad lol, and ask him to help you out. He happened to have some hooks at home and attached them for me.

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That’s it! I thought it’d be more complicated than it turned out to be and I LOVE the results! I’m going to use the other window on my family room wall. For that one I think I’ll try 6 different photos and use it as a collage frame. Eventually I’m going to have the farmhouse of my dreams…one piece at a time! 😉

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North Pole Breakfast

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Today we had our annual “North Pole Breakfast” when our elf, Candycane, arrived. The kids were so excited he came back again. It’s so simple to do and really doesn’t take much time or planning.

Let’s take a look back at the past 3 years of this tradition shall we?

2014…where it all began 🙂

2015 (I was slacking on the decorations a bit)

Today

All I used were decorations from the dollar store. The best part is you can reuse them every year and the kids are none the wiser.  Then I ran over to Acme to grab what I needed for the actual breakfast.

Menu

Santa Hats- slice of banana, strawberry, topped with a mini marshmallow (held together with a toothpick)

Candy Canes- banana and strawberry slices

Snowballs- powdered donuts

North Poles- stacked powdered donuts held together with a candy cane

Christmas Tree- grapes, apples, strawberries, and pretzels

Stockings- jello cut with a cookie cutter and topped with mini marshmallows

Snowman- waffles and icing (or could use whipped cream) and clementines stacked together

Chloe’s allergic to eggs and dairy, so we keep the menu simple with mostly fruit options. Makes grocery shopping very easy 😉

Like I said this really doesn’t take a whole lot of planning, but the kids LOVE it!! Now that the breakfast is over and done with, I think Candycane may have some tricks up his sleeve this month!

xo

 

 

 

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DIY Bookcase Makeover

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With school fast approaching, I felt motivated for the first time in a long time to re-organize and beautify my little classroom. I use the term “classroom” loosely here, because my room is a glorified closet. It literally used to be a janitor’s closet until they put in a window, took down some shelves, and called it a classroom. I’ll admit I used to wish I had a bigger room, but now I’ve grown to love my little space. This year I decided to decorate a little differently and make my room more cozy. I figure if my room is really cute and comfortable, then maybe I’ll want to be there. haha.

Chloe and I went into school to start setting things up and I saw someone was getting rid of a perfectly good bookcase. Sure the back was falling off and it could use a good cleaning, but hey, that’s the sort of thing I like to do. I put it in my car with visions of what it would look like once complete.

Here’s how I took my sad little shelf and made her beautiful again.

Step 1: Remove the back. This was easy for me because most of the old staples were falling out anyway. For the ones that weren’t, I just used a flathead screwdriver to wedge them out.

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Step 2: Sand the entire shelf so you have a smooth surface to work with.

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Step 3. Wipe it clean to remove the dust.

Step 4: Paint the shelf with regular paint or spray paint. I happened to have leftover paint from when we redid our laundry room, so I just used that. Two coats should do the trick.

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Step 5: Attach contact paper to the back piece you removed in step 1. I found this cute chevron paper on Amazon. Order here.  The pattern was printed horizontally, so I had to work from side to side, rather than top to bottom. Very slowly peel the backing off and use a plastic card or ruler to smooth it out and make sure there are no air bubbles. You’ll want to leave a couple of inches of excess over the edges so you can wrap it around the back.

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Alternatively, you could also find scrapbook paper you really like and use mod podge to attach it. OR you could just paint it a different fun color. It’s up to your creative self!

Step 6: Cut the corners of the excess contact paper off to make folding it over the edges easier.

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Step 7: Use a hammer and small nails to reattach the back to the bookcase. Bonus- the nails will hold down the edges of the contact paper you folded over.

Here’s my completed shelf! Isn’t she pretty? Once my room is finished I’ll take you on a little tour. Emphasis on the word “little.” Stay tuned, friends!

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xo

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Summer Bucket List

Today was the last day of the school year. Summer break is officially here!!! (Not that I needed a break because I just got back to work 21 days ago, but hey- I’ll take it 😉 ) As excited as I am, I know these next two months will fly by, as time always does, especially when you have children. In order to make sure I don’t find myself saying “Summer’s over already?! I feel like we didn’t even do anything!” I decided to brainstorm a list of things I want to make sure I do with the kids. I came up with about 65, but that seemed a little too ambitious, so I narrowed it down to 50. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, my summer bucket list!

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Want to try it too?  Click here to print

xo

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Jump to the Letter

On June 1st I went back to work for the first time since I was pregnant with Miles; which explains why I’ve been MIA recently. Only a week and a half until summer break though!! haha

Anyway, we were playing outside this afternoon drawing with chalk on the driveway. Chloe wanted to write the whole alphabet, but she forgot how to make some of the letters. I told her I’d write it and she could copy me- which ended up turning into a game. Don’t you love when that happens?!

We played so many different games with the alphabet. She was entertained for a good hour, and it only took 2 minutes to set it up. That’s the best kind of activity as far as I’m concerned.

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  1. I’d call out a letter and she would jump to it.
  2. I’d call out a sound and she would jump to it.
  3. Follow the leader- she would jump to random letters (saying what they are), and I had to follow her
  4. She would throw a rock and say the letter it landed on. Bonus points awarded if she could think of a word that begins with that letter.
  5. She had to try to make it across the driveway without stepping on a letter. If she accidentally stepped on one she had to say what it was and what sound it makes.

The list goes on…

It’s funny how something so simple could be so engaging to an almost 4 year old. Now if I could just think of something similar for Miles…

xo

 

 

 

 

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End of Year Teacher Gift

Chloe’s school year ends in May, which means her last day is next Friday. EEK!! I wanted to give her teacher something special to show how much I appreciate everything she’s done for my girl this year. Lo and behold….a COOLER end of the year gift! See what I did there? Ha! At least I amuse myself…

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Materials:

  • Small cooler
  • Letter stickers
  • Magazines- Option 1: Time, US Weekly, Lucky, Entertainment, People, Cosmopolitan, Travel+Leisure  Option 2: Time, US Weekly, Glamour, Woman’s Day, Cosmopolitan, People
  • Free printable Option #1  or  Option #2
  • Ribbon, twine, or tape
  • Tissue Paper
  • Beach towel
  • Donut pool float
  • Water bottle
  • Gift Card

I had letter stickers leftover from one of the Father’s Day gifts we made, so I added a little message to the front of the cooler- “I hope you have a COOL summer!” Then, I printed my sign and used twine to tie it around the stack of magazines. Don’t have any twine or ribbon lying around? No problem! Just tape the sign on top. Don’t forget to have your child sign his name at the bottom after.

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*Update- it was brought to my attention that a few of these magazines were hard to find, so I’ve included an alternate option with titles any convenience store should have.

 

Next, I put tissue paper and a $10 gift card to a local smoothie shop into the water bottle for an added surprise. Finally, I arranged all the gifts in the cooler, and then added tissue paper wherever there was enough space.

The great thing about this is you can do as much or as little as you’d like. The water bottle/gift card, magazines and sign, towel/pool float, are all nice gifts in and of themselves; so if this is over your budget or you’re short on time, you can just pick and choose whatever part you’d like to do. 🙂

There are 3 other teachers I wanted to buy gifts for as well, so I just picked up extra water bottles and gift cards for them while I was out.

Hopefully this inspires you to get creative with your gifts this year!

xo

 

 

 

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DIY Wreaths for the Kids’ Rooms

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You guys…I’m excited about this one!! I was browsing around Michael’s and I had an idea to make wreaths for the kids’ doors. The process to make them was really easy, albeit a little time consuming, but so worth it!

Materials

  • Styrofoam wreath
  • Yarn (something to match the room)
  • Gorilla glue or a hot glue gun
  • Command hook or wreath hanger
  • Whatever else you’d like to attach

Directions

Gather your materials.

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Wrap the wreath in yarn. Keep in mind, if you choose a thicker yarn, you’ll get done faster. You want to wrap it until you can no longer see any of the Styrofoam.  I found it helpful to work in 2 inch sections at a time. Once it was covered really well, I’d move on to the next section until the wreath was completely wrapped.

wreath 2Cut the yarn and glue the end on the backside of the wreath.

Glue on whatever decorations you’d like. For Chloe’s wreath I chose the letters of her name and attached pink jewels (left over from her pinkalicious party). For Miles’ wreath I painted a big letter M using the leftover paint from his ceiling. Told ya- you never know when you might need it! 😉

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Stick your command hook on the door, and slide it through a few pieces of the yarn. It may poke out a little on top. It was a bit more noticeable on Chloe’s, so I just added a matching bow to hide it. No biggie! If you’d rather, you could always use a wreath hanger instead.

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Overall, this was a really easy DIY project, and I absolutely LOVE how the wreaths look on their doors. What do YOU think? Are you going to give it a try?

xo

 

 

 

 

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FREE Father’s Day Printables!

FREE Father’s Day Printables!

FREE Father's Day Printables

Mother’s Day has come and gone and now Father’s Day is on the horizon. Before the panic sets in, rest assured, I got you covered 😉 With these free printables, Father’s Day gift-giving will be a breeze! The first four options are perfect for printing and displaying in a frame. Dad can even put it in his office at work.

Fun Facts About My Daddy- I love this because it’s always hilarious to see the answers your kids will come up with. If your child is old enough, they can fill it out. If not, you can write their answers for them.

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Father’s Day Chalkboard- These days everyone loves a good chalkboard sign. Print here!

Father's Day Chalkboard

Dad is my Hero- This one’s perfect for all the superhero dads. Print here!

Dad is my Hero

Our Rock- Print here. Extra credit- buy some rock candy and put it in a mason jar to display next to the frame!

Daddy’s Tackle Box- This one’s probably my favorite, but requires a little more work. You’ll have to buy a plastic organizational case like this one from Michael’s. Or you can buy a real tackle box from amazon or any sporting goods store. Then you’ll want to stock up on gummy worms (for the bait), sweedish fish, sharks, or any other ocean-related candy you can find. Orientaltrading.com has some really cute choices, like these fish candies. Now comes the fun part…fill up your case with all the sweet treats! Don’t worry if a few fish escape. I won’t tell anyone 😉

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Once you fill the tackle box, you can do one of 2 options.

Option #1- print this, cut it out, and attach it to the top.

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Option #2- Use letter stickers from a craft store instead. Helpful tip- cut the letters out so you can make sure they’re centered before you stick them on. The lines in the case are also helpful in making sure your letters are straight. You’ll notice I added some fishing stickers as well. Totally optional! I just thought it was fun.

Hopefully you found my printables helpful. If you did, please pin and share them to spread the love! Thanks friends!

xo

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