How To Shiplap On A Budget

This is a guest post from my friend Misty & Tim who created this faux shiplap wall in their family room. I LOVE this idea!  Here’s a peek at how they transformed their space for under $150. 

 

Let me start by saying that we have lived in our current home for almost 14 years.  Two years ago we changed out our dark kitchen counters for a light granite, and I just loved how much it brightened up the space!

 

Since then I’ve been trying to decide how to change up the look of our family room that is open to the kitchen.  I’m always slow to make these decisions because I don’t want to get it wrong then have do more work to fix it.

 

 

I’m a huge fan of home makeover shows, and my favorite (of course!) is Fixer Upper.  If you’ve ever seen it, you know all about shiplap!  I finally made up my mind that I wanted to find a way to add the look of shiplap to my room and keep it on a budget I could live with, just in case I ended up hating it.  I decided that doing just the one wall behind our entertainment center would be perfect because that’s where everyone is usually looking anyway.

 

 

I did a lot of research online for faux shiplap and found a bunch of tutorials and different methods.  I kind of combined several different ideas and went with it1

 

Finding the kind of plywood sheets that I wanted was the first step in the process.  Also, I wanted to have the sheets cut into strips at the store to save on time at home.  Depending on the store you may have to pay a small fee for this, but it may be worth it for you.

 

The main thing to consider about the wood is the thickness.  If you have crown molding and/or baseboards, you will want the thickness to match up the best you can.  I wanted boards that were about 1/4 inch thick.

 

Measure the area of your wall to determine how many sheets you need, and measure the height of wall to determine how wide to have the strips cut.  Most likely your strips will not work out to be a perfect fit from top to bottom.  I had the majority of ours cut into 6 1/2 inch strips, but the bottom row was only 5 1/2 inches.  Always put the oddball strip at the bottom because your eye will not be drawn to it as much.  I found the perfect wood at my local Home Depot.  I bought 9 sheets at $11.99 each. This took us  2 trips because I measured incorrectly & didn’t buy enough the first time.  The employees were more than willing the cut the sheets and didn’t even charge for the cuts!  Here is a picture of the sticker on the back of the wood.

 

 

 

 

Besides the wood, the other tools we needed were a nail gun with 1 1/4 inch brad nails, and a saw to cut the boards to length.  We used a circular saw.  You can use a hammer and nails if don’t have a nail gun.  We also used a stud finder & level to mark the studs to make sure we nailed into them as much as possible.  Some people use an adhesive on the backs of the boards, but we didn’t want to do that.

To start the application, we used a full length strip at the top of the wall just below the crown molding.  We used nickels for spacers between each row of boards.  When we got the to end of the first row, we needed to make our first cut.  As we continued down the wall, we made sure to use cut boards in a staggered pattern so that the seems on each row did not match the seems above or below it.

One more thing you need to think about when doing this kind of project is that your outlet plates will not fit with the extra thickness of the wood.  You will need to get outlet spacers.  I found these at Home Depot for about $3.  They were hard to find in the store so take the picture with you!  You can also order them here.

Once the wood was on the wall the real battle began!  My husband and son wanted the keep the wood it’s natural color.  It did have a very nice look, but I really wanted a lighter, whitewashed finish.  So I did a few test boards and the boys decided they could live with it:)

 

 

Here are the products I used to create the finish.   I used cheap white craft paint with water for the first layer. Then went over that with this Waverly liquid wax to add a protective coating.  I applied all of the layers with a soft cloth.  You can get all of these products at Walmart in the craft section.  The large wax was about $9 and the smaller was about $5.

I used a combination of clear & white because my store only had one bottle of white.  Here’s a close up of the finish.  I love how it has an aged look, and you can still see the wood grain!

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DIY Spring Wreath

 

I am soooo in love with this project and couldn’t even wait to share it with you! 

I’ve fallen in love with several tulip wreaths I’ve seen on Pinterest, but wasn’t sure how hard it would be to make one.

 

Turns out, it’s not all that hard, just time consuming.

 

All you need are lots of tulips.

 

Seriously

 

A. lot. 

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • round styrofoam wreath
  • 10 yards satin ribbon
  • tulips – I used the only ones I could find at Hobby Lobby and bought 15 ~ I needed almost every single one!

Just wrap, and wrap and wrap the ribbon around your wreath form and tuck tulips in before hot gluing.

Like in the video, here.

 

 

You really can do this in about an hour, and the results are pretty impressive.

 

I really do just love this one!

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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Be Our Guest DIY

I am sooooo pleased with how this little project turned out!

 

 

As I shared in the video below, my neighbor’s dad cut out the signs for us to use, so all I had to do was paint the board with acrylic paint and then use my Silhouette Cameo to make the lettering. 

I love it. 😉 

 

It’s hanging in our guest bedroom just waiting for a few guests to come visit, and I couldn’t believe how easy this project was to do.

 

(You can see the rest of our guest bedroom over HERE ~ I love this space!)

 

Success!

 

(Watch me make it here in the video ~ and if you’re interested in the Menu Plans I use that I mention, go HERE to check those out too!)

 

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

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More rooms we’ve updated in our home . . .

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$29 Sideboard Makeover

Note from Laurie: My friend Cheryl is in the process of making over her living room, and goodness, I LOVE what she’s done! She was sweet enough to share with us here on PPP ~ take a peek . . . 

Wow . . . 

 

Just . . . wow!

 

I’m in the middle of a living room makeover (we finally updated our couches after 10 years) and after a tense afternoon of tax preparation . . . this was clearly NOT the time to buy more furniture. 🙂 

 

Our search for sideboards has been going on for M O N T H S ~ all around the $500 range.  This had me thinking . . . why not just paint the one we have now?

 

 

$29 can of chalk paint & wipe-on poly (optional – this was in the garage from previous projects)

 

If you haven’t use chalk paint before, it is amazing. 

 

No prep.

 

No sanding.

 

Just, paint!

 

 

I went to Lowes and bought a $29.00 can of chalk paint, painted this beautiful sideboard to match my new furniture and in just a few hours it was done.

 

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After . . .

 

 

I’m thrilled with how it turned out!!  I can’t wait to show you the rest … ALL on a penny pinched budget (I’m learning a few things here at PPP! 🙂

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Love chalk paint? Here are a few more ideas you may want to check out . . .

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . Happy Fluffing!

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Valentine’s Dollar Tree DIY


My friend Cheryl made this super cute craft using supplies from the Dollar Tree, and I just love the way it turned out! Take a peek . . . 

I saw this idea over on Pinterest, and just fell in love!

 

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Styrofoam Trees
  • Conversation Hearts
  • Glue

That’s it.

 

For real.

 

 

 

This is such a fun way to fluff up your home for Valentine’s Day.  My 10 year old just loved sorting and creating these trees with me!

 

 

 

These candle holders were collecting dust in a cabinet so I used them to set the trees up high and think they worked out  perfectly!

 

 

 

 

Happy Fluffing!

 

 

 

 

 

Have you made any fun decor for Valentine’s Day? I’d love to hear what you’re up to ~ leave a comment to share! And if you’re looking for more penny pinched projects, here you go . .  .

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(FREE!) DIY Valentine Tree

 

Looking for a fun, frugal, and free DIY? Here you go! 

 

Gather up some branches from your back yard, construction paper, scissors and tape.

 

Put the branches in your vase (I put corn in the bottom of my container so the sticks stayed in place.)
Cut out a few hearts and tape them on your branches.

 

Done.

 

So simple, so fun, and you won’t feel one bit of guilt when you throw this craft away on February 15th.

Success! 🙂 

 

Have you made any fun decor for Valentine’s Day? I’d love to hear what you’re up to ~ leave a comment to share! And if you’re looking for more penny pinched projects, here you go . .  .

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The Only Way to Organize American Girl Clothes

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So . . . this idea is just genius. 😉

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My friend Jamie gave me this suggestion for organizing American Girl Doll clothes ~ and goodness, it makes life so much easier!

 

Last weekend my girls set to work, and in about 12 minutes that mess was fixed. 

 

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Success!

 

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These over the door organizers are also awesome for cleaning supplies, snacks, gloves, mittens, hats, Legos, toys, you name it. 

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So.

smart.

 

If you’re looking for an organizer, Amazon has these for just $8.99 right now, and I love how easy they make it to store just about anything.

 

And, if you have other suggestions on how to organize American Girl clothes (or other toys too), I’d love to hear them ~ leave a comment to share!

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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The Best Baking Supply Bargains

 

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Now that we’ve almost finished our 12 days of Christmas baking series (download your free grocery list and cookbook over HERE) I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite ways to package all those goodies up!

 

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I found most of my supplies at Hobby Lobby  . . .

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wrapped them up with inexpensive ribbon,

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and found a few bargains at Michael’s & The Dollar Tree too.

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I love those stores. 

 

 

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Here’s how the math on each container added up: 

Big red and white carry out box 66¢ per box

Santa tin $1.75 at Hobby Lobby

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Tiny box containers at Hobby Lobby 20¢ per box

Sliding Boxes from Hobby Lobby 50¢ per box

Polka Dot Sliding Box Containers from Hobby Lobby 75¢ each

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Plastic bags 12/$1 at the Dollar Tree 8.3¢ each

Merry Christmas tag from Hobby Lobby 5¢ each

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Merry Christmas Box $1 at Hobby Lobby

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Christmas Tin $1 at the Dollar Tree

Green Christmas Santa Box $1 at Michael’s

Merry Bag and Santa Hat tag 15¢ at Hobby Lobby

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Polka Dot and Striped Bags 12¢ per box

Chalkboard Clothespins 13¢ per box

Gift Card Holder 50¢ each

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Be Merry Box 75¢ per box at Hobby Lobby

 

Hope this helps you pinch a few extra pennies this Christmas, as well as spoil someone special you’re thankful for this year. Enjoy!

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Looking for more bargain DIYs?

 

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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Dollar Tree Christmas Centerpiece

 

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Need an inexpensive Christmas centerpiece for an event this Christmas season? 

This is for you. 

 

 
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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a grapevine or greenery wreath $1 at the Dollar Tree
  • red candle votive $1 at the Dollar Tree
  • 2-3 berry twigs $1 at the Dollar Tree

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Just take the berries and place all around the wreath, light the candle, and you’re done.

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I used a blanket scarf as my table runner (this weekend only they’re $12.95, shipped at Cents of Style when you use the code BLANKET16 at checkout.)

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Done!

 

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Looking for more Dollar Tree DIY?

 

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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Dollar Tree DIY

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Need an easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece? Here’s all you need:

  • Glass Jar from Dollar Tree $1
  • Twine from Dollar Tree $1
  • Glue gun and lots of glue gun sticks


Before . . .

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After . . .

 

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Done!

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Looking for more Dollar Tree DIY?

 

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

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Dollar Tree Gifts to Give

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Grab my list of 101 Stocking Stuffers under $1 or less over HERE! 

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Y’all know I love gifting from the Dollar Tree . . .

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So here are a few ideas.

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Grab a bucket from the Dollar Tree or One Spot at Target, and add the words “JOY” (I made mine with my Silhouette Cameo Cutter and contact paper.)

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Make this cute snowman using candles and ribbon from the Dollar Tree (the bell ornaments are from the Dollar Tree too.)

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So simple, and perfect to give as a teacher gift this year with a gift card attached, or even for kids to make as a class project!

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You can also set your table using this cute scarf (seriously folks, I’m addicted . . . )

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And you’re all set. Success! 🙂 

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Looking for more Christmas fun at the Dollar Tree?

 

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See more previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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Best Cookie Jar Ever

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Oh my.

 

I’m so excited about this.

 

Like. I. *love*. this.

 

And I soooo hope you do too!

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This last week my mom was in town visiting and we stopped by Hobby Lobby. They had their glassware marked down to 50% off (remember, almost everything is marked 50% off at Hobby Lobby every other week, and if it’s not marked 50% off, you can always use a 40% off coupon. You’re welcome.)

 

So, because I absolutely love playing with etching cream (remember I’ve used it before HERE and HERE), I decided to grab a jar to work on, and made a few fun gifts! I was struggling with what to put on those jars, then it dawned on me that it would be so fun for my own kids to have my cookie recipe written down for them. 🙂

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You can print your free recipe cards for my chocolate chip cookies over HERE if you’d like ~ they really are the best. 🙂 

 

Here’s what I used (as well as my mistakes – I may actually re-do this tutorial next week because a few readers helped me learn along the way!)

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First, you need etching cream and a few glass jars (these are huge – the smaller one was $12.50, I think the larger one was $20 but it was a gift for my mom who wanted a bigger jar.)

 

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I used my Silhouette Cameo (I love this thing!) to cut out the words on vinyl adhesive . . .

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(Here’s a peek at me practicing some of the letters on the Cameo . . . if you don’t have a Cameo though, you could easily make this using a stencil pattern or stickers in a pattern you love!)

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Then I removed the backing from the vinyl and attached it to the glass, and painted with etching cream.

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(Note – I learned from folks over on Facebook live that your’e supposed to actually wipe off excess etching cream before peeling the vinyl off ~ I had no idea and am going to have to try another jar that way!)

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Then my mom started fluffing those jar gifts using a few fun items from the Dollar Tree 🙂

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These super cute bells and berries were from the Dollar Tree (the spatula was $2 at Hobby Lobby . . . )

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And for the record ~ this would be SO much better to give as a gift with those homemade cookies in the jar, however it was the week of Halloween and I could not possibly bake one more sweet in my house to fill this jar. You get the idea. 😉

 

I found the ornaments on clearance last year at Target 90% off, the snowflake ornaments were $1 at the Dollar Tree for a pack of two, and the Merry and Bright sign was from Hobby Lobby for $3 (this small jar was from Walmart for $4)

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And we attached a Dollar Tree star (I love those big stars!) to the the large jar with “grace” which headed home to my mom’s house.

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Overall, I’m so pleased with these little projects and am going to make a few of the cookie jars as gifts this Christmas (I’m so excited!)

(And, if you’d like a video tutorial how to use etching cream, here you go. It didn’t work perfectly on the Dollar Tree plastic containers, but hopefully it will give you an idea of how etching cream works!

Are you working on any homemade gifts this Christmas? I’d love to hear what you’re making ~ leave a comment to share! 

 

 

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Looking for more Christmas fun at the Dollar Tree? 

 

 

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See more previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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Dollar Tree Pumpkin Craft

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Looking for an easy Dollar tree craft this October? Here you go!

 

 

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Supplies:

  • Small faux pumpkins (watch for these at the Dollar Tree)
  • White craft paint (check the Dollar bins as well at Target or Michael’s)
  • Krylon looking glass spray paint
  • (2) Foam paint brush
  • Mod podge or liquid glue
  • Black glitter

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1. Lay a couple sheets of old newspaper down on your craft surface

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2. Use your foam paint brush to paint your pumpkins white and let dry

 

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3. Next take your pumpkins outside, lay another piece of newspaper down, and spray your pumpkins with your spray paint and let dry

 

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4. Now paint the bottom half of your pumpkins with your mod podge and immediately cover with glitter (best to do the glitter over the garbage or outside)

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5. Let your pumpkins dry, shake off any excess glitter, and display

 

Looking for more ways to decorate for fall on a penny pinched budget? Here you go:

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DIY Butcher Block Sign

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

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Silhouette Cameo: Iron On Glitter Projects

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Want more? Watch this video to see us at work. 

Soooo, I haven’t had much time for fluffin’ in our home lately, but we’ve had our Silhouette Cameo pulled out for the last few weeks and are determined to make some cute shirts before we go to Disney later this fall! (Our 16 year old’s high school band is playing at Disney, so we’re planning to tag along!)
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A friend mentioned that she uses Iron On Glitter paper to make super cute shirts and I was determined to try it out. (The glitter paper is much cheaper at Amazon than we found at Hobby Lobby and  Michael’s, so it’s worth ordering if you’re doing something similar anytime soon!)

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Here’s what we made using a few fun t-shirts, bows and more at Hobby Lobby, Walmart and Amazon . . .

 

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We found the onesie and chevron print diaper cover at Hobby Lobby as well as this bow . . .

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The headbands were from Walmart (I think they were 4/$3?)

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The girls wanted matching Disney tees to wear so we picked up the tees at  Hobby Lobby for $3.99 (these took a bit of work, but finally turned out perfectly!)

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And we used this huge pack of cheer bows to make a few cute bows (we had to even make one for our OSU-Buckeye-neighbors ~ I need more red bows because those are my favorites I think!)

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So, there you have it ~ no major space updates in our home the last few weeks, but we’ve gotten a good start on one of our favorite projects. If you’ve been debating a Silhouette Cameo I really do love mine (but wait for a sale – I paid $199 for mine and have seen it drop once to $179, so crossing my fingers we see that one again soon!)

 

 

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Note – I learned how to make these iron ons by following the directions over HERE ~ if you have other tips I’d love to hear those too!

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Goodwill Chair Makeover #2

I tackled just a little painting today. 😉

 

Before . . .

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After . . .

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As promised in the video, here’s what I used:

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Now this chair has a partner to match 🙂

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Looking for more ways to work with chalk paint? Here you go:

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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Hobby Lobby Happiness

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Remember two years ago when we just moved in and my daughter was determined to have an IKEA platform bed?

Yup. me too.

 

Making that bed though was quite near the death of me, so I finally gave in and decided it was well worth the money to start fresh.

 

(Y’all, getting that bed made up with clean sheets was an Olympic sized feat ~ so much so that I had to muster up everything in me to keep any potty-words from coming out.)

 

(Seriously.)

 

(It was ridiculous.) 

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So a few months ago we bought Caroline a set of full mattresses (hoping she would occasionally let her sister snuggle up at night), and found a headboard similar to this one online. (I can’t remember exactly where we purchased it, but I wished I’d realized it was really meant for a queen size bed not full/queen. The board is a little wider than the bed, but it’ll do!) 

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Her dresser was the one I had growing up that we re-painted several years ago, and for now we brought up these garage sale nightstands from the guest bedroom. (Honestly, we don’t have guests all that often so it makes more sense for her to use them!)

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Then I remembered this frame I’d found on clearance for $3 years ago (we’d actually moved it with us), and realized for just a few dollars we could update it to match perfectly.

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We found fabric at Hobby Lobby along with a large piece of cork board . . .

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cut the cork board to fit the frame (clearly Caroline and I aren’t expert cutters, but my sweet hubby came home and tidied things up a bit to make it work)

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I stapled the fabric onto the board . . .

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Caroline spray painted the old frame . . .

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And for about $8 the bulletin board was done!

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I found the flowers, lamp, and dishes at Hobby Lobby as well (all on sale for 50% off this week . . . )

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As well as the signs to hang above her bed. (We’re actually waiting on one more anchor to go on the left side ~ our store was out but we had one shipped and it’s on its way!)

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(She was in love with the anchor idea – I’m not totally sold on that anchor pillow but for now it works!)

I’d still like to find some inexpensive curtains and shades for those lamps (those lamps have been re-painted about 16 times, but I think with a new shade they’ll do?)

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(Not that it matters too much – but Caroline isn’t allowed with a computer by herself in her room – however I was in there with her taking these pictures while she was watching the Olympics, and she used the computer to hide!) 🙂 

 

And we may repaint those nightstands one day in a brighter color but for now they’re just fine.

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We haven’t spent a bundle on the room, but it is so much better and should fit her through college. (I love that!)

If you have a room that’s needed some fluffing, a trip to Hobby Lobby might just get you all set up too. 🙂

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DIY Tiered Tray

 

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Check out how one of my readers created her own version of the tiered tray from our recent post, 25 Days of Thrift Store Makeovers Day 19: Picture Frames ~ I love this!  I asked her to tell me just how she made it so I could share – and here’s what she did. Love it!

 

After seeing this idea, I wanted to try and make one myself. I found 2 sturdy frames at a thrift store for $7 and a large wooden candlestick at another thrift store for just $1.

 

I was able to knock the wall mount off the candlestick and just sand down the spots where it attached.  After wiping the dust from all three pieces, I used a leftover jar of sample paint to freshen them up.  (Can’t beat free!) 🙂

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The next step was adding the bottoms to the frames.  

This project used pieces of pallet wood, but that was going to be too thick for my frames.  I ended up using strips of lattice wood I had leftover from another project which just happened to already have that “weathered” look since they had been outside in the weather for almost a year 🙂

The thickness of the lattice wood was the perfect match for the frames.  It was also easy to cut down to size with a small saw.  After cutting them down, I glued the strips  into place with a little E6000 Adhesive.

 

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The next step was adding the candlestick to each tray.  You’ll need a drill and a few long screws for this part.

The large end of the candlestick already had a hole in it (where the candle would normally sit), so I drilled a pilot hole into the center of the bottom tray and used a long screw to attach the large part of the candlestick to it.

For the smaller top piece, I drilled a hole into the top tray and used a screw from the top tray down into the top of the candlestick underneath. Before attaching the top tray to the bottom candlestick, drill a pilot hole for another screw to go up into the top candle stick.  The holes will need to be close together so the screws will be hidden by the candlestick pieces.  (You could also use glue for the this part!)

 

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That’s it!  Pretty simple. 🙂 I think it turned out great and only cost about $8 ~ yay!
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

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Our Bedroom Makeover: And Why Our House May Always Be a Little Hodge-Podgey.

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Note – I just finished reading the book Hope Heals and HIGHLY recommend it if you need some encouragement to soak up life, no matter where you are. Go HERE to grab yours. 

I’m just going to be really, really, really honest with you all right now.

 

I’m not gonna win the best penny pincher ever this week.  

 

Not even close.

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Five years ago (fifteen years in. . . ) we splurged on bedroom furniture which I loved. We saved to pay cash for it, got a good deal, and after purchasing bedding I walked away and called the room done.

 

but.

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It never looked just right, you know?

 

So last weekend after touring a few model homes I came back to our beautiful-but-quite-hod-podged home and just started dreaming. 

 

We’ve spent years working on upgrading the brick and mortar parts of our homes as we’ve moved over the last twenty years, but have never spent much on our decor because we really wouldn’t gain financial value from that. (Adding trim work to a home makes for a better sale, a cute dresser just doesn’t!) So, every room in our home carries a few Goodwill, thrift stores, and hand me down treasures.

 

Which is perfect. And I’m so so thankful for them.

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But.

 

I kinda wanted a “right” room, you know?

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You see, my struggle with penny pinching is this:

 

I love beautiful things. But. (sigh.)  I hate what they cost.

 

Like, HATE what they cost.

 

But I decided to head to Home Goods, noticed a few lamps, and thought about how much I’d love to replace my Goodwill/garage store mix and match lamps (see the before HERE) with two coordinating lamps.

 

Just $59 each. Gulp.

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Then I started looking at a few bedroom pictures on Instagram, and realized mirrors above nightstands were all the rage (I had no idea?)

 

So I grabbed two (very small ones ~ at $20 a piece I figured they were perfect!) to match the lamps and headed home.

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The initial mirrors were way too small, so I checked out Hobby Lobby and found two for $100 each (eek), and asked my hubby what he thought. He didn’t say he hated the idea, so I decided that was a win. 🙂

 

Guys, I feel guilty, but I love it.

 

Total cost to “finish” the room?  (Well, except curtains . . . keep reading . . . ) 

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Updated alcove project outside our door ~ James also added all the trim work along the hallway upstairs like he’d done on the first floor

$320.

 

Ouch.

 

It wasn’t necessary. We can live without it. We absolutely don’t need it.

 

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But.

 

It makes me ridiculously happy. We had money in savings for it. And I absolutely love it.

 

And, I’m planning to love it for a long long time, because by waiting this long to finish it I’ve figured out what I really do love, and everything I picked I (think?) is pretty timeless.

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Our make-shift free window shades which we got when we ordered shutters in other rooms of our home. We so need to replace them but I love looking out each day at our view ~ and I know new curtains will cost a bundle ~ eek!

So, there you have it.

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If you’re new to penny pinching and don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, let me promise you it’s there.

 

 

By waiting for what we really wanted (instead of what we wanted right now), we can totally see the abundance of having plenty which we didn’t have in those early years.

 

You’ll get there too. 

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Be patient. Stick with the Goodwill stuff. Check out your local garage sales, thrift stores, and online yard sales.

 

And then.

 

When you’ve penny pinched for just a few years and the money really is finally really in the budget, you can have that room you’ve always dreamed of too.

 

And it’ll be oh-so-worth the wait. 😉 

 

And in the meantime? 

 

Whatever space you have.

 

Whatever you’ve got.

 

Clean it up. De-clutter. De-gunk. De-mess.

 

Because even when you don’t have just the perfect space, the space you have really can be just perfect. 

 

Or at least better.

 

Okay?

 

Take a few minutes this weekend to fluff up a space in your home ~ and make today a beautiful day. 

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Here’s the only “decoration” we had in our first apartment ~ a Mary Engelbreit card that I put in a $1 Dollar Tree frame. I still love it enough to keep it (hidden a bit!) on our night stand. 🙂 

 

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Dollar Tree DIY

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Not gonna lie. This didn’t turn out as my favorite Friday Fluffin’ project ever.

 

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(I really do like this one. And this one. And even this one. But today’s? Not my favorite.)

 

But.

 

I think the idea is good, so I’m sharing it and betting you’ll do it better than me, so maybe it’ll inspire you to just get crafting! 🙂

 

I saw this super smart idea and thought it would be so simple, then Reagan determined that she wanted them pink, and my main goal kind of got lost in the shuffle. So for a $3 craft project with my kids they’re fine, but I’d love to hear if you can come up with something even cuter.

 

When I was racing through the Dollar Tree I didn’t catch that these three plates all the same size (definitely better), and I love the stickers that were used. I was in a hurry (like always!) and made these stencils on my Silhouette Cameo since I didn’t have stickers at home, but I love the idea over here so much more.

 

(I also love this clever way to use these plates. So stinkin’ cute and what I’ll try next time!)

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All I did was grab three plates at the Dollar Tree for $3 and used spray paint I already had on hand. 

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Then I cut the words using my Silhouette Cameo (you could easily use stickers from the Dollar Tree or Hobby Lobby if you don’t have a Cameo), and painted the inside.

 

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The one thing I did LOVE using were these Command Hooks They handled the weight of the plates perfectly, and are easy to remove without putting holes in the wall. Love that!

 

If you have a few minutes this weekend this would be such an easy project, just put a little more forethought into it than I did. 🙂 And don’t forget to swing by the Dollar Tree for some crazy fun deals on 4th of July Decor ~ so fun!

 

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Dollar Tree Organizing

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I love the Dollar Tree

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Really, I do. 🙂 

 

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Earlier this week I hauled my nine year old with me to see what we could find (see tons of other items I found at the Dollar Tree over HERE), and when I realized those little storage bins fit our closet shelves perfectly I knew I had to go get more. 

 

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So yesterday I went back to the Dollar Tree one more time, and they had exactly 8 more in the size I needed to quickly tidy up my closet. I threw away and donated things we no longer needed, and in about 30 minutes this mess of a closet was cleaned up.

 

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Success!

 

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Similar bins would have cost me $8-$12 each at the Container Store, so I was just thrilled with my little find. (I even hunted down similar ones on Amazon and noticed these priced at 2/$14.99 ~ crazy!) I paid a whopping $9 total ~ I love that.

 

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If you’ve got some organizing to do this weekend, you might just make a trip to the Dollar Tree to see what you can find.

 

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I found these in the laundry storage section of my store (not in the organizing bin section like I expected), so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for them if you go look! I also found several more projects to craft while I was there, so stop back next week for more Dollar Tree fun. 🙂

 

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You Need To Do This Today.

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My girls are determined that we’re going to get our annual pedicure (I can only stand to pay for it once a year ~ they’ve been patiently waiting!) so this will be the fastest Friday Fluffing you’ve ever seen.  They helped me tackle the project this morning to earn cute toes! 🙂 

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My closet has been in some serious need of attention for the last few months, but much like our mudroom it’s been put on the back burner.

 

So today I set aside a few hours and did a ton of cleaning out. It’s not all that Pinterested (really, who sees our closets?) but it’s so much better. And, I’ll save a bundle on summer clothes because now I know what I already have. (See how we updated this closet last year for FREE ~ love that!)

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Other than swapping the mirror and our little rolling cabinet, all I did was tidy things up a bit. James still needs to finish up his side, but mine is done!

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And here’s what’s heading to our local free store. I didn’t even take pictures with anything other than my iPhone, but this project is just about done, so that’s my win for the week. Success!
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See more previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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DIY Lego Tray Table

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DIY Lego Tray Table

 

My friend Jamie is sharing this AMAZING Lego Tray Table idea today, and I’m completely obsessed with it! Such a great idea for traveling and just a fun little project that I love. Thank you so much for sharing Jamie (this one makes me so happy and I might just make Reagan one for the summertime!) Jamie is mom to 4 cute Lego-loving boys, and has been helps out behind the scenes here on PPP. I love her and know you will too!

This DIY Lego Tray Table is probably the “coolest” thing I’ve made in a long time.  The boys rarely get excited when I break out my hot glue gun (weird?), but this time I definitely the words “Whoa!” and “Awesome!”.

 

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Recently we redid our basement and decided it was time to remove the three (I kid you not – THREE!) bulky Lego tables, in favor of being able to see the floor.  This was a problem, because with four Lego-obsessed boys, we’ve accumulated about 18 million Legos that no longer had a home.

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After mulling it over, I figured I could turn an old tray and a few baseplates into a “Mini” building station that could be stashed away or carried from room to room.  This DIY Lego Tray Table is a PERFECT place to build at home or on the go – and it’s super easy to make!  Here’s how….

First, you’ll need a tray (with legs) and 3 baseplates.  I used this bed tray, however I kind of love this one because it’s prettier AND has handles. 🙂

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Measure the tray to see how many base plates you need.  (You can use real LEGO baseplates OR this 4pk of generic ones works just as well – it’s what I ended up going with!)

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Most baseplates come in 10″x10″ squares.  My tray was 19″ x 12″, so I needed 3 – two to fit across the tray and one extra to fill in the gap. I should have known I wouldn’t get lucky and have two cover it perfectly….

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Next, use a box cutter to trim the baseplates to fit.  I really didn’t think this would actually cut through the plastic – but it did!  Once you measure and mark where you need to cut, snap Legos onto the baseplate in a straight line to guide your cutting.  This is SO helpful to cut in a straight line.

Press down and guide the box cutter along the line to slice through the plastic.  Make the slice over and over and over until it’s ready to bend and snap off.  This took me a good five minutes probably.

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Check your progress by peeking at the opposite side of the plate once in awhile.  When you can see a white line clearly along the entire length of the bottom you know it’s weak enough.  Bend it back and forth a few times until it breaks cleanly.

To attach the baseplates to the tray, get a hot glue gun ready.  This part is a little bit tricky.  The problem is, in the time it takes to cover a baseplate in hot glue, half of it gets hard.  Or in my case – I squeezed hot glue into a big square shape on the tray, and then tried to stick the base plate on, but it was mostly hard already.  (FYI – you could totally avoid this dilemma by using this glue!)

UGH!  Luckily I was able to peel it off and try again.  This time I glued each baseplate down in increments.

 

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Stay with me here – because this is extremely scientific. 😉  Starting at one side of the tray, squeeze out several globs of hot glue (Enough to cover about half of a baseplate) and press a baseplate down onto it.  Now lift up the edge that doesn’t have any glue under it yet, squirt some more hot glue under there real quick, and stick it back down.

I *wish* I had a picture of this step to show you – but my hands were all tied up trying not to get my skin hot glued off!

 

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Repeat with the other plate and the remaining sections until the tray is covered.

TIP:  Click a couple Legos onto the two baseplates to connect them before the glue gets hard.  This is just a good way to make sure all the little studs are lined up with each other.

Press around as it dries to make sure everything lays down nice and flat.

If you have a Silhouette like Laurie, you could make your tray SUPER cute by adding your child’s name.  And – oh my gosh – how cute would this be as a gift???

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In our family, this little table gets used ALL the time, especially by my 9 year old.  I tucked a big comfy reading pillow into a corner of the family room – and it’s become his happy place.  🙂

Now that I’ve made one for my guys – I’m thinking of making one for my nephew for Christmas.  If you get a chance to try this DIY Lego Tray Table – I’d love to hear how it turned out!  Especially if you have any tips or tricks that you did to personalize your tray – or anything that made it easier along the way!

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Orange Bird Feeder

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Looking for a fun and frugal project to make with your kids this weekend? I love this!

 

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Large oranges
  • Bird seed
  • Skinny ribbon
  • Sharpened pencil
  • Scissors
  • Spoon

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Directions
1. Cut your orange in half

 

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2. Scoop out (and eat) the inside of the orange

 

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3. Poke four holes opposite each other, towards the top of the orange like so

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4. Cut two 8″ pieces of ribbon, tie one end in one hole and the other in the opposite hole
5. Repeat step 4 with your other ribbon

 

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6. Fill your orange up with bird seed
7. Now cut a 5″ piece of ribbon and use to tie the top of the ribbons together, then onto a tree branch

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Trinket Tray

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I love this cute trinket tray, and it would make such a simple Mother’s Day or teacher appreciation gift!

 

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Here’s what you’ll need to get started: 

  • Terracotta tray – I used the 4″ inch size
  • White paint – I used the acrylic kind sold at craft stores
  • Foam brush
  • Stencil of choice – purchased mine at Hobby Lobby
  • Gold paint pen or gold paint – found at craft stores

 

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Start by painting your terracotta tray white.

 

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Be sure to paint the bottom side too to finish the look.

 

 

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When the paint is completely dry, center your stencil on the tray.

 

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I used my gold paint pen and went right over the stencil.  (some paint pens bleed so you could trace the stencil with pencil then use your pen to fill in if you prefer)

 

 

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Remove stencil carefully.

 

 

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Allow to dry completely and you’re done. So fun!

 

Looking for more spring projects?  Here you go . . .

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Simple Easter Centerpiece

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I love this cute Easter centerpiece, using just a few items from your local craft store!

 

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Large mason jar, glass
Plastic carrots (found at Michael’s Craft Store, sold in sets of three ~ you could even use real carrots which I think would look so cute)
Burlap Ribbon, thick, plain
Accent ribbon in choice of color, medium width
Twine
Hot glue, glue gun
Scissors

 

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Begin by wrapping the thick, plain burlap ribbon around your mason jar. Cut it to fit and attach it with some hot glue.

 

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Add another cute ribbon on top (whatever you have laying around is fine) on top of the thick ribbon and secure into place with a little more hot glue.
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At the top of the jar, add a cute little twine bow (or ribbon of your choice) …

 

Add the carrots into the jar … and you’re done!

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You could always add some pebbles or grass at the bottom of the jar first, but to make it simple I just dropped them right in and they look great on their own.

 

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Make a grouping of these to display together, or let this piece shine all on its own. Fun!

 

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Mod Podge Eggs

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Looking for a fun unique way to decorate Easter eggs? 

 

This one is so simple, and I love the way it turned out.

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Gather up your supplies:

  • hardboiled eggs
  • mod podge (Target has small bottles sometimes in their $1 bins)
  • Easter die cute shapes (I made a few using my silhouette cutter)
  • sponge paint brush

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Place shapes on eggs and let kids “paint” them on

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Done!

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I wouldn’t eat these, but they’re so pretty for Easter decor. Fun!

 

 

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Our Small Dining Room Update (After 20 Years . . . )

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It’s always amazing to me what making just a few tiny changes can do to a room.

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As I’ve shared before, almost twenty years ago we were given my husband’s grandparents dining room set, and while I was thrilled to have them, they’ve never been exactly what I would choose.

(And up until this point, we’d spent $150 to furnish our entire dining room ~ not too shabby.) 

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So I’ve recovered those dining room chairs four times (they have lots of padding now at least?), and while it’s helped, they’ve just never been my favorites. 

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So a few weeks ago when I  noticed these benches at Home Goods, my mind got to wandering.

 

I knew they were different, but wasn’t quite sure if our dining room could pull them off.

 

A friend of mine suggested moving the piano (but I had no idea where it could go?) until I called a local moving company and said for $100 they could  move it to our finished basement.

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Guys, I was thrilled. 

 

(I love that piano, but it’s never had a perfect home. Now it has it’s place!)

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So, I was freed up with all this space, and possibly room for those benches too. 

 

And I did it.

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E.e.e.e.e.k.

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I don’t love the rug at all now that the benches are there ~ it’s moving to the foyer as soon as I can get some help with the heavy lifting! 🙂 

I would have loved to have found four matching chairs to use with just a bench on one side, but my kids have fallen in love with those benches ~ they hang out there doing their homework, so I think they’re both sticking around. 

 

(The benches. And the kids. Can’t get rid of either very easily, right?) 🙂 

 

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And, while we did spend some moo-lah on those benches, to have a totally updated look after twenty years seems worth it to me. 🙂

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As we’re getting ready for Easter I’ve been playing with the table settings, and thought y’all would enjoy a peek at that too . .  .

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I purchased the big glass hurricane at Michael’s with a 40% off coupon, and of course used a can to beef up the candle. 🙂

 

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I cut out simple bunnies from white card stock on my Silhouette, and the napkins tied with pink ribbon (all courtesy of Home Goods ~ I love that store!)

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The super cute little nests were from Michael’s as well ~ for 3/$2.99 I just couldn’t pass them by. I adore them!

 

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And really, I know it’s not exactly perfect, but I’m loving our fluffed up space. (Still dreaming of curtains, but baby steps, right?) 🙂

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If you’d like to see more pictures of our home as we’ve been updating it, here you go, and if you’re working on a project in your home or have any other suggestions for our space, I’d love to hear them. Leave a comment to share!

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Crafting {from the Target One Spot} + Free Printable!

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Note from Laurie: My friend Cheryl made this AMAZINGly adorable Easter bunting and bags using items from the Target One Spot, and even created a free printable so you can make them too! Hurry to the Target One Spot because the burlap pre-cut flags and bags are selling FAST, and go HERE to print your free printable so you can make them too. 

 

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We host an Easter brunch every year, so when I saw that Target had some great crafting supplies I knew I had to come up with something fun to make. I created this free printable that you can use as well, and am in love with this fun Easter project!

 

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Here’s what I used (I had almost everything at home, so spent just a few dollars at the Target One Spot bins)  . . . 

 

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  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Fabric (any fabric will do)
  • Burlap Bags (Target One Spot) $1.00 each
  • Burlap Flags (Target One Spot) $3.00 package (includes 8 flags)
  • Twine (Target One Spot) $1.00
  • Gift Tags (Target One Spot) $1.00 (includes 8 tags)
  • Bunny Shapes (PPP is so excited for you to have the free printable in just the right sizes!)
  • Wonder Under
  • Pencil

 

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Print your free printable here – then cut out your shape to use as a guide.

 

 

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Perfect fit!

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Trace your bunnies on the paper side of the wonder under (is this stuff amazing or what?!)  Then iron the wonder under to your fabric until it adheres.

 

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Cut bunnies out for gift bags . . .

 

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After you cut out the bunny, remove the paper portion of the wonder under and iron your bunny to your bag.

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Seriously … how cute are these?

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Follow the same instructions when making your bunny bunting – using the smaller bunny shape.
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I filled these cute bags up with candy and added on gift tags I found in the Target bins too.

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Such fun gift bags for Easter morning!

 

 

 

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Have you found any spring crafts to make this Spring? I’d love to hear what you’re making! Leave a comment to share. 

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

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Easter DIY: No Sew Burlap Bunny Pillow

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I’m feeling so crafty this week! I saw an idea over here a few days ago (I love everything I see at On Sutton Place) and realized I had all the supplies right at home.

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So, I spent about 30 minutes yesterday making this simple pillow cover, and am so pleased with how it turned out. 

Here’s what I used (I had everything at home so didn’t spend  a penny!)

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And, don’t forget to swing by the Target One Spot. . . 

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Spring decorating done! 🙂 

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Have you found any spring crafts to make this Spring? I’d love to hear what you’re making! Leave a comment to share. 

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

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Dollar Tree Easter Craft

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Note from Laurie: My friend Cheryl made this Easter craft all using items from the Dollar Tree, and I just love it as a way to fluff up for Spring!  Thank you so much Cheryl for sharing ~ it’s perfect!

 

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I saw an idea over here to use Dollar Tree items for Easter decor, and knew I had to try and make it on my own!

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Here’s what I used:

  • wreath mold
  • plastic eggs
  • spray paint
  • floral bunches
  • ribbon (any will do, I had plenty laying around)
  • moss
  • hot glue gun

 

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First I spray painted the eggs. It was a rainy day so I used a shipping box we had laying around so the spray paint didn’t get everywhere. These needed a few coats.

 

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I put the moss on the wreath mold, then glued on the mini eggs to create the wreath and glued in green moss in between the eggs.

 

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I love the way they turned out!

 

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Next, I worked on the topiaries.  Since I couldn’t find a topiary mold, I thought these vases would work out just fine.

 

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I glued on the moss and then started adding the eggs with just a little green moss in between to really pull it together.

 

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Then I snipped up the floral bunches to place around the topiaries, and for a few dollars they make great Easter centerpieces.

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So fun! 🙂

 

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Have you found any spring crafts to make this Spring? I’d love to hear what you’re making! Leave a comment to share. 

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

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Simple Spray Paint Project

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You guys. 

 

Save your cans.

 

Your soup cans. And your bean cans. And your veggie cans. 

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Save them all.

 

Because.

 

Then.

 

You can do this. 🙂 

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I saw this super cute idea to spray paint tin cans over HERE, (hers our gorgeous) and while I didn’t quite follow the idea it got me thinking.

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Once the tulips have worn out, I’ll replace them with either grass seeds or herbs to use as centerpieces for Easter.

 

Gen. ius.

 

I know you’re impressed. 🙂

 

Here’s what I used:

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All I did was spray paint the cans after we’d emptied them this week when making soup (I accidentally deleted the pictures of my cans without labels – but just pull the labels off and let give them a good soak in water before painting.) 

 

Then found a small piece of ribbon that had been attached to a gift, hot glued the ends around the middle, added a few tulips and done.

 

Perfect!

 

While I was at it I remembered this fun little craft we’d made when I did MOPS with my kids years ago. 

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Use green onions cut the same length all around a can (we used a glass jar when I made them, but the can is even cheaper!)

 

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Stuff them in in rows with a rubber band around them,

 

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Cover the rubber band with some rope . . .

 

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And fill with flowers too.

 

Done!

 

 

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Now, while we’re in the kitchen I wanted to go ahead and show you that we finally updated our light fixture and I am so in love with our breakfast space finally (seriously, in love.)

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Remember this was it when we moved in? (Gosh, see the dirt backyard out there? So glad it’s gone!)

 

And here it is now . . .
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The fixture is from Lowe’s and is fits the room so much better than our last one, although I’ve got to see if my husband  hung onto the chain because it’s a little too high.

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We’ve got family coming in for Easter (I’m so excited!), and have been working to really save the last few months to finish up a few projects in our home before they get here. 

 

I’d so rather save on my groceries and small decorations (no reason to ever pay for vases now!), so we can save for the “bigger” ticket items we’re really dreaming of. And remember, we’ve been at this penny pinching for almost twenty years ~ our years of living frugally have been so worth it!

 

Have you found any spring crafts to make this Spring? I’d love to hear what you’re making! Leave a comment to share. 

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

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Painted Pinecones

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Note from Laurie: My friend Cheryl made this amazing craft with her daughter, and I’m so-so-so in love with it! I also love that this is a great craft to do with your kids (and now I can’t wait to try it with my girls.) Thank you so much Cheryl for sharing ~ it’s perfect!

 

I fell in love with this idea when I saw it HERE and knew we had to try it!  

 

I showed my 9 year old daughter and she couldn’t wait to get started.  We had the best time finding pinecones … and choosing colors … and painting … and talking.  I just love the way they turned out and how they bring a little spring to our cold February days.

 

Bonus? Easter centerpiece is done. 🙂

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First I found the perfect bowl in Hobby Lobby’s 80% off section.

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Then gathered up the rest of my supplies.

Supplies:

  • Pinecones
  • Paints (we used acrylics but any paint will do)
  • Paintbrush

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I used bunched up paper towels in the bottom of the bowl to help the pinecones sit up right.

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And we added our extra pine cones in a clear glass bowl.

 

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Done!

 

Have you found any spring crafts to make this Spring? I’d love to hear what you’re making! Leave a comment to share. 

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

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Dollar Tree Valentines

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Need a quick idea for your child’s Valentine party at school? Head to the Dollar Tree fast! 🙂

 

My friend Cheryl shared these Dollar Tree Valentine’s that she made for her daughter’s class, which came out to just 27¢ per child for a class of 18. Easy way to let your kids have treats for the whole class and stick to a penny pinched budget. 🙂

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Supplies:

  • Happy Valentines Day Bags – $1.00
  • 1 set Valentine Sticker Boxes (box of 18) – $1.00
  • 1 bag Sixlets – $1.00
  • 2 bags Sweet Tart Hearts – $2.00
  • Total = $5 or 27¢ per child

 

 

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{Healthy} Valentine Robots

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Super fun (easy!) Valentine treat! I loved this idea when I saw it over HERE and tweaked it with what we had on hand.

 

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Grab these supplies: 

  • fruit cups (applesauce are best but I ran out when I took the picture)
  • ribbon
  • raisins
  • juice boxes
  • valentine stickers
  • hot glue gone

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And make these . . .  (my 8 year old did the faces herself ~ I thought she did a great job!) 🙂

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Done! 🙂 
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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

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Dollar Tree Valentine Project

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Looking for an easy Valentine’s craft to tackle with your kids? We loved this one!

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We don’t have tons (ummm . . . any?) decorations for holidays really besides Christmas, so this was an inexpensive quick centerpiece that took less than an hour and brightened things up at our house in the middle of winter.

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I’d seen several cute ideas over on Pinterest for mason jar Valentine treats, and knew this would be an easy one to tackle ~ love that!

Here’s what we used: 

  • mason jars ($1 at Dollar Tree)
  • spray paint (I had blue and white spray paint at home, picked up the pink at Michael’s with a 40% off coupon)
  • heart stickers (found those at Michael’s as well, could also make them using a Silhouette or Cricut cutter if you have one, and I noticed heart stickers at the Dollar Tree as well!)
  • ribbon

 

 

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Have your kids make “valentine” designs on the front. (Honestly? I wanted just plain hearts on all but they wanted hearts everywhere. I didn’t have the heart ~ ahem 🙂  ~ to tell them they wouldn’t look quite as pretty, but for a dollar it was worth letting them choose!)

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After sticking on the hearts just spray the mason jars . . .

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Then peel the hearts off once the spray paint is dry.

 

We used styrofoam stickers which were a little difficult to remove ~ if you can find vellum stickers it should go a little more smoothly.

 

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Like I said, the ones they did weren’t perfectly Pinterested, but they had fun for $1!

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And, if you’re smart like me you know you can just turn them around and add some flowers ($3.99, courtesy of Aldi. . . ) 🙂

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I also found this cute little tag from my crafting stash to add on to our lamp jar from last week  . . . 

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All done! 

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Foyer Lighting Updates (And 3 Options When You Think You’ve Messed It Up.)

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You know how sometimes you do something in your home and love it, and know-right-then-and-there-it’s-perfect, and other times you just don’t?

 

Yup, I’m there right now.

 

After almost finishing our foyer last week, I was itching to have it done. 

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I had some free credit at Amazon courtesy of Ibotta (y’all, I love Ibotta), so when I came across these star pendant lights I decided they would fix up those lighting fixtures perfectly.

 

So I ordered.

 

Over the last twenty years we’ve slowly updated four homes (this house really was beautiful when we moved in, just kind of plain and builder grade.)

 

And in all those years of home updates, only once (maybe twice), have I splurged and gotten exactly what I wanted. 

 

I’m not so sure today was that day.

 

love what my husband did on the walls in the foyer by adding trim work.

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I am in love with my $3 updated blue front door.

 

And I even love the small blue table I found at Home Goods.

 

But.

 

I’m a little on the fence about these lights.

 

I found the ones I wanted over here and decided these at Amazon would work even though the color and weight of the fixture wasn’t quite right. (Although in all honesty I expect them to be more chrome/pewter color which would match the other fixtures in our home better from the pic ~ however I should have seen “rubbed bronze” and know that wasn’t chrome. I’m really no decorator though and hardly ever take time to read fine print ~ oops.)

 

After looking at light fixtures I know they cost a ton (seriously, a LOT), and I easily could have spent several hundred dollars per fixture, which just isn’t in our budget right now. 

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So now I’m left with three options:

  1. Get rid of them (eek.)
  2. Love them for now.
  3. Love them for now and get courageous one day to spray paint them chrome to more fit the rest of our home.

Getting rid of them is not going to happen. (My husband might get rid of me. ahem.)

 

So I’m going with option 2 for now, and may opt for option 3 later.

 

(My super smart decorator friend also recommended adding a little more black throughout the space. I’m going to start looking!)

 

My sweet friend Mara reminded me though this morning of Young House Love’s amazing foyer update, and made me feel like the black (rubbed bronze?) may not be all bad? (But, why-oh-why though did our builder place three light fixtures in such a small area ~ goodness that’s half the problem because three of any fixture is a bundle! Similar ones cost $455 A PIECE. YIKES.)

 

And y’all.

 

For real.

 

I didn’t get exactly the lights I’ve always dreamed of.

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But I have a crazy beautiful space to call home each day, a husband who loves me, and three pretty fun kids most of the time.

 

I am crazy-amazingly-blessed-overwhelmingly-so-much-that-it-really-does-hurt-some-days.

 

These lights are just fine, and so much better than what we started out with ~ don’t you think?

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Now, if you’re doing a major re-modeling and have money to spend, I really encourage you to have a little more patience than I showed today and wait for what you really want.

 

But sometimes (I think?), settling for something that’s second best really can be okay, and it might just grow on you.

 

And if not, there’s always a can of spray paint, right? 🙂 

 

***However. Do NOT be like me and always in so much of a hurry that you pick the only think you can find. I searched and searched Amazon for “star pendant lights” and found very few, which is why I ended up with these. Had I done a little more research I would have learned the correct name for these is “Moravian pendant lights” and I would have had dozens of other options which were a little more pricey, but I could have held out for. (Who knew?) Patience and taking time to really research things has never been my strong suit (clearly), but maybe I can at least encourage you!***

 

 

If you’d like to see more pictures of our home as we’ve been updating it, here you go . . .

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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