If you have kids at home, have you heard it yet? The dreaded “I’m BORED!” We’re in the dog days of summer here, and sometimes you just want to get inside, out of the heat and into the blissful air conditioning. If your kids are in need of a project to occupy their time, I have just the thing for you. These sandpaper transfers are as fun to make as the resulting t-shirts are to wear.
I love that in two simple steps you can turn your kid’s work of art into a t-shirt. Make sure you put the finished t-shirt in the dryer on high to set the color, and wash it alone the first time.
How do you fight the dreaded “I’M BORED”?
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The roasting stations from my Table Top S’mores post have me thinking all things terra cotta. Whether you’re looking to use these pots for their intended purpose or searching for a more creative alternative, these crafts are fresh and fun. So, head to your closest home improvement store, pick up some pots and get to crafting, MacGyvers.
If you love coastal decor, try out this stenciling craft. These planters are perfect for summer – whether you actually live close to a coral reef or not.
These adorable floral pots could add the perfect touch of color to any space. Find the quick and easy tutorial at Ashley Ann’s blog, Under the Sycamore Tree.
More Terra Cotta Pot Crafts
If you read my last post, you know I’ve been daydreaming of an exotic vacation. But — since I won’t be travelling to a gorgeous beach anytime soon, I’m thinking I’ll bring the beach to me. I love coastal decor, and I love budget-friendly decor even more. That’s why I’m going crazy over these driftwood crafts. If you’re lucky enough to be heading to the beach soon, stroll the shores for pretty pieces of driftwood. If not, try your nearest lake for some driftwood and simply pretend your fabulous finds are from a beachy shoreline.
I absolutely adore this colorful driftwood key hanger. Drift on over to Free People’s blog to see how it’s made.
This beautiful Herringbone Driftwood Table is for the heavy-duty DIYers. Although Sarah’s tutorial includes quite a few steps, the end product is totally worth the work.
More Driftwood Crafts
Father’s Day is this Sunday — are you armed with a gift for dad? No? Well then, we’ve got you covered — from his favorite recipes (hot beer cheese and homemade pretzels — yum!) to fun, free printables and handmade gift ideas like this easier-than-it-looks dresser-top leather valet; whip up a surprise for your dad just in time for Father’s Day celebrations.
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Not only is this monogrammed leather valet easy to craft, you probably have most of the materials on hand like an old frame, some batting or foam and a spare bit of leather – this is a great project for upcycling a past-its-prime jacket or purse. The steps are simple, just disassemble the frame then use the backing as a template to cut out a small piece of leather and batting. Place the leather, suede side up, on top of the batting and secure it in the frame with strong tape.
I used an old trick from college printmaking classes to create removable registration marks on painter’s tape that would help me find the tray’s center before placing the adhesive stencils (these things are awesome, btw, you can find them with the glass-etching supplies at your local craft store). Fill in the stencils with a permanent marker and voila — a handy catch-all for dad to keep his keys, change, watch and anything else he needs to grab on his way out the door.
Crafting this handy DIY gift for dad is easy — but be sure to check out my complete step-by-step instructions for a materials list and lots of helpful tips first>>
Summer is well underway and that means the party is headed outside. My family loves the Fourth of July in particular, especially my dad (he can’t buy enough fireworks). This year I’m adding to the festivities with this patriotic and surprisingly fun Ring Toss game. Every holiday is enhanced by a little friendly competition, don’t you think?
With a few inexpensive and easy-to-find materials and an hour of work, you’ll have your own fun lawn game to play on the Fourth of July, and all summer.
What are your plans for the Fourth?
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Every time I head to a garage sale or thrift store, I keep an eye out for a vintage ladder. They’re so multifunctional – they can find a home in almost any room, whether it’s a living room or a bathroom. I typically use them as anything besides a climbing tool. I find they’re much more charming holding a slew of colorful high heels or a stack of towels. If you have an old ladder lying around, dust it off and try one of these ideas.
A vintage ladder is a perfect addition for an empty space in a living room or bedroom. Play up the rustic feel by adorning your ladder with flower-filled mason jars. See how Sarah from A Beach Cottage decided to decorate her old ladder.
This idea is handy if you’re anything like me – always searching for shoe storage! Also, why not show off your lovely collection? Shoe shopping is hard work – it deserves a little appreciation.
More Ladder Ideas
Ah, Father’s Day. That hallowed holiday where we tell the dads in our lives that we love them…by giving them ties? Come on, we can do better than that. This year, why not give dad what he really wants, the gift of rest and relaxation. These adorable lotto-inspired scratch-and-win cards give dad the chance to win everything from a pass on mowing the lawn to a two hour nap.
You can download our free Father’s Day printables right here. Don’t you kind of want to make scratch-and-win cards for every occasion now?
What are your plans for dad this June 16th? Maybe a special meal? Dish in the comments–I promise I’m very good at keeping secrets.
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At the shore this Memorial Day? It’s a relaxing way to spend the holiday, but it’s also a good opportunity to stock up on free craft materials, like seashells. Yes, seashells! Turn your shell collection into one of the attractive crafts below. (If you’re landlocked, try “collecting” shells at your local craft supply store instead.)
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This aluminum foil craft from Freshly Picked will keep your little ones entertained for hours. It’s super easy, and that’s why I love it! I liken this project to giving a child a box to play with/in — it’s almost too simple to imagine your kiddos will enjoy it so much. Here’s the dealio.
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Grab some aluminum foil and your child’s toy cars. Let him or her press the details of the car into the foil — then, let the kids crush the foil cars demolition derby-style.
So easy and so brilliant, right?
In the June issue of HGTV Magazine Shannon Quimby showed us her creative kitchen filled with found objects, recycled materials and DIY projects that make it such a unique space.
One of our favorites was this totally doable mason-jar storage idea. “This project originated in my Grandpa Buzz’s workshop, and it always brings a smile to my face when I see his idea now in my own kitchen,” Quimby says.
The best part about these hanging mason jars is they can work throughout the house as both functional storage and interesting display. Some of Quimby’s suggestions:
- Office organizer: Install the jars under bookshelves to store paper clips, erasers, or pens.
- In the bathroom: Fill jars with cotton balls, Q-tips and scented soaps, and attach them under a shelf.
- Beauty routine: Stop the aimless digging for eyeliner and lip gloss and arrange your makeup in easy to see jars under a vanity or free-standing cabinet.
- Show off your collections: Give your keepsakes the attention they deserve and use the mason jars as an inventive display in any room.
Get the look for your own home by following the simple step-by-step guide here.