If your bookshelves look anything like ours, they’re full of old books that no one’s even taken down from the shelf in years. Books hold sentiments we can’t let go. And let’s face it, e-readers have taken over. Maybe you’re like us and not willing to get rid of some of those books because of sentimental value or because you can’t find a place willing to reuse them and you’d rather not toss them in the dumpster. We’ve got the perfect solution! Recycled book crafts. What’s that, you ask? It’s a super fun, easy way to personalize your space and give new life to those unopened books. As winter settles in, these recycled book crafts are the perfect project! So take some books down from the shelf, dust them off, and get ready for some serious creativity! [Read more…]
It’s that time of year again when kids are getting ready to go back to school but that doesn’t mean you have to stop all the fun! There are tons of DIY back to school crafts you can do together!
And as you start to help your kids get ready to go back to school and buy all the supplies they’ll need for the upcoming year, you’re probably also coping with their feelings about the upcoming school year. There’s likely nerves, excitement, maybe even some fear. Regardless of their age or emotions, back to school crafts can help your child take an active role in getting ready for the upcoming school year. Here are some of our favorites.
These adorable pencil toppers are great for almost any age. With the big google eyes and felt bodies, they can scare aware any first day fears, yet they’re silly enough to make everyone smile. Besides the google eyes, all you need is some hot glue and scraps of felt in any colors your kid wants. Depending on their age they can do this alone or with a little help from you.
Spice Up Notebooks and Binders
Every kid wants to express himself or herself. Spicing up notebooks and binders with scrapbooking materials, fabric or pipe cleaners can be a great way to encourage self-expression. Even the little ones can do this with some help from you. Chances are, your kid will feel more confident walking into school on the first day carrying binders or notebooks that give them a sense of self.
Bottle Cap Magnets
Older students will have lockers to store their belongings during the school day. While it may seem simply utilitarian, your kids see this as another place to express themselves. Bottle cap magnets are the perfect mix of useful and creative. Grab all those bottle caps that seem to find their way behind couches and in between cushions (or simply save them the next time you pop the top on a soda or adult beverage). Use your glue gun to attach magnets to the back and paint the front any way you like. Your crafty kids will love this chance to show off their personality in a school approved way.
Heading back to school doesn’t have to be stressful. Help make it fun for your kids with DIY back to school crafts they can do on their own or with a little help from you. What other DIY back to school craft ideas have you done? Let us know in the comments!
Summer is officially here. It’s time to get outside with friends and family. Whether it’s watching your kids play on the swing set or enjoying some adult conversation around the BBQ or fire pit, your backyard will be even more inviting with these neat summer DIY crafts. [Read more…]
Have you seen it yet? Rock Art – easy, cheap, creative, fun, addictive! It’s all these things! Oh, and requires readily available supplies.
We first saw Rock Art on Pinterest. It was cute. It made us smile. We pinned a few pictures. We said we’d do it. Well, we finally did; and we think you should as well! (Stay tuned for the Big Magic – it’s near the end of this post.) [Read more…]
I don’t know about you, but my home is my castle. I love leaving my personal touch in each room, creating a space that’s unique and comfortable for me. Some things, like painting, are pretty obvious, but other DIY home décor ideas aren’t quite as typical.
I ADORE wall stickers. I’m super creative, but not artistic. So when I want a special mural or pattern on a wall, I can either hire someone and hope they bring my vision to life or I can use stickers. I opt for stickers. They’re cheaper and they’re something I can do myself. Doing a quick search on Amazon, you’ll see there are more options for wall stickers than there are walls in your home.
Even better, if you’re good with vinyl, you can make your own wall stickers! Whether you make your favorite words or phrases or capture nature or animals in vinyl shapes, it’s a great way to express yourself and revitalize your home.
Basic sewing skills are all you need to make curtains all your own. Take a trip to the fabric store to find a fabric that flows and matches with your room the way you want. If you want something other than rectangular panels, grab a pattern while you’re there. Otherwise, it’s easy to whip up two panels per window – just makes sure to include a pocket for the curtain rod.
If you’re handy with power tools and like bringing new life to treasures, finding furniture on the cheap (or free) and restoring it with your own personal touch is an excellent way to put your personal mark on your living space. Just be sure you get it looked at by someone knowledgeable first! You don’t want to risk redoing a piece that has significant cash value. Be sure to check out Emily’s awesome post on refinishing chairs for some great tips!
DIY home décor projects are some of my favorite. I could spend every day wondering about the house, adding personal touches… How about you?
What other ways do you add a personal touch to your living space?
Finally! Spring has arrived. You and your kids are probably very ready to get out of the house, breathe the fresh air, and learn some great seasonal crafts! Sisters Know Best to the rescue! We’ve found some of the coolest spring crafts for kids and compiled them all in one place. Share this post with your kids and pick one, or more, to do this weekend. [Read more…]
Being cooped up with the snow is pretty tough, especially for kids. The more cabin fever they get, the crazier they start to act. Parents start to worry about their homes and belongings being safe. When all the usual indoor entertainment ideas have gotten boring, what’s a parent to do? Easy! Bring out the crafts! We love these fun craft ideas you can do with your kids to keep them from destroying your home out of boredom and a need to do something. [Read more…]
I’m a lucky person – very lucky. I have two great-nieces that WANT to spend time with me! I live over three hours from them, but we still make it work for them to visit during their school vacation in the summer. (Did I mention one of them gets car sick??) Brooke and Kenzie enjoy sewing. I LOVE to sew! I thought it would be a great idea to make simple pajamas when they were here, but we also wanted to swim, hike, go on the boat, have campfires, make s’mores, play games, read books, do some baking. You know. All that “girl time” stuff. And we had THREE days to do it all. Guess what? We did do it ALL!! One of our favorite things was the sewing project for children.
Fall DIY projects are some of my favorite to round up! I love this time of year. Not sure if it’s the changing leaves or the crisp air that invigorates, but I LOVE this time of year. How about you? Do you like Fall? If yes, you will love these cute and easy fall DIY projects for indoors and out. [Read more…]
Ok. It’s not really a homemade bug dope. It’s more like a DIY salve or DIY balm. It’s super easy to make, it’s natural, and it works! [Read more…]
This garden gate collection was created because my garden needs a gate. This past summer we used sawhorses to keep out deer and moose. Prior to that I did have a gate that we had made from branches. It was pretty cool and worked, but it rotted. I can’t do another summer with sawhorses for a gate. Ok. I can, but I don’t want to.I live in the woods and want a gate preferably that we make. I love the twig and branch gates.
Valentine’s Day is less than a month away already! Where does the time go? This year I’m doing the DIY route for my loved one. I just need to decide which Valentine’s DIY gift to choose. Which of these top 5 DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts for Men would you pick?
Do you guys remember our giant DIY ice marbles that we made last winter? They are so easy to make and they add such a fun touch to our railing out front. I can’t wait for the weather to get cold enough to do it again. BUT THIS TIME I’m going to have more purpose for them and turn some of them in to bird feeders! What a great idea from Twig and Toadstool! [Read more…]
After making the recycled t-shirt headband, I found an even better idea for braiding Celtic Headbands! You can read excellent directions for making them here. The only changes I made were cutting my strips 3″ wide, and I used a sewing machine instead of hot glue to attach my ends. Here’s a picture of my headbands using the 1″ and 3″ widths. I’ll be giving these to my niece and great niece!