Rainbow Headband Made of What? Duck Tape!

A fun project you can do in a matter of 10 mins! At least that is how I feel about this duck tape project. While we were making our duck tape bracelets I made a longer piece and it turned into this cute headband!

I actually had fun making these duck tape projects. We may just have to find some more things to make with duck tape n the near future. I hope you have as much fun as we did making them.

Making your Duck Tape Headband

Start with a cute piece of duck tape. You may want to measure your head before so you cut it just right. No wasting duck tape that is cute Right?

Once you have it cut you will need to fold it in half.

Then you will punch holes out of each end, a little in from the end so it doesn’t  break easily. Look at the picture below for a better idea.

Now you can add the ribbon. I put the ribbon through the holes on both ends and slid it on my head. After that, I tied it closed.  You may want a longer piece of ribbon so it is easier to get on and off.

Now You Have a cute headband and a lot of leftover duck tape. Maybe you could surprise your friends with one.

I think this would be a cute project for a girls birthday party. Or a princess party.  Unfortunately, I will never have a princess party at my house.  We do have other fun parties though.

Items you will need!

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  1. Cute or cool duck tape
  2. scissors
  3. hole punch
  4. ribbon

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Fun Duck Tape Bracelets

We created these duck tape bracelets.  Our boys wanted something fun to do. So we went out and found some fun colored duck tape. Our stores didn’t have many options so we went with rainbow and camo.

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Making Your Duck Tape Bracelet

Things you will need

  1. Duck Tape
  2. hole punch
  3. ribbon

Step 1

Measure your wrist. We used string to measure our wrists you can also use a measuring tape. You take the string and put it around your wrist and cut it.

Step Two

Take your measurement or string and cut your duck tape. I cut ours about a half inch shorter than the string.

Step Three

In this step, you will want to fold your duck tape in half as smoothly as you can.

Step Four 

Now you will want to take a hole punch and punch a hole in both ends. Make sure you dont cut it too close to the ends.

Step Five

This is the last step. You will run a ribbon through both ends and tie it. Make sure you cut your ribbon long enough.

The Final Look Of The Duck Tape Bracelet

YouTube Video

Here is the YouTube video our boys made showing how to make it.

 

 

 

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Building Our Wayfair Entertainment Center

For months I searched and searched trying to find the perfect fireplace entertainment center for our living room. I went the usual route of checking all the local furniture stores around us. None of them had anything in a style I wanted. Most had the cherry wood look or a plain white. I wanted something more rustic or just pretty looking.

So online I went Amazon, Walmart, etc. Then I came across Wayfair. I kept thinking why didn’t I look at Wayfair sooner I am an affiliate after all!
They have so many to choose from cute farmhouse, rustic, plain, cherry, etc. Then I came across the one we bought which was McCrea media 58″ with fireplace. I have attached the link to the tv stand on the words. This is an affiliate link keep in mind when you purchase something from my website I get a small commission at no cost to you. It also helps support my blog.

You can also purchase other entertainment centers from the Wayfair link below.

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Ordering

I was kind of leery about ordering online not being able to see it in person. All I can say is this is good quality. It is heavy and not hard to build. Which looking at the specs online the weight is what sold us. With weight sometimes it can tell you a lot when it comes to furniture this one weighed over 150lbs. Now if we had seen something that weighed 30lbs I probably would have of passed.

If you are used to building IKEA furniture this is not a big deal to build. It took me about 2 hours to build it from start to finish by myself. The part that took the longest was attaching the back. You have like 40 small screws to screw in.

It came in 3 boxes I had to pull it all out before I could start.

Step One

Follow the directions that come with the entertainment center. For the first step, you take the bottom piece and put on the four walls.

 

Step Two

Now you will want to put on the middle long piece.

Step Three 

You will want to put the next walls on it.

Step Four

Now you will add the top piece on.So on this part, you will need to use a small screwdriver the top part wasn’t long enough for a regular screwdriver.

Step Five

You will add on the front doors I missed a picture of this. Then you will screw on the back there are a lot of screws to this part.

Step Six

The last step is to screw in the fireplace.

Final Look!

In all, I love this entertainment center and the fireplace makes it’s so much better.

 

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So after going through our valentines decor, I realized we really don’t have much. Last year I created our wing heart decor for our front door and I loved it. I figured this year our front door needed a little bit more pizazz. Looking at Christmas pictures on Pinterest last month I kept seeing the cute decor around the door I thought I could do something cute for our door for valentines. So here it is.

This is a simple build. I bought a few things from the dollar store and order hearts from Amazon. Attached below are the items I purchase and attached are affiliate links. Keep in mind when you buy from one of my affiliate links I get a small commission at no cost to you. It also helps support my blog.

What you will need

  1. hearts
  2. red and pink paint, paintbrush, water etc.
  3. nautical rope
  4. ribbon
  5. hot glue
  6. small string

How you make the valentines heart decor

First

You will want to paint your hearts. I used pink, red, and white paint to paint my hearts.

Second

You will want to cut the nautical rope to fit around the door. It helped using an inside door to hold the rope up.

Third

Hot glue small pieces of string to the backs of the hearts so you can tie them on the nautical rope. Then you will want to space out the hearts on the rope.

Fourth

Cut and tie the ribbon on the nautical rope. I filled in all the spaces between the hearts.

Fifth

Now you can put some nails around your door frame and attach the decorated rope around the door.

Final look of the valentines door decor

I love how this turned out. It gave our door a little bit more

 

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I bought this vinyl piece from a yard sale 2 summers ago. I thought it would be a cute wall decor piece for my brother’s apartment.  So a year and a half later here we are putting it on a board and finishing it 🙂

Things you will need

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  1. Vinyl sign
  2. Board to put it on
  3. paint
  4. paint brush
  5. sand paper

Sanding Board

I bought this board from the thrift store it had smith in vinyl letters written on it. If your board is a thrift store board like mine you will want to sand it first. I used 220 grit sandpaper to sand mine.  Don’t forget to wipe off the board before the next step.

Paint Board

Now you will want to paint the board the color of your choice. I used white for my board.

Put Vinyl Letters on the board

The last thing you will need to do is to put vinyl letters on your board. The one I had was Gone Fishin’ I took off the back piece and laid it on the board where I wanted it. Then I took a card and rubbed the letters onto the board.

Final Look of Sign

My brother liked the sign when it was all done. I hope it will make a great addition to his house.

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Under $10 Winter Wreath

This simple winter wreath is easy to make and under $10. I wanted something simple but cute for our door and didn’t want to spend a lot on it. Looking around I kept seeing the simple wire wreaths and thought they looked cute. So off to Jo-Ann’s I went and they didn’t carry any. So looking around I saw the grapevine wreaths and thought it would look just as cute. The bonus with the grapevine wreath is I wouldn’t have to spend a lot for it.

What I bought

I bought the grapevine wreath and bird twig decor from Jo-Ann’s. Then I bought some filler floral pinecones, wire and greenery from the dollar store pinecones and greenery.

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How to make the wreath

Start with the grapevine wreath  I took all my pieces and placed them first on the wreath to see how I wanted it laid out.  Once I established the layout  I took the floral wire and attached the pieces to the grapevine wreath.  To help secure the pieces a little better in areas where there weren’t many vines I hot glued some of them to the vines.

The preset up before I wired it all down

 

This is what the wires look like on the back

Winter Wreath Final Look

I really loved how it turned out. Although I am looking at my door while posting these pictures thinking I need to paint it a different color.

  

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Simple Wood Christmas Tree

I have always wanted a wood Christmas tree for our front porch and I came across this post from Rogue Engineer of his wooden tree. I thought this is what I am looking for. Now I didn’t follow his plans exactly I did it my own way. My tree definitely looks different than his I think mine looks more like a charlie brown tree.

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Things you will need

  1. Furring strips of wood I used 3 8ft length pieces- for branches
  2. small pieces of scrap wood -for trunk
  3. 2 by 4 piece for base
  4. dowel
  5. wood glue
  6. drill w/ bit
  7. miter saw
  8. Sander

Making your wood Christmas tree

Cutting your branches 

The first thing I did was cut my branches. I took furring strips and cut them 2 inches less for each piece till I made it to the top piece.  I used my miter saw for the cuts. Anytime you can use power tools with safety it makes the job move a lot more smoothly.

Drilling Holes for Dowel

The next step you will need to drill holes for the dowel. I took my drill bit and drilled holes in the middle of each piece cut piece. You will also want to drill a hole in the base for the dowel.

Making the Base

I used a 2 by 4 for my base it works pretty well to keep it up and sturdy. Now once you have the hole drilled in the base you can put in the dowel. I used wood glue in the hole to glue in the dowel so it’s more sturdy and doesn’t fall apart.  I also cut 3 small pieces of 1/2 inch scrap wood I had for the trunk. Don’t forget after this part to sand each piece before you move on to painting. You will regret it if you don’t sand down the rough edges. 

Painting

Before you assemble the pieces you will want to paint it. You could spray paint it or use water base paint to paint the tree.  I chose to use waterbased paint to paint my pieces.  I painted the base, trunk pieces, and the dowel brown. Then I painted the tree limb parts green. I bought the star in a star pack and painted it yellow. The last thing I did was spray some red sparkle spray paint. Last I spray painted some matte clear coat on it to protect it from the elements.

 

Assemble 

The last thing you will want to do is assemble it and glue on the star.

The Final Wood Christmas Tree

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A New Way to Wrap Little Presents

For Christmas, we bought our moms rings with our sons birthstones it in. Instead of putting it in a ring box I really wanted to do something a little more creative.So I came up with this new way to wrap little presents.

I had seen a post of people sewing paper together to do larger presents. So I decided to use this concept but make ornaments out of it. We made circle ones but you could make them any shape you want. I think the star ones look really cute and may make some soon 🙂

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Steps to Making Your Little Wrapped Present

 

First Step

Cut out two circles so you can sew them together later. We used large paper lunch bags.  You could use almost any paper to get to the outer wrapping. I think scrapbook paper might be cute too!

 

Second Step

You will need to sew around the edge but leave a big enough opening to put your stuffing and gift in. I left a little bit of an edge on mine you can do it closer or further away depending on the effect you want.

Third Step

Now you can get creative and draw/decorate away! My boys loved this part because they could draw or color what they wanted. My boys each had a side they used sharpie markers to color what they wanted. It’s going to be a special gift from them after all :)I think they just used random colors to fill the space but grandma and nana will love it.

Fourth Step

Now you can put in your shredded paper or stuffing and the special present. Don’t fill too full or you won’t be able to sew shut.

Step Five

Put the ribbon in the opening about an inch in then sew the hole shut. Here is a link to some cute ribbon I found.

Step Six

Now you can hang on your tree without losing it in your other presents or filling up the bottom of your tree 😉

The Final Look 

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Our Lego Advent Calendar

Hi, Everyone, it’s been a crazy couple of months. I started a new job and my youngest has been doing sports. I feel like I have lost so much time on my blog. Sorry, everyone! I have a few new things to share starting with this advent calendar post. We are in the mist of Christmas month. I wanted to have a fun way for us to count down to Christmas. Normally in the past, we would just buy the chocolate calendars from the store and call it a day. Now these calendars are ok but I wanted something more fun or a way we could choose our own chocolate, treats, legos, etc. My boys like to help with our projects so you will see them in a few pictures. Anytime they can step in and help I encourage them! Making things with our hands is amazing! I’d rather have them building and using their minds than playing video games etc. Below is how we created our calendar.

How to Build Your Own Advent Calendar

The frame

To start this project you will need a big frame. The frame I bought was from a thrift store it’s24 by 24 one of the largest I could find. We tore the frame apart by removing the picture and glass. You’ll want to make sure you also clean the frame before you paint it to remove all the grime and dust.

Now you will want to paint the frame. I painted ours with some snow white paint we had. My little helpers helped for a few strokes of paint 🙂

Wood Middle

We had some wood left over from our garage shelves. I sanded down the wood so it was smooth before I stained it. Next, you will want to stain the wood. I stained ours with grey stain. once its dry and the frame is dry you will want to staple the wood into the frame.

Paint Something Cute

Ok so this is only if you want to I thought once our bags were off the calendar I wanted something cute to show. I bought a cute Merry Christmas sign from the dollar store and traced it with a pencil on the stained board part.  Then I took some of the white paint I used to paint the frame to paint in the Merry Christmas.  I had gone through a few ideas things like a snowman, snowflake, Christmas tree etc. You could do a lot of cute things.

Attach clothespins

Take 24 clothespins and hot glue them to the board. my husband and I measured out the spacing so it all looks symmetrical.

Fill your bags

We took a larger set of legos and separated the steps into 24 days to fill our bags. We could have bought a Lego advent calendar but my boys liked the idea of picking out a larger set they liked and build it over the 24 days. You could fill the bags with lots of different stuff like candy, small toys,  socks, etc. This part is where you can get creative and make it fun!  Below are the bags and legos we used.

Finished Project

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lego Ninjago set 

mommy’s guardians of the galaxy  set 

Bags we used

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Filling in Small Holes

A few months back we removed an old security system from our wall. It was a few screws and a small hole. When we started working on our board and batten it didn’t cover the small hole completely so we had to fill it. I really didn’t want to buy mesh and other things to cover this small hole. So I found this nifty patch for holes it’s all in one so no mess and easy to use.

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Sanding For A Smooth Start

If you have screw holes you may want to sand it down a little. Sometimes they can have bumps left from taking out the screws.  I sanded our screw holes and around the opening of the hole with 220 grit sandpaper. After I sanded I wiped the wall down with a rag.

 

Cut The Patch

The next step you will want to cut a piece of the patch off measure it to the hole. Next, you will peel off the back of the patch and stick it to the wall.  Now take a wet sponge or rag and dampen the patch to activate it.  Let it dry before starting the next steps.

After I let it dry I took some joint compound and filled in my screw holes and around the patch to make it a smoother finish.

Sand

After the compound and patch are dry you will want to sand again. This is to take any excess off the wall and make it as smooth as you can so you are paint ready.

 

Paint

Now you can paint the color of your choice or match the wall 🙂 As you can see with our area I had painted before so the sq is the old color, I had to paint to match the wall.

Finished!

Items you will need

  1. Patch kit
  2. sand paper 
  3. rag
  4. scissors
  5. joint compound if needed
  6. your paint color of choice

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