Easy DIY Sign

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

Below is a list of things you will need. I have provided affiliate links to items. Keep in mind when you buy something from one of my links I get a small commission. It helps keep this blog going and I appreciate it.

  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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  2. Floral Wire
  3. Floral Pinecones

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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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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Oogie Boogie-Make Your Own Life Size

Sorry, there has been almost two months since I posted. It has been crazy at work and sports at home so no time lately to work on posts. I still have been working on projects and now that I am getting some more time to post you should see some cool things coming soon 🙂 I had a lot of fun making this life-size Oogie Boogie.  It’s another piece to my nightmare before Christmas Halloween props. I made this one so you can wear it as a costume. I think one of these years I will wear it and give out treats to the kids in the neighbourhood.  My plan is to make our front porch into Oogie Boogies lair black light and all!  It’s a slow process to work piece by piece.

Make your own Life size Ooogie Boogie

Materials Needed- These are affiliate links for more info on affiliate links check out my disclosure.

  1. Burlap-I bought burlap sacks from Cal Ranch
  2. Wire
  3. Foam
  4. black fabric
  5. black marker
  6. needle and thread
  7. sewing machine
  8. Play bugs
  9. Black yarn
  10. PVC pipe 3/4
  11. 2 45 degrees 3/4 PVC pieces
  12. 2 90 degrees 3/4 PVC pieces
  13. 2 screw 3/4 PVC pieces
  14. 2-floor pipe holders these were the metal ones 3/4
  15. 3 X pieces 3/4 PVC
  16. 2 10ft pieces of PVC pipe you may not use all of it depending on how tall you make him.I bought a bunch of 2 ft pieces because of my small car

Making Oogie Boogies Head

The first thing you will need to do is get a piece of burlap I took a burlap bag turned it inside out and started towards the bottom middle.  I mapped out where I wanted his mouth and eyes to go by pinching the burlap and eyeing where it would look good. Once I had it all mapped out I took some wire and covered it with black fabric and sewed around it.I think it would be best to use foam and push it through the foam. Make sure you fold the wire at the end you don’t want it poking you.

Now you can hand sew in the wire foam piece where you want it. I did separate pieces for the mouth top and bottom. Also, for both of the eyebrows.

Once your pieces are all in you can color the mouth and eyes in with a marker or if you really want it black you could put some black fabric in it and sew it in.  Keep in mind if you want to wear it as a costume you would want to leave room to breathe.

I also added wire covered with foam to the inside of the mask so it kept its shape.

The last thing I did was cut out the head and shape it. I had to add a little bit to the end of the head where it’s more tail like.  I put it on my head and cut and tucked where needed.

 

Making Oogie Boogies Chest and Arms

The next step I did was the chest and arms piece. I took a burlap sack cut out the head hole and measured against my body where the arms should go. I don’t use patterns so it’s all my guesswork and comparing the pieces against one another.

Next, I took another burlap sack and decided how long the arms should go comparing the arm ends to the armholes. If you have never used a pattern before its helpful to see how armholes and arms are cut out.

I folded the head hole down and sew it. You do not want any raw burlap edges it falls apart easy and is itchy. I had to remove my clothes and wash them after sewing it all. It’s best to wear levis when working with burlap. I found this out the hard way 🙂 I also cut down the back of the neck to the middle-ish area of the back. I added velcro to make it easier to wear and also dress the PVC skeleton.

Last I added the arms and sewed the sides shut. *When sewing the arms shut I left holes and sew the edges so I had access for my hands to come out. You will only want to do this part if you want to maybe wear it for a costume. If you dont and wear it you are like a child trying to grab things with gloves on 🙂

Oogie Boogie Legs and belly

On this part take the bottom edge of your chest piece and compare it to the top part of your leg pieces so it’s consistent from top to bottom. I made sure the feet cutouts were big enough so I can wear my shoes. I had to cut this out in 4 pieces using the burlap sacks.  If you are using just burlap you can probably do this in 2 pieces depending on how wide the burlap is.

Once you have it all cut out, sew the sides shut.

Leave holes in the bottom of the feet sewing the edges so it doesn’t fall apart. This is so you can slide the PVC pipe through it.

Optional-you can add on a black piece with bugs coming out. This is easier to do now then waiting for the chest piece to be added. You can also line the inside if you plan on wearing it. I lined the chest and some of the face so it wasn’t so itchy.

Now you will want to add the chest piece to the bottom piece sewing it all together.

Finishing Touches to Oogie Boogie

Now you will want to add the finishing touches. I hand sewn around the edges with black yarn doubled on the needle. With burlap, you have to do it double because it will pull through it if not.

Oogie Boogie PVC Body and Base

Base

I took an old table and cut out a square piece with my circular saw. I added a piece of wood to the one end so it makes it a lifted platform. You can easily create this same platform by taking a sq piece of wood and adding wood underneath to lift it.  Make sure your piece is large enough so his legs can stick to the bottom.

Spray paint or paint base let dry.

PVC Skeleton

You can build the PVC skeleton from the base up. Just leave enough room between the legs for the PVC pieces.  Set the pipe floor holders down first I would wait to attach them until you have the body all set where you want. Next, add the screw in PVC piece. Then 2ft pieces next then the 90-degree angle piece. Now you will want to figure the spacing between the legs leaving room for the x piece. once you have cut the middle piece and attache to the X you can do the body piece which I did another 2ft piece. Added another x piece and added the chest pieces 45 Degree angle pieces and another 2 ft piece for each arm. now you can add on the neck piece and the last x piece.

Once you have it all set and space where you want you can attach the floor flanges to the base. Then assemble it from there. You will want to add the costume/prop piece on before you attach the hips and body. I would also put the arm in the costume before you attach it to the 45-degree angle piece.

The last thing you will want to do is add the head to the body I made it as sperate pieces so that it was easier to put on. I added safety pins to help hold it in place.

Finished Oogie Boogie

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How to Make a Shirt Pillow

Make your own shirt pillow

I found a Boston Red Sox shirt and I wanted to make it into a pillow cover. This is a simple and easy DIY to add just a little something extra to a room. I need to get working on my sons Boston Red Sox room I have so many things to do to make it just right. This pillow was one of the things we needed to add.

Here are the steps I took to turn it into a shirt pillow cover. You can do it the simple way or add a little to it to make it a little more special. It’s up to you on the extra steps you want to make. I have made some suggestions on what other things you can do like adding a pocket or making it a zip off cover.

Turning your shirt into a pillow cover

Filling in the neck hole for the shirt pillow

You will need to fill in the neck hole first. Take a piece of fabric and pin it to the inside of the shirt hole. I used white t-shirt fabric for the hole.  Once you have it pinned sew it to the inside of the shirt hole.

 

Sew the sleeves shut

I sewed the sleeves shut from the right side up. Pinch the edges of the shirt together and sew it. Now you could also cut off the sleeves and sew it shut that way. I like the look of keeping it like a shirt for a pillow. You could go a step further and add a zipper and create a pocket.

Sew or add a zipper to the bottom of shirt

Put the pillow inside the shirt and sewed the bottom shut. You could also add a zipper to the bottom of the shirt to make it a removable cover. I love the look of this shirt pillow it adds just that little extra thing to the room.

Finished look


Make A Cheap Burlap Runner From an Old Coffee Burlap Bag

Cheap Burlap coffee bag table runner 3

So this seriously was the cheapest project I have done. So we have a local Cal Ranch store in our area that sells lots of different farm/home diy type stuff. I found a while ago they sell old coffee burlap bags for a few dollars each.I bought a few a while back to make some things with them just not sure at the time what to make with them. So when I needed to up my spring decor it was the perfect time to make a burlap runner.

I found some online at amazon if you don’t have any local Cal Ranch stores that sell them.

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Making Your Cheap Burlap Runner from Old Coffee Burlap bag

Step One

Take the old coffee bag and cut off the back or front side depending on if you want the logo or not 🙂 Try to cut it as straight as you can It will help for the later steps.

Note: when cutting try and keep it on the table if you get burlap on your clothes the fibers are tricky and before you know it you are itching like crazy.

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Step Two

Now that you have the back piece cut out you will want to fold it and cut it in half.  You will want to fold it so its smaller width wise. I held it tight and cut it down the side.

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Step Three

Sew the two end pieces togeather so it makes a long runner. I have seen short table runners becoming more and more popular so if you want can just use one for a short burlap table runner.

Just sew around the whole thing to keep it from falling apart.

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Step Four

Cut and even it out to make it straight as possible.

Step Five

Sew around the edge to keep it from fraying a lot.

Burlap runner coffee bag 6

Step Six

Iron it down so it’s flat.You will also have to iron down the seam where you sewed it togeather. Burlap doesn’t like to stay flat so ironing it flat will help so it doesn’t pop up.

Now Add The Burlap Runner to your table.

I seriously think I made this in 15 mins. Now that I have my table all put togeather I love it. I hope you do too!


 

DIY-Easy Moss Balls Decor Step By Step

Moss Balls Diy Decor

Today I am going to show you how to make your own easy moss balls. Personally, I have seen cute moss balls all over but the problem is they cost so much. With what I was going for I needed to get a variety of sizes but didn’t want to pay the high price tag of buying them all. I found a package of smaller moss balls and some moss for pretty cheap. Searching Pinterest I never found what they used to apply on the foam for the moss to stick.There were a lot of posts listed as DIY but I had a hard time of finding the one I needed.

Through trial and error, I found mod podge didn’t work well but hot glue did. Just so you are aware hot glue does melt the styrofoam a little but the moss covers it up so it’s not bad at all.  This is part of the reason I started my blog I wanted, to be honest, and show thing that worked and didn’t work for me.

This is part of the reason I started my blog I wanted to be honest and show thing that worked and didn’t work for me.

Here are pictures of me trying the mod podge. As you can see with the last picture the moss just wanted to fall off. If mod podge is the only thing you have you can use it just wait for dry time and use burlap string to hold it on better. I personally like the hot glue it holds a lot better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Making Your Moss balls

Step One

I choose these smaller styrofoam balls mainly because I didn’t have any small ones and they are easy to put in a jar. You can use a variety of styrofoam balls for your moss balls. Take your styrofoam ball add glue then put on the moss.

Take your styrofoam ball add hot glue on the ball. Then take the ball and put it in your pile of moss picking up moss on your hot glue. Let it dry for a few seconds before you push the moss on the ball more. You don’t want to burn yourself. Repeat until the ball is covered completely in moss.

 

 Step Two 

Once it is all dry shake off any excess moss. Now you are done making the moss balls 🙂

 

Step Three

Add them to cute vases, bowls, etc.

 

A Different type Moss balls

So I wanted to show you another type of moss balls you can do it’s the same steps the only thing different is the moss. This moss is more of a sponge moss then a stringy moss like the ones above.

These ones you do have to glue on the pieces rather than put the glue on the ball then dip in moss.

Step One

put hot glue on the ball add the piece of moss. Then you will need to glue down any edges. Continue until you have the styrofoam ball all covered

Step Two 

Add them in a cute vase. I have some affiliate links for some cute ones below

 

 

Items you will need

  1. Styro Foam Balls
  2. Hot Glue Gun and Sticks
  3. Moss and more moss

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Create-Cheap Beauty and The Beast Flower Dome

So I wanted to do a girl post since most of my post have to deal with boys. I created a Beauty and The Beast flower dome. It’s super simple and would be great for a Beauty and The Beast birthday party. It could also be used for a Beauty and The Beast film party 🙂 Beauty and The Beast is one of my all-time favorite movies and I just had to create something 🙂

So here are the steps to create your own cheap flower dome. I made this Dome using a 2-liter soda bottle, dollar store flowers, fishing line, ribbon, and glass circles.

Step One

Cut the bottom of the 2-liter soda bottle. I used a Barq’s rootbeer bottle it was the fanciest I could find.

Step Two

Remove the label from the 2-liter. Then you will want to remove the stickiness from the bottle. I used Goo Gone to remove the stickiness.

Step Three

Take off the lid and the plastic piece that seals the lid onto the bottle.

Step Four

Cut one rose off the flower piece. Now you will need to attach fishing line around the rose. Then take the other end of the fishing line and put it through the top of the lid. Now you can hot glue the fishing line to the outside of the bottle. Your rose should be suspended in the bottle.

Step Five

Take two pieces of the glass circle and glue them togeather. Next, you will need to glue it to the top of the bottle where the lid once was.  Now you can take the ribbon and glue it below the glass to hide the threads for the lid.

Finish Beauty and The Beast Flower Dome

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Heart Family Tree and Arrow

I received this box of testors stuff as part of a testers challenge from creators studio. They sent me purple and pink Testors enamel paint, red and white paint acrylic paint, 3 pack of paint brushes, small sponge sticks, pink spray paint, red glitter spray paint, silver glitter spray paint, plastic cement glue, black enamel paint marker, and some small wood hearts. They wanted us to use the wood hearts and the items to create something. This post contains affiliate links please see my

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How to Make The Heart Family Tree

I started with the wood hearts I painted the two large ones with the pink enamel paint. This type of paint soaks into the wood more like a stain than a paint.

Then I painted the small ones with the purple enamel paint.

I had never used enamel paint before and soon realized you can’t just get the paint off the brush with water. You need to use an acetone or nail polish remover to get the paint off.  It also has a stronger smell than most paints. So I suggest you don’t use it around kids and use it in a well-ventilated area.

Once the hearts dried I added my family members names on the hearts using the enamel marker.

The next thing I did was draw an outline of a tree not the best tree outline 🙂

Next, I took the red paint and the eraser end of a pencil and filled in the tree with red dots.

I added a heart to the tree trunk using the enamel marker.

Once the red paint was dry I took the hearts and glued them to the page. I added some bakers twine around the tree to the hearts.

Then spray painted the thrift store frame with the hot pink spray paint and then I sprayed it with the silver glitter spray paint.

Last I added the tree into the frame.

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I used the bigger heart and painted it with the red acrylic paint then added the white acrylic paint dots using the mini sponges.

Then I used a valentines pencil and tied on black and white poke dot tulle and red tulle to the end with the eraser.

After that I cut out red felt fabric in the shape of the heart.

Then I hot glued the pencil and the wood heart on it to get the finished look.

It was great getting to use different products I have never used before. Besides never using enamel paint, black enamel marker, the small sponges, or the plastic cement. I Didn’t end up use the cement for this project but I would like to find something in the future I could use it on.

Sometimes going outside of the box is what we need to find and create new and exciting things.

Before/After

Please note while I do DIY and tutorials I am by no means a professional please read through each post carefully and consult a professional when needed.  I will not be responsible for injuries or damages while following a tutorial from my site. All tutorials are done at your own risk. Please be safe and smart while doing projects.