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

Things we used in this project. Keep in mind this contains affiliate links. If you would like to know more about affiliate links you can check out my disclosure page here.

Star wars lego set 

lego Ninjago set 

mommy’s guardians of the galaxy  set 

Bags we used

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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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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.

 

Cheap Blanket: Envelop Pillow Cover

Easy envelop pillow plaid black and red

So I bought a cheap blanket because I loved the plaid pattern. I bought it from Shopko when they had a sale before the holidays. I think I paid $3.99 for the blanket. This blanket is soft so it makes laying on it more comfortable. I am considering making more envelope pillow covers from different fabric styles 🙂

I bought this blanket with the intention of turning it into something more functional for our house.

The size of the blanket I bought was 50 in by 60 in. I used 16 X 16 pillow insert. You could use a larger pillow insert if you use the bigger blanket like I did I had plenty of fabric left over.

First Step

Cut the blanket in half lengthwise you don’t need to worry about the line being cut perfect you will be sewing and tucking in the ends.

Second Step

You will then want to fold down the one end and sew it I folded it a lot in this pic but just a little bit is fine. I was worried about cutting off the end. I think I cut off like 3 inches lol.

Third Step

Then you will take the sewed end and fold it in half over the pillow finished side facing the pillow. When you turn the pillow cover the right way the sewed end will be what shows. You will then need to pin it as close to the pillow as possible on the side of the pillow. Be careful not to get the pillow when pinning it. you will be taking the pillow out once it’s all pinned.

Fourth Step

You will take the other side and overlap it a few inches and pin it down. I folded the outside piece then pinned it down.

Fifth Step

Now you can take out the pillow and cut off any excess fabric. Try and cut this in a straight line 🙂

Sixth Step

Now you can sew the edges. I sewed mine along the pin line so it was close and tight to the pillow as possible then you don’t have slack to try and fill.

Seventh Step

Turn the cover into itself so it’s the right way. 

Now you can add in the pillow 

The Final Envelope Pillow Cover Look!

I love how this pillow turned out! It’s soft and it fits perfect on my chairs next to our tree. You can also use it during the month of January if you have winter decor to match. So a two in one idea 🙂 One for Christmas and one for Winter 🙂
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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.

Plaid Table Runner Sew or No Sew

plaid table runnerI had picked up a few cheap plaid blankets on Black Friday Sales I figured I could do something with them but wasn’t sure what. After browsing the internet I saw some cute plaid table runners then remembered I had bought the blankets and that I could easily make some runners out of the blanket.

Then I tried it on our table to see if it fit, to my luck it did. So a few cuts and I had a cute table runner.  This is a simple project and won’t cost you much if you get a cheap blanket.

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Step One 

Check to see if it fits on your table if it doesn’t make cuts and add length to it by sewing it on to the end. I cut down the edge of one of the plaid lines to keep the lines in order.

Step Two

Cut off any edging and cut to the width you like. You can be done at this point or you can do step 3 and finish the edge

Step Three

Serge the edges to make it a more finished look. I have a brothers sewing machine and used a G foot.

Doing the G foot with an edging type zigzag does the same thing as a serger.

These are the settings on my sewing machine for the g foot.

The G Foot

The completed edge I don’t think it turned out too bad. I plan on using the G foot again in the future it’s like a hidden treasure I never knew about.

Plaid Table Runner The Final Look!

Sorry this pic is a little blurry you can kind of see the edges on it. This is a picture of our island I did add on length to it you can kind of tell. I made two runners with one blanket so I can’t complain 🙂

This Runner is on our kitchen island

This is the runner on our high tableplaid blanket table runner

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