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.

You can find other fun duck tape patterns at Amazon. Here is my affiliate links to amazon duck tape. Remember when you purchase something from my affiliate links I get a small commission at no cost to you. So please use my links 🙂

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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Easy Party Poppers

I wanted to make party poppers last year for new years eve and we never did. So this years 2018 new years eve I remembered before it was new years eve. I am so excited to share these new years eve poppers with you. Hopefully its in enough time you can make your own. If I would have known how easy they were to make we would have made ours sooner 🙂

This project is one of the simplest projects. Below are the items you will need. I have attached some affiliate links below. Keep in mind when you use an affiliate link I get a small commission at no cost to you.

  1. toilet paper roll
  2. balloons
  3. pom-poms
  4. optional paint for toilet paper roll

Toilet paper roll

I didn’t want just a plain toilet paper roll so we painted ours. Make sure it dries before the next step.

Balloon bottom

Cut the top part of the balloon off. Then open the balloon and have someone put in the toilet paper roll. You will want to make sure you have a little extra to grab onto to pop out the pom-poms later.

Pom-Poms

Now you can add the pom poms in. We found the smaller pom-poms worked better. The large ones tended to stick inside the roll.

Final look of the party poppers

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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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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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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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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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Replace Your Door Bell

Replace your door bell

So when we moved into our house our doorbell was one weak ding. When I mean one it was one ding no ding dong. So we missed the door until the dog starts barking lol. With good intentions of fixing it from the beginning we tried but never seemed to get to it. If I would of know how easy it was we would have done it so much soon

Replacing Our Door Bell

Replace your door bell

Turn Off Power

Please start by turning off the power to the doorbell we ended up flipping the breakers to find the right one. Testing the door bell for a ring before we proceeded.

Remove Door Bell From Wall

Take the cover off the bell from the wall. Take the wires that are connected to the bell off. Remove the screws and pull the bell off the wall. Now you will have the exposed wires hanging there.

Connect The Wires To The New Bell

There is a hole in the back of the bell we bought we had to put the wires through the hole turn the wires and pull through the front. This took me a min to get the wires to move to the side once put in the hole.  Once the wires are through and to the front you can screw them down in the proper spots. By the way, we found our old one was hooked up wrong. We figure it was because it was broken and so they only had the ding not the dong going lol. The pictures below show the right way 🙂

Now you can screw the door bell onto the wall

Connecting The Door Bell Button

This part was the most simple you unscrew the doorbell button from the house. Unscrew the wires from the back of it. Next, take the new one screw the wires to the back of it. Now you can screw it back on the house.

Turn Power Back On

Now that everything is all screwed in and connected you can turn the power back on. Test your door bell to make sure it’s working. If it doesn’t you will want to troubleshoot check wires, connections etc.  You may even have to find the transformer and change it out.Finding the transformer may not be an easy feat we were lucky and didn’t need it. If you can’t find it call a professional to change it out. Ours was a simple fix but some may not be.

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Keep in mind I am not a professional. Please contact one if you have questions or concerns.