Crafts and DIY

  • Photo of Our DIY Chalk Paint Beachside Dining Set

    Our DIY Chalk Paint Beachside Dining Set

    I’ve been wanting to try chalk paint for a while, but never got around to it. The opportunity came knocking a few days ago, so I went ahead and gave it a shot on this old table set. It isn’t…

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  • Photo of Upcycling Old Wooden Puzzles into Magnets

    Upcycling Old Wooden Puzzles into Magnets

    It’s a pretty simple craft that you can generally do in less than an hour. It all started with a puzzle that Bug had outgrown. I was going to donate it and couldn’t find Grandpa Shark. Specifically, it’s this puzzle:…

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  • Photo of Easy Method to Preserve Wedding or Memorial Flowers

    Easy Method to Preserve Wedding or Memorial Flowers

    It’s hard to throw away flowers that are tied to an emotional event, but preserving an entire bouquet isn’t practical. I haven’t had a lot of luck with pressed flowers as they seem to lose their color and just crumble…

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  • Photo of Upcycling Baby Clothes into Duffy or Build-a-Bear Clothes

    Upcycling Baby Clothes into Duffy or Build-a-Bear Clothes

    Disclaimer: First, let me make it clear that I am not a seamstress. In no way, shape, or form do I probably sew “properly.” I was taught to sew many years ago by my great-grandmother who was terrified to teach…

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  • Photo of Making an Angel Pillow (Faux Sugarboo)

    Making an Angel Pillow (Faux Sugarboo)

    A long time ago, when I had an uncle fighting cancer, my mom asked me to make him a large pillow to make him more comfortable. Years later, when she herself was battling lung cancer, I thought of that when…

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  • Photo of Our DIY MNSSHP Family Peter Pan Costumes

    Our DIY MNSSHP Family Peter Pan Costumes

    Psst MNSSHP is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Peter Pan My first costume involved tackling the star of the show – Peter Pan. I found a wonderful tutorial by Merrick White on Babble here that I just fell in love with,…

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  • Photo of Making Embellished Sunny Beach Hats with Supplies from Dollar Tree

    Making Embellished Sunny Beach Hats with Supplies from Dollar Tree

    When we stopped at Dollar Tree for Easter baskets, I saw some sunhats hanging on hooks on a display. I checked them out and they were super soft! This is a really important thing when picking out hats that will…

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  • Photo of Making a Soft Velour Crown for a Toddler

    Making a Soft Velour Crown for a Toddler

    Bug loves hats of any kind, so I knew he’d be cooperative with whatever I decided to dress him in for our trip. Everyone fawns over the lovely little girl’s dresses and crowns when planning their Disney trips, often planning…

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  • Photo of Displaying Disney Gift Cards – as Magnets!

    Displaying Disney Gift Cards – as Magnets!

    When we go to Disney, I purchase gift cards so we have an easier time tracking our souvenir expenses in the park. Everyone has one or two of their own to spend. I order mine from the Disney Store online…

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  • Photo of Seaglass and Shells Fireplace Mantle

    Seaglass and Shells Fireplace Mantle

    My mom purchased a mantle/fireplace frame from someone on Craigslist a couple of years ago. It’s a lovely carved piece from the late 1800s from a house that was being renovated. They brought it home and my stepdad bolted it…

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