Browsing Category: Do It Yourself

Breakfast in a Box

I always appreciate homemade gifts. This time of year many recent high school grads are venturing off to college away from home. This is a simple yet thoughtful way to let them know they’re missed. This cute little box would also be a great gift idea for so many occasions, just use your imagination!

For full instructions and other ideas visit Style Baggage

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DIY Chalkboard Notebook

It’s that time of year already….Back To School. Although I’m not immersed in that world anymore (or YET, as we have little one so our time is coming) I’m well aware from friends and family that it’s time to get back in that groove. I have so many fun memories of shopping for back to school clothes and supplies. Every kid likes to have fun and unique stuff to show off to their friends once they hit the classroom again so I thought this cute little DIY project would be perfect!

For full instructions on how to create a DIY Chalkboard Notebook please visit Warm Hot Chocolate.

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The Sunbathing Companion

It seems like women like to have huge bags with many unnecessary items on hand at all times. When my girlfriends and I head to the beach, this gets to be a bit much, as you want as little as possible for fear of someone snatching your stuff while we are having fun in the water. When I found this precious towel craft, I wanted to go make one right away and hit the hot sand! This extremely simple and even more useful project is a great way to bring your towel and the essentials that are needed for the beach, without the huge tote.

 

For full directions with photos, check out the “recipe” for cuteness at Moda Bake Shop.

 

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DIY Soup Can Caddy

As a college student, I am always looking to do two things cheaply — eat and decorate. With this darling Soup Can Caddy decoration, I can use the leftover cans from my cheap dinner to decorate and organize my kitchen. You can add as much extra decoration you would like and all of the supplies can probably found in your craft drawer or garage. The supplies list is small — 3 soup cans (any size), small amount of paint (in two colors), three screws, a wooden dowel, jute and anything else you would like to decorate your caddy. Most of these items can probably be found leftover from other crafts you have completed. I plan on making at least one for our kitchen table this weekend!

 

Directions on how to make your own can be found at Sow & Dipity.

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Project Marble Run

As a child, I was always avid to make a contraption like the breakfast machine in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Anything that MacGyvered household items together to make something work amazed me. Even though I never had the talent to make something that intricate, this Marble Run is a great alternative for kids who want to use their problem-solving skills to create their own colorful invention! You can get as simple or as complex as you would like, adding decorations or even making your run function like the game of Mouse Trap! The possibilities are endless for this one!

 

Supplies:

Cardboard tubes (paper towel, wrapping paper, toilet paper tubes, etc.)
Shoebox
Large cardboard packing box (or large pieces of cardboard)
Scissors and packing tape
Colored masking tapes (from the hardware store)

 

Find the photo step-by-step instructions at momfilter.

 

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Printable Roads

My little guy loves his trucks! I had no idea how young some kiddos become so into certain things. He drives his trucks and tractors around a good part of every day. It’s fun watching his problem solving skills and creativity as he navigates tables, chairs, window seals and such with his little machines. When I saw this DIY that included FREE printables for roads where I could create a little city for him I knew this was a must. It’s simple and I don’t need to buy anything to set this project up for him. This is a great project for a hot summer afternoon when he’s playing indoors!

This fun idea and free printables can be found on Picklebums.com

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DIY Mason Jar Wall Storage

Living in a house with nine girls will always pose space problems, especially in the bathroom. While searching for ways to utilize our space wisely, I found this cute and simple idea to organize items that usually get lost in a girl’s bathroom, such as bobby pins and hair ties. I plan on making this decorative space saver to hold hair ties, bobby pins, toothbrushes, cotton swabs and maybe even mascara. I have a feeling I will be making more than one, as this could really work for any small item! For example, in the kitchen you could use it for spices, herbs, or even silverware. This might just be the cutest and most versatile craft I have found with mason jars yet!

I will probably not be adding the yardsticks like it shows on the full directions at Upcycled Treasures, but they go in depth with their steps on how to drill the holes in the metal clamps that go around the Mason jars, which was helpful for someone who is not a very good “handyman.”

 

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DIY Flubber

I don’t think you can go wrong with texture activities and kids. In fact I think most adults can’t resist touching slime or the like when it’s in their grasp…..it’s just too much fun! This activity looks simple and useses ingredients I’m certain I can find at my local market. This would be a great summer activity to do outside or would be fun to do inside on a rainy day!

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For full instructions please visit Live Craft Eat!

Here’s what you’ll need:

 

  • Cold water
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Liquid food coloring
  • Hot water
  • Borax (you can find this in a box in the laundry aisle)

DIY Sponge Balls

Our little guy has been really into water activities this summer. I love finding new ways for him to explore and have fun getting wet. This activity looks perfect, similar to water balloons in the effect but no clean up mess and can be re-used. Love this idea!

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For full instructions please visit One Charming Party

What you’ll need:

  • Sponge
  • Scissors
  • Dental Floss

 

DIY Rainbow Crayons

If you could get a nickle for every broken crayon laying around I think every parent would be rich! I loved this idea as it’s a great way to re-use them and adds a little more pizazz to the crayon collection for the kids.

Check out this project & other great stuff at Momtastic.com

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What you’ll need:

  • 4 clean tin cans
  • 4 empty Rx pill bottles or film canisters
  • old and broken crayons in 4 different colors

Instructions

1. Choose one color to start. Remove the paper wrappers from all the broken crayons and break into smaller pieces.

2. Place the broken crayon pieces (making sure they are all the same color) in a clean tin can.

3. Boil some water in a medium saucepan. The water level should be low; just a few inches of water should do the trick.

4. Once the water is boiling, gently place the tin boiling water so the bottom part of the tin can is immersed. Keep a very close watch as the crayons melt; it will only takes only a minute or so.

5. When the crayons have completely melted, work quickly to pour the colored wax in equal parts into the pill bottles or film canisters.

6. Allow the wax to harden; it should harden very quickly (it will take just a few minutes or so) but if you want to speed up the process you can stick them in the freezer briefly.

7. Repeat steps 1 – 5 again, this time with again with a different color crayon: break the pieces of crayon, melt them in a new clean tin, and pour the melted crayon into the bottles on top of the previous color layer (being sure the previous color has completely hardened). Continue doing this with all you crayon colors. You can make as many layers as you like.

8. Once the last layer has hardened, these are surprisingly easy to pop out of the bottles. Carefully stick a knife down into one side and it pop it right without damaging the wax shape at all.