Window Dry Erase Board

dryeraseboard I love to make things.  My husband likes to build things.  And together, we like to do DIY home improvements and projects.  For this reason, we have both been wanting to check out a local construction warehouse that has overstock and old parts from buildings and houses.  So one recent afternoon we got a babysitter and headed out for an adventure!

This was our first trip and we weren’t sure exactly what to expect and didn’t have any particular projects in mind.  Turns out it is the perfect place to find old doors and windows for decorating and for getting supplies for some very cool reuse and upcycling projects found on Pinterest.

When we got there, it was pretty much what we had expected…a huge warehouse with lots and lots of things that had been pulled out of old houses, offices, buildings, etc.  The cool thing is that the inventory is always changing.  I was visiting a friend recently and she had made some lockers that she got at this place into an awesome storage and bench piece in her entry.  It is so fun that I couldn’t stay away from the place any longer.  The day we went, there were no lockers, but here is a small sampling of some of the things they had:

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We shopped around, checking everything out.  And then, we came to the window section and I found this gem:

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It was an old, paint-crusted window for… wait for it… $3!!!

I needed a dry erase board for my office (which is almost complete! Yay!) and already use glass as a dry erase surface in my kitchen, so right away, I thought that this would make the perfect dry erase board for my office!  And the price was right, so I wasn’t worried about buyer’s remorse if I got it home and it didn’t work out.

All I used to make this window into a dry erase board were the window, soap and water, a pair of needle nosed pliers for removing some nails and some hangers for the back.

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 Now if you are a DIY-er, I know you’ll feel me on this next part…  You see something that inspires you.  You have the perfect picture in your mind of how it will all come together.  You start your project.  And it doesn’t go quite as planned.  But you thought it was going to be easy.  And quick.  But it’s not.

Well I am thrilled to tell you that none of that happened this time!  I coerced a few random nails from the frame pretty easily.  I cleaned the window with dish detergent and water.  Then my husband added some hangers to the back and we hung it up.

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And it is working out great!  A super easy and inexpensive project made from a window in search of a new home.

Nail & String Cross

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A while back I pinned a heart made out of nails and string on Pinterest.  I loved the rustic simplicity of it, but hadn’t had an opportunity to apply the method to a piece of art until now!

I made this nail & string cross art for my office where I do my daily reading.  You can apply this method to any shape you’d like!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own string and nail art:

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  •  a piece of wood
  • a print out of the shape you’d like to make
  • nails (small with heads)
  • string
  • a hammer
  • paint pen

When choosing nails for this project, small finishing nails would work well.  Choose nails that have heads on them so that the string doesn’t pop off.  I chose a little bigger nails because I wanted to incorporate some of my grandpap’s nails into this project.  He passed away a few years ago and my grandma had to move out of their house last year.  When she did, she offered my grandpap’s tools to my husband.  He had made this huge tower of drawers by hand many years ago that is 16 drawers high by 4 drawers across.  It was full of all kinds of nails, washers, nuts and bolts, etc. My husband rehomed the tower of drawers to our garage and I chose some from there to use on my project.

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Once I had decided to make a cross shape for my project, I looked for one to print out to use as a guide for the nails.  I found this one, which was perfect and already had dots that I could use as a guide to place my nails!  You can get it here and print it for free!

Once you print your shape and adjust the size using a copier, tape it to the wood in the position you like.  Then start hammering in your nails, using spacing that you like.  It will work just fine if you space them a little farther than I did.  I chose this spacing because there were already dots on the template.

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It may not look like it, but there are a lot of dots on that paper…which means a lot of hammering nails.  I did this project throughout the day and in between another project, so I took little breaks in between hammering.

Hammer the nails right through the paper and once you have all of your nails in, carefully tear the paper away.

Now it’s time to add the string!  I chose a multi-colored string and white string.  To start, tie a knot around one of the nails.  Then randomly wrap the string around nails back and forth.  This will start to fill in your shape.  Be sure to hold the string snugly to prevent it from coming undone.

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I picked this string up near the embroidery floss.  I did not use embroidery floss because it is made up of several strands that would probably get all knotted up.  This string is made up of a single strand, so I didn’t have to worry about keeping it together when wrapping it around the nails.

You can do as many layers as you’d like depending on how much you’d like your shape to be filled in.  I did a colored layer, a white layer and then another colored layer for a total of three layers.

After the 1st layer of string

After the 1st layer of string

There was a space left at the bottom of my cross, so I decided to add the word faith to balance it out.  You can freehand your word or you can print it out using a font that you like.

If printing your word, tape it onto the wood in the position that you like.  Then use a pencil to trace over the word.  The point of the pencil will make a small indent into the wood.  When you remove the printed word, you should see the outline of the letters.

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 Use a paint pen to paint the word onto the wood.  This wood really soaked up the paint, so I went over it a few times until it was the shade I wanted.

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Hang and Enjoy!

 

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I linked up this project at Tip Junkie and I Heart Naptime!

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6 Week Bible Verse Challenge {Week 2}

Today is the beginning of week 3 of the 6 Week Bible Verse Challenge at our house.  I shared our week 2 bible verse on social media last week, but not in a blog post.  Here was our bible verse from last week!

Psalm 119:105

It is Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”  We are having fun making up hand motions and catchy ways to remember the verses.  And the cool thing is…it’s working!

Last week when I put up our new verse, in addition to my kids making some motions and a catchy jingle for (Psalm 119:105…), I talked with them about what this verse means.  I asked them what “your word” is (God’s word given to us through the bible) and how it compares to a lamp or lantern on a dark path.  We talked about how it would be difficult to end up where you are trying to go if you walked along a dark, unfamiliar path in the woods without directions or a lamp to light the path and help you see the way.

In this verse, life is the path and not knowing the way to go or which choices to make can seem confusing and overwhelming at times. Thank goodness we have a guide, or lamp to help us to go the right way.  God’s word is steadfast and timeless and we can always count on it to help point us in the right direction.  I remember thinking multiple times throughout my life,

“Man, I wish there was an instruction manual for how to live life!”  I didn’t realize it at the time, but there is!  It’s called the bible.

I also explained to our kids that there will come a time in their lives when they will have to make choices on their own, and that their dad or I might not be there, like at a sleepover or when they go away to college.  I told them that they are never alone and that if they are not sure what to do, that they can always look to God’s word for guidance (either what they already know from it or by actually opening  up the bible and searching) and be confident that this is the same advice that their dad and I would give them.

We have had fun memorizing our verses together, singing silly songs and quizzing each other at the dinner table.  How is it going at your house?  If you started but have fallen off track, just pick up with a new verse today!  Remember to focus on progress, not perfection!

And it’s not too late to get started!  You can see the full post for the 6 Week Bible Verse Challenge here, or take a look at the simple steps below!  I’d love to hear from you!  Leave a comment and let me know how it’s going!

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Kids Camping Activities

I love the outdoors.  Love. Them.

 

When I was a kid, we went camping all the time in the summer.  My husband and I have tried to get out camping with our kids some and even had a pop-up for a short time, but it has proven harder than we thought to get out regularly.  Overtime, surgeries, weather and other activities have had a way of trumping our camping plans.

So, I am especially excited that we have booked an upcoming camping weekend!  My kids go back to school in just over three weeks, so I am very happy that we will be able to get a camping weekend in before school (and everything that comes with it) starts up.

When I went camping with my family as a kid, we stayed in a tent at campgrounds that had pools, camp stores and activities.  Our “kids camping activities” consisted of picking up sticks, playing at the playground, maybe fishing, playing checkers, swimming in the pool, playing bingo at the pavilion, taking walks and roasting marshmallows around the campfire.  They make up my best childhood memories.  Our upcoming trip will consist mainly of these activities, but we will be swimming in a lake instead of a pool.

Even though there are lots of things for kids to do without packing extras, I will choose a few fun things from the following ideas to take along as well.  Since we don’t get out camping as much as I’d like, I want the kids to have fun and for it to be a trip that they will remember. I’m thankful that my husband and kids also enjoy the outdoors!

{Click the title or picture to go to the original posts}

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Anti-boredom Camping Activity Bags

Sky at Capital B shares her ideas for 8 anti-boredom camping activity bags!  They are all great ideas and fit into large Ziploc bags.  Be prepared to make rain sticks, bubble snakes, friendship bracelets and more!

 

Geocaching

Geocaching is a modern-day treasure hunt!  Get all the details on how to use your GPS to find hidden treasures.  You get to take a trinket and leave a little something for the next explorer!

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Leaf Animals

This site is not in English, but is worth a look because it shows pictures of many awesome leaf animals!

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Camping Themed Story Stones

We like to tell stories around the campfire where each person adds on just one sentence.  These story stones would be a fun addition to story telling and could be a fun activity for the kids to do before the trip.

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Glow In the Dark Bowling

I found this idea on Pinterest, but it wasn’t linked to a site.  I have provided a link to the pin.  If this is your photo/idea, please message me so I can give you proper credit :) !

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Glow In the Dark Ring Toss

The glow in the dark fun continues with a game of ring toss!

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Scavenger Hunt

Print the free printable, attach it to a bag and then have fun going on a nature-themed scavenger hunt!

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Target Practice Game

Round up some toilet paper rolls, put point values on them and bring along some Nerf guns for some target practice fun!

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Stick Picture Frames

This idea came from a retro 70′s themed Barbie birthday party. Bring along some wooden craft picture frames, send the kids hunting for treasures and then glue them onto the frames for a one-of-a-kind camping art project.

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Walking Sticks

Search for walking sticks, then decorate them with paint, washi tape or duck tape.  The kids won’t be able to wait to hit the trails with their personalized walking sticks!

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Happy Camping!

 

6 Week Bible Verse Challenge

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It is hard to believe that my kids go back to school in less than 4 weeks!

The second half of June and July have been pretty laid back around here schedule-wise.  That’s not a bad thing considering all of the scheduled activities during the school year.  But truthfully, I do better with a little structure in my days and weeks and I think that my kids do, too.

Since the school year will be starting before I know it, I have decided to start adding some routine back into our days so that the transition back to school will be a bit easier.

I can totally relate to the above cartoon!  I love when being in a routine helps me feel productive and things feel calm and predictable.  Until predictable starts to equal boring.  Then I want to ditch the routine…until I start to feel overwhelmed and things start to feel out of control.  Then I’m ready for routine again!

In addition to getting bored from being in the same routine for too long,  another reason that staying in the same routine doesn’t really work for me is that I have two kids.  They are quickly growing and their needs, interests, abilities and activities are always changing.  My husbands’ and my schedules and interests change over time as well.  So just when a certain routine is working well, something changes.  And that’s okay.  It just means that the routine has to change as well.

So in an attempt to reestablish some daily routine, the kids’ (and my) chore charts are back up along with the opportunity to earn allowances.

Another thing that we are getting back to is having a weekly family bible verse.  I painted part of a door in our entry with chalkboard paint and it is the perfect place to write our weekly bible verse for everyone in the family to see regularly.  (You can see how I made our chalkboard door here.)  It is right beside our front door, so there’s really no way to miss it on the way in or out.

Luke 6:31

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It is my plan to choose a scripture verse weekly for our family to memorize.  I plan to reference it daily and to challenge the kids, my husband and myself to have it memorized by the end of the week.  If everyone in the family isn’t willing to take part in the challenge, then you can still do it with your kids or by yourself!  There is much comfort in hiding God’s word in your heart to lean on for comfort or as a reminder of his love.

Our verse for week 1 is Luke 6:31, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”  Also known as “The Golden Rule.”  Did you know that that “rule” is actually biblical truth?  :)

One thing that helps me to stay on track is accountability.  That is why I am starting the 6 Week Bible Verse Challenge!

 

Leave a comment if you’d like to join in!  The goal is to make memorizing scripture a regular part of your life, but committing to do it for 6 weeks is a good way to start!

Try not to be too hard on yourself if you fall out of routine.  Schedules change, situations change and sometimes you just need a break from the norm to try something new.  What is important is that you give yourself some grace and start back up!

The Challenge

1.  Each week, choose a verse for your family to memorize and reference daily.  (You can use the one that I post, or choose one based on an area in which you would like your family to grow.) If you want to memorize a verse on obedience, a great way to find verses that pertain to that is to type “bible verses obedience” into a search engine.  You can do the same thing to find verses on love, discipline, joy, respect, etc.

2.  Display the verse somewhere prominent in your home.

3.  Share your verse or picture of your verse including the hashtag #6weekbibleversechallenge on Twitter, your Facebook page, the My Weekly Habit Facebook page, Instagram or Pinterest so that others can search the challenge and see your verses and comments!  (You can also follow My Weekly Habit on social media by clicking the icons in the sidebar and tag me in your posts!)

4.  Practice memorizing the verse and quiz each other nightly to check progress.  (Have fun with it…make it into a song or game or add motions!)

5.  Each Monday, do it again!

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Don’t forget to leave a comment to let me know that you’re up for the challenge!

Reading God’s word and “hiding it in my heart” brings such peace and comfort!  I believe you will be blessed by completing this challenge!

 

I look forward to seeing which verses you choose for your families!

 

Yellow & Gray Burlap Wreath

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A couple of months ago I was at the craft store to pick up a few things and all of the burlap was on sale for half off.  I love the look of natural burlap, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pick up some in fun colors.  I loved the bright cheeriness of the yellow burlap and decided to use it as a base for a wreath.  I continued looking around the store for items that I could use on the wreath and found most of the flowers in the hair section and one in the scrapbook section.  I liked the yellow/gray combo and decided to go for it!

This is a very easy and basic way to make a burlap wreath, so even if you don’t consider yourself very crafty, this is a good technique to try!

To make a burlap wreath, you will need:

    • a styrofoam wreath form
    • burlap ribbon
    • flowers or other decorations
    • a hot glue gun
    • ribbon or wire for hanging

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After you have gathered your supplies, wrap the burlap around the styrofoam wreath form, pulling snugly as you go.  Try to keep it pretty smooth as you go.

yellowwreathwrapburlap When you get to the end of the burlap, use hot glue to secure it to the back of the wreath.

yellowwreathglueback Next, lay out your decorations on the wreath and play around with them until you find a layout that you like.  If you weren’t able to double up the burlap over the entire wreath form, glue the decorations over the spot where the burlap isn’t doubled up to cover any thin spots where you may be able to see the wreath form through the burlap.

yellowwreathflowerplacement Once you have found a layout that you like, lift each flower one at a time and use hot glue to secure them to the wreath.

Attach ribbon by looping it around the top of the wreath and gluing it together.  Then hang and enjoy!

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**Tip:  Push a flat thumbtack into the top of the door through the ribbon to hang your wreath!

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 Check out these other burlap wreaths!

 

 Blue Burlap Monogram Wreath

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Red, White & Blue Star Wreath

4th of July wreath

Burlap Wreath

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My Ladder Climbing Dog (video)

The other night, I caught the cutest act of doggie kindness on my cell phone.  Continue reading to see the video of my ladder climbing dog!

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These are my dogs, Lincoln and Roxanne.  Lincoln is now 9 months old and weighs around 70 pounds.  Roxanne is 3 years old and weighs about 20 pounds.  Lincoln is probably around 60 pounds in this picture.

Size isn’t the only thing that’s different about these dogs.  They are pretty much as opposite as you can get.  My husband says they are like yin and yang.  I think he’s right.

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Lincoln, our Chocolate Lab puppy

 

Lincoln is huge and still growing. Despite still being a puppy, he is super laid back and friendly.  Roxanne, on the other hand is hyper, bossy and always wants to play with toys.  Lincoln will play with toys occasionally, but is much more motivated by food.  His idea of playing with toys usually consists of watching Roxanne run after the ball and then pouncing on her once she is close.

I’ve always had a dog, but have never owned two at the same time.  So when we decided to add Lincoln to our family, I wasn’t sure how it was going to go because Roxanne isn’t always fond of meeting new dogs.  I am so happy that they have become doggie pals.  It has been cool to watch their relationship develop.

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Roxanne, our 3-yr-old Boston Terrier

 

As I mentioned, Lincoln is pretty laid back, so imagine my surprise when my husband sent me a picture of him in our kids’ playhouse and told me that he climbed the ladder to get up there!  The playhouse is about 5-6 feet off the ground!  I was out of town at the time so did’t witness him in the playhouse firsthand until a few weeks ago when I went outside to put out some trash.  He started barking at me from the back yard from…guess where…the playhouse!

I was going to the back to help him down and he just climbed back down the ladder!

Last night, we were out around our fire pit.  Roxanne was pestering us with her favorite red ball as usual, so my husband threw it up into the playhouse to catch a break from playing.  Roxanne ran around the playhouse, looking up and whining.  Then Lincoln nonchalantly got up, climbed the ladder and got it for her!

What amazes me about this is that he is not really motivated by toys and didn’t even care about playing.  He did it just for Roxanne.  I have seen him use his size to come to the rescue and get toys that were up too high for her other times as well.

While I know that dogs aren’t motivated in the same ways we are and that they don’t reason like we do, I was in awe of this act of doggie kindness.  It reminded me of Galatians 6:2, which says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

Lincoln went out of his way to help out Roxanne, even though there was really nothing in it for him.  Aren’t we called to do the same?  Romans 12:10 instructs us to “Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves.”

In addition to seeing this adorable and funny scene, I was also reminded of an important lesson.

What is a small way that you can show God’s love by helping someone, even if there’s nothing in it for you?

 

Pay it forward today.  I’ll bet you’ll be glad that you did!

 

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I have had several people ask me about the homemade laundry detergent that I use.  Today I will share with you the recipe, where I found it and some tips for making and using homemade laundry detergent!

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A couple of years ago, I came across this recipe for homemade laundry detergent from the blog Being Creative to Keep my Sanity.  I decided to give it a try and have been making and using it ever since! This recipe makes 2 gallons of detergent and you only use 1-2 tablespoons per load, so one batch lasts me 9-10 months!  Yep, you read that right, only 1-2 tablespoons per load because there are no added fillers!

So now you’re probably wondering, “How much does it cost to make detergent that lasts almost a year?”

 

I am happy to tell you, “Around 20 bucks!”  And you can find everything you need at your local superstore or grocery store.

What I like about it

I love making this detergent because I am not constantly having to buy detergent every couple of weeks and I don’t have to worry about disposing of all of those big jugs (I used to use liquid.)

This detergent is very mild and safe for sensitive skin, has barely any scent and is safe for he washers (according to the original post, I have not tested in an he washer.)

It is very simple to prepare.  It involves mixing powdered ingredients together and grating a couple of bars of soap.  That’s it!  My son had fun helping me make this batch.

To scent or not to scent

We prefer some scent to our laundry, so I usually throw some Downy Unstopables scent booster into the washer along with the detergent.  When I made my first batch of detergent, I added Purex Crystals to the recipe and mixed them in with everything else.  I didn’t notice much fragrance this way.  For this reason, if you are after noticeable scent, I would recommend adding one of these products into the washing machine water at the same time as, but separately and in addition to your detergent.

What you need

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  • a 5 gallon bucket
  • a grater (you can buy one at the Dollar Store and reserve it for grating soap)
  • 1 4 lb., 12 oz. box of Borax (found in the laundry aisle)
  • 1 4 lb box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (found in the cooking aisle)
  • 1 3 lb., 7 oz. box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (found in the laundry aisle)
  • 3 bars Fels Naptha soap (found in the laundry aisle)
  • 3.5 lbs. of Oxi Clean or store brand oxygen stain remover (found in the laundry aisle)

(Links are provided to the items on Amazon for convenience, however, you can get your items for less if you shop your local superstore or grocery store.)

What to do

If it is a nice day, I suggest doing your mixing outside.  You can do it inside, but all of the pouring and mixing of various powdered ingredients gets into the air and settles on things.  I have done it inside and it’s not a big problem, but I didn’t worry about that at all outside, plus I like being outside!

First grate your 3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap into the 5 gallon bucket.  Be careful to grate the soap only and not your fingers!

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Next, add all of the other ingredients to the grated soap in the bucket and mix well.

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That’s it!  Maybe one of the easiest recipes ever! (Although not the tastiest…)

Put your detergent into a container or containers of your choice.  I got two plastic gallon sized containers with lids at the Dollar Store and picked up a set of measuring spoons, too.  I just leave the tablespoon from the measuring spoons in the detergent container.

How to use it

When you are ready to do a load of laundry, start the water (cold, warm or hot) and add 1-2 tablespoons of detergent to the water.  It will not make suds because the suds come from an additive that is not necessary and wasn’t added into this detergent.

I usually use about 1 1/2 tablespoons per load but will use 2 tablespoons in really dirty loads.

If you would like to add scent boosters, now is the time to throw some in to start dissolving along with the detergent. Add your clothes and wash as you normally do.

The original post answers many, many questions that readers have had about this detergent.  I can only speak from my own personal experience about the detergent. I have not had any problems and have been using it for over two years, however, you should use the detergent at your own risk.

 

Please see the original post if you have specific questions that have not been covered in this post.  You will likely find the answer to your question there.  

I linked up at Tip Junkie and I Heart Nap Time!

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Paper Wreath Tutorial

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The inspiration for this paper wreath tutorial came from a 4th of July post by Lora at My Blessed Life.  I included in my 4th of July Decorations to Make post and liked the idea so much that I wanted to make one of my own!

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To make a paper wreath like this one you will need:
      • a piece of cardboard
      • coordinating scrapbook paper
      • double sided tape
      • glue dots
      • small piece of ribbon
      • stapler
      • scissors or paper cutter
      • sticker or printable for center of the wreath

First I traced an 8 inch plate onto a piece of cardboard from the side of a box for the base of the wreath.

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Next, I used my paper cutter to cut the scrapbook paper into 6 inch by 5 inch rectangles.  Lora at My Blessed Life needed only 12 cones for her wreath and my daughter used ** on hers, but I needed 21 to fill out my wreath.  Each 12″ by 12″ piece of scrapbook paper will yield 4 rectangles.  I think it just depends on exactly how you roll the paper and how tightly you roll it. I really spent some time getting the rolling technique down.  I started at the short end and rolled until got to the other end.  It took me several tries to get it down so that the cones looked uniform and there weren’t too many seams on top.  Once I had a cone looking the way I wanted, I put a glue dot on the seam to keep it together.

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I continued making cones until I had what I thought would be enough.  I arranged them on my cardboard circle, then made more until it was nice and full.  I covered the cardboard circle with a piece of green scrapbook paper in case you could see it through the cones. Once I had enough cones, I arranged them on the cardboard circle and then carefully taped them down one at a time using double sided tape.

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Once all of the cones are attached, it is time to add your printable, sticker or embellishment that you chose for the center.  I picked up a sticker pack made by My Big Ideas because the “Home Sweet Home” sticker coordinated with my paper and it was a good size.  I stuck the sticker to a piece of white card stock and then traced that 8 inch plate again and cut it out.

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I attempted to use double sided tape to attach the card stock and sticker, but that didn’t work, so I used glue dots and that did work. The last thing to do is to add a ribbon to the back.  Choose a piece of ribbon, open up the stapler and staple it to the back!

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Hang and enjoy!

 

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And here’s my daughter’s version.  She chose the colors to match her room and also used one of the Me & My Big Ideas stickers for the center.

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Custom Shelf Makeover

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Since my husband is now working from home and school is out for the summer, it is harder for me to come by “alone time.”  So my husband and I agreed to change our guest bedroom into an office space for me (it has a door!)

I wanted to keep the space clutter-free and light feeling.  I was thinking of adding a turquoise colored rug with a geometric design.  And guess what!  We were at my aunts’ house recently and when we were there, I saw a rug rolled up, leaning against the wall.  I took a peek and it was exactly what I was looking for!  My aunt had ordered it for their living room but it didn’t end up matching and she couldn’t return it so she generously offered it to me!

I bought a couple of other things for the room but wanted to repurpose a shelf that we already had that had been demoted to the basment.  It was one of those plain white shelves that you can get for around $20.

I wanted to give it some personality by adding fabric to the back for a pop of color.  Now I’m going to share how you can do your own shelf makeover to update a shelf like this!

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To update your shelf, you will need:

  • a shelf with removable backing
  • fabric to cover the back
  • spray adhesive
  • hot glue
  • a hammer and something to pry the back off

First I enlisted the help of my husband to take off the back of the shelf.  He used a mini pry bar and a hammer to accomplish this. I would have been able to remove the back, but he was in a helping kind of mood, so I happily accepted his offer.

shelfremoveback

 

Next I laid the fabric over the backing and cut a piece to fit, leaving 2-3 inches overhanging the edges all the way around to fold over and secure to the back.

Take the back of the shelf, the fabric and spray adhesive to a well-ventilated area.  Spray a generous amount of the adhesive onto the front of the shelf back (the part that you will see behind the shelves when it’s reassembled.)  Line up the fabric the best you can so that the pattern is straight and then press it down, smoothing as you go.

After the fabric is secured to the shelf back, cut notches out of the four corners so when fabric is folded over and glued to the back, it lays nice and flat.

notchedcorner

 

Then fold it over to the back and use hot glue to secure.

shelf foldover

 

My shelf will be against the wall, so I didn’t mind leaving the back unfinished.  If you will be able to see the back of your shelf, you could use another piece of fabric and glue it on the back of the shelf back.  Using a sewing machine to make a nice seam around the edges before gluing it on would give it a finished look.

shelfbackfabric

 

Once your glue is dry, it’s time to put on the shelf back.  Use a hammer and nails (a staple gun would probably work too) to reattach it.  I reused the nails that were originally used to hold the back on.

shelfhammerback

 

Insert your shelves and you’ve just added some personality to a boring shelf!

shelfwithshelves

I even had some fabric left over to cover a pillow for my chair.  Score!

pillow
Add some baskets for storage and some decorations and call it a day!

 

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This project was featured at Roadkill Rescue!

I linked up this post at Tip Junkie and I Heart Nap Time!