Hey friends! These 20 inexpensive DIY ways to organize your craft supplies will come in handy around my house when I finally get to organizing all of my supplies. I don’t have a craft room, so all my supplies are (literally) thrown into the closet under our stairs.
It’s not pretty, guys. A total mess all. the. time. I have my craft paper shoved into a drawer, paints shoved into another drawer, and yarn and twine all over the shelving. There’s no rhyme or reason, and it’s driving me nuts!
Lately I’ve been thinking about and pinning ways to organize and store all my supplies, and this list contains some of my favorite ideas. Not only are they all easy to DIY, but they are budget friendly! Boy, do I have some work to do.
From how to store your scrap project wood to finding a place to store your paint brushes, I think you’ll find some great inspiration in this list!
Hello, friends! Today I’m sharing how to make a ruler growth chart, so you can have a cute place to keep record of your kiddos’ height without having to mark-up any walls!
I’ve been meaning to make my son a growth chart this whole past year and finally got around to it. Oops! His 1st birthday is coming up in just a couple weeks, and I made it just in time for that 1 year old height record!
What can I say, I like to procrastinate.
This ruler growth chart is super easy to make, and you only need a few items as follows:
One 6ft tall 1×8 board
Wood stain – your choice of color (I used Minwax Dark Walnut)
Foam paint brush
Black Sharpie pen
Pencil and ruler
Printed numbers 1-6 (you can print them below!)
I stained my board with the dark walnut stain I chose. Since walnut is a dark color already, I wiped the stain off immediately after the whole board was covered. It was only on for a total of 2 minutes, but you can leave your stain on longer depending on the color you want to achieve. I let it dry overnight.
To make the growth chart look like a ruler, I used my pencil and a small ruler and measured one inch up from the bottom of the board and made a line one inch across (to represent the 1/8 inch mark on a ruler). I kept going up the board every inch, marking a line as I went. I made every third line to be two inches long to represent the 1/4 inch mark on a ruler.
I then went back over the penciled lines with my Sharpie and a ruler. I used the pencil to mark my lines first so I could erase if I made a mistake.
Next, I cut apart my numbers 1-6. I turned them over and used my pencil to rub or color over the number firmly, making sure that the whole number was covered.
(You can print out the numbers to make your own growth chart HERE!)
I put the number one 6 inches up from the bottom of the board, that way I could hang the growth chart 6 inches up from the ground and it would equal a foot. Using my pencil, I firmly pressed and traced the number.
I was left with a faint penciled number “1” that I could then easily fill in with my Sharpie.
I continued with the rest of the numbers, making sure I placed them exactly 12 inches apart before tracing (because knowing me, I’d count wrong and mess it up!).
I added a little sawtooth hanger on the back, and hung it up in my son’s room.
I can’t wait to measure him on his birthday and make that first little mark! I love seeing how much they grow each year.
Happy Wednesday! Today I’m sharing how to make these easy reclaimed barnwood indoor plant holders. They can add something fun to your walls, all the while growing herbs or succulents to your heart’s content!
My hubby’s family has a ranch and acreage not far from where we live. When his uncle saw that I was asking around online for any barnwood, he mentioned he had a ton out at the ranch.
“I neeeeeeed it!!!” I told him. Don’t worry, I did ask nicely and said please. He brought me a few pieces and they were gorgeous. I know that’s weird to say about wood, but trust me, they were.
Originally they were used in a barn that was built out there, and I loved knowing they were from our family’s ranch. I had already made plans for what I was going to do with them, and making planters for our dining room walls was just one of my ideas.
We started by cutting the wood in half. It was a 6×10 board, so each half was 3ft. I love that the wood was different colors and even had a little section of it gone on half of of it. So much character!
I first measured where the exact middle of the wood was, then measured about 6 inches down from the top and up from the bottom and made a mark with my pencil. I also measured and made a mark exactly halfway between those two marks, where the middle pot would be. I did the same on the second half piece of wood.
We used hose clamps from Home Depot to hold the pots. I found some screws lying around that we screwed through the metal to attach the hose clamps to the wood.
Once all the hose clamps were secured, I put in small 3 terra cotta pots. I aged and distressed the pots using my tutorial found here. I used a lot more water in my whitewash for these little pots so they are lighter.
I’d love to grow herbs in these pots, but I don’t think there is enough direct light for them to grow well. Besides, I can barely keep succulents alive (and to be honest, some of these are now faux because I killed the real ones… eek!).
I think I’ll eventually get bigger pots, these almost look to small for the large piece of wood. They work great for now, though!
Good morning, friends! Sadly, the calendar and weather have not corresponded much yet this spring, but I’m sure hoping that having pretty flowers out will help bring warmer weather! Today I’m sharing how to make the easiest spring wreath ever, and I hope it’ll help you get in the mood for warmer weather, too!
This spring wreath took me about 20 minutes to put together. With a toddler and pre-toddler around, that’s about all this momma has time for sometimes!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
Large grapevine wreath (I got mine at Michael’s)
1 greenery garland (also from Michael’s)
A couple of bunches of pretty faux flowers
Ribbon for hanging
While I was at Michael’s finding supplies for this wreath, I had in mind of using a bunch of sprigs of greenery. I realized the bill was really adding up fast as I had a cart full of them. I put them all back and instead, I grabbed a garland full of greenery (and score, it was half off!) to use. Michael’s always has 40% coupons you can use, too! I hadn’t thought to use an already-put-together garland as the “meat” of my wreath, but boy did it make it so easy!
First, I just tucked one end of the garland under some of the branches of the grapevine wreath. The best part of this easy wreath (in my opinion) is there is no hot glue gun needed (except for the ribbon!)!
I then just started twisting floral wire around the branches of the wreath and the garland, fastening them together so they’d stay put. I would wire them together every 6 inches or so, as I went around. When I got back to where I began, I used my wire cutters and just snipped off the remainder of the garland. Some of the greenery was a little wiry and sticking out in weird spots, so I just tucked a few of the faux leaves under the branches of the wreath.
Next I cut all the flowers off of the bunches using my wire cutters, leaving about 3 inches of the stem attached. I then started sticking the stems into the wreath sideways so they’d sit snug and not fall out. I kept placing flowers until about 1/3 of the wreath was covered.
I filled in any empty gaps I saw in the greenery using the extra piece I cut off from the garland. I glued a little bow and a ribbon for hanging around the top.
I love having spring on my door, if nowhere else! I also love how lush the wreath looks and the pretty little flowers, too.
Do you have your spring wreath out on your day yet? Hope your weather is warmer than it has been here!
I love the simplicity (and price!) of terra cotta pots, but the orange color isn’t my favorite. To give them a little more character and to match the farmhouse-style I’m going for in my home, I’m sharing how to easily distress and age terra cotta pots!
Spring has finally arrived, which means it’s time to start dusting off those pots and get to planting pretty flowers! Even though our weather didn’t get the memo, I’m itching to start adding more flowers and greenery in and around our house!
Simple is the name-of-the-game here, and you’ll only need a few items.
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First, I hosed off my pot and saucer to make sure there wasn’t any dirt or clay dust still attached. I let it dry in the sun while I mixed my paint.
I essentially white-washed my pot, instead of using paint straight from the container. This makes it a little lighter and easier to sand later, in my opinion. I mixed my white chalk paint with just a tad of gray paint in a plastic bowl, then I added water until my mixture was about 50% paint and 50% water. I stirred well until the paint and water was thoroughly combined.
After my pot and saucer was dry, I used my foam brush and painted the outside of the pot and all sides of the saucer. I also painted a couple inches down inside the pot so it looks aged inside, too.
Don’t worry if your paint job isn’t perfect, it’s what gives your pot more character! It will dry to the touch quickly on the pot as well. I put two coats on mine, letting it dry about 10 minutes in-between. I then let it dry fully in the sun for a couple of hours.
To age and distress the pot, I just used my sand paper block and sanded randomly all around the pot. There doesn’t need to be any rhyme or reason. In fact, the more random it is, the better!
I wiped down the pot and saucer with a wet rag after I was done sanding to make sure all paint dust was off. I added dirt and a little succulent because, well, I’m obsessed.
Not only is it the perfect farmhouse-style pot, it’s inexpensive and easy to make!
Is anyone else succulent obsessed? Just me?
On a total side note – isn’t that little stool just the cutest? I don’t even know where it came from, but it’s the perfect plant stand!
I don’t know about you, but I get pretty tired of sitting down while I work on my computer. I like to have an option to stand so I can stretch my legs (and even do a few squats if I’m really feeling motivated). If you’re looking to change things up, today I’m sharing how to build an inexpensive standing pallet desk so you can do squats while you work, too! Or, at least give your legs and back a break from sitting.
We have a little wall between the kitchen and living room that really needed a little something. Because we have a big archway into the kitchen/dining room, there’s a funky 12 inch or so wall that sticks out. It’s way too small for a normal sized desk or table, but big of an area to leave blank. We have no workspace or desk anywhere that could fit downstairs and I really needed a place to put my laptop. I got really tired of keeping it on the counter and working at our breakfast bar! Thus, I put my creative cap on and tried to figure out what we could put on the teeny empty wall that wouldn’t stick out too far, but could still function as a small workspace.
Boom. A pallet! Not only would that be free, but it would be the perfect size for the wall and we could add some wood on top to make it a more functional “desk.”
After finding the perfect pallet that would fit the space, I sanded it down all over as best as I could so there was no rough wood anywhere. Because I have a baby that will soon be walking, I didn’t want any sharp edges anywhere on the pallet that could potentially hurt him if he tried to pull himself up on it.
After every edge was nice and smooth to the touch, I white washed the whole pallet. I just mixed a little white chalk paint with some water (about a 40/60 ratio) and carefully painted it on. I sanded the pallet down a bit when it dried to make it feel more rustic.
For the top “desk” part, I got a 1×10 and we cut it down to fit evenly over the top of the pallet. I then stained it with a dark walnut stain. Once dry, I sanded the edges and corners down to make sure there was no sharp edges. My daughter is slightly accident prone (she comes by it honestly!) and we could foresee her running right into a sharp corner on the desk. We took preemptive measures to cut down that possibility! We were then ready to assemble the pallet desk. My husband drilled holes through the top piece of wood on the back of the pallet, and then used a couple of very long screws to secure it to the wall. That bad boy isn’t going anywhere!
Once it was in place, he pre-drilled a few holes on top of the stained wood piece, and screwed it down onto the pallet.
Voila! A low-profile and functional standing pallet desk that is the perfect size to house my laptop, some pens, and a pretty plant. It’s all I need!
If I feel like sitting, I just snag a barstool from the breakfast bar and plop down to do some work. Side note, isn’t that barstool cute? I love them! I got them here for my breakfast bar, and they’re perfect! (affiliate link).
If I decide to just used it as a pretty table, I can do that too by removing my computer and adding some pretty decor pieces. It’s so versatile!
My most favorite part about this project? It was practically free! Pallets cost zero of course, and I already had white chalk paint, the wood stain, and screws. I just needed to purchase the wood for the top, which was like $8. The hubby was pretty happy with that price.
I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for more storage in my house. You can never have enough! What I really wanted was a vintage card catalog, but I couldn’t find any locally. When I posted my search in a local Facebook buy/swap site, a woman sent me a message with a picture of this vintage mailbox cluster. Bingo! Not only was it unique looking, but it was storage! I knew I could somehow repurpose it into something fabulous. I bought it for $75, which was a steal!
After buying it and sitting on ideas for awhile, I decided I wanted to wrap it with wood and give it some fun, pretty legs.
Here’s a before of what the mailbox cluster looked like:
It even came with all 30 keys to each box. The back is completely open, which does make it easier to get things in and out so I don’t have to dig for the right key every time I want to get into a box.
To start, we used 1×4’s and cut them to size. The depth of the mailbox cluster was 14 inches, meaning four 1×4’s side by side fit perfectly (did you know the actual size of a 1×4 is 3/4″x3 1/2″??). We cut the wood to fit on either side of the mailbox cluster to be exact, and so that the ends of the wood pieces are flush with the top and bottom. We cut the top and bottom wood pieces to be a tad longer to cover the ends of the side pieces.
I then stained all wood pieces a dark walnut color. It’s my favorite!
After everything was dry, my hubby drilled a bunch of holes through the wood and the metal sides of the mailbox. There were a couple of holes already in the metal, so he also used those in addition. We used nuts and bolts to secure the side wood pieces onto the mailbox cluster instead of dealing with any messy glue or adhesive. Unfortunately that means some of the boxes have a bolt and nut inside leaving less storage space, but it’s totally worth it!
We used used nails and hammered them right into the tops of the wood sides to attach the top pieces.
I sealed all the wood with a polyurethane. I also covered the screw heads with some wood putty and stained it to match.
Once dry, it was time to attach the pretty legs! I found these hairpin beauties at Osborne Wood. Aren’t they ahhhmaaazing?! They were incredibly easy to attach, too. We just measured where we wanted them, drilled a few holes, and screwed them on! I decided on the flat black, 18″ height legs which was perfect for this piece.
They’re my favorite part of this repurpose! So sleek and sexy.
Yep, I just called table legs sexy.
While the little mailboxes are small and won’t be able to store much, it’ll be perfect for little craft supplies like stickers, paints, brushes, etc.
And since I have all the keys, it will keep little toddler fingers away from anything I put in there. Baby proof!
This was such a fun repurpose project! I’ll be honest, I had my doubts. But once we got the wood on, I was in love. The hairpin legs just sealed the deal. I can’t wait to do more like this, I’m hooked!
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Friends. I’m BACK!!
I know, it’s been a long time.
A very long time.
But if you recall, I told you why I took a little break to get ready for all these new changes in my last post over a year and a half ago.
Since that post, there’s been lots of new things going on. A new baby, a new house, and if you’ve noticed, a new look to the blog. Sometimes new is just good for the soul.
My “short” break ended up being a little bit longer than I had anticipated, but let’s be real…
…Life is crazy having a toddler and an infant (moms of three or more kiddos, you are my HERO).
But I’ve been dyyyying to get back into making fun things and fixing our house up to be just how we want it. I’ve missed blogging and of course, all of you, so very much!
I thought it’d be fun to take you on a mini home tour, showing you some of the main rooms. But before we get to that…
First thing’s first; my baby! His name is Landon, and he was born on April 30th 2016, fashionably late by a week. He was much bigger than his big sister weighing in at 8lbs 2oz and 21″ long. This little guy is absolutely perfect and we love him to the moon and back!
Aaaaand now, he’s already 10 months old. I don’t even know how that happened. I remember just having him. Wasn’t it yesterday? While time may be flying, I’m savoring every single second of this baby and his sweet-natured self. He’s a momma’s boy through and through and even though I know that will one day end, I secretly hope it’s that way forever. 🙂
Jade was so excited to have a little brother, and she is the best and most caring big sister. Well, most of the time. But I absolutely love watching them together. I think someday (very far off…) they’ll be best friends!
Ok, enough about the kids (you can read more about us and see a few more current photos in the “about me” section!). Let’s talk about our new house!
We are SO happy with our new home. There’s definitely little things here and there we’d love to change in time, but overall, it’s perfect for our little family. We have 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, but we now have the addition of a huge bonus room over the garage. This has been our saving grace this winter being cooped up inside! It has become the kid’s playroom, and all their toys are kept in the room.
The best part? I can walk out and close the door. I never have to see the bomb of toys that went off in there if I really don’t want to. #win
We’ll start this “mini home tour” with a picture of the living room, which is what you see when you walk in the front door.
I love how our living room and kitchen are open, yet there is still some separation. And I also love hardwood floors. It’s much easier to clean than carpet with two cats and two kiddos!
The T.V and the giant space underneath is not my favorite setup, so there will be some sort of DIY something happening up there eventually to cover up the ugly wires. We don’t spend a ton of time in this room since all the kid’s toys are upstairs, but it’s nice having a separate space to entertain an relax in the evenings when the kids go to bed.
We finally have a kitchen that we aren’t tripping over each other in! Jade loves running back and forth from the living room to the kitchen, and now that we have more space, I don’t even mind.
We also had this little random spot next to the back door, so we created it into a little coffee bar area using this super cute bar cart. The mixed metal and wood called my name, and I could resist. And, parents gotta have their coffee!
In our old house, our living, dining room, and kitchen were all one huge room. I liked the open concept, but it was too open. Now we have a dining room right off the kitchen, and it’s the perfect space to eat our meals as a family!
Now on to upstairs!
We still have lots of work to do upstairs, but this little nook in the bonus room is one of my (and Jade’s!) favorite spots.
It’s not usually this clean. Like, ever. But Jade likes to sit and color (3 guesses on her current obsession??), and draw on her chalkboard. She even painted the “create” letters all by herself! I also hung up the words “read,” and “play” in other parts of the room too, all painted by Jade. It’s so fun when kids can be involved!
And last is our master bedroom. I also have plans for this room, but for now its our relaxing retreat at the end of each crazy busy day.
Thanks for joining me on my mini home tour! I’m so excited to be back and share our home and future DIY projects with you. I’ll be posting around once a week, so be sure to pop back in and see what else is new around here!
I’ll be honest; I’ve been a little MIA around here the past few weeks (if you haven’t noticed!). I’ll share with you exactly what has happened;
Life has gotten SO busy lately, and this post is all about the why. While there is definitely lots of good news, I also have some bad news to share, too. They always seem to go hand in hand, right?
I’ll start with the good news. I know, usually people start with the bad news and end with the good, but all the good news sort of leads up to the bad news. Anyway. On with it.
First, about two months ago I found out we are expecting our second child! Woohoo!! We knew we wanted to have another one and this was about the time we were thinking, so that worked out perfectly. I’m only 13 weeks, so it’s still too soon to know the gender, but we will definitely be finding out. I’m such a planner! My due date is May 21st. Yay spring baby!
Little miss Jade doesn’t quite understand, but she does like to rub my (already big) belly and say, “there’s my brother or sister in there!” and then asks to see the baby. I tell her she can’t quite yet, and she gives me a perplexed look and then is on to somthing else. She’ll get it soon enough! 🙂
And, for news number 2.
Before we found out we wee expecting, David and I were throwing around the idea of selling our house and moving. The market was doing reeeeeally well, and we just thought, what the heck! We had had a “5 year plan” when we moved in our current house, and it’s been exactly 5 years. We knew we wanted to have another baby soon and wanted a little bigger of a house and yard, so we threw the idea out on the table.
Two weeks(ish) later, I found out I was pregnant. We decided selling our house right now was perfect timing, as we wanted to sell, buy, and be settled in well before the baby came. We worked our tails off getting our house in order, and finally last week it went on the market. We’ve had a few showings already and we’ve looked at some other houses, but for now it’s just a waiting game. Phew! I gotta say, getting a house ready to sell and having showings is not so fun with a toddler running around taking out the toys you’re putting away. It’s a good thing she’s so cute! 😉
That all was the “good” news and why I haven’t been posting as much lately, either.
On with the bad news.
While I absolutely love blogging and sharing all my crafts and creations with you, I’ve made the super hard decision to take a break. Moving and this pregnancy has consumed us right now, leaving virtually no time for projects, crafts, or blogging. I say break because I WILL be back. I don’t know when next year, but after our little bundle is born and we get into the routine of two kiddos, I’ll have the time (and maybe energy?!) to “get my craft on.” yeah, I just said that.
You don’t know how sad this makes me, as I’ve truly loved every bit of this past year and this journey I started. I’ve made some fabulous “bloggy” friends and have learned a ton about blogging in general. I’ve gotten to chat with and “meet” some of my amazing readers (that’s you!!). But my family comes first, and these big changes going on in our lives needs my full and undivided attention (and if you have any tips on moving with a toddler, OR how to handle two kiddos, I’m all ears!!).
So, until further notice, I’ll no longer be posting on Dwelling in Happiness. Everything will still be here exactly as it is so I can pick right back up when I’m ready. However, I do still plan on posting pictures and updates of our move and the baby on social media, so if you’re not already, you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date, and I’ll most definitely still be pinning my favorite things on Pinterest (because let’s be honest, who can stop??). I’d still love to keep in contact and hear what’s going on in your lives while I’m away, so please don’t hesitate to shoot me an e-mail me, either!
This isn’t goodbye, my friends, but “see you later.” Like I said, I will be back; so don’t go too far! I’ll be thinking about you all!
While it might seem crazy, Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. In fact, it’s just over a month away! It’s never too early to start planning that fabulous Thanksgiving feast you like to put on each year. Creating your own festive decor for your tablescape or house is always a fun way to celebrate, and today I’m sharing several DIY craft ideas for you to browse!
First up is this beautiful handmade Thanksgiving tablescape from Little Red Brick House. I love the simplistic beauty of this table with the candles, pinecones, and white dishes and linens. And the tall branches are the perfect touch!
This little DIY Thanksgiving art from Polished Habitat is such a cute little craft to add to your Thanksgiving decor!
I love the idea of thankful trees, and this thankful tree turkey style from Dandelion Patina is such a unique version! I love the forks to hold photos, too.
Pumpkins are always perfect decor to add to any Thanksgiving table, but I love this sheet music pumpkin from Mabey she Made it! While it looks real from the stem, it’s actually a faux pumpkin!
A menu is a simple thing to use as decor, and this DIY chalkboard menu is adorable! Chalkboard paint is so easy to use, and you can use this again and again for different holidays.
Individual place settings are a great way to personalize your table, and this turkey shoot Thanksgiving tablescape from Legal Miss Sunshine is great inspiration! I love the menu, and the turkey shoot is adorable.
These colored edge burlap leaves from Blue i Style is great fall decor you can leave up even after Thanksgiving! These are super easy to make, with only burlap leaves and colored Sharpies!
I love decorating with Acorns in the fall, and these little Thanksgiving “fortune” acorns from Becoming Martha are such a clever alternative! Add a little fortune or Bible verse inside and you’ve got a great conversation piece at the dinner table while you eat your Thanksgiving feast!
Last year I made these cute little “Thankful” tin can luminaries that helped light up our entryway area. I loved that they were simple, and just about free to make! They’re great to set the mood for dinner!
Seeing all these beautiful craft and decor ideas is making me excited to start planning for Thanksgiving!