Valentine’s Day Necklace

I saw the CUTEST gumball necklace a couple of years ago from One Charming Party and LOVED it.  I always wanted to make one.  This year I decided to make a wooden bead necklace that was similar.  I love the idea of giving a necklace that someone could really wear instead of candy.  These Valentine necklaces would be perfect to give to your daughter(s), granddaughter(s) and nieces…or even your girlfriends!

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To make the necklaces all you need to do is paint the wooden beads (in the size or mixed sizes that you want).  I put them on a wooden skewer to paint them easier.  When you have two coats (allow to dry between each coat) you can add a shiny urethane gloss.  I use one that can be found right by the craft paints.

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When the shiny coating has dried you can string them onto a thin ribbon.  Tie a knot at the end of the beads and then tie in a bow.  I burn the edges of the cut ribbon to prevent it from fraying.  The ribbon just melts and seals so it won’t fray.

Valentines-day Add this cute little Valentine’s Day “I LOVE to hang around you” tag to your Valentine’s Day Necklace!

If you would like to download the Necklace Valentine’s Day Tag, click on the link below.

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And…I am participating in a fun new series of Pinterest Parties this year with a group of my favorite bloggers.

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We are so excited to be hosting a Pinterest Party to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Help us create the most comprehensive holiday Pinterest board on Sunday, January 26, at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. Central/ 7 p.m. MST/ 6 p.m. PST by sharing your favorite Valentine-themed projects and recipes.

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*Follow the Year of Celebrations Pinterest board 

*Comment on this post and leave a link to YOUR favorite Valentine’s Day project and/or recipe.

*Tweet YOUR favorite Valentine’s Day project and/or link using the hashtag #YearOfCelebrations

**Be sure to tweet the hashtag #YearofCelebrations since Twitter is the only LIVE hashtag link we can follow and track

 

*On Sunday, January 26, at the appointed time, watch as we build a board full of amazing ideas – including yours!

*Be sure to follow along during the party to re-pin and comment on the board’s posts using the hashtag #YearOfCelebrations

*One lucky party participant will walk away with…

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We are so excited to PIN and SHARE all of your amazing projects!

I hope you will join us!

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Rolling Storage Drawers

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Lowe’s.

This month, as a Lowe’s Creator Blogger, one of our challenge choices was to come up with a creative storage idea.  With 5 kids, there is no such thing as too much storage.  I needed some more storage in the girl’s rooms but don’t love when you can see the storage containers sticking out from under the bed.

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So I wanted to make some storage spaces that were not only functional but pretty.  Truly a perfectionist’s dream come true!  We made these super easy Rolling Storage Drawers which fit perfectly under my daughter’s bed.  And…I absolutely LOVE them!!

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We just made one set, but plan on making more for the other girls rooms.  And we have yet to determine exactly what to store in them…but the options are endless.  We are thinking anything from pajamas, jeans, books, her toys, etc.  And the wheels…I LOVE the wheels!!

You could also make these to go under a book shelf or a T.V. stand…or in a kid’s playroom.  They could really be used anywhere that has a space that you can slide it under.

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Want to make some for your house?

I will share with you how we made ours including our specific dimensions.  You can go of of our main design and make any necessary changes in size dimensions so that you can modify them to fit your space.

You will need the following materials for ONE drawer:

  • 3/4 inch piece of plywood or mdf board for the base (ours measured 22 x 22 inches) *Use wood instead of mdf if you are planning on staining them.
  • two 8 foot lengths of 3.5 inch mdf (we got the primed)
  • 4 wheels (we bought wheels that were 2.5 inches in height & swiveled)
  • 16 screws for the wheels (we used 3/4 inch #10 wood screws)
  • a drawer handle or knob (we used the larger crystal knob from Lowe’s)
  • gorilla wood glue
  • staples or small nails
  • eight 1/4 strips of wood to use as corner braces (ours were 5 inches long…two for each corner)
  • sandpaper or sander
  • paint or stain
  • drill
    1.  Determine the length of your space available for your storage drawers.  Then figure out how many drawers you want.  This will help you figure out to big to make each drawer.  You will also need to measure the height you have and figure out the spacing.  Remember to figure in the total height of your wheels too.
    For example our free space under the bed measured 76 inches.  We wanted 3 drawers.  So we made each drawer 23.25 inches square (outside) (rectangle is fine too) which gave us about 6 inches for spacing between the drawers and the ends.

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2.  Cut your base out of the mdf or plywood.  We cut our to measure 22 inches square.

3.  Cut your side boards to fit your base.  Our exterior cut was 23.25 inches angled down to 22 inches (remember you need to cut these at a 45 degree angle so they sit at a 90 degree angle on the corners.  We used a miter box saw to cut the angles.  We built it two panels high.

4.  Glue and nail the bottom panels together around the base.  We placed the bottom side panels so that the base was up a 1/4 inch from the bottom of the panels (a 1/4 inch overhang to help lower the height and allow it to fit under the bed).  Let dry.

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5.  Cut the corner braces (ours were 1/4 thick x 5 inches long and either 1.5 or 1.25 inches to allow them to match up in size since one butts up to the other.  Does that make sense?

6.  Glue and staple them in the corners to give your drawer support.  Depending on how big your drawer is, you may need other braces in the middle.

7.  Attach the upper side panels with glue on the bottom and ends and staple the corners.

8.  Caulk all cracks and spaces.  Put putty in nail/staple holes and let dry.

9.  Sand all rough edges and putty spots.  Wipe off excess dust.

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10. Attach your wheels to the base of the drawers with your screws.

11. Paint or stain your drawers.

12. Drill a hole (or two depending on your handle) where you want your drawer handle to be and attach the knob.

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Repeat process for as many drawers as you need.  The whole project (three drawers) took about 6 hours total from beginning to end spread over two days to allow the glue and the paint to dry.  The wheels and the knobs are the most expensive part of this project.

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I am not completely finished with the project as I want to put some fun colored paper in the bottom of the drawers if I can find it in a pattern and color I want.

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As always, I would love to see if any of you end up making some!  I love it when you guys email me or leave me a note of FB and share your projects with me!  It makes all my efforts here worth it and I LOVE to get to know who all of you are out there!

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Sign up for Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine, it’s FREE and offers a bunch of DIY inspiration. Go ahead and connect with Lowes Creative Ideas to find a lot more fun and creative ideas.

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase a project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative Ideas Bloggers team.  However all opinions and statements are mine.

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Thanksgiving Sign | Thanksgiving Printable

Last month I shared with you a Fall Sign that I made for Thanksgiving and my fall décor.  I love it so much, and love that it makes me sing and think about one of my all time favorite hyms…”Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”  I had one small wall in my office/craft room that was still empty and I was having a hard time deciding what to put there…till now.

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I wanted to have a permanent reminder of my favorite song YEAR ROUND rather than just around Thanksgiving.  I like the way it helps to remind me and put things into perspective.

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I simply took a left-over piece of wood from one of our past projects and sanded it to a nice smooth finish.  I spray painted it white.  When it was dry I cut out a stencil on my Silhouette that I designed and then placed it onto the board.

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Then I simply made sure to cover the entire board except for the letters that I wanted yellow.  I wanted the sign to be really simple, clean and fresh looking.

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My board is 24 inches in length but as you can see you could shorten yours a bit if you don’t like the length.  I personally like it this long with the quote only taking up a small portion of the board.

And…of course I want to share it with you.  So I am sharing the stencil with you so that you can make your own Thanksgiving Sign.  I also quickly turned the stencil into a Thanksgiving Printable for those of you who might just want to print something out and stick it in a picture frame.

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You can download the free printable|stencil here:

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{Thanksgiving Sign}

 

P.S.  Did you see the mistake I made? :)  Had to fix that one!  Oopsie!

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How to Build a Crate

Thanks so much for your sweet comments on this Christmas Crate that I shared with you the other day.  I always appreciate hearing from you.  As promised, I am sharing with you HOW I made this DIY Crate so that you can learn how to build a crate too.

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Like I mentioned in a previous post, if you are not inclined to using power tools and building your own crate, you can buy a crate at Michael’s.  They are unfinished so you could paint it a color of your choice or stain it.  OR…you can make one!

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If you make one you will need some wood.  I found this wood in an old pasture and the owner gave it to me for FREE! I LOVE the color of aged wood so I personally did not do anything special with the wood.  If you don’t have old wood, you can always use new lumbar and then paint or stain it, or you can google how to age new wood.  I have never done it…but have heard you can do it with good results.

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You will need the following to build your own crate:

  • a 24 x 14 inch piece of base material (we used left over MDF board)
  • Six 1×4 boards 24 inches in length (this was the size of the boards we used)
  • Six 1×4 boards about 15 inches in length
  • Six 1×2 boards  9.5 inches tall which is about 1 inch shorter than the height of the crate (we cut 1×4’s in half)
  • nail gun (or hammer and nails)
  • wood glue
  • drill
  • jigsaw

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1.  Attach the front and back bottom boards to the base with some wood glue and nails.

2.  Attach the vertical support board to both ends of the bottom board and then in the middle with wood glue and nails.

3.  Attach the side bottom boards in the same manner.

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4.  Attach the middle boards in the same manner.

5.  Take your top side boards and cut out some handles using a jigsaw.  We cut them into an oval shape.  This is totally optional though.

6.  Now attach your front, back, and side boards.

That. Is. It!  Viola!!  Your very own crate!  Now you can make it your own and add a fun stencil to make it look like a vintage shipping crate…in this case, add a North Pole Freight Co. Stamp for some fun Christmas Décor.

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To make my stencil, I simply designed it in my Silhouette program and then cut it out in some vinyl.  I then pulled the lettering out of the stencil and created my own stencil so I could paint it onto my crate with some black paint.

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Simply attach the vinyl to the crate and then take a brush and stencil right onto the crate.  When the paint has dried simply peel away the vinyl.

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Since the paint looked to “new” to look aged, I simply took a lightweight piece of sandpaper and gently scuffed up the lettering to give it an aged feel and look.

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Fill the crate with some pine boughs, Christmas lights and some wrapped presents…in this case some empty boxes.  I simply wrapped them with some brown paper and some linen grain sack gift bags.  I actually made the linen grain sack bags and will be sharing that tutorial with you here soon as well!

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And, because I like to share…I have provided the stencil for you to use as well.  I have it as a svg Silhouette file or a pdf for you to download based on what will work best for you.

You can download the free printable here:

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{North Pole Crate Stamp}

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Looking for a slightly different style of “vintage” crate?  Check out this crate I made last year which is now perched in my family room!

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Fall Sign

For those of you who follow along with The Idea Room on Facebook and Instagram, you might have noticed that I have been on a little adventure this past week.  I was invited by a group of Israeli students (who are part of the Stand With Us organization) and the Israel Tourism of Ministry, to spend 5 days with them on an amazing foodie tour,  Taste of Israel.

It has always been a dream of mine to visit Israel and so you can imagine my excitement when I received the invitation.  Truth be told, I was not sure it was legitimate due to the amount of spam mail I receive on a daily basis.  But it was real…and it happened!  I had an amazing time in so many expected and unexpected ways, and I can’t wait to share more about it with you here in later posts!

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But…today, I am going to be sharing with you a Fall Sign that I wanted to share with you while I was in Israel, but I just simply ran out of time and energy to get it ready before I left, and there were more pressing things to attend to…like snuggling with my sweet little girl and watching Despicable Me for the 27th time.

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Fall is absolutely one of my favorite seasons of the year.  I am so grateful to be able to live in an area where we have four seasons because each one brings new things to look forward too.  One of my VERY favorite songs is “Come Thou Font of Every Blessing” and I knew that I wanted to be reminded of this in this season of Thanks and Gratitude.

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The sign itself was really easy to make.  And the best part was that I made it with scraps of wood I had laying around from older projects…which means it was pretty much FREE!! Who doesn’t love that?!

I just took some pine tongue and groove boards (which I had left over from the kitchen plank ceiling) and cut them down to 24 inches in length.  The sign is 3 boards high and measured 11 inches in height.

I glued them onto a thin piece of plywood with the same measurements of 11 (h) x 24 (w) inches.  I then stained the wood with one of my favorite stains, Minwax’s Red Mahagony.  After it had dried, I used some thin wood strips of wood (1/4 inch by 1 inch) to make a small frame around the edges of the sign.  I stained it as well and then secured it to the edge of the sign with a couple of really small nails and some wood glue.

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Then, I cut out a stencil for the words with my Silhouette and used the vinyl as a stencil by laying it right where I wanted the words to be on the sign.  Then I covered the rest of the sign with some painters tape and paper so that the sign would not get any spray paint any place other than the words.

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Then I lightly sprayed the words with white spray paint.  This way the words have a really soft quality to them.  Then when the paint was dry, I removed the stencil and paper and ran a light sandpaper over them to give it a distressed look.

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I really like how the words are offset to one side as well.  I also love how every time I see this sign, I start singing that song.  I feel like it has been a great reminder to me for the real reason of the upcoming Holiday Season.

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And, if you are interested in the Fabric Pumpkins I also have displayed, I shared how I made them a couple of years ago here: Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial.

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DIY Ping Pong Table

*This is a sponsored post by me for Lowes.  They provided me with the means to make this DIY Ping Pong Table.  However all statements and opinions are my own. 

As my children have gotten older and their friends become more important and influential in their lives, we feel a growing need to spend time with our children AND their friends.  So we try to find creative ways to encourage our children to want to invite their friends into our home.

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Now…you don’t have to have an expensive home and all the latest gadgets to do so.  But you do need to have some food (especially if they are teenage boys) and something for them that they enjoy doing.  Well, my son loves to play ping pong with his buddies.  And well, we didn’t have a ping pong table…or the real space for one to reside permanently.

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So of course, I suggested we make a Ping Pong Table Top for the kids to use.  I was a little bit concerned as to how the final product would actually work and if the ball would behave…well like a Ping Pong ball should behave…or if the kids would not enjoy using it.  The good news is that it feels and acts just like a real Ping Pong table…just with a bit smaller dimensions.  Hurray!!

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I designed it to have a big Chalkboard on the back side of it for when it is not being used as a Ping Pong Table.  When not in use, we prop it against the wall and the kids can use it as a chalkboard to play on.  This way it is out of the way and STILL functional.  Now, we don’t normally have it out on our back deck but down in the basement. 

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But it has been fun to bring it out onto the back deck when the kids friends are over and are hanging out together outside…and it is easy to do since it is portable.  In fact all you need is a table and you can set up your Ping Pong Table wherever you want too.  {We lay it on top of a blanket to protect the table top and the chalkboard}.

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This was one of the easiest LowesCreator projects we have created. 

 

You will need the following for this DIY Ping Pong Table project:

  • one 4 x8 sheet of MDF
  • two 12 foot lengths of moldings for frame around chalkboard side
  • Non-Sanded Grout
  • Valspar Paint in eggshell finish in two colors (gray and white)
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Wood Glue
  • Ping Pong Net
  • Paint Brush/Roller
  • Wood clamps
  • chalk

We bought a 4 x 8 sheet of MDF.  Then we cut off a foot off of the length so our final board measured 4 x 7.  EASY!  Then I simply painted the surface of the Ping Pong table with a Charcoal Gray Valspar Paint in an eggshell finish.

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Then for the Chalkboard side of the table we added some Non-Sanded Grout to the same paint (in a separate container) to make our own DIY Chalkboard Paint. 

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Did you know you could do that?  So easy.  I shared the exact recipe for Homemade Chalkboard Paint here a couple of years ago: Homemade Chalkboard Paint.  It is SO easy and you can buy the Non-Sanded Grout in the tiling aisle at Lowe’s. 

I wanted a frame around the chalkboard instead of just having a board because I think it finishes it off so nicely…especially if it is going to be displayed against the wall of your home.  Simply take your two 12 foot lengths of molding.  We used a door frame molding for ours.  There are so many fun options to choose from, but we got one that was a bit flexible to be able to move with the table when we carried it from one place to another.

Cut the moldings so they fit across the top, bottom and sides of the board and use a 45 degree cut on the ends so they match up like a picture frame around the corners.  Glue with wood glue.  Our favorite wood glue to use is Gorilla Glue.  It works awesome!!  Hold the molding in place with some wood clamps and let dry overnight.

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Measure an inch around the entire Ping Pong Table side and then tape it off with Painters tape.  Be sure you have a really good seal on the painting edge of the tape.  I ran my fingers over it several times to be sure.  This will create a nice crisp paint edge. 

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Then tape off a line down the exact middle of the length of the table.  I made this the same width of an inch.  You will need two strips of tape on each side with an inch of space in the middle that you will be painting white.  Paint these taped off areas white.  For best results, do not let your paint dry.  Carefully pull up the tape while it is still a little wet.  I find this allows the tape to come off cleanly without pulling up any paint.

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Pick up a Ping Pong Table net that can be different sizes, and the paddles and balls.  You can find them in a lot of different places. 

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Then welcome your kids friends into your home so you can get to know them.  I am a huge believer in this.  Hang around discreetly.  It is a good way to get to know them and their friends.  You might even begin to feel like they belong at your house all the time.  They might even call you mom #2 and drink all of your orange juice in one sitting ;)!

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And you can sit out on your back porch and learn a little bit more about what great friends your kids have and gain a little insight into the type of people your man children are growing into…sniff, sniff!

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As always, I would love to know if you have any further questions about this project or if you build your own DIY Ping Pong Table.  Happy Creating! xo

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase a project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative ideas Bloggers team.  However all opinions and statements are mine.

DIY Pallet Headboard

So…I promised this DIY Pallet Headboard Tutorial that we made for my son’s room, several weeks ago…oopsie.  I don’t know what took me so long to finally share this…but nevertheless…here it is for those of you who are interested.

I decided to build the headboard after seeing my friend Char from Crap I’ve Made’s pallet headboard for her daughter’s room.

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This is one of the simpler projects we have made.  The hardest part is getting those darn pallets boards off the frame.  Those nail/screws are brutal.  We pried a few off and then just ended up chopping the boards off of the pallet with a chop saw…so much easier!

Some people have raised concerns about possible chemicals in pallets.  If this concerns you, simply use other boards.  You can also google how to make new wood look old.

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Here is what you will need to make your own Pallet Headboard:

Materials and Sizes:

2 – 2X6 48 inches in length

1 – 2X4 61 inches in length

1 – 2X4 50 inches in length

2 – ½ inch plywood pieces 10X22 inches

Enough 40 inch long pallet boards to make a width of 61 ½ inches

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We made the frame by placing the 61 inch 2×4 piece at the top and 2×6 pieces on each edge of the 2×4.

We then placed the bottom of the 50 inch 2×4 28 inches from floor end of the 2x6s.

Then you will need the plywood pieces to provide support to the connections of all the pieces (we inset the plywood ½ inch from the top and side to make the piece hidden from view on the completed head board).

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Flip the frame over and lay out the pallet boards on the frame (we had the top and sides over lap the frame by ¼ inch).

Use wood glue and a staple or nail gun to adhere the boards to the frame. Stain and varnish completed the finish.

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We drilled holes (aligned with the bed frame) in the bottom of the 2×6 posts of the headboard and then bolted the bed frame securely in place.

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That’s really all there is to it.  Such an easy project and it has been perfect in my son’s room.  To see the entire room reveal you can go here:  Boy’s Room Reveal.  We also made a fun Pallet Map for my son’s room.  You can see that here:  Wood Pallet Map.

DIY Shutter Tutorial

I just recently shared our Outdoor Deck Reveal with you last week and mentioned that we made these Board and Batten Shutters.  Today I am sharing our DIY Shutter Tutorial so that you can make some too if you are interested.  They are unbelievably easy.  If you are looking for an easy, first time building project, this would be a perfect one to start with.

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I literally made these shutters in less than one hour.  And I did it at night, right after getting the littles in bed which is why my pictures are kind-of blue-ish in tint do to low light conditions.

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I picked up 6 cedar fence planks from Lowes.  They were each 5 feet in length.  I measured my window and determined that it was 36.5 inches including the white window casing and inside of the window frame.  You want your shutters to be the same height as your window frame.

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I wanted to have three planks side by side for the width of my shutters and then I wanted 2 strips to lay horizontally along the top and bottom of the shutters. 

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I cut 6 vertical strips each measuring 36.5 inches in length.  I laid three strips together and measured the width where I wanted the horizontal strips as the wood can vary slightly.  Cut 4 strips…mine were all about 11.5 inches give and take a bit.

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Then I simply glued the horizontal strips of cedar 5 inches from the top and bottom of the shutter.  Then added some staples with my nail gun in 6 places on each strip…one staple at the top and bottom for each board.

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You can stain or paint your shutters.  I wanted mine white.  I used some Outdoor Solid Color Waterproofing Wood Stain in a white color base.  This stuff is great and we used it to seal and paint our white posts on our Outdoor deck.  It holds up and protects from the elements much  better than an outdoor paint will. 

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Then you will need to hang your shutters.  We decided NOT to drill the shutters into our brick.  Now the reason we decided this was that we are not sure we want shutters on our whole house.  We have several windows and that we be a big undertaking AND several of our windows are really high.  And since our porch is well protected by the side wall and the roof we rarely get wind or the elements any where near the window.  So we knew we could get away with using these handy dandy Brick Hangers. 

They don’t look like much.  But they really do work well.  I picked them up in the nail and picture hanger aisle at Lowes.  We finagled them a bit and drilled them right into the back of the shutter after determining where to place them so that they would line up correctly with the grooves in the brick mortar.

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It ended up working out pretty good.  Now the only thing I have to worry about is if we have another freak 100 mph windstorm again.  If we do, you can bet I will go out there and pull those babies down along with everything else on my back porch.

These shutters cost very little to make and I LOVE the added impact they give the deck.  The brick wall was a bit expansive and needed to be broken up a bit and I am happy with the way that they seem to finish off the entire space!  Yay for last minute projects that are fast and easy.

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To see the entire deck reveal go here:  Outdoor Deck Reveal

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On a side note–We are in full swing Spring Break here and we decided to have a stay-cation at home since our weather was supposed to be fairly nice.  Well it rained yesterday and I let the kids built a blanket fort (against my better judgment).  Then they begged to sleep in it…which I allowed (against my better judgment) but it we were enjoying a stay-cation.  And today I am dealing with cranky, over-tired kids…(sigh)!

Here is hoping the rest of the day runs smoother than our morning did!  Now we are headed out to play some more, now that the weather has cleared up!  Do any of you have any great stay-cation ideas for us?  We came up with a fun list but would love more suggestions!

Wood Pallet Map Tutorial

Several of you requested the tutorial for the wood pallet map we made for my son’s room that I shared with you the other day.  This was a super simple project and cost literally nothing for us other than the cost of the map.  You can’t beat that now can you?

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First of all we picked up some pallets for FREE at our local nursery.  They will allow you to take up to 8 pallets before they charge.  Score!

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Then comes the tough part.  These pallets have some serious nails holding them together.  It takes some serious muscle strength to get these planks off.  We ended up cutting off the two ends right up to the nails and then just pulling out the middle nails.

Then I took a heavy duty file and sanded down the edges and the rough spots of each plank.

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Make sure you have enough pallets to have a bit of overhang on the map so you can see your pallet wood.  It gives it an antiqued look.  You can cut your map down a bit so that it fits better too, which is what we did.

We connected the pallet planks together with a piece of plywood on the back and then glued them into place with Gorilla Wood Glue (my favorite wood glue).

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We found our map on Amazon for a $1! They had a few different styles and we went for a more Old World look.

Trim around the edges in a non-patterned way to give it a more worn look without crisp clean edges.

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Then take a candle and burn the map around the edges.  We did this outside and had a pitcher of water on hand….just in case.

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We burnt the map all around the edges and then even burnt some holes in the middle of the map in some of the less prominent areas on the map.

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Lay your map onto the wood pallets.  This next part you will need and Exact-o Knife to cut the map into long strips.  Now I debated about cutting the map, but I wanted the individual wood planks to show through and give some detail to the map.  I was worried that if I just Mod Podged the map without cutting it, it would just be a flat map.

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I am SO glad I decided to cut the map.  It added so much more detail and un-perfectness to the overall look.

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We recruited the kids to help us hold the map into place while we cut it.  We did not want it to move at all and mess up the cut.

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We cut the map one section at a time.  When we had a new strip, we Mod Podged it onto the individual plank.

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We purposely left a small space between each plank.

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After all the strips were glued onto the pallets, we let it dry completely.  Then we put two coats of water-based polycrylic in a satin finish on the map to keep it nice and protected.

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I LOVE it! And so does my son!  He wants to pin the places he has been to on this map as well.  What do you think?

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I was inspired to make this map when I came across this image (below) on Pinterest.  I searched all over to find the original source of the map so I could link back and give credit to who made this and I could not for the life of me find out where it is from.

My search led me to believe that it may have been sold at Hobby Lobby a while ago. If anyone knows where I can find the original site for this I would love to know so I can give them credit and a link!

 

Handmade Soap Recipes & Small Giveaway

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As part of Michael’s Random Acts of Kindness week, I was asked to make a fun craft and then “Craft it Forward.  So I whipped up some different and fun handmade soap recipes.  I shared the basic recipe for making handmade soaps earlier this week.  I shared my Lavender Soap Recipe as well.  Today I want to share with you a couple of other soaps we came up with.

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My three girls had a great time helping and wanted to come up with some fun Valentine’s Soap for their friends.  So we made some pink heart soaps that they scented with peppermint oil and dyed pink using some drops of red soap colorant which we bought at Michael’s Craft.

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We poured the pink soap into a rubber heart mold and let them harden.  Then we melted our white soap base and poured it into our rectangle soap molds also found at Michael’s.  When that soap had hardened we sprayed it with rubbing alcohol and added another thin layer of white soap and then placed a pink soap heart in it and let it harden completely.

*Find the full soap making recipe and instructions here.

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Then we wrapped them up and tied them with a colorful bow so that we could give them away as part of the “Craft it Forward” campaign.

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We also experimented with some different flavors of soap.  I LOVE citrusy and FRESH scents.  So we thought it would be fun to add some Lemon essential oil along with some fresh lemon zest to our soaps.  YUMMO!

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We did the same with Lime.  But I did not have a lime oil so I used doTerra’s Citrus Bliss oil…which is awesome, and then added some fresh lime zest to the soap base.  I imagine these soaps will have to be used fairly quickly so that it stays as fresh as possible.

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Shannon, one of my readers, left a comment about Lavender Lemonade on my Lavender Soap post.  Lavender Lemonade!!  I have not heard of that.  But I am dying to try it.  It will be the next one I try.  Sounds amazing right?

But we did make a Pink Lemonade Soap by simple creating a double layer soap.  Pour the first layer and let it harden completely.  Then add a second layer by spritzing the top (where you will add the layer) with rubbing alcohol and then pouring your second color on.  We added lemon essential oil and some lemon zest in the white layer.

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And in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and Random Acts of Kindness Week, we delivered our soaps to some of our friends and neighbors.  Each of them were given one of our handmade soaps and a $5 gift card to Michael’s.  Aren’t they the cutest…our friends that is? We are so blessed to be surrounded by good people.

I have one more Michaels gift card to deliver…  If you want to win a $5 gift card to Michael’s and have me send it out to you, simply leave a comment here.  Any comment will do!

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Michaels is participating in Random Acts of Kindness Week, Feb. 11-17, by asking customers to share their own random acts of kindness on the Michaels Facebook page and to use the hashtag #RAOKDIY when sharing on Twitter and Instagram.

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In celebration of the holiday on Sunday, Feb. 17, Michaels hopes to inspire customers to participate by giving away more than $100,000 in gift cards at its nearly 1,100 U.S. and Canada stores. Gift card recipients will be encouraged to “craft it forward” and exhibit their own random act of kindness towards another person.

Customers who want to “craft it forward” can find inspiration for Random Acts of Kindness projects to give to others on the Michaels Random Acts of Crafting Pinterest board.

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