How to entertain a young toddler on a long flight? Here are some tips for success!

Travel: How to Entertain a Young Toddler on a Long Airplane Flight?

I’m preparing for a cross-country flight (7+ hours just in a plane!) with my four sons, including my youngest who   Read More »

Make a Flower Box from Paint Stir Sticks

Make a Flower Box from Paint Stir Sticks

This pretty flower box would make great wedding decor or look lovely on your own dining room table. Next time I have a painting project, I’m definitely going to save the old paint stirrers. The Wedding Chicks suggest using new paint sticks for this tute, but you could totally go with used ones. Just sand them down, and use paint instead of stain to give them a uniform look. Boom! The materials list below has options for either method.

Sew a Felt Crayon Cuff to Wrangle Your Kid's Crayons

Sew a Felt Crayon Cuff to Wrangle Your Kid’s Crayons

My son loves to color. LOVES. But his little toddler hands are not great at getting his crayons back into the box when he’s done. Honestly, I sometimes have a hard time getting that last crayon into the box. The planets basically have to align to get every single one to fit back in. That means he’s not as willing to clean up after coloring with crayons, so instead they roll all over the place.

Make Vanilla-Grapefruit Linen Spray

Make a Vanilla Grapefruit Linen Spray

Store-bought linen sprays – think Febreeze – are expensive and full of toxic, artificial fragrances. Clear the air with a homemade linen spray instead! Kelly Dixon from Smart Schoolhouse shared this simple tute at She Knows, and I can’t wait to mix up my own bottle.

10 Easy Diy Tree Skirts with Lots of No-Sew Ideas!

10 Quick and Easy Tree Skirts

I didn’t really understand the point of a tree skirt until a few years ago, when my husband and I started doing the real Christmas tree thing. I used to think of tree skirts as just one more thing that you had to store, pull out, and maintain for the holidays. Until my floor was basically made of pine needles. Now I get it! But I still believe that you shouldn’t spend more time making a tree skirt than you do trimming your tree. These quick and easy tree skirts come together in a flash. There are lots of no-sew options on this list, so don’t think that only seamstresses can have homemade tree skirts!

Make Pixelated Wall Art with Washi Tape

Make Pixelated Wall Art with Washi Tape

I love washi tape almost as much as I love old school video game nostalgia. This pixelated washi tape wall art over at A Beautiful Mess has me full of 8-bit nostalgia. And all that you need to make it are washi tape and cutting supplies. Laura shows you how to lay out a grid to make the heart, and you could really use that technique to plan out all kinds of cool pixelated designs.

Make Sparkly Branches to Match Your Holiday Decor

Make Sparkly Branches to Match Your Holiday Decor

Metallic and glitter branches are super hip for holiday decorating this year, but they are super expensive. If this blustery fall has downed any small tree branches around your neighborhood, snatch them up and turn them into sparkly branches that perfectly match your holiday decor color scheme. Diane Henkler at Momtastic shares a simple tute for making your own, custom sparkly branches from fallen branches you collect. A recycled money-saver that looks beautiful!

Make a reusable grocery bag that folds away for easy storage.

Make a Fold Away Grocery Bag

Do you always forget your reusable grocery bags in the car or at home? A fold away grocery bag tucks away small, so you can keep one stashed in your purse at all times. No more bag forgetting! You can buy fold away grocery bags, but you can use some stash fabric and make your own on the cheap instead. Cocojude has you covered with a simple tutorial. The bag tucks right into a small holder that’s attached, so you’ll never lose it.

10 FREE Thanksgiving Printables

10 Free Thanksgiving Printables

Thanksgiving is just over a week away. If you’re still working out your tablescape and decorations, these free Thanksgiving printables can help you pull together something sweet on the cheap and do it in a flash.

Make a scrap fabric house ornament

Make Felt and Fabric Scrap House Ornaments

Bust your stash to make these cute little house ornaments for your Christmas tree. Minki’s Work Table made these sweet ornaments, and I love the clever way that she used an envelope as her house pattern. Her house ornaments are made from felt, but you could really use any medium or heavy weight fabric for these. Denim or corduroy would look nice for the house, especially if you choose cheery contrasting scraps to make the doors, windows, etc.