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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Can you believe it’s time to plan for Thanksgiving? I’m still recovering from Halloween! Thanksgiving is just about three weeks away, and if you want a handmade tablescape, now is a good time to get started. Check out these beautiful Thanksgiving centerpieces to help get you started.
I have fond memories of hand-me-down day from my own childhood, and I love that hand-me-down day is back now that I have my own little guy. There’s something so satisfying about sorting through big bags of well-loved clothes. And I admit that I also like spending basically zero dollars on clothes and shoes for my son. The tutorials below are aimed at adding a little more flexibility to those hand-me-downs with options to alter them and add a little bit of pizazz!