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Thursday’s Theme: Summer DIY Projects from Pinterest

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Summer is officially here! We hope you’ve been enjoying June so far, and have a variety of activities lined up for your summer season – whether that be relaxing on vacation with a Sturbridge Yankee Workshop catalog, entertaining friends and family outside or simply taking a break from a day of summer gardening.

You may also be planning some DIY projects, or hoping to at least, so if this describes you, we have some good news. To pass the time this summer while enjoying nice weather and extended days, here are six DIY projects and activities we’ve rounded up from Pinterest.

Switch up your kitchen textiles and linens with fun and colorful Fruit Stamped Tea Towels. They are perfect for you kitchen at home or up to camp, and allow you to get creative while incorporating functional decor. *Making Home Base

DIY Painted Tea Towel | Making Home Base | Summer DIY

To coordinate with your DIY tea towels, or as an accent all its own, this cheerful serving tray exudes summer charm and helps you serve guests during a barbecue or summer birthday party.
*Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Watermelon Serving Tray | Oh So Beautiful Paper | Summer DIY

We love a beautiful wreath almost as much as you do. This one happens to feature a favorite, classic flower and is of course, the result of a DIY project. *Artsy Chicks Rule

DIY Hydrangea Wreath | Artsy Chicks Rule | Summer DIY

The best craft for you and your kids (or grandchildren!) to do together is one that has lasting use. Head outside to collect rocks for this Tic Tac Toe DIY and keep yourselves entertained on hot summer days. *Balancing Home

Tic Tac Toe Rocks Activity | Balancing Home | Summer DIY

Of course, we’ve all heard the notorious message from kids on summer vacation: “I’m bored!” This is of course, easily remedied by 1. Telling them how many chores they can do and/or 2. Turning to an Activity Jar and pulling out a random note or popsicle stick with an activity written on it. *The Crafting Chicks

Summer Activity Jars | The Crafting Chicks | Summer DIY

Finally, we saw so many pins for Summer Bucket Lists on our search through Pinterest. Get creative by using scrapbook paper, stickers, special pens and markers, Washi tape, etc. and write out some things you’d like to get done, people you’d like to see, and places you’d like to visit over the summer. It will be fun to check each item off the list and look back on the adventures you had. For a little inspiration, we’ve attached a Summer Bucket List printable [here] and below that you can print out and fill out!

Summer Bucket List Printable

Remember to share your DIY ideas and upcoming craft projects in the comments below, and let us know what’s on your Summer 2018 Bucket List!

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Thursday’s Theme: Spring DIY Projects from Pinterest

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Mother nature has finally brought us some beautiful spring weather, and although it’s rainy today, the temperature outside isn’t too chilly so we won’t complain. Because we can’t quite get to our gardens and outdoor living spaces without getting soaked, today we’ve rounded up some springy DIY projects from Pinterest that can be done inside. When the skies clear up, some of these can even be taken outside as decoratives or play things. Click on the images below to be taken to the DIY instructions.

These umbrellas may not keep you dry on days like today, but they will add plenty of charms to a window, the space above a sink or wherever you decide to hang them. *One Little Project

Paper Umbrellas | One Little Project at a Time | Spring DIY

You know how much we love a beautiful wreath, and we think this DIY Daisy Wreath is quite marvelous. *Grillo Designs

Spring Burlap Daisy Wreath | Grillo Designs | Spring DIY

Reuse some old bottle caps by painting them with fun designs or arranging them like petals on a flower. They will add a rustic look to any space, indoors or out. *Suburbia Unwrapped

Bottle Cap Garden Art | Suburbia Unwrapped | Spring DIY

A quick DIY with a lot of charm, this burlap art only requires a few materials. *Debbie Doo’s

Spring Burlap Art | Debbie Doo's | Spring DIY

The following two DIY projects are perfect for kids. The first is a sidewalk chalk recipe that takes a fun shape and makes it functional. *Project Nursery + Junior
The second is a DIY birdhouse, and this whimsical carton version is a fun craft for a child both during the process of making it and watching it function for backyard birds. *Red Ted Art
(and since there are so many DIY birdhouses out there, here is a link for a roundup of many more)

Sidewalk Chalk Pops | Project Nursery + Junior | Spring DIY

Juice Carton Crafts: Owl Bird Feeder | Red Ted Art | Spring DIY

Do you have any fun spring DIY plans? Share your ideas in the comments below, and happy crafting!

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Thursday’s Theme: Chalkboards and Dry-Erase Boards

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Dry-erase markers and chalk are not items you necessarily think of using when looking to decorate and empty wall or fill a spacious counter-top. Yet using dry-erase boards and chalkboards (along with their respective writing utensils) can create a unique and homey look to a hall table, a cabinet door, or a wall in child’s playroom. More obviously, they are functional objects that can help you stay creative. Here are some tips on getting started with your dry erase and chalky decor.

CalendarsWhite Board Calendar
This is a great place to start. While a dry-erase board is the suggested option for creating a calendar, a chalkboard works just as well. Whether you choose to design a monthly, weekly, or special events calendar (or all three!), a white board is a great medium to use. Dry-erase markers come in a variety of colors, so you can choose depending on the color scheme of the room, or choose random colors to make it look more spontaneous. At the end of the week or month, simply erase and start over.

Mom's Kitchen Memo BoardTo-Do Lists and Messages
Keep a chalkboard or dry-erase board next to a telephone, computer, or in an entryway to remind yourself and others to return a message, take off shoes, or grab some milk on the next grocery run. Incorporate shelving or a hall table around the board, to create a more welcoming and less rigid display as well as to invite people to read what is written.

MaterialsGlenwood Message Center in Red
If you want to try creating your own dry-erase board or chalkboard, rather than using a store-bought one, you have a couple of options. For a chalkboard, chalkboard paint is a fun route to take, and the paint can be found at most paint stores. This route gives you more control over where you place a chalkboard, allowing you to be more creative with this piece of decor. For a dry-erase board, dry-erase sheets can be found at most office supply stores; much like a small roll of paper, you can cut different sizes and shapes to place wherever you want in your home. Finally, if you don’t want to purchase the paint or sheets, dig out some of your old picture frames instead. Place colorful or white paper inside, and use dry-erase markers on the glass. This is a fun way to decorate kitchen counters – by writing what your family will have for dinner or a “Good Morning” message – and the marker easily erases off the glass.

Do you use dry-erase or blackboards in your home? If these or other ideas have inspired you to do so, let us know!

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