Hey yall! Back to school time in full swing here! Bubs started on Friday and peanut starts on Wednesday. Tomorrow will be the last day that I get up and drive my people to school—wow…hard to believe. They will be taking turns driving each other to school. Helps out that their schools are down the street from each other. It is weird though. When they get their license there is this whole new freedom—not just for them…but for me too. It is nice….but at the same time it is just one more milestone that comes and goes too quickly. They are gaining independence…and that is a good thing. I am happy for them….and just a little sad to see another chapter close—but 95% happy…only a tad sappy:) I keep repeating the mantra…I am here to help them be happy, independent people—and driving is just one more step to them living their own lives…and for that I feel very blessed and grateful.
Sometimes the easiest little project yields the biggest rewards. These gift wrap book covers are case in point. My friend Chelsea covered some books last year with some adorable fabric….every since I saw that post I wanted to create something similar. These book covers can class up any bookshelf…from blah to AHHH!
I made these for a client who is having me design her family room. I will be sharing her whole new family room with you soon. It is such a fun transformation!
I realize this really doesn’t deserve a full tutorial….but just in case you aren’t close to 40 and you never had to cover your textbooks for school like I did ;) Here is the quick how to…
Cut a piece of gift wrap the same size as the book cover. If your book doesn’t have a cover, then trace the books binding all the way around.
Place the book in the center of the paper, fold edges under flaps.
Unfold and place double sided tape on the edges of the paper.
Tape to the inside flaps of book.
This is of course the simplified version….my mom used to cover my books a lot more professionally then this demonstration:)
I bought my books on the clearance section of my local book thrift store…..Not a bad little accessory for the bookshelves…for under $4!!
Go check out Chelsea’s books too….so cute!
Sharing at tatertotsandjello
Funny thing about this post….I had this idea in my head for awhile now…but hadn’t really had the time to put it together. I haven’t crafted in awhile and I needed to get out some creative energy. I grabbed some DuckTape® that I had on hand and started playing around. Then I got an email from my friends at DuckTape® and they wanted me to come up with an Easter craft to share…weird huh…so that is the story of how this little DuckTape® bunny was born;) These sweet little rabbit would be great for kids to whip up this weekend….make up a bunch and stick them everywhere (bunnies do multiply quickly you know;). I just made one….but I think several on a mantle would be so sweet. Here is how you make one… A few items you will need:
clear contact paper
a mat to cut on makes it go super fast scissors
Place bunny template on flat surface and tape a piece of contact paper on top. You will be able to follow the lines to fill the bunny in
Cut 1.5-2 inch slices of white DuckTape® (cutting on the mat is easy because the tape won’t stick to it.
On each piece of tape, fold in the bottom leaving the top of the tape still sticky
Place tape on the bottom of the bunny (on top of your contact paper).
Start at the bottom and work up until you have the bunny covered.
When you are finished filling the bunny in, turn the paper over and cut out the bunny shape. Peel away the contact paper and stick your bunny to the wall of your choice!
find Duck Tape here in a load of fun colors and styles….white is sweet on this little bunny….but that doesn’t touch the surface of the fun colors it comes in!! Sweet little Bunny for Easter…on the cheap! :)
Just popping in to share this sweet little craft for spring break week:)
With the winter that we have had….these may be the only flowers in bloom this spring. I shared this a long time ago on another blog…but I haven’t shared it here yet. This would be great spring break craft to whip up with the kids…and the cost is almost free! Instead of newspaper…you could use some pretty scrapbook paper and mix it up a bit for a little punch of color—bonus…it doesn’t require any watering;) Which means it is impossible for me to kill this flowering plant!
Create a stem by cutting one piece of newspaper in half. Roll it up tightly and tape.
Then you are ready to make your flower. Cut a 4 inch strip of newspaper and then fold in half lengthwise (should be 2 inches wide)
On the folded side, cut a large slit every 1/4 inch of so, creating a fringe effect.
Roll up the uncut side of newspaper and staple at the end.
Gently pull the fridges apart to poof out the flower.
Tape on your stem
Make a whole bouquet and deliver them to friends!
Easy enough right?!?!
So I was walking through Lowes…checking things off my list when it hit me….I had some sort of DIY epiphany somewhere in between aisles 3 and 14…Has that ever happened to you? I have been feeling like my creative mojo was lost….but right there in the middle of the adhesive aisle it all came back. BooM!
What a good feeling:) So from then on…. I was on a mission. I wasn’t quite sure how it would come together…but I could see if clearly in my head….I went to the wood aisle and found some 4 inch pine. I stood there holding it… just staring at it for a good 5 minutes. Some nice man came up behind me and said “watcha making?” I said…”oh, a wreath….”….He made some comment that he hadn’t seen a wreath made from just a few pieces of pine. I said something to the effect…” Well, it’s all in my head….so I am just trying to figure it out…”…he sighed and went about his day. This happens often…to me…in Lowes. It’s like my creative juices are on overdrive and my brain is like “dude…slow down…I have no idea how to put that together…” #lifeofablogger
Anywho, I was wanting a new special something for the mantle….and this totally fits that bill:) I am smitten with this wreath. I love that it is warm…but kind of edgy….it is classic…but kind of modern too. And I think it is going to look awesome once the mantle is all “Christmas-fied”….cannot wait:) I thought that I would share it with you now in case you wanted to whip one up for your house:)
First put together your wreath form….easy enough….
Then get to work on putting the wood together to glue to the wreath form….
(do be scared of the miter saw….:)
Here is what you will need:
(3) 4” by 36” (1/4” thick) pine boards
3 shades of Minwax stain ( I used golden oak, dark walnut and English chestnut)
rags or paper towels
24” wire wreath frame
1 roll burlap ribbon
Measure and mark your wood every 4 inches
With your miter saw make your cuts (you should end up with 27 pieces of wood)
Stain wood pieces (12 natural, 12 dark, 12 special)
Cover your wreath form with burlap ribbon (this will be your base to glue the wood to)
Place one layer on the wreath form and hot glue in place
Dry fit the top layer making sure your design is varied and then hot glue in place
There are so many variations that would be so neat to try. Get some old trim pieces and cut them up…or instead of staining you could paint….so many possibilities.
A super fun project to start off the week ;)
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