DIY Projects, Little Man

DIY Roller Derby!

As a stay at home mom, I am always trying to find ways to entertain Eli. Lately he has been getting a kick out of pushing things down the hall, so I thought this little project would be a perfect toy for him. I had a lot of fun picking out the items, and it was super cheap and easy to make. Here is how you can make your very own roller derby!

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Materials:

(2) 2 Liter bottles of soda

Goo Gone (optional)

Exacto knife & sharp scissors

Duck tape

Odds & ends for filling

Directions:

1. Empty and rinse the soda bottles. Peel away the label and remove extra residue with Goo Gone. Thoroughly wash the bottles with soap and water.

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2. Cut each bottle in half by piercing with an exacto knife, then completing the cut with scissors. Keep the two ends.

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3. Fill one bottle with anything you can find! I decided to make mine “dinosaur” themed, so I put an assortment of green things: shiny pieces of ribbon, beads, buttons, pom poms, and bells.

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4. Line up the two openings of the bottles and secure with duck tape. I did this twice to make it extra durable. You can find a variety of colorful and patterned duck tape rolls at craft stores.

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5. Give it to your little one and watch them race and roll!

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DIY Cord Organizer

I have been itching to do a DIY project for a while, but needed something that would be quick and simple, and this little project fit the bill. It was a perfect father’s day gift for my wonderful hubs, who travels and likes to keep things super organized!

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You will only need a few things…

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-1/4 yard of fabric

-1/4 yard of fake leather or vinyl

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-Snap buttons

-Exacto knife or rotary cutter

-Metal ruler

-Matte cutting board

-Pencil

-Fabric glue

-Fray Check

Then you can follow this tutorial like I did. The only step I added was to use fabric to line the inside of the rolls.

IMG_3417I cut the fabric the same size as the leather, applied fray check to the edges, then used fabric glue to adhere the fabric to the leather. Once dry, you can quickly and gently iron the fabric to seal completely!

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I think it turned out pretty cool, and Drew says it works well on the go! Score!

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I plan on making some for gifts in the future. The middle size works well and is what Drew uses most often (If you feel like just tackling one).

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DIY Spring Wreath

Springtime is here, and you know what that means…cleaning out winter dust, organizing for a new year, and decorating for one of the most joyful holidays, the day our Savior saved!

I had a few Easter decorations from last year, but I knew I wanted to make a wreath. I found this beauty on PB, but was reluctant to spend $80 on something that would only hang on my door for one month. I knew I could make it myself for less.

Most Fridays, my sister and I meet up at Mom’s with our kids. I absolutely love this time together swapping stories, sharing recipes, and encouraging one another through motherhood. We usually try to tackle at least one adventurous thing, in between naps, feedings, and diaper changes. Some days it’s a walk to the park, last time it was our spring wreaths. We each brought supplies that we had gathered during the week:

2 Wreath forms

2 Packs of decorative eggs, varied sizes

2 Pussy willow branches

Hot glue gun and sticks

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and brushes

We got all of our supplies from Hobby Lobby and Michaels (with coupons), except for the chalk paint, which my Mom had on hand.

If we didn’t have three nuggets drooling, climbing, and crying, we probably could have made these wreaths in about 15-20 minutes. But we thank God everyday that we do have these babies, even if they did add to the time it took to finish. In the end, we stood proud gazing at our work, I for one with white globs in my hair, which could have been one of two things…spit up or paint.

Step 1: (Optional) Paint the decorative eggs to match a color scheme that you like using chalk paint. Let dry completely.

Step 2: Cut your pussy willow branches down so they are in single strands. This makes it easier to work with. Carefully weave the branches into the wreath, bending them slightly.

Step 3: Do a mock arrangement of your eggs on the wreath, and then glue them down using hot glue.

I think they turned out just as beautiful, and ended up costing only $17 a wreath to make! I’m using my sister’s pics because I love the way she displayed hers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Romans 1:4-5 “and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead from the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Romans 6:8-11 “And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John 11:25-26 “Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.’”

 

 

 

 

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Falling for Fall!

Hey guys! Despite the stubborn weather, I have decorated for Fall! Instead of overly spooky, I went a little more neutral so I could carry most of the decorations into November (when my little man is due). Check it out and let me know what you think:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made the flag banner by cutting out triangles and sewing them onto rick rack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was determined to learn how to make a table runner WITH a ruffle…I think it turned out pretty good for a firs timer! The large pumpkin was painted with chalkboard paint so I can write or draw different things as the feeling strikes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was inspired to paint my pumpkins from this lovely blogger. And my ruffle garland was made using this tutorial.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lyla’s Birthday and a Crayon Roll

Yesterday was my niece’s 3rd Birthday party (I can’t believe how fast she has grown!) My sister was such a beautiful host and put a lot of thought into making the party fun for Lyla.

She had adorable decorations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yummy food (a chili bar with lots of toppings!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pickled favors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a pretty pink and purple cake!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lyla received a bike, some tutus, and lots of toys…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I gave her this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She loves to color, so I made this crayon roll so that she can take her colors wherever she goes! The roll can hold up to 16 crayons, and was super easy to make. Skip To My Lou has a wonderful tutorial that I followed.

Happy Birthday, my sweet Lyla, Uncle Drew and I love you more than words can say!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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