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DIY Dress bow holder


I see these all the time on Etsy and such and a friend had bought one for C, and after looking at it I figured hey I can do that!

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bow holder

What you need:
Foam core board (big enough for the top of your dress)
ribbon (I used 3 different rolls for different colors)
1/2 yard of fabric
1 yard of tulle
small gems(optional)
hot glue gun

What to do:

Draw out the shape of the top of the dress onto the foam core board and cut it out with the blade
Flatten your fabric front side down and lay the dress cut out on top of it
Trace it onto the fabric twice using chalk(leaving about 2 inches of space around one of the patterns Β for when you cut it out
Cut out the first piece you traced fabric(make sure to cut it about 2 inches away from your lines so you have enough to wrap around the back, except for at the bottom, cut that on the line)
Cut out the second piece on the lines
Cut your tulle into strips (there is no science you can cut as long or short as you want and as thick or thin as you want)
Using the glue gun glue the strips of tulle to the bottom of the foam core board dress cut out both on the back and front, again not a science you can use as little or as much as you want to make it thicker or thinner
Take your larger fabric cut out and lay it on the front of your core board lining up the bottom and wrap it around to the back(you may have to cut some tiny slits in the fabric near difficult areas so it wraps around smoothly
Glue the fabric onto the back, you can cut it some if pieces are too long(you do not want to much bunched up back there)
Take a piece of ribbon big enough to use as a hanger and glue it in a loop to the back of the foam core board cutout
Take your other piece of fabric cut out and line it up over the back of the foam core board dress cutout and glue in place
Cut your ribbon strips the same length as your tulle(I used 5 strips) and glue to the bottom of the dress piece
Now take ribbon and wrap it around the waistband(just to cover up the bottom area a little) cut where it meets and then use hot glue to glue in place

I used ribbon to make 3 medium sized bows and glued them along the waistline of the dress, then added a small jewel to the center of each
I then made to small bows and glued them to the shoulder area
Then I added a jewel to the middle top

And there you have it a dress bow holder for about $7

DIY stool remake



I found this stool at goodwill for $3 and decided I would bring it home with me and turn it into something pretty.
I wanted it to match my daughters room, so I chose to redecorate it in an owl theme, and to make it even more cost effective I used mostly what I had around the house (other than the batting that I got for $1.99)

I used:
Pink fabric
Owl patterned fabric
Pink spray paint
fabric glue
glue gun
heavy duty stapler

I am not a huge DIY girl, and rarely do things as complicated as I should, so I didn’t take apart the stool all of the way, I just took the top off

Then I spray painted the entire thing other than the top pink, let it dry and sprayed it 1 more time.

While it was drying I started working on the top

I cut out some of the owls from the owl patterned fabric and sat them aside

I measured my batting and my cloth and cut appropriately

I sat the batting on the ground and turned the top upside down on top of it, then used the stapler to staple the batting down

I repeated the procedure with the pink fabric then cut away any excess fabric

I used fabric glue to glue the owls where I wanted them

Once the base was dry, I put the top back on

I then used the hot glue gun to glue buttons where I wanted them on the base

I am pretty proud of how it turned out especially since total I spent $4.99 on the entire project!


I would love to hear your opinions πŸ™‚

DIY Pine Cone Bird Feeders


With Spring time here, we love to watch the birds in the yard, so this project was perfect for us, plus it brought back memories because I used to make these when I was little
All you need is bird seed, peanut butter, string and pine cones (we went pine cone collecting earlier in the day which just added to this activity)

What you do:

Tie A long string to one end of the pine cone
Cover the pine cone in peanut butter
Try to stop the munchkins from licking the peanut butter off of the pine cone
Roll it in the bird seed
Again make sure they know bird seed is not yummy, or whatever let them figure it out for themselves
Bring out and tie it to a tree(make sure you put it where a bird can sit on a branch and get to eat, my munchkins hung them just hanging down from the tree so I had to go rehang them later)

Wait and enjoy your friends that come for a feast πŸ™‚

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from ugly table to chalkboard fun


We came home to stay with my Dad while my husband went to Afghanistan and among the things in my daughters room here was this:

I asked my Dad if he would mind if I re-did it and he agreed I was good to go, So I procrastinated for about 2 months, because my time is pretty limited these days between mommy, cook, seeing specialists, and going to photography school, but then I finally got around to it, mostly because I couldn’t stand seeing it in original for anymore

I peeled off all of the weird wall paper
did a tiny bit of sanding(I hate sanding so do my best to avoid it)
Painted the top with Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint
let dry for an hour, repainted, let dry an hour, repainted
Painted the sides with acrylic paint(2 coats)
Let the table dry for 24 hours
rubbed the top with chalk, to cure it and then wiped it off

And ended up with this:


C, A, and I have been coloring on it with chalk for 2 months now and it always wipes clean, It is a lot of fun and looks better, so if you have an ugly table and a munchkin that like drawing, I totally recommend this

Total cost for project was 8.99

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