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Monday, April 29, 2013

ADD SOME NEON SUNSHINE IN TO YOUR LIFE
WITH THESE EASY DIY PROJECTS!

MOTHER'S DAY IS AROUND THE CORNER SO TRY CREATING A
HANDMADE CARD THIS YEAR! SHE WILL LOVE ANYTHING YOU MAKE,
AND THESE NEON DETAILS WILL MAKE HER SMILE SOOOO BRIGHT!

BY THE WAY- THIS WOULD BE AWESOME WITH CONTACT PAPER!

NEON LOOKS ESPECIALLY BEAUTIFUL WITH KRAFT PAPER OR
PAIRED WITH BLACK + WHITE- JUST LIKE IN THESE PICS OF OUR
 FREE PRINTABLE MOTHER'S DAY CARD.
HAVE SOME FUN WITH COLOR!



GET YOUR NEON ON AT HOME!
ADD SOME DAY-GLOW GEOMETRICS + DIY ACCENTS


YES, THIS IS NEON ORANGE DUCT TAPE! I SAY DIY-NOT!?

 


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What to do with all the fun party decor that
took hours and hours to create...?
Donate it for a good cause!

Part of my duties as a room mom for my 5-year-old's kindergarten class is to help create a "basket" to be auctioned off at her school's biggest fundraising event of the year. All of the money raised goes directly back to her school, so I offered my help in creating an "Ice Cream Social Birthday Party Pack". I knew we needed to add something special to help it sell- like the ice cream cart I had created for my daughter's birthday party, but I knew cardboard wasn't going to work! Luckily, fellow room mom, Trista, signed her husband up for the job of re-creating the cart with wood- complete with casters! He did an amazing job and even added wooden ice cream cone detail on the front! Then, I took on the task of painting it, making sure the colors coordinated with the party printables!
  
Check out the finished version of the ice cream cart as it was on display on auction night. It was literally overflowing with party goodies- everything you could ever need for an ice cream social (well, except for the ice cream!) Scroll down to see images of the cart in progress. A lot of time and love went in to creating this great auction item- it was the ultimate party package! I'm glad I was able to help raise money for a great cause. :)
 


 
 


The original version in this picture from Lulu's 3rd birthday party (click here for original post), was created with a large cardboard box, some cardboard cake circles for wheels, and a wrapping paper tube as a flagpole. I hot glued some crepe paper + printed signage to add color and to coordinate with the rest of the event. It was the perfect photo prop and the kids really enjoyed using it for pretend play, too!






 

Monday, April 8, 2013

{SPRING PROJECT}

CONTACT PAPER

I have a bit of a collection of contact paper these days. I seem to buy some every time I visit the dollar store! I've scored some fun retro prints (old, discontinued goodies that ended up there!) as well as some classic prints like faux bois!

It's such a great material- it's sticky enough to cling to furniture, paper, glass, and so many surfaces- yet it doesn't create a gooey mess if you want to peel it off and start over. Get out that old roll of contact paper you bought when you first moved in your home and try using it for something other than lining your drawers! Here are some ideas to get you started!

I PURCHASED THIS CREDENZA AT A GARAGE SALE FOR $20- IT'S THE PERFECT SHAPE SINCE IT'S VERY ANGULAR AND EASY TO APPLY THE CONTACT PAPER TO. IT PEELS RIGHT OFF (FOR LATER WHEN I GET BORED OF LOOKING AT IT!)

YOU MAY SEE A PIECE OF FURNITURE THAT YOU LIKE BUT MAYBE THE FINISH IS THRASHED OR IT HAS A HUGE SCRATCH- THIS IS THE PERFECT WAY TO COVER IT!


I CHOSE TO DO A SCALLOPED DESIGN ALONG THE SLIDING FRONT PANELS. THIS PIECE OF FURNITURE LIVES IN MY 3-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER'S BEDROOM AS HER BOOKSHELF! & I LOVE IT EVEN MORE NOW- SO WORTH THE $20 (well, plus the $3 on contact paper) DO IT!!!


I HAD FUN USING THE NEGATIVE SPACE (THE DARK WOOD GRAIN) AND HAD THAT BECOME PART OF THE OVERALL DESIGN.

FAUX BOIS CONTACT PAPER FOR PACKAGING- A GREAT WAY TO DECORATE A GIFT BOX!