Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

Boys Dresser Makeover with Extra Storage

Have you ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? When you are planning a project the steps seem easy on paper. Of course, then you start making it and holy cow! It takes so much more time and energy than you expected. It can be discouraging. There is a silver lining, though. When you finally finish the project there is an amazing sense of accomplishment. That is exactly how I felt when I finally finished this boys dresser makeover with extra storage. The paint style took forever but the kids absolutely love it. Their reaction makes all of the hard work totally worth it.

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Materials

  • Old Dresser
  • Flat Black Latex Paint
  • Flat Light Grey Paint
  • Small Paint Roller
  • Roll of Paper Towels
  • Hanging Jewelry Organizer (I got ours at Target)
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Small Basket
  • Command Strips

 

Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

Step 1

First, remove all of the drawers from your dresser.

Step 2

Next, paint your dresser and drawers with your flat black paint and small paint roller.

Note:

  • Our dresser was already painted black years ago so we didn’t do this step but you will want to start with a black painted dresser to get the desired end result.

 

Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

Step 3

After your dresser is black (and the paint has dried), begin adding your grey paint. Do this by dipping a crumpled paper towel into the paint and dabbing it onto your dresser.

Tips:

  • Don’t add too much paint at once. A small amount goes a long way.
  • This takes a long time but you don’t want to rush it.

 

Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

Step 4

Continue the process in step 3 until your dresser and drawer faces are covered.

Step 5

Allow the paint to dry completely.

Step 6

Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have the desired effect.

Note:

  • We did 3 coats on our dresser.

Step 7

Return all of the drawers to the dresser.

 

Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

Step 8

Next, add the hanging organizer to the right side of the dresser by nailing the corners of it to the dresser.

Tips:

  • Make sure your nails are short. You don’t want the tips to affect the drawers on the inside.
  • If your dresser isn’t made of thick wood or you simply don’t want to permanently change it, attach your organizer with Command hooks or strips.

 

Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

Step 9

Lastly, add a small basket to the left side of your dresser with heavy duty Command strips.

Tips:

  • Hang the basket a little above the mattress height of your child’s bed.
  • Your basket needs to be flat, not curved. Curved baskets can come away from the Command strips and/or the dresser.

Ideas for How to Use the Extra Storage

 

Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

Hanging Jewelry Organizer

The hanging jewelry organizer is perfect for cars, figurines, and other small toys. The one that we got has loops at the bottom intended to hold scarves. These loops hold larger action figures. Slide the feet through and use the arms to keep them from sliding all of the way through.

 

Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

Basket

Because the boys’ room is so small, we are removing the bedside table. Our oldest likes to read in bed, though, so we wanted him to have somewhere to put his book and headlamp. The basket is the perfect solution. It holds the items and we placed the dresser next to his bed for convenience. This leaves the last wall in the room free for toy storage.

 

Ever taken on a project that kicked your butt? That is exactly how I felt finishing this boys dresser makeover with extra storage but it's totally worth it!

Whew! Now that we have finally finished the boys dresser makeover with extra storage we can move on with this giant project. Next up are some of the pieces of wall art. These are going to be a lot more fun to create. I have to admit that I am thinking of adding stenciled numbers to the drawer faces. I know, I’m glutton for punishment. It wouldn’t take much time, however, and I think it would add a little extra design punch to the dresser. What do you think? Are stenciled numbers a good idea or not worth it? Let me know in the comments!

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Make stress-free nights out with your husband possible with this DIY babysitter binder! You can enjoy your time together without worrying about your kids.

DIY Babysitter Binder for Nights Out and Romantic Getaways

Once you have kids it gets harder to have nights out with your husband. There are practices, parties, and more in addition to the day to day responsibilities. It’s not that you don’t want to spend time away with your spouse but at the end of the day you are exhausted. When you finally get a night out you are pre-occupied with how the kids are. You worry about everything going smoothly for them and the sitter. We’ve already covered how to get the conversation going with these Marriage Conversation Cards. Now we’re tackling your piece of mind with this DIY babysitter binder.

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Make stress-free nights out with your husband possible with this DIY babysitter binder! You can enjoy your time together without worrying about your kids.

Materials

 

Make stress-free nights out with your husband possible with this DIY babysitter binder! You can enjoy your time together without worrying about your kids.

Step 1

First print out your binder cover and an important kids information printable for each of your children.

 

Make stress-free nights out with your husband possible with this DIY babysitter binder! You can enjoy your time together without worrying about your kids.

Step 2

Next, place the binder cover in the front of your empty binder.

Step 3

Then punch holes in your remaining printables.

 

Make stress-free nights out with your husband possible with this DIY babysitter binder! You can enjoy your time together without worrying about your kids.

Step 4

After your printables are punched, add them to your binder.

 

Make stress-free nights out with your husband possible with this DIY babysitter binder! You can enjoy your time together without worrying about your kids.

Make stress-free nights out with your husband possible with this DIY babysitter binder! You can enjoy your time together without worrying about your kids.

Step 5

Next, add your 2-pocket folder to the binder.

Tip:

  • Use this for storing pizza money, surprise coloring sheets, or other items that will change or be replaced.

 

Make stress-free nights out with your husband possible with this DIY babysitter binder! You can enjoy your time together without worrying about your kids.

Step 6

Lastly, fill out the information in the printables.

 

Make stress-free nights out with your husband possible with this DIY babysitter binder! You can enjoy your time together without worrying about your kids.

Additional Information to Include

There is additional information to include in your DIY babysitter binder when planning a getaway with your husband. Whether you are hiring a sitter or leaving your kids in the care of family, it is always nice to provide important information. You can grab a free copy of the entire 12-page babysitter binder on our VIP page for subscribers. You can also fill out your own blank paper with these additional ideas:

 

  • Emergency Information
  • Closest Hospital Information
  • Contact Information for Nearby Family or Friends
  • Travel Itinerary
  • Flight Numbers and Other Travel Information
  • Hotel Phone and Room Number
  • Doctor’s Phone Number and Address
  • Meal Plan (Freezer Meals can be a huge help in these situations)
  • WIFI Password
  • Pizza/Eating Out Money

 

Make stress-free nights out with your husband possible with this DIY babysitter binder! You can enjoy your time together without worrying about your kids.

With this DIY babysitter binder it is easier to make stress-free nights out with your husband possible. You can relax and enjoy your precious time together without worrying about your kiddos. Throw in an extra date night idea and spend an evening in planning a romantic getaway. Even if you can’t do it for a few months, it is still a fun way to spend an evening together. Don’t forget that you can snag the 12-page babysitter binder printable for free when you subscribe to the newsletter. Until your next night out, check out these Lego Date Night Ideas you can enjoy at home! When is the last time you got away with your husband? Let me know in the comments!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
These 8 awesome embroidery hoop crafts are perfect for busy moms. You can stop and pick them back up as needed to accommodate your schedule.

8 Awesome Embroidery Hoop Crafts + Merry Monday 167

With school starting back up, this week I wanted to round up some fun crafts that you can do on the go. What better crafts to take with you than these 8 awesome embroidery hoop crafts. You can stop and pick them back up as needed to accommodate that busy family schedule. In addition, you will have some beautiful home décor when you’ve finished. After you check these out, don’t forget to check out the Merry Monday link party 167 below!

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These 8 awesome embroidery hoop crafts are perfect for busy moms. You can stop and pick them back up as needed to accommodate your schedule.

Floral Home Sweet Home Embroidery Hoop (Bev at Flamingo Toes)

This gorgeous craft is a fun take on a traditional embroidery hoop design. This would be beautiful on your front door or hanging on your wall.

 

These 8 awesome embroidery hoop crafts are perfect for busy moms. You can stop and pick them back up as needed to accommodate your schedule.

How to Make Embroidery Hoop Wall Décor Using a Sharpie (Katrin at Kreativ K)

Sharpies are incredibly versatile and this embroidery hoop craft further proves that. Make gorgeous décor easily with this easy tutorial.

 

These 8 awesome embroidery hoop crafts are perfect for busy moms. You can stop and pick them back up as needed to accommodate your schedule.

DIY Embroidery Hoop Wall Organizer (Michelle at Consumer Crafts)

Need some easy wall organization? This embroidery hoop craft will provide you with organization for your office or craft room!

 

These 8 awesome embroidery hoop crafts are perfect for busy moms. You can stop and pick them back up as needed to accommodate your schedule.

Hogwarts is Home Embroidery Hoop Art (Bev at Flamingo Toes)

Who doesn’t love some Harry Potter crafts? This beautiful embroidery hoop craft will let you rock your nerd style and get your craft on.

 

These 8 awesome embroidery hoop crafts are perfect for busy moms. You can stop and pick them back up as needed to accommodate your schedule.

Ombre French Knot Ampersand Hoop Art (Jennifer at Busy Being Jennifer)

I absolutely love the colors in this gorgeous embroidery hoop craft! This is definitely an awesome craft to brighten up your busy life.

 

These 8 awesome embroidery hoop crafts are perfect for busy moms. You can stop and pick them back up as needed to accommodate your schedule.

I Solemnly Swear- Harry Potter Hoop Art (Bev at Flamingo Toes)

Here’s another super fun Harry Potter embroidery hoop art! You’ll feel mischievously awesome with this Marauder’s Map idea!

 

These 8 awesome embroidery hoop crafts are perfect for busy moms. You can stop and pick them back up as needed to accommodate your schedule.

Pineapple Embroidery Hoop Art (Emily at Two Purple Couches)

Remind yourself to always rock your crown with this gorgeous pineapple craft! I love that she added the pineapple crown to the top of the hop for extra realism.

 

These 8 awesome embroidery hoop crafts are perfect for busy moms. You can stop and pick them back up as needed to accommodate your schedule.

Watercolor Floral Flamingo Embroidery Hoop Art (Bev at Flamingo Toes)

Last, but not least, you know how much I love some gorgeous flamingo art! This watercolor embroidery art is absolutely stunning and surprisingly easy to do.

 

These 8 awesome embroidery hoop crafts are perfect for busy moms. You can stop and pick them back up as needed to accommodate your schedule.

These 8 awesome embroidery hoop crafts should at least get you through football season. With so many to choose from, you will love getting your craft on at practices. You can get more resources to focus on mom with this back to school round up. Then be sure to come back and check out the Merry Monday link party. We can’t wait to see what you’ve been creating! See you down there!

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  • Back to School Ideas
  • Recipes – sandwich recipes, back to school lunch ideas, bacon recipes. freezer meals, easy dinner ideas

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

5 Reasons You Should Experience a Stamping Convention

This Saturday is the annual Stampaway Convention in Cincinnati. We have gone to this for the past 3 years and never regret it. In fact, it is one of my favorite mommy days of the year. Even if you aren’t close enough to visit this specific stamping convention you should find one in your area to attend. The inspiration alone is well worth the price of admission but these events offer so much more than that. If you enjoy any kind of paper crafting or stamping then here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention.

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Gets Creative Juices Flowing

Crafter’s block can be even more frustrating than writer’s block. You want to create, or maybe even have to create, but the ideas simply aren’t coming. A stamping convention is the perfect place to get those creative juices flowing again. Everywhere you turn there are new designs, ideas, and examples of creative work. There is no way that you will still be blocked after a day at the convention.

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Find Unique Items

There are so many unique items at a stamping convention that you won’t find in the craft store (like the stamp used in this project). These aren’t limited to stamps, either. You can find ribbon, stencils, tools, and more that are unique to the vendors selling them. I have found templates for boxes, specialty rub-ons, and glow-in-the-dark shrink paper for unbelievable prices. You never know what cool stuff you’re going to find from year to year.

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Learn New Techniques

Did you know that you can cut soda cans with your Sizzix? I didn’t until I watched a woman do it at the convention 2 years ago. She also showed you how to color your cutouts so that the ink sticks to the aluminum. There are always fantastic demonstrations to see and they free to watch. Learn how to make realistic 3-D paper flowers or new gorgeous inking techniques from vendors. Some even offer make-and-takes for a small fee. (A make-and-take is when the vendor provides the materials and guides you through making a specific craft. You then take home the items that you have made.)

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Take the Inspiration with You

There is so much to take in that you couldn’t possibly remember all of it. Thankfully, most vendors don’t mind you taking pictures of the displays. If you buy a product to make a specific idea you see, you can take a photo for later.

Note:

  • Always ask a vendor before taking a photograph of anything. While most do not mind, some expressly forbid it.

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Meet the People Behind the Designs

One of the coolest reasons you should experience a stamping convention is to meet the people behind the designs you love. It makes the designs more meaningful and it is fun to hear the stories behind them. A lot of vendors create their own unique stamps and each line has its own style. One of my personal favorites was getting to watch a demonstration by Tim Holtz. Watching the way that he layers inks and designs was mesmerizing. Unfortunately we didn’t get our picture with him because the wait for photos was simply too long. It was still incredibly cool.

Some of My Favorite Project Ideas from Last Year

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

You know that I love all things deer!

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Does it get any better than these amazing Halloween cards?

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

This awesome wall art proves that stamps are for more than cards and scrapbooks!

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

What about this gorgeous Christmas card? Can’t you just imagine a beautiful piece of stained glass?

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

These glittery ghosts are too cute to spook!

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Hee hee! Talk Nerdy to Me!

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Surprise the man in your life with these creative tool cards!

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Are you excited to check out a stamping convention? Before you go I want to leave you with a few tips for attending. First, wear comfortable shoes. These conventions can be quite large which translates into a lot of time on your feet. You also want to bring a tote bag. Not all of the vendors have bags for your purchases. Lastly, I like to bring a small notebook and pen to jot ideas and techniques on throughout the day. Which of these 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention are you most excited about? Did any of them surprise you? Let me know in the comments!

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Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Moms Ultimate Back to School Round-Up + Merry Monday 166

Don’t you just love seeing all of the adorable DIY school supplies that people come up with? They are always clever and fun which makes them a festive part of the back to school season. In the spirit of focusing on mom this month, however, I wanted to round-up resources for you instead of supplies. Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization ideas, teacher’s gifts, and more to make your life easier during this crazy time of year.

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

 

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Lunch Time

Back to school lunches can be a lot more fun with lunch box notes. Here are 3 free ones to brighten up a sack lunch!

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Back to School Printable Lunch Box Notes (MommaDJane)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Lunch Box Notes (Paris at My Big Fat Happy Life)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

How to Create Reusable Lunch Box Notes (Maria @ Tinselbox)

 

Homework Stations and Organizers

How many times during the year do your kids come to you after school because they can’t find paper or pencil sharpeners? Have everything they need at their fingertips with these ideas!

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Kids Homework Station (Jenn at Clean and Scentsible)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Homework Room Makeover (How To Nest for Less)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

$1 DIY Desktop Organization (Ashley at Simply Designing)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

School Organizer (Angie at the Country Chic Cottage)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

DIY 5-Minute Craft Organizer (Jennifer at Jennifer Maker)

 

Gifts for the Teacher

Teachers do so much for your kids all year. It is always nice to give them a little something at the beginning of the year. These DIY ideas are the perfect sweet sentiment to start the year off!

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Teacher Survivor Kit DIY (Burlap + Blue)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Back to School Printable and Gift (Lindsay at See Lindsay)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift (Victoria at Dazzle While Frazzled)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Teacher Survival Kit (Camille at Growing Up Gable)

 

Busy Mom Resources

Make the entire year easier with these resources for busy moms. From fitting in family time to keeping everything organized, these ideas will help make the school year run smoothly.

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Emergency Boxes for Back to School (Daune at Cottage in the Oaks)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Parent’s Back to School Organization Binder (Erlene at MyPinterventures)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Back to School Menu Planning Printable (Kelli at 3 Boys and a Dog)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Family Snack Time Conversation Cards (DIY Adulation)

 

Moms ultimate back to school round-up has ideas to help with the areas that you need. Find meal planners, organization, and more to make your life easier.

Share the moms ultimate back to school round-up with your mom friends who could use a little help this year. I don’t know about your but I’m pretty stoked about those re-usable lunch notes and that awesome parent’s binder. If you still want some tutorials for adorable DIY school supplies you can check out these Duck Tape school accessories.

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S'mores Poke Cake

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  • Farmhouse Decor
  • Back to School Ideas
  • Recipes – sandwich recipes, back to school lunch ideas, bacon recipes. freezer meals, easy dinner ideas

Now, show us your latest recipes, crafts, DIY projects, home decor ideas, home tips, and anything you created!


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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
perfect kids' craft to pull out on sluggish mom days.

How to Make an Easy DIY Bedroom Door Sign

Some days you feel energized, creative, and ready to take on the world. You are Mom. Hear you roar. Of course, other days you wonder if you made the coffee wrong or something because you are dragging. Those days make it tough to spend time with the kids because you are simply exhausted. Today’s kids’ craft is the perfect activity to pull out on the dragging days. This DIY bedroom door sign is easy to make and to clean up. There is no messy glue involved because everything is literally peel and stick. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Check out the tutorial now: then stick around below for bonus tips for mom.

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This DIY bedroom door sign is easy to make and to clean up. It's the perfect kids’ craft to pull out on those sluggish mom days.

Materials

  • Adhesive Foam Sheets
  • Foam Letter Stickers
  • Foam Smiley Face Stickers

Step 1

First, decide on what the bedroom door sign will say.

 

This DIY bedroom door sign is easy to make and to clean up. It's the perfect kids’ craft to pull out on those sluggish mom days.

Step 2

Next, sort through your foam letter stickers and lay out the ones you need.

Note:

  • You may need to adjust our saying if the letters aren’t available, especially when making multiple signs.

 

This DIY bedroom door sign is easy to make and to clean up. It's the perfect kids’ craft to pull out on those sluggish mom days.

Step 3

Before you remove any backing, test the layout of your foam letters until you have the desired alignment.

Tip:

  • Take a picture of the alignment with Mom’s phone to have a reference in case it gets bumped or messed up.

 

This DIY bedroom door sign is easy to make and to clean up. It's the perfect kids’ craft to pull out on those sluggish mom days.

Step 4

Remove the sticky backing from your letters and begin placing them on your sign.

 

This DIY bedroom door sign is easy to make and to clean up. It's the perfect kids’ craft to pull out on those sluggish mom days.

Step 5

Continue placing your letter stickers on until your saying is complete.

 

This DIY bedroom door sign is easy to make and to clean up. It's the perfect kids’ craft to pull out on those sluggish mom days.

Step 6

Next, go nuts embellishing the sign with your foam smiley face stickers.

Step 7

Remove the backing on your foam sheet and stick it to the bedroom door.

 

This DIY bedroom door sign is easy to make and to clean up. It's the perfect kids’ craft to pull out on those sluggish mom days.

Extra Tips and Tricks for Mom

  1. This craft is easy enough for toddlers to do since it is only placing stickers.
  2. I recommend letting older kids pick their sayings first and then letting toddlers just have random letters that are left.
  3. Younger kids may need help spelling or getting creative with the letters. For example: a sign saying “Princess X-Ing” instead of “Princess Crossing” will save S stickers.
  4. Use a cotton swab soaked in Goo Gone to gently pry it from the door. This prevents paint damage and leftover sticky residue.

 

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See? I told you it doesn’t get much easier than this DIY bedroom door sign. Clean up the sticker backing pieces and you are done. I want to warn you to give the toddler a set amount of stickers in the beginning of the project. If you don’t, he will continue sticking them on until you have a quirky, 3-Dimensional wall sculpture on your hands. Of course, if you don’t mind being totally out of stickers, it is kind of cool looking as far as abstract art goes. Don’t forget to check out the other crafts in our Creative Play Kit series, like these Mini Pompom Monsters, before you go.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
“I love reading, I just don’t have time to read.” Sound familiar? Find out how to embrace a habit of reading with these awesome tips and tricks!

Create Your Future: How to Embrace a Habit of Reading

Welcome to August and another awesome Create Your Future post. This month and next month we are slowing things down. We are focusing on self-care for busy moms. One of the statements we hear over and over again is, “I love reading, I just don’t have time to read.” Sound familiar? I have always challenged that statement because it simply isn’t true. The truth is that you aren’t making reading a priority. You may know that I carry a book with me everywhere and fit in reading when I can. Today, I’m going to show you how to embrace a habit of reading and let you in on why it is my habit goal this month.

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“I love reading, I just don’t have time to read.” Sound familiar? Find out how to embrace a habit of reading with these awesome tips and tricks!

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“I love reading, I just don’t have time to read.” Sound familiar? Find out how to embrace a habit of reading with these awesome tips and tricks!

How to Fit in Reading

There are many times that you can fit in reading that you might currently be overlooking. To utilize them, I recommend downloading a free reading app to your phone or carrying a book in your purse like I do.

Kids’ Practices – I love watching my kids have fun playing but I do not need to watch the same football drill 1,000 times. This is a perfect time to enjoy reading a book.

Waiting – Any time that you are at the doctor’s office, Starbucks, or the like and you have a long wait, pull out your book and read.

Facebook – Speaking of Starbucks, a lot of people pull up Facebook while they wait for their coffee. Any time that you are free to play on Facebook is time that you are free to read. Try to start small and replace one time of day that you would normally surf Facebook feeds with reading.

Kids Playing – I am a huge fan of spending time with the kids. Laughing, playing, and creating with them on a regular basis is important. It is also important to let them play independently. Take them in the backyard on a sunny day and let them play while you read on the deck.

 

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“I love reading, I just don’t have time to read.” Sound familiar? Find out how to embrace a habit of reading with these awesome tips and tricks!

Why Reading is My August Goal

As I said above, I love reading and do so frequently. If that is the case then why do I need to form a reading habit? This is actually a lead-in to next month’s habit of a set bedtime. My plan is to read, in bed, 30 minutes prior to sleeping. Reading before bed will help train my body that reading in bed is a trigger for sleep. More importantly, like many work-at-home moms, I am exhausted at the end of the day. I want to form a new way of decompressing after the kiddos are in bed that doesn’t involve Netflix.

 

“I love reading, I just don’t have time to read.” Sound familiar? Find out how to embrace a habit of reading with these awesome tips and tricks!

Tips to Keep From Reading All Night

Have your ever been so enthralled in a book that you end up staying up until it is finished or sleep takes hold unbidden? This has happened to me more time than I care to admit. That is why I got out of the habit of reading before bed. So how can you stick to that reading time-frame and still get sleep? Here are 3 tips to help you:

  1. Alarm – Set a very quiet alarm on your phone that will play soft music or soothing sounds. You want it just loud enough to get your attention without startling you.
  2. Sticky Note – Determine where you will stop before reading and mark it with a sticky note. It won’t fall out while you read and you can see how quickly you are approaching it (making it easier to accurately mark in the future).
  3. Light Timer – This one is great because it forces you to stop reading however you won’t have the opportunity to get to a good stopping point (like the end of a chapter). Put your bedside lamp on a timer so that it automatically turns off when it is time to sleep.

 

“I love reading, I just don’t have time to read.” Sound familiar? Find out how to embrace a habit of reading with these awesome tips and tricks!

Now you know how to embrace a habit of reading in your life. Feel free to share these tips with any friend that claims not to have time to read. Think of how many amazing stories you can experience when you are reading every day! You can always reach out to me if you ever need recommendations. I am currently reading “In the Woods” by Tana French and it is fabulous. What book are you currently reading? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

Easy DIY Amity Island Tourist Tote Bag

It’s time for another awesome Movie Monday Challenge and this month the challenge movie is Jaws! It had been quite a few years since I have watched it. I forget how funny it was. The quips and verbal jabs are smart, quick, and hilarious. I wanted to create a project to celebrate this lighter side of Jaws. That is why I created this DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach (although maybe not during shark week). It also speaks to my nerdy and unique style. Now you can make your own with the tutorial below!

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This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

 

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Materials

 

This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

Step 1

Start by inserting a piece of cardboard inside of your tote bag.

 

This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

Step 2

Next, draw a yellow circle in the center of your tote bag.

 

This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

Step 3

Darken your circle to make it more prominent.

 

This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

Step 4

Add you sun detail around your yellow circle.

 

This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

Step 5

Again, darken your sun detail.

 

This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

Step 6

Next, add orange details to your sun details.

 

This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

Step 7

Immediately begin blending your yellow and orange details by coloring with your yellow fabric marker.

Tip:

  • Clean your fabric marker by rubbing it on a paper towel until all of the orange is off of it.

 

This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

Step 8

In the center of your circle draw a shark fin.

 

This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

Step 9

Next, add your wave details to your circle.

 

This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

Step 10

Color in your water with a lighter blue marker.

 

This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

Step 11

Fill in the rest of the sun with yellow.

 

This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

Step 12

Next, draw the word “Amity” at the top of the sun.

 

This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

Step 13

Under your sun, draw the word “Island”.

 

This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

Step 14

Then color in your word “Island”.

 

This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

Step 15

Again color in the word “Amity”.

 

This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

Step 16

Remove the cardboard from inside of the tote bag.

Step 17

Cover your tote bag with a layer of fabric and iron according to fabric marker directions or toss in the dryer (alone) to set the design.

 

This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

Tote bags are seriously some of my favorites! They are so versatile and fun. Once your design is set you are ready to rock your DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag! Take it with you everywhere you go to show off your nerd style. Now it is time to check out all of the other amazing Jaws crafts and recipes from my friends. Find them at the links below!

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This easy DIY Amity Island tourist tote bag celebrates the lighter side of Jaws. It is totally practical for shopping or going to the beach!

On the last Monday of each month, a group of bloggers participate in a #MovieMondayChallenge, hosted by C’mon Get Crafty! We decide on a topic, genre, or specific movie to use for inspiration and everyone gets free reign to create something wonderful!

Now let’s see what everyone else was inspired to create for this month’s #MovieMondayChallenge!! If you’d like to join our Facebook group, you can request an invite here.


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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

DIY Mini Pompom Monsters Kids Craft

It is time for another Creative Play Kit Craft! If you saw Monday’s DIY glittery notebook, then you know that today we’re making these DIY mini pompom monsters. These adorable little guys are inspired by bad mom days. Have you ever been having a bad mom day? The kind of day when you forget to hit start on the coffee maker only to realize it when you go to get a cup of coffee? Have you had the kind of day when you walk into the living room after finish the dishes to see that your toddlers have ripped up all of the tissues? Oh, and tossed them all over the room like snow?

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These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

All the while your youngest daughter has been “going potty” and comes out covered in your makeup. On those days you are fuming and feel surrounded by tiny monsters that you created. Then, when you’re ready to break down in tears and wine, they run up to you and throw their arms around your leg. They look up at you with wide, adorable eyes and say, “Mommy, I love you.” That heart-melting moment when you realize that these adorable little monsters are all yours and you wouldn’t change it for the world is what inspired this week’s DIY mini pompom monsters.

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Materials

  • Large Pompoms
  • Googly Eyes
  • Chenille Stems
  • Scissors
  • Liquid Glue
  • Adhesive Glitter Foam Sheet

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 1

Cut off one end of your foam sheet that is roughly 2 inches wide.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 2

Next, cut the 2 inch wide piece into thirds.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 3

Take one of the thirds and fold it in half.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 4

Then cut a heart out of the folded piece.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 5

Next, add a generous amount of glue to the point-end of your heart, glitter side up.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 6

Firmly press a large pompom on it.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 7

Add a generous amount of glue to the back of 2 googly eyes.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 8

Stick your 2 eyes to the pompom.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 9

Next, fold the end of your chenille stem in on itself for the length that you want the arms to be.

Step 10

Cut it off where the tip of your stem now touches the base of the stem.

Step 11

Now cut at the fold so that you have 2 arms.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 12

Twist the end of each arm to form a loop and bend it at a right angle to the arm.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 13

Next, curl the opposite end of each arm.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 14

Add a generous amount of glue to the loops on each arm.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 15

Attach the arms to either side of your pompom.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

Step 16

Allow your pompom monsters to dry completely before playing with them.

 

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as toys or use them as fun and quirky stickers. No matter what you choose, making them is a blast!

These DIY mini pompom monsters can be played with as is if your kids can’t wait. However, you can also use them as fun and quirky stickers on notebooks, lunchboxes, and more by removing the backing from the bottom of the foam feet. Another bonus idea for mom: Stick one of these to your vanity, computer, or fridge. Use it as a reminder on the hard mom days that it will pass. Your adorable mini monsters push boundaries because they love you and feel safe enough to do so. Hopefully, one look and you’ll remember that when you’re ready to scream. Don’t forget to check out our other awesome kids crafts like this DIY behavior system and this fantastic DIY kid’s artwork display!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.