This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

DIY Leather Charging Cord Organizer

How many times has your husband asked you where his charger is? If you don’t know, then one of you is digging through a drawer of cords hoping to find an extra one that fits his phone. It’s frustrating and eats up valuable time that you don’t have. Save time and energy by storing your chargers in a DIY leather charging cord organizer. The adjustable leather cord holds your charging cords and wall adapters to keep everything organized in one place. It makes traveling easier because you can grab it and go, confident that you have what you need. Additionally, it is so easy to make that it is a perfect DIY gift!

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This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

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Materials

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 1

Trim a piece of scrap leather into a rectangle. It can be any size you like but I recommend no smaller than 12 inches by 5 inches.

Tip:

  • You can be a precise as you would like but don’t feel like you have to be. Having some irregularities adds a more rustic touch to your organizer.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 2

Punch a hole in the center edge of the right side of your rectangle.

Note:

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 3

Fold your leather in half lengthwise and cut notches every two inches with your scissors. Make sure that you have an odd number of notches that are large enough to thread your leather cording through.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 4

Unfold your leather and thread your cording through. Start by threading the cord through your punched hole and next continue weaving back and forth through the notches.

Tip:

  • Only leave enough of the leather cording through the punched hole to secure it to your organizer. The excess cording should be at the opposite end.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 5

Push your brad through the punched hole with the prongs coming through the inside of your organizer. Fold out the prongs over the cording to secure them.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 6

Place a few stitches through your organizer and cording end at the brad to secure the cording thoroughly. You don’t want it pulling out when you tighten the cord around your chargers.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 7

Cut a small square of leather out of a piece that you trimmed off in step 1.

 

Step 8

Center the leather square over the cording and brad on the inside of your organizer.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 9

Secure the leather square into place by sewing a whipstitch around the edges.

Tip:

  • For a cleaner look, do not stitch all of the way through your organizer. Instead thread about halfway into your organizer leather and pull back up through your leather square. This is so that your stitches are not visible on the outside of your organizer.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 10

Lastly, add your charging cords and adapters and tighten your cording.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 11

Roll up your DIY leather charging cord organizer and wrap the excess cording around the outside to secure.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

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This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This is such an easy and inexpensive way to organize all of your chargers in one place. You can change the look to fit your style by using a different color of leather for your organizer or cording. A DIY leather charging cord organizer is also a perfect DIY gift for the guys in your life. It is handsome and practical to delight even the most difficult men to shop for. If you want to make one for everyone on your gift list, opt for buying a yard of leather instead of using a scrap piece. Then you can cut all of your organizers at once and have enough to make them in bulk! I’d love to hear who you would make yours for. Let me know in the comments!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

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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.
Road trips drag when kids start getting cranky and hungry an hour into the drive. Save your sanity with these DIY road trip survival bags.

DIY Road Trip Survival Bags for Kids

One of the best ways to save money on your family vacation is to drive to your destination. Even if you have to rent a car, this is still the economical choice especially if you have a large family. Those miles stretching on can make you start to question the value once your kids start getting cranky and hungry an hour into the drive. Fancy DVD players and portable game systems can help but they won’t keep them fed. Additionally, do you really want them plugged in the whole trip? Instead, save your sanity and engage your kids with these DIY road trip survival bags.

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Road trips drag when kids start getting cranky and hungry an hour into the drive. Save your sanity with these DIY road trip survival bags.

 

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Road trips drag when kids start getting cranky and hungry an hour into the drive. Save your sanity with these DIY road trip survival bags.

Choose Your Bag

Using what you have is the best way to save money. I recommend drawstring bags if it is an option. They are convenient, inexpensive, and most importantly incredibly easy to wash. Let’s face it: kids are messy! We used these Humana bags that I got for free at a crop I attended but here are some you can get if you don’t have any. One last thing to keep in mind when choosing your bag is the motor skills of your kids. Not all children can work zippers or buttons which is another reason I recommend drawstring bags.

 

Road trips drag when kids start getting cranky and hungry an hour into the drive. Save your sanity with these DIY road trip survival bags.

Delegate Snacks

Don’t just buy some individual packages to toss in the bags. Save money by purchasing full-size containers and dividing them among snack bags. Another great option for snacks is to make your own. Granola bars, dried fruit, and cucumber chips are all easy and healthy alternatives to store-bought.

Tip:

To prevent kids from mindlessly munching during the trip, set an alarm on your phone for every hour or two of the trip. When the alarm goes off, kids choose 1 of their pre-portioned snacks to eat.

 

Road trips drag when kids start getting cranky and hungry an hour into the drive. Save your sanity with these DIY road trip survival bags.

Add Activities

Activities will vary by your child’s age. Your child’s favorite small toys can be added such as cars, action figures, and dolls. Another great item to add is activity books and crayons. Interactive books are also fantastic for road trips. If you need some budget-friendly ideas, here are some great ones by age:

 

Road trips drag when kids start getting cranky and hungry an hour into the drive. Save your sanity with these DIY road trip survival bags.

Toddler:

  1. Dot to Dot for Tiny Tots – “The ideal first activity book for toddlers, Dot to Dot for Tiny Tots is full of simple dot-to-dot exercises and maze puzzles, which help young children develop their fine motor and problem-solving skills, as well as number recognition. Printed on high quality paper with a die-cut carry handle.” – Book Outlet
  2. Noah’s Noisy Zoo – “From the time they first begin to speak, young children love making and identifying animal sounds. And there’s no better story that captures God’s creatures more than Noah’s Ark! Children will be led to tell Mom and Dad about each animal’s sound, an engaging activity that kids love to do. And this “fit-together” board book features bold, colorful cut-outs on each spread that showcase the animals on the ark in a fun, dynamic way. The cut-outs for each spread “fit” together when the book is closed, creating a fun surprise for kids on every page.” – Book Outlet
  3. Scratch and Reveal Guess Who – This is just as it sounds. You scratch off the coating to reveal the animal. This is such a fun and interactive idea for toddlers.

 

Road trips drag when kids start getting cranky and hungry an hour into the drive. Save your sanity with these DIY road trip survival bags.

5 and Up:

All of these books are reusable sticker books but they are special because they are great for teaching kids about the world around them. You can pick ones that fit your child’s interests and expand their mind while they play.

  1. Eyelike Animals
  2. Eyelike Bugs
  3. Eyelike Colors
  4. Eyelike Sky
  5. Eyelike Baby Animals
  6. Eyelike Dinosaurs
  7. Eyelike Wild Animals
  8. Eyelike Space

 

Road trips drag when kids start getting cranky and hungry an hour into the drive. Save your sanity with these DIY road trip survival bags.

7 and Up:

  1. Mr. Men, Little Miss, and Me – “Immerse yourself in the exciting world of Mr. Men and Little Miss in this fabulously fun journal. Takes quizzes to find out if you’re Little Miss Sunshine or Little Miss Bossy, Mr. Lazy or Mr. Busy; play games, complete puzzles, and answer questions about all the Mr. Men and Little Misses. You can even make up your own Mr. Men or Little Miss character!” – Book Outlet
  2. The Vacation Coloring Book – “Whether or not school’s really out for the summer, kids can travel the great, wide world with this vacation-themed coloring book. From tropical palm trees to towering skyscrapers, fantastic sand castles to grand sculptures, these cool illustrations will encourage children to have fun, use their imaginations, and be creative.” – Book Outlet
  3. Girl’s World Super Sticker Book – “Join the Girls’ World and read about all sorts of fun activities that you and your friends can share. With the help of the stickers and your imagination, you can also create original stories of your own. Inside this book, you will find over 200 reusable stickers to enjoy and collect.” – Book Outlet
  4. Star Wars Stickerscape Book – “Let your creativity run wild with Ultimate Sticker Collection: Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Stickerscapes. Containing more than 1,000 reusable stickers of new heroes, villains, and vehicles, Stickerscapes includes 14 amazing backgrounds for you to create your own Star Wars: The Force Awakens scenes!” – Book Outlet
  5. Angry Birds Transformers – “Everyone’s favorite bird heroes and those Bad Piggies have turned into Autobirds and Deceptihogs who can race and chase and turn into robots! Learn all about their talents and epic robot battles in DK’s exciting sticker collection. With engaging text and full-color reusable stickers, Ultimate Sticker Collection: Angry Birds™ Transformers™will keep children entertained for hours.” – Book Outlet

 

Road trips drag when kids start getting cranky and hungry an hour into the drive. Save your sanity with these DIY road trip survival bags.

DIY Road Trip Survival Bag Extras

There are some extra items that will make the trip easier that you may not think of. You will definitely be glad you have them on the trip.

  • Water BottlesThese are essential for hydration and are much better for your kids than pop or Kool-Aid.
  • TowelsSmall towels (or washcloths) are perfect for small spills and dirty fingers in the car.
  • Wet WipesA travel container of these is perfect for just about any situation and a road trip is no exception.
  • SunglassesYou can’t predict where the sun will shine and sometimes tinted windows or sunshades just don’t cut it. Have a pair of sunglasses your kid can pull out will help ward off those mid-trip whines.

These DIY road trip survival bags will help you have a smooth road trip and not begrudge the money you’re saving. They also allow you to control what your kids snack on and what they play with. If you have an extremely long trip coming up you can also check out these Kids Car Activity Binders complete with free printable activity sheets and a trip tracking coloring page. Simply add them to your bags before you head out and you will have everything you need to make your road trip go more smoothly.

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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.
Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Patriotic Firecracker Wands

Let’s face it: wands are cool. Whether you are a fairy princess or off to Hogwarts, there is nothing better than twirling that pretty little stick in the air and adding a bit of magic to life. I will be 30 years old this year and I still get giddy when I see a sweet new wand to play with. You may not share my childlike joy of these toys but your kids certainly do. Keep them entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally shiny) patriotic firecracker wands.

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Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

 

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Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Materials

Step 1

Remove packaging and stickers from everything. This makes it much easier when you are cutting ribbon and garland later.

 

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Step 2

Cut a strip of silver garland the length of your straw.

Step 3

Next, cut three strips each of the red and blue gift ribbon. These should also be cut the length of your straw.

 

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Step 4

Wrap the end of your garland around the end of all 6 strands of ribbon.

Tip:

  • Only wrap the garland once or twice around the ribbon and securely tighten. Next, bed the excess wire (the shorter piece) away from the wrap and towards the shorter end of your ribbon.

 

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Step 5

Slide the end of the strands into the straws up to where they are wrapped (including your garland strand). Add hot glue on the tip of the straw where the strands are inserted.

 

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Step 6

Next, rotate your straw and apply more glue. When you have finished, the entire tip of the straw where the ribbon and garland are inserted should be covered with hot glue.

 

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Step 7

Using the blade edge of your scissors, curl your gift ribbon.

Tip:

  • If you don’t know how to do this, place the blade of your scissors at the base of a strand of ribbon. Pull the ribbon taut then drag the blade to the end of the ribbon keeping it taut against the blade the entire time.

 

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Step 8

Wrap the piece of garland loosely around your finger to create a corkscrew.

 

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Step 9

Repeat steps 2 through 8 until you have created the desired number of wands wanted for your party.

 

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

 

How colorful and festive are these little cuties? They are super easy to make and so much fun to play with. Even though it isn’t the fourth yet, I’ve already been twirling them around the house with the kiddos. They are also responsible for the awesome Harry Potter marathon we had last weekend (worth every minute). Make sure that you make enough wands that you can get in on the action. It is such an easy way to connect with your kids. Don’t miss our 4th of July page if you want even more fun patriotic crafts or need some festive food for your celebration!

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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.
Get ready to rock your last-minute gifts! Here's a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing something to an inexpensive craft.

20 DIYs for Father’s Day

Everyone seems to be so on top of things for Mother’s Day and then Father’s Day rolls around and you’re scratching your head thinking, “How did it get here so fast?” At least, I hope it isn’t just me that this happens to. This year, I think I’ve finally figured out why. Father’s Day falls in the summer right after the kids have gotten out of school; your routine gets thrown for a loop, and before you can get things back under control BAM! It is upon you and you are so not prepared. This year, to help you (and me) out, I’ve curated a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing out something to a more elaborate but inexpensive craft. No matter where you find yourself on the spectrum you will find something here to celebrate dad!

 

Get ready to rock your last-minute gifts! Here's a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing something to an inexpensive craft.

 

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Crafts

Get ready to rock your last-minute gifts! Here's a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing something to an inexpensive craft.

This awesome craft idea from Lynda Creates is so cool it would be a perfect gift anytime of year. It has all the components you’re looking for: useful, organized, and pretty!

 

Get ready to rock your last-minute gifts! Here's a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing something to an inexpensive craft.

If your dad is into cars, this easy art is the perfect gift for him. Get all of the details for how to make it over at Love, Create, Celebrate.

 

Get ready to rock your last-minute gifts! Here's a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing something to an inexpensive craft.

These DIY leather coasters, also from Love, Create, Celebrate, are practical and chic. Great for the dad who loves receiving useful gifts!

 

Get ready to rock your last-minute gifts! Here's a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing something to an inexpensive craft.

I absolutely love this punny papercraft from Crafting in the Rain! It pairs perfectly will a new drill bit set for dad.

 

Get ready to rock your last-minute gifts! Here's a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing something to an inexpensive craft.

Okay, can you say genius?! This DIY hammer coat rack from The Kim Six Fix is brilliant for storing more than just coats. Check out the other awesome uses for it on the post!

 

Get ready to rock your last-minute gifts! Here's a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing something to an inexpensive craft.

Got a papa that loves hitting the links on Father’s Day? Surprise him with these super-clever bookends from Ann’s Entitled Life!

 

Get ready to rock your last-minute gifts! Here's a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing something to an inexpensive craft.

If Dad is the grilling king, give him this awesome apron and delicious dry rub from Building Our Hive. If you’re lucky, he may even whip you up a delicious meal to say thanks!

 

Cards and Printables

Get ready to rock your last-minute gifts! Here's a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing something to an inexpensive craft.

This personalized photo card from Happy and Blessed Home is super sweet and easy to make. It is a great card for little ones to give.

 

Get ready to rock your last-minute gifts! Here's a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing something to an inexpensive craft.

Making your own greeting cards is such an easy way to give a thoughtful and personal gift. I love this one from Nutz About Stamping.

 

Get ready to rock your last-minute gifts! Here's a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing something to an inexpensive craft.

My papa loves drinking his soda from a glass bottle and these printables from Bargain Shopper Mom are an easy way to add some pizazz to a six pack for him. 

 

Get ready to rock your last-minute gifts! Here's a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing something to an inexpensive craft.

This easy gift does double duty. Fill it with Dad’s favorite sweets and once he finishes them, he still has a useful cup to sip from. Find the printable at Simply Designing Porch.

 

Get ready to rock your last-minute gifts! Here's a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing something to an inexpensive craft.

You can also skip the tumbler altogether and just print out this bad boy from Baby Loving Mama. Slap it on Dad’s favorite candy bar and call it a day. It is the perfect easy gift for kids to give, too.

 

Get ready to rock your last-minute gifts! Here's a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing something to an inexpensive craft.

All of the free Father’s Day printables at the Crafty Blog Stalker are absolutely stunning. Print them out and frame them to have your perfect gift and card in one.

 

Get ready to rock your last-minute gifts! Here's a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing something to an inexpensive craft.

If you still want a traditional card to go along with your gift, these printable ones from The Joys of Boys are perfect. Simple, pretty, and to the point dads will love them.

 

Get ready to rock your last-minute gifts! Here's a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing something to an inexpensive craft.

You can also download this awesome one from yours truly! It is designed to print on a regular 8.5 x 11 sheet of white cardstock so there’s no trimming involved. Simply print on both sides and fold. Perfect for the tool-loving dad, let him know that he totally “nailed it”!

 

Get ready to rock your last-minute gifts! Here's a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing something to an inexpensive craft.

This is another great card from Nutz About Stamping! (She creates such great stuff.) Whether your dad’s into nautical stuff or not, he’ll love how beautiful it is.

 

Treats and DIY

Get ready to rock your last-minute gifts! Here's a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing something to an inexpensive craft.

If you’re looking to really spoil papa this year, this gift basket from Melly Moments is the way to go. Super cute, it’s filled with all kinds of fun stuff for the grill man.

 

Get ready to rock your last-minute gifts! Here's a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing something to an inexpensive craft.

Dads are hard workers! Give them a well-deserved pampering with this homemade dry hands salve from A Cultivated Nest.

 

Get ready to rock your last-minute gifts! Here's a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing something to an inexpensive craft.

Who doesn’t love rice crispy treats? This is a fun and festive way to dress up a classic. Find out how they’re made at SweepTight!

 

Get ready to rock your last-minute gifts! Here's a list of 20 DIYs for Father’s Day that range from simply printing something to an inexpensive craft.

Last, but certainly not least, are these awesome “Man Pucks” from Homespun Engineer. They are super easy to make and super useful.

Now you have tons of options to totally surprise Dad this year. If you’re still craving more you can check out our Father’s Day page. You can also check out any of the Merry Monday link parties for tons of ideas and inspiration!

 

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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.
With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, this dollar store eraser toss game is easy to make and perfect for all of your little ones.

Dollar Store Eraser Toss Game

When your kids have a greater age difference between them it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. There is a five year gap between our youngest and our oldest but, bless their hearts, they still want to play together. The oldest does a great job of including his younger brother (and sister) when he plays but often gets frustrated when they can’t understand or have the patience for big kid games like Monopoly. (Let’s be fair, I’m a grown woman and sometimes I don’t have the patience for Monopoly.) With all 3 at home during the days this summer, I wanted to create a game that they could all enjoy together but that could easily be made more challenging when just the big kids are playing. While perusing the dollar store, I suddenly had an idea. This DIY dollar store eraser toss game is easy to make and does that does just that!

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With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

 

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Materials

** This looks like a lot of materials but you will likely have most of them. If you buy the items with locations denoted below, it will cost about $5 with tons of leftover materials for another craft later.

  • Plastic Plate (dollar store)
  • 3 Packs of Shot Glasses in Different Colors (dollar store)
  • Decorative Duct Tape (dollar store)
  • Assortment of Pencil Top Erasers (dollar store)
  • Small Dry Erase Clipboard (Dollar Spot at Target)
  • 3 Sticker Labels
  • Sharpie Markers
  • Hole Punch
  • Ruler or Straight Edge
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Curling Ribbon

 

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

Step 1

Remove all tags and packaging from your materials but save back one of the bags that your shot glasses came in. You will use this later.

 

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

Step 2

Add 3 labels to your plate. Start at the edge and work towards the center. (See picture for reference.)

 

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

Step 3

Using a black Sharpie, write the point values on your labels. Starting with the outermost label and working towards the center, the values are: 10, 20, and 50.

 

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

Step 4

Hot glue your shot glasses to your plate one color at a time starting with a single color to form the outer ring. The second ring should be a different color and is the next one you add. Glue one shot glass in the third color to the center.

 

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

Step 5

With a box cutter cut a small hole in the plate in the gap in the shot rings as pictured above.

 

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

Step 6

Carefully widen the hole with a phillips head screwdriver.

Note:

Take your time because if you try to force it you can split your plate.

 

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

Step 7

Cut a length of ribbon 24 inches long. Gather the loose ends together and tie them into a single knot.

 

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

Step 8

Thread the ribbon knotted end first through the hole.

 

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

Step 9

Pull the folded end through the knotted end and pull tight.

 

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

Step 10

Punch two holes in the top, lipped edge of your plate. (I used the smaller setting on my Crop-o-Dile to punch mine.)

Tip:

The holes should reside on either side of your outermost label. Once hanging, this will be the top of the target.

 

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

Step 11

Cut another length of ribbon that is 10-12 inches long and thread through each hole from the front of the plate toward the back of the plate.

 

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

Step 12

Double knot the ends of the ribbons and pull taut. This becomes the hanger for the game when needed.

 

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

Step 13

Set your plate to the side for now. Grab the bag from one of your shot glasses packages.

 

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

Step 14

Cut off the top of the bag being sure to leave the connected part. See the picture above for reference.

 

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

Step 15

Carefully strengthen each side of the bag with decorative duct tape.

 

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

Step 16

Add all of your erasers and a dry erase marker to the bag.

 

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

Step 17

Prepare your clipboard and materials. These are the:

  • Sharpie Markers
  • 12 inch Ruler of Straightedge

 

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

Step 18

Draw a large “t” using your ruler centered on the clipboard. Next, label each side with “Team 1” and “Team 2”. Use the photo above as a placement guide.

 

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

 

Step 19

Bring your plate back over and tie your clipboard using the ribbon you attached to your plate earlier. Make sure it is a slipknot because it is simply used for storage. You will want to untie the clipboard when your kids play.

 

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

Step 20

Clip your bag to the clipboard to keep all of the game components together when not in use.

 

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

Rules of the Game

  • Divide players into two teams.
  • Each team member gets 3 erasers.
  • Teams then take turns throwing their erasers from 2, 4, and 6 feet away from the target.
  • Record the scores from each team in the appropriate columns.
  • The team with the most points at the end of all 3 rounds is the winner.

** For younger children, lay the target flat on a table. For older children, hang the target from a hook or a tree branch.

 

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

With all of your kids at home during the day this summer it can be hard to find games and toys that will work for everyone. Thankfully, whether it's sunny or raining , this dollar store eraser toss game is an instant summer boredom buster for preschoolers and big kids alike!

 

Kids will love playing this colorful game. You will love how much cheaper it is than the games in the store. If you play this outdoors change up the difficulty by hanging from a branch away from the tree so it spins. The giggles when the erasers bounce all over the place will be heard all up and down the street! When the weather makes outdoor play impossible, hang it on the back of a bedroom door for an instant boredom buster. Find more summer boredom busters, like this Summer Memory Book, on our Summer Holidays Page!

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These spicy pomegranate pineapple chicken skewers are like a delicious summertime explosion in your mouth. Easy to make and absolutely amazing!

Spicy Pomegranate Pineapple Chicken Skewers

Barbeques are a staple of the summer. There is seriously nothing better than getting together with family and friends in your backyard on a sunny summer day. The kids burn off energy running around playing, the men drink beer by the grill, and you laugh with your girlfriends on the deck. It is simply perfect. That is why I absolutely love these spicy pomegranate pineapple chicken skewers. They are easy to make and are like a delicious summertime explosion in your mouth. Amazing!

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these spicy pomegranate pineapple chicken skewers are like a delicious summertime explosion in your mouth. Easy to make and absolutely amazing!

I am crazy excited to serve these at a cookout we’re having in July. See, something kind of magical is happening: all of our close friends are finally going to be on the same schedule! 8 kids, 6 moves, and multiple shift changes later and we are all going to have weekends off and none of my girlfriends will be pregnant! (Not that we don’t love babies but let’s be fair, summer and pregnancy aren’t the most fun.) That makes this upcoming BBQ extra special to me. I can’t wait to have all of our families together relaxing and enjoying the sunshine, company, and these delicious skewers! Frankly, putting food on a stick automatically makes it tastier and more fun.

 

these spicy pomegranate pineapple chicken skewers are like a delicious summertime explosion in your mouth. Easy to make and absolutely amazing!

these spicy pomegranate pineapple chicken skewers are like a delicious summertime explosion in your mouth. Easy to make and absolutely amazing!

These spicy pomegranate pineapple chicken skewers are like a delicious summertime explosion in your mouth. Easy to make and absolutely amazing!

These spicy pomegranate pineapple chicken skewers are like a delicious summertime explosion in your mouth. Easy to make and absolutely amazing!

 

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So, let’s get on to making these babies.

Ingredients

** Recipe makes about 15 skewers

Step 1

Soak your wooden skewers in water. This will keep them from burning on the grill.

Step 2

While your skewers are soaking, prepare your food for the skewers. Cube your chicken breasts and it using a whole pineapple, cut it into pieces as well.

Step 3

Remove your skewers from the water. Begin adding your chicken and pineapple to them starting with the chicken. Alternate between placing pieces of chicken and pineapple until you have filled your skewer.

Note:

  • Ours held about 4 pieces of chicken and 3 pieces of pineapple on each skewer.

Step 4

Place finished skewers in a single layer on a large cookie sheet.

Step 5

Pour some Pomegranate Chipotle Sauce over your skewers and use a brush to coat.

Tip:

  • This sauce can be very spicy so you may want to use sparingly if serving to kids.

Step 6

Grill skewers for 10-15 minutes per side over medium heat.

 

These spicy pomegranate pineapple chicken skewers are like a delicious summertime explosion in your mouth. Easy to make and absolutely amazing!

These spicy pomegranate pineapple chicken skewers are like a delicious summertime explosion in your mouth. Easy to make and absolutely amazing!

Step 7

These are great served with a salad of mixed greens topped with blackberries and raspberry vinaigrette.

 

These spicy pomegranate pineapple chicken skewers are like a delicious summertime explosion in your mouth. Easy to make and absolutely amazing!

These spicy pomegranate pineapple chicken skewers are like a delicious summertime explosion in your mouth. Easy to make and absolutely amazing!

This meal absolutely screams summer. It is perfect for a BBQ or for an easy summer dinner when simply don’t feel like slaving in a hot kitchen. The part is you get a ton of flavor easily just from the delicious sauce. Finish your cookout off with these delicious and healthy frozen raspberry pops! What are your favorite summertime recipes? Let me know in the comments (links are totally encouraged)!

Spicy Pomegranate Pineapple Chicken Skewers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 15 Skewers

Serving Size: 2-3 Skewers

Spicy Pomegranate Pineapple Chicken Skewers

Ingredients


  • 3 lbs. Chicken Breasts

  • ½ Pineapple (or a container of already chunked pineapple)

  • Pomegranate Chipotle Sauce

Instructions


  1. Soak your wooden skewers in water. This will keep them from burning on the grill.

  2. While your skewers are soaking, prepare your food for the skewers. Cube your chicken breasts and it using a whole pineapple, cut it into pieces as well.

  3. Remove your skewers from the water. Begin adding your chicken and pineapple to them starting with the chicken. Alternate between placing pieces of chicken and pineapple until you have filled your skewer.

  4. Place finished skewers in a single layer on a large cookie sheet.

  5. Pour some Pomegranate Chipotle Sauce over your skewers and use a brush to coat.

  6. Grill skewers for 10-15 minutes per side over medium heat.

  7. These are great served with a salad of mixed greens topped with blackberries and raspberry vinaigrette.
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With kids at home this summer, it can also be hard to find the time to update your outdoor style. That’s why I love this easy DIY doormat!

Easy DIY Doormat

With the weather warming up you are spending more time outside. If you’re anything like me, that has highlighted the sad state of your outdoor décor. Winter wreaks havoc on your curb appeal. Of course, with kids at home, it can also be hard to find the time to update your outdoor style. That’s why I love this easy DIY doormat! It is not only easy to make but incredibly inexpensive.

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With kids at home this summer, it can also be hard to find the time to update your outdoor style. That’s why I love this easy DIY doormat!

 

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With kids at home this summer, it can also be hard to find the time to update your outdoor style. That’s why I love this easy DIY doormat!

Materials

 

With kids at home this summer, it can also be hard to find the time to update your outdoor style. That’s why I love this easy DIY doormat!

Step 1

Remove the tags from your doormat.

 

With kids at home this summer, it can also be hard to find the time to update your outdoor style. That’s why I love this easy DIY doormat!

Step 2

Place your letters where you want them on your mat.

Note:

  • The stencils linked in the materials are the exact set I used. If you want the same design, use the capital “W” at the beginning and the capital “E” at the end.

 

With kids at home this summer, it can also be hard to find the time to update your outdoor style. That’s why I love this easy DIY doormat!

Step 3

Tape a box around your letters with painters tape.

Step 4

Paint a layer of white fabric paint over the entire taped off rectangle with your paint brush.

Tip:

  • Because of the material of the mat you want to be careful around the stencils. Always pull your brush away from the letter stencils.

Step 5

Allow paint layer to dry. While you’re waiting, begin painting your flower. Start with a circle about 3 inches from the bottom right corner of your mat.

Tip:

  • This works best if you apply all of the flower lines and details directly from your paint containers.

 

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Step 6

Next, create your petals. To do this, pick a spot on your circle and sweep away from your circle creating a curved line. Do the same thing again a little further down on the circle to create the second side of the petal. (See picture above for help.)

 

With kids at home this summer, it can also be hard to find the time to update your outdoor style. That’s why I love this easy DIY doormat!

Step 7

Create the inner petal detail by doing the same as you did to create your petal only smaller. (Again, see picture above for help.)

 

With kids at home this summer, it can also be hard to find the time to update your outdoor style. That’s why I love this easy DIY doormat!

Step 8

Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you have created all of your petals.

 

With kids at home this summer, it can also be hard to find the time to update your outdoor style. That’s why I love this easy DIY doormat!

Step 9

Color the center of your petals with yellow.

 

With kids at home this summer, it can also be hard to find the time to update your outdoor style. That’s why I love this easy DIY doormat!

Step 10

Next, fill in the rest of your petals with green. Allow your flower to dry.

Step 11

While you’re waiting for your flower to dry, paint a second coat of white paint on your rectangle.

Tips:

  • To keep your flower from getting messed up when you do this, gently spin your mat around so that the flower is on the top while you paint the second white coat.
  • You will want to use your brush again on this part.

Step 12

Allow your second coat of white to dry.

 

With kids at home this summer, it can also be hard to find the time to update your outdoor style. That’s why I love this easy DIY doormat!

Step 13

While you wait, put a second smaller circle in the center of your flower.

 

With kids at home this summer, it can also be hard to find the time to update your outdoor style. That’s why I love this easy DIY doormat!

Step 14

Fill in the center circle with red and the outer circle with teal.

 

With kids at home this summer, it can also be hard to find the time to update your outdoor style. That’s why I love this easy DIY doormat!

Step 15

Next, outline your entire flower with teal as in the picture.

 

With kids at home this summer, it can also be hard to find the time to update your outdoor style. That’s why I love this easy DIY doormat!

With kids at home this summer, it can also be hard to find the time to update your outdoor style. That’s why I love this easy DIY doormat!

With kids at home this summer, it can also be hard to find the time to update your outdoor style. That’s why I love this easy DIY doormat!

Step 16

Remove the tape and stencils from the center of your mat. Fill in your letters with yellow paint.

 

With kids at home this summer, it can also be hard to find the time to update your outdoor style. That’s why I love this easy DIY doormat!

Step 17

Lastly, add in your decorative swirls. These can just be done free-form in whatever design you’d like. If you’d rather have more structure, you can copy from the picture above.

 

With kids at home this summer, it can also be hard to find the time to update your outdoor style. That’s why I love this easy DIY doormat!

Step 18

Allow your entire mat to dry completely. Then set your new doormat outside of your door and enjoy!

 

With kids at home this summer, it can also be hard to find the time to update your outdoor style. That’s why I love this easy DIY doormat!

With kids at home this summer, it can also be hard to find the time to update your outdoor style. That’s why I love this easy DIY doormat!

The bright colors on this are perfect for summer and will help update your front porch quickly and easily. Feel free to play around with the colors and make this doormat fit your own personal style. If you want more quick outdoor décor updates we’ve got you covered. Check out this gorgeous wreath or this fun napkin basket 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.
You’ve probably seen that Groupon now has coupons available but are you losing out on free money because you don’t realize all of the ways to use it?

Are You Losing Out on Free Money?

You’ve probably seen that Groupon now has coupons available but are you losing out on free money because you don’t realize all of the ways to use it?

People love saving money. Even the biggest spendthrift is still excited about finding a great deal. Bottom line: You want to keep as much dough as possible to spend on the fun stuff (or build up your savings if you’re feeling responsible). That’s why most of you already have the Groupon app on your phone. (If you don’t, you totally should.) Now you can save even more without taking up any extra storage space on your phone. You’ve probably seen that Groupon now has coupons available but are you losing out on free money because you don’t realize all of the ways to use it? Stop losing and start saving, especially on travel!

 

You’ve probably seen that Groupon now has coupons available but are you losing out on free money because you don’t realize all of the ways to use it?

 

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You’ve probably seen that Groupon now has coupons available but are you losing out on free money because you don’t realize all of the ways to use it?

Convenience of One Application

Instead of having an app for every store and coupon database, everything is in one place. This saves you valuable space on your phone for the things that matter like those vacation photos. If you already have the app, you already have the coupons. Simply open up Groupon, click on the coupons tab, and search by store or category for what you need.

 

You’ve probably seen that Groupon now has coupons available but are you losing out on free money because you don’t realize all of the ways to use it?

Great for Travel

This is one the big ways you’re losing out. Most people don’t think about using their phone apps when they travel but you should. This isn’t just for saving on hotels and car rentals (although you totally can). Here are some other great ideas for using the Groupon app when travelling:

  • RestaurantsWhen you travel you tend to eat out more. Save some cash by looking up coupons for your family’s favorite restaurants. Also, if you’re in an unfamiliar area, search for food coupons by zip code to find out what’s available in the area.
  • Automotive NeedsAgain, while you can save on rental cars with Groupon, there are other needs that may crop up while traveling. If you have car troubles while out of town, search the app for discounts at places like Advance Auto Parts and service centers!

 

You’ve probably seen that Groupon now has coupons available but are you losing out on free money because you don’t realize all of the ways to use it?

Save on the Everyday

These coupons are not just for clothes and restaurants. They will save you money on tons of necessities too. You can save on:

  • MembershipsFind discounts on memberships to places like Sam’s Club and Amazon Prime.
  • Self-ImprovementGroupon has coupons for items like Rosetta Stone if you’re looking to expand your fluency. You will also find discounts on fitness equipment to get ready for the beach this summer.
  • FinancesGet your finances in order with discounts on Quicken software, Manilla financial organizer, and checks.
  • InsuranceYou know that stuff you’re already paying for anyway like pet insurance and car insurance? You can even find coupons to save on these.

You’ve probably seen that Groupon now has coupons available but are you losing out on free money because you don’t realize all of the ways to use it?

If you’re going to have an application taking up space on your phone it is important to make sure you are utilizing it to its full capacity. With the Groupon app you would also be losing out on valuable savings. Now that you know, how will you use Groupon Coupons to save? Do you have extra tips to use them on vacation? I’d love to hear your advice and ideas in the comments!

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Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

DIY Monogrammed Tote Bag

I don’t know about you but I love the beach! If our house were a dictatorship, with me as queen, every family vacation would be to the Gulf Coast. Unfortunately, we take turns deciding destinations. This means more often than not our trips consist of hiking and camping. If your family vacation finds you -anywhere off of the trails, this is the perfect do-it-yourself project for you. This monogrammed tote bag can be customized to your style and holds everything you’ll need for a day out! (Or you can do what I did and give it as a wonderful gift.)

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Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

 

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Materials

 

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

 

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

Step 1

Using your fabric marker, draw the initial you want in the middle of your tote bag.

Tips:

  • You will need to go over the initial multiple times to darken it. Think of it as multiple coats of paint.
  • If you would like, you can add decorative swashes to it (as I did).
  • If you don’t trust (or like) your handwriting, you can use a stencil for your monogram.

 

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

Step 2

Once the paint has dried, go over the design with a heat tool.

Tip:

  • Hold the tool at least 12 inches from your design if you are using the same bag in the photos. The material it is made of will melt if exposed to the extreme heat that a heat gun can put out.

 

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

Step 3

Next, remove the metal clips from your flowers as well as any packaging.

Tip:

  • The flower clips pictured were easy to disassemble. Gently pulling on the clip made it come right off.

 

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

Step 4

Cut the remaining stems off of your flowers.

 

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

Step 5

Add a generous amount of hot glue to the back of one of your flowers and adhere it to your tote.

Tip:

  • Let the glue cool slightly before pressing the flower to your tote. A few seconds should be enough. You simply don’t want the glue to melt through the bag.
  • Slide your hand inside the tote and press firmly from behind to better secure the flower.

 

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

Step 6

Repeat step 5 with each remaining flower you would like on your tote bag.

 

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

Step 7

Allow everything to cool and then use as wanted.

 

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

This monogrammed tote makes a perfect beach bag because of the size and material of it. Of course, you will love it so much that you’ll be happy to sling it on your shoulder even if your family adventures don’t take you to the sand. To wash, simply wipe your tote down with a damp cloth. Mild soap is okay if needed but no bleach or heavy duty cleaners. Also, be sure to wipe it down by hand. The washer will make the flowers come off. Lastly, if your little girl will be traveling with you, make her this adorable little purse to show off on your trip!

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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.
You can create big memories on a small budget! These tips for big travel savings will help make more family adventures possible.

Must-Read Tips for Big Travel Savings

You love exploring new places with your family. There definitely are those favorite places you love to return to over and over again. Unfortunately, money can be a major barrier to traveling as much as you would like. What if there were ways to save money on travel even if you have a big family? You can create big memories on a small budget! These tips for big travel savings will help make more family adventures possible.

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You can create big memories on a small budget! These tips for big travel savings will help make more family adventures possible.

Planning

You don’t always have to plan in advance to save money. Hotels often offer last minute deals to fill up unsold rooms. On the flip side of that, the earlier you book your flight the more you are likely to save on it. Also, it can be worth it to drive a little further to an airport with cheaper flights, depending on your options. This all boils down to knowing the best timing for deals before you start planning. In addition to the tips above, don’t forget that going in the off-season for an area will also help save you a bundle. Do some research and find out when the off-season is for your vacation destination.

 

You can create big memories on a small budget! These tips for big travel savings will help make more family adventures possible.

Free Rewards

Another tip worth taking advantage of is free rewards programs. When you sign up for loyalty programs for free, you can reap the benefits on purchases you already make. Hotels offer perks like free internet and breakfast or even points towards a free stay! Another rewards program type to look into is gas station rewards programs. You can earn discounts on fuel, free coffees, and more through these rewards. Again, they are totally free for you to sign up for and they are an excellent way to save even more on trips!

 

You can create big memories on a small budget! These tips for big travel savings will help make more family adventures possible.

Save on Flights

If it is an option at an airport near you, fly with an airline that has no bag fees. Unfortunately this isn’t available in all areas. That doesn’t mean you can’t still save some dough. Here are other tips that will help you save:

  • Pack EfficientlyIf you can fit everything in a carry-on you will pay a lot less on baggage fees. As a bonus, you won’t have to worry about the airline losing your luggage.
  • PursesPurses and similar sized bags always fly free. Get more free luggage on by having every member of your family bring a bag on board.
  • Be FlexibleBook your flight first and be flexible in your dates. Once you find flight dates in your price range, book the rest of your trip around them.

Save with Lodging

When booking a place to stay, don’t only focus on saving on lodging. You also want to keep in mind how your lodging can save you on your vacation. Food is a major expense when you travel so try to book lodging with a kitchen. If you are staying 5+ days it is worth it to look at condo rentals. If it will be a shorter trip, try to find a hotel room with a refrigerator and microwave at the very least. This will allow you to visit a grocery store and eat some meals in your hotel room. Another way to save is to share one room with your kids (especially when they are younger). Not only will you save money, you will get some quality bonding time in such close quarters.

 

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Drive

You can save hundreds or more if you drive instead of fly, even if you rent a car. Yes, the trip might take longer but it also makes the trip a fun family adventure. The journey can be just as exciting as the destination. Here’s how you can save even more on vacation by driving:

  • Pack food and drinks. These don’t need to be just for the drive, either. Bring meals that can be heated up on vacation to save a ton on food costs. (Freezer meals are great for this!)
  • Bring games, movies, and activities for kiddos without worrying about the extra luggage fees.
  • Driving also allows you to bring comfort items for kids. Pack their favorite blanket or stuffed animal to make staying away from home easier for them.

 

You can create big memories on a small budget! These tips for big travel savings will help make more family adventures possible.

Get Your Money Back

When you book your vacation, save even more by earning cash back for free (and no, I’m not talking about a credit card). You are booking all of your travel online anyway so use Ebates and earn cash back on all of it. You will be able to earn cash back on your arrangements whether you book through the direct sites or not. Simply make sure that you have the web browser plugin installed and it will alert you whenever cash back is available for the site you’re on. If you want to save even more, book your entire trip through a site like Hotwire. This will find great deals for you and it earns you cash back through Ebates. Perfect way to get the most bang for your buck.

 

You can create big memories on a small budget! These tips for big travel savings will help make more family adventures possible.

When you use these tips it’s not a question of if you will save but how much more will you save on travel. You will even save on last minute travel arrangements. Plus, the more you use these tips the quicker they will become second-nature for you helping you save all of the time. When you use Ebates every time you book, you can just sit back and watch the cash back stack up. You’ll be the go-to travel guru in the family! Where will your family go this year? I’d love to hear about your adventure plans in the comments!

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