I am all about a good DIY and I had lofty goals to make this really elaborate advent calendar for Eli this year but let’s be real…I don’t have time for all that. He might still be a little young to understand so I am saving the crazy plans for the future when it is worth it and he gets the concept a bit more.
Eli loves Santa and we talk about how Santa comes for Jesus’ birthday. This is just another way to reinforce that and give him a little more interaction with the holidays as well as building the anticipation. I promise this will cost you maybe $3 or totally free and will not take you more than 30 minutes which is great considering December first is just days away.
I didn’t have envelopes so I went to Hobby Lobby and got these for $1.50. There were 25 in a pack and they were 50% off! Bam! Love that! I chose to use some scrapbooking shape makers to make tags but if I were you and I was doing it the night before advent started I would just write numbers on the envelope or use stickers like I did.
The most time consuming part of this calendar was stringing the envelopes. Again, if you are on a time crunch just seal the envelopes with cute washi tape and put them in a bowl, bucket, box, lay them out on a shelf, you name it you can do it. Simple is in. Just make it work for you and your little ones. They don’t care where they are they will just look forward to opening on each day.
We filled the envelopes with papers that listed a surprise or fun activity for the day. A few examples are…
- snuggle and watch a Christmas movie
- get 4 tic-tacs
- play dinosaurs
- go to the museum
- build a fort
- have a sucker
- drive around and look at Christmas lights
- go see Santa!
…again, we are super simple. Nothing crazy. We chose to hand ours on a dining room wall but it would be just as functional placed in a jar on the shelf.
There you have it a super simple advent calendar to start the season off right! You could have the kids help write surprises as well just seal the envelopes so they don’t know what fun things they are sealing inside. Maybe even work on it together over Thanksgiving leftovers as you snuggle by your Christmas tree and drink hot chocolate. What traditions are you starting with your little ones?
I did it! I have been seeing bulb garland for years and I decided that “I can do that!”. So I did! Easy as that!
It was free because I already had everything on hand but it would be a pretty cheap project otherwise.
1/2 inch ribbon (or really anything that the bulbs fir on.)
As many bulbs as you want! (I think I had around 70)
I chose to use plastic balls since I have a rambunctious little one that I didn’t want to be in any danger from either breaking them or just left over shards, you know, safety first! Start by putting tape on the end of the ribbon so that it doesn’t fray as you try to put 70 plus balls on.
I put them on in no particular order but I did try to space out the silver that I only had a handful of as well as the different textures and finishes. Eli helped me by handing me a the balls. That lasted for all of two minutes and then I just did it myself while he laid on the floor.
When you start tie the first ball on the ribbon so that it is a starting point and won’t move any further. Make sure you push it down with lots of room for more balls. With 70 balls my garland is about 4 feet long.
Then just start putting the other balls on till you run out. Bam! Done! I am in love! I think after the holidays I am going to buy every last clearance ball there is! Yep, I said it, I’m buying all the balls!
Ha! Have you started to decorate? I’m 50% done and I love it!
Well this is the week! My dear friend Sarah is getting married. This is not a long post but just a trip down memory lane in pictures.
Just over 5 years ago on my wedding day.
Just over 2 years ago on Emily’s big day.
We have been through lots together over the last 8 1/2 years and I am so grateful for these ladies. It is going to be a beautiful weekend. Not because of any decorations , pretty dressed or flowers, but because of the special people I will be celebrating and celebrating with.
Along the way Amanda and Andrea have been added to my list of cherished friends. This is from two months ago at Sarah’s bachelorette weekend.
Life is all about the memories and I look forward to making another good one this weekend with these lovelies! Here’s to the future Mr. and Mrs. Kuban and all the people who love and support them.
I am not sure if any of you saw the new Cheerios boxes that have little hash marks showing you how to cut the box to make a little post card. Well if you missed it no big deal. It was a clever way to use the box but wasn’t anything that exciting. I did however cut it out and send it to my friend Emily. Yes it is something random to get in the mail but I have never met anyone who was mad about getting mail from friends, even if it was an old cereal box.
Well that little bit of Cheerios inspired me. I decided to cut the entire box up and make my own postcards. I am all about reduce, reuse, recycle but this took it to a whole new level. I was able to use 90% of the box and they are cute little custom postcards.
I of course had to cut out the box top and that made the one side of the box smaller. In total I got 6 postcards from the box. two big and four smaller size.
After I cut the box apart and had my 6 postcards I busted out of course, the washi tape!!! My best friend! It took me maybe 30 minutes to make all 6 and I cannot stop petting them. I am in love. It is my new favorite thing. I plan on making them from all of our old cereal boxes.
What common household item have you remixed to make into something fun?
Quite literally, I have the world on a string! I found a globe with no base at a thrift store for a few bucks and I couldn’t resist. Frankly, all these bloggers talk about seeing globes everywhere and how cheap they are but that is not the case for me. I never see them and I wish I would. I would fill my home with them! I love me a good globe.
Anywho, on to the post. I bought the globe and then decided to hang it in Eli’s room. That is the whole post…ha, not really but basically. It was a pretty simple project. I made a yarn pom pom and then fed the string through to the other side and tied a knot. There you have it.
I snapped this photo really quickly with my phone so for sure isn’t perfect but does show you the idea of the globe hanging.
I love it and Eli’s gallery wall is one of my favorite parts of our home. Have you found many globes lately and did you buy them?
I have mentioned what feels like a million times on this blog that my grandma past away in the summer of 2011 and as a part of that my dad gave me some of her old China. I was super excited but when I opened the container I found that 90% of it was broken. I planned on keeping a set of 6 but didn’t even have enough big plates to make that happen.
I will keep several pieces just to use here and there but wanted to make something I would use all the time. You have seen these all over pintrest and I decided to make my own. It took all of 10 minutes which was mostly waiting for the hot glue gun to heat up.
I did play with plate size as well as how I wanted the tea cup to sit. This is the final product and I love it! It sits on my dresser and holds some of my jewelry (this girl has way to much). I literally put hot glue on the bottom of the cup and placed it in the middle of the large plate and then added hot glue to the top of the cup and placed the smaller plate on top. Bam! Done!
I love it for lots of reasons. It is special, functional, it reminds me of my grandma because she loved accessories like me, it just looks pretty and I love being able to see my jewelry because it makes me more apt to use it and keeps it organized. You all know I love a good organization project.
This would cost you maybe $3 if you found fun plates at Goodwill or maybe your parents or grandparents have some extras they are willing to send your way.
What small but special items do you cherish around your home that would be worth pennies to someone else?
So you all know that washi tape is my favorite thing to use around the house from the gallery wall, iPhone charger, and closet labels. That is no shocker but I have even shocked myself with this one. I decided to cover the light switch in the office since it was super ugly and stood out like a sore thumb.
I started with the pink stripes and that was the plan until I step back and decided it needed more.
Then I went a little crazy but I am happy with how it turned out. I matches the other framed paper on the wall. Another solution. Instead of spending money to print picture that I wasn’t sure about yet I decided to frame the paper for the time being until I settle on the pictures I want.
What have you Washi’d lately? Do you hate your outlet covers? Go for it!
Our house is so going as far as projects go but things are getting there. We jump around from room to room a lot but I like it that way because there is always something changing and improving all over the place.
I have wanted to change our dining room “chandelier” since the day we looked at this house. Before we went out and bought anything I told Aaron I wanted to try my own thing first. So project chandy, as in chandelier for you slower folks, took effect last weekend.
The hubs took the light down for me in like 10 minutes and then it sat for a few days till I got time to spray it.
I eventually had a date with the old thing and gave it a good ole scrub down and then sprayed away. I used Rustoleum metal spray paint in Oil Rubbed Bronze. It is what we have used on other projects around the house and matches our other fixtures around the house.
Once it was sprayed I let it dry over night and then got busy covering the shades. I got the shades at Hob to the Lob and paid $4 a piece. They come with a sticky outer side so you can put fabric, paper, hair (just kidding unless that’s your thing), etc. You get the picture. The world is your oyster and the options are endless.
I played with a few ideas and ultimately decided to go with this wrapping paper I had picked up at Homegoods back in July. It plays along with our kitchen chevron wall really well even though you don’t see one from the other.
Then I popped the shades on and ta-da! I am really happy with it and it only cost me $20 for shades and $6 for metal spray paint! Bam! I like a project that is under 30 bones and only takes a day to complete!
The room is slowly coming together. I was going to stencil the back wall but I am holding off on that for now because I am not sold on it yet. LOTS of work, but maybe I will be ready for that at some point. For now I am just cuddling my “new” chandelier and looking for the perfect buffet! If you see one for cheap let me know! I want to DIY that sucker as well!
We made our first visit to a local pumpkin patch and had a great time! Eli wasn’t really interested in story time so while the other kids sat and listened like angels we went and found leaves and acorns. Ha! Oh well. Maybe someday he will sit still. For now I will just enjoy the adventurous side of him.
We went with the local MOPS group and there were around 30 of us in total. There were goats, donkeys, a corn maze for bigger folks, a straw maze for the little ones and a great hey ride! The hay ride was for sure Eli’s favorite part. He was in total awe. Just sat looking around and putting hay in his mouth like a little country boy. It was so funny. While other kids tried to eat it Eli just held it in his mouth like a little old 80 year old man sitting on his porch in south Alabama. Super cute.
The best part for me was getting to spend time with my newest friend Laura! Her daughter Emma is close to the same age as Eli and I just love Laura’s company! She is a great mom and super creative which I love. Also, totally small world I knew her husband from high school back in Kentucky. Totally crazy story.
We bought two pumpkins and a really pretty white mum. They are now hanging out on our front porch. We liked it so much we took my dad back the next day to show him. They had the largest pumpkins I had ever seen with my own eyes. You could get the big ones for $50! No thanks!
I LOVE FALL!! Just like I think everyone else I have ever met. I haven’t done tons to decorate but I have a few cozy corners in the house and the porch is yet another cozy corner outside.
I had everything with the exception of the mums and one of the pumpkins that I picked up at a local pumpkin patch. Then I made the bunting one afternoon while Eli was napping. It cost a few bucks for the burlap because I already had the acorn ribbon. Then I just hand wrote the letters in permanent marker. The window was something I picked up out of someone’s trash! Ha! I love free!
The wreath on the door I made about four years ago to go over our mantle when we lived in Kentucky.
I am sure I will move it multiple times before the end of the season but for now it is just nice to have something to welcome people into our home. What have you done for fall? Found anything out of the trash that you have been able to re-purpose?