Welcome to Make It Monday. Today’s video is a simple project that you can do in 5 minutes or less. If you are like me and have excess beads laying around from previous projects, here’s a great DIY idea. These cute keychains can make great party favor gifts or even a project with your little one. Enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe to our list for more videos!
I missed posting this yesterday. Do you ever get interrupted every time you sit down to do something? That’s exactly what happened yesterday, so I’m calling this one Tutorial Tuesday. The wait is now over, you finally get to see the finish product of the Outdoor Living series. I’m sure I’ll add more little things later on, but for now it’s done. I decided to go with a grey, turquoise and yellow color theme and a splash of berry. So here goes, I’ve broken down my mini projects so you can have an overview of what the process was for each one. Overall the cost for this look only costed me $86 total!
4 pillows size 20 in x 28 in
2 small pillows 14 in x 14 in
40 plastic grocery bags
Sewing Machine or Liquid Stitch
The first thing I did was cut a sponge into a leaf shape (it bounces off the leaf textile for the bigger pillows), and using turquoise paint I dabbed the paint onto a pillow case that I made from plain yellow fabric and allowed it to dry over night.
I ended up making 4 pillows, 2 with actual pillows as inserts and since I refused to trek it to Ikea for two more I used a good trick my sister in law taught me and stuffed the cases with recycled grocery store plastic bags.
Since this was a very budget project and like I said previously I didn’t feel like going to Ikea, I bought some regular bed pillows (4 to be exact) and found a pretty print leaf fabric at Joann’s Fabric for 50% off per yard and pulled out my sewing machine. I just did a very basic simple stitch and sewed 2 pillow cases. You could even do this using Liquid Stitch fabric glue.
If you want a quick way to brighten up your space, this technique is so simple and can be done in less than 20 minutes. I was lucky enough to have canvases around the house and just used the leftover fabric from the pillows. As a matter of fact I did this project while watching a World Cup match 😉
Just measure out the fabric so that it matches the measurements of your canvas. It maybe easier to just lay the canvas on top of the fabric and just cut around the canvas leaving about an 1 inch of fabric from the border of the canvas. Then using your staple gun fold the fabric to the wooden part of the canvas and staple away until the entire canvas is covered with the fabric. On the yellow canvas I trimmed out the leaf pattern and glued it to the canvas and used Little Model A‘s stamp set to stamp an inspirational saying.
We eat a lot of beans in our house, so we have tons of cans leftover. I did see a neat DIY on Pinterest where you punch holes into the cans to create a nice illuminating effect. However, in my attempt to do that it was taking quite a long time and I didn’t really want to end up in the ER for trying to punch holes into cans. I ended up just giving them a nice coat of light gold spray paint and painted the words “RELAX” in turquoise. I even put tea lights inside the cans and lit them and the low lighting was very pretty.
Painted Wine Bottles
Since I’m a wine lover, we also have lots of wine bottles that I use for decor around the house. I figured why not give it a splash of yellow paint and use my chalk paint on the front label. Another super quick and inexpensive idea and Aiden likes the chalk idea so it’s a super plus.
Well my summer Outdoor Living space is off to a good start, I’ve sat outside at least 4 times since I completed it. I hope you enjoy the mini tutorials. Please feel free to subscribe to my list and blog for more posts just like this.
I have to admit these World Cup games have been interfering with my DIY projects, but since it only comes around every four years I completely welcome the distraction. The next part of this series is showing how I assembled the pallets. If you missed my Part 1 you can view it here .
ASSEMBLING THE PALLETS
Since my last post I decided to change around the setup a bit of my pallets. I was very fortunate to find pallets that needed very little altering. The original idea was to have 2 pallets at the seat and 1 for the back, but after testing it out a bit I figured a higher seat would be much more comfortable. So I stacked 2 sets of 3 pallets each and pushed them together.
CONCRETE CINDER BLOCK SIDE TABLE
Midway through this project I thought that the pallets needed a little company and came across some really great cinder block furniture ideas on Pinterest. I decided to take a visit to Home Depot and pick up a few. This is probably the easiest table you’ll ever construct. Using the blocks and some liquid nail adhesive glue, I glued and stacked 2 of the blocks.
Next came the top for the table. Since I’m trying to maintain an economical budget for this project, I took a trip to good old Value Village (thrift store) and found a metal tray for only $1.00 and it was a perfect fit. After rummaging through my cans of spray paint a I found a berry color that made a great accent color for this project. This is what it turned out to look like. By the way photo credit to my Little Model A he took the finished product picture all by himself–focused and all!
Next week is the even more fun stuff, I’ll be posting about the decor for this outdoor space. Be sure to subscribe to my blog to stay in the loop!
Okay so I’ve finally started creating my outdoor living space. I have to admit when I told my family that I was going to be creating pallet patio furniture, they said “And you’re going to put it where?” There were a few moments I thought s&^# what am I doing? After I started sanding the creative juices started flowing and I gathered more ideas on my Pinterest board and my confidence came back. I have to admit this project can definitely be done in 1 weekend, but I’ve been breaking it up because of my schedule.
For the next few weeks I’ll releasing parts of my Outdoor Living series as Make It Monday features showcasing the process of creating my pallet furniture and transformation of my patio. I hope you are as excited as I am and hopefully you can use this as a guide to creating your very own outdoor living space.
When I first got the idea of using pallets I was blown away then I did my research on the origination of pallets and boy did I learn that not all pallets are created equal. As a matter of fact you have to be very careful where you get pallets from and want to make sure they are marked HT for heat treated. It’s best to get them from a commercial businesses that doesn’t ship chemicals or foods. I would even go as far as saying if you’re going to reuse pallets make sure it’s for outdoor projects only. Here’s a little more information on how to know which pallets are safe from which ones are not by DIY Ready .
I was lucky enough to get pallets from a paper company and they were already cut into the sizes I wanted as well as stored indoors.
6 – Pallets sized 32 inches by 25 inches (free)
1- Electric sander from Harbor Freight ($12.99 on sale)
1 package of multi grit sand paper ($1.99 on sale)
1 pair of work gloves from Harbor Freight ($1.99)
Put your work gloves on and get your sanding on. This process took about 1 hour for me because I wanted to make sure that I was able to get the surfaces very smooth so it would be easier to paint. I used a medium grit sandpaper and cut it to the size of the sander.
This was the next extent of my research I didn’t want to just use spray paint or any old paint, since the whole purpose of this project is to create something I’d have for a while. I needed something that would hold up in the changing seasons even though it is going on a covered patio. I came across Behr Weatherproofing All-In-One Wood Stain & Sealer in pewter which is normally used for painting decks. You can choose from various colors.
Painting the pallets took about 3-4 hours total. I wanted to make sure the each of the six pallets were completely covered. Here’s a snapshot of midway through the process. I had to wait for the tops to dry before painting the bottom.
I wanted to get an idea of the type of setup I wanted so I setup one just to see how it looks. I didn’t nail or glue them together yet, the below picture is just the look I’m shooting for, you may have seen it this weekend when I posted it on my Instagram page.
Okay that’s all for today, but be sure to subscribe to my blog to view the next part as I work my way through this project.
Re-purposing items is not only fun, but it’s also a very economically way to give your room a fresh look. My office is space is very limited in size, but I manage to come up with creative ways to store things. You’d be surprised at the items you could use to create storage space and a little goes a very long way. Here are a few items I’ve re-purposed as storage in my office and by the way each of them can be done in less than 5 minutes.
I love a good salad. I’m so over boring salads or salad in a bag. No one ever said that salad has to be boring and I think if salads looked more appealing a lot more people would have a positive attitude about indulging into the goodness of nutritious veggies. Last week I decided to make grilled tilapia with my very own mango salsa. The next day I used the salsa and put over a bed of spinach and romaine lettuce with a side of baked sweet potato fries for an easy lunch. I thought I’d share my easy Mango Salsa recipe so that you could try it out for yourself. Let me know what you think!
1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
2 roma tomatoes
1/3 cup chopped red onion
Juice from 1 squeezed lime
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped red pepper
1. Peel the entire mango, removing the skin then slice the mango until you get to the seed. Chop the sliced pieces of mango and add to a large bowl.
2. Dice the roma tomatoes and add to the diced mangoes.
3. Add the chopped cilantro, red onion and chopped red peppers to the bowl of mangoes and tomatoes. Stir the combined ingredients.
4. Add lime juice and olive oil to the bowl and stir.
5. Add salt and pepper (you can determine the amount to liking).
6. Cover the bowl and put in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Today’s Make It Monday is a tutorial on how to hand stamp metal to make your own customized jewelry. I’ve even listed the tools and where you can purchase them. Enjoy! Let me know how like the tutorial and subscribe to my list for future tutorials.
1. Hammer – Harbor Freight
2. Steel Block – Hobby Lobby
3. Letter/Number Stamping Set – Harbor Freight
4. Black Sharpie
6. Acetone/Nail Polish Remover
With Mother’s Day coming up, I thought it would be fitting to have our Make It Monday series be a DIY project for Mom. My mom is a retro DIY queen (which is where I get my DIY love from). She’s been DIY’ing way before the term DIY even became mainstream. For her, as a single mom she just did what she could on what her budget was back in the day. One of the things my sister and I look forward to are the handmade cards that she gives on holidays and birthdays. Today’s Make It Monday are steps to creating a beautiful and simple Mother’s Day Card for mom using remnants of scrapbook paper.
Step 1: Gather all your tools. I used the following:
– Several remnants of scrapbook paper
– Circle paper cutter
– Glue stick
– Metallic markers or Sharpies
– Clear tape
Step 2: Using the circle paper cutter, cut out a few circle shapes.
Step 3: Next lay out all your shapes. I cut a heart shape out using my Cricut, but feel free to get creative and cut other shapes.
Step 4 and 5: Next, take one of the scrapbook papers and using a ruler outline a rectangle shape with the dimension 3 1/2 wide by 10 inches long and cut out the rectangle. Then fold in half and you’ll have 3 1/2 by 5 inches card.
Step 6: Then arrange the cut out shapes on the top of the card as you like.
Step 7: Glue cut out shapes in place on the front of the card.
Step 8: Cut clear tape about 2-3 inches long and they snip the ends on a slant.
Step 9: Align clear tape on the front of your card in whichever direction or slant you like.
Step 10: Using the metallic markers I created circles that give a polka dot effect.
Step 11: Take one of the larger cutout pieces and place in the inside of the card. This is going to serve as the “personal message” section for your card.
This is the final product of my card. Are you making your own DIY cards? Leave me a link in the comments I would love to see. Be sure to subscribe to our list for more Make It Monday series.
I celebrated my 34th Birthday a week ago and I’ve noticed as I fully emerge into my my mid 30s I’ve realized the ever changing type of my indecisive skin. Additionally, I’ve been experiencing the “adult acne” breakout on one side of my cheek. I’ve been to the dermatologist twice for prescriptions that just didn’t seem to work, not to mention plenty of over the counter products that haven’t worked either.
One day I was talking to my mom about the issue and she said to try Aloe Vera. I said “really?” So I bought one of those long aloe leaves sliced it up into cubes and put it in a jar with a little distilled water and for 2 weeks straight after washing my face I would take an aloe cube and apply it to the breakout area, then I would add my sunscreen moisturizer. I saw great results by the end of 1 week and by week 2 I was very pleased. Turns out that Aloe Vera has antimicrobial properties that helps with acne as well as anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce redness, which were my exact issues. In addition, it helps to remove excess oils and dirt from your skin that tend to clog pores. Here’s some more info on the pluses of using Aloe Vera for acne.
Yesterday was a lazy Sunday. That usually happens when it’s rainy and gloomy outside. We had a couple over ripe bananas in our fruit bowl, so I had a great idea of incorporating it into french toast. My sister even said hmmm “If I ate french toast I’d definitely try that!” I even got the thumbs up approval from all the men in my house and my nephew…so I guess it was pretty good. Here’s the recipe and don’t worry it’s super easy!
Banana and Coconut French Toast
3 large eggs
10 slices of bread of your choice
2 bananas (I used over ripened opens)
1/4 cup of shredded coconuts
2 tsp of vanilla
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 cup of coconut milk
2 tsp of coconut sugar
1. Heat griddle to 325 degrees.
2. In a bowl mash bananas and add shredded coconut. Then add 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1 tsp of vanilla and mix.
3. In a separate bowl beat eggs then add coconut milk, 1 tsp of vanilla, 1 tsp of cinnamon and coconut sugar.
4. Take banana mixture and spread about 1 Tablespoon (give or take) between 2 slices of bread (like a sandwich). Continue until you’ve made all the sandwiches needed.
5. Next dip both sides of sandwiches egg batter mixture and place on heated griddle, turn after a few minutes. The sides should be golden brown.
6. Serve with maple syrup. We ate ours with raspberry syrup, which was yummy.
What are some of your spur of the moment recipes? Leave a comment, we’d love to hear!