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The Home Depot Workshops: Seasonal Character Door Hanger

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You guys! I’m so excited to announce that I am partnering with The Home Depot in their Workshop Virtual Party to bring you an awesome holiday project! Aren’t the seasonal character door hangers pictured below so cute? On Monday, October 17th at 1 pm, twenty-five bloggers will be participating in the party, building and sharing their own take own on these. (Hint: Mine is Halloween themed!) Plus, you can register here to learn how to build your own in person at your local Home Depot Workshops.

Home Depot Workshops


Did you know that The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels? That’s right!  You can totally join in on the fun. Participants can pick from three types of Workshops offered:

  • Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
  • Do-It-Herself (DIH)
  • Kids

Customers can learn how to build décor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions The Home Depot Workshops.


I can’t wait to show you guys my take on this Seasonal Character Door Hanger! Join me back here on October 17th to see my version and view the other amazing projects by my fellow bloggers. Also, don’t forget to register so you can build your own!Click Here to Sign Up


Vintage Animal Bookmarks

It’s the middle of August and school will be starting in the next couple of weeks for our kids. Since our summer is officially coming to an end soon, I’m a little bit sad to see those warm lazy days go, plus our youngest will be going into Kindergarten, which always pulls at a mama’s heartstrings. However, with a new school year comes more homework and reading, so I thought I would share these fun and easy to make Vintage Animal Bookmarks with you.

Laminated Vintage Bunny Bookmark

These sweet bookmarks are so cute and would be great to slip into a card or package for your favorite bibliophile. Plus, you can whip them up in just a few minutes and only need a few supplies.

Materials needed:

  • Vintage Animals (Printed On White Cardstock)
  • Colored, Textured, or Patterned Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Laminator (or Clear Contact Paper)

I chose an adorable bunny for my daughter and a cool blue fish for my son (both images from The Graphics Fairy), although these would work great for an adult too. Find your favorite animal and let’s get to work!

Animals Printed on Paper

To start, cut out the animal shape with scissors. Keep your scissors handy, because you will definitely need them a few more times.

Cutting Out Animal Shapes with Scissors

Next, using the glue stick, attach the animal to the back side (non-textured/patterned side) of the colored cardstock.

Glue Fish on Blue Paper

Then, cut around the animal again, so that the print is on one side and the texture/pattern in on the reverse.

Animal Rabbit Fish Shapes

Finally, fire up the laminator, run the animal bookmarks through, and cut them out, leaving a little bit of extra edge. (If you don’t have access to a laminator, you can sandwich the bookmarks between pieces of clear contact paper.) This last step will give them some much need durability.

Laminated Blue Pink Animals

How cute did these vintage animal bookmarks turn out? I love that little bunny. Which animal would you choose to use?

Vintage Animal Bookmarks

The Boredom Jar

The weather has been so nice here this spring! All winter long, I could not wait for the weather to get warmer so that we could get outside and play. Being cooped up in the house during the winter makes us all grumpy and it was such a mood booster when we were able to enjoy the sunshine. But the novelty of playing outside quickly dissipated for my kids, so I decided to create the Boredom Jar to alleviate that problem.

The Boredom Jar

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Initially, my kids could not get enough of the outdoors. They were having so much fun making up games, playing at the park, and riding bikes. However, as the weeks went on, I started to hear those infamous words, “Mommmmm, I’m boooored.” Even after suggesting a couple of activities that they could do, they were still BORED after only a few minutes and wanted to watch TV or play on the iPad. And that was not going to cut it. I needed to figure out a way to get them disconnected from electronics and doing something good for them.

Boredom Busters Ideas Chores

The Boredom Jar, as I call it, is a little vintage jar that contains tiny scrolls with an activity written on them. Each scroll is tied with some gold baker’s twine to keep the contents a secret until it is chosen. If my kids say they are bored, then they get to pick out one scroll from the Boredom Jar and they must do that activity.

The Boredom Jar Supplies

I didn’t want to reward the kids with some amazingly awesome trip to an amusement park or taking them for ice cream just because they were bored, so I created some printable pages with activities that they could do on their own, as well as some chores, with minimal help from mom and dad.

Jar of Ideas for Kids

When they pick something out of the Boredom Jar, they do not know what kind of activity they will be getting. Something fun? Yay! Or some kind of chore? Bummer. They know that they will be taking a chance, but hopefully, this will help in the long run teach them how to entertain themselves and come up with ideas of things to do without the need for electronics.

Activities for Summer Spring

Almost all of the activities listed are spring, summer, or fall appropriate, which means that we will be able to use these throughout most of the year. Obviously, some of them won’t be able to be used if there is inclement weather, so they will have to pick a new scroll.

Boredom Jar Printable Games and Chores

To make your own Boredom Jar, find a jar with a lid (this one is similar to mine) and click on the links below to download and print the Boredom Jar printable. Enjoy!

The Boredom Jar Printables – Page 1
The Boredom Jar Printables – Page 2

These printables are currently FREE for download for personal use only. However, this is subject to change in the future, so snag them at no cost while you still can! (View Terms of Use.)

Tiny Scrolls in a Glass Jar


Did you happen to see my latest contributor post over at Domestically Speaking? If not, head on over and check out these fun Book Page Candle Holders!

Book Page Candle Holders

Brought To You By The Letter C

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in Nov. 2013.

Last week, while perusing the Land of Nod catalog, I found these super cool Magnificent Metal Letters. I love the industrial look and that they can even be used as a tiny little shelf.

Letter C 1

I started to think about how I could make something similar on my own and that’s when I remembered seeing Becca’s DIY Cardboard Letters on Pinterest. So, I figured I would take some tips from her tutorial, but leave the front of the letter off and tweak a few things to achieve the desired look.

This is what I started with:

Letter C 2

– Cereal box swiped from the recycling bin
– Scissors
– Pen
– Template of letter C

Using the template, I carefully traced around the edges onto the cereal box.

Then I cut it out and also trimmed off the sides of the cereal box. (Depending on the size of your letter, you may also need to cut out some strips from the back of the box as well.)

Letter C 3

I attached the sides of the box to the letter with plain ol’ scotch tape. Exciting, right? But it works to hold everything in place until the paper mache’-ing is done.

Letter C 4 Letter C 5

Next, I mixed up equal parts of water and flour and dipped torn up pieces of The Nine Symphonies of Beethoven into the concoction. (I only did one layer because I didn’t want my letter to become too thick.) Each strip was applied to the C in random directions, which helped it adhere better.

Sorry, I don’t have any photos of the process. It was super messy!

Letter C 6

Lastly, I slapped on a couple of coats of black paint and I was finished.

Letter C 7

Isn’t this cool??

Letter C 8

I would love to make a more letters, so I could spell out whatever is catching my fancy and then be able to change it up for the seasons or whatever. However, I think it will be quite some time until we have enough cereal boxes saved up to complete the alphabet.