Posts by Chelsey Andrews

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DIY-ify: Toy Bin Labels (with free printables)

DIY Toy Bin Labels

We are headed toward the Christmas season, and if you have a kiddo that means a lot of new goodies to lay around on their bedroom floor. Not this year! We have been making over our daughter’s room (I’ll share some photos when we are all done, it’s pretty cute), so we have a bunch of new containers for toy storage. To help her out I made these printable toy bin labels so she can easily find any toy she’s looking for, plus these labels make clean up easier.

Supplies needed to make these labels:

  • Toy containers
  • Free Printable Toy Label Frames (I made a few for you to print out for free, or you can make your own) Blank, One, Two, Three, Four, & Five
  • Paper to print the labels onto, or printable sticker sheets
  • Optional: laminating sheets, yarn, or double sided tape


Step One: 

Click on these links: BlankOneTwoThreeFour, & Five. Then, right click + save the image to your computer. Note: I provided blank labels so you can make your own labels.

Step Two:

Decide what you want to do with your labels. Will they be stickers? Or, maybe you could print them onto paper and seal them with laminate sheets? You could also  just print them onto card stock paper and use some strong double sided tape to keep the label on. Another idea: take some photos of the toys, print them out, and add them to each label (makes it easier for kids that aren’t quite reading yet). 


Want some more ideas (or free printables) for toy organization? Check out these toy bin labels from around the web:

Have a wonderful Thursday!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The bookcase is from Wayfair, storages boxes are from Ikea, and the ceramic rabbit is from Anthropolgie.


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DIY-ify: 20 DIY Lights for the Home!

Trend: 20 DIY Lights for the Home!


The days are getting shorter and we’re turning on our lamps a lot sooner than we have since the Spring. I feel like it’s probably time that I update my lighting. This summer I painted with bleach to update a lampshade, but I feel like I need to do more. We don’t have a ton of built-in lighting in the home, so we have plenty of lampshades that need a little extra love. Below you’ll find twenty lighting inspiration ideas from around the web. All of these bloggers and designers are very talented, so enjoy!

1. Pom pom lampshade DIY, on A Subtle Revelry.

2. Do you have a party coming up? This live floral lampshade is so wonderful, on Paper & Stitch.

3. Yes, these pendant lights are made from yarn, on

4. Lovely woven lamps, on Poppytalk.

5. DIY Sputnik chandelier, on Little Green Notebook.

6. This DIY industrial bedside lamp is beautiful! It’s a 3-part DIY, on Nimi Design.

7. I love these recycled cardboard pendant lamps, on Sugar & Cloth.

8. Painting with bleach lampshade DIY, from The Paper Mama on BHG.

9. Vintage brass chandelier diy, on Craft & Couture.

10. Openwork cube pendant lamp, on Vintage Revivals.

11. This lovely gold dipped lamp was made with an old vase, on Making It With Danielle.

12. Yarn wrapped geometric lamp, on Say Yes.

13. Beautiful handmade dining room lighting, on Love & Renovations.

14. Anthropologie inspired floral lampshade, on The Gold Jellybean.

15. Lace doily pendant lamp diy, on Dos Family.

16. Paint the inside of Ikea’s glass Bran Lamp to add some glossy color to your room, on Cape Twenty Seven.

17. For $20 you can buy a template to make this really lovely Quilt Light, at The Six Week Boutique.

18. Wooden bead chandelier DIY, on Gus & Lula.

19. Fabric garland chandelier DIY, on A Beautiful Mess.

20. “Sleepover” light up headboard DIY, on A Beautiful Mess.

Do you have any plans to update your home lighting this fall?

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The photos in the first image are from A Beautiful MessSay YesSugar & ClothA Subtle RevelryPoppytalk, and


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DIY-ify: 14 Furniture Makeovers

Trend: 14 Furniture Makeovers

Do you feel like your home needs a little sprucing? No need to buy new furniture, update those old pieces with some paint or wallpaper. Don’t like the furniture you have? Head to a thrift store and find some inexpensive furniture that just needs a little bit of love. There are a TON of ideas around the internet for a cute furniture makeover, so I found 14 lovely ideas that I hope will inspire you to update your home.


Nesting Tables Makeover, on Design Sponge.

DIY Mid Century Inspired Side Table (cereal boxes used for starburst design), on Our Nerd Home.

Dresser Makeover with Wallpaper, on BHG.

Hot Pink Stool Makeover, on A Bubbly Life.

Mid Century Modern Furniture Makeover, on Poppytalk.

Windsor Chair Makeover, on Honey Bear Lane.

Turning a Lamp Into a Table, on Thrifty and Chic.

Chartreuse Console Table, on Little Green Notebook.

Antique Dresser Before and After, on Natty By Design.

Craigslist Dresser Makeover, on Brittany Makes.

Black Velvet Tufted Chair Makeover, on 551 East.

Vintage Step Stool Makeover, on Lia Griffith.

 Desk Transformation, on Natty By Design.

 Play Table Makeover, on That’s My Letter.

Happy Thursday!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


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DIY-ify: Maple Tree Seed Fall Wreath

It’s a new season, do you know what that means? It’s time for a new Fall wreath! That’s why I made this maple Tree Seed Fall Wreath! Most of these materials can be found in your backyard, or on a walk. Whenever the kid and I go for walks she picks up the leaves, pinecones, and other goodies from nature and they always end up in my purse. Instead of just keeping all of these finds in my bag, we like to make things with them. One of our favorite things to pick up are Maple tree seeds (or helicopter/whirlybird seeds). You snap these guys in half, toss them in the air, and they twirl down to the ground. They also make the perfect decor for craft projects, or a wreath.


  • a collection of maple tree seeds
  • 20+ small pinecones
  • 50+ acorns
  • 1 foam wreath
  • about 1/2 a yard of teal felt
  • hot glue
  • scissors



Go on a walk and gather your maple tree seed fall wreath supplies! You’ll need a LOT of seeds (the wreath needs a lot and it’s good to have extras if you break them). You’ll also need around 20 pinecones and about 50 acorns. All the quantities will depend on the size of your wreath.

Tip: if your pinecones/seeds/acorns are wet, let them dry completely before you making the wreath.


Wrap the teal felt around the foam wreath and use the hot glue to attach it.


Here’s the step the kiddo’s will like to help with. Snap all those seeds in half.


Now it’s time for the fun part! Let’s make the little maple seed/pinecone bursts. Glue a pinecone down and arrange the seeds (on their skinny sides) around the pinecone, creating a sort of starburst. Repeat this step all over your wreath.

Cost of materials for this project: around $8!

Do you make your own wreaths, or do you prefer to buy them pre made?

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

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DIY-ify: 12 tabletop ideas to get you ready for Fall!

Trend: 12 tabletop ideas to get you ready for Fall!

I’ve said it before (many times), and I’ll say it again: Fall is my ABSOLUTE favorite time of the year. I get to wear cozy sweaters, lovely gloves, and this is when all the best meals happen. Pretty tabletops with pretty table decorations and family, it’s just wonderful. Below are 12 of my favorite tabletop ideas to get you ready for Fall.

1. Ginger Moose Photography: Apple Candle DIY

2. The Paper Mama: Baked Parmesan Pumpkin Seeds.

3. Live The Fancy Life: DIY No-Sew Gold and Burlap Table Runner.

4. The Paper Mama on BHG: Welcome Pumpkin DIY.

5. Inspired By Charm: Colorful Painted Gourds.

6. I Heart Organizing: Thankful Cards Free Printable.

7. A Whisk and Two Wands: Pumpkin Soup Served in a Pumpkin.

8. The Paper Mama on Hp Create: Leaf Napkins (with free printable).

9. Once Wed: Leaf Place Markers.

10. Lulu The Baker: Applesauce Donuts.

 11. The Paper Mama on BHG: Fall Harvest Garland.

12. Tatertots and Jello: Wooden Dessert Pedestal.

 Have a wonderful Thursday!

- Chelsey

P.S. The images in the first photo are from Apple Candle DIYApplesauce DonutsLeaf PlacematsWooden Dessert Pedestal, and Colorful Painted Gourds.

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DIY-ify: 12 Entryway Organization DIY Ideas

Trend: 12 Entryway Organization DIY Ideas

I know we have “Spring cleaning”, but I also love a good Fall organization. There’s a lot that happens this time of year: school starts, the weather is changing, and the big holidays are right around the corner. This makes it the perfect time to organize the important zones in your home, like the entryway. This space is used everyday and it tends to store a lot of stuff in there: coats, umbrellas, keys, shoes, and a bunch of other random things. It’s time to get that space organized. Check out these inspiring entryway organization DIY ideas below.


1. Create this simple wall shoe organizer to keep the shoe clutter off the floor.

(Emily Henderson)

2. Turn almost any bookcase into an entryway organization station!

(Better Homes and Gardens)


3. Make your own coat tree for under $10.

(Ana White)


4. Make a bench to sit on.

(Home Depot)

5. Use buckets to organize items for each family member in the entrance! There are also free labels to print out.

(Better Homes and Gardens)

6. Painted screwdriver rack to hold your scarves and coats.

(HomeMade Modern)

7. Floral bucket turned umbrella stand.

(I Heart Organizing)

8. Organize your keys with this lovely key holder DIY.

(Shanty 2 Chic)

 9. Turn an Ikea Bookshelf on it’s side, add a cushion, and you have an entryway storage bench!

(from Better Homes and Gardens)

10. Paint a bunch of wood crates and install them on the wall in your entryway.

(Thea’s Mania)

11. Print out these free blank labels and use them to mark baskets for entryway storage.

(Better Homes and Gardens)

12. Create an entryway organizer.

(Curate This Space)

Is your entryway organized? As of right now, mine is not. Wish me luck!


- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. the photos from the first image are from Emily HendersonBetter Homes and GardensBetter Homes and GardensAna White, and Thea’s Mania.