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Trend: 20 Creative Lighting DIYs

Bad lighting can really make a nice home feel dull and boring. Don’t let that happen to your house. There are a TON of great ideas out there to make your own Creative Lighting DIYs, so I explored the internets and found some of my favorites that I think you will all love. There’s something for everyone and each skill level. Ready?

1) This DIY Neon Letter Light is amazing! Found on I Spy DIY.

This DIY Neon Letter Light is amazing! Found on I Spy DIY.

2) This Brass Chandelier DIY looks like a lot of work, but the end result is worth it. Found on One Kings Lane.

This Brass Chandelier DIY looks like a lot of work, but the end result is worth it. Found on One Kings Lane.

3) Do you know what those pendants are made from? Old camper stands! I love how they turned out. Found on The White Buffalo Styling Co.

Do you know what those pendants are made from? Old camper stands! I love how they turned out. Found on The White Buffalo Styling Co.

4) These hanging lanterns are so cool. Made with rice paper lanterns from Ikea, then adding fabric triangles or spray painted paper strips. So cool. Found on Decor 8 blog and from the Danish BoligLiv magazine.

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5) If you’d prefer an easier paper lantern DIY, this ombré hanging lantern is perfect! Found on Remodelista.

If you'd prefer an easier paper lantern DIY, this ombré hanging lantern is perfect! Found on Remodelista.

6) I could totally see this DIY Mod Twig light hanging over my dining table. Make it for under $10! Found on Curbly.

I could totally see this DIY Mod Twig light hanging over my dining table. Make it for under $10! Found on Curbly.

7) I’ve shared this lighted headboard in the past, but I love it so much I wanted to share it again. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

I've shared this lighted headboard in the past, but I love it so much I wanted to share it again. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

8) Yup, these pendant lights are made from recycled cardboard. Found on Sugar and Cloth.

Yup, these pendant lights are made from recycled cardboard. Found on Sugar and Cloth.

9) This cool lamp is made with lightweight flexible wood and wire mesh. Found on Infarrantly Creative.

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10) Sputnik chandeliers are out of my price range, but this Sputnik inspired IKEA light hack might just work for me. Found on Little Green Notebook.

Sputnik chandeliers are out of my price range, but this Sputnik inspired IKEA light hack might just work for me. Found on Little Green Notebook.

11) How appropriate is this? A clothespin lamp I’m a laundry room. Found on Young House Love.

How appropriate is this? A clothespin lamp I'm a laundry room. Found on Young House Love.

12) There are a lot of bubble lamp DIYs out there, but this one is my favorite. Why? This DIY is very user friendly and the lamp turned out great. Found on Small Notebook.

There are a lot of bubble lamp DIYs out there, but this one is my favorite. Why? This DIY is very user friendly and the lamp turned out great. Found on Small Notebook.

13) These hat lights are so much fun. Found on Paper n Stitch.

These hat lights are so much fun. Found on Paper n Stitch.

14) Transform Ikea’s Leran basket lamp into these pretty two toned creations. Found on Chatelaine.

Transform Ikea's Leran basket lamp into these pretty two toned creations. Found on Chatelaine.

15) Are you up for a fun paper folding project? Check out how to fold some paper into these cool lamps! Found on Curbly.

Are you up for a fun paper folding project? Check out how to fold some paper into these cool lamps! Found on Curbly.

16) Yes, this is a vase turned into a light. I love it, especially the bright pink string wrapped around the wire. Found on My Pattern of Life.

Yes, this is a vase turned into a light. I love it, especially the bright pink string wrapped around the wire. Found on My Pattern of Life.

17) This light would be so easy to make, made from a decorative metal sheet. Found on Cleverly Inspired.

This light would be so easy to make, made from a decorative metal sheet. Found on Cleverly Inspired.

18) I have to tell you guys, I’m still into ombré projects and these glass ombré pendants are lovely. Found on Design Love Fest.

I have to tell you guys, I'm still into ombré projects and these glass ombré pendants are lovely. Found on Design Love Fest.

19) This pendant light was made from two baskets! Found on Design Sponge.

This pendant light was made from two baskets! Found on Design Sponge.

20) If you’re not up for a big lighting project you can always purchase a DIY light. This light box is always a DIY. Change out the words daily if you’d like. Comes in different sizes. Found on Design Life Kids.

If you're not up for a big lighting project you can always purchase a DIY light. This light box is always a DIY. Change out the words daily if you'd like. Comes in different sizes. Found on Design Life Kids.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

The images in the first photo are from Remodelista, Paper n Stitch, I Spy DIY, and A Beautiful Mess.


Decluttering and Organizing Your Home with Free Printable Sorting Signs

Trend: Decluttering and Organizing Your Home with Free Printable Sorting Signs

It’s time to Spring clean and maybe get ready for a much needed garage sale. I know just the thought of organizing the whole home sounds exhausting, but decluttering doesn’t have to be stressful. Start the process with a plan and don’t worry about finishing it all at once! Where do you begin? I like to start with a room that we use most often and then I set up a little organizing station so I can easily organize the stuff I’m going through while I’m cleaning. I always have a trash bag, donate box, consignment box, and a keep box (anything that goes in the keep box gets put away right after I’m done organizing). I also like to tackle one room at a time, but if I don’t have much time to clean I’ll just work on one section of a room, like the closet.

When you’re going through stuff at home there are a few questions you should ask yourself:

  1. Does this clothing item still fit me? If it doesn’t, get rid of it.
  2. Have I worn this clothing item in the last year? If no, donate or sell.
  3. Do I use this item? If no, figure out if there is somewhere you can use it, or get rid of it.
  4. Is this item broken? If it is, is it worth fixing?
  5. If I’m ready to get rid of this item do I donate it, or try to sell it? I like to bring some of my clothing items to a local consignment shop. If we are getting rid of larger home items sometimes we will try to sell it online. If you don’t have time to do that in the next month, donate.

Decluttering and Organizing Your Home with Free Printable Sorting Signs

If you want to keep on top of organizing throughout the whole year, set up labeled baskets (using my free printable sorting signs) in your home so you can easily toss items you no longer need into these organized categories. I always have a donate and consignment basket ready to go in my laundry room. Click here to download my “keep, trash, consign, and donate” signs and click here to download my “garage sale, sell online, too big, and too small” signs. I printed my signs onto card stock, cut them out, and used some string to hang the sign from the baskets. If you want the sign to last longer, laminate it.

Sorting Signs

If you ARE getting ready for a garage sale, I’ve also made some printable “SALE” arrows for you to use. Print the out onto card stock, then cut them out.

Printable Sale Signs

Are you ready to Spring clean and get ready for summer with an organized home? I hope my tips helped!

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


20 Lovely DIY Headboard Ideas

Trend: 20 Lovely DIY Headboard Ideas

I always love to suggest making furniture items for your home, instead of buying them finished. I know I can’t make EVERY item in my home (that would probably make me crazy), but there are some items for the home that can be easily made. One of those items that you can easily create: a bed headboard! Below you will find a variety of lovely DIY headboard ideas that range from super easy to make (like a washi tape headboard), to a handmade tufted headboard. There’s something for every skill level.

1) Use washi tape to create a cityscape for a faux headboard. Found on Charlotte Minty.

Use washi tape to create a cityscape for a faux headboard. Found on Charlotte Minty.

2) I love Ikea hacks, and this one looks so simple to make. Head on over to the Sugar and Cloth blog to see the full DIY.

I love Ikea hacks, and this one looks so simple to make. Head on over to the Sugar and Cloth blog to see the full DIY.

3) I’m loving this bookshelf headboard, found on Better Homes and Gardens.

I'm loving this bookshelf headboard, found on Better Homes and Gardens.

4) This is a perfect headboard for anyone on a budget, just paint it on the wall! Found on Oh Oh Blog.

This is a perfect headboard for anyone on a budget, just paint it on the wall! Found on Oh Oh Blog.

5) Make this headboard with birch wood, trim, and paint. The DIY can be found on eHow (created by Dream Green DIY).

Make this headboard with birch wood, trim, and paint. The DIY can be found on eHow (created by Dream Green DIY).

6) Guys, this headboard is made out of spray painted door mats! Check out the DIY on Kara Paslay Designs.

Guys, this headboard is made out of spray painted door mats! Check out the DIY on Kara Paslay Designs.

7) Here’s a quick way to update your headboard without buying a new one. Faux flowers weaved into the headboard, found on Design Love Fest.

Here's a quick way to update your headboard without buying a new one. Faux flowers weaved into the headboard, found on Design Love Fest.

8) This sweet chalkboard headboard would be so fun in a kid’s room. Found on Sparkle Power.

This sweet chalkboard headboard would be so fun in a kid's room. Found on Sparkle Power.

9) I love this string light house shape! Found on vtwonen.

I love this string light house shape! Found on vtwonen.

10) If you want a more rustic headboard, check out this DIY on Samantha Elizabeth.

If you want a more rustic headboard, check out this DIY on Samantha Elizabeth.

11) This faux tile headboard was created for $20! That’s amazing. Find the whole DIY on Sweet C’s Designs.

This faux tile headboard was created for $20! That's amazing. Find the whole DIY on Sweet C's Designs.

12) A vintage sheet, some wall art, and foam boards come together to create this pretty headboard. Found on Happiness is Homemade.

A vintage sheet, some wall art, and foam boards come together to create this pretty headboard. Found on Happiness is Homemade.

13) Sometimes all you need is a bit of fabric or a tapestry to create a backdrop for your bed. Found on The Finders Keepers.

Sometimes all you need is a bit of fabric or a tapestry to create a backdrop for your bed. Found on The Finders Keepers.

14) I would have LOVED these teepee beds as a kid. Found on Babyology.

I would have LOVED these teepee beds as a kid. Found on Babyology.

15) This pegboard headboard gives you the option to move things around. Easily switch out artwork and shelving. Found on Sugar and Cloth.

This pegboard headboard gives you the option to move things around. Easily switch out artwork and shelving. Found on Sugar and Cloth.

16) Isn’t this woven wooden headboard beautiful? Find the full DIY on the Lowes blog.

Isn't this woven wooden headboard beautiful? Find the full DIY on the Lowes blog.

17) Do you love this wood headboard? It’s not really wood, it’s fabric. Check it out on Craft Hunter.

Do you love this wood headboard? It's not really wood, it's fabric. Check it out on Craft Hunter.

18) I’m 90% sure I will need to recreate this for my bedroom. I love it! Found on Dwell.

I'm 90% sure I will need to recreate this for my bedroom. I love it! Found on Dwell.

19) Better Homes and Gardens transformed a couple of vintage doors into lovely twin bed headboards. Find them on BHG.

Better Homes and Gardens transformed a couple of vintage doors into lovely twin bed headboards. Find them on BHG.

20) This tufted headboard is magnificent! The full DIY is on Schue Love.

This tufted headboard is magnificent! The full DIY is on Schue Love.

If you loved these headboard DIYs, check out my 10 DIY Bedroom Makeovers to Update Your Room.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


12 Ideas to Make a Kid Friendly Garden

Trend: Ideas to Make a Kid Friendly Garden

It’s Spring and I’m guessing some of you are beginning to plan out what you will be doing in your garden. What will you plant? Are you building anything back there? How can you make it more kid friendly? I can help you with the last question. Below I’ve shared 12 ideas to make a kid friendly garden.

1) A pathway isn’t just a pathway. Add some numbers to the path to make a DIY Hopscotch game for the garden. Found on BHG.

A pathway isn't just a pathway. Add some numbers to the path to make a DIY Hopscotch game for the garden. Found on BHG.

2) Even though I LOVE cute playhouses, they can be a bit spendy. Skip building a mini house and use fence sections to create a little fort! This fun DIY was found on This Old House.

Even though I LOVE cute playhouses, they can be a bit spendy. Skip building a mini house and use fence sections to create a little fort! This fun DIY was found on This Old House.

3) Gather some rocks and grab some paint to make these very cute garden markers. Get your kids involved to make them. Found on Adventures in a Box.

Gather some rocks and grab some paint to make these very cute garden markers. Get your kids involved to make them. Found on Adventures in a Box.

4) On my to do list: create a fairy garden with my daughter. It’s definitely a fun project to get your kids outside. Found on The Magic Onions.

On my to do list: create a fairy garden with my daughter. It's definitely a fun project to get your kids outside. Found on The Magic Onions.

5) If your kiddo is a bit younger and wants to help you water the garden, this project is for you. I transformed an old milk jug into a kid friendly watering jug. Check it out on The Paper Mama blog.

If your kiddo is a bit younger and wants to help you water the garden, this project is for you. I transformed an old milk jug into a kid friendly watering jug. Check it out on The Paper Mama blog.

6) How fun is this little arbor bench? It’s the perfect size for kids. Found on The Crafting Chicks (from Ana White).

How fun is this little arbor bench? It's the perfect size for kids. Found on The Crafting Chicks (from Ana White).

7) Make a special space in the garden that is just for your kid. Four years ago I made this small raised garden bed for my daughter (she’s so small in the photos) and she still loves it! It’s strictly a strawberry garden now, but it’s hers to take care of and she loves to show visitors her garden. Check out how we made this on the BHG Style Spotters Blog.

Make a special space in the garden that is just for your kid. Four years ago I made this small raised garden bed for my daughter (she's so small in the photos) and she still loves it! It's strictly a strawberry garden now, but it's hers to take care of and she loves to show visitors her garden. Check out how we made this on the BHG Style Spotters Blog.

8) I had to share this full list of backyard games that Better Homes and Gardens put together from 14 different blogs. 14 game ideas to keep those kids busy outside! Check it out right here. The image below is from Studio DIY.

I had to share this full list of backyard games that Better Homes and Gardens put together from 14 different blogs. 14 game ideas to keep those kids busy outside! Check it out right here. The image above is from Studio DIY.

9) Kids go through bubble solution FAST and it’s kind of a pain to be refilling it non stop. Setting a a bubble refill station is genius! Found on Peninsula Kids.

Kids go through bubble solution FAST and it's kind of a pain to be refilling it non stop. Setting a a bubble refill station is genius! Found on Peninsula Kids.

10) My daughter doesn’t really like drawing with chalk on our walkways (we do have chickens walking around bugging her), so this framed outdoor magnetic chalkboard would be perfect! We could attach it to our fence and she can draw away. Found on My Colortopia.

My daughter doesn't really like drawing with chalk on our walkways (we do have chickens walking around bugging her), so this framed outdoor magnetic chalkboard would be perfect! We could attach it to our fence and she can draw away. Found on My Colortopia.

11) Create this wooden slice pathway to cut a path through your grass. Kids will have fun hopping along the path through the yard. Found on Better Homes and Gardens.

Create this wooden slice pathway to cut a path through your grass. Kids will have fun hopping along the path through the yard. Found on Better Homes and Gardens.

12) Okay. Your backyard is now the kid friendliest backyard around, but where are you going to store all those toys? Hide them in a storage bench. Storage and seating in one piece. Found on I Heart Organizing.

Okay. Your backyard is now the kid friendliest backyard around, but where are you going to store all those toys? Hide them in a storage bench. Storage and seating in one piece. Found on I Heart Organizing.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


8 DIY Ideas to Transform a Dull Backyard/Patio on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

Trend: 8 DIY Ideas to Transform a Dull Backyard or Patio

The rain is slowing down a bit here in Portland, so I’m ready to start spending some time out in my yard. Since we tore down our detached garage last Fall my husband and I are exploring the Internet to find inspiring ideas to help makeover the yard. It’s currently a mud pit, but we shall change that soon! Below you will find 8 ideas I found this week that really inspired us.

1) Check out these 7 great ideas to create a stylish backyard. This before and after is so amazing. Found on One Kings Lane.

Check out these 7 great ideas to create a stylish backyard. This before and after is so amazing. Found on One Kings Lane.

2) Learn how you can create an outdoor living space in your backyard, on BHG from Tiny Sidekick.

Learn how you can create an outdoor living space in your backyard, on BHG from Tiny Sidekick.

3) A little landscaping, some paint, furniture, and some pretty decorations came together to for this patio makeover. Found on The DIY Playbook.

A little landscaping, some paint, furniture, and some pretty decorations came together to for this patio makeover. Found on The DIY Playbook.

4) I love how this blogger broke down all the costs for their backyard makeover. Check out how they did this on a small budget! Found on Beginning in the Middle.

I love how this blogger broke down all the costs for their backyard makeover. Check out how they did this on a small budget! Found on Beginning in the Middle.

5) This patio is bland no more. The added furniture and pops of color take this patio from blah to wow! Found on the Home Depot blog.

This patio is bland no more. The added furniture and pops of color take this patio from blah to wow! Found on the Home Depot blog.

6) See how an architect transformed this barren front yard into a comfortable outdoor living room, found on the LA Times blog.

See how an architect transformed this barren front yard into a comfortable outdoor living room, found on the LA Times blog.

7) If you already have a nice patio built, just add some colorful furniture to spruce things up. Found on Remodelaholic.

If you already have a nice patio built, just add some colorful furniture to spruce things up. Found on Remodelaholic.

8) You don’t need to buy all new furniture and decor to decorate your backyard, check out how this backyard was transformed with thrifted items. Found on the Liz Marie blog.

You don't need to buy all new furniture and decor to decorate your backyard, check out how this backyard was transformed with thrifter items. Found on the Liz Marie blog.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Free Weekly Meal Planner Printable

Free Weekly Meal Planner Printable

We are still fresh into the new year, but some people (ahem, me) are already starting to ditch their New Year’s resolutions. Let’s not let that happen. One of my goals is to keep up with meal plans so my family and I can eat healthy and we stick to our grocery budget. I do have a 3 month old baby so that’s a valid excuse for slacking a bit on this goal, but I will not give up yet. I created some easy to use Weekly Meal Planner free printables to help keep this resolution going. The printable has a space to write out your meal idea for each day and there’s even a space for the shopping list for that week.

To keep me on top of this resolution, I used Command Strips to attach three cute clip boards to the wall and I put my meal plans on these boards. I can plan out our meals and shopping list for the next three weeks. Guaranteed this will bring our dinner stress levels down. We don’t usually plan out our breakfast and lunches (we tend to eat the same thing for all of those meals), but there’s plenty of room in each daily meal plan space to write out your breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas.

Free Weekly Meal Planner Printable

If you prefer reusable planners you can laminate or frame this printable and use dry erase markers for your meal plan sheet. Just take a photo of your shopping list before you head to the store, and you’re good! The printable menu comes in three colors: black and white, orange and blue, and colorful. Click on those links to download your own free Weekly Meal Planner printables. Be sure to click “scale to fit” before printing.

Need more inspiration to keep those resolutions? Below I’ve shared a couple of neat ideas to organize your life.

This command center will help you keep track of all the activities your family has coming up. Found on Beneath My Heart.

This command center will help you keep track of all the activities your family has coming up. Found on Beneath My Heart.

Keep your mail, coupons, and homework organized and easy to find with a folder rack. Found on Mom on Timeout.

Keep your mail, coupons, and kids homework organized and easy to find with folder rack. Found on Mom on Timeout.

You know what drives me nuts? Toys laying all over the house. Instead of running the toys back to my daughter’s room each time I pick up the living room, I can just toss them in a bag with her name on it. She can put those toys back in her room every couple of days instead of me. That’s a win. This family command chores center was found on The Yellow Cape Cod.

This family command chores center was found on The Yellow Cape Cod.

What resolutions did you make this year, and have you stuck with them?

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


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