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Though it’s been several years, I’ve always really enjoyed a good camping trip. Sure, I’ve got an issue with bees, spiders, and *shivers* freaky centipedes, but, really, how many of us like those critters anyway? But camping can truly be one of the most relaxing and enjoyable vacations you can take. Now that the trend toward glamping — that’s “glamorous camping” for you non-Pinteresty types — is reaching new heights, anyone heading out to be one with nature is trying to do so in the coolest, easiest, chicest, most hackable way possible. We’re here to help. Check out these 10 camping tips and tricks sure to exceed the usual camping standards.

1. #Adulting

The first issue you’ll face when choosing to camp for the first time in your adult life is, well, everything. What tools do I need? What food should I bring? How do you build a fire? How do you pitch a tent? Where do you even put the tent? Trail Sherpa was kind enough to compile a list of tips from their bloggers that answers these questions and many more. If you were unsure about shaking hands with Mother Nature, you won’t be after you read through the advice.

Image via: Trail Sherpa

2. Sip and Set

With the shortage of coffee tables you’ll have in the woods, you’ll need to be prepared with a place to set your beverage. Blogger Megan has the DIY solution for you. Her tutorial for this outdoor drink holder is a quick, fun project you can personalize. Use a different pattern for each member in your camping party.

Image via: Positively Splendid

3. Bright Bottles

Worried about tripping over your guylines and tent stakes while carrying the roasting sticks? Me too. Mike from Instructables relaxes our fears with these DIY tent stake markers. If you’re not interested in an adult beverage, glass soda bottles will do the same trick!

Image via: Instructables

4. Floor Foam

Ever make it through the night in a tent with your air mattress still full in the morning? If you have, you’re one of the few. Prevent the pain of might-as-well-have-slept-in-the-dirt bed-deflate with this clever idea from Tiffany’s blog, A Little Campy. She lines the floor of her tent with huge, interlocking foam tiles. This gives support beneath the mattress pad and also lets you walk around your tent barefoot without worrying what might be beneath the canvas.

Image via: A Little Campy

5. Fashion-Forward Hiking

Hiking just got easier — and more beautiful. Spend time with friends or the kids making an afternoon craft for the next morning’s hike. Christine shows us how she created these DIY painted walking sticks with her daughter over at her blog The DIY Dreamer. Be sure to give these beauties a decoupage finish to ensure a lasting paint job.

Image via: The DIY Dreamer

6. Prepared and Planned

Meal prep at it’s finest, Mean Mommy Academy creator Sarah has a plan for your meal plan. You can download a template for free at her blogspot. Print one for each day of the trip; it will help you figure out not only what ingredients you’ll need per meal, but also what groceries to buy, what tools to pack, and even reminders for the day’s activities and what fun things you’ll need to bring for those as well.

Image via: Mean Mommy Academy

7. Portable Kitchen Cabinet

Keep your campsite kitchen in order with a rolling drawer set. All of Melissa’s favorite camping cookwear fits neatly into these four drawers and moves easily from car to campfire. See how she and her husband made this rolling cart chuck box over at her blog, Finally-Forever.

Image via: Finally-Forever

8. All Within Reach

Hanging shoe racks have become one of the most multipurpose items in home goods. Lifehacker Alan Henry put his to good use with this DIY camping kitchen organizer. Alan picked the plastic variety for it’s durability and water resistance. Hang from bungee cords on an awning or as a personal items organizer inside the tent.

Image via: LifeHacker

9. With all these hacks, you’ll have plenty of time to lounge for a bit during your glamping experience. Take a peek at how the gals from Spell Designs created this beautiful boho glamping site. Most items were from around the house and easy for two people to set up.

Image via: Spell Designs

10. Northstory creator Alex made these cute magnetic invites for her daughter’s birthday party. As you plan your next camping trip, send these cute invites out to your friends. You can all connect with nature together.

Image via: northstory

Now that you’re ready to get your glamp on, what project are you going to do first? Do you have any other great camping tips and tricks? Let me know all about it!

Until then,

~Bri

 


A bedroom is never truly complete until the headboard is in place. Often the focal point of the room, retailers ask big bucks for this single piece of furniture. But don’t bother turning your pockets inside out for this statement piece just yet. Here at BHG we like to save a dollar where we can, too. Check out this awesome list of DIY headboards and headboard alternatives that will give your bedroom the finished look you’ve been searching for — without the big dollar signs!

1. Wordy Wall

This DIY book headboard is perfect for all the literary fans out there. Design Every Day creator Kassandra made this wordy focal piece with plywood, nails, tape, and old thrift store books. She completes the look with a vintage hanging lamp.

 

Photo via: Design Every Day

2. Fab Refurb

Serena Appiah understands how to pay a little and get a lot. She painted and reupholstered this vintage DIY headboard over on her site, Thrift Diving. This beautiful headboard, Serena suggests, could also be used as a dining room bench backrest.

Photo via: Thrift Diving

3. Double Drapery

This bed canopy is soft, romantic, flowy, and — added bonus — it involves no sewing. Teryn Yancey, of Vintage Romance Style, created this dramatic DIY bed canopy out of curtain rods, chandelier swags, ribbon, and two tablecloths. Held together with hot glue, this faux headboard is sure to draw attention.

Photo via: Vintage Romance Style

4. Headboard or Footboard?

Moroccan-theme headboards can fall into the hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars. Don’t shell out the dough until you’ve searched for Moroccan…doormats? That’s what Kara Paslay did! She spent under $100 and made her very own, very trendy DIY West Elm Morocco headboard look-alike.

Photo via: Kara Paslay Designs

5. Upholstered Upcycle

Speaking of unique repurposing, who knew that an old door could make a perfect headboard? Rachael Ranney shows us how to make this upcycled upholstered headboard from a door in her video-and-photo tutorial on Buildipedia’s blog. Story here? Salvage old furniture and your room could look this good, too.

Photo via: Buildipedia

6. Nightlight, Better Built

DIY this fun marquee-inspired headboard with help from Emma Chapman’s step-by-step guide on A Beautiful Mess. She and her sister created the headboard for a guestroom, but a piece like this could also look great in a kids’ room and double as a nightlight.

Photo via: A Beautiful Mess

7. Hunted Happiness

The Hunted Interior’s Kristin Jackson created this DIY headboard from scratch with her husband. Together they formed and built the backboard, filled with foamed and batted the front, upholstered (and problem solved) the unique shape, and perfected the project with nailhead trim. See how they made this top-notch piece in Kristin’s step-by-step tutorial.

Photo via: Hunted Interior

8. Foam Faux Tile = Fauxm Headboard

Feel like there’s not enough time to make these neat projects? Courtney can show you how to create a stylish DIY headboard in just 20 minutes. Check out this fun project over at her blog, Sweet C’s, and see what you can make with just a little paint and a few foam tiles.

Photo via: Sweet C’s Designs

9. Maybe a Mountainscape?

Who needs any kind of headboard when this beautiful landscape is behind their pillows? Artist Pam Lostracco shows us on her blog how she painted her bedroom wall into a beautiful mountain mural rather than adding a headboard. The effect is stunning.

Photo via: Pam Lostracco

These DIY’s are not only lovely, they’ll save you a pretty penny too! If you’re looking to update the look of your bedroom soon, I hope you’ve found some inspiration here from these brilliant blogger ideas. In the meantime, keep DIYing, and let me know how your projects go!

Until then,

~Bri


Confession time.

I love glitter. Metallic, sparkly things draw me in like a moth to a flame. Which, incidentally, is glowy and shiny, too. Having taken a peek into the average backyard, I’ve noticed not enough glitz twinkles around the everyday garden or porch. To create more attention-grabbing detail to your yard, I’ve gathered a list of fun DIY sparkly projects you never knew you needed. Glam up your yard with these shimmery pieces.

1. Hanging Ombre Metallic Pots

Stephanie Shore Fisher gets me. She runs her blog Glitter and Goat Cheese (her two favorite things), and posts neat projects and finds that are often quite shiny. Example A: these pretty, framed DIY ombre hanging planters. She suggests mixing metals and trying a nickle chain, too.

Photo via: Glitter and Goat Cheese

2. Fab Lawn FlaBLINGo

Dream a Little Bigger blogger Allison Murray gifted this DIY bedazzled lawn flamingo to her sister. She shows you in just a few steps what you need to do to create this awesome statement piece that will bling up your yard, flowerbed, or garden. Try a variety of colored gems to create a rainbow flock of flaBLINGos.

Photo via: Dream a Little Bigger

3. Metallic Garden Tower

Create a DIY metallic trellis with brass or copper pipes. Allison shows us with detailed photos how to build this shiny garden trellis over at her blog, 33 Shades of Green. She even reveals the progress of her morning glories and suggests a few other plants to try growing on a trellis.

Photo via: 33 Shades of Green

4. Sparkling Sip ‘n Snack Table

TV personality, designer, and author Mark Montano fashioned this work of art on his personal blog Make Your Mark! His DIY glitter striped table is a sparkle lovers dream. Try creating this table for your deck or patio with his super helpful tutorial, and enjoy an afternoon snack over gold and under sun.

Photo via: Make Your Mark!

5. Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Blogger, crafter, and DIYer Jamie shared this simple tutorial of her family’s marble-filled fence project on her blog C.R.A.F.T., Creating Really Awesome Free Things. Added bonus: if you ask nicely, she’ll tell you how they created the removable fence panel.

Photo via: C.R.A.F.T.’s

6. #GlitterGoals

I didn’t know I needed this until I saw it. Get inspired with images of this DIY glitter croquet set. All you need is some spray paint, glitter, decoupage adhesive, and that old croquet set hiding in the back of the garage. Highlight mallets and balls with the original colors of the game, or choose your own favorites to get some sparkle rolling across your backyard.

Photo via: Mintage Home
7. Lovely Gold Leaf
Mismatch terra-cotta pots laying around? Make them look uniform and beautiful with Kristin Jackson’s quick explanation on how to gold-leaf a pot. In the guide on her blog, The Hunted Interior, Kristin says to be sure to place the leafing helter-skelter to look timeworn and to play along with any damage the elements might bring. Photo via: Hunted Interior

8. Glitzy Gardener

Look glamorous while working in the garden this summer with these DIY-ified glitter yard tools. Anjelika Temple of Brit+Co created this great tutorial on how to beautify around-the-house tools. Don’t be afraid to glitterize more — anything with a handle!

Photo via: Brit+Co

If these projects haven’t inspired you to put a little pizzazz into your outdoor living, I don’t know what will. I’m excited to see you glittery, glitzy projects come to life. Let me know how they go and if this sparkle sparks your creativity in another way!

Until then,

~Bri


I don’t know if there’s anything better than sitting around a bonfire eating toasty marshmallows and listening to crackling wood. My unlucky soul, however, lives in an apartment and can’t enjoy such pleasures unless someone else is throwing a party. I’ll keep dreaming though. Here are just a few inspiring fire pits I can’t keep off my third-floor-living mind.

1) Do you have a unique landscape feature that goes unused? Convert it into a fire pit! Lucy couldn’t keep the fish in her koi pond because of predators. Instead of constantly restocking, she let the water-feature dry out. Now it makes a beautiful addition to her patio.

Image via: Lucy’s Lampshade

2) This DIY brick fire pit saved blogger Jim a pretty penny, costing only $1.35. Most of the materials were leftovers scrapped from project sites. Check out Jim’s step-by-step guide on how to create this unique inground fire pit.

Image via: The Perfect Garden Hose

3) This tabletop fire pit is so neat. Karen shows us the detailed steps for making this portable fire pit on her blog, The Art of Doing Stuff. She goes as far as creating the glass enclosure and teaching us a cool trick with a spaghetti noodle.

Image via: The Art of Doing Stuff

4) If you aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty, this project is for you. From Man Made, a postmodern male’s hands-on creativity blog, Chris shows readers how to create a concrete fire pit from scratch. Those who take on this project will really enjoy Chris’s detailed explanations and images.

Image via: Man Made

5) Morgan Satterfield of the Brick House needed to replace a failed attempt at a DIY cinder block fire pit. Testing out a new skill she picked up from friends, Morgan explains a basic welding project to create this sleek, square fire pit.

Image via: The Brick House

6) This artistic DIY mosaic fire pit is perfect for the bold-color lover. Kristy O, of 3 Peppers, provides detailed steps of laying the pavers, creating the pit, and choosing the mosaic tiles for her Florida backyard project.

Image via: 3 Peppers

7) Giving old items new purpose is an art form. Sarah, creator of House and Fig, has that art mastered. She shows us in just seven steps how to turn a washing machine drum into a DIY fire pit. Talk about an upcycle.

 

Image via: House and Fig

8) Making a fire pit multipurpose isn’t something you’ll hear too often. Robin and Mike from All Things Heart and Home had a stellar idea to use their fire pit for not one, not two, but three purposes! Check out the how-to on this fire pit/tabletop/game board.

 

Image via: All Things Heart and Homes

Greet the heat and get started on building these DIY fire pits so you can enjoy their flames all summer long and well into the fall. Have a marshmallow or two for me!

Until next time,

~Bri


In the era of limitless screen time and central air-conditioning, getting outside for more than the daily commute can be a challenge. Lucky for us, these women are in their right mind. They set down their controllers and turned off their tablets to inspire us with their outdoor gaming instead. With their guidance, I’ve compiled a list of my top seven outdoor games to get us off the couch and into the yard this year.

1. Kelly Mindell of Studio DIY engages my inner child with her DIY giant lawn matching game. Her step-by-step guide to creating the game uses durable 12×12-inch cork tiles, but she mentions opting for less expensive cardstock or cardboard if you only plan on playing the game once or twice.

DIY Giant Lawn Matching Game

Photo via: Studio DIY

2. This fun game by Kimbo, creator of A Girl and a Glue Gun, is the best for cooling off while having a blast. Kimbo’s Frozen T-Shirt Race has you place damp shirts in the freezer, then race to see who can put theirs on the fastest after it’s frozen. Let the struggle commence!

Frozen t-shirt race

Photo via:  A Girl and a Glue Gun

3. In an Olympic year, there’s no reason not to take a stab at the Backyard Olympic Games. Mom Leana — creator of A Small Snippet — planned her son’s birthday party around the summer games, complete with DIY Olympic snacks; DIY hurdles, javelin throw, and shot put competitions; and personalized “uniform” party-favor T-shirts for each competitor.

Photo via: A Small Snippet

4. DIY these neat giant yard games with just a few supplies, and, bonus, learn how to play Cooties. Megan Harney, mom and blogger from Wit and Wander, shows us how to create giant, reusable yard game pieces and graciously supplies us with a free printable game to play with your new yard-size dice.

DIY Yard Games - Wit & Wander 1

Photo via: Wit and Wander

5. Some of the best games include no equipment at all. She Knows blogger Whitney Coy compiled a list of play-anywhere taglike games including a new one to me. Octopus Tag – a sort of cross between red rover and freeze-tag – involves tagging, freezing, fish, crabs, and the ocean, with lots of opportunity for fun.

Photo via: She Knows

6. How could I leave everyone’s favorite warm-weather game off the list? Anything involving a water balloon is sure to ignite a great party. Thanks to Heather, founder and designer of the Chickabug shop and blog, we’ve got this totally awesome list of water balloon games for you to try this year. You can’t go wrong with No. 9 (trust me!).

Photo via: Making Merry Memories

7. Play to your kids’ (or kids’-at-heart) competitive natures, and try Sophie’s clean-up game from Sophie’s World. Those water balloons you just played with are going to create a mess, but Balloon Scrap Pick Up turns clean up into a game. Compete individually or in teams to collect the most scrap pieces in one minute. Play as many rounds as it takes to get the yard clean again.

Photo via: Sophie’s World

So get outside and give these games a shot with your friends and family. As summer rolls in, let me know how they go, or tell me what other games are great for the backyard!

Until then,

~Bri

 


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


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