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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

 


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


I am by no means a hoarder, but I find that I have a hard time parting with items that could potentially be repurposed and used for a future project. Do you have the same problem too?

Hi, I’m LZ Cathcart, and I’m the creative mind behind The Summery Umbrella shop and blog. Recently, my coffee station was featured in the May edition of the Better Homes and Gardens ”I Did It” section, and I have to say that I couldn’t be happier! It was such an amazing experience, and I’m so thankful that I have been provided the opportunity to share with you how this DIY project came about.

I have to admit that I do enjoy a few cups of coffee every morning and sometimes even in the afternoon. I’m not a caffeine addict by any means, but rather I love the comforting taste. With that being said, designing a coffee station in my home was an absolute must!

Originally, I started the project with just a simple shelf that measured out to be approximately six feet in length. It was the perfect size for all of my much-needed coffee accessories, but this simplistic design looked rather awkward on the wall that I was using. It definitely required a few other companion pieces to complete the look.

Although the overall cost of this project was technically free (since my husband and I used items that we already had on hand), the design did take a few months to plan. I’d much rather create a project from castoffs than spend a fortune on new materials, so working with what I had did take a little bit of brain power to round up the perfect items.

I started with the doors of my coffee station because reclaimed windows seem to always look amazing no matter where I put them. I then enlisted the assistance of my husband for the cabinetry since he has a great eye for woodworking details.

Last, I tested out a few items above my coffee station to see what would create the most cohesive and rustic look I was aiming for. Because I’ve always adored large china cabinets, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try a mirror from my own bedroom vanity. I had planned on moving this mirror out of the room at a later time but didn’t have the heart to throw it away. Thank goodness I didn’t!

My advice for your own similar projects? Take it slow. Sometimes an idea needs to be tossed around a few times before it will turn out the way you would like.

Get the free plan for this coffee station here!


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


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


Hi, I’m Ursula from Home Made by Carmona, and I’m excited to be here today to share one of the most versatile and high-end projects you can execute for your own home —  rug painting! Yes, you read right. Instead of shelling out the big bucks for that really edgy rug you’ve been eyeing, consider making your own at a fraction of the cost. I am honored to have my painted rugs featured in the “I Did It!” section of the March issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, and now you can create your own stunning painted rugs! By the way, it doesn’t just stop at rug design. The same techniques you use to create the rug of your dreams can be used to craft stellar throw pillows, curtain designs, cloth napkins, and more. But more on that later…

Today I’m giving you five tips to help you achieve the professional high-end rug you crave.

Tip #1: Create bold geometric patterns

Geometric patterns are in, and, lucky for us, they are the easiest designs to DIY. Lay tape down randomly for a modern application, or strategically imitate a favorite design.

Tips to make DIY geometric painted rugs

Tip #2: Use a great painters tape

Start with a really good painters tape to keep sharp lines and prevent bleeding. The green FrogTape is my personal favorite and works incredibly well on fabric. Make sure you take your time pressing along the edges of your tape for perfectly clean lines, then remove the tape as soon as the paint has been applied. The faster you remove the tape, the better.

Get the template for this rug here!

Tip #3: Go with sisal or flat weave rugs

From a decorative perspective, we love a flat weave or sisal rug, but from a paint-it-yourself perspective, we really adore it! Sisal has a texture that makes painting simple and generally bleed-free, and a flat weave rug (with the emphasis on flat) or any cotton-based rug that doesn’t have large woven bumps ensures tape can be applied flat and secure.

Tip #4:  Use stencils or other creative templates

Tape may be the go-to for creating designs, but don’t stop there! A simple cookie cutter can be used to create a popular polka dot design, and stencils are perfect for more intricate designs. Be creative, and think outside the box!

Tip#5: Go off script and apply designs to other mediums

Apply your newfound skill to curtains and throw pillows for decor that complements your beautiful new rug design. Learn how to make these trendy designs using tape at Home Made by Carmona.

By painting a rug or other decor item, you’ll add a posh, custom feel to your space, as if you shop only high-end decorator designs. Not to mention, you’ll save a ton of money and obtain some serious bragging rights!

 


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