Hosting a party is fun. Your friends are there, you’re wearing your favorite outfit, all that delicious food, and the special serveware you save just for these occasions. My Color Block Serving Tray DIY is perfect for your next party. If you’re anything like me and my friends, then you probably prefer snacky party food over a meal. Appetizers everywhere, all the cheese and salami, and some tasty drinks. Serving trays make it so easy to move food around and it makes the food look fantastic.
This tray isn’t just for serving goodies at a party. I think it would be a great bar tray to store your wine and bar ware, or keep it near the entrance of your home for a place to keep your keys/sunglasses/and phone.
- 24 inch x 12 inch x 1 inch Poplar wood piece (if you use a different type of wood, make sure to avoid porous woods)
- 2 cabinet drawer pulls with screws (I used the champagne bronze 3 inch Brainerd pulls from Lowes)
- Paint (I used this small sample bottle of Valspar Belle Grove Sorbet)
- Paint brush
- Painters tape
- Cabinet bumpers
- Optional: Food safe block oil (I recommend this if you will be placing food on the tray)
Prep the wood by sanding any sharp edges (if needed). Clean off any dust particles. Grab the painters tape and start to mark off little triangle sections on the board. Note: since I plan to put food directly on this board, I kept the triangles to the edges of the board. Food should not come in contact with the paint.
Paint two to three coats of paint over the taped off triangle sections. Let the paint dry completely. When the paint is dry, remove the painters tape.
Grab a pencil and measure in about 1 1/2 inches in from each edge and mark the drill holes for the drawer pulls. Screw the handles into the tray and add bumpers to the back of the tray. If you will be serving food on the board, add the block oil to the wood and let dry completely, then you’re done!
If you create this DIY, I’d love to see it! You can share a link in the comments below, or tag me in Instagram with a photo (my username is @thepapermama).
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Trend: 12 Entry DIY Ideas
The entryway in our home tends to turn into a catchall, so I’m constantly searching for ideas to organize the small space. Where should my keys go? Can I fit a shoe holder? Should I hang coats in the entry, or keep them in the closet? If you’re asking yourself these same questions, you should check out the tutorials I found below. They’re all great ideas, enjoy!
1. Do you have a small entryway? This entry table was cut from a larger table and I love it, from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.
2. Wall organizer with mail holder straps and coat hooks, from Apartment Therapy.
3. Create a shoe storage bench to sit under the coat hooks, from Remodelaholic.
4. You could create a storage bench and coat hook combo, from Lowes.
5. Give that boring entryway closet a makeover, from Woven Home.
6. This simple shoe rack DIY is perfect for any small space entry, from Not Martha.
7. Does your entryway open right into the living room? Create this nifty room divider to separate the rooms and add storage, from Better Homes and Gardens.
8. If you don’t need a lot of storage in the entryway, create this mini organizer for keys and other small things, from Almost Makes Perfect.
9. Print out this free reminder print and hang it by the front door. Now you won’t forget the important things when you leave the home, from The Paper Mama.
10. If you need a little more help to remember the important things on the way out the door, you can make this Door Organizer, from Design Sponge.
11. I love this simple and colorful key organizer, from A Beautiful Mess.
12. Do you feel like you need more organization in your life? This family command center sitting in the entry will really help (plus, it’s better than a bunch of clutter), from The Homes I Have Made.
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Trend: 12 Summer Party DIY Ideas
The weather is warm and I’m ready to host a summer party. I dream of sitting outside with my closest friends and enjoying some good food, but there is one problem: my husband and I don’t have anything to throw an outdoor party. I mean, we don’t even have an outdoor table. We are not the type to go out and spend a ton of money on pre made items and we’ve been thinking about what we can make for the backyard. We need a patio table, some chairs, decor (like a tablecloth and lighting), and all the fun accessories to make a summer party a party! Below are 12 DIY’s that have inspired me to get started on getting our outdoor space ready for a party.
1. Keep the bugs away from your grub with these DIY color block food domes, on Sugar and Cloth.
2. Get creative with your cheese serving tray, from A Beautiful Mess.
3. Serve drinks in this fun watermelon keg, from She Knows.
4. Paint with bleach to add design to some plain cloth napkins, from BHG.
5. Decorate with these fruity tissue honeycomb balls, from The House that Lars Built.
6. Make these fruit kabobs and use for place markers, on Creative Live made by Brittni Mehlhoff
7. These paper umbrellas are perfect drink stirrers (comes with a free printable), on The Paper Mama.
8. Turn your boring flatware into something pretty, from A Simple Kind of Life.
9. Create some pretty marquee lighting with some foam core and glitter, on BHG.
10. Turn a drop cloth into an outdoor tablecloth, from Yellow Brick Home.
11. If you don’t want to spend a ton of money on an outdoor table, you can build your own, from Decor and the Dog.
12. Give life to your old outdoor chairs with some paint, from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs.
Are you ready for your summer party?
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
I always find it thrilling when something quite ordinary can be turned into something extraordinary. And that is no exception when it comes time to find storage solutions for around the home. In previous posts, I have shared a few of my favorite organizing solutions that are always reliable, such as credenzas and bookcases. Today I am adding another to the list; the great wooden crate!
Wooden crates are readily available; whether at antique, thrift, craft or home improvement stores. They are typically quite inexpensive, and the storage possibilities are truly endless. The best part is you don’t have to have hardcore DIY skills to be able to make these amazing little gems into something quite incredible. A little stain and paint is all you need to bring these wooden boxes to life. Check out eight examples below of how crates are making a storage difference in a variety of homes and spaces.
Wooden crates make amazing wall storage because when paired together, they can create cubbies and open shelving. SImply anchor the crates to the wall and you have instant mudroom storage for pet supplies, outdoor gear, boots, shoes and even a mail station!
But don’t stop at the entryway, think about other spaces throughout your home that could benefit from wall cubbies and shelving as well. Like the laundry closet! Crates above the washer and dryer provide easy and convenient access to your daily laundering essentials!
Wooden crates are the ideal size for holding decorative storage boxes, magazine files and binders, thus making them quite popular in home offices. Above, they are again wall mounted to hold daily paper necessities in a beautiful way. Bonus: They can also be placed on the floor to act as filing storage.
Also in a home office or craft room, crates keep craft supplies on display and ready to use when the crafting mood strikes.
Many old vintage crates contain built-in dividers. This is always an organizational plus, as they now provide sorting options for smaller bits and pieces.
When looking to store children’s belongings, it is important to select items that will remain durable and can also be used down the road when the youngsters have grown. Once again, crates to the rescue! Adorable, kid friendly and versatile enough to switch gears at any point in time.
Add casters to the bottom of wooden crates to create “drawers” that pull out from under furniture. This keeps toys and child clutter tucked away between uses, yet provides floor level access at play and pick-up time. Bonus: these roll-out crate drawers also work great on the floor of pantries for storing vegetables, paper products and reusable shopping bags!
Slice a standard craft store crate and half, add a few mounting brackets, and you have quick and easy bookshelves in your playroom or child’s bedroom!
I don’t like to play favorites, but this crate stand is simply genius. Utilizing shelving brackets from a home improvement store created a three tier storage solution that is perfect for any small nook.
Lastly, here is a solution that can be used in just about any room in the home! Prop the crate up on a base, anything from a small table to a luggage rack will work well, to create a furniture style catch-all. Placed in a living room or guest room it works to corral extra linens, while in a bathroom this solution could act beautifully as daily toiletry storage. The options truly are endless, yet stylish at the same time.
How do you utilize crates around your home? Are you ready to head to the craft store to whip up some great crate storage?
The one thing I don’t like about gardening is how tangled the hose can get (I guess I’m also not a fan of all the weeds, but that comes with gardening). For years we’ve had the basic hose holder that attaches to the house, but it’s not exactly good to drill holes into your siding so we’ve been wanting to replace it forever. This DIY Bucket Hose Holder is cute and will help you organize your garden. It takes no time to create and it stands in the dirt. Check out the tutorial below to create your own.
- Galvanized pail (I suggest 10 or 12 quart)
- one 2 in x 2 in x 8 ft cedar lumber
- two 3/8 galvanized hex bolts at 3 1/2 in
- two 3/8 galvanized hex nuts
- four 3/8 galvanized flat washers
- white outdoor paint
- optional: yellow paint and washi tape
- optional: concrete
- 3/8 drill bit (for metal and wood)
1) While wearing eye protection, drill two holes into the bottom of the center of the bucket.
2) Cut the wood to 6 feet long. Place the bucket about 12 inches down from the top of the piece of wood. Use a pencil to place a mark on the wood, through the holes drilled in the bottom of the bucket. While wearing eye protection, drill two holes through the pencil marks on the wood.
3) Paint the wood white, and let dry completely. Optional: I chose to add a bit of color to the top of the wood. If you want to do this, put a few stripes of washi tape near the top, then add a couple coats of yellow paint. Let the paint dry, then peel off the tape.
4) Let’s attach the bucket. Place the two bolts (with washers on them) through the drill holes on the wood. Push the bolts through the bottom of the bucket holes. Add the last two washers to the bolts inside the bucket, then secure the nuts on the bolts.
5) To install the lovely hose holder, dig down in the dirt and bury the end about 3 feet deep. Note: Before digging deep holes, I always suggest calling your local gas, water, and electric companies to make sure you don’t hit any lines. Optional, but suggested: use a bit of concrete to stabilize the hose holder. You won’t be able to move it after this, but it will be more stable.
Total cost for this project (minus the paint and tools I already had): Under $20
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
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Trend: 10 Fantastic Patio Makeovers
My husband and I are prepping to tear down our terribly ugly (and sort of already falling down) detached garage real soon, so it got us thinking about all the things we can do with the extra space we will have in our tiny backyard! We definitely need a patio to entertain and host dinners in the summer, but will we do pavers or lay down some concrete? Maybe stones with pebbles filling in the cracks? Should we just go with grass? What about a covered area since it rains 9 months of the year in Portland? So many decisions to make and that’s what this weeks DIY inspiration is all about. Take that boring patio from blah to wow! Check out the inspiration below to get started on your own patio transformation.
1. I an in LOVE with this urban patio makeover (I want that yellow chair), on East Coast Creative Blog.
2. Update thrifted items to create an amazing outdoor space to hang with your friends, from Liz Marie Blog.
3. You have to check out the whole outdoor makeover here (they did a ton of great work), from The Handmade Home.
4. Update a patio with some colorful furniture and accessories, from Hi Sugarplum.
5. A fresh coat of paint goes along way with this makeover, from Smitten Studio.
6. This covered patio transformation is pretty amazing, from DIY Show Off.
7. Are you in an apartment and have a small patio? Then this makeover is for you, from The Apron Blog.
8. This homeowner really created a wonderful retreat in their backyard, from BHG.
9. This deck update is so wonderful and really brightens up the backyard, from Fabric Paper Glue.
10. This tiny backyard makeover is perfect, from Sugar and Cloth.
Are you happy with your backyard, or does it need a major makeover?
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
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