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12 Neat Hardware Makeovers

Today is all about DIY hardware for your home. Craft your own drawer pulls, makeover an old doorknob, and update that boring garage with a little hardware.

1) I’m loving these DIY geode drawer pulls. They are so lovely. Found on Popsugar.

I'm loving these DIY geode drawer pulls. They are so lovely. Found on Popsugar.

2) These Anthropologie-inspired DIY rope drawer pulls are great and low-cost to make! Find out how on CK and Nate.

These Anthropologie inspired DIY rope drawer pulls are great and low cost to make! Find out how on CK and Nate.

3) If you’re not into rope pulls, maybe you’d prefer these leather handles. Find the DIY on Designer Trapped.

If you're not into the rope pulls, maybe you would like these leather handles? Find the DIY on Designer Trapped.

4) If you already love the design of your drawer pulls, but you don’t like the color: paint them! This post explains the correct way to spray paint those old metal pulls. Found on Refresh Restyle.

If you already love the design of your drawer pulls, but you don't like the color: paint them! This post explains the correct way to spray paint those old metal pulls. Found on Refresh Restyle.

5) These golden animal pulls would be perfect for any kids’ desk! They’re made using spray-painted toys. Found on Apartment Therapy.

These golden animal pulls would be perfect for any kids desk! It's made using spray painted toys. Found on Apartment Therapy.

6) You can also craft drawer pulls out of copper pipes! Check out this amazing dresser transformation on Mountain Modern Life.

You can also craft some drawer pulls out of copper pipes! Check out this amazing dresser transformation on Mountain Modern Life.

7) Make these knobs with a few rocks right from your backyard. Find the DIY on BHG.

Make these knobs with some rocks right from your backyard. Find the DIY on BHG.

8) How many of you have a doorknob in your home that you cannot stand because of its finish? Well, you can easily make it over with some spray paint! Find out how on Handle the Heat blog.

How many of you have a doorknob in your home that you cannot stand because of its finish? Well, you can easily make it over with some spray paint! Find out how on Handle the Heat did this on their blog.

9) Now that you have your doorknob ready to go, you have to install it! Check out this tutorial on the Home Depot blog to see how to install a door knob.

Now that you have your doorknob ready to go, you have to install it! Check out this tutorial on the Home Depot blog to see how to install a door knob.

10) Have you considered installing a rolling barn door in your home? This tutorial might be for you. Learn how to make your own barn door track hardware. Found on Baby Rabies.

Have you been wanting to install a rolling barn door in your home? This tutorial might be for you. Learn how to make your own barn door track hardware. Found on Baby Rabies.

11) I love everything about this hardware makeover. Framing a doorknob with a ceiling medallion and adding a bit of paint is a great way to update your closet door’s hardware. Found on Popsugar.

I love everything about this hardware makeover. Framing a doorknob with a ceiling medallion and adding a bit of paint is a great way to update your door's hardware. Found on Popsugar.

12) Did you know you can easily update your garage doors with a bit of hardware? Check it out on the Bliss Images site.

Did you know you can easily update your garage doors with a bit of hardware? Check it out on the Bliss Images site.

Do you have any plans to update the hardware in your home?

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 Inexpensive Handmade Gift Ideas

Gift giving doesn’t have to break the bank. Why not try to make some thoughtful gifts for your friends and family? It could save you a bit of money, plus handmade gifts are fun to receive. Check out these 12 inexpensive handmade Gift Ideas below to get some inspiration.

1) This “gimme some sugar” towel is so cute and would be fun to give to your significant other with some nice cookware! A free file to make this at home is on Persia Lou.

This Gimme Some Sugar towel is so cute and would be fun to give to your significant other with some nice cookware! A free file to make this at home is on Persia Lou.

2) I love a nice sugar scrub, but they can be pretty pricey. This year I’m going to try to make my own; it would also make a great gift. Found on A Pumpkin and a Princess.

I love a nice sugar scrub, but they can be pretty spendy. This year I'm going to try and make my own and it could also make a great gift. Found on A Pumpkin and a Princess.

3) I’m 99 percent sure these socks were made for me. Find the DIY on Tried and True.

 I'm 99% sure these socks were made for me. Find the DIY on Tried and True.

4) These hanging leather-wrapped utensils are a great gift for the chef in your life. Found on Carolyn’s Homework.

These hanging leather wrapped utensils are a great gift for the chef in your life. Found on Carolyn's Homework.

5) I made these little gem soaps with my daughter a couple of months ago, and I think they would make a cute little stocking stuffer. Find the DIY on The Paper Mama.

I made these little gem soaps with my daughter a couple of months ago and I think they would make a cute little stocking stuffer. Find the DIY on The Paper Mama.

6) Do you know someone that needs a little help organizing their jewelry? This hexagon vanity tray is perfect. Found on Sugar and Cloth.

Do you know someone that needs a little help organizing their jewelry? This hexagon vanity tray is perfect. Found on Sugar and Cloth.

7) Just add a bag of coffee to this gift and you’re all set. Find the free printables to make these mugs on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

Just add a bag of coffee to this gift and you're all set. Free printables to make these mugs on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

8) Pretty much every person has keys, so these DIY key fobs are the perfect little gift. Found on Lil Luna.

Pretty much every person has keys, so these DIY key fobs are the perfect little gift. Found on Lil Luna.

9) This is the perfect gift for every mom: a spa in a jar. Get the directions and printable labels on The Gunny Sack.

I feel like this is the perfect gift for my mom: a spa in a jar. Get the directions and printable labels on The Gunny Sack.

10) This little trinket dish is so quick and easy to make. Check it out on Maritza Lisa.

This little trinket dish is so quick and easy to make. Check it out on Maritza Lisa.

11) Create these personalized coasters for the party planner in your life. Found on Martha Stewart.

Create these personalized coasters for the party planner in your life. Found on Martha Stewart.

12) Do you know someone who is always drinking coffee? Make them a funny travel mug for when they are on the go. Found on Studio DIY.

Do you know someone that is always drinking coffee? Maybe you can make them a funny travel mug for when they are on the go. Found on Studio DIY.

Do you plan on making any gifts this year?

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


DIY Numbered Party Glassware!

Okay: You’re at a holiday party, you go to grab your glass, and you forgot which drink is yours! This happens at almost EVERY family gathering I go to. Well, not anymore! Today I’m sharing how you can make your very own DIY numbered party glassware. The best part is that these things are dishwasher-safe. Yay!

Supplies needed:


Directions:

Step 1: Pick out the font you’d like to use for the glassware, or if you have the Silhouette Cameo you can download my 1 – 5 number file. If you are doing this project without a machine and you like the font I used, you can download it here for free; simply print it out and trace onto the material if you are cutting by hand.

Step 2: Measure the area on your glassware where you’d like the numbers to go. Adjust the font size to fit on the measured area (the numbers on the file I provided are roughly 2 inches tall). Note: Don’t forget to mirror your font before cutting since you’re cutting the back of the glitter material.

Step 3: Following the directions on the material, use your machine to cut out the numbers. If you don’t have a machine, cut out your numbers by hand after you’ve traced them onto the material.

DIY Numbered Party Glassware!

Step 4: Line the number up on the glassware. Tip: I wanted to make sure I was placing the numbers in the same spot on each glass. To do this, I placed the same amount of water in the glass and lined up the bottom of my number with the top line of that water.

Step 5: Stick the glassware between something secure so the cup won’t roll away while you use a hot iron! Place a light fabric material over the glitter number. Using the iron (with the steam off) and the settings set to cotton, iron the number onto the glassware with even pressure while continuing to move the iron (don’t sit in one spot).

DIY Numbered Party Glassware!Step 6: You are done! So far I’ve only run these through the dishwasher once and the stickers are still on there. From what I’ve read, this process should keep this glassware dishwasher-safe for a long time. Silhouette School tested out this entire process and said their glassware still has the stickers!

Head on over to my blog today if you want to find out how to make my Festive Christmas Wine Ice Cubes. Keep your wine chilled without watering it down!

Festive Holiday Wine Ice Cubes

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 Cool Kids Room Decor Ideas

Trend: Cool Kids Room Decor Ideas

Kid rooms have a tendency to get messy FAST, so I’m always on the lookout for new decor ideas that are cute and organize the massive amount of toys, art, and other random items. I found 12 Cool Kids Room Decor Ideas that I love and I think you will enjoy.

1) I LOVE this little DIY cactus coat rack. It would look cute in just about any kids room. Found on Carnets Parisiens.

I LOVE this little DIY cactus coat rack. It would look cute in just about any kids room. Found on Carnets Parisiens.

2) I have a cute little fridge and I prefer to not have it cluttered with magnets, so I really love this idea for a magnet wall for the kids! So much fun. Found on Oh Happy Day.

I have a cute little fridge and I prefer to not have it cluttered with magnets, so I really love this idea for a magnet wall for the kids! So much fun. Found on Oh Happy Day.

3) Don’t spend a ton of money on artwork for the kids room. You can make your own with your kids favorite toy, a white backdrop, and a camera. Found on Modern Parents Messy Kids.

Don't spend a ton on artwork for the kids room. You can make your own with your kids favorite toy, a white backdrop, and a camera. Found on Modern Parents Messy Kids.

4) This cute kids table is perfect for kids crafting time, plus it has a little shelf underneath for storage. Check out how they made this table for $30 on Strawberry Chic.

This cute kids table is perfect for kids crafting time, plus it has a little shelf underneath for storage. Check out how they made this table for $30 on Strawberry Chic.

5) My kiddo has SO MANY tiny toys that she loves and this little toy figurine display is so cute and would be perfect for her. Found on Young House Love.

My kiddo has SO MANY tiny toys that she loves. This little toy figurine display is so cute and would be perfect for her. Found on Young House Love.

6) If your kids room is tiny this may be a good option for you. A little bed loft built into a closet. Find the DIY on Bigger Than the Three of Us.

If you're kids room is tiny this may be a good option for you. A little bed loft built into a closet. Find the DIY on Bigger Than the Three of Us.

7) This bunk bed doubles as a sleeping spot and play place! Find the tutorial on Infarrantly Creative.

This bunk bed doubles as a sleeping spot and play place! Find the tutorial on Infarrantly Creative.

8) If you’re a parent of a toddler you probably have a clumsy kiddo that wants to help you cook and clean. They tend to fall off most stools, but this DIY kids stool has a guard rail to keep them safe while they “help” you. Found on IKEA Hackers.

If you're a parent of a toddler you probably have a clumsy kiddo that wants to help you cook and clean. They tend to fall off most stool, but this DIY kids stool has a guard rail to keep them safe while they

9) Using IKEA spice racks to hold kids books on the wall is a great idea! Found on Probably Actually.

Using IKEA spice racks to hold kids books on the wall is a great idea! Found on Probably Actually.

10) Kids bring home a TON of artwork from school. It’s almost impossible to fit al of that on the fridge or on the wall. This DIY kids art gallery wall is the perfect spot to display those little masterpieces and you can swap them out when new art comes along. Found on The Caterpillar Years.

Kids bring home a TON of artwork from school. It's almost impossible to fit al of that on the fridge or on the wall. This DIY kids art gallery wall is the perfect spot to keep those little masterpieces and you can swap them out when new art comes along. Found on The Caterpillar Years.

11) Those small toys always fall to the bottom of the toy bin and are hard to find. You can organize little metal toys on the wall using a magnetic knife rack! Found on Just A Girl and Her Blog.

Those small toys always fall to the bottom of the toy bin and are hard to find. You can organize little metal toys on the wall using a magnetic knife rack! Found on Just A Girl and Her Blog.

12) These DIY toy bins are also benches (and they roll)! Found on This Little Street.

These DIY toy bins are also benches (and they roll)! Found on This Little Street.

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


14 Neat Pet DIY Ideas

Trend: 14 Neat Pet DIY Ideas

We love our pets, but that doesn’t mean all of their toys and supplies needs to make our homes look like a pet store. Check out these 14 Neat Pet DIY Ideas to inspire some pet crafting in your home!

1) Let’s be honest, a lot of cat scratchers are pretty ugly. This pretty color blocked cat scratching post will fit right in most homes and your kitty will love it. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

Let's be honest, a lot of cats craters are pretty ugly. This pretty color blocked cat scratching post will fit right in most homes and your kitty will love it. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

2) If you are a little more crafty and know how to use power tools check out this amazing DIY Geometric Doghouse. Found on Home Made Modern.

If you are a little more crafty and know how to use a power tool check out this amazing DIY Geometric Doghouse. Found on Home Made Modern.

3) After you’re done building a dog house for your pup you will need to make a home for your kitty! Check out how to make this tiny kitty tent on Instructables.

After you're done building a dog house for your pup you will need to make a home for your kitty! Check out how to make this tiny kitty tent on Instructables.

4) Sometimes there is just too much stuff on the floor and cats like being up high anyway, so this cat bed made from a basket and installed on the wall is wonderful! Might not be strong enough for my 20 pound cat, but it’s cute. Found on Flickr from Silfide.

Sometimes there's just too much stuff on the floor and cats like being up high anyway, so this cat bed made from a basket and installed on the wall is wonderful! Might not be strong enough for my 20 pound cat, but it's cute. Found on Flickr from Silfide.

5) Do you have a dog that’s crazy for cat food and it’s hard to keep it away from him? Well, I made this cat food table and it’s just the right height to keep my chihuahua out of the food. Check it out on The Paper Mama.

Do you have a dog that's crazy for cat food and it's hard to keep it away from him? Well, I made this cat food table and it's just the right height to keep my chihuahua out of he food. Check it out on The Paper Mama.

6) Forget storing pet food in the ugly bags they come in. Make your own little dog or cat food containers! This post shares free printables to make your own on I Heart Organizing.

Forget storing pet food in the ugly bags they come in. Make your own little dog or cat food containers! This post shares free printables to make your own on I Heart Organizing.

7) Dress up your doggy door with a little paint to create a faux frame! Found on the Lowes blog.

Dress up your doggy door with a little paint to create a faux frame! Found on the Lowes blog.

8) Would you like a more modern dog dish for your pup? This DIY raised pet feeder is perfect. Check it out on Curbly.

Would you like a more modern dog dish for your pup? This DIY raised pet feeder is perfect. Check it out on Curbly.

9) Litter boxes are the worst. You should definitely create something to hide it. This IKEA hack can be found on IKEA Hackers.

Litter boxes are the worst. You should definitely create something to hide it. This IKEA hack can be found on IKEA Hackers.

10) It’s almost impossible to keep my cats off of any tables or windowsills, so why not give them a special spot by the window? Check out this DIY cat window perch on Hymns and Verses.

It's almost impossible to keep my cats off of any tables or windowsills, so why not give them a special spot by the window? Check out this DIY cat window perch on Hymns and Verses.

11) Dog beds don’t have to be boring. Make this cool modern dog bed for your home! Found on Centsational Girl.

Dog beds don't have to be boring. Make this cool modern dog bed for your home! Found on Centsational Girl.

12) This lovely dog bed is a little more of an advanced project, but these ladies show you exactly how to make it. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

This lovely dog bed is a little more of an advanced project, but these ladies show you exactly how to make it. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

13) Sometimes you need to keep your pets out of a certain room, so make this neat DIY dog gate out of a folding bookcase. I love the sign. Found on DIY Showoff.

Sometimes you need to keep your pets out of a certain room, so make this neat DIY dog gate out of a folding bookcase. I live the sign. Found on DIY Showoff.

14) Make this cute little leash holder wall mount to keep your walking supplies ready to go right by the door. Found on the Lowes Blog.

Make this cute little leash holder wall mount to keep your walking supplies ready to go right by the door. Found on the Lowes 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


As much as I love Halloween for the dress-up and candy, I’m always on the lookout for fun, kid-friendly and creative ways to decorate for fall. Pumpkins, gourds, jack-o-lanterns — I love them all! But I’m all about pushing it to the next level of clever and cheeky. With my youngest only 20 months, I’m more about fun and less about fright at this stage in our lives. Here are my five favorite creative decor ideas for Halloween.

1. NO-CARVE PUMPKINS

Don’t want to mess with all the time it takes to carve a pumpkin (not to mention the gooky pumpkin guts)? There are so many fun ways to decorate pumpkins that don’t involve a knife.

Use pushpins or thumbtacks with some yarn to create these numeric pumpkins. These would be great for an October birthday party or for your house number. Print out your favorite font and create the outlines and secure the yarn in the bottom corner.

No-carve pumpkins: use yarn and pins to create numbers or monograms www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Equally easy are these pumpkins that could spell anything from your last name to “BOO!”. These are created with cloves, I believe, but you could recreate it with tacks or nails.

No-carve pumpkins: use yarn and pins to create numbers or monograms www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

At our house this year, we created copper leaf pumpkins with individual sheets of metallic leaf. Super easy and kind of fun to learn how to leaf. Definitely try it on the larger, smoother pumpkins as the baby ones were pretty tricky (too many nooks and crannies).

Copper foiled pumpkins - DIY - pumpkin crafts - decorating with pumpkins - warm metallics - fall color trends - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

2. GET CREATIVE WITH SIMPLE PAPER DECOR

Looking for a low-cost and low-commitment way to decorate? I adore these whimsical paper silhouettes for a little Halloween fun and fright. Black cats, mice, owls, bats — there are so many ways to play this up.

Decorate with paper silhouettes www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

This large paper tree would be so fun for a party. And the bold graphic stripe on the white pumpkins helps to tie it all together.

Decorate with paper silhouettes www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

3. WHIMSICAL OUTDOOR DECORATING

Find unexpected ways to decorate outdoors without going the inflatable route. Black birds can lend an eerie mood to your garden gate in a nod to Hitchcock. Black urns and white pumpkins give it all a dramatic flair.

Decorate for Halloween with birds on a gate and contrast with white pumpkins www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

These little plywood planks leaning up against the porch steps bring so much personality to this front porch thanks to a spooky typeface and a clever twist on words.

Fun fall porch decor www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

A happy front porch feels festive for Halloween with simple paper lanterns and hanging black bats. The drapes are pulled back with seasonally appropriate orange ribbons and plenty of black spiders on the pillows.

Fun fall porch decor www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

4. FRESH IDEAS FOR CARVING PUMPKINS

If you love sharpening your knife skills, then you will love these pumpkin carving ideas. My current favorite is this faux “bonfire.” So clever!

A bonfire of jackolanterns - pumpkin carving ideas - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Silly simple faces carved into these pumpkins will bring a smile to the trick or treaters who come by your door.

A happy stack of silly jackolanterns www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

And you’ll definitely get a laugh from everybody with these emoji-inspired pumpkins. The hardest part would be picking your favorite one.

Carve emojis into your pumpkins www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

5. FIREPLACES AREN’T JUST FOR SANTA

Finally, bring the decor inside with some quirky fireplace decor. Pull out an old pair of shoes and create a witch with a pair of striped stockings. Naturally you’ll need a broom nearby too.

A witch in the fireplace! www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

In our house last year, I envisioned an exploding display of all kinds of pumpkins, so I stuffed our fireplace in shapes and sizes. It brought a smile to everyone who came by.

No carve pumpkin decorating ideas - whimsical creative Halloween decorations - nonscary decor ideas for Halloween - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Happy fall decorating, friends! I’d love to hear your favorite way to get in the spirit of the season. Let me know in the comments.


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