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Hey there, everyone!  I’m Katie from Addicted 2 DIY, and I’m so excited to be featured in June’s “I Did It” section of Better Homes and Gardens magazine! My featured project was this simple planter made from a recycled tire, and it’s a great weekend project that can add a little character to your outdoor space. I love how even a quick project can have a big impact, and I’ve compiled some of my favorite DIY projects that can be completed in a weekend or less. Whether you’re just dipping your toes into the DIY pool or you’ve already jumped right in, there’s something in this list for everyone!

1.  Bust boredom for the kids

DIY 4-in-1 Activity Table with Free Plans

This 4-in-1 activity table packs a punch with a flip-top design that will keep the kids occupied for hours.

2.  Display family photos or your favorite plants

Rustic Multi-Purpose Ladder DisplayThis rustic ladder display can hold photos, succulents, craft supplies, or whatever you like. The best part is that this quick and easy DIY project can be completed in as little as an hour.

3.  Hide Fido’s food in plain sight

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Keep everything in one place and dog food out of sight with this DIY dog food station. The tote inside holds up to 30 pounds of dog food!

 4.  Bring order to the chaos of bikes and scooters

DIY bike and scooter rack

The never-ending tangle (and tripping hazard) of bikes and scooters on the garage floor gets old quick, but this simple DIY bike rack keeps everything — even the helmets! – neat and in one place.

5.  Get a leg up with a simple step stool

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Add some style and function with this DIY step stool. It’s sturdy enough for adults and kids, plus this entire project is made from one single board!


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


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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.


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.

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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!


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