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DIY-ify: Toy Bin Labels (with free printables)

DIY Toy Bin Labels

We are headed toward the Christmas season, and if you have a kiddo that means a lot of new goodies to lay around on their bedroom floor. Not this year! We have been making over our daughter’s room (I’ll share some photos when we are all done, it’s pretty cute), so we have a bunch of new containers for toy storage. To help her out I made these printable toy bin labels so she can easily find any toy she’s looking for, plus these labels make clean up easier.

Supplies needed to make these labels:

  • Toy containers
  • Free Printable Toy Label Frames (I made a few for you to print out for free, or you can make your own) Blank, One, Two, Three, Four, & Five
  • Paper to print the labels onto, or printable sticker sheets
  • Optional: laminating sheets, yarn, or double sided tape

Directions:

Step One: 

Click on these links: BlankOneTwoThreeFour, & Five. Then, right click + save the image to your computer. Note: I provided blank labels so you can make your own labels.

Step Two:

Decide what you want to do with your labels. Will they be stickers? Or, maybe you could print them onto paper and seal them with laminate sheets? You could also  just print them onto card stock paper and use some strong double sided tape to keep the label on. Another idea: take some photos of the toys, print them out, and add them to each label (makes it easier for kids that aren’t quite reading yet). 

 

Want some more ideas (or free printables) for toy organization? Check out these toy bin labels from around the web:

Have a wonderful Thursday!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The bookcase is from Wayfair, storages boxes are from Ikea, and the ceramic rabbit is from Anthropolgie.

 

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DIY-ify: Gem Place Marker (free printables)

Tis the season of big fancy meals! Let’s fancy up your table with some free Gem Place Marker printables!

Supplies:

- Free Gem Place Marker Printables (Black, Red, Green, Yellow, Blue, Pink)

- Scissors

Directions:

-  Print out the Gem Place Marker color of your choice.

- Cut out the gem and fold.

- Write the names of your guests on the gems.

- Optional: You can go ahead and just place the folded gems on each plate, OR cut a small triangle in the side to hang the place marker on a cup.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


DIY-ify: Calendar Work Station for $15

In just a few short weeks the OFFICIAL start to Fall will be here. That means school starting, less vacation, and yeah… less sunshine (at least in Oregon). I don’t know about you, but I needed a small update to my calendar and work area. That’s what inspired my Calendar Work Station.

For this creation I wanted to use ALL materials I already had at my home. Some leftover plywood from building our chicken coop, old jars, rubber bands, and some spray paint that was almost gone; all this went into creating this project. Technically this calendar work station cost me nothing, but if I really calculated the original cost for all the needed items: under $15. This is a very relaxed and easy to recreate DIY. Hopefully very little stress. Here’s how I made it:

 

Supplies needed:

- 13 inches wide by 30 inches high piece of plywood

- Two small shelf brackets

- Some wood that will have a final measure of 11 inches long by 6 inches wide

- Mini document clips

- Four large rubberbands

- 3  small canning jars with bands and lids

- E6000 adhesive

- Screws

- Contact paper

- Painter’s tape

- Small amounts of primer + paint spray paint

- Free Printouts: Weekday Letters, Monday through Sunday Calendar, Sunday through Saturday calendar, and Notes

 

Directions:

- Cut your wood. We had some leftover wood pieces that I started with, but you can always go to Lowes and they’ll cut a couple sizes for you.

- Print out the Weekday Letters printout. Place the letters under the contact paper, then trace with a pen.

- Cut out the letters with a sharp X-acto knife. From here you can decide if you’d like your calendar to start with Sunday or Monday. Just move the S’s around to where you need them. I chose to go with Monday – Sunday, so both S’s were at the end of the letters.

- Peel the paper off the sticky contact paper and apply it to the plywood. Press down the contact paper very well, to hopefully prevent bleeding when painting.

- Tape off the rest of the plywood to prep for the spray paint. I used a paper bag and painters tape to create a couple of lines to spray gold on the board.

- Spray the letters and lines of the board. I chose black for the letters and gold for the lines. Let dry, then peel off tape/contact paper.

- Optional: Spray paint the shelf boards, shelf brackets, and jar bands. Let dry.

- Screw the shelf brackets onto the bottom of the shelf boards.

- Prep the jar lids for hanging under the shelf. Use E6000 to adhere the jar lids to the jar bands. Let dry.

- Evenly arrange the glued jar lids on the bottom of the shelf. Screw them into the shelf.

- Center and screw the prepped shelf onto the bottom section of your plywood board.

- Print out the calendar and notes (trim as needed). On the calendar, number the days of the month you are currently in.

- Space out the the four large rubber bands on the plywood board and place the calendar + notes. Secure with the mini document clips.

- Fill your jars and screw them under the shelf.

- Add some goodies to the shelf.

 

- Hang, enjoy.

Also, let your little kiddo help you decorate your shelf… and you may have a fun shark added to the work station. Hee.

Happy organized Fall!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


DIY-ify: Paint Chip Pillow

Say hello to my Paint Chip Pillow. Hi. I love paint chips. I used to just wander through the paint chip section and read all the random and odd paint color names (I know, weird). This love for paint chips has inspired me to create the Paint Chip Pillow. I made 5 different paint chip printouts for you to enjoy! This is a two-sided pillow, so you can have a different paint chip color on each side.

 

Supplies:

- Two pieces of 14 by 21 inch white fabric

- HP Iron On Transfer paper

-  A bag of stuffing

- Iron

 

Directions:

- Cut out two 14 by 21 inch rectangles of white fabric.

- Print out a test sheet (on plain ‘ol paper) of your choice of paint chip colors: Blue one and two, Red one and two, Purple one and two, Yellow one and two, Green one and two. If it all looks good, print out your paint chip colors on your iron on transfer paper (p.s. the wording is backwards on the printout, that’s so it will iron on normal when transferred to the fabric).

-  Let the printed out transfer dry for a few minutes. Turn on your iron to the highest setting, make sure the steam is off. Set up a spot to iron on your paint chip. Lay down some fabric (to protect the surface you’re ironing on) onto a flat/hard surface, not your ironing board since it’s not hard enough.

-  Trim your paint chip transfer printouts. Leave an 1/8 inch trim around the pictures. When it’s all trimmed up, get your paint chips centered and set up to iron.

- Follow the iron on directions for the transfer paper. Let cool for 5 minutes.

- Peel back the paper.

- With the right sides of the fabric facing each other, sew the rectangles together (leaving a 1 inch seam allowance around the entire seam. Don’t forget to leave an opening to flip the fabric right side out.

- Stuff the pillow.

- Stitch the opening.

- Done. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy your paint chip pillow! If you love this, please feel free to share!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


DIY-ify: Welcome pumpkin

I absolutely loved this “Welcome” pumpkin I found on the BHG site. I know that painting anything freehand on pumpkins (especially words) can be pretty darn difficult. That’s why I’ve drawn and created a little printable for all of you to enjoy and use on your own pumpkins! See? I love how it turned out.

It’s easy-ish (the hard part is cutting it out). How-to:

- Print and cut out the “welcome” free printable.

- You can now choose if you’d like to use part of your cutout as a stencil, OR you can use the actual “Welcome” word and Mod Podge it on to your pumpkin. I went the Mod Podge route (followed by a quick sealant spray to keep it from coming off in the rain).

- If you’re painting on the “Welcome”: using some black (or whatever color you’d like) acrylic paint to stencil on the word.

- If you’re using Mod Podge: Follow the bottle’s instructions to adhere the word onto the pumpkin. Optional: spray on a sealant to keep the word waterproof. I used sealant, since our pumpkin will be getting a little wet. Side note: depending on the type of printer you have, mod podge could smear the ink. You can use a little water and a q-tip to remove this (nail polish remover will also work for big ink stains). If the “Welcome” word fades from the Mod Podge, go over the word with a sharpie or black paint pen.

- Optional: hollow out the pumpkin and place a jar IN the pumpkin to make a pumpkin vase. Add water and flowers = cute fall floral arrangement.

That’s it! You are done. Enjoy!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


DIY-ify: What’s your home improvement schedule?

Raise your hand if you have a home improvement list longer than your house is tall… I know I can’t be the only one. Home improvement can be frustrating and overwhelming (not to mention spendy). Better Homes and Gardens has offered up a guide to inspire you to split your home improvement into 12 months. The idea is to plan out your updates and tie them to a specific season, your budget, weather, and life.

It’s the middle of September, what home improvement and DIY plans do you have? We are prepping for the cool weather. My husband and I need to clean our gutters, replace filters, and check our 90-year-old home for leaks in the windows and doors. We are also finishing up a little picket fence around the home before the weather goes downhill.

I made some free printables for you to enjoy. I’m hoping this will help you get more organized and plan out your year of home improvements! There are links below for each month to print (including a blank list).

Free monthly checklist printables:

// January // February // March // April // May // June // July // August //

// September // October // November // December // Blank //

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


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