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12 Entry DIY Ideas

12 Entry DIY Ideas

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.

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.

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.

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.

You could create a storage bench and coat hook combo, from Lowes.

5. Give that boring entryway closet a makeover, from Woven Home.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Happy organizing!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The photos in the first image are from Apartment Therapy, The Homes I Have Made, Almost Makes Perfect, A Beautiful Mess, and Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.


12 Summer Party DIY Ideas

12 Summer Party DIY Ideas

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.

Keep the bugs away from your grub with these colorblock food domes, on Sugar and Cloth.

2. Get creative with your cheese serving tray, from A Beautiful Mess.

Get creative with your cheese tray, from A Beautiful Mess.

3. Serve drinks in this fun watermelon keg, from She Knows.

Serve drinks in a watermelon keg, from She Knows.

4. Paint with bleach to add design to some plain cloth napkins, from BHG.

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.

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

Fruit Kabob Place Markers/Snacks, on Creative Live made by Brittni Mehlhoff

7. These paper umbrellas are perfect drink stirrers (comes with a free printable), on The Paper Mama.

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.

Turn 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.

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.

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.

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.

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


DIY-ify: Bucket Hose Holder

DIY Bucket Hose Holder

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.

DIY Bucket Hose Holder


Supplies:

Tools needed:

  • drill
  • 3/8 drill bit (for metal and wood)
  • paintbrush

Directions:

DIY Bucket Hose Holder

1) While wearing eye protection, drill two holes into the bottom of the center of the bucket.

DIY Bucket Hose Holder

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.

DIY Bucket Hose Holder

DIY Bucket Hose Holder

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.

DIY Bucket Hose Holder

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.


DIY Bucket Hose Holder

Total cost for this project (minus the paint and tools I already had): Under $20

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


DIY-ify: 10 Fantastic Patio Makeovers

10 Fantastic Patio Makeovers

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.

Urban patio makeover, on East Coast Creative Blog.

2. Update thrifted items to create an amazing outdoor space to hang with your friends, from Liz Marie Blog.

Update thrifted items to create an amazing outdoor space, 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.

You have to check out the whole outdoor makeover here, from The Handmade Home.

4. Update a patio with some colorful furniture and accessories, from Hi Sugarplum.

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5. A fresh coat of paint goes along way with this makeover, from Smitten Studio.

This makeover is fantastic, from Smitten Studio.

6. This covered patio transformation is pretty amazing, from DIY Show Off.

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.

Are you in an apartment and have a small studio? Check out this makeover, from The Apron Blog.

8. This homeowner really created a wonderful retreat in their backyard, from BHG.

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.

This deck update is so wonderful, from Fabric Paper Glue.

10. This tiny backyard makeover is perfect, from Sugar and Cloth.

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


DIY-ify: 12 Outdoor Lighting DIY Ideas

12 Outdoor Lighting DIY's

Trend: 12 Outdoor Lighting DIY Ideas

Summer nights are the best, especially if you have twinkling lights all around the yard. Last year I shared twelve outdoor lighting DIY ideas on the Better Homes and Gardens blog, and it seem like you all liked it, so I decided to create ANOTHER list of inspiring ideas to share. You really don’t have to spend big bucks to light up the backyard. Head on over to your local craft shop or hardware store to make your own unique outdoor lighting. Pretty backyard lights aren’t just for parties, they’re lovely for your everyday outdoor life.

These DIY candy lights are perfect for a party, from Brittany Jepsen for Oh Happy Day.

DIY candy lights, from Brittany Jepsen for Oh Happy Day.

This “Relax” outdoor rope light DIY is lovely, from A Beautiful Mess.

"Relax" outdoor rope light DIY, from A Beautiful Mess.

Make some Moroccan candle holders, from Creme De La Craft.

Moroccan candle holder DIY, from Creme De La Craft.

I love these vintage bottle mosquito repellent lanterns (mosquitoes eat me alive), from Yeah Vintage.

Vintage bottle mosquito repellant lanterns, from Yeah Vintage.

A hula hoop chandelier DIY is inexpensive and cute, from Sunlight and Sequins.

Hula hoop chandelier DIY, from Sunlight and Sequins.

This battery operated light bulb centerpiece is so cool, from Warm Hot Chocolate for Buzzfeed.

Battery operated lightbulb centerpiece, from Warm Hot Chocolate for Buzzfeed.

I always love a DIY outdoor marquee letter light, from Tatertots and Jello.

DIY outdoor marquee letter light, from Tatertots and Jello.

I’m seriously considering tackling this outdoor modern concrete fire pit DIY, from Manmade DIY.

Outdoor modern concrete fire pit DIY, from Manmade DIY.

Check out this Restoration Hardware inspired fire column DIY, from In My Own Style.

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Pretty pink outdoor candles are fun for any barbecue, from A Subtle Revelry.

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Check out my outdoor chandelier makeover, from The Paper Mama for BHG.

Outdoor chandelier makeover, from The Paper Mama for BHG.

This balloon outdoor wax candle DIY looks like a fun project, from DIY Enthusiasts.

Balloon outdoor wax candle DIY, from DIY Enthusiasts.

Do you have any special outdoor lighting DIY plans for this summer? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The projects from the first images are from: A Beautiful Mess, Manmade DIY, A Subtle Revelry, and In My Own Style.


10 Clever Storage Ideas For Your Outdoor Space


Trend: Clever Storage Ideas For Your Outdoor Space

The web is the perfect space to find organizing ideas for your home and life. So many talented people out there with wonderful (and sometimes crazy) ideas. Below you’ll find 10 DIY’s to organize your backyard or any outdoor space this Spring. There are organizing solutions for tool storage, all the way to kid toy storage. I’m really love the combo potting and party table (the first image below). Use it for your everyday planting needs, then switch it over to a party table when your friends come over! Perfect.

I love this dual purpose potting table/party table, from Dream Green DIY.

I love this dual purpose potting table/party table, from Dream Green DIY.

Hide those ugly AC units (or garbage cans) with this DIY, from HousePet.

Hide those ugly AC units (or garbage cans) with this DIY, from HousePet.

Make a outdoor storage coffee table with a giant bucket and some wood, from A Place to Nest.

Make a outdoor storage coffee table with a giant bucket and some wood, from A Place to Nest.

With a bit of paint and time you can turn an old boring plastic storage bench into THIS lovely piece of storage furniture, from I Heart Organizing.

With a bit of paint and time you can turn an old boring plastic storage bench into THIS lovely piece of storage furniture, from I Heart Organizing.

Use two vintage coat hooks to store your hose, from BHG.

Use two vintage coat hooks to store your hose, from BHG.

Make this mini garden box for all your hand tools and place it right in your garden, from The Family Handyman.

Make this mini garden box for all your hand tools and place it right in your garden, from The Family Handyman.

Create this small tool shed using reclaimed wood, featured on Houzz created my Joseph Sandy.

Create this small tool shed using reclaimed wood, featured on Houzz created my Joseph Sandy.

Create this outdoor bar (with wine glass storage) for your backyard entertaining, from Life Designed.

Create this outdoor bar (with wine glass storage) for your backyard entertaining, from Life Designed.

If you have kiddos, you probably have a mess of outdoor toys. I love this toy organizing solution, from Useful Beautiful Home for Organizing Junkie.

If you have kiddos, you probably have a mess of outdoor toys. I love this toy organizing solution, from Useful Beautiful Home for Organizing Junkie.

While this isn’t exactly an outdoor storage solution, this DIY Curved Bench will be the perfect spot to sit once your backyard is all organized, from A Beautiful Mess.

While this isn't exactly an outdoor storage solution, this DIY Curved Bench will be the perfect spot to sit once your backyard is all organized, from A Beautiful Mess.

Did you find any projects that you want to recreate? I sure did. Happy organizing to you!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


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