Wicker Basket Tray Wall Art

Whenever I visit my parents house, I love “shopping,” around in search of things my mother probably does not need. Let’s be real, our parents love to hoarder things, from shoes, flower pots, kitchenware, or old bedsheets from when you were a kid in the 90s. This past weekend, I was able to score a wicker basket tray with handles from my mom which she had thrifted. She was using it as a stand for another tray that was placed on her small coffee table. A tray on a tray? You’re wondering? I was thinking the same thing..

I straightforwardly asked my mom if I could have it, and she plainly just said yes. Did I have a vision for this wicker basket tray? Not yet…..Well, not until I saw the Spring 2017 Catalog for Target. I’ve gathered a bit of inspiration from the spring collection, as home interior trends for summer are slowly coming in. From wicker basket textures, to boho, international ethnic bold mono marks. Target, World Market, HomeGoods, and IKEA alike are all over these summer time trends.

After collecting inspiration, I knew the perfect easy DIY for this wicker basket tray. All you need is a little hot glue, and some of my favorite greens. Succulents!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Hot Glue
  • Wire Pliers
  • Faux Greenery/Succulents/Air plants
  • Wicker Basket Tray

Directions:

All I did was break my greenery stems, and plastic air plants and arranged them on opposite sides of the wicker basket.

  1. Cut the plastic greenery using a wire plier. This tool comes so handy, especially when cutting wired floral stems.
  2. Arrange the greenery in a way that suites your liking.
    I love adding that natural flow of growth of the greens. Although they are fake, still style the succulent plants in a way that look natural and organic.
  3. Hot glue your greenery securely to the wicker basket.
  4. Nail on wall, and simply hang around your living space!
  5. Enjoy!

Wasn’t that painless? I love simple short DIYs that cause nothing, and take no more than 30mins! It’s literally ready to hang instantly!!!

Thanks to my mom for scoring this wicker basket tray from a thriftstore for under $3!!!!

DIY Easter Eggs

Easter is among us, as from mid-February to April, mom’s shop at Target, and grab any cutesy, dollar-friendly, Easter item they can find. This year, I am proud to say I didn’t fall into the Target trap (as I only purchased 2 things this entire Easter season at Targte! This Easter, I ended up DIYing the most adorable Easter eggs using craft eggs from Walmart!!!!

Walmart has been a favorite place for me to shop at lately. Although, I can save the 5% using my Target RedCard, and also use Target Cartwheel, I’ve found many of my go-to’s currently at Walmart, and also without walking out purchasing things out of impulse.

We can all agree that Walmart isn’t the fanciest place to shop, as the crowds can attract all sorts of people with different backgrounds, shapes and sizes, but if you put that aside, you know you can get a few more things at Walmart for cheaper, and also save a whole-lot more other than falling into that Target trance.

This April, I was able to score some adorable DIY Craft Eggs from Walmart for $2 ($1.98 to be exact!)  The craft egg selection was huge this year! From chalk craft eggs, pastel chalk, to confetti filled Easter eggs. I purchased the plain eggs as I knew I wanted to paint a few to add a touch of my own personal crafty style in my home.

All the supplies I already had, but if you don’t have these art supplies, these are things you’ll be able to purchase all at Walmart in their craft section, for really inexpensive prices too!! ($1-$3each)

What You’ll Need:

  • Easter Craft Eggs
  • Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Paint Pallet

Directions:

There’s really no hard-fine rules to this craft, because it’s all on your creative style! I just went with a few solid painted eggs, and added some spring flowers. Others, I did stripes, polka-dots, and other jazzy Springtime prints!

Floral Prints:

Above is a closeup on how I painted my eggs with my spring flowers. The top picture shows step-by-step exactly how I create them!

Helpful tip:

It’s all about blending and overlapping colors!!!!!!

Aren’t these eggs the cutest?!?! I seriously was in the zone while making these (along with binge watching the Gilmore Girls on Netflix!) When complete with your crafty eggs, style them in an egg carton filled with Easter egg grass, or paper filling. I had some from the DollarTree, and also purchased my egg carton from Target (The one other Easter item I purchased from Target all month!)

Have you purchased these Craft Eggs from Walmart?! What cool designs did you create?! Comment below or tag me on IG sharing your Egg-stra special Easter Eggs!

Happy Easter everyone!

Crafty Cacti

Here’s the next portion of my crafty cacti crafts!!! As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been crazy for cacti!! So during this winter/spring transitional season, staying inside during this cold chilly spring season, I have no choice, but to keep the children busy with crafts! Here’s a Pinterest inspired Cacti craft from CullenABCs.

What You’ll Need:

  • Acrylic Paint (Green, Black, White, Orange, and Yellow)
  • Fine Tip Paint Brush
  • Sponge Paint Brush
  • Toothpicks
  • Plastic Fork
  • White Printer Paper/ or Construction Paper

 

Below are a few crafty cactus crafts I think are so so adorable for words, I had to share!! Take a look at these awesome bloggers and their cactus crafts!

Pinterest Cactus Pinspiration:

(Bottom Left)

Paper Cactus Garland

By: Lia Griffith

(Top Right)

Cactus Coloring Page

By: Kristyn, from Lil’ Luna

(Top Left)

Finger Painting Cacti Art

By: CullensAbcs YouTube Channel

If you haven’t checked out my last cacti craft, you can click the picture above of the Cactus Cut Out pic, there you’ll see my previous post, along with the other PINteresting cacti PINspiration!

Directions:

  1. Using a green acrylic paint, apply a coat onto your child’s hand using the sponge brush.
  2. Have your child stamp his/her handprint to your sheet of paper.
  3. Have handprint set to dry for a couple of minutes.
  4. Once dried, take lighter color green and brush strokes using your plastic fork.
    This will create the sharp pines of the cactus.
  5. Next, taking your toothpicks, paint on random dots of white or black onto your cacti.
    This creates more of the sharp, pine effect of the cacti. I made two different versions with both of my sons.
  6. Using your fine paint brush and yellow/orange paint, paint on small florals on your cactus. This can also be optional, as I know some boys may not like flowers on their cactus. 

    And from there….Set to dry, and viola! Enjoy your cactus handprint, made by you and kids!

Happy cacti crafting everyone!!

Be sure to check out more of Kids Crafts on my DIY Page of my blog!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Cacti Art

This rainy transition of winter turning to spring, has me with a green cactus crafty thumb. Rainy days usually have the family and I stuck in house, only willing to go out, for groceries, or a quick coffee-run. Otherwise, you’ll find us inside, cozy, and crafting.

Here are a few cactus crafts I absolutely LOVE!!!

Pinterest Cactus Pinspiration:

Above are a few crafty cactus crafts I think are so so adorable for words, I had to share!! Take a look at these awesome bloggers and their cactus crafts!

(Bottom Right)

A Blooming Cactus

By: APreschoolPlaybook

(Bottom Left)

Paper Cactus Garland

By: Lia Griffith

(Top Right)

Cactus Coloring Page

By: Kristyn, from Lil’ Luna

(Top Left)

Finger Painting Cacti Art

By: CullensAbcs YouTube Channel

I totally love all four of the above crafts, but below I’ll share one of the 2 I had chosen to do with my children this wintery February.  Below, is my rendition of the APreschoolPlaybook’s ‘A Blooming Cactus craft. Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:

  • Green Colored Construction Paper (White, or any background color construction paper for your cactus scene.)
  • Pencil
  • Green/Yellow/Orange Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Sponge Brush
  • Glue Stick
  • Plastic Fork
  • Scissors

Directions for you Cactus Desert Scene:

  1. With your pencil and green colored construction paper, free hand different sized cactus plants.
  2. Cut out your cactus’
  3. Glue onto your background colored choice of paper.
  4. Taking another shade of glue (light colored preferred) have your child use the plastic fork as the brush, and paint strokes on each cactus.

Super easy right? And super cute!!! Stay tuned, as I’ll post the next cacti craft on a separate post! These crafts are perfect to do during a rainy day, or even during the summer, when the weather is hot, and the cacti are blooming.

Happy cacti crafting!!!

DIY Cardboard Valentine’s Day Mailbox

Out of all the Valentine’s Day crafts out there, gift ideas, floral arrangements, date night ideas, and cooking recipes, this is the one craft/DIY I’ve had my eyes on the entire month!!!! This DIY Valentine’s Day mailbox, brings excitement to my little one, and his classmates, while they pass out their valentine’s day cards in class! It also keeps it all in one place, organized, and ready to take home for my kindergartener to open! With a few simple tools, and supplies, you can create this DIY mailbox before you drop off you little one to school!!!! Let’s go!!

Supplies:

  • Cardboard Box (I used a moving box we still had in the garage)
  • Duct tape
  • Scotch Tape
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Blue Giftwrap (DollarTree)
  • Heart Stickers/Foam Hearts (DollarTree)
  • Blue Construction Paper (Optional)

So there really were no directions when I did my mailbox. I literally took a look at a Pinterest pin, and freehanded everything else. BUT if you are the type to follow step by step directions, here’s a higher lever rough step by step process of what I did.

Directions:

  1. Start by cutting out 2 equal round sides for the mailbox.
    It’s important that each side is equal in size, so the mail box isn’t lop-sided.
  2. Cut out the bottom to the mailbox.
    The sizes to the mailbox, is to your desire, whichever size you do, just be sure everything is to scale.
  3. Duct tape the edges of the bottom to the bottom edges of the side panels.
    From here you have already made the main sides and support of the mailbox.
  4. Once both sides and bottom are attached, you can create the top curved part of the mailbox. Simply, cut the width of the mailbox, and have it curve at the top. You can also do this in two parts, if your cardboard isn’t long enough.
  5. Duct tape as much as you can to support the curved cardboard, to create the mailbox shape.
  6. Next you can use a x-acto knife to help cut out the mailbox opening.
  7. I also made a pull-out drawer for the bottom half of the mailbox.
    When creating the open tops/drawer, you may have to create a “stopper,” towards the back of the “pull-out,” drawer, so it would fall out.
  8. Next you can decorate!!!!!!
    I used a royal blue gift wrap I purchased at the DollarTree.
    Wrap the mailbox all around, including the sides of the pull-out drawer.
  9. Add hearts, decorative stickers, or customize the mailbox with your child’s name!
  10. …..Viola!! That’s it!!!
    Take this mailbox to your child’s school, and have he/she and the class enjoy dropping his valentine’s in his customized DIY Cardboard mailbox!!!

Have made a Valentine’s mailbox, or swag bag for your little one?! Comment below! I’d love to see your ideas!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Teddy Graham Hearts

Valentine’s is coming up, and while my kids are in the middle of basketball playoffs, martial arts, and are invited to birthday parties over the weekend, this mama has no time to do some extreme time consuming craft, or bake-good treat. Although, the creative juices in me want to, I have to be real with myself with the time I have.

So after a quick search on my pal Pinterest, I stumbled upon this cute Teddy Bear Graham Cookies Conversation Heart treat.

Pinterest Inspired By:

Teddy Bear Graham Cookies Holding Conversation Hearts

 By: Hello, Wonderful 

and also seen on…

Valentine’s Day Teddy Grahams

By: The Decorated Cookie

What You’ll Need:

  • Teddy Grahams (Honey flavored, or any of your favorite)
  • Conversation Heart Candies
  • Decorating Icing

Using ready made teddy bear cookies and conversation hearts makes this diy treat so easy to make, I could just make my kindergartener do it all. Seriously, no extra work for us working moms!!

Directions (it’s pretty simple):

  1. Add frosting/icing to the belly of each Teddy Graham and stick the conversation heart.
  2. You’re done! (Set to dry)

They are so cute!! With low effort too!!! Pack these cute adorable teddy’s in your childs lunch, or use them as a cupcake topper! I’ll probably make them as a cute Valentine’s Fay favor if time allows.

What’s your favorite Valentine’s treat?!

Check out more of my Festive Fun!!

Dollar Valentine Buys

It’s exactly a week before Valentine’s Day! For some of us, we love to decorate our homes with festive things, garlands, flower arrangements, and diy crafts. The Pinterest loving flow of crafts for this special love filled day oozes with pink and purple delight! To me, its all more for the kids and teachers. I celebrate Valentine’s day along with the kids, but don’t really go all out within my home.

When it comes down to gifts, treats, and v-day cards, I like to take a step back from buying an already assembled gifts for your child’s teacher. I mean, I still feel like I’m recovering from the holiday expenses!!! On top of it all is the kids valentine’s day cards, and sometimes the class likes to celebrate and have a party towards the end of the school day….And that does get expensive. However, when you can’t really justify spending more than $20 for v-day things, I’d definitely go out of my way to check out the DollarTree or 99Cent Only stores for supplies I can purchase for the occasion.

DollarTree (above picture)

Between the two dollar stores, DollarTree holds a special place in my heart. I’ve gone countless times to DollarTree over and over again to get certain staples for my kitchen, as well as snacks, and food supplies. When it comes down to festive holiday accessories, the DollarTree never ever disappoints. From gift bags, tissue paper, and knick-nacks for crafts, or gift basket fillers; the DollarTree can supply is all.

Valentine’s Dollar Steals!

Here’s a few items I’ve purchased for this upcoming cupids holiday!!

Valentine Greeting Cards

**Save a ton with these Dollar buy greeting cards. When it comes down to gift giving, with the card included, save some money, with purchasing cards from the DollarTree!! Sometimes, cards can cost $0.49! That totally beats a Target card at $4.98!!**

Chocolate Hearts (Crispy & Milk Chocolate)

Red Ribbon Bows (Includes 2 bows)

Red Paper Stuffing

Red Glitter Chinese Gift Boxes (Pack of 2)

99 Cent Only Stores

I’ve always been familiar with the 99Cent Store, but there was never really one in my area to go to on a daily. The times I did check it out, I was super surprised with the brand named items I found from snacks, cleaning supplies, and holiday items.

Last week I was able to drop by my local 99Cent Store, and was pleased to see all the Valentine’s delight. From balloons, necklaces, mugs, and bakeware cup liners, and toppers. I didn’t really shop much, for I didn’t have any projects in mind just yet………But once I came home, gathered some inspo from Pinterest, I think I’m ready for another visit, for a few supplies.

 

What are your favorite V-DAY items to purchase at the DollarTree or 99Cent Store?? Have you already created a diy or gift basket for a special someone?! Comment below! I may need more inspiration from you readers!!

$300 Dining Room

In the early years of being a stay-at-home mom, I often found myself in a pickle as I stayed at home caring for my young baby boys, but staring into my home and its empty canvas. You may not have known this about me, or maybe you have — for those who know me personally, I did once attend art school, pursuing to become an interior designer. Life happened, pregnancy got me, and school unfortunately did not fall through. During my long days at home, I’d stare at my walls, and blank canvas of our current home and imagine all the beautiful pieces of furniture that are out there. Of course, reality strikes, and says “With what money honey?!” 

We are are not made of money. Some of us are blessed to live in a household where the husband and wife can live conformably and have extra expenses for home decor from amazing decorative retailers. Some, may not. I’m blessed enough to be able to stay at home, and also have a job that allows me to purchase household decor and accessories, but money is tight when it comes down to bigger household decorative expenses…..So I had to get creative in furnishing my home.

Over the course of moving, and jumping from apartment to a 5 bedroom, 3 bedroom, and back to 3 bedroom, furniture and moving expenses can go out the window. From upgrading space, to downgrading, I had to play it right for our wallets, and our time. In the past, I was able to put in the time and elbow grease to actually flip pieces of furniture I found on Craigslist. (My oh so favorite place to shop for everything home decor and furniture.)

When we scaled down to a smaller home, it was easy for my to get rid of furniture and let go of them, as I knew those were DIY projects that were only pieces of furniture to hold our time at the current house. At this time, it was easier to part ways with my low budget furniture as the money and time spent painting it, was well worth while.

Investing in new furniture as you go.

As years went on moving city to city, and my children growing older, I found myself purchasing furniture off Craigslist that were a little more expensive. I was looking towards highly quality items, as in the past, there weren’t so great. The years also grew financially, as we were able to afford a little more. (Not so West Elm, but possibly World Market used*)

My taste also changed over the years, sometimes it was totally worth to spend the $90-$100 for that china cabinet, as I knew it was something I loved, and wanted to be in our collection of home furniture. If you loved buying used, it’s always cheaper. BUT always know, it’s always a hit or miss on Craigslist. You’re not always going to find exactly what you’re looking for.

DIY, DIY, DIY

In my last home, my husband’s childhood friend started a business of making wooden tables and benches. He would take custom orders from start ups in San Francisco, and also created his own Etsy site. I contacted him, and he made us our know dining room table. At a lower price, it left the table unpainted, for me to paint myself. This was the start to my $300 and under dining room.

Once we had moved to Sacramento, I had a blank room, with only a dining table. I was so off, and didn’t fit our home, I headed straight to my computer to hut for pieces to compliment the room.

What You See in my dining room:

Dining Table (Gift) = $200

Discounted handmade dining table, given to me and my husband.

Chairs (Goodwill Outlet) = $12

I purchased the pair of chairs for $12, and painted + distressed it myself.

Buffet Table (Craigslist) = $50

+ New Knobs $8

This was a. already painted buffet table, which my son and I distressed, and I added new knobs to add my style. The knobs only cost me $4 each!

TOTAL: $270

Now, if you total up everything above, that brings my dining room area at $270!!!! With a few upgrades, elbow grease, I’ve managed to decorate my dining are with secondhand items, and a lucky chance of scoring an affordable dining table, all with networking.

If you want  to check out more of Decorating Style, you can check out my Decorating Page HERE.

For more secondhand scores, and my thrift store finds, I also have a Thrifting Page on my blog. Click HERE.

Stay tuned as I have some fun exciting products to share, to make your living room space, a lot more comfortable, and cozy!!! Couple included!!!!

Mod Podge Coasters

I recently went to the DollarTree, and had purchased a few things prepping for Valentine’s Day, and I spotted these coasters. Located at the end cap of the kitchen placemats and cleaning supplies, sat these naturally absorbed coasters with different patterns. I grabbed one to check out the quality of them, and caught by surprise, they were a full on heavy set tile with a cork backing. I instantly took four for a complete set, knowing I could do something with these babies, just using some Mod Podge, and decorative paper.

Here a craft any casual crafter and especially a DollarTree shopper can enjoy!!

What You’ll Need:

  • Coasters (DollarTree/ WalMart $1 each.)
    Make sure the coasters have a cork backing, to avoid slipping.
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge Brush
  • Decorative Paper
  • Scissors
  • Matte Finish Spay

Directions:

  1. Start by selecting a nice decorative sheet of paper. You can get scrapbook paper, sold by the sheet at your local craft store sold for ($0.50-$1pc) or you can use gift wrap paper. I used this high quality gift wrap that came in this booklet my husband got me.

     

    This book has excellent quality paper, with tons of different designs that other stores may not have. Definietly one of a kind paper! You can purchase this Gifts & Creative Papers booklet HERE.

  2. Cut out the same size square piece of the coaster to the decorative sheet.
  3. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the surface of the coaster with the sponge brush, then apply the cut out paper to the coaster.
  4. Press firmly on the surface to remove all air bubbles. You can use a credit card or any hard plastic edged item to do this.
  5. Once air bubbles are removed, apply another light coat of Mod Podge.
  6. Set to dry. (5-10minutes)
  7. Lastly, add your Matte Finishing spray to seal the top of your coaster, to protect from water damage, and other everyday usage.

Once the finishing spray is completely dry, enjoy your new coasters!! Sip on a cocktail or beer while entertaining, or just a simple glass of water! Your visitors, guests, would never know these were from the DollarTree!!!!! Create fun festive holiday ones, using gift wrapping paper, or your specially selected scrapbook paper print!!! These coasters can be also great gift ideas!! I think I may be going back to the DollarTree to purchase a couple more this week! Arn’t they darling?!

Stay tuned for next upcoming posts. I’ve noticed I’ve been obsessing about yellow lately!! Home decorating posts on your way!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy 3 day weekend everyone!! And happy crafting!

Gift Tissue Ornaments

Christmas time usually means two to three things to me. Christmas shopping (gifts), decorating, and crafts! As the kids are approaching winter break, this gives me the opportunity to do some Pinterest inspired crafts throughout the 2 week long vacation. One craft I finally got around to was the

Glass Stained Window Ornaments

by Victoria from ABC Creative Learning.

I’ve also mentioned her and other fun festive crafts from other bloggers on my Cheap DIY Christmas Crafts posts. You can see more of those related Christmas posts at the end of this post.

 With a few new material’s — these material’s still won’t break your budget for holiday shopping!! From popsicle sticks, gift tissue, and also pipe cleaners. All these items can be found at the DollarTree!!!

Estimated Cost: Under $10

Time To Complete: Under an hour

Primary Technique: Paper Crafts +Using Pipe Cleaners & Popsicle Sticks

Kids love doing a variety of arts and crafts as an outlet to be creative and have some fun! Little do they know that it is so good for their development as well!

What You’ll Need:

-Scissors

-Glue

-Printer Paper (White)

-Sponge Brush

-Colored Gift Tissue

-Black Foam Craft Paper

Directions:

  1. Pre-Cut different sized circles on white printer paper.
    I used a couple different sized cups, traced and cut them out.
  2. (Optional) Pre-Cut out small cubes using the black foam craft paper. This will be the top of the ornament.
  3. Cut out 2-3inch cubes from the colored tissue paper. (I purchased mine from the DollarTree)
    I found it easier to separate the color tissue paper in small bowls, for easy selection for the kids.
  4. Take you sponge brush, and liquid glue and start applying onto the cut out white circles.
  5. Apply glue both on top and below the tissue paper.
  6. ***Be sure to layer each tissue paper above each piece to create a nice, mosaic looking ornament.***
  7. Set to dry.
  8. After ornaments are dry, take your scissors, and cut out the access tissue paper that overflows out of the white circle ornament.
  9. If you didn’t pre-cut out the small black foam cubes for the ornament toppers, this would be the time to do so.
  10. Randomly, cut out small cubes, just about the size of an adult thumbnail.
  11. Glue black foam cube to top of ornament.
  12. Set to dry.

Additional Step: (which I forgot to do)

Take pipe cleaners and create a small tear-drop hook, and tape behind the ornament.

I ended up taping the ornament around my kitchen, for some festive flare.

And viola! These are some easy handmade tissue paper ornaments to spread some holiday cheer around the house!

Have you done some Pinterest inspired crafts during holiday break? Comment below!